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Her part of ‘Her Flag’

WEIRTON — The 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote comes in 2020, and local artist Savannah Schroll Guz will be part of a unique tribute to that. The Weirton woman has been selected to represent the state of West Virginia in the Her Flag project — ...

U.S. economy slowed to 2.1 percent growth rate in second quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy slowed sharply in the April-June quarter even as consumers stepped up their spending. The gross domestic product, the economy's total output of goods and services, grew at a 2.1 percent annual rate last quarter, down from a 3.1 percent gain in the first ...

US presses WTO to stop lenient trade treatment of China

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pressed the World Trade Organization on Friday to stop letting China and other economies receive lenient treatment under global trade rules by calling themselves "developing" countries. In a memo, Trump directed U.S. Trade Representative Robert ...

US officials: Iran test-launched a medium-range missile

WASHINGTON (AP) — Iran test-launched a medium-range ballistic missile inside its borders, U.S. officials said Friday, defying Trump administration demands that it curtail the weapon program and demonstrating its intent to further push back against U.S. sanctions. The test came amid ...

Youth have a blast at Brooke County Fire and EMS Explorer camp

WELLSBURG — Fifty-five children ages 8-14 took part in the annual Brooke County Fire and EMS Explorer camp at Brooke Hills park this week. According to camp director Amy Nickerson, who is a part of the Brooke County EMS and Franklin Community Volunteer Fire Department, the camp is a chance ...

Animal shelter update presented to Hancock Commission

NEW CUMBERLAND — Hancock County commissioners heard more about the county's efforts to manage the local animal population Thursday afternoon. Nichole Felouzis, director of humane operations for Hancock County, attended the meeting to update the commission on the progress of the county's ...

House approves budget, debt cap

WASHINGTON — Observing a rare cease-fire in their battles with President Donald Trump, the Democratic-controlled House on Thursday easily passed bipartisan debt and budget legislation to permit the Treasury to issue bonds to pay the government’s bills and lock in place recent budget gains ...

Bidding process set for bankrupt U.S. coal operator Blackjewel

CHARLESTON (AP) — A federal judge on Friday approved a bidding process for mines owned by bankrupt coal operator Blackjewel LLC. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Frank Volk in Charleston agreed with a motion by Blackjewel on a proposal made by Bristol, Tennessee-based Contura Energy. Contura has ...

Veterans ceremony set for heritage festival

WHEELING — A veterans appreciation ceremony will kick off today’s events at the Undo’s Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival at Heritage Port. A committee led by John Looney, director of the Wheeling Vets Center, John Nanny, past commandant Department of West Virginia Marine Corps ...

W.Va. leads nation in GDP growth

CHARLESTON — West Virginia is leading the nation in gross domestic product growth, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. The BEA made the announcement Thursday that West Virginia’s GDP growth for the first quarter of 2019 was 5.2 percent. The period covers January, February, ...

Justice firms push back on report of FirstEnergy suit

CHARLESTON — A spokesperson for companies owned by Gov. Jim Justice issued a statement critical of a story published Wednesday about a lawsuit filed against Justice-owned Bluestone Energy Sales by the owners of Pleasants Power Station, which just received a tax break supported by the ...

Block party

Grace Spitak, 10, watches Thursday as her friend, Avery Mattson, 10, paints a tile at the Wellsburg Block Party. The activity was sponsored by Moe’s on Main Street, a craft consignment store in Follansbee. The event was held at the corner of Seventh and Charles streets in the city. -- Amy ...

Weirton chamber gets into the holiday spirit early

NEW CUMBERLAND — Thursday may have been a warm summer day, but for the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce, it was feeling a little like Christmas. Twelve teams of area golfers gathered for the chamber’s annual Christmas in July Golf Scramble, held at Mountaineer’s Woodview Golf ...

Election security divides Congress

WASHINGTON — Former special counsel Robert Mueller’s warning that Russian interference is still happening is putting pressure on Republican leaders in Congress to join Democrats in passing additional election security legislation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky ...

Industrial park project in the works

STEUBENVILLE — A consultant’s final report on a wetlands mitigation project at the industrial park that’s been in the works for more than a year could soon be in the hands of state environmental officials, Jefferson County Port Authority Executive Director Evan Scurti said ...

School supplies

Venesa Roberts, left, owner of Sweet Temptations and a new member of the Weirton Rotary Club, recently collected school supplies to be distributed by the Brooke-Hancock County Family Resource Center. Pictured with Roberts are George Kondik, past club president, and Rita Hawkins, director of the ...

Art show coming to CMA

WINTERSVILLE — Fire and Water is a collaborative art show that will be held at the downstairs gallery of the Center of Music and Art. The show features works by Weirton artist Savannah Schroll-Guz and Steubenville artist Gerald Van Scyoc. Schroll-Guz is a multi-disciplinary artist who ...

Blame My Roots organizers take stock

MORRISTOWN — The sound of country music that echoed through the hills of Belmont County has been silenced, and organizers of the Blame My Roots Music Festival are taking stock of the inaugural performance. Blame My Roots was held last weekend at Valley View Campground to fill the gap left ...

Mingo Community Days on tap

MINGO JUNCTION — Community Days is just around the corner and the Mingo Business Association, who hosts the event, wants area residents to show their Mingo Pride. The group has released their new shirts which feature a scene from the 1984 movie “Reckless” starring Aidan Quinn and Daryl ...

Trump visits Ohio Valley

WHEELING — President Donald Trump sounded familiar themes — among them economic growth, foreign policy, immigration and health care — during his speech to a friendly crowd in Wheeling on Wednesday. But his biggest applause lines were when he talked about coal, natural gas and ...