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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 ...

Traffic to close for sewer repairs

WEIRTON — The Weirton Sanitary Board has announced portions of two city streets will be closed for sewer line repair Saturday. South 13th Street will be closed to traffic between Summers Street and School Street from 7 a.m. to noon, while South 11th Street will be closed from Schwartz ...

Boil order issued for Cove Road area in Weirton

WEIRTON — A boil order has been issued in Weirton following a repair to a water line on Cove Road this morning. The boil order affects all businesses and residents on Cove Road, Byron Street, Overbrook Drive, Evelyn Street, Grace Street and Spring Street. It will be in effect for a minimum ...

City again talks employee residency

WEIRTON — Weirton Council met in an information session Wednesday, continuing discussion on a proposal to expand the city’s employee residency requirement, along with pay issues and possible projects in the city. City Manager Joe DiBartolomeo had raised the issue during a previous work ...

Planners take comment on plan for future

WEIRTON — The Weirton Planning Commission took the next step in implementing an update to the city’s Comprehensive Development Plan Wednesday, holding a public hearing and agreeing to send the plan to Weirton Council for its consideration. Seven residents were in attendance, with five ...

Chief health officer next to leave DHHR

CHARLESTON — Dr. Rahul Gupta, who headed the West Virginia Bureau of Public Health and supervised the Office of Drug Control Policy, is the next high-profile Justice administration official leaving. Gupta will join the non-profit March of Dimes as its senior vice president and chief medical ...

Trump visits disaster zone

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Exhaustion and frustration are building in the Carolinas as thousands of people wait to go home days after Hurricane Florence unleashed epic floods blamed for nearly three dozen deaths, including those of two women who drowned when a sheriff’s van taking them to a mental ...

GOP, Dems unite behind addictive drugs bill

WASHINGTON — Republicans and Democrats joined forces to speed legislation combating the misuse of opioids and other addictive drugs through Senate passage Monday, a rare campaign-season show of unity against a growing and deadly health care crisis. The measure passed by a 99-1 vote Monday ...

RISE West Virginia program makes slow, but steady progress

CHARLESTON — Since June, the West Virginia National Guard has made progress in getting people who lost their homes during 2016 flooding into houses and trailers, but it acknowledged it remains months from meeting every need. That’s according to Adjutant Gen. James Hoyer, who gave a ...

Rules of order

Approximately 20 area business representatives and government officials learned about Robert’s Rules of Order and their use in running meetings, Tuesday, as part of an educational seminar presented by the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce with support from Hancock County Savings Bank. John ...

Weirton board addressing property concern

WEIRTON — The Weirton Building Enforcement Agency wants to find a solution for one property in the city after learning more about the personal difficulties of the occupants and their efforts to rehabilitate the structure. John and Louise Tate currently live at 3110 Orchard St., which city ...