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Weirton to raise fines regarding property maintenance

WEIRTON — Changes are being made to fines concerning property maintenance issues in the city, following Monday’s meeting of City Council. By a 7-0 vote, council approved the final reading of an ordinance amending the fines and procedures pertaining to the city’s code of ...

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Poinsettia plants donated

Members of the Edison High School Spanish Club donated 25 poinsettia plants to patients at Charity Hospice in Wintersville. The contribution was made earlier this month and patients also received a homemade card from the students. Taking part were, from left, Cathy Cich, founder and CEO of ...

Trained Southern Local employees OK’d to carry a concealed handgun

SALINEVILLE — Properly trained Southern Local employees will be allowed to carry a concealed handgun as part of the school’s latest updated emergency management plan. Members of the Southern Local Board of Education on Monday unanimously approved the measure, which is meant to address ...

COAL CONCERN — U.S. Reps. David McKinley, R-Wheeling, and Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, joined 24 Republicans sending a request to eliminate the alternative minimum tax to a conference committee working on hammering out the differences in the House and Senate tax reform bills. The tax is a concern for the coal industry.
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Legislators respond to concerns about alternative minimum tax

WHEELING — Responding to concerns Murray Energy Corp. Chairman, President and CEO Robert Murray expressed about federal tax reform costing his company $60 million per year, 26 Republican members of Congress are asking a conference committee to eliminate the alternative minimum tax. Reps. ...

Video arraignments keep cops on streets

STEUBENVILLE —Video arraignments now are taking place in Jefferson County courts and soon will be part of the Steubenville Municipal Court’s docket, an effort officials say will save money and result in police officers and deputies being on the street instead of in a courtroom. Joe Boni, ...

Juvenile charged with Facebook threat at Brooke

WELLSBURG — A Brooke County juvenile faces criminal charges after allegedly threatening on Facebook to shoot students at Brooke High School. Brooke County Sheriff Larry Palmer said the teen has been charged with making terroristic threats and making threats on an electronic device. Palmer ...

No word on PTT puts area on edge

DILLES BOTTOM — As 2017 nears its conclusion, Upper Ohio Valley residents continue waiting for a decision on the PTT Global Chemical ethane cracker — a potential $6 billion investment for which company officials in February said they anticipated a final decision by the end of this ...

Beth Collins, right, northern regional director for Catholic Charities of West Virginia, discusses some of the services provided locally by the organizations, while Weirton United Way Executive Director Linda Stear listens. The United Way has reached 65 percent of its goal for the 2017 campaign. — Craig Howell

Weirton United Way at 65 percent

WEIRTON — The Weirton United Way has reached 65 percent of its goal for the current campaign year, officials reported Friday. Campaign team members gathered at the Hancock County Sheltered Workshop, where they heard fundraising efforts for the 2017 campaign, to date, have brought in ...

Regional roundup

Toronto school board sets meetings TORONTO — The city school board will meet in special session at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Karaffa Elementary School library. The board’s building and grounds committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the conference room at Toronto Junior-Senior High ...

Hancock County helps Shop with a Cop event

NEW CUMBERLAND — With the holidays fast approaching, the Hancock County Commission has agreed to help with a local program helping children have a memorable Christmas. During Thursday’s meeting, the commission approved a motion to make a $2,500 donation to the Hancock County Deputy ...