What’s going on around the area

69th-annual Lincoln-Douglass

Scholarship banquet set for Feb. 8

The Morning Star Baptist Church will hold the 69th-annual Lincoln-Douglass Scholarship banquet at 6 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Holiday Inn – Weirton.

William “Bill” Burrus, former American Postal Workers Union president and “My Journey” author, will be the keynote speaker.

Burrus was born and raised in Wheeling and now lives in Upper Marlboro, Md.

Tickets are $30.

To purchase a ticket or for information, contact Beverly Branham at (304) 723-0252, Marie Brown at (304)748-4974 or George Jackson at (304) 479-9938.

The Rev. Willie L. Nevels is pastor.

‘Chili Bowl’ scheduled Jan. 26 at Christ United Methodist in Weirton

Christ United Methodist Church will hold its first “Chili Bowl” at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at the fellowship hall located at 3598 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton.

Those attending may make a free-will donation to vote for their favorite chili. The chili receiving the highest donation will be the winner and awarded a traveling trophy.

Hot dogs and chips also will be served.

Free pork and sauerkraut dinner

Jan. 21 at Jewett United Methodist

The Ark’s Olive Branch program offering a free pork and sauerkraut dinner will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. on Jan. 21 at Jewett United Methodist Church located at 202 W. Main St. and Rumley.

There will be a special worship service at 6:30 p.m.

Church group holding soup

and sandwich sale Monday

The B.L.A.S.T., the youth group at Sycamore Tree Church located at 301 N. Fourth St., Steubenville, will host a special soup and sandwich sale Monday from 11 a.m. to noon.

Proceeds will benefit the youth group’s next mission project when its members participate in World Vision’s 30-hour fast beginning at noon on Feb. 21.

The menu will include wedding, chili or cheddar broccoli soup by the cup for $2 or the bowl for $3; hot turkey sandwiches or sloppy joes for $2.50; hot dogs for $1.50 (50 cents more for a coney); a brownie or peanut butter cake for 50 cents; and drinks for 50 cents.

Orders can be e-mailed by 10 a.m. Monday to www.sycamoretreechurch.com and should include a phone number and address to specify pickup or delivery.

After 10 a.m. Monday, place orders by calling (740) 282-0997.

One free delivery is made to the Weirton Half Moon area around 11:30 a.m. Thursday and to Trinity West around noon.

Northern Panhandle Conservation

District sponsoring poster contest

The Northern Panhandle Conservation District has announced the 2014 National Conservation District Poster Contest theme, “Dig Deeper – Mysteries in the Soil.”

The contest is open to children in kindergarten through 12th grade living in Hancock, Brooke, Ohio and Marshall counties.

The deadline to submit posters to the conservation district office is May 1.

Those receiving first place at the district level receive $35 and those receiving second place receive $15. The winning poster will be entered into the state contest, and those winning at the state level will go on to the national contest.

For information, contest rules and guidelines, contact Veronica Gibson at the Northern Panhandle Conservation District office at (304) 238-1231.

Gardening calendars available

through WVU Extension

The West Virginia University Extension Service’s 2014 Garden Calendar is available at the extension service’s Brooke County office at 840 Charles St., Wellsburg, or online at brooke.ext.wvu.edu/2014-garden-calendar, anr.ext.wvu.edu/garden-calendar or the Brooke County WVU Extension Service’s Facebook page.

Avid or beginning gardeners will find the gardening tips offered by the calendar helpful, a spokesperson said.

Scrabble session

set for Wednesday

Area Scrabble enthusiasts will gather Wednesday for their monthly game session in room 1502 at Eastern Gateway Community College, Steubenville.

Play time will run from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. with newcomers welcome and encouraged to bring the board game if they have one. No fees are charged.

Bonus words will be words related to Valentine’s Day. For information, call (740) 264-9893.