A new class is inducted

This afternoon, seven current and former Weirton residents will join those recognized for eternity as they join the ranks of the Weirton Hall of Fame.

With a dinner at Undo’s, these individuals, their family and friends will be recognized for their contributions and dedication to the Weirton community and its people during their lifetimes.

Their backgrounds are as diverse as they come, with some leaders of the business community, others contributing to local artistic endeavors, or educating the future generations, while others still simply found ways to give back through a variety of volunteer efforts available in the city.

The 2014 Class of the Weirton Hall of Fame includes James Hanna, Robert “Bob” Trice, Barbara Matey, Goldie Baly, Catherine “Kitty” Kochman, Dino Belli and Harry Ameredes.

Trice distinguished himself during a career on the baseball diamond, becoming one of the earliest African-Americans to play the game and the first to be named to the roster of the Philadelphia Athletics.

Ameredes also spent some time on the athletic field, but is better known for his art, especially his award-winning woodcarvings.

Baly spent much of her life serving on community organizations and chronicled many of those years in her book, “Goldie’s Memoirs.”

Matey, too, served the community, working on many boards with the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce, Salvation Army and others, but also was known for her passion for education, teaching at West Virginia Northern Community College and providing training programs for employees of Weirton Steel.

Hanna played college football under Bear Bryant and was a scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates before coaching American Legion and high school baseball and helping to organize a youth football program in the city.

Kochman is best known for her service in the Weirton Kiwanis Club and other organizations.

And Belli has been recognized for his musical abilities.

We congratulate all those who are being honored today and hope their lives serve as an inspiration to the citizens of Weirton, during the present and especially in the years ahead.