Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

May 7, 2013

local briefs - 5/7/13

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ASHLAND — Blue ribbon event to be Wednesday

ASHLAND A celebration of Foster Care Awareness Month has been rescheduled for noon Wednesday.

 It was originally set for Monday, but postponed because of inclement weather.

Light posts along Winchester Avenue in downtown will be tied with blue ribbons to indicate May as Foster Care Awareness Month.

For Jamie’s Sake, a local nonprofit that works to support and raise awareness of children in foster care, is sponsoring the event.

Agency co-founder Lea Ann Gollihue said all are invited to attend. The group will travel together from Judd Plaza, placing a blue ribbon on each lamp post from 13th to 18th streets on Winchester Avenue.

Morehead man killed in wreck

HUNTINGTON A Rowan County man was killed after a motorcycle wreck on the 31st Street Bridge in Huntington on Sunday morning, according to the Huntington Police Department.

Vickers Shore, 50, of Morehead, died in the 11:25 a.m. accident.

Shore was coming off the exit ramp when he failed to make the turn, hit the wall and was thrown from his bike over the bridge, police said. His body was found about 50 feet below the bridge in some brush.

Police said alcohol is a possible factor. The wreck remains under investigation.

State tourism impact $12.2B

FRANKFORT The state reported the economic impact of the tourism industry reached $12.2 billion in 2012.

Tourism Secretary Marcheta Sparrow said that was a 4.4 percent increase over 2011.

Sparrow said she expected continued growth in the industry, which was responsible for more than 174,000 jobs last year, up more than 4,000 over the previous year.

The jobs created $2.7 billion in wages, an increase of $117 million over the previous year.

Sparrow also said tourism generated more than $1.2 billion in tax revenue for local and state governments last year.

Race Against Drugs run set Saturday

GREENUP The 12th annual Race Against Drugs run/walk will be at 9 a.m. Saturday in downtown Greenup.

The race will start at the Greenup County Fairgrounds and through downtown Greenup and back.

Registration is $15 and checks or money orders can be made to RAD, c/o Sheriff Keith Cooper. Race results will be posted at tristateracer.com.

For more information, call the sheriff’s office at (606) 473-7037.

Deadline moved for Carter project

GRAYSON The application deadline has been extended to May 15 to be a partner in a new build later this year by Habitat for Humanity of Carter County.

Applications are available from and returnable to the office of Robert L. Caummisar, 301 W. Main St., Grayson, KY 41143.

Habitat partners must have a source of regular income. There are limits on the low side and the high side.

House payments are as low as $300 a month because there is no interest charged to the buyer on a mortgage.

Goodwill to have celebrations

GREENUP Goodwill Industries of Southern Ohio will celebrate National Goodwill Week with an open house Wednesday at the office in Greenup.

The Portsmouth community and surrounding areas will join in the celebration at 2 p.m. Thursday. Greenup Mayor Lundie Meadows will present a city proclamation to the organization.

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