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NEWS in Brief – 1/12/10

BC library showing foreign films

ASHLAND, Ky. — There’s still time to enjoy Boyd County Public Library’s fourth annual Foreign Film Festival.

Three films remain in the month-long series. They are shown on Sundays, at 1:30 p.m. at the Main Branch, 1740 Central Ave. Admission is free and some refreshments are provided.

The rest of the schedule:

Jan. 17: “Downfall” A 2004 German drama depicting the final ten days of Adolph Hitler’s life in his Berlin bunker and Nazi Germany in 1945.

Jan. 24: “Umbrellas of Cherbourg:” A 1964 French musical that tells of the ill-fated love between an auto mechanic and an umbrella salesgirl.

Jan. 31: “Gomorrah:” A critically-acclaimed 2008 Italian crime story that intertwines five separate stories of Italians whose lives are touched by organized crime.

Films are presented in their original language, with English subtitles. Foreign films generally are not rated, so people are advised to check out the movie’s contents if they are considering bringing children.

Greenbo hosting annual art festival

ARGILLITE. Ky. — Greenbo Lake and The Kentucky Creative Arts Club present the 24th Annual Art Festival.

This is a weekend for artists and art lovers that is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the culture of the Tri-State Area.

Registration is Friday, Feb. 19, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 20, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Participants must be at least 18 years old and may register up to four pieces of art work in Professional or Amateur categories.

There is a registration fee of $15. All work must be ready for hanging and suitable for family viewing.

Sculptures are accepted, but no photography or crafts allowed in show. Sale of works will be encouraged and please price your work or mark NFS.

There will also be art demonstrations on Friday evening and all day Saturday, until 3 pm. There is no admission fee to show.

Highlands all set for Black History Celebration events

ASHLAND, Ky. — The Highlands Museum and Discovery Center has announced events for the 2010 Black History Celebration.

Opening First Friday, Feb. 5: “Abraham Lincoln: The Emancipation and the African American Experience” The Women of Color Quilter’s Network presents this remarkable exhibit of Contemporary African American Quilts. This exhibit will run through March.

Gospel Night: Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Ashland Community and Technical College, J.B. Sowards Theatre.

“A Night at the Apollo;” Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. on the main stage at the Paramount Arts Center. Area residents are given the opportunity to showcase their talents in music, song, poetry and drama.

For more information, call (606) 329-8888, or e-mail at highlandsmuseum@yahoo.com, or visit our Web site at www.highlandsmuseum.com

Shawnee State University homecoming events set

PORTSMOUTH — Shawnee State University will be holding its annual homecoming on the weekend of Jan. 23.

“We’re excited to see everyone come back to campus,” said Angela Henderson, assistant director of Development/Alumni Affairs. “They’re going to see a lot of exciting changes that I know will make them extremely proud of their alma mater.”

New events will be taking place this year for homecoming weekend including a “Welcome Home” reception for African-American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American organization (AHANA) alumni and an alumni campus tour, both sponsored by AHANA.

“The Alumni Reunion Reception is a chance for alumni to reconnect with their classmates with food, music and fun,” Henderson said. “Plus we’ll have the chance to show off our beautiful University Center which many of our alumni have not seen yet. It’s really going to be the centerpiece of our alumni Homecoming activities.”

To sign up for events, go to the Alumni Association Web site at http://www.shawnee.edu/off/alum/.

Homecoming events for Friday, Jan. 22:

“Welcome Home” Reception for AHANA Alumni from 5-7 p.m. in the Sodexo Ballroom in the U.C. Contact Matt Matthews, coordinator of multicultural affairs (740) 351-3553 to RSVP with shirt size. This event is sponsored by AHANA and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.

Homecoming Bonfire will take place at 7 p.m. at the south side of the William E. Daehler Tennis Center, on the corner of Union and Second streets. This event is sponsored by the SSU Alumni Association.

Homecoming events for Saturday, Jan. 23:

Alumni Campus Tours will take place from 10 a.m. until noon. Tours will leave periodically from the entryway of the U.C. This event is sponsored by AHANA.

Athletic Hall of Fame Induction will take place at 11 a.m. in the Sodexo Ballroom in the U.C. For tickets contact Jonna Cook at (740) 351-3285. This event is sponsored by the SSU Department of Athletics.

Alumni Reunion Reception will take place from noon until 2 p.m. in the University Center Atrium. Indoor game day tailgate party with live music, food and cash bar. For more information, contact Angela Henderson at (740) 351-3182. This event is sponsored by the SSU Alumni Association.

Greek Alumni Dessert Social will take place at 1 p.m. in the U.C. For more information contact Marcie Simms at (740) 351-3616. This event is sponsored by the Association for Greek Life.

SSU’s Women’s Basketball vs. Malone will take place at 2 p.m. in the Waller Gymnasium in the James A. Rhodes Athletic Center.

Homecoming Coronation will take place at 3:45 p.m. in the Waller Gymnasium in the James A. Rhodes Athletic Center. For more information contact Student Activities at (740) 351-3217.

SSU’s Men’s Basketball vs. Malone will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Waller Gymnasium in the James A. Rhodes Athletic Center.

Alumni Basketball Games will take place at 6 p.m. in the Waller Gymnasium in the James A. Rhodes Athletic Center. For more information contact the Athletics Department at (740) 351-3285.

Athletic Alumni Reception will take place from 7 until 11 p.m. in the Scioto Room at the Ramada Inn. Attendees may order dinner on their own from Damon’s. This event is sponsored by the SSU Department of Athletics.

Homecoming Dance will take place from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. in the Sodexo Ballroom in the U.C. Alumni must purchase tickets in advance by contacting the Alumni Office at ahenderson@shawnee.edu or by calling (740) 351-3182.

Homecoming event for Sunday Jan. 24:

Sunday Brunch will take place from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the dining room of the U.C. Alumni may purchase an all-you-can eat buffet brunch for $6.70. This event is sponsored by Sodexo Dining Services.

PAC announces upcoming shows

ASHLAND, Ky. — Here is a quick glance at upcoming events at the Paramount Arts Center.


On Friday at 7 p.m. swing is the thing with the Blue Max Big Band. Tickets are $5

Harry the Dirty Dog as a MUSICAL. Thursday, Jan. 21. Shows at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. are part of our Youth Education Series. (Youth Education Series)

The Ritch Collins Three-0 is here Thursday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. with special guests, Wiley Dew. Tickets are $5 at the door. Proceeds benefit HEARTS, the Paramount’s arts in the Healthcare outreach program.

Enjoy a family gospel singing group, Crabb Family Experience is Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. with special guests The Perry Sisters.


Celebrate black history month with drums, drums and more drums “The Rhythm of the Drum” celebration is here Feb. 4th as part of our Youth Education Series. Performances at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.

An Elvis impersonator: Dwight Icenhower’s Elvis Tribute “A Heart That’s True” will be Saturday Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m.

February Film is “Sixteen Candles” on the big screen on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14 at 4 p.m.

See a Cirque du Soleil performance without going to Vegas … “Le Grand Cirque” is here Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.

Enjoy an internationally known orchestra, Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra will be here Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.

Become a friend of the Paramount on Facebook. Follow ParamountJoe on Twitter and check out the Web site at www.paramountartscenter.com.

For more information, call the box office at (606) 324-3175.

Dress sale continues Saturday, sellers still being accepted

GALLIPOLIS — The Annual Formal Dress Sale held by the OVBC Employee Community Fund will continue this Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The group is still accepting dresses for Saturday’s sale. Those who wish to sell dresses should register them on Thursday or Friday from 3:30 until 6 p.m. at the sale site which is 300 Second Ave., at the corner of Second Avenue and Court Street, in downtown Gallipolis.

Saturday will be the last day of the sale.

For details, go to www.ovbc.com/go/dress.

SSA offering online filing assistance

IRONTON — The preferred method of applying for Social Security disability or retirement benefits is now the internet. You can complete your own application quickly and easily with complete privacy.

If you aren’t feeling comfortable enough to try filing alone, Social Security will have representatives at the computer lab at Workforce Development Center, 123 N. Third St., Ironton on Jan. 21, at 2 p.m. Limited spaces are available.

Call Social Security at (740) 533-1200 for an appointment.

UW accepting applications for basic needs services

Huntington, W.Va. — United Way of the River Cities, Inc. announced that applications may be submitted for one or more of the basic need services listed below.

Utilities assistance

Food orders

Rent assistance

Prescription Medication

Baby Items

Hygiene Products

Applications can be obtained by calling the United Way office at 304.523.8929 or logging on to www.unitedwayrivercities.org.

In order to be considered for funding, applications must be in the United Way office by 5 p.m. on Feb. 5.

In fairness to all applicants, late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

The application will be reviewed by two volunteer committees, with the final approval for funding by the United Way Board.

For those interested in applying for funding, there will be an applicant training workshop on Friday, Jan. 22 at 2:30 p.m. at the United Way office, 820 Madison Avenue. Email or call Laura Gilliam at laura.gilliam@unitedwayrivercities.org or 304.523.8929 x1 to register for the training workshop.

Ky. Heart Institute launches Web site

Ashland, Ky. — Health-related questions are among the most popular searches on the internet and consumers are turning to the Web more often to find physicians, learn about their diseases and diagnoses, to make appointments and even to request medication refills.

And now, residents of Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia have a place to turn to for these resources as Kentucky Heart Institute (KHI) launches the Web site kentuckyheart.net.

KHI is made up of some of the finest cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and electrophysiologists in the country.

The Kentucky Heart Institute includes three practices based in Ashland, Ky. — Cardiothoracic Surgeons of Kentucky, Comprehensive Heart and Vascular Associates, and Kentucky Heart and Vascular Physicians.

Physicians include: cardiologists Arshad Ali, M.D., Richard Ansinelli, M.D., David Bush, M.D., Ghassan Dalati, M.D., Zane Darnell, M.D., Ahmad Elesber, M.D., Chris Epling, D.O., Roger Klein, M.D., Richard Paulus, M.D., Vaughn Payne, M.D., Arley Peter, M.D., Lynn Preston, D.O., Hullukunte Shivaprasad, M.D., Sriharsha Velury, M.D., cardiothoracic surgeons Robert Fried, M.D., Juan MacHannaford, M.D., and Marcos Nores, M.D., and electrophysiologists David Glassman, M.D., Bipin Nagra, M.D., and Terence Ross, M.D.

Together, the physicians and surgeons of KHI serve the heart care needs of residents of Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia with offices in the following locations: in Kentucky — Ashland, Flatwoods, Grayson, Inez, Louisa, Morehead, Paintsville, Pikeville, Prestonsburg, Salyersville, West Liberty and Vanceburg; in Ohio — Burlington, Ironton, Jackson, Portsmouth, Waverly and Wheelersburg.

All location telephone numbers, addresses and office hours are available at kentuckyheart.net or by calling 1.888.377.KDMC (5362).

“By introducing kentuckyheart.net, we wanted to make it easy for members of our communities to learn about us if they are looking for a cardiologist or heart surgeon, or if they need information about procedures or medical terms,” said Sara Marks, vice president of Kentucky Heart Institute.

In addition to physician practice information, maintenance services for the heart, Coumadin services and clinic locations, and heart failure services are described on the site.

An explanation of testing and surgical procedures is provided, such as ablation, aneurysm repair, angioplasty, stenting and the maze procedure.

To learn more about cardiac testing, visit the site for explanations of tests, such as ankle brachial index, echocardiogram and carotid artery duplex scan.

Book attends conference on regulating casinos

COLUMBUS — State Representative Todd Book (D-McDermott) recently returned from a national meeting of The National Council of Legislators from Gaming States.

“With casino gambling coming to Ohio, it is important to share experiences with officials from other states. Their lessons will be important as we go forward in Ohio,” said Book. “We need to act in the best interests of the people of this state and make sure we get this new venture right. No one should be cheated by the gaming industry.”

Book attended the conference at his own expense and did not spend tax dollars.

The National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) is an organization of state lawmakers that meets on a regular basis to discuss issues in regard to gaming. Members of NCLGS chair or are members of committees responsible for the regulation of gaming in their state legislative houses. NCLGS does not promote or oppose gaming but is primarily concerned with the proper regulation of the industry.

NCLGS helps educate legislators on gaming issues, in the development of public policy related to state-authorized gaming, and, where consensus exists, in representing the states before Congress and the executive branch of the federal government on states’ rights issues relating to gaming.