News in Brief — 2/9/14

Published 12:19 am Sunday, February 9, 2014

Pace won’t be in primary race

Of the eight candidates seeking Lawrence County or state office, only one won’t be on the May primary ballot.

Julie Pace of Coal Grove did not have the requisite number of signatures of qualified votes to have her name placed on the ballot. Pace was running for Lawrence County Commissioner on the Democratic ticket.

On Thursday the county board of elections reviewed petitions on all who wanted to run in the spring. Only Pace did not collect the 50 qualifying signatures needed.

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Freddie Hayes and Wayne Taylor will be on the GOP ballot for county commission; Tim Edwards and Tanner Heaberlin will run for county commission for the Democrats; County Auditor Jason Stephens will run unopposed for a second term and Republican Ryan Smith will face Democrat Josh Bailey to get a second term for the state representative seat for the 93rd District.

— By Benita Heath


Mid-Ohio Valley Democratic Dinner

MARIETTA — The Marietta College Democrats announce the inaugural Mid-Ohio Valley Democratic Dinner will be Friday, March 28.

The event will take place at the Comfort Inn of Marietta. Cocktail hour begins at 5 p.m. with dinner and the evening’s program immediately following.

Speakers for the evening include Ohio Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald, Democratic candidate for auditor of state John Patrick Carney, State Sen. Lou Gentile and Democratic candidate for U.S. House of Representatives Jennifer Garrison.

Register for the dinner online at


GHS alum prep for annual banquet

FRANKLIN FURNACE — The Green High School Alumni Association is preparing for the annual GHS Alumni Banquet that is set for 5 p.m. Saturday, May 10 at the Green High School gymnasium.

Anyone who attended and graduated from Green High School is invited to the casual, potluck dinner. Folks attending should bring a covered dish to share.

Admission is a $5 (or more) donation at the door with proceeds going to the alumni scholarship fund, the Ralph Mullins Scholarship. Two distinguished seniors will receive scholarships of at least $750.

GHS Seniors as well as current and former GHS teachers are admitted for free. The class of 2014 will be inducted into the GHS Alumni group, and high school students will showcase their abilities in the Green’s Got Talent contest.

There will also be a silent auction that will include tickets to area attractions, festivals and concerts. Honored classes include the GHS classes of 1964, 1974, 1984, 1994, 2004 and the graduating class of 2014.

To find out how you can get involved or donate a silent auction item or donate to the scholarship fund, email GHS alum association members, Dave Lavender at, or Tammie Niemer at You can also call 304-710-6017 with questions.