Brenda Lucas: Community News for Tuesday, Oct. 2

October 3, 2018

SEMIFINALISTS: Local high school seniors were recently named as semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program include Dev G. Boylin, Hollyn G. Tao and Christopher N. Gooding, all of Huntington High; Nicholas C. Bowen, Spring Valley High; Ashlyn H. Pechon, Hurricane High; Elizabeth A. James, Kenneth S. Powell and Aaron M. Withrow, all of Winfield High.

FORUM: Southside Neighborhood Organization co-sponsors a candidate forum with League of Women Voters at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 721 12th Ave. Enter through double doors off parking lot. Invited candidates are for Cabell County Commission, West Virginia Senate District 5, Congressional District 3 and County Magistrate.

WISHES: Birthday greetings to Alex Deering, long-time Herald-Dispatch employee, who celebrates “holding at 39” Tuesday, Oct. 2. This man is a jack of all trades - mechanic, construction, handyman - and master of all. I’ve known Alex for at least 40 years and he has never changed. May he have as super a day as he is a super fellow.

RECOGNIZED: Brian K. Kelley of South Point, Ohio, was among employees honored during the 26th annual Classified Service Awards Ceremony at Ohio University Southern, Athens. Brian, employee at Southern Campus 20 years, served in Facilities Management Department. He previously was employed at the Ironton Campus library.

SALE: Friends of the Library offers a book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 5-6, at Cabell County Public Library. Gently used materials are available at bargain prices.

70TH: Nancy and R.O. Robertson of Woodlands Retirement Community deserve all the compliments coming their way Tuesday, Oct. 2, as it’s their 70th wedding anniversary, which is something to be very proud of. There is no doubt there is a lifetime of memories and dreams come true to be told. Congratulations to the Robertsons on this milestone of the joys of today, memories of yesterday and hopes of tomorrow.

PROMOTED: Five firefighters with Huntington Fire Department were recently promoted by Chief Jan Rader. After being with the department since September 1999, Capt. Ray Canafax was promoted to deputy chief. He is also an adjunct instructor for West Virginia University Fire Service Extension. Lt. Dominick Fraley, hired in January 2006, was promoted to captain. Lt. James “J.D.” Meade, hired in January 2004, was promoted to captain. Timothy Burns, a private since September 2008, was promoted to lieutenant. Christopher Mellert, another private hired in September 2008 and a third-generation firefighter, was also promoted to lieutenant.

JAZZY: Marshall University’s Jazz Ensemble presents its first concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct 3, at Smith Recital Hall. Co-sponsor is Marshall University School of Music in the College of Arts and Media. Admission is free.

PLAY: “Peter and the Star Catcher” by Rick Elice is performed at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 3-6, and Oct. 10-13, at Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre of Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $20 at door; $15 seniors and faculty; $7 ages 12 and younger; and free to MU students with valid ID.

ANNIVERSARY: Bob and Dorothy Long celebrated a 35-year anniversary Sept. 24. Here’s hoping it was a wonderful anniversary with many more years of happiness, love and wedded bliss to follow.

WINNER: Debbie Miller, intake/assessment staff nurse, behavioral health at St. Mary’s Medical Center, was named a winner of the spirit of St. Mary’s Award for September. She won in the patient care area.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Lynn Cooper, Alyssa Cassidy, Shirley Roberts, Gladys Burns turns 82, Joyce Adams, Tori Wucher, Joyce Diederich, Michael McGuffey, Teresa Sheets, Jerry Burns, Harold Poindexter, Evelyn Gregory, Stephen Jones, Kevin Marra, Joni Prince, Harold Quigley.

TODAY’S ANNIVERSARY: David and Brenda Stevenson.

CHUCKLE: An angel appeared at a faculty meeting and told the dean that in return for his unselfish and exemplary behavior, the Lord would reward him with his choice of infinite wealth, wisdom or beauty. Without hesitation, the dean selected infinite wisdom. “Done!” said the angel, and disappeared in a cloud of smoke and a bolt of lightning. All heads turned toward the dean, who sat surrounded by a faint halo of light. At length, one colleague whispered, “Say something.” The dean sighed and said, “I should have taken the money.”

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