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Mormons start crowd-less conference due to pandemic

Business

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Leaders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sat 6 feet apart inside an empty room as the faith carried out its signature conference by adhering to social distancing guidelines that offered a stark reminder of how the global coronavirus pandemic is ...

Taking social distancing seriously

Community

T-L Photo/ ROBERT A. DEFRANK Like the other courthouse offices, the Belmont County Clerk of Courts is remaining open, but taking all precautions during the pandemic of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. The courthouse is taking action to reduce foot traffic and asking the public to make ...

Chevron donates $260,000 to area food banks, first responders

Community

CORAOPOLIS, Pa. — In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Chevron is donating $60,000 to area food banks and $200,000 to 40 volunteer fire departments in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, the company announced. Food banks in and Marshall County, along with Allegheny, Greene, Fayette, ...

Orchestra names interim executive director

Community

WHEELING — The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra’s board of directors has appointed Betsy Delk as interim executive director. Delk resigned as a WSO board member and began her position as interim executive director Monday. She is a previous board president. “I want to thank the WSO board ...

Registered voters can request absentee ballots

Community

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Any registered voter in Ohio who did not already cast an absentee ballot has until April 28 to do so. Voters can request an absentee ballot by calling 740-526-0188 or online at VoteOhio.gov. Readers of The Times Leader who live in Belmont County can clip and complete ...

Wheeling Heritage awards COVID-19 Emergency Grants

Community

WHEELING — Wheeling artist Vondel Bell just completed a mural project at Bridge Street Middle School, and he was all set to begin other projects in the coming weeks. Then the coronavirus outbreak happened, and all the work and potential income was put on hold for the time being. Bell is ...

Area car dealerships still open for business

Community

WHEELING — While showroom walk-in traffic has slowed for area car dealerships in the wake of the on-going coronavirus outbreak, they are still open for business with dealers also offering customers a chance to peruse cars through online shopping options Straub Automotive General Manager ...

Temple Shalom surrounds itself in Wheeling community

Community

WHEELING — The light at the Temple Shalom shines brightly these days as it welcomes neighbors to come and share in non-denominational community events. Last month, it was the site for a political forum featuring candidates for the Ward 4 seat on Wheeling City Council. Each month it serves ...

Cumberland Trail Fire District taking precautions

Community

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- The Cumberland Trail Fire District has implemented practices to reduce its members exposure to COVID-19 and to continue to serve community. Fire Chief Tim Hall said many of these changes were implemented prior to the stay home order from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. “The ...

Wheeling Hospital beginning TeleHealth for patient/doctor visits

Community

WHEELING, WV — To ensure that patients receive quality time with their physicians during the COVID-19 crisis, Wheeling Hospital’s Physician Practice Division members have turned to telehealth. Telehealth allows patients to have visits and consults with their doctors via computer. This is ...

People share images of walks along Captina Creek

Community

By ROBERT DEFRANK Times Leader Staff Writer BARNESVILLE — Captina Conservancy welcomes nature enthusiasts to enjoy Captina Creek despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, regardless of whether they can actually visit the stream or not. People are invited to walk along the creek whenever ...

Health centers share $3.2M for coronavirus efforts

Community

MARTINS FERRY -- Ohio Hills Health Services of Barnesville is among 51 community health centers that will share in $3.2 million in funding to help deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, city officials in Martins Ferry still are trying to get their hospital reopened since its closure ...

A mounting casualty of coronavirus crisis: Health care jobs

Coronavirus

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Tens of thousands of medical workers across the United States are suddenly out of work as operating rooms and doctor’s offices go dark, casualties of urgent calls to prioritize coronavirus patients at overwhelmed hospitals and of the economic waves the crisis is ...

Freighters in Great Lakes take precautions against virus

Coronavirus

CHICAGO (AP) — Workers on American and foreign freighters are following new protocols and precautionary measures in the Great Lakes region to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The Coast Guard will monitor American and foreign cargo vessels that have recently traveled to an area ...

Hunt for medical supplies creates marketplace of desperation

Coronavirus

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Shady middlemen, phantom shipments, prices soaring by the hour, goods flown in on a private plane. What sounds like an organized-crime thriller is now the new reality for governors desperately trying to find the medical equipment their states need in the throes of a ...

New coronavirus limits bring new religious freedom tension

Coronavirus

NEW YORK (AP) — Despite state and local limits on public gatherings, some faith leaders have persisted in holding in-person services — a matter of religious freedom, they say, as the nation approached its fourth Sunday battling the coronavirus pandemic. The most high-profile clash over ...

Monroe County confirms first 2 COVID-19 cases

Local News

WOODSFIELD – Monroe County Health Department confirmed Saturday that two residents have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The department said the positive cases are a male and a female, both in their 60s. Following protocol set by the Ohio Department of Health, our nursing staff ...

COVID impact around the country

Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced new federal guidelines Friday recommending that Americans wear face coverings when in public to help fight the spread of the new coronavirus. The president immediately said he had no intention of following that advice himself, saying, ...

Belmont County up to 14 COVID cases

Local News

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County has a 14th case of COVID-19, according to health department Deputy Director Robert Sproul. He added that half of those patients have recovered. “We knew there would be more numbers, but we’re 14 now. A female in her 50s,” Sproul said. He said the ...

Bridgeport officers receive sweet treats from local businesses

Local News

BRIDGEPORT — A few local businesses are donating sweet treats and hot meals to first responders who are working the front lines amid the coronavirus pandemic. Bridgeport Police Chief John Bumba said his department has received a couple of special deliveries from a local business and a ...