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Italian Festival kicks off

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WHEELING — Sausage sandwiches, steak hoagies, wine, beer and even fireworks can be found at Wheeling’s Heritage Port this weekend. The 36th annual Undo’s Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival kicked off at noon Friday with a ribbon cutting on the main stage. Wielding the scissors ...

Interstate 70 bids $74M over budget

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WHEELING — “Roads to Prosperity” projects to rehabilitate bridges along Interstate 70 in Ohio County could cost the state more than expected after bids for the work submitted this week exceeded anticipated costs by about $74 million. West Virginia voters last year approved a $2 billion ...

Street paving plan approved for Flushing

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FLUSHING — Village Council last Thursday approved a paving project that will see sections of several streets in the village get some much needed attention. Village Administrator Bryan Clark outlined the project, saying that several paving companies had come in and given quotes to pave some ...

Pence During Wheeling Visit: Trump Has Kept His Word

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By JOSELYN KING Staff Writer WHEELING — Vice President Mike Pence told supporters Thursday there are more job openings in the nation today “than there are Americans looking for jobs,” and the story of America “is the second-greatest story ever told.” President Donald Trump ...

County seeks help

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Commissioners is sending word to Columbus requesting aid from the severance tax on oil and gas operations to help address crumbling roads. The board approved a letter, addressed to Ohio Speaker of the House Ryan Smith, saying Belmont County’s ...

Protestors greet Pence at park

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WHEELING — Russian interference with free and fair American elections topped the list of concerns expressed Thursday by protestors at Oglebay Park. About 35 individuals assembled near the entrance to Wilson Lodge, which hosted a visit by Vice President Mike Pence. Those concerned citizens ...

Dems turn out in support of Ihlenfeld

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WHEELING — Attorney Teresa Toriseva believes William Ihlenfeld will put the people of the Northern Panhandle first — that is why she hosted an event in support of his West Virginia Senate campaign on Thursday evening. The Democrat Ihlenfeld, a former U.S. attorney for the Northern ...

Traffic being slowed on route 9 in an attempt to repair slips

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Traffic control flaggers are set up in multiple spots along Ohio 9 just south of St. Clairsville. In preparation of multiple land slide repairs, crews are attempting to widen the road between the city line and Ohio 149 at Warnock. Workers from BBR Drilling Co. and Shelly ...

Mall holds Back to School event

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Ohio Valley Mall is set to hold a weekend-long back-to-school event during Ohio’s tax free weekend. Earlier this year, the Ohio Legislature passed bipartisan legislation that created a permanent three-day sales tax holiday beginning the first Friday in August. This year, ...

Jordan’s speaker run boosts Trump allies

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Hard-hitting Rep. Jim Jordan launched his long-shot bid Thursday to become the next House speaker, saying Congress isn’t doing enough to back President Donald Trump and positioning the right flank for a leadership battle that could define the GOP. Few House Republicans ...

Justice: W.Va. tourism rates up

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WHEELING — Tourism rates in West Virginia are up 16 percent this year, a jump West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice attributes to the Trump administration. Justice — whose family also owns the Greenbrier Resort — was among panelists participating in the “Tax Cuts to Put America First” ...

Kasich blasts Trump trade policy hurting farmers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s Republican governor on Wednesday helped open the Ohio State Fair by blasting President Donald Trump’s trade battles, which have left some farmers feeling less than festive amid the funnel cakes and butter sculptures. Farmers at the 12-day fair filled with ...

Minor fire causes Bellaire Post Office evacuation

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T-L Photo/SHELLEY HANSON A MINOR fire occurred at the U.S. Post Office on 33rd Street in Bellaire at about 8:45 a.m. Wednesday. An air conditioning unit hanging from the ceiling in the front desk area started to smoke and a flame appeared. A clerk turned off the unit and the fire stopped. No ...

Greek Festival

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Photos by Scott McCloskey Members of the senior Greek Festival Dancers are, from left, Tino Kayafas, Megan Chacalos, Max Kellas, Joey Tsuhlares, Dylan Dunlevy and Lydia Kellas. They perform Wednesday at the 2018 Grecian Festival at St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church, Chapline Street, ...

Illegal hydrant use a health risk

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Commissioners and the water and sanitary sewer district ask the public to keep a lookout for water haulers illegally connected to fire hydrants. During the board’s regular meeting Wednesday, Kelly Porter described the problem’s extent and ...

Mingo tables ordinance on grant payments

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MINGO JUNCTION — Village Council agreed Tuesday to table an ordinance giving village Administrator Bob Smith 2.5 percent of any grant he is successful in getting. Council at its July 10 meeting had a split vote of 3-3 to bring in the ordinance, but Mayor Ed Fithen broke the tie to have the ...

Elliott to withdraw petition for two-way traffic

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WHEELING — Mayor Glenn Elliott said there is no consensus in the city for having two-way traffic downtown, and city leaders now will push a plan for enhanced one-way traffic they contend will slow cars and make crosswalks safer. Following a meeting with Wheeling community leaders Wednesday ...

Farmers prefer Trump do trade deals than hand them cash

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Many farmers remain critical of President Donald Trump’s tariffs and the damage done to commodity prices and markets but were appreciative Tuesday that he offered to provide some cash to help offset their losses. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a $12 ...

Jefferson County to get new voting machines

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STEUBENVILLE — Jefferson County will get $807,528 for new voting machines as part of a recently approved bill in the state Legislature. County Commissioner Thomas Graham, a board of director’s member of the County Commissioners Association of Ohio, said the association lobbied hard to get ...