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News in Brief – 11/13/09

Girls’ Night Out is set for Nov. 18

ASHLAND, Ky. — The Girls’ Night Out program at Boyd County Public Library is a week earlier this month, and features the film “My Life in Ruins.”

The Nov. 18 program starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Main Branch, 1740 Central Ave. Entry to Girls’ Night Out is a food dish to share, or $2. All funds collected go to purchase refreshments for the program.

The movie, rated PG-13, stars Nia Vardalos as a travel guide who rediscovers her romantic side on a trip to Greece.

Men are welcome to attend, but the Girls Night Out program is not intended for children. The Dec. 30 GNO selection is “My Sister’s Keeper.”

For more information, call (606) 329-0090 or visit www.thebookplace.org

St. Mary’s provides forum for young adults with cancer

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — St. Mary’s Regional Cancer Center recently started a support group to help young adults ages 18 to 35 cope with cancer.

The group meets the third Thursday of each month from 6-7:30 p.m. in the radiation oncology waiting room at St. Mary’s.

“Young adults often feel isolated because they think of cancer as something that hits older people,” said Gary Patton, PhD, LPC, oncology counselor at St. Mary’s Regional Cancer Center. “This group puts them in touch with their peers who are facing the same problems.”

For more information, call the Regional Cancer Center at (304) 526-1349.

Two W.Va. heroin dealers sentenced

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two drug dealers from West Virginia will spend more than three years in prison for distributing heroin that killed an Ohio man.

U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers sentenced 38-year-old James Damon Mays of East Lynn and 36-year-old Samantha Mays of Glenwood to 42 months in prison on Tuesday.

Both pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy to distribute heroin.

The two admitted to conspiring with each other and others to distribute 20 to 40 grams of heroin in the Huntington area from November 2006 to November 2007.

The unidentified man from Ohio died on Nov. 5, 2007.

W.Va. animal shelter gets $250,000 gift

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A North Carolina animal lover and philanthropist has donated $250,000 to a no-kill shelter in West Virginia that needed the help.

Donna Wellman, a Huntington native who maintains a home in the area, is supporting the Little Victories Animal Shelter in Cabell County.

She and her husband created the Wellman Foundation to help people, too, funding 40 full-ride scholarships a year to Marshall University.

Wellman says shelter director Sue Brown has often shared her dreams for a bigger, better facility.

Little Victories currently houses about 90 dogs and 50 cats.

Brown says the money will help build a new shelter for puppies, small dogs and cats, plus bathing areas and office space.