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Snow Days Put Spring Break on Ice In Brooke County

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The spring break planned for Brooke County Schools has been reduced to the Friday before Easter weekend to make up for snow days. Superintendent Toni Paesano Shute said students were to be off on March 29 and April 2-4, but those days will be used to make up for the canceled school days. With ...

Threat of Ohio E-School Closure Adds to Adversity for Students

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — As one of the nation’s largest online charter schools faces closure, students like Isabella Aquino face uncertainty about their future. “I have no idea,” said the 16-year-old junior, who takes some college classes and is disinclined to brick-and-mortar schools ...

Two Charged in Sex Abuse, Child Porn Case in Wheeling

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Two months after West Virginia State Police arrested a Wheeling man on child sex abuse charges, troopers have charged a woman allegedly identified in sexually explicit photos depicting one of the children. State police had arrested Larry Dayton Jr., 35, of Wheeling, as the result of a ...

Belmont County Animal Shelter Volunteer Wants to Return

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Jodi Apitzsch, a longtime volunteer at the Belmont County Animal Shelter, said she was told her services were no longer wanted because she went uninvited onto private property in Flushing to provide supplies for two neglected dogs. Apitzsch is asking the Belmont County Board of Commissioners ...

Ohio County Schools Discuss Framework for $86M Upgrades

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WHEELING — The days of expansive libraries and computer labs in high schools are going the way of encyclopedias and manual typewriters — and being replaced with “fab labs” and “maker spaces” where students collaborate to create, Ohio County residents learned Tuesday. Ohio County ...

Crews Repairing WPHS Gas Line

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WHEELING — Amid near-zero temperatures and falling snow, Ohio County Schools service employees put in nearly a full 24-hour day repairing a gas line break at Wheeling Park High School earlier this week. Superintendent Kim Miller commended Maintenance Director Brian Harto, noting some of ...

Wheeling Residents Frosted About Snow-Covered Roads

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WHEELING — So far, owners of seven downtown buildings have received bills of $175 per labor hour for Wheeling workers to remove snow from their sidewalks, but city officials said this is not curtailing their efforts to clear streets in neighborhoods. Also, Jefferson Avenue resident George ...

Rep. Evan Jenkins Files For U.S. Senate Seat

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PARKERSBURG — A sitting congressman Tuesday filed to seek a U.S. Senate seat from West Virginia. Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., was accompanied by his wife, son and daughter at Secretary of State Mac Warner’s office in Charleston, where he filed for the Republican nomination. Thomas ...

House Committee Questions Bannon

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WASHINGTON — The House Intelligence Committee subpoenaed former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on Tuesday in a showdown over whether he could be forced to testify in the panel’s Russia investigation. Bannon walked into a closed-door meeting with House members Tuesday morning ...

Wheeling Jesuit University Names New Alumni Relations Director

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Wheeling Jesuit University has named Ohio Valley native Shannon Payton as its new director of alumni relations. Payton will lead the university’s 10,000-plus alumni, providing guidance and leadership for alumni chapter events, the 50-Year Club and Alumni Council, as well as organizing and ...

Marshall County Officials Want To Be Ready for Development

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Marshall County commissioners and school board members came together with economic development leaders Tuesday at Prima Marina in Moundsville to look back on the work that’s been done to attract industry to the area and discuss the future. Regional Economic Development Partnership project ...

West Virginia University Grad Student Is Researching Dyslexia

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A West Virginia University graduate student believes about 55,000 children across the Mountain State are dealing with dyslexia, a learning disability that causes problems with reading and writing. Not all is lost, however, as these students find themselves with the same condition as many ...

Marshall County Mother, Daughter Sentenced for Staging Robbery

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A mother and daughter were sentenced Tuesday for their roles in staging a fake robbery to cover up their theft of money from a Moundsville gas station. In May, Moundsville police and West Virginia troopers were led on a multi-day search for a man believed to have robbed the Smith Oil station ...

Brooke County Solid Waste Authority Must Repay Grant Funds

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In an effort to ensure the future of the county’s recycling program, the Brooke County Commission will provide a loan to the county’s solid waste authority. On Tuesday the commissioners agreed to lend $25,383 to the board for two state grants it must repay because the money was used to ...

Knife Found in County Courthouse Restroom

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Charges are pending against a St. Clairsville man after Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies found a knife under a trash bag in a trash can at the Toronto county courthouse Tuesday. David Howard, 28, of St. Clairsville is being held in the Jefferson County jail after the knife was ...

Mark Thomas Indicted on Embezzlement Charge in Ohio County

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WHEELING — An Ohio County grand jury has indicted local attorney Mark A. Thomas on a charge of embezzlement by fiduciary for allegedly misappropriating $36,000 from the estate of a deceased client. Thomas also serves as a Belmont County commissioner. According to the indictment, the ...

The Latest Social Media Fad? Teens Eating Laundry Detergent Pods

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WHEELING — A dangerous new craze known as the “Laundry Pod Challenge” is gaining popularity among teenagers, but doctors say it could lead to hospitalization. In the latest social media fad, teens record themselves eating laundry pods. Medical experts warn that swallowing the contents of ...

Legislators Look at Elections for W.Va. School Board

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WHEELING — Members of the West Virginia Board of Education would be elected by the state’s voters under a bill introduced during the first week of the West Virginia Legislature’s annual session. There are 12 members of the state board, nine of whom are appointed by the governor. They ...

Trump Marks MLK Day; Calls Out Sen. Durbin on Comment

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday spoke out against the Democrat in the room where immigration talks with lawmakers took a coarse turn, saying Sen. Dick Durbin misrepresented what he had said about African nations and Haiti and, in the process, undermined the trust ...