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Following the Coronavirus

Ohio County announces four new positive COVID-19 cases

Ohio County has four new COVID-19 cases, the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department announced Tuesday, bringing the overall total of positive cases since the start of the pandemic to 46. According to data from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, of the 46 positive ...

Free COVID-19 Testing Planned in Wheeling

WHEELING — A special COVID-19 testing clinic geared toward those showing no symptoms, as well as minority populations, is set for Wheeling this week. The clinic will take place Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Laughlin Chapel at 129Ç 18th St. in Wheeling. The free clinic will be ...

NWiR Thanks Wheeling Hospital Workers

National Women in Roofing Wheeling Council, a new local organization, collaborated with several sponsors last week to honor some of Wheeling’s healthcare workers. Donations from Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal, East Coast Metal Systems, American Plate Glass, Belmont County Salvation Army, ...

Ohio County Schools Providing Meals Through Summer

WHEELING – Ohio County Schools will continue to provide meals to area youths during the summer months. Since schools were closed in late March due to the coronavirus pandemic, the school district has provided a weekly meal distribution to students at designated locations. Those ...

Wheeling Awarded COVID-19 Grant Funds for Safety Forces

WHEELING – The city of Wheeling was awarded grant funds from the U.S. Department of Justice to help cover costs of public safety challenges posed during the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell of the Northern District of West Virginia announced that the city of ...

YSS Cancels Celebrate Youth Festival Due to COVID-19

WHEELING — Youth Services System Inc. CEO John Moses recently announced the cancellation of the 13th annual Celebrate Youth Festival in August at Wheeling Park as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. Thousands descend on the park in early August to enjoy free food, live music, a ...

Pandemic Continues to Bring W.Va. State Tax Revenue Numbers Down

CHARLESTON — For the second consecutive month, West Virginia tax collections came in below estimates, prompting calls for a special session to move money to keep the state from ending the fiscal year with a deficit. According to the State Auditor, tax collections for the state General ...

PTT Global Chemical America Cracker Plant Decision To Be Delayed

DILLES BOTTOM — PTT Global Chemical America will take more time than previously anticipated to decide whether it will build a petrochemical complex in the Ohio Valley. PTTGCA, one of two companies considering construction of an ethane cracker plant in Belmont County, announced a new timeline ...

Area Farmers’ Markets Opening Up While Adjusting to Pandemic Challenges

WHEELING – Officials representing several farmers’ markets in Ohio County are hopeful for robust attendance this growing season as they address social distancing and other challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the Wheeling, Warwood and Highlands farmers’ markets will all ...

Marshall County Summer Lunch Program Begins Wednesday

MOUNDSVILLE – Marshall County’s school system has been distributing food to families of students through a new arrangement since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of schools, and the food program continues into the summer. The Marshall Mobile Food Bus will continue to ...

Local Businesses Coming Back, Await Customers

Editor’s note: Much of the nation has been shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But now the economy is reopening, and businesses are ramping up for what they hope will be a busy summer season. To help mark the reopening and tell the positive, meaningful stories of how we’re all ...

States Enter Into Various Stages of Reopening Plans

While the national toll for deaths related to COVID-19 eclipsed 100,000 this past week, states across the country currently find themselves in various stages of their respective reopening plans, which has proven to be a sign of optimism from local leaders that the outbreak is trending in a ...

Welty Home Residents, Staff Test Negative for COVID-19

WHEELING – The 45 residents living at The Welty Home of Wheeling and 40 staff all tested negative for COVID-19 recently. Welty Home Manager Tess Gaudino thanked her staff for helping to keep everyone healthy. “Their diligence in wearing masks, washing their hands and taking other ...

Ohio Valley Public Health Officials See COVID-19 as Learning Experience

WHEELING — Medical experts in both Ohio and Marshall counties agree on one outcome of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic — even while socially distancing, the entire process has been an exercise in banding together. Ohio County Health Administrator Howard Gamble and Marshall County Threat ...

Marshall County Records 31st, 32nd COVID-19 Positive Cases

The Marshall County Health Department on Saturday received confirmation of two additional new positive COVID-19 cases. Both individuals are females, the first in her 70s and the second in her 30s. Both are reporting mild symptoms and are currently in isolation at their respective homes. ...

Wheeling Central Seniors Follow ‘Time Capsule’ Tradition

High school students, families and teachers throughout the Ohio Valley and the nation have struggled with the loss of traditions long afforded to previous generations before COVID-19. Traditional spring activities, such as athletics, musicals, proms and graduations, have vanished or have been ...

Weather, COVID-19 Delay Bethlehem Bridges Project

BETHLEHEM — If you live or travel regularly through this small village outside Wheeling, then you know the traffic headaches that have been caused by the two major bridge redecking projects that have been underway for the past two years. The headaches should end in July, as the Spruce Street ...

Five Locals Graduate From Military Academies

WHEELING — Two have become commissioned officers in the U.S. Marine Corps. Another will work in a surface warfare unit on a Navy ship, hoping to eventually focus on nuclear reactors. A fourth will remotely pilot aircraft and drones for the U.S. Air Force. And the fifth? He’s ...

WLU Looking at Budget Changes in Light of COVID-19

WEST LIBERTY — As it responds to the need for increased efficiency and the unexpected expenses of COVID-19, West Liberty University is making tough decisions for fall. “We will align our staff with our budget in a fiscally-sound manner,” President Stephen Greiner said. “Most of this ...