News in brief
Regional planning group to meet May 16
CHESAPEAKE -- The Lawrence County Regional Planning Commission will have its regular monthly meeting at noon on Thursday, May 16, at the Giovanni's in Chesapeake.
Workshop to discuss social media for business
SOUTH POINT -- A workshop called "Social Media for Small Businesses" will be presented by The Southern Ohio Procurement Outreach Center and the OSU South Centers from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at the Chamber of Commerce, 216 Collins Ave., South Point.
The session will teach how small business can utilize and maintain a presence on popular social media sites. An overview of Facebook and Twitter for business applications will be presented along with several other current social media trends such as Pinterest and Instagram.
The workshop is free, but registration is required by calling the Southern Ohio Procurement Outreach Center at 740-377-4550 or go online to: http://sopoc.ecenterdirect.com.
Health Care Law session to be offered at library
SOUTH POINT -- AARP will present a session called "The Health Care Law: Things You Need to Know," at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, at the South Point Library.
Learn about what the new health care law means for you and your insurance coverage. This session, presented by Ann Lemley, pertains to those ages 50 or older with health insurance, without health insurance, on Medicare or Medicare Advantage and those in long term care.
There will be handouts and a question/answer session.
State representative seeks returned surveys
COLUMBUS--In an effort to obtain feedback from the residents of the 93rd Ohio House District, State Rep. Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) encourages his constituents to fill out and return his legislative survey, which seeks feedback on issues such as methamphetamine lab clean up, education, and Ohio's tax code.
"It is important that I keep in contact with my constituents and remain aware of where they stand on Ohio's most important issues," Smith said in a news release. "The information gathered from this survey will allow me to better represent the 93rd House District at the Statehouse."
The legislative survey can be accessed and submitted online at http://tinyurl.com/Rep-SmithSurvey. Rep. Smith hopes that his constituents will take advantage of the opportunity to make their voices heard and keep him informed about their opinions on state issues.
A hard copy of the survey can be obtained by contacting Rep. Smith's office. His office can be reached by calling 614-466-1366, emailing Rep93@ohiohouse.gov, or writing to State Representative Ryan Smith, 77 S. High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.
Symmes Creek Float scheduled for June 1
ARABIA -- Symmes Creek Restoration Committee hosts its Annual Symmes Creek Float at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 1.
The event is free and open to the public. Bring your own canoe or kayak or just show up, as there is often room with someone else.
The trip is approximately 8 miles along Symmes Creek starting at the Canoe Launch site in Arabia (just off 141 in Lawrence County). The float starts in Arabia and ends at the Canoe Site at the ballfields in Aid. Call Grayson Thornton at 740-643-0522.
Farmers Market open in downtown Ironton
IRONTON -- The Farmers Market is now open 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
The Farmers Market is located on 2nd Street, between Vernon Street and Park Avenue.
An official grand opening for the market is planned for Saturday, June 1.
Old Miller Cemetery seeks funds for mowing
PROCTORVILLE -- Trustees of Old Miller Cemetery Corp. are seeking contributions to assist with mowing expenses.
Trustees say interest rates on invested membership fees are currently too low to generate the revenue needed to cover mowing costs, which is $310 per mowing, according to cemetery corporation president Jerry Galloway.
To contribute, send checks to Old Miller Cemetery Corp., C/O Arlie Ramey, 1108 Meade St., Proctorville, OH, 45669.
OLBH seeks junior volunteers for summer
RUSSELL, Ky. -- Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital is seeking junior volunteers interested in summer work.
Junior volunteers ages 13 to 18 work at the hospital from June until August. Junior volunteers are needed to assist in various hospital departments with a variety of tasks. OLBH provides junior volunteers an opportunity to experience the health care field and to learn responsible traits and habits while working in a professional environment.
Call Luann Serey, OLBH director of Community Services, at 606-833-3653.
Genealogy Society plans float for annual parade
IRONTON -- The Lawrence County Genealogy Society is planning its float for the 2013 Ironton Memorial Day Parade. The parade's theme is Respect, Honor and Never Forget.
Each year, the Genealogy Society honors a specific military group with its float. This year, it will honor Women in the Military. The society is seeking the names of female military members, alive or dead, who lived at any time in Lawrence County. Female veterans are also invited to ride on the float.
Email information to email@example.com, or mail to Lawrence County Chapter, OGS, PO Box 1035, Proctorville, Ohio, 45669-1035.
Library offers programs for preschool children
IRONTON -- Briggs Lawrence County Public Library offers free programs for preschool children and their caregivers at all five branches.
Briggsy, the Briggs Library canine mascot says, "Join us for Storytime! We'll read funny picture books, learn some rhymes, sing silly songs and more! Then we'll make some really cool stuff at craft time. Storytime is recommended for kids who are ages 3 to 5."
The Briggs Library Storytime schedule is:
11 a.m. Mondays at the Ironton library, 321 S. 4th St.
4:30 p.m. Mondays at the Symmes Valley School library, 14860 Ohio 141
11 a.m. Tuesdays at the Proctorville library, 410 Elizabeth St.
11 a.m. Wednesdays at the South Point library, 317 Solida Road
11 a.m. Thursdays at the Chesapeake library, 11054 County Road 1
Very young children, up to age 3, and their caregivers are invited for Toddler Time at the Ironton library at 11 a.m. Tuesdays for books, crafts and more.
Bootcamp Classes for Women seek members
IRONTON -- Ironton Preferred Fitness is now holding Bootcamp Classes for Women. Personal trainers Viviane Vallance and Theresa Smith will instruct the course.
Classes will include cardio, plyometrics, weight training, and some unique fitness exercises that appeal to the needs of all women. Classes will begin at 8 a.m. Saturdays and will last one hour. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southern Ohio War Memorial seeks funds
LUCASVILLE, Ohio -- An effort is under way to honor our country's fallen heroes from World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. The Southern Ohio War Memorial will be going up two miles north of Lucasville, Ohio, on the east side of U.S. 23.
The monument will include the names of all local soldiers who have died in combat from the eight counties of Adams, Fayette, Highland, Lawrence, Jackson, Pike, Ross, and Scioto. The memorial will include an airplane, tank, boat, and helicopter, along with a large monument and all the required flags.
The fundraising effort for this project is under way and donations are being accepted. Checks may be mailed to the Southern Ohio War Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 874, Lucasville, Ohio 45648.
IRONTON -- Area residents are invited to help bring Wreaths Across America to Lawrence County by donating a remembrance wreath to be placed on the headstones of service members laid to rest in the military section of Woodland Cemetery.
The Wreaths Across America project began in 1992 when Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath company, made arrangements for remembrance wreaths to be placed in Arlington National Cemetery to honor the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
Volunteers are needed to purchase wreaths, place them on the headstones located in the military section of Woodland Cemetery and remove the wreaths after the honor period conclusion. Additional information will be forthcoming later in the year.
Individual wreaths cost $15 each. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Wreaths Across America c/o Ohio River Bank, 221 Railroad St., Ironton, Ohio 45638.
PROCTORVILLE -- VFW Post 6878 of Proctorville, Ohio, has nearly completed construction of its memorial to veterans.
The next step is to lay engraved memorial paving bricks along the walk surrounding the memorial.
A brick may be purchased for $50. Every memory brick will hold the name, rank, and branch or service of the person that you wish to remember or honor. If that individual died as a result of combat, that brick will be placed around the memorial. If you are honoring an individual, the brick will line the memorial walkway. The brick will be red in color, 4-by-8 inches in size and able to hold up to three 18 letter/space characters per line.
If you would like to see a loved one's brick become a part of this memorial, call Peggy or Albert Baker at 740-886-8121.
IRONTON -- The Ironton Artists Association has a club exhibit of member's art work on display at the Lawrence County Transit Center and the Transit Café located on the corner of 2nd Street and Vernon Street, in Ironton.
The paintings are for sale and a percentage will go to the Transit Center.
The club plans to rotate the art work often and display paintings of Lawrence County today and in the past.
Freedom Farms offering Lil' Riders class
CHESAPEAKE, Ohio -- Freedom Farms is offering a Lil' Riders program to teach children about horses.
Classes are one hour weekly and include lessons on saddles, biology of horses, safety, types of horses, grooming, and types of disciplines. Age groups are 3-6; 7-10; and 11-14.
The class is designed for beginners, but advanced Lil' Rider classes are available for those who have already taken the course.
The seven-week session is $49. Class size is limited.
Freedom Farms is located at 645 Township Road 156 in Chesapeake. For information, call 740-894-5720.
IRONTON -- The Lawrence County Health Department offers Immunization Clinics on the first Tuesday of each month from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. for walk-ins and additional times by appointment, and the first Thursday of each month at the Chesapeake WIC center from 1 to 3 p.m.
Prenatal Clinic: Tuesday mornings by appointment.
Family Planning clinics: day and evening appointments are available on Wednesday and Friday for Pap smears, referrals for mammograms, contraception, emergency contraception, STD testing and free HIV testing by appointment.
TB Skin Testing: daily, except Thursday, from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.
Pregnancy testing: 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday and 1 to 3 p.m. Friday.
Child Lead Testing: by appointment.
Physicals: for sports and work from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Fridays and by appointment.
OUS Community Band seeking new members
IRONTON -- The Ohio University Southern Community Band is looking for new members.
Good players on all wind, brass, and percussion instruments are needed. Percussion instruments are provided.
Rehearsals are 5:30-7:15 p.m. Mondays in the Ohio University Southern Community Building on the corner of 9th Street and Bob Lutz Way. Those interested should contact Dr. Pat McCoy, director, at 740-533-4541 or email@example.com.
Shawnee State offering GED courses year-round
PORTSMOUTH -- Shawnee State University, in cooperation with Scioto County Adult Basic Literacy Education, is offering courses year round to anyone in the community who is interested in obtaining their GED.
Two orientations are scheduled every Monday and Tuesday at SSU. The program is a preparation course and is completely free. The GED test itself is $40.