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Brenda Lucas: Community News column for Monday, Aug. 12

Aug. 12, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

FILM: League of Women Voters sponsors "A Place at the Table" at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at West Huntington Library.

CONCERT: Lee Brice, four-time Academy of Country Music nominee and South Carolina native, performs at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at Ashland's Paramount Arts Center. Tickets are $30, $35, $40 and $45.

GRADS: Three Huntingtonians were among 533 receiving degrees during the recent commencement at Shawnee State University. Audra Bailey, Patrice Carter and Timbalena Wilburn graduated with an associate's degree in nursing.

PREZ: Dr. Michael W. Prewitt, dean of Marshall University College of Health Professions, is now president of the board of directors for United Way of River Cities. Thanks to Dr. Prewitt for his continued leadership and dedication to MU.

ART: Art classes focus on botanical art during August at Renaissance Art Gallery. Instructed by Susan Tschantz, the class is available Wednesdays. Call 304-525-3235.

WARRIOR: Airman First Class Eric McComas, new warrior proudly serving with U.S. Air Force, completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, and will attend technical school at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. He and wife, Krystal, who will join him, are expecting their first child. Both attended the University of New Mexico. The proud father and grandfather-to-be is Gregory McComas, 1975 Huntington High grad and U.S. Air Force retiree.

RETIRED: Don Ray, general manager of WSAZ-TV since 1989 and regional vice president since 2005, retired, according to Gray Television Inc. Beginning with WSAZ in 1973 as an account executive, he later became national sales manager and general sales manager at the station. Don is replaced by Matt Jaquint, former general sales manager for WSAZ from 2002 to 2005 and currently general manager of KTVX and KUCW in Salt Lake City.

SYMPATHY: Earl Edward Adkins of South Point, Ohio, passed away July 25, 10 days before his 80th birthday. When I saw him in March, he wasn't well but shared his usual kindness, happy smiles and laughter. Condolences are offered to his lovely wife, Louise, other family members and friends during this time of grief. May it comfort them to know he is safe in God's care free from pain and suffering and remains on the mind and in the heart of many.

DEGREE: Professor Mildred Battle, retired Marshall University and Mountwest Community and Technical College educator, was presented an honorary doctorate of letters degree at World Forum of Arts, Sciences and Communications Conference in Cambridge, Mass., in July. Professor Battle was appointed to Board of Deputy Directors General by the director general and directors of International Biographical Centre. This Huntington resident serves on this board as the U.S. representative and Ambassador of West Virginia.

BELATED: Frankie Jackson, Breanna Lynne Burns, Aug. 1; Will McClure, Mary Jane Dodrill, Aug. 2; the Rev. Jim Richards, Benjamin Jarrett Baisden, Aug. 3; Palmeda Ross, Mary Alice Conaty, Jennings F. Cornwell, Becky Jobe, Laiken Call, Jeanette Dorsey, Aug. 4; Amy Hall, Justin Minsker, Mike Bowyer, Kelly Richardson, Aug. 5; Beverly Bunch, Stacy McChesney, Aug. 6.

LATE ANNIVERSARIES: Rick and Patty Hannan, Sean and Allison Coughlin (2009), Aug. 1; Jennings F. and Violet Cornwell (1957), Paul and Patricia Cline (1975), Aug. 2; Douglas and Evelyn Smith, Aug. 5.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Phyllis Harless, Shelby Crossen, Gene Crowe, Marlo Wentz, Matthew Taylor, Judy Swann, Patrick Brown, Bonnie Thompson, Lindsey Moore, Vickie Haynes, Kyle Neal, Morgan Zerkle, Renee Justice Gorby is two over the legal age (23), Jeannie Jones, Kyle Brandon is 24, Richard Young, Cassidy Falls, Scott Farley, Christy Faucette, Mark Bailey hits the big 5-0, Kody Manns, great-grandson of Karen Ransbottom and Earl Ransbottom, turns 4.

TODAY'S ANNIVERSARIES: Jay and Rebecca Powers, Paul and Martha Spaulding.

CHUCKLE: A lawyer was playing golf when he got hit by a ball. When the player came over looking for the ball, the lawyer said, "I'm a lawyer, and this will cost you $5,000." "I'm sorry," said the golfer. "But I did say 'fore'." "I'll take it," said the lawyer.

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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