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W.Va. Senate Passes House Education Omnibus Bill

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CHARLESTON — Bringing the special session on education betterment to all but an end, the West Virginia Senate passed the House of Delegates’ remake of the state Senate’s education reform package on Monday. The Senate gaveled in Monday afternoon to consider House Bill 206, the 155-page ...

Wheeling Pursuing Emergency Demolition of 23rd Street Building

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WHEELING — The city is preparing to take emergency action against two dilapidated Center Wheeling properties on 23rd Street. The vacant residential buildings at 43 and 45 23rd St. are under raze orders and Wheeling plans to pursue a nuisance declaration that would prompt an emergency ...

Ohio County Schools Seeks Better Communication With Contractor

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WHEELING — Ohio County Schools officials are learning that some important details aren’t necessarily included in the scope of construction being paid for through a $44.2 million bond issue approved by voters. Ohio County Schools Assistant Superintendent Rick Jones spoke of the matter ...

Volunteers Prepare to Clean Up Weeks Cemetery in Bridgeport

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BRIDGEPORT — A local cemetery is in need of some “TLC,” and local residents are stepping up and volunteering their time to fix it. Bridgeport residents and volunteers led by Tim Smith and his wife, Anna, are looking for additional volunteers to aid them as they provide that tender ...

Girl Injured in Shooting in Steubenville Dies

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STEUBENVILLE — A 3-year-old girl who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a September shooting in Steubenville died Saturday, according to authorities. Brylee West, 18, of Steubenville, was charged in connection with the shooting of a mother and her daughter on Sept. 24. Mahogany A. Luke, ...

Moon Landing Anniversary Inspires Science Summer Camp

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A simple gyroscope demonstration captivated the attention of nearly two dozen area girls Monday during the first of the two-day GEMS – Girls Enjoying Math and Science – Summer Camp at the SMART-Center in Wheeling. The demonstration was designed to teach the students, entering grades fifth ...

Cerra Built a Legacy Through His Construction Work

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Residents throughout the Ohio Valley might not have known Tom Cerra personally, but they most likely have benefited from his long career in the construction industry. Cerra, who served for 50 years as executive director of the Ohio Valley Construction Employers Council and was one of the ...

$5.8M Grant to Help Study Opioid Use in Appalachia

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PITTSBURGH — The University of Pittsburgh Division of General Internal Medicine has received a $5.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to facilitate opioid research in Appalachia, a region that has been affected significantly by the ongoing opioid epidemic. In partnership ...

Sanders, liberals, out with bill to cancel student debt

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By LAURIE KELLMAN and ELANA SCHOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Days before the first Democratic presidential debates, Sen. Bernie Sanders and House progressives rolled out legislation to cancel all student debt, going farther than a signature proposal by Sen. Elizabeth Warren as ...

AEP Upgrading Power Lines in Marshall County

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MOUNDSVILLE — Crews worked to remove power lines and towers near the Moundsville Bridge last week as American Electric Power continues making investments and upgrades to its transmission capabilities in Marshall County while preparing for future “load growth and economic development” in ...

Teachers, Student To Learn About Holocaust During Poland Trip

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WHEELING — Three teachers and a student from Ohio County are on their way to an international learning experience in Poland focusing on World War II and the Holocaust’s effect on the country. Wheeling Park High School art teacher Russ Schultz; his wife, Bridge Street Middle School music ...

W.Va. Senate Returns For Special Session

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CHARLESTON — Taking the baton from the House of Delegates, the state Senate will resume the special session for education betterment this week. Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, announced Friday that senators will return to Charleston at 5 p.m. today. The Senate will ...

Inspiration for Boatsie’s Boxes Retiring

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CM/Sgt. Patrick R. VanVranken, the inspiration for the Boatsie’s Boxes Christmas-season campaign that has benefited tens of thousands of servicemen and women at posts abroad, is retiring from the Air Force. VanVranken, the son of Jim and Gail “Boatsie” VanVranken of Wheeling, enlisted ...

Land Bank Taking Down Properties in Belmont County

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — For the past several years the Belmont County Reutilization Corporation, commonly called the land bank, has taken on the job of helping communities demolish the large numbers of dilapidated former homes in the county. Last year the demolition projects were stalled due to a ...

Happy 170th, Wheeling Suspension Bridge!

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WHEELING — Speaking in character of Charles Ellet Jr., designer as the historic Wheeling Suspension Bridge, Travis Henline, museum project manager for Wheeling Heritage, told a lunchtime crowd who gathered on 12th Street near at Wheeling’s waterfront Saturday about the “crown jewel” ...

Wheeling Fire Department Celebrating 150 Years

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WHEELING — As the city celebrates its 250th anniversary this year, another Wheeling institution is having a birthday of its own: the fire department. Later this year, the Wheeling Fire Department will reach 150 years since City Council passed a resolution to form an organized, paid fire ...