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Tuesday, September 17, 2013 Local Sports Inside See page 8 l 50 Cents Volume 144 Steps toward the vision - Teays Valley Church of God Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Melissa Pratt looks toward the road she will walk weeks from now. The four-day journey will lead her through every town and city in Putnam County. Photo by Justin Waybright A Walk of Faith By Justin Waybright HURRICANE - Teays Valley Church of God's vision is moving across Putnam County, literally. Starting Oct. 7, Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Melissa Pratt will lace up her Nike tennis shoes and trek more than 64 miles. During her 4-day journey, the local church leader will pray over every area community she passes through. Pratt's steps will be ordered by God, she said. "I want to make an impact," the pastor said. "I want to talk to people about the Lord, their life and encourage them to set goals - with God's help they can achieve them." The local woman will soon prove this. She will begin on W. Va. 34 and walk to U.S. 60 to the county line at St. Albans. The second day, Pratt will begin at the Cabell County line in CulSEE FAITH ON PAGE 5 HOW TO REACH US PHONE: (304) 743-6731 FAX: (304) 562-6214 l Issue 35 9/11: They Will Never Forget By Justin Waybright WINFIELD - Twelve years ago the world stopped. On that Tuesday morning in September, 2,996 lives ended in one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in history. On Sept. 11, 2013, the wind whispered through the trees in Putnam County. Birds flocked together. A silent calm swept over the courthouse in Winfield. At 10 a.m., members of American Legion Post 187 gathered to honor the lives lost during 9-11 attacks. The sense of unhindered peace overtook the entrance of the courthouse while legion member Kenny Bright spoke. "On Sept. 11, our lives were changed...our world was changed forever," he said. "Terrorists attacked thousands of unsuspect- They will never forget - The men of Winfield American Legion Post 187 prepare for a 21-gun salute during a 9/11 ceremony Wednesday morning at the Putnam County Courthouse. Photo by Justin Waybright ing men and women on a typical Tuesday." Bright continued, "What shocked us the most was our way of life was attacked - our freedom - our democracy." More than 20 area residents SEE 9/11 ON PAGE 10 HealthSmart holds Ribbon Cutting By Kelly Stadelman Kim Douglas’ passion to provide healthier options for her family sparked an idea for the next chapter in her life. With the help of her husband, Tim, and children, Kara Hager and TJ Douglas, she opened HealthSmart on July 6. “This is something I’ve always wanted to do,” Kim Douglas said. “I visited the HealthSmart store in Beckley and decided that Teays Valley needed a store full of all natural and organic products.” The health store located along Teays Valley Road has shelves stocked with a wide variety of protein bars, vitamins, supple- HealthSmart in Teays Valley located at Teays Corner, Hurricane celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Putnam County Chamber. Attending the ceremony were, left to right, Putnam County Clerk Brian Wood, Linda French, Kara Hager, HealthSmart owner Kim Douglas, Hurricane Planning and Tourism Director Brenda Campbell, Sara Miller and Chamber Project Director Gretchen White. ments, minerals and cleanses. It also features a large selection of natural and organic health and beauty products, essential oils and organic and gluten-free food and beverages. “We get requests everyday from customers for new organic and gluten-free food products,” she said. “We already have a large inventory but I take requests and will continue to add to it.” Sara Miller was shopping with her mother, Linda French, prior to the ribbon cutting ceremony. Both are very happy about having a local health store that carries numerous organic and natural products. “I was here last week and couldn’t wait to come back and bring my mom,” Miller said. “I could spend hours in here looking at all of their products.” One specialty item in particuHEALTHSMART ON PAGE 7 The Putnam Standard VISIT US ONLINE AT: WWW.THEPUTNAMSTANDARD.COM

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