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News in Brief – 2/12/10

‘Sixteen Candles’ showing on Valentine’s Day at PAC

ASHLAND, Ky. — Celebrate the ‘80s at the Paramount with the movie “Sixteen Candles,” Sunday, Feb. 14 at 4 p.m. at the second Sunday film series.

Tickets are $4 and can be purchased at the door.

The movie also features a preshow entertainment by the Singing Kernels.

For more information call 606.324.3175 or go to www.paramountartscenter.com.

Beatles rockband competition at the Paramount

ASHLAND, Ky. — If you have your own “band” and have mastered some of the Beatles’ hits on Rockband, then this might be your chance to perform and win tickets to a Beatles tribute band.

The competition is Saturday, March 6 at 1 p.m. at the Paramount.

The entry fee is $10 per band and registration is required prior to the event.

Registration forms are available in the Paramount box office or by emailing: jenny@paramountartscenter.com.

The event is sponsored by Game Stop. First place band members will each receive one ticket to the upcoming performance, Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles.

Rain is touted as “the next best thing to seeing the Beatles” and be at the Paramount March 11.

For more information go to www.paramountartscenter.com or call 606-324-3175.

Friends of SOMC scholarships now available

PORTSMOUTH — Applications for the Friends of Southern Ohio Medical Center scholarship are now available for full-time students pursuing a course of study in a health-related field.

Application forms can be picked up from the Friends of SOMC office in the Friends Community Center, 1202 18th St., the Volunteer Office on the SOMC Main Campus, 1805 27th St., or online at www.somc.org.

Completed forms, along with a transcript of credits and class standing, must be completed and returned by April 1, 2010 to be considered for the fall school term.

The Friends of SOMC Financial Aid Committee will process all applications and name the recipients, giving preference to SOMC employees, their offspring or spouses. The number of awards will be determined by the funds on hand and available from the Friends of SOMC.

The scholarship may be renewed each school year, not to exceed four years. It is not necessary for recipients to re-apply each year as long as the requirements are being met.

Recipients of the awards will receive their checks issued by the Friends of SOMC for a proportionate part of the yearly award at the beginning of each semester of the school year. Successful applicants will be notified on or before June 1, 2010.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Schackart at 356-6160.

Enrollment jumps at Ashland Community College

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) —An official with Ashland Community and Technical College says a double-digit enrollment increase may be due in part to a recent focus on dropout prevention.

The Independent of Ashland reports that figures from ACTC show enrollment jumped 14 percent for spring 2010 compared with the same time last year.

In the fall, there had already been an increase of 10 percent.

Steve Flouhouse, director of institutional planning, research and effectiveness, says the increase accompanies changes ACTC has made to keep students in school.

He says the school received a $2 million grant to add an adviser, redesign its advising office and find ways to work more closely with students.

According to unofficial figures, spring enrollment is 3,317.

Empire Books and News hosting Paramount Arts Center book signing

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Paramount Arts Center is having a book signing at Empire Books and News in Huntington, Friday, Feb. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. The book, “Change a lot of little things” is nonprofit success story with easy-to-implement tips applicable to both nonprofits and for profit businesses.

About the book: In the toughest economic environment since the depression, The Paramount Arts Center, a nonprofit performing arts venue, was facing a quarter million dollar loss this time last year.

The staff, board of directors and a group of committed volunteers united to turn things around.

The Paramount found new ways to save money, make money, add events, apply for new grants and created every opportunity to rise above the gloomy outlook.

In just six months, the deficit was whittled down by $220,000.

For more information, contact Jenny Holmes, 606.324.3175 ext. 309 or email jenny@paramountartscenter.com.

King’s Daughters accepting registrations for March 8 EMS conference

ASHLAND, Ky. — Registrations now are being accepted for the annual KDMC EMS Conference, which takes place 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, March 8, at the KDMC Health Education Center (lower level of the Lexington Avenue parking garage).

The conference is intended to enhance the knowledge and skill of emergency medical services personnel including paramedics, EMTs, first responders, nurses and other healthcare professionals.

Continuing education credit is available for those who attend the program.

There is no charge to attend, but registration is required and can be made by calling (606) 408-6829, or going online at www.kdmc.com/register .

The conference brochure is posted on the internet, and printed brochures are available on request by calling (606) 408-6829.

The conference will include training programs on rapid recognition and diagnosis of stroke and heart attack; recognition of various normal and abnormal heart rhythms; using capnography in various intubated and non-intubated patients; rapid recognition and differentiation of wide complex tachycardia; and legal issues regarding patient care.

Speakers include Bob Page, a nationally known pre-hospital educator based at St. John’s Regional Health System in Springfield, Mo.; and Marty Johnson, a paramedic with Boyd County EMS and an EMS educator with Kentucky Community and Technical College.