News in brief – 6/8/11

Published 10:01 am Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Ironton City Council meeting Thursday

IRONTON — Ironton City Council will have its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Ironton City building.

The following items are on the agenda:

• The first reading of an ordinance authorizing Mayor Rich Blankenship to execute an agreement with E.L. Robinson Engineering Co. regarding the Ironton Manhole Rehabilitation Project. The agreement would be for $30,000 for engineering design, $7,500 for bidding and negotiation, $69,000 for construction administration, and $263,000 for resident inspection for a total of $369,500

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• The first reading of an ordinance providing for the issuance and sale of not to exceed $11,000 of sewer system revenue bonds for the purpose of improving the municipal sewer system

• The second reading of an ordinance that would amend a law about parking places

• The second reading of an ordinance authorizing the mayor to execute an agreement with Southern Ohio Trenching for the construction of a water meter replacement project

• A resolution acknowledging and supporting the Ironton Port Authority to apply for Clean Ohio assistance fund grants.

— Lori Kersey

Child Welfare Club announces Freshie award recipients

IRONTON — With a focus on Education, the Child Welfare Club presented Freshie Awards at Ironton High School and St. Joseph High School this year.

To qualify for the award, the students must have a 90 percent or better average in all academic subjects and / or 85 percent or better in all weighted academic classes at the end of the next to last grading period.

These students met the requirements at St. Joseph High School.

• Kara Addis, Gavin Byerley, Shannon Litton, Molly Miller, Patrick O’Brien and Joseph Payton.

These students met the requirements at Ironton High School.

Mackenzie Ackerson, Lauren Ball, Savannah Carr, Alexis Cooper, Taitlyn Dutey, Paul Ferguson Jr., Saige Fields, Ashton McMackin, Meghan Taylor, Maggie Thomas, Haley Waldo, Laken White, and Mia Wilson.

Each student received a Freshie Trophy.

Picnic with the Pops celebrates 25 years

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Your Huntington Symphony Orchestra announced that “popsiversary,” a celebration of the 25th year anniversary of Picnic with the Pops, is now on sale.

Being able to announce this 25th year anniversary is even sweeter for organizers since the Huntington Symphony Orchestra is currently going through some very rough times financially.

But with the spirit of the contributors and sponsors the orchestra announced a revised Picnic with the Pops season.

The first Pops will be July 23 with the theme of River Fest and bringing back the famed Jazzou and Bob show.

This upbeat ragtime and riverboat theme music event is sure to delight the crowds of all ages.

On Aug. 20 the HSO will present a Tribute to American Heroes featuring Marina Jurica and Ryan Hardiman.

An evening filled with “Stars and Stripes,” “God Bless America” and “You Raise Me Up,” all to tribute the American Hero.

Tables and tickets for POPSiversary are now on sale and may be purchased by going online at or by simply calling 304-781-8343 or stopping by the HSO administration office at 763 Third Ave.

Keep an eye open for announcements of several special events connected to each POPS.

Your Huntington Symphony Orchestra also wants to thank the many contributors that have come to our need during this very rough time.

Although the HSO is getting stronger, there is still a long way to go to make this a financial stable organization. Contributions are always gracefully accepted at “TURN UP the MUSIC CAMPAIGN” P.O. Box 2434 Huntington, WV 25725

Prescription Drug Take Back event offers safe disposal of medications on June 25

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Cabell County residents who missed National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 30 now have another opportunity to dispose of their unused or expired medications.

A Prescription Drug Take Back event, sponsored by the Cabell County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership (CCSAPP) and the Huntington Police Department, will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 25 at the United Way of the River Cities office across from the DMV (820 Madison Ave., Huntington, W.Va.).

This event is an attempt to curb prescription drug abuse in Cabell County. In Cabell County, 16.8 percent of students in 6th through 12th grades report using prescription medications without a prescription. The national rate is 10.1 percent.

West Virginia leads the nation in the number of prescriptions per person at 18.4. West Virginia also leads the nation in overdose fatalities related to non-medical use of prescription drugs.

“This is an opportunity to clean out your medicine cabinet — no questions asked,” said CCSAPP Project Director Anne McGee. “Safely disposing of unwanted medications prevents unintended diversion.”

For more information about the Prescription Drug Take Back event, contact CCSAPP Project Director Anne McGee at 304-523-8929, ext. 5 or