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January 1, 2012
The Herald-Star

NOTEWORTHY: Three Eastern Gateway Community College employees made presentations at the Ohio Association of Community Colleges' Student Success Summit.

Dr. Robin Snider-Flohr, dean of health and public services, and Dawn Cable, adjunct instructor in developmental education, led two sessions on classroom interventions. They explained the implementation of cooperative learning in several of the college's courses with the goal of improving grades, passage rates and attendance.

Dr. Dorothy Collins, director of TRIO student support services and advising, spoke about first-year experiences and reviewed the college's CSS106 Succeeding in College course that is required for all first-time students.

SEMINAR: The Ridgefield Group is offering a luncheon seminar, "Frauds, Phishing and Phonies: Protecting Your Business," on from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 11 at the Serbian American Cultural Center in Weirton.

Sponsored by the Jefferson County and Weirton Area chambers of commerce, the seminar is designed to give attendees practical knowledge on what they can and should do to protect their business from fraudulent transactions, phishing scams and phony business proposals.

The cost is $20, which includes lunch as well as the seminar.

Reservations are due no later than Jan. 2 and may be made by calling (740) 282-6266 or by e-mailing

CHILD ID: Parents are invited to take advantage of Western & Southern Life's free Child ID Card program.

By filling out a form, parents can receive an ID card for their child. Information gathered on the form is the child's date of birth, race, height, weight, eye and hair color, blood type, medical conditions and allergies, and the names of their parents or guardian. Each child's photograph also will be on the card.

For information, contact Western & Southern Life's Melvin Williams at (740) 457-5022, by e-mail at or by stopping in at his office, located at 864 Frank Layman Blvd., Suite A, Wintersville.

COVERAGE: AT&T has activated new mobile broadband cell sites that enhance coverage for area residents and businesses in Pleasant Valley, east of Weirton, and north to New Manchester.

The new cell sites are one part of AT&T's ongoing efforts to deliver the nation's most advanced mobile broadband experience for customers by driving investment and innovation. The mobile broadband sites will allow customers to surf the Web, download songs, movies and files faster, and enjoy the latest interactive mobile applications.

"Whether you are sharing photos with friends, searching online for holiday festivities in the city or connecting with family using social networks, we want you to have an exceptional experience," said Larry Evans, vice president and general manager, AT&T Ohio and northern West Virginia. "Smartphone, tablets and laptops are continuing to drive unprecedented demand for wireless access everywhere. We're investing in a combination of technologies right here in New Manchester and Pleasant Valley to meet these needs."

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