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Justice adds another color to school re-entry map, changes metrics

CHARLESTON - The color-coded school re-entry map parents and school officials rely on during the pandemic is changing yet again while the Democratic candidate for governor called for local control to return to counties on re-opening decisions. Gov. Jim Justice held a rare Tuesday briefing with ...

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice warns of possible coronavirus restrictions

CHARLESTON — After constant warnings over the last seven days, Gov. Jim Justice said Monday he is meeting with members of his cabinet and other state officials to look at options at controlling the spread of COVID-19, particularly in the state’s largest counties. “If (counties) remain ...

Coal group lobbies against proposed Brooke County power plant

CHARLESTON — The trade organization representing the coal that has fired power plants for generations is weighing in on a proposed power plant that would be fueled by natural gas. The West Virginia Coal Association wrote a letter Sept. 8 to the West Virginia Economic Development Authority ...

Interest shown in West Virginia broadband expansion project

CHARLESTON — At least six companies are working with the Federal Communications Commission to submit applications to take part in a multi-million-dollar broadband expansion project to push high-speed internet into rural West Virginia. U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., spoke with FCC ...

Changes in store for Weirton United Way fundraising campaign

WEIRTON — The Weirton United Way’s annual giving campaign is moving forward, although it will be quite different from years past. The United Way’s 2020 campaign officially got under way Monday, with campaign team members invited to stop by the organization’s Main Street Weirton office ...

Federal judge blocks Kanye West from November ballot in West Virginia

CHARLESTON — An effort by rapper Kanye West to make West Virginia’s Nov. 3 general election ballot for president came to an end Monday at the hands of a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Irene Berger denied a request by the West campaign for a preliminary injunction against the West ...

Catholic groups seek apology from Brennan, removal of three officials

WHEELING — A letter addressed to the Most Rev. Mark Brennan, bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, from two groups representing lay Catholics seeks further action taken in the wake of disgraced former bishop Michael Bransfield’s ignoble resignation. The letter, which was sent ...

Weirton welcomes two new firefighters to ranks

The City of Weirton welcomed two probationary firefighters to the ranks of the Weirton Fire Department on Monday morning. Given the oath of office by Mayor Harold Miller in the Weirton Room of the Millsop Community Center were Jonathan Fedoush and Seth Miller. Pictured, following the ceremony ...

Brilliant American Legion remembers 9/11

BRILLIANT — The tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, was remembered by Brilliant American Legion 578 on this Patriots Day with a program Friday at 9 a.m. in front of the 9/11 Memorial Stone and American flag by the Legion post home. Also participating in the event were members of several ...

Perdue vs. Moore: Ex-lawmaker looks to unseat longtime W.Va. state treasurer

CHARLESTON — The race between Democratic Treasurer John Perdue and Republican Riley Moore, the grandson of Arch Moore, could be seen as a metaphor for West Virginia’s changing politics over the last decade: the last of the traditional Democrats versus a representative of a growing ...

Wheeling Hospital joins WVU Health Systems

WHEELING ­— When the Most Rev. Mark Brennan came to Wheeling in July 2019 to lead the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, he inherited a stand-alone hospital facing the wrath of the U.S. Department of Justice for its past business practices. Brennan recognized quickly that if Wheeling Hospital ...

COVID-19 pandemic hits six months in U.S.

For years, Erin Whitehead has been a committed fan of the crisis-fueled medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy.” She has watched its doctors handle all manner of upheaval inside their put-upon hospital — terrifying diseases, destructive weather, bombs, mass shootings, mental illness, ...

Table of Hope meal site reopens today in Weirton

WEIRTON — Table of Hope, a hot meal site located in Weirton, will reopen to the public at 5 p.m. today. Table of Hope has been serving the needs of Brooke and Hancock counties since 2012 and has served more than 50,000 meals to the community. All are welcome at the meal site; there are ...

Steel Town Auto Sales sponsoring United Way golf tournament

Steel Town Auto Sales, 3135 Main St., Weirton, has signed on as a gold sponsor of the 2020 Weirton United Way Fall Golf Tournament to take place Sept. 26 at Mountaineer Woodview Golf Course. Pictured are Bob Kovalik; John Ritchie; Robert Ridgway; Edmund DiBacco, owner of Steel Town Auto Sales; ...

Trump, Biden visit Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pa.

SHANKSVILLE, Pa. — President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden marked the 19th anniversary of Sept. 11 by visiting the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Somerset County. The field, now hallowed ground, is the site where 40 passengers and crew members ...

City of Weirton honors police, firefighters

WEIRTON — City officials were joined by emergency responders, and other guests, on the steps of the Weirton Municipal Building Friday morning, honoring local police and firefighters, and recognizing the service of four of the area’s finest. “Today’s a special day in many ways,” ...

St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Weirton observes 9/11 with Blue Mass

WEIRTON — Members of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, students of St. Joseph and St. Paul grade schools and Madonna High School, along with honored guests gathered Friday afternoon to honor and celebrate area first responders with a Blue Mass. St. Joseph the Worker Parish has hosted the Blue ...

Lawmakers reflect on 9/11

WEIRTON — Some West Virginia lawmakers marked the Sept. 11 2001, terror attacks on Friday, and each reflected on how the tragic events brought the nation together. “Think about where we were 19 years ago when families were desperately trying to find out did any of their (family) members ...

West Virginia changes school re-entry metrics again

CHARLESTON — Citing the growth in COVID-19 cases across the state and an additional county slipping into the orange on the County Alert System color-coded map, Gov. Jim Justice said any county that goes to orange will have to close for in-person school. “We have got to step it up,” ...

Race for West Virginia governor heats up between Justice, Salango

The Democratic challenger to West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is slamming the Republican billionaire businessman over his companies’ legal troubles just as a trial is set to resume involving his family-owned business and a Pennsylvania coal distributor. The attacks by Democratic nominee Ben ...