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News in Brief – 9/18/12

W.Va. Broadcasting Hall of Fame set to induct 12

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s first full-time female television news anchor is among 12 people named to the West Virginia Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

Debra Thomas was a reporter and anchor for WSAZ-TV. She later worked at KMGH-TV in Denver before retiring.

The other inductees are Willis Cook, Jo Corey, Mark Davis, Steve Mazure, J.B. Miller, George Parnicza, Jim Reader, Garry Ritchie, Loray Robinson, Vernon Stanfill and Rich Wachtel.

An induction ceremony will be held Oct. 27 at The Museum of Radio and Technology in Huntington. The event is invitation-only.


Wilds Martial Arts to host open-style tournament

ASHLAND, Ky. — Wilds Martial Arts of Ironton will host an open-style martial arts tournament (the Wilds Martial Arts challenge) Saturday at Liberty MMA, located at 5405 Roberts Drive, Ashland, Ky.

The talent of the Tri-State will be going head to head.

Registration starts at 8 a.m. The tournament starts at 11 a.m. There will be a $35 registration fee and $5 for spectators. (Children under 5 are free).

More information is available at www.wildsmartialarts.com or by calling 740-237-5037.


Rep. Terry Johnson named ‘Watchdog of the Treasury’

COLUMBUS—At an award ceremony in Columbus, State Representative Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) recently was named a “Watchdog of the Treasury” by the United Conservatives of Ohio.

The award recognizes key legislators or policymakers who strive to restore responsible limited government, lower taxes, free enterprise and regulatory relief, and personal freedom.

“I pledge to continue to do everything I can to get government out of your pocket,” said Rep. Johnson. “I want you to pay less in taxes. I want our government to spend less, to be leaner and more efficient with taxpayer dollars. It is with great honor that I accept this award.”


‘Wall That Heals’ coming to Milton during festival

MILTON, W.Va. — “The Wall That Heals,” a half-scale traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C, will bring its healing message to Milton on Oct. 4-7.

Located at The West Virginia Pumpkin Park, the exhibition will feature the dramatic replica — which stretches nearly 250 feet in length — as well as an information center and traveling museum. On-site computers and volunteers can help visitors locate names on the wall.

The exhibit will be on display during the West Virginia Pumpkin Festival.

For more information call Dave Vitoe at (304) 736-9916 or Bill Kelley at (304) 634-5857.