News in Brief – 8/18/10

Published 11:24 am Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Farmers Market changes venue

IRONTON — Because of this weekend’s Rally on the River Lawrence County Farmers Market will meet at the Social Security office 405 S. Third St., instead of at the Depot. The change is for this Saturday only. The market opens at 8 a.m.

Anti-DUI campaign promoted

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ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — Police and highway safety advocates are teaming up to warn Kentuckians about the dangers of driving drunk.

The annual “Drunk Driving. Over the Limit, Under Arrest” enforcement and education campaign will be promoted at a news conference Wednesday at the Ashland police department.

Kentucky State Police and the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety are also part of the effort.

The enforcement and education campaign will run from Friday through Labor Day weekend.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 12,000 people in 2008 were killed in highway crashes involving drivers or motorcycle operators with blood-alcohol concentrations of 0.08 or higher.

Hundreds of jobs for Ohio cleanup

PORTSMOUTH (AP) — Federal energy officials say hundreds of jobs will come to southern Ohio for the next phase of the cleanup of a former uranium plant built during the Cold War.

Energy Department officials expect the contractor to begin hiring by the end of this year, with 350 to 500 new jobs over the next three years.

They announced Monday a contract valued at $2.1 billion over 10 years for work at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, 65 miles south of Columbus. It produced enriched uranium until 2001.

Decontamination and other work will be done by Fluor-B&W Portsmouth, a joint venture led by Fluor Federal Services Inc. and Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Group Inc.

St. Mary’s to offer vascular screenings

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — St. Mary’s Regional Heart Institute will offer three vascular screenings to the public on Saturday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Vascular screenings:

Peripheral vascular disease screening — Utilizes doppler ultrasound probe and blood pressure cuffs to screen for narrowing or clogging in the arteries that carry blood to the legs or arms.

Carotid artery screening — Utilizes ultrasound technology to screen for plaque buildup in the neck, a major risk factor for stroke.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening — Utilizes ultrasound technology to check for an aneurysm in the abdominal aorta. Most people who have an AAA have no symptoms. A ruptured AAA is usually fatal.

The cost is $45 per test or $99 for all three tests. Registration is required by calling (304) 526-1492 or (800) 9ST-MARY, ext. 1492.

For more information, call St. Mary’s Regional Heart Institute at (304) 526-6029.

Cabell judge to retire after 25 years on bench

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Cabell County Circuit Court Judge Dan O’Hanlon is retiring after 25 years on the bench.

O’Hanlon announced his decision Monday in a letter to Gov. Joe Manchin. His retirement is effective Oct. 31.

The 62-year-old O’Hanlon says he has achieved all the goals he set for his judicial career, and he wants to go out on top.

He says the two months’ notice will give Manchin time to appoint a replacement without affecting the court’s caseload.