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Hancock County continues vaccine efforts

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Health Department, in cooperation with other local health agencies, continues its effort to provide the COVID-19 vaccines to county residents. Jackie Huff, administrator for the county health department, spoke to county commissioners Thursday. ...

Commissioners recognize Social Workers Appreciation Month

STEUBENVILLE — Difficulties normally faced by social workers have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, something that has not been lost on the Jefferson County commissioners. The commissioners honored those who work in the field during Thursday’s meeting when they passed a proclamation ...

Sports, entertainment venues can reopen under new limits

COLUMBUS — Outdoor and indoor sports and entertainment facilities can reopen with limited attendance under rules announced Thursday by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. He also said guidance for proms, banquets, wedding receptions, fairs, festivals, and parades is coming soon. The attendance limits ...

Toronto Council approves funds for records, garden

TORONTO — Toronto Council Monday approved funds to back up the city’s digital records and for ongoing beautification of Newburg Landing. Council agreed to pay Software Solutions a $2,000 yearly fee to back up digital data for the city’s various departments with “the cloud,” a term ...

Parliamentarian: COVID-19 bill must lose minimum wage hike

WASHINGTON — The Senate parliamentarian has dealt a potentially lethal blow to Democrats’ drive to hike the minimum wage, deciding that the cherished progressive goal must fall from a massive COVID-19 relief bill the party is trying to speed through Congress, Democratic Senate aides said ...

Weirton Council proposing 10 percent B&O credit

WEIRTON — Businesses operating in Weirton may get some relief this year through a proposed credit from the city’s business and occupation tax. During a special meeting held Thursday to discuss the 2021-22 fiscal budget, members of Weirton Council proposed an ordinance which would provide ...

Weirton Medical Center relaxes some visitation restrictions

WEIRTON — Weirton Medical Center is relaxing some of its patient visitor restrictions as a result of decreasing COVID cases in the region. “For the first time in nearly 12 months, WMC recently recorded the first 48-hour period without a single COVID inpatient at our facility,” said ...

Weirton Council begins budget preparations

WEIRTON — The city has started planning its budget for the next fiscal year, although a proposal made by some members of City Council could alter their path. Council met in a work session Tuesday, gathering at the Weirton Municipal Building to discuss a municipal budget for the 2021-22 ...

Hancock Schools officials review virtual program

NEW CUMBERLAND — With the return to five-days-a-week, in-person instruction looming in West Virginia, Hancock County Schools officials touched on the results of one of their educational offerings in recent months. As part of discussion during Monday’s Hancock County Board of Education ...

McKinley reminding D.C. opioid abuse still exists in the Ohio Valley

WHEELING — Opioid overdose numbers climbed locally and nationally during the COVID pandemic of 2020, and U.S. Rep. David B. McKinley wants to see more parity in government spending when it comes to tackling substance abuse. “COVID is killing people at five times the rate of substance ...