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News in brief – 10/20/11

Ironton City Council to meet in special session today

IRONTON — Ironton City Council will meet in special session at 6 p.m. today to give first reading and possibly adopt an ordinance pertaining to the transfer of the RoNa Theater.

The ordinance would allow the Ironton Port Authority to acquire the building to take advantage of $2.5 million in state and federal tax credits that would be used to help renovate the building.

“It needs to be out of governmental hands before we can take advantage of the tax credits,” Mayor Rich Blankenship explained.

Ralph Kline, assistant director of the Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization, will attend a committee as a whole session for council at 5:30 p.m. to explain the ordinance and answer any questions about it prior to the special meeting.

Blankenship said the ordinance must be passed by the end of the month to take advantage of the tax credits.

— Teresa Moore

Hayes, Gore to serve as top board officers

ROME TOWNSHIP — At its organizational meeting Monday the Lawrence County Fair Board elected for another term Freddie Hayes as its president.

Also for another term Jim Gore will serve as the board’s vice president with Kathy Gore as secretary. Hayes will again take on the duties of treasurer.

On Saturday five members were chosen for this year’s board. They are new member, Mike Patterson, and incumbents Kenny Mannon, Randall Lambert, Ben Coleman and Doug Curry.

Their terms are for three years. Each year five members are elected to the 15-member board that governs activity at the fair grounds and the summer junior 4-H fair.

Right now the board is coordinating the building of a new barn and arena for the fair grounds.

The construction is expected to cost $400,000, which will be paid for through pledges, already received. Bids are being taken for that construction and will be opened Monday, Oct. 31.

— Benita Heath

City National Bank hosting ‘Donations for Denim’

IRONTON — City National Bank’s Ironton branch, at 506 Park Ave., is hosting its first “Donations for Denim” canned food drive the months of October and November.

Staff members have been challenged to bring in five non-perishable items each week. The reward for helping a good cause is that they can then wear jeans on Friday.

City National customers are encouraged to lend a hand by bringing donations to the branch. The food will be donated to the City Welfare Mission in Ironton.

Lawrence Soil and Water Conservation District recycling for breast cancer

WILLOW WOOD — For the month of October, the Lawrence Soil and Water Conservation District is accepting the above items to be recycled for breast cancer awareness.

The money collected from recycling the newspaper, junk mail, computer paper, magazines, cardboard, soup/food cans, steel, scrap metals, and aluminum cans will be donated to the Pink Ribbon Fund at St. Mary’s Medical Center. The fund helps to pay for mammograms for uninsured and underinsured patients.

“From the conservation side of things, it is important to recycle as much as we possibly can to help reduce the amount of trash going to our landfills,” says Carrie Yaniko, Urban/Education Specialist for the Lawrence Soil and Water Conservation District.

By collecting these items for this month (October is breast cancer awareness month) and taking them to the recycling facility, we felt the money received from recycling these items should go to a worthy cause.”

Please encourage your friends, families and the places you do business with to participate in this worthy cause. Items can be brought to the Soil and Water Office at 5459 State Route 217, Willow Wood or if you need assistance getting your items donated, please call the office, or any of the board members, and we’ll make arrangements to get those items collected.

If you know of a business/organization/group that is interested in participating, please call us and we will make arrangements to collect the materials from them also.

We may be reached at 740-867-4737 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. If it is after hours or a weekend, please enter extension 27 for Carrie Yaniko and leave a message.