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Price’s novel set in Wellsville

If you’re a resident of Wellsville, you may very well wake up one day to find that your sleepy little town is the setting of Benjamin Price’s debut novel, Mormaer. Price soft released Mormaer in March 2021 for family and friends.

Superstition and legend have always resisted the embrace of metropolitan sophistication and authority. It is in the areas farthest removed, and in the forgotten black dots on maps that the truths of the old world are protected and passed down from generation to generation. Do you know who your neighbors are?

Mormaer is the story of Taggart O’Beolan, a Scottish sin eater who was cursed with rejuvenating abilities after consuming the sins of an immortal over 800 years prior. After many centuries and adventures, Taggart turns his back on the sacred ceremony and the immortality that each meal allows. Instead, he resigns himself to old age and the prospect of death. Only when his next-door neighbor is murdered and the orphaned daughter shows signs of the same ability does he finally change his mind. Together, Taggart and Vivian must escape the clutches of one of the Catholic Church’s oldest groups, The Order of the Thorne. Through their flight over states and continents, Vivian must learn how to use her abilities while her mentor seeks out those whose blood can fully restore him to youth, the Strix.

But the obscure Order of the Thorne isn’t the only threat that the pair face, there is a third player, who is just as dangerous.

Mormaer is available on Amazon and Kindle. ISBN 9798730873025

Originally from Highlandtown and a graduate of Southern Local, Price was overcome with wanderlust while in school and joined the United States Navy shortly after graduation. Fast-forwarding through time and space, past his service in the Army, and a multitude of other pursuits, he now calls Clarksville, Tennessee, home. When not working to support his writing and painting addictions, Benjamin can be found at home enduring the judgmental gaze of his feline roommate, Kit Kat.

New minister at Reading Church

HOMEWORTH — Paul Bozman was recently installed as minister of Reading Church of the Brethren in Homeworth.

Pastor Bozman is a graduate of Kent State University and the Ashland Theological Seminary. Since completing his degree, Bozman has served two Church of the Brethren congregations, Center Church of the Brethren in Louisville, and more recently the Akron Eastwood Church of the Brethren. Pastor Bozman was ordained for the ministry in 2014.

Paul Bozman and his family live in the Hartville area. Paul and his wife, Lynne, are both graduates of West Branch High School in Beloit. They are the parents of a teenage daughter, Mackenzie.

Bozman replaces Larry Bradley, who retired in 2020, after serving the congregation for 23 years.

Hicks & Hayseeds

The Hicks & Hayseeds 4-H club in Columbiana County met April 6. Members enjoyed a few rounds of bingo before the meeting started. The meeting began with pledges, then the agenda and future clinic dates were announced.

To finish the evening, the members saw demonstrations from Emma VonFeldt, Abby Knoedler and Carrie Knoedler. Emma’s demonstration was on the grading of eggs, from AA, A, B, C and D. Abby spoke about how to set up a good environment for raising chicks. Carrie’s demonstration was on a different version of play for the popular game of Uno.

For more information on 4-H, contact Audrey Dimmerling at the county OSU Extension office in Lisbon, 330-870-1165.

Unity Grange

UNITY — At a recent meeting of Unity Grange 1761, Joyce Keslar was welcomed as a new member.

Members stuffed bunnies recently and donated them to Akron Children’s Hospital in Youngstown. Members also crocheted chicks to fit over plastic Easter eggs and donated them to the Christian House in East Palestine, and to the Windsor House in New Middletown. Members are still making masks. Other projects are making cards and working on a quilt.

Unity Grange is planning a drive-thru ham and scalloped potato dinner from 4-6 p.m. (or gone) on Tuesday, April 27. The menu will include the famous Unity Grange cole slaw. Pre-orders will be taken until noon that day by calling Terri Ward, 831-3267. or Virginia Foster. 426-2482.

TOPS 1341

GLENMOOR — TOPS Ohio 1341 met at the Glenmoor Presbyterian Church on April 12 with Dorothy Garn presiding. Lydia Kraft was best loser and Judy McComas was runner up. Garn presented a program on the 12 worst habits for good heart heath. A discussion by members followed. At the next meeting, TOPS organization news, both state and regional, will be discussed.

The meetings are held every Monday, at the church, with weigh-ins from 1:15 to 2 p.m. Anyone wanting to be a member may call 330-424-5027 for more information.

Eagles offering beef tip dinner

The East Palestine Eagles, 320 E. Taggart St., will hold a drive-thru sirloin tips and noodles dinner on Wednesday. The menu also includes coleslaw, roll and dessert for $10 or $9 if over 65 years of age. The sale runs from 4-6 p.m. or sold out. Pre-order by calling 330-853-8483 anytime before the dinner. People will stay in their cars. Someone will be outside waiting to deliver the meal.

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