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United States is ‘open for business’

WASHINGTON — Last November, diplomats from Brazil to Japan joined oil and gas executives at the headquarters of Washington’s largest lobbying group to christen a new partnership. Inside the marble walls of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a crowd of 200 welcomed the U.S. Gas Infrastructure ...

Democratic leaders announce legislative priorities for 2019

CHARLESTON — With Republican leaders in the West Virginia Senate talking about their plans for the next legislative session, starting Jan. 9, Senate Democrats unveiled their priorities for the new year. Senate Minority Leader Roman Prezioso, D-Marion, issued a press release Wednesday with a ...

Lions Club of Wellsburg plans light-up event tonight

WELLSBURG — The Lions Club of Wellsburg hopes to start a new tradition this holiday season with the inaugural “Light Up The Park.” The event will take place at 6 p.m. today in Central Park. “The city has not had any true light up night in years,” said Paul Billiard of the parks ...

JSW Steel to invest $500M into Mingo plant

STEUBENVILLE — Pete Vojvodich, vice president of human resources and safety for JSW Steel USA, said the company’s Mingo Junction steelmaking facility plans to employ 1,000 workers in the next couple years, and the company will be investing more than $500 million into the plant. Vojvodich ...

Hutchison appointed to state Supreme Court

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals is whole again after the appointment of Raleigh County Circuit Judge John Hutchison to the bench to replace Allen Loughry, who resigned. Gov. Jim Justice announced the appointment of Hutchison Wednesday afternoon. “I have known ...

Andreozzi stepping down as commissioner

WELLSBURG — After six years as a Brooke County commissioner, James Andreozzi will be stepping away from the office. During Tuesday’s commission meeting, residents and leaders of the community thanked Andreozzi for his service to the area. “It’s a pretty rare occasion when an ...

BAH at Elks Lodge 1801

Members of the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce gathered Wednesday at Elks Lodge 1801 in Weirton for the December Business After Hours event. The Weirton Elks Lodge was founded in 1950 and is involved in a variety of activities in the community. For information on membership and services, ...

Steubenville gets its first look at $46.1M 2019 budget

STEUBENVILLE — City Council got its first look Tuesday at a proposed $46.1 million spending plan for 2019. “We did put everything in that was requested,” Finance Director Lewis told council during a finance committee meeting. “It doesn’t quite fit in the box, but it’s not too far ...

Weirton Heights Rotary guest

Amy Jo Hutchison, northern regional organizer for Our Children Our Future and tri-chair of the West Virginia’s Poor People’s Campaign, spoke to the Weirton Heights Rotary Club on Nov. 27 about the organization’s mission to end child poverty in West Virginia. Pictured, from left, are ...

Former city officer pleads guilty in illegal hunting case

STEUBENVILLE — Former City Police officer Nate Cline faces up to two years in prison in connection with illegal hunting charges and his misuse of a law enforcement automated database system. Cline plead guilty By to five felonies and 11 misdemeanors during a hearing on Tuesday before ...

WJU staff, students have immersion experiences

WHEELING — This week, several students and staff members from Wheeling Jesuit University have traveled to either Detroit or Pittsburgh for service-immersion experiences, coordinated and organized by the university’s Service for Social Action Center. This is the university’s first ...

Tri-State Medical Group plans event on winter safety

WEIRTON — Tri-State Medical Group will be offering an informational display about winter safety, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Tri-State Pharmacy. Sara Lyons, Doctor of Pharmacy candidate, will be on hand to answer questions and provide informational material. For more information, ...

Stephen Smith jumps into race for governor

WHEELING — The first candidate to jump into the 2020 West Virginia governor’s race believes no politician singularly makes a difference in the world. “It takes a movement,” said Democrat Stephen Smith of Kanawha County. Smith spoke of his intention to run for governor in 2020 during a ...

Weirton Council approves TIF funds

WEIRTON — Weirton Council is moving forward with its contributions toward a development project within the Three Springs Business Park. During its meeting Monday, council approved the first reading of an ordinance implementing a Tax Increment Financing project, known as “Plan 2,” within ...

Women leading the way in House

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia House of Delegates will have a new majority leader going into the 2019 legislative session — the first woman to ever hold the role. House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, named Del. Amy Summers, R-Taylor, as majority leader, representing the Republican caucus ...

New probationary officers

The City of Weirton, Tuesday, welcomed two new probationary officers to the city’s police department, holding a ceremony in council chambers with friends, family and other officers. Pictured following the service are, from left, Mayor Harold Miller, probationary officer Ivan Diaz, Weirton ...

Legislative leaders give session preview to industry reps

CHARLESTON — With the 2019 legislative session just around the corner, leaders of the West Virginia Legislature gave representatives of the business community a small taste of what to expect next year. Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, and House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, ...

Boil order issued for Wellsburg

WELLSBURG – A water boil order has been issued for the city of Wellsburg until Thursday afternoon, according to the Brooke County Emergency Management Agency. No reason has been given for the order.

Trump threatens shutdown in wild encounter with Dems

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a wild Oval Office confrontation, President Donald Trump heatedly threatened to shut down the U.S. government Tuesday as he and Democratic leaders bickered over funding for his promised border wall and offered a grim preview of life in Washington the next two years under ...

Madonna inducts 11 into hall of fame

WEIRTON — Weirton Madonna High School inducted 11 new members into its hall of fame Dec. 1, with a ceremony and dinner at Williams Golf and Country Club. Those honored, and their categories, were: • John Harcharic, class of 66, Athletic Excellence; a multi-sport athlete, placed first in ...