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Lupus Support Group meetingtoday at the Hampton InnWELLSBURG - Brooke Hills Park will be conducting shelter signups Jan. 18 at the park's clubhouse.Doors will open at 9 a.m., with registration to begin at 10 a.m.The cost for shelters ranges from $85 to $200, depending on size and availability ...

Police reports

SteubenvilleTheft: Laptop computer taken from display shelf at Aaron's Rentals, Fort Steuben Mall, Monday.Arrested: Edward McCormick Jr., 32, 1430 Pennsylvania Ave., parole violation, Monday.Jefferson County sheriffArrested: Dunyasha J. Lawrence, 27, 757 Island Creek Township Road 428, Toronto, ...

Births

Weirton Medical CenterChris and Hilary Janczak, Weirton, boy, Dec. 5Kaitlyn Cosgrove and Jonathon White, Steubenville, girl, Dec. 5Angela Evans and Steven R. Bell, Steubenville, boy, Dec. 8Chris and Kera Jordan, Wintersville, girl, Dec. 9David-James and Breanna DeFelice, Weirton, girl, Dec. ...

Precautions needed during cold weather

The arctic cold that has invaded the area has left many shivering and has had police, fire and emergency medical workers keeping their fingers crossed.The biggest concern during periods of extreme cold weather is home heating safety.The heating source in some homes may not be enough to get the ...

Nation unsure about the future

In the mid-1950s, Americans held unbounded faith and optimism about the future and scientific advances. Articles in newspapers predicted all kinds of wonders, from flying cars to nuclear reactors powering every home.Reality has proven quite different, and an Associated Press survey finds the ...

Our futures hold many deep secrets

In the mid-1950s, Americans held unbounded faith and optimism about the future and scientific advances. Articles in newspapers predicted all kinds of wonders, from flying cars to nuclear reactors powering every home.Reality has proven quite different, and an Associated Press survey finds the ...

Ruling offers hope about Obamacare

Justice Sonia Sotomayor took an unusual step on New Year's Eve, putting a hold on a portion of Obamacare that would require religious-based organizations to pay for coverage for contraceptives, which runs against their beliefs.Unlike the fly-by-the-seat-of-the-pants, ever-shifting deadlines and ...

Ruling offers hope about Obamacare

Justice Sonia Sotomayor took an unusual step on New Year's Eve, putting a hold on a portion of Obamacare that would require religious-based organizations to pay for coverage for contraceptives, which runs against their beliefs.Unlike the fly-by-the-seat-of-the-pants, ever-shifting deadlines and ...

No one is exempt from the rules

When Walt Helmick became West Virginia commissioner of agriculture last year, one of the first things he did was to request a thorough audit of his department. That is not unusual, especially when an office holder's predecessor has been in office for many years.What auditors found was unusual, ...

New septic rules must make sense

Building that dream home in the country may get substantially more expensive for Ohioans this year.Ohio Department of Health officials are planning to establish new rules for the septic systems used by many individual home builders and subdivision developers. Almost beyond a shadow of doubt, ...

Change not always good

By 2040, U.S. households will be getting more of our electricity from natural gas than from coal, the federal government predicts. That may not be good news for tens of millions of Americans.Just a few years ago, more than half the electricity generated in this country came from coal-fired ...

Obamacare can still be stopped

Barring some catastrophe - perhaps involving Iran or North Korea - the biggest challenge we Americans will face during 2014 will be one we allowed to be created.It is the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, of course.Already, even before the law's most onerous regulations kick in, millions of ...

Reining in NSA’s invasion of privacy

Just before the old year ended, a federal appeals court judge handed champions of the liberties Americans cherish a stinging defeat.Federal District Court Judge William H. Pauley, in Washington, D.C., ruled the National Security Agency's mass collection of telephone data on tens of millions of ...

Reading standards reason for pause

An Ohio initiative to improve literacy for elementary school students has hit its first milestone, as fall reading test results were released in December. Under the standards of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee, more than 34 percent of third-graders who participated in state tests are now at ...

Changes in store for 2014

If you don't feel any different this morning, don't worry. It's impossible to truly know what a new year will bring, but we have our hopes.The Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle continues to light the way to the future, day by day, having spent 2013 with several major ...

2014 sure to be interesting year

If you don't feel any different this morning, don't worry.It's impossible to truly know what a new year will bring, but we have our hopes.The Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle continues to light the way to the future, day by day, having spent 2013 with several major ...

Not much cheering this bowl season

Forgive us, if you will, for having a tough time getting excited about this year's college football bowl games.For many fans throughout the region, the bowl season lost a great deal of its luster on Dec. 7 when Ohio State suffered a 34-24 loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten title game. That ...

Bowl season seems to lack excitement

Forgive us, if you will, for having a tough time getting excited about this year's college football bowl games.For many fans throughout the region, the bowl season lost a great deal of its luster on Dec. 7 when Ohio State suffered a 34-24 loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten title game. That ...

A loss for the Ohio Valley

Fire has erased an Ohio Valley landmark, but for those who knew what went on in there, the memories will remain.The Creegan Co. building was torn down in recent days following a fire that destroyed the structure on Dec. 11. Firefighters from Steubenville, Weirton and several other surrounding ...

Fire can’t destroy Creegan memories

Fire has erased a Steubenville landmark, but for those who knew what went on in there, the memories will remain.The Creegan Co. building was torn down in recent days following a fire that destroyed the structure on Dec. 11. Firefighters from Steubenville and several surrounding communities ...