NEWS IN BRIEF – 5/23/10

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 23, 2010

Huntington man in jail for alleged forcible tattooing

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – A Huntington man is charged with forcibly tattooing a woman’s back.

Police say 27-year-old Shannon Patrick Overstreet faces a malicious wounding charge. He is being held on $100,000 bond.

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According to authorities, Overstreet forcibly pinned a 20-year-old Huntington woman to the ground early Wednesday and carved “King Shannon” into her back. He then allegedly filled the lacerations with ink to tattoo the inscription.

The criminal complaint says hospital staff report that the wounds are likely permanent.

Couple gives Pilgrim Glass collection to MU

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – A collection chronicling the development of Pilgrim Glass Corp.’s cameo glass has been donated to Marshall University.

Marshall says the gift from Drs. Joseph and Omayma Touma will be dedicated Sunday on the Huntington campus.

Cameo glass production involves casing layers of molten glass together, and then carving through the layers.

Alfred E. Knobler founded Pilgrim Glass in Ceredo in 1949. The company ceased operations in 2001.

Pictures in the Park returns to Ashland Friday

ASHLAND, Ky. — Boyd County Public Library’s popular Pictures in the Park series returns Friday, May 28, with a showing of “Scooby Doo.”

Pictures in the Park starts at dark – around 9 p.m. – just outside the Reading Garden at the Main Branch, 1740 Central Ave. The Library closes at 5 p.m., so movie attendees should come to the side of the building.

If the weather is bad, the movie will be shown the following Friday.

Community Trust Bank of Ashland is sponsoring the 2010 series, which includes four family films, shown on the last Friday of May, June, July and August.

People need to bring their own chairs and blankets to the movie. Admission is free. Popcorn and drinks are provided. Anyone who brings in one of the Library’s “Pictures in the Park” direct mailers gets a free candy bar of their choice.

“Scooby Doo,” rated PG, is the 2002 live action version of the popular cartoon. After an acrimonious breakup, members of Mystery Inc. are individually brought to a resort island to investigate strange goings-on.

Patrons helped library staff select this year’s movies. The rest of the schedule includes: “Shrek” on June 25; “Hairspray” on July 30; and “Toy Story” on Aug. 27.

Outside groups can host movie showings inside the library, using the library’s license. For more information, contact Amanda Clark at (606) 329-0518, ext. 1140. For a full movie schedule, visit

South Point woman receives masters of science degree

SOUTH POINT — Leigh Allen, RN, BSN, MSN, a medical-surgical clinical manager at St. Mary’s Medical Center, recently received her masters of science degree in nursing from St. Joseph University of Maine.

She has worked at St. Mary’s for 19 years and resides in South Point with her two children.

Jazz vocalist takes stage at OUS for free performance

IRONTON — “Music from the Great American Songbook” will be the showcase Monday.

The vocal performance will be by Kim Keffer with Barry Gillum on keyboard.

The free event begins at 7:30 p.m. at Ohio University Southern in the Riffe Center’s Mains Rotunda.

Jazz vocalist Keffer says she tries to offers musical entertainment with a distinctive flair.

Keffer’s current show includes songs by such American composers such as George and Ira Gershwin, Rogers and Hart, Thelonius Monk, and many others from the Great American Songbook.

With arrangements by Barry W. Gillum, music fans say Keffer delivers an honest, compelling version of each selection. Her performances have been described as “sophisticated, quality entertainment.”

“I love these songs,” says Keffer. “These songwriters focused on the perfect blend of music and story. The result is some of the greatest love songs ever written.”

A native of Boyd County Kentucky, Keffer has performed at several local venues, including as the headliner for the annual Jazzed for a Cure concert to benefit the American Cancer Society.

State Rep. Evans hosts public forums

COLUMBUS — State Rep. Clyde Evans (R- Rio Grande) will be holding open door public meetings for constituents in southern Ohio.

The meetings will provide an opportunity for the general public to discuss their views and opinions with Rep. Evans on state government issues.

The following meetings will be held at the following times on Friday, June 4:

9 a.m. at the Wilkesville Community Center, in Vinton County

11 a.m. at the Markay Cultural Arts Center, in Jackson County

1:30 p.m. at the Cheshire Village Hall, in Gallia County

4 p.m. at the Eastern Branch of the Briggs Lawrence County Library, in Proctorville

All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Ironton student earns AK Steel Scholarship

IRONTON  — AK Steel is continuing a longstanding tradition this year by awarding college scholarships to sons and daughters of company employees. The awards recognize outstanding academic achievement, leadership and community involvement.

“Earning an AK Steel scholarship speaks volumes about the students and families associated with our company,” said James L. Wainscott, AK Steel chairman, president and CEO.

“We congratulate all of our recipients for their achievements – and applaud them for demonstrating the values that help make AK Steel a successful company.”

The scholarships are funded by the AK Steel Foundation and are worth a maximum $20,000 each. The Middletown Community Foundation independently selects each recipient.

Jonathan Monnig, son of Robert and Catherine Monnig of Ironton, was honored with one of the scholarships.

Monnig attends Ironton High School where he is a member of the National Honor Society and a recipient of the All Ohio Academic Award, the Principal’s Award and the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League’s All Academic Award. He is a first-team, all Ohio football and track athlete, as well as a member of the math club, Spanish club, weight lifting club and school newspaper staff.

Jonathan performs volunteer work at Bellefonte Hospital and participates in Red Cross blood drives and Ironton cleanup day. He is also a Spanish tutor and grade school football coach.

Jonathan’s father, Robert Monnig, works in the finishing department at Ashland Works.

Boyd library hosts open spelling bee

ASHLAND, Ky. — In honor of the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee this month, Boyd County Public Library is hosting its own Community Spelling Bee.

The Spelling Bee will take place at the Main Branch on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Words are taken from the same list used in the Scripps Howard competition. Prizes will be awarded to the winners of the following categories: Elementary, Middle School, High School, and Adult.

The National Spelling Bee, which takes place June 2-4 in Washington, D.C., is the nation’s longest-running educational promotion. The library’s event is not affiliated with the one administered by The E.W. Scripps Company.

Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required. Interested participants can register by contacting Amanda Clark: (606) 329-0518, ext. 1140, or

South Point resident graduates from Dayton School of Law

SOUTH POINT — Ella McCown, South Point resident, received a degree of Juris Doctorate from the University of Dayton School of Law this spring.

A commencement ceremony conferring this degree was Saturday, May 8, 2010, at the University of Dayton Arena.

This year’s School of Law commencement speaker was Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Brown. Brown, who most recently was judge on the Franklin County Probate Court judge, replaced Chief Justice Thomas Moyer, who died unexpectedly in April.

The University of Dayton School of Law offers a traditional education that blends theory and practice while teaching students outstanding problem-solving skills. The School of Law is where experienced-focused students work, hands-on, to become skilled lawyers.

McCown was also honored by the School Of Law with a CALI award in the course Health Care Law.

The CALI awards honor the outstanding academic achievements of University of Dayton School of Law students by acknowledging the student with the top grade in each School of Law course.

Graduating nurses pinned in ceremony at Shawnee State

PORTSMOUTH — The Department of Nursing at Shawnee State University hosted a pinning ceremony for students receiving bachelor’s and associate degrees in nursing on April 30 at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts.

The pinning ceremony is a public symbol of work well done. It originated from the time when the Crusaders marched to Jerusalem to recover the Holy Land. Among the Crusaders were the Hospitallers in black robes with a white Maltese cross sewn on the front of the robe. That cross became the symbol of people who cared for the sick.

The pin itself relates to customs from the 16th century. It was a symbol of noblemen who served kings with distinction. Later, the privilege was extended to schools, and Florence Nightingale chose the Maltese cross for the badge worn by graduates of her school of nursing. In modern times, each school has adopted a unique pin that is symbolic of the program.

Five students received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. All students are listed in alphabetical order: Jessica Hubbard, Kimberley D. Jodrey, Brittany Morgan, Sandra Rogers and Connie Sullivan. The following 45 students received an Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing: Frankie Benson, Kristi Chapman, Christopher Cruea, Brent Downing, Jessica Eldridge, Kristen A. Fike, Sarah R. Fox, Lena Gambill, Penny Hafer, Erin Hankins, Rae Heimbach, Ashley Henderson, Christine Highland, Amanda Hill, Danielle Holtz, Rana L. Howard, Deanna Hunt, Pamela Hunter, Richard Jackson, Robert Charles Kerecz Jr., Andrea D. King, Kristen Ann LaCoste, Melissa M. LeMaster, Matthew Little, Samantha Brooke Mays, Kristyn M. McLaughlin, Robert S. Mitchell II, Laken D. Moore, Kayla Page, Teresa Patrick, Erin M. Peoples, Autumn Nichole Perry, Ashley F. Rapp, Charlene K. Rapp, Deborahann Red, Kayla Ross, Joshua L. Salley, Michelle Alexandra Slone, Tonya Renea Sowards, Casey Renee Stapleton, Terry Stewart, Courtney Thornsberry, Regina E. Tolliver, Jessica Waugh and Laurel Westberg-Walsh.