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Farmer grows produce for the health-minded

WELLSBURG — Living in the house that once belonged to his grandparents along Windy Hill Road near Windsor Heights in Brooke County, Eric Freeland operates a produce and berry farm that caters to the “health minded” customer who’s looking to support local farmers. “If people are ...

Festival of India

Madison Northcraft of Weirton gets henna paint from Sreedevi Kosuri of Virginia during the Festival of India Saturday at Heritage Port in Wheeling. The theme of the fourth-annual event was Culturally Many, Spiritually One. “Our aim is to unite people from diverse backgrounds and cultures to ...

Masons burial section is rededicated in Wintersville

WINTERSVILLE — A rare public ceremony was held Saturday by state and area Masons to rededicate the Masons burial section at Fort Steuben Burial Estates. One Mason had complained the burial section had fallen into disrepair, so lodges throughout Jefferson County came together to finance the ...

Music to ring out again in Morristown

MORRISTOWN — Although Jamboree in the Hills is no more, the hills will once again come alive with the sound of music this weekend. The Blame My Roots Festival will open Thursday. The three-day event will feature nearly 30 performers on three stages. DJ Daner will provide the after-hours ...

Council to meet in special session

WEIRTON — Weirton Council will meet in special session at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, in the council chambers of the Weirton Municipal Building. The lone item on the agenda is a resolution for a change order with the city’s contract with NLS Paving for milling and paving of city streets.

Chautauqua Days, Bethesda Festival held

By ROBERT A. DEFRANK Staff writer BETHESDA — The Chautauqua Days and Bethesda Festival kicked off Saturday morning with a fishing contest for children, then a parade took to the streets at noon. Crowds took the opportunity to walk among Epworth Park’s cottages and purchase crafts from ...

Study: Valley faces challenges

WHEELING — A study commissioned by the Appalachian Regional Commission indicates the Ohio Valley still has challenges to overcome if it is to compete with the rest of the U.S. and the world. Local development leaders, however, say the figures used don’t reflect what is happening locally ...

Fatal fire reported in Weirton

WEIRTON — An investigation is ongoing following a fatal house fire in the city early Sunday. Units from Weirton, Steubenville, Follansbee, Hooverson Heights and Hanover Township, responded to a structure in the 4100 block of Washington Street just before 3:30 a.m. While firefighters were ...

Classic cars on display at festival

Steve Groom of Follansbee and his grandson, Makael Lemasters of Weirton, check out one of dozens of classic cars Sunday at the Howdy Verner Classic Cars Show at Lyle’s Auto as part of the Follansbee Community Days. Verner, who died in 2016, was owner and operator of nearby Howdy’s Dari-Owl ...

Warner: American election systems are secure

WHEELING — West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner says while Russians meddled with social media to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election, no evidence suggests they tampered with any voting device and American elections are secure. It’s a message he wants to get out to all ...

Canadian company: Justice firms are one and the same

CHARLESTON — A Canadian steel manufacturer suing several companies owned by Gov. Jim Justice said an effort to remove some of those companies from the suit should not be granted. Attorneys for Essar Steel Algoma Inc. filed a response Friday to a motion to dismiss 12 companies owned by ...

Churches jump into action

CHICAGO — As a nationwide immigration crackdown loomed, religious leaders across the country used their pulpits Sunday to quell concerns in immigrant communities and spring into action to help those potentially threatened by the operation. A Chicago priest talked during his homily about the ...

Trump defends detention camps following border visit by Pence

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday defended conditions at the border detention facilities visited by his vice president, painting a rosier picture than Mike Pence encountered. Trump tweeted that the children’s rooms Pence saw Friday were “well run and clean” while ...

Trump says he won’t impose uranium quotas

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he will not impose quotas on importing uranium, backing away from a possible trade confrontation and breaking with a Commerce Department assessment that America’s use of foreign uranium raises national security concerns. The decision is ...

W.Va. sees jump in maple sugar output

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A new report says West Virginia’s maple syrup production has nearly doubled in the past year. According to the West Virginia Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Agriculture, maple syrup production increased from 8,000 gallons in 2018 to 14,000 gallons ...

Medical cannabis sales could be years away

CHARLESTON (AP) — Despite legislation from 2017 that allowed cannabis to be legal for medical use on July 1 of this year, West Virginia officials say they’re still years away from the first sale. That’s — at least in part — because of a hangup with finding a banking solution to get ...

Steelworkers gather for annual picnic

WEIRTON — Old memories, old friends and good buddies. That was what was shared on Saturday at the Weirton Steel 25-Year Club's 73rd annual picnic at the Serbian Picnic Grounds. Ron Baker, president of the club, said he first came to the picnic in 1986. Baker, who still works at ...

Rekowski among Hall of Fame inductees

WEIRTON — Among this year's inductees to the Weirton Hall of Fame is the director of the community's public library. Richard G. "Rik" Rekowski is set to be inducted under the category of public service. This year's Hall of Fame induction banquet will be held at 2 p.m., Aug. 11 at Undo's ...

Greek pastries

Melina Ubright and Melia and Kiara Palavis put together a pastry order on Saturday at the 32nd annual Weirton Greek Festival. The three-day festival concluded Saturday at All Saints Greek Orthodox Church. Festival goers enjoyed a variety of food dishes, desserts and live music throughout the ...