Hurricane native now a graduate of Wake Forest
WINSTON SALEM, N.C. -- Katherine Sams, of Hurricane, graduated from Wake Forest University on May 19.
They keynote speaker at commencement was Jill Abramson, who made her first public address since losing her job as executive editor of The New York Times.
In his remarks, President Nathan Hatch encouraged graduates to not only excel in their own personal lives but also to seek out the joys and possibilities of teamwork. He said while teams are difficult to build and sustain, they can help individuals to accomplish so much more than they ever could do on their own.
ATLANTA, Ga. -- John Klug of Hurricane received an associate of arts from Oxford College of Emory University on May 10. It was Emory University's 169th commencement.
Emory University is known for its demanding academics, outstanding undergraduate experience, highly ranked professional schools and state-of-the-art research facilities.
SCOTT DEPOT -- Do you suffer from fibromyalgia? Do friends and family not understand your illness? Do you feel alone with your pain and fatigue? Come to free monthly meetings to learn more and find support.
The Teays Valley Fibromyalgia Self Help Group will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, July 21, July monthly meeting on Monday July 21, at the FamilyCare meeting room at 301-Great Teays Blvd. in Scott Depot.
All those whose lives are impacted by fibromyalgia or would like to know about this disorder are invited to attend. Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, call Michelle Kosa at 304-757-6999, ext. 1023.
SCOTT DEPOT -- Teays Valley Church of God will be the location of a new "GriefShare" weekly support group from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays, beginning on Thursday, July 17.
GriefShare is a special support group for people grieving the loss of someone close. The group is sponsored by people who understand what grief feels like and is designed to offer comfort and encouragement to those who are grieving.
The class is free, but participants must purchase a workbook for $15. Call 304-757-9222 to register. Teays Valley Church of God is located at 6979 Teays Valley Rd. in Scott Depot just east of exit 40 off I-64.
SCOTT DEPOT -- Two, free, one-hour soccer skills clinics are planned in Scott Depot for the last week of July.
The clinics, for ages 6-12, are set for Saturday, July 26, in the side yard of Kmart in Scott Depot.
The clinic will be taught by seasoned soccer players and coaches from the Teays Valley Church of God.
Participants are required to sign a participation waiver and are asked to bring a ball. The clinic for ages 6-9 begins at 9 a.m. and the clinic for ages 10-12 begins at 10:30 a.m. Space is limited.
Register by calling Teays Valley Church of God at 304-757-9222.
HURRICANE -- Hurricane Little League is planning a softball camp from 6-9 p.m. July 28-31, and the league is seeking sponsorships to help offset the costs of the camp.
All sponsors of $100 or more will be acknowledged on the official camp T-shirt.
The camp is intended to help develop young players. Proceeds from the camp and sponsorships will be set aside for a future field where girls can practice and play.
For more information, call Jill Hopkins at 304-993-8288 or Katrina Haught at 304-638-4761.
HURRICANE -- Teays Valley Tennis Center is sponsoring tennis camps at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club. Remaining camps are scheduled to run from 8 to 11 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays on the following dates:
Call 304-757-0086 for reservations
HURRICANE -- Hurricane Fire & Rescue is planning its first 5-Alarm 5K Run/Walk for Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Valley Wave Pool Park trails.
Registration begins at 7:15 a.m.; the race begins at 8 a.m.
The department is raising money to replace a 1978 fire engine.
SCOTT DEPOT -- Winfield Community Church, 144 Rocky Step Road, Scott Depot, would like to serve the community with a "Parent's Night Out" event for children ages 3 and older, allowing parents free time apart from their children. The church says its mission is "to provide a safe, fun and loving enviornment where the love of Christ is shared."
The cost is free, but donations are accepted to help cover the cost of supplies and snacks.
Parents Night Out is set for 6-9 p.m. on the following dates:
Aug. 15 and 29
Sept. 12 and 26
Oct. 10 and 24
Nov. 7 and 21
Dec. 5 and 19
For more information, call 304-757-4604.
HURRICANE -- Putnam County Parks and Recreation Commission is hosting a photography class instructed by Laura Moul.
Classes will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 12, 19 and 26 in the Community Center by the Wave Pool.
For more information, call Moul at 304-743-8281 or visit www.moulphotography.com. To register, call the park office at 304-562-0518, ext. 10.
WINFIELD -- Winfield United Methodist Preschool is currently enrolling for the 2014/15 school year.
"We offer a loving, educational environment with spiritual growth," according to a news release from the preschool.
Classes for 3- and 4-year-olds are available.
Call 304-586-3795 or 304-543-1660.
HURRICANE -- The 64th Annual Garrison Family Reunion is set for July 27 at Valley Park Community Center in Hurricane.
Game courts, mini golf, fishing, walking trails, wave pool and aqua tubes available in pool complex. Covered dish dinner at 1 p.m. Bring musical instruments.
For more information, call Alicia Garrison-Young at 304-415-4413; Gary Garrison at 304-545-7963; or Sandra Garrison Williamson at 304-562-9454.
HURRICANE -- The Putnam County Parks & Recreation Commission is hosting Aqua Zumba classes at the Waves of Fun Waterpark from 7:15-8 p.m. on July 2, 23 and 30. Classes are $7 each.
Call 304-562-2355 to register.
HURRICANE -- The City of Hurricane's sprayground is now open.
The sprayground, which is free of charge during regular hours, is intended for elementary school children.
Hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 1-7 p.m. on Sunday.
Reservations for night parties at the Sprayground are still available. The cost is $125 from 7:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. An attendant and canopies will be available.
The city extends special thanks to BioChem and Mukesh Shah for their donation toward the sprayground.
For more information about the Sprayground and reservations, call Jill Russell at City Hall.
HURRICANE -- The Putnam County Parks & Recreation is hosting Zumba aerobic dance classes at at the Commons at Valley Park.
Classes are 7-8 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and 4-5 p.m. Sundays. Cost is $5 per class.
Sign up by calling the park office at 304-562-0518, ext.10.
HURRICANE -- Swim lessons will be held at the Valley Park (Wave Pool) in Hurricane and County Park Pool in Eleanor. Classes are Monday through Thursday, with Friday being a make-up day.
The following classes are offered:
Evening class, July 7-July 17, from 7:15 - 8:15 p.m.
Morning class, July 28-Aug. 7, at 9 a.m. or 10 a.m.
For more information or to register for the Wave Pool lessons, call the Park office at 304-562-0518 ext. 10 or 11, or the Wave Pool at 304-562-2355.
To register for the County Park Pool, call 304-586-3539 or the Town of Eleanor at 304-586-2319.
SCOTT DEPOT -- Teays Al-Anon meets at 8 p.m. every Friday at St. John's United Methodist Church, Scott Depot (across from Fruth Pharmacy). Use church's rear entrance.
The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems. We believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery.
HURRICANE -- Putnam County Parks & Recreation Commission is looking for instructors to teach classes.
If anyone has a trade -- whether it is cooking, sewing, exercise, dance, welding or anything other skill -- and would like to teach a class, please contact the park office at 304-562-0518.
HURRICANE -- The Putnam County Parks & Recreation Commission is taking reservations for rental of the Hurricane Valley Community Center, located at Valley Park, Hurricane.
The center is available seven days a week, offering an opportunity for individuals or organizations to host receptions, birthday parties, showers, club dinners and luncheons, meetings, reunions, workshops and more.
For additional information or to make reservations, call 304-562-0518, ext.10.
HURRICANE -- Isshinryu Karate classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for ages 5 to adult at the Hurricane Valley Community Center.
Cost is $35 per month.
Call 304-562-0518, ext. 10, for more information.
HURRICANE -- The Putnam County Chamber of Commerce annual golf tournament is planned for Monday, June 23, at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club.
The Chamber is now accepting teams, hole sponsorships and door prize donations. Team sponsorships will be $650 for members, $725 for non-members. Confirmation numbers will be assigned for all registering teams and will be required the day of the tournament.
Hole sponsors are $175 for members, $200 for non-members. Businesses that sponsor golf holes or donate door prizes will be listed in the official tournament program. Door prize gifts provide an excellent means for businesses to showcase their products and services.
For more information, email email@example.com or call 304-757-6510.
HURRICANE -- EnAct is now accepting donations for three new programs for 2014: Clothing Closet, Hygiene Pantry and Baby Pantry. For more information contact Barbie Spade at 304-562-6037.
HURRICANE -- The Putnam Adult Learning Center is open for enrollment.
Looking to improve your skills to obtain the new high school equivalency diploma for West Virginia? We can help. Call today to start working toward your future, 304-586-2411.
HURRICANE -- A Writers' Group is meeting from 5-6:45 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the Putnam County Library, 4219 W.Va. 34, Hurricane.
The group is led by a published writer. Writers of all levels -- whether previously published or aspiring to become published -- are invited to this free group. Bring samples of your work for voluntary reading and group critique.
Boy Scout Troop invites area youth to meetings
HURRICANE -- Boy Scout Troop 36, based in Hurricane, invites area youth to come to a meeting and learn more about scouting.
The troop stays active with campouts, summer camp, games, food drives, community service projects and more.
The troop meets at 6:30 p.m. every Monday at the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 2438 U.S. 60, Hurricane.
For more information, call David Miller at 304-562-9271, ext. 6115, or Steve Caldwell at 304-562-9233.
St. ALBANS -- Celebrate Recovery is a biblical and balanced program that can help addicts overcome their hurts, habits and hang-ups. By applying the biblical principles of conviction, conversion, surrender, confession, restitution, prayer, quiet time, witnessing, and helping one another, the goal is that each person will find both a deep peace and a lasting freedom in Jesus Christ as they walk their own road to recovery.
A Celebrate Recovery group meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at King's River Worship Center, 777 Mallory Lane, St. Albans. This group is open to anyone who is either suffering from an addiction, living with domestic violence or any other hurts in your past or present.
"We believe that regardless of your past or current situation, there is hope for a brighter future. If your desire for your life is peace and freedom from bondage, come join us on this Road to Recovery," a news release from the group stated.
For more information, call the church at 304-727-4907 or visit www.kingsriver.org.
WINFIELD -- Literacy Volunteers of Putnam County is now training adults who would like to help other adults learn to read, or who would like to teach English to a non-English speaker. No experience is required and free training is provided.
Call 304-757-1550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music lessons offered at Hurricane studio
HURRICANE -- Music lessons are now being offered at the Main Street Music Studio in Hurricane. Private lessons are offered for guitar, bass, drums, piano and mandolin.
The studio has moved next door to its previous location, and is now at 2729 Main St.
Contact instructors directly for information: Loren Amsbary (guitar, bass, mandolin, drums), 304-208-7508; Bob Brown (banjo, guitar, bass, mandolin) 304-380-2853; Roger Copen (drums), 304-389-4853; and Valerie Betterton (piano), 304-757-1592.
HURRICANE -- Those new to this area or established residents just wishing to join a social group are welcome to join Teays Valley Newcomers and Neighbors Club. Activities throughout the year include: day trips, bowling, day and evening card games (Euchre), movie day, lunch bunch and shopping, book discussions, day and evening bunco, quilting, coffee bunch, library landscaping and more.
The group is taking a break for the rest of the summer, but plans will be announced for a September meeting.
Meetings are at 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month in the basement of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, 2150 Mount Vernon Road. The ladies of the church will prepare a light lunch and would appreciate a $10-$15 donation per person, proceeds going to mission work. Please make reservations for the meal the Thursday prior to meeting. All attending are also requested to bring a non-perishable item for the Community Cupboard.
HURRICANE -- VFW Post 9097 Hurricane has Bingo and grill open every Wednesday evening from 6 p.m. Also there is Karaoke with Dynomite every Friday and Saturday night from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Saturday afternoons feature free food at the bar.
HURRICANE -- Literacy Volunteers of Putnam County is accepting new students. Literacy Volunteers offers free, private reading tutoring to adults, ages 16 and older. All reading levels and abilities are accepted.
Call 304-757-1550 or email email@example.com for more information.
HURRICANE -- Zumba classes are held on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 7-8 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. in the Commons located at the Valley (Wave Pool) Park. Cost is $5 per class.
For more information, call 304-562-0518, ext. 10.
SCOTT DEPOT -- The Scott/Teays Lions Club meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Lions Clubs throughout the world -- totaling 1.3 million -- accepted the challenge issued by Helen Keller to be Knights of the Blind.
The Lions motto is "We Serve." All monies raised by the club are used to benefit the community.
If you would like to learn more, call Bill Hensley at 304-757-8599 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOMETOWN -- A support group for caregivers of those with Alzhiemers Disease meets at 12:30 p.m. the first Wednesday every month at the Hometown Senior Center, 100 1st Ave. N.
Discussions are confidential. For information, call 304-586-2745.
HURRICANE -- Bob Ingargiola (7th Dan) will teach Isshinryu Karate classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for ages 5 to adult at the Hurricane Valley Community Center.
Cost is $40 per month.
Call 304-757-3442 for more information.
HURRICANE -- The Putnam County Parks & Recreation is having Zumba aerobic dance classes from 7-8 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 11 a.m.-noon Saturdays.
Classes will be at the Commons located at the Valley (Wave Pool) Park. Cost is $5 per class.
Call 304-562-0518, ext.10 for information.
CHARLESTON -- Free Zumba workout classes are offered to the public at 5:30 p.m. every Monday at the Union building conference room at West Virginia State University.
Advanced registration is not required.
Fitness studio offers new classes
HURRICANE -- Isla Bonita Fitness Studio, 3544 Teays Valley Road, across from Hurricane City Park, behind Ace Hardware, is offering a few new classes.
Belly Dance Basic Course, 6:30 p.m. Fridays. Email Edith Bourne at email@example.com or call 304-881-7564.
New Zumba classes (Zumba Gold and Zumba). Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 304-881-7564 for times and days.
Yoga classes. Email email@example.com or call 304-881-7564 for times and days.
Program offers help to problem gamblers
TEAYS VALLEY -- The Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia, the program that operates the statewide 1-800-GAMBLER help-line for problem gamblers and their loved ones, is offering a support group in Teays Valley to help individuals struggling with a gambling addiction.
The agency, in conjunction with Fred Clark, offers therapy group sessions for one and a half hours a week for the duration of three months. Clark, a longtime mental health therapist and Nationally Certified Gambling Counselor, will facilitate the group.
Through the 11 years of operating the 1-800-Gambler helpline, the Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia has received nearly 10,000 calls from problem gamblers and their loved ones. One of the main reasons Teays Valley was chosen as a site for this type of treatment is the helpline receives many calls from the Cabell, Kanawha, and Putnam county areas. Kathleen O'Neil, coordinator of this project for the Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia said, "Teays Valley is in close proximity of where we receive calls from this three-county area."
Anyone who thinks they or a loved one may have a gambling problem is urged to call 1-800-GAMBLER to find out more.
Huntington's Disease support group formed
CHARLESTON -- A peer-led Huntington's Disease support group meets in Charleston for patients, families, caregivers and those at risk. The meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Saint Francis Hospital.
For more information, call 304-549-3266 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hometown Senior Center offers activities
HOMETOWN, W.Va. -- The Hometown Senior Center, 100 1st Ave., Hometown, has several new announcements to share.
The Center is looking for quilters, singers for the senior choir and volunteers for various help. The Center is also offering a free scrapbooking class at 10 a.m. every Monday and Thursday.
A number of other activities are also available.
Transportation is available for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. The service can also include stops at the grocery store, post office or pharmacy after lunch.
For more information, call the Center at 304-586-2745.
Swim classes available
SCOTT DEPOT -- The Tri-County YMCA continues to conduct SwimAmerica School at the Toyota Aquatic Center.
SwimAmerica holds classes for children ages 5 and older Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Pre-School SwimAmerica classes for children ages 3 and 4 are on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.
Cost is $55 for members and $75 for non-members. For more information regarding SwimAmerica or for information regarding infant and parent and adult swimming instruction, call the Tri-County YMCA at 304-757-0016 or visit the website at www.wildwaves.org.
Boys invited to Cub Scout meetings
ELEANOR -- Cub Scouts Pack 586 invites boys to come check out their meetings and learn more about scouting.
Pack 586 holds weekly meetings on Tuesdays at Eleanor First Baptist Church. Activities include games, character building activities and more.
For more information, call Cub Master Glen Armstrong at 304-586-1157.
Boy Scout Troop 164 invites youth to meetings
ELEANOR -- Boy Scout Troop 164, based in Eleanor, invites area youth to come to a meeting and learn more about scouting.
The small troop stays active, with campouts, merit badge work, summer camps, games, lock-ins, food drives and more.
The troop is led by Scoutmaster John Snedegar, with assistant Scoutmasters Marty Fertig, Markel Fertig and Jake Fertig. The troop meets at 7 p.m. every Monday at the Presbyterian Church on Roosevelt Boulevard in Eleanor.
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