The Herald-Dispatch Ohio News RSS 2015-03-30T08:57:13-04:00 urn:uuid:3e3c293b-cc71-4988-b15f-06c61ae78cf6 Original content available for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons license (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported), except where noted. Jennmar McSweeney staying busy at The Point By DAVID E. MALLOY 2015-03-29T00:00:47-04:00 <p> SOUTH POINT, Ohio - Despite a slump in the coal industry, Jennmar McSweeney at The Point industrial park in South Point is looking to maintain its 150 jobs and possibly add a few more this year.</p> Medical wellness center in the works for The Point By DAVID E. MALLOY 2015-03-29T00:00:47-04:00 <p> SOUTH POINT, Ohio - Several new businesses will be opening up at The Point industrial park this spring, another shell building is planned, but the biggest project on the drawing board is a proposed $30 million medical wellness center.</p> Man charged in fatal fireworks blaze dies By DAVID E. MALLOY 2015-03-28T00:01:01-04:00 <p> ATHENS, Ohio - Todd M. Hall, the man found incompetent to stand trial in connection with the 1996 Scottown fireworks fire that killed nine people, died March 8, according to the Lawrence County Prosecutor&#39;s Office.</p> <p> &#160;</p> County commissioners look to fill positions By DAVID E. MALLOY 2015-03-28T00:01:01-04:00 <p> Lawrence County is looking for a new director of the department of job and family services after Gene Myers announced he was planning to retire on May 1 after 30 years of service.</p> <p> &#160;</p> Two arrested on meth charges By DAVID E. MALLOY 2015-03-27T06:57:05-04:00 <p> PORTSMOUTH, Ohio - Two people were arrested Wednesday on meth related charges and charges of receiving stolen property in Kentucky and Ohio, according to the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force.</p> <p> &#160;</p> Gallipolis man gets six years for burglary By DAVID E. MALLOY 2015-03-27T00:01:01-04:00 <p>IRONTON - A Gallipolis, Ohio, man pleaded guilty Wednesday to burglary after he was found inside an eastern Lawrence County house when a homeowner and her children returned home.</p> <p></p> New flood risk maps take effect April 2 The Herald-Dispatch 2015-03-26T00:01:01-04:00 <p>The Lawrence Herald</p> <p>The result of nearly three years of study, new flood insurance rate maps will go into effect on April 2 for Lawrence County.</p> <p></p> ODNR seeks to recognize Ohio farm families The Herald-Dispatch 2015-03-26T00:01:01-04:00 <p>Courtesy of ODNR</p> <p>COLUMBUS - Across the state, Ohio's farmers continue to adopt practices on their land aimed at addressing important conservation issues, such as improving Ohio's water quality. Food and agriculture remain Ohio's No. 1 industry, annually contributing more than $105 billion to the state's economy. </p> <p></p> Wayne Forest to set prescribed burning operations within 10 weeks The Herald-Dispatch 2015-03-26T00:01:01-04:00 <p>The Associated Press</p> <p>IRONTON - The USDA Forest Service's Wayne National Forest Ironton Ranger District is planning to conduct prescribed burning operations within the next 10 weeks to help sustain the oak-hickory forest ecosystem. </p> <p></p> Proctorville seventh-grader places second in regional spelling bee By SHANE ARRINGTON 2015-03-26T00:01:01-04:00 <p>At least that's how Holli Leep, a seventh-grader at Fairland Middle School in Proctorville, wishes she had spelled the word with a French origin meaning a narrow trimming of lace. She said when someone is looking at the letters on paper it seems an easy enough word, but on stage, under the bright lights, things become more difficult.</p> <p></p>