Swiss Hills Career Center Director Marc Ring, second from left, took Switzerland of Ohio Local School District Board of Education members and officials on a tour of the building Tuesday, Feb. 13 to show them some of the needed replacement the 43-year-old building needs. Pictured above, shows board members Beverly Anderson, left, Denise Riley, center, and Sarah Smith, right, around the welding lab.

“I was out here 21 years ago,” said Switzerland of Ohio Schools District Treasurer Connie Kress during a tour of Swiss Hills Career Center at the Feb. 13 school board meeting. “This place hasn’t changed in 21 years.”

Monroe County Engineer Amy Zwick, left, and Monroe County Auditor Pandora Neuhart outline details of their planned GIS mapping system upgrade for the Monroe County Commissioners at their meeting Monday Feb. 12.

Monroe County could have a much clearer Geographic Information System (GIS) map this year thanks to a team effort spearheaded by Monroe County Tax Map Supervisor Corey Stollar, Auditor Pandora Neuhart and Engineer Amy Zwick.

Members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Powhatan Point Police Department direct traffic away from State Route 148 Thursday, Feb. 15 following a gas well fire on Cat’s Run Road. The explosion at the well forced the evacuation of residents in a one-mile radius from the fire.

A gas well fire near forced the evacuation of residents in a one-mile radius Thursday, Feb. 15 in Powhatan Point.

Emergency crews in Belmont County were alerted of the fire at 9:38 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15.

Swiss Hills Career Center Director Marc Ring, second from left, took Switzerland of Ohio Local School District Board of Education members and officials on a tour of the building Tuesday, Feb. 13 to show them some of the needed replacement the 43-year-old building needs. Pictured above, shows board members Beverly Anderson, left, Denise Riley, center, and Sarah Smith, right, around the welding lab.
Monroe County Engineer Amy Zwick, left, and Monroe County Auditor Pandora Neuhart outline details of their planned GIS mapping system upgrade for the Monroe County Commissioners at their meeting Monday Feb. 12.
Members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Powhatan Point Police Department direct traffic away from State Route 148 Thursday, Feb. 15 following a gas well fire on Cat’s Run Road. The explosion at the well forced the evacuation of residents in a one-mile radius from the fire.

Alice Moore

Alice “Sissy” Moore, 74, of Woodsfield Nursing and Rehab Center, died Sat., January 3, 2015 in the Center. She was born January 5, 1940 in Alledonia, Ohio, a daughter of the late Wesley and Fern VanDyne Moore.  

Alice was a member of the Belmont Ridge Christian Church. 

Larry Hoke

Larry Andrew Hoke, age 46, of Woodsfield, passed away January 1, 2015 at his home.  He was born in Bellaire, Ohio, July 10, 1968, a son of Patricia Fraley Hoke of Canton, Ohio and the late Larry E. Hoke.

Larry was a Christian by faith, farmer and welder by trade. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman.

Georgene Piatt

Georgene Piatt, 63, of Wooster, died Dec. 28, 2014 at Glendora Health Care Center following a brief battle with cancer. She was born Feb. 12, 1951 and was the daughter of George and Etholeen (Norris) Allenbaugh of Rittman.  

Muskingum Livestock 12/31/14 Results

December 31  Total Head 573 Fed cattle 124; choice steers $157-208; good steers $156 & down; holstein steers $135.50-153.50; choice heifers $153.50-175; good heifers $152 & down;  133 commercial cows  $94-148; canners and cutters $93 & down; 19 butcher bulls $72-125; bred cows & C/C pairs: 4 cows & cow/calf pair BH $1375-2000; feeder cattle 203;

Bag a Doe Winners Announced

Several local businesses sponsored this year’s Bag a Doe program which rewards hunters who help manage the deer population by targeting does as well as bucks. Several entries were received with qualifying doe tags. Five winners were drawn, receives $1,200 in prize money. Winning the top prize of $500 was Steven Eikleberry.

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