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Unsafe bus practices raised at meeting

WELLSBURG — Allegations were made about overcrowding and unsafe bus practices during Tuesday’s Brooke County Board of Education meeting. During the public comment portion of the meeting, several speakers accused the district of not fulfilling its duties to provide students safe ...

Weirton getting into the spirit of holiday

WEIRTON — Final preparations are under way as the City of Weirton plans to light up the night Saturday, helping to kick off local holiday festivities. Mayor Harold Miller, on Wednesday, reminded residents of plans for this year’s community tree lighting ceremony, set for 6 p.m. Saturday ...

Trump ally McCarthy to lead House GOP, work to win majority

WASHINGTON — Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy easily won an internal party election Wednesday to take over the shrunken House GOP caucus, handing the seven-term Californian a familiar role of building the party back to a majority as well as protecting President Donald Trump’s agenda. With ...

Group gets update on bridge

STEUBENVILLE — The Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission was updated Wednesday on the new Ohio River bridge . Members were told that after obtaining a permit in early October, construction of a temporary trestle on the Ohio side has begun. Once the trestle is in place ...

‘Joe Nailer Too Cool To Smoke’ statue unveiled

WHEELING — Almost 5,000 regional students were introduced to “Joe Nailer Too Cool to Smoke” at WesBanco Arena in downtown Wheeling on Tuesday morning during the Wheeling Nailers’ biannual Education Day. The larger-than-life Snoopy figure from the “Peanuts” comic strip was declared ...

Collapse of Steubenville sewer line could be costly

STEUBENVILLE — The collapse of an old brick sewer line between the Jefferson County jail parking lot and the Ohio River could cost more than $100,000 to fix, City Council was told Tuesday. Utility Director Chuck Murphy said the North Street overflow line “has collapsed very badly; it’s ...

Spiritual first responders are hitting the streets amid opioid crisis

Sidewalk prayers near shoot-up spots. Sunday sermons in the back of a bar. Pleas to struggling souls to surrender to God. Funerals for members of their flock who didn’t make it. Clergy members have become spiritual first responders in the opioid crisis, often leaving the pulpit to minister ...

Brooke board meeting gets heated

WELLSBURG — Tensions were running high at the Brooke County Board of Education meeting Tuesday. The Brooke Middle School gymnasium bleachers were filled with concerned citizens and district staff and the main topic of contention seemed to be the raises recently approved by the board for the ...

Follansbee will honor local veterans with banners

FOLLANSBEE — The many drivers who travel state Route 2 in Follansbee soon will be reminded of local men and women, living and dead, who served their country, in wartime and peace, over the years. That’s because city crews will be hanging banners depicting banners featuring the photos of ...

Weirton to study property code after complaint

WEIRTON — Weirton Council may be studying one of its property code regulations after a city official said he felt as if he was being singled out with a code violation. Ward 5 Councilman Doug Jackson, who stepped down from the council dais in order to speak as a citizen during Tuesday ...

Amazon goes bicoastal, will open HQs in New York, D.C. suburb ..

NEW YORK — Amazon has set its sights on two of the nation’s largest and most powerful metro areas, announcing Tuesday it had chosen a buzzy New York neighborhood and a suburb of Washington for its new East Coast headquarters. The online shopping giant ended its 14-month-long competition ...

Vigil for vets

The Bethany College Office of Student Life and brothers of Phi Kappa Tau sponsored a 24-hour vigil over Veterans Day weekend to raise awareness and show support for veterans. The vigil, called “STAND WATCH,” featured volunteers standing by the campus flag pole to honor those who stood watch ...

Brooke commissioners sign for tower space

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County commissioners on Tuesday agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding with Ohio County to use available space to install a radio communications tower. Commissioner Jim Andreozzi gave credit for the agreement to fellow Commissioner Stacey Wise. “Stacey, ...

Bank CEO to address WLU fall graduates

WEST LIBERTY — Todd F. Clossin, CEO of WesBanco will serve as commencement speaker at West Liberty University’s Fall 2018 Commencement Ceremony. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m., Dec. 15, in the Academic, Sports and Recreation Complex. President Stephen Greiner will preside at the ceremony ...

Honoring a veteran

Mayor Harold Miller, right, during Tuesday’s meeting of Weirton Council, recognized local veteran Gary L. Anderson, presenting him with a mayoral proclamation thanking his for his military service. Anderson entered the U.S. Navy Reserves in June 1970, serving in active duty from May 1971 to ...

Wheeling resident set to rejoin West Virginia BOE

WHEELING — Robert Dunlevy will return to the West Virginia Board of Education this week following a four-year hiatus, giving the Ohio Valley two voices on the state board. Dunlevy, of Wheeling, will be sworn into office prior to the board’s scheduled meeting today in Charleston. He will ...

Local resident wins new Harley-Davidson motorcycle

WINTERSVILLE — When Louis Sturman of McDonald, Pa., got a package in the mail telling him he had won a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle, he was skeptical to say they least. “I didn’t think it was real,” he said. “I really didn’t. I thought it was a scam to get my personal ...

Bethany president: Show pride in vets

WELLSBURG — As guest speaker for the Veterans Day service held by the Brooke County Veterans Memorial Park Foundation, the president of Bethany College said veterans need to be told they have made a difference, that they are vital to our security and peace. The Rev. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg ...

Military veteran Ojeda planning 2020 campaign for president

CHARLESTON — A retired Army paratrooper and current West Virginia lawmaker seeking to restore the Democratic Party’s blue-collar roots chose Veterans Day to formalize his campaign for the presidency in 2020. Richard Ojeda made the announcement Monday at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in ...

Police reports

Steubenville Cited: Beverly C. Costello, 53, 7211 state Route 151, Rayland, speeding; Christopher J. Warzinski, 38, 6213 state Route 213, Toronto, speeding; James A. Bogo, 36, 3406 Elm St., Weirton, expired plates; and Wayne Calvin, 42, 1952 county Road 68, Toronto, failure to signal ...