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SELECTED: The National Trial Lawyers announces Carl A. Frankovitch of Frankovitch, Anetakis, Simon, Decapio and Pearl LLP has been selected a Top 40 Under 40 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyer in West Virginia by the National Trial Lawyers.

The selection of Frankovitch for the recognition shows that he exemplifies superior qualifications, leadership skills and trial results as a trial lawyer, the organization explained. The selection process is based on a multi-phase process which includes peer nominations combined with third party research.

Frankovitch handles civil litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts and covers a wide variety of issues, including personal injury, consumer protection, employment, health care and oil and gas. He serves as general counsel to area businesses.

Licensed to practice law in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio, he is the president of the Hancock County Bar Association and a member of the Jefferson County Bar Association.

AVAILABLE: Wayne Homes of Belmont and DiPino Construction are working to build ranch-style homes in the Highland Woods subdivision in Colliers.

The homes will include a two-year fit-and-finish warranty and 10-year structural warranty. Wayne has sold more than 100 homes in the Tri-State Area in each of the last three years.

Highland Woods is located one mile from state Route 2 on Archer Heights overlooking Steubenville and has been approved for annexation by Folllansbee, which provides water and sewer services. All utilities are underground.

The first home is nearing completion and can be inspected by calling Ed DiPino at (304) 748-8273 for an appointment.

CANCELED: The 22nd Entrepreneurs’ Growth and Networking Conference sponsored Duquesne Small Business Development Center that had been scheduled for June 11 by the has been canceled as a result of concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers announced.

Coronavirus-resources resources are available at duqsbdc@duq.edu or by calling (412) 396-1633.

CLOSING: The company that operates the largest coal-fired power plant in North Dakota announced Thursday it will close the factory and replace most of its energy with new wind farms in Minnesota.

Maple Grove, Minnesota-based Great River Energy said its Coal Creek Station near Underwood in west-central North Dakota will be shuttered in the second half of 2022. The plant that has operated for more than 40 years employs 260 workers.

Great River supplies electricity to 28 rural Minnesota cooperatives, serving about 1.7 million people. The 1,150-megawatt plant will be replaced by a similar amount of wind energy by the end of 2023, after a $1.2 billion investment, the company said.

Great River CEO David Saggau said the decision approved by the company’s board Thursday morning was driven by economics. Company officials said the “portfolio changes” will mean its power will be 95% free of carbon dioxide blamed for global warming.

The company also announced it would convert its Spiritwood Station plant near Jamestown from lignite coal to natural gas.


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