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STUDY ABROAD SIGNATURE — West Liberty University President Stephen Greiner signs the memorandum of understanding with Julius-Maximillans University while Miriam Roth Douglas looks on. Douglas, director of the accelerated bachelor’s degree program in Community Education, organized the agreement between the two universities. -- Contributed

Study abroad grows at WLU

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WEST LIBERTY — Study abroad is growing at West Liberty University and students now have a German partnership that will expand their opportunity for global learning. “West Liberty University is pleased to offer our students and all West Virginia college students a chance to study at the ...

REORGANIZING — The Jefferson County commissioners held a reorganization meeting Monday, with Thomas Graham, center, being elected as chairman for the year. Handing him the gavel was David Maple, right, who served as chairman last year. Tom Gentile was named vice chairman for 2018. -- Mark Law

Jefferson commissioners tap Graham as chairman

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STEUBENVILLE — Thomas Graham was elected chairman of the Jefferson County commissioners during the board’s annual reorganization meeting on Monday. Tom Gentile was named vice chairman. David Maple served as chairman in 2017. Graham noted the teamwork of the commissioners, saying the ...

Federal judge notes opioid crisis is ‘100 percent manmade’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — A federal judge on Tuesday likened the nation’s opioid epidemic to the deadly 1918 flu pandemic while noting the drug crisis is “100 percent manmade.” Judge Dan Polster urged participants on all sides of lawsuits against drugmakers and distributors to work toward a ...

ACADEMY VISIT — Wheeling Police Cpl. Garrett Pugh, right, speaks with a Citizens Police Academy class from last year. -- Contributed

Citizens Police Academy accepts applicants

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WHEELING — If you’re curious about the inner workings of your local police department, you’re in luck — Wheeling is accepting applications for its 13th Citizens’ Police Academy, set to begin Feb. 27. According to Cpl. Garrett Pugh, the 11-week class provides residents with an inside ...

PROTECTIONS ENDED — President Donald Trump, accompanied by Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, right, speaks Thursday during a meeting with Republican Senators on immigration in the Roosevelt Room at the White House. The Trump administration announced Monday plans to end special protections for approximately 200,000 immigrants from El Salvador. -- Associated Press

El Salvador loses protected status

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said Monday it is ending special protections for Salvadoran immigrants, an action that could force nearly 200,000 to leave the U.S. by September 2019 or face deportation. El Salvador is the fourth country whose citizens have lost Temporary Protected ...

SCHOLARSHIP AWARD — The Alpha Mu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma recently awarded a beginning-teacher grant-scholarship to Lindsay Traver of Salem, left, a biology II teacher at Carrollton High School who will be purchasing items to assist in teaching genetics. With her are scholarship committee members, from left, Julie Blanton, chair, and Donna McClelland, Kathy Pavlik, Jane Brower, Stella Parikakis and Barbara Carter.  
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Alpha Mu Chapter gives scholarship, gets updates

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TORONTO — President Barbara Pritts welcomed 38 members and three guests to the Dec. 9 meeting of the Alpha Mu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, which was held at Riverview United Methodist Church in Toronto. Pritts reading a Christmas poem, and members recited the collect. Members giving ...

Birthdays

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Today Cathy Risdon, Mingo Junction. Frank McClelland, Mingo Junction. Stephanie Evans, Richmond. Michelle Myers, Richmond. Jim Huggins, Mingo Junction.

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‘Non-politician’ Willis runs for U.S. Senate

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WHEELING — As a graduate of Georgetown University’s law school, a U.S. Army Green Beret and the owner of a historic hotel, Tom Willis hopes his wide range of experiences will convince West Virginia voters to choose him as their next U.S. senator. Beyond his resume, however, Willis said ...

Community news from around the area

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Cub Scout Iditarod is Jan. 20; registration deadline set for Friday An opportunity to enjoy a day of winter fun with Cub Scouts awaits area children in grades kindergarten. The Boy Scouts of America Ohio River Valley Council is holding a Cub Scout Iditarod from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 20 ...

Births

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Trinity Medical Center West Kelsey Argabrite and Tyler Westfall of Toronto, a boy, Dec. 28. Paige and Paul Duffy of Weirton, a boy, Dec. 29. Melissa Barnes and Shawn Oxley of Steubenville, a boy, Dec. 30. Sloane Rawson and Jonathan Mitchell of Toronto, a boy, Dec. 30.

City renews commitment of dollars to the BDC

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WEIRTON — The City of Weirton will continue to provide funding for the Business Development Corp of the Northern Panhandle, following Monday’s meeting. Council voted 6-0 in favor of the allotment of $28,750 toward the local economic development agency, which focuses on projects in Hancock ...

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Pageant winners

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Local youth of various ages participated in the Miss Christmas Pageant held Dec. 3 and coordinated by Shirlie Rogers. Among them were, from left, Nina Goodman, Miss Snowflake and Beginner Queen; Skye Palmer, Miss Christmas Princess and Talent Winner; Emma Kavanas, Miss Christmas Baby; Layla ...

Police reports

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Steubenville Cited: Douglas A. Kolcun, 50, Erie, Pa., speeding; and Daniel A. Sabatino, 57, 956 E. Donegal Drive, Follansbee, improper passing. Arrested: James J. Applegarth Jr., 32, 837 Buena Vista Blvd., failure to appear warrant out of municipal court, Sunday. Arrested: Steven A. ...

Gov. Justice taps Jividen to head state corrections

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CHARLESTON — A career federal prosecutor is now overseeing West Virginia’s prison system, state Military Affairs and Public Safety Secretary Jeff Sandy announced. Governor Jim Justice appointed Betsy Jividen as Commissioner of the state Division of Corrections, which is part of the ...

OFFENSIVE FOR HEALTH CARE — Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., attends a House and Senate conference on Capitol Hill in Washington Dec. 13. Democrats say they’re shifting to offense on health care, emboldened by successes in defending the Affordable Care Act. They say their ultimate goal is a government guarantee of affordable coverage for all. -- Associated Press

Democrats look to establish health care guarantee in ’18

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WASHINGTON— Democrats are shifting to offense on health care, emboldened by successes in defending the Affordable Care Act. They say their ultimate goal is a government guarantee of affordable coverage for all. With Republicans unable to agree on their vision, Democrats are debating ideas ...

BLESSING ON THE RIVER — Clergy from several area Orthodox churches delivered a blessing for the Ohio River Sunday at the Steubenville Marina. Among those participating were, from left: the Rev. Michael Ziebarth of Orthodox Christian Church of the Life-giving Fountain; the Rev. Nicholas Halkias of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Steubenville, the Rev. Andrew Nelko of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church of Weirton, the Rev. John Kopcha of St. Andrew’s Orthodox Church of Mingo Junction and the Rev. Frank Milanese of All Saints Greek Orthodox Church of Weirton. During the service three ice crosses comprised of frozen holy water were tossed into the river. -- Warren Scott

Orthodox churches team for river blessing

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STEUBENVILLE — Clergy and members of several area Orthodox churches braved the cold Sunday afternoon to carry on an old tradition at the Steubenville Marina. Gathering at the observation pier created from a pier of the former Fort Steuben Bridge, the group participated in a short prayer ...

End-of-year animal shelter stats presented

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NEW CUMBERLAND — Officials with the Hancock County Animal Shelter provided some end-of-the-year statistical information to the Hancock County Commission during its meeting Thursday. Nichole Felouzis, animal shelter humane director, reported that 1,438 animals were brought to the facility ...

Hancock Commission reorganizes for the year

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NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Commission started the new year Thursday by approving its personnel and committee appointments. Commissioner Jeff Davis was approved as president for 2018 and Commissioner Joe Barnabei as pro tem. Davis, who also served as president last year, was ...

Leach XPress gas pipeline starting service

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Marcellus and Utica shale natural gas is now flowing through the $1.6 billion Leach XPress, as owner TransCanada Corp. put the 36-inch diameter pipeline into service Jan. 1. This pipeline stretches from the MarkWest Majorsville facility in Marshall County to Ceredo, W.Va., near Huntington. It ...

Veterans Affairs Office to host claims clinic

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WHEELING — The Pittsburgh Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will host a claims clinic Friday where veterans and their family members may meet with claim representatives and receive assistance with the claims filing process. The clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 ...