Gov. Jim Justice has consistently said his first priority throughout the novel coronavirus pandemic is to keep West Virginians safe. He said it even when his personal friend, President Donald Trump, was leaning on states to reopen prematurely to get the economy rolling again.

If there’s one sign of hope amid the uncertainty and fear surrounding the novel coronavirus, it’s been the community groups across West Virginia that have stepped up — whether it be supplying meals to the less fortunate, gathering supplies for medical workers or organizing safe community eve…

There’s a lot people in the U.S. don’t know about the novel coronavirus. It might go away. If it does, it might come back. Medical researchers are starting to test vaccines and treatments, but they don’t know exactly when such things will be available. There are estimates, but those vary.

There seemed to be a sense of relaxation in Charleston and across West Virginia over the weekend. The governor has a plan for the state to gradually reopen amid the coronavirus. The numbers of new cases are dropping. With good weather, many people ventured outside on Saturday and Sunday.

West Virginia now has a plan to reopen businesses and public areas, emerging from the lockdown of COVID-19 gradually. Or maybe it’s too quick. It depends on who you ask. Even when polling a variety of sources, short, simple answers are hard to come by. That’s because it’s not an easy nut to …

Funerals for Thursday, May 28, 2020

Belcher, Drema - 1 p.m., Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

Bell, Ray - Noon, Brookside Ministries, Mt. Carbon.

Foster, Connie - 7:45 p.m., O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Gray, Glenna - 1 p.m., Dotson-Simpson Memorial Cemetery, Keslers-Cross Lanes.

Hall, Leslie - 10 a.m., Mt. Olive Cemetery, Hurricane.

Horn, Roger - 11 a.m., Valley View Memorial Park, Hurricane.

Myers, Joy - 1 p.m., Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet.

Ruffin Sr., Willie - 1 p.m., Grandview Memorial Park, St. Albans.