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Weirton Lions Club making plans for wine-tasting April 29

WEIRTON — Weirton Lions Club members are bringing back an event from their past — a collaboration with the Tri-State Winemakers Club — for a wine-tasting night.

It will be held April 29 from 6 pm to 9 pm at the Weirton American Legion Hall at 3140 Pennsylvania Ave. Several winemakers will be on hand to showcase their homemade wines.

Tickets are available for purchase from any Weirton Lion Club member or by calling Gary Pitcock at (304) 797-8374. Tickets will be available at the door the evening of the event.

The cost is $15 per person and includes a wine glass, a variety of finger foods and door prizes. There will be a 50-50 drawing and a Chinese auction.

All proceeds from the wine-tasting are earmarked for Weirton Lions Club community projects such as purchase of eye exams and glasses for Weirton area residents; donations to local organizations to assist with the needs of the homeless or underprivileged; and childhood cancer concerns.

Anyone interested in joining the Lions Club can contact Lions President Gary Pitcock at 304-797-8374.

Weirton Lions meet on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Giovanni’s Restaurant at 6:30 pm

Brilliant native named finalist for Dashiell Hammett Award

GALENA, Ohio — Award-winning novelist and Brilliant native Robin Yocum has been named a finalist for the 2021 Dashiell Hammett Award for his mystery, “The Sacrifice of Lester Yates.”

The announcement was made recently by the North American Chapter of the International Association of Crime Writers, which sponsors the award. Yocum is one of five finalists for the award.

“It’s a little humbling to be a finalist for the Hammett, which has such a rich history and an impressive list of past winners and finalists,” commented Yocum, who is known for his fiction set in the Ohio River Valley.

“The Sacrifice of Lester Yates” was his sixth novel and the sequel to “Favorite Sons,” which was named the 2012 USA Book News Book of the Years for mystery/suspense. His novel of him, “A Brilliant Death,” was a finalist for the 2017 Edgar Allan Poe Award and the Silver Falchion Award for best mystery.

The award is named for famed crime novelist Dashiell Hammett, who penned such classic novels as “The Maltese Falcon” and “The Thin Man.”

Yocum is a former reporter with the Columbus Dispatch who now operates Yocum Communications, a public relations and marketing firm, in Galena.

The other finalists are SA Cosby for “Razorblade Tears,” William Deverell for “stung,” James Kestrel for “Five Decembers” and Colson Whitehead for “Harlem Shuffle.”

Railroaders invited to attend

breakfast meeting thursday

CHESTER — All railroaders are invited to attend a breakfast meeting at EJ’s Restaurant, located at 807 Carolina Ave., set for Thursday at 11 am

All retired and current railroaders and crafts are welcome to attend the get-togethers that are held on the third Thursday of the month at 11 am at EJ’s.

Questions can be directed to Rocco at (330) 853-3045.

Brooke and Hancock Democrat meet the candidates Saturday

FOLLANSBEE — The Democratic Executive Committees of Brooke and Hancock counties and the Democratic Women’s Clubs of Brooke and Hancock counties will host a Meet the Candidate event on Saturday at 2:30 pm

The event will be held in the Follansbee Community House with refreshments being served. Democratic candidates for the US House of Representatives, W.Va. state Senate, W.Va. House of Delegates, county commissioner, county clerk and circuit court clerk will be in attendance.

Because of the large field of candidates, nonpartisan candidates for local boards of education will not be included.

Brooke County Senior Center offering bingo and lunch

FOLLANSBEE — The Brooke County Senior Center, at 948 Main St., hosts bingos from noon to 3 pm each Wednesday and Friday.

Lunch also is served there at 11:30 am Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with lunches available for take out from 11 am to 11:30 am Tuesday and Thursday.

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