News in brief
CHESAPEAKE -- Chesapeake United Methodist Church invites all families to an Easter fun day from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, at the church on 2nd Avenue at 5th Street.
Free pictures with the Easter Bunny will be offered along with Easter crafts and games, including decorating Easter eggs. Weather permitting, an Easter egg hunt will be held outside for children of all ages. Hot sandwiches and refreshments will be served, all free of charge.
Easter Sunday worship will begin at 10 a.m. on Sunday, March 31.
IRONTON -- Ohio University will host the Second Annual Bobcat Hustle 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m. on March 23. The proceeds from this race will benefit the Ohio Horse Park Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship. The OHPCTH offers guided interaction with horses to those with challenges. Funding raised will go toward building an arena which will allow the program to serve even more people.
IRONTON, Ohio -- Ohio University Southern in Ironton will host a benefit concert for the Ohio Horse Park Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship at 6 p.m. on Saturday,. April 20.
The 1937 Flood String Band will perform, and dinner will be served. Cost is $50 per ticket.
For more information, contact Kelly Hall at email@example.com or at 740-354-9347.
PIKETON, Ohio -- Doing Business With the Ohio Department of Transportation, a workshop for small business owners, is planned for 1-4 p.m. on Friday, April 19, at the OSU Endeavor Center, 1864 Shyville Road, Piketon, Ohio.
Register at sopoc.ecenterdirect.com or call 740-377-4550.
IRONTON -- Lawrence County has updated its subdivision regulations, and they are effective as of Feb. 4, 2013, according to a news release from the Lawrence County Soil and Water Conservation District.
A public hearing was held on Jan. 8, and the regulations were officially adopted at the Jan. 31 meeting of the Lawrence County Commission.
"The regulations contain the content that was in the previous version, with the addition of items that will help in the understanding of what is required, and are laid out in a new format," according to the news release. "This will hopefully make it easier to follow the guidelines when submitting applications."
Ohio Revised Code dictates most of what is required for subdivisions, which are defined as the "act of dividing land and/or the improvement of land for residential, industrial, or commercial structures."
Contact the Soil and Water Office at 740-867-4737 or visit www.lawrenceswcd.org for more information.
IRONTON -- Briggs Lawrence County Public Library offers free programs for preschool children and their caregivers at all five Briggs Library 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. Come on! Join the fun!"
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.
For information contact your local Briggs Library branch.
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.
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.