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Hospital to be blessed ahead of reopening

MARTINS FERRY — In preparation for its future reopening, East Ohio Regional Hospital will be blessed Wednesday. Michael Garrison, hospital spokesman, said the non-denominational blessing will take place with local clergy, hospital officials and media in attendance. It will not be open to ...

House to impeach Trump for Capitol ‘insurrection’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Poised to impeach, the House sped ahead Monday with plans to oust President Donald Trump from office, warning he is a threat to democracy and pushing the vice president and Cabinet to act even more quickly in an extraordinary effort to remove Trump in the final days of his ...

Law enforcement: We’ll be ready for Biden inauguration

WASHINGTON (AP) — This time, they’ll be ready. The inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden will be held on the same risers in the same spot at the U.S. Capitol where a violent, pro-Trump mob descended last week. But the two events aren’t even comparable from a security standpoint, ...

Officials hoping to begin construction of OSU Extension in spring

WOODSFIELD — The Monroe County Ohio State University Extension Office is moving closer to construction of its new facility with the project set to go out for bids next week and hopes of beginning construction in the spring. Mary Jo Westfall, OSU Extension Office associate, met with the ...

COVID-19 senior citizen vaccination preparations get underway

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The COVID-19 pandemic is surging and many in Belmont County are awaiting an expected vaccine, set to go to the state’s senior citizens. The Belmont County Health Department continues to receive about 100 doses of the Moderna version of the vaccine weekly. Deputy Health ...

Belmont County readies to vaccinate seniors

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- After Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s announcement Thursday that Ohio’s senior citizens will be vaccinated against COVID-19 in stages based on age, local authorities are working to organize inoculation plans in Belmont County. Vaccinations continue for people in the Phase 1A ...

Battling cancer while promoting businesses

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- St. Clairsville Area Chamber of Commerce Director Wendy Anderson chose to begin the New Year by sharing a message of hope during dark times -- she has waged a battle with breast cancer through the COVID-19 pandemic, but few would have known by observing her continued ...

St. Clairsville depot could be restored

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- City leaders are looking at options to restore a century-old railroad depot on Sugar Street for community use. Gabe Hayes of the Wallace Pancher Group engineering firm said the depot is in need of roof repair and interior repairs to the walls. The windows have been ...

House to charge Trump with ‘Incitement of insurrection’

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the House prepares for impeachment, President Donald Trump faces a single charge — “incitement of insurrection” — over the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol, according to a draft of the articles obtained by The Associated Press. Lawmakers are set to introduce the ...

Monroe County tops state ranks in COVID-19 occurrence rate

WOODSFIELD — Monroe County has the highest COVID-19 occurrence rate in the state due to its small population size and large number of current cases. According to the Ohio Department of health's latest statistics, the county is No. 1 in virus occurrence rate, having 137 new cases among ...

Southern and eastern Ohio counties being hit hardest by illness

SOUTHERN AND EASTERN Ohio counties were the focus of state trepidation in recent days as Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced that Monroe County was the worst-hit by the coronavirus pandemic last week. "All 88 counties are well above the high incident level," he prefaced his remarks. "Now, ...

Bellaire Salvation Army shelter quarantining occupants

BELLAIRE — The Salvation Army of Belmont County has put itself on “lockdown” after three people living in its homeless shelter tested positive for COVID-19. According to a post from the army on its Facebook page, all 25 residents of the organization's shelter in Bellaire are being ...

Dems plan lightning Trump impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Warnings flashing, Democrats in Congress laid plans Friday for swift impeachment of President Donald Trump, demanding decisive, immediate action to ensure an “unhinged” commander in chief can’t add to the damage they say he’s inflicted or even ignite nuclear war in ...

DeWine condemns D.C. riot, rolls out vaccine schedule

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday condemned rioting that occurred Wednesday in Washington D.C., where supporters of President Donald Trump overran the Capitol building. DeWine then outlined the next phases of a vaccination program aimed at halting the COVID-19 pandemic. He ...

Local health department conducting survey for Phase 1B vaccine

CADIZ — The Harrison County Health Department is conducting a data collection survey to gather information on potential Phase 1B COVID-19 vaccine recipients. Administrator Garen Rhome said the health department already received hundreds of responses since launching the survey Wednesday ...

Post on St. C. mayor’s social media calls ‘liberals’ ‘communists’

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — During a tumultuous time when Americans are divided along political lines, city residents are expressing concerns about a post Mayor Kathryn Thalman apparently shared on Facebook. The post features a picture of conservative commentator Candace Owens and the following ...

Viaduct Society eyes festival, start of project

BELLAIRE -- The Great Stone Viaduct Historical Education Society is getting ready to start its project to turn the grassy area around the old stone railroad bridge into a park and trail. During a Bellaire Village Council meeting Thursday, council members learned the society is planning to ...

Cadiz thankful for spring repairs

CADIZ -- The Christopher Spring is flowing again for local residents to enjoy, and village leaders said they are grateful to the owners for making the necessary repairs. Cadiz Village Council took a moment to thank Emily Wagner, owner of the spring, for making the repairs to the community ...

Election certification vote divides congressional delegations

FIVE OF Ohio’s 16 representatives objected to the Electoral College votes from Pennsylvania or Arizona, while West Virginia’s congressional delegation was divided on whether to certify the electoral votes from some states. Proceedings in Washington, D.C., ended early Thursday after ...