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Children Services active in pandemic

Local News

ST. CLAIRSVILLE –- April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Belmont County Department of Job and Family Services continues to provide children’s services despite the ongoing pandemic of the novel coronavirus. DJFS officials could make only a small presentation before the ...

Bridge repairs close U.S. 22 westbound in Cadiz

Local News

CADIZ — Harrison County will see two road closures this month -- one on U.S. 22 near Cadiz and the other on Ohio 519 in New Athens. The Ohio Department of Transportation temporarily closed a portion of U.S. 22 due to a bridge repair project. In an effort to continue making the roadways safe ...

Zusack named commission clerk

Community

T-L Photo/ROBERT A. DEFRANK Bonnie Zusack is named clerk of the Belmont County Board of Commissioners Wednesday. Zusack has worked in the courthouse since December 2013. She had assisted prior clerk Jayne Long since 2015 until Long’s retirement this year.

Census goes on despite pandemic

Local News

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The Census goes on despite a pandemic that has stymied personal interactions, since online and distance options are open so residents can be counted. However, the novel coronavirus COVID-19 has meant many changes in plans. “It’s changing the dynamics of doing ...

Ohio extends stay-at-home order; logs record jobless claims

Local News

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Health Director Dr. Amy Acton will extend the state’s stay-at-home order until May 1, and the state human services agency reported more than 272,000 jobless claims for last week. A look at coronavirus-related developments in Ohio on Thursday: ECONOMY The state ...

Ferry starts petition to get EORH reopened

Local News

MARTINS FERRY — Mayor John Davies believes he has exhausted just about every avenue when it comes to trying to get East Ohio Regional Hospital reopened during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond — but no one seems to be paying attention, he said Wednesday. Now Davies is starting an online ...

Belmont County picks up two new COVID-19 cases

Local News

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Two more positive cases of the novel coronavirus were confirmed in Belmont County on Thursday. The news came from Robert Sproul, deputy director of the Belmont County Health Department. “We just acquired two news ones,” he said. “It’s a male and a female (the ...

Murray Energy seeks relief from health care payments

Local News

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Murray Energy Corp. wants the federal government to take over health care payments to its retirees as the company continues to navigate the bankruptcy process. The St. Clairsville-based company — the largest privately-owned coal producer in the nation — asked the ...

Stimulus aid for ‘small business’ will go to some big chains

Business

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — As the federal government prepares to launch a $349 billion loan program meant to help small businesses survive the coronavirus pandemic, critics have growing concerns that some mom-and-pop shops might get squeezed out. The Paycheck Protection Program — part of the ...

Wall Street rises for first time in three days as oil spurts

Business

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street rallied Thursday for its first gain in three days after a sudden surge in oil prices revived beaten-down energy stocks. But, as has so often been the case in this year’s market sell-off, it took a few U-turns to get there. The price of crude spurted as much as ...

Justice orders travelers from COVID-19 hotspots to self-quarantine

Community

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice announced additional measures Monday aimed at limiting out-of-state travelers from coronavirus hotspots - especially from places like New York, New Jersey and Connecticut - from spreading the virus further in West Virginia. Justice announced an executive order ...

Cadiz hoping to secure nearly $1M in funding for impending project

Community

CADIZ — The village of Cadiz hopes to secure nearly $1 million in grant funding for a sewer line replacement project. Cadiz Village Council discussed the matter Thursday evening during its regularly scheduled meeting, which was held via telephone conference due to COVID-19 social distancing ...

‘Surreal’: NY funeral homes struggle as virus deaths surge

Coronavirus

NEW YORK (AP) — Pat Marmo walked among 20 or so deceased in the basement of his Brooklyn funeral home, his protective mask pulled down so his pleas could be heard. “Every person there, they’re not a body,” he said. “They’re a father, they’re a mother, they’re a grandmother. ...

Be Local: How to help animal shelters during coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus

WHEELING — Three local animal shelters have varied responses to how they are handling animal adoptions in response to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. While animal shelter facilities in Ohio, Marshall and Belmont counties are all currently closed to the general public, the shelters in ...

Children, parents adapting to online learning

Coronavirus

WHEELING — Parents are having to adapt as their kitchen or dining room has become their child’s classroom. Online learning packs went out Monday through Schoology to students in Ohio County Schools, and parents are needing to discover the best ways to keep their children focused as their ...

Bridgeport Schools food distribution increasing

Coronavirus

BRIDGEPORT — The numbers are growing for students participating in Bridgeport Exempted Village School’s ongoing food distribution program, and officials are continuing to spread the word. The district has provided free, pre—packaged breakfast and lunch meals since schools closed in ...

Nursing home infections, deaths surge amid lockdown measures

Coronavirus

Nursing homes across the country have been in lockdown for weeks under federal orders to protect their frail, elderly residents from coronavirus, but a wave of deadly outbreaks nearly every day since suggests that the measures including a ban on visits and daily health screenings of staffers ...

Belmont County looking for facilities

Local News

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Commissioners posed questions Wednesday to Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul when he reported on the continuing impact of COVID-19 on the county. They asked about the potential usefulness of East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins Ferry, ...

Martins Ferry man dies in crash

Local News

YORKVILLE — A Martins Ferry man died in a fatal crash on Belmont County Road 2 on Wednesday morning. According to a release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, troopers are investigating a one-vehicle crash that occurred around 10 a.m. A 2003 Cadillac Escalade driven by Gary E. Miller Jr., ...