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ARC is valuable to region

While much progress has been made in fighting it, the fact remains that the addiction epidemic is still major issue in our county.

And any help that goes toward recovery and prevention efforts is always much needed and appreciated.

It was announced this week that a $1.5 million award from the Appalachian Regional Commission will expand entrepreneurial training and partnerships with substance abuse networks throughout the Tri-State through the new “LIGHTS Inclusive” initiative.

Led by Shawnee State University, in partnership with Ohio University Southern and OU’s Voinovich School, the project will work with business owners and people in long term recovery.

This also highlights the importance of the ARC, which was once targeted for elimination by President Donald Trump. Fortunately, the president was persuaded not to pursue such a move.

This award was part of a series of investments ARC has made in Appalachia, spurred by the closures of mining and other economic downturns in the region.

ARC’s aid is welcome news to this region and we hope they will continue to work with local institutions in tackling problems here.