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Brenda Lucas: Community News for Saturday, Aug. 11

August 11, 2018

WOMEN: A Women’s Day celebration begins at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, at Young Chapel AME Church. The Rev. Teresa M. Deane, pastor of Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church, is speaker. The theme is “100 Plus Women in Orange to Support the Fight Against Violence.” Women are asked to wear white with orange corsage, which is provided.

AWARD: Olivia Gentry, Chesapeake High graduate, received one of the five Edna and Mildred Monk Memorial Nursing Scholarships from King’s Daughters Health Foundation. The daughter of David and Bethany Gentry plans to attend Shawnee State University. The $1,000 scholarship provides assistance with first year’s tuition, room, board, books and lab fees. Anyone that is a dependent of King’s Daughters employees may apply.

HOMECOMING: Mitch Webb, former pastor of First Southern Baptist Church of South Point, Ohio, preaches during homecoming services at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, at the church, 110 Collins Ave. Southern Praise sings. Dinner follows.

RECOGNIZED: Sgt. David Fry with West Virginia State Police was recognized a year after he was wounded in a shooting. He was presented the Purple Heart and Medal of Valor at the South Charleston State Police headquarters. The sergeant tried entering a Lincoln County apartment to intervene in a domestic situation in March 2017 and was shot in the shoulder and wrist causing him to miss eight months of work.

MEET: Pilot Club of Huntington meets at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, at Beverly Hills United Methodist Church. In July the club completed a service project of bagging 100 sets of personal hygiene items (soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, comb, etc.). Fifty bags were given to Harmony House and 50 to Hoops Children’s Hospital. Call Jan Flinchum, 304-544-8856.

OVER 100: The last time I saw Balmaine Hatfield, she didn’t look or act her age. A longtime Timberlake Subdivision resident, she moved to Sugar Land, Texas, a few years ago as her health was failing and she wanted to be closer to her sons. Balmaine, longtime special friend of my family, turns 101 years old Sunday, Aug. 12. May it be as special as she is.

CLASS: Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District join forces with Marshall University Police Department to offer a free women’s self-defense class. The one-hour session begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at Ritter Park Shelter 1. The class is open to ladies of all ages and skill levels. Contact hsmith@ghprd.org or 304-696-5954.

DEGREE: Melissa Nehls, of Ona, was one of nearly 7,500 students receiving degrees at University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received a doctor of medicine from School of Medicine and Public Health.

MINISTRY: Seven local churches - Plymouth Heights Church of the Nazarene, Ohio Furnace Baptist, Haverhill United Methodist, Sandhill Christian Baptist, Franklin Furnace United Methodist, Franklin Furnace Independent Baptist and New Life Worship Center - team together for the annual once-a-year ministry, Bobcat Blessings. On Saturday, Aug. 18, they offer school supplies and a new backpack to school-age children preschool to grade 12. Free haircuts, train rides, inflatables, clothing station and more are also available. The event is conducted from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Green Township Fire Department, Franklin Furnace.

RECEIVED: Charles R. Powers was recently welcomed and received into the faith community at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. He is the son of Benjamin and Wilma May Powers. Cindy Kirk is the sponsor.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: John Danford, Denver Gue, Tim Dunlap, Pat Pyles, Jack Woodrum, Jamison Long hits the double digits at 10, Jayne Angles, Becky Millne, James “Henry” Richards, Abigail Rines, Chantil Foster, Taylor Riedel, Lauren Workman, Milo Melrose, Eric Young, Campbell Neighborgall, Jared Adkins, Lisa Riley, Sal Barile, Charlene Hawkins, Monty Fowler, Joe Savage, Valan Wallace, Leslie Taylor, Kara Insalaco, Jason McSweeney.

TODAY’S ANNIVERSARY: Emmitt and Dolores Adkins celebrate number 40.

SUNDAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Jay Harvey, Kyle Neal, Mark Bailey crosses the mid-50 mark to 56, Vickie Haynes, Darius Adkins hits the double 3 at 33, Lindsey Manchester, Judy Swann, April Walker, Madison Reed, Wyatt Kmen, Kelly Neal, Bill Romine, Cindy Stickler, Patrick Brown, Shelby Crossen, Scott Farley, Sadie Maynard, Bernard Vallejos, Hunter Cannon, Isabella Rae Fullen turns 7.

SUNDAY’S ANNIVERSARIES: Jay and Rebecca Powers, Bob and Sheila Fife, Kevin and Tammy Lawhon.

CHUCKLE: A young couple got married and went away on their honeymoon. After two weeks they came back and finally put away all presents they received from friends and family. Since this was a new home, the process took some time. A week later, they received two tickets in the mail for a popular show where tickets were impossible to get. They were very excited and warmed by the gesture of the person who sent this. Inside the envelope, however, was only a small piece of paper with a single line, “Guess who sent them.” The pair had much fun trying to identify the donor but failed in the effort. They had a wonderful time at the theater. On their return home late at night, still trying to guess the identity of the unknown host, they found the house stripped of every article of value. And on the bare table in the dining room was a piece of paper on which was written in the same hand as the enclosure with the tickets: “Now you know!”

Send items to Brenda Lucas, P.O. Box 596, Ona, WV 25545; fax to 304-526-2857; or email to bklucas53@aol.com.

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