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 Alison Lemon  Kristine Rucker

Athletes on top college team

Cedarville University’s Lady Jackets basketball team won its first National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) championship last month. Two local athletes, Alison Lemon of South Charleston and Kristine Rucker of West Jefferson, are members of the team.

Lemon, a sophomore, was named the tournament’s most valuable player. In the championship game against Hope International, she reinjured her left ankle but still tallied 16 points and nine assists to rally Cedarville to an 80-77 overtime victory.

A Southeastern High School graduate, Lemon averaged a team-best 16.2 points per game while adding team-highs of 113 assists and 67 steals in 31 games. She is the daughter of Jack and Valerie Lemon of South Charleston.

Rucker, a senior sport and exercise studies major, averaged 2.5 points per game in 31 games, including 25 assists and 16 three-point field goals. She is the daughter of Rich and Linda Rucker of West Jefferson.

IMAX movies part of library event

The Houston Branch of Clark County Public Library will celebrate the newly completed renova-tions and expansion to the branch with a ribbon-cutting and grand opening activities at 10 a.m. April 19. The celebration will run until 4:30 p.m.

The public is welcome to explore the new adult, teen and children’s areas, and community room. The additions bring the Houston Branch size up to 6,000 square feet.

In addition to tours of the facility and refreshments, giveaways are planned.

The IMAX Mobile Planetarium will be on site featuring short films produced by institutions that include NASA and the American Museum of Natural History. The films are narrated by the likes of Harrison Ford, Tom Hanks, Robert Redford and Walter Cronkite. The dome can accommodate up to 45 children and 35 teens and adults. Viewing space will be on a first-come, first served basis.

The movie schedule is as follows. The grades indicated are recommendations only. All showings are open to children, teens and adults:

• 10:20 a.m.—“Secret of the Cardboard Rocket” (preschool and up)

• 11 a.m.—“Dinosaur Prophecy” (first grade and up)

• 11:30 a.m.—“Passport to the Universe” (third grade and up)

• Noon—“Search for Life: Are We Alone?” (fourth grade and up)

• 12:30 p.m.—“Night of the Titanic” (sixth grade and up)

• 1 p.m.—“Cosmic Collisions” (fifth grade and up)

• 1:30 p.m.—“Force Five” (fourth grade and up)

• 2 p.m.—“Microcosm” (fifth grade and up)

• 2:30 p.m.—“Future Moon” (fourth grade and up)

• 3 p.m.—“Earth’s Wild Ride” (preschool and up)

• 3:30 p.m.—“Saturn, the Ring World II” (all ages)

• 4 p.m.—“Fantasy Worlds” (third grade and up)

To learn more about the movies prior to April 19, go to

For details about the celebration, call Houston Library at 937-462-8047. The library is located at 5 W. Jamestown St., South Charleston. Parking is available at the Catholic Church Hall, behind the library.

State awards grant to biodiesel plant

On March 19, State Rep. Chris Widener (84th House District) announced that the Ohio Rail Develop-ment Commission (ORDC) has awarded a $50,000 grant to Liberty Fuels of Ohio LLC for its new 10 mil-lion gallon per year bio-diesel plant in South Charleston.

Recently, Liberty announced that it will continue with plans to build the new bio-diesel production facility in South Charleston. According to ORDC, Liberty expects to invest more than $17 million into the plant, add 30 new jobs to the local economy, and, in the future, triple its bio-diesel production, if market conditions permit.

“By committing these funds to Liberty Fuels of Ohio, the Ohio Rail Development Commission has demonstrated that Ohio welcomes new business and technology into our economy,” Widener said. “The ad-dition of new jobs, new technology, and new invest-ments into South Charleston will certainly benefit residents in Clark County and the surrounding communities.”

The ORDC grant will help Liberty purchase equipment to improve its ability to move and/or load and unload train cars. By utilizing the existing railroad, Liberty will have a greater ability to use different feed stocks to produce bio-diesel.

Widener represents the 84th Ohio House District, which includes Madison County and parts of Clark and Greene counties.

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