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W.Va. restaurants, bars can go to 100 percent, governor says

CHARLESTON – Gov. Jim Justice announced a new round of easing Friday for COVID-19 restrictions on residents and businesses as coronavirus statistics continue to trend in better directions. Speaking during his Friday morning COVID-19 briefing from the State Capitol Building, Justice said ...

Improved high-speed Internet access a priority

STEUBENVILLE — One thing the COVID-19 pandemic brought to the forefront is the need for improved high-speed Internet access throughout Jefferson County. Thursday, the Jefferson County commissioners and Mike Paprocki, executive director of the Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson Metropolitan Planning ...

Goal set for lifting of Ohio health orders

COLUMBUS — Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday set a specific target of reduced coronavirus cases as the benchmark for ending public health orders in Ohio, including mask wearing. Those orders will be lifted once the state hits the mark of 50 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people for two weeks, ...

Wintersville Council to mull salt purchase

WINTERSVILLE — Wintersville Council is expected to consider its road salt purchase for the 2021-22 winter when it meets again at 7 p.m. April 1. On Thursday Village Administrator Walter Ziemba advised council about 120 tons remain of 1,320 tons ordered for this winter. Following the ...

By slimmest of margins, US Senate takes up $1.9T relief bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted by the slimmest of margins Thursday to begin debating a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, after Democrats made eleventh-hour changes aimed at ensuring they could pull President Joe Biden’s top legislative priority through the precariously divided ...

Bill would allow Ohio schools more time to give spring tests

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio schools still would have to administer nearly all the usual tests this spring but would have an extra week in April or May to conduct most of those assessments in person under legislation passed by the Ohio House in a bipartisan vote Thursday, weeks before the testing ...

Weirton Zoning Board denies timbering request

WEIRTON — Approximately 30 city residents filled council chambers of the Weirton Municipal Building Tuesday night, asking the city’s Zoning Board to turn down a proposal for timbering in their neighborhood. Trumco Forest Products, acting on behalf of Francis Wargacki, requested a ...

Briefs

Committee meeting scheduled STEUBENVILLE — A meeting of the Jefferson County Prevention and Recovery Board Buildings and Grounds Committee will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday. The meeting will be held as a Zoom virtual meeting due to the COVID-l9 pandemic. To join the meeting, follow the ...

Ohio Gov. DeWine faces choppy political waters 1 year into pandemic

COLUMBUS — At the beginning of 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine was working on plans to battle algae blooms in Lake Erie, crack down on distracted driving, and figure out a way to save an Ohio minor league baseball team. The largely popular first-term Republican governor accepted an invitation ...