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Wheeling celebrating statehood with West Virginia Day

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WHEELING — The decision of whether West Virginia should become a state came down to Abraham Lincoln sitting in the White House on New Years Eve in 1862. Late that year, both chambers of Congress passed a bill admitting West Virginia to the Union and sent it to President Lincoln’s ...

OMEGA unveils funding priorities in 2020

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STEUBENVILLE — The Ohio Mid-Eastern Government Association unveiled its funding priority list for 2020 during its June board meeting Tuesday, and its list of 10 projects that are expected to bring the region a big economic development bang for its bucks. OMEGA members want to divvy up $1 ...

Juneteenth ceremony inspires reflection, call to action

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WHEELING — While the sky poured rain onto the heads of almost 100 people gathered for the city’s inaugural Juneteenth ceremony Wednesday, the Rev. Marshall Davis consecrated water to bless the spot where slaves were sold decades ago in Wheeling. Davis, of Macedonia Baptist Church, blessed ...

Martins Ferry Library welcomes visitors for summer program

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MARTINS FERRY — The Martins Ferry Public Library hosted a few curious critters as apart of its Summer Reading Program on Tuesday. The library welcomed a handler and a few animals from the Oglebay Good Zoo for this week’s program. Event organizer and children’s librarian Anessa Keifer ...

Belmont County mourns auditor Conroy, swears in interim

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County Auditor Roger Conroy died early Tuesday. In response, the Belmont County Board of Commissioners held an emergency meeting later that morning to appoint Chief Deputy Auditor Sheila Turner as interim auditor. She will fill the role until the Belmont County ...

Belmont County veterans court opens

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County now has a veterans court to provide special assistance to offenders whose crimes are connected to their experiences in military service. Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato said that military service and patriotism are important to Belmont ...

Drama recounts Wheeling fugitive slave’s experience

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WHEELING —Lucy Bagby was blunt with her message: “It started right here in Wheeling, Virginia.” A dramatic performance, “The Last Fugitive Slave,” was presented Tuesday to tell the story of Bagby, the final enslaved person returned to a master before the Civil War. The program ...

The Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort sold in $385M deal

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CHESTER — Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort has been sold, along with two other Missouri casinos for $385 million. Eldorado Resorts sold the New Cumberland facility along with Isle Casino in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Lady Luck Casinos in Caruthersville, Mo., to Century Casinos and ...

San Francisco moves closer to nation’s 1st e-cigarette ban

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco supervisors moved a step closer Tuesday to becoming the first city in the U.S. to ban all sales of electronic cigarettes to crack down on youth vaping. Supervisors unanimously approved a ban on the sale and distribution of e-cigarettes. They also endorsed ...

Bridgeport bank robber still at large

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BRIDGEPORT — Police still are following up on leads in the hope of finding the suspect in the latest robbery of a Bridgeport bank. At about 9:15 a.m. June 7, officers were dispatched to an armed robbery call at the Unified Bank on Howard Street in Bridgeport. The suspect was described as a ...

Oglebay Good Zoo to host 10th Annual Good Zoo Brew

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WHEELING, W. Va. — IPAs, porters, and ales — oh my! Sample more than 50 unique, finely crafted brews and other adult beverages at Good Zoo Brew — the Ohio Valley’s largest microbrew festival — from 7-10 p.m. Saturday at Oglebay’s Good Zoo. Cuisine from a variety of local ...

Slip repairs

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T-L Photo/CARRI GRAHAM Slip repairs have shut down Ohio 9, and detour signs are posted on Newell Avenue in St. Clairsville alerting drivers to the road closure 7.5 miles ahead. The road will be closed for five days. The slip repair project began Monday. Ohio Department of Transportation ...

Woodsfield teen killed in house fire identified

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WOODSFIELD – The teenager who died in a house fire in Woodsfield early Saturday has been identified as Joseph Cox. Woodsfield fire Chief Mike Young said Cox, 16, was found dead inside the house at 529 Old Brick Road after firefighters were called to the residence about 12:45 a.m. ...

Teen dies in fire

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WOODSFIELD — A Monroe County teenager lost his life in a house fire on Saturday. Fire Chief Mike Young said the Woodsfield Fire Department’s emergency personnel responded to a report of a house fire at 529 Old Brick Road on Saturday evening. Firefighters went to work as soon as they ...

St. C. Council talks water privatization

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The bid for water and wastewater privatization will be going before the city council for discussion soon, where city leaders will talk about an offer to take over the system. On Monday, Safety and Service Director Jim Zucal suggested that the city council begin to look at ...

JobsOhio meeting open to the public

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CADIZ — It was a full house at the JobsOhio’s public board meeting on Monday afternoon at the Ohio Mine Safety Training Center in Harrison County. JobsOhio is a private nonprofit corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction and ...

Extra funding for food, shelters

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WHEELING — Organizations providing emergency food and shelter in the Ohio Valley will soon receive some additional federal money through the United Way. The United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley on Thursday announced that it received $81,607 in funding from the Emergency Food and Shelter ...

Care center fate still in doubt

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WOODSFIELD — Emotions ran high Monday in the debate about the fate of the Monroe County Care Center. About 50 people including staff, relatives of staff, and relatives of the elderly people residing at the 166-year-old professional rehabilitation and nursing services provider confronted ...

Harrison County Fair less than two weeks away

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CADIZ — “Now showing” is the theme for the 172nd-annual Harrison County and Junior Fair, which is just one week away. Harrison County Agricultural Society President Lynette Dauch said the fair is a great opportunity for the community to come together. “The main thing is to give the ...

Tappan set for millions in renovations

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SCIO — The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District board approved a $6.1 million renovation project for the Tappan Marina to begin this fall. The MWCD, which plans to upgrade the facility, owns and operates the Tappan Marina. According to the MWCD, improvements at the facility actually ...