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NEW LEADERS FOR A NEW YEAR — Mike Paprocki, executive director of the Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission, and Wellsburg Mayor Sue Simonetti, the commission’s newly elected chair, led the group’s meeting Wednesday following the election of officers for 2018. In addition to Simonetti, officers are Jefferson County Commissioner Thomas Graham, vice chair; Brooke County Commissioner Jim Andreozzi, secretary; and Mark Henne, a citizen representing Hancock County, treasurer. -- Warren Scott

BHJ discusses road projects

STEUBENVILLE — State highway officials on both sides of the river are focusing their attention this week on clearing area roads of snow, but the Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission on Wednesday learned of transportation improvements it will be overseeing in the months ...

Rep. Evan Jenkins officially files for U.S. Senate

PARKERSBURG — A sitting congressman Tuesday filed for the U.S. Senate from West Virginia. Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., was accompanied by his wife, son and daughter at the office of the Secretary of State in Charleston where he filed for the Republican nomination. Thomas Mills, a Republican ...

Science panel backs lower drunken driving threshold

WASHINGTON — A scientific panel is recommending that states significantly lower their drunken driving thresholds as part of a blueprint to eliminate the “entirely preventable” 10,000 alcohol-impaired driving deaths in the United States each year. The U.S. government-commissioned, ...

Brooke schools’ spring break reduced

WELLSBURG — The spring break planned for Brooke County schools has been reduced to the Friday before Easter weekend to make up for snow days. Superintendent of Schools Toni Paesano Shute said students were to be off on March 29 and April 2-4 but those days will be used to make up for the ...

Weirton to begin update of water meters

WEIRTON — The Weirton Area Water Board soon will begin the process of updating its water meter system. During its recent board meeting, Jesse Alden of the Thrasher Group explained a meeting had been held with James White Construction and Consolidated Pipe and Supply, the two contractors for ...

DYSLEXIA DISCUSSION — West Virginia University graduate student Jaimee Szymanski Fisher, who also owns Dynamic Dyslexia Consulting, speaks during Tuesday’s Wheeling Rotary Club meeting.	 -- Casey Junkins

WVU grad student is researching dyslexia

WHEELING — A West Virginia University graduate student believes about 55,000 children across the Mountain State are dealing with dyslexia, a learning disability that causes problems with reading and writing. Not all is lost, however, as these students find themselves with the same condition ...

Water main topic for Steubenville Council

STEUBENVILLE — City Manager Jim Mavromatis said Tuesday night the city’s low-pressure system tank on Adams Street had about 6 inches of water and was being filled slowly and carefully before the downtown residents will see water coming from their faucets. “We need to reach the 25 foot ...

Charges pending against area man after knife found at Toronto court

TORONTO — Charges are pending against a St. Clairsville man after Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies found a knife under a trash bag in a trash can at Toronto county court Tuesday. David Howard, 28, of St. Clairsville is being held in the Jefferson County jail after the knife was ...

Bow hunts banned in gift to DNR

CHARLESTON — A private gift to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources of approximately 650 acres of land in Mason County, a piece described as prime property for hunters, came with one stipulation. No bow hunting. But that’s fine, according to a DNR official and the Senate ...

MUSICAL COMEDY — Pittsburgh Public Theater will present ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.’ - Contributed

‘Forum’ on tap in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Public Theater continues Ted Pappas’ grand finale season with “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” This riotous musical comedy features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart and direction and choreography ...

ON THE AIR — Pete Fernbaugh (back), Cloak and Dagger On the Air executive producer, creates a sound-effects backdrop for performers Dave Zanieski, front left, and community guest star, Weirton Mayor Harold Miller, as they perform in a December radio-era Christmas drama “The Big .22 Rifle for Christmas.” - Contributed

Fifth installment of radio-era drama series to be presented

WEIRTON — The Ohio Valley Cloak & Dagger Co., in partnership with Weirton’s Striplight Theatre, will hold the fifth installment of its radio-era drama series, “Cloak & Dagger On the Air,” Jan. 27. Since September, “Cloak & Dagger On the Air” has presented monthly ...

Gallery Crawl lineup announced

PITTSBURGH — The lineup for the Jan. 26 Gallery Crawl has been announced by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The event will taking place from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Cultural District. The crawl showcases Pittsburgh’s Cultural District by activating many of its venues with diverse ...

Entertainment Briefs

Montani Semper Liberi returning NEW MANCHESTER — Montani Semper Liberi — Music and Art at Oak Glen will be returning for the fourth consecutive year to the Oak Glen High School complex March 9-11. Purchases of both single session and full event passes for the roots music and cultural ...

Hope Players auditions are extended

HOPEDALE — Due to last weekend’s wintry weather, the Hope Players have scheduled further auditions for its upcoming production of the comedy, “Our Miss Brooks.” Adapted by Christopher Sergel from original material by R. J. Mann, the play will be performed at 7 p.m. March 16 and 17 ...

LISTENING TO THE DISCUSSION — West Virginia Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, R-Ohio, looks on during an interim committee meeting in Charleston in October.	 -- Photo by Perry Bennett, W. Va. Legislature

Legislators looking at elections for W.Va. school board

WHEELING — Members of the West Virginia Board of Education would be elected by the state’s voters under a bill introduced during the first week of the West Virginia Legislature’s annual session. There are 12 members of the state board, nine of whom are appointed by the governor. They ...

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McGeehan plan needs two-thirds for tax, fee increases

CHARLESTON — Del. Pat McGeehan has sponsored a resolution to amend the West Virginia Constitution to require a two-thirds majority to pass any future tax or fee increase by the Legislature. McGeehan, R-Hancock, announced the resolution Tuesday. “The people of West Virginia are taxed ...

RUSSIA PROBE SHOWDOWN  — House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff, D-Calif., center, walks from a committee meeting on Russia where former White House strategist Steve Bannon is testifying, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday. -- Associated Press

House panel subpoenas Bannon in Russia probe

WASHINGTON — The House Intelligence Committee subpoenaed former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on Tuesday in a showdown over whether he could be forced to testify in the panel’s Russia investigation. Bannon walked into a closed-door meeting with House members Tuesday morning ...

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Jeff Davis will seek re-election

NEW CUMBERLAND — Hancock County Commissioner Jeff Davis has announced his plans to seek a fourth term as part of this year’s elections. Davis, 54, said Monday he has filed the necessary paperwork for his re-election bid. A small business owner and Hancock County native, Davis was first ...

N.D. oil output cut to meet capture rules

BISMARCK, N.D. — Fearing sanctions by the state, some North Dakota oil drillers have begun cutting output to control the amount of natural gas that’s being burned off at well sites and wasted as a byproduct of crude production, industry and state officials say. Rebounding oil prices and ...

Japan TV sends mistaken N. Korean missile alert

TOKYO — Japan’s public broadcaster mistakenly sent an alert Tuesday warning citizens of a North Korean missile launch and urging them to seek immediate shelter, then minutes later corrected it, days after a similar error in Hawaii. NHK television issued the message on its internet and ...