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COVID-19 closures and cancellations

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 ...

Animal Hospitals, pet stores allowed to remain open

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 ...

Elementary art education gets online pop art from Warhol

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

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

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

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 ...

Outdoor recreation activities encouraged despite closures

WHEELING — Social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t mean people should endure a self-imposed house arrest. In fact, state and local officials encourage the public to get out and about while still adhering to guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and ...

COVID-19 closures and cancellations

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 will be ...

College of Sciences donates supplies to COVID-19 effort

WEST LIBERTY — The West Liberty University nursing and biology programs have donated masks, isolation gowns and cases of gloves to Wheeling Hospital for use during the COVID-19 crisis. Dr. Rose Kutlenios, program director of WLU’s nursing department, was happy to follow the suggestion of ...

Cera, Dems pass sweeping legislation to address COVID-19 crisis

COLUMBUS, Ohio — State lawmakers returned to the Statehouse Wednesday to address the COVID-19 crisis and provide immediate relief to everyday Ohioans. State Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, released a statement Thursday following the unanimous passage of an omnibus bill, House Bill 197, that ...

Fish fry benefit for child postponed

BELLAIRE — A Bellaire Volunteer Fire Department fish fry to benefit a toddler scheduled to have brain surgery this summer has been canceled due to coronavirus concerns. Bellaire VFD firefighter Raymond Penyak said the fish fry for Theodore “Teddy” Bruce, originally set to take place ...

Local impact of COVID-19 grows with new cases

WHEELING — The novel coronavirus is having a greater impact on the Ohio Valley now, with Ohio County reporting its first two positive COVID-19 cases and Belmont County having its third positive test and a possible fourth case. The new COVID-19 cases were announced Wednesday morning. The two ...

WLU’s Presidential Search Committee suspends efforts

WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty University’s Presidential Search Committee is now suspending its efforts in response to the COVID-19 crisis. “Due to the national emergency and the need for social distancing, online-only classes and travel restrictions, we regret that we cannot continue the ...

Sheriff’s office searching for missing Hopedale man

HOPEDALE — Law enforcement officials are searching for a 28-year-old man who has been missing for a week. Jacob Hill of Hopedale was recently reported missing by his family after they last saw him around noon on March 19 in Hopedale. Harrison County Sheriff Ronald “Joe” Myers said the ...

Wheeling targets OVMC as ‘regional backup plan’

WHEELING — Despite closing city offices to the public this week, Wheeling officials have been busy working behind the scenes on efforts to maintain public services and to prepare for worst-case scenarios if the coronavirus pandemic sweeps through the area in the near future. On Wednesday, ...

ODOT crews continue making roadways safe for essential travelers

CADIZ — While many residents are abiding by stay-at-home orders, Ohio Department of Transportation workers continue to maintain the roadways, keeping them safe for essential travelers. Lauren Borrell, spokeswoman for ODOT, said crews will continue to provide the necessary road work and ...

Belmont Sheriff announces online crime reporting

Anyone wishing to report a non-violent, low-level crime or issue can now visit https://www.belmontsheriff.com/report-a-crime/ a deputy will contact the reportee within 24 to 48 hours to take a full report. The initiative is to reduce contact due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Deputies ...

Vavra holds final cases until end of pandemic

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra this week held his final Monday court docket until the conclusion of the coronavirus pandemic. He said all cases are being continued to the near future. Edward Mark Rouse, 35, of 67979 Dubois St., Bridgeport, could have his ...

Cafe continues serving hungry patrons amid COVID-19 restrictions

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Although the state’s health department has implemented strict restrictions among bars and restaurants across the state due to concerns pertaining to the coronavirus, some have managed to continue serving local residents during this trying time. Nicolozakes Cafe along ...

Martins Ferry car break-ins near 30

MARTINS FERRY — Martins Ferry police are investigating a rash of vehicle break-ins that occurred late Sunday into Monday morning, Chief John McFarland said. McFarland said his investigators believe just one person was involved with the crime that left between 20 and 30 vehicles ransacked on ...