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Church to host addiction discussion

WHEELING — The substance abuse addiction crisis in the Ohio Valley doesn’t appear to be going away any time soon, so the local faith community wants to get people together to discuss ways to address it. The Community Impact Coalition, United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley and the Upper Ohio ...

Commissioners approve loan for waste authority

WELLSBURG — In an effort to ensure the future of the county’s recycling program, the Brooke County Commission will provide a loan to the county’s solid waste authority. On Tuesday the commissioners agreed to lend $25,383 to the board for two state grants it must repay because the money ...

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Remembering George Creegan

STEUBENVILLE —Growing up with George Creegan was never a problem for the Creegan children. He may have been the man on television known as the star of the “Creegan and Crow” show and the father who took his children to work at the Creegan Co., but he was also a constant ...

WVNCC to host another session of Lifestyle, Nutrition series

WHEELING — West Virginia Northern Community College will offer the third class in a 10-month series focusing on lifestyle and nutrition on Thursday. The class topic, “Sugar, Stress and Cravings,” will take place on the Wheeling Campus as part of the college’s Community Education ...

St Paul Open House

St. Paul schedules open house

St. Paul School pupils Tyler Van Camp and Morgan Owens work on a project in one of their classes. The school, located at 140 Walnut St., in Weirton, has scheduled an open house for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 23 for anyone who may be interested in enrolling their child for the 2018-2019 school year. ...

W.Va. OHCF grant applications are being accepted

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Outdoor Heritage Conservation Fund is accepting applications for small and large grants. Up to $1.2 million may be awarded, including $100,000 reserved for small grants. The OHCF’s land-protection projects can include important wildlife habitats, working ...

BOARD MEMBERS SWORN IN — Members of the Toronto City School board were sworn into office Thursday evening as the district held its reorganization and first meeting of the year. The board includes, from left, front,  Karen Walker and Julie Ault; and back, Jay Foster, George Dobbs and Randy Henry. -- Julie Stenger

Toronto BOE holds first meeting of the new year

TORONTO – The Toronto City Board of Education held its first meeting of the year Thursday, welcoming new members Randy Henry and George Dobbs. Board member Julie Ault was appointed president pro tem and presided. Jay Foster was elected as president and Karen Walker was elected vice ...

DEMONSTRATION — West Virginia Northern Community College petroleum technology instructor Curt Hippensteel demonstrated a plunger lift, which is commonly found at natural gas wells that already have been drilled. -- Casey Junkins

Local jobless rates are improving

WHEELING — As the Upper Ohio Valley waits to learn whether a $6 billion Belmont County ethane cracker will bring hundreds of permanent jobs, officials at West Virginia Northern College are training students to work in a wide range of petroleum technology careers. According to WorkForce West ...

West Virginia auditor makes push for transparency

CHARLESTON — State Auditor John B. McCuskey has announced partnership with his office and the administrators, and members of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, to include posting of all the Court’s spending data on the State Auditor’s Office “OpenGov” transparency website ...

Missile-alert error reveals uncertainties

HONOLULU — When Jonathan Scheuer got an alert on his phone of a ballistic missile headed for Hawaii, he and his family didn’t know what to do. They went to their guest bedroom, then decided it would be safer on the ground floor of their Honolulu home. “What do we do?” he wondered. ...

ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY — Randy Swartzmiller, of Chester, is pictured filling out the forms to officially declare his candidacy for the West Virginia House of Delegates. Swartzmiller, a Democrat, is seeking to represent the 1st District in the House, which includes Hancock County and a portion of Brooke County. -- Contributed

Swartzmiller seeking House of Delegates seat

CHARLESTON — Randy Swartzmiller, of Chester, has officially filed with the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office as a candidate for the state House of Delegates in this year’s election. Swartzmiller made the announcement Wednesday. A Democrat, he is seeking to represent the 1st ...

SPECIAL DAY — Martin Luther King III, right, with his wife Arndrea Waters, left, and their daughter Yolanda, 9, center, during their visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, Monday. The son of the late U.S. civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr., and his family had earlier participated in an event commemorating the life and legacy of his father. -- Associated Press

Martin Luther King Day marked by Trump criticism

Leaders of the Cherokee Nation marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day by welcoming the descendants of slaves into their tribe after years of exclusion, while King’s children and the pastor of an Atlanta church where King preached passionately decried disparaging remarks President Donald J. Trump ...

Trump defends himself anew against charges that he is racist

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump is defending himself anew against accusations that he is racist, this time after recent disparaging comments about Haiti and African nations. “No, No. I’m not a racist,” Trump said Sunday, after reporters asked him to respond to ...

REMEMBERING MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. — Bishop Jermaine Moore of Mount Zion Baptist Church of Steubenville was the keynote speaker Monday during the Martin Luther King Jr. Association reflection event held at Harding Middle School. -- Dave Gossett

Civil rights leader is remembered

STEUBENVILLE — Bishop Jermaine Moore of Mount Zion Baptist Church shared memories of growing up in Georgia while speaking at Monday’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. event at Harding Middle School. “I understood the struggle as a child growing up in Georgia. Dr. Martin Luther King fought ...

Donnelly memorial fund to aid Urban Mission

STEUBENVILLE —One week after 38-year-old Steubenville High School graduate Michael Donnelly was killed while helping a stranded driver, his father, Rich Donnelly, has created the Michael Donnelly Memorial Fund, with the proceeds to be donated to the Urban Mission Ministries. “Michael was ...

Shelter reservations postponed

WELLSBURG — Because of last weekend’s inclement weather, shelter reservations for Brooke Hills Park have been moved to 9 a.m. Saturday at the park’s clubhouse. Reservations will be taken on a first come, first served basis. For information, call (304) 737-1236.

Help center fights against human trafficking

WHEELING — With U.S. Attorney Bill Powell’s office and others teaming up to create an anti-human trafficking website, Megan Palmer of the Upper Ohio Valley Sexual Assault Help Center holds hope that more will be done to help victims of sexual assault and human trafficking. The help center ...

POSTERS FROM WORLD WAR II — Jill Park of Piedmont poses with some of the many posters her late father, Sherman Groenke, made as an artist serving with the Coast Guard during World War II.

Flag raised at Will’s Hill in Bridgeport

By SHELLEY HANSON Staff writer BRIDGEPORT — A flag-raising ceremony at Will’s Hill was held recently for the late Sherman Groenke, a World War II veteran who used his artistic skills to make recruiting posters, training charts and more for the Coast Guard. He also worked as a combat ...

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Cadiz postcard

This postcard, which was presented at a recent Cadiz Community Recognition Banquet, shows a photo from the Cadiz Chautauqua from the early 1900s. The postcard reads that local bands were very important to their communities, and each village had one. Favorite son Clark Gable, a Cadiz native, ...

DYING DREAM — Demonstrators hold up balloons during an immigration rally Dec. 6 in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and Temporary Protected Status, programs, near the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Casting a cloud over already tenuous negotiations, President Donald Trump said Sunday, that DACA, a program that protects immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and live here illegally, is “probably dead” and blamed Democrats, days before some government functions would start shutting down unless a deal is reached. -- Associated Press

Trump says Dreamer deal appears dead

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump said Sunday that a program that protects immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children is “probably dead,” casting a cloud over already tenuous negotiations just days before a deadline on a government funding deal that ...