Local News Briefs: Free skin cancer screenings in May | News


King’s Daughters will be offering four free skin cancer screenings in May. All screenings will take place from 10 a.m.

These are the following:

• Friday, May 6, at King’s Daughters Dermatology, 1200 Central Ave., Suite 4, Ashland, with Todd Hellmich, APRN, Dermatology Nurse Practitioner; Vivian Hunt, APRN; and Elisha Porter, APRN

• Friday, May 13, at King’s Daughters Family Care Grayson, 100 Bellefonte Drive, with Dermatology Nurse Practitioner Vivian Hunt, APRN

• Friday, May 20, at King’s Daughters Family Care Wheelersburg, 8750 Ohio River Road, with Dermatology Nurse Practitioner Vivian Hunt, APRN

• Friday, May 20, at King’s Daughters Family Care Prestonsburg, 1279 Old Abbott Mtn. Road, with Dermatology Nurse Practitioner Elisha Porter, APRN

Screening consists of an examination of the affected area(s) identified by the participant. Follow-up recommendations, if needed, will be provided. Spots that are irregular in shape or with irregular borders; are uneven in color; are larger than a pea; or that have changed in recent weeks or months should be reviewed. Appointments are required and can be made by calling (606) 408-9304.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer before the age of 70, and having five or more sunburns doubles the risk of melanoma. However, skin cancer can be treated if detected early.

CSX to close Ky. 244

underpass next week


The Raceland-Worthington Railroad underpass on Ky. 244 will be closed by CSX during daytime business hours on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week for inspection, according to the City of Worthington.

All Ky. 244 traffic must detour through Russell during the shutdown or use alternate routes such as Riverside Boulevard via Wurtland.

Ky. 244 will be closed at Mile 3.5 through 3.7 between approximately 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day from Monday, April 18 through Wednesday, April 20.

suicide awareness

March 23rd


The University of Rio Grande will host HopeFest on Saturday, April 23. More than 10,000 luminarias will fill Rio’s rugby pitch to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention. This year will surpass last year’s record of 7,000.

The one-day event held at the main campus begins at 2 p.m. with the 5K run/walk. Throughout the day, enjoy a Hike for Hope, yoga, kids’ corner, vendors, and food trucks.

The Out of the Darkness walk begins at 6 p.m. and will conclude with a lighting ceremony honoring those who have died by suicide. Fixtures can be sponsored for $1 online and support the Rio Student Welfare Fund.

The annual event supports the education and support programs of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and its audacious goal to reduce the annual rate of suicide in the United States by 20% by 2025. Many sponsors luminarias decorated them in remembrance of someone lost to suicide or as a way to send thoughts of someone struggling.

For more information about the HopeFest event or how your organization can get involved, visit rio.edu/hope-fest.


• Monday at 5.30 p.m.:Greenup County Schools, Special Board Meeting, Central Office (alternate location: GCHS).

• Tuesday at 6 p.m.:Olive Hill City Council, Regular Meeting, Olive Hill Senior/Community Center.

• Tuesday at 6 p.m.:Boyd County Democratic Women’s Club, Elks Lodge. Pat Hedrick, candidate for the county attorney’s office, is the guest speaker.