NEWS IN BRIEF – 12/30/10

Published 11:26 am Thursday, December 30, 2010

Publisher offering free book, writing seminar on Internet

If writing a book is on your list of goals for 2011, this is one you can check off your list at the beginning of the year. Jenny Holmes, author and owner of The Publishing Place, is offering a free downloadable book called “How To Write and Publish an eBook in One Day” coupled with a one-day online writing seminar, Sunday.

The seminar kicks off online at 9 a.m. EST. The link to download the free book and to access the seminar live can be found at By the end of the day, the author will have a manuscript ready to be uploaded for sale on a variety of eReaders to include, Kindle, Nook, Sony and Apple iPad.

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Holmes is author of five books and has published nearly 100 titles for authors since 2004. For more information, please email

‘Clue the Musical’ will be at Greenbo Lake Jan. 29

GREENUP, Ky. — The Paramount Arts Center’s Paramount Players presents “Clue the Musical” — A Murder Mystery at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park on Jan. 29.

Who did it? Was it Miss Scarlet in the dining room with a rope? Enjoy an excellent meal prepared by the Anglers’ Cove Restaurant followed by a musical murder mystery. Enjoy one night’s lodging, dinner and show for two and a continental breakfast all for $136 plus tax. Dinner and show only is $35 plus tax per person.

Reservations must be made by Jan. 21, 2011 by calling 1-800-325-0083 or contact Guests are encouraged to come to the show in costume if they like.

Greenbo Lake State Resort Park is on KY 1, 18 miles north of I-64 from Grayson exit or 8 miles south of U.S. 23, the Country Music Highway on KY 1. Greenbo Lake features the Jesse Stuart Lodge with 36 rooms, convention center, and Anglers’ Cove Restaurant. The park has a 225-acre lake for boating and fishing, tennis courts, 25 miles of multi-use trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. The campground is open April 1 through Oct. 31. Greenbo Amphitheatre features musical concerts and plays during the summer and fall.

Master of education program available at Shawnee State

PORTSMOUTH — After years of planning, Shawnee State University’s Department of Education now offers a Master of Education with a concentration in curriculum and instruction for local residents.

“Students don’t have to go to an online university or travel to get the master’s degree,” said Ken Carlson, Ed.D., associate professor and graduate program facilitator in teacher education. “All of the classes are in a blended format, some classes are online and some classes are on campus.”

Carlson conducted one online class from Chicago with students in Florida on vacation last summer. The classes are very flexible and it is designed for practicing teachers. The offerings will be expanding in the future.

The Master of Education program is a 33-semester-hour program offered through evening, weekend and summer classes. The purpose of the Teacher Education Program is to prepare educators to be learner-centered and inquiring professionals who can think critically, act ethically, communicate effectively, and work collaboratively to meet the diverse needs of all students.

“We really think this meets the needs of our students,” Carlson said. “We also have a fourth- and fifth-grade endorsement available.”

All of the classes are available for professional development to help teachers meet their certification requirements also.

OLBH Mobile Health Center releases January schedule

RUSSELL, Ky. — The Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital (OLBH) Mobile Health Center schedule for the month of January has been released. The center will visit the following locations:

  • • Valley Medical Center, Ironton Hills Plaza, Ironton, Ohio – Thursdays, Jan. 6, Jan. 13 and Jan. 20 and Tuesday Jan. 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • • Bellefonte Primary Care- Grayson, Carol Malone Blvd., Grayson – Monday, Dec. 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • • Lewis County Health Department, Lyons Lane, Vanceburg – Wednesday, Jan. 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • • Bellefonte Primary & Urgent Care- Cannonsburg, 12470 U.S. Route 60, Cannonsburg – Monday, Jan. 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • • Bellefonte Primary Care-South Shore, US 23, South Shore – Tuesday, Jan. 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • • Ironton High School, 1701 S. Seventh St., Ironton – Wednesday, Jan. 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • • Bellefonte Primary Care- Ashland, 2028 Winchester Ave., Ashland – Tuesday, Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • • Stultz Pharmacy, Applegate Shopping Center, Greenup – Thursday, Jan. 27, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • • Dawson-Bryant High School, One Hornet Lane, Coal Grove – Monday, Jan. 31 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Those who wish to attend any of the scheduled stops of the OLBH Mobile Health Center must schedule an appointment by calling the OLBH Women’s Center at (606) 836-PINK (7465).

Ironton grad directing high school play

Albany — Director Matt Johnson, an Ironton High School Class of 2002 graduate, and his drama students at Alexander High School have spent the past couple of months in rehearsals, preparing for their first performance of the year.

They have taken on the task of bringing to the stage the classic tale, “Robin Hood”…well, sort of.

This Robin Hood tale, written by Mary Lynn Dobson and dubbed “The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood,” is a hilarious take on the popular “steal from the rich, give to the poor” legend.

The show is scheduled for January 7 and 8 at 7 pm and January 9th at 3pm. Tickets are $3 presale and $5 at the door for students; $5 presale and $7 at the door for adults. Presale tickets can be purchased at the high school office.

Engine rebuild class at ACTC

ASHLAND, Ky — A hands-on High Performance Engine Rebuild Class will be held Saturdays, Jan. 8 to April 16, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Roberts Drive Campus.

Participants will learn to adjust or modify a gasoline car or truck short block engine, including cylinder heads, valve train, intake manifold and pre-start procedures. Instructor Rick Burnett is ACTC Division Chair for Manufacturing and Transportation, a diesel technology instructor and drag strip racer who is experienced in modifying engines for high performance.

The 60-hour class fee is $225, and preregistration is required through ACTC Lifelong Learning, 606-326-2072, 800-928-4256 or email:

SOPAA, SSU present ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

PORTSMOUTH — The hit play, “Fiddler on the Roof,” will open the first show of the year at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 13 at Shawnee State University’s Vern Riffe Center for the Arts.

Told with humor, but not a comedy, this story of generational and political struggle is set in Tsarist Russia in 1905 on the eve of the revolution.

The musical opens with the haunting strains of a fiddler perched precariously on a roof. Despite the danger of slipping off the roof, the fiddler merrily plays on. Tevye, a humble milkman, shuffles forth to explain that the villages, too, live precariously.

Tevye’s three eldest daughters, knowing they have no dowries, consider their fates in “Matchmaker, Matchmaker.” Unbeknownst to her father, Tevye’s eldest daughter, Tzeitel, has fallen in love with the poor tailor of the village, Motel Kamzoil, but tradition dictates that these things be arranged. The story elevates as Tzeitel has already been arranged to marry a rich old man.

Since 1965 when the show first opened, “Fiddler” has won numerous Tony awards.

Group and student discounts are available by calling the McKinley Box Office, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at (740) 351-3600. Tickets can also be purchased at Visit for more information.

The Broadway Series is sponsored by SSU, the Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association and Southern Ohio Medical Center.