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Ohio Valley Media Day Blood Drive set for new venue

WHEELING — The Ohio Valley Media Day Blood Drive has a new venue this year. The 34th annual event will be conducted at Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Racetrack from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday. Previously, the blood drive was held at WesBanco Arena. The blood drive is dedicated to the memory ...

Resident asks about new fire hydrant

CHESTER — The Chester Water Board, during its recent meeting, heard from a resident asking about the possibility of installing a fire hydrant on Lytton Street. The resident made the request, noting how far away the hydrant at Third Street and Virginia Avenue is after the Jan. 4 fire on ...

W.Va. invites NRA as Virginia plans for gun-control

CHARLESTON (AP) — A West Virginia senator is inviting the National Rifle Association to move to his state as lawmakers pursue gun-control measures in neighboring Virginia, where the group now has its headquarters. The invitation came in a Monday letter from Republican Sen. Randy Smith to ...

Ex-VA employee sentenced for leaking Ojeda’s medical records

HUNTINGTON (AP) — A former Department of Veterans Affairs employee has been sentenced to six months in prison for leaking the medical records of Richard Ojeda as the former Army major was running for Congress in West Virginia. Jeffrey Miller of Huntington was sentenced Tuesday in federal ...

Wheeling Symphony sets Valentine’s Day Concert

WHEELING — Wheeling Symphony Orchestra announces the next concert of its 90th season, “Soulful — A Celebration!,” featuring guest artists Jeans n’ Classics with vocals by Gavin Hope, and conducted by music director John Devlin. The performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at ...

History Center to honor Black History Month

PITTSBURGH — The Smithsonian-affiliated Senator John Heinz History Center interprets and preserves African American heritage year-round through a variety of events and exhibitions curated by the museum’s African American Program. In recognition of Black History Month, the African American ...

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Upcoming area concerts include: ¯ Friday: Allissa, Cameron Terrell and Isaiah LaDuke, Mr. Smalls Theatre, Millvale. ¯ Monday: Courtney Barnett, 8 p.m., Carnegie Music Hall. ¯ Wednesday: Dancing with the Stars Live, 7:30 p.m., Benedum Center. ¯ Jan. 31: Teddy Swims, 7 p.m., the Club ...

McConnell backs off, abruptly eases some Trump trial rules

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate plunged into President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial on Tuesday with Republicans abruptly abandoning plans to cram opening arguments into two late-night sessions and Democrats arguing for more witnesses to expose Trump’s “trifecta” of offenses. The ...

Business tax phase-out introduced

CHARLESTON — After months of hype, the joint resolution to eliminate the business and inventory tax in phases was introduced Tuesday in the West Virginia Senate, but Democratic lawmakers reminded the majority that the resolution can’t pass without them. Senate Joint Resolution 8 would ...

Couple pleads to child neglect

WELLSBURG — A Beech Bottom couple who pleaded guilty to gross child neglect creating risk of substantial injury or death were among several who appeared in 1st Judicial Circuit Court Tuesday. Courtney Stevens, 28, and Herbert E. Anderson Jr., 26, each pleaded guilty to the charge in ...

House debates Certificate of Need bill

CHARLESTON — A bill to make changes to certificate of need exemptions unanimously passed the House of Delegates Tuesday, but not before a lawmaker accused Republican leadership of not pushing for a full certificate of need repeal. House Bill 4108, which passed 99-0, would eliminate the need ...

Foster care reform bill discussed in W.Va. House

CHARLESTON — A bill aimed at clarifying the rights of foster children and foster parents passed the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday, but the House Finance Committee will need to review it before the full House can vote on it. House Bill 4092 creates the foster children’s bill of rights ...

Brooke Co. solid waste board seeks cooperation

BEECH BOTTOM — As it works to become financially secure, the Brooke County Solid Waste Authority asks residents for some cooperation with its recycling program. On Tuesday the Brooke County Commission postponed plans to approve the board’s 2020 fiscal budget until some details can be ...

Steubenville man sentenced in drug case

WHEELING — Robert Leon Sullivan of Steubenville was sentenced Tuesday to 46 months in prison for a cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin and fentanyl distribution operation, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced. Sullivan, 56, pled guilty to one count of Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine ...

Storm line repair to close road

WEIRTON — A section of Braxton Road, from below 56 Braxton Road to the dead end, will be closed and inaccessible from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, weather permitting, to allow for a repair to the storm line. Residents are urged to make arrangements to park above 56 Braxton Road prior to the ...

Sports leagues begin registration

WEIRTON — Registration is under way for the winter sports leagues at the Weirton Millsop Community Center, featuring indoor flag football and middle school basketball. Indoor flag football is open to all area youngsters pre-school through sixth grade, and broken down into two age ...

United Way sponsor

Serra Village Retirement Community will serve as a “Pro Bowl” sponsor for the ninth-annual Weirton United Way Super Bowl Eve Tailgate Party, on Feb. 1 at the Pepsi-Cola Roadhouse. Advanced tickets are $25 each and available at First Choice America Community Credit Union or United Way ...

Residents respond to documentary

MOUNDSVILLE — For some of the nearly 50 people who turned out to view a documentary film screening, the film not only provided a new perspective about how widespread the plastic waste problem is worldwide — but it also validated their concerns about the proposed PTT Global Chemical America ...

West Virginia hunting season pays tribute to early settlers

CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s Mountaineer Heritage Hunting season began Jan 9, two weeks after most hunting seasons have closed. It is the second year since its conception, and most notably, it is limited to primitive weapons — like flintlock muzzle loader rifles. The season is meant ...

Honoring MLK

Singing “We Shall Overcome,” approximately a dozen area residents walked along Weir Avenue in Weirton, Monday, as part of local observances of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Participants walked from Christ the King Family Worship Center to the Dunbar Recreation Center, followed by a program ...