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Weirton’s heritage showcased at Gate 5 festival

WEIRTON — The industrial history of Weirton was on full display Saturday, with the launch of the inaugural Gate 5 Industrial Arts Festival. Centered at the Weirton Event Center, the festival included close to 20 arts and crafts vendors, live music and more. It was conceived as a heritage ...

Superintendent asks for support of Hancock County Schools levy

WEIRTON — The voters of Hancock County have shown their support for local education for decades, and county school officials are hoping to see that support continue on Nov. 6. "This community has partnered with us for many years," Hancock County Schools Superintendent Tim Woodward said. "We ...

Weirton museum continues tribute to Haworth’s influence

WEIRTON — The influence of Robert Haworth can still be felt in the Weirton community and beyond, and for the last several years the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center has worked to pay tribute to the lessons he taught while working as a local educator. Saturday, the museum continued ...

Herbalist takes on apprentice to carry on plant traditions

KERENS (AP) — One small step or wrong turn in Marion Harless’ garden, and you might never find your way out. But losing yourself in Harless’ array of plants means you’ll likely gain something else — like an understanding of how scouring rush horsetail, a plant that belongs to the ...

FBI joins search for missing couple

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, (AP) — The FBI has joined local law enforcement in the search for a couple who went missing earlier this year in eastern Ohio. Brian Goff, 64, and Joni Davis, 55, were last seen June 10 leaving a Pizza Hut restaurant in Bridgeport, a village along the Ohio River. ...

Special trip, special honor

BRILLIANT — Marine Corps veteran Darold “Kirby” Sutphin has pictures, videos and memories of a special trip involving a special honor earlier this month. The Brilliant resident was one of four ironworker military veterans chosen for a weekend trip to Washington, D.C., an occasion ...

Trump revives fiery immigration talk for ‘caravan’ election

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Donald Trump fueled his 2016 campaign with fiery immigration rhetoric, visions of hordes flowing across the border to assault Americans and steal their jobs. Now, in the final weeks before midterm elections, he's back at it as he looks to stave off Democratic gains in ...

Police reports

Jefferson County sheriff Arrested: Shantay M. Weaver, 36, 33 Little Rush Run Road, Rayland, failure to appear, Thursday. Arrested: Ryan Antigo, 40, 862 county Road 20, Dillonvale, illegal manufacture of drugs and weapons under disability, Thursday. Arrested: Shawn Wells, 45, 4 North ...

Brooke school board raises questioned

WELLSBURG — Many Brooke County residents have expressed anger over raises approved for nearly a dozen Brooke County school board staff members at a time when the board cited financial difficulties as the reason for closing three primary schools and cutting more than 40 teachers and service ...

United Way plans inaugural Turkey Trot

WEIRTON — The Weirton United Way is hoping the community will trot out to help some of the area's charitable organizations, just in time for Thanksgiving. The inaugural Weirton United Way Turkey Trot has been scheduled for Nov. 17 at Marland Heights Park. The event will feature a 5K run ...

Red Hot in Hancock winners announced

WEIRTON — Organizers of the Red Hot in Hancock chili cookoff have announced this year's award recipients. The fourth-annual competition was held Oct. 18 at the Weirton Event Center, with 11 chili cooks preparing more than 30 entries. Award recipients and the categories are as ...

Forum held for West Virginia Supreme Court candidates

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Republican ex-Congressman Evan Jenkins and other candidates for a West Virginia Supreme Court seat highlighted their resumes during a public forum less than three weeks before the Nov. 6 election. Explaining why they should be elected to a nonpartisan position, ...

Feds: Child exploitation focus of Pennsylvania church probe

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two years ago, a federal prosecutor in Pittsburgh considered filing a racketeering lawsuit against a Roman Catholic diocese over its handling of child sex-abuse complaints, but left office before he could make the bold move. A colleague in Philadelphia is now taking new ...

Transfer to pay for paving project

STEUBENVILLE —Jefferson County Engineer James Branagan said he will use money transferred to his department from the Medicaid sales tax settlement payment for a large paving project next year. The Jefferson County commissioners on Thursday approved the transfer in the amount of ...

Police officer officially fired

STEUBENVILLE — Nate Cline, a city police officer who has been on administrative leave without pay since his indictment in connection with illegal hunting and other alleged crimes, was notified of his termination from the department this week. City Manager James Mavromatis said regular and ...

Weirton public art ideas unveiled

WEIRTON — While the art of making steel is a part of Weirton’s past, other forms of art are hoped to be a part of the community’s future. Two days before the inaugural Gate 5 Industrial Arts Festival, residents gathered Thursday at the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center to unveil ...

Kroger workers to vote on contract

WHEELING — If the bargaining committee of a union representing 1,200 workers at 11 Kroger stores has its way, union members will turn down the company’s most recent — and final — contract offer. But a union official said he is concerned that if workers do not approve the deal, Kroger ...

Responses filed in residency petition

CHARLESTON — Attorneys for Gov. Jim Justice have filed a response to a petition filed by Delegate Isaac Sponaugle, D-Pendleton, asking the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals to require the governor to abide by the state Constitution by residing in Charleston. When Sponaugle read the ...

W.Va. in good position to capitalize on industrial growth

WEIRTON — U.S. Congressman David McKinley feels West Virginia is in a good position to capitalize on industrial growth following actions by the Trump administration, including lower taxes and an emphasis on brownfield development. McKinley, R-Wheeling, was in Weirton Monday, meeting with ...