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Carmichael revives push to scrap $15M greyhound fund

CHARLESTON — After coming close to eliminating a $15 million fund for greyhound racing in 2017, Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, said it’s time for the Legislature to give it another try. Speaking by phone Wednesday, Carmichael said he would bring another bill during the 2020 ...

Trinity patient tower skeleton in place

STEUBENVILLE — Trinity Health Systems celebrated the end of Phase I construction of its new, $75 million patient tower Thursday, hoisting the last of the steel beams forming its frame into place. CEO Matt Grimshaw described it as a “major milestone.” “It’s a big day,” Grimshaw ...

Weirton Medical Center sponsoring golf tourney

Weirton Medical Center is among the sponsors for this year’s Weirton United Way Fall Golf Tournament. The tournament will be held Saturday at Mountaineer’s Woodview Golf Course, with proceeds going toward the United Way’s 2019 campaign. Pictured are David Artman, WMC chief operating ...

House passes short-term plan to avoid shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed a short-term bill Thursday to prevent a federal shutdown when the budget year ends Sept. 30, and give lawmakers until the Thanksgiving break to negotiate and approve $1.4 trillion for federal agencies. The Senate is expected to approve the stopgap bill ...

Discussion

The Rotary Club of Weirton Heights, on Tuesday, heard from Tara Sheperd, program administrator for the Community Bread Basket. Sheperd discussed some of the challenges faced by the organization relating to funding and food donations. Pictured, from left, DeeAnn Pulliam, Rotary club secretary; ...

Abercrombie gets middle school post

MINGO JUNCTION — Indian Creek Middle School has a new administrator on board. Scott Abercrombie has been named the new assistant principal. A Weirton resident, Abercrombie received a one-year contract during the Aug. 15 Indian Creek school board meeting and succeeds Ryan Finley, who took a ...

Purdue Pharma asking judge to stop lawsuits

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma on Wednesday asked a bankruptcy court judge to halt all lawsuits against the company and its former directors, including members of the Sackler family, which owns the company. The request is a standard ask for a company that’s filed for bankruptcy , as Purdue ...

Federal Reserve drops key rate

WASHINGTON — A sharply divided Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate Wednesday for a second time this year but declined to signal that further rate cuts are likely this year. The Fed’s move reduced its key short-term rate — which influences many consumer and business loans — ...

State’s jobless rate lowest since 2008

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice and the state’s leading organization of business leaders praised West Virginia’s August unemployment numbers — the lowest in 11 years. According to WorkForce West Virginia, the seasonally-adjusted unemployment for West Virginia for the month of August was ...

W.Va. AG sues over medical device

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced Wednesday his office is going after a major manufacturers of pelvic mesh reported to have caused numerous health issues. The office filed suit Wednesday in Monongalia County Circuit Court against Johnson & Johnson and subsidiaries ...

Hicks to seek another term as magistrate

WEIRTON — Looking to continue his career of public service, Scott Hicks has announced his intention to seek re-election as Hancock County magistrate in 2020. Hicks has spent more than 47 years in the courts and legal system, including nearly 26 years in law enforcement culminating with his ...

Flocking to Weirton

The flamingos have returned to assist the Weirton United Way with its campaign. This is the second year for the fundraiser, chaired by Michael Lytle, with a goal of not only raising money, but also awareness of the United Way and its campaign. The flamingos are available to temporarily roost at ...

Catholics express anger, sadness about spending

WHEELING — The latest revelation about lavish spending by former bishop Michael Bransfield is drawing reactions of anger and sadness from the Roman Catholic faithful in Wheeling. The Washington Post last week published a lengthy article detailing Bransfield’s extravagant expenditures for ...

Dems block Pentagon bill amid border wall battle

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats Wednesday blocked debate on the almost $700 billion Pentagon budget and other spending bills amid a feud between the chamber’s leaders over the rules of engagement for translating this summer’s budget deal into binding legislation. Minority Leader ...

Oldtime Fair is deemed a success

NEW CUMBERLAND — Another Hancock County Oldtime Fair has been declared a success. The fair held at Tomlinson Run State Park took place Friday through Sunday. “The weather was beautiful,” said Buddy Stewart, fair board president. “We couldn’t have asked for a better fair.” Over ...

Rangos and ScareHouse team up

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh’s largest screen is joining forces with the city’s scariest haunted attractions this Halloween season to bring horror fans a top-notch slate of sinister screenings. The Rangos Giant Cinema and ScareHouse have co-curated an all-star schedule of cult favorites and ...

Bethany College welcomes three Fulbright Scholars

BETHANY — Bethany College is hosting three Fulbright Scholars for the 2019-2020 academic year as part of the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship Program. Aya Atwa, of Egypt, Chu-Yun Hsueh, of Taiwan, and Lea Serres, of France, will teach language courses in Arabic, Chinese and ...

Sistersville Marble Festival celebrates its 20th year

SISTERSVILLE — Downtown streets will be lined with marble displays, food vendors and other attractions Sept. 27-29 when thousands of visitors attend the 20th-annual Sistersville Marble Festival. The event has been known to draw national and international attention while providing a fun ...

Social agencies forced to move

WHEELING — The closure of Ohio Valley Medical Center is forcing two social service agencies to leave the OVMC campus. The Upper Ohio Valley Sexual Assault Help Center moved Wednesday from OVMC’s South Professional Building. Harmony House Children’s Advocacy Center has to vacate its ...

Tempers flare at Steubenville council over water line request

STEUBENVILLE — After weeks of calm at City Council meetings, tempers flared Tuesday over a legal opinion that Jefferson County’s water department can legally assist the city with a water line extension to the marina. Sixth Ward Councilman Bob Villamagna complained that no one, not even ...