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Country Friends

set to meet

COLLIERS – The Country Friends will host The Sands of Time Saturday at the Memorial Hall located at 402 Old Police Lodge Road.

The doors open at 6 p.m., and the dance begins at 7 p.m.

Every Monday and Friday, Country Friends hold a covered-dish dinner and open mic night. The doors open at 4 p.m., the meal begins at 5 p.m., and open mic begins at 6 p.m.

For information, visit the website at or call (304) 527-4253 or (304) 479-1270.

Knights holding

spaghetti dinner

WEIRTON – The Weirton Knights of Columbus will hold a spaghetti dinner from noon to 5 p.m. March 10 in the Knights’ Hall Gallery Lounge.

The meal includes spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread and coffee. The cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 12 and under and free for children 3 and under.

Take-out is available; those wanting take-out should bring their own containers.

Mount Zion

celebrates Hood

WEIRTON – The Mount Zion Baptist Church will hold an appreciation dinner in celebration of the Rev. Norries A Hood Sr.’s 13th pastoral anniversary at 6 p.m. March 9 at Williams Country Club on Marland Heights Road.

The doors open at 5 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.

The theme is “2 Timothy 4:2 – Preaching Without Restraints.” The cost is $45 per person. A patron’s lists will be available, and those interested may have their name included for $5 for an individual or $10 for a business. The deadline for purchasing a ticket or having a name included on the patron’s list is Friday. For tickets, contact Sister Ruth Pendergrast at (304) 748-7249, Sister Metta James at (740) 381-3824 or Sister Rose Lavender at (740) 632-9088.

Senior center

holding bingo

WEIRTON – The Greater Weirton Senior Center will hold quarter bingo from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the center located on Main Street.

Those attending may bring their own snacks. All ages are welcome.

Church holding


WELLSBURG – Riverview Baptist Chapel will host a revival with services at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. March 10 and daily at 7 p.m. March 11-13 at the church located at 225 Charles St.

Fred Turnipseed of Fort Worth, Texas, will be the guest speaker. All are welcome.

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Senior center

holding dance

WEIRTON – The Greater Weirton Senior Center will hold their second dance of the month from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday at the senior center.

The Elduray’s will perform. The cost is $5 and includes coffee, punch and hot dogs. Doors open at 5 p.m.

The senior center will hold a “Spring Fling” craft show March 23. Vendor cost is $20 for the initial table and $5 for each extra table. Call (304) 748-3490 to reserve a table.

St. Thomas

holding fish fry

WEIRTON – St. Thomas Episcopal Church is having a fish fry from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday in the church parish hall located at 300 Three Springs Drive. Dinners include fish, fries and coleslaw. Desserts will be available. Take-out is available.

For orders, call the church at (304) 723-4120.


holding signups

WEIRTON – The Weirton Steelers cheerleaders will hold signups for the 2013 season from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and March 2 at the Millsop Community Center. For information, visit their website at or email weirtonsteelerscheerleaders@yahoo. com.

Baseball team is

celebrity servers

WEIRTON – The Weir High School baseball team will be featured celebrity servers from 5 p.m. 9 p.m. Feb. 26 at Undo’s Family Restaurant located on Three Springs Drive.

A lunch bucket drawing will feature gift cards from local restaurants. All proceeds benefit the baseball team.

Library celebrates

Dr. Seuss

AVELLA, Pa. – The Avella Public Library will celebrate Dr. Seuss Day March 2, and all those wearing a sweater to the library will receive a prize.

The library will hold its “Cre8time” kickoff from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 13. All are welcome to attend. Call (724) 587-5688 to register. The Easter party/story hour will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. March 23. All ages are welcome; call to register. The library will be closed April 1 in observance of the Easter holiday.

The library is offering “Music N’At” lessons in piano, flute, clarinet, saxophone and guitar. For information, call (724) 587-5688.

Soccer referee

classes available

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The Mahoning Valley Soccer Officials Association will host certification clinics for those interested in being licensed youth soccer referees with a clinic for new referees being held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. March 9 at Eastern Gateway Community College’s Room 2500.

The cost is $100.

There will be a recertification clinic for Grade 8 and 9 referees from 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. March 23 in Room 2500. The cost is $50.

Both courses require the completion of an online training portion prior to the clinic. For information, visit

Applicants who successfully complete the clinic and online training will earn a 2013 United States Soccer Federation Grade 8 license, allowing them to officiate recreational and travel soccer games.

For registration details, visit or call the Jefferson Kiwanis Youth Soccer Club referee coordinator at (740) 424-6010.

Hip-hop beneft

concert set

WHEELING – The Ohio Valley African American Students Association will present their third annual Hip-Hop Showcase from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 2 at Wheeling Jesuit University’s Troy Theatre.

The event will feature performances from Mz. New York, Y-N-C, Ponce De’leioun, GoodyBagz and RGM Crew. Markese Anderson-Williams will host. The event also will include a drawing and refreshments available for purchase.

The event benefits the students association awards banquet and scholarship fund.

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World Day of

Prayer set

WEIRTON – Church Women United of Weirton will celebrate World Day of Prayer at 1 p.m. March 1 at the First Christian Church on Main Street.

The theme is “Matthew 25 – I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me,” observing church communities are called to care for the hungry, thirsty, strangers, sick, naked and impoverished. The program colors are dark and light red, orange and yellow.

Each year, the World Day of Prayer service is developed in a different country, and, in 2013, the French World Day of Prayer Committee developed the theme.

People of all faiths are invited to attend the service, which will be handicapped accessible.

A fellowship tea will be held immediately following the service. Project Chair Diane Pastoric announced, as the World Day of Prayer project, Church Women will collect household cleaning products, bleach and paper goods.

Program Coordinator Joyce Summers and the first-year delegates will make preparations at 10 a.m. Feb. 28 at the church. The choir will meet with Music Coordinator Wadeanne Nardo and Choir Director Mary Ellen Groves immediately after practice.

Unit President Karen Tate stated Church Women members gathered together to celebrate God’s promises and has chosen “Standing on the Promise of God” as her theme for 2013.

VFD holds

fish fry

NEW CUMBERLAND – The Oakland District Volunteer Fire Department will hold a fish fry from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and every Friday until Good Friday, March 29, at the fire hall on Wylie Ridge Road.

Deliveries are available with a $20 minimum order. Coleman’s fish will be available.

For information or to make an order, call (304) 797-1152.

Class of 2015

parents to meet

WEIRTON – The Weir High School Class of 2015 Parent Group will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday in the high school cafeteria to discuss spring and fall fundraisers.

All parents are encouraged to attend.

For information, call Debbie Larch at (304) 723-1368.

Agape holding


STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – Agape Apostolic Assembly will hold a fundraising dinner to benefit the Agape Homeless Shelter Renovation Fund at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the church’s dining hall located at 525 Slack St.

The theme is “Sharing Our Love,” and Laura Meeks, Eastern Gateway Community College president, is the guest speaker.

The shelter is located at 510-512 South St., Steubenville.

Tickets are available for a $25 donation. They may be purchased by calling the church at (740) 283-1677 or Mother Roberta Jordan at (740) 424-1152.

Elder Robert Montgomery is the pastor.

Class of 1958

reunion meeting

WEIRTON – The Weir High School Class of 1958 Reunion Committee will meet at 1 p.m. Feb. 28 at Undo’s.

All classmates are welcome to attend.

For information, call Harry Brown at (304) 748-0783, George Payne at (304) 748-3291 or Regina Truax at (304) 723-0419.

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Hancock County

registrations set

Hancock County Schools kindergarten registration and orientation will be held March 15 at each of the elementary school sites.

Times and locations are as follows:

9:30 a.m., Allison Elementary School, (304) 387-1915;

9:30 a.m., Broadview Elementary School, (304) 723-2525;

8:30 a.m., Liberty Elementary School, (304) 723-2818;

8:30 a.m., New Manchester Elementary School, (303) 564-3242; and

10 a.m., Weirton Heights Elementary School, (304) 748-1950.

Children must be 5 years old by Aug. 31 to be eligible. Parents and guardians will need the child’s current immunization records, Social Security card and state-certified birth certificate signed by the state registrar from the Office of Vital Statistics in the state in which the child was born.

In the case school is delayed or canceled March 15, the registration and orientation will be held March 22, with times remaining the same.

For information, call the local school at the number provided.

Avella schedules


AVELLA, Pa. – The Avella Area School District will be registering 2012-2014 academic year kindergarten pupils March 27-28.

Children must be 5 years old by Aug. 31 to be eligible for kindergarten. Parents and guardians should bring a birth certificate issued by the Bureau of Vital Statistics; immunization records showing the child has up-to-date vaccinations for DTP, Polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B and chicken pox; completed health history form; proof of residency, including a tax bill, rent receipt or current utility bill; general information form and language survey; and, in the case of a child who has specific restrictions involving custody or guardian issues, an official court order detailing the restrictions. Those families new to the district are asked to register with their respective townships.

All registration sessions are by appointment only. Registration packets may be picked up at the Avella Elementary School Office prior to registration.

During registration, children will undergo a developmental screening, reading placement screening and speech and vision screenings.

Parents should allow one and one-half hour to two hours for registration.

For information, contact the school at (724) 356-2294.