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Wanna bet?

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BELMONT — A good-natured bet between neighbors is demonstrating that Americans who disagree about politics can still be friends. Bob Mills, a registered Democrat but also an ardent supporter of former President Donald J. Trump, is now flying a “Biden President 2020” flag on the front of ...

It’s a secret: California keeps key virus data from public

Business

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has from the start said his coronavirus policy decisions would be driven by data shared with the public to provide maximum transparency. But with the state starting to emerge from its worst surge, his administration won’t disclose ...

BOE expects mail-in voting trend

Community

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Elections closed out a successful year in 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic and members are now taking stock of how a primary election might be conducted this year. On Wednesday, Director Kelly McCabe said the board received a check for ...

St. C. High School releases honor roll

Community

PRINCIPAL'S LIST Grade 9 Maraea Badiel, Emily Dubinsky, Grace Dutton, Ella Everson, Abigail Fausnaugh, Delaney Florence, Griffin Fogle, Ashton Glover, Leandra Hastings, Kendall Krock, Jacob Meager, Olivia Meager, Mason Myers, Aaron Ni, Rami Padilla, Perrin Patrone, Christopher Schmidt, ...

A man on a mission

Local News

MARTINS FERRY — Dr. John Johnson isn’t just a psychiatrist — he’s also an entrepreneur who is making investments in the Ohio Valley that he believes will have a great impact on the community for years to come. Johnson purchased the shuttered East Ohio Regional Hospital last spring ...

McCloud reflects on serving in Desert Storm

Community

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — John McCloud of the Bellaire area is the St. Clairsville American Legion’s Veteran of the Month for January, bringing the honor to a younger generation than usual. While many prior veterans of the month served in the military during the World War II, Vietnam or Korean ...

Shaheen named Bethesda solicitor

Community

BETHESDA — Bethesda Village Council members unanimously voted to hire Michael J. Shaheen as the new village solicitor. The village had been seeking an attorney to fill the solicitor position since the resignation of Jeffrey Menokski of Littlejohn Law in November. The village accepted ...

Lucky few hit COVID-19 vaccine jackpot for rare extra doses

Coronavirus

Fortune struck one man in the bakery aisle at the supermarket. Two others were working the night shift at a Subway sandwich shop. Yet another was plucked from a list of 15,000 hopefuls. With millions of Americans waiting for their chance to get the coronavirus vaccine, a lucky few are getting ...

Mountaineer NGL Storage LLC exploring green hydrogen demand

Local News

CLARINGTON — Mountaineer NGL Storage LLC is exploring green options for its Appalachian Storage Hub in Monroe County. The natural gas storage facility is gauging interest in the possibility of storing carbon-free hydrogen in its new storage hub near Clarington in Monroe County. The company ...

Biden’s choice on econ aid: Deal with GOP or go for it all

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden’s ambitious opening bid, his $1.9 trillion American Rescue economic package, will test the new president’s relationship with Congress and force a crucial choice between his policy vision and a desire for bipartisan unity. Biden became president this week with ...

Vaccines for 80 and older begin

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County Health Department administered 400 COVID-19 vaccines to residents 80 and older Thursday at the Belmont County Fairgrounds. Deputy Health Commissioner Robert Sproul said his staff dosed seniors with the Pfizer BioNTech version of the vaccine throughout the ...

Judge says Amazon won’t have to restore Parler web service

Business

Amazon won’t be forced to immediately restore web service to Parler after a federal judge ruled Thursday against a plea to reinstate the fast-growing social media app, which is favored by followers of former President Donald Trump. U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein in Seattle said she ...

Barnesville officials hear ‘Year in Review’

Community

BARNESVILLE — Village officials recently heard Mayor Dale Bunting’s “Year in Review” for 2020 while welcoming back Tim McKelvey, who reclaimed a seat on village council after nearly three years. McKelvey was sworn in by Village Solicitor Adam Meyser, having been selected by council ...

Harrison receives bids for renovation project

Community

CADIZ — An upcoming renovation project in the former engineer’s office inside the Harrison County Courthouse received bids from multiple contractors last week. Commissioners Paul Coffland, Don Bethel and Dale Norris opened five bids for the impending project during their weekly meeting. ...

Biden signs burst of virus orders, vows ‘Help is on the way’

Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a burst of executive orders, President Joe Biden served notice Thursday that America’s war on COVID-19 is under new command, promising an anxious nation progress to reduce infections and lift the siege it has endured for nearly a year. At the same time, he tried to ...

CSX profit slips in 4Q but railroad hauls 4% more freight

Business

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — CSX railroad reported relatively flat fourth-quarter earnings even though it hauled 4% more freight as the economy continued to rebound from last year’s widespread virus-related shutdowns. The Jacksonville, Florida-based railroad said Thursday it earned $760 million, ...

Health departments optimistic about online registry

Community

WHEELING — Gov. Jim Justice’s daily coronavirus press conference revealed that next week will see the unveiling of a statewide online registry for COVID-19 vaccinations, which was met with optimism from local health departments. Mark Ackermann, threat preparedness director for the ...

Groups opposing Mountaineer NGL storage

Local News

PLANS FOR a Mountaineer Natural Gas Liquids Storage facility near the Ohio River in Monroe County are raising fears of pollution and long-term damage to the area and its people. A virtual meeting was held Thursday evening in which environmental groups shared information and comments, with the ...

Bellaire to create board for grants

Local News

BELLAIRE — Village Council is moving forward with plans to create a board to better garner grants for Bellaire. During a regular meeting Thursday, village attorney Michael Shaheen said he was working on putting together an ordinance and hoped to have it reviewed by members before the next ...

Cadiz water plant upgrades to begin in the spring

Local News

CADIZ — The village’s water treatment plant upgrades and improvements are set to get underway in the next few months. Cadiz Village Council discussed the project during Thursday’s evening meeting. The expansion project is set to begin in mid-March or early April. Following the ...