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News in Brief – 7/17/09

Local artist’s work on display

IRONTON — On July 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Briggs Lawrence County Public Library’s Ironton Branch will be hosting an exhibit of local artists.

Artists from all over the Tri-State are participating.

Participating artists can drop their art work off at the library on Friday or on Saturday 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. the exhibit will be held in the Ironton Branch’s meeting room.

For more information, please contact Lori Shafer at 740-532-1124.

See ‘Coraline’ at BCPL on July 23

ASHLAND, Ky. — Boyd County Public Library is hosting a free showing of “Coraline” on Thursday, July 23.

The animated movie, rated PG, is about an adventurous girl who finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but has its sinister secrets. It begins at 5 p.m. at the Main Branch, 1740 Central Ave.

Other upcoming movies at the Library include: “He’s Just Not that Into You” (Girl’s Night Out) on July 29; “Superman” (Pictures in the Park) on July 31; and “Dragonball Evolution” on August 4.

All movies are free. Some refreshments are provided and additional ones can be purchased for a small cost.

Outside groups can host movie showings at either the Main or Summit branches, using the library’s license.

For more information call Amanda Clark at 606-329-0518, ext. 1140.

For a full movie schedule, visit any branch of the Boyd County Public Library or www.thebookplace.org.

No problems seen before plane crash

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal investigators say witnesses observed no problems before a single-engine airplane crashed near Tri-State Airport on July 5, killing the pilot and a passenger.

A preliminary report released Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board does not give a cause of the crash.

Fifty-four-year-old Michael Land of Richland, Mich., and his 23-year-old son, Andrew Land, were killed when the Cessna 400 crashed shortly after takeoff. Land was piloting the plane.

The NTSB’s report says airport workers didn’t observe any problems when Land started the plane, taxied it to the runway and took off. A man sitting on his back porch heard the sound of a low-flying plane but nothing indicating engine trouble or other malfunctions.

Arbitrator rules in steel plant closing

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — An arbitrator has ruled AK Steel would violate its labor agreement with the United Steelworkers of America if it closes its plant in Ashland while continuing to operate another mill in Middletown.

The Independent in Ashland reported the 36-page ruling was issued Wednesday by arbitrator Raymond J. Sekula and that it sustained a grievance filed by the union against the steelmaker.

The company announced in May that it intends to shut down the Ashland plant this month for the rest of 2009.

AK Steel spokesman Alan McCoy told The Independent the company was still analyzing the ruling and reserved comment.

Steelworkers Local 1865 President Doug Campbell said the ruling doesn’t prevent the plant closing, but does reaffirm the union contract.