Mandel coming to Martins Ferry this week

AN ECONOMIC summit is scheduled to be held Wednesday in Martins Ferry.

I am looking forward to the 9 a.m. session at the recreation center. Headlining the event will be Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, who lost a bitter U.S. Senate battle against Sherrod Brown last year.

The local economy is in obvious need of attention by state officials.

With Ormet Corp. possibly on its last gasp, the fate of Yorkville and Martins Ferry steel mills uncertain and a coal industry which has seen better days, a summit cannot hurt the situation.

Gov. John Kasich has little regard for Eastern Ohio. That was reaffirmed by his apathetic approach to Ormet’s plight.

We hope Mandel can get into his head. We doubt that, however, since they are both from the same political party.

Mandel is supposed to bringing programs which the state has available which may aid the Ohio Valley.

Hopefully, that proves accurate.


THE BELLAIRE Chamber of Commerce held its monthly luncheon meeting Thursday in the basement of the public library.

Chamber President Lou Ann Bennett reported that the Meet The Candidates program was a success, attracting a crowd of some 75-80 Wednesday night.

Chamber members heard a presentation from a representative of the Wounded Warriors organization. He said the group is raising funds for a special wheelchair, affording the user to take part in outdoor activities. Each wheelchair carries a price tag in excess of $16,000. A fundraiser is being held Nov. 2 at Matt’s Tiger Pub in Shadyside to aid the cause. The chicken dinner benefit runs from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 676-8764.

The chamber is sponsoring its annual Boo in the Park on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. The event has mushroomed in popularity, drawing some 600 youths to the village park.

Bellaire’s annual Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m. The theme is “Reason for the Season.”


MARTINS FERRY’S Chamber of Commerce held its monthly luncheon Tuesday at the recreation center.

President Bob Zilai reported on the Stroke Awareness Health Fair staged at East Ohio Regional Hospital on Oct. 9. He said is drew a fairly nice-sized crowd and was very informative.

Chamber members also discussed the upcoming Night at the Races planned at the Hilltop Social Hall in Colerain on Nov. 2. Horses can still be purchased for $10. More information can be obtained by calling the chamber office at 633-2565.

Christmas in the Park plans are progressing well. The inaugural event will be held in City Park on Nov. 29-30. Several vendors and crafters have already committed and a portable ice skating rink is also in the works.

Chamber Secretary Marian Klier said help will be needed to get the Christmas lights ready in preparation of decorating the downtown area.

Members also expressed their displeasure and concern that no voting places will be offered in the city.


CONGRESSMAN Bill Johnson is taking some heat for voting against the compromise that will increase the debt ceiling and put federal employees back to work.

Many callers told me how disappointed they are in the Ohio Republican for voting no with so much on the line.

Johnson said the legislation failed to offer “any protection from the abuses, expenses, and overreach of Obamacare.”

Obamacare needed to take a backseat to the crisis at hand. The big issue was returning people to their jobs and getting the government up and running again.

Johnson dropped the ball with his partisanship.

THE CITY of Martins Ferry will hold a Clean Up Day at the city garage on First and Center streets on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 8 a.m. to noon. Items not accepted will be roofing shingles, building materials, tires, chemicals, oil based paints, concrete, plaster, bricks and asbestos. Electronic Recycling Services will be present to haul away old computers, monitors, telephones, radios and other electronics. Flat screen TVs are accepted, but all tube type and projection TVs will require a $15 cash fee. No checks or credit cards will be accepted. Proof of Martins Ferry residence will be required via a driver’s license and or a utility bill stub. Call (740) 633-6151 if you have questions on what you can bring. You are all asked to help keep the community clean.

A MEET The Candidate Night for the Buckeye Local Board of Education is planned for Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. It will be held at the Adena Community?Center. The race features 12 candidates.

SPEAKING of the election, all letters to the editor pertaining to the Nov. 5 should be submitted no later than this Friday. Even though there is no presidential race this year, that hasn’t stopped a slew of passionate political letters.

WESTERVILLE CENTRAL played a rare Thursday night contest last week. The results were the same: another Warhawks’ victory for Coach John Magistro. Central defeated city rival Westerville South for the first time in school history. The 35-31 triumph boosts Magistro’s charges to a superb 7-1 on the season and keeps them in the post-season hunt. The Warhawks entered the game rated eighth in their region. Central hosts once-beaten Hilliard Darby this Friday.

THANKS TO all those who came out Friday night to a benefit for former Times Leader staffer Paula Ginther. The Shadyside resident has been hospitalized since May and is now recovering nicely at Peterson Hospital in Wheeling. She has no medical insurance and has lost her job due to her lengthy medical issues. The crowd at the Elm Grove IAC was supportive and generous. Paula did make a brief appearance and also delivered a passionate speech.

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