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Sproul reports COVID data, restrictions to commissioners

Local News

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Ohio Valley is dealing with a surge of COVID-19 cases, and the Belmont County Health Department is spreading word of new directives from the state. The majority of new cases came from recent vacations taken by a group of nearly 100 student-athletes, including 45 ...

Mask wearing now mandatory in Pa. after COVID-19 spikes

Community

WASHINGTON, Pa. — Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine issued an order Wednesday requiring residents to wear masks, with exceptions, when leaving their homes as COVID-19 cases are on the rise, especially in Allegheny County. The order requires mask wearing indoors where the public is ...

Manchin criticizes Justice’s C.A.R.E.S. Act plans

Community

CHARLESTON - West Virginia’s lone Democratic U.S. Senator took to the airwaves Tuesday to express his frustrations with Gov. Jim Justice, what he calls the slow pace of distributing funding to local governments and a plan to use coronavirus relief funds for highway projects. Sen. Joe ...

Property tax payment extension granted in Belmont County

Local News

ST. CLAIRSVILLE ­ Belmont County residents will have some extra time to make their property tax payments. On Wednesday Belmont County Treasurer Kathy Kelich told commissioners second half of property tax collection past-due date will move from July 24 to Aug. 21 “We are sending out ...

Republicans, except Trump, now promote masks to slow virus

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WASHINGTON (AP) — In Republican circles — with the notable exception of the man who leads the party — the debate about masks is over: It’s time to put one on. As a surge of infections hammers the South and West, GOP officials are pushing back against the notion that masks are ...

July 4 holiday weekend expected to be a scorcher

Local News

WHEELING — Summer just arrived, and already it’s bringing the heat. The Ohio Valley has seen temperatures hovering near the 90-degree mark this week, and the holiday weekend promises to offer no relief from the summer sun. Those planning to take part in outdoor activities this ...

Recreational activities return as July 4 approaches

Local News

With the Fourth of July less than a week away, there is an extra emphasis on outdoor activities in the age of COVID-19 due to the open air as well as the ability to easily social distance. As such, a number of state parks have already opened while others plan to do so later this week, just in ...

Another COVID-19 spike expected to occur in Belmont County

Local News

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Another surge in new COVID-19 coronavirus cases is expected as the Belmont County Health Department receives more positive results. Deputy Director Robert Sproul reported five new cases Tuesday, bringing the total number of positive tests results in the county since the ...

Steubenville priest who impregnated teen is defrocked

Local News

STEUBENVILLE — Henry Christopher Foxhoven, the Catholic priest who admitted impregnating a 17-year-old altar girl, has been defrocked. Foxhoven, 46, is serving 12 years in jail after pleading guilty in Athens County, Ohio in November 2018 to three counts of sexual battery. In March, Pope ...

Martins Ferry to fix collapsed storm sewer drain for $10K

Local News

MARTINS FERRY — Work to remedy the collapse of a large storm sewer drain on Seventh Street should start next week. Mayor John Davies said the old pipe is made of brick and is about 8 feet wide and 8 feet tall. He noted different sections of it have collapsed across the city over the years, ...

Area businesses reporting COVID among staff

Local News

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is active again in Eastern Ohio with some businesses reporting limited infections among their employees. According to Belmont County Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul and Joe Bell, spokesman for the Cafaro Co. that owns the Ohio Valley ...

Florida site of GOP convention orders wearing of masks

Coronavirus

The city of Jacksonville, Florida, where mask-averse President Donald Trump plans to accept the Republican nomination in August, ordered the wearing of face coverings Monday, joining the list of state and local governments reversing course to try to beat back a resurgence of the ...

Young adults driving spike in COVID cases in WV

Coronavirus

CHARLESTON — Much like other states across the nation, West Virginia is seeing a spike in coronavirus cases partly driven by young adults in their 20s. According to data from the Department of Health and Human Resources’ coronavirus dashboard, 17 percent of the state’s positive COVID-19 ...

Commissioners discuss rehabilitation of collapsed covered bridge

Local News

WOODSFIELD — Monroe County officials are hoping to begin the rehabilitation and restoration of the Knowlton Covered Bridge next year. The historic bridge collapsed last summer due to a combination of the bridge’s deteriorating condition and bouts of harsh weather. Plans to renovate the ...

St. C. cruisers get new laptops

Local News

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The city police department received some new equipment to cut down on office work and increase officers’ time on the roads. Officers will now have laptops installed in two of the cruisers. “We were able to secure two of these rugged extreme vehicle-mounted data ...

Monroe County hoping to erect OSU Extension building in 2021

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WOODSFIELD - Ohio State University Extension officials are hoping to construct a new office building in the coming year. Ohio State University Extension Associate Mary Jo Westfall said the office received approval from the Monroe County Board of Commissioners to set up a new fund for the ...

Water shutoffs, late fees to resume in Barnesville

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BARNESVILLE — Village officials learned last week that the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency order prohibiting late fees and water shutoffs during the COVID-19 state of emergency in the state is set to be rescinded July 10. Village Administrator Roger Deal made the announcement during ...

Recreational activities return as Fourth of July holiday approaches

Local News

With the Fourth of July less than a week away, there is an extra emphasis on outdoor activities in the age of COVID-19 due to the open air as well as the ability to easily social distance. As such, a number of state parks have already opened while others plan to do so later this week, just ...