Here I am Y'all...reporting from the dead center of flyover country...
Many people feel that we here in the Ohio valley have had; and will continue to have; a solid and lasting effect on the national political scene. I tend to agree. Lil' Barry and his entourage have spent an inordinate amount of time campaigning here, and I believe, will continue to do so in this coming year.
We here in "My Town" are ready to do battle with this Obummer regime.
My man---Governor Kasich is speaking tomorrow at my son's school, BIG RED, sometimes known as Wells Academy. We are lucky to have been the beneficiaries of several years of good conservative manpower, and an atmosphere which encourages capitalist / entrepeneauristic development.
January 31, 2011
KASICH ANNOUNCES PUBLIC LOTTERY FOR STATE OF THE STATE TICKETS
COLUMBUS – Today Gov. John R. Kasich announced that a block of tickets to his 2012 State of the State address on Tuesday, February 7, in Steubenville will be distributed to the public via an internet lottery. Interested individuals can register for the ticket lottery at: http://governor.ohio.gov/tickets/
The governor’s State of the State address is historically delivered in the Ohio House of Representatives chamber at the Statehouse in Columbus, where public seating is limited.
This year’s address—the first delivered by a governor outside of the Statehouse—will be delivered to a special joint session of the General Assembly convened at Wells Academy, the top-performing public elementary school in Ohio and part of Steubenville City Schools.
Wells shares a spacious auditorium with the Steubenville High School which allows for more Ohioans to attend.
Names will be collected until 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 2, and individuals selected for tickets by random lottery will be notified via e-mail by noon on Friday, February 3.
The Herald Star...
STEUBENVILLE - The eyes of many Ohioans will be upon Steubenville when Gov. John Kasich brings his State of the State address to Steubenville High School at 1 p.m. Tuesday.
Members of the Ohio General Assembly, the governor's cabinet and state Supreme Court will be joined in the school's auditorium by many local officials and community members who won tickets through an Internet drawing conducted by the governor's office.
Kasich has said he wanted to take the annual address away from the statehouse and into other communities.
Wells Academy, a Steubenville City Schools elementary, will be lauded by the governor and was chosen because it is the elementary school with the highest state test scores and received other state honors, an accomplishment school officials have attributed in part to a curriculum that emphasizes mastery of reading and math skills.
Gov. John Kasich arrives in a community today that thrived on the steel industry of past decades but prepares to embrace the natural gas and oil industry of the future.
It is also a city that now may be seeing an upturn in its economic future.
"I believe we are seeing the bright light at the end of the tunnel. People are going back to work, and we are starting to see industry coming back to our area," said City Manager Cathy Davison.
City Finance Director Alyssa Kerker recently reported municipal income tax collection rose $70,000 from 2010 to 2011.
Kasich will deliver the annual State of the State address at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Steubenville High School auditorium and is expected to address the growing shale drilling industry in Eastern Ohio.
"I hope the governor focuses on education in our community as well as economic development in our region. We are seeing small businesses interested in opening in Steubenville, and there are a number of entrepreneurs also expressing interest in our community because of the oil and gas industry," remarked Davison.
"I anticipate the governor will see a city on the upswing when he arrives.
"In the past couple of years we have made major upgrades to our streets and roads, and the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, and the Steubenville Revitalization Group has taken the lead in dressing up our downtown. We have seen new businesses in town and construction taking place. This is a city coming back to life," explained Davison.
According to Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols, the area unemployment rate dropped in 2011.
Statistics from the state indicate Jefferson County reported a 13.6 percent unemployment rate in January 2011 compared to a 9.9 percent unemployment rate in December of last year.
Nichols said the governor's speech will include recognition of the shale drilling industry impact on Eastern Ohio.
"Shale, natural gas and energy are a huge component of what we will be doing in Ohio in future years.
"The governor has made it quite clear that he welcomes the energy industry to Ohio but at the same time he has said the state will be watching the industry. We want the industry to do the right thing in Ohio," said Nichols.
"The State of the State address will give the governor a chance to shine a light on the community and the significant economic shot in the arm Eastern Ohio is about to receive," Nichols added.
And Nichols said the governor also will focus on education and the Wells Academy.
"Education is a major issue for the governor and the state in 2012 and going forward.
Members of the 129th General Assembly also are expected in the city to attend the State of State address.
And Nichols said the cabinet members will be at several locations Tuesday including a Department of Development roundtable discussion at the Steubenville University Inn, a roundtable meeting with area military veterans at American Legion Post 33, a visit to the Jefferson County 911 Center and stops at the Steubenville and Jefferson County health departments.
State officials also are expected to tour a Chesapeake oil drilling rig site in Carroll County on Tuesday afternoon.
Mayor Domenick Mucci has called upon all area residents to welcome Kasich to the community today and Tuesday when the state's top lawmaker leads a contingent of state legislators and administration officials to the city.
"We have the opportunity to build on our city's outstanding athletic reputation.
"We have the opportunity to help out-of-town state senators and state representatives to better understand our experienced and dedicated work force. We need to show the friendliness of our city to our visitors," stated Mucci.
"Let the city shine brightly," Mucci added.
STEUBENVILLE - Passersby on state Route 7 or the Veterans Memorial Bridge may have noticed sparks flying from the older Fort Steuben Bridge and heavy equipment parked on it.
That's because crews with the Joseph B. Fay Co. of Russellton, Pa., have begun the first steps in demolishing the 82-year-old span, which was closed in January 2009 by officials with the Ohio Department of Transportation, who said it had become too costly to repair and upgrade it to meet current traffic conditions.
In a brief press release Wednesday, ODOT officials said the crews have begun work to dismantle the outer panels of the 1,584-foot-long span.
They said the $2.3 million demolition project is expected to involve one explosive blast, which is slated to occur in late February or early March.
The officials said at least one northbound and one southbound lane of state Route 7 will remain open throughout the project. They are expected to reveal additional details at a press conference early today.
John Brown, executive director of the Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission, said following the demolition, Steubenville officials plan to convert part of the span's Ohio pier for use as an observation deck, with a pedestrian bridge leading to it and an adjacent parking area.
The contractor has agreed to cut the pier to a specific height and cap it with a concrete base so it may serve as the observation deck.
The span opened in 1928 as a private toll bridge and was the first Ohio River suspension bridge with a concrete floor. It was purchased in 1936 by the State Bridge Commission of Ohio, which removed the toll, though it was reinstated for a time in the 1950s.
The bridge has undergone many renovations, including replacement of the suspension cables in 1941, repairs to a hole in its floor in 1967 and a major rehabilitation in 1972 that included replacing the floor with a concrete-filled steel grid deck.
Other improvements were made in the 1980s and '90s and as late as 2000. But in 2003 ODOT announced plans to close the span, noting the weight limit for the aging span had been lowered in 2004, resulting in less traffic on it. Prior to that, the span was used by many large trucks traveling to and from industries in Weirton. As part of U.S. Route 22 in the 1960s, it carried about 20,000 vehicles daily over the Ohio River.
They added the width of its deck, at just over 20 feet, didn't meet current safety standards and said the cost to upgrade and maintain it wasn't justified.
I will not be able to attend Gov. Kasich's state of the State address due to prior commitments, but for those of you who would like to experience it. HERE is the link to the live stream...Have a great day folks and keep your head up.
Good things are happening out here...Believe it or not!
Rob Nichols, (330) 760-7582, Rob.Nichols@governor.ohio.gov