News in brief — 2/1/13

Published 12:30 pm Friday, February 1, 2013

SSU to visit ‘Plaza Suite’ on Valentine’s Day

PORTSMOUTH — The Shawnee State University Theater Department will present a classic Neil Simon comedy, “Plaza Suite” for its annual Valentine Dinner Theater performance.

“Plaza Suite” centers on Suite 719 in New York City’s Plaza Hotel, and three sets of guests who pass through it.

Hilarity abounds in this portrait of three couples at different times in a suite at the Plaza Hotel. The first act introduces an unhappy couple revisiting their honeymoon suite in an attempt to revive their marriage.

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The second act features a movie producer and his old flame chatting, both of them with different intentions for their rendezvous.

Finally, the third act revolves around a married couple attempting to console their daughter, who has locked herself in the suite bathroom on her wedding day.

The Valentine Dinner Theater Performance will be held on Thursday, Feb. 14, with dinner being served at 6 p.m. in the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts Howland Recital Hall with the show starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Kahl Studio Theater. Advanced reservations required and limited seating available for the Valentine’s dinner theater.

Regular performances will be held Friday, Feb. 15 and Saturday, Feb.16 and again Thursday, Feb. 21 through Saturday Feb. 23 in the Kahl Studio Theater at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $25 per person for the dinner theater combo, $10 at regular price for the show only, $8 for seniors and SSU faculty/staff and $3 for SSU students with a valid ID. For more information, call the McKinley Box Office at 740-351-3600.


Win prizes at BCPL in February

ASHLAND, Ky. — Boyd County Public Library patrons can win prizes playing bingo throughout February.

It’s easy to play: just pick up a game card at any public service desk. The cards are filled with simple library tasks, like “attend a library program” or “request an Interlibrary Loan.” There are also squares that involve checking out or downloading specific materials.

When you “bingo!” – mark off five squares in a row – then you get to select a prize. The Library Bingo game card looks just like a regular bingo card (including a FREE space),

Library Bingo runs from Feb. 1 through Feb. 28. Patrons can play more than once. Prizes include pencils, pens, magnets, key chains and other items.

For more information on BCPL programs and services, visit


Safety topic of PTO meeting

The Fairland Elementary PTO will hold a meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 5 focusing on school safety.

Guest Speaker will be Jeff Lawless, Lawrence County Sheriff. Sheriff Lawless will speak on the topic of school safety. He will give explanations of procedures and recommendations for safety planning. The parents and the public are invited.

There will be discussion and a question/answer session.

Childcare will be provided free of charge. For further information about the meeting, call the school at 740-886-3150.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at Fairland West.


The Red Caboose presents early Valentine’s Day art show

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The Red Caboose Regional Artisan Center, located inside the Visitors Center at Heritage Station, will present “Love Is An Art That Comes From The Heart” on Thursday Feb. 7 from 2 to 6 p.m.

This event will feature local artists who display their creations in The Red Caboose. Jewelry makers will include: Mary Shank, Amy Litteral, J.B. Cremeans, Robbie Ray, Angie Hall, Libby Verner, Leona Mackey, and Susan Morton. Jewelry, as well as other items by these artisans will be showcased by the artists themselves. Additional items such as bags, pins and scarves will be featured by artists Ann Grimes, Nancy Crockett, Marion Crowe, Lynn Welch, Grace Gooding, Heidi Wineland and Sherri Nichol.

Wine, Valentines’ Day cookies and chocolate covered strawberries will be provided by River & Rail Bakery and Bottle & Wedge. Drawings for The Red Caboose door prizes will take place every hour.

Get a head start on Valentine’s Day shopping and see what unique, one-of-a-kind gifts are being created by our local artisans.

The Red Caboose Regional Artisan Center is owned and operated by the Cabell-Huntington Convention & Visitors Bureau. The shop, located in the Visitors Center at Heritage Station, features creative, and often one-of-a-kind, products hand-crafted by our region’s artisans. Give a piece of West Virginia to your family, friends and clients! For more information, please call 304-525-7333, or visit


Briggs library offering computer classes

IRONTON — Free introductory computer courses are being offered at four locations of Briggs Lawrence County Public Library. The series of two three-hour courses is being offered by the library in partnership with Connect Ohio and the Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development (COAD).

Participants may take Basic Computer Skills on the first day, and then Introduction to the Internet on the second. Topics range from the basics of using computer equipment including the mouse and keyboard to setting up an email account.

By completing the two three-hour courses and completing an online survey, participants are also eligible for discounts on broadband service and computer equipment. Information is available at the end of the courses.

Any interested adult is invited to participate. Seating for each session is limited. Registration must be made by calling COAD at 1-800-807-9781.

The Briggs Lawrence County Public Library course schedule through February is below. Contact your local Briggs Library for later dates.

Chesapeake Branch Library, 11054 County Road 1, 740-867-3390

• Computer Basics: Tuesday, Jan. 29, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

• Internet Intro: Wednesday Jan. 30, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

• Computer Basics: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

• Internet Intro: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

South Point Branch Library, 317 Solida Road 740-377-2288

• Computer Basics: Monday, Feb. 4, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

• Internet Intro: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

• Computer Basics: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

• Internet Intro: Thursday, Feb. 21, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Proctorville Branch Library, 410 Elizabeth St. · 740-886-6697

• Computer Basics: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

• Internet Intro: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 1:30 p.m. -4:30 p.m.


SSU’s AHANA to hold annual gospel fest

PORTSMOUTH — The African, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific and Native American (AHANA) student organization will hold its annual Gospel Fest on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. in the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts at Shawnee State University. The Gospel Fest is free and open to the public.

Local and regional church choirs along with dance and mime ministries will all showcase their talents at the festival. Songs, readings, dance performances and instrumental presentations will highlight the excitement and joy of gospel music to celebrate Black History Month.

For more information, contact Shawnee State University Coordinator for Student Activities and Cross-Cultural Inclusion Carla Daniels at or 740-351-3553.


Valentine’s Day card campaign ends Feb. 8

ASHLAND, Ky. — There’s still plenty of time to lend a “hand” to Boyd County Public Library’s annual Valentine’s Day card campaign.

The Hands that Touch a Heart program runs through Feb. 8. Children can stop in the Main or Kyova branches, at any time, and make a personalized card that will either be sent to U.S. soldiers serving overseas or given to residents of local nursing homes.

This is the ninth year for the campaign, which has resulted in thousands of homemade cards. Children trace their hands on the card, and then decorate it any way they wish, and add their name and a personalized message. All ages are welcome to make a card, with parents assisting the very young. Outside groups are also encouraged to participate.

This year’s goal is 3,000. “We appreciate the community’s help in this project. Folks can come to the library and make cards – or call us and we will send you the supplies,” said Amanda Gilmore, community relations coordinator.

Teachers or leaders of groups that want to participate should contact Amanda Clark at or 606.329.0518, ext. 1140.


Computer classes for beginners at Boyd library

ASHLAND, Ky. — People wanting to learn some basic computer skills are invited to attend free classes offered at Boyd County Public Library in February.

The classes are designed for those with minimal computer skills. They will be held on Mondays at noon at the Main Branch, 1740 Central Ave.

Class size is limited. You can register by calling Jamie Bayne at (606) 329-0518, ext. 1410.

Week 1 (Feb. 11) will focus on the basics of the computer itself – turning it on and off, using a mouse, etc. During the Feb. 18 session, participants will learn how to create a free email account, and the Feb. 25 program will include basic Internet navigation.

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