MARTINS FERRY - This Sunday, The Times Leader will publish "Meet the Ohio Valley 2013."
"Meet the Ohio Valley" is an annual special section, taking a look at like in the communities in and around Belmont County's six largest town: Barnesville, Bellaire, Bridgeport, Martins Ferry, Shadyside and St. Clairsville.
In years past, The Times Leader published separate "Our Town" special sections on an annual basis, with each town featured in its own section. In recent years, we combined the six "Our Town" sections into one comprehensive guide to these communities.
"Meet the Ohio Valley" in many ways is a collaborative effort between The Times Leader and our local businesses.
The Times Leader worked closely with the six chambers of commerce for the represented towns in order to gather information that provides a close look at some of the highlights from the respected communities.
The publication also serves as a reference point, listing the numerous members of each chamber of commerce.
"We're very proud of the partnerships we have with the area's many local businesses and the chambers of commerce," said Lori Figurski, publisher of The Times Leader.
"They truly provide the economic backbone of our local communities, and we hope 'Meet the Ohio Valley 2013' helps connect our readers with them and the array of different services they offer."
The "Meet the Ohio Valley 2013" will appear in Sunday's edition of The Times Leader and will also be available at all six chambers of commerce.
The section is designed to be informative not only to the area's readers, but also to visitors and businesses from outside the area that may be interested in checking out the Ohio Valley.
This 52-page special section is full of pictures, pointing out some of the features and landmarks that make each of these communities special.
The sections provide a cross section of what each of these unique towns represent, adding their unique individual flavor to our Ohio Valley melting pot as a whole.
Each chamber president submitted a welcome letter from their respective organizations and each community has detailed demographics about their communities for readers to brush up on.
The sections also include complete chamber directories with names, addresses and phone numbers of every member business from each of the participating chamber of commerce in Belmont County.
We hope you enjoy the "Meet the Ohio Valley 2013" special section and keep it on hand throughout the year.