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Oct. 11, 2012 @ 06:53 AM

Fall Festival scheduled by Proctorville church

PROCTORVILLE -- The Faith Baptist Chapel at 704 Trent St. (beside the BMV building) will sponsor a Fall Festival from noon until 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, for the village of Proctorville, Ohio.

There will be various gospel singing groups such as the Chadwick Creek Boys, Porter Family and Jimmy McKnight from Charleston. There will be free food, soft drinks, hayrides, a cruise-in, car show and various other activities throughout the day for all ages.

Lawrence Historical Society offers bean dinner

IRONTON -- The Lawrence County Historical Society will host its Annual Bean Dinner from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Lawrence County Museum, 506 S. 6th St. in Ironton.

In addition to the delicious food, come for old-fashioned fun and traditional music.

Ironton offers annual Halloween Parade

IRONTON -- The Annual Halloween Parade will begin at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, in downtown Ironton.

The parade route will go from 3rd and Center streets to 2nd and Vernon streets.

Workshop to discuss Wayne National Forest

SOUTH POINT -- The workshop on "Doing Business with the Wayne National Forest & U.S. Department of Agriculture" has been rescheduled from October to Nov. 14.

The Southern Ohio Procurement Outreach Center presents an informative workshop geared toward small businesses interested in doing business with Wayne National Forest and other Forest Service locations.

The Ohio River Basin Acquisition Team purchases supplies, services and construction for a total of seven Forest Service locations in six states. Locally, Wayne National Forest has offices in Marietta, Nelsonville, and Pedro. Members of the Acquisition Team will discuss details of the contracting process, including finding opportunities, the bid process, and working with local contacts. This workshop will be very helpful for small businesses considering expansion into the government contracting arena.

The workshop will be 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, 216 Collins Ave., South Point. It is free to attend.

To register, go to http://sopoc.ecenterdirect.com or call the Southern Ohio Procurement Outreach Center at 740-377-4550.

Bootcamp Classes for Women seeking students

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 trainwithviv@gmail.com.

Haunted Tunnel funds help visually impaired

IRONTON -- Looking for the Tri-State's best Halloween scares and want to support a great cause at the same time? The Ironton Lions Club's new and improved Haunted Tunnel, located near the U.S. 52 and Ohio 93 intersection across from the Ironton Hills Shopping Center, will be open from 7 to 11 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in October.

The cost is $5 per person. The civic organization has converted the former State Route 75 highway tunnel into Southern Ohio's one-of-a-kind haunted attraction each October for nearly two decades.

Proceeds will go to help fund several charitable organizations, especially the Lions' mission to help the visually impaired. For more information, contact Mike Caldwell at 740-532-1441 or Joe Jenkins at 740-533-0363.

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, OH 45648.

The groundbreaking for the memorial's construction site is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Annual VFW Pig Roast set for Saturday, Oct. 20

PROCTORVILLE -- The Proctorville VFW Post 6878 Annual Pig Roast is planned for 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the VFW building in Proctorville.

Meals will include pork, beans, fried potatoes, corn bread and a huge variety of desserts. Tickets for adults are $8 and for children under 10, $4.

Concert to benefit breast cancer fund

PORTSMOUTH -- The Southern Ohio Medical Center and the Portsmouth Little Theater present "The World Goes Round," a musical celebration to benefit the SOMC Breast Cancer Compassion Fund, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 and 13.

Established in 2009, the Breast Cancer Compassion Fund fills the gap where other funding falls short, helping to pay for critical breast cancer patient needs such as gas money, the cost of mammograms, and wigs and prosthetics after surgery. In previous years, fundraisers have helped to raise more than $40,000 toward the fund.

The show will feature the popular songs of Kander & Ebb. The Saturday evening performance will feature special guest performer Faith Esham, as well as a Champagne Reception with drinks and desserts to immediately follow at the SOMC Cancer Center.

Make your reservations now at 740-356-2552.

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UNION TOWNSHIP -- The Semi-Annual Union Township Clean-Up Day is scheduled for 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. (or until all Dumpsters are full) on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Township Lot on Coryville Road.

No tires or hazardous materials will be accepted. You must show proof of residency.

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IRONTON -- The Kiwanis Club of Ironton is sponsoring a craft fair from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 13, at the Ironton City Building on the corner of Third and Vernon streets in downtown Ironton.

Light refreshments will be available for purchase.

For more information, contact Steve Call at 740-533-4559 or call@ohio.edu.

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SOUTH POINT -- Tri-State Worship Center at The Point is having a Shoebox Ministry Fundraiser on Oct. 27.

The event will include live music, beans, cornbread, crafts, vendors, auction and more.

Vendors begin at 10 a.m., music begins at noon, and the event ends at 7 p.m.

Tri-State Worship Center is located at 901 Solida Road, South Point.

For more information, call 740-523-0231.

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IRONTON -- The Lawrence County Concert Series kicks off the 2012-2013 season with a trio of musicians from Kalamazoo, Mich.

The Merling Trio will perform Friday, Oct. 19, at the Mains Rotunda on the Ohio University Southern Campus in Ironton. The group returns to the Southern Campus after visiting in 2005. The trio includes Renata Artman Knific on violin, Bruce Uchimura on cello and Susan Wiersma Uchimuro on piano. The three guest artists come together from Polish, Japanese and Dutch backgrounds. Their performances have been broadcast widely on television and radio.

The concert series is presented by the Ironton Council for the Arts. Season tickets for six performances are available, or individual tickets may be purchased at the door. Visit www.southern.ohiou.edu/irontonarts/.

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IRONTON -- State Sen. Tom Niehaus, R-14th District, will deliver the keynote address during the Greater Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce's Annual Awards Dinner on Oct. 18 at Ohio University Southern in Ironton.

Sponsored tables are being sold now at $600 for a table of eight. Individual tickets are $50. Seating is limited, so make your reservations early by calling 740-377-4550.

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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 mccoy@ohio.edu.

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.