Local News

Townhall to gather input for the future of Weirton

From staff reports WEIRTON — A townhall meeting has been scheduled to collect input from the community as part of the ongoing efforts to update the city of Weirton’s Comprehensive Development Plan. The townhall, which is open to the public, will be held at 6:30 p.m. on March 28 in the ...

Edison heading to state Destination Imagination competition

From staff reports HAMMONDSVILLE — Three Edison Local Destination Imagination Teams are heading to the state competition Saturday, after earning top scores in the regional event. Stanton and John Gregg Elementary’s teams, the Believers, Mariana Trenchers and Abstract Cows performed at ...

Weirton Water Board planning meter replacement project

By CRAIG HOWELL Staff writer WEIRTON — The Weirton Area Water Board soon will begin the process of upgrading its water meter system, changing to radio-read meters throughout the city. Utilities Director Butch Mastrantoni explained the board is working with James White Construction and ...

Man burning brush starts 6-acre fire

From staff reports HIGHLANDTOWN — The Highlandtown Fire Department battled a nearly 6-acre brush fire Saturday afternoon at 16820 Steubenville Pike that spread to a nearby state wildlife area. The department received the call about the fire from a passer-by at 4:19 p.m. and upon arrival ...

Regional roundup

Mingo Council committees to meet MINGO JUNCTION —Village Council’s safety committee will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, followed by a table of organization meeting. Council will meet at 7 p.m. that day in executive session to discuss negotiations with employees. Union Cemetery mowing to ...

Reductions set in Buckeye Local

DILLONVALE — The Buckeye Local School District will work with 13 fewer teachers during the 2018-19 school year, Superintendent Kim Leonard confirmed Monday. Leonard said the decision to reduce staff didn’t come lightly, adding that after a levy failed to pass in November, she and other ...

Fatal overdoses rise significantly in Panhandle

WHEELING — Fatal drug overdoses rose significantly in three Northern Panhandle counties last year, and those numbers could go higher when final figures for 2017 are compiled. State health officials said total numbers for 2017 overdose deaths won’t be available until the second quarter of ...

Easter Egg Hunt set for March 31

WEIRTON — The Easter Bunny will be coming to town, bringing bags full of plastic eggs and goodies. The annual Weirton Easter Egg Hunt, hosted by the Weirton Board of Parks and Recreation, will be held at 11 a.m., March 31 at the Edwin J. Bowman Field located behind the Millsop Community ...

Towering opportunity in downtown Wheeling

WHEELING — To help remove the estimated 30 tons of paper left inside the 13-story Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel tower, contractors built a trash chute that extends from the ground all the way to the roof on the side of the building opposite Market Street. As officials with Coon Restoration and ...

USW recognizes ArcelorMittal employees for action during fire

WEIRTON — Feb. 27 could have been disastrous for a portion of ArcelorMittal’s operations in Weirton were it not for the actions of a group of employees on the No. 5 Pickler. That day, an area of the pickler caught fire, and could have resulted in millions of dollars of lost equipment and ...