Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

September 28, 2013

Words of thanks

ASHLAND — On Saturday, Sept. 14, there was a fundraiser at the Flatwoods city park. The event was to raise money for a new van for Mariah Scott. For those who don’t know Mariah, she was born with tetraamelia (which is congenital absence of all limbs).

Mariah recently got her driver’s license and needed a van to have modified. The modifications will be done by Vocational Rehabilitation. We thank Fannin Motors for matching funds up to $10,000 and helping us reach our goal to purchase the van she had been wanting for so long. Thanks to all the sponsors, vendors and volunteers who came out to make this a success.

Special thank-yous go to Mark Justice for making the day fun, Amy Freeman and Cindy Dean for coordinating the event. and Aunt Denise for all she did. Thank you all.

Edna Callihan, Flatwoods

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The Ashland High School class of 1953 had its 60-year reunion recently with the following businesses contributing to its success: Ashland Community and Technical College, Ashland Office Supply, Ashland Sporting Goods, Belk’s, Bellefonte Country Club, Best Western Motel in Russell, Century 21, Fields Flowers, Giovanni’s, Identity, IHop, J&J Restaurant, Moe’s Grill, Paramount Arts Center, Penn Station, Pollock’s Jewelers, Steen Funeral Home, Texas Road House, Tim Horton and Tomorrow Interior’s with Tim Quade.

Barbara Byington Creech. Class of 1953, A shland High School

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On behalf of the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce and the Bluefield Coal Show, we thank the exhibitors and attendees who participated in the recent 20th biennial show. More than 240 exhibitors showcased their products and services during the three-day event.

The coal industry faces many challenges in the coming months and years as increased and stifling regulations are imposed by the federal government, and less costly forms of energy are being produced. These issues were highlighted during the show by speakers.

Volunteers, sponsors and exhibitors make the Bluefield Coal Show the success it has always been. An amazing effort is put forth by all of those involved and the community as a whole. We look forward to seeing everyone again Sept. 16 through 18, 2015, for the next Bluefield Coal Show “A Coal Show for Coal People.”

Charles A. Peters,

General chairman

George McGonagle, Chairman of the board, Bluefield Coal Show, Bluefield, W.Va.

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