News in Brief — 6/22/12

Published 9:41 am Friday, June 22, 2012

Ashland native Shane Thomas to perform at Summer Motion

ASHLAND, Ky. — Country singer/songwriter Shane Thomas will be a featured performer at the 24th annual Summer Motion festival in Ashland, Kentucky. A native of Ashland, Thomas will take the stage at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3 as an opening act to the Eli Young Band. “Performing at this show means so much to me,” Thomas said. “I grew up attending this festival and it’s always been a dream of mine to play the Riverfront stage. I hope I make my friends and family proud and reach some new fans too.”

Currently based in Nashville, Thomas blends a lot of country with a little rock to provide a fun and energetic show. His debut album “Thrillbilly” was released in 2011 and has received enthusiastic reviews from fans. His flair for delivering an exciting concert, coupled with songs that range from rowdy rockabilly to emotionally charged ballads, create an ideal country music experience. Shane’s genuine desire to make a positive impact on his audience and easy going demeanor add the finishing touch. “I love performing and the energy you get from the crowd when you walk on stage.

For Ashland, we have a surprise guest riding the bus up with us from Nashville. I’m looking forward to showing him how much my hometown rocks!” says Thomas. The special guest is Two Foot Fred, a comedian and performer most widely known for touring with country duo Big & Rich and starring in their “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy” video.

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Having shared the stage with John Michael Montgomery, Craig Morgan, Little Big Town, Aaron Tippin, and Justin Moore, Shane is one of country music’s rising stars.

An electronic press kit with music samples and downloadable photos can be found at or visit Learn more about the Summer Motion festival, visit


Ohio Rural Water Association has annual conference

The Ohio Rural Water Association had it’s Annual Management Conference & Exposition May 22 and 23.

The exposition gave all those in attendance the chance to network with other industry professionals while taking part in the many informative sessions that were offered.

These sessions ranged from Economic Impact of Fracking, Ohio EPA Updates, USDA Rural Development Updates, Rate Settings, and Financial Record Keeping, just to mention a few. The event was at the Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron with more than 150 water and wastewater professionals in attendance from all over the state of Ohio as well as 55 vendors.

During this event, three members were elected to the board of directors; Ted Kerby of Southwest Regional Water in Hamilton; Jonathan King of Scioto County Regional Water District #1 in Lucasville and Tom Reese of Northern Ohio Rural Water in Norwalk.

Tim Mahoney, general manager, Rural Lorain County Water Authority, was awarded with the prestigious John Wolfe Award, Ohio Rural Water Association’s highest honor which is presented to an individual who dedicated oneself to improving the quality of life in rural Ohio.


W.Va. police arrest 2 in museum break-in

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two Beckley men have been arrested and charged with breaking into the Huntington Museum of Art in an attempt to steal silver antiquities.

Huntington Police Chief W.H. Holbrook says in a statement that 24-year-old Deon Staunton and 23-year-old Remington Wright were arrested Thursday and charged with breaking and entering.

Police disrupted a break-in at the museum on April 14. They traced a U-haul found at the museum that night to Wright. Holbrook said detectives also talked to a local pawn shop owner who said Wright had approached him before the break-in to arrange the sale of silver antiquities for money.

Wright and Staunton are being held in the Southern Regional Jail. It was not immediately clear whether they had attorneys.