NEW OFFICE: Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell Ltd., a law firm with offices in Youngstown, Warren and Salem, announced plans to open a new office next week in St. Clairsville. HHM's work in the new office will focus on oil and gas law matters, primarily with local landowners.
The office is located at 118 W. Main St.
"Belmont County and the surrounding areas have enjoyed a tremendous surge in mineral rights leasing activity in recent years with the rise of the Utica and Marcellus shale plays," said Alan D. Wenger, chair of the Oil and Gas Law Practice Group at HHM.
"We look forward to providing Belmont County landowners with legal counsel and service on leases and lease amendments, unitization, pipeline and infrastructure agreements, title matters, collective group representation, litigation and more."
Since 2010, HHM's Oil and Gas Law Practice Group has supported negotiations for new and amended leases covering thousands of acres in Northeastern Ohio, all on behalf of landowners and landowner groups.
Information about HHM is available at the new St. Clairsville office, (740) 298-7550, or at the firm's website,www.hhmlaw.com.
WINNERS: Blaine Cline of Toronto and Caitlyn McCaulley of Magnolia were awarded scholarships at the Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives Children of Members scholarship competition held April 9.
Cline was awarded a $1,400 scholarship in the boys division, and McCaulley was awarded a $1,600 scholarship in the girls division.
Cline, son of Charles and Amie Cline of Toronto, and McCaulley were sponsored by Carroll Electric Cooperative. Cline is a senior at Edison High School.
Forty-seven students representing 24 electric cooperatives in Ohio competed for $31,800 in scholarship awards.
INDUCTED: Lisa Costello, daughter of Bruce and Cheryl Costello of Weirton, has been inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society at West Virginia University.
AOA is a professional medical organization which recognizes and advocates for excellence in scholarship and the highest ideals in the profession of medicine, according to officials.
The top 25 percent of a medical school class is eligible for nomination to the society, with up to 16 percent elected based on leadership, character, community service and professionalism. Members also may be elected by chapters after demonstrating scholarly achievement and professional contributions and values during their careers in medicine. Distinguished professionals may also be elected to honorary membership.
She is finishing her third year of a double residency in internal medicine and pediatrics.
AWARDED: Two portraits created by Gretchen Carter of Newbrough Photo won top awards at the 81st Professional Photographers of West Virginia Annual Convention.
The Professional Photographers of West Virginia is the state affiliate of the national organization, Professional Photographers of America.
"Forgotten" won the Water E. Johnson Trophy for Best Black and White Portrait. Carter's folio titled "Follow Me" won Best Folio, and the Nelson Paden Progessive Photographer Trophy. In addition to the awards, Carter was named to the Top Ten Photographers of West Virginia, a title she has held for the last four years.
A panel of five master photographers from across the U.S. judged 195 entries submitted in the event. Each was scored according to the guidelines set by the PPA.
Carter has been with Newbrough Photo for almost 10 years, photographing high school seniors, families, weddings, sports and other events. She currently oversees the portrait department and spends most of her time creating unique portraits for area high school seniors.