News in brief — 5/3/12

Published 9:36 am Thursday, May 3, 2012

Comic Book Day on tap

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — This weekend, Comic World in Huntington will join thousands of comic book shops around the world to celebrate the art form for Free Comic Book Day.

On Free Comic Book Day, more than 3.3 million comic books will be given away by participating stores, introducing as many people as possible to the wonders of comic books.

Saturday marks the 11th year for Free Comic Book Day. This year also marks Comic World’s 32nd year in business.

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“The wide array of comic books being published today ensures that readers of all ages — children, teens and adults — can find something appropriate that will stir their imaginations,” said Kathleen Miller, owner of Comic World.

Free Comic Book Day kicks off at 11 a.m. and runs until 6 p.m. at the shop, 1204 Fourth Ave., Huntington, W.Va.

There will also be a superhero and villain costume contest with four age categories and prizes for overall best costume as well as Facebook most “liked.”

“We at Comic World want to spread the word that comics are perfect for today’s times,” Miller said. “Comic books and graphic novels are considered hip, hot and smart. Comic books have propelled to the front ranks of pop culture, many being adapted into movies. The first weekend of May is going to be a big day in the comic book world.”

In celebrating 32 years, the store will also offer 20 percent off comic books and trade paperbacks on Free Comic Book Day.

For more information, call (304) 522-3923.

“Even if you have never picked up a comic book, stop into Comic World, because you never know what you will end up finding,” Miller said.


Locals can search for a diamond using their cell phones

ASHLAND, Ky. — Local Ashland couples now have a new way to find a ring to put on her finger, for the third year in a row. They’re using location-based, mobile gaming technology.

“We were so pleased with the events over the past two years, so we couldn’t wait to do it again,” said Keith Bowling of Pollock’s Fine Jewelry. “By embracing this new technology, we’re able to give away yet another beautiful diamond ring in a way that’s fun for everyone.”

Pollock’s Fine Jewelry is giving couples the ability to solve riddles from their cell phones at locations all over the city to earn points for the chance to win $12,000 Hearts On Fire diamond ring.

To sign up, couples are required to submit their love stories at The grand prize diamond ring is currently on display at Pollock’s Fine Jewelry along with details on how to play. Pollock’s Fine Jewelry is located at 913 Winchester Ave. in Ashland.

On Saturday, May 19, the Third Annual Pollock’s Diamond Dash participants will meet in downtown Ashland to begin the hunt. Teams of two will use their mobile phones to complete challenges at locations throughout the city in hopes to win $12,000 Hearts On Fire diamond ring.


Valley High grad completes basic training

Air Force Airman Eric W. Robertson graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Robertson is the grandson of Robert Hoover of Portsmouth, and nephew of Becky Hoover of Franklin Furnace.

He is a 2006 graduate of Valley High School, Lucasville.


May 5 program for teens and tweens

ASHLAND, Ky. — Members of a local stitching organization will share their know-how with teens and tweens at Boyd County Public Library this weekend.

Stitch with Love is at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Main Branch, 1740 Central Ave. Members of Tri-Area Needle Arts will teach basic cross-stitching techniques, and participants can make a small framed piece to take home.

The TANA members are also having an all-day stitch-in at the library.

For more information, call Debbie at (606) 329-0518, ext. 1110.

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.


Simple Blessings Farm joins angus association

SOUTH POINT — Simple Blessings Farm in South Point is a new member of the American Angus Association, reports Bryce Schumann, CEO of the national breed organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Mo.

The American Angus Association, with nearly 30,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef breed association in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information on nearly 19 million registered Angus.

The association records ancestral information, keeps production records on individual animals, and develops industry-leading selection tools for its members.

These programs and services help members select and mate the best animals in their herds to produce quality genetics for the beef cattle industry and quality beef for consumers.