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BLUEFIELD — Grocery store employees who work daily during a pandemic to make sure that the people in their communities have access to the food that they need were recognized Monday with a free lunch.

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PRINCETON — A local microbrewery and tap room is poised to expand its business by putting its brews into cans and getting those cans on the shelves of local stores.

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CHARLESTON — Essential workers in West Virginia 50 years old and above are next in line to start being scheduled for a COVID vaccine, and that includes residents of other states who work here.

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PRINCETON — A resolution honoring the life of a Mercer County resident who helped found a volunteer fire department and manage the county’s emergency needs during a health crisis was passed Tuesday by the Mercer County Commission.

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LERONA — A Mercer County resident who demonstrated his distilling skills last year when he competed against other moonshiner makers and won will soon see his face on bottles of a product he created.

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MORGANTOWN — Mercer County’s Princeton Senior High School claimed victory at the 30th annual West Virginia Regional Science Bowl, held Feb. 5-6, 2021, in a virtual setting. Twenty-two teams from high schools and 11 teams from middle schools throughout the state participated in the competitio…

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PRINCETON — A decline in COVID hospitalizations at Princeton Community Hospital reflects a statewide decline in not only those in the hospital but the number of active cases as well.

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BLUEFIELD — Roger Topping, a recent member of the Mercer County Board of Health, has been named the new administrator of the Mercer County Health Department.

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BLUEFIELD — Many people are complaining about higher electric bills this winter, and an AEP spokesman said they are a little higher from last year because of an adjustment made to help the company pay for extra expenses.

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BLUEFIELD — A downward trend in Mercer County’s active COVID-19 cases is good, and the public’s greater willingness to wear masks and socially distance is a contributing factor, the county’s health department administrator said Wednesday.

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BLUEFIELD — If Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., wants to move forward in a bipartisan manner in a fractured Senate, one of his first challenges is to find common ground in the issue of climate change and renewable energy.

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CHARLESTON — All residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the state who wanted the COVID-19 vaccine have now had the second dose, which makes West Virginia the first state to complete this goal.

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PRINCETON —Unemployment, school closings and sickness inflicted by the ongoing pandemic have increased the numbers of children statewide needing protective services, according to the West Virginia Child Advocacy Network (WVCAN) statewide data for the 2020 fiscal year.

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ATHENS — A local groundhog didn’t see his shadow Tuesday morning, heralding the possibility of an early spring this year.

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WASHINGTON — Republican senators are taking a targeted approach to arriving at a figure for a new COVID stimulus package, but whether that has any traction with Pres. Joe Biden’s goal of $1.9 billion is another question.

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PRINCETON — Labor-intense efforts like the COVID-19 vaccination clinics that inoculate hundreds of people strain local health care personnel, but volunteers giving their time are helping to keep the vaccinations moving.

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BLUEFIELD — When Scott Noble was a child, his dream was to be an actor. This week, a film, “First Date,” starring Noble premiers at the Sundance Film Festival. It took him until 55 years old to realize that he, himself is a character.

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CHARLESTON — People have a new opportunity to enroll in health insurance for 2021 on HealthCare.gov, but only for a limited time. This new COVID-19 open enrollment period starts on February 15, 2021 and ends on May 15, 2021.

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PRINCETON — When he became Princeton Community Hospital’s newest Chief Executive Officer in early January, Michael Grace had a background of over 20 years in the health-care industry.

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PRINCETON — A magistrate ruled Wednesday that the case of a man facing charges including attempted first-degree murder had probable cause and bound it over to the Mercer County Grand Jury.

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PRINCETON — Teddy Johnson of Princeton was only 19 when fate put him aboard a glider with other paratroopers participating in Operation Market-Garden, an enormous World War II offensive the Allies hoped would help defeat Nazi Germany by Christmas; but his mission ended in occupied Belgium wh…

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PRINCETON— Preregistration and planning resulted last Friday in a COVID-19 vaccination clinic that used a church’s big parking lot, cooperation from law enforcement and a rescue squad along with volunteers to get the vaccine to hundreds of people.

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ROCK — A Mercer County resident who joined the U.S. Army after graduating from high school in 2019 found himself only a few feet away when the 46th president of the United States was sworn into office.

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BLUEFIELD — A mandate by the federal government for mask wearing on public transportation will not change how the Bluefield Area Transit (BAT) buses have been operating.

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PRINCETON — When rain and snow falls and winter temperatures rise and fall, the combination pries at asphalt and opens up the bane of many drivers, the infamous pothole.

BLUEFIELD — Seven more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Mercer County since last week bringing the total of deaths to date to 79.

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BLUEFIELD — Kamala Devi Harris made history Wednesday when she was sworn in as the first female, Black and South Asian vice president of the United States.

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BLUEFIELD — A local food pantry’s 30th year of operations ended with a bang when a 2020 impacted by a global pandemic sent more people in need to its doors and put about 75 tons of food into their hands.

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BLUEFIELD — The inauguration of the 46th President, Joseph Biden, and the first female Vice President, Kamala Harris, drew words of optimism from area and state officials.

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PRINCETON — Starting February 1, the process of filling four Princeton City Council seats for the next four years will begin.



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