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Wellness Center at Wheeling Hospital Reopening Monday

WHEELING – The Howard Long Wellness Center of Wheeling Hospital is reopening Monday with several restrictions in place to comply with state guidelines to limit the spread of the coronavirus. “We’re excited about welcoming our members back to the center and have been busy preparing for ...

Blame My Roots Fest 2020 Canceled Due to COVID-19

BELMONT – Co-owners and creators Chris and Nina Dutton Thursday announced that Blame My Roots Fest 2020, the country music festival poised to host its second installment this summer, has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Duttons attribute the inability to move forward with the ...

Prison Inmate With COVID-19 Dies

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – An eighth death related to the new coronavirus pandemic has been reported in Belmont County, where total positive cases and recoveries continue to increase. Belmont County Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul reported Thursday that the latest death was that of an inmate at ...

Business at Ohio Valley Mall ‘Brisk’ After Reopening

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Business has been more “brisk” than expected this week after the Ohio Valley Mall reopened on Tuesday. The retail complex had closed along with other “non-essential” businesses across the Buckeye State on March 13 as government leaders worked to slow the spread of ...

WVNCC to Recognize Graduates, Pay Tribute to First Responders

WHEELING – West Virginia Northern Community College is releasing a tribute video for the class of 2020 today, the date its Commencement would have been held for the graduating class. WVNCC, through feedback from students, chose to postpone commencement until a future date that has yet to be ...

Shuler Stakem Seeks New Energy, Ideas For Ohio County BOE

WHEELING – Karen Shuler Stakem is running for Ohio County Board of Education to bring new ideas and new energy to the school system by using her extensive professional background and by drawing on her experiences as a parent and volunteer. Shuler Stakem began a career in public service ...

Brooke Courthouse to Reopen Gradually Amid Pandemic

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Courthouse is among public places that are opening gradually following the state-ordered stay-at-home order, and county officials have been taking measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. On Tuesday, Brooke County Sheriff Larry Palmer asked the county ...

Gov. Justice Addresses Confusion Over Reopenings for Tanning Salons, Gyms

CHARLESTON – As businesses begin to reopen their doors to the public, it’s not always clear what can or can not reopen. Gov. Jim Justice tried to address those concerns this week during his daily coronavirus briefings from the Capitol. On Wednesday, Justice gave the green light for ...

Wheeling U. Seniors Take Top Prize at State Athletic Training Competition

WHEELING – Wheeling University’s Athletic Training team took top honors during the April 30 West Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association Quiz Bowl. The team, comprised of Candace Drzik (captain), Andres Da Silva Savino, and Troy McAuliff, competed against students in athletic training ...

Brooke County Board of Education Approves School Sale

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Board of Education unanimously approved the sale of the former Follansbee Middle School property for $400,000. The amount was bid by Scott Ewusiak, a local developer who said he’s considering various uses for the two-story school building. The sale included ...

Craig Seeks Seat On WVEA Executive Committee

WHEELING – Ohio County Education Association President Jenny Craig witnessed teacher solidarity build during strikes in 2018 and 2019. Now she wants to help continue that momentum by representing union members at the state level. Craig is a candidate for the West Virginia Education ...

Bethlehem Boy Uses Free Time to Make a Difference

BETHLEHEM – Jaydn Ross doesn’t understand why there is so much trash along the roads in and around his community. So the 6-year-old Bethlehem resident has made it a point to help clean it up. While his parents Katlyn Mudge and Jeremy Ross go to work each day, Jaydn spends time with his ...

Jefferson Clerk of Courts Releases April Report

STEUBENVILLE – Jefferson County Clerk of Courts John Corrigan has released his report for April. The auto title department collected vehicle fees and taxes of $440,094, with $16,799 going to the county and $423,295 going to the state. Miscellaneous fees were $341 and watercraft fees $79. ...

St. Michael Parish Community Festival Canceled for 2020

WHEELING – Due to ongoing concerns and uncertainty for the near future due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the St. Michael Parish Community Festival has been canceled this summer. A perennial favorite of the community, the festival’s cancellation came Tuesday morning. The decision came out of a ...

Ohio Valley Mall to Reopen Today

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The Ohio Valley Mall will reopen its doors to the public today after more than two months of being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Joe Bell, spokesman for the Cafaro Co., the mall’s parent company, said the mall will resume normal operating hours today in ...

Good Shepherd Nursing Home Celebrating Its Nurses

WHEELING – Every year Good Shepherd Nursing Home has a celebration during National Nurses Week to honor the women and men who serve Good shepherd’s residents so faithfully. Although Nurses Week began last Wednesday, this year’s celebration will be postponed until after the COVID-19 ...

Mumper a Candidate for Ohio County Board of Education

WHEELING – Retired Special Agent and Air Force veteran H. Scott Mumper now has a new mission. He is currently running for a position on the Ohio County Board of Education. After 27 years of experience in federal service he wants to continue to serve and give back to his hometown. Born ...

I-70 Ramp to Wheeling Tunnel Closed

Road crews closed the U.S. 250/W.Va. 2 North ramp leading to Interstate 70 West through the Wheeling Tunnel on Monday as part of the I-70 Bridges project moves closer to the east side of the tunnel. Swank Construction, the general contractor for the bridges project, is scheduled to have a ...

COVID-19 Advisory Group Discusses Disparities in Black Community

CHARLESTON — A task force of community groups, faith-based leaders, lawmakers and health officials held its first meeting Monday to tackle the issues facing West Virginia’s black community and the coronavirus. The COVID-19 Advisory Commission on African American Disparities met Monday ...

Carvana Extending Sales to Weirton, Wheeling Area

WHEELING — Carvana, a leading e-commerce platform for buying and selling used cars, is offering as-soon-as-next-day touchless home delivery to 100 additional cities across 24 states to provide those who need to purchase a vehicle with an entirely online car buying experience. The company ...