Community news for Friday, Nov. 30
SCHOLARSHIP: Congratulations to John Zach Swanson, a Cabell Midland High School senior, who has received a $1,000 scholarship offered by the EQT Students of Excellence which is managed by The State Journal. One student in each of West Virginia’s 55 counties may receive this scholarship and Zach is Cabell County’s recipient. The scholarship program is a signature initiative of the EQT Foundation that provides students with the opportunity to consider studies in disciplines that can lead to employment in the natural gas and energy sector. Zach, the son of John and Susan Swanson, of Barboursville, plans to major in engineering at West Virginia University.
YOUNG GUNS CLASS: Congratulations to two area organization leaders, Brandon Dennison and Matt Boggs, who were named to the Young Guns Class of 2019 by West Virginia Executive (WVE) magazine. Dennison, an Ona native and graduate of Cabell Midland High School, is the founder and executive director of Coalfield Development Corp. He received a bachelor of arts degree in history and political science from Shepherd University and a master’s degree in public affairs from Indiana University. He lives in Wayne with his wife, Ashley, and son, Owen. Boggs, a native of Ashland, Kentucky, and graduate of Marshall University with a degree in business administration, is the executive director of Recovery Point of Huntington. He lives in Huntington with his wife, Megan. All inductees were recognized at a reception held in Charleston on Thursday, Nov. 15.
CONCERT: Marshall University’s Choral Union, under the direction of Deborah Bradley, will present an hour-long concert of Christmas carols, accompanied by brass, organ and percussion, on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, 1124 5th Ave., Huntington. The Choral Union will be joined by the Huntington Musical Arts Guild and Marshall’s University Chorus, bringing the total number of singers to nearly 100. There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.
DINNER: The Pea Ridge United Methodist Church, 5747 East Pea Ridge Road, offers a baked steak dinner (steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, garden salad or slaw, dessert and beverage) on Friday, Nov. 30, from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Take out or dine in is $10 per person. Advance tickets only. Call 304-736-4467 for more information.
CHRISTMAS SALE: Trinity Free Will Baptist Church, 2325 Johnstown Road, Huntington, is having a Christmas sale on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Homemade items, a quilt/wreath raffle and portrait settings are available.
SEASONAL NATIVITY AND DEDICATION: To herald the start of the Christmas season, the Lighting of the Nativity and the Poinsettia Dedication will take place Sunday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. at Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 6286 Little Seven Mile Road, Huntington. Sunday School is offered at 9:55 a.m. and Gordon Rutherford delivers the morning message at 10:55 a.m.
BINGO FUNDRAISER: A vintage Longaberger basket bingo fundraiser to benefit Honor Flight Huntington will be held Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. at HIMG (enter in back at Door P) for 20 games for $20. Pay at door. Door prizes, a raffle basket, and a 50/50 will be offered. Refreshments are available for purchase. Contact Patty Dickey at 304-208-1200 for more information.
MEETING: The GFWC Woman’s Club of Cox’s Landing meets Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Outback Steakhouse, 3417 U.S. Route 60 E., Barboursville. This is a Christmas get-together and all members are encouraged to attend.
OGLEBAY PARK TRIP: The Barboursville Senior Center still has seats available for its bus trip to Oglebay Park’s Festival of Lights in Wheeling on Dec. 8. Cost is $55 per person. A stop for shopping will be made at the St. Clairsville Mall. Call Sharon at 304-736-5092 for more information.
COVERED-DISH DINNER: Steele Memorial United Methodist Church, 733 Shaw St., celebrates the first Sunday of Advent, Dec. 2, with a covered-dish dinner at 5 p.m. (ham and bread provided) and the hanging of the greens at 6 p.m. Families and friends are encouraged to take part in this special activity.
WREATH ACROSS AMERICA: A Wreaths across America ceremony will take place on Saturday, Dec. 15, at noon at Spring Hill Cemetery in Huntington to honor deceased veterans. Orders may be made ($15 per wreath) this weekend by calling 877-385-9504 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, and from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec.1-2. Even if your loved one is not buried in Spring Hill, his or her name will be read during the ceremony and the wreath will be placed on a veteran’s grave. Volunteers are welcome to help place wreaths after the ceremony. Hot drinks and cookies will be provided.
DANCE: Plan to attend a Christmas dance in Barboursville offered by DJ Dick Newman on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Barboursville Community Center, 721 Central Ave., for $15 per person. For more information, contact Newman at DNBL@msn.com or 304-736-5380.
TREE LIGHTING: Kenova’s 11th annual tree lighting ceremony will be held on Monday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. with an assembly at the Kenova United Methodist Church that will proceed to the Memorial Tree, located on the corner of 14th and Chestnut streets, where candles will be lit and carols will be sung. Forms for the submission of names of ones to be remembered or honored may be obtained at Kenova City Hall or C-K Florist. For more information, call 304-453-6814 or 304-453-1114.
HOLIDAY CONTEST: Kenova Beautification is sponsoring a decorating contest during the holiday season. All residences in the Kenova city limits are eligible to compete for first, second and third prizes. Judging will take place on Thursday, Dec. 20, and winners will be notified that day. For further information, contact Nancy Price at email@example.com or call 304-453-6814.
BIRTHDAYS: Happy birthday this week to Virginia Chapman, Colton Coffey, Gabrielle Ross, Samuel Ross, Korey Long, Gert Johnson, George McPhail V, Howard Pullin, Heather Stull, Heather McKenna, Jamie Henry, Teresa Blake, Tracy Blower, Frank Hayes, Jack Black, Luke Kinker, Chip Merritt, Crystal Merritt, Michael Napier, Jon True, Debbie Chinn, Wes Simpkins, Skyler Morris, Katrina Zornes, Toby Wheeler, Jenny Thompson, Andrew Thompson, Trevor Means, Austin Stiltner, Helen Tomblin, Kim Wooten, Brittany May, Megan Ashton, Colby Spears, Danny Smith, Josh Williamson, Barbara Baker, Patti Damron Blevins, Kay Davis, Ethel Qualls, Jennie McKinney, Megan Ashton, Brenda Bunn, and Linda Hamilton.
Special wishes to Tammy Byrd Starkey, whose 59th birthday was Monday; to my son-in-law, Bill Watson, who celebrated his birthday Thursday; “Mother” Johnson, who celebrates her 91st birthday today; and to Joyce Clay Songer, who celebrates a big birthday Sunday.
ANNIVERSARIES: Couples celebrating wedding anniversaries this week are Oscar and Betty Staggs and Charles and Freddie Tanner.
Send items for this column to Joyce Spencer, 817 Main St., Barboursville, WV 25504, or fax 304-736-4522. Her email address is jcspencer@MSN.com.