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Weirton to hold hearing before passage of comprehensive plan

WEIRTON — Weirton Council will hold a public hearing in order to finalize updates to the city's Comprehensive Development Plan. The plan was presented to council for consideration during its meeting Tuesday. "The Planning Commission has completed the update to the comprehensive plan," ...

Weirton begins formation of utility task force

WEIRTON — A task force to study options for possible expansions for the city's water and sanitary services is taking shape. During Thursday's meetings of the Weirton Area Water Board and Weirton Sanitary Board, task force representatives for the two entities were selected. Tom Banketas and ...

Search crews look for the dead and the living in Florida

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities fielded a barrage of calls about people missing in Hurricane Michael's aftermath as search-and-rescue teams Friday made their way through flattened neighborhoods, looking for victims dead or alive. The death toll stood at 13 across the ...

US stocks are on track for gains after two-day tumble

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are on track to finish a wobbly day moderately higher Friday, clawing back some of the steep drops they suffered over the previous two days. Stocks remain volatile after that plunge, and are headed for their worst weekly loss in six months. Investors have been ...

Social Security checks to grow in 2019

WASHINGTON — Tens of millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees will get a 2.8 percent boost in benefits next year as inflation edges higher. It’s the biggest increase most retired baby boomers have gotten. Following a stretch of low inflation, the cost-of-living ...

Health board to name interim officer

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Board of Health will decide on an interim public health officer today following the resignation of its health officer earlier this week. A special meeting will be held at 3 p.m. today in the Hancock County Commission meeting room. The move had been ...

Federal jury convicts Loughry on 11 of 22 charges

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a suspended West Virginia Supreme Court justice of some charges at his criminal trial, found him not guilty of others and deadlocked on one count. The jury announced the verdict Friday for suspended Justice Allen Loughry in U.S. District ...

Ruling may invalidate case to impeach Workman

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court Thursday agreed with a justice trying to stop the impeachment trial against her that is scheduled Monday. Justice Margaret Workman said the proceedings against her were flawed on constitutional, jurisdictional and procedural reasons, including ...

Residents meet the candidates in Weirton

WEIRTON — Area residents gathered in the activity room of the Mary H. Weir Public Library Thursday to hear directly from several of those seeking office in the Nov. 6 general election. The “Meet the Candidates” event was organized by the Weirton Board of Realtors. Kristine Roberts of ...

Wheeling to host High Court candidates forum

WHEELING — Candidates for two unexpired seats on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals will be in the Ohio Valley for a candidate forum this month. At least 15 of the 20 candidates have confirmed they will attend the event, set for Oct. 21 at West Virginia Northern Community College. ...

Five eye spot on 1st Judicial Circuit Court

WHEELING — Five candidates want to be the next judge in the 1st Judicial Circuit. Applications were due by 5 p.m. Tuesday to the Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission in care of the West Virginia Governor’s Office. Candidates are seeking to succeed former James P. Mazzone, who resigned ...

Weirton man admits to firearms violation

WHEELING — A Weirton has admitted to illegally possessing a firearm, as part of a plea in federal court. Shannon C. Thornton, 36, of Weirton, pled guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm, according to an announcement by U.S. Attorney Bill Powell Thursday. Thornton who ...

Drainage project to begin at Starvaggi Park

WEIRTON — The Weirton Parks Board continues to focus on improvement projects at Starvaggi Memorial Park, working with the city’s Public Works Department to improve the park’s drainage system. Executive Director Coty Shingle informed the board during Thursday’s meeting, he has been in ...

Paint it Pink going to social media

WEIRTON — In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc. will take its Paint It Pink campaign to social media and involve everyone, according to officials. During Paint It Pink Week Monday through Oct. 19 individuals can change their social media profile pictures to pink ...

MLB: League should get cut from casino wagers on sport

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Major League Baseball and the casino industry are entrenched in their views on a league proposal to get a cut from wagers placed on the sport following the repeal of a federal ban on sports betting earlier this year. Representatives from both industries vigorously defended ...

Veterans Stand Down assists area’s former servicemembers

WHEELING — About 80 veterans — three of them homeless — took advantage of services and free military surplus items during the Veterans Stand Down event Wednesday at West Virginia Northern Community College’s gymnasium. Jeff Blumenauer, a member of the Veteran Stand Down Association, ...

Indictment returned in shooting of mother, child in Jefferson Co.

STEUBENVILLE — Brylee West, 18, of Steubenville was indicted on Wednesday by the Jefferson County grand jury in connection with the shooting of a mother and her daughter on Sept. 24. West was indicted on two counts each of attempted murder and felonious assault, each with a firearm ...

‘The Chicken Runs at Midnight’

City native and Major League Baseball coach Rich Donnelly signed a copy of “The Chicken Runs at Midnight: A Daughter’s Message from Heaven That Changed a Father’s Heart and Won a World Series” for Debbie West of Steubenville. The inspirational book was written by ESPN commentator Tom ...

Basic computer class offered

FOLLANSBEE — A free basic computer class for adults will be taught by staff from the West Virginia University Extension Service at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Follansbee Library. Call (304) 527-0860 to reserve a seat.

Crochet group to meet Wednesday

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Library’s crochet group will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Any adult is welcome and encouraged to bring any projects they are working on. Participants should call (304) 737-1551 in advance.