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UP: To the opening of another treatment choice for those who are ready to break free from their addictions. Hope Center Ministries for the Mid-Ohio Valley has opened a Marietta location, and officials say a West Virginia location may be in the works. “The purpose of Hope Center Ministries is to provide men and women with the opportunity to overcome their drug and alcohol addiction through their faith,” the center’s website says. Certainly it is but one approach to tackling the substance abuse epidemic, but for those for whom a faith-based treatment option is the right choice, it will, indeed, mean hope.

UP: To news that Blennerhassett, Edison and Hamilton middle schools will receive matching grants through the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History and the Save the Music Foundation. They will receive an average value of $40,000 in musical instruments and ongoing program management and materials. “This partnership is an important tool for preserving and sustaining music programs for the state’s youth,” said Randall Reid-Smith, curator for the department. “We will continue to provide instruments to new schools each year.” The value of music education to students is impossible to measure. Programs such as this one, which make it easier for students to learn and grow through the arts, are invaluable.

UP: To Edison Middle School eighth grader Presley Amos, who was honored by Wood County Commissioners for an essay she wrote as part of a contest by the County Commissioners Association of West Virginia during National County Government month in April. “The essay was informative and she appears to be an advocate for county government,” said Jennifer Piercy of the association.


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