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JCESC distributing face masks to schools

STEUBENVILLE — About 12,000 free face masks are being distributed to area schools as a means to help students safely learn amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ohio Emergency Management Agency, in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Education, received 2 million face masks for school ...

Virtual Burger Bash a success

STEUBENVILLE — The format was very different than in the past, but the 2020 Ambassador Burger Bash held on Aug. 5 at Franciscan Square was a success, officials with the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce reported. The annual event, which is put organized by members of the chamber’s ...

Patriot Tap House in Wintersville now open

Patriot Tap House in Wintersville celebrated its grand opening on July 23 with a socially distanced ribbon-cutting with the help of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and its Ambassadors. Owners John and Vanessa Marker said the business features a patriotic theme and offers craft beers, ...

Kennywood and Idlewild to close season Sept. 7

WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. — A roller coaster of a season at Kennywood will come to a close next month with a collection of special events and two additional operating days added in. Kennywood and its sister park, Idlewild and SoakZone in Ligonier, will finish their seasons with their final day of ...

Kennywood Park names Pauls general manager

WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. — Mark Pauls has been named general manager at Kennywood Park. Pauls brings an impressive background within the amusement and attractions industry, most recently serving as park president at SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica, and prior to that was the corporate vice president ...

United Way names new associate director

WHEELING — Madison Taylor has been named as the new associate director of the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley. A resident of Wheeling who attended Wheeling Central Catholic, Taylor graduated from West Virginia University, where she majored in marketing with an emphasis is digital ...

Students to benefit from $200K state grant

SALINEVILLE — Students at the Utica Shale Academy and Southern Local High School are getting another resource to prepare them for a successful future in industry through a $200,000 state grant. Academy Director Bill Watson said the Ohio Department of Education approved an Equity in ...

Rentals offer riders chance to try out electric bikes

ST. PAUL, Minn. — “You can make it as easy or hard as you like.” Sounds like a mobster threat from a vintage noir movie, but Eric Weber is talking about riding a pedal-assist electric bicycle. Weber recently launched Port Of Hastings Outfitters, an electric bike rental business in ...

Quick take

COVID-19 TESTING: Harrison Community Hospital a division of Wheeling Hospital, is offering COVID-19 testing at its Cadiz facility. The drive-up center will be located outside the emergency department to provide testing from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. To receive a test, ...

Floral shop joins James Funeral Home

FOLLANSBEE — A long-time local floral shop has become part of Chambers and James Funeral Homes while continuing to offer its services for all funerals and many other occasions. Eric Fithyan, the funeral homes’ owner, said when he learned Lynn Sperlazza, owner of Johnnie’s Florist, was ...

Lordstown Motors getting $675M for Endurance

LORDSTOWN — Electric vehicle startup Lordstown Motors Corp. will get a $675 million infusion to fund production of its Endurance pickup truck through a merger with a publicly traded special acquisition company. The transaction jointly announced Monday by Lordstown Motors and New York-based ...

Holiday Inn Weirton wins award from Tripadvisor

WEIRTON — The Holiday Inn-Weirton has been recognized as a 2020 Travelers’ Choice Award-winner. Based on a full year of Tripadvisor reviews, prior to any changes caused by the pandemic, award winners are known for consistently receiving great traveller feedback, placing them in the top 10 ...

AAA: Partially automated driving systems don’t always function properly

DETROIT (AP) — Two tests by AAA during the past two years show that partially automated driving systems don’t always function properly, so the auto club is recommending that car companies limit their use. Researchers with AAA recently tested systems from five manufacturers over a distance ...

Josh Merriman Foundation expands scholarships

WINTERSVILLE — The Josh Merriman Foundation has expanded its 2020 scholarship presentations to include each high school in Jefferson County, in addition to providing scholarships for two graduating seniors at Catholic Central High School, Merriman’s alma mater, and two hockey organizations ...

Retired anesthesiologist donates $1M to hospital

By STEVEN SPEARIE Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Dr. Babu Prasad came to the United States in 1971 after graduating from medical school in India with no money. But Prasad became a successful anesthesiologist, including an 18-year stay at HSHS St. John’s Hospital, where he ...

‘Jaws,’ ‘E.T.’ are hits again in 2020

By JAKE COYLE AP film writer NEW YORK — When historians look back on the top films at the box office in the summer of 2020, they may feel like they’ve slipped into a time warp, or maybe “Back to the Future.” During the second weekend in July, “Empire Strikes Back” — 40 years ...

OhioSE Partners to distribute PPE toolkits

NELSONVILLE — Ohio Southeast Economic Development, the JobsOhio Network Partner for Southern, Eastern and Southeastern Ohio, on Monday started to distribute PPE safety toolkits, donated by JobsOhio, to assist small businesses throughout the region. The kits will provide small businesses in ...

Small business guidance available

WEIRTON — Area small businesses now have another resource to help them address the economic challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic. The Region XI Brooke-Hancock Regional and Planning Council will be providing local small businesses with guidance regarding assistance ...

Community foundation awards scholarships

WHEELING — Nearly 200 area students will be attending colleges and universities across the country with support from the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley’s scholarship funds. The foundation administers more than 70 scholarship funds, each with a competitive application process, ...

Air Force has new local recruiter

STEUBENVILLE — Air Force Staff Sgt. Alexander Bollis said he is again available to meet with anyone interested in joining the military branch. The new local recruiter was assigned to the Air Force’s office at the Fort Steuben Mall earlier this year, but because of the pandemic, he soon ...