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Ex-Democratic Party Chairman Donated to Justice Campaign

CHARLESTON — Larry Puccio, the former chairman of the West Virginia Democratic Party Executive Committee and a long-time adviser to Democratic campaigns, resigned as an at-large member of the state party committee in November shortly after donating to the campaign of ...

West Virginia Businesses Look To Wagering Partner

WHEELING — West Virginia bars and restaurant owners have partenered with the creator of a wagering app on legislation that would give them the means to capitalize on betting opportunities in the state. House Bill 4191 would expand legalized wagering in West Virginia by allowing bars and ...

W.Va. Honors High Voter Registration Among High School Seniors

HUNDRED — Seniors at Hundred High School are planning a field trip in early May to the courthouse to cast early ballots in the 2020 primary election. Elsewhere in Wetzel County, seniors at Paden City High School are excited to head to the polls to vote for their civics teacher — a ...

Ohio County Hosts First DARE Officer Training in West Virginia

WHEELING — Law enforcement agents wanting to be DARE officers now are being trained in West Virginia. “DARE” stands for “drug abuse resistance education,” and 13 officers have spent the last two weeks getting their own education on the subject during training classes at The ...

Suspect Indicted in Hancock County Shooting Spree

NEW CUMBERLAND — The man who allegedly went on an August shooting spree that injured four people in Hancock County was indicted on numerous felony charges this week, but has been cleared in the death of his girlfriend — who authorities now say died by suicide. Michael A. McClanahan Sr., ...

Trump’s Trial Begins, Senators Vowing ‘Impartial Justice’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate opened the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump with quiet ceremony Thursday — senators standing at their desks to swear an oath of “impartial justice” as jurors, House prosecutors formally reciting the charges and Chief Justice John Roberts ...

Justice, Trump File Election Paperwork for 2020

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice filed his and President Donald Trump’s reelection paperwork on Thursday, ratcheting up his alignment with the president as he formally enters the 2020 campaign season. The Republican highlighted his relationship with Trump as he submitted ...

Knierim Seeks 4th Ward Council Seat

WHEELING — Wheeling businessman Jeff Knierim terms himself “pro-business” and a “fiscal conservative,” and he wants to bring his 47-year resume of business experience to Wheeling City Council. Knierim, a Woodsdale resident, filed this week for the 4th Ward seat on council. “I ...

DOWNTOWN DINOSAUR – T. Rex Head Installed on Exterior of Centre Market Store

WHEELING — Visitors to Wheeling’s Centre Market might be surprised to see a giant fiberglass Tyrannosaurus rex head protruding from a second floor window of the SMART Centre Market interactive science center. Robert and Libby Strong, owners of the SMART Centre, had the five-foot-long ...

Sen. Ihlenfeld To Push Ethics Reform During Session

WHEELING — West Virginia Sen. William Ihlenfeld wants to focus on ethics reform during the current session. Ihlenfeld, D-Ohio, already has introduced Senate Bill 112, which would prohibit legislators and part-time public officials from having a financial interest in state contracts. Last ...

Bruce Out as President of EGCC

YOUNGSTOWN — A “lack of leadership, particularly over the last five months” brought the curtain down on Jimmie Bruce’s four-and-a-half year tenure as president of Eastern Gateway Community College, Chairman of the Board James Gasior said Wednesday. Gasior, addressing reporters after a ...

Project HOPE Grows as Need Increases

WHEELING — The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department’s Project HOPE continues to grow and now provides medical outreach to more than 100 homeless people on a regular basis. To promote awareness of the homeless population’s needs and to raise funds for the program, Project HOPE will hold ...

West Virginia Senate, House of Delegates Pass First Bills of 2020 Session

CHARLESTON — Just one week into the 2020 session, both chambers of the West Virginia Legislature Wednesday passed the first set of bills. The House passed five bills Wednesday while the Senate passed one piece of legislation. The bills will be sent to the opposite chambers for review, ...

WVU Medicine to Take Ownership Of Wetzel County Hospital

NEW MARTINSVILLE — Wetzel County Hospital has signed a letter of intent to join the West Virginia University Health System. WVU Hospitals will file a Certificate of Need application with the West Virginia Health Care Authority seeking approval to operate the hospital. A letter of intent ...

Maroney at Capitol For First Time Since Prostitution Charge

CHARLESTON — State Senator Mike Maroney, R-Marshall, arrived in Charleston on Monday for the start of the second week of the 2020 legislative session, the first time the Glen Dale radiologist has been seen in the state Capitol since his arrest in August on charges of soliciting ...

Wheeling Experiencing ‘Abnormally Warm’ Winter Weather

WHEELING — The average temperature during the early stages of winter in the Wheeling area has been about 39 degrees, making it one of the warmest on record for this time of the year, according to the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh. Meteorologist Jason Frazier said temperatures in the ...

Mike Folk Candidate for West Virginia Governor

WHEELING — Former Delegate Mike Folk has ideas on how to shore up funding for the Public Employees Insurance Agency in West Virginia, and they came from Indiana. Folk, a Republican from Martinsburg, this week officially filed to seek the GOP nomination for governor. West Virginia’s annual ...

Senate President Carmichael Pushes Back on Anti-discrimination Debate

CHARLESTON — Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, said Tuesday that statements by advocates and opponents of an effort to protect West Virginia’s LGBTQ community have misrepresented his position. “Lately, I have been disappointed by both the advocates and the opponents of the ...

Black, Jewish Communities Discuss Effects of Discrimination

WHEELING — At the height of the Civil Rights movement during the 1960s, Jewish rabbis marched alongside the black leaders in Selma, Ala., and elsewhere in the south in a show of unity to end discrimination. Owens Brown, president of the West Virginia NAACP, noted that Jewish people had been ...

Miller Delivers Update On WPHS Pool

WHEELING — Officials with Ohio County Schools spoke out Monday night regarding issues with the Wheeling Park High School pool. A letter from a swim team parent in the Sunday News-Register criticized the school district’s lack of action in resolving a problem with the pool. The pool has ...