THE SHALE drilling and leasing businesses are continuing to make an ever increasing impact in the Ohio Valley.
DPS Penn is a prime example.
DPS Penn is a Pennsylvania-based, privately held oil and gas company focused on the development of natural resources in Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio. It has an office on Ohio 331 near the prison.
The company is not just about making a profit. DPS Penn also gives back.
For the second time in a two-month period, DPS Penn has come up big to help a local charitable entity. DPS donated $5,000 to the Coat Closet of Belmont County Wednesday. The generous gift will be used by director Margaret Paolucci and her dedicated staff as start-up funding when next winter rolls around.
The closet recently shut down for the season, after assisting several hundred needy residents keep warmer this winter.
DPS Penn's latest donation is heartwarming. The Coat Closet of Belmont County is a worthwhile undertaking. It makes a difference in countless peoples lives.
If it wasn't for DPS Penn, the coat closet would have been out of business in December. It was then that DPS learned of the coat closet's financial plight and immediately cut a check for $5,000.
The money enabled Paolucci and her aides -- Karen Kahl, Shaunna Walker and Wanda Craig -- to go on a coat shopping spree. It also meant a warmer winter for a myriad of people needing assistance.
We hope more drilling-related companies take the lead of DPS Penn and give back to the area in which they are making their money.
PAT MILLER was a four-sport star at Shadyside High back in the 1970s. His athletic prowess gained him induction into the OVAC Hall of Fame this past August.
Miller, who was an all-state baseball and football player as well as state champion pole vaulter while also playing hoops during his prep days in Tigerland, was most deserving of his OVAC enshrinement. I have always felt, however, it should have come sooner.
It appears his daughter, Meredith, has her dad's athletic genes. She is a 5 ft. 11 freshman for the Division I Hilliard Bradley basketball team. Despite being a mere ninth grader at such a huge school, Miller is making her presence felt in basketball this winter.
At this writing, Bradley is 13-6.
Meredith has tasted the starting lineup on more than one occasion this season, quite an accomplishment on a senior-laden and winning team. She is the Lady Jaguars' fourth leading scorer, averaging some 8 points a game.
Her season high is a 20-point outburst, in a game she came off the bench, propelling her into a starting berth. She is Bradley's power forward but is adept enough to handle the 3, 4 and 5 positions.
Although the hoops season is in its final stages, Meredith has little down team. She is a standout softball player who will likely be a regular on the Lady Jaguars' softball team. She is also a talented volleyball player for Bradley.
Meredith sports #22 on her jersey, the same as her father's and her uncle Mike (Muck) Miller, another former Shadyside High athletic standout, including OVAC mat champion.
ST. CLAIRSVILLE City Council made a prudent choice in appointing Brian Johnson as the city's new finance director. I have known Brian since his high school days at St. John Central. He is a character and intelligent individual. Johnson has some big shoes to fill as Jill Lucidi was a St. C. gem for 17 years in that post. I have no doubts Brian will be up to the taxing task.
I HAVE beaten up Gov. John Kasich in my column on more than one occasion. His anti-union stance was one I strongly opposed. With that said, I have always noted he is quite intelligent with much political savvy. His moving of the State of the State address reinforces his political ingenuity.
I LOVE the idea being bandied about in Martins Ferry, that being the construction of an enclosed swimming pool. The Purple pool is in need of major repairs. That being the case why not go big time and give Belmont County a unique facility? An indoor pool, while carrying a prohibitive price tag, would generate substantial rental fees as a host of local prep swim teams are in need a place to practice. I believe Martins Ferry has the shakers and movers in place to cultivate the needed funding for such a state-of-the-art pool.
HOW CAN Marv Levy be in the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame while Bill Parcells was rejected by voters last week? It was Parcells first time to be included on the ballot. He has two Super Bowl rings while Levy has none.
RICK SANTORUM had a great week on the Republican presidential campaign trail, capturing elections in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri. However, it is still Mitt Romney's GOP nomination to lose, which he is quite capable of doing.
Kapral may be reached at bkapral@timesleader online.com