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Harrison cases climbing

CADIZ — Harrison County continues to see more occurrences of COVID-19 with more than 40 new positive cases reported in the past week. Last Wednesday, the county had a confirmed total of 129 positive cases since the outbreak began. This week that number jumped to 173 total cases, an increase ...

Martins Ferry to stream meetings during surge

MARTINS FERRY — Martins Ferry City Council canceled its regular meeting on Wednesday and now is making plans for future meetings during the ongoing surge of COVID-19 in the region and nation. Several hours before its meeting was to be held, council decided to cancel its regular meeting ...

DeWine orders 3-week curfew to slow COVID-19

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday announced a three-week 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. general curfew, with multiple exceptions, meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus as cases stay at near-record high levels. DeWine said the measure, effective Thursday, is needed to reduce ...

Bridgeport hoping to spend $197,000 in CARES Act funds

BRIDGEPORT — The village of Bridgeport received $197,621 in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funding and hopes to spend it on necessary public safety items for the village. Bridgeport Council briefly discussed the matter and passed an ordinance during Tuesday's regularly ...

Ohio’s Portman joins vaccine trial

CINCINNATI (AP) — A U.S. senator is participating in a COVID-19 vaccine study, hoping to encourage others to volunteer to take part in testing. Ohio Republican Rob Portman told The Associated Press that he wanted to do what he could to help “explain the great potential for these ...

Virus testing kits to help keep St. C. workers on the job

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Rapid COVID-19 testing is available for city employees and emergency responders with a focus on avoiding long quarantine periods. “We just started training on them and distributing them this week,” Mayor Katheryn Thalman said, adding that the city obtained 220 rapid ...

DeWine: ‘Help us get control of this virus’

WHEELING — The next few weeks are critical in decreasing the spread of COVID-19, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Monday during one of his Eastern Ohio stops. DeWine visited the Wheeling-Ohio County Airport to discuss the sudden rise in virus cases and hospitalizations throughout the Buckeye ...

Barnesville bowling alley destroyed by fire, community digging deep to help

BARNESVILLE — A longtime village business was destroyed by fire Monday morning, leaving many residents shocked and saddened by the loss and digging into their pockets to help. A passerby noticed smoke rising from the front of Chestnut Lanes bowling alley and called 911 at 11:01 a.m., ...

Belmont County bracing for COVID compliance fallout

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul had hoped COVID-19 cases would begin to decline this week, but people are failing to comply with recommendations to help stop its spread. The county has been coping with continually rising cases and strict mandates from ...

Elections board releases official vote count

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Elections finished the official count of the Nov. 3 presidential race Monday. There was no change from race results reported on election night, but the final canvass cemented this as a unique year for both methods of voting and the extensive ...

St. C. City Council hunts for new clerk

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Safeguards during the coronavirus pandemic and progress in water service were some leading issues during Monday’s teleconference meeting of the St. Clairsville City Council, as well as the need for a new clerk in 2021. Council members congratulated Jason Garczyk, clerk ...

Wells sentenced for animal cruelty

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Shania Wells will serve one year in prison for cruelty to animals and is barred from ever again owning or being around an animal. Wells, 24, of 59615 Chestnut Level Road, Belmont, is serving a jail sentence until 2021 for repeated incidents of cruelty to animals. She heard ...

Belmont school demolition plans delayed

BELMONT — Village officials discussed partnering with the village of Bethesda and Goshen Township to purchase a pavement roller and learned that plans to demolish the Belmont school building have been delayed yet again. During the council meeting held Nov. 5, Fiscal Officer Ricky Burkhead ...

Harrison County secures grant funding for project

CADIZ — Numerous guardrails throughout Harrison County will be replaced now that the county has secured $300,000 in grant funding for the project. Harrison County Commissioners Paul Coffland and Don Bethel signed an agreement between the county and the Ohio Department of Transportation ...

Expert’s words to parents: ‘keep calm, and home school’

WHEELING — When the youngest child’s iPad doesn’t work, the older child won’t sit to learn at their Chromebook and their parent still has their own life issues, it is easy for the parent -- or even a grandparent -- to vent frustration. “It’s Friday the 13th! I’m trying to keep ...

Accident blocks traffic on Interstate 70 west in St. Clairsville

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- Traffic on Interstate 70 west is at a standstill on Monday evening after a collision occurred that involves multiple vehicles. An Ohio State Highway Patrol dispatcher said the westbound lanes of the highway were shut down in response to the crash, which occurred around 5:45 ...

Courts continue despite COVID

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- Belmont County’s judges continue to hold court during the coronavirus pandemic, but with extra safeguards in place. And the Ohio Supreme Court recently issued an advisory regarding such safeguards with new cases on the rise. Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank ...

PTT delays cracker investment decision again

DILLES BOTTOM -- PTT Global Chemical America has scrapped its timetable for making a final investment decision on a proposed ethane cracker plant in Belmont County. PTTGCA spokesman Dan Williamson said Friday that plans to announce a decision in the first quarter of 2021 are no longer ...