News in Brief – 1/8/13

Published 9:18 am Tuesday, January 8, 2013

OU Southern enrollment open for spring semester

Ohio University Southern is enrolling students for the upcoming spring semester starting Jan. 14.

New or returning students wishing to speak with an admissions counselor can contact the Office of Student Services at 740-533-4600 in Ironton or 740-886-7655 in Proctorville.

Those seeking additional information or OUS’s online application can go to

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Cabell doctor sentenced in drug law case

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Cabell County doctor has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for violating drug control laws.

Dr. Anita Dawson of Milton was sentenced Monday in federal court in Huntington.

The 55-year-old Dawson earlier pleaded guilty to writing prescriptions for addictive pain medications to a patient who had a known addiction. Dawson also admitted she wrote prescriptions for nearly 6,000 pills containing oxycodone and more than 220 pills of the painkiller Endocet.

U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers noted at the sentencing that nine of Dawson’s patients had died of prescription drug overdoses. Also testifying Monday were family members of three people killed in a 2009 crash. The driver of the other vehicle was a patient of Dawson’s and was under the influence of prescription medication at the time.


United Way seeks funding requests

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — United Way of the River Cities will accept letters of intent for its upcoming 2013-2014 funding cycle.

Letters of intent applications are available at Letters of Intent are due Feb. 11, 2013. Applicants that meet the required criteria will be invited to submit a full application. Full applications will be submitted online and will be due April 19, 2013.

United Way provides funding for safety net services, as well as programs and projects that create long-term solutions in the focus areas of Health and Wellness, Learning and Earning, Families and Children, and Basic Needs/Unforeseen Hardships.

Any 501(c)(3) non-profit health and human service organization in United Way of the River Cities’ service area of Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln and Mason counties, West Virginia and Lawrence County, Ohio, is eligible to apply for funding.

For questions about the application process or for more information, contact Laura Gilliam at 304-523-8929, ext. 1, email or visit