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W.Va. Capitol dome repair to be done by late spring

CHARLESTON (AP) — By late spring 2021, work should be finished on a $15 million project to repair the water-damaged West Virginia Capitol dome and install a new drainage system to mitigate future leaks, among other structural repairs. Hidden under scaffolding and wrapped in plastic for the ...

Turning on the lights at Oglebay

WHEELING — Oglebay Park’s 35th annual Winter Festival of Lights offers a great option for families looking for a fun — and safe — activity following that Thanksgiving Day dinner. As the park kicked off its 35th annual Winter Festival of Lights “Sounds Of The Season” on Nov. 5, ...

Some 1970s nostalgia

Who doesn’t like a little nostalgia? A simple inquiry in recent months about how to get a 50th wedding anniversary announcement published in the newspaper generated today’s Valley Life feature. The call came from former area resident Patricia “Patty” Dittmar of Westerville, Ohio, who ...

Empty seats, delivered feasts

Vivian Zayas can’t keep herself from scrolling through photos of last Thanksgiving, when her mother stood at the stove to make a big pot of rice and beans and then took a seat at the edge of the table. That was before anyone had heard of COVID-19 and before it claimed the retired ...

Officials detail vaccine rollout plan

CHARLESTON — As the possibility of as many as three COVID-19 vaccines being given the green light by federal regulators becomes closer to reality, state officials released additional information on how those vaccines would be distributed. Gov. Jim Justice said Wednesday the state could ...

Shoppers urged to keep it local

Brenda Mull, president of the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce is promoting Small Business Saturday and said support now from local residents will help to ensure such businesses continue to serve. “In the times we are in right now, we have to support our local businesses,” Mull said, ...

Justice pushes back on mask mandate critics

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice blasted critics of his mask mandate Wednesday, saying he would not follow the lead of other Republican governors rejecting the advice of public health experts. “I don’t want to be South Dakota,” Justice said at a news conference. He ...

Biden calls on Americans to unite in battle against coronavirus

WILMINGTON, Del. — On a day of grace and grievance, President-elect Joe Biden summoned Americans to join in common purpose against the coronavirus pandemic and their political divisions while the man he will replace stoked the fading embers of his campaign to “turn the election ...

Toronto hosts ‘Turkey Trot’ for charity

About 50 runners and walkers made their way along a 3.1 mile loop from North River Avenue to North Fourth and Main streets and back and raised about $2,905, including a $1,000 match by the J.E. Foster Funeral Home, for Helping Hands of Toronto, a local food pantry. (Photo by Warren Scott)

Attorney general offers holiday shopping tips

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey reminds consumers to use caution, shop wisely and protect their personal information as the holiday shopping season begins with Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The attorney general recommends that consumers limit ...

Frozen in time: Blizzard unleashed fury on valley 70 years ago

Seventy years ago this week residents of the Ohio Valley and much of the Northeastern U.S. experienced a crisis of a different sort as a winter storm deposited 30 to 40 inches of snow on homes, businesses and roadways over three days in November, including Thanksgiving. The Nov. 25, 1950 ...

Projections: W.Va. hasn’t hit virus peak

CHARLESTON — With the Thanksgiving holiday expected to bring together groups of family and friends despite pleas to limit gatherings, state officials worry about the continued rise of COVID-19 infections. According to the state Department of Health and Human Resources, West Virginia saw 967 ...

Judge upholds West Virginia mask mandate

CHARLESTON — In his fifth court victory challenging his executive order authority during a pandemic state of emergency, a federal judge ruled Monday that Gov. Jim Justice’s mask mandate was reasonable - all while Morgantown bar owners appeal a similar ruling. U.S. District Judge Robert ...

Consumer spending shows nation still wary

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumers increased their spending by a sluggish 0.5 percent last month, the weakest rise since April, when the pandemic first erupted, and a sign that Americans remain wary with the virus resurging across the country and threatening the economy. The October gain reported ...

Jobless claims rise for second consecutive week as virus maintains grip

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week for a second straight week to 778,000, evidence that the U.S. economy and job market remain under strain as coronavirus cases surge and colder weather heighten the risks. The Labor Department’s report ...

Biden to deliver Thanksgiving address calling for U.S. unity

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is slated to deliver a Thanksgiving address to the nation seeking to unify Americans in the face of the coronavirus pandemic as experts warn of a possible spike in cases resulting from the holiday. Biden’s transition team said the ...

Ice rink opens at Franciscan Square in Steubenville

STEUBENVILLE — Area residents wishing to ice skate will not have to travel out of the area to do so this winter. The Franciscan University of Steubenville cut the ribbon on a skating rink at Franciscan Square Tuesday, with several local officials in attendance. The rink, which community ...

Last Allison’s Run at Bethany raises almost $7K

BETHANY — A Bethany College tradition came to a close during the college’s virtual homecoming celebration, raising $6,850 in memory of an alumnus and professor. Allison’s Run, a non-competitive four-mile run/walk, memorialized James “Doc” Allison, a longtime mathematics professor at ...

Thankful for our Community Stars around the area

There was no dinner and no public awards ceremony for this year’s Community Stars honorees, thanks to COVID-19, but we are reminded on this Thanksgiving Day 2020 how worthy of our gratitude these 10 area residents are — people who go above and beyond to make our area a better place to ...

East Liverpool Community Hospital nurses end 3-day strike

EAST LIVERPOOL — Striking nurses at East Liverpool City Hospital went back at work Tuesday after three days on the picket line as the state sees an increase in hospitalizations related to coronavirus cases. Members returned to the hospital just before 7 a.m. following what the Ohio Nurses ...