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New banners are on display in St. Clairsville, thanks in large part to a donation from Hull & Associates. Shown from left are Mayor Terry Pugh; Pam Carman Rine, marketing and event coordinator with the St. Clairsville Area Chamber of Commerce; Wendy Anderson, director of the chamber; and A.J. Smith, office manager with Hull & Associates.

St. Clairsville Decks the Streets


ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The city of St. Clairsville has put its best face forward for the holidays, with garland, trimmings and banners proclaiming the Yuletide season. The latest addition to the city’s ambiance is a series of banners, thanks to support from Hull & Associates. The business ...

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Natural gas pipeliners continue working at sites throughout the Upper Ohio Valley, including this one along W.Va. 2 near McMechen. Just across the Ohio River, PTT Global Chemical officials may build a $6 billion ethane cracker.

Ohio Valley Wonders If Ethane Cracker Is Still in the Pipeline

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DILLES BOTTOM — As 2017 nears its conclusion, Upper Ohio Valley residents continue waiting for a decision on the PTT Global Chemical ethane cracker — a potential $6 billion investment for which company officials in February said they anticipated a final decision by the end of this ...

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Carley Kuminkoski, one of the dispatchers who works at the Martins Ferry City Building, speaks about her duties and volume of calls she receives. Martins Ferry will soon be the only community in Belmont County to exclusively use its own dispatchers.

Local Police Dispatching Disappearing in Belmont County

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MARTINS FERRY — St. Clairsville’s decision to eliminate all dispatcher positions within the city will leave Martins Ferry as the only Belmont County community to use its own dispatchers exclusively rather than the county’s 911 system. St. Clairsville City Council voted Monday to ...

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New graduates of West Liberty University attend Saturday’s fall commencement ceremony.

West Liberty University Graduates Told to Believe

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WEST LIBERTY — Two-hundred and eight new graduates of West Liberty University heard calls Saturday to believe in themselves, the Ohio Valley and whatever it is they hold dear at the school’s fall commencement ceremony. Patrick Ford, executive director of the Business Development Corp. of ...

President Donald Trump speaks at the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump Honors Civil Rights Champions

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — President Donald Trump paid tribute Saturday to the leaders and foot soldiers of the civil rights movement whose sacrifices help make the United States a fairer and more just country, though protests surrounding his visit to Mississippi laid bare the stark divisions ...

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Cumberland Trail Fire District Chief John Slavik addresses the Belmont County Board of Commissioners regarding possible compensation for services provided to the county jail. The board is awaiting the prosecutor’s legal opinion.

Cumberland Trail Asks for Jail Call Compensation


Cumberland Trail Fire District Chief John Slavik and other district personnel visited the Belmont County Board of Commissioners this week seeking payment for services the district provides to the county jail. Slavik said the fire district receives no money for calls to the jail or for ...

Trial Pushed Back in Child Abuse Case


The trial of a Wheeling couple accused of abuse and neglect of a 2-year-old child has been delayed while attorneys review new information in the case. Apollo Rice, 27, and Sabrina Hall, 18, appeared Friday in Ohio County Circuit Court for a pretrial hearing before Judge James Mazzone. ...

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Rabbi Joshua Lief of Temple Shalom in Wheeling lights a candle for the first night of Hanukkah, which begins Tuesday and continues through Dec. 20.

Rabbi Welcomes All to Take Part in Hanukkah in Wheeling


WHEELING — As the first night of Hanukkah approaches, Temple Shalom in Woodsdale is preparing numerous events for the eight-day Jewish celebration that commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. Rabbi Joshua Lief of Temple Shalom grew up in Wheeling and graduated from ...

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McKinley, Johnson Hope To Cut Alternative Minimum Tax

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WHEELING — Responding to concerns Murray Energy Corp. Chairman, President and CEO Robert Murray expressed about federal tax reform costing his company $60 million per year, 26 Republican members of Congress are asking a conference committee to eliminate the alternative minimum tax. Reps. ...

Trinity Health System Part of National Merger


Catholic Health Initiatives, the parent company of Trinity Health System, and Dignity Health of San Francisco have agreed to merge and create a new, nonprofit Catholic health system that would be the largest Catholic health organization in the United States. According to a press release ...

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West Virginia Delegate Barbara Fleischauer, D-Monongalia, visits the Unity Center’s new location on Eoff Street in Benwood on Friday.

Unity Center Moves to New Location in Benwood

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WHEELING — A local organization dedicated to helping people overcome addiction enlisted the support of a West Virginia lawmaker Friday as it marked the first week in its new home. Ohio Valley Recovery Inc., also known as the Unity Center, officially moved Dec. 2 from its former location in ...

President Donald Trump arrives for a swearing in ceremony for the new Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Questions Loom Over House-Senate Talks on Tax Bill

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Two looming questions threaten to snag the seemingly smooth trajectory of the Republicans’ massive tax legislation now in its final leg in Congress. How to satisfy demands of the rebellious GOP lawmakers from high-tax states who demand concessions over a cherished ...

Firefighter Simon Garcia, of Heartland Fire Dept., gets a hug from a woman who did not give her name after she arrived to find her house was intact in the Rancho Monserate Country Club, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Fallbrook, Calif. The wind-swept blazes have forced tens of thousands of evacuations and destroyed dozens of homes in Southern California. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Fast-Moving Flames Force People to Flee Homes in California

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FALLBROOK, Calif. (AP) — Flames were practically on top of Dick and Joan Marsala’s home when they got an urgent knock on the door and were told to leave. The couple, in their mid-80s, grabbed only a change of clothes and medications before fleeing Thursday through wind gusts and smoke as ...

Moundsville Fire Department Official Is Charged with Sex Abuse

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MOUNDSVILLE — Ron Walker has been suspended as Moundsville’s acting fire chief after being charged with sexual abuse this week. Walker, 42 — also a member of Cameron City Council — had been serving as assistant fire chief under the late Noel Clarke, before taking over as acting chief ...

Mideast Lashes Out Against U.S., Trump

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Large crowds of worshippers across the Muslim world staged anti-U.S. marches Friday, some stomping on posters of Donald Trump or burning American flags in the largest outpouring of anger yet at the U.S. president’s recognition of bitterly contested Jerusalem as Israel’s ...

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Hilltop Elementary School students showing off their hand-wrapped gifts of pajamas for local families in need, from front to back, are Alexis Kimberly, Ty Clemens, Saranee Burnt, Gracie Adams, Macy Baker and Ashton Waller.

Hilltop Elementary Students Gathering Pajamas for Winter


Students at Hilltop Elementary School are taking on part-time jobs as elves to help families this holiday season, as they near their goal of collecting 200 sets of pajamas to donate. Allison Rine’s second-grade students spend their mornings wrapping the presents as part of a month-long drive ...

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Wheeling Middle School teacher Renee Marchese, left, and students Gary McCormick, Kievion’tai Saunders and Emma Davis, help pack bags of food from the Wildcat Food Pantry at the school.

Steenrod Elementary Collecting Gluten-Free Food for Pantry


A free spaghetti dinner served to a person in need does no good — and can even be harmful — if the person is allergic to the gluten found in the pasta. That’s why students and staff at Steenrod Elementary School, along with the school’s PTA Citizenship Committee, are collecting ...

Bellaire Leaders Mull ‘Heavy-Haul’ Permits


Bellaire may have a new means of garnering some cash via heavy-haul permits. During a regular village council meeting Thursday, Administrator Scott Porter recommended council pass a resolution that would require heavy trucks to pay a fee to use certain streets in the village. “We’re not ...