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March 31, 2013
From staff reports , The Herald-Star

LICENSED: Bobbie Ridgway and Jessica Francis of Assure America have successfully passed their licensure requirements for the West Virginia insurance property and casualty exam.

Ridgway, who joined the agency in 2004, earned a bachelor of science degree from Bethany College. Francis, who earned her bachelor of science in accounting at West Liberty University, joined Assure America in 2012.

Assure America has locations in Chester, Weirton and Wellsburg.

HONOREE: Longtime University of Mount Union board of trustees member Clifford Shields will be inducted into the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges Hall of Excellence at its Evening of Excellence, to be held April 10 in Columbus.

Shields, a member of the Mount Union Class of 1943 and formerly of Unionport, has been a member of the board of trustees since 1967, serving as chair from 1987 to 1992; interim president of the university during the 1985-86 academic year; vice president of the executive committee; co-chairman of the 1974 long-range planning study; chairman of the 1982 Bylaws and Organizational Review Task Force; co-chairman of the 1980 presidential search committee; and a member of the 1985 presidential search committee.

"(He) is a distinguished alumnus, a member of our board for more than four decades, a generous supporter of the university and a terrific individual," said Mount Union President Richard F. Giese.

Shields also served Mount Union in various fundraising volunteer roles during five campaigns.

VACANCY: Nominations to serve on the District 14 Natural Resources Assistance Council will be accepted until 4 p.m. on April 19.

District 14 includes Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson and Tuscarawas counties.

A nominee from a Group 4 organization is needed. A Group 4 organization is a statewide organization representing agriculture, forestry interests, the department of agriculture or the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Only nominations from a Group 4 organization will be accepted. Nomination forms can be requested by calling District 14 Liaison Jeannette Wierzbicki, District 14, at (740) 439-4471, extension 4.

A letter from a recognized Group 4 organization and a statement of the nominee's background or qualifications must be attached.

HELP: Columbia Gas of Ohio reminds customers there is still time and funding available for those who need help paying their home energy bills.

Many of the programs are available for households at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level; for a family of four, that figure is $46,100.

Options available to qualifying families are:

- Winter Reconnect Order, available through April 15, allowing customers whose electrical service has been terminated for non-payment or who have received disconnection notices to have their service restored or maintained, regardless of how much they owe, with a payment of $175 plus a small reconnection fee.

- H.E.A.P., the Home Energy Assistance Program, available through May 31. The federally funded program, administered statewide by the Ohio Development Services Agency, Office of Community Assistance, is designed to help eligible low-income Ohioans with their home heating bills.

Customers in need of assistance should contact Columbia Gas.

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