Brenda Lucas: Community News for Tuesday, Dec. 18

December 18, 2018

NAMED: Travis Womack, Ashland Lions Club member since 2013, has been named as the club’s Lion of the Year for 2018. He became club president for 2017-18 fiscal year. The staff software engineer for IBM 14 years before returning to Ashland graduated from Paul G. Blazer High School and received a degree in computer engineering from the University of Kentucky. He is also a member of Calvary Episcopal Church and president of The Battery Terminal Inc.

VOCALIST: David Phelps, powerful tenor for Grammy- and Dove Award-winning Gaither Vocal Band and nationally known vocalist, bring his “It Must Be Christmas” 20th anniversary tour to Ashland’s Paramount Arts Center at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21. Tickets are $45, $40, $35 and $25.

90: Continuing to have a voice as strong over the airwaves as he did nearly 50 years ago when he began “Songs in the Night” on WEMM-FM 107.8, Pastor Jim Franklin leaves the 80s behind Tuesday, Dec. 18, to try number 90. This great servant of the Lord now residing in Port Charlotte, Fla., but formerly of the Huntington/Milton/Lesage area, also is blessed with a sharp memory. Thanks Brother Jim for encouraging and ministering to the radio family weekly — your love and efforts will never be forgotten. May your birthday be as super as you are with many more to come.

MEMORIES: It’s been five years Dec. 18 since Jerry Perry of Proctorville, Ohio, was called out of this world after suffering from cancer. Jerry, a first cousin, was still young at 57. There’s no doubt he is continued to be missed by family and friends.

NATIVITY: Children of Kenova United Methodist Church presents the “Live Nativity” Wednesday, Dec. 19, in the church’s side yard. Hot cocoa and cookies are served in the fellowship hall. Santa also visits.

TROOPER: After joining Ohio State Highway Patrol in 2001, Nathan E. Lawson has been named the Portsmouth Post Trooper of the Year. He formerly worked at the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. The 46-year-old trooper and his wife, Stephanie, reside in Otway with their three children.

PROGRAM: Love Your Heart Program presented by WVU Extension Service winds down this week in Cabell County. The program begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Cabell County Main Library; 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec 20, at Milton Senior Center; and 2 p.m. Thursday, Gallaher Village Library.

RETIRING: After one more murder trial this year, Charles Cooper puts down his gavel as Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge in 2019. The 71-year-old has been a judge 12 years and assistant prosecuting attorney 28 years. Best wishes Judge Cooper for a happy and healthy retirement.

SERVICE: Worship and music are featured during the 9 p.m. Christmas Eve service Monday, Dec. 24, at Kenova United Methodist Church.

THANKS: Agnes McCaskey, resident of Woodlands Retirement Community, needs more than just a pat on the back. She deserves many, many thanks for those beautiful handmade blankets donated to Hoops Family Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Her thoughtfulness and hard work are very appreciated by many.

BELATED: Mark Wilson, Dec. 1; Carol Carrico, Tim Gerlach, Hannah Saxton, Tyler Simpkins, Dec. 2; Reece Gill, Dec. 3; Jeanette Rowsey, Tom Lambert, Mike Smith, Dec. 6; Paula Peyton, Dec. 7; Cynthia Short, Dec. 8; Hailey Christian, Stephanie Edwards, Matthew Thomas, Dec. 9; Ann Thornburg, Glayds Goodson, Richard Morrison, Dec. 10; Margaret Kastanas, Dec. 13.

LATE ANNIVERSARIES: Chris and Ashley Bias, Dec. 1; Keith and Bonnie Simpkins, Johnnie and Mildred Zornes, David and Michelle Sinclair, Dec. 9; Rick and Mona Epperly, Pete and Angie Thomas, Dec. 15; Darren and Rhonda Smith, Dec. 16.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Doug Dye, Lori Halstead, Cedar Pyles, Lafe Harris, Shaun McComas, Clara Williams, Ellen Walker, Jack Welch, Molly Sergent, Brooks Anderson, Zakary Kidd turns 7, Bethany Caton, Jessica Haas, Kegan Marshall and Kasey Allen McComas, twin brothers, become “sweet 16”, Meranda Woodard, Christie Ayoub, Shaun McComas, Candace Butcher, Christiann Kuhner, Nick Setran, Mike Dawson, Megan Price, Jennifer Shivley, Penny Saylor.

TODAY’S ANNIVERSARIES: Jack and Charlotte Crandall, Gary and Linda Daiels, Harvey and Peggy Morrison, Billy and Linda Null are blessed with 47 years of marriage.

CHUCKLE: Charlie went fishing but after a short time he ran out of worms. Then he saw a cottonmouth with a frog in his mouth. Frogs are good bass bait. Knowing the snake couldn’t bite him with the frog in his mouth he grabbed him right behind the head, took the frog, and put it in his bait bucket. The dilemma was how to release the snake without getting bit. He grabbed his bottle of whiskey and poured in its mouth. His eyes rolled back, he went limp. He released him into the lake without incident and carried on fishing using the frog. A little later, he felt a nudge on his foot. There was that same snake with two frogs in his mouth.

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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