News in brief – 7/6/11

Published 10:07 am Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Body found in Ohio River in Huntington

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Huntington police are investigating the discovery of a body in the Ohio River.

The department says in a news release that the body of the unidentified male was found by employees of a boating equipment company near some barges. Police divers recovered the body Tuesday afternoon.

The body has been sent to the state medical examiner to determine a cause of death and positive identification.

Ironton fire ruled ‘undetermined’

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IRONTON — The Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office has ruled that an undetermined cause is to blame for a fire that destroyed an Ironton home last week.

OSFM spokesman Shane Cartmill said an electrical malfunction near an entertainment center in the home could not be ruled out as a cause.

The fire caused “heavy damage” to the house at 2628 S. Eighth St. Thursday evening Cartmill said. No one was home at the time of the fire and no one was injured.

Smoke detectors were present in the house, though it is unclear if they sounded, Cartmill said.

A neighbor spotted the blaze, he said.

— Lori Kersey

Play to benefit children’s program opens Friday

ASHLAND, Ky. — Company of Dreams Theatre presents the two-act play, “The Diviners,” Friday and Saturday. The play will be presented at 8 p.m. both evenings at 1100 Greenup Ave., 2nd Floor in Ashland.

The play is set in the fictional town of Zion, Ind. during the Great Depression and centers on the story of a disturbed young man named Buddy who holds the ability to divine water.

When former Kentucky preacher C.C. Showers strolls into town, the people of Zion are all abuzz—they’ve been without a preacher since their church burned down—and a cathartic friendship is born between him and Buddy.

“The Diviners” is a play about ordinary people dealing with sudden tragedy.

“The Diviners” is directed by Jim Maggard and includes a cast of eleven local actors.

Admission is $5 at the door, with a portion of proceeds benefitting NoizEjoy, a respite program for Tri-State area children with disabilities and their families.

For more information, call 606-615-8439.