Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

March 19, 2013

News in brief, 03/20/13

Staff report
The Independent

ASHLAND — Arrest made in store burglary


Greenup County sheriff’s deputies have made an arrest in connection with a break-in last week at a rural grocery store.

Randall Keith Belford, 40, of Sandy Cove Road, Greenup, was arrested Tuesday and lodged in the Greenup County Detention Center, Sheriff Keith Cooper said.

Belford was charged as the result of an investigation of a break-in early Friday morning at Jerry & Debbie’s Grocery & Dairy Bar, 16307 Ky. 7, Cooper said.

Setterman stays on arts council


Paramount Arts Center Executive Director Kathy Setterman has been reappointed to the Kentucky Arts Council board by Gov. Steve Beshear.

He appointed one new member and reappointed four current board members.

Mary Michael Corbett of Louisville was appointed board chairman and will serve the remainder of an unexpired term ending Feb. 1, 2015.

The other three board members besides Setterman reappointed to terms that will expire Feb. 1, 2017, are:

‰Randall C. Vaughn of Lexington.

‰Todd P. Lowe of Simpsonville.

‰Jayne M. Waldrop of Lexington.

Cancer support meeting Tuesday


Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital’s breast cancer support group will meet at noon Tuesday in the Diabetes Education Classroom at Bellefonte Centre.

A light lunch will be served. To register, call the OLBH CareLine at (606) 833-2273 or visit olbh.com.

Hatfield-McCoy artifacts sought


Officials in Pike County are welcoming archaeologists who have an interest in digging at sites connected to the Hatfield-McCoy feud.

A statement from Judge-Executive Wayne Rutherford said a local landowner who lives on a property in Hardy recently invited the National Geographic Channel to scour his land for artifacts. A piece of property once owned by Randall McCoy was explored.

A crew from the show “Diggers” found bullets and a piece of the burned cabin while digging on the property.

Rutherford said interest in the famous feud continues to grow. He recently sent a letter to the Kentucky Heritage Council, urging it to conduct more digs in the county.

He said the county is seeing a “revival in public interest in the famous Hatfield-McCoy feud.”

Business seminar will be Tuesday


A free seminar, “Maintaining a Drug- and Alcohol-free Workplace,” will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the teleconference room at Ashland Community and Technical College on College Drive.

Participants will learn legal information companies are required to include in drug and alcohol workplace policies. Topics will include pre-employment screening, random and reasonable cause testing procedures and how to handle tests.

To register, email Missy McCalvin at missy@ashlandalliance.com or call (606) 324-5111 or email ACTC Workforce Solutions specialist Jessica Lucas at jessica.lucas@kctcs.edu or call (606) 326-2238.

SOMC goal: Out in 60 minutes


Southern Ohio Medical Center has put an emphasis on making sure patients who visit any of its three urgent care facilities will be treated and on their way home within 60 minutes of their arrival.

SOMC has urgent care facilities in Portsmouth, Wheelersburg and Waverly.

SOMC Urgent Care staff includes a combination of physicians, certified nurse practitioners, nurses, X-ray technologists, registration staff and lab technologists. All three facilities also provide outpatient lab, X-ray services and physicals.

Egg hunt set for March 30


A community Easter Egg Hunt will be at 11 a.m. March 30 at Paul Porter Park.

The annual event is sponsored by Abbott Home Care; the Easter Bunny will attend. Participants should bring their own baskets to collect eggs and arrive no later than 10:50 a.m. Prizes will be awarded in three categories — ages 2 through 4, ages 5 through 8 and ages 9 through 11.

Prompalooza coming to Kyova


The third annual Prompalooza will be from noon to 4 p.m. April 6 at the Kyova Mall.

The event is for young adults in foster care or kinship care eligible to go to the prom.

Prom dress selections will be made, including accessories such as jewelry, shoes and purses. Tuxedos and after-prom wear will also be available.

The girls will also have hair, nails and makeup done during the afternoon.

There will be a fashion show at 4 p.m. in the food court, with photos provided by Pic Chick Photography, owned by Tonya Caines. Don’s Men’s Shop and Donnie’s Tuxedos will provide tuxedos.

For Jamie’s Sake, the overall sponsor, is still seeking donations of formal attire and accessories.

To register or for more information, call (606) 327-5511 or (606) 327-0017.

Smoke detector use promoted


The Kentucky Fire Commission encourages Kentuckians to practice fire safety by installing and maintaining smoke alarms. Since January, there have been 22 fire fatalities across the state. “It’s simple — smoke detectors save lives,” said Kentucky Fire Commission Executive Director Ronnie Day. “These devices provide residents time to escape potential fatal situations before they become trapped by flames or overcome by smoke.”

According to the National Fire Protection Association, when smoke detectors are present, the risk of dying in a fire is reduced by 82 percent. The U.S Fire Administration ranks Kentucky ninth in the United States for fire deaths. The commission offers the following tips on smoke alarms:

‰Place smoke alarms inside and outside of sleeping areas and on every level of your home.

‰Interconnect smoke alarms — if one sounds, they all sound.

‰Inspect and test smoke alarms monthly and change the batteries at least once a year. A good reminder is to change batteries when you change your clocks.

‰Install smoke alarms away from air vents.

For more information about smoke detectors, callyour local fire department. The Ashland Fire Department installs smoke detectors at no charge.

JSF book group to meet Tuesday


The Regional Readers’ Book Group will meet at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Jesse Stuart Foundation.

This month, the featured selection is “The Homecoming of Samuel Lake” by Jenny Wingfield. Readers will also consider book selections for the 2013 reading list and encourage suggestions. The group is open to all.

Also, JSF announced Adam Swinford has been added to the staff. The 25-year-old native of Catlettsburg will handle mail order business and warehousing.

“It’s an exciting opportunity,” Swinford said. “There are several writers in my family, so books are in my blood, and it’s nice to be a part of the industry.”

James Gifford, JSF CEO and senior editor, said Swinford will be a great asset.



Wurtland City Commission, work session, 3:30 p.m. at the city building.