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News in Brief – 10/12/11

Eight residents receive ACTC scholarships

ASHLAND, Ky. — Eight Ohio residents were recognized Sept. 30 at the Ashland Community and Technical College 2011-12 Scholarship Reception.

Recipients were: Justin T. Bustetter, of Kitts Hill; Jason R. Heffner and Ryan J. Williams, both of Chesapeake; Zach McCarty, of Coal Grove; Alexander J. Bare, William S. Bordelon and Kevin D. MacDonald, all of Ironton; and Bethany C. Purdee of South Point.

ACTC scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need and/or the potential for academic success, as well as other criteria developed by scholarship donors. The reception honored 127 recipients who received scholarships from local and state funds that have selection processes, which are administered by the college.

DIRECTV opens new local center

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A national satellite television company will open a new local customer service center.

DIRECTV will host a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday at their new call center in Huntington, W.Va. from 1 to 3 p.m.

The new location is in a renovated former retail building and will have 730 jobs and the capacity for 800.

The center houses training facilities, an auditorium with a capacity of 100 and a fitness center. Tours will be available after the ceremony.

The DIRECTV Customer Care Center is located at 2203 Fifth Street Rd., Huntington, W.Va. 25701.

— Kristen Hainkel

Council to mull ordinance at Thursday meeting

IRONTON — Thursday’s Ironton City Council agenda includes first reading of an ordinance authorizing the mayor to enter into a $15,000 contract with the Ironton Metropolitan Housing Authority for increased police protection.

The ordinance calls for a minimum of one officer to be called out at the request of the housing authority to handle specialized patrols when needed.

The agenda also calls for discussion of State Issue 2.

City council will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday on the third floor of the Ironton City Center.

— Teresa Moore

Historian to speak at museum Thursday night

ASHLAND, KY. — Local historian and world-renowned cannon maker Marshall Steen will be the featured speaker at the October edition of the Military History Roundtable.

Steen, who serves on the Highlands Museum Board of Trustees and is active in numerous programs throughout the community, will discuss artillery that was used during the years our country was divided fighting the Civil War.

This meeting will be held at the Highlands Museum lasting approximately 45 minutes. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information on this upcoming meeting, please call the museum at (606) 329-8888.