News in Brief – 7/26/09

Published 11:01 pm Saturday, July 25, 2009

Big Branch closure set for Tuesday

CHESAPEAKE — Lawrence County Engineer David Lynd has announced the closure of a portion of County Road 31, Big Branch Road, next week.

The road will be closed between the 3 and 4 mile markers beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday to allow Buckeye Rural Electric Cooperative to replace a power line.

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The road is scheduled to reopen to traffic at 5 p.m. Wednesday. The affected roadway will be closed to thru traffic; local traffic will be allowed to use the road while it is closed. Thru traffic may detour over County Road 35 and County Road 17.

Mosquito spraying set for Monday

PROCTORVILLE — Ohio Pest Control Inc., in conjunction with the Village of Proctorville, will conduct mosquito spraying 7-9 p.m. Monday in the village. If there is inclement weather, the spraying will be done during the same hours on Monday, Aug. 3.

Those with respiratory problems should consider shutting their windows and turning off any window unit air conditioners until the fog from the spraying has dissipated.

McCown named to OBA rep board

IRONTON — Ironton attorney Mark McCown has been elected to serve a three-year term as district 8 representative on the board of governors of the Ohio State Bar Association. District 8 includes 335 attorneys who reside or practice law in Lawrence and 10 neighboring counties. McCown was elected to the position at a district meeting earlier this year.

He is a member of the law firm McCown and Fisher.

afety tips focus of workshop

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Hospice of Huntington Inc., will conduct “Life Skills Class: Personal Protection” at its downtown office, Monday, Aug. 17, at 3:00 pm. This professionally facilitated session will teach ways to be safe at home and in public.

The Hospice of Huntington office is located at 1101 6th Ave. The session is free and open to the public, however registration is requested.

For additional information or to register, please contact Harriette Cyrus at 304-529-4217 or 1-800- 788-5480.

ODOT updates road construction projects

LAWRENCE COUNTY — The following traffic advisory includes road construction and major maintenance projects requiring lane restrictions and/or road closures along the state and federal highway system within ODOT District 9. For additional information regarding projects throughout the state, visit,

C.R. 1 (Old U.S. 52) is closed between the 9.32 and 9.48-mile markers for a dual bridge replacement project. The project site is located just south of U.S. 52 and its junction with C.R. 144 (Charley Creek Road) at Sybene.

Throughout construction, traffic will be detoured into the village via T.R. 276 (Sandusky Road), and all traffic will be maintained within the community. The scheduled completion date is October 15.

In conjunction with a slip repair project on S.R. 7, the route is reduced to one lane near the 4.50-mile marker, between Chesapeake and S.R. 243 at Bradrick.

Traffic will be maintained in one, 14-foot lane with the use of temporary traffic signals. The project is anticipated to be completed by mid-August.

A pavement repair and preventive maintenance project is under way on S.R. 141, between S.R. 217 and S.R. 775. Traffic is being maintained in one lane with the use of flaggers when crews are at work. The scheduled completion date for all work is September 1.

Construction for a bridge repair and resurfacing project on U.S. Route 52 continues, and contractors will be completing paving operations from the state Route 650 exit at Hanging Rock to the eastern corporation limit of Coal Grove.

Traffic is reduced to one, 11.5-foot lane in each direction. The scheduled completion date for all work is September 3.

Local student earns honors scholarship

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Erica Canfield of Ashland has been awarded a Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship to help pay for her college education. This scholarship award is $1,500 a year.

Canfield, a 2009 graduate of Fairview High School, will attend Georgetown College to major in athletic training.

“The Byrd Scholarship is of special importance to be me because without it I wouldn’t be able to attend the college of my choice,” she said.

While at Fairview, Canfield was a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, FBLA, FFA and Student Council and was a class officer.

She is one of only 84 seniors in the state this year to receive a Byrd Scholarship, a federally funded program administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). KHEAA also administers other student aid programs, including the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship, where students earn money for college by making good grades in high school.

Canfield is the daughter of the Rev. Jeff and Tonna Canfield of Ashland. She is the granddaughter of Janet Dixon and the late Thomas J. Dixon of Ashland and Mary Canfield Austin and the late Rev. William Canfield of Rush.

HIMG wins ‘Best Practices’ award

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The Board of Directors of HIMG recently announced that the company received the AIIM 2009 Carl E. Nelson “Best Practices” Award for Enterprise Management (ECM) excellence in the small company category. The AIIM is the industry’s non-profit organization focused on efficient and effective ECM systems. The group is made up of over 65,000 professionals from all industries and government, in over 150 countries, and within all levels of management.

HIMG was recognized for excellence in the area of ECM as a result of a major transition from a paper documented-management system to a 21st century digital one.

HIMG’s digital medical record keeping and billing creation and workflow solution was implemented using Panasonic scanners, and Sage Software’s Intergy by Sage medical practice-management system and Intergy EHR health record management system. This solution resulted in more than 400 percent reduction in document-handling time and a net bottom-line gain of almost $500,000 per year. The case was submitted to AIIM by Panasonic Communications Company.

“This award exemplifies HIMG’s commitment to operating an effective and efficient business while providing high quality patient care,” said Floyd Metzger, CEO of HIMG. “Our operations are more streamlined resulting in time and costs savings for the HIMG staff as well as our clients. It truly is an honor to be recognized for “Best Practices,” he added.

The term “Best Practices” denotes a standard of excellence that has been achieved with an organization and refers to a process that can be quantified, adapted, and repeated. Finalists were determined by the AIIM Emerging Technologies Advisory Group and winners were selected by the entire AIIM Professional Membership.

The HIMG Regional Medical Center is the newest ambulatory healthcare facility located in the State of West Virginia. It houses HIMG as well as other health and wellness-related businesses and is located at 5170 U.S. Route 60 East, Huntington, WV 25705. More information can be gained by visiting

MU implements alert system

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University is implementing a new system to alert faculty, staff and students about emergencies.

Marshall said Thursday the new system will provide alerts by text messages, e-mail and telephone.

Senior vice president Jan Fox says the system will allow Marshall to quickly provide emergency and safety-related information through multiple channels.

Everbridge is providing the new system. Formerly known as 3n Global, Everbridge provides emergency notification services to colleges and universities, health care systems, government agencies and municipalities.