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Cancer center officials defend handling of virus

STEUBENVILLE — Tony Teramana Cancer Center officials Monday defended their handling of three employees who’d tested positive for COVID-19, saying their priority was to safeguard the health of their patients and staff, not answer to the media. “We had to make decisions about how to ...

U.S. death toll eclipses China’s as reinforcements head to NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus climbed past 3,600 Tuesday, eclipsing China’s official count, as hard-hit New York City rushed to bring in more medical professionals and ambulances and parked refrigerated morgue trucks on the streets to collect the dead. The ...

‘Social distance’ bears spotted in Ferry

A “social distance bear” is shown on a home’s porch in Martins Ferry on Tuesday. The trending game is a scavenger hunt of sorts to help children have some fun finding and counting the stuffed toys while staying a safe distance from others during the coronavirus pandemic. T-L ...

School closure pushed to May 1

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine on Monday extended the Ohio schools’ shutdown order until May 1 to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, while a federal judge said a state ban on elective surgery was unconstitutional if it prevented abortions from being carried out. A look at ...

Man in custody after high-speed chase

GLENCOE – A man reportedly led law enforcement on a high-speed chase in Belmont County on Tuesday morning, damaging vehicles and requiring medical attention. “A stolen vehicle was reported to our office a couple days ago. We located the vehicle in the Glencoe area. Went to make contact ...

Teasdale tapped as acting mayor

BRIDGEPORT — The village of Bridgeport has a new acting mayor following a special council meeting Monday evening. Bridgeport Village Council named Councilwoman Norma Teasdale council president pro tempore and acting mayor in Mayor David Smith’s stead after council President Marvin Husarik ...

Belmont County prepping for election

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The Belmont County Board of Elections is making ready for the upcoming primary election, changed to a mail-in only format ending April 28 from the scheduled in-peron March 17 in an effort to avoid spreading the novel coronavirus. “It’s the same election, it’s just a ...

Love thy neighbor from afar

T-L Photo/SHELLEY HANSON ELM STREET, Brookside, residents woke up Monday to colorful pinwheel garden decorations stuck in their lawns anonymously with a message attached: “Love thy neighbor.”

Water debate back on table

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – After some delays, city leaders have resumed debate about the future of water and wastewater service. The novel coronavirus and its impact on public gatherings caused several prior meetings to be postponed and made it unfeasible for council to meet in person, so members ...

Gas and oil workers lending a hand

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A pair of gas and oil workers are working to spread the love — Rig Dogs Nation has raised more than $20,000 and counting for local animal rescue organizations. Rig Dogs Nation, a newly founded nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, donated $21,000 that was distributed ...

Ohio schools closed through May 1

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Gov. Mike DeWine on Monday afternoon extended the order closing public schools in the state, announcing that they will remain closed through May 1. DeWine made the move one day after President Donald Trump said social distancing recommendations for the entire nation would ...

DeWine presses for sterilization OK

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s governor said Sunday he expects federal regulators to soon clear the way for wide use of a Columbus-based company’s services to sterilize N95 masks. Battelle, a private research lab, says its process, which involves the use of hydrogen peroxide under ...

Chamber dealing with changes

MARTINS FERRY — The Martins Ferry Chamber of Commerce closed its doors this week because of state mandates related to the coronavirus pandemic, but the office is going through some other changes as well. Because of the coronavirus and its impact on businesses, the chamber is feeling the ...

Officials strike a balance

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — As an eighth case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Belmont County on Sunday, many people have begun asking if those who have tested positive for the disease may have been someone they know, or may have been in contact with in recent weeks. However, public health professionals ...

Dollar General earth work underway

MARTINS FERRY — Preparation of the land where a new Dollar General store will be constructed in Martins Ferry is underway. Workers could be seen at the site — located on Broadway Street near the Starfire gas station and adjacent to the Kroger shopping area — on Wednesday grading and ...

Governor urges approval of company’s mask sterilizing system

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine made a plea to the Food and Drug Administration during his daily press briefing Saturday, asking the agency to swiftly approve new technology that he believes could save many lives. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, DeWine has appeared each ...

Elections boards prepare for mail-in vote

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Ohio voters have the chance to cast their ballots in the primary election through most of next month. State legislators moved the election date to April 28 after the March 17 primary was canceled due to declaration of a public health emergency. The General Assembly and ...

Health department: Food workers not required to wear masks

MARTINS FERRY — While people still are being permitted to work in various jobs deemed essential by the government, some local residents have wondered if there are more stringent rules regarding the use of masks while dealing with the public during the coronavirus pandemic. One industry that ...

Four new COVID-19 cases

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County has four new cases of the novel coronavirus, and EQT Corp. shut down its completion operations until Sunday after a contractor who visited a well site in the county tested positive for COVID-19. The new cases announced by Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul ...

Man arrested for murder of woman found in Tappan Lake

CADIZ — A local man is charged with the murder of Lorie Storie, whose body was discovered last month in Tappan Lake. The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and Harrison County Prosecutor’s Office announced the arrest of 63-year-old Larry Smith of Hopedale on Friday evening. ...