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Michaels Craft Store Is Leaving The Highlands in Ohio County

TRIADELPHIA — The Michaels craft store at The Highlands will close in less than six weeks as the corporation has decided not to renew the store’s lease. Store manager Dorothy Curry confirmed the store will close by Feb. 23 — or perhaps sooner, depending on sales. Traffic at the store ...

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, right of center, takes the oath of office administered by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Allen Loughry II, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, in Charleston, W.Va. Justice is joined by his wife, Cathy. (AP Photo/Walter Scriptunas II)

New West Virginia Governor Jim Justice Takes Oath of Office in Charleston

CHARLESTON (AP) — Coal magnate Jim Justice was sworn in Monday as West Virginia’s governor, the 34th man to hold the post over a century and a half. Elected as a Democrat in his first run for statewide office at age 65, Justice then outlined some proposals to help West Virginia’s ...

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Debris remains in Lane 15 where a large garage was destroyed by fire on Sunday night. The garage is believed to be frequented by some homeless people.

Two Fires Under Investigation in Wheeling

WHEELING — The Cornerstone building at 594 National Road in Fulton was heavily damaged by fire early Saturday, and fire consumed a garage in East Wheeling on Sunday night. A call came into 911 dispatch at about 5:30 a.m. Saturday from a passerby who reported a planter or shrubs on fire in ...

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Car Flips, Strikes Utility Pole on Washington Ave. in Wheeling

WHEELING - Police believe speed was a factor as a driver lost control, struck a utility pole and overturned his vehicle this afternoon prior to arriving at a stop on the front lawn of 114 Washington Ave. The 23-year-old driver was taken from the scene by ambulance, although the extent of ...

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The Rev. Cynthia Byers of the Walter of Lawrencefield Parish Church and Deacon Martin of Macedonia Baptist Church attend a Martin Luther King Jr. reflection ceremony in Wheeling Sunday.

Wheeling Community Leaders Reflect on Martin Luther King Jr.

WHEELING — Nearly 50 years after the death of the prolific civil rights leader, residents of Wheeling reflected Sunday on Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy. The annual weekend celebration began with the MLK Day Interfaith March for Peace and Freedom. Participants began the march ...

Health care workers rally to save the Affordable Care Act across the country outside LAC+USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. The rally was one of many being staged across the country in advance of President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20. Trump has promised to repeal and replace the health care law, and the Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday passed a measure taking the first steps to dismantle it. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Rallies Resist Health Care Law Repeal

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — Thousands of people showed up in freezing temperatures on Sunday in Michigan to hear Sen. Bernie Sanders denounce Republican efforts to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law, one of dozens of rallies Democrats staged across the country to highlight ...

Hundreds of people attend a rally in support of the Affordable Care Act, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, at Portland City Hall, in Portland, Maine. Similar rallies took place around the country. (AP Photo/Patrick Whittle)

Thousands Protest Health Law Repeal

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press WARREN, Mich. (AP) — Thousands of people showed up in freezing temperatures on Sunday in Michigan to hear Sen. Bernie Sanders denounce Republican efforts to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law, one of dozens of rallies Democrats staged ...

Outgoing CIA Chief Bashes Trump

NEW YORK (AP) — The outgoing CIA director charged on Sunday that Donald Trump lacks a full understanding of the threat Moscow poses to the United States, delivering a public lecture to the president-elect that further highlighted the bitter state of Trump’s relations with American ...

Ohio Gov. Kasich: I’m No Lame Duck

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In less than a year’s time, Ohio Gov. John Kasich has gone from an “adult in the room” alternative in a fractious Republican presidential field, to a potential convention spoiler in Cleveland, to now facing a hostile new president who reached down personally to ...

Inauguration in Sight for Trump

NEW YORK (AP) — His inauguration days away, President-elect Donald Trump is continuing to lash out at critics in the intelligence community and Democrats in Congress who are vowing to skip his swearing-in ceremony. The tough-talking Republican questioned whether the CIA director himself was ...

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Elder-Beerman Closing Ohio Valley Mall Store; Marshalls Coming

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- The Cafaro Co. on Monday confirmed that Elder-Beerman would be closing its Ohio Valley Mall store, while at the same time announcing that Marshalls would be taking over part of Elder-Beerman's space. Joe Bell, spokesman for Cafaro, which owns the mall, ...

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Valley Grove 
Volunteer Fire Department Chief Scott Himrod, 
center, and 
firefighters Craig Blacker, left, and Chris Oliver, finish up a call at 
Walmart at The Highlands on Jan. 2 after a vehicle fire spread to 
multiple vehicles.

Fire Fee Payment Required in Ohio County, But Many Residents Don’t Pay

WHEELING — A fire service fee assessed to Ohio County property owners generates about $300,000 annually — about $50,000 less than the cost of one new fire truck for just one of the seven volunteer fire departments sharing the revenue each year. The problem is not all ...

Northern Panhandle Delegates On Important Committees

CHARLESTON — When it comes to the powerful House of Delegates Judiciary Committee the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia is well-represented by three delegates led by Shawn Fluharty, D-Ohio as minority vice chairman. Joining Fluharty on the committee are Delegates Mark Zatezalo, ...

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Noble County residents Sandra and Joe Perebzak claim they have been adversely affected by the oil and gas industry at a community listening session on Saturday at River High School.

Residents, Officials Discuss Environmental Impact of Oil, Gas Industry

HANNIBAL — Several eastern Ohio residents and environmental experts gave testimony Saturday about health and environmental concerns with the oil and gas industry at a community listening session at River High School. The event was facilitated by Melanie Houston of the ...

Name Released In Fatal Tyler County Well Site Accident

MIDDLEBOURNE — A man injured Thursday at a U.S. Well Service site in Tyler County died, according to the Tyler County Sheriff’s Department. Prentice Cline, area director for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, said Hunter D. Osborn, 19, of Jane Lew, W.Va., who sustained ...

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Wheeling Public Works Director Russell Jebbia, right, speaks as 6th Ward Councilman Dave Palmer listens.

Wheeling Leaders Hear Recycling Pitch

WHEELING — At a Friday meeting of the city’s Public Works Committee, officials reconsidered Wheeling’s own recycling program before hearing from a local business eager to secure a contract. Public Works Director Russell Jebbia provided 3rd Ward Councilman Brian Wilson and others an ...