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Brenda Lucas: Community news for Monday, Jan. 7

January 8, 2019

MEETING: GFWC Woman’s Club of Cox’s Landing meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Lions Club Building, Kyle Lane. Robin Spurlock leads pledge and club collect.

HERO: Many may not believe it or even want to believe it, but Romie Lucas was a hero to me as he was my dad. Under his “what appeared to be tough skin,” he taught me many things how to work on a car, use a hammer, mow grass, be honest and truthful, to name a few. This Salt Rock resident and formerly from Lincoln County would be celebrating his 94th birthday Monday, Jan. 7, but he passed in 2001. The presence of this father of three daughters continues to be missed.

REVIVAL: Revival services with Audie Murphy as evangelist continue at 6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Jan. 7-9, at First Huntington Christian Baptist Church, Guyandotte. Singers include The Bakers, God’s Ointments and Sand Hill’s Youth Choir.

ORCHESTRA: West Virginia Symphony Orchestra presents “Something Old, Something Blue” featuring Nikki Chooi, violinist and Astral artist, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Charleston’s Clay Center. Tickets range from $15 to $63.

PIANIST: Melody Bias shared her music ministry with Milton United Methodist Church Dec. 30. Melody teaches music and band at McKinley Middle School in Kanawha County and provides accompaniment. She also is guest musician with several area choirs, groups and organization. Melody and her husband, Eric, live in Culloden with their daughter, Erica, a Milton Middle School student.

SIGNING: Jason David Frank’s meet and greet/autograph signing tour is from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at The Inner Geek, Ashland, and 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the The Inner Geek in Huntington (formerly Empire Books and News). Jason played Tommy, the original Green Power Ranger in the TV series “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” and currently has a new graphic novel about his character called “Soul of the Dragon.”

BIRTH: Congratulations to Scott and Courtney Kiser McLean on the birth of twins Cora Faye and Desmond Michael born Dec. 23. Cora weighed in at 4 pounds, 7 ounces and Desmond was a little more of a heavyweight at 5 pounds. They are grandchildren of Donna Kiser of Kenova United Methodist Church.

WOMEN: A meeting with the Lavalette Woman’s Club begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the woman’s club.

RESIDENTS: Six new individuals have become residents at Woodlands Retirement Community. They include Patricia Zabel, Patricia Mott, Jim and Norma Casto, Ervin and Susie Jones. May they continue to be welcomed into the new retirement family.

EXPERTS: Robert Hansen is no stranger to the opioid crisis and behavioral health in the area. The executive leader in behavioral health field for more than 40 years and an expert in addiction sciences wasn’t retired from his CEO position at Prestera Center and 22 years there for a long period when he came out of retirement to become director of addiction services at Marshall Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and Marshall Health. Then in December, he was appointed by Gov. Jim Justice to lead the state’s efforts on addiction and recovery by serving as executive director of Office of Drug Control Policy. But another expert has been appointed to assist Bob in this endeavor - Brian Gallagher, RPh, JD, chief of government affairs and health care policy for Marshall University Joan C. Edwards Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy and Marshall Health. He will chair the Governor’s Council on Substance Abuse, Prevention and Treatment.

BLOOD: American Red Cross hosts a blood drive from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at Huntington Blood Donation Center.

SPORTS: The 50th West Virginia Outdoor Sports Show featuring RVs, boats, ATVs and other outdoorsy items is Friday-Sunday, Jan. 18-29, at Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center. The cost is $7 and free to ages 12 and younger.

CLASSES: United Way of the River Cities offer workshop classes from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Greater Lawrence County Area Chamber of Commerce, South Point, Ohio. Another session is from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at City National Bank conference room, West Hamlin, WV. Registration is required, as seating capacity is limited. Contact Andrea Roy, 304-523-8929, Ext. 107, or andrea.roy@unitedwayrivercities.org.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Andrea Gardner, Harper Corrigan, Charlene Farrell, Julie Langille, Linda Mays, Robert Ball, Richie Mills, Stfani Grady is 26, Alice Stanley, Fred Harmon, John Lucas, Kurt Jones, Scott Barber, Jarrah Vance, Charles Williams, Lori Watkins, Earlene Heiner Agee.

TODAY’S ANNIVERSARIES: Glenn and Karen Earl, Cale and Teresa Maybin celebrate number 2, Bill and Susan Wagoner.

CHUCKLE: Jill’s doctor told her that jogging could add years to her life. She said, “He was right. I jogged this morning, and I feel 10 years older already.”

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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