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Half a million dead in U.S., shows virus’s tragic reach

By ADAM GELLER Associated Press For weeks after Cindy Pollock began planting tiny flags across her yard — one for each of the more than 1,800 Idahoans killed by COVID-19 — the toll was mostly a number. Until two women she had never met rang her doorbell in tears, seeking a place to ...

Virtual town halls promote vaccines

By ROBERT A. DEFRANK Times Leader Staff Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio — The state held the first of four planned virtual town hall meetings Monday to answer questions about vaccines for the COVID-19 pandemic and to encourage people to get the shots. The first town hall at coronavirus.ohio.gov, ...

Nursing home needs are front and center in Ohio

By ROBERT A. DEFRANK Times Leader Staff Writer CEDARVILLE, Ohio — The status and future of nursing homes as the COVID-19 pandemic continues figured strongly into a talk Monday by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. Ohio’s vulnerable senior citizens have been a focus of DeWine’s efforts in making ...

Port authority exploring prospects for broadband in Monroe

The next steps for high-speed internet access in Monroe County are on the horizon, in addition to the economic activity the county’s port authority is boasting already from its Powhatan No. 7 development site. “These are two separate projects,” said Jason Hammon, the county’s port ...

Switzerland staffers receive first dose of coronavirus vaccination

WOODSFIELD — More than 200 teachers and staff of the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine against COVID-19 last week. Linda Masters, administrator of the Monroe County Health Department, said multiple health department nurses traveled ...

Drugs seized in traffic stop

BARNESVILLE — Police made an arrest during the weekend and took suspected methamphetamine and cocaine off the street. “At Saturday night into Sunday morning around midnight, one of the officers stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation and we had some information on the driver, that ...

Prospects for Barnesville water project promising

BARNESVILLE -- Village officials recently learned that a significant portion of funding for the Slope Creek Waterline Project is closer to being secured. Village Administrator Roger Deal updated council at a regular meeting Feb. 1 concerning the progress toward receiving an Ohio Public ...

The Times Leader presents its annual progress edition

MARTINS FERRY -- It can be hard to imagine life without the specter of the COVID-19 pandemic hanging over us, but there are many reasons we should be doing just that now and in the weeks and months ahead. A year ago, few of us imagined how our lives were about to change. We never fathomed ...

City: Sidewalks must be cleared of snow and ice by the property owners

MARTINS FERRY -- City leaders are reminding everyone that keeping their sidewalks clear of snow and ice is not just for their benefit, it is also the law. During this week’s Martins Ferry City Council meeting, Councilman Rick Rodgers reminded people that both residents and business ...

St. C. copes with snow, makes water service plans

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- A teleconference meeting of St. Clairsville City Council last week featured updates regarding winter weather issues and water service. Before council could get down to regular business, though, drama arose again as Mayor Kathryn Thalman read a letter from resident Carrie ...

Local officials discuss benefits of oil and gas industry in the region

CLARINGTON — Local officials met Friday to discuss the benefits the oil and natural gas industry has brought to local communities, including providing funding for community projects, schools and road repairs, among others. In response to a recently published report by the Ohio River ...

ODOT reevaluating Woodsfield island removal

WOODSFIELD — A roadway safety improvement project in Woodsfield is temporarily on hold while the Ohio Department of Transportation searches for potential alternatives to avoid the removal of the median islands in Woodsfield. After months of deliberations with local residents and ...

As cold persists, warmth available locally

MARTINS FERRY — As residents of Texas continue to deal with freezing temperatures and a lack of heat because of rolling blackouts and power outages, local officials are ready to keep people warm in emergency situations. In Martins Ferry, Mayor John Davies is reminding residents the Liberty ...

Sproul: Power loss in health building won’t stall vaccines

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Power was out Friday at the Belmont County Health Department building, according to Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul, but he said there should be no change to the schedule of next week’s extensive COVID-19 vaccine plans. “Water got into an outlet,” Sproul said ...

PTTGCA denies report of project delay

A company spokesman said a report Thursday that the proposed PTT Global Chemical ethane cracker project will be further delayed is “just not true.” The Bangkok Post reported that PTTGC CEO Kongkrapan Intarajang announced that a final investment decision on the project would be delayed to ...

Monroe officials voice support of PSC permit application

WOODSFIELD — Monroe County officials sent a letter to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to express support for the Powhatan Salt Co.’s permit application for its salt cavern storage project near Clarington. On Tuesday, the Monroe County Board of Commissioners met with David ...

Fresh rounds of vaccines on their way

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday updated the state on delivery of COVID-19 vaccines during recent winter weather and assured Ohioans shipments are still coming. “Most of our counties spent time under snow emergency over the past few days,” DeWine said. “Over 29,000 ...

St. C. looks at budget for 2021

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — City Council heard the first reading of the proposed budget Tuesday and made temporary appropriations for expenditures through 2021. The budget must be approved by April 1. Council also heard from Finance Director Annette Williams and a visiting clerk, who addressed ...

Cadiz looking to turn empty lot into new store

CADIZ — The village is working toward the possibility of turning a vacant lot property into a new retail store. The village of Cadiz, along with the Harrison County Community Improvement Corp., has been working with a developer to transform a village-owned vacant property on Commerce ...