Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

February 28, 2014

News in brief, 03/01/14

Staff report
The Independent

ASHLAND — Ohio man dies in stabbing


An Ohio man died as the result of a stabbing Thursday evening.

Jason L. Ellis, 36, of South Point, suffered a stab wound to the neck during an altercation with his wife at the couple’s home on Township Road 1019 in South Point, Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless said.

The incident occurred about 6:25 p.m. The couple’s two children were home at the time, Lawless said.

Following the stabbing, Ellis’ wife drove him to Cabell Huntington Hospital, where he died shortly after arrival.

Ellis’ body was taken to the West Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office in Charleston, where an autopsy will be be performed.

The incident remains under investigation and no charges have been filed, Lawless said.

Calvary plans pancake dinner


While some celebrate Shrove Tuesday — the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of the six weeks of Lent leading up to Easter — by having wild parties at the Mardi Gras in New Orleans and Carnival Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, the congregation of Calvary Episcopal Church observes the day much more quietly by having pancakes, and they are once again inviting the community to join them.

The church’s annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will be from 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the church’s fellowship hall at the corner of Winchester Avenue and  14th Street in downtown Ashland. The cost is $5 per person with a maximum of $20 per family.

Having pancakes on Shrove Tuersday is a tradition in England, and as the American version of the Church of England, many Episcopal churches have imported that celebration  to this side of the Atlantic Ocean.

The church promises all-you-can-eat pancakes on Tuesday night as a final feast before Lent, when many Christians diet or give up sweets.

Carter schedules makeup days


The Carter County Board of Education has scheduled make-up days for days missed because of inclement weather.

Students were in school on Monday, which was originally scheduled off for President’s Day. Two days will be taken from spring break, March 31 and April 1.

Depending on legislative action and decisions by the Kentucky Department of Education, five of the 19 missed days may not have to be made up. Other days could possibly be excused.

Crews preparing for bad weather


State snow-clearing crews in northeast Kentucky are monitoring the potential for ice and snow late this weekend, and are prepared to respond when the wintry blast hits the region.

Most of Kentucky is under a winter storm watch, as National Weather Service forecasters say rain Sunday will likely change to freezing rain and sleet then snow in the afternoon and overnight hours, with the greatest risk along and north of the Mountain Parkway.

Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 crews have been pre-treating roads with brine in some areas today, as well as readying plows and salt trucks, chainsaws and other storm response equipment. District management will closely watch weather forecasts this weekend, and will call in state and contract crews if needed ahead of the storm so roads can be treated as quickly as possible.

Boyd registrations set for March 10


Registration for the 2014-15 school year for the Boyd County Head Start/Preschool Programs and Boyd County kindergarten will be March 10.

Registration for Head Start and preschool programs will be from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Early Childhood Learning Center-South, 12862 Ky. 180, and from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 10 at The Early Childhood Learning Center-North, 1100 Bob McCullough Drive.

Parents should bring child’s birth certificate, Social Security card and proof of 2013 income. Proof of income may include: check stub, 2013 income tax return, 2013 W-2 statement or written statements from employer or proof of: Child Subsidy, KTAP, SSI or Kinship. Before enrollment can be complete, a physical and current immunization certificate must be on file.

To be eligible for Kindergarten, a child must be 5 years old on or before Oct. 1, 2014. Parents should bring child’s birth certificate, Social Security card  and a current immunization certificate.

If Boyd County Schools are canceled on March 10, registration will be the next day school is in session.

For more information about any of these registrations, call (606) 928-8001 or 928-8022.

Concealed carry licenses up in Ohio


Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine Friday issued a report indicating that more than 145,000 concealed carry licenses were issued in Ohio in 2013, the largest number since licenses were first issued in 2004.

According to statistics reported to the Attorney General’s office, county sheriffs in Ohio issued 96,972 new licenses and 48,370 renewal licenses in 2013, or 145,342 total licenses. The number of licenses is also the largest in a single year since licenses were first issued in 2004. The previous record for new licenses issued and total licenses issued was in 2012, when 64,650 new licenses and 76,810 total licenses were issued.

The previous record for renewal licenses was in 2008, the first year licenses could be renewed, when 31,139 licenses were renewed.



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