News in Brief – 1/28/11

Published 9:49 am Friday, January 28, 2011

$5.8M contract awarded for W.Va. flood project

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Work is expected to begin soon on a project to reduce flooding in the Island Creek basin in Logan.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Thursday that it issued a notice Wednesday to proceed with the project.

The corps says 3,600 feet of Island Creek upstream from its confluence with the Guyandotte River will be widened to 80 feet.

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A $5.8 million base contract has been awarded to Heeter Construction Inc. of Spencer.

Several major floods have occurred in the creek basin in the last few years.

PAC announces Red Sparkly Shoe Day in February

ASHLAND, Ky. — The Paramount is looking for a few good women and girls of all ages to join us, Monday, Feb. 7 for Red Sparkly Shoe Day.

If you are the kind of woman who can pull off a pair of red glittery shoes, enjoy clicking your heels together and truly believe that somewhere over the rainbow is right here in the Tri-state, then you are in.

We will be celebrating an 80-year anniversary of The Wizard of Oz and celebrating that Wizard of the Oz, the musical that is coming to the Paramount, Thursday, March 10.

If you plan to wear your red sparkly shoes, please email We will be doing some shoe-tracking throughout the day.

If you don’t already own a pair and aren’t interested in adding to your permanent wardrobe, we can email you instructions on how to make your own. For more information call 606-324-3175 ext. 309.

SSU theatre to hold auditions

PORTSMOUTH — Shawnee State University will be holding auditions at 6 p.m. on Monday at the Kahl Studio Theater in the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts for Paul Zindel’s madcap, bizarre comedy, “The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild.”

Mildred Wild and her husband run a candy store in Greenwich Village.

The store is cluttered with her 40-year collection of movie magazines. She escapes from reality into a dream world with all of the movies.

In this dream world whenever there is a crisis, she creates a fantasy scene from one of the movies.

A two-minute memorized contemporary monologue from existing theatre literature is required for anyone who is auditioning.

Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on April 20, 21, 22 on the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts Main Stage Theater.

Four males and five females are needed for the play. Sign up for an audition time on the Kahl Studio Theater door.

For more information, contact Director John Huston at or (740) 351-3335.

Highlands Museum to host mystery dinner theater

ASHLAND, Ky. — It is with much eagerness and enthusiasm that the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center announces Horsin Around With Murder, a mystery dinner theatre that will be held on Friday, March 25, 2011 and Saturday, March 26 at 7 p.m. at the museum.

This fundraiser will help the museum so continue the ongoing mission to provide heritage education for all ages. The night’s events include the presentation of Horsin Around With Murder performed by the Bluegrass Mystery Theatre located in Lexington, Ky., a silent auction, and a full course meal.

Everyone has a secret they don’t want revealed, but before the night is over all the secrets come out and one of them ends up dead in this hysterical new comedy by Paula Hilton. See if you can figure out “Who Done It” and win the evening’s prize.

Tickets are on sale now and are $50 each. Ticket price includes the presentation of Horsin Around With Murder, and a full course meal by Mary’s Kitchen Catering. Guests may come to the museum to view silent auction items as early as 5:30 p.m.

Silent auction winners will be announced following the Saturday evening show. High bidders from Friday night will be contacted by phone if they are outbid.

For those of you who are not familiar with our organization, the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center is a regional education center that offers unique heritage workshops and exhibits for hands on supplemental learning opportunities for children of all ages. The museum’s commitment to downtown Ashland has added to its reputation as a heritage institution for residents, an attraction for tourists, and a key anchor in Ashland’s Arts District.

‘Name that tune’ to be at Greenbo

GREENUP, Ky. — The Greenup County Arts Council presents “Name That Tune” at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park on Saturday.

Enjoy an excellent meal prepared by the Anglers’ Cove Restaurant followed by the show based on the TV program. Guests can participate and win prizes.

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.

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.

Rep. Carey to hold open door session

COLUMBUS — State Representative John Carey (R-Wellston) will hold an open door session in Vinton County on Friday, Feb. 4, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Vinton County Court House, located at 100 East Main St. in McArthur.

During the session, constituents in Vinton County and throughout the 87th District will have the opportunity to speak with Carey one-on-one about issues concerning state government and the region, as well as discuss any personal matters regarding state agencies. The event is open to the public, and all are encouraged to attend.

“These sessions are an important opportunity to speak with my constituents, listen to their concerns and stay up-to-date on key issues and events in Southern Ohio,” said Carey.

Win prizes in February at BCPL

ASHLAND, Ky. — Boyd County Public Library patrons can win prizes playing bingo throughout February.

It’s easy to play: just pick up a game card at any public service desk. When you “bingo!” —mark off five squares in a row — then you get to select a prize. The Library Bingo game card looks just like a regular bingo card (including a FREE space), except that instead of numbers, the rows and columns are filled with things you can do at BCPL, such as check out a movie, download a book, use a computer, attend a program, etc.

Library Bingo runs from Feb. 1 through Feb. 28. Patrons can play more than once. Prizes include silly bandz, mousepads, pens and T-shirts.

For more information on BCPL programs and services, visit