Hancock County

As part of the massive National Steel conglomeration, Weirton Steel became our state’s largest employer and taxpayer, and the world’s largest tin-plate producer.
E-WV / The Humanities Council

On August 1, 1918, industrialist Ernest Weir renamed his company Weirton Steel. He’d founded the company with J. A. Phillips in Clarksburg in 1905 as Phillips Sheet & Tin Plate. After Phillips’ death, Weir moved his company from Clarksburg to a southern Hancock County farm that would become the city of Weirton.

April 30, 1774: Family of Chief Logan Slaughtered in Hancock County

Apr 30, 2019
Chief Logan Statue at Chief Logan State Park.
e-WV, The West Virginia Encyclopedia / WV Division of Tourism, Steve Shaluta

On April 30, 1774, one of the worst atrocities of the frontier era occurred in present-day Hancock County. A band of frontiersmen led by Daniel Greathouse slaughtered a group of Indians, including the family of Logan. Logan was chief of the Mingo Indians, a multi-tribal confederation allied to the Six Nations. During the four years he’d lived in the area, he had consistently tried to maintain peace.

Hancock County
David Benbennick / Wikimedia Commons

Small businesses in Hancock County are eligible for disaster loans as a result of drought conditions last year.

The U.S. Small Business Administration said Hancock County is eligible because it's contiguous to one or more primary counties in Pennsylvania.

Hancock County
David Benbennick / Wikimedia Commons

The former CEO of Mountaineer Racetrack & Casino is in charge of marketing the company's surplus property in northern Hancock County.

The State Journal reports Ted Arneault will make about 1,300 acres of properties available for commercial and industrial development.

Hancock County health officials are investigating a whooping cough case involving a student at Weirton Elementary School.

County health department nursing supervisor Michelle Trunax tells WTOV-TV that another student is being tested for the disease, which also is known as pertussis.

Brian Turner / Wikimedia Commons

A judge has approved the distribution of more than $15 million in insurance funds to the families of three workers killed in a plant explosion.

The Weirton Daily Times reports that the families plan to dismiss wrongful death claims against AL Solutions and its parent, Tygem Holdings, Inc., once they collect the insurance settlement.

  Hancock County and Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort have settled a lawsuit over hotel occupancy tax collections.

The Weirton Daily Times reports that Mountaineer must pay the county at least $225,000 annually in hotel occupancy taxes for the next five years.

Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Public schools are closed in all but one West Virginia county due to the recent winter storm.

The exception Friday is in Hancock County.

While the temperature dipped to record lows, Hancock County schools Superintendent Sue Smith says the roads were clear and dry, and bus drivers had no trouble getting around Friday morning.

Hancock County missed three days of school earlier this week due to bad weather. With 13 missed days already, the school year isn't scheduled to end until June 16 in order to fulfill the state's minimum mandate of 180 days in the classroom.

A judge says Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort has to collect the state hotel occupancy tax on complimentary rooms.

Hancock County Circuit Court Judge Ronald Wilson's ruling came in a lawsuit filed against the resort by Hancock County in 2012.

The lawsuit sought to force Mountaineer to collect the 6 percent tax on rooms it gives gamblers for free. The lawsuit said the county has lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax revenue.

Mountaineer said it doesn't have to collect tax on complimentary rooms.