Local minister praying for the senate
By SARAH MULLIN / Staff Writer, Martinsburg
HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - A Berkeley County, W.Va., minister has been invited by U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., to open the Senate Thursday morning in Washington, D.C., with a prayer.
The Rev. Barbara Spies-Scott said the event - aside from being a great honor - is special because it will take place on her father's birthday, Valentine's Day.
Clyde Valentine Spies, who participated in the senior citizen-advocating Silver Haired Legislature in West Virginia, died five years ago.
"This is really quite special because my father had such an interest in politics," she said.
Spies-Scott, resident minister for the Hedgesville (W.Va.) Chapel, leaves for the Capital today.
"This is a big responsibility, especially in these trying times," she said.
The Rev. Lloyd Ogilvie, Senate chaplain, confirmed Byrd's invitation to invite Spies-Scott to open the Senate with prayer more than a year ago.