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News in Brief – 12/08/09

Chesy schools to offer concert

CHESAPEAKE — The choirs of Chesapeake schools will have a holiday concert Sunday at 2 p.m. at the middle school. Performing will be the fifth grade Panther Pizzazz, sixth, seventh and eighth Junior Elite Choir and the high school Elite Show Choir. Among the musical numbers on the program are “We wish you a swinging holiday,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” and “O Come Ye for Christmas.” The choirs are under the direction of Ashli Spinks, district music teacher.

Middle school to help center food giveaway

CHESAPEAKE —The student council of the Chesapeake Middle School is sponsoring a Christmas food drive to help out the Chesapeake Community Center’s annual food basket giveaway. The drive is open to all students who are asked to bring in a jar of peanut butter. The school’s goal is to is to collect 500 jars by Dec. 18 for the center.

Another W.Va. county mulls banning smoking in bars

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Another West Virginia county is considering banning smoking in bars and video lottery establishments.

The Cabell-Huntington Board of Health is seeking public comment on its proposal to extend the county’s indoor smoking ban to all public venues.

A public meeting is set for Dec. 28 at the health department’s offices. Written comments will be accepted through Jan. 15.

Extending smoking restrictions to places like bars and clubs has been contentious in some other counties. Two years ago, Putnam County rescinded its ban on indoor smoking in such establishments after protests from business owners.

Meet a frontier surgeon

ASHLAND, Ky. — The public is invited to meet Dr. Ephraim McDowell, frontier surgeon, on Monday, Dec. 14, at Boyd County Public Library.

The one-man Kentucky Chautauqua show is written by and stars L. Henry Dowell, artistic director of The Gusto Theater Co. in London, Ky. It is presented through the Kentucky Humanities Council.

The performance starts at 6 p.m. at the Main Branch, 1740 Central Ave.

Dr. McDowell, of Danville, often rode many miles on horseback to see his patients. On one such call, he met Jane Todd Crawford, whose physicians thought she was beyond-term pregnant.

On Christmas Day 1809, a thousand miles from the nearest hospital and 35 years before the development of anesthesia, McDowell removed a 22-pound tumor from Crawford’s ovary.

This was the first successful removal of an ovarian tumor in the world. Mrs. Crawford went back to her home in Green County and lived another 32 years.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call Amanda Clark at 606-329-0518, ext. 1140.

BWW ready to help Secret Santa program

IRONTON— This Wednesday from 5 to 9 p.m. Buffalo Wild Wings in Ironton will donate 20 percent of the restaurant’s total sales during those hours to the Secret Santa program.

Recently the Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals took over the program that provides toys for needy children at Christmas time. The chamber organization is planning to help 350 area children through the program.

Santa Claus set to visit Pendleton

ASHLAND, Ky. —Santa Claus will be at the Pendleton on Dec. 12 and Dec. 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cortni Clark, photographer, will be there to take photos of Santa’s visit for lasting memories.

Artists of the Pendleton are joining others in the community with a Holiday (non-perishable) Food Drive to go to the Community Kitchen for distribution this season.

A container will be provided in the lobby for your contributions. We will be open on the above dates.

The Pendleton Art Center at 1537-1539 Winchester Avenue, Ashland, Ky. houses the working and retail sale studios of artists and craftsmen from the Tri-State Area with a wide range of talents.

Pendleton Studios are open on the first Friday of the month from 5 to 9 p.m. for the First Friday Art Walk in downtown Ashland and from 2 to 5 p.m. on the next day for second look Saturday. Some studios are open daily; some are open by appointment with the artist.

Contact information for artists is available in the lobby.

December Artist of the Month is Janet Lester, Studio 102, specializing in watercolor and oil portraits, landscapes, and florals.

Proctorville club sets holiday banquet

PROCTORVILLE — Proctorville Woman’s Club will meet for its Christmas banquet for members and guests at clubhouse at 6:30 p.m. today. The hostesses will be the club officers. Table grace will be by Wanda Gillette. The program will be by Susan Smith.

Library to offer gift-wrapping help

SOUTH POINT — There will be a gift wrapping party at the South Point branch of the Briggs Library Wednesday at 2 p.m. The library will provide wrapping paper, ribbons and bows.

Participants only have to bring boxes and presents. For those unable to wrap their own gifts, Lori Shafer of the library will help.

Seniors focus of luncheon

PROCTORVILLE — The Village of Proctorville will host its monthly senior luncheon at 1 p.m. Thursday at the village hall. There will be lunch provided followed by games.

Holiday party set at Chesy library

CHESAPEAKE — The Briggs Library branch in Chesapeake will hold a Christmas party for children starting at 6 p.m. today. It is open to all children and will feature a story hour, crafts and treats.