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Belmont County Engineer Terry Lively speaks during Thursday’s Belmont County Board of Commissioners meeting.

Belmont County Commission Agrees to Vacate Road at Coal Energy’s Request

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Commissioners on Thursday approved a request from Murray Energy Corp. to vacate a 1.1-mile stretch of Mayhugh Road in Wayne Township, allowing the company to use surrounding land as a coal refuse site. Wayne Township trustees had voiced ...

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Steve Hilliard to Retire From Wheeling Park Commission March 31

WHEELING — Citing personal reasons, Steve Hilliard has announced his retirement as president and CEO of the Wheeling Park Commission, effective March 31. Earlier this week, Hilliard told employees that he plans to work through March, and asked that “we not change course and stay focused on ...

Lindsay Chestnut of Baltimore holds a sign that reads "I like My Internet Like I Like my Country Free & Open" as she protests near the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, where the FCC is scheduled to meet and vote on net neutrality. The vote scheduled today at the FCC, could usher in big changes in how Americans use the internet, a radical departure from more than a decade of federal oversight. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

‘Net Neutrality’ Ended Following FCC Vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission repealed the Obama-era “net neutrality” rules Thursday, giving internet service providers like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T a free hand to slow or block websites and apps as they see fit or charge more for faster speeds. In a ...

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., meets with reporters to answer questions on the tax bill and sexual misconduct on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. Ryan says Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold has "made the right decision" to retire at the end of his term amid allegations of sexual harassment. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Defection Threatens Slim Majority on Tax Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republicans’ razor-thin margin for driving their sweeping tax package through the Senate was thrown into jeopardy Thursday when GOP Sen. Marco Rubio declared he will vote against it unless negotiators expand the tax credit that low-income Americans can claim for their ...

Hilliard to Retire from Park Commission

By HEATHER ZIEGLER Associate City Editor WHEELING -- Citing personal reasons, Steve Hilliard has announced his retirement as president and CEO of the Wheeling Park Commission, effective March 31, 2018. Earlier this week, Hilliard told employees that he plans to work out his contract ...

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Wheeling Police Department officers Gage Parker, left, and R.J. Faldowski participate in a discussion on local law enforcement Wednesday at the First State Capitol building in Wheeling, organized by Ohio Valley Together.

Wheeling Police Talk Drug Epidemic During Forum

WHEELING — Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger said while the number of overdose cases in Wheeling seems to be decreasing, drugs still were a major factor in the city during 2017. Officers have responded to 106 overdoses this year, three of them fatal, Schwertfeger told those attending a forum ...

Moundsville Fire Department Official Let Go Amid Investigation

MOUNDSVILLE — The city of Moundsville terminated former acting fire chief Ron Walker on Wednesday, almost a week after he was suspended with pay after sexual abuse allegations against him surfaced. Walker, 42, of Cameron was arraigned last week on the charges stemming from early November, ...

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Ski and snowboard enthusiasts can enjoy the slopes at Seven Springs Mountain Resort with the official start of the 2017-18 ski season to begin Friday.

Winter Ski Season Welcomes First Snowfall

WHEELING — Strap on your boots and wax up the skis or snowboard, as area residents will be able to hit the slopes starting Friday at the area’s mountain attractions. Oglebay Park in Wheeling is opening its ski area along W.Va. 88 on Friday, where “every day is a snow day” — an ...

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, center, embraces Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, left, as House and Senate conferees after GOP leaders announced they have forged an agreement on a sweeping overhaul of the nation's tax laws, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee, looks on at far right. Democrats objected to the bill and asked that a final vote be delayed until Senator-elect Doug Jones of Alabama is seated. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Ample Tax Cuts for Business, Wealthy in New GOP Tax Deal

WASHINGTON — Generous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans would be delivered in a sweeping overhaul of the tax laws, under a new agreement crafted by Republicans in Congress. Middle- and low-income families would receive smaller tax cuts, though President Donald Trump and ...

Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Doug Jones speaks to reporters outside Bethel Baptist Church Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Birmingham , Ala. Jones is facing Republican Roy Moore. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Party Split On Alabama Senate Race Outcome

WASHINGTON (AP) — Weary national Republicans breathed a collective sigh of relief on Wednesday, a day after voters knocked out their own party’s scandal-plagued candidate in deep-red Alabama. Yet all is not well in a party confronted with new rounds of infighting and a suddenly shrinking ...

Court Sides With Cities In Traffic Camera Ruling

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court sided with cities again in their dispute with the state over traffic cameras, ruling Wednesday that an earlier decision upholding use of the cameras applies to two more cities. It’s the fourth time the state’s highest court has come down in ...

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein speaks before a House Committee on the Judiciary oversight hearing on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 in Washington. A day after hundreds of text messages between two FBI officials on the special counsel's Russia investigation revealed a strong anti-Trump bias, the Deputy Attorney General Rob Rosenstein appears on the Hill. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

GOP Blasts Mueller’s Probe, But Still Wants Him to Stay

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans ratcheted up criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian meddling Wednesday, questioning whether there was bias on his team of lawyers but stopping short of calling for his firing or resignation. The criticism directed toward Deputy ...

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Moundsville City Councilman Allen Hendershot listens during a previous council meeting.

Moundsville City Council Voices Support for Victim

In the wake of former acting Moundsville fire chief Ron Walker being accused of sexual abuse last week, Moundsville Councilman Allen Hendershot is leading a push for council to be more proactive in its support of victims in all cases going forward. Hendershot raised the point in the last ...

Movie Theater Fire Determined Arson

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Officials with the Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office have determined that a fire was intentionally set at the AMC movie theater at the Ohio Valley Mall before the venue opened for business on Tuesday. Cumberland Trail Fire District Lt. John Yemich said firefighters ...

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Ohio County Commission President Orphy Klempa reviews documents during Tuesday night’s commission meeting.

Construction to Start at The Highlands On Sports Complex, Menards in Spring

WHEELING — There could be much dust and activity at the far end of The Highlands this spring when two major projects are expected to begin construction. Members of the Ohio County Development Authority learned Tuesday night the groundwork and utilities are nearly in place for a future ...

W.Va. 2 Road Improvements Discussed at Meeting in Wetzel County

The W.Va. 2 Proctor to Kent expansion project is slated to get underway in 2020, according to Gus Suwaid, West Virginia Division of Highways District 6 engineer. Suwaid briefed the West Virginia Route 2 and I-68 Authority on that project and several other road projects at the authority’s ...

Shawnee Wilson watches as her son, Kingston, plays in her apartment in Indianapolis, on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017. Despite some relapses, she’s been clean several months and is convinced she’ll be able to keep it up. The clock is ticking. Federal law dictates the loss of parental rights for those whose children have been in foster care for 15 out of the previous 22 months.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Opioid Crisis Strains Foster Care Systems

MARION, Ind. (AP) — She was first roused awake at 2:30 a.m. by a call seeking an emergency placement for a child. Ninety minutes later, it was a storm of texts telling of a problem at a foster home. Now, after a fitful night and a morning spent furiously juggling 15 foster cases, Rachael ...

Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Doug Jones speaks to reporters outside Bethel Baptist Church Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Birmingham , Ala. Jones is facing Republican Roy Moore. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Jones Stuns Moore For Alabama Senate Seat

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama’s special Senate election on Tuesday, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual ...

Warwood Gas Station Robbed

WHEELING — The Marathon Gas Station at 2110 Warwood Ave. was robbed shortly after 3 a.m. today. According to a Wheeling police report, the clerk told officers that the robber walked in, demanded money, took an unknown amount from the register and then fled on foot toward the Heritage Walking ...