News in Brief — 4/7/15

Published 11:16 am Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Court of appeals to consider cases in Lawrence County

IRONTON — The Fourth District Court of Appeals will convene at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 16 in the Lawrence County Common Pleas courtroom to consider appeals from the county.

Cases will be argued before presiding judge Marie Hoover, of Portsmouth, and judges William Harsha, of Chillicothe, and Matthew McFarland, of Portsmouth.

The court of appeals directly reviews all cases heard or tried in lower courts in which is decision is being appealed. These cases may have been tried in common pleas, probate, juvenile, municipal or county courts and may be either civil or criminal.

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Marshall plans to buy building for medical school

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University plans to buy a building in Huntington and use it for the medical school.

The Huntington Municipal Development Authority owns the 48,000-square-foot Douglass Centre. The building already houses several entities, including the Ebenezer Medical Outreach program.

Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine dean Joseph Shapiro told media outlets that the university will continue the Ebenezer program.

He said there are no concrete plans for using the building. The medical school will look at its needs and the building’s current tenants.

The building formerly was Douglass High School, which served Huntington’s black students before schools were integrated in 1961.

Marshall plans to acquire the building for $780,000.


Proctorville native completes basic military training

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Air Force Airman Timothy S. Emery graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Emery is the son of Sarita Emery of Huntington, and ward of Jeff and Tara Sansom of Ona, West Virginia. He is also the brother of Tiffany Emery of Proctorville, and Misty Emery of Nitro, West Virginia, and grandson of Dale and Elaine Henry of Ona.

The airman graduated in 2014 from Fairland High School, Proctorville.


Alpha establishes scholarship at MU medical school

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Alpha Natural Resources has established a scholarship at Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

Marshall recently announced that the scholarship will be available to first-year medical students.

The first preference will be given to a son or daughter of an Alpha employee, while the second preference will apply to a student from a county where the company has an operation.

The award is renewable for three additional years based on academic progress.

Marshall said Alpha transferred to the scholarship the remaining funds from a loan program initiated by Alpha predecessor Massey Energy that encouraged Marshall medical students to practice rural medicine after they complete their residencies.

Alpha operates more than 60 active mines and 22 coal preparation plants in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.


South Point resident earns degree from WGU

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Kathy Stevens, of South Point, has received her Bachelor of Science, business management from Western Governors University (WGU).

The university had its 28th semi-annual commencement ceremony in Orlando on Feb. 7 and celebrated the graduation of more than 6,700 graduates.

The university awarded 4,071 undergraduate and 2,657 graduate degrees in business, information technology, K-12 teacher education, and healthcare professions, including nursing. Graduates reside in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, as well as Armed Forces personnel stationed overseas.

Chairman and CEO of Capella Hotel Group, Horst Schulze, delivered the commencement address. Students who were not able to attend the ceremony in person were able to watch the event via live video stream on the WGU website.