C8 Linked to Obesity – Career Center Offers Truck Driving – Volunteers Needed for Christmas

PFOA/C8 Linked to Obesity in Children of Exposed Mothers
A new study of more than 200 Cincinnati households exposed to C8 find that children of mothers who experienced higher levels of exposure to PFOA while pregnant had higher body fat and faster weight gain through age 8. PFOA or perfluorooctanoic acid has been the subject of a class action lawsuit brought by Mid-Ohio Valley residents against DuPont over the contamination of drinking water. The C8 Science Panel linked six medical conditions to C8 exposure including: kidney cancer, testicular cancer, thyroid disease, ulcerative colitis, preeclampsia, and medically diagnosed high cholesterol.

Scammers Take Local for $18K+
A Washington County resident fell victim to the IRS scam, which has been targeting the area over the past several days. A 48 year old Marietta Township resident sent the scammer a total of nearly $18,900 over nine transactions to seven different individuals. The victim has a high functioning form of autism. The scammer used the name Cory and called from 567-203-4082. The case remains under investigation.

Career Center Offers Truck Driving
A four-week truck driver training program is now available at The Career Center – Adult Technical Training thanks to a new partnership between Southern State Community College and The Career Center. All of the coursework for the program will be offered by Southern State TDA instructors at The Career Center – Adult Technical Training campus located in Marietta. The Class A CDL program requires 160 instructional hours for completion and can be attained in either a four-week or eight-week format. Preparations are underway to be able to offer, at a later date, Class B training which is 80 hours and can be completed in 2 weeks. The four-week program is offered daytime hours Monday through Friday, while the eight-week program is offered on Saturday and Sunday (10 hour classes). New class groups begin on a once-a-month, pre-arranged schedule. The Career Center’s Adult Technical Training Center is located on State Route 676. For more information or to apply to Truck Driver Training, call 1-800-628-7722, ext. 4560.

Customers to Pay Ormet Utility Bill
Ohio AEP customers will be on the hook for a $5 million electric bill owed by a now-defunct aluminum plant. The deal was approved last week by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. AEP’s customers will see an increase of less than $1 for about six months to cover the $4.98 million unpaid bill left behind by Ormet – the Hannibal based smelter that closed its doors in 2013. (AVC)

Website will Monitor Online Censorship
The Electronic Frontier Foundation launched Onlinecensorship.org to monitor social media decisions regarding the removal of abusive postings. The site, which was financed with a $250,000 grant from the Knight Foundation, will collect reports from users whose postings were removed from such social media as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, and provide information on how to have removed postings reinstated. (TRNS)

Gas Well Fire Flares in Noble
A large gas well fire in Noble County last Monday night flared up without injuring anyone. The cause of the fire was not known, but an extensive investigation is underway. Firefighters from Summerfield, Quaker City and Caldwell were dispatched to the scene at about 9 pm and remained on scene for several hours. (Daily Jeffersonian)

Brown Baggin’ Through History: The U.S.S. Shenandoah
On Friday, December 4 at noon at the Campus Martius Museum, storyteller Judy Tarosky presents “Heroes of the U.S.S. Shenandoah. In the early morning hours of September 3, 1925, the U.S. Navy airship, The U.S.S. Shenandoah, was torn apart in a violent storm and crashed in the fields of Noble County. Of the 43 men on board, 14 died and 29 survived. This FREE event is at the Campus Martius Museum, located at 601 Second Street in Marietta. Parking is available in the lot off of St. Clair Street or at the Ohio River Museum on Front Street. This event is made possible through a partnership between the Washington County Public Library and the Campus Martius and Ohio River Museums.

Volunteers and Merry Diners Wanted for Christmas
Volunteers are needed for a community feast on Christmas Day at the First Presbyterian Church fellowship hall in Marietta. The feast begins at 1 pm. Helping hands and participants are welcome. Project Manager Bruce Haas can be reached at 740-629-1277. Donations are also accepted in any amount to help cover costs of some purchased items for the feast.

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About Callie J Lyons

Callie Lyons is an investigative journalist and author living in the Mid Ohio Valley. Her first book, Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal: The Hidden Dangers of C8, is available at Amazon.com and in hundreds of libraries all over the world. Known as a "warrior for public health", Lyons' environmental investigations have been featured in documentaries, including Good Neighbors - Bad Blood and Toxic Soup, on Swedish National Television and in numbers of television, radio and print media interviews. Her work has appeared on Nova's Whiz Kids and in Mother Jones magazine. More recently, a national audience has come to know her award-winning investigative work through the Environmental Working Group and interviews with leading publications like the Huffington Post and The Intercept. Lyons' work was featured in the 2017 documentary Parched:Toxic Waters by National Geographic. The Short, Fantastic Life of a Saloon Girl is Lyons' first published work of historical fiction.
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