The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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June 2, 2013

NIE Auction and Flea Market slated

BECKLEY — Every June, residents of the Beckley area know it is time to empty their piggy banks and head to the annual Auction and Flea Market to benefit the Newspapers in Education program. For the last 18 years, The Register-Herald has hosted the event.  

The Auction and Flea Market, as it has been for the last two years, will be Saturday in the Marquee Cinema parking lot at Beckley Galleria. In the event of rain, the event will be moved to June 15. The flea market opens at 8 a.m. and the auction starts at 9 a.m. Those planning to bid on auction items are encouraged to arrive prior to the 9 a.m. start in order to register.

The flea market vendor booths will be offering household items, antiques, clothes and much more. Carla Nelson, NIE director for The Register-Herald, says many of the vendors are part of the local community and “have cleaned out their closets to sell items you might not see at any other weekend flea markets.”

Local businesses donate items for the auction and this year more than 200 businesses have donated hundreds of items. Merchandise up for bid will include gift certificates, rounds of golf, pool memberships and cars. This year’s auction vehicles, including a Subaru Outback and two Jeep Cherokees, have been donated by Barton Premium Pre-Owned Auto.

Chase Barton, who will serve as the auctioneer, and whose car lot has donated the vehicles, explained he’s happy to support the NIE program because it enables youth to find a variety of information, including local news, sports and even comics.

“Reading the paper has always been important to me and we need to keep it in front of kids,” Barton said. “I hope everyone comes out and has a good time.”

Retired teacher Peggy Jones, who assists with NIE fundraisers, added that newspapers are a way to supplement the curriculum.

“It’s a great program,” Jones said of NIE.

Marquee Cinemas General Manager Bill Favorite is also looking forward to the event and once again being a part of helping raise money for the program, which provides newspapers for classrooms across Raleigh, Wyoming, Monroe, Fayette, Nicholas, Greenbrier and Summers counties.

“This is the largest fundraiser of the year and it is a great way to both involve and educate the community on the Newspapers in Education program,” Nelson said.

The Register-Herald will publish a complete list of auction items in the Thursday, Friday and Saturday editions.

For more information contact Nelson at 304-255-4498.

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