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Black Friday shopping tradition continues without throngs of people

People hungry for good deals made their way to the Ohio Valley Mall in St. Clairsville and The Highlands in Ohio County during the traditional Black Friday shopping day. Compared to past years, there were no throngs of people lined up to get inside stores Friday. Big sales already were ...

COVID death toll climbs in Belmont County

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County shifted from orange to red on the state’s color-coded risk assessment map last week and added two more deaths to its tally of residents who have succumbed to COVID-19. The county is now reporting 34 coronavirus-related deaths. For several months, the ...

Ohio Auditor says Bellaire’s Law Enforcement Trust Fund owed $23K

BELLAIRE -- The Ohio Auditor’s Office wants the village’s chief of police and a former officer to give $23,000 back to Bellaire’s Law Enforcement Trust Fund. Ohio Auditor Keith Faber’s Office claims that Police Chief Richard Flanagan and former patrolman Michael Wheeler owe $15,603 ...

Ohio elections chief certifies 2020 general election results

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s elections chief certified results on Friday of a 2020 election that he said was almost flawlessly executed despite the pandemic, raising concern that President Donald Trump’s allegations of widespread fraud could be undercutting voter confidence in the ...

COVID cases up, schools make post-Thanksgiving plans

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- Belmont County is closing in on 2,000 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began, with almost half those individuals actively infected and isolated at home -- but the number of recoveries has also gone up. Belmont County Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul reported 1,967 ...

UL watching finances

MORRISTOWN -- The Union Local School District Board of Education met Tuesday and approved the district’s five-year financial forecast with a budget surplus of nearly $2 million in its first year. Treasurer Janet Hissrich said school finances seem stable in the short term, but the COVID-19 ...

Wheeling Hospital Seeks Use of OVMC Morgue Equipment

WHEELING -- Officials at Wheeling Hospital have reached out to Wheeling city officials to request use of equipment from the morgue at the former Ohio Valley Medical Center campus, which is now owned by the city. The action is being taken as part of Wheeling Hospital’s contingency plan to ...

Winter Festival of Lights Provides Great Holiday Option

WHEELING -- Oglebay Park’s 35th annual Winter Festival of Lights offers a great option for families looking for a fun -- and safe -- activity following that Thanksgiving Day dinner. As the park kicked off its 35th annual Winter Festival of Lights “Sounds Of The Season” on Nov. 5, ...

100 years: Plenty of reason for family to be thankful

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Small business owners of all types are grateful for whatever successes they are able to achieve during the coronavirus pandemic, but one local law firm has 100 years of living and working in the community to be thankful for. Three generations of attorneys have practiced at ...

Sheriff investigating reported death near Barnesville

BARNESVILLE -- Belmont County Sheriff David Lucas confirmed Thursday that his department is investigating an incident involving a "female victim" near Barnesville but provided few details. Unconfirmed reports received by The Times Leader late Thursday indicate that a woman was found dead in a ...

Stores ready for Black Friday

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Ohio Valley Mall and smaller, local vendors are striving to make shopping safe, convenient and enjoyable for Black Friday and the entire holiday shopping season. Hosting “doorbuster” sales and attracting throngs of people for a single day of hunting for those ...

Wishing Well gift shop opens

MARTINS FERRY — A former hospital gift shop has expanded and reopened in a new location in the city of Martins Ferry. The Wishing Well, which previously operated inside of East Ohio Regional Hospital before the facility’s closure last fall, has reopened on Zane Highway. The shop, which ...

Santa returns to the mall with safety measures in place

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Santa Claus has made his way back to the Ohio Valley Mall for the holiday season, and he will remain there through Christmas Eve with a few extra safety precautions in place. The mall welcomed back its Pictures with Santa event on Saturday. It continues through Dec. 24 at ...

Ohio governor: State’s first vaccine batch coming by Dec. 15

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio could see its first batch of up to 30,000 doses of a coronavirus vaccine by Dec. 15, with fresh supplies arriving every few days, Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday, citing calls his office had with the White House. The first batch would come from a Pfizer-produced ...

Health workers fear Thanksgiving could mean more COVID

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- Belmont County Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul had news of more COVID-19 cases when he updated the Belmont County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. The commissioners met Tuesday instead of during their normal Wednesday meeting due to the Thanksgiving holiday. There ...

Cut off: School closings leave rural students isolated

CUBA, N.M. (AP) — The midday arrival of a school bus at Cyliss Castillo’s home on the remote edge of a mesa breaks up the long days of boredom and isolation for the high school senior. The driver hands over food in white plastic bags, collects Castillo’s school assignments and offers ...

Businesses and residents donate to food pantry

ST. CLAIRSVILLE— Community members continue to help those in need, particularly around the holidays during the surging coronavirus pandemic. About 20 people turned out Sunday to assist in filling trucks and vans with food donated by Riesbeck’s Food Markets, Walmart and residents. The ...

Harrison Hills schools closed due to virus

CADIZ — Harrison Hills students are beginning their Thanksgiving holiday break a bit early due to staffing limitations brought on by the coronavirus. Over the weekend, the Harrison Hills City School District announced that as a result of a few COVID-19 positive individuals and an abundance ...

Belmont County COVID-related death count reaches 32

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Two more coronavirus-related deaths were reported Monday by the Belmont County Health Department, and Gov. Mike DeWine and health care workers continue to urge Ohioans to take precautions -- particularly during the Thanksgiving holiday. Belmont County Deputy Health ...

Many Americans flying to holiday destinations despite CDC pleas

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Millions of Americans bought tickets to fly somewhere for Thanksgiving before the nation’s top public health agency pleaded with them not to travel for the holiday. So what are they doing now? In many cases, they’re still crowding airports and boarding planes. ...