NEWS IN BRIEF – 08/30/09

Published 10:08 pm Saturday, August 29, 2009

Marshall offers free college prep course

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — High school students can become better prepared for college through a free online course being administered by Marshall University.

Marshall’s Technology Outreach Center is offering the non-credit course at any time throughout the school year to students, counselors and teachers.

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Among the topics covered in the course are choosing a major, financial aid and scholarships, critical thinking, copyright laws, study and test taking skills, time management, Internet tools, and stress management.

To register for the course, visit

Debris delaying river wall in Ashland

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — Crews working on the foundation of a river wall in Ashland have discovered some underwater obstructions that are delaying the project.

An underwater jumble of concrete, iron and steel is making it difficult to sink pilings that will become the face of the riverwall at Veterans Riverfront Park.

The Indedpendent in Ashland reports that workers ran into the obstructions about two weeks ago. The wall is made of long sections of steel driven down to the bedrock under the river.

Portsmouth hosting St. Mary’s festival

PORTSMOUTH — St. Mary’s International Festival will be Sept. 19-20 at Fifth and Market Streets in Portsmouth.

The annual festival features an International Food Court to celebrate and share the unique heritage of its parishioners, past and present.

The food selections include German, Italian, Philippine, Mid East, Irish, Mexican, American, as well as local Appalachian and selections to please the kids. Other treats include homemade ice cream, pies and cakes.

An antique and classic car & truck Show will fill Market Street on Saturday, with registrations beginning at 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

An indoor flea market and craft room opens at 9 a.m. with a wide variety of treasures to find. Many unique items will also be offered at a silent auction, both days.

Raffle tickets for a “Diamond in the Rough” Handcrafted Queen Size Quilt, a 42” LCD flat screen TV, and five cash prizes will be available.

The food court is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Live entertainment, music and kids games are planned.

Everyone is invited to come and celebrate a weekend filled with fun and fellowship. For more information, please call (740) 354-4551 or e-mail at

Holzer Center ready to host its Cancer Survivor Fair

Gallipolis — The Holzer Center for Cancer Care and Partners of Hope Cancer Coalition of Gallia County are sponsoring the Live-Love-Heal Cancer Survivor Fair, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sep. 26, at the Gallia County Fairgrounds, 189 Jackson Pike in Gallipolis.

Cancer survivors and caregivers from around the region are invited to the fair. Information about prescription medicine, exercise and fitness, nutrition and diet, prosthetics, insurance and living wills will be made available.

The American Cancer Society, Holzer Medical Center Community Health and Wellness Department, Gallia County Health Department and Holzer Hospice will also participate in the fair.

For information contact Sandra Cassell-Corbin at 740-441-3557 or by e-mail at

Reminisce Day to return on Sept. 4

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. — Remember and celebrate the past with others at the 4th annual Reminisce Day on Friday, Sept. 4, at the Catlettsburg Branch of Boyd County Public Library.

The event began as part of National Library Week in April, but was switched this year to coincide with Catlettsburg’s Labor Day festivities. It is also longer this year, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Library will have scrapbooks, pictures, yearbooks and other memorabilia to look through. Those who attend are asked to bring any special photos or other items they have. Swap stories and talk about the good ole days in Catlettsburg.

Refreshments will be served.

The Catlettsburg Branch is located at 2704 Louisa St. For more information, call (606) 739-8332.

TSYO set to begin rehearsals Sept. 3

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The Tri-State Youth Orchestra string section begins rehearsal for the new season beginning Thursday, Sept 3, in the basement of ARTS Renaissance center.

The feeder strings, students with 2 to 3 years experience on their instrument, rehearses from 5:30-7 p.m. and the regular string section will rehearse from 7:30-9 p.m.

For more information contact Ron Caviani at or 304-743-7425 or 304-528-6462.