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Holiday activities planned at Barnesville Hutton library

BARNESVILLE — The Barnesville Hutton Memorial Library is helping residents get into the holiday spirit by hosting a variety of Christmas activities this month. Each year for the holiday season, the library plans different activities that involve some favorite literary characters, crafts, ...

New foster, adoption tools now available in Ohio

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Ohio is leading the way in using technology and other resources to connect foster children with stable and potentially permanent homes. Lt. Gov. Jon Husted and Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Director Matt Damschroder announced Tuesday morning that Ohio is the ...

Area braces for post-holiday COVID uptick

MARTINS FERRY — That stubborn COVID virus, the bully on the block who brings along friends that no one seems to be able to beat, continues on and with the ending of Thanksgiving and the coming Christmas season, authorities fear another spike, some in areas greater than others. Monroe ...

Omicron variant may have reached Europe earlier than thought

BRUSSELS (AP) — Economic powerhouses Japan and France reported their first cases of the omicron variant Tuesday, while new findings indicate the mutant coronavirus was already in Europe close to a week before South Africa sounded the alarm. The Netherlands’ RIVM health institute disclosed ...

School expansion scrapped in Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT — A proposed addition to the Bridgeport Exempted Village School District campus has been tabled. According to Superintendent of Schools Brent Ripley and District Treasurer Eric Meininger, the project was to be federally funded with Elementary and Secondary School Emergency ...