On May 21, the Rolling Thunder caravan pulled into Valley Park in Hurricane. An estimated crowd of 500 people greeted the motorcade of motorcyclists from all corners of the nation. A week earlier, they began their annual "Run for the Wall" trip in California. Traveling this vast nation, they picked up rider after rider until a literal armada of motorcycles invaded Hurricane for the night. They were up at daybreak and off before rush hour to complete the final legs of their journey.
CHARLESTON -- JeffersonWhitney Foundation, a Hurricane-based non-profit organization that advocates for the special needs community, is presenting its fourth annual FAN Night at the Appalachian Power Park in Charleston on Friday, July 11.
Today is America's birthday, the day the Declaration of Independence was approved by Congress. The document was actually signed over several days but that does not really matter because what I want to talk about today is what happened to the 56 delegates who put their names to that historic parchment.
Discussions around the nation are centered on the topic of marijuana use. There's a national debate of whether marijuana should be available for recreational use, for medicinal use, whether it is or is not addictive, psychologically addictive, or dangerous, if legalizing marijuana will cure economic problems through taxation and whether it is a gateway drug that leads to other drug use. There is a groundswell of support in all 50 states, including West Virginia, to adopt laws that would allow marijuana to be used as medicine or recreationally, or both.
At two hours and forty-five minutes long, "Transformers: Age of Extinction" tested my limits. I wouldn't mind watching a three hour movie, if it had substance, but half of this movie was nothing but combat.
BARBARA ANN FERGUSON, 81, of Scott Depot, W.Va., went to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 26, 2014, after a short illness. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hurricane, where she was very active. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, gardening and cooking and spending time with her family. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Henry Ferguson; son, David Ferguson and wife Susanne of Huntington, W.Va.; daughter, Cindy Maynard and husband Raymond of Hurricane, W.Va.; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and one sister, Christine Dean of Kenova, W.Va. Funeral service was Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at Hurricane First Baptist Church with Rev. Dr James Lutz and Rev. Jerry Losh officiating, Burial followed in Docks Creek Cemetery, Kenova, W.Va. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 30, 2014, at Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane, W.Va. Please visit www.allenfuneralhomewv.com to share memories and condolences.
HURRICANE -- The city of Hurricane is going all out to celebrate the nation's independence today, Friday, July 4.
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.
WINFIELD -- Winfield Nazarene Church is hosting "Agency 3D" vacation Bible school on Wednesdays, July 9, 16, 23, 30 and Aug. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. each day.
HUNTINGTON -- American Electric Power subsidiary Appalachian Power, which serves much of West Virginia including the Huntington area, is asking to raise the rate its residential customers pay by about 25 percent.