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Justice orders limit to gatherings, fairs and Monongalia County bars closed

CHARLESTON — Citing an increase in active coronavirus cases, Gov. Jim Justice announced Monday the state will again limit the size of group gatherings, fairs and festivals will close and bars in Monongalia County will shut down for 10 days to bring the outbreak in that county under ...

West Virginia lawmakers weigh in on Gov. Jim Justice’s virus response

CHARLESTON — While some lawmakers see Gov. Jim Justice’s use of executive powers as evenhanded during the pandemic emergency, others would like to see more legislative involvement, particularly when it comes to the $1.25 billion in federal dollars the state has received. Ever since the ...

Colleges fear ICE mandate’s impact on international students

WHEELING — An order released last week by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement would force international students studying in America to return to their home countries if their college classes all go online this fall due to coronavirus concerns. To remain in the U.S., students must be ...

Weirton community comes together to ‘Stuff the Bus’

Representatives of the Weirton Christian Center and the Holiday Lanes USBC Youth League gathered Saturday at Holiday Lanes in Weirton for the annual Stuff the Bus and Bowl-a-thon fundraiser to benefit the Christian Center. A tent also was set up in the bowling alley’s parking lot with ...

‘Absolute mayhem’: Salons see big response to opening

Hair cuts. Massages. Tattoos. Pedicures. These were just some of the luxuries lost as businesses faced mandatory shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet as states began to reopen last month, most areas saw the resurgence of these businesses as longtime customers clamored to receive their ...

July 13: 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: ł The 74th-annual Weirton Steel Corp. 25-Year Club picnic scheduled for July 18 was canceled. ł Mingo Community Days, normally held each ...

AP: Catholic Church lobbied for taxpayer funds, got $1.4B

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of ...

Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston received nearly $2M in PPP Loans

WHEELING — The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston received nearly $2 million in federal Paycheck Protection Program loans to help pay its administrative staff and every active priest working in West Virginia during the coronavirus pandemic. The request was not unusual as numerous dioceses across ...

West Virginia governor delays action as virus spikes

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice delayed action Friday on whether to strengthen coronavirus restrictions as the state reports spikes in cases, hospitalizations and transmission rates. The Republican governor said he is considering limiting the sizes of gatherings across the state and is ...

Water rate proposal to go before Weirton Council Monday

WEIRTON — A proposed water rate increase and several purchase requests are set to go before Weirton Council Monday. The meeting will be held in the Weirton Room of the Millsop Community Center, with an informational meeting at 6:55 p.m., and the regular council meeting at 7 p.m. Those ...

Gov. Justice names Amjad as new state health officer to replace Slemp

CHARLESTON — A Beckley-based physician is the new West Virginia health officer and commissioner of the Bureau of Public Health, the governor announced on Friday. Dr. Ayne Amjad replaces Dr. Cathy Slemp. "We have picked up an incredible West Virginian," Justice said as he announced the ...

US bets on untested company to deliver COVID-19 vaccine

(EDITOR'S NOTE — This story is part of an ongoing investigation by The Associated Press, the PBS series FRONTLINE and the Global Reporting Centre that examines the deadly consequences of the fragmented worldwide medical supply chain.) When vats of COVID-19 vaccine are finally ready, jabbing ...

A ‘Prime Time’ for a new opportunity

STEUBENVILLE — There’s a “prime time” for most everything. And a season as well, a school of thought Trudy Wilson entertains as she makes a leadership role switch to begin a new mission. After four and a half years as executive director of the Ohio Valley Health Center, located at ...

Weir High holds unique commencement for the Class of 2020

WEIRTON — Weir High School graduated its 104th class in a unique five-at-a-time commencement on May 27, as the Class of 2020 crossed the stage with four family members and friends each to witness their passage into the next phase of their lives. Graduating with highest honors, those who ...

Jefferson County Farm Bureau awards scholarships

STEUBENVILLE — The recipients of the Jefferson County Farm Bureau scholarships are Hayden Johnson and Sam Sabo. Hayden is the son of Kurt Johnson of Richmond. The recent graduate of Edison High School plans to attend Ohio State University and major in agriculture engineering. He will ...

Foreign students weigh studying in person vs. losing their visas

PHOENIX (AP) — International students worried about a new immigration policy that could potentially cost them their visas say they feel stuck between being unnecessarily exposed during the coronavirus pandemic and being able to finish their studies in America. Students from countries as ...

Murder, rape, arson among indictments

STEUBENVILLE — A 28-year-old city resident will be tried for a June 1 murder outside the American Legion Post 274. William M. Grimes, 28, 908 Pittsburgh St., Steubenville, was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury this week on charges of murder with a firearm specification, having ...

July 11: 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: ł The 74th-annual Weirton Steel Corp. 25-Year Club picnic scheduled for July 18 was canceled. ł Mingo Community Days, normally held each ...

Drums of steel

Residents and visitors enjoyed the steel drum sound of Steel Cassa at a free concert Wednesday at Toronto’s Gazebo Commons area that also featured country and other music performed by Tammy Spicer. The concert was the first in a series to be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. each Wednesday by the ...