2018 was a memorable year with lots of highs and lows. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and look back on yet another eventful year in the Ohio Valley!
#10: Missing bracelet reunited with Mountaineer fan owner: While enjoying a long walk on the beach with a metal detector, a Virginia man found a bracelet with a WVU charm on it. A Facebook post by the man’s wife sparked a search across the internet for the original owner.
#9: Jamboree in the Hills on “hiatus” for 2019: Country music fans near and far were disappointed to hear that one of the most beloved Ohio Valley summer traditions would be on hold for 2019.
#8: Timothy Loehmann applies, withdraws from Bellaire P.D.: A controversial October hire by a local police force garnered attention across not only the Buckeye State but across the United States.
#7: TransCanada Pipeline explodes in Marshall County; explosion seen across state lines: At around 4:20 a.m. on June 7, many Ohio Valleyans woke up to a shake and the curious sight of an explosion in the distance. What was left was just a crater and 10 acres of burnt land.
#6: Ohio Valley community helps August Levy Learning Center rebuild after fire: The Augusta Levy Learning Center has served the Ohio Valley for quite a while, and left an impact on the lives of local children that can’t quite be matched. That’s why the community rallied to rebuild it when tragedy struck.
#5: Pittsburgh, Ohio Valley communities react to Pittsburgh synagogue shooting: In October, a man opened fire in a Pittsburgh synagogue, killing 11 people, and sending tremors that would reach not only the Ohio Valley, but the whole world.
#4: Local dioceses release names of credibly accused priests: Controversy rocked the Catholic Church in 2018 after widespread abuse, and subsequent coverups, were revealed to the public.
#3: Ohio River crests way above flood stage: In 2018, the Ohio Valley saw a ton of rain — some of the most in recorded history — and when it rains around here, it floods.
#2: President Trump, Vice President Pence make visits to Wheeling: It’s always a big deal when someone from the White House visits close to home. But this year, it happened twice!
#1: West Virginia teachers make national headlines with strike: In February and March, teachers across West Virginia went on strike for their pay and benefits, which not only made an impact in their paychecks, but across the nation as well.
What was your favorite story of the year? If you don’t see it, please let us know!