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GOP Tax Plan Could Mean Cuts in State, Local Services

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WASHINGTON — It’s a tax provision that could prove costly for schools, police forces, drug treatment centers and other state and local public services. The sweeping tax overhaul embraced by President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers would impose a $10,000 limit on the combined sum of ...

McCain Treated For Viral Infection, Returns Home to Arizona

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. John McCain has returned home to Arizona after being hospitalized for a viral infection while battling brain cancer and will miss a crucial Senate vote on the GOP tax package, his office said Sunday. The 81-year-old senator will undergo physical therapy and ...

Police Reports

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WHEELING POLICE DEPARTMENT SUNDAY At 5:18 a.m. Sunday, 7th Street, traffic stop At 4:57 a.m. Sunday, 1819 Jacob St., burglar alarm At 4:36 a.m. Sunday, Main Street at 10th Street, traffic stop At 2:28 a.m. Sunday, Delaware Street, traffic stop At 1:41 a.m. Sunday, 336 National Road, ...

EQT to Spend Additional $2.2B in New Shale Wells

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BELMONT — EQT Corp. completed its $8.2 billion acquisition of Rice Energy last month, while the Pittsburgh-based firm now plans to spend an additional $2.2 billion drilling new Marcellus and Utica shale wells during 2018. Company officials said they hope to drill 38 new natural gas wells ...

Tree Farm in Sherrard Has Deep Family Roots

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SHERRARD — Surrounded by old saws and farm tools, Ernie Black sits on a small wooden chair, whittling away at a stack of pine branches as his son waits patiently on customers looking over the variety of Christmas trees that fill the yard just outside the door. Now that more than six ...

Ohio County Schools Making Season Bright for Students

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WHEELING — Students, staff and families across Ohio County Schools are seeking to make the holiday season brighter this year. All schools and Ohio County Schools central office personnel are conducting activities to provide items and help to those who need it this year. West Liberty ...

Fluharty Says W.Va. Needs To Take Lead On Sports Betting

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WHEELING — Delegate Shawn Fluharty is wagering that the legalization of sports betting will be beneficial to West Virginia if the state gets ahead of the game in legalizing it. The Legislature begins its 2018 regular session on Jan. 10, and Fluharty, D-W.Va., said lawmakers need to act ...

Holiday Toy Drive in St. Clairsville Truly Lifts Spirits

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The spirit of Christmas was lifted high above expectations at Saturday’s inaugural Operation Toy Lift, conducted jointly by the Wheeling Police Department and the Belmont County Sheriff’s Department in the parking lot of Macy’s at the Ohio Valley Mall. By 4 p.m., ...

Wetzel County Prosecutor Seeks More Proactive Treatment

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NEW MARTINSVILLE — A local prosecutor is pushing lawmakers to provide more tools to treat drug addicts before they commit a crime — or suffer a fatal overdose. Wetzel County Prosecutor Tim Haught highlighted the issue during a recent drug-abuse panel in Morgantown at which he was a ...

Cardinal Plant in Brilliant Reaches Safety Milestone

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BRILLIANT — Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives, joint owner of Cardinal Generating Station, announced Friday the Brilliant-based facility surpassed two significant safety milestones. In November, the 1800-megawatt coal-fired power plant recorded more than 1.5 million hours without a lost-time ...

Kelly’s Suite II Planning Special Event Tuesday

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Kelly’s Suite II is inviting Ohio Valley residents to get ready for the holidays during a special event planned for Tuesday. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., people can enjoy light fare and refreshments while shopping at Kelly’s, located 235 W. Main St., St. ...

Henry Seamon, Union Veteran and Andersonville Prison Survivor

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Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series featuring Civil War veterans with Wheeling connections. The series will lead up to the planned move of Wheeling’s Soldiers and Sailors Monument from Wheeling Park to the side yard of West Virginia Independence Hall. By Jeanne Finstein Local ...

Police Reports

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WHEELING POLICE DEPARTMENT Between 8:20 a.m. Friday and 7:43 a.m. Saturday, officers handled 16 traffic stops, four accidents and two miscellaneous calls. Saturday: At 7:43 a.m., Interstate 470 west, motorist assist. At 7:37 a.m., South York Street, suspicious circumstance. At 5:23 ...

Students Conducting ‘30 Days of Kindness’

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For their annual “30 Days of Kindness” project, students at Center McMechen Elementary School took the time to count their good deeds — which, by the time they were nearing Christmas break, had grown to cover the entire wall by the school’s office. Teacher Charlene Frasier said the ...

Third Guilty Plea In Bellaire Burglary

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A man accused of driving several others to burglarize a home in Bellaire — an act which led to a fatal shooting — pleaded guilty Friday to involuntary manslaughter and burglary. Michael Scott Posey, 33, of Bellaire, entered the plea before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra. ...

Commissioner Wants to Charge City for Shelter Dogs

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Jefferson County Commissioner Tom Gentile this week proposed asking Steubenville to pay for dogs brought from the city to the Jefferson County Animal Shelter. “I see a lot of dogs are coming from Steubenville. Years ago an agreement was put into place for the county to take dogs from the ...

More Downtown Wheeling Apartments Planned

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WHEELING —Looking to capitalize on the demand for downtown housing, C.J. Kaiser hopes to continue renovating the former Bill’s Hamburger building so the pre-Civil War structure located between the Capitol Theatre and the Wheeling Suspension Bridge features apartments on the upper ...

BCI Tests Gun For Link To Bellaire Shooting

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Prosecutors are waiting on the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation to determine whether a gun found along Ohio 7 this week is the one they believe was used to murder Brad McGarry in his Bellaire home in May. Belmont County Prosecutor Dan Fry confirmed Friday that a gun ...

Black Lung Rules Mulled

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CHARLESTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s mining regulators are reconsidering rules meant to protect underground miners from breathing coal and rock dust — the cause of black lung — and diesel exhaust, which can cause cancer. An advocate for coal miners said Friday that this sends a ...