Note: This story appears in the Wednesday, June 12 newspaper on Page A2.

WELLSTON — A new business that sells Bibles and much more has opened in downtown Wellston.

The Living Water Bibles and More, which is a Christian Bookstore, celebrated its grand opening with a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Wellston Mayor Connie Pelletier, along with business owners Elynda Hardwick and her fiancé, Jason Lumpkins, joined together for the ceremony.

The bookstore will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day at 15 S. Ohio Ave.

The business features handcrafted, primitive Christian items, bibles, a book exchange, Christian-based items and resources for other churches and information on addiction recovery.

Hardwick told The Courier that the business was started in a way in memory of her father, Paul, who passed away on May 3. She explained that Paul was diagnosed with cancer last summer, and he started treatment at the beginning of 2019, but later caught pneumonia and weeks later passed away.

“We had been talking about life ending for him and he suggested that I’d need to find something to do after he passed and the bookstore talk began,” Hardwick recalled.

Being the only Christian bookstore in Jackson County makes the business unique, she added.

Hardwick explained she lives in Wellston, attends World Outreach Church and is a member of Compel Street Ministry.

“I would like to be a part of the community ... I want to reach more people,” she said. “I want to invite people to stop by the store to not only look but to just talk.”

The couple plans to host a Christian storytime every other Friday at noon during the summer.

The business can also be reached at 740-418-4291.

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