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Month: January 2019

Pat Catan’s Closing All Stores

Less than three years after being sold to the owner of Michael’s craft stores, Pat Catan’s will be closing its 35 stores in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. “After a comprehensive review, we have made the difficult decision to close the Pat Catan’s retail stores,” according to a statement from a spokesperson for the Michael’s Companies. In February 2016, when Michael’s purchased rival Pat Catan’s, the new owners said they intended to keep the stores...

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West Virginia Senate Debates Massive Education Reform Bill

The West Virginia Senate spent yesterday in an all-day committee meeting and debate over Senate Bill 451. It would give teachers another 5-percent pay raise and fix their health insurance costs. But it would also create charter schools and educational savings accounts. Democrats want to vote on each item separately, but most Republicans say the all-encompassing reform bill is the way to go. Teachers packed the galleries in their signature red t-shirts. A walk-out like last year’s strike is still possible. The Governor wants his teacher pay raise bill handled separately, and no strike. $93 million dollars is the...

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Wheeling Fights to Keep Home Rule

Wheeling has been operating under Home Rule for more than a decade. It’s a program that allows the city to enact certain ordinances on its own, but it’s in danger of expiring. Officials are hoping to see a bill pass to make it permanent. Wheeling was one of four West Virginia cities to be included in the program in 2007. Now there are 34 cities that are a part of it. If Home Rule doesn’t pass and it expires this summer, it will make things like development in the city a much tougher...

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Investigation Underway As Indian Creek School Bus and UPS Truck Collide

An Indian Creek school bus and a UPS truck collided Tuesday afternoon on Wayne Township Road 177. It happened about 4:15 p.m. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating, and said seven kids on the bus at the time were not injured. Investigators said the narrow road was a factor in the crash, but some residents blame the lack of a speed limit sign and the lack of manpower the township has to plow the...

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Bellaire Man Arrested After Leaving Child in Car

Belmont County officials have arrested a man they say left a child in a car in freezing temperatures on Tuesday.  Blake Allen Yates of Bellaire left the child in a car at the St. Clairsville WalMart.  Authorities also confirmed that the child is doing ok.  Yates is charged with endangering children. He has been released on $5,000...

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