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Dec. 27, 2013 @ 08:16 PM

Town Hall meeting scheduled for Jan. 2

WINFIELD -- A Putnam County Town Hall Meeting has been scheduled for 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2, on the second floor of the Putnam County "Old Courthouse" building, 12093 Winfield Road, Winfield.

All West Virginia delegates and senators representing Putnam County have been invited. The public is invited to attend to voice their opinions and ask questions of their elected officials before the 2014 WV Legislative Session begins.

Hurricane graduates on Marietta dean's list

MARIETTA, Ohio -- More than 165 Marietta College students, including two from Hurricane, were named to the Fall 2013 Dean's High Honors List, which features any full-time student completing at least 15 credit hours with a grade point average of 3.75 or better in a given semester.

Evan Oyler (Class of 2015) and Morgan Spradling (Class of 2016) are both graduates of Hurricane High School.

Located in Marietta, Ohio, at the confluence of the Muskingum and Ohio rivers, Marietta College is a four-year liberal arts college with 1,425 full-time students.

New officers elected for development authority

WINFIELD -- The Putnam County Development Authority elected new officers at the November meeting of the board of directors.

The new officers are:

President: Johnny Harris, who is former mayor of Eleanor and retired from the Carpenters Union following nearly 30 years of service.

Vice president: Bonnie Prisk, who is the Director of the Teays Valley Regional Center of Marshall University.

Secretary/Treasurer: Jack McLane, who is retired from West Virginia Steel where he worked for 40 years.

The new officers will assume their duties on January 1, 2014. Outgoing officers for 2013 are Al Howard, President; Johnny Harris, Vice President; and, Bonnie Prisk, Secretary/Treasurer.

Winfield LL schedules 2014 registration

WINFIELD -- Winfield Little League has scheduled two sessions for registration for 2014 baseball and softball.

They are:

10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Winfield Volunteer Fire Department

10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Jan. 11 at Kmart in Teays Valley

In addition, online registration can be completed at: www.leaguelineup.com/winfieldll. Online registration must be completed by Jan. 31.

Registration fees will increase after Feb. 16.

Children ages 4 to 16 who live within the Winfield Little League boundaries are eligible to enroll to play in baseball, girls softball and t-ball. Registration is required even if your child has played previously.

For more information, including a description of the boundaries, call 304-389-6578 or e-mail winfieldlittleleague@yahoo.com. Visit the league's facebook page listed under: Winfield Little League

Red Cross asking for blood, platelet donations

ELEANOR -- This holiday season, the American Red Cross asks you to give something that means something. Give a gift that can help save a life. Give a blood or platelet donation.

The Navy Reserve in Eleanor will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11.

To schedule an appointment online, go to http://www.redcrossblood.org/ and enter 25168 for the zip code. Otherwise, please call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to schedule your desired appointment.

The Joint Forces Reserve Center is located at 111 Army-Navy Drive Route 2, Red House, W.Va.

Ice rink open at Valley Park in Hurricane

HURRICANE -- Valley Park's outdoor ice skating rink is now open.

Hours are 5-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 2 to 9 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 to 6 p.m. Sundays.

January skating is by appointment only.

Cost is $5 per person.

Call 304-562-0518, ext. 11, for more information.

Teays Valley Newcomers to meet on Jan. 22

HURRICANE -- The next monthly meeting of the Teays Valley Newcomers and Neighbors Club will begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday Jan. 22, at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club (because SHGC will be closed for a much needed rest after the holidays, the meeting has been moved from the second Wednesday of the month to the fourth Wednesday).

The program will be provided by Evelyn Bowling of A & L Hardware, who will speak about how to perform simple home repairs.

A lunch consisting of a salad bar, broccoli cheddar/three onion soup (grated cheese on the side), ham and swiss/turkey and cheddar sandwiches and assorted cream pies will be served at a cost of $15.

Make reservations for the meal before the preceding Friday, or just drop in at the meeting and skip the lunch. All attendees are requested to bring at least one non-perishable item for the Community Cupboard.

Those new to this area or established residents wishing to join a social group are welcome to join the Teays Valley Newcomers and Neighbors Club. Activities throughout the year include day trips, bowling, daytime and evening Euchre and Bunco, book discussions, movie day, lunch bunch, quilting, gardening and more.

For reservations contact Ginny Ochsner at ochsner@suddenlink.net or 843-247-6803.

Free coat availalbe to men, women, children

HURRICANE -- EnAct, Inc., located at 2727 Main St., Hurricane, is offering free coats to men, women and children in Putnam County.

The coat giveaway is sponsored by Hurricane Fire Department Auxiliary and EnAct of Putnam County.

EnAct is open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 304-562-6037.

Putnam farmers to meet Jan. 12 at city hall

HURRICANE -- The annual membership meeting of the Putnam County Farmers Market will be 1-3 p.m. on Jan. 12 at the Hurricane City Hall.

The meeting will start with a covered dish lunch. The Market will provide meat, drinks, rolls and table service. Members are asked to bring side dishes and desserts. The meal will be from 1 -1:30 pm and will be good time to get to know your fellow market members better.

The business meeting will be held from 1:30-3 p.m. There are several changes to the Bylaws and Market Rules that will be discussed and voted on by the membership. Members will elect new officers to serve for 2014 and will also be electing three members to serve on the Board of Directors.

If you are interested in being elected to the Board, please contact the nominating committee, Leasa Harless at 304-586-1279 or Susan Maslowski at 304-743-5257.

Writers group meets on third Thursdays

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.

Adults with Navy experince sought

ELEANOR -- The United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC or NSCC) is a congressionally chartered, U.S. Navy-based organization that serves to teach individuals 13 to 17 years old about the sea-going military services, U.S. Naval operations and training, community service, citizenship, and an understanding of discipline and teamwork. Another version of the NSCC, the Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC), exists for youth between the ages of 11 and 13.

The unit in Eleanor, W.Va., is currently forming and seeking adults with Navy experience to lead or children interested in joining. All interested should contact Chief Petty Officer McNeely or LCDR Totoro at 304-586-0326. Visit www.seacadets.org/public/ for more information.

Music classes now in session in Scott Depot

SCOTT DEPOT -- Cavendish Music Studio's fall classes in voice, piano and keyboard are now in session, 3 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Lessons are 30, 45, or 60 minutes long. Winter and Spring recitals included, although participation is optional.

Call Judy Cavendish at 304-757-5201 or email jlcav777@aol.com for rates and appointments. Located at 203 Summit Drive, Leslie Place, Scott Depot.

Celebrate Recovery group meets Thursdays

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.

Literacy group training volunteers

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 putnamliteracy@yahoo.com.

Newcomers group seeking new members

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.

For reservations, contact Ginny Ochsner at ochsner@suddenlink.net or 843-247-6803, or Vyvyanne Gilliland at avonvyvy@yahoo.com.

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 -- 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 putnamliteracy@yahoo.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 billybh@suddenlink.com.

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.

HURRICANE -- Putnam County Parks & Recreation Commission is looking for instructors to teach classes. If anyone has a trade and would like to teach a class, please contact the park office at 304-562-0518, ext. 10.

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 edithalva5@hotmail.com or call 304-881-7564.

New Zumba classes (Zumba Gold and Zumba). Email edithalva5@hotmail.com or call 304-881-7564 for times and days.

Yoga classes. Email edithalva5@hotmail.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 debarm@suddenlink.net.

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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