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Prayer vigil Thursday for Princeton Times editor

Photo from Facebook page of Bluefield Daily Telegraph Tammy Toler
Photo from Facebook page of Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Tammy Toler

PRINCETON, W.Va. — A community prayer vigil will be held Thursday for Princeton Times Editor Tammie Toler, who is still being treated at a Roanoke, Va., hospital for a stroke.

A prayer/candlelight vigil will be held Thursday at 8 p.m. at Princeton City Hall to pray for a speedy recovery for Toler, Deborah Clay said.

“When something like this happens it is just so nice for the community to come together to show support for her and her family. She is so well liked and loved. My heart just sank when I heard the news,” Clay said.

Clay said everyone is invited to attend. Pastor Ken Clay will open with a prayer. Anyone who would like to speak at the program will be encouraged to do so. The vigil will close in a song.

“I have been told that Tammie loves bright colors so we are asking everyone to wear something bright in honor of her,” Clay said.

Any law enforcement officials who would like to come and turn on their lights are encouraged to do so, Clay said.

Tammie Toler, an award-winning newspaper reporter/editor, was transported to Roanoke on Saturday evening, according to her mother, Connie Toler.

“We are all hoping for a full recovery,” Connie Toler said.

Toler, a graduate of both Princeton Senior High School and Concord University, joined the Bluefield Daily Telegraph staff as a copy editor in late 1999, and soon moved up to the position of news editor where she earned West Virginia Press Association awards for her page design and layout skills. When the position of editor of the Princeton Times became available she took on a new challenge, and as a result, was honored for her editorials, columns, news reporting and feature writing. The Princeton Times is one of the state’s most highly honored weekly newspapers.

Anyone wishing to send get-well cards can mail them to Tammie Toler in care of Princeton Times, P.O. Box 1199, 109 Thorn St. Princeton, WV 24740.

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