News in Brief – 7/21/09

Published 10:14 am Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Residents sue over historic property

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Four Huntington residents have filed a lawsuit seeking to block a new middle school from being built on land that was seized by the county school board in an eminent domain taking.

That seizure was resolved this month when the Cabell County school board reached a deal on buying the land with the Prestera Center, which owned the property, called University Heights.

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But now residents want to stop the school board from tearing down the historic West Virginia Colored Children’s Home for a new middle school.

The lawsuit also says a 1990 bond call mandated that the middle school be built elsewhere.

Superintendent William Smith says the money from that bond call has been spent, and the county is no longer bound by it.

Pageant set for fall at Shawnee State

PORTSMOUTH — Applications are now being accepted for this years Miss Portsmouth and Miss Scioto Valley Scholarship Programs (ages 17-24) as well as the Miss Portsmouth Outstanding Teen and Miss Scioto Valley Outstanding Teen Programs (ages 13-17 and not a senior in high school).

The pageant theme this year is “She’s A Lady”, while using the colors of Hot Pink and Black.

This years pageant will be held on Saturday October 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts on the campus of SSU .