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State focused on COVID-19 cases inside nursing homes

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Ohio’s nursing homes will be getting some extra attention from the state to help safeguard those most vulnerable to the new coronavirus. Gov. Mike DeWine announced in a press briefing Tuesday that personnel from the National Guard will help with testing in nursing ...

City officials, former workers hope new EORH is a success

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MARTINS FERRY — City leaders and some former East Ohio Regional Hospital employees say they are excited the facility has been purchased — and they are looking forward to it reopening since its closure nine months ago. On May 17, it was announced that EORH had been purchased by Dr. John ...

Two arrested on drug charges in St. C.

Local News

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – An extensive narcotics investigation by the St. Clairsville Police Department and the Belmont County Major Crimes Unit resulted in the arrests of two people on Monday, according to Police Chief Matt Arbenz. Megan Funkhouser, 33, of St. Clairsville and Billy Clark, 28, of ...

Hanover Fuel Stop expanding

Local News

MARTINS FERRY — Hanover Fuel Stop is known for its giant sandwiches called “hoggies” instead of the more traditional “hoagies.” Now, the space that makes and serves those delicious eats is getting much bigger. Owner John Ayers said his expansion project has the business, located at ...

Walls of new Dollar General store up in Ferry

Local News

MARTINS FERRY — Workers at the site of a Dollar General are quickly constructing the new store and may be done in another month, a worker at the site said Wednesday. About six weeks ago ground was broken on the new store and now all four walls are up. Workers have been going at what appears ...

Excess deaths measure a work in progress as CDC revises metric

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — The CDC has revised a metric that showed higher-than-expected death statistics around the country but whose accuracy was inconsistent from state to state. A report released by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the end of April showed ...

Monroe Theater keeping community connected

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WOODSFIELD -- Although theaters are not among businesses and nonprofits that have been given the green light to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic, one local theater is keeping the community entertained through a series of virtual live performances. Due to virus restrictions, the Monroe ...

Shadyside remembers the fallen

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SHADYSIDE -- Bob Bell has been noticing more and more communities doing their part to pay homage to their native veterans. A village councilman, Bell decided it was time that Shadyside got involved, too. "You walk past the honor rolls that are in front of the American Legions or VFW, see ...

The Times Leader to launch expanded Sunday edition

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MARTINS FERRY -- The Times Leader will embark on a new era beginning May 30 with the debut of an expanded print edition that will be delivered to home subscribers and stores on Saturday morning and remain available throughout the weekend. This edition will feature the best of the Saturday and ...

Ohio Valley news briefs

Community

Portion of Ohio 9 to close for 5 days ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- The Ohio Department of Transportation announced that a portion of Ohio 9 will close for five days for a culvert replacement project June 1. The closure will be between Pecks Lane and Bett-Mar Lane in St. Clairsville. The recommended ...

As Memorial Day tempts people, virus rebound feared

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Millions of Americans are getting ready to emerge from coronavirus lockdowns and venture outdoors to celebrate Memorial Day weekend at beaches, cookouts and family outings, raising concern among public health officials that large gatherings could cause outbreaks to come roaring back. Medical ...

Ferry’s spring cleanup set for June 13

Local News

MARTINS FERRY — The city of Martins Ferry has rescheduled its much anticipated spring cleanup for June 13. The event originally was going to be held in April, but due to COVID-19 concerns was postponed. Since the virus still is around, participants will be required to remove their unwanted ...

Senior vouchers available for farmers’ markets

Local News

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County will be participating in a program this summer to help senior citizens buy locally grown vegetables. Belmont County Senior Services Director Dwayne Pielech announced Wednesday before the Belmont County Board of Commissioners that applications are available ...

Cadiz finalizes contractor for water upgrades

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CADIZ — The Village of Cadiz hired a contractor to perform upgrades to its water treatment facility on the recommendation of its hired engineering company Thursday evening, but another contracting firm voiced opposition to the final decision. Cadiz Village Council signed an emergency ...

Pandemic suppresses Memorial Day weekend travel plans

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WHEELING — While the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be suppressing travel plans for Memorial Day weekend and early summer for many people, indications are beginning to reveal travelers are showing an interest in planning more regional and domestic trips in the coming months, according to local ...

California’s April jobless rate higher than Great Recession

Business

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s unemployment rate nearly tripled to 15.5% in April as the nation’s most populous state lost more jobs in one month from the coronavirus than it did during the Great Recession a decade ago, state data released Friday showed. Just two months ago, ...

West Sports Bar temporarily shuttered

Community

WHEELING — A few months after Ye Olde Alpha in Woodsdale closed its doors to look for greener pastures, owner Charlie Schlegel’s next venture, the West Sports Bar at Stratford Springs, was quashed this week. On Tuesday, Schlegel said the eatery had been shut down when State Police and ...

Roman Catholic churches in W.Va. approved to resume mass

Community

WHEELING - Roman Catholic churches across West Virginia will welcome back parishioners this weekend after a more than two-month hiatus from Mass. All parishes in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston were authorized this week by Bishop Mark Brennan to resume in-person church services beginning ...

New infections show virus accelerating across Latin America

Coronavirus

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic accelerated across Latin America on Friday, bringing a surge of new infections and deaths, even as curves flattened and reopening was underway in much of Europe, Asia and the United States. The region’s two largest nations — Mexico and ...