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Healthcare practice opens in Rio Grande

Owner Sherry Russell, CNP, was told by a long-time resident that Rio Grande hasn’t had a medical practice since the early 1940s. That all changed last month when she opened Rio Family Healthcare, offering family practice medicine and urgent care services at her location on Ohio 325. Russell’s family roots run deep in Rio Grande. Her grandfather’s side of the family was one of the founding Welsh families. “I love Rio Grande. It’s a great area,” said Russell. “I thought it was really cool that w

Former Gallia resident lands lead composer role in TBS cartoon

Shelby Merry, a former resident of Gallia County, landed the role of lead composer of Final Space, which she describes as a multi-generational epic space saga with lots of heart. Created by Olan Rogers, Final Space airs Mondays at 10:30/9:30 central on TBS. Merry is joined in her role by co-composer Jake Sidwell, who scored the original series proof of concept. Final Space isn’t Merry’s first foray into show business. While pursuing work as a solo artist, Merry began writing for film. She wrote

RVHS grad contributes to “race against time” in telling of WWII stories

Brianna McGuire, a 2017 graduate of River Valley High School, recently completed a student ambassadorship for the The National WWII Museum, an opportunity that arose through her participation in the National History Day program during her middle and high school years. It was during the national contest held at the University of Maryland each year that McGuire was introduced to the The National WWII Museum ambassador program during a presentation. She applied the fall of her senior year and was

Steve Evans Country Sausage expansion leads to Andretti family visit

For those living in Gallia County and the surrounding region, Steve Evans Country Sausage is not a new thing. The son of the late Bob Evans, Steve has been making his own sausage since 1998 and until now kept the distribution of his products limited to an approximate 100-mile radius of Gallia County. That is all changing thanks to a partnership with the multi-regional grocery distributor SpartanNash and an effort to make the Steve Evans Country Sausage brand better known throughout the region.

Rekindled romance

GALLIPOLIS — Amidst the hustle and bustle of the Gallipolis River Recreation Festival, Scott Burkett and Julie Campbell joined together as husband and wife in the same spot where they first met — exactly 43 years ago. Burkett and Campbell first met on July 4, 1972, during the Gallipolis River Recreation Festival. At the time, they were 14 and 13, respectively. Burkett, who was from Toledo, was visiting his grandparents for the summer. Campbell lived in Point Pleasant, W.Va. Through a mutual fri

A Family Tradition: Celebrating three generations of nurses

For Margaret Wheeler, PhD, CNE, RN, becoming a nurse was a family tradition and in 1975 Wheeler followed in the footsteps of her mother and two of her aunts when she graduated from Holzer Medical Center School of Nursing. “I wanted to either pursue singing or nursing,” said Wheeler. “It seemed that nursing would be a better choice.” Following graduation, Wheeler worked as a floor nurse on a medical-surgical unit at Holzer Medical Center in Gallipolis and then as a Tuberculosis Control Officer

A personal story about tic disorders

More than once in my career, I have sat down with a parent, listened as they told their story and recounted that story to the public in an attempt to raise awareness about a situation, disease or disorder.  I thought I understood the reasons behind their willingness to tell those stories. I thought I understood what it would be like to be a parent who watches their child struggle on a daily basis. I thought I understood. I was wrong. Until January of this year, for all intents and purposes, I h

Gallia County pays tribute to those Who Gave All

During the 2013 Gallipolis Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony held Monday afternoon, the community gathered in the Gallipolis City Park to remember those men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of the United States. Following the opening of the ceremony by Gallia County Veterans Service Office Executive Director John Thomas, who recognized those veterans who are still serving in local veterans organizations, guest speaker U.S. Congressman Bill Johnson took a few moments to di