Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

March 20, 2013

News in brief, 03/21/13

Staff report
The Independent

ASHLAND — Prom-N-Aide this weekend


The Dressing Room will have its annual Prom-N-Aide on Saturday and Sunday at The Neighborhood at 25th Street and Carter Avenue.

The event allows girls to select a prom dress and accessories at no charge.

Last year, nearly 50 girls were provided dresses through the free program, said director Lucy Davis.

“Last year they were lined up waiting on us when we got here,” she said.

The Dressing Room has a lot of prom dresses from which to choose, she said, and also the jewelry, shoes and accessories to complete outfits. Girls are allowed to select one dress.

“It’s something we really enjoy doing every year,” Davis said.

Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday hours are 2 to 4 p.m.

For more information, call (606) 324-5400.

Drug raid leads to 3 arrests


Three were arrested in a drug raid at two homes on Beth Ann Drive Tuesday night.

James Bowen, Mary Beth Bowen and Steve Bowen were arrested and taken to the Greenup County Detention Center on drug-related charges.

Mary Beth Bowen, 52, and James Bowen, 31, are mother and son, according to authorities. They were charged with trafficking in a controlled substance.

Steve Bowen, who is Mary Beth’s ex-husband, was also charged with trafficking.

Authorities confiscated prescription drugs, cash, syringes and other drug paraphernalia at the homes.

Members of the FADE Task Force, Flatwoods Police Department, Russell Police Department and Vanceburg Police Department executed two search warrants at the homes around 7 p.m.

The raid came after an extended investigation that came because of complaints from neighbors.

Man indicted in parents’ deaths


A Johnson County grand jury on Wednesday indicted Willie Blanton on two counts of murder in the deaths of his parents, William and Sandra Blanton.

The couple disappeared in early September. Investigators said they died from blunt force trauma and put time of death around the time they went missing.

In addition to the murder charges, Willie Blanton, 29, was indicted for tampering with evidence. He is to be arraigned April 5 in Johnson Circuit Court.

On Feb. 22, investigators found the bodies of William Blanton, 60, and Sandra Blanton, 53, buried near a barn on their farm in Oil Springs.

The bodies were found after Willie Blanton’s girlfriend, Amanda Fannin, made a plea deal with the commonwealth’s attorney.

Fannin, 32, of Oil Springs, agreed to divulge everything she knew about how the couple died, and where the couple’s remains could be found. Fannin didn’t have anything to do with the murders, prosecutors said. However, she was the only person, other than Willie Blanton, who knew about them.

Volunteers sought at Kingsbrook


Kingsbrook LIfecare Center will have volunteer orientation from 10 a.m. to noon March 28 in the main dining area.

For more information, call Kathy Keelin at (606) 324-1414.

Students shine at state Gov Cup


Russell Middle School placed third and Russell High School placed fourth in final standings at state Governor’s Cup competition on Saturday through Monday.

Quick-recall teams from Russell Middle and Paul G. Blazer High reached the quarterfinals before being eliminated.

Individual students who finished in 10th place or higher in written assessments included:

‰Maddy McCloud, Russell Middle, second, arts and humanities.

‰Claire Wilson, Russell Middle, third, language arts

‰Carrie Jo Cecil, Louisa Middle, fifth, language arts

‰Tomi Odukoya, Russell Middle, fourth, mathematics

‰Claire Lyon, Russell High, third, arts and humanities

‰Joe Van Deren, Russell High, third, science

‰Cassie Wooley, Russell High, fourth, science

‰Sarah Pennington, Russell High, sixth, composition

‰Erin Henderson, Russell High, seventh, composition

‰Landon Lauder, Russell High, 10th, composition

‰Ali Wilt, Russell High, sixth, arts and humanities

‰Nick Daniels, Russell High, seventh, social studies

‰Morgan Casto, Russell High, third, future problem solving individual scenario writing

‰Claire Wilson, Russell Middle, 10th, composition

‰Alicia Liu, Russell Middle, 10th, math

‰Chris Fugate, Boyd High, 9th, math

‰Wren Jenkins, George M. Verity Middle, 6th, arts and humanities

‰Allie Moore, Rowan Middle, 5th, science

Chocolate to flow for charity event


Hope’s Place, a regional children’s advocacy center for child victims of sexual abuse, will sponsor the 11th annual Chocolate Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Ashland Town Center.

Chocolate vendors will sell tastes of chocolate from local bakeries, restaurants and organizations. In addition, Easter baskets will be available for purchase.

Money raised from the event allows Hope’s Place to continue to provide services to children and their caregivers who have been affected by sexual abuse.

For more information, call (606) 325-4737.