Brenda Lucas: Community news for Tuesday, Dec. 25

December 25, 2018

DANCERS: It won’t be stars shining from the sky, but star dancers participating in Dancing with the Stars: Live! at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, at Charleston Municipal Auditorium. Tickets are $47 and up.

RECIPIENTS: The Raymond C. Lake Scholarship Fund, established in 1990 to honor the memory of Ray Lake, outstanding Sunday school teacher and leader at Huntington’s Central United Methodist Church, offers scholarship aid for one academic year. 2018 scholarship award recipients receiving $900 each are Amy Rexroad, who begins practicum and internship in January to become a licensed professional counselor; and Brittany Nance, who plans to major in geography with concentration in meteorology. Other recipients include David Grueser, Robert Rice, Heather Coleman, Lisa LeMaster, Jacob Thomas, David Williams, Courtney Plummer, Kalab Puskas, Megan Icenhower Hanshaw, Michael Rexroad, Brandon Dial, Holly Rice, Deborah LeMaster, Jennifer Ball and Brittany Nance.

LUNCHEON: In one month, the 14th annual volunteer awards luncheon is presented by Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at Guyan Golf and Country Club. Generation Huntington, the chamber’s committee for young professionals, also present annual awards of recognition at the event. The cost is $25 per member or $200 for table of six. Contact 304-55-5131 or chamber@huntington-chamber.org.

ADVISOR: Linda Waddell probably the longest Herald-Dispatch employee of the classified advertising department — celebrates a birthday Tuesday, Dec. 25. This long-time precious friend has always been the same throughout our friendship and willing to help in any way she can. Hope her day is filled to the top with whatever makes her birthday a grand one.

EVENT: Valley Park and The Lead Group host “Bling in 2019” at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at Hurricane’s Valley Park. Drinks, food, music, dancing and more are featured. Tickets are $150. Proceeds benefit The Lead Group Foundation and Friends of the Park Foundation. Visit Eventbrite.com.

SECOND: Chris and Kayla Wallace have become second-time parents. Brenna Sue Wallace was born Nov. 30. She has a big brother, Brody Paul. She is the granddaughter of Greg and Pauletta Wallace and Tim and Paula Pauley. Congratulations to this couple on the birth of their second.

BUSY: National Technical Honor Society at Cabell County Career Technology Center recently has been quite busy. Honor students delivered gift cards and presents to a nonprofit organization for foster children. They also hosted a Red Cross blood drive, collecting more than 54 pints of blood. Destinee Branham needs a round of applause as she earned a scholarship for her efforts in organizing the event. Debbie Chapman is CCCTC academy coordinator at Huntington High and Cabell County Career Center. April 16 is the next blood drive for the society.

EDITOR: Mickey Johnson, former sports writer/editor with The Herald-Dispatch and holder of other titles, becomes another year older Tuesday, Dec. 25. May his day be a super one filled with happiness, love, friendships, good health and memories.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Terry Wooten, Kim Herman, Maxine Kessler, Rick Minichan, Rebecca Hampton, Katelyn Hannan, Kevin Dillon, Melissa Radcliffe, Amy Byrd Maynard, Dennis Murphy, Bill Budden, Nancy Dean, Braelyn Scarberry, Jade Wallace, Rick Minichan, Gigi Gerlach, Richard Adkins, Dave McCarty, Austin Morris, Kevin Dillon of Tampa, Fla., formerly of Huntington, turns 24.

TODAY’S ANNIVERSARIES: Julie and Brad Armstead.

CHUCKLE: A man was chosen for jury service, but he very much wanted to avoid it. He tried every excuse he could think of, but none of them worked. On the day of the trial, he decided to give it one more shot. As the trial was about to begin, he asked if he could approach the bench. “Your Honor,” he said. “I must be excused from this trial because I am prejudiced against the defendant. I took one look at the man in the blue suit with those beady eyes and that dishonest face and I thought ‘He is a crook, he’s guilty, guilty.’ So your Honor, I could not possibly stay on this jury.” The judge replied, “Get back in the jury box. You are just the kind of juror we are looking for a good judge of character. That man is the defendant’s lawyer.”

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