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The Reopening: Churches Navigate Reopening During Pandemic

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The inability to attend church each week has been one of the most affecting consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to social distancing guidelines, it’s been nearly impossible for congregations around the country to gather in ways they were accustomed to prior to the COVID-19 ...

Wheeling Hospital to open urgent care facility downtown

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WHEELING — Wheeling Hospital’s new urgent care facility and pharmacy is set to open Monday, providing those who work, live or travel in downtown Wheeling with a convenient location when suffering sudden sickness or injury. The 7,141-square-foot facility, located on Market Plaza in the ...

Local health officials hopeful of statewide mask mandate

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WHEELING — Local health officials said they would overwhelmingly support a statewide mandate requiring people to wears masks indoors after West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice floated the idea Thursday. While Justice said he has not made a final decision about requiring masks to be worn in ...

Local artist raises money, awareness for Pride Month

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE - A local artist raised nearly $2,000 for a youth center that supports LGBTQ youth. Jackee Pugh, fine art and designer, participated in a Pride Month celebration fundraiser by selling a collection of original paintings she created titled “Painted with Love.” 100% of the ...

OSHP continuing its focus on impaired enforcement

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE - As a part of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s ongoing effort to make Ohio’s roadways safer, troopers are continuing to focus on impaired driving enforcement. In 2019, there were 13,047 OVI-related crashes on Ohio roadways, killing 597 people and injuring 8,178 others. ...

Successful quest

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MARTINS FERRY — When Martins Ferry native Marjorie Pierson Zuboski began her quest 50 years ago to learn about her birth mother she ended up finding much more. Zuboski, 86, was given up for adoption at birth. After many decades of thinking about her mother, she decided to try and find out ...

Museum attendance varies after reopening

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MOUNDSVILLE — Museums may be open to the public — with restrictions — once again, but attendance at the museums vary wildly as people emerge from their homes in a COVID-19 climate. Moundsville’s Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex experienced a great first day on June 20, when ...

Brooks hopes to revive NAACP in Belmont County

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — City resident Bill Brooks is spearheading an effort to reopen a branch of the NAACP in Belmont County, and he and other organizers are on the lookout for prospective members. Brooks was a mayoral candidate during the November election and has long been active in local ...

Rayland nonprofit to aid local animals

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RAYLAND — A Rayland resident is in the process of starting a nonprofit organization that will help local animals find their forever homes. After losing his beloved dog Sam in 2017, Ken Suter said he wanted to give back to animals in need by starting a nonprofit in his honor. Samaritan for ...

Water bill ‘glitch’ to be fixed in Martins Ferry

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MARTINS FERRY — Martins Ferry water customers may have noticed an increase in their water bill this month, but it is a mistake in the billing system that will be fixed, said Mayor John Davies on Thursday. Davies addressed the issue via social media earlier this week, describing the mishap ...

Fireworks sales ‘booming’ as pandemic cancels public displays

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BELLAIRE — Fireworks sales this holiday season were “booming” for area retailers with fewer community fireworks displays being held around the Upper Ohio Valley during the Fourth of July weekend due to COVID-19. Ohio Fireworks Supervisor Jessica Stephens said fireworks sales were more ...

New rules for Ohio’s schools

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has new guidelines for returning to classrooms this fall, as well as a new color-coded, county-by-county coronavirus alert and advisory system to assess which areas may be seeing flare-ups of cases and should take additional precautions. Gov. Mike DeWine made the ...

COVID diagnosis leads to quarantine of several Martins Ferry workers

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MARTINS FERRY — The city of Martins Ferry has been forced to quarantine a number of its workers after one employee was diagnosed with COVID-19. Mayor John Davies said via social media that half of the city’s workforce would be quarantined for 14 days because of the positive case, a man who ...

Former fiscal manager indicted

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County’s former transportation improvement fiscal manager has been indicted on six felonies including theft in office. According to Ohio Auditor Keith Faber’s office, Cory Clark has been indicted for theft in office, three counts of tampering with records and ...

Fireworks, events to mark July 4

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BARNESVILLE — Since the public cannot gather to celebrate the natiion’s birthday, several local communities are planning alternate ways to mark the July 4 holiday. Barnesville will hold a fireworks display at dusk Saturday in an undisclosed location to prevent gatherings, but officials ...

Farnsworth pleads innocent in homicide case

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CADIZ — A man who was arrested for the murder of a Bellaire woman pleaded innocent to the crime. Samuel M. Farnsworth, 48, of 451 N. Main St., Apt. C3, Cadiz, appeared before Harrison County Common Pleas Court Judge T. Shawn Hervey on Tuesday morning for a pretrial hearing in the ...