News in brief – 4/12/11

Published 10:00 am Thursday, May 12, 2011

Area student to receive NASA scholarship

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that Lawrence County student Jacob Kilver, of South Point, has received the 2011 Aeronautics Scholarship. Awarded by NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, Kilver is one of two Ohio students to the prestigious award that aids students enrolled in fields related to aeronautics and aviation studies.

“Young Ohioans like Jacob strengthen Ohio’s contributions to 21st century innovations in aeronautics and aviation,” Brown said. “Science, technology, engineering and mathematics-based industries will continue to seek out talented Ohioans who are soaring to new heights and attracting new jobs to our state.”

Kilver is an undergraduate at The Ohio State University. He will receive $15,000 per year to cover tuition costs for two years and can also receive a $10,000 stipend during a summer internship with NASA.

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NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate annually awards 25 students across the United States with financial support and internship opportunities.

Make a gift for Dad at Kyova Branch

CANNONSBURG, Ky. — It’s not too soon to start working on a special gift for dear old Dad this Father’s Day.

All ages are welcome to make a leather key fob for dad at the May 16 Funday Monday Craft program at the Kyova Branch of Boyd County Public Library. The activity starts at 5:30 p.m. The branch is located in the Kyova Mall, across from Elder-Beerman.

The library will provide all the supplies and instruction for the leather-stamping project.

Other Funday Monday programs at Kyova (all start at 5:30 p.m.):

• Family Read Together on the fourth Monday (next one is May 23). Bring the family, a blanket and your favorite book (or use one of ours).

• Family Wii Night on the first Monday (next one is June 6).

• Book & A Movie on the second Monday (next one is June 13 – discuss and watch “The Hunt for Red October.”)

For more information on Funday Monday, call Allison at (606) 929-5346 at the Kyova Branch. To find out more about other library programs and services, visit the online branch at

See ‘Tron: Legacy’ for Macho Monday

ASHLAND, Ky. — It’s Macho Monday Movie Night at Boyd County Public Library, with a showing of “Tron: Legacy” on May 16 at the Main Branch.

The movie starts at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $2, or bring a food item to share. All money collected will be used to purchase pizza and other refreshments. Women are welcome to attend.

“Tron: Legacy,” rated PG, is a sequel to the 1982 film. In this one, the son of a virtual world designer goes looking for his father and ends up in the digital world that his father designed.

Other upcoming movies at the Library include: “Gulliver’s Travels” on May 18 at Kyova; and “Love and Other Drugs” (Girls Night Out) on May 25 at Main.

For a full movie schedule, visit

Johnson’s Ironton office now open

IRONTON — Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) opened a district office in Ironton Tuesday.

The office will serve constituents in the southern part of the 6th Congressional District.

“Given the size of this Congressional district, it’s important that everyone living in eastern and southeastern Ohio feel they can visit our offices without traveling too far,” Congressman Johnson said in a press release. “The Ironton office will be a great resource for those living in the southern part of the 6th Congressional District, and I’m pleased we were able to open the office there.”

The Ironton office is staffed full time. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office is located at 202 Park Ave. Phone: 740-534-9431. Fax: 740-534-9482.

Johnson also has offices in Marietta in Washington County and Salem in Columbiana County.

PAC To host gospel spring concert

ASHLAND,Ky. — The America’s Bluegrass Gospel Show will have its Spring Taping Concert at the Paramount Arts Center in Ashland, Ky. on Thursday, May 26 at 7 p.m.

The Isaacs will headline the concert which also includes Larry Cordle, Don Rigsby, Melvin Goins, The Joe Freeman Band, the 4 Ever Praise Quartet, Rick May, and Jim and Valerie Gabehart.

Show admission is $20 in advance or $25 the day of show.

The America’s Bluegrass Gospel Show is a locally produced TV show that is currently broadcast to more than 40 million households on The Pursuit Channel via Directv and The Dish Network. The show can be seen locally at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings on WSAZ Newschannel 3 or 7:30 p.m. on Sunday evenings on MyZTV.

For more information contact the Paramount Arts Center at 606-324-3175 or visit the box office in Ashland.

Volunteers needed for trail workday

BURTONVILLE, Ky. — Volunteers are needed Saturday, May 21, to perform maintenance on a section of the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail near Morehead, Ky. in the Daniel Boone National Forest.

Volunteers are asked to meet at the Carl Perkins Community Center on Ky. 32 between I-64 and U.S. 60 at 9 a.m. Park in the rear of the lot near the tool trailer.

Ironton native returns to alma mater

MOREHEAD, Ky. — Morehead State University¹s only graduate to achieve the rank of Brigadier General will visit his alma mater and take part in commissioning of ROTC cadets and commencement ceremonies, Friday and Saturday.

Brig. Gen. Jeffery L. Underhill arrived in the area on May 11 and will visit with MSU¹s military science students and faculty, university leadership, and tour the campus on today. Highlighting his day on Friday will be the commissioning ceremony at 6 p.m. at the Adron Doran University Center.

“It is exciting to have one of our most distinguished ROTC and MSU alumni here to participate in the ceremonies that will honor one of our most distinguished senior classes ever,” said Maj. Robert Mason, professor of military science and chair of the department of military science.

Underhill is commander of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, a post he assumed on June 5, 2009.

Originally from Ironton, he completed a bachelor¹s degree in business administration in 1984 at MSU where he was commissioned through the Army ROTC program. He then entered the Army in the Air Defense Artillery Corps and headed to his first assignment in Europe, beginning a nearly 30 year career in the military.

Underhill¹s military education includes Air Defense Artillery Basic Course, Armor Officer Advanced Course, Command and General Staff College, and the United States Army War College. He has served in a variety of command and staff positions around the globe, including Assignments Officer, Air Defense Branch, PERSCOM, the Aide-de-Camp to the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, and Physical Asset Protection Branch Chief, J8, Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon.

He was Battery Commander during Operation Desert Shield and Storm, and with Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Among his many awards and decorations are the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.

He married the former Kelli Bamer, an MSU alumnus also from Ironton, in 1984. They have two adult children, Brandon and Britney.