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Friday's Community News: Joyce Spencer

Jun. 10, 2010 @ 11:25 PM

IDOL: Emily Kinner, the winner of the third Charleston's Teen Idol contest sponsored by Charleston Town Center and Coca-Cola in May, has a busy summer planned. Today she is singing at the W.Va. Capitol Complex for Relay for Life; at noon June 22, she will sing in the Town Center Mall; at 1:30 and 3 p.m. June 26, she will sing in downtown Charleston during a festival; and on July 21-23, she will be in Nashville to record a two-song demo. A self-taught singer and a piano and guitar player, Emily, 14, who loves to sing and hopes to pursue a career in singing, has been performing since she was 10. She is the daughter of David and Julie Kinner of Barboursville.

SHOP: Ann Hardin flew to the Mall of America in Minnesota recently to shop with her two daughters -- Andra of Barboursville and Stephie Pritchard of Colorado -- and her granddaughters, Brooke Frazier of Dallas, Texas, and Brittany Wannell of England. Alpha Knott of Milton joined them to be with her daughter-in-law, Stephie, and granddaughters, Brittany and Brooke. That four-day trip sounds like a shopper's fantasy, and Ann says that it was.

CELEBRATE: Kassandra Friedman, daughter of Craig and Kathy Friedman of Barboursville, a 2005 Cabell Midland High School graduate and a 2009 Marshall University grad, was in town recently to celebrate her grandmother's, Katena Karnes', surprise 80th birthday party. Kassandra just completed her first year of law school in Jacksonville, Fla.

8OTH: Helen Garretson of Barboursville celebrated her 80th birthday yesterday in the Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee, with her daughters, Rachel Ashworth of Barboursville and Brenda Keefer of Sevierville, Tenn.

GRAND: Congratulations to Peggy Neal of Barboursville whose first great-grandchild, Kaitlin Elizabeth Neal, was born June 3 in Voldasta, Ga. Kaitlin's parents are Eddie Lee and Jenny Neal.

ANIMALS: Debbie Young, who rescued a baby raccoon from my front porch last week, tells me that the Huntington Cabell Wayne Animal Control Shelter needs help in sheltering, feeding and caring for 49 abused large dogs who were rescued with 50 abused horses from property in Wayne County last month. The horses are being provided for, but monetary help is needed to provide food and medical care for the dogs. Call 304-696-5551 for more information.

REUNION: The families of G. E. and Laura Pratt Beckett will have their reunion at 11 a.m. June 19 at Barboursville Community Park, Shelter 9 by the lake. G. E. and Laura were long-time residents of Wayne, Logan and Cabell counties. Table service will be provided. Bring your favorite foods, memories, music and photos to share. For more information, call Kathleen Wagoner at 304-743-8030.

LUNCHEON: The Christian Woman's Connection luncheon will be at 11 a.m. June 17 at the Renaissance Room of the Family Life Center, 5275 West Pea Ridge Road, Huntington. A concert, "It's All about Music," will be presented by Ronald and Dixie Westervelt of Shokan, N.Y. Ronald Westervelt, a retired music educator, will be the guest speaker. Admission is $14. For reservations call Sara, 304-736-0994, or Delora, 304-736-6719.

VBS: Pea Ridge United Methodist Church, 5747 Pea Ridge Road, will set sail for the high seas during its annual Bible school from 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 14-18. The High Seas Expedition program is free and open to any child from age 3 to fifth grade. For more information or to register, call 304-736-4467.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: This week to Missy Lane, Don Black, Ken Morris, Lori Beth Sutphin, Vivian McGinnis, Maurice Clark, Janet Foss, Rebecca Ray, Delora Call, Roger Call, Jon Hoover, Kyela Leadman, Helen McClure, Dorcas Watson, Suzanne Ward, Bernita McCallister, Jack Sigmon, Jonathan Wood, Nathan Broce, Abby Farley, Cherry Beach, Jimmie Short Tonya Matney, Brian Topeka, Rose Wolford, Capri Isabella Roma, Teague Christopher True, Clara Knight, Michelle Misner, Whitney Walker, Jim Hicks, Bethany Furrow, Steve Saunders, Paul Montie, Michael Carpenter, Sharon Thompson, Sarah Alexander, June Beckett, Joan Turner, Jim Shepherd, Becky Spears, Shawn Scarberry, Stephanie Esque, Elwood Journell, Billy Harless, William Saunders, Michelle Byrd Shafer, Tara Woodrum, Dottie Thielke and Ester Devore.

SPECIAL WISHES: To Frank Hunter who celebrated his 97th birthday Sunday (and may hold the distinction of being the oldest man living in Barboursville); to Isaiah Michael Bates who blew out 4 candles Monday; to Vicki Smith who celebrated her 70th birthday Monday; to Mike Hollister whose 47th birthday was yesterday; to twins, Brianna and Christopher Evans who celebrate their 9th birthdays today; to Jesse Hawks who becomes a teenager (13) today; and to Lynwood Adkins who celebrates his 64th birthday tomorrow.

ANNIVERSARIES: Couples celebrating this week are Jim and Barbara Ellis, Neal, Jr. and Mary Adkins, James and Ann Thornburg, Justin and Leah Baisden, Bobby and Mollie Bannister, Berman and Helen Noe, Jerry and Marlene Harrah, Alan and Annie Pannell, Randall and Katherine O'Neal, Charlie and Karen Floyd, Steve and Terri Burgh, Shawn and Lori Hawks, David and Debbie Dial who celebrated their 30th anniversary Monday, and Ben and Sallie Cox who are former Barboursville residents and graduates of Barboursville High School.

Send items for this column to Joyce Spencer, 817 Main St., Barboursville, WV 25504, or fax to (304) 736-4522. Her e-mail address is jcspencer@MSN.com.

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