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Wheeling Residents Frosted About Snow-Covered Roads

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

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 ...

FILE- In this April 9, 2017, file photo, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon steps off Air Force One as he arrives at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Breitbart News Network announced Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, that the former White House chief strategist is stepping down as chairman of the conservative news site. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

House Committee Questions Bannon

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 ...

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Mark Thomas Indicted on Embezzlement Charge in Ohio County

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 number of children exposed to laundry detergent packets continues to rise, despite efforts by manufacturers to make containers more child resistant.

The Latest Social Media Fad? Teens Eating Laundry Detergent Pods

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 ...

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West Virginia Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, R-Ohio, looks on during an interim committee meeting in Charleston in October.

Legislators Look at Elections for W.Va. School Board

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 ...

Anti-Trump protesters line the sidewalks as President Donald Trump's motorcade returns to Mar-a-Lago in West Palm Beach, Fla., Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, after Trump played golf at Trump International Golf Club. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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

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 ...


First-Time Candidate Shawna Roberts of Barnesville to Seek Seat in Congress

STEUBENVILLE — Shawna Roberts of Barnesville is a stay-at-home mom who’s never run for political office, but she has her sights set squarely on representing East Ohio in the halls of Congress. The 53-year-old says she will seek the Democratic nomination for the 6th Congressional District ...

FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2017, file photo. the U.S. Capitol in the early morning in Washington. Buoyed by a string of Republican retirements and President Donald Trump’s persistently low approval rating, Democrats are increasingly hopeful about their chances for a midterm election wave that would give them control of the House and could deliver a shattering blow to the president. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Democrats Aim For Big 2018 Gains

WASHINGTON (AP) — Buoyed by a string of Republican retirements and President Donald Trump’s low approval rating, Democrats are increasingly hopeful about their chances for a midterm election wave that would give them control of the House. The number of Republicans bowing out rather than ...

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petroleum technology instructor Curt Hippensteel demonstrates a plunger lift, which is 
commonly found at natural gas wells that have already been drilled.

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Local Jobless Rates Have Improved

WHEELING —As the Upper Ohio Valley waits to learn whether a $6 billion Belmont County ethane cracker will bring hundreds of permanent jobs, officials at West Virginia Northern College are training students to work in a wide range of petroleum technology careers. According to WorkForce West ...

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Students representing Wheeling Jesuit University’s Black Student Union march down Wheeling Hill during the Interfaith  March For Peace And Justice Sunday. The event was one of among many set to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. weekend by WJU and faith-based community partners.

Wheeling Remembers Martin Luther King Jr.

WHEELING — Martin Luther King Jr. can be best remembered for challenging the notions of decency and justice in our society, and redefining them, according to Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott. Elliott spoke during an interfaith service Sunday at Fourth Street United Methodist Church. The event ...

Local EMA Directors Say Sunday Was Calm

WHEELING — Local emergency management agency directors said Sunday seemed to be the calm after the winter storms that hit the area late Friday and early Saturday. “We did not have a call (Sunday),” Ohio County EMA Director Lou Vargo said. Ohio County officials had been watching the ...

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2017, file photo, demonstrators hold up balloons during an immigration rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and Temporary Protected Status (TPS), programs, near the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Casting a cloud over already tenuous negotiations, President Donald Trump said Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, that DACA, a program that protects immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and live here illegally, is “probably dead” and blamed Democrats, days before some government functions would start shutting down unless a deal is reached. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Trump Says ‘Dreamers’ Program Is ‘Probably Dead’

PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump said Sunday that a program that protects immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children is “probably dead,” casting a cloud over already tenuous negotiations just days before a deadline on a government funding deal that Democrats ...

Missile-Alert Mistake Feeds Doubt

HONOLULU — A blunder that caused more than a million people in Hawaii to fear that they were about to be struck by a nuclear missile fed skepticism Sunday about the government’s ability to keep them informed in a real emergency. Residents and tourists alike remained rattled a day after ...


Ohio River Slowly Receding; Near Flooding Leads to Mess for Barges, Residents

DILLES BOTTOM, Ohio -- A partially submerged barge just south of Dilles Bottom, Ohio, served this morning as a stark reminder of the power of the Ohio River. As of 1 p.m. today, the river stage at Wheeling was at about 32.5 feet and falling. The river reached a height of 33.18 feet Saturday ...

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Top, High water covers Wheeling’s Heritage Port as the Ohio River rose steadily throughout the day Saturday.

Ohio River Projected to Crest Blow Flood Stage Today

WHEELING — Emergency officials are keeping a close watch on the Ohio River as the latest forecast predicts a crest less than 3 feet below flood stage at Wheeling early today. Meanwhile, area responders and the U.S. Coast guard dealt with a potentially dangerous situation on the river as ...

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A developer plans to spend about $20 million transforming the former Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel headquarters on Market Street into a mixed-use complex with as many as 100 residential units and some retail space.

Downtown Wheeling Development Set to Begin

WHEELING —Up to 100 new market-rate apartments are planned for a $20 million project at the former Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel headquarters in downtown Wheeling, while city leaders are also working on another parking garage for the 1100 block of Market Street. “When a developer from ...

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Ohio County BOE To Discuss $86 Million Upgrade Proposal

WHEELING — Ohio County Schools will host an informational meeting this week to give the public an opportunity to learn more about a proposed $86 million plan to upgrade school properties — and an expected bond issue this spring to fund the measure. The meeting will take place at 4 p.m. ...