News in Brief — 8/1/12

Published 1:14 pm Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Huntington woman killed in one-car crash

ROME TOWNSHIP — A Huntington, W.Va., woman is the last victim in a one-car crash to be identified by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Marian Jury, 44, was one of three who died in the accident that happened on Big Paddy Road in Rome Township Sunday night.

Already identified were Greg B. Fortner, 52, of Chesapeake, and Jami S. Wood, 51, also of Huntington, as the others killed in the accident that happened at approximately 7:57 p.m. on County Road 12, four miles north of County Road 411.

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According to the patrol, a 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee did not negotiate a curve on the roadway and went off the left side, striking a tree. The driver and two passengers were pronounced dead at the scene by the Lawrence County Coroner.

There is still no determination as to cause or who the driver of the vehicle was. The accident remains under investigation.

— Benita Heath


Water main break keeps Ironton workers busy

IRONTON — Another water main break on South Fifth Street near Pine and Maple streets left south end residents with low water pressure for a few hours Tuesday. The repair to the line was completed by early afternoon.

Mayor Rich Blankenship said this week’s break on South Fifth Street was approximately 10 feet from the South Fifth Street break last week. Blankenship said he had anticipated repairs would take several hours but city workers, “jumped right in there and got it fixed.”

The mayor said there is no boil water advisory in effect at this time but he advised “residents should be mindful before using water if it is discolored.”

Last week a South Fifth Street water main break and a break at Ohio University Southern that was caused by a construction accident left a large part of the city without water for several hours.

The two water main breaks are par for the course, Blankenship said, for a town with an aging infrastructure.

— Teresa Moore


Community Hospice seeks volunteers

SOUTH SHORE, Ky. —Community Hospice has scheduled a new volunteer orientation course.

The sessions will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 14, 15 and 16 at the McKell Branch Public Library located at 22 McKell Lane South Shore.

Volunteers are needed for a variety of duties that include: in-home respite care, caregiver time out, emotional support and visitation, nursing home and Care Center visits, companionship and reading, running errands, delivery drivers, computer data entry and office clerical work, and handyman services.

Volunteers determine when and how often they are available to assist – a few hours a week or just occasionally.

All volunteers must complete the required training to be certified.

Community Hospice currently has 200 active volunteers in their nine county service area – Lawrence and Scioto counties in Ohio along with Boyd, Carter, Greenup, Elliott, Lawrence, Martin and Johnson counties in Kentucky. If you are interested in becoming a Hospice volunteer or to reserve your space, contact LuAnn Vance, Director of Volunteers at 606-329-1890 or 800-926-6184 or via e-mail at