The United States Enrichment Corporation will conduct periodic testing of the public warning sirens around the Piketon Plant through the month of December. Testing will occur between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on various days throughout the entire month.
Tests are being conducted as part of an upgrade of the plant’s public warning system. During the tests, sirens will be activated for three-minute intervals. Before and after the sirens are sounded, a message will be broadcast on the sirens’ public address system stating, “This is a test.” The Piketon plant tests the five-siren system in the two-mile area surrounding the facility to ensure its operability and to increase public awareness of its function. Residents who have questions about the test may contact the USEC Public Affairs office at (740) 897-2863. In the unlikely event of an actual emergency, the sirens would sound for at least a three-minute period. This would be followed by official instructions or information on local radios.
Tone-alert radio receivers located at three special-occupancy facilities in the area will also be tested. These include Miracle City Academy, Ohio Valley Electric Company and the Vern Riffe (Pike County) Joint Vocational School.
Choir presents special concert
The Ironton Council for the Arts/Lawrence County Concert Series will sponsor a concert presented by the Russell (Ky.) First Baptist Church Choir at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Riffe Center Mains Rotunda at Ohio University Southern, 1804 Liberty Ave., Ironton. Tickets will be $10 and may be purchased at the door.
The Russell First Baptist Church choir is directed by Worship Pastor Jim Wilcox, who has led the group for the past eight years. The group is recognized throughout the tri-state for its musical excellence, and for its members’ individual contributions to contemporary Christian music. This “worship family” describes their music as “eclectic,” with a mix of traditional hymns, southern and black gospel, and contemporary Christian music. Their style can be compared to the Brooklyn (New York) Tabernacle Choir. This group of more than 100 singers and instrumentalists brings energy, an engaging performance, and inspirational messages.
In addition to leading their congregation in song, the choir also performs two musical theater productions each year and performs at local events and nursing homes.