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Refuge 1:99 opening to help victims of human trafficking

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WINTERSVILLE — “Once you meet a human trafficking victim, you can’t walk away unchanged,” guest speaker Shari Prichard told members of the OFWC/Woman’s Club of Wintersville during a recent club meeting held at St. Florian Hall. And the local woman who runs the full-time nonprofit ...

Community news from around the area

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Country Friends announce weekend entertainment lineup COLLIERS — Country Friends will host Jack Giacomo on Friday at the Memorial Hall located at 67 Police Lodge Road, Colliers. Country Friends will perform on Saturday. At Friday’s event, the names of four winners will be drawn ...

DISCUSSING IDEAS — A workshop was held with the Hancock and Brooke county boards of education at L.B. Millsop Primary Tuesday to discuss future plans for the building, which include an alternative learning center to be operated by both counties. -- Craig Howell

Joint ALC plans under discussion

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WEIRTON — A slated-to-closed school may still have a future, through the cooperation of two area boards of education. An informational workshop was held Tuesday at L.B. Millsop Primary, with officials from Brooke County Schools and Hancock County Schools in attendance. A plan currently ...

Community news from around the area

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Blessed Sacrament CWC food sale today and Feb. 28 WINTERSVILLE — Blessed Sacrament Church’s Catholic Woman’s Club will be selling frozen gnocchis, pierogis and meatless sauce from 9a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Sargus Hall, located next to the church on Main Street, Wintersville. The sale ...

Schools preparing for work stoppage

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WEIRTON — While Hancock County Schools officials remain hopeful an agreement can be reached with legislators on the future of teacher pay and health benefits, the county’s superintendent says he is willing to authorize the closure of schools if needed. Meanwhile, Brooke County Schools ...

Police reports

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Steubenville Arrested: Richard J. Truax, 44, Apartment 12, 127 Estes Ave., Weirton, operating vehicle under the influence, failure to control, no license, possession of drugs, possession of hypodermic needle and possession of stolen license plates, Monday. Cited: Joshua T. Blue, 31, 362 1/2 ...

Legislature approves pay increase for teachers

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CHARLESTON — Looking to avert a teacher walkout this week, the state Legislature approved SB267 Tuesday night, which would increase salaries for teachers, school service personnel and other state employees. The measure passed the House of Delegates by a 59-37 margin with four delegates not ...

State superintendent says teacher walkout would be unlawful

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CHARLESTON — With teachers and other public workers planning a statewide walkout Thursday and Friday over pay and benefits, Superintendent of Schools Steven Paine says they deserve more but work stoppages by public employees are unlawful in West Virginia. In a statement Tuesday, Paine says ...

Blankenship to hold Weirton town hall meeting

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WEIRTON — Don Blankenship, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate and the former CEO of Massey Energy, will hold a town hall meeting in Weirton on Friday. The event, part of Blankenship’s Senate campaign, will be held at Undo’s at the Holiday Inn, with a reception beginning at 11:30 ...

Sheriff seeking suspect in Chester Subway robbery

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CHESTER — The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department is seeking information after the robbery of the Subway sandwich shop in Chester Monday. The sheriff’s department reports the Subway, located at 2456 Lincoln Highway, was robbed at approximately 4:26 p.m. Monday by a white man, wearing ...

Sports wagering bill breezes through state Senate

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The West Virginia Senate passed a bill Tuesday to legalize sports betting at the state’s five casinos in the event that a U.S. Supreme Court case leads to the repeal of a nationwide ban. The bill was approved 25-9 and now moves to the House of Delegates, where a similar ...

State House OKs work requirement for food stamps

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The West Virginia House voted Tuesday to impose the federal 20-hour weekly work requirement for many food stamp recipients statewide. It would apply to people ages 18 to 49 who aren’t pregnant, disabled or military veterans, have no dependent children and get ...

Catholic schools superintendent named

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WHEELING — A Michigan educator has been named the superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. Mary Ann Deschaine will begin in August, Bishop Michael J. Bransfield said on Monday. “I am honored to have been selected for this position in the Diocese of ...

W.Va. AG warns against price gouging

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PARKERSBURG — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has issued a warning against price gouging during a state of emergency. Laws prohibiting price gouging took effect Saturday when the governor declared a state of emergency in all 55 counties of West Virginia after heavy rainfall ...

NEW ROOFS COMING — Wheeling City Manager Robert Herron said new roofs are coming for these four city-owned structures in the 1400 block of Market Street this year. -- Casey Junkins

Wheeling seeking developers

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WHEELING — The four city-owned buildings in the 1400 block of Market Street will get new roofs this summer as Wheeling officials continue seeking new development. In all, city leaders will end up spending nearly $800,000 on six downtown structures, of which Vice Mayor Chad Thalman said: ...

Two East Liverpool locations seek marijuana licenses

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LISBON — Of the 370 applications seeking state licenses to serve as a medical marijuana dispensary, two are for Columbiana County and both are located in East Liverpool. The state pharmacy board issued a revised list of the applicants at the end of January, and it listed two East Liverpool ...

Highmark expanding to help members battle opioid abuse

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Highmark Inc. is continuing to enact programs and policy changes designed to help members as they battle opioid abuse and addiction in the company’s community-focused and partner-driven war on opioids. Company officials recently announced they will expand a program that focuses on assisting ...

Kentucky attorney general sues opioid distributor

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s attorney general filed a lawsuit Monday against another pharmaceutical distributor linked to a drug pipeline inundating the state with dangerously addictive opioid painkillers. Cardinal Health was accused by Attorney General Andy Beshear of distributing ...

SHIPMENT LEAVING — A portion of the first compressor unit shipment from Bidell Gas Compression is trucked out of the company’s Weirton facility Monday morning. Company officials explained multiple truckloads are required for each unit to be delivered. -- Contributed

Bidell ships first unit from Weirton

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WEIRTON — Monday marked a milestone for Bidell Gas Compression, as the first compressor units fabricated at its Weirton facility were shipped out to customers in the natural gas industry. “This is a big day,” Tom Welch, engineering manager, said Monday morning as the units were going ...