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Wheeling Leaders Want Rental Registrations for Landlords in City

WHEELING — Councilman Dave Palmer said Wheeling landlords would be charged $100 for every rental unit they fail to identify with Wheeling’s new “Non-Owner Occupied Property Registration Program.” Although Palmer said the city will only inspect apartments upon receiving complaints, or ...

Relationship Remains Strained Between Justice, Legislature

WHEELING — During his first seven months in office, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has dumped cow manure on a budget passed by state lawmakers, called some of them names, including “poodle,” and accused members of walking away from the needs of seniors, veterans and the state’s youth as ...

West Virginia Residents Told To Stay Away From Cleanup Areas

McMECHEN — Stay away. That is the message local law enforcement has for the public as they coordinate the cleanup efforts in several areas of the Northern Panhandle devastated by flooding and landslides late Friday and early Saturday. Just when the residents of McMechen thought it was over, ...

Belmont County Reeling From Flood Damage

BELLAIRE — Heavy rain that brought a second round of flash flooding to the region late Friday and early Saturday caused extensive damage in the southern part of Belmont County. According to Bellaire Police Chief Mike Kovalyk, the south end of his village and the area of Pinch Run were ...

Wheeling Man Is Honored For Career In U.S. Army

WHEELING — For someone who wasn’t crazy about schooling, Wilfred M. “Fred” Klimas spent a lot of time learning about this country’s anti-aircraft missile system while building a career in the U.S. Army. He started in the service in 1946 and earned his way through Air Defense School ...

Wheeling Pride Festival a Welcoming Event

WHEELING — For members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the Ohio Valley, it was fitting the rain stopped and rainbows appeared over Heritage Port in downtown Wheeling on Saturday. The rainbows — found in posters, clothing and even hair color — are symbols for ...

Roads Remain Closed Due to Flooding

Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger issued several statements regarding the flooding the occurred in Wheeling and Ohio and Marshall counties Friday night into today. "The City of Wheeling, Ohio County and the region experienced another substantial rainfall and weather event last ...

Breaking Natural Gas and Oil Production Records In The Mountain State

WHEELING — Even without forced pooling, lease integration or joint development — and while facing relatively low commodity prices — West Virginia’s Marcellus and Utica shale drillers continued setting natural gas production records in 2016. According to West Virginia Geological and ...

West Virginia, Ohio Senators Toe Party Lines on Health Care Vote

WHEELING — Senators representing West Virginia and Ohio voted along party lines on the so-called “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act early Friday, while they now look to the future after the measure failed by a tally of 49-51. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.; Shelley Moore Capito, ...

Doctors Would Report Diagnosis Under New Deal

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio doctors would report the specific diagnosis of every patient who receives a prescription painkiller under a tentative agreement reached Friday with the Kasich administration. The 11th-hour compromise between the Republican governor’s office, the state Medical ...

Priebus Out, Kelly In as Chief of Staff

WASHINGTON (AP) — His White House in turmoil, President Donald Trump abruptly announced late Friday he was appointing Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to be his chief of staff, ending the tumultuous six-month tenure of Reince Priebus. After months of speculation about Priebus’ fate, ...

After Health Bill Crashes, The Blame Game Ensues

WASHINGTON (AP) — The resounding Senate crash of the seven-year Republican drive to scrap the Obama health care law incited GOP finger-pointing Friday but left the party with wounded leaders and no evident pathway forward on an issue that won’t go away. In an astonishing cliff-hanger, the ...

Search For Missing Teenager Continues in Ohio County

WHEELING — While Wheeling firefighters and law enforcement officers concentrated their search efforts on the Ohio River on Thursday, the family of missing flood victim Page Gellner has maintained a constant lookout on Big Wheeling Creek. Friends, relatives and volunteers from as far away as ...

Ohio Valley Unemployment Rates Down From Last Year

WHEELING — Even as jobless rates are lower in all 10 Upper Ohio Valley counties compared to this time last year, Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott said officials need to keep their “feet on the gas” to attract more and better career opportunities for residents. Elliott and Vice Mayor Chad ...

Ohio Valley Families Had Ridden ‘Fire Ball’ at Ohio State Fair

MARTINS FERRY — Just hours before the ride fell apart, killing one person and injuring seven others, the “Fire Ball” at the Ohio State Fair was the go-to carnival amusement for the Best family of Rayland. On Wednesday, Brian and Erin Best and their three children were at the fair ...

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin: Dems Ready to Step in on Health Care

WHEELING — The current debacle in Washington surrounding health care reform is what results when congressional leadership circumvents the typical committee process for crafting legislation, according to Sen. Joe Manchin. And he says Democrats and moderate Republicans are ready to step in ...

Thrill Ride was OK’d Hours Before Deadly Accident

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Inspectors repeatedly looked over a thrill ride while it was assembled at the Ohio State Fair and signed off on it hours before it flew apart in a deadly accident that flung passengers into the ground, according to authorities and records released ...

Battle Over Health Care Bill Rages On in D.C.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans threatening to hold up Senate health legislation because of a dispute with the House expressed dissatisfaction late Thursday with an effort by Speaker Paul Ryan to resolve the standoff. Their statements delivered a blow to GOP leaders’ hopes for pushing an ...

Local U.S. Senators Vote, Toe Party Lines

From Staff Reports WHEELING — Senators representing West Virginia and Ohio voted along party lines on the so-called “skinny repeal” of Obamacare early this morning, while they now look to the future after the measure failed by a tally of 49-51. Now Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.; Shelley ...