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Bend Area ensemble spends week in Brazil

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NEW HAVEN — A dozen Bend Area students are spending this week in Brazil, showing music educators how American children play tunes “tiger style.”The Tiger Music Orff Ensemble, under the direction of Rachel Reynolds and Kim Bond, will be among approximately 35 musical groups to perform at the International Society of Music Educators biannual conference.


State police: Child died ‘long agonizing death’

MASON COUNTY — West Virginia State Police say a 20-month old child died a “long agonizing death” as a result of alleged neglect at the hands of his parents.Jimmy R. Edwards, 25, address unreported, and Carla M. Adkins, 31, of Ashton, have been arrested and charged with child neglect resulting in death. Edwards is reportedly from the Milton area of Mason County but was arrested Tuesday in Cabell County on the charge. Since the offense allegedly occurred in Mason Co...

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Obama: The alleged leader of the free world

President Barack Obama must have missed his calling as head of the National Transportation Safety Board.In the wake of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Obama has been the nation’s forensic investigator-in-chief. He has summoned all the moral authority of his office to call for the professional handling of the wreckage.

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Case resolved against woman accused of sexual misconduct

GALLIPOLIS — The case against a Gallipolis woman accused of sexual misconduct with a juvenile has been resolved, according to information filed this week with the Gallia County Clerk of Courts Office.An entry filed on Monday and signed by Common Pleas Judge D. Dean Evans states that the court has been advised that the case against Autumn L. Alban-Beaver has been resolved and a plea agreement will be presented to the court within the next seven to 10 days.

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Faster, easier website unveiled today

Faster, easier website unveiled todayThe Point Pleasant Register is today unveiling a significant upgrade of its website, making easier to navigate, faster to load and more effective for advertisers.As with this week’s launch of our redesigned print product, the new website is largely the result of feedback from both readers and advertisers over the past several months.

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URG women’s basketball named NAIA Scholar Team

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The University of Rio Grande women’s basketball team has been named a 2013-14 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Scholar-Team.Head coach David Smalley’s RedStorm sported a cumulative 3.35 grade point average and was among the 1,290 squads to be honored by the NAIA.For a team to be considered for the NAIA Scholar-Team award, it must have a minimum 3.0 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) as defined by the institut...

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Mason dealing with police department issues

MASON — The Town of Mason Police Department is undergoing a major restructure after the resignations of two of its three officers, according to Mayor Jerry Tucker.Tucker said the council recently accepted the resignation of Chief David Woolard, who not only served as an administrator but was also a working patrolman. The chief’s resignation followed on the heels of Officer Wayne Woolard, who left just weeks earlier. Neither listed reasons for their departure in their le...

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Fair season passes now on sale

GALLIPOLIS — Season passes for the Gallia County Junior Fair are now on sale.Season passes may be purchased from Gallia County 4-H clubs, advisors and members as well as the following business locations: All Gallia County offices and branch locations of Ohio Valley Bank, Wesbanco, People’s Bank and Farmer’s Bank. Cost of the season pass will be $24 and will admit one person to the fairgrounds and shows each day of the fair (does not include rides).

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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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Celebrate me home

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...

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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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