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County lists over 400 COVID-19 cases

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Belmont County’s positive COVID-19 results topped 400 Thursday, with 401 total infections and 229 recoveries recorded, according to Belmont County Health Department Deputy Director Robert Sproul. Sproul had reported 375 positive cases and 187 recoveries during his ...

Bridgeport principals receive new deals

BRIDGEPORT — A pair of principals in the Bridgeport Exempted Village School District were rewarded Wednesday with new contracts for their work with the students. Elementary Principal Kamaron Sabinski and middle school Principal Anne Haverty each received a five-year deal during the regular ...

Shadyside eyes new school facility

SHADYSIDE — Shadyside schools Superintendent John Haswell outlined plans for a new $31 million pre-K to 12th-grade facility for the school board this week. The Shadyside Board of Education held meetings Tuesday and Wednesday via Zoom and teleconferencing. Tuesday’s special morning session ...

Nursing home deaths nearly 70% of Ohio’s overall total

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nursing home residents continue to make up the vast majority of coronavirus-related deaths in Ohio, according to new Department of Health statistics. At least 1,246 residents of Ohio’s long-term care facilities have died as of Wednesday from the virus, or nearly 70% ...

Union Local prepares for graduation, next school year

MORRISTOWN — The Union Local Board of Education prepared to close out the school year during another virtual meeting, streamed live on Facebook Thursday due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There were some initial issues with internet connection and background noise as the board’s second ...

EORH owner wants income tax money back to help sustain facility

MARTINS FERRY — To help its new owners get East Ohio Regional Hospital back on its feet, the city of Martins Ferry may give back a portion of income tax collected from the facility’s future employees. During its regular meeting held Wednesday, City Council got two special visitors asking ...

Officials to support East Ohio Hospital LLC

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Commissioners pledged to support the new medical facility to be housed in the former East Ohio Regional Hospital building on Wednesday. The hospital closed in September. This past Sunday, it was announced that East Ohio Hospital LLC had ...

12 COVID-related deaths so far in Belmont County

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- Belmont County Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul reported more deaths related to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday, with close to 400 total cases and almost 200 recoveries in the county. “We’re now at 12 deaths,” Sproul said to the Belmont County ...

30 percent of Harrison cases healthcare workers

CADIZ — According to Harrison County officials, 30 percent of the county’s confirmed COVID-19 cases are healthcare workers. Garen Rhome, administrator of the Harrison County Health Department, said out of the county’s 10 positive cases three are healthcare workers. Rhome met with the ...

Muscle cars ruled the road in American culture

NOTHING DEFINED America in the 1960s and ‘70s like the muscle car. The Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396. The Pontiac GTO. Olds 442 W30. Ford Torino. Plymouth Road Runner. All these cars and others from the muscle car era were loud, and they were fast. They guzzled leaded gasoline, and they often ...

County, state leaders react to Ferry hospital purchase

MARTINS FERRY — County and state officials say news that the former East Ohio Regional Hospital building has been purchased and will be put to use in a medical capacity is a reason for optimism. The hospital was closed this past September by the former owner, Alecto Healthcare Services ...

Third inmate dies of COVID-19 at Belmont prison

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- Inmates are voicing concerns about what they believe are unsafe conditions inside Belmont Correctional Institution, where three prisoners have died of COVID-19. Meanwhile, an employee of the Belmont County Department of Job and Family Services has tested positive for ...

Home destroyed

Photo provided A home in Crescent was destroyed by fire about 1:49 a.m. Tuesday. Jeff Gazdik of the Barton Volunteer Fire Department said the home was located at 71362 Front St. in Colerain Township. Firefighters from both Barton and Colerain responded, in addition to the Belmont County ...

Senior facility confirms death

WOODSFIELD — A senior living facility in Monroe County announced the coronavirus-related death of at least one of its residents on Tuesday. The Stellar Care Center, formerly the Monroe County Care Center, in Woodsfield released a statement Tuesday that confirmed that at least one ...

Bridgeport working to patch large potholes

BRIDGEPORT — Although the village of Bridgeport has limited funding, officials are working to patch the larger potholes throughout the village. Bridgeport Village Council briefly discussed the matter during Tuesday’s regularly scheduled meeting. Council met in its chambers for the ...

COVID deaths rising in Belmont, Monroe counties

WOODSFIELD -- Monroe County, which had reported only two novel coronavirus deaths for the first several weeks of the pandemic, recorded its fifth death Tuesday. Belmont County also reported an additional death, bringing its total to 10. Bryan Casey, owner of Stellar Care Center, confirmed ...

BCI at center of COVID attention

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Belmont Correctional Institution is the new “hot spot” for COVID-19 infections in Ohio’s prison system, state leaders said Monday. Meanwhile, Sheetz announced that an employee of its St. Clairsville location has tested positive for the virus. The prison has been ...

Monroe County confirms second virus death

WOODSFIELD -- Monroe County officials on Monday confirmed a second coronavirus-related death occurred Saturday. The Monroe County Health Department recorded the second death of a resident who had tested positive for COVID-19 just one day after the first death in the county was announced ...

Davies’ prayers are answered

MARTINS FERRY -- It appears the prayers said near a group of large rocks outside the shuttered East Ohio Regional Hospital were finally answered. During a short press conference held Monday alongside those stones, Martins Ferry Mayor John Davies talked about the news released Sunday that EORH ...

Albertini named COO

MARTINS FERRY -- East Ohio Hospital LLC announced Monday that Bernie Albertini will serve as chief operating officer of the former East Ohio Regional Hospital. East Ohio Hospital LLC recently acquired the Martins Ferry property. The hospital was closed in Spetember by its former owner, Alecto ...