News in Brief – 10/21/10

Published 10:34 am Thursday, October 21, 2010

Paying for college focus of program

ASHLAND, Ky. — The school year is only a couple months old, but it’s not too early for graduating seniors to be thinking about how they will pay for college.

Boyd County Public Library and Boyd County High School are hosting “Paying for College 101” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, at the Summit Branch of BCPL. It is free and open to anyone – students and/or parents.

Amy Marvin, an outreach counselor for Eastern Kentucky, will provide detailed information on what you need to apply for state and federal college funds. She will demonstrate how to fill out forms, including the FAFSA, and talk about how to avoid some common mistakes. She will also discuss that “magic formula” that determines financial need.

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The Summit Branch is located at 1016 Summit Road, across from Boyd County Middle School. For more information, call (606) 928-3366.

To learn more about library programs and services, visit the online branch at

Last weekend to rope in Will Rogers Follies

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The Will Rogers Follies will be performed at the ARTS Renaissance Theater located at 900 8th St. formerly the old Huntington High School. Tickets are available by calling (304) 733-ARTS (2787). Remaining performances are October 22 & 23 at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $30 which includes dinner and show, and $15 for show only.

Children twelve and under, accompanied by a paying adult, will enjoy our show free of charge. For more information regarding the 2010 season line-up and ticketing, please visit us online at

Ashland Town Center site of trick or treat event Monday

ASHLAND, KY – Ashland Town Center officials is announcing they will conduct their annual Trick or Treat event on Monday, Oct. 25.

The event will take place at the mall from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“Ashland Town Center is pleased to host this event each year for the local children in the Tri-State area,” said Jaime Bloss, Marketing Director for Ashland Town Center. “Children can go from store to store for treats without parents having to worry about traffic conditions and weather.”

River Cities Harvest will join Ashland Town Center this year for the Trick or Treat event. Customers can bring non-perishable food items to Guest Services to donate.

All food donated will be distributed to local agencies that feed those in need.

For more information on the event please visit or call the Mall Office at 606-324-1100.

Book by Proctorville native wins award

PROCTORVILLE — Author Mary Calhoun Brown announced today that her debut novel, There Are No Words, has won a gold medal from the Mom’s Choice Awards program.

This is the second award in a week for the novel, which won the bronze medal in young adult fiction last week from the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards.

There Are No Words, released in February by Lucky Press, has been showered with accolades. In addition to the Mom’s Choice Award and Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, this novel with an autistic protagonist has won an Eric Hoffer Award, an International Book Award, Creative Child Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, a Parent-Tested Parent-Approved Award, IBBY’s “Outstanding Book for Young People with Disabilities,” a Hollywood Book Festival award and an award from the Nashville Book Festival.

There Are No Words is a story about acceptance, friendship and the love of a granddaughter for her grandmother and grandfather. Told from the perspective of a young person with autism, this novel gives the rest of us a peek into the heart and mind of those on the autism spectrum.

Brown graduated from Fairland High School in 1989.

Movies, ghost hunting discussion at BCPL

ASHLAND, Ky. — A full day of spooky stuff is planned for all ages this Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Main Branch of Boyd County Public Library.

The Scary Saturday schedule includes two movies, at 10 a.m. and noon, followed by a presentation and discussion on ghost hunting.

First up is something for children “Scooby Doo: The Mystery Begins,” at 10 a.m.; followed by a movie for the older crowd: “A Nightmare on Elm Street” at noon. The latter movie is rated R, which means viewers must be 17 or older, or have permission from a parent or guardian.

At 2 p.m., all ages are invited to a special program, “Investigating the Unexplained,” put on by the Gateway Paranormal Society of Mt. Sterling. The presenters, Ron and Lori Coffee, are authors of Gateway Ghosts and Local Legends.

They will talk about ghost hunts they have conducted and demonstrate some of their equipment.

Admission to all programs is free, and there will be refreshments at the movies.

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