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NEWS IN BRIEF – 7/08/09

Longaberger bingo to help animals

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Little Victories will host a Longaberger Basket and Boyd’s Bear Bingo on July 17 at 7 pm at the Junior League building located at 617 Ninth Ave., Huntington. There will be 21 baskets and 20 bears given away, plus 20 door prizes. Refreshments will be sold. The cost is $20 for the evening and more information can be obtained by visiting our web site at www.littlevictories.org, emailing sbrown7987@aol.com, or calling 304-743-5802.

Little Victories has rescued homeless animals in the area for over 6 years. You can help support the animals by spending an evening with your friends playing Bingo.

Little Victories is also asking for donations for its Thrift Store located at the intersection of Rt. 10 and Alt. Rt 10. Please email sbrown7987@aol.com for information.

U.S. 23 paving project underway

ASHLAND, Ky. —Contractors have begun resurfacing a one-mile section of U.S. 23 in Ashland.

This means motorists will encounter traffic restrictions along the busy four-lane highway the next several weeks.

The contractor, Mountain Enterprises, expects to start milling, or removing old pavement, today on southbound lanes and Thursday on northbound lanes. Crews plan to start paving operations Monday on southbound lanes and Tuesday on northbound lanes. Work should finish the week of July 20. Schedules are subject to change depending on weather conditions.

During the project, one lane of US 23 will be closed while crews are working, approximately 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. each day. All lanes will reopen at night, although travel may be on rough surfaces at times. Care has been taken to minimize delays.

However, motorists should be prepared for longer drive times, especially in heavy traffic, and should plan routes accordingly. Motorists are advised to slow down, “Drive Smart” in work zones and remain aware of workers and construction equipment at all times.

 The Kentucky Transportation cabinet awarded a $259,000 contract to Mountain Enterprises Inc. to resurface the section of highway between the Winchester-Greenup Avenue intersection and 40th Street.

W.Va. school board reaches deal

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Cabell County Board of Education has reached a deal with a mental health provider over property at the center of an eminent domain dispute.

The board voted unanimously on Monday to pay the Prestera Center more than $2.3 million for 12.4 acres of land known as University Heights. Prestera bought the land from Marshall University in January, and retains two smaller parcels under the deal.

Two weeks after the sale, the school board voted to seize the land by eminent domain for a new middle school. Prestera filed a lawsuit in March.

Prestera will now drop its suit. But two residents may continue to fight the school board in court over the fate of a historic building on the property.

Humane society to control population

IRONTON — The Lawrence County Humane Society is offering assistance to area residents who want to have their female cats and dogs spayed.

While the humane society did not receive funds this year from the Emma Arundel Foundation, the Ironton Moose Lodge did donate money to help with the humane society’s animal control program.

The Moose Lodge donation is allowing the humane society to issue certificates to help spay 42 female cats and 33 female dogs.

The humane society is operated entirely on donations and receives no government funding.

For more information call 532-6624.

Ironton attorney named to State Bar Board of Governors

COLUMBUS — Attorney Mark McCown of Ironton has been elected to serve a three-year term as District 8 representative on the Board of Governors of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA). District 8 includes 335 attorneys who reside or practice in Adams, Brown, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, Scioto and Vinton counties.

McCown, a partner in the firm of McCown & Fisher, was elected to his new post by area lawyers at an OSBA district meeting several months ago. He succeeds retiring District 8 representative Hon. William H. Harsha, whose term concluded June 30.

The 21-member Board of Governors meets monthly to manage the association’s business affairs, set policy, review pending legislation and conduct other business on behalf of the 25,000 Ohio lawyers who are OSBA members.

McCown earned his bachelor’s degree from the Miami University and his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He is a past president of the Lawrence County Bar Association, a life fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation, and a legal columnist for The Tribune. In the community, he serves as trustee for the Ironton Council for the Arts, chairs the Ironton Mainstreet Program, and is the legal adviser for the Ironton St. Joseph’s Mock Trial program. He lives in Ironton with his wife, Anke Duerr McCown, and his children.

Woman indicted in fatal collision

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Barboursville woman involved in a two-vehicle crash that killed a mother and two teenagers in April has pleaded not guilty to three counts of driving under the influence causing death.

Forty-one-year-old Erma Brown is accused of driving under the influence of prescription medications when the collision occurred at 7:30 a.m. April 2. Forty-seven-year-old Carol Crawford, 16-year-old Meghan Crawford and 15-year-old Kelsie Kuhn died when their vehicle caught fire. All were from Barboursville.

The indictment handed up Tuesday charges that Brown was under the influence of drugs normally prescribed for depression and seizures with reckless disregard for the safety of others and was unable to control her vehicle.