(08/01/2007)
Two-Lane Livin', a new monthly magazine for Central West Virginia, will premier at the end of August with columns written by local residents, including nine Calhoun County writers. The magazine, published by former Calhoun Chronicle reporter Lisa Minney, will be free to all readers, in print and online.

Lisa Sheldon, resident of Creston, will author two regular pieces for the magazine, a children's activity page entitled, "Bright Ideas," and a parenting tips column entitled "Always At Home." Sheldon has twelve years experience in early childhood education and has her RBA from West Virginia University - Parkersburg. She is also a columnist and the advertising director for The Calhoun Chronicle.

Dr. Rick Magly of Total Health Chiropractic of Nebo, will be providing a column, "Health Matters." Dr. Magly graduated Magna Cum Laude from Life University College of Chiropractic in Atlanta Georgia after completing the pre-med program at West Virginia State College. He is also advanced certified in Soft Tissue Orthopedics, Organ Reflex Therapy and Activator Technique. He has additional training in sports medicine, nutrition and Yoga.

The "Waste Not, Want Not" column will be provided by Judy Wolfram of Pleasant Hill. Judy is the president of the Calhoun County Solid Waste Authority, member of Rush Run CEOS, and is a Calhoun Chronicle columnist. She raised six children as a single mother, and offers advice on simple ways to save money around the home through reusing, recycling, and planned spending.

Realtor Pat Laughlin offers advice for homeowners interested in selling, buying or just affordably maintaining their home. Known locally as "The Land Lady", Pat is trained in the intricacies of advertising and selling rural real estate and is a recipient of the coveted Pinnacle Silver Award.

Sue Cosgrove of Orma, organizer of the Calhoun County Farmer's Market, wheat weaver, and West Virginia certified organic gardener, will author "Only Organic," a column on organic gardening. Sue will also offer a column on holistic nutrition.

Kim Butler, Calhoun County resident recently returned from North Carolina, will author a monthly reflection on returning to the country life after years of survival in the city. Kim spent 14 years as a publications editor for The Charlotte Observer.

Faith columns will be provided by Mary Zimmer, pastor of Knotts Memorial Methodist Church; Shari Johnson, member of Victory Baptist Church and community youth leader; and Chris Hasse, an Arnoldsburg resident who, through her faith, has chosen to actively help God seek out the lost.

Minney will author at least three regular pieces for the magazine, including travel articles, product reviews, and a column entitled, "Roughing It: The Basics of Tent Camping." Minney's husband Frank will serve as the Distribution Manager for the publication, delivering 10,000 copies of the magazine to locations in the region every month. The magazine is still open to working with other regular columnists.

In addition to columns, activity pages and classified ads, Two-Lane Livin' will feature a monthly event calendar, including all regional events open to the public. There is no charge for a listing in the calendar, but events must be submitted to event@twolanelivin.com by the 15th of the previous month for inclusion in the calendar.

Topics and columnists in other regional counties include: wildlife and plant life by Bill Church, senior health issues by Dr. Hilary Miller, music reviews by Roger Besselievre, new business features by Diane Ludwig, financial advice from J. Neil Parsons AAMS CFP, equine interviews by Jim Brandenburg, and more. The magazine will feature a monthly crossword puzzle, and 'find the hidden graphic' contest.

Two-Lane Livin' is accepting submissions now for their monthly photo cover contest. There is no submission fee for the contest, and winners will be featured on the magazine's cover, and will receive a free t-shirt. Entry forms and contest details can be found online at www.twolanelivin.com.

The premier edition of Two-Lane Livin' will be released during the final week of August. Readers can find copies of the magazine throughout 12 counties of the Central West Virginia region each month. A family-friendly publication, Two-Lane Livin' is designed to entertain, educate and promote the region. For more information about the upcoming publication, advertising rates or contests, call 304-354-9132 or e-mail info@twolanelivin.com.


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