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Virus pushes unemployment toward highest since Depression

Coronavirus

NEW YORK (AP) — Unemployment in the U.S. is swelling to levels last seen during the Great Depression of the 1930s, with 1 in 6 American workers thrown out of a job by the coronavirus, according to new data released Thursday. In response to the deepening economic crisis, the House passed a ...

New tools for firefighters

Local News

WARNOCK — There are many remote areas of Belmont County where fire hydrants aren’t always accessible as quickly as fire departments may need one in case of an emergency. Since its inception in 1997, the Belmont County Tanker Task Force has been doing its part to help water become more ...

Belmont County at 92 COVID cases, counting prison, nursing homes

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — In his report to the Belmont County Commissioners, Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul said Wednesday that the county’s total number of positive COVID-19 cases is 92, counting five new reports Wednesday and two received later Tuesday. However, the majority of new cases ...

Work goes on despite pandemic

Local News

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Commissioners fielded questions Wednesday about the state of county business and economics during COVID-19 pandemic. Richard Hord of Martins Ferry inquired about the process of hiring two new directors for the Belmont County Department of Job ...

Elections chief says no major problems yet in odd vote

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Voter participation in Ohio’s coronavirus-extended primary election is on a slow pace, but the state’s election chief said Wednesday there have been no major problems so far with less than a week to go. Numbers released Tuesday by the secretary of state, Republican ...

Harrison County to give masks to those in need

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CADIZ — To aid in efforts to decrease the spread of the coronavirus, the Harrison County Health Department is offering local residents free cloth face masks. Director Garen Rhome said the department partnered with a group of local residents who are aiding the community by sewing the masks ...

Tyson Foods idles largest pork plant as virus slams industry

Business

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Tyson Foods suspended operations Wednesday at an Iowa plant that is critical to the nation’s pork supply but was blamed for fueling a massive coronavirus outbreak in the region. The Arkansas-based company said the closure of the plant in Waterloo would deny a vital ...

Fire district sets special session

Community

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Cumberland Trail Fire District will hold a special/emergency board meeting at 4 p.m. Friday at the Main Station, located at 142 S. Marietta St. in St. Clairsville to consider a memorandum of understanding between the Cumberland Trail Fire District Board of Trustees and ...

School closure correct

Coronavirus

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine -- like most residents of the Buckeye State -- is eager to get the state’s economy moving again. He has pledged to do that, in a measured manner. Although he is optimistic most of the time, he has cautioned the people of our state that there may be setbacks in the ...

Many small businesses say loans won’t get them to rehire

Coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some small businesses that obtained a highly-coveted government loan say they won’t be able to use it to bring all their laid-off workers back, even though that is what the program was designed to do. The Paycheck Protection Program promises a business owner loan ...

Under pressure, Harvard says it will reject U.S. relief aid

Coronavirus

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Harvard University announced Wednesday it will turn down $8.7 million in federal coronavirus relief, a day after President Donald Trump excoriated the wealthy Ivy League school over taxpayer money it stood to receive. It followed similar actions at Stanford and ...

Ohio governor announces easing up of elective surgery ban

Coronavirus

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Wednesday announced an easing up on the prohibition of elective surgeries during the coronavirus pandemic. DeWine said that doctors can now review postponed procedures and surgeries with patients in terms of their current health situation and ...

Pennsylvania governor lays out coronavirus reopening plan

Coronavirus

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Residents of northcentral and northwestern Pennsylvania are projected to be the first in the state to be released from Gov. Tom Wolf’s stay-at-home order, and many retail stores in those areas should be able to reopen, under a statewide plan announced Wednesday ...

COVID cases climb in Belmont County

Local News

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- As COVID-19 cases in Belmont County increased by at least seven on Wednesday, Jefferson County reported its first coronavirus-related death. A 73-year-old man who died at his home Monday is Jefferson County’s first known coronavirus-related fatality. Jefferson County ...

Jobko Stadium flood study gets approval

Local News

BROOKSIDE — The Bridgeport Exempted Village School District moved a yard closer to again hosting varsity football games on Perkins Field inside Bill Jobko Stadium, something it hasn’t done in three seasons due to flooding concerns. On Tuesday morning, Belmont County Floodplain ...

Special Martins Ferry council meeting tonight

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MARTINS FERRY -- Martins Ferry City Council is scheduled to hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. today at the Rec Center gymnasium located on Fourth Street. Council President Kristine Davis said council wanted to catch up on some general legislation that had not been considered for the past month ...

Belmont County has 85 COVID cases

Local News

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – More testing for the novel coronavirus is finding more positive cases, putting Belmont County at more than 80 total cases — a significant number of which were found among inmates at the Belmont Correctional Institution and in nursing homes. “Now that we’re testing ...

Monroe County reports one virus recovery

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WOODSFIELD — The Monroe County Health Department reported this week that one of its two confirmed COVID-19 cases has now recovered from the virus. After consulting with the individual, the health department shared the news to its Facebook page Monday morning. Director of Nursing Kara ...

Bridgeport council holds teleconference meeting

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BRIDGEPORT — After last month’s regularly scheduled meeting was held at the municipal building with a 10-person attendance limit due to restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic, officials held Tuesday’s meeting via teleconference. Acting Mayor Norma Teasdale said she is ...

Cadiz receives bids for upgrades to water plant

Community

CADIZ — The village of Cadiz is one step closer to seeing necessary upgrades to its water treatment facility after receiving multiple bids for the impending project. Cadiz Village Council received three bids from potential contractors during Thursday’s regularly scheduled meeting that ...