New Bellaire Move Makes Sense

I LIKE a move the village of Bellaire made late last month. An administrative position was created.

The new post makes sense and will save dollars. It will also streamline communication between departments and village officials.

The new position consolidates one full-time and two part-time secretarial posts. It helps get everyone on the same page very quickly.

LaWanda McCain is the new assistant administrator and appears more than qualified for the challenge. She brings with her an associate’s degree in criminal justice and is close to pocketing her bachelor’s degree in psychology. Such a degree will come in quite handy in Bellaire. Moreover, she plans to pursue a master’s in criminal psychology.

With such an impressive education background, McCain should be a big asset to village operations. She is also a technical and software wizard, which can only help the cause.

Kudos to Bellaire officials credit, they may have uncovered a gem.


I WAS saddened to see the passing of John Wilson this past week. John was a major figure in Ohio Valley golf circles. We became good friends when I was sports editor and he was championing the cause of Ohio Valley junior golf. He was both a great golf instructor and a passionate promoter of the game. He was a retired Lt. Colonel in the Army. John won the West Virginia state golf championship while a student at Triadelphia High. John was 74 when he died. His teaching tentacles reached far and wide. One of his most famous students was Stephanie Sparks of Wheeling. She played for a while on the LPGA Tour and now is a commentator on the Golf Channel.

JUDGE FRANK Fregiato is not one for idle time. Be it sitting on the bench, practicing law, working at The Sons of Italy or putting on car shows, the judge is ultra active. This morning, he is in Columbus taking part in the Arnold “Schwarzenegger” Sports Festival Pump & Run event with his son and daughter.

EFFORTS ARE underway to raise money to get the Martins Ferry pool open for the summer swimming season. Several fund-raising events are on tap. The first will be a luncheon on Monday, March 17. Eat in and carryout are available with limited delivery from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Cost is $7.?Children age 5-and-under eat for free. Soups available are vegetable, ham and bean, chili with or without beans. Sandwiches include: sloppy Joes, ham salad and chicken salad. Beverages and desert will are included. Soups will also be sold in pints $3, quarts $6. Single bowls are $2 and single sandwiches $2. Beverages are $1. Pre-order blanks can be picked up at the recreation?center. Phone orders the day of sale are available by calling 633-0602. It is great food for a most worthwhile cause.

I STOPPED in the new Gulla’s at St. Clairsville Wednesday. It is clean, attractive and delicious. It should be a slam-dunk success story.

THE DYSFUNCTIONALITY of the Buckeye Local Board of Education has played out for many a year. Its absurdity came to the forefront again Monday. The board’s newly elected president stepped down after just one meeting, under a shroud of rumors. Later in the session, the board, down to four members, were deadlocked over the status of head football Coach Phil Pest. Two board members have left him twisting in the wind. Pest was a great player at Wheeling Central and Bethany College. He earned all-conference honors as a Bison tight end. He has distinguished himself as quality grid coach for three decades. Pest cannot be judged by the Panthers’ record the past two falls. I covered Buckeye Local in person this past season. Nick Saban would have had trouble winning at Buckeye. Pest has been a loyal soldier to Buckeye Local, he needs to stay as the Panthers’ grid boss.

THE BELMONT County Board of Elections is still in need of poll workers. Anyone interested in manning the pools or needing additional information should call the election board at 740-526-0188. I have said for years that when I retire I will become a poll worker, as it entails being social, well-fed and well-compensated. I think it will be an enjoyable day.

I?SAID?that when West?Virginia University named E. Gordon?Gee as interim president that he may end up with the permanent job. It now appears that is likely to happen.

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