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Ohio Valley offers free live music

Summer may be coming to a close in a few weeks and the new school year is just around the corner, but there still are opportunities to enjoy free musical entertainment in the Ohio Valley. And whether you enjoy country, rock or the oldies, there are a variety of bands playing the hits at ...

Ground broken for new Ohio River bridge

WELLSBURG — The idea of a new Ohio River bridge, between the southern ends of Brooke and Jefferson counties, has been long in the making, W.Va. Gov. Jim Justice noted as he presided over a groundbreaking ceremony for the span Tuesday. “Eighteen years. a lot of you have been at this for 18 ...

Sanitation rates set for an increase

WEIRTON — By a 5-1 vote Monday, Weirton Council passed the final reading of an ordinance increasing residential sanitation rates in the city as part of an effort to provide full-time status and benefits for a group of “back-of-the-truck” employees. Ordinance 2035 will amend portions of ...

WV Supreme Court Justice Ketchum resigns

CHARLESTON — Menis Ketchum, one of two justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals under fire for spending practices, resigned today — less than 24 hours before House members consider articles of impeachment against one or more justices. Gov. Jim Justice announced the ...

Weld takes a trip to Parliament

CHARLESTON — A tour of Parliament during an English vacation turned into an experience of a lifetime for a member of the West Virginia Senate. Sen. Ryan Weld, R-Brooke, and his wife, Alex, were guests of John Bercow, speaker of the British House of Commons. The couple is vacationing in ...

WMC seeing a baby boom

WEIRTON — Weirton Medical Center is seeing a baby boom with a recent surge in deliveries. Obstetricians at WMC are delivering babies in greater numbers at the hospital than they’ve seen in decades. Deliveries in June were twice the average delivered before 2012. “When families grow ...

Interim HEPC appointment made despite objections

CHARLESTON — Just as the new Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education comes together, the state’s Higher Education Policy Commission suspended its search for a new chancellor and appointed the president of West Virginia University Institute of Technology as interim chancellor, but not ...

City auction to be held Thursday

WEIRTON — The City of Weirton’s annual auction will be held Thursday at the Public Works building, 100 Tell St., Weirton. Viewing has been scheduled for 8 a.m., with the auction starting at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Public Works at (304) 797-8500, ext. 3002 or 3003.

Playground, paving focus in Follansbee

FOLLANSBEE — A joint effort by a local business and the city to improve the city’s playgrounds and a bid for street paving were among matters before Follansbee Council on Monday. Mayor David Velegol Jr. said crews with American Muscle Docks and Fabrication of Wellsburg have completed ...

Wheeling Nailers host fifth-annual blood drive

WHEELING — The Wheeling Nailers and the American Red Cross hosted a blood drive Monday as a way to give back to the community during a time of year when there is a shortage in blood supplies. Phyllis Riccadonna, account manager with the American Red Cross Greater Alleghenies Region, said ...

Variances approved for business, home projects

WEIRTON — The Weirton Zoning Board of Appeals granted three variances Tuesday, including one for a new business in the city. Altair Development Group LLC was approved, 4-0, for a variance to permit the installation of a generator pad in the side yard of 100 Colliers Way. The property is ...

Trump selects Kavanaugh for court

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump chose Brett Kavanaugh, a politically connected conservative judge, for the Supreme Court Monday, setting up a ferocious confirmation battle with Democrats as he seeks to shift the nation’s highest court further to the right. A favorite of the Republican ...

City tables proposed fire code changes

WEIRTON — Weirton Council tabled a proposed ordinance Monday, which would amend and supplement portions of the city’s fire code, after several questions arose following a presentation by city and state fire officials. Ward 2 Councilman Matt Provenzano moved to table the ordinance, which ...

U.S. will release 50 immigrant children

SAN DIEGO — More than 50 immigrant children under age 5 will be reunited with their parents by Tuesday’s court-ordered deadline for action by Trump administration, and the families will then be released into the U.S., a government attorney said Monday. That’s only about half of the 100 ...

Pompeo pushes peace talks on trip to Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used an unannounced trip to Afghanistan on Monday to step up the Trump administration’s calls for peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. Flying into Kabul after visiting Vietnam, Pompeo made the appeal in ...

Third mission aims to rescue all remaining in Thai cave

MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) — Divers are carrying out what they hope is a final mission to save four boys and their soccer coach trapped in a flooded Thai cave for more than two weeks, the rescue leader said today, as health experts gave the eight already brought out a chocolate treat and ...

Augusta Levy Learning Center stays on task

WHEELING — It could take “seven figures” to repair fire damage at the Augusta Levy Learning Center, but the autism center will be up and running with temporary in-home therapy as early as today. “This fire happened right before the children were scheduled to come back from a two week ...

Law students get intro to real world in U.S. Attorney’s Office

WHEELING — The United States Attorney’s offices in West Virginia had the opportunity to employ four interns this summer. The law students assisted in the Wheeling, Clarksburg and Martinsburg offices in the criminal and civil divisions. “Our district greatly benefited from the work of ...

Patriotic night

The rain on Thursday may have postponed the Honky Tonk Sweethearts, but it didn’t stop them or the crowd at the Berkman Amphitheater in showing their patriotic pride. Due to thunderstorms, the original Patriotic Night was forced to reschedule until Sunday. Next up is country night featuring ...

Foot bridge near Wheeling Jesuit University will be reconstructed

WHEELING — Officials representing the city of Wheeling and Wheeling Jesuit University announced Thursday a walking bridge connecting the Lennox and Pleasanton neighborhoods will be replaced thanks to an anonymous WJU donor. The bridge near the WJU campus is called “the footbridge.” The ...