News in Brief — 8/16/12

Published 9:35 am Thursday, August 16, 2012

Three Kentucky State Parks ‘StormReady’

OLIVE HILL, Ky. – Three more Kentucky State Parks have been designated as being “StormReady” by the National Weather Service, bringing the total to eight state parks that have worked with the service to prepare for severe weather, officials announced today.

The new parks are Carter Caves State Resort Park, Greenbo Lake State Resort Park and Grayson Lake State Park. They join Dale Hollow, Lake Cumberland, Jenny Wiley, Buckhorn Lake, and Natural Bridge state resort parks. These are among the first state parks in the country to be designated as StormReady.

The “StormReady” designation for a park means that it can monitor weather, have a trained staff, be able to communicate weather warnings to guests and employees and be able to provide shelter. The parks must also be able to communicate with local and state emergency management offices for assistance.

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The announcement was made by the weather service and park officials.

“We’re proud that Kentucky State Parks have been pro-active in seeking this National Weather Service designation for weather safety,” said Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker. “We believe this helps safeguard our guests and our employees during bad weather.”


BCPL and museum offering program for adults

ASHLAND, Ky. — A lot has changed in the universe since most adults learned about it in school.

Boyd County Public Library is offering a chance next week for adults to get up-to-date on all the happenings in the solar system.

The library is teaming up with the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center to offer an “Introduction to the Solar System” course for adults, on Thursday, Aug. 23, at 6 p.m.

The program will be held at the museum, 1620 Winchester Ave. It is part of BCPL’s adult summer reading program, “Between the Covers,” which runs through Labor Day. Adult summer reading participants and a guest can get in free with a ticket, available at any library branch.

The museum describes the course as “a chance for adults to rediscover the asteroids and planets of our solar system, and learn about the most recent discoveries.”

“Between the Covers” is also sponsoring a month-long photo exhibit at the museum. The “Nightscapes” display features 40 night-scene photos from local photographers. The library awarded Best of Show honors to Sheri Ashley of Ashland, for her photo called “Architectural Correct.” Honorable mentions went to Ben Dean of Ashland, for “A.M.,” and Rachael Layne of Ashland, for “Mystic River.” The show runs through Sept. 4.

For more information on summer reading or museum programs call (606) 329-0518 ext. 1130, or visit


Reward offered for information regarding Scioto County arson

A recent fire at a home in Scioto County has been ruled arson by the Division of State Fire Marshal. The fire occured at a home at 172 Locust St. in Wheelersburg.

Investigators have ruled out all accidental causes and found specific evidence that indicates the fire was intentionally set. Because this is an ongoing criminal investigation, specific details about how and where the fire was set will not be released at this time.

A Blue Ribbon Arson Reward of up to $5,000 is being offered to anyone with information about the person or persons responsible for the crime. Investigators want to hear from anyone who saw something out of the ordinary at or around the time of the fire, or who may have heard someone talking about the fire with an unusual level of interest or knowledge.

Anyone with information should call the Division of State Fire Marshal at 1-800-589-2728, the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office at 740-354-7566, or the Porter Township Fire Department at 740-574-6030. The fire caused heavy damage to the structure, but was contained to the interior of the home.