News in Brief – 9/3/09

Published 10:11 am Thursday, September 3, 2009

Fall Festival set for this Saturday

COAL GROVE – Memorial United Methodist Church in Coal Grove will have its annual fall festival and block party noon – 4 p.m. Saturday at the church.

The church hosts the annual event as a way of reaching out to the community that surrounds it.“We provide the food, the entertainment,” Pastor Brad Jenkins said. “It’s a nice afternoon of Christian fellowship with one another, serving one another as we are called to do.” Two new groups will perform this year. Barefoot Beautiful will perform at noon. Six O’Clock Thursday will perform at 2 p.m.

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There will be inflatables, a watermelon eating contest, a dunk tank and other activities.

There will be hot dogs, soup beans and corn bread and homemade cakes and pies.

Seniors can get job experience

PORTSMOUTH — Area residents who are 55 or older and unemployed can take advantage of a variety of programs at the Senior Employment Center, 733 Third St., Suite 1, Portsmouth.

There you can get work experience with a not-for-profit agency for 20 hours a week while you are looking for work. You can also upgrade your job skills.

This is an income-based program and income information is requested on applications.

For more information contact the Senior Employment Center at 1-866-734-2301 or call the World Force Development Resource Center at (740) 532-3140 Ext. 241.

Shareholders approve Premier Financial acquisition

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Premier Financial Bancorp says shareholders have approved its acquisition of Washington, D.C.-based rival Abigail Adams National Bancorp.

Huntington-based Premier says in a regulatory filing it expects the deal to close Oct. 1, which marks the start of the fourth quarter.

The document filed Tuesday afternoon says Premier still needs approval for an investment of up to $24.1 million in federal bailout funds from the U.S. Treasury.

Premier originally announced the plan to acquire Adams for $10.9 million on Dec. 31.

The combined company would have more than $1.1 billion in assets and banks in Washington, D.C., Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.

See ‘Broadway on Winchester’ Friday

ASHLAND, Ky. — Come take a “B.O.W.” on First Friday with Red Lion’s “Broadway On Winchester”! Starting this First Friday and continuing every First Friday henceforth, Red Lion will feature talented local singers, musicians, and performers showcasing the best of Broadway’s past and present.

Each show will run about an hour long and will be on the 2nd Floor of 1301 Winchester Avenue in Ashland, Kentucky (across from the Paramount).

Come dance to music of Mamma Mia! and HAIRSPRAY! Rock out to the majestic sounds of Rock of Ages and RENT! And get lost listening to Wicked, Aida, The Last 5 Years, Shrek The Musical, and many more as Drew Adams, Tad Barker, Tyler Bradley, Caroline Clay, Kory Helmick, Justin Kelly, Shandi Pritt, Taylor Schaffer, and Chelsea Turner perform.

General admission is just $3 and Students and seniors cost $2!

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