August 28, 2014

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Sheriff Warns of Scam
Written by Staff   
Thursday, August 28, 2014 7:43 AM

Monroe County Sheriff Charles Black, Jr. recently warned that there is a new scam in Ohio that his hit other area counties. Sheriff Black said the scammers call a person and portray themselves as law enforcement. They then tell the person he or she has an outstanding warrant and may be arrested. However, if they pay a fine, by credit card over the phone, they will not be arrested.

Sheriff Black said the legal system does not operate in that manner, and people should never try to pay a fine over the phone. He  said anyone receiving such phone calls should call the sheriff’s department at 472-1612 to verify the information.

Raccoon Rabies Vaccination Baiting Slated Until Sept. 19
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Thursday, August 28, 2014 7:41 AM

The Ohio Departments of Health (ODH) and Natural Resources (ODNR), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and local health departments (LHDs) will begin fall oral rabies vaccination (ORV) operations this month in 14 northeast and eastern Ohio counties. Weather permitting, baiting will begin Wednesday, August 20 and will cover 4,158 square miles of the state’s northeastern and eastern border. Bait distribution should be complete by September 19.

Rabies is a viral disease that affects mammals, including people. It is almost always fatal. Rabies vaccine baiting operations are intended to immunize raccoons that are at greatest risk of being exposed to raccoon rabies coming into the state. This will then create an ‘immune barrier’ along the Ohio state line that can prevent the spread of raccoon-rabies variant (RRV) into the rest of the state.

As in past years, bait distribution with the oral rabies vaccine Raboral V-RG® will take place in all of Ashtabula, Columbiana, Jefferson, Mahoning and Trumbull counties and parts of Belmont, Carroll, Harrison and Monroe counties. In addition, for the third year in a row, a new oral rabies vaccine called ONRAB® will be field tested in parts of Lake, Portage, Geauga, Summit and Cuyahoga counties as part of a national trial involving five states.

Baits will be distributed by various methods in each county, including fixed-wing aircraft, helicopter and vehicles staffed by USDA and Local Health Departments.  Residents in the areas to be baited should be aware of low-flying aircraft and should keep children and pets away from the baits. Dogs in particular are attracted to the baits and will occasionally eat them. The baits are not harmful to pets. Please keep the following information in mind:

County Resident One of New Faculty Members at West Liberty University
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Thursday, August 28, 2014 7:36 AM
Pictured is West Liberty University’s new faculty members. Front row from left to right are James Rohal, Tifani Fletcher, Brandon Bolduc; Middle row, Nicole Davis, Ronny Warrington, LeeAnn Thill, Bill Childers; Back row, from left to right are: Chad Kuhns, Ryan Koenig, Scott Glysson. Not pictured: Jennifer Childers and Theresa Kowcheck.

West Liberty University welcomed 10 new professionals to its faculty for fall 2014 – 2015. An additional two were added this past January 2014, bringing the total number of full-time faculty to 142 full-time instructors. Opening convocation and the first general faculty meeting for the 2014 - 2015 academic year is scheduled for noon, Wednesday, Aug. 27 in College Hall. Among the new faculty members is Monroe County resident Ronny Warrington.

Ronny Warrington is the Assistant Professor of Speech Pathology and Audiology. A resident of Sardis, Ohio, Warrington is an audiologist at Marietta Hospital, Marietta, Ohio. Prior to that he was an audiologist at Senior Healthcare Associates, Hermitage, Pa. Before that he was an audiology intern at Tri-State Audiology, Glen Dale, W.Va. and was an aural rehabilitation coordinator at Ohio University Hearing, Speech and Language Clinic, Athens, Ohio. Warrington earned a Bachelor of Science in speech pathology and audiology degree at WLU and a doctoral degree in audiology at Ohio University, Athens.

WVNCC Among Most Affordable in U.S.
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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.

Westfall Continues to Have Success at Boer Goat Shows
Written by Darin Brown, General Manager   
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 3:59 PM
Caleb Westfall, operating Zita Acres just outside of Woodsfield, participates in American Boer Goat Association shows all over the region. He is pictured at the Ohio State Fair with BSA Well-Armed, the Overall Full Blooded Grand Champion Buck.

Attending the Monroe County Fair will make those who participated in 4-H reminisce about the days they showed animals and competed in the junior fair contests. For most, the last year of 4-H is when all of those things ended. But, for some, the passion for showing and breeding prime livestock continues. One person who has continued his path beyond 4-H is Monroe County resident Caleb Westfall, who participates in the American Boer Goat Association (ABGA) shows.

Westfall built a name for himself in Monroe County with several awards (too many to mention) he garnered at the fair during his years in 4-H. While he did show other animals, his primary animals were goats. Westfall has transitioned that knowledge he built about the animals into a successful run at ABGA shows, where he competes for his family farm Zita Acres.

“These ABGA shows have really kept me into it. It’s still the same excitement as showing at the fair,” Westfall said.

Caleb’s best moment this year came at the Ohio State Fair, where he won Overall Grand Champion Full Blooded Buck and the Reserve Premiere Exhibitor.  He won the yearling class with his young buck BSA Well-Armed, then the division, then overall.

BSA Well-Armed has been a strong contender ever since Caleb started showing him. “In less than one year of showing, I’ve shown him 16 times and he’s been overall grand or reserve champion 12 times,” he said.

Despite the continued success of BSA Well-Armed, Caleb was most proud of the Reserve Premiere Exhibitor award because it is indicative of the quality of the whole herd, not just one animal. He said he had only five animals he showed at the state fair that qualified for judging, but their quality was as such that he won the award.