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Prosecutors Will Fight Wetzel County Kidnapper’s Plea Deal

MOUNDSVILLE — Marshall County prosecutors are taking legal action against a senior status judge who upheld a plea deal — even after prosecutors had orphaned it. Prosecutor Rhonda Wade said Monday that her office is filing a writ of prohibition against retired Judge Arthur Recht because the ...

Interstate 68 Meetings Continue in Washington

MOUNDSVILLE — Trump Administration officials are continuing to listen as West Virginia officials push for an expanded Interstate 68 from Morgantown through Marshall County. Marshall County Commissioner Robert Miller led a contingent to Washington, D.C., last week to meet with Brittany ...

President Trump Doubts Meddling Reports

HELSINKI (AP) — In an extraordinary embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump on Monday openly questioned his own intelligence agencies’ firm finding that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. election to his benefit, seeming to accept Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ...

Judge Halts Immigrant Expulsion

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ordered a temporary halt to deportations of immigrant families reunited after being separated at the border, as the Trump administration races to meet a July 26 deadline for putting more than 2,500 children back in their parents’ arms. U.S. ...

Lights Out for Elm Grove as Tree Falls on Utility Pole

Photo by Scott McCloskey Motorists travel Monday along National Road in the Elm Grove section of Wheeling, where a power outage left customers without electricity for most of the day. AEP said a tree fell on a pole that then broke, which caused the power lines to fall and the blackout to ...

Power Outage Reported in Elm Grove Area

UPDATE -- AEP officials said about 2,700 customers remain without power from Washington Avenue east to Elm Grove. About 1,000 customers have had power restored. Power is expected to be restored for 100 percent of the outage area by 6 p.m. AEP spokesman Joelle Connors said a tree fell on a ...

Ohio Valley Firefighters Battle Dangers, Seen and Unseen

WHEELING — Firefighters soon will be asked to participate in a federal registry seeking to identify links between their job, health and cancer risks. Firefighters in the Ohio Valley, meanwhile, already are taking extra measures to clean, wash off and eradicate the soot and carcinogens ...

Farmers Fearful of Trade War

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Even before the specter of a trade war with China and other countries threatened to cost them billions of dollars, American farmers were feeling the squeeze from fluctuating crop prices and other factors that have halved their overall income in recent years. The ...

Jamboree In The Hills Spans Generations

MORRISTOWN — Since 1977, thousands of fans have gathered each year in the rolling hills of eastern Ohio to take part in the longest-running country music festival in America — Jamboree In The Hills. Jamboree, often called Jambo or abbreviated as JITH, began as a modest, two-day outdoor ...

Family Crosses Country for Chatauqua Days Festival in Bethesda

BETHESDA — Tina Khalil drove 22 hours for the Chautauqua Homecoming Days & Bethesda Festival. Khalil and her daughters — Allison, 17, and Samantha, 15 — said they came from Houston to spend their summertime in Bethesda. “I wanted my daughters to enjoy what I was able to enjoy as ...

New Nursing Care Center in Wheeling Named for Bishop Bransfield

WHEELING — Private rooms for every patient, welcoming gardens and a spectacular mountaintop view are just some of the amenities awaiting residents and visitors at the new Bishop Michael J. Bransfield Continuous Care Center of Wheeling Hospital. The new facility was unveiled Saturday ...

Black Bear Spotted At Jamboree In The Hills Site Near Belmont

MORRISTOWN — Residents of western Belmont County are being alerted that a black bear may be roaming the area. Sheriff David Lucas on Saturday confirmed that his office has received reports of bear sightings in the rea of the Jamboree In The Hills site, located along National Road east of ...

Lock 13 Riverfest in McMechen a Hit In The Heat

McMECHEN — Hot weather throughout the day broke in the evening to allow crowds to come out from hiding at McMechen’s fourth Lock 13 Riverfest. Mayor David Goddard said the crowds Friday came in the evening and would not leave, signifying a good start to the year’s festivities. People ...

New Vrindaban Celebrates 50 Years With India Festival in Wheeling

WHEELING — An ancient tradition of faith spanning 5,000 years had reason to celebrate Saturday — it has had a voice in the Ohio Valley for 1 percent of that time. ISKON New Vrindaban brought the joyous music and colors of the Palace of Gold to Wheeling’s Heritage Port on Saturday, for ...

W.Va. Energy Deal With China Moving Forward

CHARLESTON — Even with President Donald Trump firing back in the trade war with China, the West Virginia official working hands-on with the Chinese on a proposed investment in the state’s natural gas industry still believes the deal will come through. The Trump administration announced ...

West Virginia Weathers Stormy Political Figure

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Thunderstorms are in the forecast for the next few days in the Eastern Panhandle, but on Friday a different type of phenomenon hit the area: Stormy Daniels. The adult film star and dancer, who is suing President Donald Trump over a nondisclosure agreement regarding an ...

WVDOH To Decide on Two-Way Traffic in Wheeling Next Week

WHEELING — The West Virginia Division of Highways should inform Wheeling officials next week whether a plan for two-way traffic downtown will be accepted. The DOH will make its decision based upon a study it solicited from the Burgess and Niple engineering firm. Details of that study — ...

Access Road Work in Benwood May Cost $2 Million

BENWOOD — Plans to extend an access road further into Benwood’s industrial park are likely to cost the city about $2 million. The Burgess and Niple engineering firm of Parkersburg has crafted three options for continuing an access road in the park to keep truck traffic out of Center ...