News in Brief 2/24/09

Published 10:01 am Tuesday, February 24, 2009

IHS Band Boosters to meet March 5

IRONTON — The Ironton High School Band Boosters will meet at 6:30 p.m. March 5 in the high school band Room.

Band parents and community members with an interest in the Ironton Band are welcome to attend. For more information call, Becky Stewart 740-533-2331.

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Crime Watch group to meet Monday

PROCTORVILLE — OICU Neighborhood Crime Watch will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, March 2nd at 6:30 at the Rome Church of Christ in Proctorville. Plans will be made for CPR classes in the spring.

Read Across America event set

ROME TOWNSHIP — Fairland East Elementary School will hold its annual Read Across America Day, Monday, March 2, at the school. At the event, chosen because it is Dr. Seuss’s birthday, area personalities are invited to the school to be guest readers of one of the books by the famous doctor. Also in honor of Seuss, the school cafeteria will serve up green eggs and ham for breakfast.

Sinking marina prompts evacuation

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – Several docked pleasure boats were evacuated after a Huntington marina started sinking.

Huntington Fire Chief Greg Fuller says a barge containing the Showboat Marina began taking on water Monday morning. Fuller says the barge’s west end appears to have reached the bottom of the Ohio River, which is about 10 feet to 12 feet deep at the site.

No injuries were reported.

Fuller says about 20 pleasure boats, including several houseboats, are attached to a floating dock connected to the barge.

Owner Kelly Lee told The Herald-Dispatch that about 10 people were on the barge and the docked boats at the time.

The cause of the sinking hasn’t been determined.

Highlands opens Fabulous Fifties

ASHLAND, Ky. – The Highlands Museum & Discovery Center, 1620 Winchester Ave., Ashland, Ky., will open a new exhibit during First Friday Art Walk on March 6 from 5-8 p.m.

The Fabulous Fifties: Elvis and Einstein will open in the Clothing & Textiles Room.

It will take visitors back to the days of poodle skirts and saddle oxfords.

See clothing, hats, and shoes from the 1950s. As a special added bonus, on display will be memorabilia from The Bluegrass Grill courtesy of Rannie & Charlene Cooper.

Admission is free on First Fridays from 5-8 pm. Exhibit will be on display through August.

The museum will also be giving “tours” of its newly updated website,, at 6 pm on Friday, March 6th.

For more information, call (606) 329-8888, email at