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Weirton remembers fallen law enforcement

WEIRTON — Gathered in front of the Weirton Municipal Building Tuesday morning, representatives of the city's law enforcement agency, city officials and other guests paid tribute to the service and sacrifice of police officers across the country. Peace Officer Memorial Day, to be observed ...

Gayle Manchin dives into work with ARC

BETHANY — Former West Virginia first lady Gayle Manchin is now at the helm as federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission. She said she now will lead the commission to seek federal funding for such items as broadband, highway expansion and opioid addiction programs for ...

2021 county Service Personnel of the Year nominees

During Monday’s meeting of the Hancock County Board of Education, school officials recognized the nominees for the 2021 county Service Personnel of the Year. Receiving nominations for the award were, from left, Sue Clutter, Bonnie Willey, Terri Rodriguez, Carolyn Puskarich, Pete Huzey, who ...

Mays sentenced to 7 life terms

PARKERSBURG — A former aide convicted of killing patients at the Louis A. Johnson Clarksburg VA Medical Center got the appropriate sentence, a U.S. senator from West Virginia said Tuesday. Reta Mays, 46, was sentenced Tuesday to seven consecutive life sentences for murder and 20 years for ...

Council seat filled, collector-treasurer position open

WELLSBURG — The last five months have been a time of change for city officials, and Tuesday was no different as Wellsburg Council gathered in person for the first time in several months. The panel had been meeting virtually because of the pandemic, but a majority returned to council ...

Federal funding among commission business

WELLSBURG — Federal pandemic relief funds, littering and speeding trucks were among matters before the Brooke County Commission on Tuesday. The commissioners and other area officials are slated to meet later this month with U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and officials with the state auditor's ...

New Cumberland selects mayor, council in election

NEW CUMBERLAND – Some new faces found their way to municipal government Tuesday night when the votes were counted. Will White defeated David “Boe” Cline, 77-59, to become the city’s new mayor for the next four years, as former mayor Richard “Dick” Blackwell won the nod as a Ward ...

W.Va. officials appeal to patriotism in vaccine effort

CHARLESTON — State officials Monday encouraged unvaccinated residents to step up like the generation of Americans during World War II and get immunized against COVID-19. James Hoyer, director of the Joint Interagency Task Force on Vaccine and the retired general of the West Virginia ...

WMC observing National Hospital Week

WEIRTON — Weirton Medical Center is honoring its 1,400 staff members during observances of National Hospital Week, which began Sunday. A variety of activities are planned as a way to thank the staff for their role in the hospital’s growth, according to WMC officials. “The commitment of ...

Sentencing set in insulin injection deaths of 7 VA patients

CHARLESTON (AP) — Sentencing is set this week for a fired nursing assistant who admitting to killing seven elderly veterans with fatal doses of insulin at a West Virginia hospital. Still a mystery is what provoked Reta Mays to commit the crimes. Mays pleaded guilty last year to ...

Hancock County names teacher, service personnel of the year

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Board of Education took time to recognize some of the best of the best, Monday, announcing its teacher and service personnel of the year award recipients. “We have an exciting group of people,” Superintendent Dawn Petrovich announced. Petrovich ...

Residents bring speeding concerns to Weirton Council

WEIRTON — A group of residents approached Weirton Council, Monday, seeking help with speeding vehicles in their neighborhood. During the Citizens’ Comments portion of Monday’s meeting, resident Amy Perez approached council with concerns over the speed of vehicles traveling on Powers ...

Brooke County school board turns to Internet to advertise its programs

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Board of Education has agreed to use an app and other Internet-based technology to advertise its schools and programs. On Monday, the board approved a one-year contract with Mobility 360 calling for the Weirton business to establish an app through which school ...

Pinewood Derby a success in new venue

SMITHFIELD — The Boy Scouts of America Two Chiefs District Pinewood Derby had a new home and a new date this year, but was still a success none the less. Some 83 pariticpants from nine different packs competed on Saturday at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds at Friendship Park, with four ...

Some states plan big spending with Biden’s aid, others wait

(AP) - Though still awaiting money from the latest federal coronavirus relief act, some governors and state lawmakers already are making plans to add the multibillion-dollar boon to their budgets. Among their priorities: bailing out depleted unemployment accounts, expanding high-speed ...

Tearful reunions mark second Mother’s Day under pandemic

(AP) - Last Mother's Day, they celebrated with bacon and eggs over FaceTime. This time, Jean Codianni of Los Angeles flew to New Jersey to surprise her 74-year-old mother, now that both have been vaccinated against the disease that has stolen uncountable hugs and kisses around the world. "You ...

West Liberty graduates tasked to ‘make your mark’

WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty University’s graduates were challenged at this weekend’s commencement ceremonies to take their next steps and make the world better for as many as they can. “What are you going to do next?” state Sen. Ryan Weld, R-Brooke, said to each of the commencement ...

Sen. Joe Manchin tells Bethany grads to step forward and make change

BETHANY — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin told Bethany College graduates it will be up to their generation to rise above the divisive discourse found online and stop the political divide in the nation. Meanwhile, Wheeling native Olivia Archer and Tatum Dyar of Indiana on Saturday were named ...

Mother-daughter are both lovin’ McDonald’s careers

FOLLANSBEE — Twila Mezan and her daughter, Kara Morgan, have a lot in common. And that includes having ketchup in their blood and rewarding careers under “the Golden Arches.” A Weirton resident, Mezan is the owner/operator of four McDonald’s – one in Follansbee, the others at ...

Mask mandate to be lifted

CHARLESTON — West Virginia will lift its mask mandate on June 20, the state’s birthday, as the target levels for vaccinations are reached, the governor said on Friday. Sixty-five percent of the state’s population 12 years old and older should have received one or both shots by June 20, ...