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Local schools respond to massive closing orders

Following orders from the governors of Ohio and West Virginia to close schools to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, area school officials and staff have been working to determine how to meet the educational and other needs of students and whether to cancel or postpone extracurricular ...

EVENTS POSTPONED/CANCELED

Due to the precautions being taken surrounding the coronavirus, the following changes have been made regarding events and meetings in the local area: • Visitation at the Jefferson County Jail has been suspended until further notice, Sheriff Fred Abdalla has announced. The only exception ...

Iraq officials: Rocket attack hits base housing US troops

BAGHDAD (AP) — A barrage of rockets hit a base housing U.S. and other coalition troops north of Baghdad on Saturday, Iraqi security officials said, just days after a similar attack killed three servicemen, including two Americans. The U.S.-led coalition said at least 25 107mm rockets struck ...

WVU to build hospital to replace closing Fairmont facility

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University Medicine will build a new hospital to replace a closing medical center in Fairmont, Gov. Jim Justice and university officials said Friday. The new WVU hospital will be about 2 miles away from the shuttering Fairmont Regional Medical Center ...

Bunny Hop 5K set

The Weirton Rotary Club is among the sponsors for the Community Bread Basket’s inaugural Bunny Hop 5K, scheduled for April 4 at Marland Heights Park. The race, which will begin at 10 a.m., features a 5K run and walk, as well as a toddler hop. It is a fundraiser for the Community Bread Basket. ...

One Hancock County mining town history warrants another

WEIRTON — One history-preserving book on a long-gone local mining community warrants another. For co-authors Tom Zielinsky of Weirton and George B. Hines III of New Cumberland that seems the case with the release of their second collaborative effort. This one is titled “Zalia, Hancock ...

Trump declares virus pandemic a national emergency

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency, as Washington struggles with providing Americans with relief and officials race to slow the spread of the outbreak. Speaking from the Rose Garden, Trump said, "I am officially ...

Justice, state officials close West Virginia public schools

CHARLESTON — Schools in all 55 counties in West Virginia followed the lead of Ohio and Kentucky and closed at the end of the school day Friday and for the foreseeable future. Gov. Jim Justice joined state health and emergency services leaders for the second day in a row to update the press ...

Wheeling-Charleston diocese suspends public Mass, closes schools

WEIRTON — The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston is taking its own precautions to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Bishop Mark Brennan, in a message Friday afternoon, announced he was ordering all Catholic schools in West Virginia closed. The decision followed an announcement by ...

Local government offices close out of virus concern

WEIRTON — As a result of risk factors related to the COVID-19 coronavirus, several area government buildings have either closed to the public, or requested area residents visit only when absolutely necessary. The City of Weirton Municipal Building will be closed to the public until further ...

EVENTS POSTPONED/CANCELED

Due to the precautions being taken surrounding the coronavirus, the following changes have been made regarding events and meetings in the local area: • Visitation at the Jefferson County Jail has been suspended until further notice, Sheriff Fred Abdalla has announced. The only exception will ...

Stocks surge on new virus measures; Dow up 1,985 points

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street roared back from its worst day in 33 years Friday with a broad rally that sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average nearly 2,000 points higher — its biggest point gain ever — after President Donald Trump declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency. The ...

Sobriety checkpoint postponed

WEIRTON — The Weirton Police Department has postponed the sobriety checkpoint which had been scheduled for tonight on Main Street. Normal patrols will remain in effect.

Alzheimer’s awareness

Representatives of the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Eastern Ohio spoke with the Weirton Rotary Club on Wednesday, focusing on the differences of Alzheimer’s on older and younger people. Pictured, from left, are association representative Theresa Morris, Assistant Program Coordinator ...

The Health Plan will waive member costs for coronavirus testing

WHEELING — The Health Plan announced Thursday it will cover the cost of copays, co-insurance, and deductibles for COVID-19 testing for all commercial, Medicare and Medicaid lines of business when recommended by a medical professional. The insurer’s exclusive independent lab provider, ...

Frank’s Pastry Shop: A local favorite since 1950

CHESTER — Children giggle and press fingers onto display cases, pointing to which sweet treat behind the glass they want. This is something that has happened for generations at Frank’s Pastry Shop. Ask owner Margie Potts, and she may tell you childhood memories are sweeter when they ...

W.Va. taking preventive steps

CHARLESTON — There are still no confirmed cases of coronavirus in West Virginia, but Gov. Jim Justice announced several major steps Thursday to limit possible spread of the virus, including the postponement of the remainder of the state championship basketball tournaments. Justice joined ...

Local hospitals implement measures to limit visitors

WEIRTON — While no one locally has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, the medical community isn’t waiting until they do to make plans: Both Weirton Medical Center and Trinity Health System have taken steps to restrict visitors. Officials at WMC said Thursday that, acting ...

Gov. Justice, state officials decide to close WVa schools

CHARLESTON — Schools in all 55 counties in West Virginia will follow the lead of Ohio and Kentucky and close schools for the foreseeable future. Gov. Jim Justice joined state health and emergency services leaders for the second day in a row to update the press on the latest information on ...