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Month: July 2020

Foreign seeds reach Ohio Valley, authorities warn not to open

Residents in several West Virginia counties are received packages that they didn’t order. Inside the packages are seeds, and state authorities are warning residents not to open them. Many might think the seeds are harmless, but the could be dangerous to our region. They’re being shipped from overseas, many of them coming from China. The Commissioner of the West Virginia Department of Agriculture said at least one of the packages was delivered in Marshall County and several in Tyler County. “Every time the mail gets delivered, the numbers change,” said Commissioner Kent Leonhardt. According to the Tyler County sheriff’s...

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Woman turns herself in after death of her 3-and-a-half-month-old child

A Chester woman is being charged in the death of her 3-month old child. Kace Shmigal turned herself in to police, and is charged with child negligence with death. This case stems from an incident that happened on July 11, when an unresponsive infant was taken to Wheeling Hospital. According to a criminal complaint, the child was taken by medical helicopter to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh and taken off life support on Wednesday. Ring footage from inside the house on Ashland Avenue showed Schmigal receiving pills and holding a small baggie and a hypodermic needle. The video shows Schmigal...

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Buckeye Local unveils back to school plan

The Buckeye Local School District is working on plans to return to in-class instruction for the upcoming school year. An online option will be available for parents that would prefer that route. Students are currently scheduled to return on August 26th, but this is subject to change pending board approval. More details on the reopening plan will be released to the public over the coming...

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No injuries in downtown Steubenville blaze

A fire occurred in downtown Steubenville on Wednesday afternoon. It happened on South Fifth Street next to the Emmanuel Church of God in Christ. According to the fire department, the building is used for personal storage. Nobody was injured in the fire, but there is significant damage to the roof. “There were no injuries and with the time of day, our crews got there quickly,” Fire Chief Carlo Capaldi said. “The fire was reported quickly so, hopefully, the damage was limited.” The cause of the fire is still under...

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Barnesville Pumpkin Festival cancelled

The Belmont County 56-year-old tradition was crushed as organizers announced the Barnesville Pumpkin Festival is canceled. The four-day event held every September draws more than 100,000 people to Barnesville and organizers said after conversations with the department of health, the commissioners and village leaders, they were able to make the difficult decision. “I left the meeting last night sad but very proud of how this entire community rallies around this festival and came together and made the decision that for the safety of everybody that we needed to cancel this event,” said festival spokesperson John Rataiczak. The good news...

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