[UPDATE]: As first reported by WTRF.com, the seven-year-old female victim has died from her injuries. 

  The horizontal shale oil and gas drilling boom is just getting started in Monroe County. According to information posted on the Ohio Department of Natural Resources website, 33 new permits have been issued over the past three months (Sept.

We may not all realize it, but every single one of us has a story to tell. Whether it was a big event in our lives, or something small that happened, there is something unique and interesting that has happened to each of us.

2014-15 River Junior Varsity Boys' Basketball

River High School’s Junior Varsity boys’ basketball team is looking to gain that experience for future varsity playing time. Pictured, front row, from left, are: Coach Pfalzgraf, Isaac Curtis, Michael Collins, Trey Isaly and Chad Roberts. Back row, from left, are: Jordan Doty, Ben Riley, Garett Greenlee, Mason Ladyga and Michael Dierkes. Absent was Wyatt Reynolds.

Belmont College Trustees Scholarship Extended For 2014 High School Graduates

Belmont College announced today that the Trustees Scholarship will be extended through the spring 2015 semester for all eligible 2014 high school graduates.  The Trustees Scholarship at Belmont College offers a tuition-only award to students to cover the cost of up to 6 academic terms after other forms of need-based financial aid have been applied. 

OUE Lady Panthers Win Another

The Lady Panthers moved to 3-0 after a wire-to-wire victory against the visiting OU-Zanesville Lady Lancers by a final score of 84-67. For the second straight game, the Lady Panthers saw at least 5 players reach double digits in scoring. Seniors Kelsey Holloway and Alexus Davis led the with 17 points a piece. Davis also tallied 11 rebounds.

Monroe County Veterans Services Information 11/27/14

The past few years more than 1,325 veterans have enrolled from Monroe County into the VA Health Care System.  I know that the health care benefits have been a tremendous help to many county veterans.  With increased costs of private health care and changes in retiree benefits, every veteran should explore their eligibility to VA Health Care.  As of January 17, 2003,

Brown's Beacon Beat 11/27/14

I know that many of you reading this may be dealing with the current oil and gas boom in a much more direct way than I am. For example, I know that a couple who live on SR 255 came into the Beacon a few weeks ago. They said that the semi truck traffic was so abundant and so over-sized that they were terrified to go anywhere.

A Second Look 11/27/14

60 Years Ago - 1954

Norman Martin, son of Mr. and Mrs. F.A. Martin of Sycamore Valley, has been selected by freshmen coach Fred Taylor as a member of the freshmen basketball squad at Ohio State University.