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.

Long-Distance Caregiving: What to Look For When Visiting Your Loved One

During the holidays, while visiting your loved-one, be sure to look for signs that more help may be needed or that their health status may have changed. Some of the things on this list might seem minor on their own, but when you notice that two, three or four of these issues have come up, that’s a good sign you might need to call in reinforcements.

Bobby Leasure

Bobby Leasure 82, of Woodsfield, passed away Thursday, November 20, 2014 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, West Virginia.  He was born at Stafford, Ohio April 4, 1932, a son of the late Fred Leasure and Senior Thompson Leasure.

 Bobby had worked at Christman’s Quarry, and was a Franklin Township Trustee.

James Johnson

James A. “Jim” Johnson, 70, of Clarington, and formerly of Beallsville, died November 23, 2014 in the Woodsfield Nursing and Rehab Center. He was born August 26, 1944, near Beallsville, a son of Beulah Bolon Johnson and the late Arley Johnson. 

Garnet Hensel

Garnet Gaynelle Ritchie Hensel, 74, of Antioch, passed away November 23, 2014 at her home.  She was born in Jackson Township, Monroe County, April 27, 1940, a daughter of the late Chester Ritchie and E. Janie Conley Ritchie.

Patricia Shaw

Patricia A. Shaw, 81, of Woodsfield, went home to be with Jesus on November 20, 2014 at the Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation  Center, Woodsfield. She was born at Canton, Ohio on August 22, 1933 a daughter of the late Donald and Elizabeth Ann Tanner Miller.

Richard Knuchel

Richard “Dick” Knuchel, 70, of Jerusalem, died November 19, 2014 at his home. He was born August 6, 1944 in New Martinsville, West Virginia, the son of Radon “Ted” and Joan Pittman Knuchel

Jesse Stephens

Jesse Stephens, 59, of Beallsville died November 20, 2014 in the Ohio Valley Medical Center, Wheeling, West Virginia. He was born March 1, 1955 near Malaga, Ohio, a son of Sina Berlile Ingold and the late Lawrence Stephens.  

Ohio Hills Health Services Offers Assistance on Insurance and Medicaid Applications

Ohio Hills Health Services have Certified Application Counselors (CACs) on staff ready to help consumers with the Health Insurance Marketplace and Ohio Medicaid applications. Certified Application Counselors will provide free, unbiased and confidential assistance to anyone in the community regardless if you are a patient or not at the group’s clinics. 

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