News in Brief – 6/23/09

Published 9:42 am Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Huntington law targets nuisances

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – Huntington has a new tool to address properties that are deemed chronic nuisances.

City Council approved an ordinance Monday night that allows police officials to put property owners on notice if there are at least three police reports documenting nuisance activities or a search warrant is executed at a property.

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The city attorney can go to circuit court to seek fines and close the property if the problems aren’t corrected within 60 days.

The ordinance is in response to a service station that generated more than 200 police calls in both 2007 and 2008. The calls ranged from prostitution to drug trafficking and assault.

Councilwoman Sandra Clements says nuisance properties are “a nightmare for the neighborhood.”

Summer Motion 10K applications ready

ASHLAND, Ky. – The Summer Motion 10K race has become one of the Tri-State area’s most popular running events, attracting hundreds of men and women of all ages each year.

Applications for the race, which will be held Saturday, July 4, at 8 a.m. are available at businesses throughout Ashland, or online at

The 6.2 mile race is USA Track & Field certified and travels through downtown Ashland and over a bridge across the Ohio River.

The entry fee is $15 prior to Friday, June 26, or $20 after that date. Race day registration and packet pickup will be 6:45 – 7:30 a.m. at the Park Place building, 17th and Central.

All entrants will receive a T-shirt; and awards will be presented immediately following the race to the top five overall male and female runners. The William E. Irwin trophy will be presented to the oldest male and female to finish the race. A wheelchair division is available.

Prior to the 10K race, a Fun Run will be held for children 10 years old and younger. There is no fee for Fun Run participation.

Event to raise funds for youth hospital

HUNTINGTON, W.V. — Party on the Roof: A Star Spangled Celebration will raise funds for children’s health, benefiting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Tri-State and Cabell Huntington Hospital’s Children’s Hospital Project.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. July 4 on top of the Pullman Square Parking Garage on Veteran’s Memorial Boulevard. Individual tickets are on sale for $50 each and include a picnic dinner, dessert and a prime view of the fireworks display from Harris Riverfront Park. A cash bar will be available. Garage parking is also available for $50.

Popular local musicians The Oakwood Road Band will provide entertainment.

“The Ronald McDonald House and Cabell Huntington Hospital’s shared dedication to improving the lives of children and their families has brought us both together for this fabulous event,” said Tanyia Oakley, executive director of Ronald McDonald House.