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Midwest health system CEO says he had virus, won’t wear mask

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The head of one of the largest regional health systems in the Midwest has told his employees that he has recovered from COVID-19 and is back in the office — without a mask. Sanford Health’s president and chief executive, Kelby Krabbenhoft, said in an email Wednesday ...

AP new and unusual pandemic-proof games for the holidays

NEW YORK (AP) — The pandemic has proven there's no shortage of games to keep families, couples and kids amused. The classics are ever-present, but a range of new or off-the-beaten-track gift entries are available. A sampling: DO YOU LOOK LIKE YOUR CAT?: What kind of cat are you? A ...

Disappearing act: 2020 marks the end for three Somerton landmarks

A former National Trust for Historic Preservation co-worker here in Washington, D.C., Dwight Young penned a book review a few years ago for The Place You Love is Gone – Progress Hits Home by Melissa Holbrook Pierson. I immediately purchased a copy and quickly consumed the volume that ...

Give the gift of citrus this holiday season for pop of cheer

NEW YORK (AP) — When life gives you lemons, get gifty. Dayna Isom Johnson, the trend expert at Etsy.com, sees a turn toward “cheerful citrus” this holiday season. “It's an escape from traditional themes for the holidays,” she said. “It's really allowing you to add a pop of ...

Q&A: Underwood on holiday album and her little drummer boy

NEW YORK (AP) — The Grammy Award for cutest collaboration of the year goes to Carrie Underwood and her 5-year-old son Isaiah. He’s the little singing boy providing the adorable vocals on “Little Drummer Boy,” one of the 11 tracks on the country superstar’s new Christmas album, “My ...

Lowe’s donates tools to students

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Students in the Construction Trades program at the Belmont Career Center were recipients of a generous donation of tools and supplies from Lowe’s in St. Clairsville. Lowe’s, through its “Generation T” movement, gave each student a starter tool belt complete with ...

Church rummage sale set for Oct. 3 in Martins Ferry

MARTINS FERRY — First Presbyterian Church, 400 Walnut St., Martins Ferry, is slated to hold its annual rummage sale on Oct. 3 starting at 9 a.m. Pamala Chieffalo, church member, said because of COVID-19, the church can only allow 25 people inside the church basement at a time. Proceeds ...

Pumpkin must go on

Had it not been canceled because of COVID-19, this would have been the weekend of the annual Barnesville Pumpkin Festival. Despite this, some businesses in the village are holding little sales and events, and at this writing the King Pumpkin Weigh-Off was going to be held in an undisclosed ...

Wildfires taint West Coast vineyards with taste of smoke

TURNER, Ore. (AP) — Smoke from the West Coast wildfires has tainted grapes in some of the nation’s most celebrated wine regions with an ashy flavor that could spell disaster for the 2020 vintage. Wineries in California, Oregon and Washington have survived severe wildfires before, but the ...

Craig Johnson mystery involving art creates art, too

“Next to Last Stand,” by Craig Johnson (Viking) In “Next to Last Stand,” the 16th book in Craig Johnson’s popular mystery series, Absaroka County Sheriff Walt Longmire is feeling his age. He’s not sure he even wants to stand for reelection. However, a good mystery can always get ...

Edmunds: Best crossover SUVs for towing

RV and trailer sales greatly increased this summer as consumers sought out vacations while remaining socially distant during the pandemic. But what’s the best vehicle to tow them? Many shoppers assume they’ll need a brawny pickup truck or a full-size SUV to tow a trailer. But there are ...

Milan Fashion: Marni avenges lockdown with global video

MILAN (AP) — Milan Fashion Week continued in disjointed, discombobulated style for the third day on Friday, veering from the physical to the digital, with an uneasy eye fixed on the economic damage wrought by coronavirus. Some highlights from Friday’s shows of mostly women’s collection ...

Two love affairs fuel ‘The Book of Two Ways’

“The Book of Two Ways,” by Jodi Picoult (Ballantine) Jodi Picoult’s “The Book of Two Ways” follows Dawn Edelstein, a death doula with a physicist husband and a teenage daughter. Dawn’s job is to help terminally ill patients and their loved ones transition from life to death. But ...

Invasive species keeps countryside cattle clean

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A recent trip into the countryside in Belmont County revealed a sight reminiscent of documentary film footage out of Africa ­— birds living and eating off of animals in the wild. But there was nothing exotic about these creatures — it was a herd of cattle and some ...

A local group with deep roots

WHEELING — British novelist, playwright and poet Sir William Gerald Golding may have said it best when speaking about the past. “My yesterdays walk with me. They keep step, they are gray faces that peer over my shoulder.” Golding’s words could very well be the impetus behind the ...

Career Centers kick off new year with new staffers

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont and Harrison Career Centers recognized new staff members for the 2020-21 school year at the September board meeting. The new employees include Erin Elerick, Hospitality & Tourism teacher, BCC; Rick Meade, Carpentry teacher, BCC; Anthony Mowery, intervention ...

Amazing stories from visits to Belmont County Farms

When you work in the Soil and Water Conservation world you get to meet a lot of really interesting people, see a lot of amazing farms and listen to a lot of meaningful stories. I’ve been with the Belmont Soil and Water Conservation District for six years now and have no short supply of ...

Pea gravel and pillows

We’ve been trying to spruce up the back part of our home’s lot. It was overgrown with weeds and some tree-like wild plants for a while — OK, years, really. We never gave it much thought because it’s in the alley and we park our vehicle next to it. This is the same area where my ...

Pandemic wedding horrors for vendors

NEW YORK (AP) — Wedding planners, photographers and other bridal vendors who make the magic happen have a heap of new worries in the middle of the pandemic: no-mask weddings, rising guest counts and venues not following the rules. Now that weddings have slowly cranked up under a patchwork ...

Datebook

VILLAGE OF Brookside will hold its council meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in the second floor Fire Hall of the Municipal Building located at 875 National Road in Brookside. B ARNESVILLE POLICE Department will be host its first Barnesville K-9 Golf Scramble on Oct. 10 at the Belmont Hills Country ...