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    Beckley Motor Speedway holds open practice

    Beckley Motor Speedway holds open practice

    Sunday, April 20 2014 9:27 AM EDT2014-04-20 13:27:12 GMT
    Today the Beckley Motor Speedway held an open practice for any racer who wanted to test out the track.Participants had to pay $10 and had from 11 AM to 3 PM to get their car on the track as many times as they wanted.I spoke with one racer who has been racing for a few years and he says there's nothing in the world like racing."Oh man, it's a rush. It's the best thing in the world. There's nothing like it," Tommy Blankenship said.Track officials said they heard the rumors also, that the track ...
    Today the Beckley Motor Speedway held an open practice for any racer who wanted to test out the track.Participants had to pay $10 and had from 11 AM to 3 PM to get their car on the track as many times as they wanted.I spoke with one racer who has been racing for a few years and he says there's nothing in the world like racing."Oh man, it's a rush. It's the best thing in the world. There's nothing like it," Tommy Blankenship said.Track officials said they heard the rumors also, that the track ...
  • One man shot early Saturday morning in Beckley

    One man shot early Saturday morning in Beckley

    Sunday, April 20 2014 5:43 AM EDT2014-04-20 09:43:44 GMT
         One man is in custody Saturday after a bar shooting in Raleigh County.
         One man is in custody Saturday after a bar shooting in Raleigh County.
  • Crews fight house fire in Fayette County for several hours Saturday

    Crews fight house fire in Fayette County for several hours Saturday

    Saturday, April 19 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-04-20 03:24:33 GMT
    Crews fought a house fire in Fayette County Saturday evening for several hours. 911 Dispatchers said the call came in of a house fire on Paint Creek Road near Pax around 6:30 p.m. Pax Fire Department and Bradley-Prosperity Fire Department responded along with several other crews. We're told no one was inside the home when the fire happened.
    Crews fought a house fire in Fayette County Saturday evening for several hours. 911 Dispatchers said the call came in of a house fire on Paint Creek Road near Pax around 6:30 p.m. Pax Fire Department and Bradley-Prosperity Fire Department responded along with several other crews. We're told no one was inside the home when the fire happened.

Groceries, Health Screenings and Live Entertainment will be handed out to families this summer. The name of the event is "Day of Hope," and it is planned for August 17 at 10 a.m., but before the distribution begins, there is a call going out for volunteers.

Planning for the "Day of Hope" begins on Monday, April 29.  Pastors of area churches and community leaders are asked to come out for a vision casting luncheon at noon or a reception at 7 p.m.  Those events will be held at Cross Point Church of God on Crescent Road in Beckley.  Those wish to attend the planning meeting need to contact the church by Friday, April 26.  The phone number there is 304-252-0717.

The "Day of Hope" will need around 750 volunteers from local churches, businesses and community organizations.  They plan to distribute 35,000 pounds of groceries at the Paul Cline Memorial Soccer Complex in Beckley.  Everyone who attends will have access to free health screenings, free lunch, live entertainment and a Kids Zone for the children.  The goal is offer hope by addressing both spiritual and physical needs.

This is the first year for this event and several churches have already signed on to help.  Those include Convoy of Hope, Calvary Assembly of God, Cross Point Church of God, Faith Community Church, Family Worship Center, First Baptist Church, First Christian Church and Heart of God Ministries