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ON THE AIR: Steele Memorial United Methodist Church will begin broadcasting the morning service message on the radio on Sunday, February 14th at 8:00 am. The 30-minute broadcast on 97.9-FM “The River” is available every Sunday.

NAMED: Andrew Burton of Huntington was named to the deans list for the spring semester of Frostburg State University in Maryland. To be eligible for this list, students must complete at least 12 credit hours and achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.4 on a 4.0 scale.

PROGRAM: Marshall University’s Zoom Tuesday Talk for the Lifelong Learning Program (LLP) will take place Tuesday, February 16, from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. MU President Jerry Gilbert speaks about news and issues affecting the university. The zoom link is free for members. Contact Elizabeth Sheets, 304-696-2285 or

DOUBLE: February 15th is a day of two events for Pastor Chelcie and Bobbi Gibson of Huntington’s Day. It’s a joyful day that the Christian couple “tied the knot” over 50 years ago as a sad reminder of the loss of Bobbi’s father, Truman Sansom, who passed away in 2009. Here is a big day for these loved ones and long-time special friends.

MEMORIES: It’s not about having them back with us, but memories bring back smiles and happiness for a short time. Such is the case with Betty Hampton, who began the last chapter of the book of life on February 14, 2009. Betty, singer of the former Beulah Trio, age 27 and retired from Huntington Federal Bank, always had an encouraging word and a lovely smile. Her memory lives on in the hearts and minds of many.

AUNT: Deloris Gillespie, my father’s youngest sister, would have celebrated a birthday on Sunday February 14th but was called home a few years ago at a young age after suffering from pancreatic cancer. She can never be forgotten when she made Christmas light for three little girls – me and my two sisters – for several years. The mother of two young sons when she died is often thought of.

BLESSED: Carolyn Byrd Williamson remembers her first husband and father of their four children, Gary Richard Byrd, as if he were another year older on Monday, February 15th. He was born in 1947 and died suddenly on October 29, 1998.

Grandmother: Dora Adkins, a mother of eight children (including my mother), lived in Wayne County for most of her life. She was short, but her brown eyes danced and sparkled when she was about to get loud. This grandmother’s sweetheart would have celebrated her birthday on Monday, February 15, but would have passed away in the late 1980s.

TODAY BIRTHDAYS: Ashley Hanshaw, Joshua Adkins, Degan Cummings, Belinda Clark, Grant Subik, Mary MacClellan, Ashley Davis, Allison Davis, Ann Riggs, Gage Ross, Carlene LaPointe, Danny Graham, Noah Blosser, Dee Dee Boley, Debbie Adkins, Pauletta Shafer Lewis turns 52, Morgan Rayann Webber leaves the teens for No. 20, Mary Hearld, Rita Reynolds, Ruth Alford, Oliver King, Kelly McFadden and Rhonda O’Dell.

TODAY ANNIVERSARIES: Rusty and Kelly Armstrong (2016), Denny and Stephanie Woolfolk, Albert and Sheri Anderson.

SUNDAY BIRTHDAYS: Garrett Walker, Aly Adkins, Marion Sansom, Taylor Ross, Robert Woodward, Steve Chapman, Alex Nelson, Pam Banks approaching double nickel at 54, Val Johnson, Jodi Fromholt, Pat Burlingame, Cindy Daly, Steve High, Yvonne Johnson, Rebecca Chapman, Matt Jarvis.

SUNDAY ANNIVERSARIES: Bret and Pam Woodall Celebrate # 40, Richard and Stephanie Elkins (1984), Roger and Sandy Hinchman, Josh and Chrissy Jackson, Bob and Faye Brinkman.

MONDAY BIRTHDAYS: Tiffany Icenhower Webb, Ryan Smith, Glenn White, John Salyers, Justine Braddy, Regan Alford, Carol Arkell, Billy Adkins, Johnna Aliff, Stephanie Kosto, Christopher Duty, Paxton Smith, John Thomas, Jonathan Hill, Jennifer Sette, Megan Tidd , Jessica Thompson.

CHUCKLE: John said to Mary, “You have to marry me. I love you; there can be no one. “Mary replied,” But John, I don’t love you. You have to find another woman, a beautiful woman. “John replied,” But I don’t want a beautiful woman. I want you.”

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FUNDRAISER: Thanks to Brooke Burkhammer, Marshall University Golf Instructor, who put smiles on many golfers’ faces last week as she sent out save-the-date cards for the MU Nine and Wine Golf fundraiser, which is set to be held for May 26th. Scheduled on April is Guyan Golf and Country Club. It makes us think that spring will be here soon! Further reservation information will be published later or can be found on the MU women’s golf page on Facebook.

SUPERINTENDENT: Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball of the United Methodist Church, West Virginia Conference, announced last week that she would appoint Reverend Christopher W. “Chip” Bennett as the new district superintendent of the southern district of the UMCWVC, effective July 1. Bennett becomes Rev. Dr. Replace Okey Harless. Originally from Buckhannon, West Virginia, he is currently a pastor of Bellemead United Methodist Church in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. He holds a degree in Organizational Leadership from Mountain State University and a Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. Bennett has served in the Army Reserve and West Virginia Army National Guard for the past 21 years and is currently chaplain of the 1092nd Engineer Battalion. He and his wife Karyn have three children: Gabby, Evelyn and Ira.

PROGRAM: Marshall University’s Lifelong Learning Program will speak to Jerome Gilbert, President of Marshall University, about current and future growth in Marshall on Tuesday from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm Tuesday. The Zoom presentation is free for MULLP members and $ 10 for non-members. For membership information, please contact Elizabeth Appell Sheets at or 304-696-2285.

COMPETITION: Congratulations to the Huntington High School JROTC Highlander Battalion as all four leadership and academic teams advanced to the second round of the National Junior Leadership and Academic Bowl competition. Members of these teams will compete for their place in the national all-service competition next month in Washington, DC, in June.

90 .: Jim Reiter from Barboursville celebrates his 90th birthday on Tuesday, February 23rd. His wife Amy suggests that a card shower would be a great way to help him celebrate this milestone. His mailing address is PO Box 754, Barboursville, WV 25504.

100. Sandy Freeman sent me a message that her mother, Imogene Davidson, who used to live in Barboursville, really appreciated and enjoyed all of the cards and phone calls she recently received to celebrate her 100th birthday. Davidson currently resides in Venice, Florida with Freeman.

BIRTHDAYS: Congratulations to Jeff Chapman, Anna Smith, Joe Fralic, Sandy Sargent, Cody Braley, Pauline Adkins, John Workman, Sue Workman, Noah Blosser, Ella Nease, Kim Socha, Harvey Morrison, Mark Call, Elayna Jenkins and Ernestine Blake, Phil Vallandingham, Caroline True, Tressa Bowers, Jim Thornburg, Debby Isaacs, Debbie Adkins, Meghan Elizabeth Johnson, Pauletta Shafer Lewis, John Thomas, John Salyers, Charlene La Pointe, Val Johnson, Jean Riggio, Sherry Noe and Pam Banks.

SPECIAL WISHES: Special birthday wishes to Shorty Maynard, who celebrated his 81st birthday on Tuesday; Morgan Rayann Webber, who will be 20 on Saturday; and Jim Waugh, who celebrates his birthday on Sunday.

ANNIVERSARIES: Couples celebrating wedding anniversaries this week include Robert and Patricia Laing, Ryan and Heather Stull, Randy and Lisa Rhoades, Brent and Karyn Kimball, Roger and Sandy Hinchman, David and Renee Dunfee, and Mike and Brenda Saunders.

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NAMED: Cahley Farrell, of Huntington, and Robert Krick, of Ashland, were added to the presidential list for the fall semester at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. Cahley is studying biochemistry. Robert studies finance.

ANTI-VALENTINE’S: A Valentine’s Day traffic light and post office games open to singles 21 and older will be available on Friday, February 12, 9:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at Cellar Door, 905 3rd Ave. Limited capacity with locals and state COVID guidelines.

NEW MEMBERS: Nick and Allison Elkins joined the Kenova United Methodist Church on December 20th. Greet them in the church and watch God bless them on their way.

CELEBRATION: The Developmental Therapy Center is presenting its 20th annual Valentine’s Day celebration this year in a different way – it will be hosted virtually – on Saturday, February 13th at 8pm. Packages available include Sweethearts, $ 30; Palpitations, $ 75; Love birds, $ 125; and Soulmates, $ 200, and is available for pickup at downtown, 803 7th Ave., Thursday through Friday, February 11-12, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. or Saturday, February 13, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The badges Boogie Down Challenge with Huntington Fire versus Huntington Police is offered. The fifth annual local celebrity lip-sync fight is available and The Real Soulmates of Huntington is on. To buy a package, contact Call 304-523-1164 upon arrival at the car park.

NAMED: Kathryn Fried from Ashland was added to the list of deans for the fall semester at the University of Delaware at Newark. To qualify for the list, full-time students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or more on a 4.0 scale for the semester.

PRESENTATION: Dr. The Carter G. Woodson Lyceum is celebrating Black History Month with an online event on “Health Care Disparities During the Pandemic,” with Jill Upson, Chair of the Board of Governors on Disparities and Doctors of Marshall and WVU, on Wednesday at 4:00 pm. February 10th. visit

RECIPIENTS: Prichard’s Timothy Stollings was recently awarded the RM Churchwell Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of Findlay for the 2020-2021 academic year.

BAPTISM: Barrett Elkins, born October 3, 2017, and Berkley Elkins, born December 3, 2019, by Nick and Allison Elkins were baptized at Kenova United Methodist Church on December 20. They are grandsons of Richard and Stephanie Elkins and great grandsons of Pat Cornwell. May these little fellows walk with the Lord and never deviate from His ways.

FIRST: This Tuesday, February 9th, marks the first year that Garnet Bryant celebrates her wedding anniversary without her husband, Bob Bryant, who died in November. They were married for over 45 years that day. May Garnet be comforted to know that thoughts and prayers are with her during this memory and time of sorrow.

PROMOTION: Marilyn E. Kearns, a graduate of Wahama High School, has been promoted to Senior Vice President Human Resources of Ohio Valley Bank and Vice President of Ohio Valley Banc Corp. promoted. She started at the bank in 1996 as a payroll clerk and secretary. She also graduated from the Ohio Bankers League’s Bank Leadership Institute and the Graduate School of Banking-Human Resources Management at the University of Wisconsin. As a former student of the year in the OVB training program, she has also received certificates and awards.

TODAY BIRTHDAYS: Lisa McCain, Jimmy Hedrick, Carrie Brown, Cody Braley, Harvey Morrison, Debby Isaacs, Kelly Williamson, Pauline Adkins, John Workman, Karen Shanholtzer, Matt Duncan.

TODAY ANNIVERSARY: David and Renee Dunfee celebrate number 6.

CHUCKLE: A man and his wife were sitting in the living room and he said to her, “Just so you know, I never want to live in a vegetative state, depending on a machine and liquids from a bottle. If that ever happens, just unplug it. “His wife got up, kissed him very gently, pulled the TV out of the socket and threw out his beer.

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Putnam County Colleges 2021 digital spelling bee champions named | Options/Leisure

WINFIELD – Putnam County Schools hosted their Spelling Bee 2021 practically this year via the Scripps National Spelling Bee’s new online platform.

Twenty-one schoolmasters in grades four through eight completed the online 25-word spelling bee selected by Scripps National Spelling Bee. With the highest scores in the group, Evan Taylor of Conner Street Elementary and Caitlin Carroll of Scott Teays Elementary were named co-champions of the Putnam County Schools 2021 Virtual Spelling Bee. George Washington Middle’s Cole Whittington has been named a PCS Spelling Bee Alternate.

Both co-champions received kindles from Putnam County Libraries, the sponsor of the PCS Spelling Bee event. Evan and Caitlin will be promoted to the Gazette-Mail Virtual Spelling Bee program on Saturday March 20th.

Primary school spelling:

Lillian Conn, Buffalo Elementary

Patrick DeGroff, Calvary Baptist

Noah Bedwell, Basic Trust Level

Evan Taylor, Conner Street Elementary School

Koda Jarrett, Eastbrook Elementary School

Kai Hatfield, George Washington Elementary School

Jada Boggess, hometown elementary school

Marek Midkiff, Hurricane Town Elementary

Jocelyn Meadows, Lake Elementary School

Tyler Henderson, Mountain View Elementary

Sophia Casebolt, Poca Elementary School

Sarah Thornhill, Rock Branch Elementary

Caitlin Carroll, Scott Teay’s Elementary School

Sam Martin, Teays Valley Christian

Ehaan Akbar, West Teays Elementary School

Avery Cruz Berry, Winfield Elementary School

Middle School Spelling:

Anna Caldwell, Baptist of Calvary

Cole Whittington, George Washington Middle

Chaylyn Presley, Poca Middle

Carleigh Lewis, Teays Valley Christian

Nikolaus von Wulffen, Winfield Middle

Brenda Lucas: Group information for Monday, Feb. 1 | Options/Leisure

MEETING: The monthly meeting of the Bishop of the Catholic Daughters’ Court, Donahue 784, will begin on Tuesday February 2nd at 6.30pm at the Meetinghouse of Our Lady of Fatima. Social distancing and masks are required.

GRADS: West Virginia residents among the 93 summer and fall semester graduates at Ohio University Southern at Ironton included Shannon Marie Stumbo, Fort Gay; Jill Anne Freeman, Kristen Paige Kennedy, and Brandy N. Lynd, Huntington; Zach T. Davis, Kenova; Kirsten Amber Jorgensen, Lindside; and Mary Katherine Smith, Salt Rock.

CONCERT: Jewel City Sessions S2: Episode 3 offers the virtual Facebook live concert from 7pm to 8pm, Tuesday, February 2nd. Performs the Jason Lovins Band, a local worship band with a message in music.

Reveal: Dr. Marshall University’s Carter G. Woodson Lyceum and the Office of Intercultural Affairs are holding a Black History Proclamation and Carter G. Woodson Portrait Unveiling on Monday, February 1st, from 4pm to 5pm to recognize Black History Month . The artist is Sassa Wilkes, Marshall grad. Jack Houvouras, editor of Huntington Quarterly, reveals his cover with Woodson. Mayor Steve Williams reads the proclamation. visit

STUDENT: Callie H. Seaman, an Ensign (01) in the US Navy, is one of four fourth-year medical students at Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine who are participating in a residency program at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center take part. one of the best military health facilities in the country. Dr. Seaman is on the family health program in downtown Bethesda, Maryland. She has a bachelor’s degree in cell biology and genetics from the University of Maryland at College Park.

COURSE: John Patrick Grace, Ph.D., will teach a 10-week online intermediate Italian course starting Monday 1st February. The course, which is available from 5:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., welcomes those with previous knowledge of Italian or speakers of another Romance language (French, Spanish or Portuguese). The fee is $ 185. Contact 304-617-1292 or

NAMED: Kasee ​​Jo Smith of Culloden was named to the Provost Honor Roll for the Fall 2020 semester at Glenville State College. To qualify for this roll of honor, students must have a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.9 and be enrolled in at least 12 semester hours.

CONGRATULATIONS: Together with the number of years three couples have been married, the total is 165 years. Congratulations to Gus and Becky Geswein who celebrated 60 years of wedlock, while Linda and Larry Hedrick celebrated 50 years, and Tom and Susan Wheatley celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. The three teams of married couples are members of the Catholic Church of Our Lady of Fatima.

RECOGNIZED: Two residents received the Dean’s Award for the Fall Semester at Cedarville University. Gavin Couture from Ashland and Michael Lilly from Huntington were recognized for achieving a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the semester and at least 12 credit hours.

TODAY BIRTHDAYS: Eli Eagan, Debbie Harman, Betty Ciccarello, Charles Pletka Jr., Warren Napier.

TODAY ANNIVERSARY: Mark and Jo Ellen Willett.

CHUCKLE: The following is supposedly a true story about a situation that actually occurred during the war. During the Gulf War I was assigned to go to Saudi Arabia. As I said goodbye to my family, my 3 year old son Christopher grabbed my leg and asked me not to leave. “No Daddy, please don’t go!” he repeated over and over again. We started making a scene when my wife, desperate to calm him down, said, “Let Daddy go and I’ll take you to a pizza.” Christopher immediately loosened his death grip, stepped back and said in a calm voice: “Bye, Daddy.”

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Scorching chocolate bombs nonetheless exploding in native companies | Options/Leisure

The fascination for hot chocolate bombs has increased in recent months, but a retailer who sells the delightful drink mixes said these bombs could be more than just small chocolate explosions for some people.

“You can have an experience and a lot of people want to share that experience,” said Raine Klover, manager of The Red Caboose at Heritage Station. “It’s more than hot chocolate. It tastes great and it’s great, but it’s the experience of pouring the milk and waiting for it to open. it’s so worth it. “

Red Caboose is one of the few local businesses that sell and serve hot chocolate bombs, alongside its business neighbor Nomada Bakery, the Shipwreck Collection Market in Huntington Mall, Austin’s at The Market and Sweet Street in Lavalette.

While chocolate indulgence exploded on the TikTok social media video app, Klover said one of the reasons people were likely so excited was the boredom of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cheryl Maynard, owner of Sweet Street in Lavalette, agreed, saying that making and enjoying the bombs with hot chocolate surprised people when they sipped hot chocolate.

“They’re really just a novelty,” Maynard said. “They are something that you can enjoy and do with your kids and there is always the surprise of what’s inside.”

At the Nomada Bakery, co-owner Ariel Barcenas said his bakery started serving hot chocolate bombs after seeing how quickly they sold out at The Red Caboose.

Customers can have the hot chocolate bombs served to them personally in the bakery, which, according to Barcenas, works great with its neighbor.

“When we started selling them it wasn’t a competition or anything, we’re neighbors and we just saw it was a hit there,” he said. “So we thought about selling it so people could drink here, so they could try it and take something home with them if they want.”

Nomada Bakery, The Red Caboose and Shipwreck buy their hot chocolate bombs from Hannahbug’s Chocolates, a chocolate company based in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. However, Shipwreck also orders their hot chocolate bombs from a local supplier, Mystic Co. Creations.

Barcenas said while Nomada currently only sells one type of hot chocolate bomb, Hannahbugs Classic Hot Cocoa, The Red Caboose, and other locations offer several varieties.

The Red Caboose sells classic and cinnamon hot chocolate bombs, as well as other flavors where available. Shipwreck sells the classic cocoa bomb as well as the chic bomb from Mystic Co. Creation with dark chocolate, nut candies and ganache.

Sweet Street usually sells standard milk chocolate bombs, but Maynard said they will make different versions for Valentine’s Day, including salted caramel, white raspberry chocolate, and more.

Austin sells its own version of a classic hot chocolate bombshell, a version with cookies and creams, a unicorn version with white chocolate, and a mochaccino version with instant coffee instead of hot chocolate.

The owners of Austin, siblings Taylor Strickland and Timothy Ruff, all make their own hot chocolate bombs. Customers can be served hot milk to enjoy at the market or take home the goodies.

Strickland said the bombs sell fast and customers love them, especially some of their younger customers.

“I think the kids are fun to do and that you can take home and entertain people and children at home together,” she said.

Hannahbugs Chocolate recently announced that they are making hot chocolate bombs for Valentine’s Day, and Shipwreck managers Klover and Ashley Olah said their locations are expected to sell the new love bombs in their stores soon.

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MUSIC: Jewel City Session 2, Episode 2 with Aaron Marshall Miller, local artist / singer / songwriter, will take place in a virtual concert on Tuesday, January 26th, from 7pm to 8pm. The event is free.

GRADS: The 93 students who completed the summer and fall semesters at Ohio University Southern at Ironton include Jacob Alexander Leach, Barnesville; Savannah Louise Leach, Bidwell; Ashlyn Ellice Grubb, Chillicothe; Michelle Renea Fraley, Circleville; Jacob Tyler Green, Cleveland; Kayla Michelle Delawder and Christopher M. Jewell (also a distinguished graduate), Coal Grove; Sarah Elizabeth Adkins (Outstanding Graduate), Crown City; David Michael Wynn, Dayton; Pamela R. Williams, Franklin Furnace; and Carli P. Hill, Gallipolis; Brooklyn Bryant, Kitts Hill; Mackenzie L. Brune, Newark; Jonathan Taylor Ware, Portsmouth; Benjamin Jacob McDonald, Roseville; Lakkin Danielle Foster, Scottown; Shelby Lynn Rister and Deanna Lee Shepherd, West Portsmouth; Marisa Ryanne Boyd and Taylor Warren Davis (both distinguished alumni) and Bree Anne Miller, Wheelersburg; Cassandra Louise Mannon, Bessie May, Breanna P. Pemberton, and Chase Sifford (Outstanding Graduate).

OFFICERS: The South Side Neighborhood Organization recently elected new officers. These include Connie Reed Beaty, president; Amy Prestera, vice president; Matt Spurlock, Treasurer; and John Rakus, secretary. Irv Johnson, Carolyn Becker and Amy Ward are members of the Board of Directors. Meetings will continue at 7 p.m. on Thursdays, March 4, June 3, and October 7 at the Huntington’s Disease YMCA Phil Cline Center, unless they are virtual. These will be published on the group’s Facebook page.

65. Dr. and Mrs. Gary Gilbert, of Huntington, turned 65 on December 20. They are parents to four children, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. May the next 65 years be as wonderful as the first.

Retirement: December 31st was the last day the Mountain State Centers for Independent Living had worked since it opened for Anne Olivia Weeks in 1981, when she retired as President and Chief Executive Officer. She was recognized by the West Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council at the Disability Caucus in 2002 for her work in the Independent Living movement and as a founding member of the West Virginia Independent Living Hall of Fame. She plans to continue working as an attorney on the West Virginia Independent Living Network. We will miss your support, commitment and hard work.

MEMBER: Sue Workman, new associate at Pea Ridge United Methodist Church, began serving as finance secretary on January 4th. She takes on the financial management role previously held by Peggy Ballard, who continues to be church secretary. The continued commitment and knowledge in the positions is very much appreciated.

EXHIBITION: “The Daywood Collection” opened on Saturday at the Huntington Museum of Art. The exhibition is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. It continues until August 22nd.

LISTED: Isabelle Litteral, daughter of Sam and Kara Litteral, was named to the deans list for the fall semester at Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee. To be eligible, students must be full-time students with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the semester.

49. Frank and Mila Markun of the Catholic Church of Our Lady of Fatima recently celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary. Prayer is here for many more happy years.

CHUCKLE: Little Johnny was sitting on a park bench enjoying a cigarette. A woman stopped. “Excuse me, young man, but I will let you know that these could take up years of your life.” “No disrespect ma’am, but I’ll let you know my grandfather lived to the ripe old of 104,” replied Johnny. The woman asked: “Did he smoke too?” The little boy replied, “No, he minded his own damn business.”

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