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Worker at Good Shepherd Nursing Home tests positive for COVID-19

WHEELING — A worker at Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Wheeling has tested positive for the coronavirus, the facility’s officials announced Wednesday. The unidentified staff member is believed to have contracted COVID-19 “as a result of community contact,” according to Donald Kirsch, ...

City Leaders Decry ‘War Zone of Fireworks’ During Fourth of July

WHEELING — As July 4 fell on Saturday this year, the celebratory holiday weekend came and went with a bang … literally. Although no reports of fireworks-related injuries were received in Wheeling over the weekend, the city police department was inundated with complaints about illegal ...

Masks mandatory indoors in W.Va. after weekend spike in new COVID-19 cases

CHARLESTON — With coronavirus cases coming in higher the last five days than at any point during the worst of the outbreak, Gov. Jim Justice ordered Monday that masks be worn indoors. Justice, speaking during a coronavirus briefing Monday at the Capitol, said he will sign an executive order ...

Cancellation of Atlantic Coast Pipeline Takes State Leaders by Surprise

CHARLESTON — The companies behind the $8 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline project announced the cancellation of the project Sunday, taking state leaders by surprises. According to a statement from Dominion Energy and Duke Energy Sunday afternoon, the pipeline project to bring natural gas ...

Wheeling Hospital to open urgent care facility downtown

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 ...

As COVID-19 cases rise in some states, leaders mull how to combat resurgence

After consistently moving toward flattening the curve, positive cases of COVID-19 have been climbing in the last two weeks across several states. Florida had the most dramatic increase of cases, jumping from 3,235 daily new cases per 100,000 people on June 22 to 9,019 daily new cases June ...

Local health officials hopeful of statewide mask mandate

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 ...

Gov. Justice gives notice: Mask-wearing in buildings could become mandatory

CHARLESTON — As cases of the coronavirus spike across the country and in West Virginia, Gov. Jim Justice said Thursday he is seriously considering mandating face masks and covering in buildings. “I am very seriously considering that at the beginning of next week we may very well have ...

Local artist raises money, awareness for Pride Month

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

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. ...

Museum attendance varies after reopening

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 ...

Rayland nonprofit to aid local animals

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

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 ...

Farnsworth pleads innocent in homicide case

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 ...

Mask wearing now mandatory in Pa. after COVID-19 spikes

WASHINGTON, Pa. — Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine issued an order Wednesday requiring residents to wear masks, with exceptions, when leaving their homes as COVID-19 cases are on the rise, especially in Allegheny County. The order requires mask wearing indoors where the public is ...

Manchin criticizes Justice’s C.A.R.E.S. Act plans

CHARLESTON - West Virginia’s lone Democratic U.S. Senator took to the airwaves Tuesday to express his frustrations with Gov. Jim Justice, what he calls the slow pace of distributing funding to local governments and a plan to use coronavirus relief funds for highway projects. Sen. Joe ...

Barnesville to perform smoke testing on sewer system July 8

BARNESVILLE - The village of Barnesville Water Department with the assistance of the Ohio Rural Water Association will be smoke testing the sanitary sewer system on N. Lincoln Ave., Cherry St., the north end of N. Arch St., Grey Lane, Plumly Drive, High St., Mil-Cow Lane, Watt Ave., and Euclid ...

Police stepping up enforcement of I-70 speed limit of 45

WHEELING — With all due respect to Sammy Hagar, drivers on Interstate 70 in Ohio County can’t even drive 45. As traffic continues to increase on local highways with COVID-19 restrictions lifting and the approaching Fourth of July holiday, two local law enforcement agencies are working ...

Wheeling Park ice rink starting to take shape

WHEELING — Crews both locally and from out-of-state worked to renovate the Wheeling Park Memorial Ice Rink as part of a $1.3 million renovation project. The rink is one of the most-used facilities at Wheeling Park, and the renovation work that began this spring will bring the rink, which ...

Jewett Alumni Association scholarships are awarded

JEWETT — The Jewett Alumni Association has announced its list of R.A Kammeyer Awards and John Coutts Scholarships recipients for 2020 graduates. Melina Bell, daughter of Laryssa Beatty, granddaughter of Richard and Suzy Lowmiller Beatty. Melina will be attending Bowling Green University, ...