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Former Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston bishop’s home sold for $1.2 million

WHEELING — The Wheeling diocesan home of former Catholic bishop Michael J. Bransfield has been sold for $1.2 million, and the proceeds will be placed into a special fund to assist victims of sexual abuse in West Virginia. The Most Rev. Mark E. Brennan, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of ...

Hancock County Sheriff Ralph Fletcher reflects on 40-plus years of police work

WEIRTON — With just 13 months remaining in his second term as sheriff of Hancock County, Ralph Fletcher admits he’s getting a little, well, nostalgic. Fletcher, whose career in law enforcement began as a patrolman in Weirton 42 years ago, said he’s not ready for it to end, but the ...

Pot laws making searches complex

Sniff and search is no longer the default for police in some of the 33 states that have legalized marijuana. Traditionally, an officer could use the merest whiff of weed to justify a warrantless vehicle search, and whatever turned up — pot, other kinds of illegal drugs, something else the ...

Upcoming events discussed in Hancock Co.

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Commissioners announced upcoming programs during Thursday’s commissioner meeting. Senior Center Director Beth Wolanski announced the senior center has partnered with Hancock County Savings Bank to hold an identity theft and fraud education seminar. The ...

Help for United Way

Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort is a gold sponsor for the Weirton United Way’s 2019 Fall Golf Tournament to be held Sept. 21 at Woodview Golf Course. Proceeds from the event will go toward the United Way’s 2019 Giving Campaign. Among those working on the event are, from left, Jason ...

Our brains, thoughts need to be used to full peacefully

Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and one of the former Republican presidential candidates said, “I’m the only one to separate Siamese twins, the only one to operate on babies while they’re still in their mother’s womb. The only one to take out half of a brain, although you would ...

Unite not only when attacked; focus now on what is important

On Sept. 11, 2001, I was working for the United States government. I was sitting at my desk when someone told me that the country was under attack. We were told that a plane had flown into the World Trade Center and that there were other planes headed toward other locations. There was total ...

Grant to improve housing security

STEUBENVILLE — For someone who had never written a grant before, Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority Security Chief Joe Buchmelter has to be pleased with the results — $250,000 to upgrade security at the JFK Apartments and Earl Rodgers Plaza. JMHA is one of 23 housing authorities in ...

Commissioners get OK to assist city

STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County commissioners on Thursday received an opinion from the prosecutor’s office which said it is OK for the county water and sewer department to do work at the Steubenville Marina. The only problem is the city hasn’t officially asked for the ...

Bill aims to help protect workers from technology

MARTINS FERRY — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown introduced a bill Wednesday aimed at protecting workers from losing their jobs to technology. During a conference call regarding his Workers’ Right to Training Act of 2019, Brown, an Ohio Democrat, said he formed the idea after traveling across the ...