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LICENSED: James Douglas Knight recently became a licensed social worker through the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board by passing the Association of Social Work Boards Examination.

In August, he earned a masters of social work degree from Campbellsville University. Knight earned a master of science degree in criminal justice from Youngstown State University.

He has been employed by the Jefferson County Juvenile Court system for more than 24 years and has served as a probation officer and program coordinator for two juvenile court judges. During his time with the Jefferson County Juvenile Court, Knight was responsible in 2003 with successfully petitioning the U.S. Justice Department, Office of Justice Programs for a $105,000 start-up and implementation grant for a mental health/drug court program. In 2010, the Jefferson County Juvenile Drug Court Program was selected as one of 10 counties to participate in a nationwide mental health court program study. The nationwide study was funded by the U.S. Justice Department, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and facilitated by the University of Cincinnati’s Corrections Research Institute. At the conclusion of the three-year study, the drug court program was given the status as an “Evidence Informed” program. The Juvenile Drug Court Program Team has successfully mentored more than 100 young people since its inception and still remains to this day a grant funded juvenile accountability and mental health court program.

Knight’s program coordination efforts includes the court’s community service program, which has been recognized in the past by the Department of Ohio Natural Resources for its beautification, recycling and urban gardening efforts.

He has served as the president for the Kiwanis Club of Steubenville and the Jefferson County Prevention and Recovery Board. Knight lives in Cross Creek Township with his wife, Shanna, and their four children.

JOINS PRACTICE: Dr. Brandy Francis has recently joined Two Ridge Veterinary Clinic with Drs. Matthew and David Somerville in Wintersville.

Born and raised in Steubenville, Francis is a graduate of Steubenville High School. She completed her bachelor of science degree in animal and nutritional sciences at West Virginia University. She earned her doctorate degree in veterinary medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical year at Ohio State University.

OBTAINS GRANT: Hills Elementary School in Mingo Junction will soon acquire some state-of-the-art learning tools after receiving an estimated $23,000 grant from PNC Bank Charitable Trust.

Principal Michele Minto said the school obtained the grant after being contacted by PNC officials this summer. Minto learned that schools in the area were eligible for funds and submitted an application in October.

“I had to write a grant for it and it could be up to $25,000,” she said. “I wrote it for technology and it ended up being $22,777.”

She received the good news last month and hopes to purchase a half-dozen large, interactive televisions to use in the classrooms. The screens are similar to smartboards and students can manipulate images onscreen as part of their learning, plus the equipment is also portable and can be used by different classes.

She was excited to receive the funding and said it was the first time she applied. The equipment will benefit about 412 students in grades preK-4.

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