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W.Va. unemployment rate drops to near pre-pandemic levels

CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is nearly back to where it was in March as the COVID-19 pandemic was starting to cause shutdowns of businesses. According to WorkForce West Virginia Tuesday, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for ...

Late Brooke County commissioner remembered

WELLSBURG — Local officials and residents are remembering the late Dan Gilchrist, a Brooke County commissioner for 18 years, and his involvement in projects ranging from the extension of sewer lines to unserved communities to the development of the Brooke County Pioneer Trail. Dan ...

High Court: Diocese exempt from consumer protection law

CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s consumer protection laws do not apply in a case against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston brought by the state’s Attorney General, the West Virginia Supreme Court said on Monday. The court was asked by Wood County Circuit Judge J.D. Beane, ...

Pentagon to cut troop levels to 2,500 in Iraq, Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller said Tuesday the U.S. will reduce troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan by mid-January, asserting that the decision fulfills President Donald Trump’s pledge to bring forces home from America’s long wars even as Republicans and ...

Wellsburg officer injured in accident

WELLSBURG —A Wellsburg police officer was injured after his vehicle struck a utility pole along state Route 2 Saturday evening. Brooke County Sheriff Scott Adams said Tuesday Wellsburg Patrolman Kenneth Shuman was recovering at home from injuries sustained in the accident. Adams said ...

West Virginia tops 10,000 active virus cases

CHARLESTON — West Virginia broke a record Monday for the most active COVID-19 cases, while hospitalizations and deaths show no signs of decreasing anytime soon. “I want to make one more effort to try to impress upon you as West Virginians that we’ve all got to pull the rope together and ...

Justice responds to mask uproar

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice addressed criticisms Monday over his expanded COVID-19 mask order resulting in his personal cellphone number being released, calls from parents to let students in orange and red counties play sports, and a teachers’ union asking for schools to be shut ...

Incoming Hancock County sheriff discusses plans

CHESTER — When Hancock County enters 2021, residents will have a new sheriff at the helm. Scott Gittings, deputy chief for the Chester Police Department, ran uncontested for the sheriff’s post earlier this month, after winning the Republican primary in June. Current sheriff, Ralph ...

Brooke County health board talks virus response

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Board of Health Monday heard about current and planned future efforts to prevent spread of COVID-19. Mike Bolen, administrator of the county’s health department,said his staff has been strained by the recent surge in local active cases, which on Monday reached ...

Trump campaign drops key part of Pennsylvania lawsuit

HARRISBURG, Pa. — President Donald Trump’s campaign is withdrawing a central request in its lawsuit seeking to stop the certification of the election results in Pennsylvania, where Democrat Joe Biden beat Trump to capture the state and help win the White House. Ahead of a hearing in the ...

Fall tree planting effort beautifies WLU campus

WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty University campus beautification got a boost this fall as 40 trees were added to the landscape. “In total we planted about 40 trees, including American chestnuts, cottonwood, red maples, willow, bald cypress redbuds, Kentucky coffee trees, Catalpa, river birch, ...

PTT scraps timetable for decision on Belmont County cracker plant

DILLES BOTTOM — PTT Global Chemical America has scrapped its timetable for making a final investment decision on a proposed ethane cracker plant in Belmont County. PTTGCA spokesman Dan Williamson said Friday that plans to announce a decision in the first quarter of 2021 are no longer ...

Second vaccine showing promise

A second experimental COVID-19 vaccine — this one from Moderna Inc. — yielded strong early results Monday, another dose of hope as the pandemic enters a new phase. Moderna said its vaccine appears to be 94.5% effective, according to preliminary data from an ongoing study. A week ago, ...

Oglebay Mansion Museum decorated for holidays

WHEELING — There is something to be said about history repeating itself. Just ask the folks who tend the Mansion Museum at Oglebay Park. This gorgeous piece of Wheeling history has long been a sought-after tourist attraction since it opened to the public in 1935. Today, it is decorated in ...

Biden faces divisions in Congress

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden wants to “restore the soul of America.” First, he’ll need to fix a broken and divided Congress. Biden is rushing headlong into a legislative branch ground down by partisanship, name-calling and, now, a refusal by some to acknowledge his win ...

Blair is likely next West Virginia Senate president

CHARLESTON — While it’s not official, current and incoming Republicans in the West Virginia Senate are uniting behind Finance Committee Chairman Craig Blair as the body’s 52nd president. The Senate Republican Caucus held a conference call Thursday night and unanimously supported Blair, ...

West Virginia sets weekly record for new coronavirus cases

CHARLESTON — West Virginia has set another weekly record for the number of confirmed coronavirus cases, even with one day left to count. Health statistics released Sunday show there were 3,718 positive cases reported statewide from Nov. 9 through Saturday. That six-day mark broke the record ...

Design work continues for utility expansion projects in Weirton

WEIRTON — Design work is continuing on proposed expansion projects for the city’s water treatment plant and wastewater treatment plant. Both the Weirton Area Water Board and the Weirton Sanitary Board, for approximately two years, have been working toward the operational expansion of both ...

Justice clamps down

CHARLESTON — Succumbing to pressure and the growing numbers of COVID-19 cases in West Virginia, Gov. Jim Justice announced several executive orders to help slow the spread of the virus, including a tighter mask requirement. “You have to realize that we are the oldest state, the state with ...