Foster parent info meeting at church

WINFIELD — Want to be a foster parent and don't know where to start? You are invited to an informational meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 20 at Winfield Baptist Church.

The one-hour meeting will be led by Jessica Harrison, one of Necco's Home Resource Coordinators, and will include an overview of the process one goes through in order to be a foster parent. The meeting is free and open to the public. The church is located at 12902 Winfield Road, Winfield.

Student receives leadership award

CINCINNATI — Mount St. Joseph University's Excellence in Leadership Award is open to all students who demonstrate leadership, character, and service in organizations on campus and/or in the community.

During the 2019 Celebration of Teaching and Learning, several students, including Sara Slack of Hurricane, were recognized for participating in multiple organizations across campus and beyond.

Catfish tourney set for July 19

NITRO — The Ridenour Regatta Catfish Tournament is set for 6-11 p.m. on Friday, July 19, at Ridenour Lake in Nitro.

There is a $15 entry fee and a two-pole max. All fishing will be done from the lake's bank.

Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded. The top five fish on the string will be weighed to determine the winners.

Signups will be the day of the event, beginning at 5 p.m. at the lake's gazebo. Food concessions will be available.

For more information, call Tournament Director Jim Caudill at 304-421-5187.

Senior center to host dance on June 21

HURRICANE — The John Henson Senior Center, 2800 Putnam Ave., Hurricane, will host a dance with entertainment by No Regrets from 6 to 9 p.m. on June 21.

Doors open at 5 p.m. Admission is $5, and there will be free refreshments.

Proceeds benefit the John Henson Senior Fund

Hurricane natives earn baccalaureate degrees

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Six hundred thirty-nine students, including two from Hurricane, received baccalaureate degrees during Shepherd University's 146th Commencement on May 11. Brandon M. Dennison, chief executive officer, Coalfield Development, Corp., and Shepherd alumnus, delivered the commencement address and was also awarded an honorary doctorate.

Kyle W. Maxson and Lauren Brooke Shaffer were the graduates from Hurricane.

Free human trafficking seminar includes dinner

SCOTT DEPOT — Teays Valley Church of God is hosting a free spaghetti dinner and Human Trafficking Prevention seminar on Saturday, July 13. Dinner will be served from 5-7 p.m., and a one-hour seminar on the human trafficking crisis will follow.

The seminar will feature speaker Angie Conn, who serves as the program coordinator for the Rebecca Bender Initiative, a national non-profit organization that focuses on awareness, education and direct services with victims and survivors of trafficking and exploitation. Conn also sits on the WV Human Trafficking Task Force and National Survivor Network. "People still think the atrocities of human trafficking are something that happen other places. We want to help our community understand that it is happening here in West Virginia and give them ways they can be aware and be better empowered and equipped to provide prevention and healing," Conn said.

"The church cannot pretend this isn't happening. It is a conversation we need to be part of," said the church's pastor, the Rev. Dr. Melissa Pratt. "We want to do our part to educate our community about the dangers of human trafficking that are right here in our own back yard."

To register for the free dinner and seminar, call the church office at 304-757-9222. Teays Valley Church of God is located at 185 Connection Point, just east of Rocky Step off Teays Valley Road.

Wine on the River, art auction coming to Nitro

NITRO — A one-day festival that will support new classes for a special education program dealing with art is set to occur on Saturday, July 27, at Nitro City Park. The Wine on the River and Charity Art Auction is being held to draw attention to local artisans and kindergarten through 12th-grade students.

Portions of the proceeds will benefit local art classes that are geared for special need students at Nitro Elementary and Nitro High Schools.

"There is a lot of excellent art talent in the area and the auction will help showcase their skills,"said Kim Dunaway, the event's director. Gates open for the event at 1:30 p.m., with the wine tasting starting at 2 p.m. and continuing until 7 p.m. The charity art auction will begin at 4 p.m.

Admission for the Wine Tasting will be $15 and may be purchased in advance by PayPal at sariverfest@gmail.com.

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