The 16th annual Jackson Community Church Choir Concert will be held this Sunday evening, July 1 at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Christ United Methodist Church. The concert is presented by the Jackson Area Chamber Of Commerce as part of its Freedom Fest and community celebration of the Independence Day holiday. The theme for the program this year will be associated with the anniversary of America’s Civil War. The program was created by Paul Hogue and Hope Keller, with rerference material by Sue Koehler and Mary Evans. The gust narrator will be Robert Gordon of Gallipolis, with performances by Robert Ervin as Abraham Lincoln and Ben Forshey as Uncle Sam. Among those participating in the program will be Tami Wyant as the train engineer and as passengers will be local pastors Rev. Terry Cavanaugh, Rev. David Downton, Rev. Tim Keaton, Rev. Larry Miracle, Rev. David Roach and Rev. Nelson Sharp.

The choir will be directed by Paul Hogue and Mary Elizabeth Billman will be the accompanist. The songs to be performed by the choir will include The Star Spangled Banner; Rock-A-My Soul; Climbing Up The Mountain, Children; Soon And Very Soon; Swing Low, Swing Chariot; Jubilee; Gonna Be A Great Day; Hand Me Down My Walking Cane; and United We Stand. The members of the choir will include sopranos Donna Hogue, Beverly Morris, Brenda Lewis, Vivian Bevins, Freida Bowman, Susan Hill, Jean Goodman, Sandra Wilkin and Roseanna Hughes. Altos will include Louise Hughes, Mary Evans, Becky Crusan, Judy Vollrath, Hope Keller, Crystal Riley, Chrystal Honaker, Melody Morgan and Connie Arrington. Among those singing tenor will be Barb Crusan, Rev. Bob Anderson, Paul Berridge, Bob Hill, Paul Beatty and Rev. David Downton. Those who will sing bass includes Jack Riley, Wilbur McCormick, Rick Neal, Mike Adams and Clark Walker.


The second half of the concert will feature a concert by the Jackson Community Band, directed by Clark Walker. Their selections will include With Malice Toward None, Lincoln At Gettysburg, Yankee Doodle Boy, You’re A Grand Old Flag, Hogan’s Heroes March and The Stars And Stripes Forever. Those who will take part in the band will include Debbie Goslin, Megan McKee and Cara Willett on flute; Connie Arrington, Marianne Jacobs and Ben Lewis on clarinet; Emily Balzer on oboe; Becky Crusan on alto sax; Bri Shepherd, Pat Speck, Rich Tumbleson and Josh Willett on trumpet; Ann Billman and Sarah Billman on horns; Paul Hogue, Matt McKee and Matt Rinehart on trombone; Abby Tumbleson on baritone; Jerry Massie on tuba and Doug Spears on percussion.

There will be many activities starting around 5 p.m. in Manpower Park that include: face painting, music performed by Local Yocals, NASCAR and Cincinnati Reds ticket raffles and much more. Also, there will be Pepsi products/water, popcorn and glow sticks/necklaces for sale. The Jackson Kiwanis Club are sponsoring the activities which, will lead up to the fireworks, which will start at approximately 10 p.m. The fireworks will be courtesy of the Jackson Jaycees. Oak Hill will hold their fireworks display the evening of July 4 from the old Oak Hill High School site.


The annual Jackson Community Independence Day parade, as coordinated by the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce, will begin at 8 p.m. Tuesday,and will travel down the downtown streets of Jackson. The parade line-up will start at 7:45 p.m. at the Jackson City Library, with the parade starting there at 8 p.m. The parade will then go up Broadway Street to Main Street and then south on Main Street to Manpower Park, where the parade will end, according to parade chairman Randy Heath. There is no pre-registration required to participate in the parade and those invited to be a part of the parade include the following: all Jackson Recreation Department baseball and softball teams, all Jackson Youth Soccer Spring League teams, all youth baton groups, all public officer holders, and those who are on the ballot for public office, local and regional queens and their court members, and any business who is a member of a chamber of commerce in Jackson County. Any other unit that would like to participate in the parade should contact the Jackson Area Chamber Of Commerce for proper clearance. Any player who participates on a summer baseball or softball team should make sure and ask their coach where they are to report to so they may line up for the parade and each player should wear their uniform tops. Any player from a Jackson Youth Soccer League team or their parents are urged to contact the team’s coach to find out where they are to line up for the parade. Any coach that is physically unable to take their team through the parade, regardless of the sport, should try to secure one of the parents to do it so every child gets the thrill of riding in an Independence Day Parade. Each team will need to have their players in a pick-up and the players are encouraged to bring small American flags to wave from their vehicles during the parade. Each vehicle should also have a sign on each side of the truck indicating the age level and name of the team as well as the league they participated in. Questions regarding the parade should contact the Jackson Area Chamber Of Commerce at 286-2722.




The 16th annual Jackson County Freedom Fest 5K Run And Walk will be held on Wednesday, July 4 and will be run through the business district and western residential section of Jackson. The race will begin and end at Manpower Park. When it starts at Manpower Park at 9 a.m., runners will go north on Main Street toward the downtown, turn left onto Portsmouth Street, right onto Broad Street, left onto Oak Street, left on Ohio Avenue, then left on South Street, right on David Avenue, left on Tropic Street, left on Vaughn Street, right on South Street, left onto Broadway Street and then right onto Main Street and back to Manpower Park.

Entry fee is $15 and proceeds will go toward the sponsoring of community events by the Jackson Area Chamber Of Commerce. All participating runners will receive newly-designed Sports Festival T-shirts. The race will be timed this year by TriStateRacer.com. Plaques will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers and medals will be given to the top three finishers in all age divisions, outside of those winning plaques, in both the male and female categories. No pre-registration is required and registration may be made the day of the race, although runners may ensure the proper size t-shirt by pre-registering online at TriStateRacer.com through this link.


There will also be a one-mile walk starting simultaneously with the 5K Run. Those wishing to participate in the walk, which has no registration fee, may purchase a t-shirt for $10. That course will be north on Main Street to the courthouse, then left on Broadway Street and left on Pearl Street back to Manpower Park.


The July 4th activities coordinated by the Jackson Area Chamber Of Commerce are sponsored by Atomic Credit Union, Adena Medical Center, Appalachian Realty, Cardo’s Pizza, Attorney William Cole, Coll Auto Sales; Cotner, Cooley, Clark and Sharp, Accountants; Four Winds Nursing Community, Hamilton Financial Services, Holzer Health Systems, JSM Design and Creative Services, Kings Daughter’s Medical Center, Mayor Randy Heath, Ohio Valley Bank; SportAbout, The Filling Station, The Times-Journal, Wal-Mart of Jackson, WesBanco and WesBanco Financial Services.