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Fruth Charitable Trust Makes Donation to The Community Foundation for Mason County

Back row left to right: Mario Liberatore, OVB, John Fruth, and Mike Fruth. Front row: Joan Fruth, and Lynne Fruth. Joan Fruth holds a portrait of her parents, Jack and Frances “Babs” Fruth. The Fruth Charitable Trust donated in the amount of $52,344.55 for scholarship funds.

Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (September 25, 2019) – On Friday, September 6, 2019, The Jack & Frances “Babs” Fruth Charitable Trust made a donation to The Community Foundation for Mason County for scholarship funds.

Twenty-Five years ago, when Jack and “Babs” Fruth were working on their wills, they decided to start a trust that would be distributed upon both of their deaths to several organizations within Point Pleasant.  Mrs. Fruth passed away earlier this year on January 21st.

Both Jack and “Babs” held a special place in their heart for their hometown and the people they lived and worked beside for many years.  Their hope was to help contribute to the needs and education of Point Pleasant and Mason County communities.

The Community Foundation of Mason County received $52,344.55 for the Jacks and Babs Fruth Scholarship Fund.

“This generous gift will impact countless students now and in the future (forever) as this fund will increase and increase the capacity in which it enriches the lives of our youth,” Christy Sizemore, The Community Foundation of Mason County Director shared.

 If you are interested in applying for the Jack and Babs Fruth Scholarship Fund through The Community Foundation of Mason County, please apply here:  Or you may call The Community Foundation of Mason County office for more information, at 304-372-4500 or email

Scholarship Applications are accepted in January and due by April 15 each year.

Fruth Pharmacy is a family-owned company with 31 locations in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.

The Community Foundation of Mason County, MCCF, Inc., actively works with you, your neighbors, co-workers and friends to build a family of charitable funds to support our local community.  The Foundation is far more than a fund manager, we are the community’s heart and soul – providing community leadership to unite gifts of time, talent and funds to make a transforming impact on Mason County. Earnings from the Foundation’s collection of community funds are distributed in the form of grants and scholarships to continually strengthen and improve our community – working to make Mason County a great place to live, work and raise a family. ​



Fruth Pharmacy Nelsonville Transfers Prescriptions to Kroger

Fruth Pharmacy of Nelsonville suffers due to Medicaid reimbursement in the state of Ohio. Fruth Pharmacy, Inc. will be transferring patient prescriptions to Kroger in Nelsonville. The retail store will stay open with new hours.

Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (September 24, 2019) – It’s a sad day for Fruth Pharmacy. The family-owned company of 31 locations, has made the decision to close the pharmacy inside of their Nelsonville, Ohio location.

“With the extremely low managed Medicaid reimbursement in the state of Ohio, Fruth Pharmacy can no longer continue to operate our Nelsonville location as a pharmacy,” Lynne Fruth, President of Fruth Pharmacy began, “We look forward to continuing to serve our retail customers with the same great service.  We will continue to have Western Union, EBT, gift selections, and more,” Fruth concluded.

On Tuesday, September 24th at noon, Fruth Pharmacy of Nelsonville transferred prescription files to Kroger of Nelsonville, Ohio.  Patients can contact the Kroger pharmacy at 740-753-1984 for assistance with their prescriptions.

Fruth Pharmacy of Nelsonville will become Fruth General Store and will continue to operate as a retail merchandise store. The store will sell over-the-counter medications and products, health and beauty items, grocery, gift items and baskets, and electronics.

Fruth General Store of Nelsonville will have new hours.  The new hours will be Monday through Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm.  Delivery services will no longer be available at this location.

All Ohio pharmacies have been suffering and many have placed blamed on low reimbursements for managed Medicaid prescriptions.  In the past 3 years, over 100 pharmacies in Ohio have closed.

“These pharmacies, and Fruth pharmacies, have served the Medicaid population and provided the extra care that our Medicaid population needs,” Fruth informed an Ohio legislative committee earlier this year. “As a result of the lower reimbursements, Fruth Pharmacy and the other pharmacies are being paid the least to care for patients who often require the most.”

Earlier this year, many community pharmacies spoke to The Ohio Department of Medicaid and addressed their concerns that the current reimbursements under the program were insufficient to continue in business.

Numerous rural areas in Ohio are serviced by local or family-owned pharmacies.  In some areas, due to pharmacy closures, patients are having to drive a considerable distance to fill their prescription medications.

If you would like to contact The Ohio Department of Medicaid and express your concerns, please write or speak to your local representative or reach out to The Ohio Department of Medicaid at 1-800-324-8680 or visit their website at

Fruth Pharmacy is a family-owned pharmacy with locations in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.

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Fruth Pharmacy Collecting for Walking Miracles and Nationwide Children’s Hospital During National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Archive Photo. Left to right: Lynne Fruth, President of Fruth Pharmacy, is pictured with Jeremy Huff, former Fruth employee and childhood cancer survivor, during the 2018 “Where’s Lynne Fruth?” Christmas Event.

Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (September 11, 2019) – Fruth Pharmacy will be collecting items and monetary donations during the month of September for National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Brett Wilson, Founder and CEO of Walking Miracles Family Foundation, will be working with Fruth Pharmacy to identify families in Fruth communities in West Virginia and Ohio who need assistance, while their child is undergoing treatments for cancer.

“Our West Virginia families and survivors impacted by childhood adolescent and young adult cancer, need all the assistance they can get,” Wilson shared.  “Being able to collaborate and work with Fruth Pharmacy on this level is beyond my dreams.  We can impact so many families statewide going through this journey with pharmacy cards.  Everyone going through this journey is a ‘Walking Miracle’,” stated Wilson.

One of those ‘Walking Miracles’ is Jeremy Huff.  Huff was diagnosed with cancer at stage 4 while he was a junior at Winfield High School; two masses were found on his brain.  Huff’s football coach put him into contact with Brett Wilson of Walking Miracles.

“Walking Miracles helped me and is still helping me,” Huff stated, “Fruth has always been good to me – before I was an employee and even now Fruth continues to be good to me,” Huff shared.

Huff worked for Fruth Pharmacy for 4 years at the Scott Depot location.  Huff was a Fruth Scholarship winner and participated in the annual Fruth Scholarship Golf Tournament.

Currently, Huff likes to help patients and families at Walking Miracles.  He distributes and assists with Walking Miracles’ welcome packets or he simply talks to kids and their parents about his and his family’s experience during his cancer diagnosis and treatments.

“I think I’m good at giving the truth – the advice kids and their families need; people don’t always think about how cancer affects your family – my mom had to put her job on pause, so she could be with me at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital during my treatments and my dad had to stay home with my younger brothers. It was a tough time for everyone,” Huff explained.

Walking Miracles Family Foundation provides families with welcome packets that include iPads, preloaded with apps to help families keep track of appointments, items they will need for appointments, and links to treatment plans and more.  Part of these packets include gift cards for services, gas, hotel rooms and other things a family may need while travelling for treatments.

You can help Walking Miracles and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in two ways:  1: You can provide a monetary donation to be used for gift cards to help pay for prescriptions, items needed for overnight treatments, or other items a family may need like groceries.  Please speak to a Fruth cashier if you would like to make a monetary donation.  There is no set amount and every penny counts. 2: You can purchase an item on Nationwide Children’s Wishlist and give to a Fruth cashier to place in the donation bin.  Nationwide’s Wishlist is available on or on Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s website at:

“Our employees have been touched by childhood cancer in more than one community,” Lynne Fruth, President of Fruth Pharmacy began, “Fruth also has had employees, like Jeremy Huff, that were childhood cancer survivors. We are pleased to be able to offer support to local families and let them know we are thinking of them and their children, during these difficult days,” Fruth concluded.

“The things that helped me the most during the most difficult times, were my friends,” Huff stated.  My friends and family were always there for me.  My faith in God kept me going.  God talked to me when I was diagnosed and told me that ‘He’s got this’,” Huff shared.

When asked what Huff would tell a current childhood cancer patient and their family, Huff said, “I’m a cancer survivor, Brett’s a cancer survivor – and as a survivor, all you want to do is help others. I would tell anyone today, if you need help – even if you have finished your treatments, contact Walking Miracles.  It’s been over 7 years and Walking Miracles is still helping me,” Huff concluded.

Fruth Pharmacy is a family-owned pharmacy with locations in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.

Walking Miracles Family Foundation is a 501c3 charity in West Virginia. We help caregivers, families and survivors impacted by childhood, adolescent and young adult cancer to resources and referral networks and to help defray the cost of travel during the cancer journey.  You can donate directly to Walking Miracles at




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Gallipolis Fruth Says Goodbye to Pharmacist Rumsey Oates

Gallipolis, Ohio – (August 16, 2019) – On Sunday, June 30, 2019, Rumsey Oates retired after 31 years of service to Fruth Pharmacy.

Rumsey served as a pharmacist for several Fruth locations.  Rumsey’s last years of service were spent at Fruth Pharmacy on State Route 160 in Gallipolis.

Rumsey is originally from Cumberland Maryland.  He earned his degree from West Virginia University.  He began his career with Fruth in February of 1988.

In 2015, Rumsey was named Pharmacist of the year for Fruth Pharmacy.

“My favorite part about my job is helping people and seeing the results,” Rumsey shared during an interview for a Meet Your Pharmacist special.

Rumsey will be enjoying retirement with his wife, Linda.  Congratulations to Rumsey!

Fruth Pharmacy is a family owned company.  Currently, Fruth Pharmacy has 31 locations in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.


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Fruth Pharmacy Says Goodbye to Delbert Brown

Written by Jackie Haynes, Advertising Assistant

Waverly, Ohio – (July 31st, 2019) – In August 2019, Fruth Pharmacy will say farewell to Delbert Brown.  Delbert will retire after serving 26 years as a pharmacist for the Waverly location.

Delbert began his pharmacy career in 1973 with Kegley Drugs.  In April of 1993, Kegley Drugs was sold to Jack Fruth, owner of Fruth Pharmacy.  After 20 years with Kegley, Fruth asked Delbert to continue his career with Fruth Pharmacy.

“I wish everyone at the Waverly location well. I would like to thank Fruth for allowing me to work with them and to serve people together,” Delbert shared.

Sherre’ Chancey, Waverly store manager, spoke about Delbert’s service, “I have only had the pleasure of working with Delbert for the last 3 years. I have known him since I was a child.  I’d go into Kegley’s to get a milkshake. Milkshakes were served back by the pharmacy area. Delbert always made it a point to come out and talk to people.  Delbert has been a great asset to our Waverly store.  He has seen a lot of changes over the years and his steadfastness and work energy hasn’t wavered. Delbert is very pleasant to work with and has such a great work attitude. He extends that energy to his pharmacy staff and teaches them how to handle a hard day.  I have enjoyed working with Delbert and I will miss his sense of humor, his lightheartedness and the care he has shown our customers,” Sherre’ concluded.

Congratulations to Delbert and best wishes!

Fruth Pharmacy is a family owned company.  Currently, Fruth Pharmacy has 31 locations in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.


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Waverly Fruth Says Goodbye to Karen Goodman

Karen Goodman

Written by Jackie Haynes, Advertising Assistant

Waverly, Ohio – (June 11, 2019) – On Friday, May 31, 2019, Fruth Pharmacy said a sad farewell to Karen Goodman.  Goodman retired after 20 years of service.

Goodman served in the Waverly store as a receiver, but her expertise was in many areas of store operations.  She began her employment with Fruth Pharmacy when her daughter began college.

“I want to thank Fruth for the privilege of working here and allowing me the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people,”Goodman began, “I want to say thank you for a great place to work. I especially want to thank Paula Williams and Sherre’ Chancey,  you are really great people to work for, but now I will be able to spend more time with my family, ‘the best there is’,” Goodman fondly finished.

Goodman plans to devote more time to her family and the Waverly Baptist Temple, where her husband is a pastor. In December, she is planning a trip to Disney World with her husband, two daughters, sons-in-law, and her two grandchildren.

Goodman’s manager, Sherre’ Chancey, paid tribute to Goodman’s career, “I only worked with Karen three years, but she has taught me so much…personally and in the business of Fruth.  Karen was very pleasant to work with…she always had something positive to say to everyone. Karen was great with our customers. I enjoyed when Karen and I were the only two at work early in the morning, we would relax and have conversations on a variety of topics such as grandchildren and church.  I will miss that the most. When I took position as manager for Fruth #16, Karen went above and beyond to teach me as much as she could. We were very blessed to have Karen here. It was truly an honor to work with her,” Sherre’ concluded.

Congratulations to Goodman and best wishes!

Fruth Pharmacy is a family owned company.  Currently, Fruth Pharmacy has 31 locations in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.


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Fruth Pharmacy Announces 4th Annual Baby Face Winners

Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (May 20, 2019) – Each year, Fruth Pharmacy chooses 4 babies to represent Fruth in advertising.  Fruth Pharmacy held its 4th Annual Baby Face Event on April 6th, 2019.  Over 100 babies entered for a chance to be a Mister or Miss Fruth.

The annual baby event is held in-part to help raise donations for area baby organizations, while Fruth searches for babies to use in seasonal campaigns.  Customers may make a $10 donation to a local baby organization to enter their child for a chance to be a Mister or Miss Fruth, babies must be in the age range of 0 -36 months.   Other customers, who do not want to enter a child in the contest, may donate an item an organization needs.

Thanks to many generous customers and employees, Fruth was able to raise over $7,000 worth of items for local baby charities.

This year’s Mister and Miss Fruths are:

Shannon Montgomery, 29 months, daughter of Wes and Tabithia Montgomery of Vinton, Ohio and granddaughter of Jeff and Joyce Oiler and Ed and Laura Lewis; Everett Skidmore, 8 months, son of Chelsey Fellure and Keith Skidmore of Vinton, Ohio and grandson of Larry and Carolyn Fellure, Jeff Rodgers and Delsa Skidmore; Graceyn White, 16 months, daughter of Terry and Danielle White of Culloden, West Virginia; and Zayn Sheppard, 6 months, son of Bernadette and Steve Holbert of Elizabeth, West Virginia.

Winners of the Baby Face event will have their picture hanging at their Fruth location as well as the Fruth corporate offices.  Each winner receives a photography package valued at $250.00.  Winners will also be featured throughout the year in Fruth Pharmacy’s advertising.

Fruth Pharmacy has been a family owned company for over 67 years.  Currently, Fruth Pharmacy has 31 locations in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.

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Robert Keith Wins Pigeon Forge Trip for 2

Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (May 7, 2019) – Fruth Pharmacy is pleased to announce Robert Keith recently won a prize package to Pigeon Forge.

Keith entered to win a trip for two, when he came to Fruth Pharmacy in Mineral Wells to purchase flowers for his wife, Elaine, for Valentine’s Day.

Fruth Pharmacy is a family owned company.  Currently, Fruth Pharmacy has 31 locations in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.

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Fruth Pharmacy Donates to Mason County Homeless Shelter

Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (April 29, 2019) – On Friday, April 26th, members of the Fruth family came to The Mason County Homeless Shelter to present a check from the Fruth Charitable Trust.

Mr. and Mrs. Jack and Frances “Babs” Fruth started the Fruth Charitable Trust in 1998. The Fruth Charitable Trust was established to help with community needs, such as educational scholarships and more.

Mrs. Frances “Babs” Fruth passed in January of this year and left instructions for her family to distribute funds to several organizations in Mason County to continue their good works.

The check for $52,000 was presented to the Mason County Homeless Shelter on behalf of Jack and Frances “Babs” Fruth by their children: Mike, Joan, Carol, Lynne, and John Fruth. Fruth cousins Jim and Sharry Rossi serve on the Advisory Board for the Homeless Shelter committee and were also available for the check presentation.

“Our mom had a passion for this place,” Lynne Fruth explained, “it was a quiet passion. At Christmas time she and her helper, Lynne Fetty, would put together gift bags for the people at the shelter. Mom always included socks, gloves, toiletries, and a Fruth Pharmacy gift card, so everybody here got Christmas; they got things they needed, but if they also wanted to buy a box of candy, they could buy a box of candy. She really got a satisfaction knowing she made someone’s Christmas better,” Lynne Fruth shared with members of The Mason County Homeless shelter staff.

Fruth also shared several stories Mrs. Fruth told her five children about when she grew up in a small Ohio town during The Depression and how her mother decided if she ever had the opportunity to help someone in the future, she would do so. One story included having to wear shoes too small as there was no money to get new shoes that year or watching her mother help feed “hobos” with bread and butter sandwiches.

“Even though some of us live in other places now,” John Fruth spoke to the committee, “Mason County will always be special to us. We will always have a heart for this community. Our parents wanted this donation to go to people in Mason County.”

“This donation places us at a point now where we can draw down the community foundation funds for preliminary architectural work for our new facilities, we are very happy about that. This gets us past one of our thresholds. Our plan is to name the new homeless shelter, The Frances Fruth Homeless Service Center, in her honor,” John Machir, Housing Director of the Mason County Homeless Shelter shared.

Machir informed the group that the new facility will have 3 family rooms, all with their own bath. There will be a women’s dormitory with a bath, a men’s dormitory with a bath, a laundry facility, a large kitchen, and living area.

Last year, 111 families were turned away due to space at the shelter.

If you would like to donate or if you need the services of the Mason County Homeless Shelter, please call 304-675-1840.

Fruth Pharmacy is a family owned company. Currently, Fruth Pharmacy has 31 locations in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.

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