NEWS in Brief – 11/17/09

Published 10:11 am Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Model railroad show set for Thanksgiving weekend return

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. —The 52nd annual Model Railroad Society Show will be Nov. 27-29 at the Veterans Memorial Field House in Huntington, W.Va.

There will be operational model railroad layouts, memorabilia, books and items for sale.

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The hours are 5-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28 and noon- 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29.

Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for kids 12 and under.

Rumpke announces holiday schedule

Rumpke waste removal and recycling services will be delayed one day during Thanksgiving Week for customers whose regular collection is Thursday and Friday, officials announced Monday.

There will be no collection Thanksgiving day. Customers who normally have their trash collected Thursday will have pickup service on Friday.

Customers who are served normally on Friday will have trash pickup Saturday. Collection will resume a normal schedule Monday, Nov. 30.

Prescribed burn set for today in WNF

DECATUR TOWNSHIP — If weather conditions are suitable for prescribed burning, the Wayne National Forest, Ironton Ranger District plans to conduct a 650-acre prescribed burn on Tuesday.

The proposed burn area is located on the Buckhorn Prescribed Burn area that’s made up of 1,000-acres. It is in Lawrence County, Decatur Township, East of State Route 93, south of Telegraph Ridge or County Road 193, near the intersection of County Road 193 and Forest Road 127.

Another burn unit is located at County Road 193 and Caulley Creek Road.

The purpose of the burn is for hazardous fuels reduction, oak and hickory tree restoration and to promote the diversity of endangered plant and animal communities by providing a variety of vegetative communities.

Prescription drug abuse meeting set

WHEELERSBURG — A town hall-style meeting has been set for 6 p.m. Monday at the Porter Township Senior and Civic Center, 11725 Gallia Pike in Wheelersburg.

The purpose of this meeting is to educate and inform the public on the many problems in Scioto County being caused directly and indirectly by the abuse of legal prescription pain medicine.

In 2008, Scioto County was No. 2 per capita in prescription drug overdose deaths out of 88 Ohio counties.

Did you know that the 45694 zip code is top ten in the United States of America in number of prescriptions written for a certain prescription pain medicine?

Scheduled speakers include: Hillary Griffiths, coordinator for the Tartan Times hunger assistance program; Ed Hughes, executive director of The Counseling Center

Contact Bob Walton, Jr. at (740) 357-6268 for more information.

Winter Guard hosts ‘Cookies with Santa’

IRONTON —  Children are invited to have “Cookies with Santa” on Sunday, December 6, 2009 at the Ironton City Center.  Admission is $3.00 per child and $1.00 for adults (age 13 and older). 

Admission includes a visit with Santa, cookie decorating and a craft activity. 

 Children will also enjoy hearing Christmas stories read aloud during this event, which runs from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.  Families are encouraged to bring their cameras to take photos of their children with Santa.

“Cookies with Santa” is a fundraiser for Z Winter Guard and Rivertown Performing Arts League, Inc.  For more information, call 606-922-2903.

Marshall to try trayless dining

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University cafeterias are giving up meal trays for a few days this month to encourage environmentally friendly eating.

From Sunday through Tuesday, diners will be asked to make food choices without trays. The idea is to promote wiser food choices and to spare the environmental costs of washing trays.

Marshall’s sustainability manager, Margie Phillips, said students who use trays tend to load up until they run out of space. Minus the tray, students are expected to be more selective about their eating choices.

Many universities have altogether shed the use of trays, all in the interest of reducing fuel costs and wasted food.

Christmas event at the Paramount

ASHLAND, Ky. —Spirit of Christmas tickets on sale now at paramount arts center.

This Rockette – like show is touted as the most enchanting holiday extravaganza this side of New York City.

The show is Sunday, December 13 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $40, $45 and $48 and can be purchased at the box office by calling 606.324.3175 or online at

Survive the Season workshops at SSU

PORTSMOUTH — A workshop called “Survive the Season” will take place over the next few weeks at Shawnee State University. Participants will have the option of attending Wednesday night sessions or an all-day session on Saturday, Dec. 5 in Kricker 252 at Shawnee State University.

Free refreshments will be offered at the Wednesday night session. Wednesday night sessions include the following classes:

 Nov. 18 at 5:30 p.m. Understanding your financial report;

Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m. Ratio Analysis & Management tools;

Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. Capital Budgeting;

Dec. 9 at 5:30 p.m. Risk Management;

Dec. 16 at 5:30 p.m. Creative Funding;

Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Tax Strategies.

For more information or to RSVP for the workshop, contact Crystal Gifford at or (740) 352-8029 or contact Casey Smith at