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News in Brief – 3/30/09

Outdoor movie rescheduled

ASHLAND, Ky. — The outdoor movie “Wizard of Oz” that had been scheduled to be shown at Boyd County Public Library over the weekend has been rescheduled, because of the rain.

The movie will be shown April 24, as part of a double feature that also includes “Escape to Witch Mountain.”

The outdoor movies are part of the Library’s Pictures in the Park series, which takes place the last Friday of each month, through October. Starting in April, a new “inclement weather” policy will be in effect: if the weather does not permit the movie to be shown on the last Friday, it will be shown the following Friday (the first Friday of the following month).

The outdoor movies take place just adjacent to the Reading Garden at the Main Branch, 1740 Central Ave. Admission to all library movies is free.

Those who come need to bring their own blanket and/or chairs.

Outside groups can host movie showings at the library, using the library’s license. For more information, call Amanda Clark at (606) 329-0518, ext. 1140.

Tri-County Choir praising in song

FLATWOODS, Ky. — The Tri-County Choir will perform at Oak Street Freewill Baptist Church in Flatwoods, Ky., from 7-9 p.m. April 11.

Directions: From the Ashland bridge, turn right and travel northbound U.S. 23 toward Russell about 5.2 miles. Turn left at the red light onto Route 207 (Argillite Road) go up the hill 1.5 miles. Turn left onto Pine Street (across from McDonalds). Go straight on Pine and you will be at the church.

Upcoming concerts:

May 9 — Zoar Baptist

June 13 — Plymouth Heights Nazarene

July 11 — Ice Creek

August 8 — Burlington Baptist

September 12 —Haverhill Methodist

October 10 — Westwood Enterprise Baptist

November 14 — Oakland Avenue

MU developing virtual coal mining safety program

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – Marshall University is developing a virtual world to help train coal miners how to survive a disaster.

Retired quantum chemist Jack Smith is using 14 cameras to create 3-D images of moving bodies for a simulated training exercise.

The images will be installed into a virtual world that mimics the inside of a coal mine.

Organic Motion President Jonathan Rand said his company’s technology is cheaper and easier to use than a widely used marker system.