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Coronavirus

BCI at center of COVID attention

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Belmont Correctional Institution is the new “hot spot” for COVID-19 infections in Ohio’s prison system, state leaders said Monday. Meanwhile, Sheetz announced that an employee of its St. Clairsville location has tested positive for the virus. The prison has been ...

Monroe County confirms second virus death

WOODSFIELD -- Monroe County officials on Monday confirmed a second coronavirus-related death occurred Saturday. The Monroe County Health Department recorded the second death of a resident who had tested positive for COVID-19 just one day after the first death in the county was announced ...

Davies’ prayers are answered

MARTINS FERRY -- It appears the prayers said near a group of large rocks outside the shuttered East Ohio Regional Hospital were finally answered. During a short press conference held Monday alongside those stones, Martins Ferry Mayor John Davies talked about the news released Sunday that EORH ...

Albertini named COO

MARTINS FERRY -- East Ohio Hospital LLC announced Monday that Bernie Albertini will serve as chief operating officer of the former East Ohio Regional Hospital. East Ohio Hospital LLC recently acquired the Martins Ferry property. The hospital was closed in Spetember by its former owner, Alecto ...

St. Clairsville preps for summer, water projects

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- St. Clairsville Mayor Kathryn Thalman updated council Monday on activity that has followed the decision to turn down a long-standing offer by Aqua Ohio to purchase the city’s water and wastewater systems. During a teleconference session, she thanked engineer Jeff Vaughn, ...

Courthouse reopening mulled

WOODSFIELD -- The Monroe County Courthouse will continue to limit access to the public amid the coronavirus pandemic as officials await recommendations from the county’s health department. The Monroe County Board of Commissioners met with Monroe County Common Pleas Judge Julie R. Selmon on ...

Martins Ferry facility will reopen

MARTINS FERRY -- The former East Ohio Regional Hospital property in Martins Ferry has been sold and will reopen later this year, according to Mayor John Davies and a statement released Sunday. The property has been purchased by the entity East Ohio Hospital LLC from its owner, “a large real ...

Barnesville businesses press on

BARNESVILLE -- Village Council learned last week that funding for a paving project planned in the village for this summer is now in question, but decided to move forward with a number of other agenda items. Village Administrator Roger Deal announced that the Ohio Public Works Commission ...

Clock repairs on the agenda

WOODSFIELD -- After months of it being inoperable, Monroe County officials are hoping to repair the courthouse’s tower clock. The Monroe County Board of Commissioners discussed plans to repair the courthouse’s clock and tower bell Monday morning. Chris Simon, maintenance worker for the ...

Graduation being planned

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 ...

Hard-working single mom working harder

MAYNARD -- For mom Lacey Paxton, trying to help her 6-year-old daughter Paxton Shanks, a kindergarten student at East Richland Christian School, do school work has been a struggle. Having to go to work, come home and cook, clean, teach and try to do yard work has often left Paxton drained, ...

Children Services active in pandemic

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Department of Job and Family Services continues to provide children’s services despite the ongoing pandemic of the novel coronavirus. DJFS officials could make only a small presentation before the Belmont County board of commissioners last month ...

Wheeling Hospital’s Cardiac, Pulmonary Rehab programs resuming

WHEELING, WV — Services have resumed for patients of Wheeling Hospital’s Cardiac and Pulmonary rehabilitation programs. The reopening brought back patients who were already enrolled when COVID-19 temporarily closed the Howard Long Wellness Center. Christine Wallace, BSN, nurse manager ...

St. Clairsville graduate awarded patent

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — City native Jim Porterfield received a patent for the core strengthening device and method he developed. The 1968 St. Clairsville High School graduate was awarded a patent from the U.S. Patent Office for his device, Core Builder Pro. More information about the device can ...

Baird considers COVID-19

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- The current COVID-19 pandemic is a matter that relates to the experience of St. Clairsville American Legion’s Veteran of the Month Barbara Pubal Baird, who served in the Army Nursing Corps. In 1989 she was commissioned into the U.S. Army Reserves. “I went in when I ...

Letter carriers group donates to school food program

BRIDGEPORT — The Bridgeport Exempted Village School District received another contribution to supply its ongoing food program for students who are quarantined during the COVID-19 outbreak. District Food Service Coordinator Donna Burlenski said the National Association of Letter Carriers ...

OUE receives $5,000 Internal Award to help businesses reopen

Sarah Mahan-Hays, associate professor of communication at Ohio University Eastern, and Crystal Lorimor, executive director of the Community Improvement Corp. of Belmont County, are among the first awardees of the COVID-19 Community Response Internal Awards offered by the Center for Campus and ...

Houses of worship gain audience by going online during virus

On a rainy evening in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis delivered a special blessing, asking God for help against the coronavirus. The square in Vatican City would normally be packed with onlookers, but no one was standing on the glistening cobblestones in March as he implored God to “not ...

City leaders seek more answers on OVMC property

WHEELING — Members of Wheeling City Council continue to seek answers about the former Ohio Valley Medical Center property before making a final decision on whether or not the city should acquire the sprawling property, which could come as soon as this week. Council members met last week in ...

OSHP focusing on motorcycle safety

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — As summer approaches, more motorists will be on the roadways enjoying the sunshine and warm weather, including those riding motorcycles, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol urges drivers to practice roadway safety as this occurs. May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness ...