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Gas and oil workers lending a hand

Local News

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A pair of gas and oil workers are working to spread the love — Rig Dogs Nation has raised more than $20,000 and counting for local animal rescue organizations. Rig Dogs Nation, a newly founded nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, donated $21,000 that was distributed ...

Ohio schools closed through May 1

Local News

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Gov. Mike DeWine on Monday afternoon extended the order closing public schools in the state, announcing that they will remain closed through May 1. DeWine made the move one day after President Donald Trump said social distancing recommendations for the entire nation would ...

DeWine presses for sterilization OK

Local News

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s governor said Sunday he expects federal regulators to soon clear the way for wide use of a Columbus-based company’s services to sterilize N95 masks. Battelle, a private research lab, says its process, which involves the use of hydrogen peroxide under ...

Chamber dealing with changes

Local News

MARTINS FERRY — The Martins Ferry Chamber of Commerce closed its doors this week because of state mandates related to the coronavirus pandemic, but the office is going through some other changes as well. Because of the coronavirus and its impact on businesses, the chamber is feeling the ...

Officials strike a balance

Local News

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — As an eighth case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Belmont County on Sunday, many people have begun asking if those who have tested positive for the disease may have been someone they know, or may have been in contact with in recent weeks. However, public health professionals ...

Dollar General earth work underway

Local News

MARTINS FERRY — Preparation of the land where a new Dollar General store will be constructed in Martins Ferry is underway. Workers could be seen at the site — located on Broadway Street near the Starfire gas station and adjacent to the Kroger shopping area — on Wednesday grading and ...

Governor urges approval of company’s mask sterilizing system

Local News

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine made a plea to the Food and Drug Administration during his daily press briefing Saturday, asking the agency to swiftly approve new technology that he believes could save many lives. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, DeWine has appeared each ...

Elections boards prepare for mail-in vote

Local News

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Ohio voters have the chance to cast their ballots in the primary election through most of next month. State legislators moved the election date to April 28 after the March 17 primary was canceled due to declaration of a public health emergency. The General Assembly and ...

Health department: Food workers not required to wear masks

Local News

MARTINS FERRY — While people still are being permitted to work in various jobs deemed essential by the government, some local residents have wondered if there are more stringent rules regarding the use of masks while dealing with the public during the coronavirus pandemic. One industry that ...

Homer Laughlin China Co. selling dinnerware line

Business

NEWELL — The Homer Laughlin China Co. has a new name and a new focus. Company President Elizabeth McIlvain detailed the transaction in a letter that was distributed to factory employees, as operations currently didn’t allow her to share the news with them personally due to coronavirus ...

Animal Hospitals, pet stores allowed to remain open

Business

WHEELING — As many people are spending more time bonding with their pets at home in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, animal hospitals and pet supply stores are permitted to remain open to help us take care of our furry companions. Stay-at-home orders in effect in both West Virginia and ...

COVID-19 closures and cancellations

Community

The following events and activities are canceled or postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak: ∫ The Barnesville Area Chamber of Commerce Spring Banquet slated for April 30 is being postponed. A new date will be announced at a later time. ∫ The Belmont County Veterans Service Office ...

Elementary art education gets online pop art from Warhol

Community

WHEELING — Art education will continue in Ohio County elementary schools next week with some inspiration from Pittsburgh native and pop artist Andy Warhol. When students in grades 1-5 receive their at-home assignment packets on Monday, included will be a choice of art assignments and an ...

K-9 retiring in Barnesville

Community

BARNESVILLE — Police Chief Rocky Sirianni recently announced the retirement of the department’s K-9 officer, Dixie, after his decision to remove her handler, Andrew Stewart, from those duties while keeping him on as a member of the department. Sirianni explained his difficult decision to ...

Nixon retiring as recorder

Community

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Mary Catherine Nixon is closing out her career as recorder for Belmont County this year. Her name will not appear on the primary or general election ballots, as she did not file for re-election. She has worked in the courthouse for a total of 54 years. “I graduated ...

Swank expected to restart construction on I-70 Bridges Project

Community

WHEELING — Following a two-week pause in response to the coronavirus outbreak, Swank Construction is expected to resume work on the I-70 Bridges Project next week, according to officials with the West Virginia Divisions of Highways. Swank notified state officials March 16 that the company ...

Locked up: No masks, sanitizer as virus spreads behind bars

Coronavirus

Something was wrong. The chow hall line at New York’s Rikers Island jail had halted. For three hours, the men stood and waited, without food, until a correctional officer quietly delivered the news: A civilian chef was among those who tested positive for the coronavirus. “We was like, ...

Three more national parks close to prevent coronavirus spread

Coronavirus

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Three more of America’s most popular national parks have closed their gates as pressure mounts on superintendents to prevent crowded trails that could lead to more spread of the coronavirus even as the Trump administration sticks to its decision to waive entrance fees ...

Texts, not door-knocks: Census outreach shifts amid virus

Coronavirus

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — In tiny Munfordville, Kentucky, the closure of the public library has cut people off from a computer used only for filling out census forms online. In Minneapolis, a concert promoting the once-a-decade count is now virtual. In Orlando, Florida, advocates called off ...

What’s essential? In France: pastry, wine. In US: golf, guns

Coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic is defining for the globe what’s “essential” and what things we really can’t do without, even though we might not need them for survival. Attempting to slow the spread of the virus, authorities in many places are determining what shops and services can remain ...