Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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March 11, 2013

News in brief, 03/11/13

ASHLAND — Man killed in 2-vehicle collision


One man is dead after a two-vehicle collision on Sunday afternoon at the intersection of the Grant Bridge off U.S. 23.

Benjamin R. Johnston, 27, was pronounced dead at 2:05 p.m. after being transported to Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth. The accident happened at 1:44 p.m., according to a Kentucky State Police report.

Johnston, of Portsmouth was driving a 2012 Jonway Moped and traveling south on U.S. 23 and attempting to turn left onto the bridge.

It appears Jamie Miller, 44, also of Portsmouth, failed to stop at the red light at the intersection in his 1998 Ford Explorer and struck Johnston, according to the KSP.

Miller and a juvenile passenger were wearing seat belts at the time of the collision and received no injuries.  

Drug usage is suspected as a factor in the collision, according to KSP.

Multiple agencies responded including Greenup County Sheriff’s Department, South Shore Fire Department, KDMC EMS and Portsmouth Police Department.

Any charges are pending completion of the investigation.

Scholarship deadlines near


Applications for scholarships at two local schools are available.

‰Applications for the Vannatter Memorial Scholarships are available in the counselor’s office at Boyd County High School. Due date for completed application is April 10.

The scholarship is a one-time award of $1,000 for college or technical school. Any graduating senior may apply.

‰Applications for the May Family Scholarships are available in the counselor’s office at Fairview High School. Due date for completed applicatioan is April 10.

The scholarship is a one-time award of $1,000 for college or technical school. Any graduating senior may apply.

April Fools raffle planned


The Charleston Ballet will have an April Fools Raffle of three travel packages.

Winners will be announced March 29 on Eye Witness News Fox 11. Tickets are $20 each; 400 are available.

Package one includes $500 cash and a weekend getaway at Charleston Marriott Town Center with dinner at Chop House, spa gift certificate and other gift cards and items.

Package two includes $300 cash, a romantic getaway at Embassy Suites, a Tidewater Grill gift certificate and other gift cards and items.

Package three includes $200 cash, an overnight stay and dinner at Mardi Gras Casino & Resort, WVa Power tickets and other gift cards and items.

Proceeds assist with the Charleston Ballet’s Partners and Pairs performances on March 22 and 23

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (304) 342-6541 or visit thecharlestonballet.com.

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