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HUNTINGTON — Unemployment claims have skyrocketed across the nation, including Appalachia, as the reaction to the coronavirus has shut down or curtailed many businesses.

I’m somewhat tired of reading and watching all this information concerning the shortage of toilet paper across this great nation. While the lack of the white stuff may be the result of hoarding, I’d like to talk about the lack of something else the vast majority of us hillbillies depend upon…

HUNTINGTON — In the midst of toilet paper scarcity caused by the novel coronavirus, West Virginia American Water is reminding people to hold off on flushing wipes, paper towels or any other substitute into the sewer systems or septic tanks.

The Senate Wednesday unanimously passed Protecting Jessica Grubb’s Legacy Act (Legacy Act), legislation introduced by U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., as part of the third COVID-19 emergency funding package. The Legacy Act will change existing privacy regulations, known as 42 CFR Part 2, surrounding medical records for those suffering with substance use disorder.

CHARLESTON — West Virginia is now eligible to receive more than $40 million to address substance use disorder, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced Thursday.

CHARLESTON — West Virginia health officials have been warning the federal government that if video telehealth requirements for Medicare patients aren’t waived, elderly rural patients will be at a much higher risk of exposing themselves to COVID-19.

Dairy Winkle owner Kerry “Paco” Ellison recently installed a door at the store’s Campbells Creek drive-thru window to keep customers — annoyed at the restrictions of social distancing — from getting out of their cars and sticking their heads through the opening.

CHARLESTON — A business relief directory to assist those affected by economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 virus was launched on Thursday by the West Virginia Department of Commerce with information about state and federal resources available to businesses.

GASSAWAY — After floods, droughts and winter storms that tax normal channels of aid beyond their limits, the West Virginia National Guard can be counted on to step up and pitch in to keep Mountain State residents safe, sustained and supplied with what’s needed to get them back on their feet.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In order to further limit potential exposure of the COVID-19 virus to litigants, jurors, attorneys, witnesses and the general public, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has issued an Administrative Order declaring a Judicial Emergency from March 23 through April 1…

MADISON, W.Va. — A Wyoming County man involved in a mine theft at Wells Complex in Wharton was sentenced to one to five years in prison. Gary Lance Gibson, 38, of Oceana, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy in Boone County Circuit Court.

HUNTINGTON — In an effort to help protect healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, staff members at Marshall University’s Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) have developed ways to produce face shields using 3D printing and laser technology.

HUNTINGTON — With each of the three Tri-State governors issuing stay-at-home orders over the past week, rumors have swirled on social media about Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia shutting down bridges in and out of the states in an effort to slow down the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus a…

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As the days of the coronavirus, necessitated social distancing and stay-at-home orders continue, the remainder of the prep sports schedule is further jeopardized. The resumption of basketball tournaments in both boys and girls seems doubtful at this point with spring sports also in question.