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Jobless Rates Vary Across the Ohio Valley

WHEELING — Monroe County has the highest unemployment rate in the Upper Ohio Valley, and it is also No. 1 for unemployment in the state of Ohio. Monroe County’s rate is now 7.5 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s down from it’s high of 14.4 percent in ...

James Mazzone: Judiciary a Team Effort

WHEELING — Soon to take a seat as a federal magistrate, First Judicial Circuit Judge James P. Mazzone said he believes a team effort makes for a successful career, especially in the judiciary. Since his days working as a law clerk while seeking a law degree from West Virginia University, ...

Congress Will Try To Keep The Lights On

WASHINGTON (AP) — Keep the government running and confirm Brett Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court justice. Those are the big-ticket items that Republican leaders in Congress hope to accomplish as lawmakers look to wrap up their work and head home to campaign for the November ...

Wheeling Council To Adopt City Flag

WHEELING — City council will consider a resolution this week to adopt a new flag for Wheeling. Members are expected to vote on the measure during their regular meeting at noon Tuesday. The meeting will be in council chambers at the City-County Building, 1500 Chapline St. The new flag’s ...

Sen. John McCain Laid to Rest at U.S. Naval Academy

WASHINGTON (AP) — John McCain is being laid to rest at the U.S. Naval Academy after a five-day procession that served as a final call to arms for a nation he warned could lose its civility and sense of shared purpose. The private ceremony in Annapolis, Maryland, was as carefully planned as ...

Artists Carve Out Their Niche at Oglebay Woodcarvers’ Show in Wheeling

WHEELING — More than 40 artisans and woodcarvers flocked to the Pine Room at Oglebay for the 39th consecutive year of the Oglebay Woodcarvers’ Show, sponsored by the Oglebay Woodcarvers’ Guild. Chapter president Clark Adams speculated Sunday the heat wave may have played a role in what ...

Man Who Grew Up In New Martinsville Takes Vintage Raceboat for Inaugural Run

WHEELING — David Bridgeman said he was excited about taking his recently purchased vintage hydroplane raceboat for a few exhibition laps. The man who grew up in New Martinsville and now lives in Hannibal said his interest in boats came naturally while he was raised along the eastern shore ...

W.Va.’s Sports Betting Kicks Off In Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN — Sports betting has begun in West Virginia. The Sportsbook at the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races kicked off in time for football season. That was the goal of the operation, as the casino held a gala opening Saturday morning just before the start of the noon college ...

Where’s Clayton? Leaders Say Permanent Commerce Secretary Needed in W.Va.

WHITE SULPHER SPRINGS — At the 82nd West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Business Summit, held at Gov. Jim Justice’s Greenbrier Resort every year, one would expect the leader of the state government’s economic arm — even the interim leader — to be in attendance. But ...

Reliving Colonial Wheeling

Photo by Scott McCloskey Dozens participate Saturday in Colonial Era dancing during Fort Henry Days at Oglebay Park. The event is a tribute to colonial life from the time when Wheeling was a frontier community. It includes a re-enactment of the Battle of Fort Henry, which happened Sept. ...

Kavanaugh’s Life Carefully Constructed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s life seems as carefully constructed as the Supreme Court arguments he will hear if he is confirmed to the high court. He checks all the boxes of the ways of Washington, or at least the way Washington used to be. He’s a team player — the ...

Three Honored At Annual Regatta Dinner in Wheeling

WHEELING — Participants and organizers of the annual Wheeling Vintage Raceboat Regatta gathered for a dinner Friday, where three people were recognized for their contributions with awards. The VIP & Sponsor Dinner was held at WesBanco Arena, where the Henry Lauterbach Award was given ...

WVDOT Rejects Interstate 70 Construction Project Bids

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday that the West Virginia Department of Transportation has rejected bids received for the Interstate 70 bridges and paving project in Ohio County. Instead, he said, the state has begun a review and re-evaluation to change the scope of the project ...

Solar Co-op Seeking Participants in Wheeling

WHEELING — A local effort is encouraging residents to harness the sun’s power to reduce electric bills. It is estimated an investment of about $11,000 in solar panels now could net a homeowner $17,500 in energy savings over the next 25 years. When a 30-percent federal tax credit on the ...

Lottery Chief Resigns On Eve of Sports Betting

CHARLESTON — In a surprise move, the director of the West Virginia Lottery resigned the day before the first sports betting operation was to go live in the state. Alan Larrick, director of the West Virginia Lottery Commission, resigned Friday, according to a release from the Governor’s ...

West Virginia BOE Considers Higher Speed Limit for School Buses

WHEELING — A move to increase the maximum speed West Virginia school buses can travel to 70 mph has hit a bump in the road, but may not be parked. School buses in the state are equipped with governors that prohibit them from going faster than 65 mph. The West Virginia Board of ...

WV Lottery Director resigns day before sports betting goes live

CHARLESTON -- In a surprise move, the director of the West Virginia Lottery has resigned the day before the first sports betting operation goes live in the state. Alan Larrick, director of the West Virginia Lottery Commission, resigned today, according to a release from the Governor's ...

I-70 Bridge and Road Work Bids Too High; Must Be Rebid

CHARLESTON, WV- Gov. Jim Justice announced today that the West Virginia Department of Transportation has rejected bids received for the I-70 bridges and paving project in Wheeling and has begun a review and evaluation to change the scope of the project so that it may be re-bid. "The bids we ...

Repair Costs For Downtown Wheeling Buildings Are Through the Roof

WHEELING — City leaders are realizing the costs of being landlords. City Manager Robert Herron said the city of Wheeling has $300,000 set aside in the general fund for work on four buildings along Market Street that the city has purchased within the past three years. However, roof costs ...

Weirton Workers Rally With USW Contract With ArcelorMittal Up Saturday

WEIRTON — More than 100 members of United Steelworkers Local 2911 gathered Thursday afternoon in front of the union hall in the shadow of the No. 13 gate to ArcelorMittal Weirton to receive an update and rally for what they say is a fair contract. Local 2911 President Mark Glyptis remained ...