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Libraries getting funds for computers

AS TWO local library branches look to the future, they will be getting a financial boost for computers.The Scio Branch Library and Clark Memorial Branch Library of the Puskarich Public Library System have become eligible for a $15,600 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to ...

News flash:

I AM a terrible parent.Just ask my eighth grader and he'll be more than happy to regale you with all the ways I fail to live up to the adjective "cool."At the top of his list would be the heading "embarrassment."Yep, I managed to embarrass a 13-year-old kid.Surprised, no?It seems my actually ...

Snow bings out best in people

NOTHING LIKE an 18-inch snowstorm to greet you on a Saturday morning. Such was the case yesterday.Snow dumpings of that magnitude are paradoxical. A foot and a half of snow obviously reduces activity to a snail's pace, if not to a virtual standstill.On the flip side, snowstorms also trigger a ...

Recycling topped 220 tons last year

RESIDENTS FROM across the county are doing their part for the environment.Harrison County residents recycled more than 220 tons of material in 2009, according to information provided by the Carroll-Columbiana-Harrison Joint Solid Waste Management District.And, although this is about one percent ...

Field trips and fingerprints

I HAVE always tried to be involved with my children's school as much as time allows.Having four children of varying ages sometimes makes it difficult to help at every event but when asked to serve, I do my best to comply.Like most parents, I have worked my fair share of concession stands, car ...

Clark Gable celebration unfolds Monday

TIME TO celebrate the birth of one of Harrison County's most famous sons.The Clark Gable Foundation will hold a celebration Monday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to mark the 109th anniversary of the birth of the "King of Hollywood."Gable was born on Feb. 1, 1901 and became one of the most famous and ...

Dog license deadline is drawing near

Editor's note: The following is a guest commentary by Belmont County Auditor Andy?Sutak.To all Belmont County residents:This is reminder to all dog lovers and owners, the final day for purchasing a dog and/ or kennel license is Feb. 3, 2010, to avoid any penalty. If you need to purchase a ...

Bellaire economy breathing stronger

WHILE BELLAIRE schools are enduring some tough times, the village, meanwhile, was on the receiving end of two good pieces of financial news this past week.The first positive dose came out of the county commissioners' meeting Wednesday.Commissioners announced they are purchasing the former ...

24th Annual Media Day Blood?Drive on tap

"GIVE The Gift of life. Give Blood."On Monday, all roads lead to WesBanco Arena in Wheeling, where the 24th Annual Ohio Valley Media Day Blood Drive 2010 takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This year's theme is "In Honor of Aubrey Brooks."Aubrey is a 2-year old girl from Powhatan Point who is ...

Scholarship Night planned Wednesday

A SCHOLARSHIP Night will be held Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the John W. Stephenson Center at Harrison Central High School.The event is scheduled to begin promptly at 7 p.m.Students who are candidates for graduation will be attending the scholarship night and representatives of each scholarship will ...

Oh, where would I be without my cell phone?

I WAS a throwback to the Bronze Age in the eyes of my children. I did not have a cell phone. I was unreachable unless I was inside my home or at my desk at work.Just a mere 15 years ago, cell phones were clunky, cumbersome and rare. In 1995, only 11 percent of the population dragged around a ...

Snow day shenanigans

AN EXTRA week of Christmas vacation in the form of snow days can spell disaster for any parent.I remember the days of scrambling for day care arrangements when the kids were old enough to be in school but not old enough to be left home alone on days school is closed for snow.While day care ...

Rosebud Mining assists Salvation Army

THE SALVATION Army got a little help in helping others.A contribution of $4,000 from Rosebud Mining Co. will go a long way as the local group continues to assist those who need a little help especially during the colder months of the winter.Michael Jamison, general manager of Rosebud's Ohio ...

Waterlogged

LIKE A lot of women, my life is in my purse.Actually, my purse is a little larger than the normal handbag but I would like to stress it is filled with VIS - Very Important Stuff. Sure, my bag of doom weighs over 10 pounds and my shoulder is always a little achy from lugging it around but again, ...

Obama comes up short in first year

WE ARE nearly a year into the reign of Barack Obama as our nation's president.Some 51 weeks into his administration, the jury is out whether we elected the right man for the job.That is borne out by at least key areas: Defense; health care and the economy.This country found out on Christmas Day ...

Bully-prevention rally scheduled Friday

A RALLY to kick-off a bully prevention program will be held Friday at the Harrison Central Middle School in Scio.The Olweus Program, a comprehensive, school-wide program designed for use in elementary, middle, or junior high schools, will be introduced at the 9 a.m. rally.With goals to reduce ...

Freeport preparing for 200th anniversary

IN JUST three short months it will be party time in Freeport.The community will celebrate its 200th anniversary and community leaders are busy preparing for the big bash.The six-member Freeport Bicentennial Committee will work in conjunction with many of the community's organizations and ...

Getting what you really want

OK, folks! It's all over!Yep, Christmas 2009 is through and there are now 363 days until Christmas arrives once again!All the time and energy spent attempting to provide our loved ones with a "perfect" holiday has paid off in smiles, hugs and a pile of wrapping the paper the size of Mount ...

Visionary leadership can work wonders

OVER?THE last half century, I have often wondered why our immediate area was losing ground in almost every respect.Our population has been shrinking, housing stock is aging along with the population and many traditional institutions and businesses are struggling to survive or have disappeared ...

Embrace the holiday spirit in the new year

HAPPY NEW YEAR, Ohio Valley!The big day arrives on Friday. We will bid farewell to 2009 and embrace the new year with hope and anticipation that it will be a year filled with good things for our families, our country and the world.Although Christmas is past, let us make an effort to keep alive ...