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Library hosts black history event

CADIZ – In honor of Black History Month, the Harrison County Historical Society will have a program at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Puskarich Public Library.

Scott Pendleton will highlight the history of the local African American community.

JB committees meet Thursday

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson-Belmont Regional Solid Waste Authority Finance and Planning Committees will meet at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Steubenville City Hall Building.

Abuse support group to meet

WEIRTON – The Hancock-Brooke-Ohio County Victims of Assistance Program has formed a support group for survivors of sexual abuse, domestic violence, rape and assault.

The group’s first meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Brooke-Hancock Family Resource Network’s office at 371 New York Blvd.

The group will meet at 6 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month. For information, call (304) 564-4277.

Probation ordered in theft cases

STEUBENVILLE – Margo L. Thornton-Creech, 50, of Steubenville was placed on two years of probation on Monday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after she pleaded guilty to felony theft and two counts of misdemeanor theft.

Thornton-Creech was charged with taking items from a car and another car-theft incident in which she took an expired credit card and trying to use it at a store. Both incidents happened in November 2011.

She will faces up to 12 months in prison and 12 months in jail is she violates probation. The judge also issued a $200 fine against Thornton-Creech.

Utica group sets organizational meeting

STEUBENVILLE – The Utica Shale Academy Governing Authority will hold an organizational meeting at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Jefferson County Educational Service Center at 2023 Sunset Blvd.

A regular meeting ill immediately follow the organizational meeting.

The Utica Shale Academy is set to start in early September in the Southern Local School District.

Plea entered in nursing home case

STEUBENVILLE – A Weirton man charged with gross sexual imposition in connection with an incident at a nursing home pleaded guilty to a lesser charge on Monday before Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson.

Andrew W. Scott, 60, of 3313 Overbrook Drive, Weirton, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of public indecency.

City Police were called to a city nursing home in August about a report concerning staff going into the room of a patient and seeing a man dropping his pants down. The man was chased out of the facility.

Police interviewed the victim, who had suffered a stroke and had limited speech capabilities, and charged Scott with gross sexual imposition.

Assistant Prosecutor Jeff Bruzzese said the victim’s speech improved, and it was discovered there was no contact between Scott and the victim.

Scott was sentenced to 60 days in jail but given credit for more than 100 days in jail.

“It is the correct result given the facts of the case,” Bruzzese said.

Man dies after wrecking car

BLOOMINGDALE – A Bloomingdale-area man died Monday in a Pittsburgh hospital, where he was taken following a single-vehicle accident Sunday on county Road 22A, near county Road 24, the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported.

Dwight B. Mader, 69, of 126 township 203A, Bloomingdale, died Monday at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the patrol reported.

The patrol reported Mader was traveling west on county Road 22A around 9 p.m. Sunday, when the car went off the left side of the road, hit a fence and several trees.

The patrol reported it is still investigating whether Mader suffered a medical condition prior to the crash.

Man sentenced in bar break-ins

STEUBENVILLE -Thomas A. McAllister, 38, of Steubenville was sentenced to nine months in prison on Monday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after McAllister pleaded guilty to two counts each of breaking and entering and theft.

McAllister admitted to breaking into the Spot Bar on South Fourth Street on Dec. 4 and Dec. 8. He told Bruzzese he took the cash register during the second break-in.

McAllister, who has served two prior prison terms, was ordered to make $800 in restitution to the bar and pay a $200 fine.

State Route 150 closed for work

DILLONVALE – State Route 150 between Dillonvale and Rayland will be closed during daytime hours beginning Monday for the next three weeks for tree trimming work, the Ohio Department of Transportation reported.

ODOT crews will be using a specialized boom truck with a saw blade to trim trees along the road.

ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Lloyd MacAdam said, “Clearing overhead canopy from our roads improves our pavement longevity and increases motorist safety in the winter.”

Crews are expected to work on the road for the next three weeks between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. No official detour will be posted. Motorists should plan ahead to avoid delays, ODOT reported.

School board to meet in special session

STEUBENVILLE – The city board of education will meet in special session at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the McKinley board offices to discuss personnel and legal issues.

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HOSPITAL HONORED: For the fifth time in the past 12 months, Wheeling Hospital has been nationally recognized for its treatment of chest pain and heart attacks.

Wheeling Hospital is one of only 197 hospitals nationwide to have received the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry Get With the Guidelines Platinum Performance Achievement Award.

The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients, and signifies that it has reached a goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

“This award shows that we are consistently providing the best possible care for the treatment of heart attacks. This commitment to excellence results in longer and healthier lives for our patients,” said Andrea Dobkin, manager of the cardiac catheterization lab and cardiac neuro vascular center.

“Heart attack care requires cooperation of many departments. In addition to the tireless efforts of the cardiac cath lab staff, we particularly recognized the excellent work of the many emergency departments throughout the area, and the intensive care and step down units at Wheeling Hospital,” said Dr. Robert Fanning interventional cardiologist and cardiac center director.

Previously, Wheeling Hospital was recognized with bronze and silver awards.

SAFETY MARK: Carroll Electric employees have worked for three years with no lost time accidents as of Dec. 31, according to Larry Fenbers, CEO/general manager.

“Employees worked 62,258.50 hours with safety in mind. It is a commitment to safety and to each other that helps keep our employees safe,” Fenbers said.

Carrollton-based Carroll Electric implemented an employee-based committee that meets regularly to discuss safety rules and regulations, makes recommendations to retire equipment or purchase new safety gear and reward employees for following safe work practices.

Employees participate in monthly safety trainings that range from pole-top rescue to first aid and CPR, it was noted. Employees were treated to an awards breakfast in January.

The electric company serves portions of Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison, Jefferson, Tuscarawas and Stark counties, with more than 12,400 members connected to the 1,474 miles of lines serviced by the co-op.

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FREE ASSISTANCE: Franciscan University of Steubenville accounting students are continuing more than a quarter-century long tradition of assisting Ohio Valley residents with their income tax forms.

From Tuesday through April 12, students will offer free e-filing assistance to local tax filers at a help site located between Quiznos and the Payless ShoeSource store in the Fort Steuben Mall. The students have completed an income tax course and passed an IRS training course through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

Students will prepare forms 1040EZ, 1040A, 1040 schedules A, B, and D, and forms for calculating education, dependent care and earned-income credits. The free assistance is available to taxpayers with an income up to $52,000.

The tax assistance site will be open from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays; 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays; 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to noon and 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays; 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays; and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

The site will be closed from March 8-16 due to spring break.

MEDICAL DIRECTOR:

Dr. Michael P. Giannamore has been named medical director of Ohio Valley Optimal Healthcare, the area’s first integrated physical medicine practice.

Giannamore is a general practice, family physician who has served in private practice since 1978. A graduate of Catholic Central High School, Giannamore graduated from Ohio University and earned his doctor of medicine degree from Rutgers University. He completed his residency at Hackensack Hospital in New Jersey. Giannamore has served on a number of hospital committees and organizations and acted as preceptor for nurse practitioners, physician assistants and medical students. A Steubenville resident, he is a member of the Trinity Professional Group and serves on the Steubenville City Board of Education.

Giannamore joins Dr. Matthew Nardone and Charlotte Jones, a certified family nurse practitioner.

Ohio Valley Optimal Healthcare, located at 117B Three Springs Drive in Weirton, offers medical services, diagnostic testing, physical therapy and chiropractic and specializes in neck, back, hip, shoulder and knee pain; headaches, peripheral neuopathy; and medically supervised weight loss.

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APPOINTMENT MADE: Robert G. Lane has been named finance manager of State Park Motors Inc.

Don Finley, general sales manager of the Wintersville-based dealer, said “The addition of Bob Lane to our staff is a direct result of our constantly increasing sales volume. Bob has 35 years of bank lending experience, so he was able to hit the ground running. Bob has also been very active in the community, having been a member of the Steubenville Rotary Club, a United Way volunteer and served on a number of boards of directors, including Steubenville Rotary, A.L.I.V.E. Inc. and Jefferson Behavioral Health System.”

Finley added that Lane has been active in local community theater for many years, having appeared with the Steubenville Players, Weirton Community Players, Brooke Hills Theater and on the stage of Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre in Wheeling.

In March, he will be appearing in Weirton’s Striplight Theatre production of the musical “Gypsy.”

Lane and his wife, Sheila, live in Steubenville.

FOR LANDSCAPERS: The Marshall County West Virginia University Extension Service will present a one-day training course for landscape professionals from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 21.

Topics will include American National Standards Institute-approved pruning techniques, best planting practices, hazard tree identification, and exotic insect and disease management. There will be field demonstrations of chainsaw safety, climbing, rigging and bucket truck trimming.

The course is available to all landscape professionals including nursery workers, tree trimmers and municipal employees. Registration is $5 and pre-registration is due Feb. 16.

For information, contact Karen Cox at (304) 843-1170 or Karen.Cox@mail.wvu.edu.

GRANT AWARDED: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jefferson County is among 30 nonprofit organizations in Comcast’s Keystone Region to receive a grant from the Comcast Foundation to support programs focused on community service, digital literacy and empowering tomorrow’s leaders.

The local organization received $10,000, Comcast officials said, adding that the total in grants was $591,000.

“The Comcast Foundation is proud to award these grants to our partner organizations to improve the lives of our local neighbors,” said Charisse R. Lillie, vice president of community investment for Comcast Corp. and president of the Comcast Foundation. “Through this support, we remain committed to closing the digital divide, empowering young people to become leaders and engaging our employees and local citizens in volunteerism.”

Since 1999, the Comcast Foundation has donated nearly $140 million. In addition to grants from the Comcast Foundation, Comcast responds to community needs through local sponsorships and in-kind support, donating more than $1.6 million worth of airtime for public service announcements from Keystone region organizations. The company also gives back through employee volunteerism and providing technology equipment and services to organizations across the country.

Comcast in 2013 was named one of the most community-minded companies in America by Bloomberg, the Points of Light Foundation and the National Conference on Citizenship. The Civic 50 is a comprehensive survey of S&P 500 companies that best use their time, talent, and resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business.

Comcast’s Keystone Region includes portions of Northeastern, Central and Western Pennsylvania, the Maryland panhandle, Eastern Ohio and Northern West Virginia.