Man charged in Gate City robbery
CATLETTSBURG - Police have arrested an Ashland man in connection with Monday’s armed robbery of a payday loan business in Catlettsburg.
John Vance, 26, was booked into the Boyd County Detention Center about 2 a.m. Tuesday on a charge of first-degree robbery.
The holdup occurred about 12:25 p.m. at Advance America, 3640 Louisa Road. The suspect, who was armed with a handgun, entered the business and demanded money. Employees complied and the robber fled south on U.S. 23 in a silver Scion TC.
Images of the suspect and his vehicle were captured by security cameras. The Ashland Police Department posted those images on its Facebook page, and police said that led to numerous tips.
Summer reading planned in Carter
OLIVE HILL - The Carter County Public Library will host free children’s summer reading programs at the Olive Hill and Grayson branches.
Monday through Friday, from 1 to 2:30 p.m between June 3 and July 19, children in kindergarten through eighth grade will read about gardening, dinosaurs, fossils, sharks, pirates and more.
The Read and Feed program will be from noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday between June 3 and July 19. Ages birth to 18 will receive lunch and a short reading activity.
The library will be closed July 4.
Applications are available at both branches for the duration of the summer. They are available at Carter County elementary and middle school family resource youth services centers and at Carter Christian Academy through today.
For more information, email Nellie Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (606) 286-8070 or (606) 475-1528.
MSU donor challenge set
MOREHEAD - An anonymous donor to Morehead State University has pledged $20,000 if 500 gifts by alumni and friends are received on Thursday.
According to University Advancement, the gifts will have a tremendous impact for students, funding student scholarships, classroom and lab improvements and student software and technology updates.
Every gift received that day, whatever the amount, counts toward the challenge.
Ways to give Thursday include at alumni.moreheadstate.edu/makegift, (606) 783-2033 or (877) 690-4483), the Palmer Development House or the alumni association.
There will also be several Brew and Gold Happy Hour Events.
Area locations for the events include the Fuzzy Duck, 159 E. Main St., Morehead, from 7 to 9 a.m. and Fat Patty’s, 1442 Winchester Ave., Ashland, from 6 to 8 p.m., with special guest Rob Tenyer, head football coach.
The challenge is open to alumni and friends; participants do not have to be MSU graduates. Gifts from alumni will count toward the alumni participation rate, which determines the University’s inclusion on U.S. News & World Report’s list of top public universities in the South, a list that has included MSU for nine consecutive years.
For more information, call the Office of Development at (606) 783-2033.
AARP driver course offered
CATLETTSBURG - A driver safety course for ages 50 and older will be offered by AARP from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 17 at the Boyd County Extension Office, 2420 Center St.
At the completion of the course, drivers will qualify for insurance discounts if applicable by their insurance companies.
The fee is $14 for non-AARP members and $12 for members. Space is limited and registration may be made by calling (606) 739-5184.
Herb Day will be Saturday
CANNONSBURG - Garden Shed Herb Day 2013 will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Boyd County Extension Franks Building at the Boyd County Fairgrounds.
Registration is $5.
Sessions will include: 10:30 a.m. — “My Favorite Herbs” by Becky Kirts, Shelby County master gardener, and 12:30 p.m. — “I Am an Herb, so Why Am I Planted Here?” also by Kirts.
Lunch will be provided at 11:30 a.m. Door prize will be given at 1:30 p.m.
Vendors of herbs and gardening products will be available.
For more information, call (606) 739-5184.
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