News in brief – 11/1/11

Published 11:16 am Tuesday, November 1, 2011

MU to offer degree for Marines

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University is partnering with the Marine Corps to provide active-duty officers the opportunity to earn a Master of Arts in leadership studies.

The university signed a memorandum of understanding with the Quantico, Va.-based U.S. Marine Corps College of Distance Education and Training on Saturday.

Kelly Sweetman, director of military & veterans affairs at Marshall, says about 22,000 Marines around the world are eligible for the program, which requires participants to take six online classes through Marshall University.

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Additional credits that are equal to four classes are earned through the Marine Corps Command and Staff College distance education program or the Expeditionary Warfare School.

The Marine Corps has similar agreements with universities in Oklahoma, Maryland and Indiana.

Bone density screenings to be held at BCPL

ASHLAND, Ky. — Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital will conduct free bone density screenings at Boyd County Public Library on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

The screenings will be at the Main Branch, 1740 Central Ave., between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Advance registration is not needed.

For more information, contact the OLBH Healthy Community Services office at (606) 833-3366 or (888) 635-2200.

Child development services group to host art auction

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — For one night, children attending Enterprise Child Development Center and School Age Connections can pretend they are working artists.

River Valley Child Development Services is hosting its Fourth Annual Children’s Art Auction this Friday, Nov. 4 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.

“The kids are always excited to display their art each year,” said Candice Mullins, director at Enterprise Child Development Center.

Viewing of art and silent auction items begin with a wine reception at 6:30 p.m., with the auction running from 7 to 9 p.m. Auctioneered by WSAZ’s Tim Irr, the auction will feature artwork designed by the children at Enterprise Child Development Center and School Age Connections, an after-school program.

The proceeds will go toward the cost of video surveillance cameras at Enterprise Child Development Center, and the cost of summer field trips at School Age Connections.

A silent auction will also take place with items from local businesses including Marshall tickets and memorabilia, ski tickets to Winterplace Resort, Blenko glass, fall and winter decorations and much more.

Free child care will be provided during the event. This event is sponsored by the Marshall University College of Fine Arts

For more information or questions, contact Sarah McIntyre at 304-523-3417. To preview the art featured in the live and silent auction visit

HSO presents free concert for children

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The Huntington Symphony Orchestra announced today additional special plans for the Dec. 17 holiday performance.

A special afternoon performance has been added at 2pm. This concert will be dedicated to all children under 18 years old. Any child bringing a can of food and accompanied by an adult will be admitted free.

Adult tickets for this performance will be discounted to $20 as long as the adult is accompanying a child. All donated food should be brought to the HSO office at 763 Third Ave, all canned goods will be presented to Cridilin Food Pantry.

Tickets do need to be purchased in advance and limited seating is available.

The Home for the Holidays concert has the offerings of all the traditional holiday music.

This year the Huntington Symphony Orchestra added the Tri-States Got Talent contest to add even more excitement to the event. The winner of the contest will perform with the HSO at both the 2 p.m. and the 8 p.m. concerts.

Also this year, the Huntington Symphony Orchestra will be going back to their original home for the holiday performance. The concert will be at the JC Stephenson Auditorium in City Hall.

“The Social Event of the Holiday Season – Home for the Holidays” will be on Dec. 17 with performances at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the JC Stephenson Auditorium in City Hall.

For additional information:, phone: 304-781-8343, or follow us on Twitter at: “YourHSO”

AT&T makes contributions to support community work

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — AT&T recently made a difference in the River Cities community.

AT&T presented United Way of the River Cities with a $1,449.59 corporate gift. United Way contributions are used to support funded partner, programs and initiatives in the areas of learning and earning, families and children, health and wellness and basic needs/unforeseen hardships. The funds will also ensure safety‐net services are available for River Cities residents in need.

“We are very fortunate to have a great partnership with AT&T,” said Laura Gilliam, Executive Director United Way. “We are able to continue work in addressing our region’s most pressing problems, as a result of the generosity of organizations like AT&T. This ensures that we are able to make the biggest impact in the River Cities community, and we appreciate AT&T’s support.”

For the second year, Thomas Schindler, Director of Sales, West Virginia for AT&T presented United Way of the River Cities with the game ball during the Marshall University Homecoming football game on Oct. 15.

Lowe’s, FedEx, Marshall University, Cabell and Wayne County Schools and other organizations are currently running workplace campaigns. Completed workplace campaigns include Macy’s, JABO Supply,

Tri‐State Airport, UPS, Elder Beerman and others.

To become an investor or to learn more about United Way’s work and how you can make a difference in the lives of others in the River Cities, contact Laura Gilliam at 304‐523‐8929, ext. 1, or