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Mill demolitions to be included in alert system

WEIRTON — To better alert residents of the continuing demolition of former steelmaking facilities in Weirton, city officials have worked with the Frontier Group of Companies and the Hancock County Office of Emergency Services to establish a notification system. During an informational work ...

Fairfield sponsoring Wine and Dine

Fairfield Inn and Suites is among the sponsors of this year's Wine and Dine at Williams, presented by the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle. The event, a fundraiser for the chamber's youth education and community Christmas light ...

New evacuations ordered because of Florence flooding

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A new round of evacuations was ordered in South Carolina as the trillions of gallons of water dumped by Hurricane Florence meanders to the sea, raising river levels and threatening more destruction. With the crisis slowly moving to South Carolina, emergency managers ...

Carolinas farms could take billions in losses from Florence

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Hurricane Florence is testing the resolve of farmers in the Carolinas, who could face billions of dollars in agricultural damage while still feeling the sting from Hurricane Matthew almost two years ago. After last weekend's high winds and rain that was measured in ...

Workplace simulation part of Brooke courses

WELLSBURG — At first glance, Room 4 at Brooke High School might seem like an ordinary science classroom, with students seated on stools at a large, green lab table. But the teens are not only students in the school’s digital electronics class, they are “employees” of Steel River ...

Area remembers POW/MIA

STEUBENVILLE — They are from throughout the ranks. They are from throughout the nation. They have varied ethnic backgrounds. All served, all gave their lives in the U.S. armed forces and, thanks to the work of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, they've been repatriated. The names of ...

Ensminger trial to begin in January

WHEELING — The man accused of murdering his girlfriend on Wheeling Island in March had his trial date set Thursday during a docket day in Ohio County Circuit Court. Brian Ensminger, 27, of Wellsburg, who was indicted on charges of murder, robbery, gross child neglect and fraud, will appear ...

New Cumberland man gets six months as part of Big Oak

LISBON — Ryan T. Partee, one of those indicted as a part of Operation Big Oak, was sentenced this week to six months in prison. Partee, 33, New Cumberland, was sentenced on four counts of possession of cocaine in the Operation Big Oak indictment and another count of possession of drugs in a ...

Commissioners discuss use of grant for Smithfield water tower

STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County commissioners on Thursday held the second public hearing concerning the use of Community Development Block Grant funds to pay for one-third of the cost of building a new water tower in Smithfield. The old tank, built in 1938, had been taken out of service ...

Water out in Weircrest area

WEIRTON -- A water outage in the Weircrest area caused by a line break is expected to continue through at least the remainder of the afternoon today, city water crews reported. A line feeding a pump broke and crews are on scene making repairs. A boil order is expected to be in place once ...

Study looks to connect local rail-trails

WEIRTON — What would the best route be to expand a recreational bicycle trail through the city of Weirton, connecting existing systems and attracting visitors from across the country? Recration officials, bicycle enthusiasts, planners and more gathered at the Millsop Community Center ...

Fencing holding up park project

WEIRTON — Members of the Weirton Board of Parks and Recreation say they continue to wait on the final component of a project to refurbish the tennis and basketball courts at Starvaggi Memorial Park. “This project should have been done months and months ago,” board Chair Ed Bowman said ...

The longest week: Carolinas are worn out by Florence

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Hurricane Florence is still wearing out the Carolinas, where residents have endured a week of violent winds, torrential rain, widespread flooding, power outages and death. Frustration and sheer exhaustion are building as thousands of people wait to go home seven days ...

Buoyant stocks lift U.S. household wealth

WASHINGTON — A rising stock market lifted U.S. household wealth to a record $106.9 trillion in the April-June quarter, the culmination of a decade of economic recovery but a gain that is concentrated largely among the most affluent. The value of Americans’ stock and mutual fund portfolios ...

West Virginia House Democrats respond to Secretary’s terminations

PARKERSBURG — Democrats in the West Virginia House of Delegates and the secretary of state’s office responded Tuesday to each other over the settlements of nearly $1 million for four former employees who were terminated when the secretary took office. Democrats called the firings by ...

Oktoberfest, Entrepreneurial Pitch returning

WELLSBURG — Fall will be a busy time for the Wellsburg Chamber of Commerce, as members are preparing for two events. After receiving positive response to the Oktoberfest they held last year, the chamber, Brooke County Rotary Club and Brooke Hills Park are teaming up to hold the event ...

Students are scholarship semifinalists

WHEELING — Five Northern Panhandle high school seniors have been named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists, making them eligible to be one of 7,500 National Merit Scholars to be named next spring. Wheeling Park High School has three semifinalists: Lillian Bischof, Marguerite Demasi and ...

A gold sponsor

Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will serve as a gold sponsor for the 2018 Weirton United Way Fall Golf Tournament, set for Saturday at Woodview Golf Course. Pictured, from left, are Luke Myers, 2018 United Way campaign chair; Bill Winkelried, Mountaineer general manager; and Chris ...

Steubenville water system is ‘past its useful life’

STEUBENVILLE — The city’s water system consultants recommended to City Council Tuesday evening a 29 percent rate increase in the city’s water rates to begin tackling shoring up a system that is in many places near or beyond its projected service life. The report from Arcadis, a ...

Club sponsoring registration effort

WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty University’s Social Work Club will be sponsoring Voter Registration Days on the hilltop campus from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, in the College Union. “National Voter Registration Day is September 25 and since social work is always about ...