Man turns himself in on rape charges
STEUBENVILLLE – A man wanted on eight sex charges involving a teenage girl turned himself into the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department on Saturday.
Adam D. Taylor, 55, of 2444 township Road 157, Rayland, was wanted on four counts of rape and two counts each of sexual battery and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
Wells Township Police Capt. Sean Norman said the incidents involved a 14-year-old female and occurred over a period of time.
He said the victim came to police to report the alleged incidents a couple weeks ago, and police obtained warrants for Taylor’s arrest.
Toronto woman pleads guilty to money thefts
LISBON – A Jefferson County woman who worked as a nurse’s aide at a Lisbon care facility for the elderly and for mentally disabled adults pleaded guilty to stealing money from 31 of those residents.
Annette L. Sell, 47, of Toronto pleaded guilty to felony theft charges during a hearing Friday in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court. Sell is scheduled to be sentenced on May 22, and the county prosecutor’s office is recommending she receive probation.
According to the indictment, Sell stole more than $1,000 from Vista Center residents over a 12-month period starting in May 2012. Chief Assistant County Prosecutor John Gamble said after the meeting that as part of Sell’s duties she helped with the residents’ accounts, and she stole money from 31 residents while in the course of administering those accounts.
Court records accused Sell of specifically stealing $9,948, but Gamble said the Vista Center’s insurance carrier placed the figure at about to $4,200 based on its review of bank records and other related documents.
He said that as part of the plea deal Sell is being required to make restitution to the Vista Center for about $5,000.
Voter registration deadline approaching
STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Board of Elections reported April 7 is the last day to register to vote in the May 6 primary election.
Voter registration forms are available at the board of elections office, 117 N. Third St.. public libraries, public high schools and vocational schools, county treasurer’s office and the bureau of motor vehicles.
Applications for absentee ballots can be requested from the county board of elections beginning Monday.
Also, the county board of elections will be open extra time on weekdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The board of elections will be open from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. on April 7 for the voter registration deadline. The office also will be open from 8 a.m. until noon on May 3.
Pleasant Hill church to host Quiet Love
STEUBENVILLE – Pleasant Hill Baptist Church will host a “unique presentation and testimony” given by Quiet Love during its Sunday service that begins at 11 a.m.
“Contemporary Christian music will come to life in this powerful presentation of the gospel,” promotional material notes. Quiet Love’s website is www.quietlove.org.
The service is open to the public. The church is located at 2305 state Route 213, Steubenville.
For information, call (740) 282-4364.
Workshops to cover child abuse prevention
STEUBENVILLE – Eastern Gateway Community College and A Child’s Place Court-Appointed Special Advocates will team to present two workshops aimed at informing adults on what they can do to prevent child abuse and neglect and how to watch for signs of it.
“Darkness to Light Stewards of Children” will offer simple strategies for reducing the risk of child sexual abuse, recognizing it and reacting to it responsibly. The three-hour program will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
There is no cost except a $20 fee for the book used. It’s approved for 3 continuing education credit hours by the National Association Social Workers and National Board for Certified Counselors.
“Making a Difference Child Abuse and Neglect” will cover indicators of child abuse and neglect, child welfare laws, how the child protection system works and ways everyone can make a difference in the life of a child.
The free class will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 5.
Information on A Child’s Place CASA and how to become a court appointed special advocate or other volunteer will also be provided. Rhonda Stubbs, executive director of A Child’s Place CASA; will present both workshops.
To register, call (740) 264-5591 ext. 1910.
Tug freed after being stuck
STEUBENVILLE – The tug Elizabeth D was freed Wednesday after becoming grounded on Monday in a shallow section of the Ohio River, near the Steubenville water plant intake on state Route 7.
The U.S. Coast Guard reported the tug was refloated and personnel on scene, including a marine surveyor, conducted a damage survey of the vessel and declared it seaworthy. The Elizabeth D was towed to a nearby mooring location down river to remain overnight along with salvage vessels that assisted in the response operation, the Coast Guard reported.
The tug will be towed to Neville Island, Pa., today.
The cause of the grounding is under investigation, according to a Coast Guard spokesperson.
The tug was pushing 12 empty barges when it became grounded on Monday.
Benefit concert for Fort Steuben Saturday
STEUBENVILLE – The Historic Fort Steuben will present a special benefit concert featuring local artists Ron Retzer, U.S. Kids and Spinning Jenny at Steubenville High School on Saturday.
The doors will open at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. performance, and tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth ages 6-12.
For information, visit www.historicfortsteuben.com or call (740) 283-1787.
Ohio House passes appropriations bill
COLUMBUS – The state’s capital appropriations bill passed the Ohio House of Representatives Wednesday and includes funding for Eastern Gateway Community College and the Grand Theater restoration project.
State Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, said EGCC would receive $1.5 million to help with renovations to the welding laboratory and health wing, replacing the fire system, and renovations to the general science labs.
The Grand Theater in Steubenville would receive $140,000 to help defray costs associated with the renovations taking place at that facility, according to Cera. The theater is a historical landmark in downtown Steubenville.
House Bill 497 now goes to the Ohio Senate for consideration.
Smithfield orders decoration removal
SMITHFIELD – Tony Phillippi of the Northern Cemetery board has asked that all grave decorations be removed by April 12. Any remaining decorations will be removed by the cemetery staff and discarded.
Pair arrested on drug charges
BRILLIANT -Wells Township Police were on there way to a house at 1304 Hukill St. to serve drug trafficking warrants out of Steubenville Monday when they got a call of an overdose at the house.
Wells Township Police Capt. Sean Norman said when police got to the house they found drug abuse instruments and suspected heroin.
Arrested were Roman Longo, 28, and Teah Merritt, 22, both of 1304 Hukill St. on a drug trafficking charge. They also were charged with possession of a drug abuse instrument.
Norman said Wells Township worked with the county drug task force on the investigation. Norman said the drug trafficking charges are out of Steubenville Municipal Court,
Norman said a possession of heroin charge is pending state crime lab results.
Wayne trustees to meet on Thursday
BLOOMINGDALE – Wayne Township trustees will meet in special session at 4 p.m. Thursday at the township office, 11991 county Road 26, to assess township roads.
Polish Athletic Club meeting set
STEUBENVILLE – Board members of the Polish Athletic Club will meet at 8 p.m. Thursday at the club, 433 N. Seventh St. Members will discuss constitutional change.
The club will be closed on April 6 for spring cleaning, according to officials.
United Bank in Wheeling robbed
WHEELING – Multiple police units combed the streets of Wheeling on Tuesday in search of a man who robbed the United Bank on 12th Street.
Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger said that shortly before 1 p.m., a white male wearing a green hooded sweatshirt, light pants and black glasses entered the bank and walked directly to a teller.
“He handed the teller a note demanding money and then he ended up snatching cash out of the teller’s hand before he could finish collecting money from the tray,” Schwertfeger said.
Schwertfeger said the robber showed a “cutting instrument” that could have been a knife, a box cutter, screwdriver or similar instrument. He said the robber exited the bank and was last seen jumping a fence near a lot behind the bank and then fleeing toward Market Street.
Schwertfeger said the thief got away with an undetermined amount of money.
Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, several city police units and at least one Ohio County Sheriff’s deputy assisted in the investigation. Schwertfeger said any information from the public could assist in the ongoing investigation.
“If anybody has any information, no matter how insignificant it seems, we ask that they reach out to us,” he said.
No surveillance video images of the suspect were available Tuesday.
Wreck claims life of Cadiz teen
CADIZ – Taylor J. Dowdle, 16, of 911 E. Market St. was killed in a one-vehicle accident around 6:35 p.m. Monday on Upper Clearfork Road in Archer Township, the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported.
A passenger in the vehicle, Jasmine Evans, 16, of 228 W. Warren St. was flown by medical helicopter to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in stable condition, the patrol reported.
The patrol reported the Dowdle vehicle lost control on a slight curve, slid off the road into an embankment, overturned, struck a tree, a large rock and a metal gate, before coming to rest on its roof, a trooper said.
The investigation into the accident is ongoing but it appears speed was a factor, the patrol reported.
‘Superload’ set for final leg
MOUNDSVILLE – The Williams Energy superload de-ethanizer continued a steady pace through Marshall County on Monday, ultimately traveling from its resting place along state Route 88 to the McElroy substation on Fork Ridge Road in just under eight hours.
Today, it is set to complete its journey to Williams Oak Grove facility by traveling along Fork Ridge Road. Motorists should expect delays, as they will not be able to pass the 41-yard long de-ethanizer throughout most of its travels.
Despite its immense size, the 510,000-pound machine moves fairly well on board the special Goldhofer modular platform, which features 48 wheels that can each move and pivot in multiple directions. The operator controls the Goldhofer, which never exceeds 5 mph, by remote control.
Williams spokeswoman Helen Humphreys said the contractors moving the superload, Crane Rental Corp., enjoy the support of the community.
EGCC president at Presidents Conference
STEUBENVILLE – Eastern Gateway Community College President Laura Meeks will be among the 42 Ohio college and university presidents convening in Washington today for U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s, D-Ohio, seventh-annual Ohio College Presidents Conference.
Brown’s forum brings together leaders from two-year, four-year, private, public and community colleges to discuss shared challenges and goals for students and institutions of higher learning.
This year’s conference will focus on making college affordable and accessible for all Ohio students.
“Ohio’s institutions of higher education are producing the next generation of scientists and lawyers, mathematicians and teachers,” Brown said. “It is their work and their commitment to strengthening the entire pipeline from cradle to career that will ensure our economy continues to grow and succeed. That’s why this annual conference is so important,” Brown said.
Attendees also will meet with several members of the Ohio Congressional delegation and participate in panel discussions regarding the Administration’s higher education ratings proposal and the role service plays in a holistic education. Brown will deliver the closing remarks.
Brooke PSD board to meet Wednesday
WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Service District board will meet at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday to discuss construction projects.
The board will meet at its office at 711 Charles St.
Follansbee Council calls special meeting
FOLLANSBEE – City Council has called a special meeting at 6 p.m. today at the City Building to discuss and approve its budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year.
Council also will discuss options for the replacement of playground equipment at Mahan Park.
Group sought for festival parking
FOLLANSBEE – The Follansbee Community Days Committee is seeking a nonprofit Follansbee group to handle parking during the three-day festival, for which they will receive the parking fees collected.
City officials will set the parking fee for those parking at the Blue Waves football field near Jo-Jon’s while the festival is being held July 11-13.
Groups interested in performing the task will be entered into a drawing. Group representatives should submit the group’s name, information about the organization and contact number to the Follansbee City Building, P.O. Box 606, Follansbee WV 26037 no later than 5 p.m. April 14.
Woman startles burglar in house
STEUBENVILLE – A woman awakened by a noise in her house on township Road 373, Richmond, startled a burglar in her living room early today, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department reported.
The woman went into her living room to investigate the noise around 1:20 a.m. today and saw a large shadow, a deputy reported. The woman then saw a person run out the front door.
A deputy said the door was found wide open when the lights were turned on.
Pry marks were found on the front and rear doors. A deputy said it appeared a slim object was used to open the front door.
Former paramedic pleads in drug case
STEUBENVILLE -Matthew D. Miller, 27, of 146 township Road 216, Richmond, a former Mingo Junction paramedic, pleaded guilty Wednesday before Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson to stealing drugs from the village fire department.
Miller was allowed to enter drug treatment in lieu of conviction. He will be on probation for two years, during which time he must complete drug abuse counseling and remain drug free. The two counts of theft of drugs will be dismissed if he successfully completes probation. If not, he faces up to 12 months in prison.
Miller was charged with stealing Dilaudid, an opiate pain medication, while working as a Mingo Junction paramedic in October and November. He was fired by the village after an investigation.
A Jefferson Behavioral Health System therapist said Miller has been in drug counseling for several months and she recommends he receive another 12 weeks of treatment.
Miller has no prior record.
Airport authority sets special meetings
WINTERSVILLE – The Jefferson County Regional Airport Authority will meet in special session at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room in the terminal building at the Jefferson County Airpark to sign a lease agreement with Stat MedEvac and continue negotiations for a gas and oil lease.
The airport authority also will meet in special session at 6 p.m. on April 1 to review and act on bids for the paving portion of the runway extension project.
Volunteer dinner set for April 9
STEUBENVILLE – The Steubenville City Schools volunteer dinner is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on April 9, in the Steubenville High School Commons.
More than 200 volunteers are scheduled to attend the annual event and the Steubenville High School orchestra will provide the entertainment.
Staff sought for summer program
FOLLANSBEE – Organizers of Brooke County Energy Express are still recruiting a community coordinator and mentors for the eight-week summer reading program.
Held at a local school to be announced, the program is aimed at improving reading skills of local children and introducing them to concepts of good nutrition through various hands-on activities.
College students and recent high school graduates are encouraged to apply.
As members of AmeriCorps, the coordinator and mentors will receive a living allowance of $1,850, a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award in the form of a $1,175 voucher (available in October) and an opportunity to earn college credit (arrangements made individually.)
An online application and more information can be found at energyexpress.ext.wvu.edu/what-we-do/service/americorps.
Wells Township Trustees to meet
RAYLAND – Wells Township will hold its next trustees meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Rush Run Church.
WSX Management Club to meet
WEIRTON – The Weirton Steel Management Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the banquet room at Giovanni’s Restaurant.
All members and former members are welcome to attend the dinner and social time.
Land Bank meeting place moved
STEUBENVILLE – The location of an informational meeting regarding land banks scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Thursday has been moved to Room 103 of the Pugliese Training Center, 110 John Scott Highway.
Jim Rokakis and Robin Darden Thomas of the Thriving Communities Institute will give an overview of land banks by discussing how they are formed, organized, funded and how they can assist communities, according to Rich Fender of the Jefferson County Regional Planning Commission.
Water district’s tree, shrub sale ongoing
WINTERSVILLE – The Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual tree and shrub seedling sale is under way and will continue through the end of the month.
Most of the plantings available are native to Ohio, according to officials.
Species should be selected based on soil type at the planing site.
Seedlings are one-year and two-year seedlings and will arrive bare-root in packets of five seedlings per group and average between 6 and 12 inches in height.
The sale includes flowering dogwoods, eastern hemlocks and persimmons, as well as white oak, chestnut oak and shagbark hickory.
For information, contact the soil and water district office at (740) 264-9790 or visit the office at 587 Bantam Ridge Road. Regular office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
The deadline for placing orders is April 1, and tree packets will be available for pickup at the office on April 21-22.
Tree trimming work to continue on road
DILLONVALE – Tree trimming work along state Route 150 will continue Monday as a section of the road between Dillonvale and Mount Pleasant will be closed for tree trimming, the Ohio Department of Transportation reported.
The road will be closed from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday until April 4, ODOT reported.
The section of the road between Rayland and Dillonvale has been closed weekdays since March 3.
No official detour will be posted, and motorists should plan ahead to avoid delays, ODOT reported.
Indian Creek band, ensemble to perform
STEUBENVILLE – The 2014 Indian Creek High School Jazz Band, along with the high school’s percussion ensemble will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday at center court of the Fort Steuben Mall.
Songs will include “Walkin’ the Dawg,” “Suit and Tie,” ” Skyfall,” “Blues Brothers Revue,” “Big Noise From Winnetka,” “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” “In the Mood,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “Zoot Suit Riot,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing” and “When the Saints Go Marching In.”
Donald Llewellyn Jr. is the jazz band director.
Lease considerations subject of meeting
CADIZ – The Ohio State University Extension office and the Ohio Farm Bureau of Jefferson and Harrison counties will host a meeting at 6 p.m. April 8 at Puskarich Public Library.
The workshop, titled “Pipeline Easement and Right-of-Way Agreements” will cover lease considerations for landowners.
School play takes on substance abuse
WELLSBURG – Advocates for Substance Abuse Prevention and theater students at Brooke High School will present “Sticks and Stones,” a one-act play about substance abuse, at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. today and Tuesday at the school’s auditorium.
Tickets are $5, with proceeds going to the Angela Casinelli Scholarship Foundation. Casinelli wasn’t involved with drugs but was active in the school’s drama program before she graduated last year, shortly after which she died from an embolism.
Nathan Marshall, school theater adviser, said the play, which was written by Don Kukla, “treats substance abuse quite seriously, but it also makes sure the audience has plenty of fun along the way.”
The play is being co-directed by Brooke seniors Destiny Walsh and Natosha Douglas.
Village meeting planned Friday
WINTERSVILLE – Village officials will hold the first of two public meetings to discuss the Steel Valley Regional Transit Authority and busing in the village at 6 p.m. Friday at Meridian Green.
The meeting is open to all residents.
Charges dismissed for Weirton man
LISBON – Charges have been dismissed against Vonlie W. Cooper after Columbiana County Common Pleas Judge C. Ashley Pike ruled last week Cooper’s rights to a speedy trial were violated.
Cooper, 25, of Weirton, was charged with failure to comply with a signal of a police officer and two counts of possession of drugs. He reportedly was fleeing from authorities two years ago when he was shot in the foot by a highway patrol trooper.
Two hearings were held before Pike last month on a motion, filed by Cooper’s defense attorney James Hartford, to dismiss the charges. In his ruling, Pike noted the disputed time frame in Cooper’s case seemed to be between April 19, 2012, and Sept. 19, 2013.
According to a timeline laid out by Pike, Cooper was under house arrest in West Virginia throughout half of 2012, and it was during that time that Columbiana County sheriff’s deputies were unable to find Cooper because they were looking for him in correctional facilities. In February 2013, deputies learned Cooper was on house arrest and indicated they planned to extradite him, but they decided to wait after learning Cooper had recently undergone surgery.
However, while deputies were waiting, Cooper reportedly cut off his house arrest bracelet and ran from police in West Virginia on April 12, 2013.
While Cooper was bound over to the grand jury on March 15, 2012, a superseding indictment, which added the two drug charges to the original failure to comply charge, was not served to him until Sept. 19, 2013. By then, Pike indicates, the speedy trial limit had already expired
Traffic may be stopped on highway
CADIZ – U.S. Route 22 will be restricted briefly Tuesday morning in Harrison County for utility work, the Ohio Department of Transportation reported.
Around 10 a.m. Tuesday, Horizon Chillicothe Telephone will be installing a new aerial fiber optic cable over the highway just east of the state Route 9 exit at Cadiz, ODOT reported.
Minimal traffic impacts are expected. Traffic will be stopped in both directions for a maximum of 15 minutes, but motorists are urged to use caution and be prepared for slight delays, according to ODOT.
EGCC offers free computer clinic
STEUBENVILLE – A free computer clinic will be offered by Eastern Gateway Community College’s student IT Club on March 22. The clinic will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and no appointment is necessary.
Area residents and college students and employees may bring in their computers and software for trouble-shooting and repairs. The work will be performed for free but donations to the group will be accepted.
The computer students in the IT Club can help uncover problems because they specialize in diagnosis and repair of both hardware and software problems for computers running Windows 7, Windows 8 or Vista, officials said. All students are trained and will be supervised by Bobbie Parnicza, assistant professor.
College personnel will be available to answer questions about Eastern Gateway’s Information Technology program during the event in Founders Hall on the Jefferson County Campus, Steubenville.
The group will hold a 50/50 drawing to support its activities.
For information, contact Parnicza at (740) 264-5591, extension 151; call the EGCC at (800) 68-COLLEGE, extension 151; or online at ITClub@student.egcc.edu.
Scrabble session set for Wednesday
STEUBENVILLE – Area Scrabble enthusiasts will gather Wednesday for their monthly game session in room 1502 at Eastern Gateway Community College.
Play time will run from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. with newcomers welcome and encouraged to bring the board game if they have one. No fees are charged.
Bonus words will be words related to the first day of spring. For information, call (740) 264-9893.
Acuity hospital has certificate of need
WHEELING – The West Virginia Health Care Authority has issued a certificate of need to Acuity Specialty Hospital-Ohio Valley, based in Steubenville, for the development of a 13-bed long-term acute care hospital within Wheeling Hospital.
The proposed expansion into Wheeling Hospital would cost $1.3 million.
Health Care Authority Chairman James Pitrolo said Acuity Specialty Hospital’s application, “was to move beds presently in the system into West Virginia.”
West Virginia regulations require health care providers to obtain a certificate of need prior to adding or expanding health care services such as that being sought by Acuity.
Belmont Community Hospital in Bellaire, a division of Wheeling Hospital, houses the Wheeling area’s first long-term acute care facility, Acuity Specialty Hospital-Belmont. The care facility also is owned and operated by Acuity Specialty Hospitals-Ohio Valley.
“Acuity will be offered at both locations,” said Wheeling Hospital spokesman Gregg Warren, regarding whether the Bellaire facility will be affected by the addition to Wheeling Hospital.
The hospital plans to release further details about the project at a later date.
Recycling plant in Bellaire burns
BELLAIRE – Smoke billowed from the south end of Bellaire at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday, as the old First Ward School caught fire, forcing surrounding residents to evacuate their homes.
Firefighters at the scene at first had a difficult time finding a working fire hydrant to use on the former school, now home to Electronics Recycling Services, 1731 Belmont St.
The blaze began in the basement of the main structure and spread to a new addition, workers at the scene said. Warehouse Supervisor Donny Maupin said the fire started in the basement of the main building where they store the final product before it is shredded and destroyed.
He said fortunately those employees were not yet working in that area or it could have turned out more disastrous.
Electronics Recycling Services Plant Manager Jim Johnston said 29 employees were working in the plant at the time the fire began near one of the machines in the warehouse section of the plant. The fire eventually spread to a newer addition in front of the old school building.
“Everybody is out safe and sound,” Johnston said.
Boil order coming to Glenn Robbins
WINTERSVILLE – Jefferson County water customers in Glenn Robbins were expected to experience a service interruption or low water pressure until 2 p.m. today, according to Jefferson County Water and Sewer District officials.
District personnel will be working to repair a water main in the area. Once service is restored, a 24-hour boil order will be in place until 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Marina deck work set to begin next week
STEUBENVILLE – Work will begin next week on the Steubenville Marina observation deck project.
According to City Engineer Mike Dolak, the project will include repaving the existing parking lot and boat ramp.
“The project will also see a pedestrian bridge built to an observation deck on the remaining Fort Steuben Bridge pier that was left after the bridge was demolished,” said Dolak.
“The access to the marina may periodically experience temporary closures or restrictions during the project that is set for completion in July,” added Dolak.
He noted the $189,994.50 contract was awarded to the James White Construction Co. of Weirton.
Deputies arrest man on sex charges
STEUBENVILLLE – A Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy monitoring the West Virginia State Police Facebook page noticed troopers were looking for a man wanted on a sex crime who may be in the Mingo Junction area.
The deputy did some investigating and discovered John Calhoun, 73, was a security guard at the GKL Sportsmen’s Club off county Road 74, Mingo Junction, the sheriff’s department reported.
Deputies and officers from Cross Creek Township Police went to a camper, where Calhoun was living, around 5 p.m. Wednesday. Calhoun was taken into custody at the camper and charged with a sexual assault warrant out of Wetzel County, the sheriff’s department reported.
He was being held at the county jail today on no bond, pending an extradition hearing in common pleas court.
Calendar meeting moved to next week
WELLSBURG – A meeting to accept public comment on proposed calendars for Brooke County’s 2014-15 school year was canceled Wednesday because of the weather.
The meeting has been moved to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the school board’s office, 1201 Pleasant Ave.
Lincoln Day Dinner set for April 24
STEUBENVILLE – Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor will serve as the keynote speaker when the Jefferson County Republicans hold their annual Lincoln Day Dinner on April 24.
The event is set to begin at 6 p.m. at Froehlich’s Classic Corner Restaurant.
Tickets are $40 per person, and reservations can be made by e-mailing Jefferson County Republican Party Vice Chairman Bill Hannen at email@example.com or calling Hannen at (740) 264-1233. Interested persons can send their reservation request to Hannen at 4604 Fairway Drive, Steubenville, OH 43953.
Checks should be made payable to the Jefferson County Republican Party.
Cemetery decorations need to be removed
BERGHOLZ – All decorations must be removed from the Bergholz and Circle Green cemeteries before April 1, according to Springfield Township trustees.
Park staff sought
FOLLANSBEE – The city is accepting applications for lifeguards and maintenance workers for the city’s park and swimming pool and, depending on whether it contracts out the pool’s concession stand, workers for that area.
Applications may be picked up at the City Building between 9 a.m. and noon and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.
Blood drives planned
Officials with the American Red Cross Greater Alleghenies Region, which serves the Tri-State Area, have planned several upcoming blood drives.
They are as follows:
Monday: Noon to 6 p.m., American Red Cross Jefferson County Chapter, 81 Talbott Drive, Wintersville.
March 21: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Edison High School, state Route 152, Richmond; and noon to 6 p.m., Sacred Heart Church, 424 Fourth St., Chester.
March 22: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Loyal Order of the Moose, Main Street, Wellsburg.
March 27: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Eastern Gateway Community College’s Founders’ Hall, Sunset Boulevard, Steubenville.
Springfield Township fiscal report ready
BERGHOLZ – The Springfield Township trustees’ fiscal report for 2013 is available for residents to view at the township office at 722 Monroe St.
Wheeling Polka Festival at Oglebay March 28-30
WHEELING – The Wheeling Polka Festival will feature three days of live polka music at Glessner Auditorium at Oglebay’s Wilson Lodge March 28-30.
The festival kicks off at 8 p.m. on March 28 with Lenny Gomulka and Chicago Push.
Lenny Gomulka, and his band, the Chicago Push, have been in the limelight of polka stardom since 1980. Born and raised in Chicago, Lenny Gomulka is a member of the International Polka Music Hall of Fame and he is a 12-time Grammy Award nominee. He is the author of the “Official State Polka Song of Massachusetts,” which was the first polka in the United States to achieve state song status. Lenny Gomulka and Chicago Push have captured more polka music awards than any other polka band.
The March 29 three-band lineup will include the Boys. The Boys, founded in 1980, played their signature style of polka music for over a decade. By the time the group disbanded in 1990, the Boys had recorded five albums, received regional and national honors, including the U.S. Polka Association’s “1989 Favorite Band” and “1989 Favorite Album” awards, appeared in a major motion picture and established themselves as one of the dominant forces in the polka industry. In 2010, Polka Hall of Famers Mike Matousek and Frank Liszka reunited with former band mates Al Puwalski and Jeff Yash to bring back the Boys. With the addition of polka veterans Mike Evan and David Morris, the Boys of today have re-established their presence in contemporary polka music.
The complete Polka Festival lineup is:
March 28, 8 p.m. to midnight, kickoff party with Lenny Gomulka and Chicago Push.
March 29, 3 p.m. to midnight, Henny and the Versa J’s, THE KNEWZ, and the Boys.
March 30, noon to 6 p.m., Lenny Gomulka and Chicago Push and the Boys.
A three-day pass to the Wheeling Polka Festival is $37 and includes admission to all polka bands. Admission for March 28 only is $10, March 29 is $17 and March 30 is $15. Special food and beverage options will be available for purchase during the festival.
A special overnight package that includes Friday and Saturday night accommodations at Wilson Lodge and admission to all polka bands is available. The package starts at $335 for double occupancy in a traditional room and includes the Mountaineer Breakfast in the lodge’s dining room on March 29-30, plus unlimited use of the lodge’s indoor pool, fitness center and Jacuzzi.
A Roman Catholic Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on March 30 at Wilson Lodge.
For tickets and information, call Oglebay sales and conference services at (304) 243-4060. For overnight reservations, call (800) 624-6988 or visit www.oglebay-resort.com.
Pi Day celebration at Carnegie Science Center
PITTSBURGH – Friday, also known as 3.14 or Pi Day, is when the date approximates the mathematical constant pi.
To celebrate the date Carnegie Science Center is partnering with Rivers Casino for a special event just for adults.
From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday attendees are invited to enjoy21+ Pi.This no-kids night will feature science and math-themed activities and special demonstrations as well as four floors of exhibits.
Visitors can put their math skills to the test in the Works Theater, where table game dealers from Rivers Casino will be on hand to offer live demonstrations using training cards and chips. Learn more about the science of your favorite games, including craps, blackjack, roulette and poker. The casino’s director of table games, Rob Guthrie, will give presentations on the history and science of these games.
Live music will be provided by local band Anello, as visitors check out other fun math-related activities or enjoy a drink from the cash bar. Snacks will be available to purchase.
The cost of the event is just $10 with advance registration or $15 the day of the event. Guests 21 and older can spin the Rivers Casino wheel in the main lobby to receive a coupon for $15 free slot play or $20 match play and possibly win other fun Rivers items.
For information and to register, visit www.CarnegieScienceCenter.org or call (412) 237-3400 for details.
Summer CLO season upcoming
PITTSBURGH – The 2014 Civic Light Opera summer season opens May 30 at the Benedum Center with the classic musical “Singin’ in the Rain,” which will run through June 8.
The musical is based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film.
Other shows include:
“Legally Blonde – The Musical,” June 13-22
With music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin, the musical is based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture.
“Footloose,” June 24-29
The is stage adapation of the classic film includes music by Tom Snow
adapted for the stage by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie. The musical includes additional music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman.
“Evita,” July 8-13
This timeless musical includes lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and is the true story of Eva Peron’s using her beauty and charisma to rise from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as first lady.
“Cats,” July 18-27
With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber this classic musical is based on “Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats” by author T. S. Eliott.
“Monty Python’s Spamalot,” July 29 through Aug. 3.
Winner of the Tony Award for best musical, Monty Python’s “Spamalot” is the outrageous musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the film classic “Monty Python and The Holy Grail.”
For tickets, go to www.pittsburghCLO.org or call (412-) 281-2822.
SHEL to take part in Mountaineer concert series
CHESTER – The Mountaineer Freedom Concert Series will conclude March 27 at the Oak Glen High School’s Little Theatre with the critically acclaimed Colorado-based sister quartet SHEL appearing as headliners. Opening acts will include the Harmony Brothers, a gospel/oldies group consisting of three Tri-State Area musicians – Jim Kell, Jim Brandolino and Lou Ralich – reunited after many years, to play and sing together again, and Pirates and Maidens, a student ensemble making its public debut.
The music is set to begin at 6:45 p.m., with SHEL to take the stage at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door and can be purchased by sending a check, made payable to the OGMS Culture Club, to 39 Golden Bear Drive / New Cumberland, WV 26047. For information, call (304) 374-7474.
Musical couple coming to Black Sheep Vineyard
ADENA – Black Sheep Vineyard will be hosting world-renowned guitarist Richard Smith and his cellist wife, Julie Adams 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The combination of Richard’s fretboard fireworks and Julie’s warm tone and lyrical style will have toes tapping and jaws dropping. Their ever growing repertoire comprises a wide variety of music from classical Bach to Beatles pop, Chopin and Mozart to fiddle tunes. It ranges from Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed to jazz standards and gypsy swing.
Richard and Julie deliver both lightning fast barn-burners and beautiful ballads, occasionally spiced with gentle and witty vocals. There is a cover charge of $5, and seating is limited.
Opening in 2008, the Black Sheep Vineyard is on state Route 250 at the junction of state Route 150, about 11 miles west of Bridgeport. The venue is located in the restored barn behind the farmhouse. For information, go to www.blacksheepvineyard.com.
Murder mystery to benefit 4-H
FOLLANSBEE -Mystery Theatre Unlimited will present “Overture for an Undertaker,” an original musical comedy murder mystery, on March 22, with a portion of proceeds going to the Brooke County 4-H program.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the show, which will be staged at Vito’s 2, 570 Main St.
Tickets are $30 each, which includes dinner. Reservations should be made by calling Liz Gatts at the Brooke County West Virginia University Extension office at (304) 737-3666 weekdays before 4 p.m. by Friday.
Maple Sugar Day at Oglebay
WHEELING – In sure sign of spring, Oglebay Institute’s annual Maple Sugaring Day takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 22 at Camp Russel in Oglebay Park.
Each year hundreds of people enjoy this hands-on outdoor program that includes a nature walk, demonstrations of sugaring techniques, the history of maple sugaring, live music and a pancake breakfast with fresh maple syrup – straight from the Oglebay sugar bush.
Admission to Maple Sugaring Day is $9. To reserve a time, call (304) 242-6855. Trail guides will depart from the Camp Russel parking lot every half hour.
‘The Quiet Man’ comes to Towngate
WHEELING – Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre continues its 44th season with the beloved Irish tale, “The Quiet Man,” Friday through Sunday and March 21-22.
Inspired by Maurice Walsh’s Green Rushes, adapted for the stage by Frank Mahon and directed by Tim Thompson, this heartwarming play takes audiences back in time to the sweeping Irish countryside in the midst of the country’s battle for freedom from England in 1921 and the years that follow. Rendered by a very talented, local cast, “The Quiet Man” has something for everyone – local and national politics, romance, humor and that famous fight scene.
Curtain is 8 p.m. March 14, 15, 21-22. A 3 p.m. matinee takes place March 16.
In addition to performances on March 14 and 21, Towngate’s lobby will be transformed into an Irish Pub complete with food, prepared by Ye Olde Alpha, Irish beers, courtesy Carenbauer Distributing, and live and rowdy Irish music.
A fundraiser for the theater, tickets are $20 and can be purchased with the show ticket. Pub Nights begin at 10 p.m.
General admission is $12.50. For tickets, call (304) 242-7700.
Upcoming events at Fort Steuben
STEUBENVILLE – Upcoming events at the Historic Fort Steuben include:
March 29 – Spring concert theme “Support Our Fort” featuring Spinning Jenny, US Kids and Ron Retzer in a benefit for Historic Fort Steuben at 7 p.m. at Steubenville High School. Tickets are $5 and $10 at the door or in advance at the visitors center. Also on March 29 will be a program presented by AMVETS Post 275 at noon at the Berkman Amphitheater.
April 25-26 – “Murder in the Roaring ’20s,” features an original mystery set in Steubenville during that very colorful era. Guests should dress for the period and be prepared to solve the crime. The dinner and drama at Froehlich’s Classic Corner Banquet Room begins at 6 p.m., and advance reservations are required. Tickets are $30 for sale at the visitor center.
For information and reservations, call (740) 283-1787.
April 7-26 Spring quilt show at the Visitors Center. The event is free.
April 16 – Harlem Ambassadors Basketball Event, an evening of fun and action at Steubenville High School beginning at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $5 to $10 at the door and in advance at the visitors center.
Upcoming season at Brooke Hills
WELLSBURG -The Brooke Hills Playhouse has announced an “award-winning season” to mark the playhouse’s 43rd summer of operation, according to Julia Barnhart of Wellsburg, president of the Brooke County Arts Council, the playhouse’s parent organization.
The season will open with Beth Henley’s 1981 Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics Circle Award-winning comedy, “Crimes of the Heart,” the story of the three Magrath sisters and their lovingly dysfunctional family, including a dying family patriarch and one of the sisters’ arrest for attempted murder. “Crimes of the Heart” will be presented May 30, June 1 and June 6-8.
The second show of the season, scheduled for June 20-22 and 27-29, will be Christopher Durang’s comedy, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” winner of the 2013 Tony Award for best play. The show centers around siblings Vanya and Sonia, their movie star sister, Masha, and her latest boy-toy, Spike. Matters are complicated by a maid with psychic powers and a pretty young actress.
The playhouse’s annual musical comedy will be presented next, as the John Kander-Fred Ebb-Bob Fosse classic, “Chicago,” takes to the stage July 11-13 and 18-20. Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, “Chicago” focuses on chorus girl Roxie Hart and flapper Velma Kelly, both accused of murders and both vying for the spotlight from an eager press corps. “Chicago” is the recipient of six Tony awards and six Drama Desk awards, including Best Revival of a musical from both presenters.
The season continues Aug. 1-3 and 8-10 with the annual production for younger actors, “Curiosity Cat” by Chris Grabenstein, based on the Grabenstein’s award-winning novel for middle school readers, “The Hanging Hill.” The title character is an adventurous animal who is homeless, but uses his new status to help other cats, while avoiding an evil cat-catcher.
The Playhouse’s 43rd main stage season concludes Aug. 22-24 and 29-31 with superstar playwright Ken Ludwig’s comedy, “The Game’s Afoot or, Holmes for the Holidays,” a comedy-mystery set in the home of legendary actor William Gillette, best known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes. When one of his holiday guests is stabbed to death, Gillette takes on the character of the great detective to solve the mystery. “The Game’s Afoot” won the 2012 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe award for best play.
As was the case last season, all Friday and Saturday performances will be at 8 p.m., and all Sunday performances will be 2 p.m. matinees.
Barnhart noted playhouse patrons can see all five main stage productions this summer for the price of four, if they order 2014 season discount coupons by May 29.
“We call it our Super Star Package, at $44 for adults, $36 for senior citizens and students and $28 for children younger than 12,” she said.
Once the season begins, ticket prices at the box office will be $10.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors and students and $6.50 for children for non-musicals, and $12.50 for adults, $10.50 for seniors and students and $8.50 for children for the musical.
Patrons may order the advance discount Super Star package by sending a check or money order payable to the Brooke County Arts Council at P. O. Box 186, Wellsburg, WV 26070. Patrons are asked to specify how many packages they are ordering. All pre-season orders must be received by May 29.
For information, go to www.brookehillsplayhouse.com.
Ale and art
WHEELING – Irish ale and live music by Gallowglass will be on tap at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Stifel Fine Arts Center.
Those wishing to can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a few days early at Oglebay Institute’s annual beer tasting event at the Stifel Fine Arts Center. Part of the activities include Irish-inspired food from Ye Olde Alpha, live music by Wheeling favorite Gallowglass and, of course, plenty of Irish ale. Beer selections for the evening include Guinness Draught, Killian’s Irish Red, Harp Lager, Great Lake’s Conway’s Irish Ale, Murphy’s Irish Stout and Murphy’s Irish Red Ale.
Most events sell out, so early registration is recommended. The cost is $35.
To register, call (304) 242-7700.
Jillian Michaels to appear March 19
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has announced that Jillian Michaels, America’s leading authority in health, wellness and fitness, will bring her critically acclaimed motivational live tour, Maximize Your Life, to the Benedum Center at 8 p.m. March 19.
This event is part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series. Tickets range from $27.25 to $42.25, and VIP tickets, at $152.25 each, are available at www.TrustArts.org; by calling (412) 456-6666; or in person at Theater Square box office, 655 Penn Ave.
Camp Broadway EXP set for April
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has announced that nationally acclaimed Camp Broadway EXP will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 26 at the Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Ave. in the Pittsburgh Cultural District.
For information, visit trustarts.org/campbroadway or call (412) 325-2024.
The one-day camp is open to children ages 10-13 of all skill levels, and no previous experience is necessary to enroll. Advance registration is required and registration closes on April 11. The cost to participant in the camp is $125 per participant and $100 per additional student in a household. The camp will conclude with a featured performance at 4:30 p.m. for family and friends, presented by student participants.
WELLSBURG – Brooke Hills Park is offering a 15 percent discount on all golf passes for the 2014 season.
For information, call (304) 737-1236.
Weir High School to present ‘Gypsy’
WEIRTON – Striplight Theatre, in conjunction with the Weir High School Theatre Department, will present “Gypsy,” book by Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, at 8 p.m. today through Saturday and March 20-22 at the high school’s Milton J. Weinberg Theatre at 100 Red Rider Road.
Inspired by Gypsy Rose Lee’s memoirs, “Gypsy” follows two young vaudeville performers and their over-bearing stage mother behind the show business scenes at the dawn of burlesque. Songs include “Let Me Entertain You,” “Some People,” “You’ll Never Get Away From Me,” “If Momma Was Married,” “All I Need Is the Girl,” “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” “You Gotta Get a Gimmick” and “Together Wherever We Go.”
Special arrangements made possible through Tams-Witmark Music Library Inc.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors today and March 20 and $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors Friday and Saturday and March 21-22.
Springsteen, E Street at Consol
PITTSBURGH – Tickets for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band April 22 performance at the Consol Energy Center will be on sale beginning Friday at www.livenation.com.
Blaine Siegel at 709 Penn Gallery
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has announced the opening of Dream Body, a video installation by local artist Blaine Siegel.
The exhibition is on view at the Trust’s 709 Penn Gallery in the Cultural District through April 13. An opening reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 7 at 709 Penn Gallery.
The exhibition consists of two video projections with sculptural components. The first video is influenced by the infamous “the Hanged Man” tarot card. Hanging upside down from a tree, the man on the card has been abused and left alone. It is at this point of physical, mental and emotional exhaustion that the hanged man gains a fresh perspective and is able to see the world and his place in it. The first video, depicting a man’s face slowly transitioning from sadness to awe, hangs from an apparatus referencing the hanging crook from the hangman children’s game and is projected upside-down upon the wall.
The gallery is at 709 Penn Ave. in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.
Eddie Izzard’s Force Majeure tour hits PIttsburgh
PITTSBURGH- Eddie Izzard will bring his massive Force Majeure world tour to the Byham Theater at 8 p.m. May 31 and June 1. Tickets are on sale now. Tickets start at $50.25 and are available at TrustArts.org; by calling (412) 456-6666; and in person at the box office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave.
Bret Michaels brings show to?Mountaineer
CHESTER – Multi-platinum powerhouse Bret Michaels will once again rock the stage at the Harv at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort at 8 p.m. April 26.
Tickets for the show went on sale today at 10 a.m. Mountaineer now offers a limited number prime reserved seats for sale in the Harv in the first four center rows. The remainder of Harv seating is general admission by section.
Michaels has turned his passion for music into a legendary career spanning decades. Rising to fame as the front man of Poison, one of rock’s most iconic and enduring bands, Michaels helped define the rock ‘n’ roll scene. Selling more than 32 million records worldwide, Michaels and his band have been touring together for more than 25 years and continue to sell out venues across the country.
Michaels’ solo career has charted its own course with multiple albums. His July 2013 release “Custom Built” topped the charts, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard’s hard rock list. His most recent star-studded release, entitled “Bret Michaels: Good Songs and Great Friends” features collaborations with Loretta Lynn, Jimmy Buffett, Ace Frehley of Kiss and Michael Anthony of Van Halen and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Multi-talented Michaels ventures beyond music to challenge himself in a vast array of projects. He has starred in a string of reality shows including “Rock of Love with Bret Michaels,” one of VH1’s most successful shows in its history, docu-series “Bret Michaels: Life as I Know It” and Donald Trump’s NBC hit, “Celebrity Apprentice,” in which Michaels ultimately went on to win the title, creating the only new product from the series to land on store shelves, Bret’s Blend Diet Trop A Rocka Snapple Tea. Michaels also teamed up with Dean Guitars to design the Bret Michaels series, which was followed by a partnership with the retail giant PetSmart to launch his signature pet products in June 2012.
Topping off his well rounded resume, he pursued his philanthropic efforts to raise awareness for issues that are close to his heart. He established The Bret Michaels Life Rocks Foundation to support numerous charitable causes near and dear to his heart such as diabetes awareness, children’s cancer research, military veterans and charities supporting homeless animals.
Tickets can be purchased at www.MOREatMountaineer.com; www.etix.com; at Mountaineer’s players club; or by calling (800) 80-40-HOT, extension 8297. Tickets in Section A through bleachers are general admission by section and start at $20 plus taxes and fees. Reserved seating is also available and is located in the first four center rows.
The Secret Life of Robots at SPACE gallery, Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH-The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the opening of “The Secret Life of Robots,” a visual art installation by local artist Toby Atticus Fraley.
The exhibition includes a dozen scenes of robots in domestic vignettes, presenting an unpolished look into the unseen, and often mundane, lives of robots. The exhibition is on view at the Trust’s SPACE gallery in the Cultural District through April 27.
The 4- to 5-foot-tall robots are constructed from vintage thermoses, picnic coolers and various found objects. Some robots include animatronics and custom built electronics packages that control illuminated elements, such as eyes and accent lights.
Fraley offers a glimpse into the daily activities of a typical robot through various stages of its lifespan, revealing a glimpse of our lives through the looking glass.
Lady Gaga show hits Consol
PITTSBURGH -Lady Gaga will make an appearance May 8 at the Consol Energy Center.
Tickets are on sale at www.ticketmaster.com.
Gaffigan to play Heinz Hall
PITTSBURGH – Jim Gaffigan will perform at 7 p.m. March 27 at Heinz Hall as part of “The White Bread Tour.” Gaffigan, a stand-up comic, actor and writer, has appeared on “Late Night with David Letterman” and “Conan” and has reached platinum sales on his albums.
His new book, “Dad is Fat,” has been on The New York Times bestsellers list for 20 weeks. “I wrote a book,” said Gaffigan. “No, I did! It’s all about the joys and horrors of my life with my five young children. I’m not sure if it’s a memoir, a confession, an apology or cry for help, but (wife) Jeannie and friends have told me it’s really funny.”
Tickets are available at the Heinz Hall box office, online at www.pittsburghsymphony.org or by calling (800) 743-8560.
Birbiglia coming to Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has announced award-winning comedian, author and filmmaker Mike Birbiglia will bring his all new comedy tour, Thank God For Jokes, to the Byham Theater at 7:30 p.m. March 20.
Tickets range from $33.25 to $38.25 and can be purchased online at www.TrustArts.org; by calling (412) 456-6666; or in person at the box office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave.
Birbiglia returns to the stage with more painfully awkward stories in a show about jokes and how they can get you in trouble.
Join Birbiglia as he visits Cats-a-chusetts, argues with a stranger about her nut allergy, hosts an awards show for angry celebrities and learns that Fozzie Bear is a tough act to follow.
Weirton man arrested after chase
STEUBENVILLE – A Weirton man is housed in the Jefferson County jail today facing a multitude of pending drug charges after leading police on a Tuesday evening chase through two municipalities.
Demetrious Harrison of 3115 West St., Weirton, is facing pending charges of aggravated trafficking in drugs, failure to comply and obstruction of justice after refusing to stop for officers from the Jefferson County Drug Task Force and Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies, according to a sheriff’s department report this morning.
The report stated officers from the task force attempted to pull Harrison over at about 9:30 p.m. in the area of South Fourth and Slack streets in Steubenville when Harrison exited onto state Route 7 southbound. Harrison reportedly then exited the highway on the Logan Street ramp in Mingo Junction, where he attempted to turn right and hit a utility pole, according to reports. He then reportedly fled on foot before being apprehended by two officers. Inside his vehicle officers discovered 3 pounds of what they believed to be marijuana.
Harrison is expected to be charged today by the Jefferson County prosecutor.
Young Marine joins veterans for reunion
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Austin Loppe of Mingo Junction will be among 10 members of the Young Marines who are departing today for Guam and Iwo Jima for the annual Reunion of Honor.
Each year, American and Japanese veterans come together for remembrances of their fallen brothers and to recall the fierce battles that took place on the two islands during World War II.
Loppe, a sergeant major, will represent Division 1 on the tour. He was named Young Marine of the Year by the Tri-State Young Marines.
“Each Young Marine was selected based on his or her dedication, loyalty, achievement and leadership, and for having been chosen as their division’s Young Marine of the Yea” said Mike Kessler, national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event, and every Young Marine treasures the experience.”
Buckeye BOE fills vacancy
DILLONVALE – Tiltonsville resident Russell “Rusty” Cominsky was chosen Tuesday to fill a seat on the Buckeye Local School District’s school board.
That seat recently was vacated by James “Jim” Cesario, who was elected in November and resigned the post before the second regular meeting of the board this year.
The selection of Cominsky by a vote of 3-1 came after unsuccessful efforts to seat two other candidates from among the nine-person applicant pool, officials said. Those candidates were Elmer DeMeter and Roger L. Davis Jr.
Board member Naoma Kolkedy nominated Demeter, and board member Dirk Pielech nominated Davis Jr.
Votes on those two nominees were deadlocked, according to officials.
Pielech then nominated Cominsky.
Board member Brad McFadden said that rather than have a local judge step in and make decision, it would be best to maintain control of such decisions within the school district.
He then cast a vote for Cominsky.
Adams Street ramp opens
STEUBENVILLE – The Adams Street onramp has been re-opened following the replacement of a water line.
According to Steubenville Assistant Water Superintendent Mike Wigal, the replacement of a water pipe under the Adams Street onramp has been successfully completed.
“The city opted for complete replacement of the pipe rather than a short-term repair fix. This long-term approach should result in a much longer life for this line, which had been a high maintenance area for the water department. The roadway has been repaired and the ramp to Washington Street is now open,” said Wigal.
“We want to thank the citizens for their patience and understanding during this important project,” added Wigal.
Woman admits to probation violation
STEUBENVILLE – Virgie D. Breeden, 35, of 2570 township Road 378, Steubenville, was sentenced to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. on Monday after Breeden admitted to a probation violation.
Breeden in May pleaded guilty to possession of heroin and was allowed to enter drug treatment in lieu of conviction. Breeden was charged in January with a second offense operating a vehicle under the influence and was convicted in February in Toronto county court.
Breeden will be on probation for two years. She faces up to 12 months in prison if she violates probation.
Brooke PSD board moves meeting
WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Service District board will meet at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the office at 711 Charles St.
The board normally meets at 5 p.m.
Free group offered to parents
WEIRTON – The Brooke-Hancock Family Resource Network has formed Group Connection, a monthly group for parents of infants and children up to 6 years old that meets for a free dinner, guest speaker and crafts and other activities for the children.
Each child receives a free book, and parents receive information about various topics at the meetings, which are held at 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the FRN office, 371 New York Blvd.
At this week’s meeting Jenny Arnold, a Brooke County West Virginia University Extension agent, will discuss “Enjoying the Taste of Eating Right.”
Land bank meeting set planners
STEUBENVILLE – An informational meeting regarding land banks will be held at 1:30 p.m. on March 20 in the second floor conference room of the Towers building.
Jim Rokakis and Robin Darden Thomas of the Thriving Communities Institute will give an overview of land banks by discussing how they are formed, organized, funded and how they can assist communities, according to Rich Fender of the Jefferson County Regional Planning Commission.
“Land banks have helped communities stabilize their housing and property tax bases by eliminating blight through the demolition of abandoned structures and the clearing of property titles. Ohio Cuyahoga, Lucas, Montgomery, Trumbull, Mahoning and Hamilton counties, among others, have established land banks for just these reasons,” said Fender.
Information about the meeting is available by contacting Fender at (740) 283-8568 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cited: Jennifer Y. Corona, 30, 436 S. Fifth St., expired plates.
Arrested: Joseph Rushin Jr., 27, 1229 Oregon Ave., failure to appear warrant out of municipal court, Sunday.
Arrested: Timothy L. Johnson, 43, 1428 Maryland Ave., bench warrant out of municipal court, Sunday.
Arrested: Terry Orbin Jr., 37, McKees Rocks, Pa., operating vehicle under the influence, possession of drugs and possession of hypodermic needle, Saturday.
Arrested: Scott Doughty, 50, 710 Vine St., Tiltonsville, operating vehicle under the influence and tampering with evidence, Sunday.
Hancock County sheriff
Arrested: Tracy Lynn Keener, 31, Newell, driving under suspension-administrative, third offense, driving under suspension. Thursday.
Arrested: Roger Lee Haney Jr., 34, Chester, failure to appear, March 5.
Arrested: Timothy Lee Collins Jr., 25, Chester, driving under the influence, second offense, Wednesday.
Arrested: Holly Marie McCartney, 18, Chester, possession of marijuana, Feb. 28.
Arrested: David D. Campbell Jr., 51, Chester, domestic battery, third offense, grand larceny, robbery, Feb. 27.
House hit with gunfire
STEUBENVILLLE – City Police and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department responded to a house at 913 Sherman Ave. being hit with gunfire early Saturday morning.
Officers and a deputy found a bullet hole in the house and a shell casing outside on the sidewalk.
Three people inside the house weren’t cooperative with officers and the deputy while they were investigating, according to a deputy.
Kwamaine Williams, 22, of Chicago was found hiding in a back room of the house.
He told officers and the deputy he didn’t know what happened when the gunshot fired. He was taken into custody on a failure to appear warrant out of municipal court.
Jamiee Bing, 29, of 913 Sherman Ave. was arrested on an active bench warrant.
SRG to meet tonight
STEUBENVILLE – The Steubenville Revitalization Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. today at Froehlich’s Classic Corner Restaurant.
PERI to meet Wednesday
WINTERSVILLE – Jefferson County, Chapter 5, Public Employee Retirees, will hold its regular monthly meeting at noon Wednesday at Zalenski’s.
Guest speaker will be Dr. Brian Wilson of Schrickel Chiropractic. All retirees, spouses and guests are welcome.
Nine seek Buckeye school board seat
DILLONVALE – Members of the Buckeye Local School District Board of Education met in special session Friday and entered into executive session to discuss personnel issues.
Members discussed possible candidates for the fifth school board seat. All applicants will be interviewed Tuesday and Thursday of this week, with interviews conducted by board members.
Nine area residents are vying for an appointment to fill the board seat vacated by James Cesario, who was installed at the January meeting. At that time, he was also elected board president. He issued his resignation to Superintendent Mark Miller at the February meeting. Cesario cited scheduling conflicts as his reason for resigning.
Seeking the seat are Justin Buck of Dillonvale; Russell Cominsky, Tiltonsville; Roger Davis Jr., Rayland; Elmer DeMeter, Harrisville; Ty Lollini, Tiltonsville; Cheryl Morelli, Rayland; Michael Nichols, Brilliant; Michael Savastone, Rayland; and Robert Unterzuber II, Yorkville.
In other matters, Phil Pest was approved as high school football coach. Board member Dirk Pielech abstained from voting. Those voting in support of Pest were Naomi Kolkedy, Brad McFarland and Joe Zelek.
Teen murder focus of program
WEIRTON – The Comfort House Child Advocacy Center will present “Why Teens Kill,” a program covering teen murder and shootings, common motives and warning signs that were missed, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 22 at Weirton Medical Center.
The speaker will be Phil Chalmers, who has written books and documentaries on the subject, and has a new show on the Biography Channel.
Organizers warn the program includes graphic content that may be disturbing to some.
The cost is $25, which includes lunch, and $35 after April 4. Registration and checks, made payable to the Comfort House Child Advocacy Center, should be sent to the center at 2436 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 2, Weirton, WV 26062.
School board calls special meetings
WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Board of Education will hold two special meetings, one at 5 p.m. Tuesday and the other at 6 p.m. Wednesday, at its office at 1201 Pleasant Ave.
The first meeting is to discuss personnel and the second is to accept public comment on the school calendar for the 2014-15 school year.
School officials expect to have two or three possible calendars for the public’s review.
Bridge project, other road work set
The West Virginia Division of Highways has announced road work, including the ongoing replacement of the Colliers Way Bridge, to be performed next week, pending suitable weather.
Crews with the Swank Construction Co. of New Kensington, Pa. are scheduled to resume work on the new Colliers Way bridge Monday after taking a winter break.
The left east- and westbound lanes of U.S. Route 22 below and near the bridge have been closed while crews construct the new span.
Crews in Brooke County also will be doing temporary patching of May and Rockdale roads and Kenney Avenue and clearing ditches along McAdoo Ridge.
Crews in Hancock County will be patching Cove Road and ditching along North Fork Road.
Applications accepted for scholarships
STEUBENVILLE -The Jefferson County Community Action Council is accepting applications for the Curtis A. Brooks Memorial Scholarship.
Curtis Brooks was a visionary leader in the Community Action movement both in Ohio and nationally. He was a pioneer in the war on poverty and the anti-poverty movement. The purpose of the scholarship is to honor him by finding a person who hopes to pursue a career that will have a positive effect on those who need assistance.
The award will be for $1,000 for the 2014-15 academic year. The recipient will be someone who is pursuing a degree in social work, social service, child development, political science, public administration or a related field.
A family of four with income not exceeding $54,300 would qualify. Incomes vary according to family size.
The applicants must be 55 years old or younger, pursuing a first, second or third career and will attend an accredited institution in the U.S.
Interested persons may contact the Community Action Council’s Administration Office at (740) 282-0971, extension 110, for information or to request an application. Applications must be postmarked by April 25.
Land bank meeting set by commission
STEUBENVILLE – An informational meeting regarding land banks will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor conference room of the Towers building.
Jim Rokakis and Robin Darden Thomas of the Thriving Communities Institute will give an overview of land banks by discussing how they are formed, organized, funded and how they can assist communities, according to Rich Fender of the Jefferson County Regional Planning Commission.
“Land banks have helped communities stabilize their housing and property tax bases by eliminating blight through the demolition of abandoned structures and the clearing of property titles. In Ohio Cuyahoga, Lucas, Montgomery, Trumbull, Mahoning and Hamilton counties, among others, have established land banks for just these reasons,” said Fender.
Information about the meeting is available by contacting Fender at (740) 283-8568 or by e-mailing email@example.com.
Democrat Dinner set for March 28
MARIETTA – State Sen. Lou Gentile, D-Steubenville, and candidate for State Auditor John Carney are confirmed speakers for the Mid-Ohio Valley Democratic Dinner, set for March 28 at the Comfort Inn Ballroom in Marietta.
They will be joined by gubernatorial candidate Ed Fitzgerald who also will speak.
The dinner is hosted by the Marietta College Democrats. Other invited guests include Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio and candidate for Congress Jennifer Garrison.
“The Mid-Ohio Valley Democratic Dinner is the first event of its nature. 2014 is a critical year for our party, our valley and our entire country, and I’m glad to see the members or our organization rise to the occasion by putting together such an ambitious fundraiser,” said Taylor Myers, president of the Marietta College Democrats.
Democrats from 17 West Virginia and Ohio counties have been invited to participate, along with multiple chapters of other College Democrats and Young Democrats.
Tickets can be purchased online at tinyurl.com/demsdinner.
For information about this event, call secretary Brittany Waugaman at (304) 516-7685 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Area men face probation hearings
WHEELING – U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II announced two area men were found in violation of their parole and sentenced in U.S. District Court.
Michael S. Henrick, 35, of Newell was sentenced to six months in prison and 12 months of supervised release for committing additional offenses of shoplifting, domestic battery, failure to report to his probation officer and absconding from supervision.
Henrick originally was sentenced in 2008 to 32 months in prison and three years of supervised release for distribution of heroin.
Scott Nale, 44, of Weirton was sentenced to 45 days in prison for failure to update sex offender registration and unauthorized contact with a minor child. Nale originally was sentenced in 1995 to 168 months in prison and three years of supervised release for carjacking, use of a firearm in a crime of violence and felon in possession of a firearm.
Extension committee to meet Friday
WELLSBURG – The Brooke County West Virginia University Extension Service Committee will meet at noon Friday at the extension service’s office at 840 Charles St.
Wayne trustees will hold special session
BLOOMINGDALE – The Wayne Township trustees will meet in special session at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the township garage on county Road 26.
Members are to discuss permanent appropriations for the year and personnel issues.
Speaker to detail Reagan conservatism
STEUBENVILLE – President Reagan biographer and presidential historian Paul Kengor will speak at 7 p.m. on March 25 at Franciscan University of Steubenville in the St. Joseph Center Seminar Room.
In his book, “11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative,” Kengor identifies key points that “tell us what Reagan’s conservatism was truly about, and what his emulators might take to heart,” he says.
Kengor is a professor of political science at Grove City College and executive director of the college’s Center for Vision and Values. An internationally recognized authority on Ronald Reagan and the presidency, Kengor is a New York Times best-selling author whose numerous writings on Reagan have appeared in academic presses, scholarly journals and other publications.
The event is sponsored by the university’s Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life.
Capito to speak to WLU club
WHEELING – U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-Charleston, will speak at the next meeting of the West Liberty University Economics Club at noon March 18 at River City, 1400 Main St.
A buffet lunch will be available for $15, which can be paid at the door by cash or check (payable to the WLU Reseach Corp).
To make reservations, call (304) 336-8301 or e-mail email@example.com.
The university economics club is sponsored by the Center for Economic Philosophy at West Liberty University and funded through a grant from BB&T.
Others scheduled to speak at future meetings are columnist and author Cal Thomas, April 3; Chris Stirewalt, digital politics editor at Fox News, May 22; Rich Lowry, editor of the National Review, June 26; and Joy Pullman, research fellow at the Heartland Institute, July 24.
Land bank info session planned
STEUBENVILLE – An informational meeting regarding land banks is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on March 20 in the second floor conference room of the Towers building located at 500 Market St.
Land banks facilitate the return of vacant, abandoned and tax-foreclosed properties to productive economic use, said Rich Fender, Jefferson County Regional Planning Commission planner. Jim Rokakis and Robin Darden Thomas of the Thriving Communities Institute will give an overview of land banks.
Land banks have helped communities stabilize housing and property tax bases by eliminating blight through the demolition of abandoned structures and the clearing of property titles, Fender said. Cuyahoga, Lucas, Montgomery, Trumbull, Mahoning and Hamilton counties are among the counties that have established land banks.
Pretrials held in grand jury cases
STEUBENVILLE – Two pretrials were held by telephone on Tuesday in cases involving indictments returned by a special grand jury investigating aspects of the Steubenville rape case.
Steubenville City Schools Superintendent Mike McVey was indicted on one count of tampering with evidence, two counts of obstructing justice, both felonies, and two misdemeanors counts of falsification and obstructing official business.
His pretrial resulted in another pretrial being scheduled for March 26, according to the Ohio Attorney General’s office.
William Rhinaman, the former director of technology for the Steubenville City School District, was indicted on charges of tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, obstructing official business and perjury.
His trial is scheduled for April 7 but a spokesman for the attorney general’s office said the trial date is likely to be continued.
Six people were indicted by the special grand jury called by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine following the conviction of two Steubenville High School students in the August 2012 rape of a Weirton teen.
Buckeye Local set early registration
DILLIONVALE – The Buckeye Local School District early childhood registration for preschool and kindergarten will be held March 11 at South Elementary, March 12 at North Elementary and March 13 at West Elementary schools.
Preschool pupils must be 3 years, 6 months old on or before Sept. 30 to be eligible, while a child must be 5 years or older by Sept. 30 to be eligible to enroll in kindergarten.
Registration will be between 9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Applicants must bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate, Social Security number and immunization records.
Pupils currently attending preschool do not need to register for kindergarten. A summer screening week will be held during the week of June 9 for those newly registered pupils, and a screening appointment will be made then.
Those with incomplete immunization records or required forms will be placed on a waiting list until all requirements are fulfilled.
For information, call (740) 769-7395.
Authority board to meet Monday
BELLAIRE – The Jefferson-Belmont Regional Solid Waste Authority Board will meet at 5 p.m. Monday at the Bellaire Public Library.
All meetings are open to the public.
Yorkville address plowing concerns
YORKVILLE – Members of Village Council heard a complaint about snow plowing methods during Tuesday’s meeting.
A resident said she often is forced to shovel heaped snow off her car, even though turning the angle of the plow would push snow to a grassy area on the other side of the road.
Mayor Blair Closser said a meeting was held concerning complaints about snow removal. He said officials believed the issue had been resolved, but promised to speak again to the snow plow drivers.
Closser also urged the individual to call him or any member of council if the issue arises again.
It was noted the Yorkville-Tiltonsville-Rayland Alliance will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the municipal building.
Also, Michelle Miller, a candidate for Jefferson County Common Pleas judge, attended the meeting
State Route 7 traffic to be stopped
RUSH RUN -Beginning today, traffic delays are expected on state Route 7, just north of Rush Run, for tree removal in preparation for another slope repair project to begin late this summer, the Ohio Department of Transportation reported.
Rolling road blocks will be used to stop traffic in both directions at 15 minute intervals between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. to allow for tree removal work on the hillside above state Route 7.
Motorists are urged to plan ahead to avoid delays or use an alternate route, ODOT reported. This project is expected to take approximately two weeks to complete.
ODOT’s contractor performing this work is EcoTree Services of Amherst. The cost is about $400,000.
The $16 million slope repair project will be approximately 0.5 mile in length and include excavation and benching the failed rock face and wooded slopes above state Route 7, pavement rehabilitation and construction of a permanent rock catchment area.
School board calls special meeting
WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Board of Education will hold a work meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday at its office at 1201 Pleasant Ave. to discuss its comprehensive educational facilities plan.
Approved by the board in 2010, the plan calls for the school district to replace its two middle schools with one central one and its seven elementary schools with one or two school buildings. The board has moved forward with plans to seek state funds and approval of a bond issue for the buildings’ construction.
Retail sales show increase in December
STEUBENVILLE – Retail sales in Jefferson County increased in December by more than 10.5 percent compared to the same period last year.
Jefferson County Treasurer Raymond M. Agresta said retail sales for December totaled $63.84 million, generating $957,601 in piggyback sales tax revenue for the county. Agresta said piggyback sales tax receipts for December 2012 generated $865,630, based on retail sales of $57.72 million.
Retail sales in Jefferson County averaged $64.11 million a month in 2013, compared to $60.2 million a month for all of 2012; $55.94 million in 2011; and $53.49 million in 2010.
Open house rescheduled
STEUBENVILLE – The Bishop John King Mussio Junior High School Open House and registration has been rescheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. The registration was canceled due to Sunday’s inclement weather. An informational meeting will be held in Lanman Hall at 7:30 p.m.
Scholarship deadline is extended
STEUBENVILLE – The deadline for the David V. Stivison Appalachian Action Scholarship Fund has been extended to March 21 because of the number of weather calamity days.
Jefferson County Community Action Council Chief Executive Officer Barb West said the Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development is offering the scholarship opportunity to eligible high school students in a 30-county service area of Ohio who want to attend an institution of higher education.
The scholarship is offered in collaboration with COAD-member Community Action Agencies and the Ohio Appalachian Center for Higher Education.
To be eligible, scholarship applicants must reside in a household with a total annual income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.
Interested persons may contact the Community Action Council’s Administration Office at (740) 282-0971, extension 110, for information or to request an application.
Three arrested after heroin incident
STEUBENVILLE – Three people were arrested by City Police late Sunday morning after an officer said he saw a woman in a car shooting up heroin at a gas station.
The officer pulled into Speedway at 201 N. Third St. around 11:20 a.m. Sunday to clean the snow off the windshield wipers on his cruiser. The officer was talking with a man pumping gas into a car and saw a woman in the same car sticking a needle in her arm, police reported.
The man cleared his throat and the woman looked up, saw the officer and put down the needle, police reported.
The officer took two men and the woman into custody and discovered several syringes on the front console.
Arrested were: Kimberly Reilly, 32, of Apartment A, 113 Sunrise Terrace, Follansbee, possession of heroin and possession of a drug abuse instrument; Joseph Chiodi, 31, of Apartment A, 113 Sunrise Terrace, Follansbee, possession of heroin and bench warrant out of municipal court; and Anthony Hill, 35, of 124 Plum St., Weirton, bench warrant out of municipal court.
Bullet goes through house window
STEUBENVILLE – A house at 1434 Maryland Ave. was hit by a bullet late Saturday evening, City Police reported.
Officers and a Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy were called to the neighborhood after receiving numerous reports that shots had been fired. People told the officers and deputy they didn’t know where the shots came from, but they sounded like they had come from a rifle. A resident of the house hit called police and said a bullet went through a second-floor window and was lodged in a bedroom wall, police reported. The area was checked but no shell casings were found, police reported.
Hancock offering fingerprint scanning
NEW MANCHESTER – Hancock County Senior Services, 647 Gas Valley Road, is partnering with MorphoTrust USA to offer electronic fingerprint scans to clients.
The service is offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and includes both state and federal scans. Costs vary according to the type of scan. Residents of Pennsylvania and Ohio, in addition to West Virginia, may take advantage of the service, said E. Mark Knabenshue, executive director.
“There’s no more messy ink to deal with,” he said, noting that the agency has three staff members who are trained in the process.
“Live scan fingerprinting uses state-of-the-art scanning equipment to capture your fingerprints, versus the ink-on-paper-card method,” said Sally Knabenshue, associate director of programs and services. To schedule a session, log on to www.IdentoGo.com or call (855) 766-7746. For information, call senior services at (304) 564-3801 or (304) 387-3251.
Boil order lifted for city residents
STEUBENVILLE – The water boil advisory for customers on South Eighth and South Ninth streets between Market Street and South Street was lifted Friday afternoon.
Assistant Water Superintendent Mike Wigal said water sample results are satisfactory for this area and further precautions are no longer necessary.
The city had to replace a broken water line that ran beneath the Adams Street on ramp and then repair the ramp.
Questions about the water boil advisory can be answered at 740-283-6041.
ESC Governing Board reschedules meeting
STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Educational Service Center Governing Board will meet in special session at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the ESC building on Sunset Boulevard.
The governing board was set to meet Monday but moved the meeting because of the possibility of inclement weather.
The board is set to discuss personnel.
City health board meeting scheduled
STEUBENVILLE – The city board of health will meet in special session at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday to discuss personnel.