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December 17, 2018

MOVIE: “The Polar Express” is shown at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at Paramount Arts Center, Ashland. Tickets are $10. Snack pack costs $5.

RIDIN’: Bob Rider is ridin’ toward the 90-mark as he becomes 89 years young Monday, Dec. 17. May his day be super and filled with happy thoughts, fond memories and surprises.

PROGRAM: Love Your Heart Program presented by WVU Extension Service continues at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Marie Redd Senior Center; 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Cox Landing Public Library; and 4 p.m. Tuesday at Woodlands Retirement Community.

AWARD: Mark Harmon of Ashland Middle School was recently presented the November Teacher of the Month Award by KEE100′s Dave and Jenn. Congratulations, Mark, on this well-deserved honor.

CONCERT: Renaissance presents “The Story Never Changes” directed by Sherry White at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at Highlawn Presbyterian Church.

BACK: What a joy to see Tim Effingham ‘back in the saddle’ walking his dog again after having been a ‘little under the weather’ the past few weeks. How could he not have a speedy recovery with wife, Maureen, taking care of him and watching over him? Here’s hoping he continues to improve and be as good as new in a few days.

MUSIC: School of Music hosts a MUsic Mondays discussion at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at Cellar Door, 905 3rd Ave. Music professor and historian Dr. Vicki Stroeher presents a lecture, “Handel’s Messiah.” Seating is limited. Refreshments are sold. A $10 donation is requested at the door and MU students get in free with an ID.

BELATED: Jayln Anderson became a teenager at 13 Friday, Dec. 14. Hope he had a fun-filled day of surprises and will enjoy the first of his teen years.

AUTHORS: Empire Books and News hosts its monthly Writers Can Read Open Mic Night at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17. Featured writers are Natalie Sypolt and Torli Bush.

STUDENTS: Three local students were recently recognized by Rotary Club of Huntington as Student of the Month. Recognized were Audrey Heaberlin, senior, St. Joseph Central Catholic High School and daughter of Dr. Brian and Miranda Heaberlin, September; Stephen Perrine, senior, Huntington High and daughter of Jim and Beth Perrine, October; and Isaac Perry, 17, senior, Grace Christian School, November.

BALLROOM: A beginner class in ballroom dance is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at Trinity Episcopal Church. The cost is $20 couple.

WINNERS: Southern West Virginia farmers recently recognized for conservation efforts and keeping up farms as part of Agriculture Enhancement Program include Jim and Tonya Fry, Wayne County; Quintin Harless, Boone County; Wesley Morrison, Cabell County; Wayne Grass, Lincoln County; and Mike and Libby Adkins, Mingo County.

FUNDRAISER: Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., West Virginia native and 2011 winner of “America’s Got Talent,” performs during his “Home for the Holidays Tour” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at Point Pleasant High School Auditorium. Tickets are $35. Proceeds from the fundraiser concert help rebuild the Point Pleasant River Museum and Learning Center. Contact www.landaumurphyjr.com or 304-674-0144.

LATE: Charles F. Mann, retired funeral director, celebrated his 91st birthday Dec. 8. He and his loving wife, Patricia Gardner Mann, are parents of Chuck/Sharon Mann of Huntington and Sandee/Dave Millage of Bettendorf, Iowa. Here’s hoping he had a super day with many to follow.

PARTY: West Virginia Paralyzed Veterans of America members and immediate family members, spouses and children age 18 and younger and their caregivers may attend the Christmas party Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Louie’s Lounge, Mardi Gras Casino, Cross Lanes, W.Va. Others may attend for $15. The event includes a buffet dinner, drinks, desserts, door prizes and cash bar. Call 304-925-9352.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Ethan Copeland, Linnet McCann, Justin Williams, Ramona Walker, Bill Harvey, Paige Cruz, Tyler Cummings, Louie Martin, Tim Haney, Toni Madden, Patsy Coffee, Kelsey Plybon, Chris Sanders, Bob Sparks, David Watkins, Lynn Rich, Scott Ramey, Mario Olivares, Arick Nicks, Broxton Litteral, Pat Mott.

TODAY’S ANNIVERSARIES: Gerry and Terri Holley, William and Pat Ray, Jack and Glenna Hendrick, Jim and Norma Morgan celebrate number 58, Mike and Kenessa Thompson, Jim and Amy Reiter, William and Pat Ray, Leroy and Janice Spurlock.

CHUCKLE: A farmhand went to church one Sunday, but when he entered he saw that he and the preacher were the only ones present. The preacher asked the farmhand if he wanted him to go ahead and preach. “Well,” said the farmhand, “I’m not too smart, but if I went to feed my cattle and only one showed up, I’d still feed him.” So the minister began his sermon. An hour passed, then two hours, then two and a half hours. Finally the preacher finished and asked the farmhand whether he had enjoyed the sermon. “Well,” said the farmhand, “I’m not too smart, but if I went to feed my cattle and only one showed up, I sure wouldn’t feed him all the hay.”

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