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‘We Don’t Want a Black Eye On The Festival’

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BARNESVILLE – For more than 50 years the first signs of autumn also brought thousands of people to throng the streets for the Barnesville Pumpkin Festival. This year, the beloved event was canceled due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The decision came on the heels of an announcement ...

Justice, Salango Trade Barbs Over Problems With Clean Water

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CHARLESTON – Summer typically brings out the water guns, but Gov. Jim Justice and Democratic candidate for governor Ben Salango are having a water fight of their own focused on a small town’s water problem and Justice’s companies’ clean water record. The recent water outage in the ...

Proposed Recycled Frack Water Operation Drawing Concerns

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WHEELING – Ohio County Commissioners said they will set up a meeting with Southwestern Energy to discuss concerns expressed about a planned frack water recycling pad planned for Clearview. County Board of Health member Dr. Matthew Wood and property owners Howard Karnell addressed ...

Hancock Schools Buying 3,000 iPads For Upcoming School Year

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NEW CUMBERLAND – The Hancock County Board of Education is purchasing 3,000 iPads as part of its plans for the upcoming school year. School board members held a special meeting via teleconference Tuesday morning, agreeing to the purchase as part of its “1:1 Technology ...

WVU Announces Reopening Protocols for Students, Staff

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MORGANTOWN — Campus life for students, professors and staff at West Virginia University will be different in the age of COVID-19, but WVU President Gordon Gee is encouraging the campus community to hang in there. “As we near the end of July, we are over halfway through the year, I am ...

Councilman Hopes to Improve Wheeling’s 311 System

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WHEELING — The city of Wheeling’s 311 non-emergency reporting system is in need of serious upgrades to make it effective, according to Councilman Ben Seidler, who has volunteered to take the lead with developing recommendations to bring improvements to the system. The city’s 311 online ...

Private Settlement Reached in Mesothelioma Case

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WHEELING — A private settlement was reached in a mass litigation asbestos case Tuesday in Ohio County Circuit Court, meaning a trial set to take place at The Highlands Event Center next week won’t be necessary. Both Ohio County Clerk of Courts Brenda Miller and court employees for Judge ...

Wheeling Home Featured on A&E’s ‘Hoarders’ Show

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WHEELING – Crews with a national TV program visited the Friendly City recently to help get a local family back on their feet after years of living in a house full of junk and clutter, which aired earlier this week. The Wheeling resident, identified only as Sherry, was the subject of an ...

HVAC Upgrades at Ohio County Schools Designed To Combat COVID-19

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WHEELING – Ohio County Schools officials are touting recent upgrades at several schools as an effective way in protecting students and staff from COVID-19, and those same improvements are being made throughout the system. Needlepoint bipolar ionization units installed in 2019 at Elm Grove ...

COVID-19 Cancels Full Belmont County Fair, Pumpkin Festival

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE – New COVID-19 coronavirus mandates from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine have put a halt to the Belmont County Fair, along with the popular Barnesville Pumpkin Festival. “(DeWine) basically stated every county fair that happens after July 31 can only be a junior fair,” Belmont ...

Gunshots Reported in Marshall County

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MOUNDSVILLE – The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call along U.S. 250, more than 10 from Moundsville about 6 p.m. Saturday after a man said his truck had been shot several times, breaking the back window. Police at the scene recovered two spent bullets, according to Chief ...

Mayor Says Mask Mandate Not Warranted in Wheeling

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WHEELING — Mask mandates are becoming more prevalent everywhere as coronavirus cases continue to rise, but harsher crackdowns pushing for face coverings in public places seem to be dependent not only on increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases in a community but also on its citizens’ tendency ...

Oglebay Institute Camp Navigating COVID-19 Pandemic

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WHEELING — Despite navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic and the daily social distancing challenges, Oglebay Institute continues to deliver a variety of quality summer camps for area children. Whether it’s in visual arts, dance, theater or a nature camp — now just three weeks into ...

Wheeling Christmas Parade Still A Go… For Now

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WHEELING — The Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce is continuing with plans to welcome Santa and the Christmas season this year to downtown, even though the coronavirus pandemic poses a Grinchly threat on the holiday season. The biggest challenge to this year’s Main Street Bank Fantasy in ...

Ohio County Schools BOE Reviews Re-Entry Plan

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WHEELING — Ohio County Schools will move forward with a plan for students to be in school two days a week to begin the school year. Superintendent Kim Miller presented the school district’s re-entry plan to board of education members Monday night, telling them the “Level 2” plan ...

Spread of COVID-19 in Belmont County ‘Concerning’

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Belmont County Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul reported another slight increase in positive cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, but added there are worrying signs the virus is spreading in unexpected ways. Sproul said Monday that Belmont County’s total cases have ...