Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

February 20, 2014

02/21/14 - Local in brief

Staff reports
The Independent

ASHLAND — Family Fitness Night set

GREYSBRANCH Family Fitness Night will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Greysbranch Elementary School.

The event will be hosted by Team SKIP, the school’s community problem-solving team.

Guest presenters will include Fast Program (Tri-State Rehab), the Cheer Factory, Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital (health screenings), the Greenup Junior Football League, the Greenup JFL Rec Team and King’s Daughters Medical Center. Guests may sign up for “Fuel Up to Play 60.”

Choirs announced for H-B fundraiser

ASHLAND Eight choirs will participate in Saturday’s Hillcrest-Bruce Mission’s sixth annual Church Choir Festival at the Paramount Arts Center.

On the bill for the 7 p.m. event are choirs from Advance United Methodist, Ashland First United Methodist, First Baptist Russell, Unity Baptist, Christ United Methodist, Grassland Community, South Ashland United Methodist and Wildwood First Church of God.

Admission is free, but a love offering will benefit the mission on Eloise Street that serves the Pollard Community.

Food Check-Out Week celebrated

ASHLAND The Boyd County Farm Bureau Federation is celebrating Food Check-Out Week through Saturday.

Key messages for the program are:

The bureau is helping consumers find solutions to eating healthy on a stretched budget.

America’s farmers and ranchers are committed to producing safe, abundant and healthy food.

Despite a recent uptick in retail food prices, the cost of eating healthy hasn’t changed as much as some less-healthy alternatives. A recent Agriculture Department report favorably supports the economics of healthier eating.

Food price data shows prices for unprepared, readily available fresh fruits and vegetables have remained stable relative to dessert and snack foods, such as chips, ice cream and soft drinks. Therefore, as defined by foods in the study, the price of a “healthier” diet has not changed compared to an “unhealthy” diet.

Learning to use grocery dollars wisely helps ensure nutrition isn’t neglected, according to the bureau. Fruits and vegetables — along with whole grains, low-fat dairy products, lean meats, fish, beans, eggs and nuts — are an important part of a healthy diet.

Two arrested in Russell

RUSSELL Two men were arrested in Russell on drug and other charges on Wednesday.

Officers with the FADE Drug Task Force and Russell Police Department executed a search warrant at the Beech Street residence of Hobert Gearhart, 50. A large amount of marijuana was found, police said.

While police were at the house, Todd R. Bradley, 53, of Fayetteville, Ohio, showed up there and was arrested after being questioned.

Gearhart was charged with first-degree drug trafficking, trafficking in marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bradley was charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both suspects were lodged in the Greenup County Detention Center, where they remained Thursday.

Two injured in parkway wreck

ARGILLITE Two women were injured in a one-vehicle accident Tuesday at the Ky. 207 interchange of the Northeastern Kentucky Industrial Parkway.

Tabitha N. Graff, 34, and Amme R. Harper, 32, both of Shelbyville, were flown to Cabell Huntington Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries following the wreck at 2:30 p.m., Kentucky State Police at Ashland said.

According to the KSP, Graff was sounthbound on the parkway when she lost control of her vehicle, which went onto the southbound shoulder of the roadway, entered a grassy area, struck an embankment and overturned.

Graff and Harper were wearing seat belts, the KSP said. The accident resulted in the parkway being closed for about an hour.

Woman hurt avoiding pothole

MOREHEAD An Elliott County woman was injured Wednesday when she wrecked her vehicle after swerving to avoid a pothole.

Juanita Greene, 78, of Sandy Hook, was traveling southbound on Ky. 173 when the accident happened at 2:55 p.m., Kentucky State Police at Morehead said.

After swerving to miss the pothole, Greene veered into the northbound lane, where she encountered an oncoming vehicle. To avoid a collision, she veered off the southbound shoulder of the road. Her vehicle struck a road sign and a fence and then plunged over an embankment, the KSP said.

Greene was taken to St. Claire Regional Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries, the KSP said.



Raceland-Worthington High School council, 3:30 p.m.


Boyd County Board of Elections, 10 a.m., clerk’s office.

Russell Board of Education, 4 p.m.

Greenup County Board of Education, 6 p.m., stage area.