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Trump declares virus pandemic a national emergency

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Friday that he is declaring 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 ...

Health depts. work to educate the public amid fluid situation

Local public health officials said Thursday they are working to educate the public about the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, and that includes a town hall meeting set for March 25 and involving representatives of several sectors of the community. Nicole Balakos, Jefferson County health ...

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: • The CHANGE Inc. annual St. Paddy’s Fest, scheduled for Friday has been canceled. The pre-event prize drawing will be held at 3:30 p.m. ...

Capito calls for Congress to provide small business relief

WHEELING — U.S. Sen. Shelley Capito called Thursday for more support of local small businesses, which will be most affected if customers stay at home amid COVID-19 coronavirus concerns. Capito, R-W.Va., addressed the issue during a conference call Thursday with reporters from around the ...

Bethany extends break; classes to resume online

BETHANY — In response to the global spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Bethany College will extend its spring break through March 20 and resume March 23 with online classes until further notice. “The health and safety of the Bethany community has and always will be our highest priority, ...

WLU extends spring break over coronavirus concerns

WEST LIBERTY — In response to recent developments in the COVID-19 pandemic and in order to maintain as safe a campus as possible, West Liberty University is extending spring break through March 20, 2020. “West Liberty University is committed to student safety and has been taking every ...

Bethany College cancels Women and Leadership Weekend

BETHANY — In an effort to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines regarding prevention of COVID-19, Bethany College has canceled its sixth-annual Ann Trombadore Women and Leadership Weekend set for March 20 and 21. Vice President and Dean of Students Jerry Stebbins ...

City seeing sales tax revenue growth as officials craft 2021 budget

WEIRTON — Weirton officials are working to craft the municipal budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year. City council gathered in a work session for much of Thursday, reviewing proposals for the budget, which has been projected to include a total of $21,432,899 in revenue. The revenue includes an ...

Donation made to WMC

The Weirton Fire Department recently donated $2,000 from its 2019 breast cancer awareness T-shirt sale to the Weirton Medical Center BreastCare Center. Over the course of the last few years, the fire department has contributed nearly $10,000 from its annual fundraiser. Pictured, in front from ...

Steubenville council discuss firefighter salary increases

STEUBENVILLE — Rather than continue to debate the need to increase starting salaries for firefighters, 5th Ward Councilman Willie Paul said Tuesday the city’s Finance Committee is simply going to introduce legislation that would bring it to a vote. “We’ll make a motion and then ...

Board adopts medical cannabis permit form

WHEELING — The Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health has approved a medical cannabis permit form for use in the county. The board took the action Tuesday after a 30-minute executive session between the board and Ohio County Assistant Prosecutor Shawn Turak. Board chair Dr. John Holloway said ...

County restricts immigration agents after arrest

Associated Press A Pennsylvania county imposed restrictions on U.S. immigration agents after a federal officer arrested a man at the courthouse, sparking a heated confrontation that was captured on video. Franklin Urrutia-Cordon, 32, went to the Northampton County Courthouse for a hearing in ...

Trump takes action

WASHINGTON — Taking dramatic action, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday he is sharply restricting passenger travel from 26 European nations to the U.S. and moving to ease the economic cost of a viral pandemic that is roiling global financial markets and disrupting the daily lives of ...

New virus has still avoided W.Va.

CHARLESTON — Just as the World Health Organization labeled the spread of coronavirus a “pandemic,” state officials gave an update Wednesday afternoon on West Virginia’s plans to limit the spread, which has avoided the state so far. Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary ...

School officials prepare

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Education is actively preparing for coronavirus, while the search for a new state schools superintendent continues. Acting Superintendent of Schools Clayton Burch said Wednesday during a coronavirus briefing at the state Capitol that he has been ...

Fire consumes auto repair shop on West Street

Emergency crews responded to a structure fire at M.A.G. Performance Center, 3628 West St., in Weirton, Wednesday afternoon. According to Weirton Acting Fire Chief Kevin Himmelrick, when firefighters arrived on scene, the structure was fully involved. No injuries were reported. In addition to ...

Three closed schools on the auction block

WELLSBURG — Brooke County school officials have set the times and dates for auctions to be held for three closed schools, a move they hope will generate much-needed revenue. Superintendent Jeffrey Crook said two auctions will be held March 30: One at 9 a.m. for Lauretta B. Millsop Primary ...

Speed, sidewalk parking concerns raised

WELLSBURG — Wellsburg Council was asked Tuesday to restore traffic signals at the city’s south end to slow vehicles entering the city. Council heard from resident James Aeton, who said he’s concerned about the safety of his grandchild when walking with him in that area. Aeton said ...

Delegate loses lawsuit against Indiana bar

GARY, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court has ruled against a lawsuit filed by a West Virginia delegate over a 2006 parking lot brawl that left him blinded years before he was elected to office. The lawsuit said Cavanaugh’s Sports Bar & Eatery, near Gary, Indiana, had an obligation ...

Call utilities before you dig in your yard

Dear Readers: It’s springtime and the growing season will soon be upon us. Are you looking to spruce up your yard with flowers or trees? When digging, there could be a risk of damaging underground power lines, water mains, cable and telecom lines, and natural gas lines that may run through ...