RECYCLING HAS never been more popular or profitable.
That is reflected in numbers released by the JB Green Team recently. The Green Team -- under the direction of Executive Director Jack Cera -- sponsored the community cleanups staged this spring in Belmont County. They were held in nine county townships.
A total of 173 tons of trash was collected. In addition 112 tons of tires and 27 tons of white goods were also collected. The JB Green Team funded the cleanups at a cost of more than $30,000.
Townships taking part included Wheeling, Colerain, Pease, Goshen, Holloway, Warren, Pultney, Richland and Mead.
Cera noted that the Green Team received much help from township officials, and C-CAP staffers along with other volunteers. In addition to the recycling effort, the workers found time to clean up 15 miles of county roadways.
The Green Team plans another sweep of cleanups this fall, targeting Union, Smith, York and Wayne townships.
WOLFHURST ST. JOSEPH'S has closed its doors as a school for the final time. The Diocese of Steubenville opted to shut down the parochial school despite public outcry.
The school is not lying dormant, however.
A giant indoor flea market is scheduled at the U.S. 40 building on July 1-2, sponsored by the Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and there is no admission charge.
Those looking to serve as sellers should call Ann Gallagher at 635-4252 or 740-391-4654. Spaces are $10 with your own table, $15 if one is provided.
The event will also feature baked goods, crafts and tools.
IT'S BEEN more than a year ago that talks heated up about the Bellaire Interstate Bridge demolition. It was targeted to come down by Memorial Day of 2010, then Independence Day then Labor Day. Now we hear absolutely nothing about the possibility of the span's razing. The big snafu is the rightful ownership of the bridge.
I remain firm in my belief that we will never see it demolished.
DAN LEIDTKE has agreed to return as boys' basketball at Fort Frye. He had resigned the post this spring after a lengthy and successful tenure with the Cadet boys. He is also currently the Fort Frye head girls' coach.
OHIO SCHOOLS magazine -- an Ohio Education Association publication -- touts the efforts of Belmont County for its collection of signatures for the Senate Bill 5 repeal petition. Some 231,000 signatures are needed by June 30, encompassing 44 counties.
THE U.S. Open unfolds this week minus an injured Tiger Woods. My pick is Dustin Johnson, the same guy I picked incorrectly to win The Masters.
FORMER OHIO State quarterback Terrelle Pryor is proof positive that character is more important than talent when it comes to success.
TOM WINLAND is the new head girls' basketball coach at Steubenville Central.
I AM a fan of clean air but the Environmental Protection Agency is killing the Ohio Valley. The EPA has wreaked havoc with coal mines and mills. The latest victim could be the Kammer Power Plant in Moundsville.
ALTHOUGH THEY are down 3-2, I expect the Miami Heat to win the NBA title. I picked the Heat to capture the crown prior to the commencement of the playoffs, but I have been rooting against the best team money can buy every step of the way.
GAS PRICES in Bellaire dropped to $3.48 Saturday for unleaded regular, marking the lowest price in months.
Kapral may be reached at bkapral@timesleader online.com