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NEWS IN BRIEF – 8/31/10

Public input sought for CR 29 bridge

PEDRO — The Lawrence County Engineer and the Wayne National Forest Ironton Ranger District want to hear public comments on a proposal to install a temporary bridge across Storms Creek to accommodate traffic until the damaged Vesuvius historic stone bridge can be replaced.

Replacement of the existing bridge structure could take up to two years, so a temporary crossing is necessary to accommodate school buses, recreation traffic, local traffic to businesses and homes in the area, as well as emergency vehicles.

The proposed project will require clearing of enough trees to construct a temporary roadway south of the existing bridge site and construction of abutments adjacent to and in Storms Creek. The project also includes minimal in- stream work to protect and allow water to flow past the temporary bridge.

When the permanent structure is in place, the temporary bridge and fill will be removed and the site restored to as near original condition as possible.

Lawrence County and the forest service are interested in public comments on the proposed project.

Anyone who has comments, please respond in writing to Wayne National Forest, Ironton Ranger District, 6518 State Route 93, Pedro, Ohio, 45659-8912, by calling the Ranger Station at (740) 534-6500, or electronically to comments-eastern-wayne-ironton@fs.fed.us by the close of business on Friday, Sept. 3, so that the deciding officer can make a more informed decision.

Inspections slated for Grant Bridge

PORTSMOUTH — As part of the state’s annual bridge inspection program, the U.S. Grant Bridge in Scioto County will undergo a series of routine inspections next week.

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 7, and continuing throughout the week and into the next, inspectors and engineers from the Ohio Department of Transportation District 9’s Bridge and Traffic Studies Office will be conducting physical inspections from approximately 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

The inspections begin Tuesday, and continue through Sept. 10, with operations resuming on Sept. 13.

Crews will be working during daytime hours as weather permits, and throughout the week, the bridge will be closed to all traffic only while crews are at work; the bridge will be open to evening and overnight travel.

During periods of closure, motorists will be detoured by way of the Carl Perkins Bridge.

Red Lion Theatre Company to hold auditions for ‘Psycho Beach Party’

The Red Lion Theatre Company will be holding auditons for “Psycho Beach Party” in the Kyova Mall at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7 and 8. Roles are open for actors and acctresses age 16 and up. Unfortunately there are no children’s roles. Performances will be Oct. 22-23 and 29-30 at the Kyova Mall.

“Psycho Beach Party” is a tongue-in-cheek mixture of 60s surfer movies and old cheesy B-horror movies with young surfer-girl wanna-be Chicklet, at the center of a zaney plot. A perky teenager in Malibu Beach circa 1962, Chicklet wants to learn to surf and join a group of beach bums led by the great Kanaka.

Unfortunately, she suffers from a multiple personality disorder. Seeing red causes her to transform into various other selves, including a sinister vamp out to conquer the world. Complications arise when a movie starlet flees the set of her latest rotten movie to hide among the surfers.

The climax is a wild luau scene where hypnosis reveals the shocking root of Chicklet’s psychosis.

“Psycho Beach Party” contains some strong language and may not be suitable for younger audiences.

For more information, please visit our website at www.RedLionTC.org.

Big Brothers Big Sisters lunch break at Arby’s

ASHLAND, Ky. — Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Tri-State is recruiting mentors for their School-Based Mentoring and Community Based Programs.

Those interested in volunteering with the program are invited to Arby’s Restaurant at 1045 Winchester Ave. in Ashland on Tuesday, Sept. 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to talk with agency representatives. Radio stations WKEE, WTCR, WAMX and B97.1 will be on hand to promote the event.

Big Brothers are especially needed; however Big Sister applicants are welcomed as well.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a mentoring program serving at-risk children needing friendship and guidance in both a school-based mentoring program and a community based program in the Ashland, Ironton and Huntington area.

For information about BBBS, call the local office at 329-8799 or 1-800-971-2101 or visit the agency’s web site at www.bbbstristate.org. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a United Way partner agency.