Archives for June 2017

CRACKER PLANT COULD COME ALIVE

Some good news this morning for the local economy… The future of the proposed cracker plant is reportedly looking brighter in Belmont County. PTTGC America has released a statement, saying the company has made arrangements to purchase nearly 200 acres of land in the Ohio Valley that was formerly owned by FirstEnergy. It’s the 170 give or take acre property south of the Moundsville bridge. While no final decision has been yet made on just what is planned for it, it is viewed by many as one more step in a positive direction. Development could be a huge financial benefit for the entire region. According to some sources, the deal was recorded June 14th at the Belmont County Courthouse.

HOLIDAY WEEKEND MEANS ENHANCED POLICE COVERAGE

As we head into the 4th of July holiday weekend, AAA says we can expect yet another record year of travel. The five day holiday weekend this year… with the 4th on Tuesday… means it’s a long one for the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Locally, they say 100 percent of the troopers assigned to the St. Clairsville post will be on the roads during the long holiday weekend, with a focus on getting drunk or impaired drivers off the roads. AAA says low gas prices are a big reason for the expected travel increase this year. AAA forecasts prices at the pump to hover right around $2.27 nationally through the holiday weekend. Meanwhile, State Police say if you see an impaired driver, dial #677 to report it.

WHEELING POLICE ARREST ‘DRUNK IN A BOAT’

A man was arrested by Wheeling Police, after they say he threatened the staff at a dam and drove a boat while intoxicated. It all began with a call for help from the lock master at the Pike Island Locks and Dam, who told police that there was a man in a boat causing a disturbance there. When police arrived, they found 43 year old Gerald Walton Jr of Martins Ferry… intoxicated in a boat, and he would not cooperate with officers. Walton was charged with DUI while boating, obstructing, and failure to obey a police officer. He was locked up in the Northern Regional jail.

CYBER ATTACK HITS LOCALLY

The global cyber-attack that is crippling tens of thousands of computer systems worldwide, is having an effect right here in our area. It has shut down all of the computers at the Heritage Valley Health System, including their office in East Liverpool and two major hospitals in Pennsylvania. Heritage Valley reported late Wednesday, that its two hospitals near Pittsburgh and all of its satellite offices have been hacked, and the damage has caused the elimination of all access to medical records, including patient history. It works like this…
The ransomware server takes control of the computer system, and threatens the user that it will delete all of their information unless a digital ransom is paid. In this particular case, some companies around the world say that even after paying the ransom, the computer systems are not restored.

MARSHALL SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT QUITS

The superintendent of Marshall County Schools is calling it quits. Michael Hince has told the Board members that he is retiring after 38 years. Hince is handing over the reins to Dr. Jeffrey Crook, who says he has big goals for the future… including evaluating the programs to see what needs improvement and also getting to know the community. Dr. Crook officially begins his duties July 1st, while school starts for students August 17th.

MOVE OVER OR PAY UP!

A lot of highway work is scheduled this summer in our area… $80-million is being spent on construction in Jefferson County alone, meaning there will be a lot of construction workers out thereon the roads each day. The Ohio Department of Transportation is asking drivers to be aware. They remind everyone that the Ohio Move Over Law requires drivers to do just that, move over, and they say it is the law… not a suggestion. It was originally enacted back in 2004, and at that time, it required you to move over for firefighters, state highway patrolmen and tow trucks. The law was updated in 2013, when it also began to protect highway workers, utility workers and construction workers. It you see strobe lights flashing, you are required to move over into the next lane. If for any reason, you are not able to move over, you must slow down and proceed with caution. Fines in construction zones double and can range anywhere from $100 – $4,500.

‘TWAS A VERY CLOSE RACE!

It was almost too close to call… The initial results of the Follansbee [follins bee] mayoral election showed incumbent David Velegol as the winner… but only by a very narrow margin of 17 votes… over Vito Cutrone. So… a recount was held Tuesday night at Council Chambers. It took about two and a half hours to re-count and verify each vote, but when all the counting was done, the numbers verified that incumbent David Velegol did win the race with 412 votes to Cutrone’s 394.

THINGS GETTING MESSY IN STEUBENVILLE

Complaints are piling up in Steubenville about the garbage that is piling up in some areas. City leaders say notices have been handed to owners of properties that their neighbors say are just plain disgusting. Now, if those property owners don’t begin to comply with orders to clean up the mess, the process will move to the courts to force them to take action. Most of the problem properties are said to be along the 1300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. One big problem is that many of those property owners are from out of state. One property at 1320 Pennsylvania Avenue, was cited as a real mess, and it’s owned by a man who also owns at least a dozen other properties in the city… Ken Davis of Mingo. Another owner that has been cited for properties on Pennsylvania Avenue is Eugene Guglielmo of Weirton. According to other media reports, both property owners were cited for various code infractions. Track offending property owners, you can visit www.jeffersoncountyoh.com

STOLEN CAR LEADS TO CRASH AND CHASE

Police say they crashed a stolen car this past weekend, then jumped out and took off. But at least one of them didn’t get far, and the other one is being hunted down. State Troopers say it all happened on County Road 214 just off of U.S. 40 in Belmont County. After the crash, witnesses say two men jumped from the vehicle which had been stolen in Ohio County, and fled. Belmont County deputies nabbed one of the two… 23-year-old Zachariah Roeder… who was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, obstructing official business, failure to appear and receiving stolen property. The other suspect remains at large, and officials are trying to identify him. If you have any information contact the Ohio County Sheriff’s Office, The Belmont County Sheriff’s Office, or the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

WHEELING COOK OFF LEAVES GOOD TASTE BEHIND

Some good times and good food over the weekend in Wheeling… Hundreds of people turned out for the Chicken and Rib Cook-off at Heritage Port in downtown Wheeling this weekend… all with one goal… to sample the best BBQ in the tri-state area. People came from all over. One man said he came all the way from Missouri. Most of the chefs keep their recipes a secret, but some were willing to give away a few inside tricks of the trade. All those taking part in it said what really makes it special, is when people tell them how good the food is.