News in Brief – 6/15/09

Published 12:37 pm Monday, June 15, 2009

Local awarded Byrd scholarship

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Cierra Sharp, the granddaughter of Regina Justice of Ironton, has been awarded a Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship to help pay for her college education. This scholarship award is $1,500 a year.

Sharp, a 2009 graduate of Greenup County High School, will attend Transylvania University to major in chemistry.

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While at Greenup County, Sharp was a member of the academic team, tennis team, Diversity Club, Beta Club and Spanish Club.

She is one of only 84 seniors in Kentucky this year to receive a Byrd Scholarship, a federally funded program administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

Sharp is the daughter of Charles and Donna Sharp of Greenup, Ky., and also the granddaughter of Harold and Loretta Smiley of Sunbury, Ohio.

The Byrd Scholarship is named for longtime U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, who authored the legislation establishing the program in 1985.

Kentucky receives enough funding to award scholarships to 84 high school seniors each year, with 14 chosen from each of the state’s six congressional districts. Recipients are chosen by an independent panel, based on academic achievement, community service, school involvement and counselor recommendation.

KHEAA’s sister agency, The Student Loan People, provides low-cost federal loans to help students pay for college.

For more information about low-cost student loans, visit, write The Student Loan People, P.O. Box 24328, Louisville, Ky. 40224-0328; or call (888) 678-4625.

OLBH’s new Ironton Imaging Center set to open today

IRONTON — Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital’s Ironton Imaging Center (1005 East Ring Road, Ironton) opens today.

The new center brings CT services to the Ironton community with hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The new imaging center can be toured Thursday, June 18 during the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours event, which will take place at the location in the Ironton Hills plaza, which also is home to Ironton Primary Care and Ironton Urgent Care.

“As a native of Ironton who also has spent a life’s work in imaging, I couldn’t be more thrilled that OLBH is serving the Lawrence County community with the highest quality imaging services,” Terri Hannon, OLBH director of Radiology, said.

The center can be contacted at (740) 533-0735.

For more information about the new OLBH Ironton Imaging Center or the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours, call the OLBH CareLine at (606) 833-CARE (2273).

Local residents on ONU deans’ list

ADA — Nicholas E. Hall, son of John and Vicki Hall, 148 Township Road 1363, Chesapeake, has been named to the Ohio Northern University deans’ list for the spring quarter 2008-09. He is a fifth year pharmacy major.

ADA — Kirt R. Shipley, son of Kenneth and Brenda Shipley, 216 Pr. Rd. 10930 Co. Rd. 5, Pedro, has been named to the Ohio Northern University deans’ list for the spring quarter 2008-09. He is a second- year pharmacy major.

The deans’ list includes students who attain a grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 grading system.

Ohio Northern University is a leading private, student-centered institution that blends quality professional programs with the arts and sciences to more than 3,700 students in its five colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Pharmacy and Law.