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Cities find green ways to reduce storm floods

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For more than a century, New Orleans has depended on canals and pumps to get rid of stormwater in a city where about half the land is below sea level. Now the bustling Mississippi River port that expanded by filling in wetlands is spending $270 million to create spaces ...

Job market remains grim even as U.S. tentatively reopens

WASHINGTON (AP) — Signs of renewed business activity are surfacing across the country as states gradually reopen economies and some businesses call a portion of their laid-off staffers back to work. Yet with millions more Americans seeking unemployment aid last week, the U.S. job market ...

The Kidney Foundation of Ohio among grantees of fund

NELSONVILLE, Ohio — The Appalachian Ohio Emergency Response Fund has awarded over $36,000 in grants to support nonprofits that are working to provide basic necessities to ensure the health and safety of Appalachian Ohio’s most vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 crisis. Among the ...

Social distancing encouraged during private fireworks display

BELLAIRE — While some cities and villages are canceling their fireworks displays this coming Independence Day because of COVID-19 concerns, residents of Bellaire may get a show on July 4 after all. Councilman Donny Maupin said Bellaire native Joey Galloway plans to do his annual fireworks ...

County lists over 400 COVID-19 cases

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Belmont County’s positive COVID-19 results topped 400 Thursday, with 401 total infections and 229 recoveries recorded, according to Belmont County Health Department Deputy Director Robert Sproul. Sproul had reported 375 positive cases and 187 recoveries during his ...

FBI says Texas naval base shooting is ‘terrorism-related’

A shooting at a Texas naval air station that wounded a sailor and left the gunman dead is being investigated as “terrorism-related,” the FBI said Thursday. The shooting began around 6:15 a.m. Thursday at Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi. The gunman tried to speed through a gate at the ...

OHHS recognizes Mental Health Month

BARNESVILLE — May is Mental Health Month, and Ohio Hills Health Services is offering behavioral health counseling services at the Barnesville Family Health Center and the Quaker City Family Health Center. Telehealth counseling sessions are also available for all OHHS patients who are ...

Fundraising event focuses on stay-at-home fun

WHEELING — Heading into summer with nothing on the calendar because of COVID-19 cancellations? Looking for a way to get the whole family involved in helping others during the pandemic? Youth Services System Inc. is offering a solution to both problems: Campout for a Cause. The new ...

The Belmont County’s businesses seeking advice

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County’s businesses sought advice Wednesday morning during one of their Coffee and Connections conferences, hosted via Zoom by the St. Clairsville Area Chamber of Commerce. The process of reopening and conducting operations during the coronavirus pandemic led ...

Bridgeport principals receive new deals

BRIDGEPORT — A pair of principals in the Bridgeport Exempted Village School District were rewarded Wednesday with new contracts for their work with the students. Elementary Principal Kamaron Sabinski and middle school Principal Anne Haverty each received a five-year deal during the regular ...

Shadyside eyes new school facility

SHADYSIDE — Shadyside schools Superintendent John Haswell outlined plans for a new $31 million pre-K to 12th-grade facility for the school board this week. The Shadyside Board of Education held meetings Tuesday and Wednesday via Zoom and teleconferencing. Tuesday’s special morning session ...

Nursing home deaths nearly 70% of Ohio’s overall total

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nursing home residents continue to make up the vast majority of coronavirus-related deaths in Ohio, according to new Department of Health statistics. At least 1,246 residents of Ohio’s long-term care facilities have died as of Wednesday from the virus, or nearly 70% ...

Union Local prepares for graduation, next school year

MORRISTOWN — The Union Local Board of Education prepared to close out the school year during another virtual meeting, streamed live on Facebook Thursday due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There were some initial issues with internet connection and background noise as the board’s second ...

EORH owner wants income tax money back to help sustain facility

MARTINS FERRY — To help its new owners get East Ohio Regional Hospital back on its feet, the city of Martins Ferry may give back a portion of income tax collected from the facility’s future employees. During its regular meeting held Wednesday, City Council got two special visitors asking ...

Officials to support East Ohio Hospital LLC

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Commissioners pledged to support the new medical facility to be housed in the former East Ohio Regional Hospital building on Wednesday. The hospital closed in September. This past Sunday, it was announced that East Ohio Hospital LLC had ...

12 COVID-related deaths so far in Belmont County

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- Belmont County Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul reported more deaths related to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday, with close to 400 total cases and almost 200 recoveries in the county. “We’re now at 12 deaths,” Sproul said to the Belmont County ...

30 percent of Harrison cases healthcare workers

CADIZ — According to Harrison County officials, 30 percent of the county’s confirmed COVID-19 cases are healthcare workers. Garen Rhome, administrator of the Harrison County Health Department, said out of the county’s 10 positive cases three are healthcare workers. Rhome met with the ...

Muscle cars ruled the road in American culture

NOTHING DEFINED America in the 1960s and ‘70s like the muscle car. The Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396. The Pontiac GTO. Olds 442 W30. Ford Torino. Plymouth Road Runner. All these cars and others from the muscle car era were loud, and they were fast. They guzzled leaded gasoline, and they often ...

Pandemic threatens to deepen crisis in mental health care

NEW YORK (AP) — More than three weeks after Brandon Bell stopped showing up at a New York office that serves people with schizophrenia, employees finally located him at a nearby homeless shelter. The office remains open, but patients aren’t stopping by as much during the pandemic. Group ...

COVID deaths rising in Belmont, Monroe counties

WOODSFIELD -- Monroe County, which had reported only two novel coronavirus deaths for the first several weeks of the pandemic, recorded its fifth death Tuesday. Belmont County also reported an additional death, bringing its total to 10. Bryan Casey, owner of Stellar Care Center, confirmed ...