Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

April 17, 2013

Local briefs: 4/18/13

Staff reports
The Independent

RACELAND — Pancake meal will be Saturday

RACELAND - An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Raceland Community Center.

The event is a fundraiser for the annual Race Days celebration.

Raceland 5K run scheduled

RACELAND - The Historic Raceland 5K Run will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, with registration at Raceland city park starting at 6 p.m.

There is a $15 entry fee (register at tristateracer.com) or $20 on the day of the race. The first 150 to register will receive T-shirts.

The event is a fundraiser to help pay for brochures for the Raceland Historical Walking Tour, which will be designed by students at Worthington Elementary School. For more information, call (606) 369-4403.  

Ashland church to honor pastor

ASHLAND - First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1930 Winchester Ave., will host a reception following the Sunday morning worship service to celebrate Senior Pastor Ike Nicholson receiving his doctorate of ministry degree from Virginia Theological Seminary.

Nicholson has been senior pastor of the church since May  2004. He is a 1992 graduate of Lynchburg College in Virginia and received a master of divinity degree from Lexington Theological Seminary in 1995. He came to Ashland after pastoring congregations in West Virginia and Maryland.

Nicholson has been active in community affairs, serving on the boards of nonprofits and as president of the Ashland Area Ministerial Association. He is board president of United Ashland Ministries, an advocacy and education group for affordable housing for seniors, and is a volunteer chaplain for the Ashland Police Department.  

Nicholson is a charter member of the Friends of Jordan, an ecumenical organization of Protestant and Roman Catholic clergy that promotes economic development in the Holy Land.

During the reception, there will be a presentation of gifts and Nicholson will speak. Activities are expected to start around 12:15 and last about an hour in the fellowship hall. In addition to the congregation, event facilitator Susan Gabbert is hoping other friends will attend.

Nicholson and his wife, Shauna, were married in October 2005. They have a son and a daughter.

BCMS seeks council apps

SUMMIT - Nomination applications for parent members of the 2013-14 site-based decision-making council at Boyd County Middle School will be taken from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through Monday in the main office.

A parent council member must be a parent, stepparent, foster parent or legal guardian of a student enrolled in the school during the parent’s term of service. Additional information is included on the application. Voting will be from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the school.

Child celebration slated at church

GREENUP - “Celebrate the Child,” an event to support families, will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Greenup Christian Church. The free event will feature inflatables, door prizes, refreshments, child safety fingerprinting, face painting, health and eye screenings and a disc jockey.

Tree seedling giveaway set

WURTLAND - The Greenup County Conservation District’s tree seedling giveaway will be next week. Species include flowering dogwood, Chinese chestnut, hazelnut, pecan, black cherry, Eastern redbud, black walnut and white pine. They will be available on a first-come, first-served basis from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 24-26 at the office adjacent to Bridgeport Equipment on U.S. 23 in Wurtland or at the public library in South Shore from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 25 and 26.

Seedlings are limited to six per household for landowners in Greenup County only.

For more information, call (606) 833-0180.

Watershed Watch

program May 1


Greenup County Conservation District’s inaugural Watershed Watch training program will be from 5 to 9 p.m. May 1 at the University of Kentucky Extension office at 35 Wurtland Ave.

There is no cost to attend, but participants are asked to RSVP by the morning of April 30 at (606) 833-0180.

The Kentucky Division of Water launched the watershed management program in 1997. It is a public outreach effort to promote the new watershed management plan and enlist volunteers to help in the assessment of the waterways in the state.

Since 1997, Watershed Watch has trained nearly 4,000 volunteers and has 2,000 that sample throughout the state. There are monitoring stations in Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee.

Safe Sitter

program April 27


Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital’s Healthy Community Services will host a Safe Sitter class April 27 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Bellefonte Centre, 1000 Ashland Dr., on the campus of OLBH.

The class takes place in Healthy Community Services’ classroom on the fourth floor of Bellefonte Centre. The cost of the class is $30 and includes a Safe Sitter backpack, training manual and lunch.

Safe Sitter prepares young adolescents ages 11 to 16 for the responsibilities of nurturing and protecting children.

Safe Sitter teaches teenage babysitters how to handle crises, how to keep their charges secure, and how to nurture and guide a young child.

Ditty speaking

on skin cancer


Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital will host a free skin cancer prevention luncheon May 3 at noon on the fifth floor of Bellefonte Centre on the OLBH campus.

Speaking at the event will be OLBH dermatologist Jack Ditty, M.D. He will address the crowd on the topic of skin cancer, its signs and means of prevention.

Ditty received his medical degree from the University of Louisville. He completed his internship and residency at Emory University in Atlanta. Ditty is certified by the American Board of Dermatology.

To RSVP for the free luncheon, call the OLBH CareLine at (606) 833-CARE (2273) or register online at olbh.com.

Greenup to start Final Friday series


Greenup Main Street Board’s Final Friday series will begin April 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. with a car show by the Greenup Cruisers, live music by Kentucky Memories and a homemade country dinner of brown beans, cornbread, kraut and wieners, fried potatoes and a drink for $7 offered by the Lamp Post Cafe.  

The Adult Learning Center will be open and members of the Tri-State Writers’ Bloc will offer poetry activities for children.  Helping Hands will be open.  

Blazer seeking

council noms


Blazer High School is currently seeking nominations from parents for Site-Based Council for the 2013-2014.  Nomination forms are available on the school website or in the main office and must be submitted to the principal by April 24.  For more information, contact Blazer principal Derek Runyon at 327-6040.



Wurtland Middle School council, 3:30 p.m. in the conference room.