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House Democrats hope to pass funding bill to avert shutdown

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats controlling the House hope to pass a government-wide temporary funding bill on Tuesday that would keep federal agencies fully up and running into December and prevent a partial shutdown of the government after the current budget year expires at the end of the ...

COVID-19 closes Beallsville school building

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BEALLSVILLE — Students in class at Beallsville will shift to remote learning, effective today, after a COVID-19 case connected with the school was confirmed by the Monroe County Health Department late Tuesday. High School Principal Casey Tolzda informed families of students about the ...

Absentee ballot requests rising

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — More people are taking an interest in voting as the Nov. 3 general election approaches, and the Belmont County Board of Elections is preparing to provide those ballots while reminding the public to register. During an afternoon meeting, board member Michael Shaheen pointed ...

Most of Harrison outbreak cases recovered

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CADIZ — Harrison County officials said Tuesday that the majority of COVID-19 positive cases associated with the Meadows of Cadiz nursing home outbreak are now considered recovered. The county reported its second coronavirus-related death Monday afternoon. The health department announced ...

Farnsworth appears in court for pretrial

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CADIZ — A 48-year-old man charged with the murder of a Bellaire woman appeared in court for a pretrial hearing Tuesday morning. Samuel Farnsworth of 451 N. Main St., Cadiz, appeared before Judge T. Shawn Hervey in Harrison County Common Pleas Court. He made the appearance via video ...

Veterans memorial can begin thanks to $16K in new donations

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MARTINS FERRY — When Brian Hendershot and his father Dennis learned of an effort to erect a new veterans memorial in Martins Ferry, it only took a few minutes for them to decide to help. Memorial committee member Terry Wildman, a Vietnam veteran, just happened to be talking about the project ...

Senior centers planning to reopen

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County’s senior centers are planning to reopen after months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Senior Services Director Dwayne Pielech said strict rules will be in place. Pielech said as of Monday, the state is allowing agencies including senior centers ...

COVID claims 2nd Harrison County life

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Harrison County reported its second coronavirus-related death on Monday even as cases of COVID-19 continued inching up slowly in Belmont County with more testing available and more county services planning to reopen. According to the county Harrison County Health ...

Monroe County project receives funding

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HANNIBAL — The Monroe County Port Authority secured more than $15,000 in grant funding for an upcoming project that will aid in the design and engineering of a side track for the railroad located at the Powhatan No. 7 property in Hannibal. Jason Hamman, economic development consultant with ...

St. C., Richland Township restructure fire board

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Cumberland Trail Fire District board will have a third member after Richland Township and St. Clairsville City Council agreed to restructure the board. Council approved the agreement during a teleconference meeting Monday evening after some discussion and ...

‘I miss mommy’: Families shattered by virus forge new paths

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Just four months had passed since Ramon Ramirez buried his wife and now, here he was, hospitalized himself with COVID-19. The prognosis was dire, and the fate of his younger children consumed him. Before ending his final video call with his oldest, a 29-year-old single mother of two, he had one ...

U.S. cruises vow 100% testing in plan for resuming sailing

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Major cruise lines say they will test all passengers and crew for COVID-19 prior to boarding as part of their plan for resuming sailing in the Americas. The Cruise Lines International Association, a trade group that represents 95% of global ocean-going cruise capacity, said Monday that its ...

30 Linsly students honored as AP Scholars

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WHEELING -- Thirty Linsly students, including 20 from the graduated Class of 2020, nine from the current senior class, and one from the current junior class, have earned the designation of AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level ...

Belmont council delays reopening village alley

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BELMONT -- Village officials on Thursday discussed possibly reopening a long-closed village alley but delayed taking action due to the opposition of a neighboring property owner. Board of Public Affairs President Ken Davis explained that a property owner who is building a new home wants ...

Decision on reconnection fees in St. C. is tabled

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- City leaders tabled the decision of whether to reinstate $50 utility reconnection fees now that shutoffs are occurring again. Disconnections began last week. The matter of whether to continue reconnect fees will be addressed at the teleconference meeting scheduled for ...

Bellaire library using ultraviolet light machine to sanitize books

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BELLAIRE -- At first glance the contraption looks like a large microwave, one big enough to cook a very large turkey. But it’s not that at all. It is actually a device to kill germs -- including the virus that causes COVID-19 -- on books, DVDS, CDs and more, and it is being used at ...

SLIDESHOW: ‘Trump train’ travels through Shadyside

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T-L Photos/KAYLA VAN DYNE Supporters of President Donald Trump parade through Shadyside on Saturday afternoon. Dozens of vehicles decorated with patriotic and Trump campaign flags and signs made their way up and down Central Avenue, along with a man running alongside the cars and trucks while ...

Trump pledges woman for court, pushes Senate to move on pick

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Saturday promised to put forth a female nominee in the coming week to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, pushing the Republican-controlled Senate to consider the pick without delay. Taking the stage ...

Underwater and on fire: US climate change magnifies extremes

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By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer America's worsening climate change problem is as polarized as its politics. Some parts of the country have been burning this month while others were underwater in extreme weather disasters. The already parched West is getting drier and suffering deadly ...