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Martins Ferry Mayor Robert Krajnyak, center, stands with Assistant Fire Chief Jack Regis, left, and engineer Jeff Vaughn as they examine a sinkhole that opened Friday near the Jaycee Manor Apartments.

30-Foot-Deep Sinkhole Opens in Martins Ferry

MARTINS FERRY — Heavy rain Friday afternoon was blamed for a large sinkhole that opened up near the Jaycee Manor Apartments in Martins Ferry, startling local residents as the ground gave way. Mayor Robert Krajnyak was on the scene to help evaluate the damage and determine what could be ...

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All Saints Catholic School in Moundsville won’t reopen for the 2017-18 school year, Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston officials announced Thursday.

Principal: BIshop Donahue Closure Impacted All Saints in Moundsville

MOUNDSVILLE — All Saints Catholic School Principal Sheila Blackmore believes the closure of Bishop Donahue High School had a direct effect on enrollment at the Moundsville grade school that’s now slated to close, as well. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston informed parents ...

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Contractors working for the Ohio County Development Authority are moving earth at The Highlands in preparation for the Menards home improvement superstore.

Earthwork Begins For The Highlands Menards Store

TRIADELPHIA —There aren’t any roller coasters in the area of The Highlands where Steve Minard once hoped to run “Wild Escape,” but there are bulldozers and dump trucks moving earth to prepare the site for West Virginia’s first Menards home improvement superstore. As the Ohio County ...

Kids Today: They Don’t Work Summer Jobs Like They Used To

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was at Oregon’s Timberline Lodge, later known as a setting in the horror movie “The Shining,” where Patrick Doyle earned his first real paycheck. He was a busboy. The job didn’t pay much. But Doyle quickly learned lessons that served him for years as he rose to ...

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Parents exit All Saints Catholic School in Moundsville Thursday after a meeting, following which the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston announced it is closing the school.

All Saints Catholic School Set to Close After Two Years in Moundsville

MOUNDSVILLE — Citing a “sharp decline in enrollment,” the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston announced late Thursday that All Saints Catholic School in Moundsville won’t reopen for the 2017-18 school year. Thursday’s announcement marks the second closure of a school by the ...

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Jocelyn Carlson, manager of the Grow Ohio Valley greenhouse in East Wheeling, works in one of the gardens.

Wheeling Has $2 Million in Carryover, CDBG Funds to Spend

WHEELING — Pay raises for current employees and the hiring of additional personnel could be in the plans for roughly $2 million Wheeling City Council has to spend, while officials could also fund street paving projects, upgrade declining playgrounds or support community service groups. City ...

President Donald Trump speaks during the "American Leadership in Emerging Technology" event in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump Says He Didn’t Tape Comey

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Thursday he never made and doesn’t have recordings of his private conversations with ousted former FBI Director James Comey, ending a month-long guessing game that he started with a cryptic tweet and that ensnared his administration in yet ...

New AP Poll Shows Divide on Gun Rights

ATLANTA (AP) — Americans have long had a complex relationship with guns. Now, a new study shows that the country’s deep political divide is reflected in attitudes toward gun control. The Pew survey released Thursday found a sharp drop since 2000 in overall support for gun control despite ...

People are removed from a sit-in outside of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office as they protest proposed cuts to Medicaid, Thursday, June 22, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Senate GOP Unveils Health Care Overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans launched their plan for shriveling Barack Obama’s health care law Thursday, edging a step closer to their dream of repeal with a bill that would slice and reshape Medicaid for the poor, relax rules on insurers and end tax increases on higher earners that ...

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Wheeling Councilwoman Wendy Scatterday speaks during Wednesday’s council meeting.

Downtown Wheeling Building Height Requirements Approved by City Council

WHEELING — Councilwoman Wendy Scatterday does not want downtown Wheeling to become “a bunch of drive-thrus,” so she led the way in requiring new buildings in the business district to be at least three stories in height, despite objections from Councilman Dave Palmer. Also during the ...

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Weirton Medical Center CEO John Frankovitch, left, and Vincent Deluzio, managing director of R&V Associates, the business managing firm at the hospital, speak about the current health care system.

Weirton Medical Center Officials: Don’t Rush Health Care Bill

WEIRTON — While the health care debate in Washington is far from resolved, health care leaders expect it to surface as a major issue for the 2018 midterm elections. That was the word from Vincent Deluzio, managing director of R&V Associates, the firm hired to manage Weirton Medical ...

In Georgia, Dems Seek Upside After Loss

DUNWOODY, Ga. (AP) — Republicans say Karen Handel’s victory in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District proves the GOP is still the dominant party in Georgia. Georgia Republican Party Chairman John Watson credited Handel for “crushing liberal dreams.” Democrats say Jon Ossoff’s 48 ...

U.S. Officials Underscore Threat To 2016 Election

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials sought Wednesday to underscore for lawmakers the threat Russia posed to the 2016 vote for the White House, outlining efforts to hack into election systems in 21 states and to fill the internet with misinformation during a divisive campaign season. Officials ...

Ohio Senate Passes $65B Budget With Medicaid Limits

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s state budget is headed into compromise talks on Thursday following Senate passage. The budget cleared the Senate, 24-8, Wednesday evening after several hours of debate and efforts by minority Democrats to turn back limits on Medicaid expansion and a new work ...

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Justice Won’t Sign Budget, But He Won’t Veto It, Either

WHEELING - West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice will not sign the $4.228 billion budget bill passed by the Legislature, but he will allow it to become law without his signature. "I can't possibly put my name on this," Justice said during an announcement this morning. "I think we have a ...