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NEWS IN BRIEF – 3/11/12

Published 11:38pm Saturday, March 10, 2012

Huntington man promoted at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Morgan Stanley Smith Barney announced today that Jefferey H. Biederman Jr. has been promoted to Senior Vice President in the firm’s Wealth Management office in Huntington.

Biederman, who has been with Morgan Stanley Smith since 1997, is a native of Huntington. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Hampden-Sydney College.

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney is a leader in wealth management and offers a wide range of products and services.


Barboursville Lion’s Club to host celebrity 5K run/walk to benefit community need 

Barboursville, W.Va. — The Barboursville Lion’s Club will host its first Celebrity 5K Run/Walk with special thanks to its presenting sponsor, St. Mary’s Medical Center.

The 5K is scheduled for Saturday, March 24, at the Barboursville Community Park starting at 9 a.m.

The 5K is open to the public, and runners and walkers of all skill levels and abilities are encouraged to participate.

Pre-registration through March 17 is $20 per person and guarantees the runner a T-shirt, and race day registration is $25.

The top three male and female finishers will receive medals, as well as the top three in each of the following age groups: 10 & under; 11-14; 15-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60 & over.

There are a few ways to register:

• Online: Visit and find the event listing on the site’s calendar for March. Visitors can either complete registration online, or download and print a registration form.

• By mail: Request paper registration forms from the Barboursville Lion’s Club by calling Renee Burcham at (304) 744-3477.

Complete registration form and a check payable to Barboursville Lion’s Club should be mailed to Barboursville Lion’s Club, PO Box 117, Barboursville, WV 25504.



KDMC earns Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award


ASHLAND, Ky. — King’s Daughters Medical Center has earned the Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association.

This award is the AHA’s hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives, lower the recurrence of heart attacks and reduce healthcare costs by helping teams follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations.

David Bush, M.D., a cardiologist with the Kentucky Heart Institute, said, “This recognition signifies that KDMC’s team of physicians, nurses and other professionals have reached a goal of treating heart failure patients with the level of compliance for this designation for at least 24 months to core standard levels of care, as outlined by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines for heart failure patients.

“KDMC is dedicated to making our care for heart failure patients among the best in the country, and implementing this program helps us make it easier for our team to improve the long-term outcome for these patients,” Bush said.



‘Mamma Mia!’ show coming to Paramount

Ashland, Ky. — “Mamma Mia!,” the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, will come to the Paramount Arts Center at 8 p.m., May 9.

Seen by more than 50 million people around the world, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ musical is celebrating more than 4,000 performances in its 10th year at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre and remains among Broadway’s top selling musicals.

The current North American Tour has played more than 3,700 performances in more than 150 cities with 145 repeat visits. The original West End production is now in its 13th year and has celebrated more than 5,000 performances in London and the international tour has visited more than 50 foreign cities and been seen by 4 million people.

With a worldwide gross of over $2 billion, “Mamma Mia!” is acclaimed by the Associated Press as “quite simply, a phenomenon.”

An independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island, Donna is about to let go of Sophie, the spirited daughter she’s raised alone. For Sophie’s wedding, Donna has invited her two lifelong best girlfriends — practical and no-nonsense Rosie and wealthy, multi-divorcee Tanya — from her one-time backing band, Donna and the Dynamos. But Sophie has secretly invited three guests of her own.

On a quest to find the identity of her father to walk her down the aisle, she brings back three men from Donna’s past to the Mediterranean paradise they visited 20 years earlier. Over 24 chaotic, magical hours, new love will bloom and old romances will be rekindled on this lush island full of possibilities.

Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA’s songs from “Dancing Queen” and “S.O.S.” to “Money, Money, Money” and “Take a Chance on Me,” “Mamma Mia!” is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found.

Tickets for “Mamma Mia!” are $60, $65, $70 and $80. They are available at or by calling the box office at (606) 324-3175.

The performance is sponsored by Citizens National Bank, Kentucky Power, OLBH, Marathon Petroleum Company, Time Warner Cable, WKEE & B97.1 and WSAZ.



Wrong-way crash in W.Va. kills two, injures five others

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two people are dead and five others are hospitalized following a wrong-way collision on Interstate 64 in Huntington.

Media outlets report that the accident occurred around 3 a.m. Friday near the West Huntington exit ramp.

Police say a pickup truck entered the exit ramp and collided head-on with a westbound sport utility vehicle.

Two people in the pickup were killed. Five people in the SUV were taken to a local hospital. Their injuries and identities weren’t immediately available.

The westbound lanes were closed for several hours after the accident.


Marshall sets up meeting on soccer field project

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A public meeting is set on Marshall University’s plans to build a soccer stadium complex on the current site of the Veterans Memorial Field House in Huntington.

The meeting is scheduled for March 19 at the Memorial Student Center.

Last month the state Historic Preservation Office asked the university to reconsider demolishing the 62-year-old arena.

Marshall has said restoring the Field House to basic functionality and reconfiguring the space would consume the soccer project’s $5.4 million budget.


Ironton man on Romney’s team

IRONTON — Mitt Romney recently announced the leadership team heading up his Ohio Conservatives Coalition that includes Ironton resident Eddie Foe.

Foe is a conservative activist from southern Ohio and board member of the Ohio Faith and Freedom Coalition.

The Ohio Conservatives for Romney Leadership Committee will head up the effort to recruit conservative activists throughout the state to assist with voter education and strategies.


Blood donations needed to respond to emergencies

Huntington, W.Va. — Like the emergency room of a hospital, the American Red Cross must be prepared to respond to patient emergencies with blood products 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

“Through the everyday support and generosity of blood, the Red Cross can be prepared to do this day-in and day-out, no matter when or where these blood products are needed,” stated John Hagins, CEO of the Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region.

Each day, approximately 44,000 units of blood are needed for patients in the United States, which includes nearly 900 donors in the local Blood Services Region. In fact, approximately every two seconds, someone in this country needs blood.

“All eligible donors are encouraged to become an everyday supporter of the Red Cross and their communities by giving blood,” Hagins added.

Here are two upcoming blood donation opportunities open to the community:

> Tuesday, March 13, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, in the Bellefonte Pavillion

> Friday, March 30, 2 to 7 p.m., Ashland Town Center

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification, are required at check-in.

Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with signed parental permission in Kentucky), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. Those with specific eligibility questions should call the Red Cross Donor Client Support Center at 1-866-236-3276. Many donors are eligible to give blood every 56 days.

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States.

While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it.

In addition, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.


‘Night at the Apollo’ rescheduled for 7 p.m. March 16

ASHLAND, Ky. — Ashland’s “Night at the Apollo” program has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Friday in the Ashland Community and Technical College Theatre at the College Drive Campus.

Cancelled last week due to the threat of inclement weather, the talent revue will feature amateur Tri-State performers who are competing for adult or youth prizes.  The free program is cosponsored by area organizations and individuals in commemoration of Black History Month.

For more information, contact the Highland Museum and Discover Center in Ashland at (606) 329-8888.


Volunteers still needed for annual River Sweep event

Volunteers are needed for River Sweep 2012 scheduled for Saturday, June 16, along the shoreline of the Ohio River and its many tributaries.

River Sweep is a riverbank cleanup that extends the entire length of the Ohio River and beyond. More than 3,000 miles of shoreline will be combed for trash and debris. This is the largest environmental event of its kind and encompasses six states.

“The Ohio River Sweep is very important because for a few hours on one day volunteers can help make a difference in the appearance of this great natural resource,” said Jeanne Ison, project director. “The sweep has grown so much in the past few years, we’ve been able to expand the project to tributaries and feeder streams of the Ohio River.”

Persons wanting to volunteer for this event can call 1-800-359-3977 for site locations and county coordinators in their area or visit the website at and click on River Sweep. Each volunteer will receive a free T-shirt.

The River Sweep is sponsored by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO). Other sponsoring agencies are the West Virginia Make It Shine Program, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Illinois EPA, and Kentucky River Authority. ORSANCO is the water pollution control agency for the Ohio River and its tributaries.

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