The McConnell House Christmas open house is scheduled to be held Saturday, December 14 from 5 to 7 p.m.
There will be tours available and refreshments will be served.
Santa Claus will be a special guest for the event.
The open house and the events are free and open to the general public.
The choir of Raceland Christian Church, 210 Caroline Road, Raceland will present the annual Christmas Cantata Thursday night, Dec 12, 7 p.m. and Sunday morning, Dec 15 at 11:00 a.m. entitled an Old Fashioned Christmas.
There are 35 choir members participating and the set was built by Kenny Parker.
In lieu of a December meeting, the Greenup County Genealogy and Historical Society will hold a Christmas get together on Friday, December 20 in the meeting room at the Greenup Public Library, in Greenup.
Those attending are asked to bring finger foods. Everyone is invited.
Boyd County Public Library Friends group is hosting a huge rummage sale at the library’s Summit Outreach Center on Dec. 14 and 15.
The sale will include tons of used books, metal shelving and large industrial-size computer desks, wood tables, office chairs, an overhead projector and miscellaneous office items.
The sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.
Items will be priced to move. All funds raised will be used by BCPL Friends to support library-related programs and services. You do not need to be a member of the Friends group to shop at the rummage sale.
This is not a drop-off location for books or any other items. The Friends group is not accepting donations at this time.
The outreach center is located at 1016 Summit Road, across from Boyd County Middle School. It is the former Summit Branch of BCPL.
New members are always welcome to join BCPL Friends. An individual membership costs $10. Membership applications are available at any of the library branches, including the Internet branch, www.thebookplace.org, or by visiting the BCPL Friends page on Facebook.
To find out more, contact Friends President Ashley Skidmore at email@example.com or (606) 326-2202.
Longtime KDMC Team Member and Chief Operating Officer Kristie Whitlatch has been named President/CEO of King's Daughters Health System. She is taking over for Fred Jackson, who is retiring.
"Being from the community, I know just how much KDMC is a part of our life," Whitlatch said. "I am humbled by the faith our Board has placed in me and our Team. King's Daughters Health System is a unique treasure in our community. We are an independent system where all decisions are made here, and all reinvestment is made locally. Our Team will continue our 114-year journey of excellence."
David Jones, Chairman of the Health System's Board of Trustees, said the position is a permanent one.
"Kristie is one of our own, having been with the Health System since 1987, serving in a successive series of nursing and leadership roles," he said. "It's particularly satisfying to have her lead the Health System as an Ashland native, and the region's first female President/CEO of a healthcare institution. Her instincts and business acumen are stellar. We look forward to her 'taking the reins' and leading the Health System into exciting new territory."
Whitlatch graduated from Boyd County High School and earned her R.N. degree from Ashland Community College. She went on to earn her bachelor's of science in nursing degree from Bellarmine College in Louisville, and her master's of science in nursing from the University of Phoenix. Recently, Whitlatch has completed several intensive courses in finance, mergers and acquisitions and executive development through the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Executive Education program.
In 2011, she was named Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Health System. Prior to that, she served as Vice President of Service Line Development and the Heart and Vascular Center. She lives in Ashland with her husband Jay and is the mother of three children: Andy, Cody and Danielle. Kristie’s father, Charles Flannery, has been a volunteer for the organization for more than 15 years.
Jackson is retiring after 17 years leading the region's largest healthcare provider. Under his direction the Health System expanded services most in demand by patients, including cardiac care, primary care and orthopaedics. The Health System also grew geographically, establishing primary care and specialty offices in 50 locations, including Prestonsburg, Ky., Jackson, Ohio, and many more. Jones said, "We wish him and his wife Jayme well. His accomplishments and vision have served the Health System very well."
King's Daughters Health System is a family of healthcare companies based in Ashland, Kentucky. The System includes King's Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, and King's Daughters Medical Center Ohio in Portsmouth. It also includes Kingsbrook Lifecare Center, a long- and short-term care facility; King's Daughters Medical Transport, an ambulance transport company; King's Daughters Medical Specialties, an integrated medical provider group; King's Daughters Health Foundation, a philanthropic and fund raising group; and King's Daughters Heart Foundation, a research company.
The Stephen Salyers Charities Foundation (501c-3,) which raises money for needy and battered children through music-themed fundraisers will host its eleventh annual “Sounds of Christmas” benefit concert dinner on Saturday, December 21.
The event will feature an evening of musical entertainment from Salyers, singer/songwriter and Franklin Furnace native, Marti Dodson (Saving Jane,) as well as country crooning singer, Bryan White (“So Much For Pretending,” “From This Moment,” “Rebecca Lynn,” “Sittin’ On Go.”) The night will also include dinner, wine, beer and other festive libations by Elite Catering along with a silent auction, and will be hosted by Cledus T. Judd, Judy Eaton & Clint McElroy (otherwise known as “The Cledus T Party.)
The event will be co-chaired by Kentucky Senator Robin Webb and Kentucky State Representative Kevin Sinnette.
The evening will honor Ova Kimbleton for his longtime dedication as a board member and Treasurer for the Foundation and Mayor Chuck Charles as the 2013 Troubadour Award Recipient, an award given to one individual each year for their outstanding support to the children of the Tri-State area and support of the Stephen Salyers Charities Foundation. Salyers states: “A Troubadour is known as a “knightly rank,” often a poet or singer in the 11th century, and as an artist I wanted the award to be a little different than your typical community service award.”
He continues, “Chuck seemed like the perfect choice for the honor. The OLBH Foundation has experienced incredible growth as a result to his guidance; he has helped support tremendous growth of the Paramount Arts Center and the health initiative that he’s working on through the city will ultimately have a positive impact on the future lifestyles of our youth.
The Stephen Salyers Charities Foundation has partnered with organizations in the Tri-State such as Ebenezer Medical Outreach, For Jamie’s Sake, Toys for Tots, CASA, Ronald-McDonald House, Russell Shop-With-A-Cop, The Ironton City Mission, the Huntington City Mission, The Daily Independent’s Newspaper In Education and The Golden Girls as well as Hands On Nashville, Musicians On Call, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and Chad Pennington’s 1st and 10 Foundation.
Sponsorship opportunities which include VIP seating and listing and recognition are still available by calling: 606.923.0670. Leighann Heineman, chair of the silent auction is also accepting auction item donations.
The silent auction features items that include a signed George Strait guitar, tickets to the Cincinnati Reds baseball game and other holiday gifts – to donate, call 606.923.0631. The event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 21 at the Historic Transportation Depot at 99 15th Street in Ashland.
Computerized Manufacturing and Machining (CMM) is a new name for the Machine Tool Program at Ashland Community and Technical College.
“The program gives students the ‘tools’ they need to get in-demand, good-paying jobs in the area,” said Danny Pancake, Associate Professor and program coordinator. “The new name reflects the additional technologies that have transformed the field.”
The economic downturn has not resulted in cutbacks at area machining companies, according to Pancake. “Even in a slow economy, people need machinists.”
Machine Tool graduates have found employment at ESMII, Flowserve Inc. and Riggs Machine Shop in Ashland, Industrial Machine and Fabrication Inc. and McCorkle Machine Shops in Huntington, WV; Steel of West Virginia; Motor Parts in Ironton, WV; and McSweeny’s Mill and Mine in South Point, OH.
"Our students learn to make and repair parts on state-of-the-art CNC machines as well as manually operated saws, drills, lathes and mills,” " Pancake added.
“I use both manual and CNC machines in my job now, so it was good to have the background in both areas.” said Raceland resident Travis Howell, a machinist at McCorkle’s Machine Shop. He graduated from ACTC in 2008 with Machinist and CNC Machinist Diplomas as well as three Machine Tool certificates.
“There’s room for women in this field” said Courtney Molina, a Flatwoods resident and CMM student. “As I look at it, men go through nursing school and make great nurses, so I should be able to do something I love as well and be great at it.”
“I originally came to ACTC to get my Associates in Arts Degree because I assumed that it would further my job opportunities. But I needed something that I was going to want to do for the rest of my life,” said Molina, a Russell High School graduate.
“I grew up around machinery and always loved the artistic abilities of being able to make something out of metal. I’m working on both the Machinist and CNC Machinist Diplomas and several certificates as well,” she said. After graduating in May 2014, she plans to seek a machinist position in local machine shops.
"We are looking for students like Travis and Courtney who really enjoy making things and take pride in what they do," Pancake said. For more information on CMM, contact Professor Pancake at 606.326.2471 or 800.928.4256 ext. 62471 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 30 is the deadline to apply for Spring Semester classes at Ashland Community and Technical College. Applications are available on the web at ashland.kctcs.edu and may be submitted online. For more information, call the Admissions Office, 606-326-2000.
The Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital (OLBH) Mobile Mammography Unit schedule for the month of December has been released. The unit will visit the following locations with all times 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. unless otherwise noted:
Bellefonte Primary Care- South Shore, US 23, South Shore – Tuesday, Dec. 10
Office of Drs. Kimberly Baldock and Abbe Cassity, 1816 Carter Avenue, Ashland, Wednesday, Dec. 11
Boyd County High School, Midland Trail Road, Cannonsburg- Monday, Dec. 16
Bellefonte Primary Care- Ashland, 2028 Winchester Ave., Ashland- Tuesday, Dec. 17
Office of Dr. Sanjiv Gupta, 300 St. Hwy. 1947, Grayson – Wednesday, Dec. 18
Ashland Family Medicine, 2222 Winchester Ave., Ashland- Monday, Dec. 23
Bellefonte Urgent Care- Wheelersburg, 8991 Ohio River Road, Wheelersburg, Monday, Dec. 30
Those who wish to attend any of the scheduled stops of the OLBH Mobile Mammography Unit must schedule an appointment by calling the OLBH Women’s Center at (606) 836-PINK (7465).
Advance Memorial United Methodist Church Walking Track is now open in the evenings on Mondays, Tuesdays, & Fridays from 6- 8 p.m.
It is open during weekdays during the day as well.
The Ashland CVB is pleased to announce the launch of their newly designed website – www.visitashlandky.com.
Mr. Jacob Dotson, a Marshall University student intern, volunteered his time and talents to design the website. He had previously worked as a volunteer with Pikeville Tourism, his hometown.
The CVB has also updated their Community Calendar that is listed on the website. The CVB calendar has listed community events and festivals during the 30 year life of the Visitors Center. Individuals should send events for the calendar to email@example.com or call 606.329.1007.
Just a reminder to check Ashland Tourism Facebook regularly for updates as well.
Tourism equates to economic dollars for the community. The Ashland area is open for business; and the friendly staff at the CVB would like to assist you with your visitor needs.
Information: Call 606.329.1007
Did you know that the funds raised from the “Nut Sale” conducted each year by the Flatwoods Lions Club are used to support local community individuals and businesses and institutions?
Lions support: the Summer Reading Program conducted by the Greenup Library system, InSight (a program through Morehead State University to give visually impaired students the opportunity to experience life on a college campus), the Hindman Settlement School, which provides dyslexia education and folk art education programs that help to educate people and preserve cultural heritage through the arts.
We are selling pecan halves, pecan pieces, roasted salted pecan halves, English walnuts, and black walnuts; the nuts are this year’s crop from the Attwell company.
If you are in need of nuts for your holiday baking or candy making, they are available at the Flatwoods City Building or by calling Tim Hunt (922-9000) or Nancy Litteral (836-3012). We hope to fill your holidays with pride and the spirit of the community!
Ashland Community and Technical College is offering a class to help Kentucky Pharmacy Technicians prepare for the national certification exam (PTCE) – and beat the deadline for mandatory certification.
All hospital pharmacy technicians in Kentucky must be nationally certified by March 31, 2014. There is no ‘grandfather clause’ for current technicians who are not certified. Those working in a hospital setting who are not certified by March 31 will lose their jobs.
The class will be held Dec. 6 to 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the College Drive Campus. The class is open to currently employed pharmacy technicians that have worked in a pharmacy for at least one year.
All nine areas of testing for the PTCE will be covered: pharmacology for technicians, pharmacy law and regulations, sterile and non-sterile compounding, medication safety, pharmacy quality assurance, medication order entry and fill process, pharmacy inventory management, pharmacy billing and reimbursement, and pharmacy information systems usage and application.
Instructor Nikki Bryant is a certified Pharmacy Technician and Director of ACTC’s H2P Program, She is a former Coordinator of ACTC’s Pharmacy Technology Program, where her student pass rate on the (PTCE) Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam was 95%.
The class fee is $199. On the last day of class, students will visit the computer lab and register for the PTCE exam. Students will need to bring a credit card to pay the $129 exam fee.
To register, contact Jennifer Criswell, Workforce Solutions/External Education, firstname.lastname@example.org or 606.326.2130.
Starting this spring, Ashland Community and Technical College will offer fast tracked education and training for students who are not college ready.
Accelerating Opportunity is a grant funded project to help unprepared students become college and career ready at the same time. The focus is on getting skills and credentials for a family-sustaining jobs.
“This is a way for students who need extra support for college-level classes to get ready for a job in the shortest possible time,” said Chrisha Spears, Accelerating Opportunity Project Coordinator.
To qualify, adults need to be high school graduates or working towards a GED. For more information, contact Spears at 606-326-2425 or email: email@example.com.
Accelerating Opportunity is a community college initiative of Jobs for the Future, with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates, Joyce, W.K. Kellogg, Kresge, and Open Society Foundations, and in partnership with Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, the National Council for Workforce Education, and The National College Transition Network.
The core partners in Kentucky, one of five states selected for this national project, are the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), Kentucky Adult Education and the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training. All KCTCS colleges are participating, and grant information is at: www.aoky.kctcs.edu.
ACTC is offering more than 100 online courses for Spring Semester. Online courses are available in Computers and Information Technology, Criminal Justice, Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education and many of the general education courses required for associate degrees.
For a complete spring course listing, go to: ashland.kctcs.edu/Academics.
Spring registration is ongoing for students who have completed admission and orientation requirements. New students can start by completing the application on the web at: actc.kctcs.edu.
January 7 is the deadline to apply for Spring Semester, but students are encouraged to enroll as soon as possible in order to get the widest selection of classes.
Need help in selecting a career that matches your personality, abilities and job goals? Free career services for new and continuing students are offered through the Career Resource Center at Ashland Community and Technical College.
Deciding on a career will help you plan your educational path and select on the right electives for your major. Taking the right courses the first time could save time and money in completing a degree. There is no need to leave career guidance and career planning to chance.
For more information or an appointment, call Nancy Menshouse at 606-326-2199 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Area fourth to 12th grade students are invited to participate in the second annual FIVCO Area Science & Engineering Fair that will be held February 7 at the Ashland Community and Technical College Technology Drive Campus.
“This Fair is one way to encourage young people to pursue the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects that will help them become the scientists and engineers of the future,” said Dr. Walters, a retired ACTC professor and the Science Fair Director
Earlier this month ACTC received a $12,000 grant from Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. to support the fair. The grant will help produce the science fair according ISEF guidelines and assist winning participants in attending subsequent competitions.
Last year, about 500 students participated in a school or district science fair, and the ACTC regional fair had over 90 entries from 21 different schools. The goal this year is to have entries from every school in the FIVCO region.
The registration deadline is not until January 21, but teachers and schools will need to begin thinking now about their projects and about planning their own science fairs. The entry form, project information and a rules guideline booklet are online at: www.fivcosciencefair.com.
For more information or to volunteer to help, contact Dr. Walters at email@example.com or call 600.922.2931.
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Recruitment and Certification Unit is in desperate need of foster families for children in Greenup, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Morgan and Lawrence Counties. Children are being placed in foster homes far from their homes, families, schools and communities as there are not enough homes locally to provide for their care. This makes an already difficult situation worse for children in foster care. Currently, these counties have 445 children in foster care, and there are only 84 CHFS foster homes in this service region.
We also have a need for adoptive homes for children who are unable to return home to their biological families. We have children eligible for adoption and awaiting families. These children are usually older and may have specific needs or health issues that desperately want a loving home.
To become a foster parent you must attend 30 hours of training, complete background checks, have personal and credit references, meet health and financial requirements and pass a home safety audit.
If interested in attending the next class offering or for information please contact Mary Sparks at 606 474-6627 or Liane Detty at 920-2130.