News in brief – 9/29/11

Published 9:44 am Thursday, September 29, 2011

W.Va. school gets $5M grant to help unemployed

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Mountwest Community and Technical College has received a $5 million federal grant to help unemployed workers find jobs.

U.S. Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin and Congressman Nick Rahall announced the grant from the Department of Labor on Wednesday.

The lawmakers say the Huntington school will provide job training targeted to specific industry needs in high-tech fields such as transportation and health care.

Applebutter festival set for Saturday

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Beford South Point Ford and The Saturday Night Jamboree, Inc. presents their Fourth Annual Applebutter Festival on Saturday behind the fountain in Huntington’s Ritter Park from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.

The Proctorville Masonic Lodge will make applebutter. There will be craft and food vendors, inflatables for the children, big time wrestling, karaoke and lots of entertainment from Jay Walker, Donna Cunningham, Bridget Reynolds, Jesse Crawford, Lonnie Adkins and an Elvis impersonator. Bring a lawn chair.

For more information call Sandra Ruggles at 740-894-6552.

Zombie Walk will raise money for shelter pets

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Little Victories Animal Rescue will host a Zombie Walk on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Pullman Square in Huntington.

The event is associated with World Wide Zombie Day where nonprofits all over the world host a zombie walk to raise money or food for their charity.

The proceeds from this event will benefit the animals at Little Victories farm.

All ages are welcome and the public, as well as their dogs, is invited to come dressed as zombies. Registering starts at 4 p.m.

The walk will begin at 6 p.m. and follow a route down Third Avenue and end at Veterans Memorial Boulevard There will also be a brain eating contest, fortune telling, your picture in a coffin and the crowning of the King and Queen of the Zombies.

There will also be food, music and entertainment provided by B97.1’s Morning Show Host “Woody,” and other fun.

The group is also competing for the Guinness Book of Records number of the most zombies at an event, currently held by New Jersey. More details may be found on the Little Victories web site at

The public may enter the event by pre-registering online or by signing up at the event. Please email with any questions. Groups are encouraged to raise funds for the event.

Belk famous charity sale coming Nov. 5

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It’s that time of year again when hundreds of non-profit organizations race to participate in the semi-annual Belk Charity Sale on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 6-10 a.m.

The four-hour shopping sale directly benefits non-profit charities and schools, allowing them to keep 100 percent of each $5 ticket sold, while providing shoppers an opportunity to save 20 to 70 percent off purchases that day on seldom discounted merchandise.

“Belk is committed to being involved in our communities and supporting causes important to our customers,” said Jessica Graham, vice president, communications and community relations at Belk. “Each Belk Charity Sale offers us the opportunity to reach thousands of nonprofits across our footprint and to help them raise much needed funds.”

Belk Charity Sale tickets are available now to participating nonprofit organizations for sale in advance of the event. Organizations keep 100 percent of each $5 ticket sold. There is no limit to the number of tickets charities can sell, or to the amount of money, they can raise. Belk provides tickets and informational materials at no cost to each participating organization.

Beginning Friday, Oct. 28, tickets may also be purchased at Belk stores with all revenues from in-store ticket sales equally divided among participating non-profits and schools at each local store.

On the morning of the Belk Charity Sale, participating non-profits and schools at each Belk location will register to win one of three $1,000 donations from Belk.

In 2010 Belk’s Charity Sale raised more than $9.5 million for hundreds of participating charitable organizations.

Charity representatives interested in taking part in this one-of-a-kind fundraising event should contact their local Belk store manager for more information. In order to participate in the Belk Charity Sale, organizations must have an IRS Section 501(c)(3) designation from the Internal Revenue Service.

How can your favorite non-profit get involved? Simply call or contact the Belk store nearest you for details. or, for more information about Belk Charity Fall 2011 visit