News in brief – 5/18/11

Published 10:48 am Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Ex-corrections officer admits to having child porn

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former corrections officer in Mason County has pleaded guilty to federal charges of possessing child pornography.

Thirty-five-year-old Joseph Roush admitted Monday in U.S. District Court in Huntington to having more than 600 images of child pornography on his home computer in April 2009.

Roush was an officer at the Lakin Corrections Center.

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He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing has been set for Sept. 19.

Rep. Carey to hold open door session

CHESAPEAKE — State Representative John Carey (R-Wellston) will hold an open door session in Lawrence County on Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Briggs Lawrence County Public Library, Chesapeake Branch, located at 11054-A County Road 1 in Chesapeake.

During the session, constituents in Lawrence 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.

Club now accepting yard nominations

COAL GROVE — The Coal Grove Betterment Club is now accepting nominations for the “Outstanding Yard of the Month” award.

Anyone can recommend any yard (including their own) by contacting a member of the Betterment Club, or calling 532-2661, or sending an e-mail to

This award is open to any resident in the Village of Coal Grove and will be awarded for the months of June, July, August and September. Club member’s yards are not eligible for this award.

BB’s Car Club Cruz Ins location set for 2011 season

ASHALND, Ky. — BB’s Car Club will open their 2011 Cruz In season on Saturday at the Kyova Mall on U.S. 60 in Ashland.

The cruise in will run from 4 to 9 p.m. with early registration starting at 2 p.m.

There will be door prizes given every 10 minutes through out the evening along other giveaways and also a 50/50 drawing.

Registration will be $5 for those wishing to register their cars and spectators are free.

BB’s Car Club was picked as the No. 1 Monthly Cruz In in the Midwest for the third straight year by Cruisin Times Magazine. Music will be provided by Magic Carpet Productions featuring the favorite classics from the 50s and early 60s.

BB’s Car Clubs Cruz Ins are family oriented, so feel free to bring the family and enjoy a relaxing evening and view the many classic, custom and muscle cars.

ACTC graduation recognizes Ohioans

ASHLAND, Ky. — Thirty-five Ohio residents were among the 521 Ashland Community and Technical College students recognized at the Graduation Ceremony on May 14 at the Paramount Arts Center in Ashland.

The students included graduates from August 2010, graduates from December 2010 and graduation candidates from May 2011. They are listed below by city of residence.

From Chesapeake: Bonnie S. Ellison, Heather M. Jones and Joseph P. Murphy.

From Ironton: Brooke L. Brumett, Michael W. Filkins, Joanna Friend, Isaac M. Glover. Virginia L. Haas, Carl E. Justice, Kayla A. Tolbert, Meka K. Wall and Jeremy W. Wrenn.

From Kitts Hill: Gretchen N. Dickess and Eli E. Kitchen.

From Proctorville: Aaron J. Allen, Cresta M. Ferguson, Jason D. Napier, Stacy L. Swain, Emily L. Trador and Melissa D. Welden.

From South Point: Amber N. Donnally, Brett T. Freeman, Danita C. Fugitt, Joshua L. Haney, Tia M. Haney, Tammy S. Lee, Mary E. Morrison, Allyson M. Pinkerman and Olivia R. Price.

From Wheelersburg: Brandon S. Maxie and Joshua C. McSweeney.

Also from Ohio: Michael R. Bobst, Franklin Furnace; Jonathan R. Hay, West Union; Jamie G. Miller, Pedro; and Elaine F. Pack, Coal Grove.

Proctorville native makes N.C. college dean’s list

Brevard College in Brevard, N.C. has named Grace Caroline Skiles of Proctorville to the dean’s list for the spring semester of the 2010-2011 academic year.

To be eligible for the dean’s list, a student must be enrolled full-time and earned a 3.50 grade point average or higher for the semester.

Blood drive set for June in Ashland

RUSSELL, Ky. — Morning Pointe Senior Care Community of Ridge will host a blood drive on June 1 at the facility located at 1000 Addington Drive in Russell.

The drive will last from 1 to 6 p.m.

For questions or to schedule a donation time, please call Morning Pointe Ridge (606) 833-1120.

Library to host comic book expo

ASHLAND, Ky. — Collectors and fans of comic books won’t want to miss the Comic Book Expo at Boyd County Public Library on Tuesday.

The event starts at 6 p.m. at the Main Branch, 1740 Central Ave., and will include at least three large collections of comic books and collectibles. Businesses and individuals wanting to display should call Adam Chandler at (606) 329-0090. There is no cost to display or to attend.

Comic World and Purple Earth Comics, both of Huntington, W.Va., will have comic books on display. Hometown Hobbies, also of Huntington, will be bringing lots of collectibles.

Tickets to upcoming movies based on comic books, donated by Phoenix Theatres, will be given away. For more information, call (606) 329-0090. For information on all library programs and services, visit

America’s first master sommelier to visit W.Va.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Local wine enthusiasts will have the rare opportunity to participate in an evening of wine education and entertainment conducted by America’s first master sommelier, Eddie Osterland, on Saturday.

Presented by Creative Kitchens and entitled, “Wine & Power Entertaining,” this casual evening will pair wine, food and company with tips for demystifying wine and entertaining at the highest level.

Taking place at Creative Kitchens, located at 1242 Fifth Ave. in Huntington, the event begins at 6 p.m. and tickets cost $50 per person. Proceeds from this event benefit Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity.

To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Creative Kitchens by calling (304) 529-2537.