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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in October in downtown Point Pleasant. Workers with the city’s street department, pictured, have begun the process of placing lighted wreaths, garland and Christmas flags downtown, including through Gunn Park. Though Halloween hasn’t yet arrived, this process can take some time, especially with some of the street department staff working on other projects, including the light displays at Krodel Park for the Christmas Fantasy Light Show. The countdown to Christmas is a little more than two months away, but for the City of Point Pleasant Street Department, making it look like Christmas starts now.

 

Rio Grande men’s soccer moves to No. 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It took four weeks to accomplish, but the University of Rio Grande men’s soccer team now finds itself resting at the top of the latest NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.The RedStorm collected 12 first-place votes and 553 points in the balloting of a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, independents and unaffiliated groups, moving up two spots from the No. 3 ranking in the poll released Tuesday. Head coach Scott Morrissey’s c...

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SART brings cyber safety program to school

POINT PLEASANT —At the most recent meeting of the Mason County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), the group discussed new training and programs in the works for school-age children.Paula Gregory, SART co-facilitator and victim advocate, said she recently conducted her first in-school program at New Haven Elementary School.Gregory said she is teaching three cyber safety classes three times a week at the school, and that so far the program has been successful....

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Hearing set in malicious wounding case

POINT PLEASANT — A preliminary hearing has been set in the case of a Gallipolis, Ohio, man accused of wounding a Point Pleasant man over the weekend.Stephen M. Berkley, 32, has been charged with malicious wounding and is set to appear before Mason County Magistrate Cheryl Miller Ross for his preliminary hearing at 2 p.m. Oct. 28. The preliminary hearing will determine if there is, or is not, probable cause, and if the case is sent on to circuit court for possible further proc...

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Shelby discovers 82 points just aren’t enough

Tiffin Columbian’s Cliff Miller ran for 516 yards on just 25 carries in Friday’s game with Shelby. Yet it was a short gain that didn’t even count in the stats that was his biggest carry of the night.Miller scored on a 2-point conversion run in overtime, giving Tiffin Columbian an 83-82 win over Shelby in a wild Northern Ohio League battle.Miller powered Columbian to a 75-54 lead by scoring on 65-, 5-, 2-, 74-, 99- 45-, 37- and 61-yard runs, as well as a...

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Blue Angels sending 2 to regionals

RIO GRANDE, Ohio — A tough day for the area, but not all was lost.Gallia Academy just missed the team cut by finishing fifth, but two girls still advanced to regionals Saturday afternoon during the 2014 Division II Southeast District cross country championships held at the University of Rio Grande in Gallia County.The Blue Angels ended the day with a tally of 135 points in the District 1 race, 24 spots behind fourth place Sheridan (111) – the final regional q...

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Meigs’ Swindell advances to D-2 regionals

RIO GRANDE, Ohio — By the skin of his teeth.Meigs junior Jacob Swindell earned the final individual spot for regionals next weekend after placing 16th in the Division II Southeast District boys cross country championships held at the University of Rio Grande in Gallia County.Swindell qualified for Saturday’s regional at Pickerington High School North with a mark of 17:50.74 in the District 2 race. Swindell, a first-time regional qualifier, was also the lone D...

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Eastern sending 9 to D-3 regionals

RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Big time results from the smaller schools.All nine members of the Eastern cross country program qualified for regionals, as did the Southern boys team Saturday morning at the 2014 Division III Southeast District cross country championships held at the University of Rio Grande in Gallia County.The Lady Eagles won their fourth consecutive district championship and senior Taylor Palmer captured her fourth straight individual district crown, a pair o...

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Mason Council discusses personnel

MASON — Personnel issues were a major topic at the most recent meeting of the Mason Town Council.According to Recorder Mary Kitchen, Councilman and Police Commissioner Ralph Ross discussed the problem of police officers either not completing the required academy, or completing the academy and leaving for another job. He reported another part-time officer has been hired, which provides police coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week.Following an executive session,...

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Southeastern sweeps Lady Raiders

LONDONDERRY, Ohio — The Lady Raiders finish their season at sectionals.The River Valley volleyball team dropped three straight games to host Southeastern, in the sectional final in Ross County.The Lady Panthers (13-10) earned the sweep winning the first game 25-17, the second game 25-19 and the third game 25-17. Southeastern also swept RVHS on September 15, in Bidwell (25-17, 25-23, 25-18).

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Viewing political corruption more broadly

Earlier this year, veteran political writer Thomas Edsall reported an eyebrow-raising fact about Americans’ views toward government.Polling by Gallup, he noted, found that the proportion of Americans who believed that corruption is “widespread” in government had risen from 59 percent in 2006 to 79 percent in 2013. “In other words,” Edsall wrote, “we were cynical already, but now we’re in overdrive.”

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Early voting to start

POINT PLEASANT — Mason County voters can take advantage of early voting starting Wednesday.Early voting in West Virginia is Oct. 22 to Nov. 1.During the early voting period, voters can cast their ballots from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Mason County Courthouse on the second floor in the county commission meeting room. Early voting will also be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Nov. 1 — the latter of which is th...

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Schools receive new healthcare supplies

MASON — Mason County Schools health personnel gave a report at the most recent meeting of the Mason County Schools Board of Education meeting, announcing two developments in school nursing and student health and safety.Access to certain lifesaving medications and new equipment will soon be in place in every school, according to Lauri Johnson, one of the county’s six school nurses.Last month, epinephrine, a drug used to treat life-threatening allergic reaction...

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Mason Harvest Festival is Saturday

MASON — Plans have been finalized for Saturday’s Town of Mason Harvest Festival, which will include a car and bike show, as well as a children’s pageant.All activities will take place at the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W./Lottie Jenks Memorial Park, located along the river.Festival activities begin at noon, when children will be able to enjoy inflatables, including a bungee jump and bounce house. At 1 p.m., kids’ games will begin and will feature “e...

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Man arrested in stabbing

POINT PLEASANT — A Gallipolis, Ohio, man has been arrested after a reported stabbing on Saturday.According to the Point Pleasant Police Department, around 1 p.m. Saturday, officers with the PPPD and Mason County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to the area of Ohio Street and Madison Avenue after receiving a call from Mason County 911 alerting them of a man being stabbed. Officers were also alerted of a suspect fleeing on foot from the aera.

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Hocking College working to address budget issues

NELSONVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A small college in southeast Ohio is trying address a budget deficit and a dwindling enrollment as it searches for a new president, officials said.Administrators at Hocking College in Nelsonville briefed employees on the college’s budget last week, The Columbus Dispatch reported. The school is running a deficit this year, searching for ways to fill a $4.7 million hole in its $23.4 million yearly budget.The board of trustees o...

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Virtual Costume Party provides Ohio Valley Press readers with chance to flaunt costumes, win cash

OHIO VALLEY — If you love Halloween, costumes and contests, then we have the competition for you.“CivitasMedia provides contests for our local readers and encourages our community to participate in good ol’ family fun activities,” Julia Schultz, business development manager.The Gallipolis Daily Tribune, Pomeroy Daily Sentinel and the Point Pleasant Register will be holding the Virtual Costume Party, courtesy of title spo...

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Holzer marks Pastoral Care Week

GALLIPOLIS — Holzer recognizes this week (Oct. 19-25) as Pastoral Care Week, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.Organizations and institutions throughout the world will recognize the spiritual needs of those we serve and the spiritual care given through professional chaplaincy and pastoral counseling within our communities. Chaplains, pastoral care counselors, educators and care providers will share in this year’s theme, “Spiritual Well-Being.”...

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