News in brief — 12/1/11

Published 10:05 am Thursday, December 1, 2011

Open Door School to host Breakfast with Santa

The Open Door School, Fourth and Lorain streets, will host

Pancakes & Santa 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday in the gymnasium.

The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children. The menu is pancakes, sausage links, orange juice, milk, coffee prepared by the Ironton Lion’s Club. Please RSVP by calling 532-3222.

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Children will be able to make a Christmas ornament for $1. Families are invited to bring a camera and take photographs of the children with Santa.

Proceeds benefit the school.


City hosts visit by Santa Claus

Santa is making the rounds these days and his itinerary includes a stop at the Ironton City Center.

Mayor Blankenship and the City of Ironton will host a special visit by Santa Claus 6-8 p.m. Friday Dec. 16 in the city center lobby, 301 S. Third St., Ironton.


Huntington mayor to seek re-election in 2012

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Huntington Mayor Kim Wolfe wants a second term so he can continue his administration’s efforts to improve the city.

Wolfe tells The Herald Dispatch ( ) that he will seek re-election in 2012. The Republican says he will make a formal announcement kicking off his re-election campaign before Christmas.

Wolfe won his first term by defeating Democratic incumbent David Felinton in 2008.

The only challenger so far in the 2012 race is Huntington resident Jasper Black, a Democrat who announced his mayoral bid in June.


Peace Corps prep program offered at SSU

PORTSMOUTH, — Shawnee State University has recently added a new program for spring semester – the International Service and Peace Corps Prep Program (ISPCPP). It is one of only five universities in the United States to offer the program.

The program prepares students with the necessary skills, experience and academic background to be prepared to work with international volunteer service organizations, including the Peace Corps.

The curriculum includes academic course work, language study, community service and cross-cultural experiences. Any student who has completed at least one semester and maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher can apply.

The training that goes with this course will provide a foundation of knowledge about global poverty, international development issues and practical experience in interacting with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

This program will prepare students interested in pursuing international service work or Peace Corps service after graduation. Students should apply no later than the first semester of the junior year, as it will take about two years to complete the entire program. Because some courses are only offered in alternate years, interested students should apply as early as possible.

The course work includes two years of language study, three International Service Seminars, one class on Global Poverty and International Development and two core courses.

Students will need to do several things to complete the course including:

· Engaging in 100 hours of community service that is documented through the Center for Community Service;

· Having a cross-cultural experience with either study abroad, an international internship or a domestic internship involving work in a cross-cultural environment.

· Serving for at least three semesters as a peer mentor to a new international student.

For more information, contact program coordinators Dr. Tracey Henderson at or Dr. James Simmons at or stop by the Center for International Programs and Activities.