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News in Brief – 5/28/09

ACTC offers adult college skill classes

ASHLAND, Ky. — The Adult Learning Center at Ashland Community and Technical College is offering classes this summer to help recent high school graduates and older adults get ready for college.

The classes on math, reading and writing focus on skills needed for college success. These skills will prepare new students for the COMPASS assessment test as well as for college courses. COMPASS scores determine placement in math, reading and writing classes. With higher test scores, students may be able to take fewer developmental courses, and that will lessen the time it takes to get a college credential.

The classes will operate on a six to eight week cycle. Orientation and assessment will be held on Monday, June 1, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. by appointment. This session will match students to the proper level and subject area.

Classes will begin on Tuesday, June 2, and will include Math Foundations, Math Labs, Algebra, Grammar, Writing, and Reading Labs. All classes will be held during the day on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The Learning Center will also be open on Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and on Tuesday evenings from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for one-on-one tutoring and for online study programs.

Classes and programs are also available to people preparing for the GED. All Learning Center Services are free for those who qualify. The Learning Center is located in Building 2 on the Roberts Drive Campus. To make an appointment for skills or GED classes, call 606-326-2457 or 606-326-2437.

Carrier sentenced in mail heist

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia contract postal carrier has been sentenced to home confinement for three months for helping steal $13,000 from a mail delivery.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia says Edward Junior Jackson also was ordered to pay $12,340 in restitution and given five years probation at a sentencing hearing Tuesday.

The 22-year-old Wayne County resident pleaded guilty in February to aiding and abetting the theft of mail and providing a false statement to a federal officer. Jackson admitted cutting the gas line on his U.S. Postal Service truck Oct. 25.

Federal prosecutors say Matthew Pennington then took the money from four mail bags in the disabled truck. Pennington also has pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 3.

Cameras monitor Huntington

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — More than 40 surveillance cameras have been installed throughout Huntington’s downtown to monitor crime.

Nine cameras are at Harris Riverfront Park and 16 are inside the Big Sandy Superstore Arena. Another 16 cameras are in the city parking garage.

Huntington Municipal Parking Board Director Michael Wilson says the new cameras already have helped to solve to solve crimes.

City officials plan to install additional cameras along 4th Avenue.