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Month: April 2021

Belmont County vaccine providers seeing less demand

Vaccine providers in Belmont County are seeing less demand and are working on new ways to generate interest. Lots of doses are available at Ohio Hills Health Services, but few people are scheduling appointments even as the facility expands its evening hours. The Belmont County Health Department faces similar issues. Both providers are noticing some hesitancy in certain age groups, those between 30 and 50 years old. Now, they’re brainstorming ideas on how to expand their reach. Ohio Hills is currently in the process of getting a mobile van so they can go to communities to set up a...

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Preliminary hearing continued for man charged with rape

Robert Eugene Wilson, 50, appeared in court by video, but did not have his preliminary hearing as scheduled. His attorney said he just received the case and did not have time to properly prepare. Eastern Division Court Judge David Trouten rescheduled the preliminary hearing for April 29. Wilson is charged with the felony rape of a child under the age of 10. Officials say evidence in this case is particularly graphic and indicates the possibility of more than one victim. Anyone with further information is urged to call the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office at (740)...

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Justice ends most executive orders relating to the pandemic

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice ended most of his executive orders concerning the pandemic. He said people are still required to wear masks and keep social distancing, but social gatherings are no longer restricted after lifting the limit of how many people can enter a business. State plans to keep surge capacity and personal protective equipment supplies maintained are still in effect. Justice said he plans to make a list of updated executive orders on his website The state has vaccinated two thirds of eligible residents, but the governor said the remaining third will be a big challenge due...

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Wellsburg Bridge float now scheduled for Friday, Saturday

The Wellsburg Bridge float and lift process is scheduled to begin at 8 am this Friday and will continue into Saturday to be finished. The bridge was constructed entirely offsite, and it will be transported by barge 1 mile down the Ohio River and lifted into its final resting place on the existing trestles. Once completed, the Wellsburg Bridge will connect Route 2 in Wellsburg with Route 7 in Brilliant. This gives an alternate route for many communities in northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio. Day 1 – FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2021 7:30 a.m. – Media begins to arrive,...

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Former Franciscan University of Steubenville Friar charged with rape and sexual battery arraigned

A former Franciscan University of Steubenville Friar accused of raping a student years ago was arraigned Wednesday morning, then released. David Morrier plead not guilty to rape and sexual batter at the Jefferson County Courthouse and was released on his own recognizance. Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin said since Morrier appeared voluntarily, he’s entitled by statute to be out of jail until the trial date approaches. The alleged crimes took place from Nov. 2010 to spring 2013 — but came to light a few years ago. The alleged victim was first an undergraduate and then a graduate student at...

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    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s reluctance to get a COVID-19 vaccine is a rarity in his country — and may complicate his plans to attend the U.N.’s General Assembly next week. The assembly’s leader, Abdulla Shahid, announced Wednesday that all attendees must be vaccinated to speak at the gathering, citing a […]

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