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Trump’s State of the Union Aims for a Unifying Tone

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump heads into his State of the Union address dogged by bruising midterm losses and sinking poll numbers, wounded by a blistering standoff with Democrats. But for the stately speech, he plans to embrace unity — at least for the night. “Choosing ...

W.Va. Teachers To Vote on ’19 Work Stoppage

WHEELING — A work stoppage by West Virginia’s public school teachers may once again be on the table as the teachers continue to oppose many of the provisions of an omnibus education bill being debated by state lawmakers. This week local teachers unions in each county district will ...

Hot Potato: Delegates Preparing For Senate Passage of Education Omnibus

CHARLESTON - As members of the West Virginia Senate met into the early evening Friday, voting amendments up and down for their sweeping education reform package, the speaker of the House of Delegates was watching and listening from the back of the Senate chambers. If Senate Bill 451, the ...

Efforts to Save 300-Year-Old Sycamore Tree in Wheeling Unsuccessful

WHEELING — After standing for nearly 300 years on the lot at Monument Place in Elm Grove, crews began on Saturday removing sections of a giant sycamore tree that eventually will be completely removed because of the danger it presents to passing pedestrians and motorists, according to Osiris ...

Annual Home and Garden Show in Wheeling to Mark a Milestone

WHEELING — Forget the snow and cold. It’s time to chase away the winter blues and head to WesBanco Arena next weekend for a glimpse of spring. For decades, the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce has been planting seeds and sowing ideas during its annual Home and Garden Show. This ...

Ziegenfelder Team Thanks Community for Support After Downtown Wheeling Fire

WHEELING — Ziegenfelder Co. President and CEO Lisa Allen said the company is blessed by the community’s outpouring of support after a three-alarm fire caused serious damage to its headquarters Thursday. Allen spoke Friday during a brief press conference at Ziegenfelder’s offices in ...

Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack Ready for Big Game on Sunday

WHEELING — Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack officials are betting they will host a large crowd Sunday evening, since they expect many area residents and regular customers to turn out to place wagers on the Super Bowl. The facility’s sportsbook has been open for about a month, ...

Professor Decries Proposed Changes To Licensure Law

WHEELING — A bill dealing with how occupations are licensed in West Virginia has caused concern this week among some health care professionals, but the legislation’s lead sponsor says parts of the measure were submitted in error. Delegate Gary Howell, R-Mineral, said all licensed and ...

Union Votes Planned For Work Stoppage

CHARLESTON — Three unions representing teachers and school service personnel in West Virginia said Friday they are preparing for a possible work stoppage in the future, but they would not say what triggers would cause a work stoppage. Representatives of the West Virginia Education ...

Crook Resigns as Marshall Superintendent

MOUNDSVILLE — The Marshall County Board of Education met in special session Friday evening to accept the resignation of Jeffrey Crook, who was hired as superintendent in 2017. Crook, who had moved to the area from his home in Hampshire County, was given a positive evaluation at the Jan. ...

Fire Sweeps Through Ziegenfelder Frozen Treat Factory in East Wheeling

WHEELING — A three-alarm fire at The Ziegenfelder Co. caused serious damage and lasted for several hours amid frigid temperatures Thursday. Numerous fire crews rushed to the building at 87 18th St. Thursday morning in response to a report of a structure fire. Employees at the frozen treat ...

Brooke County Board of Education reschedules meeting on superintendent

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Board of Education has rescheduled its vote to name an interim superintendent of schools. Originally scheduled for 4:30 p.m. today, the special session meeting of the school board has been moved to 5 p.m. Monday at the Board of Education Offices. The change of ...

West Virginia Senators Advance Education Package With No Further Discussion

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Senate’s Committee of the Whole quickly passed a sweeping education reform package Thursday with no amendments offered from Senate Democrats, no discussion and with two Republicans breaking ranks. State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey released a legal ...

Bill To Plug Oil, Gas Wells Could Hurt Counties

CHARLESTON — A new bill could help plug abandoned oil and natural gas wells that dot West Virginia’s countryside, but it could hurt the budgets of small counties. The House Energy Committee passed House Bill 2673 Tuesday, creating the Oil and Gas Abandoned Well Plugging Fund. The bill’s ...

Updated: Our Students First Rally Against SB 451 Held at West Virginia Capitol

West Virginia teachers and others just finished rallying outside the Senate chambers this evening just hours after the Senate's Committee of the Whole passed Senate Bill 451, the omnibus education bill, by an 18-16 vote. The Senate also held first reading of the bill this morning, with second ...

Education omnibus bill passes senate’s Committee of the Whole

CHARLESTON - The Committee of the Whole of the West Virginia Senate Thursday quickly passed a sweeping education reform package with no amendments offered from Senate Democrats, no discussion and with two Republicans breaking ranks. Senate Bill 451, the education omnibus bill, passed the ...