This morning the New Boston Kiwanis club honored firemen and police officers along with the village administrator who all helped evacuate a elderly lady and her son from a horrific house fire last month in New Boston. Congratulations to these heroes!!
Income Tax Director Theda Aldridge retired December 30 after many years of service to the Village of New Boston. Mayor Junior Williams presented Mrs. Aldridge with a plaque commemorating her many years of service to the Village of New Boston and proclaiming Wednesday, December 30, 2015, as “Theda Aldridge Day,” in New Boston. A reception for Theda and her family was held in the community center with the mayor, members of council and village employees attending.
On Monday, December 29, 2015, Mayor William Williams swears in Robert Nichols and Robert Deerfield as Patrolmen with the New Boston Police Department.
New Boston continues to rebuild the infrastructure that lay dormant since the closing of Empire Detroit decades ago.
The latest activity was the groundbreaking for the new Scioto County facility for Columbia Gas of Ohio, at 208 Vine Street in New Boston.
NiSource Columbia Gas of Ohio corporate officials joined with community leaders at the site on Wednesday afternoon, shovels in hand.
“This is our 17th project with Columbia Gas,” Steve Pagura the developer with the Brewer Company said. “These are transportation mods. It’s where they dispatch the crews to repair lines and we’re real excited about doing another project with them, bringing these jobs to Portsmouth.”
Pagura said the facility will begin with the maintaining of the current 29 employees and will add more because of the scope of the new facility.
“It’s brand new. You’ve got a more energy efficient building and bigger building than the one they’re coming out of,” Pagura said. “It will make the work flow a lot better.”
Shane Cartmill of Columbia Gas of Ohio told the Daily Times the facility was built with safety in mind.
“The space is ergonomic with the intent of keeping the employees safe and productive,” Cartmill said. “For example, there are details like pull-through parking which helps to reduce backing collisions.”
Don Hadsell of Hadsell Construction will build the facility.
“This means more jobs for local people and it’s a continuation of everything that we’ve done up here in New Boston,” Hadsell said. “We’re about out of property now. We’ve got about another three acres around the corner and next we’re (Hadsell) going to move to the Harmon Street location in Portsmouth and then there should be an announcement coming from the Southern Ohio Port Authority (SOPA) on the (Ohio) 522 lot. It’s coming here in the next few weeks. With what I hear that some people want to do up there (522 in Wheelersburg), there may be another plant coming up there.”
Hadsell said the project is a continuation of the vision of the late Bob Walton who made it his life’s goal to create a successful industrial complex on those grounds.
“It doesn’t have the 2,000 jobs it used to (when Empire Detroit Steel was located there), but up and down there now, with this, which is 29 more, that makes probably 700 to 800 jobs in here,” Hadsell said. “It’s not what we had but it’s better than if it went into a brownfield. Bob Walton fought and gave his life for this area, so this is just a continuation of his dream and that of Mick Sturgill and (the late New Boston Mayor) Jim Warren.”
President of Village Council Mike Payton welcomed the company to New Boston.
“This is a great opportunity for New Boston,” Payton said. “We have seen it grow from Jim Warren’s days, making a rebound after the mill left and we have come back a long way. It’s a team effort.”
Pagura said the company hopes to be under roof at the new building by June 1, 2016.
Photo 1: Steve Pagura of Columbia Gas of Ohio addresses company officials and local political leaders at the groundbreaking of the new location of the Scioto County facility for Columbia Gas of Ohio on Vine Street in New Boston Wednesday.
Photo 2: NiSource Columbia Gas of Ohio officials and local political leaders break ground for the construction of the new Scioto County facility for Columbia Gas of Ohio on Vine Street in New Boston Wednesday.
Photo 3: Submitted Graphic Artist rendering of the new Scioto County facility for Columbia Gas of Ohio on Vine Street in New Boston.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.
Mayor Junior Williams presents the late Mayor Warren’s sister, Opal, with a proclamation officially renaming the annual event, “The New Boston James Warren, Jr. Breakfast with Santa,” in honor of Mayor Warren who started the event in 1994.”
By Frank Lewis
Friday evening, Dec. 4, beginning at 6 p.m., the Christmas weekend will kick off in New Boston with the First New Boston Christmas Youth Rally which will be held at the Church of God Mount Assembly on Gallia Street in New Boston. Youth Pastor Josh Holbrook will be coordinating the event and will feature entertainment, worship and fellowship with youth from the area. For more information on the youth rally you can call 456-5561.
Saturday morning, Dec. 5 at 9 a.m., the Village of New Boston will host its annual Breakfast with Santa at the New Boston Community Center. The traditional free breakfast of pancakes, sausage and coffee, juice and milk will be served and Santa will be available to talk to the children. This year Mayor Junior Williams and Village Council have changed the name of the event to “James Warren, Jr., Breakfast with Santa.”
“The annual breakfast was Mayor Warren’s special project that he always put his heart and soul into each year,” Payton said. “He loved giving back to the community.”
The Village of New Boston has also announced all of the features of their annual Christmas Parade scheduled for this Saturday afternoon, Dec. 5, beginning at 5 p.m. It is one of the few night Christmas parades in the area and President of Council Mike Payton says the parade has grown bigger each year.
The parade will leave the New Boston Mall parking lot (old Walmart lot) and circle around the village and back to the fire station where the New Boston Kiwanis Club will be offering free hot chocolate and cookies and Santa will be there to meet the children.
This year’s Grand Marshall will be long-time New Boston resident John Wickline, retired from the New Boston School District after 40 plus years of service. Wickline was for many years the public address announcer for New Boston High School basketball and most other sports.
“We are very honored to have John as our Grand Marshall this year,” Payton said. “His knowledge of New Boston history, particularly New Boston sports history, is legendary. He represents what ‘Tiger Pride’ is all about.”
Payton said the parade will be leaving the parking lot area at 5 p.m. so all those interested in being in the parade should arrive at 4 p.m. for lineup. He said there is no entry fee and everyone is welcome.
“We have been particularly proud to have such a great participation of area churches in this parade over the years. Churches of any denomination are welcome to enter a float, van, truck or car. Our church participation has grown each year and it was the primary focus when we decided to start this parade,” Payton said. “Christmas is about God, church and family as far as I am concerned. Faith is part of what our country was founded upon and we are very proud to have such a great participation by area churches. We have churches from not just New Boston, but Portsmouth, West Portsmouth, Wheelersburg, Clay township area and South Shore. All are welcome from anywhere.”
Payton said those involved in organizing the event are asking that no one bring any huge tractor-trailer rigs as the streets are too narrow to manipulate a turn, especially with the crowds.
Traffic will be stopped and delayed from 5 p.m. to approximately 6 p.m., depending on the pace of the parade. The New Boston Police department will be regulating traffic so in the event, emergency vehicles will be free to get through.
Anyone needing information can call the village office at 740-456-4103.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.
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