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Spiritual first responders are hitting the streets amid opioid crisis

Sidewalk prayers near shoot-up spots. Sunday sermons in the back of a bar. Pleas to struggling souls to surrender to God. Funerals for members of their flock who didn’t make it. Clergy members have become spiritual first responders in the opioid crisis, often leaving the pulpit to minister ...

Brooke board meeting gets heated

WELLSBURG — Tensions were running high at the Brooke County Board of Education meeting Tuesday. The Brooke Middle School gymnasium bleachers were filled with concerned citizens and district staff and the main topic of contention seemed to be the raises recently approved by the board for the ...

Follansbee will honor local veterans with banners

FOLLANSBEE — The many drivers who travel state Route 2 in Follansbee soon will be reminded of local men and women, living and dead, who served their country, in wartime and peace, over the years. That’s because city crews will be hanging banners depicting banners featuring the photos of ...

Weirton to study property code after complaint

WEIRTON — Weirton Council may be studying one of its property code regulations after a city official said he felt as if he was being singled out with a code violation. Ward 5 Councilman Doug Jackson, who stepped down from the council dais in order to speak as a citizen during Tuesday ...

Amazon goes bicoastal, will open HQs in New York, D.C. suburb ..

NEW YORK — Amazon has set its sights on two of the nation’s largest and most powerful metro areas, announcing Tuesday it had chosen a buzzy New York neighborhood and a suburb of Washington for its new East Coast headquarters. The online shopping giant ended its 14-month-long competition ...

Vigil for vets

The Bethany College Office of Student Life and brothers of Phi Kappa Tau sponsored a 24-hour vigil over Veterans Day weekend to raise awareness and show support for veterans. The vigil, called “STAND WATCH,” featured volunteers standing by the campus flag pole to honor those who stood watch ...

Brooke commissioners sign for tower space

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County commissioners on Tuesday agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding with Ohio County to use available space to install a radio communications tower. Commissioner Jim Andreozzi gave credit for the agreement to fellow Commissioner Stacey Wise. “Stacey, ...

Bank CEO to address WLU fall graduates

WEST LIBERTY — Todd F. Clossin, CEO of WesBanco will serve as commencement speaker at West Liberty University’s Fall 2018 Commencement Ceremony. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m., Dec. 15, in the Academic, Sports and Recreation Complex. President Stephen Greiner will preside at the ceremony ...

Honoring a veteran

Mayor Harold Miller, right, during Tuesday’s meeting of Weirton Council, recognized local veteran Gary L. Anderson, presenting him with a mayoral proclamation thanking his for his military service. Anderson entered the U.S. Navy Reserves in June 1970, serving in active duty from May 1971 to ...

Wheeling resident set to rejoin West Virginia BOE

WHEELING — Robert Dunlevy will return to the West Virginia Board of Education this week following a four-year hiatus, giving the Ohio Valley two voices on the state board. Dunlevy, of Wheeling, will be sworn into office prior to the board’s scheduled meeting today in Charleston. He will ...

Local resident wins new Harley-Davidson motorcycle

WINTERSVILLE — When Louis Sturman of McDonald, Pa., got a package in the mail telling him he had won a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle, he was skeptical to say they least. “I didn’t think it was real,” he said. “I really didn’t. I thought it was a scam to get my personal ...

Bethany president: Show pride in vets

WELLSBURG — As guest speaker for the Veterans Day service held by the Brooke County Veterans Memorial Park Foundation, the president of Bethany College said veterans need to be told they have made a difference, that they are vital to our security and peace. The Rev. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg ...

Military veteran Ojeda planning 2020 campaign for president

CHARLESTON — A retired Army paratrooper and current West Virginia lawmaker seeking to restore the Democratic Party’s blue-collar roots chose Veterans Day to formalize his campaign for the presidency in 2020. Richard Ojeda made the announcement Monday at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in ...

Police reports

Steubenville Cited: Beverly C. Costello, 53, 7211 state Route 151, Rayland, speeding; Christopher J. Warzinski, 38, 6213 state Route 213, Toronto, speeding; James A. Bogo, 36, 3406 Elm St., Weirton, expired plates; and Wayne Calvin, 42, 1952 county Road 68, Toronto, failure to signal ...

After wave of teacher activism, some fall in midterms

FRANKFORT, Ky. — After falling short in her race for the state legislature, high school history teacher Jenny Urie returned to her central Kentucky classroom, suddenly doubtful of just how far a grassroots uprising to bolster public education could go. As massive walkouts over teacher ...

Audits of Homeland Security, corrections raise eyebrows

CHARLESTON — Two divisions of the state Dept. of Military Affairs and Public Safety received scrutiny by the West Virginia Legislature’s Post Audit Division for activities done without the knowledge of the department. Auditors briefed lawmakers on the reports during a Post Audits ...

Bishops delay vote on sex abuse crisis

BALTIMORE (AP) — In an abrupt change of plans, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops opened the group’s national meeting Monday by announcing it will delay for at least several months any votes on proposed new steps to address the clergy sex abuse crisis that is rocking ...

Two approved to serve on broadband committee

NEW CUMBERLAND — Two appointees will serve on the Broadband Committee for the Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson Planning Commission as approved by the Hancock County Commission during Thursday’s meeting. Commissioners approved the appointments of Jonathan Chomor and Lester R. Shields, both of ...

Mission seeks support to help hungry at holiday time

STEUBENVILLE — Tiffany Beckwith hasn’t had a lot of what-to-wear issues lately in the workplace. The community engagement director at Urban Mission Ministries has been donning a turkey outfit — personalized with orange pumps — to spread an important message in a light-hearted ...

Electric bill issues at former W.Va. penitentiary come to light

CHARLESTON — Concerns over electric bills and poorly written leases at the former West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville have surfaced following a report by the West Virginia Legislature’s Post Audit Division. Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety Secretary Jeff Sandy asked ...