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Spruce Street Bridge Project Behind Schedule

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The date to reopen the Spruce Street Bridge over Interstate 470 in Bethlehem has been pushed back to late May, West Virginia Division of Highways officials said this week. The bridge has been under construction since October as crews work to replace the concrete deck and are scheduled to paint ...

Dyer Seeks Unexpired State Supreme Court Seat

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WHEELING — Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Lora Dyer says West Virginia’s opioid addiction problem placed her in a position she never imagined — overseeing cases where great-grandmothers are adopting their great-grandchildren. Dyer, 43, is a candidate for the West Virginia Supreme ...

House of Delegates Erupts Into Drama

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CHARLESTON — Tempers flared Wednesday on the 36th day of the 2020 legislative session as one delegate required multiple bills to be read in full to protest lack of action on an alleged incident with another lawmaker. Del. Eric Porterfield, R-Mercer, made motion after motion Wednesday to have ...

Hannibal Lock and Dam Fest Announced

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WOODSFIELD – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers representatives spoke to the Monroe County commissioners this week, promoting their upcoming Hannibal Lock and Dam festival May 16. The facilities are located at Hannibal along Ohio 7, across the Ohio River from New Martinsville in West Virginia. ...

Slide Closes One Lane of W.Va. 2 Near Wellsburg

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Officials with the West Virginia Division of Highways announced Tuesday this section of W.Va. 2 between Beech Bottom and Wellsburg has been reduced to one lane, with traffic regulated by temporary signals throughout the day, through April 1. State highway officials have been monitoring the area ...

Council Approves Monument, Murals

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WELLSBURG – Wellsburg Council Tuesday approved a monument noting the former location of Miller’s Tavern and authorized a Brooke High School senior to paint murals at multiple city parks. Council had been approached by resident Walter Ferguson about establishing a monument to the historic ...

‘Party Gamecast’ Podcast Moderator to Speak at Bethany College

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BETHANY – The moderator of the podcast “The Party Gamecast featuring the Party Game Cast” will speak at Bethany College at 11 a.m. Feb. 27. Bruce Voge III will present “Board Games Are Products: Marketing Wisdom for Game Designers” in Richardson Hall Room 110. Voge has been a ...

‘Defend the Guard’ Act Faces Uncertain Future

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CHARLESTON — A day after a House of Delegates committee approved a bill that would limit the West Virginia National Guard’s involvement in foreign conflicts, lawmakers chose Wednesday to let the bill continue on to the House Judiciary Committee over the objections of the bill’s ...

Citizens Encouraged to ‘Sound The Alarm’ to Save Lives

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WHEELING — The American Red Cross, in partnership with the Wheeling and Ohio County fire departments, will be installing free smoke alarms to any resident of the county who is in need of them. On Tuesday, officials with the American Red Cross, the City of Wheeling and local fire ...

Bridgeport Mayor Indicted on 4 Charges

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BRIDGEPORT — Bridgeport Mayor David W. Smith relinquished his mayoral duties Tuesday after the Ohio Auditor’s Office announced he is facing charges of tampering with records, theft in office and two counts of conflict of interest. After Smith’s indictment was announced, Village ...

Emergency Officials Prepare for Flash Flooding

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WHEELING — Emergency management agencies across the region are keeping a “close eye” on heavy rain that could bring flooding later today. Emergency directors from West Virginia held a teleconference briefing Tuesday morning with state officials and meteorologists with the National ...

Tim Tebow Bill Scores a Touchdown in State Senate

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CHARLESTON — A bill to allow home school, private school and parochial school students the opportunity to play sports at public schools made it through the West Virginia Senate Tuesday for the second time in five years. Senate Bill 131 passed the Senate in a 25-9 vote with one member absent ...

Sanders Edges Buttigieg in New Hampshire, Cements Dem Top 2

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MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Bernie Sanders won New Hampshire’s presidential primary election Tuesday night, narrowly edging moderate rival Pete Buttigieg and scoring the first clear victory in the Democratic Party’s chaotic 2020 nomination fight. In his win, the 78-year-old Sanders, a ...

Unified Bank Makes Donation to United Way

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MARTINS FERRY — Unified Bank employees raised $5,399 for charities through the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley’s employee giving plan last year. The giving plan allows employees of companies to donate to their special causes through a deduction to their payroll. The amount determined by ...

Black Musical History Celebrated During Lunch With Books

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WHEELING – “A History of Black Music in America,” along with a live performance from various genres, was offered to a large, enthusiastic audience Tuesday at the Ohio County Public Library. The program was presented as part of Lunch With Books’ observance of Black History Month. Host ...

All Smiles at Marshall County Board of Education

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MOUNDSVILLE – The diligent work of local dentists was recognized by members of the Marshall County Board of Education, for their work in improving dental hygiene of students in the district. Dr. Angela Petros was on hand to receive a certificate of appreciation from board President John ...

City of Wheeling Recognized for Healthy Practices

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WHEELING – Programs and policies that help promote good health in the City of Wheeling have earned recognition from the State of West Virginia. Officials from Wheeling accepted a Silver Award on Tuesday at the West Virginia Association of Counties conference in Charleston as part of the ...

Herron: Wheeling Can’t Afford To Lose Greyhound Racing

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CHARLESTON — Wheeling cannot afford to lose greyhound racing at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack and the tax revenue it brings in, Wheeling City Manager Robert Herron told the state Senate Finance Committee Monday, as the city continues to suffer from the loss of Ohio Valley Medical ...

Budget Focus As WPHS Upgrades Start

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WHEELING — A project to renovate and expand Wheeling Park High School hasn’t gone out to bid yet, but costs are already expected to be over budget, according to Ohio County Schools Assistant Superintendent Rick Jones. Representatives of PCS Estimating Services plan to tell the school ...

Martins Ferry K-9 Receives ‘Big Ben’ Foundation Grant

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MARTINS FERRY — Martins Ferry’s new police dog, Linus, is receiving a helping hand buying equipment related to his job at the Martins Ferry Police Department. Handled by Officer John Holmes, Linus has received a grant from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund. Martins ...