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Brenda Lucas: Community news for Tuesday, Jan. 30

January 30, 2018 GMT

ANOTHER: Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams of Milton readies himself for another of life’s firsts. The 94-year-old last surviving recipient of the Medal of Honor from the Battle of Iwo Jima flips the coin at the 52nd Super Bowl in Minneapolis on Sunday, Feb. 4.

AUCTION: The Adriaunna Paige Foundation hosts a benefit auction at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at the Lesage Lions Club. Doors open at 5 p.m. Mike Bowen from Wheelersburg, Ohio, is main vendor. Pork barbecue sandwiches, chips and drink are available for $5, beginning at noon. Baked goods also are available. Call 304-962-5291.


LEFT: Father Prakash Sebastian, H.G.N., part of Ona’s St. Stephen Catholic Church family for a short time, has been assigned to a different parish. Goodbyes were said Jan. 7 as he begins his next assignment in Nitro, West Virginia. He is being replaced by Father Thomas K. Kalapurackal from Nitro. Good luck to both as they begin new pastorates.

PAWS: PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure” comes to Huntington in early February. All pups are needed on deck, including the newest one, Tracker, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, and 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena. Tickets are $19, $25, $35, $50 and $110 (VIP).

BAPTISM: Keaton Nathaniel Henderson, born Oct. 23, 2017, to Nate and Meghan Henderson, was baptized Dec. 10 at Kenova United Methodist Church. This bundle of blessings is the grandson of Chuck and Joanie Robateau and great-grandson of Alice Perdue. He has an older brother, Cooper. May God bless those raising this little fellow.

FUNDRAISER: The Huntington Symphony Orchestra hosts its annual Mardi Gras party Huntington style fundraiser at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at St. Mary’s Conference Center. Tickets are $100 and include dinner, drinks and entertainment. Semi-formal attire recommended. Wear official Mardi Gras colors (purple, green and gold) and a favorite Mardi Gras mask for New Orleans-themed contest. Call 304-781-8343.

LIST: In recognition of academic performance, the Office of Vice President for Academic Affairs at University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky, has named two local students to its dean’s list for the fall semester. They are Hayley Kilburn of Ashland and Sydney Maynard of Milton. To be eligible for the list, students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 and be in good academic standing.

YEAR: Another year is gone and contact remains undone for that special “gospel songbird and guitarist” with the former Beulah Trio whom I have known and loved for many years. Glenna Akers of Proctorville is one of the sweetest and most caring friends ever blessing my life. As she tacks on another year Tuesday, Jan. 30, may this mother of two remember how she touched and inspired my life through the years. Prayers that her day be filled with happiness, fond memories, love, family and birthday cake followed by many more birthday celebrations.


RANK: Garrett Ramsey received his Eagle Scout rank during the morning worship service Nov. 12 at Milton United Methodist Church. Boy Scout Troop 92 participated in the service. Congratulations Garrett on a job well done.

CONCERT: Rubber Soul, (Tribute to John, Paul, George and Ringo) local Beatles tribute band, along with Fund For the Arts, sponsor a community event from noon to midnight Friday, Feb. 2, at WVSU Capitol Theatre, 123 Summers St., Charleston. The event, “With A Little Help From Our Friends: The Marathon Concert” involves the continuous, live performance of all (206 to be exact) of the Beatles’ songs hosted by Larry Groce. Festival seating is $25. Proceeds benefit Arts In Education with specific focus on Kanawha County Middle and High School vocal music programs and Fund For The Arts Performance groups.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Kerry Winkler, Alex Hagan, Kelly McGuffin, Phil Jenkins, Jim Rudersdorf, Ruth Quimby, Dale Reynolds, Will Couch, Amelia Rapp, Norman Lunsford, Russ Williams, Father Paul Yuenger, David Stevenson, Janie Stone, Brandon Burns becomes legal at 21, Stephanie Ellis, Jerry Creameans and twin sister, Terri Hatfield, still in the 50s at 58, Scott Waugh, Miranda Chaffins, Sylvia Jackson, Red Rakes, Martin Fenik,

CHUCKLE: A young, single pastor moved to town and decided he would go around and introduce himself to the new congregation. He rang the first door bell and a lady came to the door. She stared at him as he introduced himself. She said, “I can’t believe how much you look like Conway Twitty, the country music singer.” He replied, “Yes, ma’am, I hear that a lot.” He went to the next house and the next, and every lady that came to the door said the same thing - that he was a Conway Twitty look-alike. At the last house, a shapely young lady came to the door with a towel around her. He started to introduce himself, but she loosened her towel, threw her arms in the air, and screamed, “Conway Twitty!” The pastor stood there, stunned. Then he said, “Hello, darling!”

Send items to Brenda Lucas, P.O. Box 596, Ona, WV 25545; fax to 304-526-2857; or email to bklucas53@aol.com.