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WJU Book Club providing an opportunity to serve community

WHEELING — Wheeling Jesuit’s Book Club has become a learning opportunity for WJU students and those they serve at the Ronald C. Mulholland Juvenile Center. The club started as a way for the young people of the Juvenile Center to receive books to read, but has grown into so much more. For ...

Education day

Nailers hold Education Day event

Thousands of students from schools all over the Ohio Valley cheered on the Wheeling Nailers at WesBanco Arena Tuesday during the hockey club’s annual Education Day event, helping the Nailers record their first sellout of the season. Almost 100 school buses were parked around downtown Wheeling ...

MISSION MOMENTS — Cindy Kotsch, far right, events coordinator for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times, was part of two mission trips to South Africa — one in August 2016, the other in August 2017. She participated as part of small teams with missionaries Rudi and Sharon Swanepoel through their Atlanta-based ministry called God’s Glory Ministries International. The Seek and Save Project  facet of that included visits to an orphanage and schools where clothing, shoes and “The Adventures of Seek and Save” books were distributed. The 2017 trips included children receiving Ogden Newspapers race T-shirts.
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Mission trips foster renewed sense of gratitude for area woman

STEUBENVILLE — Cindy Kotsch never envisioned herself being part of a mission experience that would involve travel to South Africa and exposure to some of the poorest but most appreciative children she would ever meet. But as Thanksgiving approaches, the Columbiana County woman has a ...

CONCERNS — Beech Bottom Councilman Greg Sheperd had many questions for Brooke County school officials during a public hearing Thursday at Beech Bottom Primary School concerning plans to merge the school and Colliers and Lauretta B. Millsop primary schools with four others. The board's next hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at Millsop Primary School. -- Warren Scott

Brooke school board faces merger questions

BEECH BOTTOM — Brooke County school officials were asked about financial issues spurring the decision to close three primary schools and questioned about data included in the 10-year facilities plan submitted to the West Virginia Department of Education during a public hearing Thursday at ...

BELLS WILL BE RINGING — Maj. Mike Morton of the Brooke and Weirton Salvation Army is seen with one of the many kettles used to collect donations to help local residents in need. Salvation Army bell ringers can be found at many Brooke and Hancock county locations this weekend as the nonprofit organization begins its regular Christmas campaign, which allows it to help people throughout the year. -- Warren Scott

Salvation Army kettle campaign ready to begin

Area shoppers will hear the familiar sound of bells ringing at many local stores as volunteers with the Brooke and Weirton Salvation Army seek donations to aid a growing number of local residents in need. Officials with the nonprofit organization said about 150 families in Brooke County and ...

Weirton Light Up Night postponed until 6 p.m. Sunday

WEIRTON — The Weirton Light Up Night event has been postponed until 6 p.m. Sunday. Officials with the City of Weirton and Renaissance Weirton made the announcement Saturday morning, citing inclement weather. The rescheduled activities will still be held at the intersection of Main Street ...

During Thursday's event at the Mary H. Weir Public Library, a plaque dedicated in memory of Julia N. Schaltenbrand was unveiled in the library's lobby. Assisting with the unveiling are, from left, library board President Joe Evano and board member Karen Gould; John Semerakis, Schaltenbrand's brother, and Anna Semerakis. -- Craig Howell

Weir library accepts $100K as memorial

WEIRTON — The Mary H. Weir Public Library announced Thursday a memorial gift aimed at helping their efforts to serve the Weirton community. Library officials and guests gathered in the lobby to announce a bequeathment of $100,000 from the estate of Julia N. Schaltenbrand, who died May 12, ...

Hancock County Museum renovation update given to commissioners

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Museum received some help as it gets ready for renovation work, and also discussed other events that took place this year. Museum board member Bob McNeil provided the Hancock County Commission, Thursday, with an update on the museum's latest developments, ...

Assure Fireworks

Assure America donation made

Assure America presented $500 Thursday to Renaissance Weirton as part of the local support for the second-annual Weirton Light Up Night. The festivities, including the lighting of the community Christmas tree, will begin 6 p.m. today at the corner of Main Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. The ...

Public employees object to benefits

CHARLESTON — A group of teachers, public employees and retirees in West Virginia is objecting to proposed health insurance benefits cuts. The group expressed its concerns Wednesday evening to the Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board at the last of five public hearings on the ...