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CHARLESTON, W.Va. --The Childhood Language Center, a Charleston nonprofit speech therapy clinic, has named Holly Martin as its new executive director."Through my experience, I've really seen the importance of community health programs. This is a great fit," Martin said. "I'm so impressed by the work they've been doing for 20 years and it deserves tremendous support -- that's the main reason I accepted the job. The Center is making a huge difference in the lives of kids and their families."

Using an iPad, 12-year-old Clark Samples can communicate his needs, identify animals and make some vowel sounds. "He can produce a lot more sounds now," said Amber Hammond, his therapist at the Childhood Language Center. "The iPad has really helped with his expressive and receptive language abilities. It helps him talk to people and understand language concepts."

The City of Charleston has scheduled its Independence Day "Rain Delay" 5K benefitting the Childhood Language Center for Saturday, Aug. 25 at 8 a.m. at Virginia and 31st Street, behind CAMC Memorial.

Registration begins at 7 a.m., and prizes will be awarded at 9:30 a.m. Proceeds of the 5K race, held in August this year due to inclement weather, will benefit the Childhood Language Center of Charleston.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Why would a 36-year-old mother of four want to join the rough-and-tumble world of roller derby?

It was a silly question, really, considering Franny Lawrence-Walker was at home last week on Piccadilly Street with four children under age 9 and three dogs.

"I needed an outlet," she said. "It turned out to be the greatest thing for me. It's exciting, fun. I go for the exercise."

July 28 event includes iPad 2 raffle to benefit speech therapy clinic

CHARLESTON, W.VA.-The Heart of Appalachia Roller Derby (H.A.R.D.) team has named the Childhood Language Center the beneficiary of its bout scheduled for Saturday, July 28 at 7 p.m. at the Nitro Community Center.

The Childhood Language Center, a regional children's speech therapy clinic, provides necessary therapy for children with autism, Asperger's, speech and language disorders and hearing impairment, birth to age 16, free of charge. The CLC operates solely on funds raised the by the Scottish Rite Masons and donations from the community and local corporations, said Executive Director Holly Martin.