We are all looking forward to the time when we can put COVID-19 and the devastating effects behind us. That day is sure to come. However, in the meanwhile, there remains much to do and still, more from which to recover. 

The City of New Martinsville has been awarded $2.2 million dollars under The American Rescue Plan Act in direct federal aid. This aid is earmarked to assist our community in its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. This past July, the City of New Martinsville received the first round of funding in the amount of approximately $1.1 million dollars.

American Rescue Plan funds can be used for the following:

·      Replace lost public revenues
·      Support economic stabilization
·      Make necessary investments in water, sewer and broadband infrastructure

For additional information please see ARPA State and Local Rules:
If you are a small business impacted by COVID-19, you may be eligible to apply for these funds. Eligibility will be determined by the following criteria:

·       Did you have a valid City of New Martinsville business license July 19-20
·       Is your business located within the New Martinsville city limits?
·       Is your business independently owned and operated?
·       Do you have a business that is open to the public?
·       Are your City B & O, State & Federal Tax filings current?
·       Can you show a loss of revenue of at least 10% for either the first or second quarter of 2020 compared to the same period of 2019?


·       Was your business opening delayed in the first two quarters of 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic?

If you answered YES to all the above statements you should complete the application process. The city will evaluate your request. Grants are available up to $5,000. The amounts of grants may vary.

For your application to be considered by the committee, you will need to attach copies of your Profit & Loss Statements for either the 1st quarter of 2019 and 2020 or the 2nd quarter of 2019 and 2020. For delayed openings, you are required to submit the Profit & Loss statement for your first quarter of business.

Friday, November 5th
Wetzel-Tyler Health Department
5-11 Year Old COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic
10 AM-Noon
11 and Up COVID Booster Clinic
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Saturday, November 6th
Open House WVNCC
All 3 Campuses and Online
9 AM-Noon

Wheeling Nailers Home Opener
WesBanco Arena
Puck Drop 7:10 PM
Sunday, November 7th
Wednesday, November 10th
Executive Committee Meeting
Chamber Office - 8AM
Brooke LeMasters, Owner and Stylist of Bombshell Hair Studio in Sistersville, WV, Sunlights Balayage Artisan Educator, and Ambassador, Educator, and Platform Artist for YOOR has been selected as one of three Finalists for Hair Colorist of the Year, in the Southeast Hairstyling Awards!

The Southeast Hairstyling Awards website states that they, “recognize and celebrate the best of the best in the Southeastern United States beauty industry.” Brooke is absolutely thrilled at the honor of being chosen as a finalist. “I was completely surprised and humbled to know that my work was even noticed by some of the top names in the industry. I was overwhelmed with emotion and cried tears of joy,” said Brooke.

On October 28th W.A.T.C.H. (Wetzel Advocates Toward Community Hope) organizers and Michelle Rohde Youth Service Systems PFS (Partnership for Success) Coordinator and Elizabeth Seckman, Wetzel County Family Resource Coordinator spent Thursday with the students of grades 5-8 at Long Drain School. They shared with the students the history and purpose of Red Ribbon Week; they discussed decision-making strategies as a means of prevention, and students were invited to write letters to law enforcement expressing their gratitude or concerns for their community. Later, Michelle and Elizabeth delivered the letters and some cookies made by fourteen-year-old Adyson Stalder of Cola Miner’s Daughter Bakery to local law enforcement to thank them for their service in the fight against illegal drugs.