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Major moving day anticipated

WELLSBURG — Crews with the Flatiron Corp., officials with the West Virginia Department of Transportation and others are preparing for a moving day to overshadow all moving days. That’s because it will involve transporting the 830-foot-long main span of the new Ohio River Bridge about a ...

No official date set for reopening of city building

WEIRTON — Officials say the Weirton Municipal Building could reopen to the public sometime in the coming weeks, although a definitive date has not be agreed to. The topic was raised during Monday’s meeting of Weirton Council, with Ward 3 Councilman Fred Marsh telling City Manager Joe ...

Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival is a go for 2021

WHEELING — Board members for the Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival officially declared Thursday night that this year’s event will proceed at Heritage Port in Wheeling. Members of the event’s board of directors met at what was described as a “lively” meeting Thursday ...

Demand slowing for COVID-19 vaccinations

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice and state health officials pleaded with the public Friday to get a COVID-19 vaccination as supply of the vaccines becomes greater than the demand. “There has never been a vaccine that is this productive and this successful. Never,” Justice said. “You ...

J.O.S.H.U.A. welcomes volunteers interested in 2021 program

STEUBENVILLE — There’s no shortage of income-eligible homeowners in Jefferson County who could use some help with getting around-the-house projects done without cost. The challenge for Urban Mission Ministries’ J.O.S.H.U.A. program that makes that happen, though, is recruiting volunteer ...

OVHC virtual auction: ‘Buy A Purse, Love A Nurse’

STEUBENVILLE — For the second year in a row, the Ohio Valley Health Center is shelving its traditional gala fundraiser that normally would be held in the spring, but hopes an approaching virtual fundraiser will help buy supplies for a specific program. “Buy A Purse, Love A Nurse” is a ...

A whole lot of ‘jazz’ makes Sunseri ‘Sunny’

STEUBENVILLE —The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t exactly been music to Dr. Sunny Sunseri’s ears, since 2020 brought jazz gigs he’s part of to a halt. So that makes it all the sweeter that the music genre he so loves is something the Steubenville native can share with a local audience from 6 ...

Franklin firefighters remember fallen member

WELLSBURG — Members of the Franklin Community Fire Department have taken steps to ensure a late fellow firefighter is remembered for his service while also taking time to thank two natural gas workers for their assistance in containing a recent fire. Duane Craft, a founding member of the ...

Good Samaritans

Members of the Franklin Community Fire Department recently thanked Bill Standiford and Josh Strnisa, two natural gas workers employed by the Williams Companies for their help in extinguishing a brush fire near a structure fire fought by the department. On hand were, from left, firefighters ...

Guitarist is first suspect to plead guilty in Capitol riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — A heavy metal guitarist on Friday became the first defendant to plead guilty to federal charges in connection with the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Jon Ryan Schaffer, the frontman of the band Iced Earth, has agreed to cooperate with investigators in hopes of getting ...

Garland rescinds Trump-era memo curtailing consent decrees

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday rescinded a Trump-era memo that curtailed the use of consent decrees that federal prosecutors have used in sweeping investigations of police departments. Garland issued a new memorandum to all U.S. attorneys and other Justice ...

US nearing the 200 millionth vaccine

(AP) - The United States opened more distance between itself and much of the rest of the world on Thursday, nearing the 200 millionth vaccine administered in a months-long race to protect the population against COVID-19, even as other countries, rich and poor, struggle with stubbornly high ...

Changes sought for command structure of Weirton Fire Department

WEIRTON — City officials have proposed adjustments to the command structure of the Weirton Fire Department, with a goal of cutting down on overtime costs. An ordinance, “Implementing new rules and regulations for the Weirton Fire Department personnel,” sponsored by Ward 1 Councilman Tim ...

Economic boom in America nears reality

WASHINGTON (AP) — A much-awaited economic boom coming off the pandemic recession appeared to edge closer to reality Thursday with fresh data showing the pace of layoffs dwindling, consumers spending freely and manufacturing rebounding. The latest barometers point to a U.S. economy that’s ...

Department of Education settles lawsuit brought by lobbyist

CHARLESTON — A lawsuit brought by a lobbyist against a former state schools superintendent and a current Department of Education official was dismissed Wednesday after a settlement between the parties was reached. According to a document filed Wednesday with the U.S. District Court for the ...

US expels Russian diplomats, imposes sanctions for hacking

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration announced Thursday the U.S. is expelling 10 Russian diplomats and imposing sanctions against dozens of companies and people, holding the Kremlin accountable for interference in last year’s presidential election and the hacking of federal ...

Briefs

Bridge transport delay announced WELLSBURG — Plans to transport the new 830-foot-long main span of the new Ohio River bridge have been rescheduled by a day, according to an announcement by the state Department of Transportation on Thursday morning. The tied-arch span will now be moved ...

Bridge move pushed back by one day

WELLSBURG — Plans to transport the new 830-foot-long main span of the new Ohio River bridge have been rescheduled by a day, according to an announcement by the state Department of Transportation this morning. The tied-arch span will now be moved by barge beginning the morning of April 21, ...

W.Va. unaffected by Johnson and Johnson pause

CHARLESTON — Health officials in West Virginia stressed Wednesday the state’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts are largely unaffected by the pause in the use of the one-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Dr. Clay Marsh, the state coronavirus czar, said the number of Johnson and Johnson ...

Weirton United Way Golf Classic

The Weirton United Way Golf Classic committee met Tuesday to start planning this year’s tournament, which has been scheduled for June 7 at Williams Golf and Country Club. This will be the 39th year for the Golf Classic, which is the longest-running fundraiser for the Weirton United Way and ...