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Pension Burden Grows As Retirees Live Longer

March 23, 2014 WHEELING — With today’s average life expectancy around 79 years, a Wheeling police officer or firefighter who retires at age 50 is likely to draw pension benefits for about 30 years. more »»

Permits Are Sought For Labor Camps

March 23, 2014 MOUNDSVILLE — A new type of temporary housing is showing up in Marshall County, as energy companies are now seeking permits for “labor camps” for those working in the natural gas industry. more »»

‘Chemo Care Bags’ Help Family Heal

March 23, 2014 BEALLSVILLE — The last family photograph of the Cox family was at their father’s hospital bedside. Less than a month earlier, Jeff Cox was diagnosed with melanoma, but it was discovered too late. more »»

March 1864: Grant Takes Command of Union Army

March 23, 2014 Editor’s Note: This article is part of an occasional series on the Civil War sesquicentennial provided by members of the Wheeling Civil War 150 Committee. more »»

Benwood Considers Worker Appearance

March 22, 2014 BENWOOD — Benwood City Council wants city employees to keep their hair and beards trimmed, and this week they will consider legislation to enact a “grooming and appearance” policy for their workers. more »»

Virginia Wants Suspect Back

March 22, 2014 WHEELING — Governors from West Virginia and Virginia are now involved in the extradition of Charles Severance. Virginia Gov. more »»

Obamacare: A Chance To Escape ‘Job Lock’?

March 22, 2014 CHICAGO — For uninsured people, the nation’s new health care law may offer an escape from worry about unexpected, astronomical medical bills. But for Stephanie Payne of St. more »»

Health Law Shares Blame In Wetzel Hospital Layoffs

March 22, 2014 NEW MARTINSVILLE — Wetzel County Hospital is eliminating the jobs of eight workers, reducing the hours of 15 others and not filling vacant positions, due in part to the Affordable Care Act and the... more »»

Obama Signs Flood Insurance Measure

March 22, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeowners living in flood-prone areas are getting relief from big spikes in insurance costs under legislation President Barack Obama signed into law Friday. more »»

Crimea Goes East, Ukraine Goes West in Full Cold War-Era Style

March 22, 2014 BRUSSELS (AP) — Two almost simultaneous signatures Friday on opposite sides of Europe deepened the divide between East and West, as Russia formally annexed Crimea and the European Union pulled... more »»

Virginia Issues Extradition Order for Severance

March 21, 2014 WHEELING -- Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed an extradition order for Charles Severance, a spokesman in the governor's office confirmed. more »»

McMechen Water Woes Run Deep

March 21, 2014 McMECHEN — City water customers could see their bills double over the next few years as McMechen searches for a means to pay for an estimated $3. more »»

Tomblin Vetoes $67M in Budget

March 21, 2014 CHARLESTON (AP) — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed a budget into law this week that dips into millions of dollars in state reserves but gives public employees raises. more »»

Overtime Issues In Minimum Wage Hike

March 21, 2014 WHEELING — Red flags are being raised over West Virginia’s plan to raise the minimum wage, as lawyer Brian Peterson has pointed out what he believes are several flaws with the pending law that could... more »»

Meetings Remain In The Shadows

March 21, 2014 CINCINNATI (AP) — While Ohio law calls for government that is open to the public, shadowy decision-making has led to recent court battles and a legislative effort to shed more light. more »»

Spring Will Not Halt Cold

March 21, 2014 The first day of spring? Some people in Maine were shoveling 6 inches of new snow. And in Michigan, college students couldn’t even burn a snowman. OK, so it was a fake snowman. more »»

Wellsville Shooting Suspect Evades Capture, Police Say

March 21, 2014 WELLSVILLE, Ohio — Village police believe they know who shot and killed 36-year-old Taru Smith on Tuesday night, but the suspect has thus far evaded capture. more »»

Pro-Russian Troops Seize Ukraine Ships

March 21, 2014 KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian forces seized three Ukrainian warships Thursday and Ukraine said its troops were being threatened in Crimea as the U.S. more »»

Second ‘Superload’ Sunday

March 20, 2014 BENWOOD — For the second time in two months, a Williams Energy de-ethanizer weighing about 510,000 pounds and stretching nearly a half-football-field long found its way to the CSX rail yard via train. more »»

$100,000 Bond Will Remain

March 20, 2014 WHEELING — Ohio County Circuit Judge James Mazzone on Wednesday denied a motion by Prosecutor Scott Smith to hold Charles Severance without bond during extradition proceedings that would return him... more »»

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