Park to hold bow hunting

WELLSBURG – Brooke Hills Park will hold bow hunting from Saturday through Dec. 31. Applications for permits are being accepted at the park’s clubhouse.

For information, call (304) 737-1236.

Hole in one reported

WELLSBURG – Bryce Mott of Follansbee made a hole in one on the seventh hole during Brooke Hills Park’s Night Tournament.

It was witnessed by Bruce Hunter, Derek Paul and Dave Hartman.


Boil order issued on Wylie Ridge

WEIRTON – The Oakland water system has issued a 48-hour boil order for customers on Wylie Ridge Road, between Chapman Road and Hardin’s Run Road and including those from 2504 Hardin’s Run to 2964 Hardin’s Run, as a result of a water line break.

Feds confirm 4 cases of respiratory virus in W.Va.

W.Va. has four enterovirus cases

CHARLESTON – Federal health officials have confirmed four West Virginia cases of a respiratory virus in children.

On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added West Virginia to the list of states affected by enterovirus 68. CDC has confirmed 175 people from 27 states have the respiratory illness.

Thirty-two samples were sent to the CDC from Calhoun, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Mercer, Raleigh, Wirt and Wood counties.

Mild symptoms could include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough and body and muscle aches. People with asthma or a history of wheezing problems may experience difficulty breathing. Children have been particularly susceptible.

Only CDC and a small number of state public health laboratories can test for the virus.

The worst cases have required life support for breathing difficulties. No deaths have been reported.


Jack instructs water renewal courses

WELLSBURG – Ernest Jack, a Wellsburg resident and water specialist for the Moundsville Water Board, instructed two six-hour courses held Aug. 26-27 in Chester by the West Virginia Rural Water Association and West Virginia Bureau for Public Health and required for the renewal of operators’ licenses.

Thirty-two operators from several cities and public service districts and several businesses attended the courses, which covered preparing an operation and maintenance manual for drinking water and waste water treatment plans and reducing disinfection byproducts.

Municipal Mutual sets open house

WELLSBURG – Municipal Mutual Insurance Co. will hold an open house at its newly constructed office at 10th and Main streets in Wellsburg, across from the Brooke County Public Library, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The event also will include a ribbon cutting by the Wellsburg Chamber of Commerce.

Main Street celebrates with cookout

WELLSBURG – Main Street Bank in Wellsburg will celebrate its ninth anniversary with a cookout beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday.

The bank will be serving food and beverages to the public.


Edison football to presale tickets

RICHMOND – Presale tickets for Edison football games will be available for the remainder of the games each week in the athletic office from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Home game presale tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for students. Presale tickets for the remaining away games will vary, depending on game site.

A representative will travel to John Gregg and Stanton Elementary on home game Fridays. Any questions, contact the high school at (740) 765-4313 ext. 101.

Homecoming parade planned

RICHMOND – The edison Homecoming parade will be held Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. in Richmond. The line up will begin at 6 p.m. at the former Richmond Elementary School.

Any organization or individual wishing to participate in the parade should contact Jessie McCallister at (740) 765-4313.

The Wildcats will host the Bellaire Big Reds for the homecoming game on Sept. 19.


Creek selling tickets

WINTERSVILLE – The Indian Creek Athletic Department will sell pre-sale tickets to all football games at the gymnasium ticket window from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

Home game reserved tickets are $6, general admission $5 and students $4. All tickets at gate for home games are $6. Away game tickets will vary in price.

Bears selling tickets

NEW MANCHESTER – Tickets for the Oak Glen vs. Indian Creek football game at 7 p.m. Friday at the Oak Glen Multi Sports Complex are available at the high school main office, Citizen’s Drug Store in Chester and New Cumberland RX Center daily during regular business hours through Friday at noon.

Cost is $5 for adults and $4 for students. All tickets at the gate are $6. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Woodward records an ace

UNIONPORT – Bob Woodward recorded a hole-in-one at Red Oaks Golf Course. He used a 7-iron on the par 3 15th hole. The shot was witnessed by Jack Byers and Hugh Shultz

Gurrera records an ace

WEIRTON – Vince Gurrera recorded a hole-in-one at Williams Country Club. He used a pitching wedge on the 133-yard par 3 eighth hole.

The shot was witnessed by Terri Mattock, Leslie Kernen and John Capp.


Hearing set for murder case

WELLSBURG – On Monday a hearing was set to review the psychological evaluation of a man charged in the shooting death of Jason Lee Pratz.

First Judicial Circuit Court Judge Ronald Wilson set a hearing for 9 a.m. Sept. 16 to review an evaluation conducted to determine 28-year-old Rocco Jesse Zuccaro’s competency to stand trial.

Zuccaro, a Burgettstown resident, has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge filed by the Brooke County Sheriff’s Department in connection with Pratz’ death. Pratz, who was 30, was found dead in his home on Genteel Ridge on Feb. 19, 2013.

Brooke County Sheriff Chuck Jackson has confirmed Zuccaro and Pratz were acquaintances, but he’s not disclosed a motive for the shooting.

Since his arrest, Zuccaro has been held in the Northern Regional Jail in lieu of a $1 million bond.

Weirton sanitation board to meet

WEIRTON – The City Sanitary Board will meet at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Sanitary Board Conference Room located at 5000 Freedom Way.

9/11 walk, service planned

FOLLANSBEE – The 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 and the tragedy and heroism of that day will be remembered with a walk and service in Follansbee Thursday.

Eric Fithyan, owner of James Funeral Home, invites area residents to gather at 5 p.m. outside the funeral home at 1245 Main St. (state Route 2) and march to the Follansbee City Building, where the city will hold its service.

Fithyan said area firefighters and emergency personnel are invited to wear their gear or uniforms for the walk so they may be recognized for their service.

Mayor David Velegol Jr. said City Fire Chief Larry and local clergy are slated to speak at the service, which will begin at 6 p.m. at the Ray Stoaks Plaza outside the City Building.

Justin Schwertfeger, son of City Police Chief John Schwertfeger; and a group of local musicians also will perform.

Eldersville plans 9/11 service

ELDERSVILLE, Pa. – Washington County Commissioner Harlan Shober will speak during a Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks memorial service at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Jefferson Township Veterans Memorial located at Cedar Grove and Fire roads.

The Rev. Tom Derby of Colliers Way Church of Christ and the Rev. Jim Sands of the Eldersville United Methodist Church will lead those attending in prayer. Emma Gragan will perform patriotic songs. A collection will be taken for the Jefferson Township Volunteer Fire Department as a day of service project.

Refreshments will be served immediately following the service. In the case of inclement weather, the service will be moved to the Eldersville United Methodist Church located on Church Street.

For information, call (724) 947-9782.

Extension service to answer questions

West Virginia University Extension Service will hold an “Ask the West Virginia University Extension Service Expert” live question-and-answer session at noon Wednesday on the WVU Extension Facebook page.

Extension service experts will discuss canning and food preservation, including safety tips and best practices.

Participants can also submit questions on the Facebook page prior to the session and have their questions answered during Wednesday’s live session. Look for the “Ask in Advance” image on the page.

The Sept. 17 session will review the upcoming Community Leadership Academy. Sessions will be held through the fall and include topics such as diabetes health and nutrition and joining 4-H.

For more information about the WVU Extension Service, visit “Like” WVU Extension Service on Facebook by visiting, or follow @WVUExtension on Twitter.


Woman charged after Route 22 wreck

WINTERSVILLE – Adrian Martin, 37, of Summerville, S.C., was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence and failure to control after the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported she was driving in the wrong direction on U.S. Route 22, crossed the median and hit an embankment early today.

The patrol reported Martin was driving east in the westbound lanes around 2:50 a.m. today when the vehicle went across the median and wrecked.

A passenger in the vehicle, Lindsey Zook, 29, of 2849 county Road 26, Wintersville, was arrested on two bench warrants out of Toronto county court and Steubenville Municipal Court.

Both women, who weren’t injured, were taken to the county jail, the patrol reported.

Stolen vehicle plows into bar

CLEVELAND – Police say a woman driving a stolen car badly injured a man after she ran a stop sign, struck another vehicle and then plowed into the patio and front entrance of a Cleveland bar.

Two women who were in the vehicle that was struck were treated for minor injuries in an incident that occurred around 7 p.m. Friday at the Clark Bar in the popular Tremont neighborhood.

A 52-year-old customer was pinned by the stolen vehicle inside the bar but was quickly freed.

He was in stable condition at a hospital on Sunday.

The 18-year-old driver of the stolen car and three teenage passengers were arrested.

The bar was open for a pre-Cleveland Browns game breakfast on Sunday morning.

Firm markets drones to farmers

CLEVELAND – A new Akron company is marketing drones to farmers as a way to keep an eye on hundreds of acres of fields.

Event 38 Unmanned Systems offers machines that can take high-resolution pictures of crops, cattle and soil.

The company is working with Ohio State University’s Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster to refine the art of crop scouting.

Rory Lewandowski, a county extension educator in Wayne County, says the drones can help on farms of 400 to 800 acres that can be hard to walk.

He says farmers can take the information from drones to spread fertilizers and pesticides more strategically.


Zoning board to hold workshop

WEIRTON – The City Zoning Board will hold a workshop at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the City Building Council Chambers.

Drug prevention group to meet

WEIRTON – Advocates for Substance Abuse Prevention will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the Mary H. Weir Public Library to discuss efforts to address drug addiction.

The group has invited area law enforcement officials and other community leaders to attend and discuss the problem.

WVU sets $1 billion fundraising goal

MORGANTOWN – West Virginia University has set a new fundraising goal of $1 billion.

The goal was announced on Saturday.

The university says the new goal was set after exceeding its original $750 million goal more than a year before its original deadline.

The university has raised $772 million through June 30.

From staff and wire reports


Hydrant flushing set for next week

FOLLANSBEE – The Follansbee Fire Department will be flushing hydrants from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the following days:

Monday from Brooke High School to the Dollar General area of Cross Creek; Tuesday from the south end of town to and including Allegheny Street; Wednesday in the Orchard area, Mahan Lane and Brooke and Follansbee plazas; Thursday on Parkview and Sept. 12 on Highland Hills and nearby subdivisions.

Customers will experience water discoloration and low pressure. No boil order is in effect, but residents are asked to refrain from washing.

New Cumberland to host workshop

NEW CUMBERLAND – City officials will host a workshop on governmental ethics at noon Monday.

The workshop will be given by the West Virginia Ethics Commission and will be held at the New Cumberland Municipal Building. It is free and open to local and state public employees, government lawyers and the general public.

Topics to be covered include the prohibition against use of public office for private gain, including nepotism; prohibition against having a financial interest in a public contract; gift limitations for public employees; and prohibition against improperly using or divulging confidential information.

To make reservations, which are recommended, call Mayor Linda McNeil at (304) 224-3690.

Route 45 Band to play Laurel Hollow

NEWELL – The Route 45 Band will play in concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Laurel Hollow Park, closing out the Newell Community Improvement Coalition’s 2014 summer concert series.

The country band comprises singer Karen Kelly; her husband Tim on drums; Ernie Troia of Toronto on bass; and Wendel “Punky” Marcum of Wellsburg on lead guitar. The concert, sponsored by an anonymous Friend of the Park, was rescheduled after the July 27 show was rained out. A shuttle service and refreshments will be available.


No tickets at Edison

RICHMOND – The Edison football team will play at 7 p.m. Friday at Carrollton. There are no presale tickets available.

All tickets at the gate are $6 for adults and $4 for students.

Kirsch wins club championship

RICHMOND – Nick Kirsch won the men’s club championship at Blackmoor Golf Course, shooting 67-74. James Speece took the low handicap division at 139. Dicky Antill won the 50/50 drawing.

The men’s club will holds its annual Oldster and Youngster’s Event on Sept. 13. It will be the final golf event of the year.

Campbell records an ace

RICHMOND – Jeff Campbell recorded a hole-in-one at Blackmoor Golf Course. He used a 6-iron on the 165-yard par 3 15th hole.

The witnesses were Bob Newbrough, Larry Bails and Mark Mohorski.

WBA changes meeting

WINTERSVILLE – The Wintersville Baseball Association rescheduled its meeting for 7 p.m. Sunday at the Bantam Ridge Elementary gymnasium. Any parent with a child who played in the WBA in the spring is welcome to attend.

For information, send an e-mail to


WBA to meet

WINTERSVILLE?- The Wintersville Baseball Association will meet at 2 p.m. Sept. 9 in the Bantam Ridge Elementary School gym. It will include board of directors elections.

Any parent with a child who played in the WBA in the spring is welcome to attend.

For information, send an e-mail to

Shepherd wins club championship

CADIZ?- Bob Shepherd won the stroke play championship at Cadiz Country Club with a score of 299.

Brady records an ace

UNIONPORT?- Ron Brady recorded a hole-in-one at Red Oaks Golf Course. He used a pitching wedge on the 112-yard par 3 fourth hole.

Witnessing the shot was Sam Osborne, Howard Illig and Mark Rihel.