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C.H.A.N.G.E. gets federal funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced Monday that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has given $2,115,193 to C.H.A.N.G.E., Inc., a community action and health agency that provides a ...

Contest winners

During Monday’s meeting of the Hancock County Board of Education, school officials recognized four county winners in the West Virginia Young Writers Contest. Receiving certificates were, from left, Mikalyn Balch, a fourth-grader from Allison Elementary; Wyatt Markowicz, a second-grader from ...

Search continues into disappearance

CHESTER — The FBI is trying to solve the 12-year-old disappearance of a Pennsylvania woman who vanished after leaving a West Virginia casino. The FBI in Pittsburgh said in a statement released Monday that Karen S. Adams of Independence Township, Pa., went to the nearby Mountaineer Casino ...

Education department announces stakeholder meetings

CHARLESTON — With a special session for education betterment possibly two months away, the West Virginia Department of Education hopes to bring teachers, administrators, parents and the business community together to look at possible reforms. Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine held a ...

Hancock school board halts superintendent contract talks

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Board of Education decided Monday to halt further negotiations on the contract of the county’s superintendent of schools. By a decision of 0-4, the board voted down a motion to continue negotiations. Board member Caroll Rosenlieb abstained from ...

Weirton charter changes advance

WEIRTON — Weirton Council is moving forward with a series of proposed changes to the city charter, approving votes on the first reading of 11 ordinances during its meeting Monday. A public hearing on the proposed charter changes will be held at 6 p.m., March 20, with the second reading at ...

Weirton won’t be applying for SAFER grant

WEIRTON — Weirton Council, during its meeting Monday, voted down a resolution authorizing the city to apply for a 2019 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant, with the goal of hiring five new firefighters. Council voted 2-5 on the resolution, which would have authorized the ...

Diocese investigation: ‘No criminal activity’ by Bransfield

WHEELING — The Most Rev. Michael Bransfield, retired bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, isn’t facing any criminal charges as a result of a just-completed diocesan investigation into alleged sexual harassment and financial improprieties, a spokesman said Monday. Speaking at an ...

Transportation secretary is fired by Gov. Justice

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has fired state transportation secretary and highways commissioner Tom Smith. Justice announced Smith’s firing in a brief statement Sunday. The governor says he wants “a new direction” for the department, including “a return to the ...

Basketball tournament a slam dunk

WHEELING — The annual Mountain East Conference basketball tournament may have found its new home in Wheeling. Attendance for Friday and Saturday night games, and the conference final Sunday afternoon — all at WesBanco Arena — were the three highest ever for Mountain East Conference ...

Jessica Lynch to address Celebrate Women 2019

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Ohio University’s Eastern Campus invites the community to attend “Celebrate Women 2019,” featuring a keynote address by PFC Jessica Lynch, U.S. Army, on March 21 in the Shannon Hall Theater on campus. The theme for the third annual event is “Bravery, Courage and ...

Site considered for mine safety lab

CHARLESTON — The federal government is considering a West Virginia site for a new research center and testing laboratory for underground mine safety. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is interested in a 460-acre tract straddling ...

Session ends with bill successes, failures

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Senate and House of Delegates wrapped up its 2019 legislative session Saturday night with more than 260 bills having passed both bodies. More than 14 percent of the 1,823 bills introduced in the Senate and the House have passed since lawmakers gaveled in Jan. ...

Overtime on education looms, teacher raises to be debated

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia legislature ended its regular session Saturday and is now moving into a legislative overtime where lawmakers plan to debate teacher raises and other education measures that launched strikes this year and last. Lawmakers capped their 60-day regular session in ...

Investigation into Bransfield complete, ministerial restrictions imposed

WHEELING — The preliminary investigation into retired Bishop Michael J. Bransfield has been completed, according to an announcement today by the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. The investigation of allegations of sexual harassment of adults and financial improprieties against Bransfield ...

Trump budget sets up another battle over wall funding

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is reviving his border wall fight, preparing a new budget that will seek $8.6 billion for the U.S-Mexico barrier while imposing steep spending cuts to other domestic programs and setting the stage for another fiscal battle. Budget documents are often ...

2020 Democrats try to make inroads in rural America

DENMARK, S.C. (AP) — Deanna Miller Berry doesn’t often see presidential candidates. So when New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker recently came to Bamberg County, South Carolina, she was primed to unload about a contaminated water system. “What is your plan to fix it?” Berry asked, her eyes ...

Widow of W.Va. miner settles lawsuit over fatal explosion

CHARLESTON (AP) — The widow of a West Virginia coal miner who was among 29 men killed in the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine explosion has settled a lawsuit against the federal government for $550,000. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Carolyn Diana Davis recently settled the lawsuit that ...

Downtown visitors take part in first Steubenville Shamrock Walk

STEUBENVILLE — Many businesses in the downtown area were showing their green Saturday when Historic Fort Steuben held its first Steubenville Shamrock Walk. The walk was a follow-up to the successful Sweetheart Chocolate Walk that was held in February. Just like that walk, participants ...

Confectionery still local hub nearly 70 years after opening

FAIRMONT (AP) — The 8th Street Confectionery has been in place since the 1960s, originally starting out as a bar. Mike Riggi had been around the restaurant since his parents bought the joint in 1962 when he was just about 5 years old. “They bought the building in 1962 when it was a ...