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Founder of Wheeling’s Towngate Theater, Hal O’Leary, dies at 93

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WHEELING — Actor and poet Hal O’Leary, the founder of Wheeling’s Towngate Theater, died Friday at age 93 — but not before inspiring generations of local young people to love theatre and have careers in the arts. Some of his students went on to become theater teachers and directors, ...

W.Va. ends year with budget surplus

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CHARLESTON — For a budget that he wouldn't sign over 12 months ago, Gov. Jim Justice was pleased the state ended the fiscal year with a surplus. According to the state Department of Revenue, West Virginia finished fiscal 2018, which ended June 30, with $20.2 million ahead of estimates. Total ...

Earns Eagle Scout

Community

Nathan Keenan of Troop 41 in Toronto earned the rank of Eagle Scout on Jan. 9, and his Court of Honor and a banquet were held May 6 at the North River Avenue Christian Church in Toronto to celebrate his accomplishment. Keenan’s Eagle Scout project involved constructing and installing maps at ...

Police reports

Daily Happenings

Steubenville Arrested: Joyce I. Evans, 36, 1348 Oak Grove Ave., falsification, Monday. Cited: Michael G. McCartney, 46, 497 Montwell Drive, Mingo Junction, stop sign; Tanya R. Evans, 29, 205 Beech Road, Weirton, driving with suspended license; Nicholas B. Donahue, 20, 306 Terrace Drive, ...

Ground to be broken for new bridge

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WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Commission on Tuesday relayed an announcement from Gov. Jim Justice that a groundbreaking ceremony will be held next week for the new Ohio River bridge. Tim Ennis, the commission's president, said the ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday behind the Smith ...

Community news from around the area

Community

Bake sale, Chinese auction being organized for Saturday EAST SPRINGFIELD — A bake sale and public Chinese auction is being organized for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the East Springfield Community Center, located on county Road 39 next to the East Springfield Volunteer Fire Department. To ...

Vets park exhibits get fresh, new look

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WEIRTON — Those visiting the Brooke-Hancock Veterans Memorial Park in recent weeks may have noticed a few changes, with exhibits receiving a fresh coat of paint and some other maintenance needs addressed. "Everything got painted this year," park board President George Ash explained. Among ...

Former Healthways employee convicted

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CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources' Medicaid Fraud Control Unit led the investigation of Patricia Lancaster, 64, of Wellsburg, who was convicted on June 18 of a felony charge of presenting false claims under medical programs. The charges were filed in ...

Fire investigation

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Weirton firefighters used a ladder truck to inspect the crawl space of an apartment building in the 3900 block of Washington Street, where a fire occurred Tuesday afternoon. Lt. Paul Starvaggi of the Weirton Fire Department said the blaze appeared to originate from a discarded refrigerator on ...

Trump interviewing potential candidates for Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has interviewed four prospective Supreme Court justices and plans to meet with a few more as his White House mobilizes to select a replacement for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Trump wouldn't divulge whom he's talking to in advance of his ...

Council offered a potential solicitor candidate

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CHESTER — With a administration in place, only one appointment remained unfilled following discussion during Monday’s Chester Council meeting. The first meeting of the new council — which included Mayor Rex Cowey and new Councilmen Tom Paisley, Ed Wedgewood and Ken Morris — saw the ...

Climbing the wall

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Tyler Heeter of Steubenville hangs out at the top of the newly installed climbing wall at the Belleview Park swimming pool. The pool will have free swimming from noon to 5 p.m. today as part of the city’s Independence Day festivities. Belleview Park will host food vendors from 4 p.m. through ...

Sacrifices of Vietnam veterans remembered

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WELLSBURG — The arrival of the West Virginia Vietnam Mobile Wall on Monday spurred memories of local men who were killed while serving in the war and reflections on the sense of duty that brought them there. Similar in design to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington but bearing only ...

Youth sessions planned at Fort Steuben

Community

The second session of the Fort Steuben Summer Youth Program for fourth- through sixth-graders will run Monday through July 13 at Historic Fort Steuben. The week-long program features activities, crafts and presentations on Ohio and American history, American Indian culture, military traditions ...

Co-chairs of blue ribbon panel unveiled

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CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice introduced Monday the co-chairs of a new committee tasked with looking at higher education, but many questions were left unanswered. E. Gordon Gee, president of West Virginia University; Jerome Gilbert, president of Marshall University; and Kendra Boggess, ...

Community Briefs

Community

Books sale slated at Mary H. Weir Library WEIRTON — A book sale is planned at the Mary H. Weir Public Library July 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 and 28. The sale will be held those days from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the library’s garage on Walnut Street. Parking will be available at the back of the ...

Police reports

Daily Happenings

Steubenville Cited: Tyler D. Carney, 27, 314 Petrick Ave., Mingo Junction, speeding. Arrested: Jaimee Bing, 33, 711 Market St., bench warrant and burglary after security camera showed her entering a residence on Sunday in the 1300 block of Arlington Avenue. Charged: Ashley R. McManus, 29, ...

Near drowning incident reported at park

Local News

NEW MANCHESTER — An area youth is out of the hospital after a near drowning incident Friday at the pool at Tomlinson Run State Park. According to information released Monday by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, the county’s 911 Dispatch Center received calls at 5:48 p.m. Friday ...

Mary Todd Lincoln topic at River Museum

Community

A program recently was held at the Wellsville Historical Society’s River Museum, and some guests from Jefferson County were in attendance. The guest speaker was Traci Manning, curator of education at the Mahoning Valley Historical. She presented a PowerPoint presentation titled “The War ...