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Brenda Lucas: Community News for June 11

Jun. 11, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

MUSIC: French Art Colony continues its Second Friday Music Series at 7 p.m. Friday, June 14, in Gallipolis, Ohio. The weather-permitting event, presented in conjunction with Ohio River Live, opens at 6:30 p.m. Entertainment is by Paul Doeffinger. Admission is $5 and $3 students. Bring lawn chairs and/or blankets. Call 740-446-3834.

MILITARY: Air Force Airman Ray A. Rediger graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman is the son of Jenny and Richard Tipple of Gallipolis, Ohio, and a 2012 graduate of Gallia Academy High School.

REUNION: A reunion for descendants of the late Rev. George W. Carter (1816-1884) is from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at Milton's Pumpkin Park Fairgrounds. Call 765-472-7537.

GRADS: Two local students received degrees from West Virginia Wesleyan College during the college's 123rd commencement ceremony in early May. They were Katelyn Cartwright of Huntington and Jesse Patterson of Barboursville.

AUDITIONS: Arts Resources for the Tri-State offers auditions for the classic comedy, "The Man Who Came to Dinner," at 7:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, June 17-18, at 900 8th St. The play directed by Gene Anthony is presented Aug. 16-17 and Aug. 23-24. Call 304-733-2787.

OFFICERS: For the love of roses, new officers for Huntington Rose Society were recently installed. They are Gary Rankin, president; Beverly Delidow, vice president; Monica Valentovic, treasurer; and Bill Dolen, assistant treasurer.

BASH: Charleston Ballet sponsors its ninth annual family fun bash from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 15, hosted by Hamrick Family, 1121 Lyndale Drive, Charleston. Rain date is 2 to 5 p.m. June 16. Jupiter jump, tattoo tent, bungee sports challenge and more are available. The cost is $20 or $50 couple with children.

ACTIVE: On June 8, Sadie Ward of Ceredo turned 104 years young. Her family moved to Wayne County when she was 6 years old and has lived there ever since. She and husband, Brady, were parents of 12 children, with eight still living: Elizabeth Hohman, Evans City, Pa.; Robert Ward, Tampa, Fla.; Brady Ward Jr., Orange Park, Fla.; Cora Dixon and Dorothy Williams, Ceredo; John Ward, Barboursville; Joe Ward, Wayne; and Donna Neff, Grayson, Ky. (Deceased children include James Ward, Garland Ed Ward, Herbert Ward and Frances Lucas). A cook at Huntington City Mission 10 years, she loves flowers and gardening and attending Ceredo Christian Baptist Church. Here's hoping it was a great event with many to follow.

SHINDIG: The regular munchin, gruntin and gabfest shindig for Huntington East High School Class of 1952 begins at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at Ponderosa.

DEGREE: Samantha Yocke, wellness and disease navigator at Novant Health Corp. in Winston-Salem, N.C., graduated with high honors and received her master's degree in health and exercise science from Wake Forest University. The 2007 Huntington High graduate is the daughter of Rick and Sue Yocke of Huntington.

CONCERT: Cumberland Gap Connection and Smith and Company Bluegrass Band perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Mountaineer Opry House, Milton. Doors and concessions open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15; $12 seniors; and $5 seniors/children.

LATE: Scott Barnett, Audrey Jennings, Jennifer Perry, Judy Tarter, May 28; Phil Elliott, Mary Gould, May 29; Cindy Jeffords, Doug L. "Tiger" Spurlock, June 7.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Jesse Logan Hawks is "sweet" 16, Chase Adkins, Kristin Lyttle, Stephanie Esque leaves the 20s to try number 30, Amy Ennis, Beth Sparks, Ann McColm, Elizabeth McGinnis, Jo Ann Humphreys, Maci Bland, daughter of Cody and Haley Bland of Willow Wood, Ohio, celebrates number 3, Linda K. Greene, Dottie Thielke, Felicia Crutcher, Cassie Via, Ester Devore, Michelle Yvonne Byrd Shafer, scheduling coordinator with Cabell Huntington Hospital Float Pool Department, Paul Montie, JoAnn Crowe, Brianna Rose and Christopher Kent Evans, twin sister and brother, hit the tween number at 12.

TODAY'S ANNIVERSARIES: Matt and Brooke Fisher Kenney happily celebrate number 2.

CHUCKLE: Peggy's sister's dieting stint ended the day her 8-year-old saw the price tag on her weight-loss shake. "Whoa!" she yelled out. "Eight bucks for this and it doesn't even work."

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