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COVID-19 cases, testing and hospitalizations up statewide

CHARLESTON — In what has become a weekly plea, Gov. Jim Justice and state health officials stressed Monday the need to continue mask-wearing, social distancing, and hand washing to control the spread of COVID-19. “The absolute power we have right now, right at this moment, to stop this ...

Another death associated with outbreak at Brooke County care facility

Public health officials continue to urge residents to take precautions as more COVID-19 cases, including a fourth death in Brooke County, have been reported. Mike Bolen, administrator of the Brooke County Health Department, confirmed the death stemmed from an outbreak reported last week at an ...

Hancock County Sheltered Workshop levy on the ballot

WEIRTON — For almost 30 years, the residents of Hancock County have shown their support for the Hancock County Sheltered Workshop through a $250,000 a year levy. The levy is among the items appearing on this year’s ballot, and officials are hoping for the support to continue. The ...

Brooke County Board of Education weighs pandemic response

WELLSBURG — The impact of COVID-19 was felt by the Brooke County Board of Education Monday as members weighed action on three matters affected by it. The board agreed that next month all schools may expand in-person instruction to four days a week with the exception of Brooke Middle School, ...

Barrett wins confirmation in Senate along party lines

WASHINGTON — Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court late Monday by a deeply divided Senate, with Republicans overpowering Democrats to install President Donald Trump’s nominee days before the election and secure a likely conservative court majority for years to ...

Senate on track to confirm Barrett

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans voted overwhelmingly Sunday to advance Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett toward final confirmation despite Democratic objections, just over a week before the presidential election. Barrett’s confirmation on Monday was hardly in doubt, with majority ...

Two seek Hancock County prosecutor post

NEW CUMBERLAND — Two Hancock County attorneys believe that they are each the man destined to serve as county prosecuting attorney, but that decision ultimately is up to voters. James W. Davis, who is the Democratic incumbent, is being faced by Republican challenger Steven Dragisich. It is ...

Area groups receive Victims of Crime Act grants

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday he has awarded $17,301,804 in Victims of Crime Act Assistance sub-grant funds to 84 public and private non-profit agencies throughout the state. “We need to help victims of violent crime in every way we possibly can,” Justice said. “With ...

Retired coal executive Robert E. Murray dies at 80

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Robert E. Murray, founder and longtime president and CEO of the former Murray Energy Corp., died Sunday. Murray, 80, was a native of Bethesda who established his company headquarters just west of St. Clairsville. He announced on Oct. 19 that he was retiring as chairman of ...

Woman arrested after fleeing police

STEUBENVILLE — A 40-year-old Steubenville woman was taken into custody Saturday after allegedly trying to evade police officers following a traffic violation. Charmaine Lester, 451 Railroad Ave., Steubenville, was charged with obstruction and an outstanding bench warrant for a probation ...

Groups pouring cash into West Virginia Senate contests

CHARLESTON — Democrats see an opportunity to return the West Virginia Senate back to blue. Republicans see opportunities to maintain their majority and possibly pick up seats. And political action committees funded by both sides are pouring money into those efforts. Every election cycle, ...

West Virginia officials: Harshest weeks of coronavirus pandemic may be ahead

CHARLESTON — West Virginia is far from being out of the pandemic woods as the harshest weeks may be ahead, according to state officials. They encouraged residents to get tested for the virus, wear face masks, social distance and avoid situations where there are large groups of people and ...

U.S. Senate race in West Virginia sees contrasts

CHARLESTON — Paula Jean Swearengin is using her stances on progressive issues, her popularity from a role in a Netflix movie and the hard realities of a life spent in the southern West Virginia coalfields to try to snap Republican U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito’s two-decade streak in ...

Latest polling shows Republicans in lead in most statewide races

CHARLESTON — A second independent poll in less than 20 days shows Republican Gov. Jim Justice’s support widening going into early voting and the Nov. 3 general election, with most other Republican candidates leading their Democratic opponents. Jackson County radio station WMOV 1360 AM and ...

GOP marches ahead on Barrett over Democrat blockade

WASHINGTON — The Senate is poised for a rare weekend session as Republicans race to put Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court and cement a conservative majority before Election Day despite Democratic efforts to stall President Donald Trump’s nominee. Democrats used time-consuming ...

Weirton Rotary gets update on holiday programs

Brenda Mull, president of the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce, spoke to Weirton Rotary Club Wednesday about projects the chamber is working on for the holidays. Plans are proceeding for the Weirton Christmas Parade, with the chamber seeking entries. In addition, the chamber is planning to ...

Local farmers eligible for USDA COVID-19 assistance program

McMECHEN — Local growers, ranchers and farmers that grow commercial produce, crops or raise livestock are eligible for COVID-19 related financial assistance through a U.S. Department of Agriculture program. The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2, offered through the USDA, provides ...

‘Frosty’ figurines still library attractions

Her name was Faustina S. Bianco, but she was better known as “Frosty.” She worked at The Hub Department Store helping with windows and store decorating after graduating from Steubenville High School. In the 1950s, the library system was guided by Dave Griffith as director, and he ...

Trump, Biden battle over virus, taxes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden scrapped over how to tame the raging coronavirus in Thursday’s final 2020 debate, largely shelving the rancor that overshadowed their previous face-off in favor of a more substantive exchange that highlighted ...