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Proposed West Virginia Sales Tax Hike No Gem for Some Businesses

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TRIADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania resident recently came to Howard’s Diamond Center at The Highlands to purchase a 4-carat diamond ring. He paid a lower sales tax rate than he would have at an Allegheny County retailer. The ring cost more than $18,000. The current West Virginia consumer sales ...

Wheeling Fire Department, Red Cross ‘Sounding the Alarm’

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WHEELING — After being delayed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wheeling Fire Department and the American Red Cross Ohio River Valley Chapter are resuming their plans to install nearly 200 free smoke alarms as part of their “Sound the Alarm” campaign. Sharon Kesselring, ...

All of Northern Panhandle Green on Friday COVID-19 Map

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The Northern Panhandle’s four counties all found themselves in the safest category on the Department of Health and Human Resources Friday COVID-19 alert map. Hancock, Brooke, Ohio and Marshall counties all were green on the Friday DHHR map, part of an overwhelming group of green counties in ...

Water Line Project To Impact Downtown Wheeling Traffic

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WHEELING — Beginning Monday, motorists are advised to use caution and be aware of daily lane closures and changes in downtown Wheeling near 16th and Main streets as the city’s nearly year-long waterline replacement project is expected to begin. Pro Contracting Incorporated will begin the ...

Manchin, Senate Leaders Break Logjam on Jobless Benefits

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders and moderate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin struck a deal late Friday over emergency jobless benefits, breaking a nine-hour logjam that had stalled the party’s showpiece $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. The compromise, announced by the West Virginia ...

West Virginia Lawmakers React to Justice’s Tax Reform Proposal

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CHARLESTON — As Gov. Jim Justice prepared to meet with lawmakers Friday to sell his personal income tax cut and tax increase plans, leaders of the Legislature’s two finance committees said they were keeping an open mind on Justice’s proposals. Justice released details and draft bill ...

The Alpha Tavern in Wheeling Welcomes New Chef

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WHEELING — A local favorite chef in Weirton is now bringing his skills to the Alpha Tavern. Late last month, the Alpha Tavern welcomed Alan Huffman to its kitchen. Huffman formerly operated the Spicy Gringos restaurant in Weirton before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the restaurant to shut ...

City of Wheeling Offices Reopen to Public Monday

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WHEELING — The city of Wheeling’s offices will reopen to the public on Monday. The offices have been accessible by appointment only since Dec. 7, when they were closed due to a surge in positive COVID-19 cases in Ohio County. City Manager Robert Herron said guidelines will remain in ...

W.Va. Bars, Restaurants Allowed Back to 100 Percent Capacity

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Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday morning that all bars and restaurants in West Virginia are now allowed to return to 100-percent seating capacity, provided that social distancing can be maintained to keep down the spread of COVID-19. "I encourage everyone there to just use good sense," ...

Out With the OId, in With the New on Interstate 70 in Wheeling

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Crews continue to cut away and remove old steel beams from the eastbound sections of the Fulton Bridge on Thursday as part of the I-70 Bridges Project. Meanwhile, other crews worked on preparing new steel caps scheduled to be moved into place next week as part of the ongoing construction of the ...

More Than 200K Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19 in West Virginia

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The state of West Virginia now has more than 200,000 residents fully vaccinated from COVID-19. According to the Department of Health and Human Resources on Thursday, 202,401 state residents have been fully vaccinated. There also have been 307,532 first doses of vaccine administered throughout ...