News in brief – 4/6/11

Published 9:52 am Wednesday, April 6, 2011

South Point resident named to Ky. Dean’s List

BEREA, Ky. – South Point resident Keri Collins has been named to the fall 2010 Dean’s List at Berea College.

A student is named to the Dean’s List who achieves a GPA of 3.2 or higher for a minimum course load equivalent to 16 semester hours.

3 men sentenced for W.Va. fuel thefts

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – Two Kentucky men and one West Virginian have been sentenced to one year and one day for conspiring to steal diesel fuel worth more than $900,000.

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The men were sentenced Monday in federal court in Huntington. They are 47-year-old Darrell Glen Deerfield of Rush, Ky.; 52-year-old Joey Williams of Greenup, Ky.; and 40-year-old Paul David Smith of Barboursville.

The defendants pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy to transport and sell goods stolen from interstate shipments.

According to prosecutors, Deerfield worked for a company that transported diesel fuel to be used by CSX trains. They say Deerfield conspired with Williams and Smith to steal fuel from a facility in Russell, Ky., and that Smith then sold the fuel to businesses and individuals in West Virginia and Kentucky.

Man pleads guilty in contraband smokes case

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – A Charleston man has pleaded guilty to conspiring to sell more than 3.4 million contraband cigarettes.

Basim Ali Talouzi also pleaded guilty Monday to distribution of oxycodone. He faces up to 25 years in prison and a $1.25 million fine when he is sentenced June 27 in U.S. District Court in Huntington.

According to prosecutors, Talouzi conspired with others to buy, transport and sell contraband cigarettes between July 2010 and last month. The total tax loss to West Virginia on the 17,112 cartons of contraband smokes was just over $94,000.

Talouzi also admitted selling oxycodone pills to undercover federal agents.

‘The Ten Commandments’ showing at PAC

The Second Sunday Film Classic, April 10 is “The Ten Commandments,” featuring Charlton Heston.

The well-known film received an Academy Award for Special Effects in 1957. In a brief talk before the movie, writer Angela Henderson-Bentley will share some of the secrets of the making of the film.

She will also point out some things to look and listen for while watching the film and share the answers to some burning questions, such as who actually was the voice of God.

Pre-show begins at 3:30 with movie at 4 p.m. Tickets are $4 and can be purchased at the door day of the show or in the box office (606) 324-3175. Tickets for groups of 10 or more are $3 per person.

Benefit for cystic fibrosis to be held

GETAWAY — Collins Career Center’s Respiratory Therapy Program is taking “Great Strides” to raise money for the cystic fibrosis foundation.

Cystic fibrosis is a childhood disease that affects the lungs and the digestive system and there is no cure.

Come join the staff and students of Collins Career Center on Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon and participate in the “Great Strides” walk for the cure of cystic fibrosis.

Donate $5 to walk, enjoy the day and have lunch all for a great cause!

All money collected at this event goes directly to cystic fibrosis research.

Weinfurtner joins Tri-State Pediatrics

RUSSELL, Ky. — Leigh Ann Weinfurtner, PA-C, has joined the staff of Tri-State Pediatrics (900 Saint Christopher Drive) on the campus of Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital.

Weinfurtner is a physician’s assistant who joins the practice that includes Donna Bolden, M.D., Cheryl Cook, M.D., and Pearl Hennan-Hain, D.O. Weinfurtner previously worked at Bellefonte Primary and Urgent Care in Cannonsburg. Weinfurtner earned her master’s degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Kentucky’s Morehead, Ky. campus. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Morehead State University. Weinfurtner is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Tri-State Pediatrics’ hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The office can be contacted at (606) 836-0919.

OLBH to host breast cancer support group

RUSSELL, Ky. — Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital’s (OLBH) breast cancer support group will meet Thursday, April 7 at 5 p.m. in the Diabetes Education Classroom at Bellefonte Center (1000 Ashland Drive.)

The topic for this month’s meeting is Turning Down the Volume on the Voice of Fear. Refreshments will be provided.

To register, contact the OLBH CareLine at (606) 833-CARE (2273) or register online at

Wild Weekend set for Heritage Farm and Museum

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The Heritage Farm and Museum is hosting a special Wild and Woolly Way Back Weekend from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 9.

Suzanne Long, owner/handler of Squirrels’ Nest Farm Border Collies in Murphy, N.C., will be demonstrating sheep herding with her Border Collies. These demonstrations will begin at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m., each one will last about a half an hour.

Ann Grimes will be demonstrating the modern craft of needle felting and Kate McComas will be turning wool into felt the old way with lots of hot water and soap. Kids are welcome to try their hand at making a small felt ball.

There will be plenty of other hands-on activities for children this Saturday including the petting zoo and wagon rides, as well as corn shelling, cornmeal grinding and “milking the cow” in the Appalachian Hall.

Regular admission fees will apply.

Craft classes are scheduled at the farm throughout April and will include: basic sewing classes, hand spinning class and needle felting class. Please call (304) 522-1244 to register or sign up at Wild and Woolly.