Local News

Division of Highways needs workers

TRIADELPHIA — Much of the needed asphalting and roadwork planned for the Northern Panhandle since January was completed even though West Virginia Division of Highways District 6 is in need of about 50 employees. Work was achieved despite manpower shortages, equipment failures and a loss of ...

City is looking for a signal

WEIRTON — Weirton officials are looking into the possibility of having a new left-turn signal installed at one of the city’s major intersections. During the Aug. 15 meeting of the city’s Traffic Commission, it was announced a memo was being sent from the commission to City Manager Carlo ...

W.Va. GOP may tweak delegate selection process

CHARLESTON — When members of the West Virginia State Republican Executive Committee meet Saturday for their summer meeting at the Greenbrier Resort, they could choose a new way to select delegates for presidential candidates. The 2020 Republican National Committee Convention takes place ...

Facebook will allow users to limit social network’s data gathering

SAN FRANCISCO — Soon, you could get fewer familiar ads following you around the internet — or at least on Facebook. Facebook is launching a long-promised tool that lets you limit what the social network can gather about you on outside websites and apps. The company said Tuesday that it is ...

Trump acknowledges potential economic pain of trade war

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump acknowledged Tuesday his aggressive China trade policies may mean economic pain for Americans but insisted they’re needed for more important long-term benefits. He contended he does not fear a recession but is nonetheless considering new tax cuts to ...

Bethany president delivers State of the College Address

BETHANY — The Bethany College community gathered Monday in Wailes Theatre to hear the annual State of the College address presented by Tamara Rodenberg, president of the college. The event offered an opportunity for the newest members of the faculty and staff to be introduced, and for the ...

Golf scramble supporter

First Choice America Credit Union is among those supporting this year’s Ron “Fritz” Williams Golf Scramble, set to begin at 9 a.m., Saturday, at Mountaineer’s Woodview Golf Course. The event pays tribute to the late All-American basketball player, who attended Weir High and West ...

Swap meet and car show to benefit Oglebay Good Zoo set for Saturday

WHEELING — Whether it’s a shiny Mustang Shelby muscle car, a vintage Studebaker or a jacked up pickup truck, visitors can expect to see a large variety of vehicles at the 27th annual Oglebay Good Zoo Benefit Car, Truck, Tractor, Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet this weekend. The Ohio Valley ...

New EQT CEO meets with landowners, pledges improvements

MORRISTOWN — EQT Energy is under new management, and new CEO Toby Rice talked a big game about the future of the company last week, seeking to restore the faith of the shareholders. Rice addressed close to 200 landowners from across Belmont County and the region during a town hall meeting ...

Jefferson County’s finances an open book with records online

STEUBENVILLE — Jefferson County government has become the eighth entity in the county to join the Ohio Checkbook.com website, which is sponsored by the state treasurer’s office. Launched in 2014, OhioCheckbook.com became the first resource aiming to make all state spending information ...

Pharmaceutical company settles with counties in opioid suit

One pharmaceutical company has reached a settlement to avoid being a defendant in the first federal trial on the drug industry’s accountability for a nationwide opioid crisis. Dublin, Ireland-based Endo Pharmaceuticals announced Tuesday that it has agreed to pay the Ohio counties of ...

Technology companies drive a broad rally

Tech companies pushed stocks broadly higher on Wall Street Monday afternoon as the market added to solid gains from a rally late last week. The surge in technology stocks followed a decision by the U.S. to give Chinese telecom giant Huawei another 90 days to buy equipment from American ...

Economists in survey see recession by end of 2021

WASHINGTON — Seventy-four percent of U.S. business economists appear sufficiently concerned about the risks of some of President Donald Trump’s economic policies that they expect a recession in the U.S. by the end of 2021. The economists surveyed by the National Association for Business ...

Oil and gas production hit record numbers

Oil and natural gas production across the state hit record numbers in 2018, with Marshall and Ohio counties leading the pack in oil production. According to a release by the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association, oil production grew nearly 60 percent, from 7.5 million barrels to 12 ...

Justice attorneys make motions in residency case

CHARLESTON — A Kanawha County judge has called on attorneys for Gov. Jim Justice to explain their motions in a case regarding where the governor should reside. Judge Charles King ordered Justice’s attorneys, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia Mike Carey and ...

State officials: Industrial hemp application period set to open

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Agriculture announced the application period for the state’s industrial hemp program will open Sept. 1. Those interested in growing industrial hemp for the 2020 growing season must submit an application and all required materials by Sept. 30 to ...

Wheeling police hunt for shooter

WHEELING — A man who was shot multiple times Monday afternoon on Wheeling Island has died. The victim, Joseph Edward Harrison, 25, of Cleveland, was found about 4:15 p.m. lying on the sidewalk next to Delaware Street between South Huron and South York streets, Wheeling police said. He was ...

Bethany native trains to be a U.S. Navy future warfighter

GREAT LAKES, Ill. — Sailors are some of the most highly-trained people on the planet, according to Navy officials, and this training requires highly-dedicated instructors. At Naval Education and Training command, instructors at advanced technical schools teach sailors to be highly skilled, ...

Smithfield Alumni awards were presented

SMITHFIELD — Some young people who had not walked the halls of Smithfield High School since the late 1940s returned for the 117th Smithfield Alumni Dinner held recently. And, for the first time since being held in the high school or elementary schools, village churches or area restaurants, ...

Reliving Piney Fork memories

PINEY FORK — There is no longer a post office to meet and chat with neighbors in Piney Fork anymore. The last postmaster was Marian Pastre, who distributed mail for the remaining members of the community who worked in the Hanna Coal mining industry during many years. These were workers who ...