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Faces of Progress

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W. Franklin Evans Sets Priorities for West Liberty University’s Future

WEST LIBERTY – West Liberty University President W. Franklin Evans has weathered his first year leading the Hilltoppers, and is looking forward to redefining WLU’s mission, becoming a regional player in education and a community staple locally. Evans took the helm at the start of 2021, ...

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Daniel Mosser Seeks To Improve Community At WVNCC

WHEELING – As president of West Virginia Northern Community College, Daniel Mosser believes two words in WVNCC’s name hold the utmost importance – “community” and “college.” And in his mind, “community” is a rung higher on the ladder of importance than “college.” “I ...

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Paul Gasparro leads Belmont College into the future

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Paul Gasparro feels strongly about goals he has established for himself and for Belmont College, with the top priority being to provide affordable higher education. Gasparro is in his eighth year as president of the institution, and he has a background in higher education. ...

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JoJo Shay Sets Path For Learning, Innovation in Ohio County Schools

WHEELING – Ohio County Schools Innovation Coordinator JoJo Shay remembers making her own flash cards by hand to assist students when she was a young teacher. Now in her 25th year of teaching, she finds there are many ways to make flashcards, many tools and technologies available to do so – ...

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Liz Hofreuter Wants Students To ‘Learn Fearlessly’ At WCDS

WHEELING – When Liz Hofreuter sat as a student at Wheeling Country Day School, she had no idea that her future would one day include leading that school. From childhood until halfway through her four years at Princeton, a career in education wasn’t her plan. Yet, between her sophomore and ...

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Justin Schwertfeger looks forward to more firsts

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- The St. Clairsville High School marching band had an exciting season this past year, and the band director looks forward to more in the future. Justin Schwertfeger, an Ohio Valley native, has been the band director at the high school for the past 12 years. He said he has ...

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Mike Sherwood at Home Serving the community

BELLAIRE --There have been quite a few locals to have come out of the area high schools who prospered as the result of college scholarships, and West Virginia University reaped some of those benefits. Bellaire High School seemed to be a big supplier of talent and Mike Sherwood was one of those ...

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Randy Lucas looks to the future of education

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Superintendent Randy Lucas of the East Central Ohio Educational Service Center is a leading figure in local education and has embraced the challenges, both old and new. Lucas has long studied and practiced education and came up through the ranks from the classroom to the ...