Community news from around the area
Indian Creek High School senior
gets Morrill Scholarship
WINTERSVILLE — Indian Creek High School senior Madolyn McDonald has received the Morrill Scholarship for four years of free tuition to Ohio State University.
The daughter of Dr. Robert and Dr. Nicole McDonald of Steubenville, she is a Gold Key Honor student, a member of the National Honor Society and will graduate in the top 10 of her class.
She will attend OSU in the fall on a pre-med track, majoring in biology and minoring in music.
East Springfield cancels
Memorial Day parade
EAST SPRINGFIELD — The East Springfield Memorial Day parade has been canceled.
The event is sponsored and organized by the East Springfield Ruritan Club, which made the announcement. This year would have been the 54th year.
Brooke County Library board
to meet, discuss reopening
WELLSBURG –The Brooke County Public Library Board of Trustees will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday by teleconference.
Reopening the library and its Follansbee branch, closed because of the pandemic, for summer will be among issues discussed.
Ohio River catfish tournaments
scheduled to kick off Saturday
CHESTER — The Chester-Newell Sportsmen Club will kick off its 24th-annual Ohio River catfish tournaments on Saturday.
The tournaments are open to the public with sign-up at Chaney’s Sunoco in Chester. Measuring will be done at the Chester City Park Marina from 6:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. Sunday.
All tournaments begin at 7 p.m. Saturday and end at 7 a.m. Sunday. The other dates are May 30, June 13, June 27, July 11, July 25 and Aug. 8.
The cost is $10 per fisherman with a 50 percent payback for the longest fish and a 25 percent payback for blind fish draw.
For information, stop in or call Chaney’s Sunoco at (304) 387-3982 or text Vance at (304) 374-5587.
“Through state and city guidelines for COVID-19 we have approval to have the catfish tournaments,” a news release notes.
Participants are asked to practice social distancing and wear a mask when signing up at Chaney’s and checking their fish at the marina Sunday morning.
Brooke High School student
gets special recognition
WELLSBURG — Mikelle Morris, a student at Brooke High School, was inducted into the 100 High School Students America Needs to Know About.
She was chosen from thousands of students for organizing a beauty pageant that generated thousands of items of clothing, food and toiletries and $746 for Bruins Helping Bruins, a clothes closet and food pantry for Brooke County students operated by volunteers at Brooke High School.
Morris spent her own money to launch the pageant, which included a category for Miss Generosity awarded to the contestant who brought the most donations.
Attendees could “pay” a nonperishable food item to gain admission and were invited to pay $1 to vote on the People’s Choice winner.
Library: Digitally flip
through many magazines
STEUBENVILLE — The Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County is closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s still possible to digitally flip through popular magazines for free.
Jennifer Cesta, public relations coordinator, explained that there are two resources on the website to access magazines — Flipster and the Ohio Digital Library.
People can visit the library’s website at www.steubenvillelibrary.org to get started.
Flipster is a database that has magazines that include Motorcyclist, Money and Food Network Magazine just to name a few. Categories include politics, business, science and cooking. “It’s easy to download,” Cesta commented. “On the library’s website go to the ‘e-resources’ tab then to ‘databases’ and scroll until you see Flipster. Click on one or multiple magazines of choice to instantly read.”
The Ohio Digital Library, OverDrive has magazines relating to health, lifestyle, automotive and entertainment among many others. “Customers will recognize titles such as Good Housekeeping, Taste of Home and Popular Mechanics,” Cesta noted. On the library’s website, go to the “e-books” tab then to “newsstand” for this collection of magazines. “You also can read magazines using the OverDrive app or the Libby, by OverDrive app,” she added.
For those who need a library card, call the main library at (740 ) 282-9782 on Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to register by phone.
Sycamore online concert
STEUBENVILLE — The Sycamore Sings “Songs of Hope” online concert series will be hosting a free online concert featuring multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Ben-David Warner at 7 p.m. on May 24 through Facebook Live on the Sycamore Youth Center Facebook page.
The performance is a component of the Sycamore Youth Center’s “Songs of Hope” event in which online donations will be received to help fund and sustain after-school programming for more than 300 students in the Upper Ohio Valley. The series is an alternative fundraiser in light of the cancellation of the center’s annual fundraising dinner originally scheduled for March 12.
Warner lives with one foot in the choral music world and one in the folk music world, according to a news release that notes the former member of Scythian currently is a choral conducting student at CUA, a church music director, as well as a touring folk musician showcasing a blend of Irish Americana.
Trained on the classical violin, Warner plays guitar, banjo, fiddle and “just about anything with strings that he can get his hands on.” Ed Helms’ The Bluegrass Situation praises his “Built These Walls” as a “blue-collar ballad we can all get behind.” He recorded his debut solo album Red Rockin’ Chair in 2015. He played in front of 6,000 as the headline act at the Irish “First Friday” event held by the Harmonium Project in Steubenville last summer.
His May 24 performance repertoire will include Irish Americana and folk music.
For information, contact Bobbyjon Bauman, the center’s founder and director, at (608) 556-3068 or go to www.sycamorecenter.com.