Judge issues order
to keep club closed
STEUBENVILLE - Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. signed a permanent injunction Tuesday that prevents Derek Smith from occupying or using a building he owns on South Street as a social club until he gets a city permit.
The city filed for the injunction to stop Smith from operating a business in the building known as Club 106.
The injunction request was first heard in October, but Bruzzese gave Smith more time to obtain the necessary permits from the city. His attorney, Gary Stern, has argued the city is thwarting Smith's attempts to get the permits.
City Police reported there have been several incidents of shots fired around the club.
Smith did get a zoning variance to cover the issue of parking. Smith has yet to file the paperwork for the city to inspect the building to make sure it complies with zoning laws for the use as a social club. Once that is done, Smith can apply for an occupancy permit.
Bruzzese ruled that Smith can't use or occupy the building as a social club or any other enterprise until he receives the occupancy permit.
Project Linus Make a Blanket Day event set
TORONTO - The Main Street Gallery, 212 Main St., will host Project Linus for National Make a Blanket Day, set from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the gallery. Those attending may work on a current project or turn in new, handmade blankets for local children in need. For information, call Alicia Joynson at (740) 219-9433 or the gallery at (740) 537-3451.
NEW CUMBERLAND - A hearing has been scheduled for a property dispute between Hancock County commissioners and attorney Lawrence Manypenny.
The hearing is set for 10 a.m. Feb. 20 in Courtroom 1 of Hancock County Circuit Court.
Commissioners filed a motion for an injunction against Manypenny last week after caution tape, pylons and signs appeared on the strip of land, adjacent to the Hancock County Magistrate Court, that Manypenny claims ownership of. His law office is next door to the court building.
Manypenny wants compensation for the county's use of the land. Commissioners appeal to a 30-year-old arrangement that has ensured public access to the court.
The case has been assigned to 1st Judicial Circuit Court Judge James P. Mazzone.
Alumni dinner set
STEUBENVILLE -Eastern Gateway Community College's Alumni Association is inviting the 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1979 graduates to a get-together on Feb. 21 in Steubenville.
An informal dinner will be held at 6 p.m. at a local restaurant for graduates to meet with former classmates, to renew friendships and to share fun and interesting stories.
To participate, graduates should call the college's career services office at (800) 68-COLLEGE, extensions 113 or 110.
Man falls through ice saving dog
ST. CLAIRSVILLE - A man trying to save his dog that fell through a pond's icy surface also needed rescued Monday morning.
The accident occurred at 9:35 a.m. on a small pond off Hammond Road behind Belmont College, said Cumberland Trail Fire District Assistant Chief Mark Sommers. The man and his wife, whose names Sommers declined to give because of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act laws, were walking their canine around the pond when the dog took off chasing some geese.
''The dog got out, but he had to be helped out. He was in the water for 10 minutes. ... He was having signs of hypothermia, but there were no other injuries that were apparent,'' Sommers said.
An off-duty paramedic and a Richland Township police officer were the first at the scene and gave the man directions on how to get closer to the shore.
''He probably had to break the ice with his hands and then he swam toward the shore. He had to be helped out of the water because his legs were numb,'' Sommers said.
The man, who Sommers estimated to be in his 50s or 60s, was taken to East Ohio Regional Hospital for treatment. Sommers said if the man had been in the frigid water for any longer, the rescue would have been more difficult. He would have been too numb to even use a rope, and he would have been disoriented.
Registration set for city schools
STEUBENVILLE - City school officials have announced preschool and kindergarten registration for the 2013-14 school year will start Feb. 25.
According to Melinda Young, registration will be held daily from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Pugliese West Elementary, East Garfield Elementary and Wells Academy.
The registration will continue from Feb. 25 through March 1.
Children do not need to be present and individual screening appointments will be scheduled for later dates.
According to Young, eligibility requirements include children entering kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before Aug.1. Children entering preschool must be at least 3 years old by Aug. 1.
At the time of registration parents are requested to bring the child's legal birth certificate, Social Security number and immunization records.
Each child must have state minimum immunization requirements.
Incomplete immunizations should be taken care of through a family physician or through the Steubenville Health Department.
Information about the preschool and kindergarten registration is available by contacting Young at (740) 283-3767.