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 Honky Tonk Sweethearts

concert at Brilliant American Legion

Brilliant American Legion and Brilliant American Legion Auxiliary will host the Honky Tonk Sweethearts at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 14.

Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the Brilliant American Legion at 740-598-4853, by emailing to Brilliant AL573@gmail.com or sending a message on Facebook.

There will be prizes. Proceeds will benefit veterans and veterans’ organizations. The event sponsor is Modern Woodmen of America.

History of OVAC


at Lunch

With Books

Thomas Rataiczak, executive director of the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference, will present a history of the OVAC, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, at noon Tuesday, Jan. 16, at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library,

By 1943, a demand had arisen for an athletic conference that would help stimulate and promote a more lucrative program of competitive high school athletics in the upper Ohio Valley. Today, the OVAC is the largest and most functional high school conference of its kind in the United States with a total of 51 schools supplying the upper Ohio Valley with over 12,000 athletes in the various competitive athletic areas.

Rataiczak, a Bellaire native, serves as executive director of the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference, the largest functional high school athletic conference in the United States, a position he has held for 19 years. In addition to running the conference and its programs, he also oversees the OVAC Hall of Fame and the OVAC Sports Museum, both located in WesBanco Arena. Previous to that, he served as a teacher at Bellaire High School for 32 years, researching and developing a comprehensive set of records for the various athletic teams.

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch, and complimentary beverages are provided.

Call the Ohio County Public Library at 304-232-0244  or visit the library’s website at www.ohiocountylibrary.org  for more information. 

Mountain Stage

live on stage

at WVU

The University Arts Series rings in the New Year with Mountain Stage Sunday, Jan. 14, at the WVU Creative Arts Center.

The show, which gets underway at 7 p.m., will include performances by John Oates, of Hall & Oates fame; Tyminski; Lilly Hiatt; Danny Barnes and Bil Lepp.

Tickets are on sale at the Mountainlair and CAC box offices, online at Ticketmaster. com and by phone at 304-293-7469 and 800-745-3000.

Hall & Oates recorded 21 albums, selling more than 80 million units. The duo has 10 No. 1 records, more than 20 Top 40 hits and have toured the world. “Maneater,” “Kiss On My List,” “Private Eyes” and many more of Hall & Oates’ hits are rock classics. Since embarking on his solo career in 1999, Oates has recorded five solo albums. His latest, “Arkansas,” is due for release next year. The album, originally inspired by the music and legacy of the legendary Mississippi John Hurt, grew to include other artists and styles that represent the dawn of American popular music.

Tyminski (Dan Tyminski) is a 14-time Grammy Award-winner and one of the premier vocalists in modern acoustic music. He is also a 25-year member of Alison Krauss’ band Union Station and the singing voice of George Clooney’s character in the film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” for which he won two of his Grammys — Best Country Collaboration with Vocals (“I am a Man of Constant Sorrow”) and Album of the Year (the film’s soundtrack).

Hiatt is a fixture of Nashville’s indie scene with a knack for rootsy sounds and smart, unpretentious songs. Hiatt is the daughter of John Hiatt, one of America’s leading songwriters. Her third album “Trinity Lane” was recently named to Rolling Stone’s list of the 40 Best Country and Americana Albums of 2017. “Trinity Lane” is an album of personal truths; a collection of songs that take stock of where Hiatt has been, where she’s going and the challenges she’s weathered to get there. Rolling Stone calls Hiatt a rocker with a way of finding the just-right lyrical detail.

Barnes is a banjo-playing innovator who’s earned high praise from everybody from Bill Frisell and Dave Mathews to Steve Martin. Martin presented Barnes with the 2015 Prize for Excellence in Banjo in 2015. Barnes came up as a member of the groundbreaking Austin band The Bad Livers and has since enjoyed a two-decade solo career experimenting with electronic music, jazz, old-time string band music and more.

Lepp is a storyteller, author and recording artist whose works have received awards and recognition from The Parents’ Choice Foundation, The National Parenting Publications Association and the Public Library Association. Lepp is a five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest. His outrageous, humorous tall tales and witty stories have earned him the appreciation of listeners of all ages and from all walks of life.

Mountain Stage with Larry Groce is produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting. The live radio show is taped for air on more than 200 National Public Radio stations across America.

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