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PAULA SMITH



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Hello to all of the wonderful readers of the Whitesville Area News. It is now a very busy time of year. I think many people, like me, are trying to get everything they can crammed into the last few weeks of summer. Student athletes, band members, and cheerleaders have already started reporting daily for practice. School will be starting for all of our Boone County Students on August 23, 2012, just a few short days away.


Many things are happening in our area. The town of Sylvester will be celebrating its 60th Birthday. Our little town was incorporated on July 11, 1952. The Diamond Jubilee Homecoming Celebration will begin on Saturday August 18th.


Here are the events and contest scheduled for Saturday the 18th. The community yard sale, one of the favorite events for locals and out of town alike, will start bright and early at 8:00am.


The parade line up will begin at round bottom at 11:00am with the actual parade starting at noon. Our very own “Pride of Boone County”, The Sherman Tide Marching Band will be participating in the parade. The opening Ceremony and Welcome will be provided by the Mayor of Sylvester, Mr. Manuel Arvon. The opening prayer will follow by Pastor David Minturn. Abby Bolton will then sing God Bless America.


At 1:00pm the rest of the activities kick off with Sprinkles the Clown doing balloons and face painting. Throughout the day there will also be a Horse Shoe Contest, a Chili Cook Off and a Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest. Elvis will arrive on the stage. The Sherman High School National Honor Society Members will be making Cotton Candy, Popcorn and Snow-Cones.


From 2:00pm to 4:00pm, there will be a Lip Sync Contest.


From 4:00pm to 6:00pm there will be Wrestling


At 7:00pm there will be a Harley Davidson Poker Run.


From 7:00pm to 11:00pm the One Eyed Jack Band will be performing, Along with Abby Bolton at 8:00pm and the Freedom Dancers at 9:00pm.


On Sunday, August 19, 2012, Mayor Arvon will open the festivities at 1:00pm followed by the opening prayer by Pastor David Minturn.


From 1:30 to 6:00pm the Miss Star contest will be going on


From 1:30pm to 3:00pm the town dinner will take place


At 3:00pm the Horse Show contest will begin along with the Watermelon eating Contest.


From 2:00pm to 4:00pm there will be Wrestling


From 4:00pm to 5:00pm everyone will be celebrating the town’s 60th birthday, with cake and ice cream


You can also pick up cotton candy, popcorn, and snow-cones throughout the day.


There will be an outdoor church service with Pastor David Minturn from the Sylvester Baptist Church, Pastor Ricky Peters from the Sylvester Church of God and Pastor Ryan Hysell from The Whitesville First Baptist Church.


Many prizes including bicycles will be give out throughout the festivities. Remember, you must be present to win any of the prizes. I hope everyone can come to Sylvester for this action packed weekend that is sure to be filled with fun and a good time for all ages.


The new scoreboard for the Sherman High School Football Field is now in place. We are ready for some Football. Many thanks to the people involved in getting the scoreboard and providing the much needed finances. Special thanks to a couple of the partners in education with the school, Alpha Natural Resources-Coal River East Business Unit and The Whitesville State Bank. Special thanks also go to the UMWA for their generous donation. If you attended a football game last year after a lightning strike took out the old scoreboard then you know how bad this was needed. Thanks to everyone that played a part in making it happen. The Scoreboard certainly looks GREAT!(See the photo attached)


Members of Alpha Natural Resources are getting everything ready for the new press box at Sherman High School. They have been working hard trying to get everything finished before school starts. (See the photo attached)


The Whitesville First Baptist Church will be having their Annual Antique Car Show on August 25th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Free Admission and Free Food for all. Trophies will be awarded along with prizes. The first 25 cars entered will be provided “Dash Plaques”.


I know that none of us will forget the terrible June 29th storm that blew through our communities and left us without power and other necessities for days. We are very blessed to live in our rural communities where everybody knows and cares about everybody else. There were many people that went out of their way during those 10 to 12 days and I don’t want their acts of kindness to go unnoticed. I want to say a very special Thank You to Denny Flint owner of Flints Hardware and all of his staff. Denny and his employees made the lives of many people in our area a little easier during the aftermath of the storm. He saw that the needs of the public were met. Many things were in high demand but Denny had trucks coming in every day at all hours to take care of his community and customers. We count on Denny and Flints Hardware daily and it is comforting to know that especially when conditions are bad that his doors are always open. Generators, supplies, batteries, whatever you needed, he had it there within a day. We are very fortunate to have Flint’s Hardware to depend on in our community. Thanks Again Denny.


There is another group of people that deserve a special thank you. The members of the First Baptist Church of Whitesville, without power themselves, opened up the multi-purpose building of the church and fed hundreds of people during five days that they were without power. They fired up grills and prepared food for the many that came each day to eat. Thanks to those that donated food or donated money to purchase the food and all the members of the church that prepared it.


We are all very blessed to live in an area where your neighbors are your friends and people that you can always depend on. Many people live in cities and don’t even know the names of their neighbors. We are truly blessed.


I would like to congratulate Mackenzie Smith and the Mountain Thunder ASA 18U Softball Team for winning the Eastern Gold Nationals in Roanoke Virginia last week. Mackenzie also hit three home runs during the national tournament. Well Done Ladies. Congratulations to all of you!


Mark your calendars for the Heritage Festival at Racine Park on September 29th. This will be a day of fun filled activities, food and crafts. More information on this will follow.


I hope all of you are enjoying your summer. Until next time, Remember, if something good happens on the Big Coal; share it so everyone will know. I look forward to hearing from all of you with your news. You can call me at 304-854-2113 or email me at 3wvufans@suddenlink.net. God Bless You All.

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