Charles Owens


The school calendar change was announced Friday. Under the amended calendar, all schools and school system offices will be closed on Monday, November 1, and Tuesday, November 2.

 As is the case with businesses across the country, local employers also are struggling right now to fill open positions. But recent population gains experienced by the region should help in the near future.


Mercer County is now down to 328 active virus cases, according to Tuesday’s tally from the state Department of Health and Human Resources. That’s down from 351 active infections on Wednesday.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice speaks during a virtual pandemic briefing Monday.

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