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February 12, 2012
From staff and wire reports , The Herald-Star

RECOGNIZED: Eastern Gateway Community College Professor Ken Knox was named employee of the month for February.

Knox joined the college as director of the Business Management Program in 2004. He is active on the faculty development committee and was assessment coordinator.

Knox earned his doctorate in organization and management from Capella University, his master's degree in strategic leadership from Mountain State University and his bachelor's degree in human resource management from Wheeling Jesuit University.

He is the author of "Carpe Diem: Simple Strategies to Move from Average to Extraordinary" and is a contributing columnist for Community College Entrepreneurship.

His memberships include the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship and Turning Technologies' panel of distinguished educators.

NETWORKING: The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce is launching a new networking opportunity, Coffee & Connections, at the Eat' n Park, Mall Drive, Steubenville, on Feb. 29.

Chamber President Sue Hershey said the event, a networking breakfast, affords chamber members to exchange information about their businesses, including things like new services, new locations and new products.

Admission is $10 at the door. Reservations are due by Feb. 24 and may be made by calling the chamber at (740) 282-6226 or emailing

REMINDER: Need assistance filling out income tax forms? Franciscan University of Steubenville accounting students are ready to help.

Beginning Tuesday and continuing through April 13, students will offer free help to residents filling out 1040EZ and 1040A tax forms, as well as 1040 schedules A, B and D, and forms for calculating education, child care and earned-income credits.

The tax help site is located next to Le Nails in the Fort Steuben Mall.

This year marks the 24th year Franciscan students have helped area residents complete their tax forms. The students completed an income tax course and passed an IRS training course through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

Assistance will be available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays; 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to noon and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays; and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays. The center is closed Mondays.

No students assistance will be available March 10-18 or April 5-9 due to spring and Easter breaks.

CHECK-UPS: Hout Financial, 637 Canton Road, Wintersville, is offering free 20-minute check-ups to help area residents assess their life-planning and retirement needs.

Hout Financial, in partnership with TSA Advantage, is offering the planning service, intended to assist clients with budgeting, retirement planning, life insurance, long-term care and more.

More information is available by calling (740) 346-0075.

RECALL: Home-brewed coffee lovers, take note: More than a million popular coffee makers are being recalled after dozens of reports of the brewers spraying hot liquid, coffee grounds or tea leaves onto people.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says there have been 140 reports of problems with the Tassimo single-cup brewers dousing people, including 37 cases involving second-degree burns.

In one incident, a 10-year-old girl was hospitalized with second-degree burns to her face and neck. About 835,000 coffee makers are on recall in the United States; another 900,000 in Canada.

From staff and wire reports

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