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Union Educational Complex has released the names of those students who have attained the principal’s list (3.5-4.0+ GPA), and the honor roll (3.0-3.45 GPA) for the second semester.

PRINCIPAL’S LIST Third grade: Braylon Ward Fourth grade: Gwendolyn Cummings, Kylar Lewis, Brandon Moreland, Lillian Pennington, Arya Teets and John Willis.

Fifth grade: Cassidy Aronhalt 4.0, Samuel Jones, Haley Judy 4.0, Alaska Kitzmiller, Miranda Martin 4.0, Chelsea Moreland, Lexi Stahl, Chanelle Sutton and Jacob Wolfe.

Sixth grade: Joshua Burdock, Bailey Evans, Katelyn Greaser, Madison Howell, Patience Moreland, Andrea Murphy, Bradlee Parish and Brianna Schell.

Seventh grade: Clarissa Chapman 4.0, Xander Cummings, Alena Droppleman, Tyler Greaser, Alexandria Jones, Madison Kitzmiller, Brianna Martin, Laticia Moreland, Victoria Seabolt and Kaylee Wolfe.

Eighth grade: Olivia Bomboy 4.0, Willow Cutter 4.0, Brianna Greaser, Peyton Haines, Isabella Harvey, Bridgette Knapp, Alyson Streets, Hailee Whitacre and Riley Wolfe.

10th grade: Jonathan Collette, Hannah Everett, Dalton Lough 4.0 and Alexia Palmer.

11th grade: Kane Baker, Crissa Friend, Logan Kuhn, Skylar Simmons and Brooke Uphold 4.0.


Third grade: David Kitzmiller, Ashley McGowen, Paizlee Delaney, Hailey Hardesty, and Bladen Oberholzer.

Fourth grade: Chanda Gaither, Wesley Jones, Eric Linkswiler, Megyn Stahl and Corbin Streets.

Fifth grade: Mason Dewitt, Cheyanne Palmer, Kendra Snow and Jaiden Thomas.

Sixth grade: Madison Gaither, McKenzie Howell and Dakota Wolfe.

Seventh grade: Cody Day.

Eighth grade: Shawn Getz, Andrew Miller and Kirsten Van- meter.

Ninth grade: Mackenzi Arnold, Tahner Breeden, Kaitlyn Dawson, Candace Palmer and Kacey Scudder.

10th grade: Chasity Broadwater and Trevor Kitzmiller.

11th grade: Ethan Broadwater and Storm Neel.

A Second Chance
Katlynn T. Lahman, 10th,

She picked herself up off the ground and dusted the dirt from her black jeans as a black hooded figure stepped toward her. The two looked at each other with blank expressions

“You’re early,” Death finally said. He sighed heavily as his gaze moved to her feet. There laid her body, broken and lifeless. In the distance, several people screamed and cried from the bridge above them

“Well? Are you ready?” he asked her, holding out one of his long, skeletal hands to her. She was too focused on her body to hear him, though. Death had seen the look on her face too many times before. It was a look of sorrow, worry, and mostly regret. He placed that same hand on her shoulder as a stray tear fell. “Why?” he asked.

“Why what?” she answered, her eyes never moving from the corpse.

“Why jump? You’re young. You’ve got your whole life ahead of you, “ he pushed.

“You mean the one where nobody cares what I want? The one where I have to step out of line in order for people to listen to me? Even then, no one cares what happens as long as I don’t do it again.”

“That’s the one,” Death said. “There must be someone in your life that’s different.”

“I have a dog. Does that count?”

“No, I mean a person who’s always there for you.”

I used to have a boyfriend. His name was David, but he died a few years ago.”

“How so?”

Olivia shuffled her feet as the conversation became uncomfortable. David’s death was a touchy subject for her and she had tried her best not to think about it. “He was driving to his parents’ house one night. It was raining, so the roads weren’t that great. I don’t know exactly what happened, but he was going down the side of a mountain when a tree fell in front of him They said that he panicked and went through the guard-rail.”

“I remember him,” Death said. “He was so confused. One minute, he was tumbling down the side of the mountain. The next, he was looking at the wreckage from the outside of the car. Once the fact that he was dead had sunk in, he begged me not to take him. That he was leaving behind too many loved ones and how devastated they would be when they got the call.”

“He was right, you know.”

“I never said he wasn’t. I told him that, under normal circumstances, I could have given him back his life. However, there wasn’t enough left to repair. He wouldn’t have even made it to the hospital had I done it. Did you ever meet anyone after that?”

“A few, but none of them ever stayed.”

Death took a moment to ponder everything they had said. Suicide is a major decision, but it seemed as though Olivia had plenty of reason to do it. He looked up at the bridge where the sad and terrified screams were now being drowned out by the wail of an ambulance siren.

People were leaning over the rail and pointing at poor Olivia’s corpse. Then, an idea came to him. “What about tomorrow?” he asked her. She was confused. “What about it?” she questioned.

“You never know. What if tomorrow, you were to meet someone like David? Someone who cared and loved you just as much as him, if not more.” Now, she was even more confused. “What are you talking about? Won’t I still be dead?” “Maybe not. I wasn’t able to give David a second chance, but what if I could give you one? “The fall may have killed you, but you aren’t completely broken. There’s enough left of your body that you could make it to the hospital and recover. Unless, of course, you’d rather see what the afterlife has in store for you now.”

This was a harder decision than it should’ve been. On one hand, she could go back to her life and hope that life would be better once she recovered. On the other hand, her life was miserable before, so who’s to say that it wouldn’t be just as bad if she continued to live.

Decisions, decisions. At this point, the ambulance and paramedics were making their way down the steep slope towards the body. “I can’t wait forever,” Death chimed, “if you’re going to do it, I need to know now.”

She glanced between Death’s now outstretched hand and her own body. The paramedics vere now checking her pulse and performing CPR. If she was going to give life another go, it was now or never. Olivia took a deep breath and gave Death a nod. By the look on her face, he knew exactly what her decision was.

Sixty-five years later, Death strolled onto the old, wood porch of a quaint, little house. In a nearby, still rocking chair sat an old woman. “Ah, finally right on time,” he said with a certain twinge of satisfactory in his voice.

“Long time, no see. How have you been?” she asked him. “I’ve been fine. How about you? Better than before, I hope.”

“Much better than before.” “That’s wonderful to hear.

So, are you ready to go this time?”

She chuckled at his words as they both stood up, the old woman leaving her body in the chair. “Yes, I believe so.”

“Are sure? Those grandkids of yours might not agree.”

“Oh, don’t worry about them. I’ll see them again soon enough,” she laughed as she stepped off the porch, gazing at the white light before her.

“Then, let’s not wait any longer, Olivia, “ he stated as he held out his hand to her. She took his hand and looked into his hollow eyes. This time, when Death stared back at her, he saw no hint of sadness or pain. This time, her eyes held peace as they walked towards the light together.

The BoweryThe youth from Brake Church of the Brethren traveled to Manhatten, N.Y. last week to serve at the Bowery Mission, which helps the city’s large homeless population.

While there the group was responsible for unloading trucks of food and putting it away, food preparation and cooking, setup and cleaning of the dining area, organizing and distributing clothing, taking part in the mission’s chapel service and helping to serve lunch and distribute groceries in a park nearby.

They stayed at the mission and after work had the opportunity to visit some of the city’s landmarks including Ground Zero.

Going on the trip were Logan Champ, Mackenzie Weasenforth, Lauren Alt, Lanie Porter, Chad Vance, Patrick Alt, Ethan VanMeter, Denise VanMeter, Rachel Allen, Cameron Funkhouser, Dakota Boley, Levi Alt, Valerie Goff, Chasity Alt, Josey Alt and Pastor Craig Howard

smiling4h4HThe West Virginia University Extension Service hosted their second week of 4-H camp at Echo Park in Grant County last week. The second week is open to younger campers and included a day trip to Blackwater Falls.

Campers participated in multiple outdoor recreational courses as well as educational programs. One of the programs included a speaker who used songs to teach the campers about health and fitness.

The campers also participated in daily arts and crafts courses, including designing and painting decorative rocks.

Later in the week, the camp also welcomed the youngest 4-H campers, the Clover Buds to spend a day at the camp. Clover Buds are children under the age of nine who are too young to attend the overnight camps.

The camp shared the same Wizard of Oz theme as the week before.

There will be puppet shows and crafters galore at the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center and Sites Homestead this weekend.

On Saturday, June 23, from 1-3 p.m., Linda Zimmer from Mill Creek will present two performances of a special mar- ionette show, “When Pigs Fly.” Her puppets are made of native hardwoods and each creation is a unique character. Her performances will be in the SRDC children’s area.

Also, crafter Alan Miller, from ALMAR Creations will be at the Discovery Center giving demonstrations on white oak bark basketry. His baskets will be available for sale.

The Sites Homestead will have Tea in the Garden. Come enjoy some refreshments while strolling through the gardens of the Sites Homestead.

Then Sunday, June 24, Miller will be at the Discovery Center giving demonstrations.

The Seneca Rocks Discovery Center is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information call 304- 567-2827.

Pendleton Community Bank was recently presented with the FHLBank Pittsburgh Pillars of theCommunityAward in recognition of the bank’s commitment to community revitalization. The Pillars award is FHLBank’s highest organizational honor and is presented annually to select FHLBank members.

Pendleton Community Bank, headquartered in Franklin, received the award at one of FHLBank’s regional member events. Kristina K. Williams, FHLBank’s chief operating officer, spoke at the event about the bank’s community achievements. William A. Loving, president and CEO of Pendleton Community Bank, accepted the award on behalf of the bank.

“It is a great honor for Pendleton Community Bank to be selected for FHLBank Pitts- burgh’s Pillars of the Community Award,” said Loving. “This award is a great recognition of the efforts and dedication our team members and, by extension, the bank puts forth each and every day to make our communities better places to work and live. This dedication and desire is the heartbeat of every community bank and banker across this great nation, and I am grateful for the resources provided by the FHLBanks to help us fulfill our desire. For, without that collaboration, this cherished recognition would not be possible.”

As part of the award, FHLBank presented a $1,000 check on Pendleton Community Bank’s behalf to Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity, whose mission is to build and repair homes in partnership with families in need.

An active member of the FHLBank cooperative, Pendleton Community Bank celebrated in 2017 the completion of two community development projects funded with dollars from FHLBank’s Affordable Housing Program. The projects provided six new homes to Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity families.

Pendleton Community Bank also assisted several small businesses with financing from the Banking On Business product in 2017.

Additionally, Pendleton Community Bank made good use of disaster relief funding from FHLBank, providing grants to help 10 homeowners repair their homes or purchase new homes following historic flooding in WestVirginia.

“Pendleton Community Bank is committed to strengthening communities, and its support of affordable housing, small businesses and disaster relief shows just how deep that commitment is,” said Winthrop Watson, FHLBank Pittsburgh’s president and CEO. “We are proud to have Pendleton Community Bank as part of our membership cooperative.”

St. Marys
Kevin McDonald turns the first shovel of dirt for the addition with parish priest Fr. Manuel Gelido accompanied by Thomas Parisi.

A groundbreaking ceremony was conducted June 10, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Grant Street, with the Rev. Manuel Gelido officiating the ceremony on the north lawn.

Kevin McDonald, president of St. Mary’s Parish Council, fulfilled the duties of “reader” and turned the first shovel of earth.

The church bell, that had not been rung for approximately 40 years, was also tolled.

The new addition, which will be approximately 1,700 square feet, will enlarge the existing sanctuary and provide a separate building and entrance. Included in the design are a narthex, kitchenette, storage, vestibule, sacristy and restrooms.

The principal contractor is Eby Builders LLC.

The original church was built in the early 1900s at Kessel, and was in 1971, was disassembled and relocated in Petersburg.

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