West Virginia University head football coach Bill Stewart received the first "Pillar of Values" award from the Warren Christian Apologetics Center of Vienna Thursday night.
"Like the mountains, he (Stewart) towers," according to the inscription on the glass award, which was presented during WCAC's second annual "An Evening of Values" fundraising dinner at Grand Pointe Conference & Reception Center. "Country Roads" played as Stewart, who did not know he was receiving the award, walked to the podium.
The award notes that Stewart has a "passion for principle, perseverance and people," said Charles Pugh III of Vienna, director of the Warren Christian Apologetics Center.
"Bill Stewart is a good man. He tries to teach young men in the football program to be good citizens, a family person and to stand for good values," Pugh said.
Pugh got to know the Stewart family of New Martinsville-Bill, his brother Ted and their parents Blaine and Bobbie-while serving as minister at Bridge Street Church of Christ in New Martinsville. Ted Stewart and his wife, Debby, of Raleigh, N.C., attended Thursday's event, as did Bill Stewart's wife, Karen.
The nonprofit informational Apologetics center is to defend the existence of God and challenge atheistic thought. The organization is raising money to build a facility on 1.25 acres at Rosemar and Seminary roads.
"Our hope and dream is to break ground on the center this year," Pugh said. "We are making good progress."
Pugh was pleased this year's patriotic program included music and singing: Hannah Robison, a student at Parkersburg South High School, sang the national anthem and "God Bless America," and the Men's Octet from Parkersburg High School, directed by Pamela McClain, sang "America the Beautiful." "Both were superb," Pugh said.
A football signed by the Green Bay Packers team and coaches sold for $2,000 at the silent auction. Former NFL players Lonnie Johnson and Willie Franklin were among the speakers on the program.
Bartenders at the Knights of Columbus' Lenten fish fries in Parkersburg are wearing the name "Wilbur" on their shirt sleeves. Their tribute is to Wilbur Schenerlein, who died Nov. 22, 2010, at the age of 76. After retiring from GE Plastics in 1996, Schenerlein worked as a bartender at the K of C on Market Street during the seven yearly Lenten fish fries. He was a Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus member. "Wilbur was very well-liked," said Mike Vierheller, fish fry coordinator. Mike McDougle, past grand knight, had the idea of honoring Schenerlein by placing "Wilbur" on the sleeves of the white and black K of C shirts bartenders wear at the fish fries. Schenerlein's son Scheny said the family was surprised and pleased by the tribute to Wilbur. "It let us know how well he was liked," Scheny said. Proceeds from the Friday night fish fries provide college scholarship money for local Catholic students. Last week's opening fish fry attracted 427 people.
"Parkersburg 200," a light golden ale first brewed last summer for Parkersburg's Bicentennial celebration, continues to be popular at the North End Tavern & Brewery. It is one of the top-sellers of the eight ales brewed at the NET by Chris Hopkins, said co-owner Joe Roedersheimer. Since being introduced in August, "Parkersburg 200" has been brewed three additional times at the NET, producing 28 barrels of the ale, Hopkins said. "Parkersburg 200," which is only sold on tap, will be used for the green beer in celebration of St. Patrick's Day March 17 at the NET.
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