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Sunday Sit-Down: Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott

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

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

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

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, ...

Justice: Mask-Wearing Could Become Mandatory

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

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

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

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

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 ...

Wheeling City Council Begins New Chapter

WHEELING — The next four years of Wheeling’s history will be guided in many ways by seven people who on Wednesday took their oath of office at West Virginia Independence Hall. Mayor Glenn Elliott and Wheeling City Council members gathered with their family members on the third floor of ...

Chacalos, Norton Take BOE Seats

WHEELING — The Ohio County Board of Education started its new term Wednesday by swearing in two new members and selecting a new board president. Grace Norton and Peter Chacalos assumed their desks after receiving the oath of office from Ohio County Circuit Judge David Sims. They were elected ...

Technical Error Causes State to End Fiscal Year With Unbalanced Budget

CHARLESTON — A computer error overnight caused the state to wake up Wednesday to a state budget for fiscal year 2020 $1.4 million under estimates and unbalanced. “We’re going through a slight technical issue. A bump that’s just happened,” Gov. Jim Justice said. “In the scope of ...

Ohio County Virtual Lions Club Position Flags

More than a dozen members of the Ohio County Virtual Lions Club positioned 75 American flags on the front lawn of the Oglebay Mansion Museum Wednesday as part of their “Flags for Heroes” display for the Fourth of July holiday. Each flag is sponsored by someone who wants to recognize their ...

Sen. Manchin Criticizes Gov. Justice’s C.A.R.E.S. Act Plans

CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s lone Democratic U.S. Senator took to the airwaves Tuesday to express his frustrations with Gov. Jim Justice, what he calls the slow pace of distributing funding to local governments and a plan to use coronavirus relief funds for highway projects. Sen. Joe ...

Updated: Five new COVID-19 cases announced in Ohio County

Late Tuesday afternoon, the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department announced it had received confirmation of three new positive COVID-19 cases in the county. Two more positive cases came Wednesday morning, bringing the county's cumulative total of positives to 95 since the start of the ...