Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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May 1, 2014

ACTC to present history program

ASHLAND — A panel of local historians and college professors will  gather Friday at Ashland Community and Technical College to discuss the institution’s history and role in the community.

The free, part of ACTC’s 75th anniversary year celebration, is intended to capture and record the institution’s history from various perspectives. Panelists also will discuss northeast Kentucky history.

Panel members will include:

‰Jim Powers, a noted Ashland area historian and longtime employee of the Boyd County Public Library. Powers rose to become the executive director of the library prior to his retirement.  He continues to serve as an unofficial historian of the community.  He is known for being particularly knowledgeable of historical photographs of the city of Ashland and the surrounding areas.

‰George Wolfford, a historian and author who has researched historical events in Ashland, Boyd County, Lawrence County and Carter County.

Wolfford is a retired writer and editor with The Independent. Among other beats in his 40-year career, he was the education reporter and covered college events.

‰Professor Ernie Tucker, who started teaching history at Ashland Community College in 1968. Tucker has researched the history of eastern Kentucky extensively.  He is an Appalachian folklorist and has been a speaker for the Kentucky Humanities Council Speakers Bureau for many years.

‰Professor Danny Bailey, who began his academic career as an Ashland Community College student in 1964 and transferred to the University of Kentucky.  He returned to the college in 1973 as an employee and now is a counselor and the health science technology and transfer adviser.

‰Professor Ralfred Hall, who has taught mathematics and physics for more than 25 years. He started as a math instructor at the present Big Sandy Community and Technical College in 1988.  In 1994, he transferred to Ashland Technical College as a math, physics and chemistry instructor.

The event will be moderated by Don Moore, the director of Ohio University Southern’s electronic media program, and students in the program will record the event on video.

The panel will be from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Friday in the College Drive Teleconference Room.

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