UMC sets ‘Conversations That Matter’ TED Talk

The Wilmington United Methodist Church will kick off a monthly series of “Conversations That Matter” on Monday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. in at the church. Community members are invited to gather to see a video of a nationally renowned speaker deliver a “TED Talk” on a topic which impacts our community and communities around the world.

Structured table conversations and refreshments will follow the presentations which range from 10 minutes to 20 minutes in length. Topics will include peacemaking, race, diversity, health care, education, poverty, drug abuse, and gun violence. Starting in October, “Conversations That Matter” will be held on the third Thursday of each month.

The first TED Talk will feature 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi on the topic, “How to make peace? Get angry!” How did a young man born into a high caste in India come to free 83,000 children from slavery? The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate offers a surprising piece of advice to anyone who wants to change the world for the better: Get angry at injustice.

Pet adoptions, activities at Tractor Supply

The Tractor Supply Co. store in Wilmington will host activities for families and their pets, including pet adoptions, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19 as part of Pet Appreciation Week. Pet Appreciation Week, or P.A.W., is Tractor Supply’s annual event to celebrate pet owners and their furry friends.

“There’s a vast number of healthy dogs and cats just waiting to be adopted, and Pet Appreciation Week is our chance to help these pets find homes,” said Carl Allen, manager of the Wilmington store. “By partnering with our great local nonprofits, we’re able to match families with great pets and help those families start pet ownership on the right foot — or paw.”

As part of the main event on Sept. 19, Tractor Supply will feature pet adoptions, demonstrations on pet nutrition, drawings for $200 worth of gift cards, and giveaways, including tennis balls and pet food mats while supplies last.

All Pet Appreciation Week events are open to the public — and pets — and will take place at Tractor Supply at 1627 Rombach Avenue, Suite B.

In addition to finding good homes for dogs and cats, Saturday’s adoption events will also raise awareness of the importance of spaying and neutering pets and provide information on proper pet care and nutrition.

Several activities will take place during the main event, including Pet Adoption and Bake Sale.

Community partner for this year’s Pet Appreciation Week include is A 2nd Chance Pet Adoptions.

Contact the Tractor Supply store at 937-382-2595 for pet adoption details and other planned activities.

Joy Fagan keynote at Soul Sisters 2015

Join a community of women ninth grade and up for a day of fellowship, celebration, and refreshment presented by the Soul Sisters. It will be Saturday, Oct. 3 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The Murphy Theatre in Wilmington.

Keynote speaker is Dr. Joy Fagan, founder of Safe Harbor House, dedicated to creating an environment that empowers at-risk women toward healing and wholeness and equips them for productive and quality living.

Continental breakfast and T-shirt are provided with registration, which will take place 8-9 a.m. Cost is $25. You may register and pay online through Facebook at

Following the 8-9 a.m. period will be: morning worship/keynote address; workshops/breakout sessions; lunch on your own; afternoon workshops/breakout sessions; and closing worship/keynote address. Vendors will be available with lunch deals and gifts.

‘Crossover’ educational, book event at Damon’s

Joseph and Jamell Ponder are Ohio brothers in writing and authorship of the book and planned movie project, “The Crossover That Won The Game.” A special book signing and promotional event will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27 at Damon’s Grill and Sports Bar in Wilmington. Mayor Randy Riley will speak.

“At a time where our nation is at odds and unrest over everything from racial and political upsets involving our criminal justice system and the youth of our infrastructure, this story/movie project could shine a bright light on an otherwise obscure setting,” a representative of the brothers said. “Hedging together arch themes and sub-themes that encourage anti-bullying laws and forgiveness.

“Jamell and Joseph Ponder’s story of learning structure and moral values on and off the court utilizing basketball as the instrumental tool of learning and getting the point across that perseverance, believing in one’s self and developing and maintaining a good attitude no matter what life serves up is a very positive event to share and post about.”

The goal of the completed project is to “provide a relative and entire tutorial resource that can be introduced into educational forums to household environments eg. practical small group settings to one-on-one teacher-to-student reference as well as household reading materials.” There are future plans for an video game application on I-Tunes.

Sen. Peterson sets local office hours

State Senator Bob Peterson (R-Sabina) will hold district office hours at the Wilmington Public Library on Monday, Sept. 21 to meet with Clinton County residents.

“District office hours provide constituents an opportunity to share ideas about ways that state government can better serve the needs of their families and our community,” said Peterson. “I am interested in hearing suggestions and expressing those concerns with my colleagues in the state legislature.”

No appointment is necessary. Office hours with Sen. Peterson and/or his staff will be held 10-11 a.m. Sept. 21 at the Wilmington Public Library at 268 N. South St.

If you have any questions, please contact Senator Peterson’s office by phone at (614) 466-8156 or by e-mail at [email protected].

Sen. Peterson hosts annual event at farm

State Sen. Bob Peterson invites the community out to his farm for the seventh Annual Peterson Fall Fest 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4. The Fall Fest is $50 per family or $25 per person.

This one-of-a-kind fundraiser includes activities for the entire family. Expect hayrides, punkin’ chunkin’, kettle corn over the open fire, antique apple cider pressing, activities for the kids, barbecue pork dinner, plus lots of food, fun and fellowship.

The Peterson Farm is located at 5564 Grassy Branch Road, Sabina.

Hales Branch, Frazier roads open

The railroad crossing work on Hales Branch Road as well as Frazier Road is now complete and both roads are now open, according to the Clinton County Engineer’s Office.