At the Tuesday, January third meeting of the Monroe Arts Council, the group elected officers for 2017. Elected president was former vice president Mick Schumacher; vice president, Kim Schaber, tourism director; and Carole Helbling, recording secretary. Sam Miller will continue as treasurer for the organization.

Katie Nowack, of COSI on Wheels, creates a meteorite Wednesday, Jan. 11 at Powhatan Elementary.

Area elementary students had the opportunity to spend a morning touring the Milky Way last week as COSI on Wheels visited each of Switzerland of Ohio’s five elementary schools.

TransCanada recently presented a $6,000 donation to the Ohio Valley River Museum in Clarington. Pictured are, from left to right: Mike Lloyd, Ohio Valley River Museum vice president; Zane Daniels, manager community relations and stakeholder outreach for TransCanada; Taylor Abbot, Ohio Valley River Museum president; Janet Conn, Ohio Valley River Museum treasurer; and Cheryl Gilmore, Ohio Valley River Museum board member.

The Ohio Valley River Museum has only existed for about seven years, but its stockpile of treasures stretches the gamut of Ohio Valley history.

Ohio Valley River Museum President Taylor Abbott said the museum keeps growing and growing.

Katie Nowack, of COSI on Wheels, creates a meteorite Wednesday, Jan. 11 at Powhatan Elementary.
TransCanada recently presented a $6,000 donation to the Ohio Valley River Museum in Clarington. Pictured are, from left to right: Mike Lloyd, Ohio Valley River Museum vice president; Zane Daniels, manager community relations and stakeholder outreach for TransCanada; Taylor Abbot, Ohio Valley River Museum president; Janet Conn, Ohio Valley River Museum treasurer; and Cheryl Gilmore, Ohio Valley River Museum board member.

Richard Eugene “Rich” Lehman

Richard Eugene “Rich” Lehman, age 78 of Powhatan Point, went home to meet the Lord in the early hours of Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, following a battle with leukemia.

He was born Nov. 10, 1938, on German Ridge near Powhatan Point, the son of the late Paul and Vesta Albera Bigler Lehman.

Eldora Jean Gehring Trader

Eldora Jean Gehring Trader, age 81 of Sardis, died Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, at Muskingum Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, Beverly.

She was born Aug. 13, 1935, in Monroe County, the daughter of the late Isaac J. and Pearl A. Riggenbach Gehring.

John I. Roe

John I. Roe, 81, of Woodsfield, and Pompano Beach, Florida, passed away Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, at the Avante Rehabilitation Center, Boca Raton, Florida.

He was born near Calais, on Feb. 18, 1935, a son of the late Clarence and Olive Pearl Brown Roe.

Ellsworth Blattler

Ellsworth Blattler, 92, formerly of Beallsville, died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, in the Arbors at Woodsfield.

He was born Sept. 26, 1924, near Beallsville, a son of the late Clyde and Lula Brock Blattler.

Ellsworth was a self-employed truck driver for his family's business.

Chad Byers earns Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Rice University

Chad Byers, a 2010 Marietta College Physics graduate and Rickey Scholar, continued his educational goals at Rice University in Houston, Texas. At Rice University Chad earned both his Master of Applied Physics and his Ph.D. of Applied Physics. Chad was co-advised by Stephan Link and Christy Landes, professors of Chemistry and Electrical Engineering while at Rice.

Grump’s Bunch recently donated more than $2,000 to Monroe County Gas Cards with funds raised from its annual Christmas cookie sale. Pictured are, from row, from left to right: Linda McConnell, team leader; Linda Russell; Shirley Brown, Monroe County Gas Cards; Annie Cunningham; and Walter Russell. Second row: Grumps (Lee Russell), Richard Russell, Betty Schaub, Victoria Bowman and Kate Mahoney.

Grump’s Bunch Christmas cookie sale raises $2,000 for Monroe County Gas Cards

Grump's Bunch raised more than $2,000 for Monroe County Gas Cards through its annual Christmas cookie sales.

This is the 10th year Grump’s Bunch has made cookie trays, fudge and buckeyes to sell to the public. Each year the sales have gone up due to the outpouring of support from the community and friends. 

Bag-A-Doe Winner and Sponsors

The Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Bag-A-Doe Contest wrapped up recently and the big winner was Eric Anderson. Anderson won $500 in Chamber Bucks when his ticket was drawn at the completion of the contest. Pictured above are Anderson and some of the contest’s sponsors.

Emergency HEAP funds available in Monroe County

GMN Tri-County Community Action administers Emergency HEAP, which is a federally funded program that assists income-eligible households whose heating services are disconnected, threatened to be disconnected or have less than a ten-day supply of bulk fuel.  The program can also assist clients with deposits for primary and/or secondary heat sources to establish servic

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River High School three-sport start Mike Snively was named as one of two OVAC Hall of Fame inductees for the 1990s.

River three-sport star Mike Snively was among the first two athletes to be recognized by the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference, as he was named as one of two OVAC Hall of