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SPORTS Butler signs to play college basketball at Wheeling Jesuit


Four Jackson boys and girls named to all-district soccer







Photo By Red Thompson, Jr.

Breanna Butler (front center) signed her letter-of-intent to play college basketball at Wheeling Jesuit. She is flanked by her father Danny (left) and her mother Rhonda (right). In the back row (from left to right) are: Greg Potter (Uncle), Oak Hill head coach and principal Doug Hale, Oak Hill Athletic Director Norm Persin, AAU coach Randy Templeton and AAU coach Gerald Harbour. By Red Thompson, Jr. Telegram Staff Writer

OAK HILL — Oak Hill senior Breanna Butler still has announced her intention to play college basketball. On Tuesday, Nov. 15, she set her future course northward to Wheeling, W.Va. to continue her basketball career at Wheeling Jesuit College to play for coach Deborah Buff's Cardinal Butler, the daughter of Danny and Rhonda Butler, signed her letter-of-intent to accept a full ride, which is split into an academic and athletic scholarship. “I'm receiving the freshman scholarship for academics, which is $6,000,

and athletics pays for the rest,” Butler said. “I definitely want to keep a good grade point average. My goal is to maintain at least a 3.5 (GPA) and still play basketball. I'm really grateful that I get a full ride and I'm really excited to play.” The signing was held in the Oak Hill High School Cafetoruim with her parents, Lady Oak's coach and principal Doug Hale, and Oak Hill Athletic Director Norm Persin. Butler said Buff saw her play at the AAU “Run for the Roses” Tournament in Kentucky during the summer. “She (Buff) saw me play at that AAU Tournament and not long after, she asked

me to come up for a visit (to Wheeling Jesuit). So I went, and she told me to bring some tapes from high school games,” said Butler. “She watched them, and from there, she just kept calling me. “Then I went and visited again, and that's when I felt she really wanted me to play for them. When I visited both times, I really felt like I fit in well there.” Aside from Wheeling Jesuit, Butler said Wilmington, Morehead State, Otterbein and Division I Cornell University of the Ivy League were schools on the recruiting trail. Butler excelled on the court, averaging 18.7 points

per contest and 7.2 rebounds to earn Division III district Co-Player of the Year from both District 13 Coaches Association and the Associated Press during the 201011 season. Aside from being a threetime all-district selection, she has started in two state championship games, during her freshman season, and again last year. “Brea is a kid that I've never seen take a play off. Whether it is on offense or defense, she always tries to make plays to help her team. Her basketball IQ is a major strength. She understands the game,” said coach Hale. See BUTLER, B2

Photo By Todd Compston

All-TVC Academic Team

Members of the 2011 Wellston High School fall sports teams which earned all-academic honors, in the front row (from left to right) are: Noah Massie (football), Taylor Davis (cross country), Shanea Long (volleyball), Josie Ramsey (cheerleading), Taylor Avery (cheerleading), Ciara Wilbur (cheerleading), Hannah Hollingshead (cross country), Megan Daily (girls golf), Tori Negrau (cross country) and Abby Scott (girls golf). In the second row are: Austin Craig (football), Jaylen Prater (football), Blake Downard (boys golf), Tyler Retterer (cross country), Sami Jenkins (volleyball), Mariah Bledsoe (volleyball), Hannah Smith (cheerleading), McKennah Robinson (cheerleading) and Kristen Boch (cheerleading). In the third row are: Taren Davis (football), Dakota Brown (football), Brandon Shover (football), Jordan Coulter (cheerleading), MaKenzie Bragg (cheerleading), Sami Ousley (volleyball), Cameron Bates (volleyball), Amber Gilliland (cross country and girls golf), Hunter Riepenhoff (boys golf) and Lane Bunnell (boys golf). In the fourth row are: Grant Thompson (football) and David King (football). Absent when the photo was taken were Danielle Floyd (volleyball), Alyssa Molihan (volleyball), Jake Byler (football) and Jake Waldron (football).

By Todd Compston Telegram Sports Editor

Four Ironmen, as well and and four Ironladies soccer athletes were honored on the Division II Southeast all-District teams in 2011. Boys All four members of the Ironmen soccer team made the all-district team as first-time honorees. Junior Jared Ghearing was named to the firstteam, while senior defender Clay Staker was selected to the second team. Senior wing player, Aaron Jones and sophomore goalkeeper Chandler Fout earned Honorable Mention. The foursome was also first-team on the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League team. Girls In addition, senior Jackie Norman, a goalkeeper was named to the first team on all-district, while forward Karena Fulks was selected to the second team. Fulks was a repeat on the all-district team, as she was an honorable mention honoree as a sophomore. Furthermore, Madison Hutchinson and PeytonMiller were honorable mention picks. Norman and Fulks



were selected to the firstteam on the all-SEOAL girls team, while Hutchinson and Peyton were honorable mention. A panel of coaches select the Division II all-Southeast District soccer teams. They also named Jackson girls assistant coach Terry Waechter, as the Division II Assistant Coach of the Year.

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Photo By Todd Compston

Photo By Todd Compston

Members of the 2011-12 Wellston girls bowling team, in the front row (from left to right) are: Hannah Hollinghead, Sarah Atwood, and Taylor Scaggs. In the second row are: Assistant coach Gary Crabtree, Kaitalyn Zupp, Emily Norris, Tiffani King, Abby Scott, Megan Daily and head coach Tina Callahan.

Members of the 2011-12 Wellston boys bowling team, in the front row (from left to right) are: Coy Hansen and Zach Martin. In the back row are: Assistant coach Gary Crabtree, Adam Leach, Blake Downard, David King, Michael Grey, Thomas Scaggs and head coach Tina Callahan.

Wellston bowlers begin 2011-12 season in First Capital Conference By Todd Compston Telegram Sports Editor

The Wellston boys and girls bowling teams, in its second year of existence, looks to improve on last season's performance. The teams will compete in 16 regular season matches and head coach Tina Callahan feels there have been a lot of improvements made in one short season. “Last year, the kids didn't have any idea of what we were doing or what the sport of bowling was all about,” she said. “As the year progressed, we ended up learning how to bowl. “This year, our first practice was like night and day. They knew what they were doing. They knew how to bowl. So we are starting a lot farther ahead then we did last year.” The boys won two matches last season, while the girls were winless though, they came close several times. The boy's team will rely on a core of seniors this season. Michael Grey, who finished with the highest average last season, will serve as his teams' anchorman this year. Other seniors include Blake Downard, Matt Leach, Thomas Scaggs, and

BUTLER From B1 “She's been playing since she was eight years old, and not just in local tournaments and not just with what the Lady Oaks do in the summer and winter. She's played on a national level with her AAU experience, traveling all over the country. Her experience, and going through what she has here the last three years, is definitely a plus for her.” Wheeling Jesuit, a NCAA Division II program, is a member of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The closest she will come to Oak Hill is when she plays in the Charleston area twice yearly at the University of Charleston and West Virginia State. Coach Buff, according to the Coach Grader website, is a “very passionate coach who will push players to uncomfortable limits and often players can't take it.” Butler said she chose Wheeling Jesuit because of their defensive and offensive style, which is similar to the system she plays in at Oak Hill. “Her style is just like it is here,” said Butler. “She likes to press full court, and she likes to get it and go. “It's a lot like we play now, so I feel like I will really fit in.” As she looks ahead, Butler also stated she is glad the pressure about her future is off of her and can focus on her senior campaign. “It's definitely a load off my shoulders,” said Butler. “I'm really looking forward to it.” Coach Hale is proud of Butler for getting it done early. “I'm sure it's a load off her shoulders now and she can relax,” he said. “The whole recruiting process with college coaches coming in is over for her. To her individually, her senior season should be something dynamic.” Before she heads to the

David King. In addition, sophomore Zach Martin and freshman Coy Hanson will compete for time on the lanes as well. Meanwhile, with only one senior on this year's girl's squad, the Lady Rockets will be more of a cohesive group with four sophomores and three freshmen on the roster. “I have only one senior and the rest are underclassmen. So we are really hoping to build on that,” Callahan said. Emily Norris is the lone senior, while the sophomores include Hannah Hollingshead, Tiffani King and Abby Scott, and the freshmen are Sarah Atwood, Taylor Scaggs, and Kaitalyn Zapp. Wellston opened its 2011-12 campaign on Tuesday night in the First Capital Conference Season Kickoff at Shawnee Lanes in Chillicothe. “We are bowling against established teams that are very good,” Callahan said. “We are just hoping to be competitive.” Other members in the conference include Chillicothe, Circleville, Huntington, Logan Elm, Unioto, Westfall, and Zane Trace.

Mountain State, Butler has a third opportunity to play in the state tournament during her career, and she has her sights set on making it back. “I definitely want to make it back to state. With Taylor (Hale) and Lakin (Caudill), I know we can,” she said. However, Butler said playing alongside her sister Taylor in the state championship game, during her freshmen season was one of her most special moments. “Definitely going to state my freshman year with my sister (Taylor),” she said. “She is definitely an inspiration to me. I loved it and it was so much fun. Being a freshman and starting in the state championship game was just a great experience.” For Coach Hale, Butler's moving on to the next level is no surprise because; as he points out, she has been working hard, since she was eight. He explained he has coached her at tournaments in Kentucky, Missouri and

2011-12 WELLSTON BOWING SCHEDULE November Tuesday Wednesday December Saturday Thursday Wednesday Thursday Wednesday January Wednesday Tuesday Saturday Saturday Tuesday Saturday February Wednesday Saturday Thursday

22 FCC KickoffAway 5:00 p.m. 30 Zane Trace Home 4:30 p.m. 3 8 14 15 21

Logan Elm Huntington Unioto Circleville Chillicothe

Home11:00 a.m. Away 4:30 p.m. Home 4:30 p.m. Away 4:30 p.m. Home 4:30 p.m.

4 10 14 21 24 28

Logan Zane Trace Westfall Westfall Unioto Huntington

Away 5:30 p.m. Away 5:30 p.m. Home11:00 a.m. Away 12:00 p.m. Away 4:30 p.m. Home11:00 p.m.

1 4 9

Logan Home 4:30 p.m. Circleville Home11:00 a.m. Logan Elm Away 5:00 p.m.

2011-12 WHS Bowling Roster Boys Blake Downard - 12 Michael Grey - 12 David King - 12 Matt Leach - 12 Thomas Scaggs - 12 Zach Martin - 10 Coy Hanson - 9 Girls Emily Norris - 12 Hannah Hollingshead - 10 Tiffani King - 10

other states so he has already been battle tested. Coach Hale points to Bulter as being a team player, who does not want to be the big star necessarily. He said she just wants to be a part of the winning organization. Butler joins former Oak Hill standouts Jamie Lewis, Anna (Remy) Allen, Alyssa Hammond, Rebecca Puckett and Karissa Adkins, among others to commit to play college basketball. Hale said he is proud of Butler, who plans to major in Occupational Therapy at Wheeling Jesuit. “I've known Brea since she was eight years old,” he said. She is a kid that puts everything she has into whatever she does. Whether it's basketball or cross country or schooling or her family, she is a quality kid in every manner that comes from a quality family.” Butler is also a two-time Division III regional qualifier in cross-country.

Abby Scott - 10 Megan Daily - 10 Sarah Atwood - 9 Taylor Scaggs - 9 Kaitalyn Zupp - 9 Head Coach – Tina Callahan Assistant – Gary Crabtree and Tami Downard

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LETTER TO EDITOR Hope Haven and J-VAC say thanks to Knights of Columbus To The Editor: The Special Olympics Organization of Hope Haven School and J-VAC Adult Service Center would like to extend a special thank you to the Knights of Columbus, Council 1341 for their continuing support of our organization. Your generosity helps to make possible the many special activities we are able to provide for our individuals through Special Olympics participation in numerous sports. The enthusiasm of the late Mr. John Grosjean and now Mr. Allen Dahl is recognized and appreciated. Thank you again. Sincerely, Kay B. Michael, Superintendent Jackson County Board of DD


Wednesday, November 23, 2011 • B3

AAA7 representatives visit Washington, DC for National Conference and Advocacy with Federal Legislators The United States' aging population is exploding at precisely the time federal policymakers are considering drastic changes to key programs that help older adults age independently. The potential impact of reforms to programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security is troubling, which is why representatives from the Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc. AAA7 representatives had an opportunity to meet with federal legislators recently in Washington, DC. (AAA7) recently traveled to ABOVE/LEFT: Pictured from left to right are Nina Keller, Assistant Director/Director of Planning with Washington, DC, to urge the AAA7, US Congressman Bob Gibbs from Ohio, and Pam Matura, Executive Director of the AAA7. policymakers to protect the ABOVE/RIGHT: Pictured from left to right are Nina Keller, Assistant Director/Director of Planning with vital programs which help the AAA7, Andy Sigmon with the Office of US Congressman Mike Turner, and Pam Matura, Executive older adults maintain their Director of the AAA7. health and independence and age in place in their homes and communities for as long as possible. Pam Matura, Executive Director of the AAA7, and Nina Keller, Assistant Director and Director of Planning at the AAA7, participated in the 36th Annual Conference of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging recently in Washington, DC, AAA7 representatives had an opportunity recently to meet where leading aging experts with federal legislators in Washington, DC. ABOVE/LEFT: gathered to address key Pictured from left to right are Pam Matura, Executive Direcissues affecting America's tor of the AAA7, and US Congresswoman Jean Schmidt rapidly aging population. from Ohio. ABOVE/RIGHT: Pictured from left to right are In addition to conference Pam Matura, Executive Director of the AAA7, Elise Connor meetings and presentations, with the Office of US Congressman Bill Johnson, and Nina Matura and Keller visited Keller, Assistant Director/Director of Planning with the with each congressional and AAA7. AT RIGHT: Pictured from left to right are Pam Matusenate office represented in ra, Executive Director of the AAA7, and Jessica Talbert with the ten counties covered by the Office of US Congressman Steve Austria from Ohio. the AAA7. This included The AAA7's Resource Center is also available to anyone meetings with United States Senators Sherrod Brown in the community looking for information or assistance and Rob Portman, and to United States Representatives with long-term care options. Available Monday through Steve Austria, Bob Gibbs, Bill Johnson, Jean Schmidt, Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., the Resource Center is and Mike Turner. a valuable contact for learning more about options and Your local Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc. pro- what programs and services are available for assistance. vides services on a non-discriminatory basis. These servicThose interested in learning more can call toll-free at 1es are available to help older adults and those with disabil- 800-582-7277 (TTY: 711). Here, individuals can speak ities live safely and independently in their own homes directly with a nurse or social worker who will assist them through services paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, other with information surrounding the programs and services federal and state resources, as well as private pay. that are available to best serve their needs.

Long-married couples who volunteer sought for Joint Hearts in Giving Award The Ohio Department of Aging is currently accepting nominations for its Annual Joined Hearts in Giving recognition through Nov. 30, 2011. Joined Hearts in Giving honors Ohio couples who have been married at least 40 years and who share a commitment not only to each other, but also to their community through volunteerism. Those chosen will be honored at a special reception hosted by the department and the First Lady of Ohio, Karen Waldbillig Kasich, in observance of Valentine's Day. "It has been said that marrying and raising a family together is the ultimate volunteer job," said Bonnie Kantor-Burman, director of the Ohio Department of Aging. “We are looking for folks who know what it takes to work together, share responsibilities, listen, and use good humor to get through the tough times." Individuals and organizations interested in nominating neighbors, colleagues, family members, or friends may download a nomination form or submit a nomination online by visiting: To be eligible for recognition, the couple must be married for 40 years or longer and at least one of the spouses must be age 60 or older. Each spouse must actively participate and volunteer in community service, and the couple's primary residence must be in Ohio. The couple must be aware of and consent to the nomination. Further information or questions may be directed to Melanie Ayotte with the Ohio Department of Aging at (614) 728-0253.

"We'd really like to see as many nominations as possible from our district," says Pamela K. Matura, Executive Director of the Area Agency on Aging District 7. "It's always important to take the time to recognize individuals who volunteer their time and make a difference in their communities. Joined Hearts in Giving is an opportunity for our state-level department to recognize couples throughout the state who have made a commitment not only to each other, but also to their communities. It's an event in which our agency always enjoys taking part."

A time to be thankful By State Rep. John Carey Ohio House 87th District

Thanksgiving is a unique American holiday. In keeping with its tradition, I think it is right and important to give thanks. We have a lot to be concerned about, and there are many Americans currently going through tough times. Expressing gratitude does not mean that we dismiss our concerns or forget about those in need, but rather, take time to reflect on what we do have to be thankful of. First and foremost, I am very thankful to be an American. We are free to voice our opinions and disagree without fear of persecution. Moreover, we can

worship God freely, and we are able to go where we want to go. Freedom is not free, and we are so blessed to have men and women across the world fighting and protecting our freedom, as well as all those who have gone before them. Here in the 87th House District, I am thankful to the voters who have given me the opportunity to serve them as their state representative. In addition, I have a strong appreciation for all the people in my life: family, friends, and all the communities I serve, as well as my colleagues in the Ohio House. All 99 of my fellow state representatives are different, but we share a common love for our country and state. I also want to give thanks to all of the Americans who work hard to earn a living, raise their families, and pay their taxes. They are truly the backbone of our nation. This Thanksgiving, I have a few of my own personal observations. I am thankful for the lives of former Congressman Clarence Miller and my grandmother, Ruby Scites. They both passed this year, and they were great people who influenced my life. Finally, I am grateful for all of the people who are giving of themselves to insure others less fortunate have a brighter Thanksgiving. For those who are in need, graciously accept any help that someone may give and understand you also have something to give in allowing yourself to receive help. Gratitude in itself is a gift. From my family to yours, I wish you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving. (Editor’s Note: Rep. Carey may be reached by calling (614) 466-1366, e-mailing, or writing to State Rep. John Carey, 77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43215.)


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‘Letting Go To Be Thankful’ theme for CUMC Women Seventeen members of the Christ United Methodist Women and one guest met in the fellowship hall at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1. President Georgia GIllfillan called the meeting to order and introduced guest, Karen Sue Evans, Vice President of Shawnee Valley District. Fritzie Pritchett gave the opening prayer. Georgia invited everyone for refreshments prepared by hostesses Naomi Worthington and Carol Spears. The tables were decorated beautifully with a fall theme and colors. After refreshments members recited “The Purpose of the United Methodist Women” in unison. Carol Jean Richards presented the program, “World Thank Offering Service - Letting Go To Be Thankful.” Carol read a prayer and readers in her program were Jean Hackler and Elaine Wimer. Carol read the song, “Have Thine Own Way Lord.” A basket was passed for the World Thank Offering. Carol read a closing prayer.

Karen Sue Evans, Vice President of Shawnee Valley District, installed new officers for the coming year, followed by a closing prayer. The Response moment was from the October issue about Breast Cancer Awareness, read and discussed by Naomi Worthington. Secretary and treasurer reports were distributed, discussed and approved. The basket was passed for the monthly donation toward the Christmas baskets for local needy families. Ann Kunce, Sunshine chairperson, has sent many cards to church members and friends in the past month. Linda Roach talked about the “Baskets and Wreaths Yule Love” set for Saturday, Nov. 19 from 4 p.m. to closing. Items for sale were solicited as well as food donations for the light dinner. Georgia closed the meeting with prayer. The next meeting was set for Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 12:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

Orthopedic program presented at Jackson Mothers’ Club meeting

Edgewood Manor takes part in Operation Gratitude Edgewood Manor of Wellston collected excess candy after Halloween to donate to Operation Gratitude. This organization annually sends 100,000 care packages filled with snacks, entertainment items, and personal letters of appreciation addressed to individually named U.S. Service members deployed in hostile regions, to their children left behind, and to wounded warriors recuperating in transition units. “The mission of this program is to lift morale, bring a smile to a service member’s face, and express to our Armed Forces the appreciation and support of the American people,” a spokesperson from Edgewood Manor said. This community event was hosted by Edgewood to reach out and show support to the troops. To learn more about Operation Gratitude and how to help, visit To learn more about Edgewood Manor, call Melanie McPeak at 3845611.

Submitted By Melanie McPeak, Director

The Jackson Mothers' Club met at Holzer Medical Center, Jackson, Tuesday, Nov. 8. Naomi Worthington gave the blessing. Eleven members had lunch in the cafeteria, then convened in the Davis Room for the meeting and program. Shirley Speakman, vice president, conducted the business meeting. The pledge to the flag was given. The secretary’s report was read by Betty Richards and the financial report was given by Naomi Worthington. Sunny Castor reported correspondence. Roll call was answered by telling of an emergency experience. Members had experienced severe allergic reactions, been involved in automobile accidents, family members becoming seriously ill, etc. Members voted to change the location for the December meeting. The meeting will be in the Fellowship Hall at the First Presbyterian Church, Jackson. It will be a carry-in luncheon. Members are to bring food items for the Jackson Food Pantry. The program will be presented by Naomi Worthington with Hope Keller at the piano.

Naomi Worthington shared information on the Civil War celebration being planned for the Jackson area. This event is being spearheaded by the Jackson Historical Society. Betty Richards will attend a planning meeting December 1 and bring information to the club in December. Shirley adjourned the meeting with members repeating The Club Collect. The program was presented by Rhonda Dailey, MSN, RN, Vice President, Patient Care Services at Holzer Medical Center, Jackson who spoke about joint replacement. She shared the process of talking with the surgeon, to information one needs to know before surgery and the care and availability of options following surgery. Dr. Amendt, Dr. Haupt, and Dr. Hissa are the orthopedic surgeons at the Medical Center. Rhonda distributed brochures and water bottles to members. Shirley expressed her thanks to Ms. Dailey for a very interesting and informative program. Members departed much more knowledgeable about joint replacement.

“Tickled Pink” Annual Craft Show Dec. 3 at HMC-J 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - To exhibit, call Cindy Palmer at 740395-8812 or 740-208-1594, by Nov. 25. Proceeds go to “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer,” A.C.S.

Newcomers visit Neff, Hamilton and DeHart offices The Jackson County Newcomers Club recently visited 504 McCarty Lane, in Jackson. The visit included tours of the offices of Dr. Jill A. Neff’s Hometown Pediatric Care, Virgil Hamilton’s Nationwide Insurance, and the office of Katie DeHart, CPA. The group received a warm welcome, and found Hometown Pediatric Care lively, and inviting to children, and the other offices inviting to adults. PICTURED AT RIGHT: Members of the Jackson County Newcomers Club recently took a tour of the offices at 504 McCarty Lane. Pictured are (from left) front row: Linda and Finn Roach, Brandi Whalen, LPN, Receptionist Delight Ward, Sherri Williams, and Chris Jenkins. Back Row: Cindy Anderson, Office Manager Toni Wells, Dr. Jill Neff, Susan Lindstedt, Gwen Neff, and Jane Smith.

Rio announces upcoming concerts On Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 8 p.m., in the University of Rio Grande Berry Fine and Performing Arts Center, the Rio Grande Jazz Ensemble will take the stage also under the direction of Dr. Kenney. The group will present a concert of jazz favorites from artists such as Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, and Joe Henderson. The Jazz Ensemble consists of: Justine Baker on flute and tenor saxophone; Andrea Rohrer on alto saxophone; Mason Traylor on tuba; Kody Mershon on guitar; Jeremy Boggs on the vibraphone, drums, and percussion; Skyler Thompson on

drums and percussion; and Cody Greer on drums. Dr. Kenney also plays the piano with the group. Other upcoming concerts from the Rio Grande Music Department will include the Departmental Recital Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. The Grande Chorale performance Friday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m., and the Masterworks Chorale concert Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. All performances will be held in the Berry Fine and Performing Arts Center. For more information on any of these concerts, call the Berry Fine and Performing Arts Center at 1-800-282-7201.

Friends Club to sell concessions at MJFD auction

‘Realeyes’ program presented at Oak Hill Library Story Time As part of Fall Story Time at Oak Hill Public Library, Dr. Rick Billman presented the “Realeyes” Program to the children. Dr. Billman read a story and passed out stickers and coloring books all about eyes. This program teaches children about parts of the eye, as well as eye health and safety. The “Realeyes” program is offered by the Ohio Optometric Association through a grant funded by the Ohio Department of Health Save Our Sight Fund. Pictured in the front row, from left to right are Grady Massie, Marley Daft, Nick Kanouse, Dr. Billman, Caleb Lovett and Savannah Hurd. In the back row are Children’s Librarian Lori Williams and Assistant Children’s Librarian Jonnette Hickman.

The Friends Club's food concession will be open at the Madison-Jefferson Fire Department Christmas Auction Saturday, Dec. 3. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. and serving will begin at 5 p.m. The menu of homemade food will include chicken and noodles, white and pinto beans with cornbread, chili, scalloped chicken sandwiches, hamburgers, ham salad sandwiches, hot dogs with sauce and dessert. Other items may be added to the menu that day. Both eat-in and carry-out will be available. Organizers invite everyone to come out and support the Friends Club. Money raised will go to help give children in the Oak Hill School District a happier Christmas. The Fire Department will auction a vast variety of items including many tools and toys. Come shop for Christmas presents and have a good meal at the same time.

Like many little girls... my DREAMS were BIG. be a princess, a doctor, a lawyer, or maybe a fashion designer... Never did I DREAM that I would be diagnosed with BREAST CANCER. I dealt with this nightmare diagnosis, the specialists from the Holzer Center for Cancer Care were a DREAM to work with. Holzer’s world-class physicians utilize the most advanced

diagnostic and treatment procedures available in healthcare today and they are part of the tri-state’s most comprehensive healthcare system.

IW¶VQRZRQGHUWKHLU¿YH\HDUVXUYLYDOUDWHIRUEUHDVWFDQFHU is ABOVE state and national averages. Thanks to the Holzer Center for Cancer Care... I will be able to help make her DREAMS come true.

Two new drop-off spots for Secret Santa Secret Santa of Jackson County is proud to announce the addition of two new drop-off points. The Ponderosa Steak House at 601 E. Main Street and Aaron’s Sales & Lease at 536 E. Main Street in Jackson are now on board. Those who are in the Christmas spirit, and would like to help the families who are struggling this year, may stop in at either of these businesses and donate

new toys, personal items, clothing, and coats of any size for use by Secret Santa. Aaron’s Sales & Lease is also accepting slightly used winter coats of all sizes. “We would like to thank both of these fine businesses and their staffs for giving us this boost at a very needy time,” said Loretta Jones, Co-Chairman of Secret Santa of Jackson County.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011 • B5

Chamber of Commerce names October and November Students of the Month

Photos by Brandi Betts

October - Pictured from left are Chamber First Vice President Jennifer Cardaras, Brian Hivick, Marie Reedy, and Student of the Month Committee Chair Jim Salyer.

November - Pictured from left are Chamber President Travis West with November Students of the Month Joey Batey and Gabby Thurston.

The Vinton County Chamber of Commerce recently honored their October and November Students of the Month. The October honorees are Brian Hivick and Marcie Reedy. The November honorees are Gabby Thurston and Joey Batey. All are seniors at Vinton County High School who plan to attend college. Hivick is ranked first in

fourth in her class with a 3.984 grade point average. She has been involved in volleyball, tennis, Vinton County Unity and Student Council. Upon graduation she plans to attend Ohio State University where she will pursue a degree in Accounting. Joey Batey is ranked sixth in his class with a 3.97 grade point average.

his class with a 4.0 grade point average. He has been involved in the Marching Band, Quiz Bowl, Science Olympiad, Pep Band, French Club and National Honor Society. Following graduation he plans to attend either Ohio University or Ohio State University to seek a degree in Biochemistry. Reedy is ranked fourth in

her class with a 3.984 grade point average. She has been involved in Tennis, French Club, National Honor Society, Student Council, Relay for Life and Science Olympiad. She was also the Junior Class Secretary. Reedy plans to attend Ohio State University, but has not chosen a major at this time. Gabby Thurston is ranked

McArthur man thankful for home care service Gene Demers, of McArthur, has a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. He is especially thankful for the team at Holzer Home Care-Jackson. He has received services from the organization intermittently for about two years. “Gene received services twice a week. We set up a home exercise program once we discharged him,” said Jake Eberts, Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant for Holzer Home Care-Jackson. Holzer Home Care provides not only Physical Therapy, but Occupational and Speech Therapy as well. Several months earlier, Gene was very ill during one of Jake's visits to his home. Jake checked his vital signs, took care of Gene, and called 911. After his stay in the hospital and adjustments to his medications, he returned home once again. “We don't know what we would have done without him (Jake),” said Helen Demers, Gene's wife. Holzer Home Care's oncall 24-hour staff was also helpful in the Demers' time

Submitted By Kelly Ramey, Holzer Staff

Pictured from left are Jake Eberts- LPTA, Holzer Home Care-Jackson, Gene Demers, and Helen Demers.

of need. She was able to speak to a staff member to answer her questions when she needed them the most. According to Jake, Mr. Demers came in with minimal activity and has seen significant improvement. With help from therapy and alterations to his medications, his activity tolerance has improved tremendously. “I can do ten times

more than what I could do before,” said Gene. “If we ever need home care again, we won't go anywhere else but Holzer Home Care,” said Helen. Holzer Home Care is proud to serve Meigs, Gallia, Jackson, Athens, Pike, Scioto, Vinton and Mason, West Virginia. For more information, please call 1-888-225-1135.

Final test set for Hamden Belt Press By Red Thompson, Jr. Telegram Staff Writer

The sludge belt press project for the Village of Hamden should be completed by December 1 and a final test has been scheduled for the project. During the Monday morning meeting of the Vinton County Commissioners, Interim Development Director Terri Fetherolf presented a $30,169.72 pay request from Doll Layman, the company constructing the belt press. The commissioners approved the request The belt press will allow Hamden sewer treatment plant officials to press sludge from the sewer plant and transport it to a landfill. The new process will save the village money as they have been contracting with McArthur to treat the sludge for them. The belt press will also allow for a more effi-

Free meal at Grace Baptist The Grace Baptist Church, 201 E. High St., McArthur, is continuing its free dinners, called Meals of Grace, with the next one set for Thursday, November 24, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the church. All are invited to a Free Thanksgiving meal and good fellowship. Please call 740-596-8004 for more information.

cient use of the sewer plant. This project has been an important one for Hamden Mayor Gary Eberts as it signals one of the last major improvements in the village over the last seven years. The improvements include the addition of village wide sewer service, the replacement of water lines and sidewalks, the addition of a water tower, and the razing of several homes and the former Hamden General Store. In other news from the meeting, Fetherolf informed the commissioners they would be receiving the actu-

al money from a $30,000 pre-approved grant from the Governor's Office of Appalachia for the Courthouse HVAC system once the paper work is completed. The system is nearly completed and in the punch list stage. The commissioners also approved a payment of just over $29,000 to Twin Oak Refrigeration. Soon, the commissioners will be applying for the $817,000 federal grant which will be turned over to the bank to pay down the large loan the county has taken to front the money for the project.

He has been involved in Spanish club, Football, Basketball, National Honor Society, Track, Regional Scholars, GOBA, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and his church youth group. Batey plans to play football in college, but has not yet decided on a school. The Chamber of Commerce honors two Vinton County seniors each month.

Honorees receive a plaque and a savings bond along with the opportunity to compete for the Chamber's Linda L. Remy Memorial Scholarship. All Vinton County seniors were sent invitations to apply for this program at the beginning of the school year.

Rio Grande increases enrollment The University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College has attracted another large student body for the 2011-12 academic year, with full-time enrollment at its highest level in four years. The increase has also been noted at the Rio Grande McArthur Center which is just in its second year of operation. Enrollment there has increased from 14 students in the first class to 90 now. The Rio Grande Meigs Center has 326 students enrolled this fall. Students from across the region and around the world have come to the retreat-like setting of the Rio Grande campus to study its traditionally strong academic programs which have been restructured into three colleges. "It's a good year for us," said Wellston native Steve Cox, Director of Management Information Systems at Rio Grande. "Our enrollment is staying high and is very strong." While a large part of the student body comes from southern Ohio, the population is shifting slightly with

Veteran who died at Pearl Harbor to be honored Dec. 8 The Vinton County Historical and Genealogical Society will be honoring in memory, James Bryce Boring, Vinton County’s first casualty of World War II, during the week of the 70th anniversary of the war. A wreath will be laid at Mr. Boring’s commemorative monument at Bowen Cemetery in Vinton Township December 8 at 11 a.m. Seaman Boring was serving aboard the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor and his body was never recovered. The public is cordially invited to attend this ceremony.

Branch centers also growing students coming from throughout the state, the Midwest, and internationally from places such as the United Kingdom, Canada, Columbia, Brazil, Australia, Japan, and Puerto Rico. "We're proud of the diversity on campus," said Mark Abell, Dean of Enrollment Management. "We see this as a trend for the future growth of the institution," he added. "We've had some major changes on campus, and these changes are being received very positively," Abell said. One of the biggest is the restructuring of the academic schools and colleges. Rio Grande now has three colleges overseeing the academic programs. David

Lawrence, DMA, has been named the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Zaki Sharif, Ph.D., has been named the Dean of the College of Professional and Applied Studies, and Donna Mitchell, Ph.D., RN., CNS, has been named the Dean of the College of Allied Health and Behavioral Sciences. Rio Grande also is planning to create new academic programs to meet the needs of area residents as well as local businesses and organizations. Additional master's degree programs are being considered along with more adult degree programs. "We want to provide programs and degrees that are accessible to the non-traditional adult population," Abell said.