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News in Brief – 9/5/12

Published 11:37am Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Counterfeiting ring chief back in prison

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — The head of a counterfeiting ring in eastern Kentucky is scheduled for arraignment on Sept. 10, a month after being arrested after an escape from federal custody.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Edward B. Atkins will conduct the hearing for 52-year-old Harold James in federal court in Ashland, Ky.

James was serving 41 months in federal prison for conspiracy to defraud the United States. James admitted passing 108 phony checks to retailers, and that he manufactured more than 500 of the checks.

Eight other people were convicted in the scheme, which prosecutors say affected businesses in Boyd and Carter counties and in Lawrence County, Ohio, costing them roughly $65,000.

James escaped from a drug treatment center in Ashland, on May 10. U.S. Marshals caught James in Atlanta on Aug. 13.


Education session on surgical weight loss is Sept. 18

ASHLAND, Ky. — If you’ve been struggling with weight all your life – and nothing seems to make a difference – it may be time to consider surgical weight loss. The Center for Healthy Living at King’s Daughters Medical Center will host an information session that explains the surgical weight loss process, available procedures, and eligibility.

The next session is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 in KDMC’s Health Education Center, lower level of the Lexington Avenue Parking Garage, 2201 Lexington Ave., Ashland.

Topics include the most common procedures (laparoscopic gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric banding) as well as the surgical weight loss process, insurance coverage and other important information.

The informational session is free but reservations are required. To reserve your seat, please call King’s Daughters at 1-888-377-KDMC. Additional information about the surgical weight loss program, along with a body mass index calculator, is available at the website,

King’s Daughters surgical weight loss program has earned Blue Distinction from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and Center of Excellence designation from the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.


OSU’s Food and Nutrition Education Program scheduled at Shawnee State

PORTSMOUTH — Eight free workshops from The Ohio State University will be presented at Shawnee State University beginning Monday, Sept. 17 in Room 214 at the University Center.

“In every class we have a fun exercise activity, taste a recipe that we sometimes cook together in the class, and everyone takes home a tool to help them practice what they have learned,” said Renee Storey, OSU program assistant who teaches the class.

New recipes, healthy meals, food safety and saving money are all scheduled in a series of eight workshops with food to taste and a handy kitchen tool to take home.

The Ohio State University’s Food and Nutrition Education Program is geared for families with children.

“The goal of the classes is to raise a generation that will grow up healthier than we did, in the hopes that they will have decreased strokes, heart disease and diabetes as they age,” Storey said. “Many of the diseases we deal with can be controlled or eliminated with diet and exercise.”

Although most of the classes are on Mondays at 5:30 p.m., the second class will be on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 5:30 p.m.

To preregister, contact Renee at the Extension office with your name and contact information at (740) 354-7879 or e-mail at


Party on the Patio season finale

HUNTINGTON, W.Va — The Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District presents the Season Finale Party on the Patio on Friday, Sept. 14 from 7 to 11 p.m. Enjoy ice cold beer and wine and Coca Cola products, while jamming to the cool sounds of top notch live entertainment – and admission is free.

Last month The Oakwood Road Band rocked the crowd and they are coming back by popular demand! They have been entertaining crowds in and around the Huntington area for almost 20 years. They present a blend of Classic Rock Hits form the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s and even some modern hits.

Party on the Patio is held at Heritage Station, located at 210 11th St. in downtown Huntington.

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