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Schools to return to 5-day, in-person instruction

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CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Education decided, Tuesday, that students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade will return to in-person instruction five days a week and those in ninth through 12th grades will attend five days a week in person for counties that are not ...

Weirton Council plans for next fiscal year

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WEIRTON — The City of Weirton has begun planning its budget for the next fiscal year, although a proposal made by some members of city council could alter their path. Council met in a work session Tuesday, gathering at the Weirton Municipal Building to discuss a municipal budget for the ...

Changes to aboveground storage tank law would exempt some tanks

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CHARLESTON — A change proposed to the law regulating aboveground storage tanks would exempt certain tanks used by the oil and natural gas industry if approved by the West Virginia Legislature. The House Energy and Manufacturing Committee took up House Bill 2598 on Tuesday, which would ...

Brooke Commission updated on vaccinations

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WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Commission received an update, Tuesday, on efforts to test and vaccinate local residents for COVID-19. Mike Bolen, administrator of the county’s health department, said the department continues to administer vaccine to residents who are 65 or older, averaging ...

Police reports

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Brooke County sheriff Arrested: Charles R. Latimer, 34, 515 Frederick St., Follansbee, driving while suspended (administrative), two counts of possession of a controlled substance, Thursday. Jefferson County sheriff Park it: A man reported finding a body in his backyard Monday, only to ...

West Virginia hospital reaches Medicaid fraud settlement

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia hospital has agreed to pay $320,000 to settle allegations that it made improper billings. Grant Hospital in Petersburg filed Medicaid, Medicare and other claims from September 2014 to March 2016 for services and items that were not provided by a ...

Hancock Schools review virtual program

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NEW CUMBERLAND — With the return to five-days-a-week, in-person instruction looming in West Virginia, Hancock County Schools officials touched on the results of one of their educational offerings in recent months. As part of discussion during Monday’s Hancock County Board of Education ...

Briefs

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Weirton council to meet Thursday WEIRTON — Weirton Council has scheduled a special council meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday to review the municipal budget. The meeting will be held in council chambers of the Weirton Municipal Building, and is open to the public. Resource Network group to ...

Community news from around the area

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Helping Heroes has plans for new, expanded center WHEELING — Helping Heroes has announced plans for a new and expanded “Center for Veteran Resources” to be housed in the former Hillcrest space on the former Ohio Valey Medical Center campus. The current office is staffed by seven ...

Tiger Woods taken to hospital after California car crash

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Golf star Tiger Woods was injured Tuesday in a vehicle rollover in Los Angeles County, authorities said. Woods had to be extricated from the vehicle with the "jaws of life" tools, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. Woods was taken to the ...

State Senate: Public worker strikes are illegal

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CHARLESTON — After two years of work stoppages by teachers and school service personnel, a majority of the West Virginia Senate made it clear Monday that strikes and work stoppages by public employees are against the law. Senate Bill 11, declaring work stoppages or strikes by public ...

Bill providing checks on health departments up for passage today

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CHARLESTON — Local health departments and Senate Democratic leaders are concerned a bill meant to provide oversight to local health departments would interfere with public health and erode morale of overworked health officials. Senate Bill 12 is up for passage today in the state Senate. It ...

McKinley reminding D.C. opioid abuse still exists in the Ohio Valley

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WHEELING — Opioid overdose numbers climbed both locally and nationally during the COVID pandemic of 2020, and U.S. Rep. David B. McKinley wants to see more parity in government spending when it comes to tackling substance abuse. “COVID is killing people at five times the rate of substance ...

Celebrating acts of kindness

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Times have been hard for everyone during the pandemic and recent cold weather, and the kind acts of essential workers and others, from neighbors to strangers, can make a big difference to those affected in large and small ways. The Herald-Star and Weirton Daily Times are partnering with ...

Brooke superintendent’s contract renewed

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WELLSBURG — Jeffrey Crook is set to serve as superintendent of Brooke County Schools for another four years after the county’s school board agreed to renew his contract on Monday. Board President Ted Pauls noted in West Virginia, a county school board may employ a superintendent for one ...