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Weirton Council to hold workshop on UDO WEIRTON — Weirton Council has scheduled a workshop at 6 p.m., Tuesday, in Room 201 of the Weirton Municipal Building, in order to receive information on the ongoing updates to the city’s Unified Development Ordinance. The meeting, which will include ...

Senate begins considering Democrats’ $1.9T virus relief bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted Thursday to begin debating a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill after Democrats made eleventh-hour changes aimed at ensuring they could pull President Joe Biden's top legislative priority through the precariously divided chamber. Democrats were hoping for ...

Gov. Justice submits personal income tax repeal plan

Read the abstract of Gov. Jim Justice's proposal to decrease the personal income tax by clicking here CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice on Thursday submitted to the West Virginia Legislature his state income tax repeal plan, which would cut state personal income taxes for West Virginia residents ...

Age range lowered for COVID vaccines in W.Va.

CHARLESTON — The state of West Virginia will begin targeting residents 50 and older for the COVID-19 coronavirus vaccinations, Gov. Jim Justice said Wednesday. Also, teachers and service personnel from 40 to 50 years old and children and residents with health issues also will be included in ...

Resolution for term limits gains support from state constitutional officers

CHARLESTON — Constitutional elected members of West Virginia’s Board of Public Works came out Wednesday in support of a resolution to limit their terms in office. State Treasurer Riley Moore, State Auditor J.B. McCuskey, Secretary of State Mac Warner, Agriculture Commissioner Kent ...

State Senate votes to extend welfare drug screening program

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Senate voted Wednesday to allow the state to continue a three-year program to screen recipients of public assistance for drug use. Senate Bill 387 relating to drug screening of applicants for cash assistance passed 24-9 with Democratic Sens. Mike Woelfel, ...

Oath of office

Family, friends and fellow firefighters gathered in the Weirton Room of the Millsop Community Center, Wednesday morning, to celebrate the promotion of Mikel Serafine to the rank of lieutenant in the Weirton Fire Department. Serafine is pictured receiving the oath of office from Mayor Harold ...

Weirton preparing street paving program

WEIRTON — The city is planning for this year’s street paving program, with a pair of resolutions set to go before Weirton Council during its meeting Monday. The resolutions received recommendations from the city Finance Committee Wednesday. Contracts, if approved, will include $859,280 ...

Broadband expansion received bipartisan support

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill Wednesday with near unanimous support by Republican and Democratic lawmakers to make it easier to expand high-speed broadband across the state. House Bill 2002, relating to broadband, passed with 98 yay votes and one member ...

Weirton Zoning Board denies timbering request

WEIRTON — Approximately 30 city residents filled council chambers of the Weirton Municipal Building, Tuesday night, asking the city’s Zoning Board to turn down a proposal for timbering in their neighborhood. Trumco Forest Products, acting on behalf of Francis Wargacki, requested a ...

Weirton residents face drug charges after stop in Martins Ferry

MARTINS FERRY — Two Weirton residents are facing drug charges following a traffic stop in Martins Ferry on Sunday. According to information provided by Martins Ferry Police Chief John McFarland, Jenard M. Young, 31, of 3429 Orchard St., Weirton and Craig D. Elmore, 32, of 3632 Orchard St., ...

Northern Panhandle could benefit from aid bill

WASHINGTON — Northern and Eastern Panhandle counties would be eligible for aid under a bill aimed at increasing U.S. manufacturing by offering tax credits for the production of advanced energy products and technology that was co-introduced by senators from West Virginia and Michigan. The ...

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Input on school calendar accepted WELLSBURG —The Brooke County Board of Education will accept comment for its 2021-22 school calendar at 5:30 p.m. Monday at its office at 1201 Pleasant Ave. The meeting will be followed by the board’s regular meeting at 6 p.m. Attendees should wear face ...

West Virginia lowering age for vaccine eligibility

CHARLESTON — The state of West Virginia will begin targeting residents 50 and older for the COVID-19 coronavirus vaccinations, Gov. Jim Justice said Wednesday. Also, teachers and service personnel from 40 to 50 years old and children and residents with health issues also will be included in ...

House Democratic leaders unveil sweeping election reform bill

CHARLESTON — Democratic leaders in the House of Delegates hope to build on West Virginia’s successful primary and general election last year with a “total rewrite” of election law. House Bill 2814, the Election Security, Access, and Modernization Act of 2021, was introduced Tuesday in ...

House strikes back, approves bill penalizing teacher strikes

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia House of Delegates joined with their state Senate colleagues Tuesday in passing a bill making it clear that strikes and work stoppages by public employees are illegal. Senate Bill 11, declaring a work stoppage or strike by public employees to be unlawful, ...

Murder case among Brooke indictments

WELLSBURG — A Weirton man has been indicted on charges of murder and burglary for allegedly beating and killing a Wellsburg man in his home. On Monday, the Brooke County Grand Jury returned indictments against Jeffrey Allen White, 27, of Apartment 1, 143 Lisa Court, and 22 ...

House approves constitutional amendment clarifying impeachment powers

CHARLESTON — The Republicans in the West Virginia House of Delegates flexed their supermajority muscle, Tuesday, in passing a constitutional amendment that makes it clear the buck stops with the Legislature when it comes to impeachments. House Joint Resolution 2, providing that courts have ...