News in Brief – 2/26/12

Published 12:00 am Sunday, February 26, 2012

BOE wants computer upgrades

The Lawrence County Board of Elections will hold its organization meeting at 8 a.m. March 2 at the county courthouse. That will be the first meeting for newly appointed Ironton attorney Randy Lambert to the board.

Lambert was chosen by the Republican Central Committee when Carl Lilly decided not to run again for the seat.

Officers will be chosen at that time. During its February meeting on Thursday, the board presented Lilly with a plaque of appreciation for his service to the board.

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The board also decided to ask the county commission for upgrades on the board office’s computer equipment including six terminals, a laptop and Internet access. Right now there is no dollar amount on what the board wants for the upgrades.

With the primary on March 6, the official certification will be on March 22.

— Benita Heath


Seminar focuses on export business

The International Trade Assistance Center (ITAC) is introducing the International Trade Breakfast Seminar Series to assist area business operators with potential exporting activities.

The first seminar in the series, “Exploring Exporting,” will be 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 13 at The Ohio State University South Centers Endeavor Center, 1862 Shyville Road in Piketon.

The seminar will provide participants with an overview of exporting goods and services internationally as well as showcasing the new IMAGE Grant (Ohio International Market Access Grant for Exporters).  Additional information and resources will also be available to address potential exporting needs.

A $10 fee will be charged to reserve a spot at the seminar, which includes breakfast. The seminar is free for the first five participants to register.

This International Trade Breakfast Seminar Series has been developed by the ITAC at the OSU South Centers.  The ITAC is a new addition to the Business Development Network and available to conduct market research and logistics, review export financing and education, and promote global business development.  All business industries can participate in exporting.  Other upcoming topics for the Breakfast Seminar Series will include: logistics, export financing, and trade initiatives.

To reserve a seat for the “Exploring Exporting” Seminar or for more information about International Trade, contact Kelly O’Bryant at (740) 289-2071 Ext. 235 or email


Green Party choose local committee

COLUMBUS — Two local people will be on the March 6 primary seeking election as county committee members in the Green Party of Ohio.

Dennis Lambert and Sylvia Arthur will be write-in candidates. A county committee will allow the Lawrence County Green Party to have representatives at the Ohio State Green Party level. The GPCC will do the usual party work along with frequent opportunities for study, activism and relaxing with like-minded friends.

“Once we get elected there will be more seats for people who are interested in a new party,” Dennis Lambert said. “We are a democratically run organization so every member has a voice.”

To vote for a third party such as this one, a voter must ask for a Green Party ballot when he or she goes to the polls. If the voter is already listed for a different party the voter will need to fill out a declaration form 10-W. The list of write-in candidates is not posted at the poll, but it can be provided upon request. Voters can vote for whomever they want in November. If the voter wants to change parties again he or she may do so at the next primary.

The Green Party has endorsed Dr. Jill Stein for President of the United States and Joeseph DeMare for U.S. Senate. Arthur was elected as a delegate to the national convention that will be in Baltimore, Md., in July. The caucus was in Columbus.


A day for Dr. Seuss at BCPL

ASHLAND, Ky. — All Boyd County Public Library branches will celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss on Saturday, March 3.

The fun starts at 2 p.m. Among other things, participants can create an oobleck (from the 1949 book, “Bartholomew and the Oobleck),” sculpt an animal from “If I Ran a Zoo” (written in 1950) and make a Thing 1 or Thing 2 cupcake (from the 1954 classic, “The Cat in the Hat)”. There will also be Cat in the Hat tattoos, and prize giveaways, including lot of Dr. Seuss books, a pair of tickets to the new film, “The Lorax” at Kyova 10 Theatre, and movie posters.

Kids, and adults, are invited to dress as their favorite Dr. Seuss characters.

For more information, call the youth services department at (606) 329-0518, ext. 1300. To learn more about all library programs and services, visit