Wellsburg in running for favorite fireworks
WELLSBURG - The city of Wellsburg is among five West Virginia cities competing in an online poll for favorite fireworks in the Mountain State.
Debbie Baker, chairman of the Wellsburg 4th of July Committee, said she's proud the city is among five choices in an online poll conducted by WVLiving magazine.
Baker noted area residents can cast votes in the poll through Thursday by visiting the magazine's website at WVLiving.com/Favorite-Fireworks-Vote.
Other choices in the poll are Alderson, Charleston, Fayetteville and Ripley.
"Of all those nominated, we are the largest celebration in the state, with eight days of events, and I feel we deserve this honor," said Baker.
The city's Independence Day celebration continues at 7 p.m. today with a free concert featuring Refugee at Central Park.
Festivities on Wednesday will include a flag-raising program on the Town Square at 8:30 a.m.; the Wendy's 5K Run-Walk at 9 a.m. at the square, with registration at 8 a.m.; the return of the Oil Can Derby at 12:30 p.m. at Fourth Street, with registration at 11 a.m.; the annual parade at 7 p.m. on Charles Street; and fireworks at about 9 p.m. at the Betty Carr Recreation Site.
Farmers' Gateway Market to open
STEUBENVILLE - The Farmers' Gateway Market will be open from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the John Scott Highway parking lot at Eastern Gateway Community College.
Wendee Zadanski of the Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District said customers expressed interest in the market being open during the holiday.
State Route 7 paving to begin
STEUBENVILLE - Work is set to begin Monday to resurface almost three miles of state Route 7 through Steubenville, the Ohio Department of Transportation reported.
One 11-foot lane for traffic will be maintained in each direction.
ODOT's contractor for this $3 million project is Shelly & Sands Inc. of Zanesville.
All work should be completed by June 2013; however, all traffic restrictions are expected to be removed by the end of this year, ODOT reported.
Patriotic rosary set for Wednesday
STEUBENVILLE - A patriotic rosary prayer service will be held at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Christ the King Chapel on the Franciscan University of Steubenville campus.
The Rev. Brad LaPaige will lead the rosary service.
Mingo to hold sewage meeting
MINGO JUNCTION - Village officials will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in council chambers in the Municipal Building to discuss sewage-related issues and long-term sewage plans.
Gephardt to speak at dinner Aug. 11
CHARLESTON - Former Congressman and House Democratic leader Dick Gephardt of Missouri will serve as speaker for the West Virginia Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner on Aug. 11 at the Charleston Civic Center.
Tickets for the fundraising dinner are $75 per person or $1,000 for a table of 10.
For information, call (304) 342-8121 or visit www.wvdemocrats.com.