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Sunday Sit-Down: Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott

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Editor’s note: Four years ago, following a decisive victory in the city election that also saw considerable change among the members of Wheeling City Council, Mayor Glenn Elliott took his new post with the hopes of a city on his shoulders. The new council and mayor accomplished a number of ...

Area Retailers See ‘Boom’ in Fourth of July Fireworks Sales

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BELLAIRE — Fireworks sales this holiday season were “booming” for area retailers with fewer community fireworks displays being held around the Upper Ohio Valley during the Fourth of July weekend due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ohio Fireworks Supervisor Jessica Stephens said fireworks ...

Pandemic Doesn’t Damper Holiday Spirit

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WHEELING — With COVID-19 social distancing guidelines still in effect in the Ohio Valley, many annual Fourth of July celebrations have been canceled. But despite the decrease in fireworks displays and the increase in face masks in daily life, many people are still doing their best to enjoy a ...

State Leaders Mull How to Combat COVID-19 Resurgence

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After consistently moving toward flattening the curve, positive cases of COVID-19 have been climbing in the last two weeks across several states. Florida had the most dramatic increase of cases, jumping from 3,235 daily new cases per 100,000 people on June 22 to 9,019 daily new cases June 27, ...

Museum Attendance Varies After Reopening

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Museums may be open to the public — with restrictions — once again, but attendance at the museums vary wildly as people emerge from their homes in a COVID-19 climate. Moundsville’s Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex experienced a great first day on June 20, when state-owned ...

Hospital To Open Urgent Care Facility

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Wheeling Hospital’s new urgent care facility and pharmacy is set to open Monday, providing those who work, live or travel in downtown Wheeling with a convenient location when suffering sudden sickness or injury. The 7,141-square-foot facility, located on Market Plaza in the Stone Center at ...

‘FLAGS FOR HEROES’ EVENT AT MT. OLIVET

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Photo by Scott McCloskey The Mt. Olivet Lions Club’s “Flags for Heroes” event will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 5 at the Mt. Olivet Community Park for a special Independence Day celebration. The club has planted 110 American flags at the park, and there will be a “roll call” ...

Covered Bridge Festival Is Canceled

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WASHINGTON, Pa. — The 50th annual installment of the Covered Bridge Festival, initially scheduled for September, has been canceled because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The event, which spans eight locations in Washington County and two in Greene County, features traditional arts and ...

Take Me Home: Helping to Stop Homelessness in W.Va.

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CHARLESTON - Homelessness among school students, those transitioning from foster care and juvenile offenders re-entering society is a growing problem in West Virginia. But on the congressional level and by folks working the problem on the ground, these children and young adults are getting a ...

Several Martins Ferry City Workers Quarantined

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MARTINS FERRY — The city of Martins Ferry has been forced to quarantine a number of its workers after one employee was diagnosed with COVID-19. Mayor John Davies said via social media that half of the city’s workforce would be quarantined for 14 days because of the positive case, a man ...

Justice: Mask-Wearing Could Become Mandatory

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CHARLESTON — As cases of the coronavirus spike across the country and in West Virginia, Gov. Jim Justice said Thursday he is seriously considering mandating face masks and covering in buildings. “I am very seriously considering that at the beginning of next week we may very well have to ...

Local Health Officials Hopeful Of Mask Mandate

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WHEELING — Local health officials said they would overwhelmingly support a statewide mandate requiring people to wears masks indoors after West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice floated the idea Thursday. While Justice said he has not made a final decision about requiring masks to be worn in ...

Ohio County Schools Considering Five-Day In-School Week

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WHEELING — Administrators with Ohio County Schools still want students back in the classroom five days each week when classes start next month, but they acknowledge that plan could change if local coronavirus threats continue to increase. Students spent the last nine weeks of this past ...

DeWine Unveils Color-Coded Alert System

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio has new guidelines for returning to classrooms this fall, as well as a new color-coded, county-by-county coronavirus alert and advisory system to assess which areas may be seeing flare-ups of cases and should take additional precautions. Gov. Mike DeWine made the ...

Confirmed Cases Are Rising in 40 of 50 States

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Four U.S. states — Arizona, California, Florida and Texas — reported a combined 25,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases Thursday as the infection curve rose in 40 of the 50 states heading into the July Fourth holiday weekend. With the number of daily ...

Sports Complex at The Highlands Close to Opening

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A media preview day has been scheduled for next Friday at the new Highlands Sports Complex as the mammoth facility gets closer to opening, Ohio County Commission President Tim McCormick said. While construction is nearly completed on the sport complex, McCormick said some final details are ...

WHEELING ELKS LODGE DECORATES MAIN STREET BANK

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Pat Duffy, Americanism chairman for Wheeling Elks Lodge 28, offers this display of American history in the lobby of Main Street Bank in downtown Wheeling. Duffy said it’s the club’s way of reminding the public about the significance of celebrating this country’s heritage. The display ...

C.A.R.E.S. Act Funding Coming Along Slowly

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While state-level politicians have concerns over how funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act is being disbursed, a Marshall County official said the funding is being distributed somewhat slowly, but it’s coming. Marshall County Administrator Betsy Frohnapfel ...