NEWS IN BRIEF – 04/19/09

Published 12:19 am Sunday, April 19, 2009

Collins student tests way to scholarship

CHESAPEAKE — Whitney Lawson of Ironton, daughter of James Lawson and Julie Kestner, won a full scholarship to Huntington Junior College.

Lawson is a senior in the Business and Marketing program at Collins Career Center.

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Last month, she took a scholarship test with other seniors from Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky.

Lawson received the highest score on the exam.

Mr. James Garrett, Director of Marketing and Educational Services at the college, visited the career center on April 3 to present Lawson with the Chester A. Riley Scholarship, valued at approximately $13,800.

Surrounded by her classmates and teachers, Lawson became emotional when Garrett announced her award.

Lawson is considering a degree in business management or in realtime reporting (court reporting or broadcast captioning).

Unclaimed funds to be listed in paper

Columbus – Department of Commerce Director Kimberly Zurz urged Lawrence County residents to join in the 2009 Unclaimed Funds Treasure Hunt by checking The Tribune on Tuesday, April 21.

By checking the newspaper advertisement, readers can find out if they are entitled to unclaimed funds turned over to the Ohio Division of Unclaimed Funds in the past year.

Unclaimed funds are money or the rights to money that have been dormant or forgotten.

Some common examples include: dormant checking and savings accounts, forgotten rent and utility deposits, uncashed checks, undelivered stock certificates, and uncashed insurance policies.

The Lawrence County advertisement will include 518 unclaimed funds accounts worth more than $192,160.

The advertised accounts are valued at $50 or more that were turned over to the Division within the past year for individuals whose last known address was in Lawrence County. The advertised names will appear in alphabetical order.

Friends of Library to host annual sale

IRONTON — The Ironton Friends of the Library will have their annual spring book sale at the Ironton branch of Briggs Library from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

This year, the book sale will be on the second floor of the Ironton Library with tables of books around the mezzanine and in the vestibule.

A “white elephant” sale will also be a part of the book sale. Anyone wanting to donate books or items for the “white elephant” sale (no clothing) can drop them off at the Ironton Library.

Tractors, concert coming to Greenbo

GREENUP, Ky. — Greenbo Lake State Resort Park will host a tractor show and a concert at the park’s amphitheater in May.

Greenup Old Tractors, Engines, & Machinery (G.O.T.E.M.) will be having their annual Tractor Show at the park’s Community Pool Parking Lot on May 16. All tractors are welcome along with hit and miss engines.

Tractor registration is 9-11 a.m. Show hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be a Tractor Parade through the park at 11 a.m. Tractor games begin at 1 p.m. with a Kiddies Tractor Pull followed by Tractor games for adults. The event is free.

On May 23, recording artist and songwriter Sasha Colette and her band, The Last Dance, will perform at Greenbo Lake Amphitheatre at 7 p.m. Sasha’s music is rich in heritage from her Eastern Kentucky roots and can be described as Folk, Americana, and Blues. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets with you. Admission is adults $5, children ages 6-12 is $2, and children 5 and under are free.

Corps pulls coffin from Alum Creek

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers removed a casket this morning from the site of the Old Cheshire Cemetery along the shoreline at Alum Creek Lake near Columbus, Ohio.

An inspection of the site uncovered a metal burial vault, which contained human remains.   The vault was removed by the Devore-Snyder Funeral Home and will be placed in the Berlin Township Cemetery.

Last week, ten other caskets were discovered at the site, five of which contained human remains. According to Corps archaeologists, small amounts of skeletal remains were discovered in those coffins, which had been overlooked during the original relocation of the cemetery in the 1970s.   This most recent discovery brings the total number of remains recovered to six.

The Corps is working with officials to try to identify all the remains discovered.

When Alum Creek Lake was built, 1499 graves were exhumed and moved to the Berlin Township Cemetery. Recent erosion at the site along the edge of the lake exposed the remains of ten caskets, which are estimated to be more than 75 years old.

The original cemetery contained graves dating back to the early 1800s.

Paramount contest features free tickets to upcoming film

ASHLAND, Ky. — The Paramount Arts Center will feature guest bloggers on its Web site this week.

The online bloggers will be giving clues about who they are in blogs posted daily during the week.

The first reader to guess who the mystery blogger of the day is, will win two tickets to the upcoming film, “A Man Named Pearl,” Saturday, April 25 at 7 p.m.

The film includes a meet and greet with the film’s producer afterward.

The blog is at under the Interact tab.

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