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Americans brace for ‘hardest and saddest week’ of their lives

NEW YORK — Americans braced for what the nation’s top doctor warned Sunday would be “the hardest and saddest week” of their lives while Britain assumed the unwelcome mantle of deadliest coronavirus hot spot in Europe after a record 24-hour jump in deaths that surpassed even hard-hit ...

West Virginia reports 3rd COVID-19 death

CHARLESTON — A nursing home patient with underlying health conditions became the third person to die from the new coronavirus in West Virginia, health officials said Sunday. The Department of Health and Human Resources said the 76-year-old man was a resident of the Sundale nursing home in ...

Liquor sales limited in Hancock County

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Health Department is banning the sale of alcohol in the county to anyone without a West Virginia issued identification. The health department announced the decision in a press release issued early Sunday afternoon. It goes into effect at noon ...

Brooke County Health Department limits sale of liquor

WELLSBURG — Following similar action in Hancock County over the weekend, the Brooke County Health Department announced this morning it would be banning the sale of liquor to anyone without a West Virginia issued identification. The ban goes into effect at noon today, according to a posting on ...

Pitt scientists have possible vaccine

PITTSBURGH — “We knew exactly where to fight this new virus,” Andrea Gambotto, a physician and associate professor of surgery at the Pitt School of Medicine, said. Gambotto co-wrote the first study of a coronavirus vaccine to undergo a peer review and be published in an academic ...

Newspapers helping to get school work out, too

WELLSBURG — While always working to get the latest news into the hands of area residents, the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times recently were recruited to help get school assignments into the hands of pupils at four Brooke County schools. Placed outside Brooke Intermediate North in ...

Substance abuse services not slowed by shutdown

GLEN DALE — A separate health crisis rising up hasn’t negated the continual need for substance abuse rehabilitation services in the Ohio Valley, and providers continue to serve those in need of help. At WVU Medicine Reynolds Memorial Hospital, the BreakThru medical managed withdrawal ...

Chaos and scrambling in the U.S. oil patch as prices plummet

NEW YORK (AP) — In Montana, a father and son running a small oil business are cutting their salaries in half. In New Mexico, an oil truck driver who supports his family just went a week without pay. And in Alaska, lawmakers have had to dip into the state’s savings as oil revenue dries up. ...

WLU academic rules relaxed during coronavirus outbreak

WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty University students have one less thing to worry about during the COVID-19 crisis as GPA requirements for scholarships have been eased up. “To ensure students aren’t adversely impacted with the operational and academic changes at West Liberty University this ...

Flower deliveries bring smiles to West Virginia senior citizens

HUNTINGTON (AP) — Seniors at local assisted care facilities unable to visit with loved ones because of the COVID-19 outbreak received hundreds of flower donations on April 2 from Gritt’s Midway Greenhouse located in Red House, West Virginia. But residents received more than just Easter ...

March tax revenue numbers above estimates, but officials concerned for future

CHARLESTON — Tax revenue collections for March came in above estimates, but it remains to be seen if that trend will continue into the final three months of the fiscal year as West Virginia deals with the economic effects of the coronavirus. According to the West Virginia Budget Office, the ...

Road, bridge projects continue in West Virginia

While the COVID-19 coronavirus has left many people working at home or on leaves from their workplaces, road crews continue to toil outdoors on area road and bridge projects. As more people follow orders by public officials to remain at home, a decrease in traffic has helped the projects to ...

Justice tightens virus restrictions for three counties

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has tightened restrictions on three counties and ordered in the National Guard to try and curb a coronavirus hotspot in the state's eastern panhandle, which includes suburbs of Washington. In an executive order Friday, the Republican ...

W.Va. Ag Commissioner Leonhardt says food supply adequate, safe

WHEELING — West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt is assuring West Virginians there is an ample food supply in the state, and the food is safe to eat. As the coronavirus outbreak continues, his agency has the responsibility of assuring safe food is getting where it needs to ...

Holy Week minus traditional service

Carol Davis said her little world started crumbling March 11, courtesy of COVID-19. The Unionport woman learned that, until precautionary restrictions are lifted, she can't spend time with her husband, Ron, at the Wintersville nursing home where he resides. March 12 brought news Penguins ...

April 5: Events canceled/postponed due to coronavirus

Due to the precautions being taken surrounding the coronavirus, the following changes have been made regarding events and meetings in the local area: ¯ The Spring Quilt Show to be held at Historic Fort Steuben until April 10 has been canceled. ¯ The Four Seasons Senior Citizens meeting for ...

‘Buzzing around’ the Mountain State

BETHANY — Helen Moren will be “buzzing around” West Virginia during the next two years. And that’s in her new capacity as president of the GFWC West Virginia Federation of Women’s Clubs, one in which she’ll use a bee as her symbol and “Buzzing Around GFWC West Virginia” as her ...

Board of health overstepped bounds in Jefferson County

STEUBENVILLE — The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic was again a topic of discussion at Thursday’s Jefferson County Commissioners meeting — with a discussion centered on who could declare a health emergency in the county. John Parker, director of the Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency ...

State officials urge calm as coronavirus cluster develops in Eastern Panhandle

CHARLESTON — As the number of positive coronavirus cases jumped in the Eastern Panhandle, Gov. Jim Justice and state officials Friday sought to calm the nerves of the public. According to numbers released by the Department of Health and Human Resources Friday morning, there are now 237 cases ...

Weirton Council continues to adjust in midst of pandemic

WEIRTON — Weirton Council still plans to meet for its next regular meeting, April 13, but will continue to make adjustments as part of the city's efforts to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. In March, the city announced it would begin to livestream council meetings on the City of ...