News in Brief — 6/20/16

Published 11:01 am Monday, June 20, 2016

Mayor invites residents to join him on bike ride

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Huntington residents can join Mayor Steve Williams in a bike ride this week.

The city of Huntington said in a news release that the six-mile ride will take place Wednesday night starting at the Ritter Park picnic shelter.

The ride will go through the park and a nearby bicycle and pedestrian trail system. The trail is named after Paul Ambrose, a West Virginia physician killed during the 911 terrorists attack on the Pentagon.

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Blenko Glass vase available for West Virginia’s birthday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Blenko Glass is offering a limited-edition vase commemorating West Virginia’s 153rd birthday.

The state Division of Culture and History said in a news release that 153 cobalt blue and topaz vases made at Blenko in Milton are available for $54. They will be unveiled today during an all-day state birthday celebration at the Culture Center in Charleston.

In addition, 100 special-edition pitchers made at Blenko are available for $63.

Blenko has been made hand-blown glass products since 1893.


Subcontractor hiring 600 in Mount Vernon

MOUNT VERNON, Ky. (AP) — A subcontractor will hire 600 people in Mount Vernon to help digitize Department of Veterans Affairs records and reduce backlog.

Shaping Our Appalachian Region said in a news release Friday that Dallas-based SourceHOV is hiring general clerks, team leads and quality assurance specialists with hourly pay rates beginning at $10.52.

U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers and Gov. Matt Bevin are co-chairmen of SOAR. The network includes 54 counties working to expand job creation, enhance regional innovation and improve the quality of life.

SourceHOV is subcontracting the work from CSRA, which was awarded a competitive federal contract from VA.

SourceHOV CEO Ron Cogburn said the company has been part of Mount Vernon for more than 24 years.


Agency announces $3.3M for oral health in W.Va.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The federal government has announced $3.3 million in funding to improve oral health in West Virginia.

The funding announced by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell goes to 10 health centers. The agency announced nearly $156 million nationwide in funding for 420 centers.

Health Resources and Services Administration centers are public and private nonprofit health care organizations that serve a needy population with fees adjusted based on the patients’ ability to pay.

In West Virginia, centers receiving funds are in Dawes, Camden-on-Gauley, Weirton, Rock Cave, Grantsville, Union, Parson, Huntington, Williamson and Scott Depot.