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House Panel to Vote on Ukraine Report as Trump Mulls Defense

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The House impeachment inquiry enters a pivotal stage this week, with investigators planning a vote Tuesday to approve their report making the case for President Donald Trump’s removal from office as he decides whether to mount a defense before a likely Senate trial. A ...

Ohio ‘Making Progress’ Toward Better Air Quality

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STEUBENVILLE — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Ohio EPA announced the formal redesignation of the Ohio portion of the Steubenville area to attainment of the most recent federal air quality standard for sulfur dioxide. According to information released jointly by both agencies, ...

By the Numbers

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Little did I know last week that a simple story about employment numbers would cause so much consternation in the world of social media. That’s exactly what happened last Monday when Gov. Jim Justice and Steve Roberts, president of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, touted an increase ...

Parade Rings in the Holidays in Wellsburg

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WELLSBURG – Various Wellsburg area groups and businesses helped to ring in the Christmas season with two special events Friday. Police and fire departments, marching bands and dance troupes were among the many groups that made their way down Charles Street in the Wellsburg Christmas Parade ...

Indian Creek Approves Policy for Armed Personnel

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MINGO JUNCTION – The Indian Creek Local School District is the latest district looking to permit armed staff members in the name of school safety. During a special meeting last week, school board members approved a resolution by a 5-0 vote authorizing employees to possess firearms on the ...

Report: Bransfield Misdeeds Foreshadowed

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Michael J. Bransfield was just a couple of years into his tenure as West Virginia’s bishop in 2007 when one of his former students called a church sexual abuse hotline. Decades earlier, at a Catholic high school, Bransfield had repeatedly summoned him from class, escorted him to a private ...

City of Wheeling Arranges Deal For Safety Building Property

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WHEELING — City officials plan to proceed with a controversial plan for a new public safety building, utilizing a site that drew substantial criticism earlier this year. A first step toward acquiring the property is scheduled for Tuesday’s noon City Council meeting. Property owner Frank ...

Children, adults enjoy free ice rink

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Enjoying the free ice skating rink on Market Plaza in Wheeling on Saturday evening are Isabella Adams, 3, at left, Arabella Lusk, 6, at right, and their aunt Bola Ayoade of Wheeling. (Photo by Shelley Hanson)

Martins Ferry Welcomes The Holiday Season with Winterfest

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MARTINS FERRY — Winterfest kicked off Friday in the city and continues today, offering ice skating, visits with Santa, food trucks, a foot race for children and more. The festivities are set from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today mainly in the area of Fifth and Hanover streets in Martins Ferry. At 9 ...

Acuity Ambassadors Promote Employee Stock Ownership

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WHEELING — Amid many variables in modern health care operations, an employee-owned company remains a rarity. Acuity Specialty Hospital, which has three area sites, operates under an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. Acuity offers long-term acute care at Wheeling Hospital, Weirton Medical ...

‘Dark Waters’ Stereotypes Draw Ire of West Virginia Lawmakers

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CHARLESTON — Several Republican members of the West Virginia House of Delegates signed a letter this month criticizing a movie telling the story of C8 contamination in the Mid-Ohio Valley for unfairly reinforcing Appalachian stereotypes. The Nov. 19 letter was written to the U.S House of ...

Ohio County Democrat LaRue Receives State Honor

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CHARLESTON — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin joined with Democratic leaders from across West Virginia in honoring Barbara LaRue as one of West Virginia’s Outstanding Democrats of the Year. This Outstanding Democrat was selected by local county leaders for hard work and dedication to the Democratic ...

Bethany College Names Rauch Director of Annual Giving

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Bethany College has announced the hiring of Laura Rauch as the college’s director of annual giving. Rauch is returning to Bethany after two years as the director of development for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Pittsburgh. She previously spent two years as Bethany’s major gifts ...

Black Friday Deals Draw Early Crowds

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Black Friday sales starting Thursday evening drew throngs of people to the Ohio Valley Mall after their Thanksgiving meals were complete. Many of those shoppers said they were upholding an annual shopping tradition or seeking something fun to do, though, rather than ...

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