Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

November 9, 2013

News in brief, 11/09/13

Staff report
The Independent

ASHLAND — Food concert drive today


Music maker Eddie Riffe has organized a music-inspired canned food drive for today at the Kyova Mall.

The 14th annual River Cities Harvest Canned Food Drive Concert will kick off at 9 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at Callihan’s American Pub and Grill. The breakfast continues until 10:30 a.m., with a cost of $5 for a short stack, sausage and a beverage, and all proceeds going to River Cities Harvest.

From 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., the music and collection of canned goods continues as Eddie and The Cougars, Roger Smith, Katie Owens, ER (Eric Daniels and Ron Hurn), Rob McNurlin, Tracy Ann Stanley and Tom and Brenden Wintz are scheduled to play.

The concert is Riffe’s way of giving back and raising awareness about River Cities Harvest, which has been serving food kitchens in 14 counties across the area since 1991.

Also, there will be a DVD signing from noon to 2 p.m. with former World Championship Wrestling star Bobby Blaze, who has recently penned a book, donating some of his proceeds to the cause.

For more information, rivercitiesharvest.org or call (606) 324-FOOD (3663).

Entries sought for Christmas parade


The Winter Wonderland of Lights Festival is accepting registrations for the annual Christmas parade scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.  Nov. 26  in downtown Ashland.

Registration forms are available by calling (606) 324-5111, visiting the Alliance office, or may be downloaded at winterwonderlandoflights.com. Parade applications must be received no later than Nov. 18.

The 2013 Grand Marshal is Jule Huffman, Mr. Cartoon, and honored escorts are WSAZ News Channel 3 morning anchor Rob Johnson and WSAZ News Channel 3 staff.

The theme for the parade is “Silver Bells.”

Flatwoods parade to honor veterans


The Flatwoods Lions Club is seeking entries for its annual Christmas parade, which this year will salute military men and women of the area.

The theme of the Dec. 7 parade is “A Soldier’s Christmas.” The club is looking for groups, organizations and businesses to participate.

Entries may include cars, trucks, floats or walkers. For more information, contact publicity chairman Tim Hunt at (606) 922-9000 or president Susie Gullett at (606) 473-3585, and leave a message.

Bishop to speak Sunday at Calvary


The Right Rev. Douglas Hahn, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington, will speak during the Sunday morning worship service at Calvary Episcopal Church, 1337 Winchester Ave.

While making his annual visit to the Ashland church, the bishop will be confirming seven parishioners, while another church member will be reaffirming her faith during the service, said the Rev. T.J. Azar, rector of Calvary Episcopal.

The bishop is required to make at least one formal visit to each church in the diocese each year. Hahn, who was named bishop in 2012, will be making his second annual visit to Calvary.

Noted author at JSF Tuesday


Craig Johnson, the New York Times bestselling author of the Walt Longmire series, is paying a visit to the Jesse Stuart Foundation Bookstore from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday.

 Johnson’s series is the basis for “Longmire,” the hit A&E-TV original drama. “Longmire” is A&E’s highest-rated scripted program.

Johnson, a Huntington native who went to Huntington East High School and then graduated from Marshall University in 1983, will speak with visitors and sign books from his popular mystery series. The 10 books, including his latest in the series, Spirit of Steamboat, will be available for purchase.  

Fans can reserve the books they’re wishing to purchase in advance by contacting the bookstore online or by calling (606) 326-1667.

The Jesse Stuart Foundation Bookstore is at 1645 Winchester Ave.

OUS to screen fair film next week


Ohio University Southern will screen “Where’s the Fair?” as part of its International Education Week next week.

The award-winning film by OUS special projects coordinator Brad Bear and independent producer and OUS graduate Jeff Ford will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Spriggs Auditorium of the Dingus Technology Center.

Brief question and answer sessions with Bear will follow each screening.

Genealogy group to meet Nov. 22


Because of Thanksgiving, the Greenup County Genealogy & Historical Society has moved its November meeting to 7 p.m. Nov. 22 in the meeting room at the Greenup Public Library. Refreshments will be served.

Boyd clerk’s office closed


All locations of the Boyd County Clerk’s Office will be closed Monday because of the county’s holiday schedule and to observe Veterans Day.

Regular hours will resume on Tuesday.

Church to have benefit today


Straight Creek Church of the Nazarene will host a songfest and bean dinner today at the church on Ky. 5. There will be music by Anna Craft, the Crisps, the Litterals, the Hope Singers and a surprise group. The dinner begins at 4 p.m. and music starts at 6 p.m.

Proceeds will go toward medical and travel expenses for a lung transplant for Sheila Clevenger Stafford.



Fairview Elementary School council, 3:15 p.m. in the library.