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W.Va. GOP Leaders Fight Over Trump

CHARLESTON — In a state where President Donald Trump’s name is still gold, Republican leaders are fighting in a public and caustic way over who’s his best friend. On one side, Gov. Jim Justice says he and Trump are “bound at the hip.” On the other, Senate Republican leaders argue ...

OC Schools Employees Traveling To Charleston for Special Session

Editor's note: This story has been updated to more accurately reflect that teachers and school service personnel from throughout the Northern Panhandle will be traveling to Charleston Monday for the resumption of the special session on education reform. The initial story indicated no other ...

FLAG DAY PARADE IN MOUNDSVILLE

Photo by Alan Olson The Moundsville Honor Guard leads the city’s Flag Day Parade on Friday evening. The parade route began in front of the Moundsville VFW building on Grant Avenue, going down First, Second and Third streets before coming back around. About 200 people were thought to have ...

Interstate 70 Resurfacing at State Line Nears Completion

WEST ALEXANDER — The reconstruction of Interstate 70 in Pennsylvania that was damaged by undermining earlier this year is ahead of schedule, but when West Virginia will begin its portion of the project is still up in the air. Motorists can soon expect some relief while traveling on I-70 ...

Convicted Drug Trafficker Arrested Again in Wheeling

A man with two prior felony convictions for trafficking drugs was arrested again on drug charges. On May 29, Ohio County Sheriff’s deputies conducted a search warrant at 321 N. Huron St. in Wheeling, where drug deals were reportedly being conducted. At the residence, Deante “G” Creel, ...

Koppers Plans to Close Follansbee Plant

FOLLANSBEE — Another Ohio Valley manufacturing site is set to close its doors, and area officials are preparing to find ways to assist its employees and possibly even locate a future tenant. The 48 employees of the Koppers facility in Follansbee are expected to be off the job by Aug. 4, ...

Weirton Doctors Acquitted of Drug Charges

WHEELING — Two Weirton doctors were acquitted Thursday after being indicted federally for unlawfully distributing Suboxone, in what their attorneys are calling overenthusiastic prosecution by the federal government. Dr. Krishan Aggarwal and Dr. Cherian John, both of Weirton, were employed at ...

Swartzmiller Seeks Elimination of Social Security Tax Caps

WHEELING — Delegate Randy Swartzmiller thinks the upcoming special legislative session on education betterment also would be an opportune time to re-examine legislation eliminating taxes on Social Security benefits for West Virginians. Swartzmiller, D-Hancock, wants to eliminate the wage ...

Volunteers Prepare for Ohio River Sweep

WHEELING — Volunteers are needed to help pick up trash along the Ohio River. The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, also known as ORSANCO, has scheduled its 30th annual Ohio River Sweep for Saturday. The event is a volunteer effort to clean up areas along the Ohio River, ...

State Officials Slam Bloomberg’s Energy Plan

PARKERSBURG — A former New York City mayor’s pledge to spend $500 million on the Beyond Carbon initiative would be better spent on research into cleaner-burning fuels, a West Virginia congressman said Tuesday. Michael Bloomberg on Friday announced he’ll spend the half-billion dollars on ...

Barnesville Cop Saves Baby from Drowning

BARNESVILLE — Barnesville Police Officer Andrew Stewart was at the right place and the right time last Friday, and a nine-month-old boy is still alive thanks to Stewart’s efforts and the quick reaction of the child’s grandmother. Julie Webb of Barnesville was walking with the baby in ...

Sentencing Rejected for Glen Dale Man Who Pleaded Guilty to Sex Assault

MOUNDSVILLE — Circuit Judge David Hummel refused to sentence a man who entered a guilty plea in Marshall County, saying he felt the prosecution was sloppy with its evidence against him. Robert “Lewie” Osborne, 41 of Glen Dale, had previously entered a guilty plea to first degree sexual ...

Executive Director Jake Dougherty Resigns From Wheeling Heritage

WHEELING — Wheeling Heritage Executive Director Jake Dougherty is leaving his job to pursue a law degree. Dougherty announced his resignation this week, and Wheeling attorney Arch Riley will take over the position in mid-August. “I’ve always been interested in law, and it has become ...

McMechen Attorney Loses License For 60 Days After Transporting Heroin

WHEELING — A McMechen attorney who was stopped by police while transporting 10 bricks of heroin to a drug dealer more than four years ago while in the throes of opioid addiction will be suspended from practicing law for the next two months. The West Virginia State Supreme Court of Appeals ...

House Dems Call for End of Education Special Session

CHARLESTON — Citing the repeat of mistakes made during the regular session and the growing feud between Gov. Jim Justice and Republicans in the Senate, Democrats in the House of Delegates called Tuesday for an end to the special session on education betterment. House Minority Leader Tim ...

Don Junkins Victorious in Bethlehem Mayor’s Race

BETHLEHEM — Bethlehem voters on Tuesday elected Don Junkins to be their next mayor. Junkins received 284 votes in Tuesday’s municipal election, while opponent Charles “Chuck” Griffin received 190. Junkins previously served 32 years as recorder for Bethlehem, and Griffin currently ...

Barbs Fly as Governor, Senate Leaders Squabble

CHARLESTON — The relationship between Gov. Jim Justice and Republican state senators took a new turn Monday as Sen. Craig Blair, R-Berkeley, called on the governor to resign. “For months, everyone has been talking about it, but now I am clearly and loudly saying it: Jim Justice is an ...