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July 9: Events canceled/postponed due to coronavirus

¯ The 74th-annual Weirton Steel Corp. 25-Year Club picnic set for July 18 has been canceled. ¯ A Caring Place Child Advocacy Center has canceled what would have been its rescheduled casino night fundraiser on July 18 at the Steubenville Country Club. ¯ The 50th-annual Covered Bridge ...

Brooke commissioners discuss coronavirus precautions

WELLSBURG — A recent pandemic-related executive order by Gov. Jim Justice and the report of six new COVID-19 cases within the last few days led Brooke County commissioners to reiterate precautions being taken at the county courthouse and other buildings to prevent spread of the ...

Justice announces delay in beginning of school year

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice announced today he would push back the opening date for the 2020-21 school year to Sept. 8. During his daily briefing, Justice said that an upward trend of positive cases has led to the decision to postpone the opening date for West Virginia schools. Most of ...

Weirton zoning board approves variances

WEIRTON — A sign variance request for a new downtown business, and plans for a parking garage were among the items to go before the Weirton Zoning Board of Appeals Tuesday. Kim and Meir Dadoush had requested a variance to allow a 28.3 square foot wall sign and a 131 square foot pole sign ...

Trump pushes leaders to reopen schools in the fall

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Tuesday launched an all-out effort pressing state and local officials to reopen schools this fall, arguing that some are keeping schools closed not because of the risks from the coronavirus pandemic but for political reasons. “They think it’s going ...

Protective gear is running low again

The personal protective gear that was in dangerously short supply during the early weeks of the coronavirus crisis in the U.S. is running low again as the virus resumes its rapid spread and the number of hospitalized patients climbs. A national nursing union is concerned that gear has to be ...

Hiring soared in May as mass layoffs eased

WASHINGTON — The job market took a big step toward healing in May, though plenty of damage remains, as a record level of hiring followed record layoffs in March and April. The Labor Department reported Tuesday that the number of available jobs rose sharply as well, but remained far below ...

DeWine orders masks in 7 Ohio counties

COLUMBUS (AP) — Residents of seven Ohio counties will be mandated to wear a mask when out in public, Gov. Mike DeWine announced during a briefing Tuesday as the number of hospitalizations from COVID-19 reached the highest count in at least 21 days. The governor said the mandate will impact ...

Cancellation of Atlantic Coast Pipeline takes leaders by surprise

CHARLESTON — The companies behind the $8 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline project announced the cancellation of the project Sunday, taking state leaders by surprises. According to a statement from Dominion Energy and Duke Energy Sunday afternoon, the pipeline project to bring natural gas from ...

Hospitals say COVID-19 protocols prepare them for potential surge

In May, the number of COVID-19 cases in Douglas County, Kan., increased by 14, from 52 to 66. In June, the number of cases increased by 63, bringing the total to 159. It was a drastic uptick in cases that caused the county to delay moving into its fourth stage of reopening. Douglas County is ...

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Weirton to hold operations, medical updates WEIRTON — The City of Weirton will hold an operational update press conference, and a medical health update, in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, beginning at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, in the council chambers of the Weirton Municipal Building. The ...

Justice issues mandatory mask order for West Virginia

CHARLESTON — With coronavirus cases coming in higher the last five days than at any point during the worst of the outbreak, Gov. Jim Justice ordered Monday that masks be worn indoors. Justice, speaking during a coronavirus briefing Monday at the Capitol, said he will sign an executive order ...

Hancock, Brooke counties report new coronavirus cases

As a spike in COVID-19 cases has led Gov. Jim Justice to order residents to wear masks when indoors with the exception of homes, officials in Hancock and Brooke counties have reported new cases over the weekend. On Monday the Hancock County Health Department reported six new confirmed cases ...

Weirton officials discuss CDBG budget

WEIRTON — The City of Weirton is organizing its plans for the Community Development Block Grant it will receive for the 2020 fiscal year, which officials noted had been delayed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of council, along with city planning department staff and ...

Cause of water woes is found in Follansbee

FOLLANSBEE — City Manager John DeStefano told Follansbee City Council Monday that mine subsidence is believed to be the blame for a series of water line breaks that left residents of Walker Manor and other areas of St. John’s Road without water last week. DeStefano said a representative ...

Procrastinators, take note: Tax filing deadline is fast approaching

It’s time to do your taxes — no more delays. As the coronavirus pandemic took hold this spring, the federal government postponed the traditional April 15 filing deadline until July 15. The move provided some economic and logistic relief for taxpayers dealing with the disruptions and ...

Covered Bridge Festival canceled

WASHINGTON, Pa. — The 50th annual installment of the Covered Bridge Festival, initially scheduled for September, has been canceled because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The event, which spans eight locations in Washington County and two in Greene County, features traditional arts and ...

Summer concerts to return to Toronto

TORONTO — Beginning this week, the Toronto Coalition for Revitalization will present a series of weekly outdoor concerts while encouraging attendees to take measures to prevent spread of the coronavirus. George Komar, the group’s president; and Jon Greiner, coordinator of the concerts, ...

Pittsburgh remains virus hotspot; reports 218 new infections

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An additional 450 people in Pennsylvania have tested positive for the new coronavirus, with nearly half the new cases coming from the Pittsburgh area, state health officials reported Monday. There were 218 new infections in Allegheny County, a virus hotspot that is ...

Ex-mayor pleads not guilty

SUMMERSVILLE (AP) — A former mayor in West Virginia has pleaded not guilty to charges that she took federal flood relief funds intended for her city and paid herself extra money for working with a flood recovery team. Ex-Richwood Mayor Chris Drennen was indicted on federal felony charges ...