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Orphy Klempa, Don Nickerson File for Ohio County Commission

WHEELING — There will be a contested race for an Ohio County Commission seat in 2018. The first day of 2018 election filings kicked off Monday in West Virginia, with Ohio County Commissioner Orphy Klempa, a Democrat, filing for re-election, and Wheeling resident Don Nickerson entering the ...

Wheeling Attorney Betsy Jividen Named W.Va. Corrections Commissioner

WHEELING — Gov. Jim Justice on Monday appointed Betsy Jividen of Wheeling as commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Corrections, which is part of the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety. “Jividen has been a tough federal prosecutor and Gov. Justice chose her for her ...

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The Belmont County Jail, located west of St. Clairsville off of Hammond Road, is designed to hold 144 prisoners. The population there exceeded 180 earlier this year, prompting the county to contract with Jefferson County to house some of those inmates.

Belmont County Jail Costs to Continue

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Overcrowding at the Belmont County Jail in 2017 forced officials to pay Jefferson County to house some inmates, and it appears that will continue this year. Belmont County commissioners signed a contract in July to house excess inmates at the Jefferson County Jail. They ...

Rollover Crash Blocks Interstate 70 Westbound

A one-vehicle rollover crash has temporarily blocked traffic on Interstate 70 westbound near Exit 0. Fire crews are working to free the female driver of the overturned vehicle. Avoid using I-70 west until the crash is cleared.

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‘Non-Politician’ Willis Seeking U.S. Senate Seat

WHEELING —As a graduate of Georgetown University’s law school, a U.S. Army Green Beret and the owner of a historic hotel, Tom Willis hopes his wide range of experiences will convince West Virginia voters to choose him as their next U.S. senator. Beyond his resume, however, Willis said the ...

Copies of the book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" by Michael Wolff are displayed at Barbara's Books Store, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Bannon Tries To Make Amends

WASHINGTON — Steve Bannon is trying to make amends. Faced with a growing backlash, President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist released a statement Sunday reaffirming his support for the commander in chief and praising Trump’s eldest son as “both a patriot and a good ...

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Wheeling’s Jividen Appointed to Lead W.Va. Prison System

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A career federal prosecutor is now overseeing West Virginia’s prison system, state Military Affairs and Public Safety Secretary Jeff Sandy announced. Governor Jim Justice announced today the appointment of Betsy Jividen of Wheeling as Commissioner of the West Virginia ...

Chris Fidler, left, of Halifax, and Ben Reigert, of Reading, walk out onto the ice at Sweet Arrow Lake, to fish on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, in Pine Grove, Pa. Freezing temperatures since December 26 have made for ideal ice fishing conditions. (David McKeown/Republican-Herald via AP)

Temperatures Are Set to Rise On East Coast

BOSTON — The blast of arctic air that engulfed portions of the East Coast broke cold temperature records from Maine to West Virginia and stunned sea turtles in Florida — although a warm-up is coming today. Burlington, Vermont, and Portland, Maine set records, with Burlington falling to ...

No Change for U.S. On North Korea Talks

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump’s U.N. ambassador said Sunday the administration isn’t changing its conditions regarding talks with North Korea amid growing tensions over the North’s nuclear and missile programs. Nikki Haley made clear that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would ...

Jefferson County Robbery Suspects Lead Police On Chase Into Two States

STEUBENVILLE —Two people were arrested Sunday evening after the robbery of Special Way on Ohio 213 and a subsequent police chase that ended with an accident off U.S. 22 near Bavington, Pa. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department reported being called about a robbery at Special Way, 1592 ...

Sole Winner in $559M Powerball

MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) — It’s been a billion-dollar lottery weekend after a lone Powerball ticket sold in New Hampshire matched all six numbers and will claim a $559.7 million jackpot, one day after another single ticket sold in Florida nabbed a $450 million Mega Millions grand prize. Since ...

From W.Va. to Maine, Arctic Air Blasts in New Low Temperatures

By STEVE LEBLANC Associated Press BOSTON — The blast of arctic air that engulfed portions of the East Coast broke cold temperature records from Maine to West Virginia and stunned sea turtles in Florida — although a warm-up is coming this week. Burlington, Vt., and Portland, Maine set ...

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Jay Smith, 45, at left, is paralyzed from the chest down and is now homeless. He has been spending nights at the Youth Services System Winter Freeze Shelter. Here, at the shelter, he plays a game of Jenga with YSS CEO John Moses.

Youth Service Center Winter Freeze Shelter Opens Doors to Homeless in Wheeling

WHEELING — Imagine being homeless as the temperatures plunged below zero across the Upper Ohio Valley last week. Then, try to envision the situation complicated further by being confined to a wheelchair. That is the predicament in which 45-year-old Jay Smith finds himself. As one of the 68 ...

Ed Anderson, an employee with the Anthony Wayne Oil Corp., spreads salt on the             sidewalk in front of one of the company’s            surface parking lots on Main Street in            downtown Wheeling.
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A Flurry of Snow Removal Notices Issued in Wheeling

WHEELING —Owners of at least 30 downtown and Center Wheeling buildings have received notice for violating the new sidewalk snow removal requirement, which means they could face fines of $175 per labor hour if city employees ultimately do the work. “This is in no way mean-spirited,” ...

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Moderator John Dahlia, NVWV business editor, standing, and, from left, Christine Campbell, president of the American Federation of Teachers; Delegate Larry Rowe, D-Kanawha; Delegate Joe Statler, R-Monongalia; and Delegate Robert Thompson, D-Wayne, discuss possible legislation that would impact education in West Virginia during the West Virginia Press Association’s Legislative Lookahead Friday in Charleston.

West Virginia Officials Agree That Teacher Salaries Should Increase

CHARLESTON — Teacher salaries and accountability, the opioid crisis and school funding took the forefront as top education issues facing the state during the 2018 Legislative Lookahead Friday in Charleston. The day-long event, hosted by the West Virginia Press Association, featured ...

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Donald Trump Is Fired Up And Furious About New Book

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump felt compelled Saturday to let the world know he’s playing with all his marbles and is among the sharpest cookies around. In a series of tweets, Trump defended his mental fitness and boasted about his brains, saying he is “like, really smart” ...

Jay Churkin and his dog Siba play on the frozen Lake Arthur in Moraine State Park while temperatures were in the single digits, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, in Portersville, Pa. Pennsylvanians continue to deal with bone-chilling temperatures and related weather issues that have gripped the state in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Deep Freeze Affects Millions

NEW YORK (AP) — About 100 million people faced a new challenge after the whopping East Coast snowstorm: a gusty deep freeze, topped Saturday by a wind chill close to minus 100 on New Hampshire’s Mount Washington that vied for world’s coldest place. Jaw-clenching temperatures to start ...

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West Virginia authorities have downgraded Ohio Valley Medical Center’s trauma designation for its EMSTAR unit in Wheeling from Level II to Level IV. OVMC officials say they plan to seek a return to Level II status.

West Virginia Downgrades Ohio Valley Medical Center’s Trauma Designation

WHEELING — State authorities have downgraded Ohio Valley Medical Center’s trauma designation from Level II to Level IV, but OVMC contends its emergency department’s capabilities remain unchanged. From 2003 until this week, OVMC and Wheeling Hospital operated a joint community trauma ...