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Area man facing explosives charges

FOLLANSBEE — A Follansbee man faces 10 felony charges for allegedly setting off explosives in at least four areas of the city Wednesday night. City Police Chief John Schwertfeger confirmed Nicholas DeStefano, 22, has been arrested on five counts of illegal possession of an explosive device ...

‘The West End Library’ project

During my interview back in 1983, the library board said that there were two major issues that they wanted addressed by the new director: The new state funding of public libraries starting in 1986, and the establishment of a “West End Library.” I accepted those items as my “marching ...

Three indicted by Hancock County grand jury

NEW CUMBERLAND — Three area residents were indicted by a Hancock County grand jury last week, all on sex charges. The indictments were announced Wednesday. Among those indicted was Randy Swiger, 55 , 407 Cove Road, Weirton. Swiger was arrested by Weirton Police in June following a ...

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New Playaways (pre-loaded audiobooks) Fiction ¯ “The President is Missing” — The White House is the home of the president of the United States, the most guarded, monitored, closely watched person in the world. So how could a U.S. president vanish without a trace? And why would he ...

Providing care for numerous caterpillars and butterflies

NEWELL — Some people may take a casual liking to butterflies, but local resident Stacey Adkins has not only provided a home for them, she also looks to educate the community on their importance. For the past year, Adkins has provided care for numerous caterpillars and butterflies — monarch ...

WJU mentoring program to begin 15th year

WHEELING — This week will mark the start of the 15th year for Wheeling Jesuit University’s H.E.S.S. Mentoring Program. The Help Enrich Someone Special program brings middle and high school students from Wheeling area schools to WJU and pairs them with current WJU students. The WJU ...

‘Honor the Past — Serve the Present — Fund the Future’

BERGHOLZ — The Bergholz Community Foundation’s 25-year anniversary banquet not only is a time to applaud the help it has provided through awards of more than $1.5 million in grants, it’s also an invitation for fresh support of its mission. “Honor the Past — Serve the Present — ...

Marijuana dispensary special to Mike Petrella

STEUBENVILLE — Mike Petrella, owner and CEO of Ohio Valley Natural Relief LLC medical marijuana dispensary located at 840 Canton Road, Wintersville, spoke to members of the Steubenville Rotary Club about his new business venture and why it is a personal mission for him. “We were on ...

Contract for Kroger employees extended

STEUBENVILLE — Kroger Co. officials and leaders of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776KS have agreed to an open-ended contract extension as they continue to discuss wages and benefits for about 1,200 union members employed at 11 Upper Ohio Valley stores. The employees were working ...

Program helps grandparents when their own children are battling drugs

STEUBENVILLE — There are numerous grandparents in the community who have chosen to raise their grandchildren because of the drug dependency of their own children. Elizabeth Ferron, Jefferson County Job and Family Services director, said she was talking one day with Pamela Petrilla, the ...