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Steubenville names new parks and rec director

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A new parks and rec director has been named for the city of Steubenville.

City Manager James Mavromatis introduced Lori Fetherolf at Tuesday’s city council meeting. Fetherolf comes to Steubenville with 26 years of experience working with YMCA. She most recently worked in Ottawa, OH.

Fetherolf says the position comes with a lot of challenges, but she is ready to tackle them.

“I grew up in Columbus so those problems are not new to me,” Fetherolf said. “Those are the same problems every little town, every big town has those so the big thing is working with the community. I'm new here, so I can't answer some of those questions about what to do. I've already set up a couple meetings at the end of the council meeting to talk about what can we do.”

The new parks director will spend the next two days touring the area and is expected to be moved in early next week.

During the public forum of Tuesday’s Steubenville council meeting,

a handful of people spoke out about the recent shooting in Steubenville where three teens were shot, one fatally.

The Bishop of Mt. Zion Baptist Church discussed the need for more opportunities for youth in the area and said he may open a music studio in his church to get kids off the street.

Others asked for prayers and people to step forward.

“How we can strengthen families so that kids don't turn to a gang to be their family?” asked Councilwoman Kimberly Hahn. “How can we have more men come forward to be father figures to those who don't have father figures?”

“We have to come together as a community and show these kids yes, we care, yes, we love them,” said Anne Sweeney.

Sweeney is planning weekly prayer walks. Anyone interested can gather at the courthouse next Monday at 5 p.m.

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