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Bank Reps Explain Plans Ahead of Zone Change Vote

WHEELING — Bank representatives hoping to build a branch in Edgwood explained their plans and accommodations of residents’ concerns ahead of an upcoming zone change vote this week by Wheeling City Council. Council is set to hold a long-awaited vote Tuesday on a proposed zoning amendment to ...

Mobile Oilfield Learning Unit Offers Hands-on Learning Session

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — County leaders have lamented that the most valuable export from the Belmont County area is its youth. Businesses, elected officials and educators are meeting with the goal of building local talent among students and giving them the tools to take advantage of the oil and gas ...

Idle Mines Portend Dark Days for Top U.S. Coal Region

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — At two of the world’s biggest coal mines, the finances got so bad that their owner couldn’t even get toilet paper on credit. Warehouse technician Melissa Worden divvied up what remained of the last case, giving four rolls to each mine and two to the mine supply ...

3rd Veteran’s Death at VA in Clarksburg Considered Suspicious

PARKERSBURG — An autopsy would likely have been done had the circumstances been disclosed of how a patient died at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center, said an attorney representing the families of veterans who died at the hospital under suspicious means. John Hallman, 87, passed away in ...

2020 Candidates File Early In West Virginia

WHEELING — Pre-candidate filings in West Virginia provide a glimpse at how the 2020 primary election ballot might look in the Mountain State. While candidates for office can’t officially file to be on the 2020 ballot until mid-January, there already are 14 pre-candidates wanting to be ...

A Day Of Hope in Wheeling

WHEELING — More than two dozen people turned out to participate in the Wheeling Day of Hope March in Wheeling Saturday. Prior to the march, which was part of a statewide initiative to bring faith communities together to promote, educate and advocate for substance abuse recovery and ...

Wheeling Hospital Pulmonologist Warns Of Vaping Risks

WHEELING — An area pulmonologist has joined other experts in warning about the danger of electronic cigarettes, amid a nationwide spate of vaping-related deaths and illnesses. Use of vaping devices “is definitely a big NO,” said Dr. Aarthi Ganesh, a pulmonologist at Wheeling ...

Balanced Scorecard Shows West Virginia Schools Below Standards

CHARLESTON— The second year of the state Department of Education’s Balanced Scorecard gives teachers, administrators, parents and the public an opportunity to track progress in English, math and many other categories. While high schools were able to improve on some of the standards ...

Cameron’s ‘Teacher of the Year’ Overwhelmed by Honor

CAMERON — After a tumultuous two years that included a couple of statewide strikes and the introduction of charter schools, Jennifer Schwertfeger said she’s proud of the role educators play in society after she was named West Virginia’s “Teacher of the Year” this ...

Wheeling Public Safety Committee Discusses Reducing Police Sergeant Numbers

WHEELING — The city’s Public Safety Committee heard from chiefs of the Wheeling Police Department and Wheeling Fire Department on requests to improve their respective agencies, including how to prevent repeated false alarms. Committee members discussed a potential reduction in police ...

Gold Star Monument Arrives in Wheeling

WHEELING — A monument in Wheeling commemorating the sacrifices of military Gold Star families losing loved ones to war arrived at Heritage Port Thursday, and now is set in place. The delivery of the black granite tribute came a day earlier than expected, catching organizer John Nanny — ...

Purdue Pharma Settlement Still a Long Way Off

PARKERSBURG — The revelation of a potential settlement agreement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma does not mean lawsuits by thousands of communities — including several in the Mid-Ohio Valley — are on the verge of ending. Purdue is just one of the manufacturers and distributors facing ...

Large Crowd Greets A-10 Fighter Jet at Ohio-Wheeling Airport

WHEELING — A fighter jet piloted by a Wheeling native was met by a large crowd of residents when it touched down Thursday afternoon at the Wheeling-Ohio County Airport. Maj. Jonathon “Cliffy” Alberts of the Maryland Air National Guard arrived at the airport in an A-10 Thunderbolt II to ...

Statewide School Absenteeism a Growing Problem on Balanced Scorecard

CHARLESTON — Despite seeing slight improvements in English/Language Arts and Math performance, attendance continues to be a growing problem according to the second year of the Balanced Scorecard. The state Department of Education released the Balanced Scorecard for the 2018-19 school year ...

Marshall County Instructor Named West Virginia Teacher of the Year

CHARLESTON — An instructor from Marshall County was named “Teacher Of The Year” by the West Virginia Department of Education during ceremonies Wednesday night in Charleston. Jennifer Schwertfeger, a science teacher at Cameron High School, received the honor and will represent West ...

Elm Grove Elementary Observes ‘Patriot Day’ for 9/11 Anniversary

WHEELING — The tragedies on Sept. 11, 2001 happened a decade or more before they were born, but students at Elm Grove Elementary School stood to learn and honor their importance Wednesday morning. The school’s flag flew at half-staff as students were led out to the front yard at the start ...