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NEWS in Brief – 3/23/10

Ironton Artists to display at Briggs

IRONTON — The Ironton Artists Association members have been invited to display their paintings and photography at the Briggs Lawrence County Public Library, 321 S. 4th St., Ironton, April 1, through April 17. 

Works of art will be displayed through out the Library.   

Lori  Shaffer of the Briggs Library said, “This is the first of many future art exhibits.”

 The IAA is an active art group consisting of members from Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia, both professional and non-professional artists and photographers. 

The IAA welcomes anyone interested in fine art or photography to attend meetings and become members of the group.  IAA meetings are held at M & M Realty, 703 Park Ave, Ironton, the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. 

Each month various artists from the area will visit the group and provide demonstrations in their chosen area of expertise. 

For more information about the IAA contact Pati Payne (740) 533-1516, pati.payne@yahoo.com.

Huntington wants to be test site for fast Internet

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Huntington officials are continuing their offensive to win over Google and become a test site for the company’s ultra-fast broadband experiment.

Google is giving interested communities until March 26 to apply. If selected, Huntington would be a testbed for a broadband network capable of delivering information at speeds of up to 1 gigabit. That’s 50 to 300 times faster than current DSL, cable and fiber-optic networks in use today.

Officials are planning a news conference for today to discuss how important Huntington’s selection would be to the community.

Judge gives EPA more time in W.Va. mine lawsuit

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge is giving the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency more time to determine whether to reject a permit for West Virginia’s largest surface mine.

U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers issued a delay in legal proceedings in environmentalists’ lawsuit aimed at revoking the Spruce No. 1 permit held by St. Louis-based Arch Coal subsidiary Mingo Logan Coal Corp. Chambers’ stay is effective until Friday.

EPA previously said it planned to revoke a 2007 water-quality permit issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that would allow the company to bury about 8 miles of streams with excess rock and dirt.

‘Couples’ Retreat’ part of Girls’ Night Out is March 31

ASHLAND, Ky. — This month’s Girls’ Night Out at Boyd County Public Library features the movie, “Couples’ Retreat.”

The March 31 program starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Main Branch, 1740 Central Ave. Entry to Girls’ Night Out is a food dish to share, or $2.

All funds collected go to purchase refreshments for the program.

The comedy, rated PG-13, is about four couples who mistakenly end up at a tropical island resort where couples’ therapy sessions are mandatory.

Girls’ Night Out takes place on the last Wednesday of each month. Men are welcome to attend, but the Girls Night Out program is not intended for children. The April GNO selection is “It’s Complicated.”

For more information, call (606) 329-0090 or visit www.thebookplace.org