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MILESTONES: Officials with Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives, joint owner of Cardinal Generating Station, announced the Brilliant-based facility surpassed two safety milestones.

The 1,800-megawatt coal-fired power plant in November recorded more than 1.5 million hours without a lost-time injury and simultaneously surpassed 1 million hours without a recordable or “days away, restricted or transferred” injury.

D.A.R.T. is an Occupational Safety and Health Administration metric that shows how workplace injuries and illnesses cause affected employees to remain away from work, restrict their work activities or cause them to transfer to another job because of an inability perform their typical duties within a calendar year.

“The Cardinal plant continues to set the standard for safe work practices,” said Tom Alban, Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives vice president of power generation. “Even as they work tirelessly around the clock, the Cardinal staff does so with safety and service in mind, so that we can keep the lights on and the power flowing for the more than 1 million members that we serve across Ohio and West Virginia. We’re proud of the Cardinal staff’s safety record and service that they provide to our consumer-owners.”

The Cardinal Plant employs 318 people and features more than $1 billion of emissions control systems. Its units serve American Electric Power and Buckeye Power.

RECOGNITION: Carter Healthcare has been named to the 2017 HomeCare Elite, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. For 12 years, HomeCare Elite has identified the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and highlighted the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall.

The ranking is developed by ABILITY Network, an information technology company, and is sponsored by DecisionHealth, publisher of Home Health Line.

Carter Healthcare is located at 2199 Sunset Blvd, Steubenville.

“The team at Carter Healthcare has demonstrated an impressive ability to deliver great patient care,” said Christine Lang, senior director for ABILITY Network. “This is due to the skill and dedication of their clinical professionals, as well as the proficiency and efforts of their quality team tracking, measuring and interpreting the data that supports the delivery of care. Together, they have earned this recognition as one of the top home care agencies in the country.”

“Every day our team members are striving to provide the very best care to help people live better lives,” said Brad Carter, chief operations officer at Carter Healthcare. “Achieving recognition as one of the HomeCare Elite is confirmation of just how successful our team has been at providing the highest quality care for our patients.”

FREE COFFEE: Officials with Sheetz have announced the stores again will celebrate the holidays by offering customers a free cup of coffee on Christmas Day from noon to midnight and from 4 p.m. on New Year’s Eve to 4 p.m. on New Year’s Day.

Guests can walk into any one of Sheetz’s 564 stores in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina and receive a free cup of coffee.

“Offering free coffee during the holidays is our way of saying thank you to the communities we serve,” said Ryan Sheetz, AVP of Brand Strategies. “Sheetz has been giving away free coffee on Christmas Day and New Year’s for more than 20 years. It is the perfect opportunity for us to show our appreciation to our loyal customers, and to celebrate the holidays with them.”

Customers also have the opportunity to make the holiday brighter for local children by donating to Sheetz for the Kidz at checkout. Sheetz for the Kidz is an employee-run charity providing toys, clothes and other basic needs to underprivileged children across Pennsylvania, North Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio and Maryland. One hundred percent of customer donations go directly to supporting the children in our communities.