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News in Brief – 1/26/10

South Point resident receives CPA certificate

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The partners of Somerville & Company, P.L.L.C., Certified Public Accountants and Consultants, have announced that Jessica D. Boston, associate with the firm, has been awarded the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certificate.

Having passed the uniform CPA exam for certification and met the experience requirements for licensure, Jessica has been awarded her CPA certificate.

A native and resident of South Point, Jessica joined the firm as an Associate after graduating from the Lewis College of Business at Marshall University in 2006 where she received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Accounting.

At the firm, Jessica concentrates her efforts by providing accounting, auditing and tax related services to a wide range of clients.

Jessica is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Huntington Chapter of the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Young Professionals Committee of the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, and the Women 2 Women Committee of the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may reach Jessica by phone at (304) 525-0301 or email jessica.boston@s-co.com.

Ironton native receives master of theology degree

NEW ORLEANS — William Frederick Hughes, a native of Ironton, received the Master of Theology degree May 16, 2009, at Leavell College of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Hughes is married to the former Cheryl Robinson, also of Ironton.

The couple lived in Deltona, Florida and were members of First Baptist Church in Orange City, Fla., before coming to New Orleans. Hughes is the son of the late Jack and Norma Hughes, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry from Leavell College and a master of divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

OLBH seeking junior volunteers

RUSSELL, Ky. — Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital (OLBH) is seeking junior volunteers interested in summer work.

Junior volunteers ages 13 to 18 work at the hospital from June until August. Junior volunteers are needed to assist in various hospital departments with a variety of rewarding tasks. OLBH provides junior volunteers an opportunity to experience the health care field and to learn responsible traits and habits while working in a professional environment.

For more information concerning becoming a junior volunteer at OLBH, contact Luann Serey, OLBH director of Community Services, at (606) 833-3653.

Tax forms, help available at BCPL

SUMMIT, Ky. — It’s that taxing time of year … and Boyd County Public Library is ready once again to help.

Federal forms and instructions are available free of charge at the Main Branch in Ashland, as well as the Catlettsburg and Summit branches.

The Kentucky Revenue Cabinet does not provide bulk forms and instructions to libraries, but Boyd County Public Library staff will print off one copy of every state form that a patron needs. Additional copies are 10 cents per page. Instructions can also be printed at a cost of 10 cents per page.

Links to the federal and state revenue sites can be found on the library’s Web site, at www.thebookplace.org.

The Summit branch will have free tax preparation assistance, provided by local representatives of the American Association of Retired Persons, on Wednesdays, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., beginning Feb. 3 and running through April 14.

The assistance is for those in the middle- or low-income categories, with special attention to those ages 60 years and older.

Those needing help should bring with them: all the necessary 2009 tax forms, including W-2; copies of 2008 federal and Kentucky income tax returns; unemployment compensation statements, SSA-1099 (for Social Security benefits); all 1099 forms showing dividends and interest; and any other pertinent tax documents, including documentation if itemizing deductions.

Cabell Huntington offers free heart health event

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Cabell Huntington Hospital’s Senior Services Department and SeniorWise will host a free Senior Saturday event on Feb. 6 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to provide information about heart health. Both SeniorWise members and the public are invited to this free event. To confirm your attendance, please call (304) 526-2695 by noon on Feb. 5.

February is American Heart Health Month and Cabell Huntington Hospital will present specialists in cardiac services and physicians who will answer questions and share information with participants.

Scheduled presentations will include a review of myths and misconceptions about heart health, a heart health numbers discussion, cardiac rehabilitation benefits and descriptions of various cardiac procedures.

W.Va. physicians head to assist Haiti earthquake victims

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Physicians, surgeons and medical personnel from Cabell Huntington Hospital and Marshall University have gone to Haiti to help provide aid to earthquake survivors in Port Au Prince.

Team members include orthopedic surgeons, an internal medicine physician and an anesthesiologist from Cabell Huntington Hospital and the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Also assisting in the earthquake recovery are nurses from Cabell Huntington Hospital’s Emergency Department and Surgical Services.

The team plans to stay in Haiti for seven days.

OLBH to offer both seasonal, H1N1 flu shots Jan. 29

RUSSELL, Ky. — Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital (OLBH) will provide flu vaccinations for both the seasonal flu and H1N1 at a special flu clinic, Friday, Jan. 29, in the lobby of the Same Day Surgery Center on the hospital campus from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The charge for the seasonal vaccination is $20 and is covered by Medicare. If insured by Medicare, individuals should remember to bring their cards with them. The H1N1 shot is provided by the federal government and is free.

For more information on OLBH, contact the OLBH CareLine at (606) 833-CARE (2273) or visit the hospital’s website at www.olbh.com

Valentine’s Day card campaign ends Feb. 7

ASHLAND, Ky. — There’s still plenty of time to lend a “hand” to Boyd County Public Library’s annual Valentine’s Day card campaign.

The Hands that Touch a Heart program runs through Feb. 7. Children can stop in any branch, at any time, and make a personalized card that will either be sent to U.S. soldiers serving overseas or given to residents of local nursing homes.

This is the sixth year for the campaign, which has resulted in about 3,500 homemade cards. This year’s goal is 1,000.

For more info, contact Amanda Clark at aclark@thebookplace.org or 606.329.0518, ext. 1140.