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Celebrate me home

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OHIO VALLEY — It’s been said to everything there is a season and this Saturday, the communities of Point Pleasant and Gallipolis celebrated the summer of a young man many have never met but came to know in the cold, dark days of January.Team Tre’ was out in force Saturday afternoon to welcome home a local teen who prayed and battled his way back after being injured in a devastating house fire which claimed the lives of his siblings, Tiffany Grant and Braxton Smith, and destroyed his family’s home.


Rio Grande duo named to NABC Honors Court

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two University of Rio Grande men’s basketball players were among a record number of student-athletes named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) 2013-14 NABC Honors Court on Monday.Rio juniors Evan Legg and Travis Elliott were among the 895 athletes representing 338 colleges and universities who were honored.Legg, a native of Piketon, Ohio, is an Accounting major, while Elliott — a native of Ironton, Ohio — is...

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Mason’s man named to state ag, forestry hall of fame

MASON — Robert “Bob” Barnitz, of Mason, was one of five men inducted Saturday into the West Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame at Jackson’s Mill.President of Bob’s Market and Greenhouses Inc., Barnitz touts the 20 acres that comprises the market and greenhouses as “West Virginia’s biggest little farm.” Explaining that farming is defined as planting a seed and growing a plant, Barnitz said in 2013 Bob’s Market produce...

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Just keep swimming!

NEW HAVEN — The New Haven Municipal Pool has had a successful summer, despite budget cuts, thanks to a longtime volunteer pool manager and a new mayor who is unafraid of a lot of legwork.Mayor Charles Yonker said it became apparent earlier in the year that the pool and adjoining community building were going to lose county funding. He said at that time, even though he was not yet in office, he decided the pool was not going to close.The mayor attended meetings of v...

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Donation breathes life into CPR training program

POINT PLEASANT — The training program of the Mason County EMS was greatly enhanced Friday when Ruth Lemmon from the West Virginia Automobile and Truck Dealers Association, in partnership with the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation, presented a Resusci Anne CPR unit manikin.“If the right kind of treatment can be given to a victim within seconds after he or she is stricken, the chances are good that the life can be saved,” said Lemmon. “CPR trai...

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Make your ‘after’ greater than your ‘before’

I’m sure you’ve seen them before, the pictures of huge, overweight people who discovered the perfect diet and then appear in magazines saying, “I lost 143 pounds in just 100 days!”The difference is jaw-dropping.You naturally share their sense of pride and respect their discipline. As a boy, I read muscle magazines, determined to be the next Mr. Universe. I was the “before picture” — the average body shaped kid who dreamed of a ba...

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Are you getting, keeping peace in your soul?

Years ago, a certain TV commercial pictured a man vacationing at a beautiful, mountain-lake. He was wearing a lifejacket and held an oar in one hand. Standing on the pier, he raised his hands and proclaimed vigorously, “Now I can have peace to enjoy my vacation!”The reason for his newfound peace, according to the commercial, was because he has purchased a security system for his house.But, I wonder … if the man would ever think about the possibility of ...

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A welcome sight

The community is preparing to welcome Tre’ Smith home on Saturday after he has spent months at Shriners Hospital for Children in Cincinnati recovering from injuries he sustained during a January house fire. People throughout the communities of Point Pleasant, Gallipolis and beyond are preparing to welcome Smith home during a celebratory procession through Point Pleasant on Saturday — well wishers are asked to be along the route by 1:45 p.m. The route begins at the foot of the Bart...

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Point man arrested after armed robbery

POINT PLEASANT — A few hours after the Point Pleasant Food Mart was robbed Thursday morning, a suspect was in custody and charged with the crime.Nathan A. DeWitt, 23, of Point Pleasant, was arrested and charged with first-degree armed robbery by officers with the Point Pleasant Police Department. DeWitt appeared before Magistrate Cheryl Miller Ross on Thursday afternoon, with Ross setting his bond at $100,000 with the condition of home confinement. DeWitt remained housed in t...

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For the record

Mason County Sheriff’s Department

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A Hunger for More

“Going home is never easy,” I once heard someone say. I’ve also heard that once you leave and set out on your own path in life, “you can never really go back home.”I’m not sure that such sweeping statements apply to every situation, but they certainly applied to the Lord Jesus who did go back to His “hometown” in the days of His earthly ministry. He was born in Bethlehem, spent a very brief time in Egypt (when Herod the Great was tryi...

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God expects His people to properly behave

While Christians are citizens of a heavenly kingdom, God also expects His people to behave themselves well in regard to the laws of the earthly nations in which they find themselves.

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The trek home for Tré

OHIO VALLEY — Tré Smith is coming home.A miracle months in the making will be celebrated this Saturday with the communities of both Point Pleasant and Gallipolis coming together to welcome Smith home.Peoples Bank, along with a group of volunteers and organizations from both communities, have organized a welcome home procession for Tré and his family through Point Pleasant’s main thoroughfare. Supporters from both communities (and those beyond) are a...

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Meigs men plea in Mason County assault case

POINT PLEASANT — Two men from Meigs County in Ohio have entered into plea agreements after being accused of assaulting a man at the Mason County Fair last year.James M. Gray V, 21 and Garrett C. Hall, 19, both of Pomeroy, appeared before Judge Thomas C. Evans III in Mason County Circuit Court, both entering pleas to the misdemeanor offense of battery.

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Former football standout found dead

POINT PLEASANT — A young man who once had a bright future in the world of football was found dead in his Mount Vernon Avenue home on Monday.According to the Point Pleasant Police Department, Allan O. Wasonga, 21, of Point Pleasant, was found already deceased inside his apartment. Officers were dispatched to Wasonga’s apartment to answer a call of an unresponsive male at approximately 10:24 a.m. Monday.

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Ohio University: No evidence of shooting

ATHENS — Following the report of a possible shooting at a dormitory located on the Ohio University campus in Athens on Tuesday afternoon, officers with the Ohio University Police Department found no evidence of a shooting, but are continuing their investigation.According to information posted on the Ohio University website, Ohio University police began their investigation of a report of a possible shooting in the vicinity of Gamertsfelder Hall, a residence hall on the East Gr...

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Can’t ‘pass’ up the fair

POINT PLEASANT — Season passes are now on sale to the Mason County Fair which is Aug. 4-9.This year, the first Mason County fair pass was sold to Mark Porter of Mark Porter GM Superstore in Pomeroy, Ohio.Passes can be purchased up until Aug. 4 and are $25 (this does not include the carnival rides). However, carnival ride tickets may be purchased for $5 per day. General admission per day is $8 for ages three and up (with carnival rides included).

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Capehart Golf League wraps up at Hidden Valley

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Mother Nature thought about spoiling the day for the young men and woman scheduled to play in the Frank Capehart Tri County Junior Golf League’s final tournament of the year at the Hidden Valley Golf Course in Point Pleasant, WV. However, after seeing the enthusiasm on the faces of the players, the rains held off just long enough for play to be completed.The play provide some good competition and set the stage for the awards and prizes distribute...

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