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Month: May 2020

Oglebay, Wheeling Park swimming pools to open for the summer following coronavirus

With temperatures in the valley rising, it’s refreshing to hear that swimming pools will be opening in the Ohio Valley. Oglebay and Wheeling Park announced that its swimming pools will open on Saturday, May 30, one week after Memorial Day. The opening of the pools has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice recently approved the opening of public swimming pools. At Oglebay Park, the indoor pool at the Wilson Lodge and the outdoor pool at the Crispin Center will open at 11 a.m. Also, the outdoor pool at Wheeling Park will open...

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Small plane crashes east of Cambridge

A small single-engine airplane crashed into a field behind a business off of U.S. 40 in Guernsey County on Wednesday afternoon. The crash happened just after 3 p.m., east of cambridge. First responders pulled the pilot from the heavily-damaged plane. The Ohio State Highway Patrol said the pilot was alive and was flown to OSU Wexner Medical Center in Columbus. Witnesses said they heard the plane’s engine sputtering, as the pilot circled over the field near before crashing. The Federal Aviation Administration will be assisting with the...

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St. C. Police nab pair following drug investigation

Two people were arrested following an extensive drug trafficking investigation Monday in St. Clairsville. Police Chief Matt Arbenz said Megan Funkhouser, 33, St. Clairsville and Billie Clark, 28, Oklahoma, were taken to jail after officers seized methamphetamine and over two ounces of suspected heroin and fentanyl. He said the pair had allegedly trafficked large amounts of dangerous drugs to the...

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Gov. Justice sets guidelines to reopen swimming pools, casinos

Week 5 of the governor’s ‘Comeback’ plan is officially underway across the Mountain State with swimming pools headlining reopenings this week. However, similar to other establishments, reopening won’t come without restrictions and guidelines set by the state. Gov. Jim Justice recently issued a guide to safely reopen swimming pools in West Virginia. The many requirements for staff members included screenings, Personal Protective Equipment and appropriate training. Highly-populated areas, such as rest rooms and water fountains will be limited to a certain number of users at one time. Signage and markings encouraging social distance is also recommended. Casinos have also received the green light to reopen from Gov. Justice. However, their reopening date is still more than a week away. Nevertheless, the governor has released guidelines to ensure a safe reopening. Initially, casinos will only be limited to 50 percent capacity. Layout adjustments to video lottery and table games must also be made to ensure at least six feet of distance. Unlike swimming pools, employees will only be encouraged to wear PPE. Cleaning and limitation was also highlighted in the guide. Spa and indoor amusement businesses are allowed to open as well this week. Gov. Justice is expected to deliver his next COVID-19 briefing at 10:30 a.m. this...

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73rd COVID death reported in West Virginia

A coronavirus death was reported by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources on Memorial Day. The individual was a 74-year-old male from Mineral County, according to state officials. An additional eight positive cases were confirmed on Tuesday. Gov. Jim Justice is expected to deliver a COVID-19 briefing Tuesday. Cases Per County (Case confirmed by lab test/Probable case): Barbour (7/0), Berkeley (277/10), Boone (9/0), Braxton (2/0), Brooke (3/0), Cabell (57/2), Calhoun (2/0), Clay (2/0), Fayette (45/0), Gilmer (10/0), Grant (10/1), Greenbrier (9/0), Hampshire (21/0), Hancock (16/2), Hardy (37/0), Harrison (38/1), Jackson (135/0), Jefferson (154/3), Kanawha (210/2), Lewis...

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