WELLSBURG - Eden Rice, 11, of Bethany, has been chosen from more than 37,000 nominees nationwide to receive a $1,000 Kohl's Cares Scholarship for her participation in the Carry On Campaign.
Through the campaign, children moving to and from foster homes receive luggage filled with essential items such as toothbrushes, toiletries, blankets and books.
Rice has collected and filled more than 60 suitcases.
"Kohl's has rewarded thousands of amazing kids through the Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program and this year alone, we are recognizing nearly 2,200 stand-out youth who are making a difference with their volunteer time," said Julie Gardner, Kohl's executive vice president and chief marketing officer.
Winners are chosen for initiative, creativity, leadership and generosity.
Each regional-level winner qualifies for one of Kohl's 10 national $10,000 scholarships, which will be announced later this month.
WELLSBURG - Mort Gamble, an expert on circus history, will speak on the subject at a free program presented by the Friends of the Brooke County Library Aug. 1 at 7 p.m.
"Beyond Water for Elephants: The Real American Circus, 1793 - 2011" will be presented by Gamble, an author of numerous book reviews, articles, essays and features on circuses.
Gamble will discuss the development of the circus in America from the late 18th century to its "golden age" of the 1880s to 1920. He also will talk about modern trends and influences on the circus.
He also will bring a variety of circus materials for display at the library through August.
Top grad has
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. - Lindsey "Lizzie" McCreary graduated in the top 5 percent and was one of the top 10 students in her class at Hopewell High School in Huntersville, N.C.
The daughter of Bryan and Sonja Velegol McCreary, formerly of Brooke County, she was a two-year National Honor Society member, inducted into the Mu Alpha Theta math honor society, National Art Honor Society president, Titan Graphic president, art editor of the school newspaper and 2011 Homecoming Queen.
She is the granddaughter of David and Carolyn Velegol of Follansbee, Richard McCreary of Wellsburg and the late Nancy McCreary.
Three 'D' reunion held
FOLLANSBEE - The 57th Donofrio, Donofe and Dunope family reunion was held July 3 at the Follansbee Park Community House, with the theme "Pittsburgh Penguins, Pirates and Steelers."
Melanie Donofe served as chairman.
A covered dish dinner was held, with 16 families and 50 people attending from West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Some of the featured dishes were Pittsburgh-style foods, including stuffed cabbage, pierogies, Isaly's ham salad sandwiches, Klondikes and Clark Bars.
Baseball, hockey and football park foods, including nachos and cheese, Crackers Jacks and peanuts also were available.
The group sang "Happy Birthday" to Jeana Talerico, celebrating her eighth birthday, and Margaret Puzzuole, celebrating her 93rd birthday.
A guessing jar filled with gum was won by Gabrielle Fabian.
A fundraising auction for baskets containing Pittsburgh-related items was held and a number of door prizes were awarded.
set for July 31
FOLLANSBEE - The annual Hilltoppers Reunion will be held July 31 at the Follansbee Community House.
Oldtime residents of Hooverson Heights and their families are invited to bring a covered dish for the dinner, which begins at 1 p.m. Beverages and eating utensils will be furnished by the committee.
Bob Geary, assisted by Roy Waugh, head the planning committee, assisted by Ruth Ann Eckles Shingleton, treasurer; Gloria Simmons Kotur, secretary; Betty Bioux Stoaks, Dorothy Lahita, Dolores Nixdorf Reese, Bessie Burton Eddy, Mary Jane Sabol Siudak, Jackie Trolley Perkins and David Eddy. The Brindley, Bullock and Krystynak families started the reunion decades ago when they were talking about the Oldtimers Baseball League that dates back to the 1920s era. The reunion usually brings together about 150.
Wade attends seminar
MORGANTOWN - Shelby Wade, daughter of Lonnie and Christine Wade, attended the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar held at West Virginia University.
The Brooke High School student joined more than 150 outstanding high school sophomores from high schools throughout the state.
The students met leaders of business, government, education and other professions during the conference, which is aimed at developing the youths' leadership skills.
HOBY participants also are challenged to perform at least 100 hours of community service within 12 months following the seminar.
Golf scramble to be held
WELLSBURG - The Brooke High School Class of 1997 will hold a four-man golf scramble Aug. 20 at Highland Springs Golf Course.
A maximum of 36 teams, or 144 players, will be accepted. Based on that maximum, cash prizes of $400 and $200, for first and second place, will be awarded.
The cost to participate is $60 per golfer or $240 for a four-person team. Fees will include 18 holes with a cart, food and beverages.
Mulligans can be purchased at a cost of $20 per team.
The registration deadline is Aug. 6, and an entry fee must accompany the application. Any applications received after the deadline will be charged an additional $5 per golfer.
Proceeds will go to the class' 15-year reunion and community projects.
Checks should be made to Brooke High Class of 1997 and sent to: Todd Sperringer, 121 DiPino Drive, Colliers, WV 26035.
For information or to register, call Ryan Scherich at (740) 275-1384 or Sperringer at (703) 431-0331.
Organizers are looking for hole sponsors, each for $50, and donations of prizes for contests such as closest to the pin, longest drive and hole-in-one.
Zoo coming to library
WELLSBURG - The Oglebay Good Zoo Zoo-To-You program will be visiting the Brooke County Public Library with a variety of interesting animals on July 30 at 11 a.m.
Call (304) 737-1551 to register for the free program.
Group to elect officers
FOLLANSBEE - The Brooke County Federation of Democratic Women will meet Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Follansbee Branch Library.
A nominating committee of three women will be formed for the election of officers for 2012-13. Delegates will be confirmed for the annual state meeting in Huntington on Sept. 16-18.
For information about the club, contact Anna Gillespie, its president. New members are always welcome. Yearly dues are $10, which includes membership to the National Federation of Democratic Women.
Church offers closed captioning
WELLSBURG - The First Presbyterian Church of Wellsburg, 901 Charles St., is offering closed captioning for the hearing impaired.
Everything said during the 10:45 a.m. Sunday worship service is transcribed and projected onto a screen so all members of the congregation can follow along with the sermon, prayers and music.
Senator, comic to speak at dinner
CHARLESTON - U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., will be the keynote speaker at the West Virginia Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson fundraising dinner Aug. 6 at the Charleston Civic Center.
Before entering office, Franken was known as writer and performer on "Saturday Night Live" and author of humorous books commenting on the world of politics.
Also slated to speak are U.S. Sens. Jay Rockfeller and Joe Manchin, both D-W.Va.; Gov. U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-Beckley; and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.
Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased by calling (304) 342-8121. A table for 10 may be reserved for $1,000. Tickets for a special reception prior to the dinner with the keynote speaker are $1,000.
New actors group formed
WEIRTON - The League of Extraordinary Thespians: Weirton Branch meets from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays at the Mary H. Weir Library at 3442 Main St.
The group will not meet Aug. 5.
The league is open to high school freshmen to 26-year-olds and members hope to stage plays in the future. It's currently reading "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street."
An associated group, Parents of Artistic Weir Students, also is seeking members. Its goal is to bring attention and funding for students interested in art, literature, writing, theater, music and dance.
For information, call (304) 797-8510 or visit the group's Facebook page.
Library to show film
WELLSBURG - The Brooke County Public Library will be showing the film "Unknown" at 1 p.m. Tuesday.
The PG-13-rated film stars Liam Neeson as Dr. Martin Harris, who awakens after a car accident in Berlin to discover his wife doesn't recognize him and another man has assumed his identity.
Ignored by disbelieving authorities and hunted by mysterious assassins, he finds himself alone, tired, and on the run.
Call (304) 737-1551 to reserve a seat and popcorn for the free screening.