2013 goes out with Good News

Published 10:16 am Tuesday, December 31, 2013

As 2013 wraps up, a fitting way to start the new Good Day Tuesday editorial series is with a review of some highlights of the last year.

Barack Obama takes the oath of office for his second term as President of the United States.

Three Lawrence County residents were honored in 2013 by the National Wild Turkey Federation South Hills Chapter. Larry Pernestti of Kitts Hill, Mickee Fry of Willow Wood, and Larry Kingery of South Point were presented the Outstanding Wheelin’ Sportsman Volunteer, Distinguished Achievement Award and the Barry Cowan Outstanding Local Chapter Volunteer for 2012, respectively.

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The Ironton Fighting Tigers boys’ basketball team finished the season 23-3 and earned a berth in the state Final Four. The Fighting Tigers lost in overtime to Ottawa-Glandorf in the state semi-final.

The St. Mary’s Ironton campus held a luncheon to honor and recognize the volunteers who serve others who visit the medical center.

The Ironton Farmers Market had its grand opening in what was a successful first season at Depot Square.

The Ironton Moose Teen club celebrated its 10th anniversary in the Ohio River Sweep cleanup.

For the ninth year, St. Paul Lutheran held the Tools 4 Schools giveaway. Over 600 backpacks were given out during the event by the church.

The 125th anniversary of its charter was commemorated by the Ironton Commandery No. 45 Knights.

Jill Hatfield of Kenova, W.Va., crafted and delivered personalized handkerchiefs in remembrance for the children and teachers who were lost in the tragedy in Newtown, Conn.

The Wingate at RiversEdge senior complex in Proctorville is under construction and slated to open in spring of 2014. In addition to senior living community, the facility will have an on-site urgent care operated by Cabell-Huntington Hospital.

Ironton native Bobby Bare was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The long-awaited hotel in Ironton is coming to fruition and construction is ongoing. In addition to the Holiday Inn Express and Suites hotel, the first portion of the project will include a Frisch’s Big Boy restaurant. Both projects are slated to open in 2014.

As you can see, many fantastic things are happening in Lawrence County and 2014 looks to be just as promising.