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Education Reform Bills Progress in House

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CHARLESTON — Several education reform bills, including the new house omnibus bill, move to the final phase during day two of the resumption of the special session for education reform. The House of Delegates met Tuesday afternoon and moved 23 bills to third reading. These include 11 bills ...

Belmont County Mourns Auditor Conroy, Appoints Replacement

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County officials learned of the death of Auditor Roger Conroy Tuesday. In response, the Belmont County Board of Commissioners held an emergency meeting Tuesday morning to appoint Chief Deputy Auditor Sheila Turner as interim auditor until the Belmont County ...

Wheeling City Council Condemns City’s Role in Slave Trade

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WHEELING — City Council condemned Wheeling’s historical involvement in the slave trade through a resolution passed Tuesday evening. Council members unanimously voted to approve a resolution acknowledging and denouncing the city’s “role in fostering the institution of slavery and ...

Mountaineer Casino Sold in $385M Deal

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NEW CUMBERLAND — Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort has been sold, along with two other Missouri casinos for $385 million. Eldorado Resorts sold the New Cumberland facility along with Isle Casino in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Lady Luck Casinos in Caruthersville, Mo., to Century Casinos ...

Ohio County To Provide Ambulance Services

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WHEELING — Ohio County is getting into the ambulance business, hoping to supplement volunteer departments and improve response times. County commissioners on Tuesday approved a proposal that would establish a paid county EMS service to complement existing ambulance service provided by ...

Drama Recounts Wheeling Fugitive Slave’s Experience

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Lucy Bagby was blunt with her message: “It started right here in Wheeling, Virginia.” A dramatic performance, “The Last Fugitive Slave,” was presented Tuesday to tell the story of Bagby, the final enslaved person returned to a master before the Civil War. The program was offered at ...

Food, Shelter Agencies to Receive Extra Funding

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Organizations providing emergency food and shelter in the Ohio Valley will soon receive some additional federal money through the United Way. The United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley on Thursday announced that it received $81,607 in funding from the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board ...

Northern Panhandle Schools Awarded Grants for STEAM Programs

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More than a dozen schools in the Northern Panhandle and Belmont County were among 43 school districts across West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania to be awarded more than a quarter-million dollars in grants this week for STEAM programs. The “Innovation Grants” program, through a ...

Main Street Sewer Work in Wheeling

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The 1000 block of Main Street in Wheeling is being narrowed down to one lane near the Capitol Theatre as a crew with O’Briens Construction works on a sewer line replacement project in the area.

Ohio County Board of Education Asks Judge to Dismiss Suit

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WHEELING — The Ohio County Board of Education is asking a circuit judge to reconsider his decision that allows a lawsuit filed by a former student, accusing his teacher of sexual abuse, to continue against the board. The school board filed a response Friday with Ohio County Circuit Judge ...

Trump, Sanders Talk Education Reform

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CHARLESTON— The president of the United States and a candidate seeking to face him in 2020 both weighed in on the education reform efforts in the West Virginia Legislature. President Donald Trump tweeted a vague expression of support Monday for the state’s schools and Gov. Jim Justice, ...

West Virginia Senators Lauded for Bipartisanship

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Three U.S. senators from West Virginia and Ohio are in the top 12 among 250 senators measured on bipartisanship, according to a report jointly issued by the Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. The updated Bipartisan Index rankings released on June ...

Neon Sign Maintenance a Lost Art

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With the Capitol Theatre being one of Wheeling’s crown jewels, it’s not surprising that maintaining some of the elements of the downtown structure require rather unique craftsmanship. As Tim McClellan, owner of McClellan Sign Company of Wheeling, replaced some of the curved neon lighting ...

Study: Exercise Passes on Good Health to Offspring

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Pregnant women are asked to make healthy choices so that their unborn child will exhibit healthy traits, however a new study suggests that men’s lifestyle choices may also affect their unborn children. A recent study performed by Ohio State University Wexner Medical ...

Volunteers of All Ages Turn Out For River Sweep

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YORKVILLE — Volunteers were out working hard to keep the Ohio River clean Saturday morning during the annual Ohio River Sweep. Relatively little trash had to be collected at Pike Island Lock and Dam compared to previous years at the site. The cleanup was scheduled from 8 a.m. until noon, ...