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News in Brief — 5/8/15

ACTC graduates 48 Ohio residents

ASHLAND, Ky. — The Ashland Community and Technical College Commencement Ceremony on May 8 recognized a record 681 students who had earned a total of nearly 1,700 certificates, diplomas and associate degrees.

The graduates from August and December 2014 and the graduation candidates for May and August 2015 represented more than 50 cities and towns in the Tri-State. The 48 Ohio students are listed below by city of residence.

From Chesapeake: Brittany K. Ferguson, Amanda D. Forth, Nathaniel R. Jones, Katherine L. Niece and Kara C. Simpson.

From Ironton: Ashley N. Bailey, Lori A. Bailey, Jacob I. Brown, Jessica D. Brown, Angela M. Dalton, Shelby Dickess, Beth L. Douglas, Madison P. Ellswick, Briana W. Foster, Amanda L. Gillenwater, Brittany M. Haines, Alexis C. Mullins, Bobby L. Nash, Marsha L. Reffitt, Cody T. Roberts, Kasey M. Scott, Robert A. Wileman and Catheryne P. Willis.

From Pedro: Cody F. Cox and Vanessa R. Giles.

From Portsmouth: Michael A. Akers, Jessica L. Bond and Sarah E. Davis.

From South Point: Zachary D. Clark, Greggory A. Howard Jr., Edward B. Perkins, Asya N. Poe, Jessica L. Smith and Daniel E. Vance.

From Wheelersburg: Nancy J. Blewett, Belinda K. Dingess, Eric R. Mohebbian, Kimberly S. Semones, Holly N. Stiles and Misty J. Waller.

From Willow Wood: Aaron M. Corn and Megan M. Johnson.

Also from Ohio: Amber L. Clark, Crown City; Elizabeth A. Hankins, Coal Grove; Melissa D. Morgan, Proctorville; Kyle A. Newmyer, Shelby; Jonathan A. Schob, South Webster; and Andrew C. Wright, Lucasville.

 

Marshall ceramics event raises nearly $18K for food pantry

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University ceramics students have raised nearly $18,000 for a food pantry.

The university says the 2015 Empty Bowls event raised enough money to allow the Facing Hunger Foodbank to provide more than 106,000 meals.

Students created about 1,200 ceramic bowls, and an additional 300 were donated by local potters and others.

For a $15 donation, patrons received a handcrafted ceramic bowl and a modest lunch meant to simulate a soup kitchen meal. More than 100 students and community volunteers ran the event.

The Facing Hunger Foodbank serves more than 113,000 people in 17 counties in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.