Friday's Community News: Joyce Spencer
CHEERS: One hundred young cheerleaders from this area will represent the River Cities Cheerleading Gym on March 13 and 14 in Orlando, Fla, at a national tournament sponsored by the Universal Cheerleading Association. On Dec. 19, five teams qualified for the competition in Cincinnati. Some of the 6-7-and 8-year-old cheerleaders who will be traveling to Disney World to compete are Isabelle Ruggier, daughter of Duane and Suzette Ruggier; Skylar Adkins, daughter of Frank and Robin Adkins; Bailey Allen, daughter of Mary Ann Allen; Ashton Lowe, daughter of Faith Lowe; and Brooke Ashworth, daughter of Chris and Lisa Ashworth.
CATCHING UP: While talking with Monica Ensign at the Marshall/East Carolina ballgame last weekend, I caught up with some of her life experiences since she graduated from Cabell Midland High School in 1996 where she was an outstanding soccer player. Since then, she has received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Marshall and currently she manages a small business in Huntington. I enjoyed meeting her children -- Alejandra and Tony. Seven-year-old Alejandra is a first-grader at St. Joseph's Grade School where she has recently collected $405 for a project to help children in Haiti. Her teacher is Sunny Day Scites, also a CMHS grad. Alejandra participates in pageants and is the reigning queen for West Virginia, which she won is June 2009 at the Sunburst Beauty Pageant. Tony is a cute 4-year-old who has lots of beautiful, brown, curly hair.
STUDENTS OF THE MONTH: Cabell Midland High School students selected as students of the month for February by the Barboursville Rotary Club are Shane Hart, senior; Lauren Whisman, junior; Justin Blevins, sophomore; and Kelsey McClung, freshman. These students were recognized at the Rotary Club's luncheon meeting Wednesday.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Boy Scout Troop 790, sponsored by Kuhn Memorial Presbyterian Church, will serve a pancake breakfast at the church from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. Cost is $5 for adults; $3 for children ages 4 to 12; and children under 3 may eat free. Breakfast will include one serving of meat, a beverage, and all-you-can-eat pancakes. Proceeds will help defray the cost of summer camp.
FAT TUESDAY: On "Fat Tuesday," Feb. 16, a pancake supper will be held in the fellowship hall of Barboursville First United Methodist Church, corner of Main and Water Streets, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The community is welcome. Carryout will be available. Donations are designated for the mobility fund to help Barboursville resident, Bill Young, to purchase a motorized bicycle which would be a means of independent transportation for him.
13TH BIRTHDAY: Congratulations to Emily Smith, a seventh grade student at Barboursville Middle School, who celebrated her 13th birthday Sunday and her selection as a member of the all-county choir. She is the daughter of Michael and Lisa Smith and granddaughter of Ed and Cotton Smith of Barboursville.
22ND BIRTHDAY: Coast Guard Petty Officer Tim Washington celebrates his 22nd birthday today. He is stationed in Georgetown, S.C. Tim, a Cabell Midland High School graduate, is the son of Alan and Teresa Washington and the grandson of Barbara and the late Reed Washington.
BIRTHDAYS: Happy birthday this week to Jeff Chapman, Ouida Pearson, Anna Smith, Joe Fralic, Emily Beckelhimer, Marla Racer, Helen Gibbins, Sandra Sargent, Pauline Adkins, Rose Thornburg, Jordan Apgar, Kenneth Nance, Jillian Freeman, Oretha Sowards, Kim Socha, Ella Nease, Al Baker, Harvey Morrison, Mark Call, Elayna Conard, Ernestine Blake, Ellen Stinehour, Ed Knisely, Peyton Fryer, Betty Caskey, John Minichan, Phil Vallandingham, Caroline True, Jane Brown, Ally Miles, Keith McSweeney, Dillon Young, Jacob Young, Margie Muncey, Joshua Pannell, Cathi Collins, Jarrett Maynard, Jacob Simpkins, Tressa Bowers, Jim Thornburg, Steven Nance, Mia McComas, Crystal Wagoner, Ireta Shafer, B. J. Roberts, Jean Riggio, Brenda Burcham, Clint Meadows, Dottie Meadows, Debbie Isaacs, Jamie Lynd, Pauletta Lewis, Carlene La Ponte, Chris Carter and Max Clay whose birthday is on Valentine's Day. Special wishes to Jacob Jarrell who blew out eight candles Sunday; to Meghan Elizabeth Johnson who celebrated her 16th birthday Thursday; and to Morgan Rayann Webber whose ninth birthday is Saturday.
ANNIVERSARIES: Couples celebrating wedding anniversaries this week are Charles and Anne Goodman, Robert and Patricia Laing, Ryan and Heather Stull, Randy and Lisa Rhoades, John and Susan Call, George and Boots Cole, Brent and Karyn Kimball, Bill and Nancy Hampton, Jerry and Katrina Zornes, Amon and Peachie Childers, and John R. and Monika Rowe who celebrated their 39th anniversary this week.
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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