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Wheeling Hospital Plans to Upgrade Security After Suicide

WHEELING — Wheeling Hospital plans to upgrade its security measures after an incident last week in which a patient used a concealed weapon to shoot and kill himself in an examination room. Wheeling Hospital CEO Douglass Harrison released a statement Monday on upgrading security at the ...

Concrete Deck Work Continues on Chapel Road Bridge in Bethlehem

WHEELING — With several more concrete pours scheduled for the deck-replacement project on Chapel Road Bridge in Bethlehem in the coming weeks, the project is expected to be complete by the first week of October, according to Kokosing Construction Project Superintendent Ty Doyle. Crews ...

West Virginia Attorney General Files Lawsuit Against Opioid Manufacturers

MARTINSBURG — The West Virginia Attorney General’s office filed lawsuits against two pharmaceutical behemoths on Friday in an effort to fight against the ongoing opioid epidemic currently affecting the Mountain State. The lawsuits are targeting both Johnson & Johnson and Teva ...

Bridge Street Middle School Gymnasium Floor Damaged By Water

WHEELING — A clogged roof drain recently caused the gymnasium at Bridge Street Middle School to flood, ruining the floor. Cost for a new floor is covered through the school district’s insurance, but there is concern that there is asbestos under the floor, Assistant Superintendent Rick ...

Person of Interest in VA Hospital Deaths No Longer in Contact

PARKERSBURG — A person of interest in the suspicious deaths at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg is no longer in contact with veterans there, a U.S. Senator from West Virginia said on Monday. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, said he spoke with medical center Director ...

Oklahoma Judge Rules Against Drugmaker, Orders $572M Payment

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma judge on Monday found Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries helped fuel the state’s opioid crisis and ordered the consumer products giant to pay $572 million, more than twice the amount another drug manufacturer agreed to pay in a ...

New Role, Familiar Settings for Hancock County Superintendent Dawn Petrovich

NEW CUMBERLAND — The new school year brings new experiences for students and administration. The year also brings a new role for Dawn Petrovich, who was named as Hancock County’s superintendent of schools on May 28. “I’m very familiar with the county. I love Hancock County, I think ...

Ohio County Schools Special Election to Use Paper Ballots

WHEELING — Writing instruments will be necessary for Ohio County voters casting ballots in the Nov. 9 special school bond election, as paper ballots will be utilized. County Administrator Greg Stewart told county commissioners earlier this month that 34,000 paper ballots have been ordered. ...

Barnesville To Debut ‘Smart Helmets’

BARNESVILLE — When the Barnesville Shamrocks take the field Thursday evening to begin their football season against Buckeye Local, the 42 players will be wearing brand-new helmets. Though they may look exactly the same to the general Shamrocks fan, they’re anything but. During the ...

Natalie Cline Seeks 1st District House Seat

WHEELING — Natalie Cline says she loves West Virginia, and knows “you don’t have to be a millionaire” to run for Congress. Cline, of Wheeling, will seek Democrat nomination to the West Virginia’s 1st District U.S. House seat in 2020. The office is presently occupied by Wheeling ...

Murder Suspect Not Returning to W.Va. Soon

By ALAN OLSON Staff Writer WHEELING — While two suspects have been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting on Wheeling Island, it could be some time before they’re returned to West Virginia to face charges. On Wednesday, Danny Ivan Mendoza, 25, of Maryland, and Mai’ehia ...

Full Weekend of Activities on Tap for Labor Day in Wheeling

WHEELING — Labor Day weekend will offer a full calendar of activities, with everything from vintage raceboats to a variety of events at Oglebay Park. Dozens of vintage hydroplane raceboats will be on display and operating at high speeds during exhibition runs on the Ohio River at the 14th ...

Wheeling Regatta to Showcase Vintage Raceboats

WHEELING — Most motor-racing activities are not kid-friendly, but the annual Wheeling Vintage Raceboat Regatta, presented by WesBanco, is, and co-founder Debbie Joseph thinks that’s one reason the event has been so popular. Held at the Heritage Port in Wheeling, the regatta will be back ...

Dragon Boat Racing Returns to Wheeling

WHEELING — Dragon-prowed keelboats raced along the Ohio River on Saturday, raising money for King’s Daughters Child Care Center in Wheeling. The distinct shapes of the 46-foot-long Hong Kong-style keelboats created a unique spectacle as they set out from Wheeling Heritage Port into the ...

W.Va. Republicans Rally at Summer Meeting

WHITE SULPHER SPRINGS — Members of the West Virginia State Republican Executive Committee were encouraged to channel the spirit of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team that came out of nowhere to defeat the seemingly unbeatable Soviet Union for the gold medal. The state executive committee ...

Poll Shows Thrasher Gaining On Gov. Justice

CHARLESTON — New polling released Thursday by the Republican gubernatorial campaign of former commerce secretary Woody Thrasher shows Gov. Jim Justice’s favorability tanking. A poll released on behalf of Thrasher by WPA Intelligence and conducted Aug. 13-14 shows Justice’s total ...

W.Va. Commerce Chief Ed Gaunch Visits Brooke, Hancock Businesses

BEECH BOTTOM — West Virginia’s secretary of commerce wanted to see for himself some of the industrial successes which have taken root in the Ohio Valley. Ed Gaunch, who stepped into the position in January after being appointed by Gov. Jim Justice, visited Brooke and Hancock counties ...

Work on $2.5M Youth Center Underway on Wheeling Island

WHEELING — After a series of delays, construction on The House of the Carpenter’s Youth Center on Wheeling Island is finally underway. The $2.5 million Youth Center will serve as an activities center for local families and should open by next summer, said The Rev. Michael Linger, ...

New Bishop Shows Willingness to Meet Public

WHEELING — Demonstrating his desire to meet West Virginians, the Most Rev. Mark E. Brennan took an unscripted walk to greet onlookers Thursday, minutes after being installed as bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. When the installation Mass concluded at the Cathedral ...