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New Construction Continues at The Highlands

TRIADELPHIA – Construction work continues to happen on projects at The Highlands, though it does appear the coronavirus crisis may delay the opening of both the Ohio County Sports Complex and the Menards store at the development. Workers could be seen last week completing the final phases ...

Changes Made to COVID-19 Testing at Wheeling Park

Patients undergoing coronavirus testing at Wheeling Park won’t be required to first undergo tests for flu or strep throat beginning Wednesday, Wheeling Hospital officials announced Monday. Since it opened earlier this month, patients at the drive-thru testing site were initially tested for ...

First Digital Vote Cast By West Virginian with Physical Disability

CHARLESTON – A Kanawha County woman last week became the first person with a disability to electronically vote from her home in West Virginia. Belle resident Terra Muncy cast the first vote Friday for the primary election, which is May 12, doing so from the comfort of her front porch in a ...

Three Workers at Hillman Cancer Center Diagnosed with COVID-19

STEUBENVILLE – UPMC has confirmed three members of the medical oncology team at its Hillman Cancer Center, part of the Tony Teramana Cancer Center at Trinity Health System, have tested positive for COVID-19. UPMC spokeswoman Cynthia Patton confirmed the infection and issued a brief statement ...

Big Wheeling Creek Closed to Paddlers as I-70 Construction Resumes

Several signs were recently posted along the shore of Big Wheeling Creek in the Pleasanton and Mount de Chantal sections of Wheeling warning kayakers and boaters to exit the creek because the water trail is closed ahead due to the demolition and reconstruction of the Fulton Bridges. Swank ...

Consol Idles Baily Mine After Two Workers Test Positive for Coronavirus

CANONSBURG, Pa. — Consol Energy Inc. released more information Monday about the closure of Bailey Mine for 14 days, after finding out that two employees tested positive for COVID-19. Both workers are in self-isolation for 14 days. The Southpoine-based company said in a news release it found ...

Construction Continues on Wellsburg Bridge

WELLSBURG – Despite the shutdown of numerous construction sites — locally, regionally and nationally — due to the coronavirus pandemic, workers continue to construct the Wellsburg Bridge. When finished, the new structure will span the Ohio River from about a mile south of Wellsburg on ...

City of Wheeling Suspends Parking Tickets

WHEELING – City streets seem relatively quiet in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, but Wheeling officials are working to help bring a 21st century edge to the downtown business district once the hustle and bustle returns. Last week, officials in the city of Wheeling suspended ...

Local Students With Ties to U.S. Marines Are Given $1,000 Scholarships

WHEELING – Three college students with local ties are recipients of 2020 Hershel “Woody” Williams Scholarship Foundation scholarships. Each receives $1,000. Among the local awardees are: Vincent Joseph Kolenich II of Bellaire, who is a Marine veteran attending Temple ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Knowledge is Power With Coronavirus

In my last column, I talked about the fog of war when it comes to the coronavirus. That’s why more, not less, information is needed from the state on not just positive cases, but the state seems content peddling information that in some cases is two days old. The state Department of Health ...

Swank Expected to Restart Construction on I-70 Bridges

Following a two-week pause in response to the coronavirus outbreak, Swank Construction is expected to resume work on the I-70 Bridges Project next week, according to officials with the West Virginia Divisions of Highways. Swank notified state officials March 16 that the company was delaying ...

Animal Hospitals, Pet Supply Stores to Remain Open

As many people are spending more time bonding with their pets at home in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, animal hospitals and pet supply stores are permitted to remain open to help us take care of our furry companions. Stay-at-home orders in effect in both West Virginia and Ohio maintain ...

Elementary Art Education Gets OnLine Pop Art From Warhol

Art education will continue in Ohio County elementary schools next week with some inspiration from Pittsburgh native and pop artist Andy Warhol. When students in grades 1-5 receive their at-home assignment packets on Monday, included will be a choice of art assignments and an opportunity to ...

Homer Laughlin China Co. Selling Dinnerware Line, Retains Fiesta Brand

Staff Reports The Homer Laughlin China Co. has a new name and a new focus. Company President Elizabeth McIlvain detailed the transaction in a letter that was distributed to factory employees, as operations currently didn’t allow her to share the news with them personally due to ...

Health Experts: Most People Don’t Need to Wear Masks

MARTINS FERRY – The federal government says it is in the process of getting more masks into the hands of medical workers, but the average person may be wondering whether they should be wearing a mask at this time because of the coronavirus. According to the World Health Organization, only ...

West Liberty University Donates Medical Supplies To Wheeling Hospital

WEST LIBERTY – The West Liberty University nursing and biology programs have donated masks, isolation gowns and cases of gloves to Wheeling Hospital for use during the COVID-19 crisis. Dr. Rose Kutlenios, program director of WLU’s nursing department, was happy to follow the suggestion of ...

People Warned Not to Flush Wipes Down Toilet

MARTINS FERRY – With the recent rush on toilet paper and other supplies, Ohio Valley residents may find themselves resorting to using non-typical products to clean up after using the toilet. However, many of these products, including baby wipes, are not designed to be discarded in the ...

Additional Coronavirus Cases Confirmed in Marshall, Ohio Counties

WHEELING – Health departments in both Marshall and Ohio counties announced additional cases of COVID-19 in their respective jurisdictions Thursday. The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department said a woman tested Tuesday was found to be positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total number ...

County Health Department Announces Rabies Case Found in Wheeling

WHEELING – The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department announced Thursday that a raccoon has tested positive for rabies. The raccoon was found in the Woodsdale area of Wheeling. The raccoon preliminary tested positive for rabies on Monday, and the test result was confirmed Thursday. This ...

COVID-19 Crisis Puts Truckers in Financial Driver’s Seat

UNIONTOWN, Pa. — Don Rugg drives a truck for United Dairy, transporting milk to locations in multiple states. Operating during the coronavirus pandemic concerns him, of course, yet he said it has provided a boost to his branch of the industry, a boost to his workload, and a bonanza for his ...