News in brief — 3/14/12

Published 12:30 pm Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Names released in wrong-way wreck on I-64 in W.Va.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Huntington police have released the names of those involved in a wrong-way collision on Interstate 64.

Officer Scott Hudson says 29-year-old Andy Withrow of Albany, was driving a pickup truck the wrong way early Friday when it struck an SUV carrying a family of five from Charlotte, N.C. Withrow and a passenger in the pickup, 27-year-old Derrick Williams of Athens, were killed. Williams owned the pickup.

Hudson on Tuesday identified those in the SUV as 36-year-old Kristina and 40-year-old Michael Dudan and their children, 9-year-old Casey, 7-year-old Jacob and 3-year-old Alena.

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Hospital officials say Jacob Dudan was in critical condition Tuesday. Michael Dudan was in serious condition, while Kristina Dudan and the couple’s other two children were in good condition.


W.Va. forum to discuss utilities, energy programs

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Electric utilities and energy efficiency programs will be discussed at a public forum in Huntington.

The forum is set for Wednesday at the Cabell County Library. It is sponsored by the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Energy Efficient West Virginia and The Coalition for Reliable Power.

Among the topics to be discussed are company rate increases, state regulation, and energy efficiency programs and incentives. The groups say residential and business customers and governments can greatly benefit from upgrading old furnaces and heat pumps, hot water heaters, refrigerators and insulation.

A similar meeting is being planned in Beckley on March 22.


KDMC dietitian conducts free nutrition seminar

ASHLAND, Ky.— Malissa Sarver, a registered dietitian at King’s Daughters Medical Center, will present a free seminar on nutrition at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, at Christ Sanctuary Church, 418 Harding Ave. in Portsmouth.

“Fat Affects More Than Pants Size”, and “Get the Skinny on Eating Right,” is open to the public and covers such topics as healthy food choices, portion control, disease risk and prevention, types of fats, eating healthy on a budget and making good choices while dining out.

“March is National Nutrition Month, and this presents us with a great opportunity to provide useful, practical tips for making healthy food choices every day,” said Sarver.

Registration for the presentation is not required.


Bobcat Hustle 5K Race set to benefit therapeutic riding program

FRANKLIN FURNACE — The Bobcat Hustle 5K race to benefit the Ohio Horse Park Center for Therapeutic Riding for Children and Veterans will be Saturday, March 24.

The race will begin at the Ironton campus at 9 a.m. with registration opening at 7 a.m. Fees for the race are $15 for OUS students, $20 if pre-registered, and $25 for late registration and race day.

The race will begin and end at the Ohio University Southern Campus. Awards will be given to the top three male/females in each age group. Refreshments will be provided. Participants who wish to walk and show their support of our program are encouraged to sign-up.

Race details and registration are available at You may also contact Jacki Adkins at 740-533-4603 or for additional information.

The Ohio Horse Park Center for Therapeutic Riding offers interaction with horses to those with challenges in goal directed sessions.

We are a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International Premier Center serving the community since 1999. Please help the Ohio Horse Park keep others in the saddle by supporting the fundraiser.

For information about the program, please call or email our center at 740-354-9347 or


Marshall to host geothermal energy conference

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University says it is hosting West Virginia’s first conference on geothermal energy.

The May 22 conference in Flatwoods will cater to energy researchers, geologist, environmentalists, policymakers and others.

Geothermal energy is generated and stored deep within the Earth.

Officials say the conference aims to lay out the steps involved in evaluating and developing geothermal resources. The gathering is meant to move the state closer to an actual demonstration of the capability of geothermal energy.

The conference is being hosted by the school’s Center for Business and Economic Research, and Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences.

It is in partnership with the West Virginia Division of Energy and the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey.


Huntington plan to address stormwater violations

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Huntington officials have developed a plan to address the city’s stormwater violations and reduce a $156,000 fine proposed by federal regulators.

Media outlets report that City Council approved the plan Monday. It will be presented to the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday.

The EPA proposed the fine last October. The agency said the city hasn’t adequately addressed several problems, including runoff from construction sites and pollution from municipal operations.

The city’s plan includes rain gardens, rain barrels and the planting of more trees.

City officials say the EPA has agreed to reduce the fine if the city moves forward on the initiatives.


Folklore and true tales of girls and women at BCPL

ASHLAND, Ky. — In honor of Women’s History Month, Boyd County Public Library presents storyteller Mary Hamilton and her one-woman program, “Sisters All,” on Thursday, March 22.

The special program starts at 6 p.m. at the Main Branch, 1740 Central Ave.

Hamilton is a professional storyteller from Frankfort who has delighted audiences across the country with her straightforward “just talking” style.

She received the Circle of Excellence Oracle Award from the National Storytelling Network in 2009, and was the first storyteller to win the Jesse Stuart Media Award from the Kentucky School Media Association, in 2000.

“Sisters All,” which features folklore and true tales of girls and women, is for ages 9 through adult.

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