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Belmont County Coronavirus Patient Being Treated at Wheeling Hospital

One of the two people in Belmont County diagnosed with novel coronavirus COVID-19 has been hospitalized in Wheeling, according to Belmont County Deputy Health Commissioner Robert Sproul. The two people, a man and a woman in their 50s, were apparently exposed while attending the Conservative ...

Levin Backs Out of Repurchasing Family Furniture Company

The descendant of the founders of Levin Furniture said on Friday he was canceling a deal to buy the company out of liquidation after the current owner closed stores amid fears of the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Robert Levin, grandson of the eponymous founders and former owner/CEO of the ...

$5.9M Awarded To Family of Marshall County Victim

A jury has awarded the family of a Marshall County resident $5.9 million after the owners of the former Speedway store in Glen Dale were found to be partially responsible for the man’s death. In September 2015, a vehicle driven by a Speedway employee crashed into Kevin Jarrett, 59, who was ...

Jefferson Clerk of Courts Releases February Report

Jefferson County Clerk of Courts John Corrigan has released his report for February. The auto title department collected vehicle fees and taxes of $556,897, with $27,065 going to the county and $529,832 going to the state. Miscellaneous fees were $5,702 and watercraft fees $196. Total fees ...

March 20: Cancellations and Postponements Over Coronavirus Concerns

Because of concern for potential COVID-19 exposure, the following events have been canceled or postponed: Community Events * Crittenton Services’ Paint the Town, set for March 21, is postponed until further notice. * The Festival of Nations, set for March 21 in Weirton, is canceled. * ...

Chick-fil-A in St. Clairsville Has Successful Opening

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Chick-fil-A welcomed hundreds of new customers during its grand opening Thursday. The fast food chain began serving hungry, new customers bright and early at 6:30 a.m. through its drive-thru window only, due to statewide health department restrictions in relation to the ...

Shell Idles Pa. Cracker Plant, and Large Workforce

POTTER TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Construction of the ethane cracker plant in Beaver County had been going full bore since November 2017 — until now. Royal Dutch Shell suspended work on the petrochemical project Wednesday afternoon, in an effort to contain the spread of the highly contagious ...

Bridgeport’s Acting Mayor, Councilman Resigns

BRIDGEPORT – Marvin Husarik, the village of Bridgeport’s acting mayor and councilman, resigned Tuesday afternoon. After more than six years on council, Husarik chose to step down from the responsibilities due to “personal reasons,” he said. In February, Husarik assumed the mayoral ...

Trinity Health System Suspends Elective Surgeries

STEUBENVILLE – Trinity Health System now is implementing a new, temporary process for postponing elective procedures during the COVID-19 outbreak. The medical center’s scheduling, surgery and access center teams have begun working with physicians to contact affected patients. “We ...

Wheeling Police Brace for Potential Staffing Challenges

WHEELING – Officials at the Wheeling Police Department are confident that law enforcement services will continue through the brunt of the COVID-19 crisis, but one of the biggest concerns facing police forces involves maintaining a full complement of officers on staff. To do so during a ...

West Liberty University Faculty Preparing to Lead Online Courses

WEST LIBERTY – Like most colleges and universities, West Liberty University suspended face-to-face classes this week in response to the growing threat of COVID-19. “Everything is being done with the safety and care of our campus community in mind. We want to deliver the best education ...

Ohio County Library Makes Online Resources More Accessible

WHEELING – The Ohio County Public Library has implemented new procedures to help patrons utilize its services while the facility is closed. These measures include issuing temporary library cards online and waiving all late fees on materials for the duration of the current closure. With an ...

Gyms Close At W.Va. Gov. Justice’s Request

WHEELING – Gov. Jim Justice announced the closure of gyms in the state during a press briefing Wednesday, and local businesses are responding. Justice’s pronouncement included gyms, health clubs and recreational facilities to join restaurants, bars and casinos in being shuttered for two ...

W.Va. Officials Discuss May 12 Election Concerns

CHARLESTON — Secretary of State Mac Warner and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced Wednesday an opinion about the secretary’s authority for emergency election. Morrisey and Warner said registered voters in West Virginia concerned about going to the polls during early voting and ...

Capito, Manchin Support Stimulus Package

PARKERSBURG — The coronavirus’ impact on the markets and retirement savings is worrisome for people, too, according to a U.S. senator from West Virginia. “That is a huge source of concern for a lot of West Virginians,” said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. The stock market plummet, ...

Swank Construction Idling Construction on I-70 Bridges Project

WHEELING – Swank Construction is “idling” construction on the I-70 Bridges Project for the next two weeks out of precaution for their employees’ health and well-being, West Virginia Division of Highways District 6 Engineer Tony Clark said. Construction zones that stretch throughout the ...

Capito: W.Va. Needs More Help for Rural Hospitals, COVID-19 Testing

CHARLESTON — Rural hospitals in West Virginia need more help should the state become a hot spot for the coronavirus, U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito said. The senator also called for more test kits to be sent to West Virginia in a call with the White House Tuesday. Speaking by phone Tuesday, ...

Wheeling Residents Asked To Avoid Paying City Bills In Person

WHEELING — Wheeling residents who need to pay their water bills and parking tickets should avoid payment in person at the City-County Building, City Manager Robert Herron said. As many as 80 people came to the City-County Building Monday to pay water bills, and officials want to reduce the ...

Events at WesBanco Arena Being Rescheduled

WHEELING – In the entertainment business, there’s a saying that the “shows must go on.” They will in the Friendly City, but a little later than originally scheduled, according to WesBanco Arena Executive Director Denny Magruder, who also oversees the Capitol Music Hall. “We have not ...

Potential COVID-19 Exposure Concerns Prompt Cancellations, Postponements

Because of concern for potential COVID-19 exposure, the following events have been canceled or postponed: Community Events * The St. Clairsville Chamber of Commerce Coffee Connections event set for March 18 at Softite Federal Credit Union has been canceled. * The St. Clairsville Chamber of ...