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June 4: Events canceled/postponed due to coronavirus

Due to the precautions being taken surrounding the coronavirus, the following changes have been made regarding events and meetings in the local area: ¯ The Millsop Community Center is set to reopen Monday. ¯ The 2020 Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame banquet and associated events ...

Brooke courthouse restrictions relaxed

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Commission Tuesday announced restrictions on visits to the county courthouse will be lightened and discussed the prevalence of illegal dumping in the county. The commissioners said visitors are no longer required to make appointments when visiting the ...

Wellsburg woman sentenced

WELLSBURG — A Wellsburg woman has been sentenced to up to 25 years in home confinement and prison for causing an auto collision that led to the death of a Weirton man. On Monday Kristy Jones, 42, of Wellsburg was sentenced to two to 10 years in home confinement for driving while impaired ...

Bishop Brennan calls for respect, peace and unity during turbulent time

WHEELING — In a call for peace and unity during this turbulent time, Bishop Mark Brennan of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston on Monday issued a statement on the death of George Floyd and about the protests that erupted across the country denouncing the killing. “The killing of George ...

Final campaign finance reports for the June 9 primary reveal money leaders

CHARLESTON — Candidates for statewide races have eight days to influence voters, and recent campaign finance reports some have more money than others to help accomplish this task. The 2020 Primary report, covering the period between April 1 and May 24, was due at the end of last week. The ...

Thousands protest in NYC streets

NEW YORK — Thousands of demonstrators protesting the death of George Floyd remained on New York City streets Tuesday in defiance of an 8 p.m. curfew put in place by officials struggling to stanch destruction seen on other nights and growing complaints that the nation’s biggest city was ...

Three Bethany faculty gain emeritus status

BETHANY — Bethany College recently bestowed emeritus status on three longtime professors — John McGowan, Kathy Shelek-Furbee, and Virgil Thompson — who are retiring from full-time service to the college. “We are deeply honored to name faculty of this caliber in teaching and learning ...

No decision yet on petrochemical complex

DILLES BOTTOM — PTT Global Chemical America will take more time than previously anticipated to decide whether it will build a petrochemical complex in the Ohio Valley. PTTGCA, one of two companies considering construction of an ethane cracker plant in Belmont County, announced a new ...

Briefs

Weirton to host COVID briefings WEIRTON — The City of Weirton will hold press briefings focusing on municipal operations and medical health during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The briefings will be held Thursday in the council chambers of the Weirton Municipal Building, and will be ...

Experts weigh in on living through a pandemic

With states enlisting stay-at-home orders as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the toll that staying home has taken on people has varied. Routines have been disrupted, while communication with friends and family has shifted to the virtual world. And according to experts, such a deluge of ...

June 3: Events canceled/postponed

Due to the precautions being taken surrounding the coronavirus, the following changes have been made regarding events and meetings in the local area: ¯ The Millsop Community Center is set to reopen Monday. ¯ The 2020 Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame banquet and associated events set ...

Trump threatens military force, says most governors are ‘weak’

WASHINGTON — Wielding extraordinary federal authority, President Donald Trump threatened the nation’s governors on Monday that he would deploy the military to states if they did not stamp out violent protests over police brutality that have roiled the nation over the past week. His ...

Justice praises peaceful protests, warns against violence, vandalism

CHARLESTON — After a weekend of peaceful protests broke out across the state over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Gov. Jim Justice praised those who chose nonviolent activism, but joined federal officials in warning against violence and vandalism. Protests broke out nationwide ...

Starvaggi Pool in Weirton will not open

WEIRTON — The Millsop Community Center and Edwin J. Bowman Field will be reopening in the coming days; however, Starvaggi Memorial Pool will remain shuttered for the summer season. The decision was made during a special teleconference meeting Monday morning of the Weirton Board of Parks and ...

Special session possible in West Virginia as revenue tanks

CHARLESTON — For the second consecutive month, West Virginia tax collections came in below estimates, prompting calls for a special session to move money to keep the state from ending the fiscal year with a deficit. According to the State Auditor’s Office, tax collections for the state ...

Ralph Fletcher seeks Hancock County magistrate post

(Editor’s note: Information on other candidates for Hancock County magistrate appeared in the May 29 edition.) NEW CUMBERLAND — Ralph A. Fletcher, 68, of Weirton is running for the Second District magistrate seat in Hancock County. He faces Steve Svokas of Weirton and David L. Robinson ...

Follansbee council discusses noisy trucks, park staffing

FOLLANSBEE — The use of Jake brakes by trucks on Veterans Drive and the hiring of staff for the city’s parks and swimming pool were among matters before Follansbee Council on Monday. City Police Chief Larry Rea said at council’s request, he looked into whether the use of Jake breaks by ...

Washington School Road slip repair to begin today

NEW MANCHESTER — The West Virginia Division of Highways advises that today through June 19, county Road 3, Washington School Road, will be closed at milepost 1.62. This closure will occur weekdays, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and is necessary for slip repair. Temporary traffic signals will ...

June 2: Events canceled/postponed due to coronavirus

Due to the precautions being taken surrounding the coronavirus, the following changes have been made regarding events and meetings in the local area: ¯ Today’s meeting of the Jefferson County Retired Teachers has been canceled. ¯ The Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County ...

Beauty taking root at Marland Heights Park in Weirton

WEIRTON — A local teen is working to spread a message about beautification and the environment, all while contributing to the community. Leah Hinchee, the daughter of Curt Hinchee and Christine Trushel, is a rising sophomore at Weir High School. She also currently holds the title of Teen ...