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David Jones Steps Into GOP Chairman Role

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David Jones, long-time co-chairman of the Belmont County Republican Party, has stepped in to help local chapter in the role of chairman. Jones took the helm after former chairman Chris Gagin unexpectedly stepped down in July. Gagin said he was stepping down as a protest to President Donald ...

Elmhurst’s Oak Tree Is New State Champion

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American poet Joyce Kilmer may have been inspired to write his famed poem “Trees” if had chanced to pass by Elmhurst, The House of Friendship’s front lawn, where a majestic Shumard oak stands at the corner of the expansive front porch. The tree, planted after the turn of the 20th ...

Jobless Rates Vary Across the Ohio Valley

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WHEELING — Monroe County has the highest unemployment rate in the Upper Ohio Valley, and it is also No. 1 for unemployment in the state of Ohio. Monroe County’s rate is now 7.5 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s down from it’s high of 14.4 percent in ...

Trick Rider, 7, From Bethesda Makes It Look Easy

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Seven-year-old Eme Martin has been riding since the age of 2 and trick riding since November. On Wednesday, she will perform on horseback with her teacher, Shadow Montag, during the Belmont County Fair. From 4-6 p.m., they will visit the West Texas Roadhouse with Montag’s horses, Thunder ...

James Mazzone: Judiciary a Team Effort

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WHEELING — Soon to take a seat as a federal magistrate, First Judicial Circuit Judge James P. Mazzone said he believes a team effort makes for a successful career, especially in the judiciary. Since his days working as a law clerk while seeking a law degree from West Virginia University, ...

Some Changes Are Coming to the Belmont County Fair

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Changes are on the agenda at the 169th annual Belmont County Fair, starting with the entrance fees. Treasurer Malissa Campbell said fairgoers will see an increase in admission prices this year, with general admission now $10. “It was $8 before,” said Campbell who also said the increase ...

Congress Will Try To Keep The Lights On

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Keep the government running and confirm Brett Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court justice. Those are the big-ticket items that Republican leaders in Congress hope to accomplish as lawmakers look to wrap up their work and head home to campaign for the November ...

Wheeling Council To Adopt City Flag

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WHEELING — City council will consider a resolution this week to adopt a new flag for Wheeling. Members are expected to vote on the measure during their regular meeting at noon Tuesday. The meeting will be in council chambers at the City-County Building, 1500 Chapline St. The new flag’s ...

Sen. John McCain Laid to Rest at U.S. Naval Academy

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WASHINGTON (AP) — John McCain is being laid to rest at the U.S. Naval Academy after a five-day procession that served as a final call to arms for a nation he warned could lose its civility and sense of shared purpose. The private ceremony in Annapolis, Maryland, was as carefully planned as ...

W.Va.’s Sports Betting Kicks Off In Charles Town

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CHARLES TOWN — Sports betting has begun in West Virginia. The Sportsbook at the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races kicked off in time for football season. That was the goal of the operation, as the casino held a gala opening Saturday morning just before the start of the noon college ...

Reliving Colonial Wheeling

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Photo by Scott McCloskey Dozens participate Saturday in Colonial Era dancing during Fort Henry Days at Oglebay Park. The event is a tribute to colonial life from the time when Wheeling was a frontier community. It includes a re-enactment of the Battle of Fort Henry, which happened Sept. ...

Kavanaugh’s Life Carefully Constructed

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s life seems as carefully constructed as the Supreme Court arguments he will hear if he is confirmed to the high court. He checks all the boxes of the ways of Washington, or at least the way Washington used to be. He’s a team player — the ...

Helping Heroes Rocks On

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Photo by Matt Saxton Members of the band Still Kick’in perform Saturday afternoon during the Operation Helping Heroes Music Festival at Chase Field in Bellaire. Proceeds from the event benefit the Friends of the Pittsburgh Fisher House, which helps families of military veterans who are ...

Applications Open for Lights Parade

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Photo Provided Soon, Santa Claus will be riding through the streets of Wheeling for the Perkins Restaurant and Bakery Fantasy in Lights Parade. The Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for entries for the Nov. 16 parade on its website at wheelingchamber.com. They also ...

Police Roundups

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WHEELING POLICE DEPARTMENT Between 8:06 a.m. Friday and 7:27 a.m. Saturday, officers handled seven traffic stops, five accidents and one miscellaneous call. SATURDAY At 7:27 a.m., Chapline Street, theft. At 3:48 a.m., Eagle Court, domestic. At 3:11 a.m., Penn Street, assault and ...