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NEWS in BRIEF – 3/13/11

Shawnee State to sponsor business networking seminar

PORTSMOUTH — Shawnee State University will be sponsoring a business networking seminar, Refuse to Schmooze and You Lose, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, April 18 at the Endeavor Center in Piketon.

Participants will learn what business networking is, why they should network, where to utilize business networking, when business networking skills work to their advantage and social networking.

Some of the seminar’s objectives include learning how business networking skills can be a significant tool to use in meeting new people; making people feel welcome and branding your business; utilizing business networking skills not only in your business life but your personal life as well; and developing your ability to discuss any topic and learn when to listen.

The cost is $125 and includes instructional materials, continental breakfast and lunch.

Space is limited and participants must register by April 4. For more information or to register, contact Shawnee State University Outreach Services at (740) 351-3274 or call toll free at (866) 672-8778.

Belle of Cincinnati to visit Tri-State

IRONTON — BB Riverboats has announced that its flagship, the Belle of Cincinnati, will be embarking on a 13-day Summer Cruise Tour to six river cities from July 26 through Aug. 7.

They will be offering lunch, dinner, and sightseeing cruises throughout the tour as well as day trips departing from Gallipolis and Huntington. Cities that are scheduled for cruises include Maysville, Portsmouth, Ironton, Huntington,and Gallipolis.

“We are excited to be bringing the Belle of Cincinnati to all of these great river cities this summer,” said Alan Bernstein, owner of BB Riverboats. “It’s very nostalgic traveling from city to city and entertaining the residents of each individual community. It’s a lot like the old steamboat days!”

The Cincinnati-based BB Riverboats is in its 31st year of operation. Family owned from the outset, BB Riverboats was established in 1980.

For more info, visit www.bbriveboats.com. <http://www.bbriverboats.com> or call 800-261-8586.

Advance reservations are now being taken for groups and corporate parties. The Belle will be in Huntington on July 31 and August 1, 2011, where they will be running a Lunch and Dinner Cruise each day. In addition, on July 31 they will be running a 1 ½ hour sightseeing cruise.

Kitts Hill 4-H group elect officers

The Kitts Hill Willing Workers 4-H group has started another year of farm fun.

With the new year also comes new officers. They are:

President — Jared Bruce

Vice President — Uriah Christian

Secretary — Nathaniel Dickess

Treasurer— Hunter Humphreys

Photographer — Raegan Crabtree

News Reporter — Joe Besco

The next meeting will be March 27 at 3 p.m. at the home of Jimmy and Kathy Gore.

Volunteers needed for River Sweep

Volunteers are needed for River Sweep 2011 scheduled for Saturday, June 18, along the shoreline of the Ohio River and its many tributaries.

River Sweep is a riverbank cleanup that extends the entire length of the Ohio River and beyond. More than 3,000 miles of shoreline will be combed for trash and debris. This is the largest environmental event of its kind and encompasses six states.

“The Ohio River Sweep is very important because for a few hours on one day volunteers can help make a difference in the appearance of this great natural resource,” said Jeanne Ison, project director. “The Sweep has grown so much in the past few years, we’ve been able to expand the project to tributaries and feeder streams of the Ohio River.”

Persons wanting to volunteer for this event can call 1-800-359-3977 for site locations and county coordinators in their area or visit the website at www.orsanco.org and click on River Sweep. Each volunteer will receive a free T-shirt.

The River Sweep is sponsored by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO). Other sponsoring agencies are the West Virginia Make It Shine Program, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Illinois EPA, and Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet. ORSANCO is the water pollution control agency for the Ohio River and its tributaries.

Morning Pointe residents to help Alzheimer’s group

RUSSELL, Ky. — It’s time again for the big yard sale hosted by Morning Pointe Senior Care Community in Russell, Ky.

The annual event brings people from all around the community in search of unique items and great deals. Residents, their families, staff and the community are all invited to donate items for the big yard sale set for April 2 from 9 a.m. to noon at Morning Pointe

All of the proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

Items can be dropped off during business hours at the office, 1000 Addington Drive, Russell.

In addition to the yard sale, residents and staff at Morning Pointe also raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association through their participation in the annual memory walk.

High waters keep area roads closed

The Ohio Department of Transportation – District 9 has released a list of closures and restrictions due to flooding on the state highway system in Adams, Brown, Lawrence, Pike and Scioto counties as of Saturday afternoon.

The following routes are closed to all traffic:

• S.R. 247 at U.S. 52 in Adams County;

• S.R. 221 at U.S. 52 and Higginsport in Brown County;

• S.R. 243, just east of C.R. 36 (McKinney Creek Road) in Lawrence County;

• S.R. 650 at its junction with U.S. 52 at Hanging Rock in Lawrence County;

• S.R. 650, just south of S.R. 522, in Lawrence County;

• S.R. 220 at River Road, south of Waverly, in Pike County;

• S.R. 239 at U.S. 52 and West Portsmouth in Scioto County;

• U.S. 52 exit ramp to S.R. 852 in Scioto County;

• S.R. 73 underpass at U.S. 52 and S.R. 852 in Scioto County;

• S.R. 73/104 South to the Second Street Bridge and Portsmouth; and

• Second Street Bridge from Portsmouth to S.R. 73/104 North.

All closures will remain in effect until further notice, and motorists are reminded that crossing any closed route is strictly prohibited.

In Lawrence County, the following routes are reduced to one lane and remain open to limited travel:

• S.R. 7, just south of Prosperity Street at Athalia;

• S.R. 93, just north of Pedro and its junction with S.R. 522;

• S.R. 141, near T.R. 153 (Arabia-Gallia Road) and C.R. 16 (Aaron’s Creek Road), south of Arabia, and at C.R. 4 (Etna Waterloo Road, just west of the Gallia County line;

• S.R. 217, near the 6.0-mile marker and Linnville, just west of S.R. 378; and

• S.R. 243, near C.R. 2 and just west (north) of S.R. 7 at Bradrick.

Although these routes remain open, full closure may become necessary, and motorists are advised of the need for additional caution when crossing any route which remains open but where standing water may be present.

For information on additional lane and road closures caused by construction, accidents, flooding or other related traffic events throughout the state, visit Buckeye Traffic on ODOT’s web site at


Audrey Hepburn on the big screen at the Paramount

ASHLAND, Ky. — It’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” at the Paramount Arts Center for the Second Sunday Classic at 4 p.m. today.

This classic film pairs Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard for a fun romp through New York City that ends in love. But there is a lot of glitz and glam to enjoy along the way.

Tickets are $4 and can be purchased at the door.

For more information call the Box Office at 606.324.3175.

Special meal planned at Greenbo Lake State Park

ARGILLITE, Ky. – One Eastern Kentucky State Park will offering special meals during March and April.

Greenbo Lake State Resort Park near Greenup will begin offering an all-you-can-eat catfish or surf-and-turf dinner on Thursday nights starting March 17.

Greenbo Lake’s Anglers’ Cove Restaurant will feature catfish with hushpuppies and choice of two side dishes or a Surf & Turf Plate with BBQ ribs, shrimp and your choice of two side dishes with rolls for $11.95 for adults and $5.95 for children 12 and under. Offer does not include drink, tax or tip.

Greenbo Lake will also host its International Classic Cuisine Mexican Night on April 2.

Anglers’ Cove Restaurant will feature catfish, chicken enchilada bake, picante pork skillet, tamale pie, Mexican pizza, Spanish rice, refried beans, black beans and onions, Spanish vegetable blend, Spanish corn, roasted red potatoes, chicken tortilla soup, Mexican black bean soup, assorted Mexican desserts, pudding and cobbler. Serving hours are from 5-9 p.m. Adults $14.99 and children 12 and under are $6.99. Drink, tax and tip not included.

For more information, call Greenbo Lake at 800-325-0083.

Cabell-Huntington Visitors Bureau hosts woodworker

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Woodworker Jerill Vance will visit Friday from 4 – 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Vance learned woodworking early in life from his grandfather and father. So it was only natural for him to take up this craft as a hobby.

After 32 years of employment in R&D for Dow Chemical/Union Carbide, he began pursuing a career in woodworking. His first step was to utilize the TRA training available and obtain a degree in fine woodworking through New River Community and Technical College in Lewisburg, West Virginia.

Building up a portfolio of fine furniture, he is now launching his new career with a presentation of his work at the Cabell-Huntington Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The event will take place in the visitors’ center located in Heritage Station.

He is available to custom design and build fine furniture for customers who seek something truly special and distinctive. Examples of his work can be viewed on his web site www.jerillvanceworks.com.

Vance has earned “Best of Show” award at the 1993 Mason County Spring Craft Show. He was one of the first to join the Valley Woodworkers of WV in 1991 and has served in different offices for this organization. He joined Society of American Period Furniture Makers in 2005 and Mountaineer Woodturners in 2011.

For additional information you can contact the artist at jerillv@aol.com or by calling (304) 743-7264.