Judge Fregiato draws Supreme Court notice

BELMONT COUNTY will be welcoming an Ohio Supreme Court justice this week.

Justice Sharon L. Kennedy will be in St. Clairsville Tuesday. She will be paying a visit to Judge Frank Fregiato’s Common Pleas Court.

Justice Kennedy will be recognizing Judge Fregiato’s impressive efficiency. He was sworn into his Common Pleas post in August.

At that time, he inherited 132 delinquent cases. In a span of less than 10 months, Judge Fregiato has whittled that number down to a mere 14.

Prior to his Common Pleas duties, he was Northern Division Court judge for 16 years. During that time, he never had a delinquent case.

Quite impressive.

Justice Kennedy joined the Ohio Supreme Court in December of 2012. Prior to that, she served at the Butler County Court of Common Pleas. She began her career as a police officer.

Justice Kennedy has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Furtherance of Justice Award (2001), Judge of the Year (2006), Excellence in Public Service (2009) and was named one of 13 professional women to watch by the Cincinnati Enquirer in 2013.

After her visit to Judge Fregiato’s courtroom, Justice Kennedy will be a featured guest at the St. Clairsville Rotary Club.



IN KEEPING with a commitment to local missions, the Bellaire Presbyterian Church has begun its third annual school supply mission to benefit “Students in Need” at the Bellaire elementary, middle and high schools. School supplies and monetary donations are being collected through August.

The Bellaire Presbyterian Church has designated 50 percent of the One Great Hour of Sharing offering.

Anyone wishing to donate may call Leigh Ann LaRoche at 740-359-6231. Items can be dropped off at the church office located at 3599 Guernsey St. between the hours of 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Please make checks payable to the Bellaire Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 322, Bellaire, Ohio 43906.

Donations are tax deductible and greatly appreciated by the students and faculty of the Bellaire Local Schools.


THE ST. Clairsville community should be feeling good with the news that the Clarendon Hotel will be refurbished and open for business before year’s end. The Clarendon is a St. C. landmark and its rebirth gives the city a little added swagger.

THE OHIO State Highway Patrol made more impaired driving arrests and issued more safety belt citations during the Memorial Day weekend as compared to the 2013 holiday weekend. In addition, preliminary statistics reveal 13 people lost their lives over the weekend a decrease of five deaths when compared to 2013. Three of the fatalities are OVI-related.

The Patrol made 757 OVI arrests, an increase of more than seven percent, and cited 7,278 vehicle occupants for safety belt violations, an increase of more than 19 percent when compared to 2013. The four-day reporting period began Friday, May 23 and ran through Monday, May 26. The Patrol made 21,168 non-enforcement contacts, of which 4,992 were to assist motorists.

I RECEIVED some complaints recently on the railroad crossing on Ohio 150 near Buckeye Local High School. It is reportedly in “deplorable” condition. Wheeling Lake Erie owns the crossing and needs to step up with repair work before vehicles are severely damaged or an accident occurs.

THE?BELLAIRE Public Library will start registering children for this year’s Summer Reading Club on Monday. Patrons may come and register their children at any time during Library hours and the program is free. This year’s theme is “FIZZ, BOOM, READ” and the first program will be on June 20. Children from pre-school age to grade 8 are eligible to sign up. The programs will be divided into appropriate age groups and many fun activities are planned For more information, call the library at 676-9421.

THE ALL-AMERICAN Days Festival unfolds Thursday in Bellaire and will run through Saturday night, capped by a sparkling fireworks show. The festival committee works long and hard to put on a quality event. Hopefully it is graced by good weather and large crowds.

IT WAS great to see the Switzerland of Ohio Board of Education finally decided to keep Beallsville High School open for the coming year. It should have come months earlier. The board, unfortunately, gave no long-term guarantee for the school’s future. The district needs to aggressively pursue oil & gas leasing drills, passionately promote its levy and be ultra cost-efficient so Beallsville is not history come next May.

I AM curious and concerned on how this Bellaire Volunteer Fire Department is going to play out, after the village severed ties with the Neffs Fire Department Thursday. I know money issues were involved but I have always felt the Neffs firefighters are a quality bunch.

I RECEIVED a call from one of my favorite people this past week — Jake Olsavsky. He updated me on his medical issues. The coaching legend is upbeat and in great hands — The Cleveland Clinic. Please keep him in your prayers.

California?Chrome goes for the Triple Crown?Saturday in the demanding Belmont Stakes. Chrome is my favorite horse since the legendary?Secretariat. The mile-and-a-half course will be the most challenging test yet for Chrome.

Kapral may be reached at bkapral@timesleaderonline.com