Community news from around the area
Wellsburg teen receives
Governor’s Service Award
CHARLESTON — Kiara Stevens has dedicated her love of cheerleading to empower young girls in Wellsburg. A 2018 graduate of Brooke High School, she has volunteered more than 1,000 hours as a youth cheerleading coach since her freshman year.
On Sept. 6, Stevens was honored for her dedication to service at the annual Governor’s Service Awards dinner at the Culture Center at the State Capitol.
Presented since 1995, the Governor’s Service Awards honors individuals, families and organizations that exemplify outstanding dedication to volunteerism and community service in West Virginia. She received her award in the Youth Category.
Last year, she created a free cheer clinic for girls in the community, not only serving as a coach but also as a friend and role model to the girls in the program, according to a news release.
“The girls confided in Kiara and were able to overcome problems at home and school. If a girl was having trouble learning a routine or was feeling down, Kiara took extra time to work with them until they felt better about themselves,” the news release notes. “Kiara didn’t just teach the girls halftime routines and cheers, she taught them to believe in themselves, to be a part of a team and to be kind and encourage others.”
Stevens is a student at Bethany College where she is pursuing studies in elementary education and special education.
The Governor’s Service Awards are administered by Volunteer West Virginia, the state’s Commission for National and Community Service. A volunteer review committee reads and selects the recipients based on achievement, community needs, continuing involvement, innovation and impact of service.
Brilliant Lions Club hears
review of 2018 activities
BRILLIANT — A Brilliant Lions Club family picnic was held at the Wells Township picnic center with Dave Porter, president, serving as emcee and the Rev. Bill Fulton, new pastor at the Brilliant Christian Church, giving the invocation.
The Rev. Bob Carson and his wife, Anita, of Brilliant United Methodist Church also were guests.
Terry Snyder, second vice district governor, and her husband, Bill, president of the Mingo Lions Club and Zone 8 chairman, outlined upcoming events, including a zone meeting tonight at Froehlich’s Classic Corner in Steubenville.
District Gov. Tommy Thompson will be conducting a Toys for Tots drive in hopes of collecting 1,000 more toys to be distributed to children for the holiday, adding to the 5,000 he already has. The zone bringing in the most toys will receive a prize, it was noted. Also, eye glasses can be taken to cabinet meetings now, it was announced, which Bill Snyder explained are open to everyone.
Porter reviewed activities held so far in 2018. They included:
Cleaning McGee Cemetery; holding a 50/50 drawing to earn funds; participating in a blood drive where 24 units were collected; donating to the Brilliant Little League; purchasing three memorial bricks for deceased members; donating to Boys State; attending a Washington Wild Things game as a group; turning in 256 pairs of eye glasses; holding a Texas Roadhouse peanut sale; providing Parade of Checks donations and an Alert Lions donation; holding a pulled pork dinner benefit and a knife and broom sale; touring the Cardinal plant; repairing cement steps; spreading gravel for a township park; planting flowers in the area; donating in memory of John McGuire and for the Buckeye North Elementary School Blue Team; sponsoring a concession stand for the Brilliant first outdoor concert; working on a new playground; and awarding scholarships to Buckeye Local students Emily Everson and Brianna Pasco.
Wellsburg Women of the
Moose plan salad luncheon
WELLSBURG — The Wellsburg Women of the Moose will be holding their sixth-annual salad luncheon on Sept. 29 at the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge, 844 Main St., beginning at 1 p.m.
The event will include entertainment by Marvin Whiteman and a Chinese auction.
Tickets are $8 and can only be purchased in advance at the lodge or from Women of the Moose members. No tickets will be sold at the door.
For information or to purchase tickets, call Irene at (304) 737-2553 or Sonya at (304) 737-0178.
Fall golf tournament Sept. 22
benefits Weirton United Way
NEW CUMBERLAND — The 2018 Fall Golf Tournament will be held Sept. 22 at Mountaineer Woodview Golf Course in New Cumberland.
Registration begins at 8 a.m., and tee-off is at 9 a.m. All golfers are invited to attend the four-person scramble which benefits the Weirton United Way. The entry fee includes golf, breakfast, lunch and a steak dinner.
For information, contact the Weirton United Way at (304) 748-7213. Casey Richards is the event chairman, and First Choice America Community Federal Credit Union is the host sponsor of the tournament.
Hancock County Museum
to have presence at events
NEW CUMBERLAND — The regular meeting of the Hancock County Museum Commission was held Aug. 2 with President Vivian Weigel presiding.
Minutes of the previous meeting were approved, and Bob McNeil presented the treasurer’s report.
In old business, it was announced the two back porch screens will be changed and the frames painted white.
Discussion was held on the arts council’s request to display local artwork in the museum.
The commission voted to reimburse Janet Keller for $15 for an iron bench to be used by the museum. The concrete that held down the old bench will be removed.
James Sayre of Wesbanco presented a synopsis of the museum’s trust portfolio with graphs and answered questions regarding concerns over the returns on the investment income.
Under new business, McNeil reported a change in lawn service to save money. He also questioned the museum’s membership in the Top of WV as the museum “doesn’t seem to be receiving many benefits from that membership in terms of publicity and help with publicity aids such as postage, brochures and flyers. They have helped with flyers and brochures in the past, and we will follow up with them to see if that sort of aid will continue to be supplied in the future, and if we can be included in their publicity on their website and Facebook pages,” according to minutes from the meeting.
The museum will have a booth presence at New Cumberland’s Sept. 29 Riverfest. The museum also will participate in the Hancock County Fair on Sept. 14-16.
A date for the Nellie Bly History Alive! performance was discussed. It will be held April 6. The commissioners agreed to provide lodging for the actress, JoAnn Peterson.
The next meeting was to have been held Sept. 6.
Karaoke contest Sept. 30
at East Springfield Center
EAST SPRINGFIELD — The East Springfield Community Center will be the site of a karaoke contest on Sept. 30, beginning at 4 p.m.
There is a $5 entry fee for the contest, which is open to ages 13 and older.
Cash prizes will be awarded with first prize, $100; second prize, $75; and third prize, $50. There will be a panel of judges who will choose the winners.
Refreshments will be available, and there will be a 50-50 drawing and door prizes.
Music will be provided by DJ Chelsea Householder. To register by Sept. 23, contact Householder by phone at (740) 424-7233 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The community center is located on county Road 39 next to the East Springfield Volunteer Fire Department.
5K run/walk rescheduled
at Jimmy Carey Stadium
WEIRTON — The Weir High Class of 2020 has rescheduled a 5K run/walk for Sept. 23 at the Jimmy Carey Stadium, located at 100 Red Rider Road.
It had been set for Sept. 9 but rescheduled because of inclement weather.
Registration opens at 8 a.m. with the fun run beginning at 9 a.m. and the 5K starting at 9:30 a.m. Registration is $22 for the 5K and $15 for the fun run.
The event will include concessions and face-painting. Proceeds will benefit the Class of 2020. Donations will be accepted for Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital. To pre-register or for questions, call (304) 670-3274.
Library to show ‘Ocean’s 8’
FOLLANSBEE — The Follansbee Branch Library will show the PG-13 rated heist film, “Ocean’s 8” at noon on Friday.
Call (304) 527-0860 to reserve a seat and popcorn.