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Warm weather delays fall foliage in West Virginia

CHARLESTON — Warm weather has delayed the changing colors of the trees in West Virginia, with the best locations to see fall foliage in the higher elevations in the eastern part of the state. The state Tourism Office and Division of Forestry said Wednesday that color ranges from 50 to 70 ...

AARP meeting set for Oct. 18

WELLSBURG — Brooke Area AARP Chapter 3910 will meet at noon Oct. 18 at the Wellsburg Moose Lodge. The program will be Bus Bingo, and attendees are asked to bring a wrapped dollar gift as a prize. The group is collecting stocking stuffer items for the military. Those not on the ...

Senate Dems lose health care vote

WASHINGTON — Days after ending a turbulent Supreme Court confirmation fight, the Senate turned back to health care — with a battle squarely aimed at coloring next month’s crucial elections for control of Congress. In a return to its characteristically more unruffled mode of work, the ...

Change allows smoking at casinos, cafes

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Board of Health on Tuesday amended the county’s Clean Air Regulation of 2014, and its health officer resigned after citing concerns with the issue. The vote to change the amendment was unanimous, with Dr. Anna Suray, the county’s health officer, ...

Verdict is still out on Loughry

CHARLESTON — After a morning filled with last-minute appeals by the prosecution and defense, the jury determining the guilt or innocence of Allen Loughry, a justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, began its deliberations Wednesday afternoon. After about an hour of ...

County officials preparing for election

WELLSBURG — Brooke County officials are preparing for the upcoming general election, with the deadline to register and early voting fast approaching. County Clerk Sylvia Benzo reminded everyone during the county commissioners’ meeting that Tuesday is the last day to register or make any ...

Chamber seeks help with lights

WEIRTON — The Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce continues to look for assistance in storing and displaying its community Christmas lights. The chamber owns and maintains the Christmas light displays hung along Main Street and other areas of the city during the holidays, as well as a large ...

Michael slams into Florida

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Supercharged by abnormally warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle with terrifying winds of 155 mph Wednesday, splintering homes and submerging neighborhoods. It was the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental U.S. in ...

RV ordinance opposed in Wellsburg

WELLSBURG — City Council on Tuesday agreed to table an ordinance restricting the parking of boats and other recreational vehicles, after opposition was voiced by more than a dozen residents. Council was slated to consider the first reading of the ordinance, which would prohibit recreational ...

EGCC, Kent announce partnership

STEUBENVILLE — Eastern Gateway Community College and Kent State University announed Wednesday a partnership that will allow area residents the chance to earn a four-year degree from the university without leaving Jefferson County. Eastern Gateway President Jimmie Bruce and Kent President ...

Under investigation

Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests held a small demonstration Tuesday in front of the offices of the Catholic Diocese of Steubenville calling for the state attorney general’s office to launch a statewide grand jury investigation into alleged sex abuse by members of ...

Meadowcroft to host archaeology day

AVELLA — As part of Pennsylvania Archaeology Month, Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village will host archaeology day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in partnership with the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology Meadowcroft, part of the Smithsonian-affiliated Senator John Heinz ...

Entertainment briefs

Kid-Friendly fall fun returns to Kennywood WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. — As fall floats into Pittsburgh, Kennywood’s Happy Hauntings prepares for its second season of offering kid-friendly fun! Happy Hauntings returns on weekends, highlighted by the new Thomas Town at Kennywood attraction, ...

Gas customers may see rate drop

CHARLESTON — Almost all natural gas customers in West Virginia will be seeing a reduction in part of their rates starting next month. The state Public Service Commission said it ordered natural gas utilities to lower the purchased gas portion of their rates for more than 95 percent of the ...

Kavanaugh takes his place on bench

WASHINGTON — Brett Kavanaugh took the bench with his new Supreme Court colleagues for the first time Tuesday in a jovial atmosphere that was strikingly at odds with the tension and rancor surrounding his high-court confirmation. The new justice dived into his new job, asking a handful of ...

Pay hike? Weirton takes step to up pay for mayor, council

WEIRTON — Weirton Council took the first step Tuesday to increasing the yearly pay of future elected officials in the city. During their regular meeting, council approved the first reading of two ordinances, by a 4-2 vote, to increase the pay for the city’s mayor and members of city ...

W.Va. voter registration deadline a week away

WHEELING — As the Nov. 6 general election draws closer, now is the time for West Virginia voters to update their registrations and know when and where they can cast their ballots. For those not already registered to vote, the deadline to register in West Virginia is Oct. 16. The West ...

Jury to start deliberations in Justice Loughry’s trial

CHARLESTON — Allen Loughry, the embattled justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, remains confident that he committed no federal crimes. Starting today, a jury will get to decide if the evidence backs up Loughry’s confidence. The defense rested its case Tuesday after the ...

Old school furniture, materials to be sold to nonprofit groups

WELLSBURG — Nonprofit groups will have an opportunity to own desks, bookshelves and other items from the former Follansbee and Wellsburg middle schools, Superintendent Toni Paesano Shute told the Brooke County school board Monday. Shute said groups, which must be registered as nonprofit, ...

UN’s Nikki Haley to leave in latest Trump shake-up

WASHINGTON — In the latest shake-up for President Donald Trump’s turbulent administration, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley abruptly announced Tuesday she is resigning at the end of the year, raising fresh questions about the Trump team and about the outspoken diplomat’s own political ...