NEWS IN BRIEF – 8/16/10

Published 11:18 am Monday, August 16, 2010

United Way set to host ‘Celebrate Children’s Day’

Huntington, W.Va. —Success By 6, a United Way of the River Cities initiative, and event sponsors, Mug & Pia, Whisk and 93.7 The Dawg, will host Celebrate Children’s Day at the United Way field, located at 820 Madison Ave. in Huntington across the street from the department of motor vehicles, from 10 a.m. to 1 pm.

This event is a celebration of children and families, and seeks to promote family interaction through a myriad of activities.

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Exhibitors will host a wonderland of games, and activities that will educate attendees about the 12 tips to raising a healthy child.

Additionally, exhibitors will provide valuable information to parents about a range of resources and programs for children in the River Cities. Door prizes will be given away every 30 minutes. Grand prizes include a year’s membership to the Huntington Museum of Art and MU Recreational Center, bowling passes at Spare Time and Colonial Lanes, gift certificate to the Pottery Place, pool pass to West Virginia State Parks, tickets to Marquee Cinema and more. Grand prize drawings will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Vendor space is still available. Contact Deborah Somuano at 304.523.8929 or

Travel professor earns certification

Steve Call, local educator and certified travel consultant recently renewed his Certified Sandals Specialist certification by attending an in-depth professional training program sponsored by Sandals and Beaches Resorts.

A Certified Sandals Specialist specializes in selling Sandals and Beaches Resorts and is recognized as a Sandals expert. CSS agents have undergone an extensive training Sandals and Beaches educational program and have acquired in depth product knowledge through special workshops and on-site property inspections.

“Today’s travelers have a higher expectation of their travel agents and in response travel agents are growing more specialized and focused on desirable destinations and reliable products such as Sandals and Beaches Resorts,” Call said.

“As a Certified Sandals Specialist Travel Agent I am more knowledgeable on all aspects of the Sandals and Beaches products. I’ve been able to visit all of their properties with the exception of their newest one Sandals Emerald Bay on Great Exuma Island in the Bahamas. This insight plays an important role when I am assisting you in selecting the Sandals or Beaches property that best fits your vacation needs.”

For professional vacation planning you can contact Steve, aka the Travel Professor, at 740.550.9540 or

Ironton firefighters put out car blaze

Ironton firefighters responded Monday morning to a car that was on fire across from the Save A Lot Grocery Store on North Second Street.

No one was injured.

ODOT working on road projects

The Ohio Department of Transportation has road construction and major maintenance projects requiring lane restrictions and/or road closures along the state and federal highway system within Lawrence County. For additional information regarding projects throughout the state, visit

All work will take place during daytime, business hours Monday through Friday only unless otherwise indicated.

A districtwide guardrail project is under way. Crews will install guardrail at various locations in Highland, Brown, Adams, Scioto, Jackson, Pike and Ross counties. Traffic will be maintained in one lane with the use of portable signals and flaggers. The scheduled completion date is Oct. 31.

A districtwide pavement marking project is under way at various locations throughout the district. Crews will be applying long line and edge line striping to selected routes in a rolling operation as weather permits.

Throughout construction, traffic will be maintained at all times, and the scheduled completion date is Oct. 31.

A resurfacing project is under way on State Route 7. Crews will be paving the route between its junction with State Route 527 (Third Avenue) at Chesapeake to the western corporation limit of Proctorville and also from Township Road 1147 (Jewell Drive) to the Lawrence-Gallia County line. Throughout construction, traffic will be maintained in one lane with the use of flaggers. The scheduled completion date is Oct. 31.

An erosion control (re-vegetation) project has begun along the State Route 7 corridor at Proctorville. Throughout construction, there should be little impact to motorists and all traffic will be maintained with flaggers as needed.

State Route 775 is scheduled to be closed Monday, August 23, for a bridge replacement project at the route’s 17.26-mile marker. Crews will be replacing a structure that is located just north of Township Road 177 (Rappsburg-Buckeye Creek Road) and between State Route 141 and County Road 2 (Greasy Ridge Road). The route will be closed for up to 60 days, and while it is closed motorists will be detoured via S.R. 790 to State Route 218 in Gallia County to State Route 217 and State Route 775. The scheduled completion date is Oct. 29.

Contractors will return to U.S. 52 to complete minor finishing work following a four-lane resurfacing project between the exits for State Route 650 at Hanging Rock and State Route 243 at Coal Grove.

Traffic impacts should be minimal; however, traffic will be maintained in at least one lane in each direction as needed when crews are at work.