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RIBBON-CUTTING— Surrounded by employees, local officials and other guests, Dan Martin, vice president of manufacturing for Bidell Gas Compression, cut the ribbon, Thursday, on the company’s new facility in Weirton. The company produces gas compressor systems for the natural gas industry, and currently has 34 employees with plans for expansion. -- Craig Howell

Bidell ready to begin operations in Weirton

WEIRTON — A more than $3 million investment into the area was unveiled Thursday, when Bidell Gas Compression hosted an open house to showcase the renovations undertaken at its new home in the north end of Weirton. The 100,000-square-foot building at 1400 Main St., formerly used as a machine ...

Early voting on referendum begins

WHEELING — Early voting in a special election to determine the fate of $1.9 billion in proposed road projects across West Virginia begins today, two days after Gov. Jim Justice made two stops in the Northern Panhandle to drum up support for his “Roads to Prosperity Highway Program” ...

SMOKING HILLSIDE — This view from Race Track Road in Newell shows a billow of smoke as crews from a dozen area fire departments worked to extinguished a fire on a hillside on Trotter Drive Thursday afternoon. -- Steve Rappach

Crews from three counties respond to Newell fire

NEWELL — Close to a dozen fire crews from three counties covering two states worked Thursday afternoon to extinguish a blaze that charred a large portion of a hillside in Hancock County. Officials say the fire on property on Trotter Lane, accessible via Race Track Road, was the result of a ...

WEIGEL HONORED — During Thursday’s meeting of the Weirton Board of Parks and Recreation, board members and city officials honored Terry Weigel, left, the outgoing parks director who is retiring Sept. 30. The city administration presented Weigel with a watch in recognition of his 28 years of employment, while the park board presented him with gift certificates for local restaurants. Weigel is pictured with Ed Bowman, park board chair. -- Craig Howell

Board looks to draw customers to Starvaggi park, pool

WEIRTON — Weirton parks officials say revenue continues to be at a loss for the city’s public swimming pool, but they are working to invest in improvement projects for the facilities at Starvaggi Memorial Park. “This was a below-average season at Starvaggi Pool,” Parks Director Terry ...

WATER LINE REPLACEMENT — A bulldozer operator with James White Construction of Weirton dumps dirt to cover a water line at New Cumberland City Park. The line was replaced Wednesday following a break earlier in the morning. A 48-hour boil advisory was issued following completion of repairs. -- Steve Rappach

New Cumberland replaces broken water line

NEW CUMBERLAND — A boil advisory was issued for residents of New Cumberland city limits following a water line break early Wednesday morning at New Cumberland City Park. Emergency crews were called to the park around 12:30 a.m. after a main pump line, located behind the pavilion near the ...

ANNUAL EVENT — The Jefferson County Historical Association held its annual dinner meeting Wednesday evening at St. Florian Hall where among those on hand were, from left, Charlie Green, second vice president; guest speaker Shirley Brooks-Jones, who recounted her experience on Sept. 11, 2001; Eleanor Naylor, first vice president; Judy Brancazio, president; and Barry Bardone, board member and master of ceremonies. Dennis Milko is treasurer and Mike Giles, board secretary.-- Janice Kiaski

Historical Association holds annual dinner

WINTERSVILLE — A review of “a good and satisfying year” and an Ohio woman’s personal experience of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, highlighted the annual dinner meeting of the Jefferson County Historical Association. President Judy Brancazio told the audience of approximately 60 who ...

Traffic commission recommends dedicated parking area

WEIRTON — The Weirton Traffic Commission recommended a new handicap parking area to be dedicated for a city resident, and also suggested a change to the length of time before such spaces should be renewed. During the commission meeting Thursday, members revisited a request on behalf of ...

RENOVATIONS — West Virginia Division of Highways contractors will soon begin road and sidewalk renovations along state Route 88. -- Casey Junkins

W.Va. 88 paving could impact Oglebay Festival of Lights

WHEELING — In less than two months, hundreds of cars will transport thousands of patrons along state Route 88 from the intersection of National Road for the Oglebay Park Winter Festival of Lights. But next week, West Virginia Division of Highways officials plan to begin lane restrictions on ...

Ohio increases fines to $2.3M against pipeline developer

TOLEDO, Ohio — Ohio’s environmental regulators have more than doubled the proposed fines against a company building a natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to Michigan, saying Wednesday the two sides are at an impasse. The fines now stand at $2.3 million and stem from what the Ohio ...

WEIRTON VISIT — Gov. Jim Justice sat before a crowd of more than 70 in the Weirton Room of the Millsop Community Center Wednesday evening, promoting the Roads to Prosperity road bond proposal which will go before the voters on Oct. 7. Early voting is set to begin Friday. -- Craig Howell

Justice pushes highway referendum

WEIRTON — Sitting before a crowd of more than 70 in Weirton Wednesday night, Gov. Jim Justice pledged West Virginians would not see any additional tax increases if voters pass a referendum to allow the sale of bonds to fund road improvements throughout the state. The Roads to Prosperity ...