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Record-Breaking ‘King Pumpkin’ Is Sold for $7,500 in Barnesville

BARNESVILLE — Emory Rothenbuhler and Sons Trucking of Beallsville purchased the record-setting King Pumpkin at the Barnesville Pumpkin Festival at auction Saturday evening for $7,500. The Barnesville Pumpkin Festival is a member of the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth. The GPC is a world wide ...

Sanctions Set for Release in Martins Ferry Shooting Case

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A co-defendant in the shooting death of Gregg Thompson in November 2015 in Martins Ferry said he is blessed to be home after being granted early release from prison. In court Monday, Tyler Duffy, 23, of Wheeling, was released from the Eastern Ohio Correction Center after ...

Settlement Between EPA, ArcelorMittal Weirton Is Reached

WHEELING —Lead, cyanide and chromium are among the forms of hazardous waste Environmental Protection Agency officials said they found at an ArcelorMittal Weirton site along the Ohio River, in announcing a $93,288 settlement with the company this morning. Details of the findings were scarce ...

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice Hints Trump Has Plans For West Virginia

WHEELING — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said there are actions brewing nationally that could benefit West Virginia, and he believes his personal relationship with President Donald Trump could prove beneficial to the Mountain State in the coming months. While in Wheeling this week, Justice ...

Wheeling Police Begin Crisis Training

WHEELING — The city of Wheeling now has what Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger believes is West Virginia’s only law enforcement crisis intervention training program. The program involves specialized training for officers on how to deal with people with substance abuse problems, ...

Wheeling Councilman: City-Owned Building on Market Street Is a Hazard

WHEELING — As a retired Wheeling Fire Department inspector, Councilman Dave Palmer said the city-owned structure at 1429 Market St. sets a poor example for members of the public when it comes to addressing problems with their buildings. Nearly four months have passed since bricks tumbled ...

Gunman Opens Fire In Nashville Church; One Dead, Seven Hurt

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A masked gunman opened fire at a Nashville church Sunday, walking silently down the aisle as he shot unsuspecting congregants. At least one person was killed and seven others wounded, authorities said. An usher confronted the shooter, who apparently shot himself in ...

Trump Signs Proclamation Further Restricting Travel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Citizens of eight countries, including North Korea and Venezuela, will face new restrictions on entry to the U.S. under a proclamation signed by President Donald Trump on Sunday that will replace his expiring travel ban. The new rules, which will impact the citizens of ...

Opposition Grows for GOP Health Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican opposition to the GOP health care bill swelled to near-fatal numbers Sunday as Sen. Susan Collins all but closed the door on supporting the last-ditch effort to scrap the Obama health care law and Sen. Ted Cruz said that “right now” he doesn’t back ...

Wheeling City Council to Hear Comments On Alecto TIF Plan

WHEELING —Ohio Valley Medical Center spokeswoman Karin Janiszewski said the long-troubled hospital is “actively recruiting physician specialists and primary care physicians,” a step which officials said could not occur without city leaders agreeing to renovate a parking garage and ...

Road Bowling Championship Raises Spirits and Funds in Wheeling

WHEELING — Michael Pelva trotted along Boggs Hill in the afternoon sun, trying to decide if he should remove his shirt before rolling a small, steel ball down the road. “Just a few buttons,” a passerby said. “Do it. Just do it.” He and his friends were competing in the Irish Road ...

Baxter Lays Out Plan For Success in Run for U.S. House Seat

WHEELING — Ralph Baxter’s mother Edith wanted, more than anything, for her two sons to be successful in life. She and her husband put an emphasis on education as the ticket to a better life for two boys raised in middle class West Virginia. Today, Ralph Baxter of Wheeling believes his ...

5K, Pet Show At Pumpkin Festival

BARNESVILLE — Out behind the Watt Center on Saturday, Carl Kondrach announced to those who lingered , the winners of a run and walk 5K, and everyone else on the other side of town carried yard sticks and gawked at a 2,150 pound pumpkin. Crowds gathered early at the 54th annual Barnesville ...

West Virginia University Celebrating Its 150th Anniversary

MORGANTOWN — Nearly as old as the Mountain State itself, West Virginia University has become the state’s academic, economic and emotional heartbeat over the last 150 years. Opening in 1867 as the Agricultural College of West Virginia, WVU started out as an all-male, all-white institution ...

Early Voting Begins on $1.6B Road Bond Referendum in West Virginia

WHEELING — Early voting on a $1.6 billion road bond referendum in West Virginia began Friday, and the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce is telling residents to vote “yes.” The chamber this week polled members of its executive board on the matter, and all said they were in favor of the ...

Warren Closes In On Plant Purchase in Shadyside

SHADYSIDE — An attorney for Warren Distribution said the company has a “signed letter of intent” to purchase the Commercial Vehicle Group plant, but it seems officials are confident in the final acquisition because the new sign at facility’s entrance displays the Warren logo. Omaha, ...

Sentence Deferred In New Martinsville Veteran’s Drug Case

MOUNDSVILLE — A local veteran who admitted to dealing heroin while battling addiction received a second chance Friday. Casey Mask, 31, of New Martinsville, appeared before Judge Jeffrey Cramer in Marshall County Circuit Court for sentencing on charges of delivery of a controlled substance, ...

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice Paints Grim Picture If Road Bond Fails

WHEELING — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says if a $1.6 billion road bond referendum doesn’t pass on Oct. 7, further financial cuts may have to be made — and racing greyhounds “are gone.” He also hinted cuts to higher education funding could be in the future if voters reject his ...