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Ohio Valley Construction Employers Council Names Executive Director

WHEELING — The Ohio Valley Construction Employers Council named Jack W. Ramage as its Executive Director during a brief press conference at their Wheeling offices Tuesday morning. Ramage, who served as executive director of the Master Builders’ Association of Western Pa., Inc., replaces ...

Interest Group Responds to Amends

MORGANTOWN — Lay Catholic Voices for Change — a group that represents a number of parishioners from northern and north-central West Virginia — said they welcome the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston’s efforts to force former bishop Michael Bransfield to make amends, but believe more needs ...

State DHHR Files Motion to Dismiss Foster Care Lawsuit

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources filed a motion Tuesday in federal court to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the agency of mishandling the state’s exploding foster care population. DHHR filed a motion in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of ...

Weld to Seek Re-election to West Virginia State Senate

WELLSBURG — State Sen. Ryan Weld, R-Wellsburg, has announced he will seek a second term representing the 1st Senatorial District in the state Legislature. Weld touched on some of the issues he hopes to address in the next legislative session and, if re-elected, others to follow. Weld is ...

Wheeling Firefighter Trainees Learn the Art of Extrication

WHEELING — With vehicle extrication emergencies being one of the leading categories of response for fire and rescue personnel, it’s crucial that firefighter trainees get the necessary training required to perform the job properly. On Monday, eight probationary trainees with the Wheeling ...

Funds May Assist WPHS Science Dept.

WHEELING — After voters approved a $19 million excess levy for Ohio County Schools earlier this month, Assistant Superintendent Rick Jones offered insight into ongoing renovation work in several school buildings. At the top of the list, Jones discussed relocating several science ...

New I-70 Crossover Near Middle Creek

Motorists traveling west on Interstate 70 navigate the newly opened crossover near Middle Creek after it was put into effect last Thursday as part of the ongoing I-70 Bridges Project. The change brings one westbound lane of traffic over to the eastbound lanes, while the other line of westbound ...

Gov. Justice Touts Employment Numbers

CHARLESTON — With Thanksgiving just around the corner, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice expressed his gratitude Monday for employment numbers returning to pre-Great Recession levels. Justice and West Virginia Chamber of Commerce President Steve Roberts announced Monday that the state’s ...

Parties Ask Court to Block AG’s Attempt to Recoup Money From Frontier

CHARLESTON — Both the federal government and Frontier West Virginia want a court to reject an attempt by state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey to intervene in a lawsuit to recoup money the state spent for Frontier’s mishandling of broadband construction. In filings Friday in the U.S. ...

Drivers Cautioned for Holiday Traffic

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Motorists can expect heavy traffic this week, particularly during the coming Thanksgiving holiday and the Black Friday shopping to follow. Kimberly Schwind, spokeswoman for the American Automobile Association, said she expects busy roads. “We are looking at the fourth ...

‘Ideal’ Thanksgiving Dinner Planned for Homeless

WHEELING — Thanksgiving dinner will come early next week for some folks who don’t ordinarily gather around a table with others. Dean Barath, owner of Ideal Provisions food truck, is preparing a complete Thanksgiving menu to feed the homeless in the Wheeling area. Barath and the Greater ...

Wheeling Hospital Sponsors Drug-free Education Program

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — As the drug epidemic continues, local organizations are attempting to combat the problem with education. Wheeling Hospital partnered with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in order to host Operation Street Smart Friday morning. Belmont College hosted the free event ...

A Search for Goldfish

While visiting Oglebay Institute’s Fine Arts Center on National Road in Wheeling last week with family, siblings Sean, Tom and Charlotte Burns stopped for a brief moment to admire the shallow goldfish pond at the rear of the facility.

Five Dead Following Late Saturday Accident on Ohio 7

WHEELING -- A car driving south on Ohio 7 in the northbound lanes late Saturday hit another vehicle head-on, killing five and sending another person to the hospital. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a 2019 Hyundai Accent was traveling the wrong way on Ohio 7 near Yorkville at 11:13 ...

Hundreds Line Up At Annual Bethlehem Temple Food Basket Giveaway in Wheeling

WHEELING — Hundreds of people waited in a line that stretched nearly a block long prior to the start of the 29th Annual Bethlehem Temple Food Ministries Thanksgiving Food Basket Giveaway. The Rev. Darrell Cummings, senior pastor at the church, said the large crowd shows the desperate need ...

West Virginia Prepares For 2020 Census

CHARLESTON — With the 2020 Census just around the corner, state officials and community leaders are planning to make sure that every West Virginian gets counted. The census has been conducted every 10 years since 1790. The U.S. Constitution requires the census to determine how people are ...

Wheeling 250 Children’s Book Released in Time for the Holidays

WHEELING — A Wheeling 250 children’s book, “Once There Was a Mouse,” has been published, just in time for holiday giving. The book — designed to encourage young children and families to explore the city — is written by Cheryl Ryan Harshman of Wheeling and illustrated by Robert ...

AP: Catholic Mandatory Review Boards Hailed as Fix for Sex Abuse Often Fail

Facing thousands of cases of clergy sex abuse, U.S. Catholic leaders addressed their greatest crisis in the modern era with a promised reform: Mandatory review boards. These independent panels with lay people in each diocese would review allegations fairly and kindly. And they would help ...

Thousands Turn Out for Fantasy in Lights Parade in Wheeling

WHEELING — Bundled in warm clothes and covered with blankets, hundreds of children sat with their families along Main and Market streets in downtown Wheeling Friday evening waiting to catch a glimpse of Santa Claus during the Main Street Bank Fantasy in Lights Parade. Now in its 35th ...