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Online dining guide compiled

CHARLESTON — West Virginia tourism officials are letting the public know the services that restaurants are offering during the coronavirus scare. More than 150 businesses statewide on listed on an online dining guide that gives updated hours of operation and available dining services, ...

Brooke High pageant includes generosity category

WELLSBURG — When a Brooke County teen organized a beauty pageant for her peers, she passed out more than trophies at its end. Mikelle Morris, a junior at Brooke High School, decided to include a category for generosity in the contest, not expecting to collect more than 1,000 nonperishable ...

WLU suspending presidential search; Greiner extends stay

WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty University’s Presidential Search Committee is now suspending its efforts in response to the COVID-19 crisis, and current President Stephen Greiner will stay on until September. “Due to the national emergency and the need for social distancing, online-only ...

Allegheny County has second COVID-19 death

PITTSBURGH — A second person has died in Allegheny County from coronavirus, the county’s health department announced Tuesday. The case involving a woman in her 70s was unknown to county officials until after medics responded to a 911 call wearing personal protective equipment, said county ...

Tensions rise as virus aid stalls Washington

WASHINGTON — Tensions flared Monday as Washington strained to respond to the worsening coronavirus outbreak, with Congress arguing over a nearly $2 trillion economic rescue package and an impatient President Donald Trump musing openly about letting the 15-day shutdown expire. As the U.S. ...

Sen. Capito concerned about spread of coronavirus

WHEELING — U.S. Sen. Shelley Capito said there are signs of community spread in West Virginia, a development she sees as “troubling.” As the Senate on Monday discussed a third round of coronavirus relief packages to assist the nation in combating the COVID-19 threat, Capito, R-West ...

Tokyo Olympics officially postponed until 2021

TOKYO — The Tokyo Olympics were postponed until 2021 on Tuesday, ending weeks of speculation that the games could not go ahead as scheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The International Olympic Committee made the decision after speaking with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and ...

Justice issues stay-at-home order

CHARLESTON — With most of West Virginia’s surrounding states ordering non-essential businesses to close or ordering residents to shelter in place, Gov. Jim Justice said Monday that he would order residents to stay home and close non-essential businesses starting tonight due to the ...

Hancock County Courthouse closed to the public

NEW CUMBERLAND - The Hancock County Commission has ordered the Hancock County Courthouse to be closed to the public, in line with new directives from Gov. Jim Justice as part of ongoing precautions against the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The closure went into effect at 11 a.m. today. and ...

Drive-up virus testing available in Hancock Co.

NEW CUMBERLAND — Officials with the Hancock County Health Department have announced it will be conducting drive-up testing for the COVID-19 coronavirus this week and is taking calls from people who believe they should be tested. Jackie Huff, the health department’s administrator, said ...

Most West Virginia court hearings delayed

CHARLESTON — Most court hearings in West Virginia have been rescheduled to April after the Supreme Court of Appeals issued a judicial emergency amid the coronavirus pandemic. The high court on Sunday ordered hearings throughout the state to be postponed until April 10. “We believe it ...

Weirton Council passes budgets

WEIRTON — Members of Weirton Council and city officials gathered for a special meeting Monday night, approving the city’s proposed general fund and coal severance budgets for the 2020-21 fiscal year, which begins July 1. Through a series of workshops and discussions with department heads, ...

Brooke courthouse to close to public

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Commission on Monday ordered for the Brooke County Courthouse to be closed to the public at 8 a.m. Wednesday, while staff there are expected to maintain services through phone, mail and the internet. Commission President Tim Ennis said the decision was spurred ...

Douglas: ‘Family’ experience needed on W.Va. Supreme Court

WHEELING — Kanawha County Family Court Judge Jim Douglas says family law experience is needed on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. He is a candidate for the Division 2 seat on the court in the May 12 primary election. Douglas has been practicing law for more 39 years, with a ...

EVENTS CANCELED/POSTPONED

Due to the precautions being taken surrounding the coronavirus, the following changes have been made regarding events and meetings in the local area: ¯ The Jefferson-Belmont Regional Solid Waste Authority will hold an emergency meeting at 5 p.m. today regarding staff work hours. The meeting ...

Brooke PSD seeking information from potential customers

WELLSBURG — Officials with the Brooke County Public Service District said they need help from potential customers in the Rockdale Road, Chapman Heights and Bethany Pike areas which could lead to their being served by the district. Based in Wellsburg, the public service district provides ...

Power outage set for Wednesday

WELLSBURG - MonPower has announced several areas of Wellsburg will be without power from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday while crews upgrade equipment. The outage is expected to affect customers on state Route 2, Pleasant Avenue, White Bell Circle and Main Street and in surrounding areas.

Study: Trail could boost economy

STEUBENVILLE — Finishing the 200-plus mile Cleveland-to-Pittsburgh trail corridor could bring the Tri-State Area a much-needed economic jolt, the Rails-to-Trails conservancy suggests in a new study released this week. The 89-page feasibility study says the potential impact on local ...

Stay at home order issued in West Virginia

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Monday issued a statewide stay-home directive and ordered nonessential businesses to close as confirmed coronavirus cases reached at least 16. The order, which allows people to go out for food, medicine and other important items, goes into ...

Rescue talks churn as crisis deepens

WASHINGTON — Top-level negotiations between Congress and the White House churned into the night Sunday over a now nearly $2 trillion economic rescue package, as the coronavirus crisis deepened, the nation shut down and the first U.S. senator tested positive for the disease. As President ...