Brenda Lucas: Community news for Wednesday, Dec. 20

December 21, 2017 GMT

DANCE: Dick Newman is music host for the annual Christmas dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22, in the fellowship hall of Trinity Episcopal Church. Cost is $15. Singles are welcome to participate.

STUDENTS: Seven students from Cabell Midland High School Collegium Musicum, directed by Ed Harkless, music department chair/choral music teacher, were recently selected by competitive audition for the 2018 WVACDA All State High School Honor Choir in Charleston. They include Laura Clagg, Bilen Zerie, Jillian Blake, Caleb Dorsey, Joshua McCallister, Jadon Hayes and Ethan Neibergall.

PAGEANT: The Miss Tri-State Area Pageant, open to ages 13-24, is Jan. 28, 2018, at Milton Performing Arts Center. Sponsored by Tri-State Area Scholarship Organization, the pageant is a local preliminary to Miss West Virginia Scholarship Pageant and Miss America Competition. Paperwork deadline is Thursday, Dec. 28. Contact Jennifer Freeman, 304-552-9688, or


SPIRIT: James “Ray” Steele received the “Spirit of St. Mary’s” award for November. The electrician/mechanic in the facility operations department of St. Mary’s Medical Center won in the service area.

BLUE: A “Blue Christmas” service begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, at Community of Grace United Methodist Church, 225 28th St. The service designed to offer comfort and joy to anyone experiencing sadness, loneliness or heartbreak.

WINNERS: Three artists were selected by Jurors Elaine D. Gustafson of Greensboro, North Carolina, and Courtney Kessel of Athens, Ohio, as winners of top prizes in West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s 20th West Virginia Juried Exhibition at the Art Museum of West Virginia University in Morgantown in mid-November. Winners of this year’s $5,000 Governor’s Award were Kylene Babski of Lindside, “Self Portrait, in Shadow”; Bruce Fransen of Harpers Ferry, “Shell Form No. 45″; and Chris Krupinski of Hurricane, “Squared.”

LIST: Three locals were named to Transylvania University’s dean’s list for the 2017 winter term. They include Myriah Porter of Catlettsburg, graduate of Rose Hill Christian School; Josh Porter of Grayson, East Carter County High School graduate; and Tristan Reynolds of Huntington, graduate of St. Joseph Catholic Church. To be named to the list, a student must achieve at least a 3.5 grade point average during the term.

PLAY: Seth Thomas, 22, directs the Christmas play for the sixth straight year at Huntington First Church of the Nazarene, 321 30th St. “Christmas with the Stantons” begins at 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Dec. 21-22.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Mark Connelly, Kenly and Kelsie Thompson, Katherine Cooper, Brantless Shaffer turns 7, Frank Roberts, Donald Cremeans, Sarah Day, Sarah Watts, John Praskwiecz, Benjamin Brent, Luke Grome, Bode King, Isiah Meadows, Sandra Budden, Xander Opimo, Kristin Bowers, Jackson Bucher, Rubie Kauffman, Ashton Warner, Sarah Weimer.


TODAY’S ANNIVERSARIES: Art and Linda Chapman, Scott and Deidre Farley (1997), Harold “Had” and Frances Dale (1947), Mike and Bev Edwards (1985), Jim and Sandy Boggess.

THURSDAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Bill Stark, Joyce Ray, Marie Archambault, Kristy Coleman-Burgess, Beth Carlton, Erin Wilson, James Dunfee, Brooklynn Lea Ash spins the last of the teens at 19, Thomas Schindler, Marcia Anderson, Kristy Boley, Caleb Morgan, Mark Chapman, Conner Smith, Tess Baker, Gene Brown, Payton Conley, Sue Nichols, Marvin Staton, David Short, Connie Rappold, long-time Herald-Dispatch employee experienced in many aspects of its daily operations, Janice Kuhn, Vicki Williams.

THURSDAY’S ANNIVERSARIES: Jim and Jenny Benson celebrate number 55, Frank and Hilda Mynes.

FRIDAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Tom Pafford, Helen Harris, Pam McCoy, Mel Cummings IV, Donna Jones, Stephanie Long, Jim Bounds, Riley Ibanez, Shawn Givner, Mary Jenkins, Pat Wiseman, Chris Anderson, Amy McCarty, Ruth Wilson, Lynn Mayfield, Samuel Burch, Denise Clegg, Taylor Prince, Karen Pauley, Kenzie Fannin, Laura Praskwiecz, Cory Ray, Shirley Carpenter, volunteer at St Mary’s Gift Shop many years.

FRIDAY’S ANNIVERSARIES: James and Pam Thomas, Jack and Sue Nichols.

CHUCKLE: Two-year-old Sarah and her 13-year-old sister had been fighting. Sarah’s parents, trying to take advantage of her newfound interest in Santa Claus, reminded the 2-year-old that Santa was watching and doesn’t like when children fight. “I’ll have to tell Santa about your misbehavior,” mother said as she picked up the phone and dialed. Sarah’s eyes grew big as her mother asked “Mrs. Claus” (really Sarah’s aunt; Santa’s real line was busy) if she could put Santa on the line. Sarah’s mouth dropped open as Mom described to Santa (Sarah’s uncle) how the 2-year-old was acting. When Mom said that Santa wanted to talk to her, she took the phone. Santa, in a deepened voice, explained how there would be no presents Christmas morning for children who fought with their sisters. He would be watching and expected things to be better. Sarah, now even more wide eyed, solemnly nodded to each of Santa’s remarks and silently hung the phone up when done. After a long moment, Mom asked, “What did Santa say to you, dear?” In almost a whisper, Sarah sadly but matter-of-factly stated, “Santa said he won’t be bringing toys to my sister this year.”

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