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East Liverpool Nurses Strike

The East Liverpool Nurse’s Association went on strike, beginning yesterday morning. The strike is due to position vacancies at the hospital, which creates poor working conditions for the nurses, as well as potentially compromised care for the patients. The nurses had previously extended their contract with the hospital twice with no changes. The nurses will remain on strike for three days. Photo credit:...

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Brooke, Hancock, and Ohio Counties are in the Orange Level, Marshall County Remains in the Red Level

On the latest West Virginia Department of Education COVID-19 map, Brooke and Hancock Counties have moved from the gold level to the orange level, while Ohio County remains in the orange level, and Marshall County remains in the red level. Schools that are in the orange and red levels are not allowed to hold in-person learning. Photo credit:...

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Jefferson County Animal Shelter Re-Opens

The Jefferson County Animal Shelter re-opened yesterday after being shut down for two weeks due to a positive COVID-19 case. The shelter has put several new changes in place, including requiring all visitors to wear a mask and for visitors to call the shelter before entering the building. The shelter currently has over 100 animals in their care that are ready for adoption. Photo credit:...

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City of St. Clairsville Purchases Over 200 Rapid Test Kits

The city of Saint Clairsville has purchased more than 200 COVID-19 Rapid Test Kits. The kits are available for city employees, first responders, as well as anyone in the community. Mayor Kathryn Thalman also distributed some of the Rapid Test Kits to the Cumberland Trail Fire Department, as well as $50,000 in CARES Act funding. Those funds were also spent on personal protective equipment and sanitizing machines. The city purchased the Rapid Test Kits through CARES Act funding. Photo Credit:...

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Ohio State Auditor’s Office Releases Findings of Bridgeport Audit

The Ohio State Auditor’s Office reported numerous findings in the Village of Bridgeport’s audit from 2018 to 2019. Among the findings is that there was no oversight or controls in place over the fees that were received by the Mayor’s Court and that former Mayor David Smith misappropriated over $26,000 in Mayor’s Court receipts. The findings also showed that Smith wrote checks to himself to re-pay some of the Mayor’s Court fees that he had taken. Smith was sentenced to 36 months in prison in August after pleading guilty to theft in office and conflict of interest and was...

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