Bellaire council made the right call

BELLAIRE VILLAGE Council did an about face on the proposed Zombiefest planned for August of 2014 for the village’s historic park.

Council members initially voted to approve the festival. That is before council received more information about Zombiefest.

Several citizens stepped up and spoke at Thursday’s council session, airing their concerns and opposition to such an event being held in the All-American Town.

At the heart of their complaints was R-rated movies expected to be shown. That is a definite no-no as such a festival would attract a young crowd, who need not view those type of flicks.

Council wisely voted again, nixing Zombiefest for the park. They made the right call.

At first glance, I was in favor of zombies roaming the park and village. It would have been a boon to Bellaire businesses. But I, like council, am opposed to an R-rated public film fest.

I do believe Bellaire does need to be more active and creative in bringing events and festivals to the town. The new gazebo is gorgeous and offers an opportunity to put on many nice events.

An R-rated Zombie fest is not one of them.


DID YOU get your Times Leader a little later today? If so, it was no fault of your carrier.

The Times Leader has a new and extended press time for Sunday’s edition. Consequently, we will be able to provide our readers the most comprehensive package of local, political and national news as well as sports than ever before.

The new press time will prove invaluable when football season kicks off. No longer will we be handcuffed in getting night games, such as Ohio State and high school playoff games, into our Sunday edition.

The deadline issue was highlighted by the recent George Zimmerman trial decision. The jury was still deliberating when we went to press. Just a few hours later, the verdict was returned and other publications were able to report it.

We hope the change, which takes effect today, does not prove problematic. We do know, good things are worth waiting for and in that regard a better Times Leader will be coming your way.



TWO OHIO Valley basketball standouts enjoyed a successful week in Virginia.

Wheeling Central’s Chase Harler and Martins Ferry’s Emilio Appolloni helped lead their TOGS team to a second-place finish in the national 16 & under AAU basketball tournament in Virginia.

The Morgantown-based TOGS won seven straight games before falling to a team from Chicago in Friday night’s championship. Appolloni and Harler were both starters in their freshman seasons for Ferry and Central, respectively.



THE BELLAIRE Presbyterian Church is winding up its school supply mission to benefit “Students in Need” at the Bellaire elementary, middle and high schools for the 2013-14 school year. The church is spearheading a collection of school supplies and monetary donations this month. The Bellaire Presbyterian Church has designated 50 percent of the One Great Hour of Sharing offering and 40 percent of the Pentecost offering as seed money for this mission.

If you have any questions or would like to obtain a copy of the supply lists please contact Leigh Ann LaRoche at 740-676-0746. Please make checks payable to the Bellaire Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 322, Bellaire, Ohio 43906. Donations are tax deductible. All donations are greatly appreciated by the students and faculty of the Bellaire Local Schools.

The Bellaire Presbyterian Church is committed to local missions.


THE BELMONT County Veterans Service Office and the American Red Cross are having a blood drive in the Belmont County Veterans Service Office conference room, 3326 Belmont St., Bellaire, from on Aug. 8 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). All blood types are needed.

INDIAN CREEK is the latest OVAC school to implement drug testing for students taking part in extracurricular activities. All schools should have such a policy.

I CAN only dream of a retirement package like E. Gordon Gee received from The Ohio State University. The Buckeyes must have money to burn. The former OSU president, who retired embroiled in controversy after remarks jabbing Roman Catholics and Southeastern Conference schools, will receive a $5.8 million package over the next five years, along with an office. The contract with Gee includes a one-time payment of $1.5 million, an annual salary of $410,000 and a $300,000 annual grant for research on 21st-century education policy. It also retains him as a full professor in the university’s College of Law, pays him health insurance and covers moving and storage expenses. Now that is what I call a retirement plan.

THE FOURTH and final major on the PGA Tours plays out this week in Rochester, N.Y. As always, I must worry about Tiger Woods breaking out of his majors slump. But my pick is Jason Dufner.

THE BELMONT County Veterans Service Office and the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Pittsburgh are working on having a health and informational fair at the Belmont County Veterans Service Office, 3326 Belmont St., Bellaire, on Aug. 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All veterans are welcome and encouraged to attend the VA informational and health fair. Please be sure to bring a VA ID card if you are already enrolled for VA health care. If you are not enrolled for VA health care and you do not have a VA ID card, please bring a copy of your DD214 with you. Veterans Healthcare Administration Enrollment Specialists will be on hand to answer questions about enrolling for VA health care and to assist veterans in completing VA health care enrollment forms.

THE VILLAGE of Bellaire will be holding its second “free” trash disposal day on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 8 a.m. until noon, at the service garage on 419-37th St. This service is “free” to all Bellaire garbage customers with a copy of your billing account. Items not eligible are: landscape waste, liquids, (paint, motor oil, sludge), toxic waste or materials (asbestos), batteries, lumber, medical waste, construction and demolition debris and gas tanks of any kind. Representatives of the Knights of Columbus will be on hand to take any metal items you wish to discard of or you may call them at 740-676-8688 for a home pick-up for metal items only.

LOU GENTILE announced this past week that he was ignoring calls by many supporters for him to seek a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Steubenville native has opted to continue his passionate work in the Ohio Senate. I personally am glad Lou opted to stay the course. Right now, he can do more for his constituents than in Washington. But down the road, I fully expect Lou to be occupying the governor’s mansion or a seat in Congress.

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