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Trump calls for U.N. reform, but with more restrained tones

UNITED NATIONS — President Donald Trump used his United Nations debut on Monday to prod the international organization to cut its bloated bureaucracy and sharpen its ill-defined mission. But he pledged U.S. support for the world body he had excoriated as a candidate, and his criticisms were ...

Challenger center inspiring future science enthusiasts

WHEELING — At 5 a.m. local time on Labor Day, a group of students in India was learning about space exploration — and the information came to them through instructors and a distance learning feed from the Challenger Learning Center at Wheeling Jesuit University. At the annual Challenger ...

OHIO CENTURY FARM — Showing that the corn really does grown “high as an elephant’s eye,” Mercer family members from left, Carolyn, Bud, Larry and Jody, stand before one of their many acres of crops. The family was recognized with a framed citation from the Ohio Department of Agriculture during the Jefferson County Fair declaring the farm to be an Ohio Century Farm. - Esther McCoy

Mercer family celebrating 100 years on the farm

BLOOMINGDALE — Ross Mercer envisioned owning his own farm on land close to his family’s dwelling when he was young. And, in 1915, that vision came true for he and his wife, Docia, when they became its owners. “He raised sheep, chickens, hogs and a few milk cows at the start,” ...

Wheeling native’s story included in book

WHEELING — After 1st Lt. Daren M. Hidalgo paid the ultimate sacrifice for his country in Afghanistan, Wheeling native Sarah Kemp found herself in search of a way to express her feelings about the man she met and fell in love with while in Kandahar as a member of the USO. So she started ...

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Drool at the Pool

The first Drool at the Pool event was held recently at Tomlinson Run State Park in New Manchester. Area residents were invited to bring their dogs to swim in the park’s pool on the last day of summer vacation. Pool lifeguard Ashley Montgomery and her friends, Heather Meadows and April Haught, ...

Auditors urge shutting West Virginia’s funeral board of examiners

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia’s Board of Funeral Service Examiners fails to protect the public against unscrupulous operators and should be disbanded, according to the Legislature’s auditors. They cited four cases in the past few years where they say the board delayed for many months ...

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‘The Bracelet’

I was more nervous standing in the middle of a race expo at a convention center than I had been two days earlier during a rocket attack in Kandahar, Afghanistan. It was the day before the Soldier Marathon, and I was going to meet the family of the soldier — the reason I would be running that ...

GROUND BROKEN FOR NEW HOME — Representatives of the Weirton Christian Center, city officials, members of Memorial Baptist Church and other guests gathered Sunday for a ceremonial groundbreaking to mark the beginning of construction of the Christian Center’s new home on Ivy Street in Weirton. -- Craig Howell

Weirton Christian Center breaks ground for new building

WEIRTON — The day after celebrating its 100th anniversary, officials with the Weirton Christian Center took a step toward its future with a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new home. Representatives of the Christian Center were joined by members of West Virginia Baptist Convention and ...

States try to block access to public records

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — In February, Arkansas lawmakers marked the 50-year anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act with a resolution calling it “a shining example of open government” that had ensured access to vital public records for generations. They spent the following weeks ...

TIME CAPSULE BURIED — Beech Bottom officials recruited Florence Cronin, the resident who has lived longest in the village, and one of its youth, Gracie Sheperd, to aid them in burying a time capsule containing a variety of items during its annual community picnic on Sept. 2. Among those taking part were, front, from left, Sheperd, Mayor Becky Uhlly and Councilwoman Sharon Jordan; and back, Cronin, Councilwoman Debbie Murdock, Recorder Linda Dowell and Councilman Greg Sheperd, Gracie’s father. -- Warren Scott

Beech Bottom marks 100th anniversary with time capsule, book

BEECH BOTTOM — Beech Bottom officials and residents celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first home being built in the community with the burial of a time capsule and creation of a book collecting memories of growing up and living there. Built in 1917, the home was followed by many ...