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Park Drive project in Weirton takes next step

WEIRTON — A proposed retail and residential development in the city took a step forward Friday night. Through a series of special meetings, members of Weirton’s Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals approved several requests for waivers and variances in connection with the ...

Testing upped in trouble counties

CHARLESTON — To encourage more West Virginia residents to get tested for the novel coronavirus and reduce positivity rates in counties, Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday multiple testing opportunities in gold, orange and red counties. “Any county that is in orange, red or gold, we really ...

Wellsburg considering water rate increase

WELLSBURG — Wellsburg Council has moved forward with plans to raise the city’s water rates to fund renovations to the city’s water treatment system while engineering is under way for remedies to runoff that has flooded properties on the city’s east side. On Sept. 8, council approved ...

A day at the museum for Leadership Ohio Valley class

Members of the 2020 Class of Leadership Ohio Valley gathered at the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center, Friday, for the final session of the program year. The class heard from Savannah Schroll-Guz, left, president of the museum, learning about the various exhibits currently on display, as ...

Businesses, parents sue over governor’s orders

CHARLESTON — Even though Ohio County is in the gold on the County Alert System color-coded map, a group of local businesses and two unidentified parents are seeing red when it comes to Gov. Jim Justice’s executive orders. According to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the ...

Rotary hears about Birth to Three program

Breanna Adkins, occupational therapist with WV Health and Human Services spoke with Weirton Rotary, Wednesday, about the Birth to Three program, which helps young parents understand their child’s development and what to watch for to make sure all is going well. For more information, call ...

A new home for an old plant

WINTERSVILLE — While most people focus their floral attention on mums this time of year, H. Lee Kinney has his thoughts rooted around an Epiphyllum oxypetalum. Relieved thoughts. The more than 100-year-old plant that the Wintersville man has lived with for five decades will be heading ...

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a diminutive yet towering women's rights champion who became the court's second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington. She was 87. Ginsburg died of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer, the court ...

Chester residents helping to make city shine

CHESTER — Last year, when Chester held its spring Make It Shine cleanup day, 33 volunteers showed up to paint, mulch and landscape at the Chester Upper End Memorial Playground. Better late than never, the Chester Beautification Committee mobilized Saturday to hold a pandemic cleanup in ...

Coronavirus danger still driving unemployment

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to 860,000, a historically high number of people that illustrates the broad economic damage still taking place nine months after the first case of COVID-19 was detected in the U.S. The Labor Department ...

Parking rule to go before Weirton council

WEIRTON — The city’s Traffic Commission is recommending the implementation of an ordinance which would establish a standardized length of no-parking zones at all intersections in Weirton. Commission members met Thursday to review a proposed regulation, which would establish no parking ...

Salvation Army plans to ‘Rescue Christmas’

WEIRTON — The Salvation Army in Hancock and Brooke counties is looking to “Rescue Christmas.” With the need for assistance increasing this year, as a result of COVID-19, local officials and volunteers with the Salvation Army are looking ahead to the holiday season, with signups for the ...

Infection rates soar in college towns

MUNCIE, Ind. — Just two weeks after students started returning to Ball State University last month, the surrounding county had become Indiana’s coronavirus epicenter. Out of nearly 600 students tested for the virus, more than half have been positive. Dozens of infections have been blamed ...

Murray Energy emerges from bankruptcy as new company

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Murray Energy Corp. has emerged from bankruptcy to become American Consolidated Natural Resources, Inc., the union representing the company’s miners announced Wednesday. United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts confirmed the bankruptcy proceedings concluded ...

Coronavirus restrictions tightened in some West Virginia counties

CHARLESTON — State health and higher education officials unveiled a new way of calculating positive cases in counties that are also home to large college student populations, such as Monongalia County. A new executive order released Tuesday night also tightened gathering restrictions in ...

Trump makes bold vaccine prediction

WASHINGTON — Openly contradicting the government’s top health experts, President Donald Trump predicted Wednesday that a safe and effective vaccine against the coronavirus could be ready as early as next month and in mass distribution soon after, undermining the director of the Centers for ...

Teachers’ unions: Stability needed in West Virginia school reopening plan

CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s two teachers’ unions criticized Gov. Jim Justice for changing the school re-entry guidelines yet again. The West Virginia Education Association and the West Virginia chapter of the American Federation of Teachers released statements Tuesday afternoon after ...

Fed expects rates near zero through 2023

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve expects to keep its benchmark interest rate pegged near zero at least through 2023 as it strives to accelerate economic growth and drive down the unemployment rate. The central bank also said Wednesday that it will seek to push inflation above 2% annually. ...

Pence touts accomplishments, hammers Biden in Zanesville stop

ZANESVILLE — Vice President Mike Pence made a campaign stop in the area Wednesday evening, holding a “Workers for Trump” event at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds. Pence’s speech — in front of a large crowd that continued to fill the overflow area even after he started speaking — ...