Local News

Agency to monitor tax changes

CHARLESTON — The Public Service Commission of West Virginia wants to know how privately owned utilities in the state will be impacted by the new federal tax law. In a release, the commission said it has directed all privately owned electric, gas, water, sewer and solid waste facilities to ...

SNOWY FUN — Children from the Hoffman and Lynns families build a snowman on the public basketball courts in Forsyth Park, Wednesday, in Savannah, Ga. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency through Friday for at least 28 counties because of the frigid weather. -- Associated Press

Parts of South get first snow in decades

SAVANNAH, Ga. — A brutal winter storm dumped snow in Tallahassee, Fla., on Wednesday for the first time in nearly three decades before slogging up the Atlantic coast and smacking Southern cities such as Savannah and Charleston, S.C, with a rare blast of snow and ice. Forecasters warned that ...

Gas storage hub clears first test

NASHVILLE, Tenn — Plans for an underground liquefied natural gas storage hub pegged as a major job creator for the chemical industry in struggling Appalachia have cleared their first big hurdle. The Appalachia Storage & Trading Hub initiative got approval Wednesday for the first of two ...

Weirton Council to vote on BDC funding

WEIRTON — Weirton Council will consider whether to continue providing funding for the Business Development Corp., with a request made for an increased allotment to assist the local economic development agency. The request for $28,750 was discussed and recommended by the city’s Finance ...

ADMINISTERS OATH — Vice President Mike Pence, right, administers the Senate oath of office during a mock swearing in ceremony in the Old Senate Chamber to Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., second from left, with his wife Louise Jones, second from right, Wednesday, on Capitol Hill in Washington. They are joined at far left by their son Christopher Jones, and son Carson Jones, center. Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore in a special election to take the seat once held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. -- Associated Press

Two new Senate Democrats sworn in

WASHINGTON — The Republican majority in the Senate narrowed to 51-49 on Wednesday as two new Democratic senators were sworn into office, complicating GOP efforts to advance the party’s legislative agenda before the 2018 midterm elections. Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of ...

2018 state elections could shape future for Congress

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Buoyed by a string of electoral victories during President Donald Trump’s first year in office, Democrats will be waging a renewed battle to wrest control of Congress from Republicans this year. Yet the contests with the greatest long-term consequences for Congress ...

Follansbee briefed on water plans

FOLLANSBEE — Follansbee Council was updated Tuesday on some plans eyed for the city’s water treatment system. Mayor David Velegol Jr. said Paul Ghosh, the city’s engineering consultant, is exploring options to upgrade the system, including increasing the capacity for the water treatment ...

GETTING IT READY  — An individual works to weatherize a house as part of a programs offered through C.H.A.N.G.E., Inc. Applications currently are being accepted for the Weatherization Assistance Program and the No Heat Emergency Program. -- Contributed

Weatherization, No Heat Emergency programs accepting applications

WEIRTON — C.H.A.N.G.E., Inc. is accepting applications for both the Weatherization Assistance Program and the No Heat Emergency Program in Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, and Marshall counties in West Virginia. The WAP provides free services that include insulation, duct testing, repair, and ...

West Virginia Writers accepting contest entries

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Writers Inc. is accepting submissions for its annual writing contests, offering $5,075 in total cash prizes. For the first time, the organization will be accepting online submissions. Since 1982, WV Writers has held an annual writing contest for adults, ...

Wheeling Chamber looks to stem loss of population

WHEELING — The Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce believes it has a program that could help stem the tide of youth moving to other states and reverse the trend of population decline in West Virginia. The chamber works in coordination with the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley to offer ...

Opportunity knocking in Wheeling, investors answering

WHEELING — Dean Connors said until 2016, he had no interest whatsoever in spending money on downtown Wheeling real estate — but within less than two years, he has spent about $500,000 to purchase and renovate three buildings for commercial use. “Five years ago, you couldn’t have given ...

BATMAN PARODY — Charles Ross will return to Pittsburgh in the Cultural Trust’s-sponsored performance of “One Man Dark Night: A Batman Parody” on Jan. 13

‘One Man Dark Knight’ returns

From staff reports PITTSBURGH — Officials with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announce the return of Charles Ross in the latest installment of his solo film parodies. Ross will perform “One Man Dark Knight: A Batman Parody” at the Byham Theater, 101 6th St., at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 13. ...

Eastern Gateway faculty publish book

STEUBENVILLE — Kenneth Knox and Timothy Glaid, both full-time faculty members at Eastern Gateway Community College, have collaborated to publish their latest book, “Put Me in the Game Coach.” The book outlines the ways, means and strategies of using adjunct teaching opportunities as a ...

Entertainment briefs

Rocky Bleier’s ‘The Play’ continues PITTSBURGH — Officials with the Pittsburgh Public Theater are thrilled to welcome back former Pittsburgh Steeler Rocky Bleier to perform his one-man show, “The Play,” live on the O’Reilly Theater stage. Based on Rocky’s life story, “The ...

Entertainment calendar

¯ Feb. 12 — An Acoustic Evening with Trey Anastasio, Byham Theatre, Pittsburgh, www.livenation.com. ¯ July 24 — Eagles, PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, www.livenation.com.

SAFETY IN THE MINES — Federal officials meet with miners in the Gibson North Mine in Princeton, Ind., in 2015. Coal mining deaths surged in 2017, according to federal statistics, a year after they had hit a record low. West Virginia led the grim statistics with eight miners losing their lives during 2017. Kentucky was next with two deaths. All told, 17 miners died on the job in 2017. -- Associated Press

Coal mine deaths surge in 2017

CHARLESTON— Coal mining deaths surged in the U.S. in 2017, one year after they hit a record low. The nation’s coal mines recorded 15 deaths last year, including eight in West Virginia. Kentucky had two deaths, and there were one each in Alabama, Colorado, Montana, Pennsylvania and ...

Zatezalo, McGeehan look to 2018 Legislature

Delegate Pat McGeehan isn’t certain West Virginia’s budget situation is where it should be for 2018 as lawmakers prepare to return to Charleston this month. Meanwhile, his colleague in the state’s northernmost district, Delegate Mark Zatezalo, describes the atmosphere and attitude among ...

Northern Panhandle senator says it’s time to end vehicle tax

WHEELING — The West Virginia Legislature may look this year at eliminating the personal property tax on automobiles — but lawmakers then would have to find a way to reimburse local governments and school districts that benefit from that revenue, according to state Sen. Charles ...

NEW YEAR, NEW BABY — Amelia LaFond, the newborn daughter of Dana Vause and Bryan LaFond of Chester, made her grand entrance into the world at 1:39 a.m. on Monday at Trinity Medical Center West. Amelia was the first baby born in the new year. She weighed 7 pounds and 13 ounces and was 21 inches long. She joins a sister, Arianna. -- Contributed

Area welcomes first baby for new year

STEUBENVILLE — Amelia Andrea LaFond is the first local baby of 2018 according to officials at Trinity Health System in Steubenville. LaFond entered the world at 1:39 a.m. Monday. She is the daughter of Dana Vause and Bryan LaFond of Chester. Trinity Health System officials said a second ...

CHARLOTTE? YES, CHARLOTTE — Water squirts from a frozen fountain near downtown in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday. Temperatures plummeted early Tuesday to 2 degrees in the north Georgia mountains, 14 in Atlanta and 26 as far south as New Orleans as the Gulf Coast felt more like Green Bay. -- Associated Press

Deep freeze turns dangerous as South shivers, storm grows

INDIANAPOLIS — Dangerously cold temperatures blamed for at least nine deaths have wreaked havoc across a wide swath of the U.S., freezing a water tower in Iowa, halting ferry service in New York and leading officials to open warming centers even in the Deep South. The National Weather ...