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WVNCC Among Most Affordable in U.S. PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, August 28, 2014 7:35 AM

For the third consecutive year, West Virginia Northern Community College has been cited by the federal government as one of the most affordable colleges in America. WVNCC’s net price is the second lowest among the state’s two-year institutions on the 2014 list.

WVNCC once again made the national College Affordability and Transparency Center list compiled by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System used by the U.S. Department of Education. Northern’s ranking was on the list of public, two-year institutions of higher learning with the lowest net prices. The 2014 list was announced in late July. The only other West Virginia two-year college on the lowest list was Bridgemont Community and Technical College in Montgomery.

While maintaining high quality programs, affordability and accessibility are among Northern’s most long-standing goals, according to Dr. Martin J. Olshinsky, president. Olshinsky said the institution’s Board of Governors, along with the college’s administration, are acutely aware of the rising costs of college. “Our financial decision-making process begins and ends with respect for how our students will be impacted. That value has been recognized because we continue to be included in the nation’s most affordable institutions,” Olshinsky said.

On the 2014 list are institutions with the highest tuition and highest net price and those with the lowest tuition and lowest net price. WVNCC ranked as number 66, with a net price of $3,727 on a list of 95 institutions with the lowest net prices. Bridgemont, at $3,617, was ranked at number 57. This compares to the national average of a $7,163 net price.

Clinical Trials Recognized at Wheeling Hospital's Schiffler Cancer Center PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014 4:41 PM

Clinical trials at Wheeling Hospital’s Schiffler Cancer recently were recognized as high quality following a NRG Oncology Quality Assurance Audit.

NRG Oncology is the new cancer cooperative that integrates three of the 10 cancer groups supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). One of the groups, Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG), previously recognized Schiffler for its excellence in providing high quality clinical trials.

As the only nationally sanctioned group for radiation oncology, NRG Oncology conducts reviews at all of its approximately 200 sites to ensure exceptional radiation services in clinical cancer trials. The Schiffler Cancer Center's Oncology program has been an affiliate site for 18 years (first through RTOG) and remains the only site in West Virginia that conducts clinical cancer research through the NCI.

Medicare Counselors Can Help Secure Savings for Many Senior Citizens PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, June 12, 2014 9:18 AM

Area Agency on Agin 8 counselors Brandi Hesson, CIRS-A (right) and Gerry VanNoy, SWA, CIRS-A (left), are available to help seniors with Medicare questions. The stats (as of April 2014) on Medicare Extra Help stats for the AAA8 region's counties - showing number of eligible Medicare beneficiaries vs. those enrolled in the money-saving, free Medicare program (based on eligibility) are: Monroe, 3,607 eligible, 1,640 enrolled, 45.47% penetration; Noble, 2,386 eligible, 850 enrolled, 35.62% penetration; Washington, 13,587 eligible, 2,786 enrolled, 20.50% penetration. (source:  We appreciate your assistance in helping seniors learn more about this important Medicare program! Across the country, thousands of benefits counselors help people with Medicare find benefits that help them pay for prescriptions, health care, and other necessities.

Since 2009, benefits counselors—supported by the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA)—have helped more than half a million vulnerable seniors and adults with disabilities apply for over $1.6 billion in benefits, and learn about preventive services that can help them stay healthy.

In Southeast Ohio, The Area Agency on Aging 8 (AAA8) counselors Brandi Hesson, CIRS-A, and Gerri VanNoy, SWA, CIRS-A, are professional Information and Referral (I&R) Specialists in Aging (CIRS-A).

Low Interest Home Repair Loans Available Through USDA PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, June 12, 2014 9:17 AM

The U.S. Department of Agriculture currently is accepting applications from homeowners in rural areas for 1 percent fixed-rate interest loans for home improvements.

“Loans of up to $20,000 for a maximum of 20 years are available,” said USDA Ohio Rural Development Underwriter Lacy Boney. “Under these terms, a $5,000 loan would have a monthly payment of just $23. Applicants must own and occupy homes in need of repairs, and they also must meet ‘very low income’ criteria.”

“Very low income” measures differ among the 18 counties serviced by USDA’s Marietta Area Office. For instance, the income limit for a four-person household in Belmont County is $27,100; in Washington County it’s $27,900; and in Fairfield and Licking Counties it’s $35,000. In Gallia, Jackson, Meigs, Vinton, Athens, Hocking, Perry, Morgan, Noble, Monroe, Guernsey, Muskingum, Harrison and Jefferson Counties, it’s $27,150. Properties must be located in rural areas. Applicants must have a stable source of income and a satisfactory credit history. To determine property eligibility, go to

SR 724 to Close in Two Places PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, June 12, 2014 9:11 AM

Beginning on Mon., June 9, SR 724, located in Monroe County 0.15 miles east of the Noble County line, will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to allow for a landslide repair project. Weather permitting, all lanes of traffic will reopen by Wed., July 9.

The Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) official detour is SR 724 to SR 260 to SR 145 and back to SR 724.

Beginning Mon., June 9, SR 724, located 2.31 miles east of the junction of SR 260 in Noble County, will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to allow for a bridge replacement project. Weather permitting, all lanes of traffic will reopen by Sun., August 17.

ODOT’s official detour is SR 724 to SR 260 to SR 145 and back to SR 724.