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Brenda Lucas: Community news for Monday, Jan. 28

January 29, 2019

READING: A.E. Stringer Visiting Writers Series kicks off Marshall University’s spring semester by hosting a reading with Appalachian novelist Robert Gipe and poet Savannah Sipple at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, in MU Memorial Student Center, Shawkey Room. A book-signing is also available. The free event is sponsored by College of Liberal Arts and Department of English.

LISTED: Maddie Bess of Ona was named to the fall Dean’s List at Berry College, Rome, Georgia. This list honors students who posted an academic average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale while carrying a class load of at least 12 hours during the semester.

MONSTER JAM: The Monster Jam Triple Threat Series featuring eight of the most intense athletes of Monster Jam vying for the championship begins at 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 1-2, at Charleston Coliseum. Trucks scheduled to appear are Grave Digger, Pirate’s Curse, El Toro Loco, Scooby Doo, Monster Energy, Blue Thunder and Monster Mutt Rottweiler. Tickets are from $15 to $50.

RETIREE: Gordon Eads, faithful in attendance, retires as head usher at Milton United Methodist Church. May Gordon have a happy, healthy and restful retirement.

MEMORIES: A few months after his birth, Mack Leland Adkins was stricken with polio, limiting activities throughout his short life. This youngest brother to my mother never gave up and enjoyed life, doing what he could, especially sitting in the outdoor swing and watching traffic drive by his Wayne home. He would have celebrated a birthday Monday, Jan. 28, but was called to his new home in the 1990s after a bout of lung cancer. He remains in the hearts of those knowing and loving him.

OFFICERS: Nicholas Lane, Michael Lipscomb and Hun Tak were recently sworn in as Huntington Police Department officers. The three began a 16-week West Virginia State Police Academy training Jan. 14. Lane, 23, of Florence, S.C., and Lipscomb, 24, of Michigan, reside in Huntington, while 29-year-old Tak of Fairbanks, Alaska, resides in Catlettsburg, Ky. Once graduating from the academy, they return to Huntington to undergo a two-week training at Huntington Police Department before participating in a minimum 12 weeks’ training in the field.

FAIR: Tolsia High School recently hosted its annual Social Studies Fair consisting of 12 categories of competitions. First-place winners then qualified for Wayne County Social Studies Fair at Crum PK-8 School. County level winners advance to West Virginia State Social Studies Fair in the spring semester. First-place winners included Faith Totten and Ashley Hoffmeister, economics group; Savannah Stroud and Hannah Stephens, U.S. History group; Cynthia Linville, U.S. History individual; Sean and Steven Osborne, political science group; Jordan Collier, world history individual; Lyndsie Wilson and Taylor Ball, state and local studies group; Haylee Porter, state and local studies individual; Martha McDaniel and Taylor Smith, sociology group; Isabella Simpkins, geography individual; Cassie Chapman, Bethany Jarrell. Emily Blankenship, psychology group; Aden Watts, psychology individual; and Dylan Cavins, anthropology individual.

DEADLINE: Submissions deadline for the 2019 Youth Congressional Art Competition is Friday, Feb. 1. Competition is open to high school students only. Exceptions are made for schools that have grades 7-12 on one campus. The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History (WVDACH) hosts an arts workshop and awards ceremony at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at Culture Center, State Capitol Complex, Charleston. The awards ceremony begins at 1 p.m. Light refreshments are served. Winning artwork hangs in U.S. Capitol. Contact Cailin Howe, WVDACH exhibits coordinator, 304-558-0220 or Cailin.A.Howe@wv.gov.

LECTURE: Marshall University School of Music’s lecture series, MUsic Mondays, continues at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at The Cellar Door, 905 3rd Ave. Organizer is Elizabeth Reed Smith, MU professor of violin, in the absence of Vicki Stroeher, series founder, who is enjoying a sabbatical from teaching to focus on her research. The first lecture, “Russian Interference! Musical Censorship under the Soviet Rule,” is by Susan Tusing, director of School of Music. The spring series continues through April. Seating is limited. Participants are invited to arrive early to enjoy conversation and refreshments. A $10 donation, payable at door, is requested. Checks should be made payable to Marshall University. Proceeds support the music program. MU students receive free admission with an MU ID. Call 304-696-3117.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Emma Shearer, Brooke Estep, Christy Sparks, Dot Donohoe, Tom Turman, Jacob Ciccolella, Carson Maynard, Parker Edmund Jackson turns 4, Laura Fenik, Tara Jennings, Sam Wright.

CHUCKLE: Several men were in the golf club’s locker room. A mobile phone on a bench rang and a man picked up with the speaker phone on and began to talk. Everyone else in the room stopped talking. The man said “Hello?” The woman answered, “Hi Honey, it’s me. Are you at the club?” He answered yes. The woman said “I’m at the shops now and found this beautiful leather coat. It’s only $2,000. Is it OK if I buy it?” The man said “Sure, go ahead if you like it that much.” The woman went on to say “I also stopped by the Lexus dealership and saw the new models. I saw one I really liked.” The man asked her how much and she responded $50,000. The man said “OK, but for that price I want it with all the options.” The woman was elated - “Great! Oh, and one more thing I was just talking to Kate and found out that the house I wanted last year is back on the market. They’re asking $980,000 for it.” The man said “Well, then go ahead and make an offer of $900,000. They’ll probably take it. If not, we can go the extra $80,000 if it’s what you really want.” The woman said “OK. I’ll see you later! I love you so much!” The man replied “Bye! I love you, too.” The man hung up. Other men in the locker room were staring in astonishment, mouths wide open. He turned and asked, “Anyone know who this phone belongs to?”

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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