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Wheeling Officials Still Seeking Developers for Downtown

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The four city-owned buildings in the 1400 block of Market Street, including the adult entertainment store, will get new roofs this summer as Wheeling officials continue seeking new development. In all, city leaders will end up spending nearly $800,000 on six downtown structures, of which ...

Justice Declares ‘State of Emergency’ For Flooding

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CHARLESTON -- Gov. Jim Justice declared a state of emergency early Saturday for all 55 counties, after heavy rain triggered flooding in multiple locations and was expected to continue throughout the weekend. The State Emergency Operations Center is now on enhanced watch status and will ...

Wheeling Island, several areas beginning to flood

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WHEELING -- Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack is closed due to Ohio River flooding today. Lou Vargo, Ohio County Emergency Management Agency director, said water had reached the casinoás parking lot Saturday morning. The facility closed for the safety of its workers. Other businesses ...

Co-Tenancy Bill Clears W.Va. House

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Delegate Erikka Storch, R-Ohio, said the “co-tenancy” legislation she supports is different from prior measures that took names such as “forced pooling,” “lease integration,” or “joint development.” Whatever the terminology, legislation that would permit the leasing of ...

Wheeling Island Residents Brace For Major Flooding

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WHEELING — As the Ohio River continues to rise due to heavy rain throughout the region, Wheeling Island residents are banding together to brace for major flooding. Henry Wood, a resident of North Erie Street on Wheeling Island, said he has been through two floods over the 20 years he has ...

Wheeling Island Stadium Turf At Risk

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WHEELING — If the National Weather Service flood projections prove correct, the recently renovated Wheeling Island Stadium may be at risk, with the artificial turf playing surface of particular concern. Wheeling Park High School Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Dwaine Rodgers said ...

West Virginia Teachers Take Pay Fight to Charleston

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WHEELING — West Virginia Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, R-Ohio, said he believes public school teacher unions are making a play for more taxpayer dollars — and has no plans to buckle in the face of their statewide strike threats. “The teachers and their unions are threatening to ...

Russians Charged With Meddling in 2016 Election

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By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press WASHINGTON — In an extraordinary indictment, the U.S. special counsel accused 13 Russians Friday of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election, charging them with running a huge but hidden social media trolling campaign aimed in part at ...

Police Reports

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WHEELING POLICE DEPARTMENT Between 8:06 a.m. Thursday and 7:41 a.m. Friday, officers handled 12 traffic stops, six vehicle accidents and three miscellaneous calls. Friday At 7:41 a.m., Stacey’s Crossing, meet complainant. At 5:29 a.m., Vance Avenue, abandoned vehicle. At 3:55 a.m., ...

XTO Looks to Stop Methane Leak at Well Pad in Powhatan Point

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Flames did not seem to shoot from the XTO Energy Schnegg well near Captina Creek on Friday as they had after the Thursday explosion, but about 100 nearby residents remained displaced as methane continued leaking into the atmosphere. “Right now, it seems the well is still releasing gas ...

Sentences Handed Down in Brooke County Court

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Sentences were ordered Wednesday for a Moundsville man charged with the sexual abuse of a child and an Ohio woman charged with stealing beef from a local senior nutrition program. Daryl W. Steenson, 41, of Moundsville was sentenced to serve five to 25 years in prison – after which he ...

Teachers, Service Personnel Dispute Is Closing Schools

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WHEELING — Amid ongoing pay and health care disputes for both teachers and service personnel, at least three Northern Panhandle school systems were expected to be closed today: Brooke, Hancock and Wetzel counties. West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee said Thursday the ...

Flood Water Rising

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WHEELING —All eyes are turning toward the Ohio River as heavy rain that produced creek flooding in the Northern Panhandle and East Ohio on Thursday night will result in flooding on the river this weekend. Ohio County Emergency Management Agency Director Lou Vargo, this morning, said the ...

Crews Rush To XTO Well Blast Near Powhatan

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POWHATAN POINT —XTO Energy fracked at least 40 natural gas wells in Belmont County without any major problems, but the Exxon Mobil subsidiary’s luck ran out with a Thursday morning blast at the Schnegg pad near Captina Creek. XTO spokeswoman Karen Matusic said the company would provide ...

Drenching Downpour Brings Flash Floods to Ohio Valley

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WHEELING — Emergency officials found themselves busy with area flooding in creeks, streams, and even streets in the city of Wheeling, Thursday night, while the potential for the Ohio River to overflow this weekend concerns those in both West Virginia and Ohio. Most recent data from the ...

Community Leaders Meet to Pitch Plans for Heritage Port in Wheeling

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Everything from imposing user fees, to building elaborate docks, to turning vehicular streets into walkways, to relocating some summer events away from Heritage Port is up for discussion with the Wheeling Waterfront Enhancement Committee. “If it makes sense to make Water Street a pedestrian ...