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WLU honors retirees, milestone employees

WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty University honored its staff and faculty recently, as they reached retirement or milestone years of service. Honorees were treated to a continental breakfast reception, hosted by President Stephen Greiner and held in Shaw Hall’s Board of Governors room. Chief ...

Memorial Day weekend has an abundance of activities scheduled

WHEELING — A wide variety of activities and services are planned throughout the Ohio Valley for Memorial Day weekend. For a new event, a Memorial Day walk through Greenwood Cemetery, 1526 National Road, will begin at 9 a.m. Monday. The event, which is free and open to the public, is being ...

Work continues on future education reform

CHARLESTON — Much focus has been on what Gov. Jim Justice and Republican lawmakers are planning for the resumption of the education betterment special session likely next month, but Democratic lawmakers in the House of Delegates and Senate have ideas of their own. Monday’s resumption of ...

Ex-White House lawyer won’t testify after Trump direction

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump directed his former White House Counsel Donald McGahn to defy a congressional subpoena Monday, citing a Justice Department legal opinion that maintains McGahn would have immunity from testifying about his work as a close Trump adviser. A lawyer for McGahn ...

BDC and Pietro Fiorentini USA recognized

CHARLESTON — The Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle and Pietro Fiorentini USA have been recognized for their remediation and redevelopment efforts. The honors took place as part of the 2019 Environmental Awards, presented last week by the West Virginia Department of ...

EGCC holds 50th commencement

YOUNGSTOWN — Eastern Gateway Community College held its 50th commencment Saturday at Stambaugh Auditorium. More than 1,000 students qualified to receive an associate’s degree or a certificate, with 400 graduates attending the ceremony, school officials said. Online graduates from as far ...

Brooke Middle School holds award assembly

WELLSBURG —Brooke Middle School hosted an awards assembly on Friday for eighth graders in honor of their transition into high school. Although the last day for students is this Friday, the end of the year award assembly welcomed families of students to attend the end of the year ...

Wheeling Feeling Chili Cook-Off will have youthful flavor

WHEELING — With the city’s 18th annual chili cook-off set to turn up the heat next month, organizers are hoping that children in the area get the “Wheeling Feeling” as well this year. The Wheeling Feeling Chili Cook-Off, scheduled for noon to 6 p.m. June 1 at Heritage Port, now ...

Expect delay due to road work

NEW CUMBERLAND — Three Hancock County roads may experience traffic delays in the coming days as a result of the installation of a natural gas pipeline, according to the West Virginia Division of Highways. Delays are scheduled at milepost 1.70 of Arner Road through Wednesday, from 8 a.m. to ...

Going to camp

Eighth graders Nolan Firman, left, and Cicily Burchett have been chosen to represent Oak Glen Middle School, Hancock County Schools and their community at the West Virginia Ambassadors Camp, sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History, to take place June 17-20 in ...

GRADUATION LISTINGS

The following is a list of 2019 area graduations: High schools • Weir High School — 7 p.m., Thursday at the school. • Toronto High School — 7 p.m. Friday at the school. • Oak Glen High School — 7 p.m., Friday at the school. • Harrison High School — 7 p.m. Friday at the ...

Defunct steelmaker’s 21-story headquarters imploded

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Sixteen thousand tons of Bethlehem Steel collapsed in a matter of seconds Sunday as a demolition crew imploded Martin Tower, the defunct steelmaker’s former world headquarters. Crowds gathered to watch the demolition of the area’s tallest building, a 21-story monolith ...

Trump’s farmers follow him into trade war

MADRID, Iowa — Iowa farmer Tim Bardole survived years of low crop prices and rising costs by cutting back on fertilizer and herbicides and fixing broken-down equipment rather than buying new. When President Donald Trump’s trade war with China made a miserable situation worse, Bardole used ...

Marijuana legalization: Social equity becomes a key question

NEW YORK — Advocates for legalizing marijuana have long argued it would strike a blow for social justice after a decades-long drug war that disproportionately targeted minority and poor communities. But social equity has been both a sticking point and selling point this year in New York and ...

Friends accept the ‘Scatterday Challenge’

WHEELING — For a local group of friends who regularly compete together in different fitness challenges around the region, the weekend of events and entertainment scheduled as part of the the Ogden Wellness Weekend is something they are truly excited to see in their own back yard. Wheeling ...

As states pass abortion laws, questions and protests surface

ATLANTA — As multiple states pass laws banning many abortions, questions have surfaced about what exactly that means for women who might seek an abortion. The short answer: nothing yet. Governors in Kentucky , Mississippi , Ohio and Georgia have recently approved bans on abortion once a ...

Food Truck Festival on tap in Weirton

Members of the Weirton Rotary Club, Wednesday, heard from Michelle D’Amico, who discussed the upcoming Food Truck Festival, planned for noon to 10 p.m., July 20 at the Weirton Event Center and hosted by the Weir High Class of 2020. The festival will include more than 12 food trucks, along ...

Model train on display at W.Va. health care facility

PARKERSBURG (AP) — You can hear the train coming and rolling round the bend at a new outdoor display at Ohio Valley Health Care on Nicolette Road. Construction was recently completed on the 980-square-foot display that includes 220 feet of G gauge track, three trains on three levels, homes, ...