Athens-Concord Town Social, Lots of Fun for the Community

For Immediate Release: 
Aug 07 2004

Athens-Concord Town Social, Lots of Fun for the Community

Athens, W.Va. –The 18th annual Athens-Concord Town Social was Sunday, August 8, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the front lawn of the Concord University campus.

Georgia Kelley, chair of the Athens-Concord Town Social Committee, welcomed guests to the event, and Ed Hartman served as emcee.

The Marsh Memorial Carillon was programmed by Mr. Jim Bartlett to play special music from 12:45-1:15 p.m.; and the entertainment, provided at no cost to the community, consisted of the Midnight Ramblers, Billy Goat Gruff and Sarcus.

Concord University President Jerry Beasley noted that Ed Hartman and the Midnight Ramblers have played “down-home, toe-tappin” music at the Town Social for the past seven years. He then said that Ed continues to battle cancer, which is in remission. He presented the “Extra Miler Award” to Mr. Hartman and the Midnight Ramblers for their continued dedication to the Town Social. He also presented a $500 scholarship from the Athens-Concord Town Social committee to be awarded to the Appalachian Highlands Music Association in honor of Mr. Hartman.

Dr. Beasley announced that Robert C. Whittinghill was selected as the recipient of the “2004 Total Community Involvement Award.” Mr. Whittinghill has served Concord University as a member of the faculty, faculty senate and as a representative on the statewide advisory board. He is a member of the Athens Lions Club and the Mercer County Fire Board.

The Concord president also announced the winners of two scholarships from the Committee. The recipients were Elizabeth Bailey and Dereck White, who will be attending Concord University. They will receive $500 scholarships.

Mayor Robert Richardson presented the “Elder Citizen” award to Alice James Moore. She is a descendent of one of the first families that settled in “Concord Church,” which was later re-named “Athens.” “I’m so pleased that Concord is now a university,” she stated. “I love this town and I love the University. This is my home,” she continued, “and, home is where the heart is.”

The Mayor also presented the “Business Longevity” award to Danny Ray Alvis, Contractor. Beginning 30 years ago, in 1974, he began his own construction company. He works in the Athens and Princeton communities.

Mayor Richardson read a resolution from the Athens Town Council and the Athens-Concord Town Social committee to John Paul Blankenship, a student at Concord University and the WVIAC Athlete of the Year in track and field, as well as a six-time member of the University’s Dean’s List.

Rebecca Payton, past president of the Athens Women’s Club, presented the “Outstanding Citizens Award” to Rosalie Peck, and the “Town Beautification Award” to Ted and Anne Kessinger, who live on West Broadway Street.

BB&T and First Community Bank, with branches in Athens, sponsored the gifts that were given to attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis, as well as the t-shirts. Aramark provided the food.


PHOTO: Alice James Moore received the “Elder Citizen” award from Athens Mayor Robert Richardson.


The committee for the 2004 Athens-Concord Town Social is: Chair Georgia Kelley, Co-chair/Treasurer Jean Beasley, Vice Chair Anne O’Sullivan, Secretary Pat Edge, Mary Edna Beckett, Kevin Bennington, Tom Bone, Sharon Griffee, Jim Hardin, Bill Hodges, Lori Keaton, Randy Keaton, Anne Kessinger, Eddie Kessinger, Joyce Kessinger, Anita Lewis, Larry Mann, Margaret Ann Scott, Lynne White and Kati Whittaker.