Around the Valley

Safe driving class offered

WEIRTON – The Brooke-Hancock-Ohio-Marshall Retired and Senior Volunteer Program will sponsor an AARP Safe Driving class from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 3 and 4 at the Mary H. Weir Public Library.

The class is geared toward mature adults who may or may not be experiencing problems with diminishing vision, hearing and reaction time. Rules of the road are reviewed along with safe driving techniques.

Most insurance agencies offer a discount on vehicle insurance premiums to those who have completed the two-day course. The cost is $12 fee per AARP members and $14 for non-members and must be paid prior to attending the class. Participants are limited to 20, so reservations should be made by calling (304) 527-3410.

School of Terror


WEIRTON – The Haunted School of Terror will be open from 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturday in October at Krazy Bout Sportz located at 2850 Weir Ave.

Admission is $10, and proceeds benefit Piece by Peace, a nonprofit organization advocating sensory therapy for those on the autism spectrum.

The haunted house is sponsored by Marsh Hardware Supply, Hancock County Savings Bank, Auto Zone, Novelty Plus, Hundred Acres Manor, Lowe’s, Cimation and Weirton Lumber.

For information, visit or call (304) 914-3248.

Entries sought for baby contest

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Right to Life seeks entries for its Beautiful Baby Contest, which will be held during the Wellsburg Applefest Oct. 4-6.

It’s open to children 3 and under, and entries must be submitted by Sept. 29 to Marla Mercer, 221 Hillcrest Drive, Wellsburg, WV 26070. They should include a 4-inch by 6-inch photo of the child, with his or her full name and age on the back and the name, address and phone number of the adult submitting it on an index card.

The winning child will be announced on the festival’s last day and will receive a $100 savings bond and chance to ride in the Wellsburg Fourth of July Parade. For information, call (304) 829-4383.

Lodge women to hold yard sale

WELLSBURG – The Wellsburg Women of the Moose will hold an indoor yard sale at the Moose Lodge at 844 Main St. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 5.

The group welcomes vendors, who may rent 8 foot tables for $10 each. Anyone interested in donating items should call (304) 737-0178 or 737-2553.

Around the Valley

Church holding

fall fest

WEIRTON – Marland Heights Community Church, Marland Heights Preschool and Cup of Life Ministries will host the annual fall fest from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 21 at the church’s ball field located at 3900 Bright Way.

In the case of inclement weather, the festival will be held in the church. The free event will include food, children’s game, face-painting and puppets.

Vendors include Avon, Tastefully Simple, 31, Dove Chocolates, Origami Owl, Silpada Designs jewelry and crafts including jewelry, cell phone cases, blankets and scarves. Vendor tables are free. Vendors interested in participating can contact Joanne Redd at

A contest is being held to name the ball field. Those wanting to enter can like the church’s Facebook page by searching “Marland Heights Community Church” and suggesting a name on the church’s Facebook wall. The winner will be announced at the fall fest.

Temple celebrates


WHEELING – The Bethlehem Apostolic Temple will celebrate the 81st church anniversary with special services throughout the week of Sept. 22.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 22 with Evangelist Carmella Hill, Ohio

District Council Young People president; 6 p.m. Sept. 22 with Elder David E. Norman of the Greater Bethlehem Temple Church of Columbus, Ohio; 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 with District Elder Leroy Robinson of Christ Temple Church of Pittsburgh; 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 with Bishop Thomas Ramsey of Apostolic Faith Church of Rankin, Pa.; 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 with the Rev. Karen Garland of Zion Apostolic Assembly of McKeesport, Pa.; 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 with Elder David E. Smith of Mount Zion Apostolic Temple of New Miami, Ohio; 10:30 a.m. Sept. 29 with District Elder Jeremiah Thomas of Rapha Ministries of Pittsburgh; and 6 p.m. Sept. 29 with Bishop Nathan McCallister of Bethlehem Temple of Duquesne, Pa.



NEW CONCORD, Ohio – Megan Duke of Weirton earned a John Glenn Scholarship and Clay Owings of New Manchester earned a Presidential Scholarship from Muskingum University.

The scholarships recognize academic achievement by new and returning students.

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Chamber planning Difference Day

FOLLANSBEE – The Follansbee Chamber of Commerce will make plans for its annual observance of Make a Difference Day at its Sept. 17 meeting at noon at Vito’s II.

The chamber has named fighting child poverty as a goal for this year. Civic groups interested in participating are encouraged to attend.

Series looks at

women lawyers

WHEELING – Leslie Leidel, Wheeling Jesuit University history chair, will present a book review of “Rebels at the Bar: The Fascinating, Forgotten Stories of America’s First Women Lawyers” by Jill Norgren at the Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch With Books at noon Sept. 17 at the library located at 52 16th St.

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are served.

Call the library at (304) 232-0244 or visit for information.

Bethany offers help to agencies

BETHANY – The Bethany College Service Learning Center will hold its fourth annual Agency Fair from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 20 in Commencement Hall.

All community agencies are welcome to reserve a free table, where they can meet with students, faculty and staff who are looking for service and internship opportunities. For information, call (304) 829-7150 or e-mail socialwork

“This is a great opportunity to get out there and tell them about your service needs,” said Katherine Shelek-Furbee, chair of the college’s department of social work.

The event is funded through a grant from PNC Bank.

Paris church hosts


PARIS, Pa. – The Paris Presbyterian Church will host Susan Spencer-Smith during their Coffee With the Author event at noon Sept. 25 at The Gathering Place Coffee Shop located at 127 Steubenville Pike.

Spencer-Smith, “Death in the Parsonage” and “The Preacher Lady’s Cookbook” author, will discuss her setting of “Biddlebourne,” a fictionalization of Middlebourne. She also will sign books.

Those attending are welcome to enjoy coffee and snacks while talking with the author.

For information, call (724) 729-3450.

St. Paul celebrates


WINTERSVILLE, Ohio – St. Paul AME Church of Smithfield will celebrate their 177th church anniversary with a banquet at 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at the St. Florian Hall.

The theme is “To God Be the Glory.” Congregation members and former pastors will be recognized. Connie Vinson is the mistress of ceremonies, and Cynthia Smith is the musical guest; both are Second Baptist Church of Steubenville members.

Tickets are $25. To purchase tickets, contact Brenda Harris at (740) 769-7846, Jada Dalton at (740) 537-1629 or Lisa Mason at (740) 424-8148 by Sept. 20.

The Rev. L.A. Gatewood is St. Paul’s pastor.

Oglebayfest parade


WHEELING – Oglebay Park will hold its Oglebayfest parade at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 5 and invites area schools, colleges, civic and cultural organizations and service and scouting groups to participate.

The parade annually includes old-time horse and buggies, floats, riders, farm equipment, area bands and fair and pageant queens.

Parade lineup will be held 8:30 a.m. in the Good Zoo parking lot. Marshals will direct participants to their unit. There is no entry fee, and parade participant forms and regulations are available at

Those interested in participating should contact parade coordinator Janet Wodesky at (304) 243-4122 by Sept. 26.

VFW holding


MOUNDSVILLE – The Moundsville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 437 will hold a “Raising the Roof” event from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 5 at the post hall located at 114 Grant Ave.

The event will include a spaghetti dinner, bake sale, face-painting, duck pond, clown, 50/50 drawing, Texas poker and three live bands. Proceeds will benefit the roof fun.

The auxiliary will be collecting labels for the Children’s National Home, a home for the children and spouses of deceased veterans. The facility needs a new van.

Della Deskins is the chair, and Beth Matheny is co-chair. For information, call (304) 845-8182.

Vice president to speak at dinner

CHARLESTON – Vice President Joe Biden will serve as key speaker at the West Virginia Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner Oct. 12 at the Charleston Civic Center.

West Virginia’s Democratic Party Chairman Larry Puccio said U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin invited Biden to speak at the dinner, which will honor U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller for his 50 years of service to the Mountain State. Tickets are $75 each or $1,200 for a table of 10. To make reservations or for information, call (304) 342-8121 or visit