APPOINTED: Michael L. Thurston of Dover has been appointed sales manager of Beattys Builders.
Thurston brings 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and management to Beattys, a post-frame building manufacturer. In years past he was an assistant manager with Bob Evans and a kitchen manager at a Texas Roadhouse, leaving the restaurant business in 1999 to focus on sales with Abbot Foods Inc. in Columbus.
He graduated in 1983 from Carrollton High School and from Kent State University in 2011, and volunteers as a coach with Dover Youth Football and various community events, including the Tuscarawas County YMCA.
Beattys Builders is a premier post-frame specialist offering diverse, customized post-frame buildings.
HIGHER ED: According to statistics compiled by the Ohio Board of Regents, Eastern Gateway Community College's 16 percent increase in student enrollments this year was highest in the state.
The Board of Regents showed Eastern Gateway with 2,456 students enrolled for the fall 2011 semester, up 330 students from the year before.
Over the past five years Eastern Gateway's enrollments jumped by 42 percent, eighth-highest in the state behind Stark State College of Technology (82 percent); Wright State University (57 percent); Kent State University-Geagua (55 percent); Clark State Community College (52 percent); Ohio University-Lancaster and Miami University-Hamilton (tied at 45 percent); Northeast Ohio Medical University (43 percent); Eastern Gateway and Kent State University-Salem (tied at 42 percent).
Eastern Gateway's numbers also compare favorably nationally continuing to grow while other community college's report slow or stagnant growth.
"Our enrollment is really significantly higher than the national perspective," Laura Meeks, president of Eastern Gateway, said. "That's due in large part to the decision we made to have a four-county service area."
Eastern Gateway in 2009 expanded its service base to include Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties.
"It has everything to do with being able to serve four counties in our service district," Meeks said.
REBATE: Just in time for the holiday shopping season, AEP Ohio is offering customers an extra incentive to replace old, energy-guzzling refrigerators or freezers: A bigger rebate.
Now through Dec. 31, AEP Ohio customers replacing inefficient refrigerators and freezers will get a $50 rebate rather than the usual $35. That's a $15 increase, just for the holidays.
"Keeping outdated refrigerators and freezers running comes with a higher cost than most people realize," AEP Ohio's Jon Williams said. "The program gives customers an immediate way to start saving money for the new year. All they have to do is schedule an appointment with us to have their old, working refrigerator or freezer picked up, and four to six weeks after the pickup, they will receive a $50 rebate check in the mail.
Refrigerators and freezers manufactured before 1990 can use as much as 1,500 kilowatt hours a year, and recycling one can save up to $150 a year in energy costs.
To schedule a free, in-home appliance pickup, call (877) 545-4112 or visit gridSMARTOhio.com. To qualify, refrigerators and freezers must be at least 10 cubic feet in size and be operational at the time of pickup.
PROGRAM: Misty Teasdale, Family Place Coordinator for the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County, presented "Programs with Impact: Early Literacy" at the Ohio Library Council state conference in Toledo. Teasdale shared information about how PLSJ educates parents, grandparents and caregivers in our community about how crucial the first three years a child's life is to their future success in school.