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Denese Drive parking issue is revisited

WEIRTON — An issue with parking on Denese Drive returned to the Weirton Traffic Commission Thursday. Commission Chair Romie Castelli said the issue first came to them in January — as a result of a complaint by a resident — being tabled over several months for discussion, with a ...

Backpack giveaway set for Sunday

WEIRTON — Verizon TCC and Wireless Zone stores nationally are holding their annual backback giveaway on Sunday, providing up to 187,000 backpacks full of school supplies nationwide. Locally, the annual School Rocks Backpack Giveaway will be held 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Verizon/TCC location ...

WLU business students study in Thailand

WEST LIBERTY — Students and faculty with West Liberty University’s Gary E. West College of Business returned recently from a first-time study abroad trip to Thailand. Escorted by Rickard Briggs, assistant professor of entrepreneurship, the trip offered education and travel in a 14-day ...

Freshwater gets honored for his military service

WINTERSVILLE — The famed World War II B-17 bomber “Memphis Belle,” itself a Hollywood movie star, achieved fame by completing 25 bombing missions over hostile territory in Europe. Wintersville’s Ralph Freshwater bested the famous airplane. Freshwater flew 30 missions in 1944 and ...

Water line to marina shelter house focus in Steubenville

STEUBENVILLE — A water line to the shelter house at the Steubenville Marina is planned to be installed in 2019, City Engineer Mike Dolak told City Council Tuesday evening. Dolak said the city will seek Ohio Public Works Commission support for the project and would know by the end of the ...

Rolling on the river

Representatives from the Wheeling-Ohio County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Friends of Wheeling turned out Tuesday to greet visitors of the American Queen steamboat, which docked at Wheeling’s Heritage Port. It was the only scheduled stop for the massive steamboat at Wheeling’s ...

Lawmakers threaten action on tariffs

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are losing patience with the Trump administration’s reliance on tariffs to win trade disputes and are talking increasingly about legislative action to protect U.S. jobs. A senior Republican senator has threatened legislation to curb President Donald Trump’s trade ...

Groups square off at PEIA Taskforce meeting

CHARLESTON — A tweet Tuesday by the president of the West Virginia Senate was a topic for two teachers’ union representatives during a PEIA Taskforce subcommittee meeting Wednesday morning. The Public Outreach Subcommittee met Wednesday morning at the State Capitol Building. The ...

State’s GOP endorses amendment

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Republican Party has endorsed the anti-abortion Amendment 1 to be decided in the November general election, but tabled a resolution supporting the impeachment of state officials. The state party executive committee met Saturday in Wheeling where it re-elected ...

Blankenship has signatures to run again

MARTINSBURG — Former West Virginia coal magnate Don Blankenship says he’s ready to get back into the West Virgnia senate race. Blankenship said he has collected the requisite number of petition signatures and will be filing with the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office in the next ...

Weirton council has sights set on TIF funding

WEIRTON — Weirton Council, as part of a special meeting Tuesday, took another step in obtaining approval for Tax Increment Financing dollars for a planned development project near Three Springs Drive. Tuesday’s gathering had been scheduled in order to approve the minutes from council’s ...

Wray: Russia sowing discord

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — FBI Director Christopher Wray said Wednesday that Russia continues to use fake news, propaganda and covert operations to “spin up” Americans on both sides of hot-button issues to sow discord in the United States. Wray stood behind the intelligence agencies’ ...

Pence set to visit Wheeling on July 26

WHEELING — Vice President Mike Pence will be in Wheeling on July 26 for two separate events — one public, one private. The first is a public event sponsored by the America First Policies group, according to Erin Montgomery, communications director for America First Policies. At this ...

Follansbee Chamber hears from BDC official

FOLLANSBEE — The head of the Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle shared some news about the Follansbee Steel property after fielding questions about bringing restaurant or retail chains to the city. BDC Executive Director Pat Ford said, following Wednesday’s chamber ...

Steubenville unveils big water rate increase

STEUBENVILLE — The average city water, sewer and sanitation bill would rise by $40.04 in October under the beginning of a proposed five-year series of rate increases introduced to City Council Tuesday evening. The increases are needed to cover an estimated $29.75 million in projects, ...

Marshall pipeline that exploded remains at risk

MOUNDSVILLE — The federal agency in charge of investigating a recent pipeline explosion has notified its owner that six other areas on the same pipeline have issues that could cause another catastrophic event if they are not repaired. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety ...

President corrects his quote

WASHINGTON — Blistered by bipartisan condemnation of his embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump sought Tuesday to “clarify” his public undermining of American intelligence agencies, saying he had misspoken when he said he saw no reason to believe Russia had interfered in ...

City discusses fire code proposal

2018-Fire-Prevention-Code-Ordinance WEIRTON — After questioning several aspects of the proposed ordinance during its July 9 regular meeting, Weirton Council held a work session Tuesday to discuss updates to the city’s fire prevention code. Capt. Amedeo Mastrantoni, who is set to be the ...

City Council seeks to fill Ward 2 post

WEIRTON — Weirton Council members are working to fill their ranks following the resignation of Ward 2 Councilman Matt Provenzano last week. The issue was discussed during a special meeting Tuesday after council agreed to amend its agenda. Mayor Harold Miller explained Provenzano notified ...

Brooke looks at upgrades to 911

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Commission has hired an engineering consultant to study ways to improve communication between the county’s first responders. County Commissioner Stacey Wise said the commission has approved up to $13,000 for Scheeser, Buckley and Mayfield of Uniontown, Ohio, ...