News in brief — 12/29/11

Published 9:50 am Thursday, December 29, 2011

Third Landau show booked at PAC

ASHLAND, Ky. — The Paramount Arts Center has added a third concert for Landau Eugene Murphy, the Logan, W.Va., native who recently won “America’s Got Talent.” PAC Marketing Director Jennie Holmes said tickets are on sale now for a Friday show at 7:30 p.m.

Murphy already sold out two shows at The Paramount this week, prompting PAC officials to add a third one.

Murphy was awarded the show’s top prize in September with his performances of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” and Dean Martin’s “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head.” Last week Murphy performed at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

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Tickets may be purchased online at or at the Paramount box office by calling (606) 324-3175.

This performance is presented by WKEE and is sponsored by Mrs. Margaret Adkins, Fannin Automotive Family, Judy Jennings, Marathon Petroleum Company, Town Square Bank, Clear Channel Communications and WSAZ.


Judge holds hearing on alleged Ohio ‘pill mill’

PORTSMOUTH (AP) — A southern Ohio judge has ordered the continued closure of a medical clinic described by authorities as little more than a drug house.

Greater Medical Advance in Wheelersburg was temporarily closed last week by a Scioto County judge. The facility’s operator and clinic’s doctor face charges of corrupt activity and drug trafficking.

A different county judge on Wednesday ordered the facility to remain closed for now.

The facility was the last so-called ‘pill mill’ in Scioto County, where tens of thousands of painkillers were allegedly prescribed or dispensed to almost anyone who walked through its doors.

The owners of the building where the clinic was located denied any knowledge of illegal activity. Their attorney says they voluntarily agreed to the space remaining closed temporarily.


Tri-State Transit Authority ridership increases

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Tri-State Transit Authority officials say more people are riding the agency’s buses because of high fuel costs and a sluggish economy.

General Manager Paul Davis says bus ridership increased by 10.2 percent between July and October. Total trips rose by 29,609 during the period.

The Herald-Dispatch reports that Davis released ridership figures Wednesday during a meeting of the authority’s Board of Directors. Davis told the board that he expects the trend to continue.

However, the Dial-A-Ride service didn’t see the same success. Its ridership dipped 0.05 percent. Davis said he hopes to reverse that trend with a recent personnel move.


Huntington sales tax goes into effect Sunday

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Consumers soon will pay a little more for goods and services purchased in Huntington.

The city’s new 1 percent municipal sales tax goes into effect Sunday, along with a revision of business and occupation taxes.

Manufacturing business and occupation taxes will be eliminated, while retail and service business and occupation taxes will be reduced.

The changes are part of a tax reform package stemming from West Virginia’s ongoing home rule experiment, which gives more power to municipalities.

A 1 percent occupation tax that would replace the city’s $3-a-week user fee remains in litigation. An injunction blocked that tax from taking effect.

Mayor Kim Wolfe says in a news release that reducing business taxes will help create jobs, and eliminating manufacturing taxes will help the city recruit employers.


All-day Scrap-a-thon set for Jan. 7 at BCPL Kyova branch

ASHLAND, Ky. — Boyd County Public is hosting an all-day Scrap-a-thon at its Kyova branch on Saturday, Jan. 7.

The event is a great opportunity to make a scrapbook page of holiday memories. It’s also a chance to make a card for an upcoming holiday or birthday, or a home décor item.

The program runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the branch, located in the Kyova Mall, across from Elder-Beerman. Snacks and supplies will be provided.

For more information, call (606) 929-5346. For information on all library programs and services, visit

Reasonable accommodation for people with special needs should be requested at least 48 hours prior to the program. Call (606) 329-0518, ext. 1140, for more information.


Restaurant, OLBH to team up for breast cancer event

RUSSELL, Ky. — Gold Star Chili will join Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in the fight against breast cancer.

Wednesday, Jan. 4, Gold Star Chili will donate 10 percent of all restaurant proceeds at its Russell location to Team Bellefonte.

Team Bellefonte is a walk team comprised of OLBH employees and friends who are raising money to attend the Avon Rocky Mountain Walk near Denver, Colo., in June. Eight cities around the country host Avon walks every year. Each Avon Walk raises millions to advance access to care and finding a cure for breast cancer.

The walks draw thousands of breast cancer survivors and other participants from around the country who join together to raise lifesaving funds and awareness for breast cancer.

OLBH has been a past recipient of Avon grant funding to further the hospital’s mammography program and OLBH’s Team Bellefonte has participated in previous Avon Walks.

For more information, contact the OLBH Women’s Center at (606) 836-PINK (7465).