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Ohio Valley Continues To Lose Population

Communities on both sides of the river feel pinch

May 23, 2013

WHEELING — Despite promises of job growth resulting from the local oil and natural gas boom, the aging Upper Ohio Valley has lost an estimated 1....

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May-23-13 4:28 AM

Yep..I still live here and was going to relocate to Columbus in the late 80's. I was making triple the money there for the same work here. That part hasn't changed. when I do go there occasionally to work that part has not changed. The work isn't any easier or harder than here.The problem is depending on the business your in the profit margin is lower here. Not in all cases though and the ones that do have a higher profit margin still don't want to pay more. I'm sort of semi retired right now though and don't care for the commuting but I still do it now and again when I want a little proper pay for my work. I have made a core income in the valley and still lived here but spent a lot of time working in other cities because I just couldn't make enough money here alone to buy a home and make a decent retirement.

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May-23-13 5:28 AM

"They're not taking into account the thousands of people that are showing up (from) Oklahoma, Tennessee, Louisiana," McKenzie said."They're not taking into account the thousands of people that are showing up (from) Oklahoma, Tennessee, Louisiana," McKenzie said.

Yeah you dumbass because they are TEMPORARY workers who maintain there residence in another more desirable location!!! Is this idiot really that dense??

Purgatory 26003 offer really NOTHING to anybody other than a temp job. Nobody from another part of the country is going to say "Wow this is such a terrific area with such nice people and great climate! I want to go back there to LIVE permanently when I am done with this job and found a great paying local job!"

As it is, a bunch of narrow minded back stabbing locals who are suspicious of outsiders, a rotten climate, a horrible job market, no culture, no entertainment, just a bunch of old local retired people waiting to DIE.

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May-23-13 5:37 AM

Attention local students; path to success:

1) Study Hard

2) Seek a higher education

3) Get OUT and get a job somewhere else

4) Come back on the holidays and gloat at your dumbass loser friends who stay thinking that the valley will ever change.

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May-23-13 6:06 AM


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May-23-13 6:51 AM

Hopefully daWmoron will go with them. Sometimes less is better.

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May-23-13 7:17 AM

Amazing how these officials readily admit on record that "thousands" of these out of state tax cheats live in their jurisdiction yet do NOTHING to collect from them!!!

Instead those like mayor McCheese simply steal even MORE from the residents that play by the rules!!!

If just ONE local resident didn't pay their personal property tax they would be kicking in their door and hauling them off!!!

Yet by the mayor's own admission "THOUSANDS of out of state workers are living here nearly year round"!!!!

Last I checked, if you are here for more that THIRTY days, the LAW requires you to change your plates over and pay personal property tax, income tax, and municipal taxes!!!!

This very same government was the one that headed up a massive sting operation a few years ago on the island to try and arrest poor people on the island that were running OHIO plates so they could survive!!!!

Yet they now do NOTHING when "THOUSANDS" making SIX figures don't pay a DIME!

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May-23-13 7:26 AM

daWraith said it so eloquently " Nobody from another part of the country is going to say "Wow this is such a terrific area with such nice people and great climate"! The people here basically shuck arse in the personality, trustworthiness, and honesty departments. And, the way local businesses allow their so called "seasoned" and "experienced" employees treat newer employees like crap is ridiculous. I have been self-employed here in the valley and in a southern state for years, have also worked for other businesses outside of the valley and nobody runs businesses like these buttclowns in the valley do it. Nothing here except buttclowns and asswipes, and I can't wait till I can create myself another opportunity to get the*****out like I did years ago ! Never should have come back!

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May-23-13 7:41 AM

Let's see. No downtown to shop in, not a decent restaurant in town, run down homes, impassable streets. What's the problem? Last one out, please turn off the lights.

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May-23-13 7:43 AM

Oh, and I forgot to mention: a newspaper (sort of) that is best used to wrap dead fish in.

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May-23-13 7:45 AM

I left the area for college and worked in large cities after graduation for the past 8 years. I am now back here in Wheeling with a good paying job, nice house & car, and close to family and friends. If you hate this area so badly, I'm not sure why you're spending your precious time on the WHEELING NEWS-REGISTER website, but then I see your screen names and writing skills and begin to understand.

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May-23-13 7:56 AM

After 183 consecutive days of working in WV (even if a resident of another state) you are required to pay WV income tax!

Jessan, this is a blog not English class! Is the (&) you use proper?

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May-23-13 8:05 AM

What did I garner from this article? Andy McKenzie is a MORON!!!!

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May-23-13 8:22 AM

Spanky. Don't let the door hit you in the ***!

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May-23-13 8:44 AM

We still not understand that's why we can't afford to buy the beautiful house being too high price and hard to find any good jobs due to the out of the state employers instead of hiring poorest WV graduators who live in WV without jobs. I still be frustrated not to find any careers nearly 2 years after I graduated to earn Power Plant Technology major at WVNCC in 2011, but I am only deaf.

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May-23-13 8:58 AM

If WV state hire only out of the state jobs and waste our taxpayer's money to pay our job trainings and educational tuition costs without hiring us as WV residents, WV populations would shrink. WV state government or WV cities/counties hurts us as WV poorest hillbillies without any jobs. Food Tax is full of BS when I paid food taxes at the food grocery stores by WV dirty Gov't and thought that WV food taxes was zero percentage expect soda and alcohol beverages last Jan. until Big Lair!!!

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May-23-13 9:02 AM

The population of the valley has been shrinking for many years. During the 60's, it was double of what it is today. However, Wheeling is still the home of Oglebay Park, the river front, biking and jogging tails, Wheeling Park, along with many other niceties that other communities do not have. Also, you are less than an hour to Pittsburgh, the home of 3 Professional teams. Bottom line, you find your happiness within. Take a walk at Oglebay and tell us how bad it is!

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May-23-13 9:05 AM

Hmm, maybe some other factors are 80+ years of Democrat/union/personal injury lawyers rule in Charleston, an insane tax and regulatory system that punishes business owners and discourages them from hiring, a bloated and ineffective education bureaucracy, a lawsuit-friendly environment that drives business out of state ... and that's just to start.

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May-23-13 9:25 AM

traveled to many places in the service.this is my home.they taught us in there that we could make a living anywhere.almost all of my family is here.if you don't live here then don't worry about'll give you ulcers.most of the decline in population here is do to the fact that the prisons are full.plenty of population there.

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May-23-13 9:43 AM

I love the Ohio Valley!This is where I grew up, and my family still live in the area, but it is a very depressed area.I moved away in 1974 and it has gone down hill considerably since then. I continue to visit about 5/6 times a year and reminisce about my childhood. It was great, and I wouldn't change a thing. I remember and love "where I came from."

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May-23-13 10:15 AM

Coughy,I moved away a long long time ago, I practice what I preach.

Notice the only people who came BACK here have FAMILY here. Makes sense, but with-OUT the family or birth ties, would you come here THEN??


You would go to a warmer climate with better job market.

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May-23-13 11:19 AM

This is why cities should be using the taxes to pay for the basics and not spending money for fields of dreams and unknown projects they say will help the area. The Ohio Valley is good place but the politics come in last because they only represent special interest groups and not the people unless they want their taxes for their friends.

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May-23-13 11:29 AM

To prove the point of wasteful spending and declining population look at the pay for city managers up and down the valley. We are paying way over the medium wage for small cities and the politicians believe they have unlimited source of taxpayer money to create government jobs. Less government, less taxes and less regulations would create growth.

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May-23-13 12:11 PM


Yea, duwhop claims he posts from Detroit too. He is quite sure where he lives, somewhere between CA, MI, and his mother's basement in Moundsville. Not that there is anything wrong with that! LOL

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May-23-13 12:35 PM


Another example of the adverse affects from OBAMACARE!

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May-23-13 1:39 PM

The Ohio Valley has yet to find another purpose, another way to attract business that might bring back some of the old prosperity. But returning to the days, in the sixties, when the relatives were still around and working--probably not possible. Pittsburgh with those mighty Penguins is too close, has to much to offer, is larger and more organized, with an airport, with all that they managed to save when that city was 50% larger. Too bad, I have great memories of Stone and Thomas, the rest of the city; across the river and over to Harrison County where I lived during the grade school years. Now so much of the area is memories of old photographs; many of the relatives bailed out years ago.

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