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Coronavirus

PTTGCA announces new timeline for ethane cracker

DILLES BOTTOM -- PTT Global Chemical America, one of two companies considering construction of an ethane cracker plant in Belmont County, announced a new timeline for the project Monday. Working with Daelim Chemical USA, PTTGCA has acquired property and done site preparation work along the ...

Three more COVID-19 deaths reported

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County’s coronavirus-related deaths increased from 12 to 15 Thursday, when Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul confirmed three more inmates at Belmont Correctional Institution who had tested positive had died. Sproul said these individuals had not been ...

Ohio 151 restricted due to road buckling

JEWETT — The rise in temperatures over last weekend caused the concrete to buckle on a small section of Ohio 151 west of Jewett. Lauren Borrell, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Transportation District 11, said a 12-foot section of the roadway near Rumley Road has buckled due to ...

Ohio Valley Mall announces curbside pickup option for customers

By CARRI GRAHAM Times Leader Staff Writer ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Ohio Valley Mall announced a new service is now up and running for customers who prefer shopping from the comfort of their vehicle to entering the establishment. The mall’s newest program, “Mall to Go,” is a curbside ...

Belmont County commissioners looking toward virus aftermath

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Several familiar faces were back at the commissioners’ office Wednesday. Several people who previously had been regular guests had absented themselves from attending the weekly proceedings during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Wednesday, they wore their masks and waited in the ...

COVID cases creep up in Belmont County

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul reported the total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Belmont County reached 434 Wednesday with 330 of those patients recovered. That compares to 432 positive cases Tuesday, an increase of just two. Four people remain ...

Harrison County reports zero new cases in the past week

By CARRI GRAHAM Times Leader Staff Writer CADIZ — Harrison County has gone a week without any new COVID-19 cases being reported, according to officials. Garen Rhome, administrator of the Harrison County Health Department, met with the Harrison County Board of Commissioners during ...

Monroe COVID-19 deaths climb to 12

WOODSFIELD — The death rate among Monroe County residents who tested positive for COVID-19 increased rapidly over the past week. As of Wednesday, the county has 74 positive coronavirus cases, one probable case, 24 patients who have recovered and 12 deaths. The county reported its first ...

As Memorial Day tempts people, virus rebound feared

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 ...

New infections show virus accelerating across Latin America

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 ...

California’s April jobless rate higher than Great Recession

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, ...

Will virus keep spectators from astronaut launch?

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — In ordinary times, the beaches and roads along Florida’s Space Coast would be packed with hundreds of thousands of spectators, eager to witness the first astronaut launch from Florida in nine years. In the age of coronavirus, local officials and NASA are split on ...

NASA’s newest test pilots are veteran astronauts, friends

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The two astronauts who will test drive SpaceX’s brand new rocketship are classmates and friends, veteran spacefliers married to veteran spacefliers, and fathers of young sons. Together, they will end a nine-year drought for NASA when they blast into orbit next ...

West Sports Bar temporarily shuttered

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

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 ...

Ferry’s spring cleanup set for June 13

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

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

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

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 ...

Martin Ferry schools plan graduation

MARTINS FERRY — The Martins Ferry City Schools District is preparing for the close of the school year during the COVID-19 pandemic. During Tuesday’s Zoom conference meeting, Superintendent Jim Fogle reported on graduation and end-of-year activities. He said dates will be set for blizzard ...