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BOOK: Laurie Robinson Sammons, of Huntington, announced this week that her book, “One Story Many Voices” that she co-authored with Christy Ivie, is available this month for those who pre-ordered them. This book provides insight to any reader about childhood trauma as a result of sexual abuse, while giving the tools to create safe spaces for children experiencing traumatic stress. Each story gives an opportunity for the reader to better understand a child who has survived sex crimes and how to advocate for children in a healthy, trauma-informed way. Sammons is a 45-year educator in both elementary and secondary schools and has worked as a national consultant for a company that delivers site-based training to school administrators and teachers. Proceeds will be donated to organizations whose mission is to eradicate child sex trafficking and exploitation through education, awareness, restorative projects and justice initiatives.

AWARD: Spring Hill Elementary School physical education teacher Matthew Adkins recently earned West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Above and Beyond award that recognizes the excellence and creativity of Mountain State teachers. Adkins built Cabell County’s first GaGa ball pit, a disc golf course and a loop trail in the woods next to the school.

DEGREE: Congratulations to Carolyn Ball, of Barboursville, who received her MBA degree from Marshall University on Dec. 11, 2021. Ball is employed by Steel of West Virginia, where she also served an internship.

VOLUNTEERS: Kudos to seven members of Pea Ridge United Methodist Church who volunteered as bell ringers for the Salvation Army at the Barboursville Walmart on Dec. 2: Barbara and William Hale, Richard Adkins, Roberta Ferguson, Roger Adkins, Butch Worrell and the Rev. Shannon Blosser.

PROGRAM: The Marshall University Lifelong Learning Program will be offered via Zoom from 10:30 a.m. until noon Jan. 11, with Monica Brooks presenting several aspects of historic Huntington buildings, homes, resources and research tools available through Marshall University libraries. The MULLP membership is $50 for 18 months. For information on joining the MULLP, contact Elizabeth Appell Sheets at or 304-696-2285.

BIRTHDAYS: Happy birthday this week to Neal Adkins, Logan Bryant, Chris Hale, Everetta Boyd, Tamara Johnson, Betty Stepp, Ken Ambrose, Bittner Ballard, Amy Hall, Breigh Nibert, Ashley Kinker, Chris McGhee, Mike Blower, Brock Herrenkohl, Libby Burdette, Shawn Kelley, Kyleigh Snell, Eddie Roach, Clara Rose Sadler, Rick Call, Rosalene Black, Jennifer Seay Ashford, Michele Lee Epperson, Julie Ketchum, Sabrina Martin, Mary Thomas, Craig Armstrong, Vera Mae Fox, Earlene Heiner Agee, Amy Smith, Chase Toppings and Zinna Erwin.

WISHES: Special birthday wishes to my grandson, Jake Nash, who celebrated his 18th birthday Monday; to Jack Chapman, whose 12th birthday was Tuesday; to Sally Marie Ramey, who celebrated her 80th birthday Wednesday; to Sadie Mae Chapman, who blows out one candle Friday; to Connor Andrews Adkins, who is 4 years old Friday; to Charles “Charlie” Dacci, who will be 2 years old Sunday; and to Trina Smith, who celebrates her birthday Sunday.

ANNIVERSARIES: Couples celebrating wedding anniversaries this week are Carl and Beverly Eden and Cale and Teresa Maybin.

Send items for this column to Joyce Spencer, 817 Main St., Barboursville, WV 25504, or fax 304-736-4522. Her email address is

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