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Traditional Values on Display Leading into Father’s Day Weekend

WHEELING — Quality time and traditional values were on display at a local sandlot and area park in the days leading up to this Father’s Day weekend. Whether it was at Dimmeydale ballfield or the shoreline at Schenk Lake in Oglebay Park, several fathers took advantage of the warm and ...

Changing ‘The Game’ for Grads At Wheeling Park High School

WHEELING — Wheeling Park High School would no longer designate a valedictorian, have class rank or give honors credits for elective classes under proposed curriculum changes beginning with the class of 2024. Administrators are seeking to eliminate “the game” at WPHS that forces ...

‘Destination Weekend’ in Wheeling to Celebrate Historic Events

WHEELING — Community leaders have organized a “destination weekend” full of heritage activities and fun events in downtown Wheeling this week. The celebration features commemoration of historic milestones and exploration of the city’s waterfront and neighborhoods. Different events ...

Gov. Justice Gets Personal on Campaign Road Trip

BLUEFIELD — Gov. Jim Justice wrapped up two town hall meetings in Southern West Virginia Thursday, taking questions from the public about education reform, economic development and the growing divide between he and Senate Republicans. The town halls were also notable for what people ...

Boy Donates Birthday Money to Purchase Vests for McMechen Police Officers

McMECHEN — McMechen’s police officers can hit the streets with a little extra protection, thanks to a gift from an 11-year-old boy. Elliot Rybski recently overheard a conversation with police in which the officers said they had to choose between bulletproof vests or other vital equipment ...

W.Va. Leads Nation in Drug Overdose Deaths

West Virginia led the nation in drug overdose death rates in 2017, followed closely by Ohio and Pennsylvania, according to a study released Wednesday by the Commonwealth Fund. With an average of 57.8 deaths per 100,000 residents, West Virginia’s drug fatality rate was nearly three times ...

W.Va. GOP Leaders Fight Over Trump

CHARLESTON — In a state where President Donald Trump’s name is still gold, Republican leaders are fighting in a public and caustic way over who’s his best friend. On one side, Gov. Jim Justice says he and Trump are “bound at the hip.” On the other, Senate Republican leaders argue ...

OC Schools Employees Traveling To Charleston for Special Session

Editor's note: This story has been updated to more accurately reflect that teachers and school service personnel from throughout the Northern Panhandle will be traveling to Charleston Monday for the resumption of the special session on education reform. The initial story indicated no other ...

FLAG DAY PARADE IN MOUNDSVILLE

Photo by Alan Olson The Moundsville Honor Guard leads the city’s Flag Day Parade on Friday evening. The parade route began in front of the Moundsville VFW building on Grant Avenue, going down First, Second and Third streets before coming back around. About 200 people were thought to have ...

Interstate 70 Resurfacing at State Line Nears Completion

WEST ALEXANDER — The reconstruction of Interstate 70 in Pennsylvania that was damaged by undermining earlier this year is ahead of schedule, but when West Virginia will begin its portion of the project is still up in the air. Motorists can soon expect some relief while traveling on I-70 ...

Convicted Drug Trafficker Arrested Again in Wheeling

A man with two prior felony convictions for trafficking drugs was arrested again on drug charges. On May 29, Ohio County Sheriff’s deputies conducted a search warrant at 321 N. Huron St. in Wheeling, where drug deals were reportedly being conducted. At the residence, Deante “G” Creel, ...

Koppers Plans to Close Follansbee Plant

FOLLANSBEE — Another Ohio Valley manufacturing site is set to close its doors, and area officials are preparing to find ways to assist its employees and possibly even locate a future tenant. The 48 employees of the Koppers facility in Follansbee are expected to be off the job by Aug. 4, ...

Weirton Doctors Acquitted of Drug Charges

WHEELING — Two Weirton doctors were acquitted Thursday after being indicted federally for unlawfully distributing Suboxone, in what their attorneys are calling overenthusiastic prosecution by the federal government. Dr. Krishan Aggarwal and Dr. Cherian John, both of Weirton, were employed at ...

Swartzmiller Seeks Elimination of Social Security Tax Caps

WHEELING — Delegate Randy Swartzmiller thinks the upcoming special legislative session on education betterment also would be an opportune time to re-examine legislation eliminating taxes on Social Security benefits for West Virginians. Swartzmiller, D-Hancock, wants to eliminate the wage ...

Volunteers Prepare for Ohio River Sweep

WHEELING — Volunteers are needed to help pick up trash along the Ohio River. The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, also known as ORSANCO, has scheduled its 30th annual Ohio River Sweep for Saturday. The event is a volunteer effort to clean up areas along the Ohio River, ...

State Officials Slam Bloomberg’s Energy Plan

PARKERSBURG — A former New York City mayor’s pledge to spend $500 million on the Beyond Carbon initiative would be better spent on research into cleaner-burning fuels, a West Virginia congressman said Tuesday. Michael Bloomberg on Friday announced he’ll spend the half-billion dollars on ...

Barnesville Cop Saves Baby from Drowning

BARNESVILLE — Barnesville Police Officer Andrew Stewart was at the right place and the right time last Friday, and a nine-month-old boy is still alive thanks to Stewart’s efforts and the quick reaction of the child’s grandmother. Julie Webb of Barnesville was walking with the baby in ...

Sentencing Rejected for Glen Dale Man Who Pleaded Guilty to Sex Assault

MOUNDSVILLE — Circuit Judge David Hummel refused to sentence a man who entered a guilty plea in Marshall County, saying he felt the prosecution was sloppy with its evidence against him. Robert “Lewie” Osborne, 41 of Glen Dale, had previously entered a guilty plea to first degree sexual ...

Executive Director Jake Dougherty Resigns From Wheeling Heritage

WHEELING — Wheeling Heritage Executive Director Jake Dougherty is leaving his job to pursue a law degree. Dougherty announced his resignation this week, and Wheeling attorney Arch Riley will take over the position in mid-August. “I’ve always been interested in law, and it has become ...

McMechen Attorney Loses License For 60 Days After Transporting Heroin

WHEELING — A McMechen attorney who was stopped by police while transporting 10 bricks of heroin to a drug dealer more than four years ago while in the throes of opioid addiction will be suspended from practicing law for the next two months. The West Virginia State Supreme Court of Appeals ...