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Reinagining the Region, Communities

Libraries Recovering From COVID-19

By ROBERT A. DEFRANK Staff Writer The COVID-19 pandemic has made an impact on area libraries, changing how these public outlets serve the community. A casual patrol visiting a local library cannot help but notice new additions such as masks, clear partitions and the simple act of taking ...

Recreation Funding Through CARES Act a Future Plan

By ALAN OLSON Staff Writer Local municipalities are constantly eyeing new improvements to their parks, playgrounds and pools, and are hoping to use funding from the CARES Act to make it happen. Benwood has always taken pride in its recreational service to the community, with its pool a ...

Groups Provide Guidance to Businesses Seeking Help

By JOSELYN KING Staff Writer Many small businesses struggling through the past year are in need of a little jolt from a “cup of Joe” to help them maneuver a new path into a post-COVID future. The St. Clairsville Chamber of Commerce sponsors “Coffee and Connections” events to ...

Wilson, Heslop Funeral Homes Merge, Uniting Two Century-Old Businesses

By SHELLEY HANSON Staff Writer Wilson Funeral Home of Bridgeport and Heslop Funeral Home of Martins Ferry recently merged. Both funeral homes have long histories in the Ohio Valley and were founded about the same time near the turn of the century. Wilson Funeral Home was founded in ...

Outdoor Activities Attracting More Visitors to State Parks

By SCOTT McCLOSKEY Staff Writer Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, experts have said some of the safest places around are wide-open spaces away from the crowds. State parks are among the sites that best provide those features … and some fun along with it. Fishing, boating, ...

Cancellation of Popular Events Serves Biggest Blow to Local Landmarks

By ERIC AYRES Staff Writer Local museums in the Ohio Valley have all been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and many have found different ways to adapt to the changes brought about by safety concerns. While all area museum curators are eager to see things safely return to a pre-pandemic ...

Local Parks Offer Variety of Safe Outdoor Activities in Midst of Pandemic

By SCOTT McCLOSKEY Staff Writer Local community parks continue to offer visitors a variety of activities for those who are looking for safe and socially distant outdoor activities in the midst of the ongoing pandemic, according to local park officials. Since state and local ...

Tourism Councils, Groups Work To Stay Relevant During Pandemic

By SHELLEY HANSON Staff Writer Although travel restrictions have been lifted in Ohio and other states, many people still are staying at home in order to avoid possibly catching the COVID-19 virus. With this in mind, local tourism councils and groups have been reaching out to people via ...