Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

May 9, 2013

Local briefs - 5/10/13

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South Point — 5 arrested in Ohio drug raid

SOUTH POINT Ohio authorities arrested five on drug-related charges Wednesday following a raid on a South Point residence.

Members of the Lawrence Drug and Major Crimes Task Force and Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies served a search warrant at 9 p.m. at a residence on Township Road 1025, according to a news release from Lawrence County Prosecutor Brigham Anderson’s office. The warrant stemmed from an ongoing investigation into heroin, cocaine and pill trafficking allegedly taking place there.

The search turned up heroin, cocaine, hypodermic needles, digital scales, two firearms and ammunition and more than $2,800 cash.

Arrested were Asim McCoy, 32, and Jerome Yancey, 32, both of Huntington; Benjamin Willis, 32, and Amee Pyles, 28, both of South Point; and Joseph Whaley, 22, of Ironton.

Charges included drug trafficking, drug abuse and drug possession. Some of the suspects also had outstanding warrants, Anderson said.

Butterfly release will be Sunday

ASHLAND The fourth annual butterfly release at Rose Hill Burial Park and Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens will be at 2 and 3 p.m. Sunday, respectively.

Memorials for a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt or other female relative who has died recently or years ago will be read. The deceased does not have to be buried at one of the cemeteries to have her name read.

Dr. Ronnie Mayes, pastor of Rose Hill Baptist Church, will lead the ceremony at Golden Oaks in the Garden of the Cross Veterans section and Rose Hill’s Chapel of Peace Mausoleum.

The ceremony will include a hymn, Mayes leading a devotional, the reading of the names and the butterfly release.

There is a limit of one butterfly cocoon per family. Cocoons will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Prayer event set at First Baptist

ASHLAND First Baptist Church at 1701 Winchester Ave. will host the May Community Prayer Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

For the past 16 years, individuals have been meeting on the second Tuesday of each month for breakfast and a time of prayer. A different church hosts the breakfast each month.

The host church serves the meal each month. Following the meal, there usually is special music provided by the host church and a brief devotion lead by the pastor of that church. Harold Moore is pastor of First Baptist. There then is a time of prayer at individual tables. The breakfast usually is over well before 9 a.m.

While there is no charge for the breakfast, an offering is taken with proceeds going to the Ashland Community Kitchen.

The event is nondenominational and reservations are not required.

Bark in Park fundraiser set

SUMMIT The Local Coordinating Council on Elder Management will benefit from an upcoming Bark in the Park event at the Ashland-Boyd County Dog Park.

The event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 1 will raise money for the council, which advocates elder abuse awareness and prevention. It will feature a dog show and adoptable dogs from the Boyd and Greenup County shelter, along with the Ashland Area Rescue Fund.

Entry fees are $15 in advance for each category and $20 the day of the show. Show categories include biggest dog, smallest dog, cutest dog, best trick and best costume.

Entry fees may be mailed to: LCECM, c/o Comfort Keepers, 2022 29th St., Ashland KY 41101. Dogs must have current vaccinations and be leashed at all times.

Help needed for flag placement

RACELAND American Legion Post 43 is seeking volunteers to help place American flags on the grave sites of veterans in the Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Flatwoods.

Flags are placed beginning at 9:30 a.m. on May 25 and are collected on May 28.

The post will have its Memorial Day dinner at 1 p.m. May 26.

For more information, call post commander Dennis Page at (606) 923-2595.

Road to Fame event Sunday

ASHLAND The second annual Road to Fame qualifying rounds will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Paramount Arts Center.

The 20 contestants are: Hannah Leibee, Clara James, Justin Pruitt, Karis Blanton, Ashley Dawn Campbell, Corban Booher, Melissa K. Baier, Justin Ratliff, Holly Thompson and James “Jimmy” Keith;

Cole Strickland, Mary Kress, Brent Christian, Wakita Young, Maranda Finney, Kendra Daniels, Aaron Haney, Talisha Jarvis, Chris Taylor and Kacie Compton.

Finals will be at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information, call (606) 324-3175.

AARF adoption event Saturday

RUSSELL The Ashland Animal Rescue Fund will have dogs and cats available for adoption from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Tractor Supply.

Motorcycle ride benefits shelter

ASHLAND The Shelter of Hope will host the second annual Harley for the Homeless benefit motorcycle ride on May 25, beginning with a pancake breakfast at Applebee’s served by local celebrities.

Bikers can register from 8 to 10 a.m. at the restaurant. Registered riders get a free breakfast. Tickets at the door are $5 for nonriders.

Celebrity servers include state senators Robin Webb and Walter Blevins, Ashland Mayor Chuck Charles and Ashland commissioners Larry Brown and Marty Gute.

The ride begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m. at Oakland Avenue Baptist Church in Catlettsburg.

A Hot-Rod for the Homeless car show will take place at the church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; the show ends at 3 p.m.  Registration is $10, with prizes for most patriotic car and popular vote. Registration includes a free lunch, door prize opportunities and entertainment.



Poage Elementary School council principal selection committee, organizational meeting at 3:30 p.m., Ashland Board of Education conference room at 1820 Hickman St. State training in principal selection process, 3:45 p.m.

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