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Wheeling University making strides

WHEELING — Wheeling University has announced plans to reinstate several academic and athletic programs that had been eliminated from their club and course offerings in March. Beginning in January, the university will resume offering undergraduate majors in biology, engineering science and ...

Bethany Alumni Association announces award winners

BETHANY — The Bethany College Alumni Association has announced the recipients of its 2019 awards, including the first James E. Allison Award for Teaching Excellence in more than a decade. The recipients will be honored at a dinner ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in Commencement Hall as part ...

Traffic reminder issued for Tin Man 5K

WEIRTON — The Gate 5 Industrial Arts Festival is set for this Saturday, and with it comes the second running of the Tin Man 5K Run and Walk. The race will begin at approximately 8 a.m., with a course beginning on East Street near the Weirton Event Center, following the westbound lane of ...

Local students treated to a lesson in civics

WHEELING — More than 200 high school students from five Northern Panhandle counties were treated to a civics lesson at West Virginia Independence Hall in downtown Wheeling on Monday as part of an annual event held in conjunction with U.S. Constitution Day, which is being celebrated around the ...

Coal electrician dies in mine accident

CHARLESTON — West Virginia officials say a 40-year-old coal mine electrician has died in an accident. The West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training says Steven Vernon Keeney of Sylvester died of injuries from an apparent electrical shock. The accident happened at 12:18 ...

West Virginia University retention rate improving

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University says it’s seen an increase in retention over last year. Provost Maryanne Reed says preliminary figures indicate first-time freshmen retention is at least 3 percentage points higher than fall 2018. The retention rate is currently better than 79 ...

Man caught with heroin sues over seizure of home

OAK HILL — A West Virginia man whose house and car were seized after deputies found $25,000 worth of heroin in an illegal search is now suing the authorities involved, saying his property was improperly forfeited. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Keith Allen Sizemore is suing Fayette ...

Land trust purchases 860-acre site in W.Va.

MORGANTOWN — The West Virginia Land Trust has purchased a site in Tucker County that includes the Moon Rocks hiking and mountain biking area. The Dominion Post reports the trust purchased the 860-acre site for $800,000 through a fundraising campaign. Officials are calling it the Yellow ...

Jefferson County to hold educational session on outbreak of hepatitis A

STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County Health Department will be holding an educational session on the outbreak of hepatitis A in county at 11 a.m. on Friday in the lecture hall at Eastern Gateway Community College. Nicole Balakos, health department commissioner, said Jefferson County had 32 ...

Students, workers wear maroon to honor prep football player

CHARLESTON(AP) — Students, teachers and workers at businesses across West Virginia and beyond are wearing a high school’s colors to honor a football player who died after collapsing on the field. Roane County senior Alex Miller died Friday night during a game at Clay County High ...

‘Striking’ a nerve

DETROIT — More than 49,000 members of the United Auto Workers went on strike Monday against General Motors, bringing more than 50 factories and parts warehouses to a standstill in the union’s first walkout against the No. 1 U.S. automaker in over a decade. Workers left factories and ...

2020 candidates file early in West Virginia

WHEELING — Pre-candidate filings in West Virginia provide a glimpse at how the 2020 primary election ballot might look in the Mountain State. While candidates for office can’t officially file to be on the 2020 ballot until mid-January, there already are 14 pre-candidates wanting to be ...

Thrasher calls on Senate to reject White

CHARLESTON — As the West Virginia Senate gears up to approve Gov. Jim Justice’s appointments and wrap up its portion of the special session called seven months ago, one of Justice’s primary challengers is calling on senators to give a thumbs down to the new head of roads. Engineer and ...

Utility plants expansion plans moving ahead in Weirton

WEIRTON — The city’s utilities boards are moving ahead with plans which could see the expansion of Weirton’s water and sanitary treatment plants with an eye toward future economic and residential development in the community. During their meetings Thursday, members of the Weirton Area ...

Some CBD vapes contain street drugs

Jay Jenkins says he hesitated when a buddy suggested they vape CBD. “It’ll relax you,” the friend assured. The vapor that Jenkins inhaled didn’t relax him. After two puffs, he ended up in a coma. That’s because what he was vaping didn’t have any CBD, the suddenly popular ...

Ups of Downs hosts annual awareness walk

NEW MANCHESTER — An area organization continues its work to bring awareness to Down Syndrome one step at a time. The Ups of Downs held the nonprofit’s ninth-annual Down Syndrome Awareness Walk, Saturday, with 272 participants at Tomlinson Run State Park. The walk started at 2 p.m. and ...

Bethany offers a legal career to students

BETHANY — Bethany College has a new opportunity for students who aspire to a legal career. On Thursday, Bethany College President Tamara Nichols Rodenberg and Provost Joseph Lane joined Elizabeth McClanahan, the new dean of the Appalachian School of Law, in signing an agreement between the ...

WVNCC represenative speaks to Weirton Rotary

Mike Koon, retiring interim president of West Virginia Northern Community College, spoke with members of Weirton Rotary, Wednesday, about the many programs available for the community, including oil and gas training, nursing and cyber security megatonics. Koon noted the impact WVNCC has on the ...

Day of Hope in Wheeling

WHEELING — More than two dozen people turned out to participate in the Wheeling Day of Hope March in Wheeling Saturday. Prior to the march, which was part of a statewide initiative to bring faith communities together to promote, educate and advocate for substance abuse recovery and ...

Downtown mural takes flight

STEUBENVILLE — Caroline Edwards was in high school before she realized the significance of what her grandfather, Jerome, and his kid brother, John “Ellis” Edwards accomplished decades ago. The Edwards brothers were Tuskegee airmen, part of the 332nd Air Division “Red Tail” Squadron. ...