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EORH owner wants income tax money back to help sustain facility

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MARTINS FERRY — To help its new owners get East Ohio Regional Hospital back on its feet, the city of Martins Ferry may give back a portion of income tax collected from the facility’s future employees. During its regular meeting held Wednesday, City Council got two special visitors asking ...

Officials to support East Ohio Hospital LLC

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Commissioners pledged to support the new medical facility to be housed in the former East Ohio Regional Hospital building on Wednesday. The hospital closed in September. This past Sunday, it was announced that East Ohio Hospital LLC had ...

12 COVID-related deaths so far in Belmont County

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- Belmont County Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul reported more deaths related to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday, with close to 400 total cases and almost 200 recoveries in the county. “We’re now at 12 deaths,” Sproul said to the Belmont County ...

30 percent of Harrison cases healthcare workers

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CADIZ — According to Harrison County officials, 30 percent of the county’s confirmed COVID-19 cases are healthcare workers. Garen Rhome, administrator of the Harrison County Health Department, said out of the county’s 10 positive cases three are healthcare workers. Rhome met with the ...

Muscle cars ruled the road in American culture

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NOTHING DEFINED America in the 1960s and ‘70s like the muscle car. The Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396. The Pontiac GTO. Olds 442 W30. Ford Torino. Plymouth Road Runner. All these cars and others from the muscle car era were loud, and they were fast. They guzzled leaded gasoline, and they often ...

Pandemic threatens to deepen crisis in mental health care

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NEW YORK (AP) — More than three weeks after Brandon Bell stopped showing up at a New York office that serves people with schizophrenia, employees finally located him at a nearby homeless shelter. The office remains open, but patients aren’t stopping by as much during the pandemic. Group ...

County, state leaders react to Ferry hospital purchase

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MARTINS FERRY — County and state officials say news that the former East Ohio Regional Hospital building has been purchased and will be put to use in a medical capacity is a reason for optimism. The hospital was closed this past September by the former owner, Alecto Healthcare Services ...

Third inmate dies of COVID-19 at Belmont prison

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- Inmates are voicing concerns about what they believe are unsafe conditions inside Belmont Correctional Institution, where three prisoners have died of COVID-19. Meanwhile, an employee of the Belmont County Department of Job and Family Services has tested positive for ...

Home destroyed

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Photo provided A home in Crescent was destroyed by fire about 1:49 a.m. Tuesday. Jeff Gazdik of the Barton Volunteer Fire Department said the home was located at 71362 Front St. in Colerain Township. Firefighters from both Barton and Colerain responded, in addition to the Belmont County ...

Senior facility confirms death

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WOODSFIELD — A senior living facility in Monroe County announced the coronavirus-related death of at least one of its residents on Tuesday. The Stellar Care Center, formerly the Monroe County Care Center, in Woodsfield released a statement Tuesday that confirmed that at least one ...

Bridgeport working to patch large potholes

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BRIDGEPORT — Although the village of Bridgeport has limited funding, officials are working to patch the larger potholes throughout the village. Bridgeport Village Council briefly discussed the matter during Tuesday’s regularly scheduled meeting. Council met in its chambers for the ...

COVID deaths rising in Belmont, Monroe counties

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WOODSFIELD -- Monroe County, which had reported only two novel coronavirus deaths for the first several weeks of the pandemic, recorded its fifth death Tuesday. Belmont County also reported an additional death, bringing its total to 10. Bryan Casey, owner of Stellar Care Center, confirmed ...

BCI at center of COVID attention

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Belmont Correctional Institution is the new “hot spot” for COVID-19 infections in Ohio’s prison system, state leaders said Monday. Meanwhile, Sheetz announced that an employee of its St. Clairsville location has tested positive for the virus. The prison has been ...

Monroe County confirms second virus death

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WOODSFIELD -- Monroe County officials on Monday confirmed a second coronavirus-related death occurred Saturday. The Monroe County Health Department recorded the second death of a resident who had tested positive for COVID-19 just one day after the first death in the county was announced ...

Davies’ prayers are answered

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MARTINS FERRY -- It appears the prayers said near a group of large rocks outside the shuttered East Ohio Regional Hospital were finally answered. During a short press conference held Monday alongside those stones, Martins Ferry Mayor John Davies talked about the news released Sunday that EORH ...

Albertini named COO

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MARTINS FERRY -- East Ohio Hospital LLC announced Monday that Bernie Albertini will serve as chief operating officer of the former East Ohio Regional Hospital. East Ohio Hospital LLC recently acquired the Martins Ferry property. The hospital was closed in Spetember by its former owner, Alecto ...

St. Clairsville preps for summer, water projects

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- St. Clairsville Mayor Kathryn Thalman updated council Monday on activity that has followed the decision to turn down a long-standing offer by Aqua Ohio to purchase the city’s water and wastewater systems. During a teleconference session, she thanked engineer Jeff Vaughn, ...

Courthouse reopening mulled

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WOODSFIELD -- The Monroe County Courthouse will continue to limit access to the public amid the coronavirus pandemic as officials await recommendations from the county’s health department. The Monroe County Board of Commissioners met with Monroe County Common Pleas Judge Julie R. Selmon on ...

Martins Ferry facility will reopen

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MARTINS FERRY -- The former East Ohio Regional Hospital property in Martins Ferry has been sold and will reopen later this year, according to Mayor John Davies and a statement released Sunday. The property has been purchased by the entity East Ohio Hospital LLC from its owner, “a large real ...

Albertini returning to Martins Ferry as hospital COO

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MARTINS FERRY-- East Ohio Hospital LLC announced Monday that Bernie Albertini will serve as the chief operating officer for the facility that will open at the former East Ohio Regional Hospital. The purchase of the hospital was announced Sunday. Albertini is a native of Wheeling and had a ...