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Governor Delays School Start to Sept. 8

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CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Education continues to develop reopening guidelines for schools this fall, but officials on Wednesday cautioned each school system would be responsible for its own reopening plans. The discussion came even as Gov. Jim Justice announced he would ...

Worker at Good Shepherd Nursing Home Tests Positive For COVID-19

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WHEELING — A worker at Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Wheeling has tested positive for the coronavirus, the facility’s officials announced Wednesday. The unidentified staff member is believed to have contracted COVID-19 “as a result of community contact,” according to Donald Kirsch, ...

Bridgeport Mayor Pleads Guilty to Theft in Office

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Bridgeport Mayor David Smith pleaded guilty Wednesday to theft in office and conflict of interest after more than $20,000 in village funds went missing, and he will be sentenced Aug. 10. Smith, 49, of 205 Jacquette St., Bridgeport, was indicted in February on four charges ...

Remote Learning Poses Challenges For Vocational Education

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WHEELING – The year 2020 started with a push for vocational education and hands-on learning, but this has been made difficult by COVID-19 threats and students forced into online education at home. More than 60 percent of students at Wheeling Park High School are involved in career-based ...

Residents Enjoying Oglebay’s Outdoor Activities

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WHEELING – Even during a global pandemic, sunny summer weather is often too enticing to resist. For many Ohio County residents, the tennis courts and wide-open golf courses at Oglebay Park have become a refuge for people wanting to enjoy time outside while still practicing social distancing ...

Brooke Commissioners Discuss Coronavirus Precautions

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WELLSBURG – A recent pandemic-related executive order by Gov. Jim Justice and the report of six new COVID-19 cases within the last few days led Brooke County commissioners to reiterate precautions being taken at the county courthouse and other buildings to prevent spread of the ...

New Color-Coded System Explains Ohio COVID-19 Restrictions

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Ohio is implementing new regulations and restrictions during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, and local health department officials are planning how those will take effect locally. Belmont County Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul was interviewing potential staff ...

Bridgeport Mayor Pleads Guilty to Theft in Office

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — David Smith, the mayor of Bridgeport, entered pleas of guilty to third-degree felony theft in office and first-degree misdemeanor conflict of interest occurring from 2016 through 2019. Smith entered his guilty pleas Wednesday before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John ...

Wheeling Police Department Searching for Missing Man

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WHEELING — Police are searching for a man who was last seen Tuesday on Wheeling Island. Robert Jeffery Bailey, 38, is missing and Wheeling police are asking for the public’s help in locating him. Bailey is described as a white man with brown hair and brown eyes, about 6 feet tall and ...

Park Commission, WCDS Partner For Community Education Center

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WHEELING — The Wheeling Park Commission and Wheeling Country Day School have announced a partnership that begins the reinvention of the W.E. Stone Building at Wheeling Park as a community learning center. David Lindelow, president and CEO of the Wheeling Park Commission, told those ...

Marshall County Commencements to be Broadcast Sunday

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MOUNDSVILLE — Due to public health concerns over COVID-19 and a lack of suitable gathering space, Marshall County’s seniors will have their graduation ceremony broadcast this weekend rather than hold an in-person commencement. School administrators held John Marshall and Cameron high ...

Trump Says He Will Pressure States to Reopen Schools in Fall

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(AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday launched an all-out effort to reopen schools this fall, arguing that some are keeping schools closed not because of the coronavirus pandemic, but for political reasons against the will of families. “We want to reopen the schools. Everybody wants ...

Wheeling Rotary Hears Plans for Streetscape

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WHEELING – A $30 million streetscape project for downtown Wheeling could go out to bid by the end of 2020, according to Gabe Hays, director at the Wallace-Pancher Group in St. Clairsville. Hays and Charlie Swart, design engineer with District 6 for the West Virginia Department of ...

Three Appointed to Arts and Cultural Commission in Moundsville

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MOUNDSVILLE – Moundsville’s city leaders have selected three residents to join them on the city’s new Arts and Culture Commission. The city council approved the appointments Kathy Fox, Nick Healy and Joy VanScyoc during its Tuesday night meeting. They will join council members Breanna ...

Grocery Industry Honors Two Female Leaders at Ziegenfelder

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WHEELING – The Ziegenfelder Company announced owner Lisa Allen and operation manager Breanna Humphries were recently named two of the 2020 Top Women in Grocery. Each year since 2007, Progressive Grocer has recognized women who strengthen the retail food industry by giving back to their ...