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Man drowns in Forked Run State park beach area

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REEDSVILLE — A 54-year-old man has died after being rescued early Friday morning at Forked Run State Park Beach, according to an email from Matt Eiselstein, deputy chief of communications at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.According to the email, at approximately 11:20 p.m. Ohio State Parks Officers at Forked Run State Park were notified of a possible drowning in the area. Initial reports indicated the man went under the water and did not resurface.He was transported by Meigs County EMS to Camden-Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg, W.Va., where he was pronounced dead at 1:05 p.m. The man’s name is not being released at this time pending notification of his family.

 

Good Shepherd Church celebrates 50 years

FLATROCK — Rev. Matthew Dotson and the members of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church invite the public to come out on July 12-13 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Good Shepherd.On Saturday, there will be a community day from 11 a.m.-5p.m. with games for the kids, a pig roast and live music throughout the day.On Sunday, the worship service begins at 9:30 a.m. with guest speaker Bishop Sandra L. Steiner Ball. There will be fellowship time, food and music after ...

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Taking learning to new heights

NEW HAVEN — Educators in Mason County return to their classrooms in less than a month, but one New Haven Elementary School teacher is finding it hard to come down from the clouds.Rhonda Tennant, a fourth grade teacher, was one of 204 teachers from all 50 states and 49 countries to attend the “Honeywell Educators at Space Academy” program this summer. Held at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., Tennant was selected from more than 1,000 applicants ...

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Mason County Fair announces entertainment

POINT PLEASANT — August is just around the corner and in Mason County, that means it’s nearly fair time.This year, the Mason County Fair, known for booking well known acts, has come through again with entertainment for everyone performing on the main stage Aug. 5-9. Monday Aug. 4, the main stage is home to the popular Mason County Fair Queen Contest which starts at 8 p.m.

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Soul Harvest Church revs up for annual Biker Sunday

MASON — Members of Soul Harvest Church are pulling together and gearing up for the church’s annual — and, what some may call unusual — community outreach on July 20.It’s called Biker Sunday.One of the outreach’s coordinators and church member, Rochelle Lamm, said this is the third year Soul Harvest will hold a Biker Sunday event and that it’s proven to be a great way for the church to reach out to the biker community.

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Soul Harvest Church revs up for annual Biker Sunday

MASON — Members of Soul Harvest Church are pulling together and gearing up for the church’s annual — and, what some may call unusual — community outreach on July 20.It’s called Biker Sunday.One of the outreach’s coordinators and church member, Rochelle Lamm, said this is the third year Soul Harvest will hold a Biker Sunday event and that it’s proven to be a great way for the church to reach out to the biker community.

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Living for, with Christ in your life changes your looks

I am not sure when it was started, nor do I remember the circumstances for starting it, but my Uncle Harvey and I, years ago, started referring to one another as Number One and Number Two.Uncle Harvey was Number One and I was Number Two. It was just a little humorous ditty between the two of us that provided the basis for laughter within our families over the years.Recently on Sunday night about 10 p.m., I received a call from Aunt Thelma. When I saw the name of the call...

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Police continue search for missing man

GALLIPOLIS — A Gallia County who was reported missing last week, after his family said they had not been able to locate him for several days, has made contact with at least one member of his family, but the man is still considered missing by the Gallipolis Police Department.An official with the police department reported this week that Nicholas Hunt, 24, of Gallipolis, has reportedly contacted his family via text message, but will be considered missing by the police departmen...

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Man arrested following injury crash

KERR — Following a serious single-vehicle crash in Springfield Township on Wednesday evening, a local man is in custody with the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office.Paul Thacker, 60, of Thurman, the driver of a silver Chevrolet Trail Blazer that reportedly lost control and crashed along Kerr Road at approximately 10 p.m. Wednesday, is now facing charges of failure to control and drug possession following the incident. Thacker is also reportedly facing a felony indictment for...

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Relationship with God integral for successful marriage

On July 9, my wife and I celebrated 26 years of marriage. How awesome is that?I realize it is rare to find couples that last this long in a marital relationship. On the positive side, it makes us feel like an accomplished and successful couple.God has blessed us, not only with four amazing children who are all serving the Lord, but also with a peaceful and united marriage relationship. God has blessed us with the ability to live a successful marriage relationship.

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A Hunger for More

Faith is a tricky thing. And much of what is tricky about it isn’t merely in whether or not we have it, but also in whether or not we understand what it is about it that is actually pleasing to God.If by “faith” we simply mean religious activity or affiliation with a religious body (e.g., “I go to such-and-such church”) then we’ve totally missed what God means by faith. Is it really important to get this right? Is it truly necessary for us to und...

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River Museum to hold annual car and bike show

POINT PLEASANT—The sixth annual Point Pleasant River Museum Car and Bike Show will entertain locals and visitors alike this weekend.On Saturday, the car and bike show will begin at noon, across from Tu-Endie-Wei State Park on 28 Main St. in Point Pleasant. Registration opens at 9 a.m. and there is a $10 entry fee.Ruth Fout, the museum’s administrative assistant, has been involved in coordinating the event every year and said this yearly benefit for the museum...

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Prestera recovery home topic of discussion

POINT PLEASANT — A recovery home planned for Mason County and managed by Prestera was a topic of conversation at this week’s meeting of Point Pleasant City Council.According to multiple sources, Prestera has identified a home on Main Street as a possible location. This home is said to be located near the Presbyterian Church.

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Council updated on tourism

POINT PLEASANT — This week, when the American Queen docked for a visit, 330 people (four tour buses) departed the boat for a tour around Point Pleasant and Mason County.This, according to Denny Bellamy, director of the Mason County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Bellamy spoke to Point Pleasant City Council this week about tourism in the city and the new Mason County Visitor’s Guide, which was recently printed.

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A grand slam!

POINT PLEASANT — The Boys of Summer have a backstop they can be proud of thanks to a Gordon C. and Mildred R. Jackson Foundation grant.This spring, the Point Pleasant High School Baseball Boosters, had a new backstop built at its field among the PPJ/SHS Athletic Complex, thanks to $5,000 from the Jackson Foundation.Coach Andrew Blain said the baseball boosters were able to take the $5,000 and turn it into a large backstop complete with an attractive brick foundatio...

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Capehart Golf League completes week 4 at Riverside

MASON, W.Va. — The young golfers of the Frank Capehart Tri Count Golf league have been Blessed with excellent weather once again. The 4th stop on this years tour was played Monday, July 7, at the Riverside Golf Course in Mason, West Virginia. Sunshine and blue skies prevailed and there was a refreshing breeze that kept the golfers cool. The golf course was in fine condition and played fast and firm.

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Rio Grande hires retention specialist

RIO GRANDE — The University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College has announced the hire of Dean Crawford as recruitment and retention specialist.The newly formed position is designed to increase student engagement and persistence throughout their entire Rio Grande experience. The position reports to the dean of enrollment management and will provide a retention focus to all planning, coordination and implementation of recruitment and enrollment initiatives.

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Sawyer Ellis declared the overall winner of Cutest Kids Competition

GALLIPOLIS — The winners of the Cutest Kid competition have been announced, with a total of seven winners in all with six categories. The overall winner, who won $10, is Sawyer Ellis, 3, with the most overall votes. The winners of the six categories each won $50, and were listed by first name: Ariya is the winner of the Newborn Category, Rocky is the winner of the Toddler Category, Brycen is the winner of the Ages 2-3 Category, Torri is the winner of the Ages 4-5 Category, Trey is the w...

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