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Township meeting time changed

The Union Township, Lawrence County, board of trustees meeting on Thursday, Dec. 5, will start at 5:30 p.m. The meeting change is instead of its original time of 7 p.m.

Former child support official accused of forgery

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. — An arraignment has been set for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in Catlettsburg for the former manager of the local child support office on 76 counts of forgery and one count of theft, according to Commonwealth’s Attorney Rhonda Copley.

Mary Pickett, 55, of Flatwoods, Kentucky, was indicted on the felony charges last week in Boyd County, according to a news release from Kentucky State Police.

The state police post in Ashland was contacted last September by a Boyd County Child Support contracting official about an employee reportedly taking money from a payroll account, according to the release.

Following an investigation by state police, it was determined a large sum of money was taken over a period of years from the child support office’s payroll account, according to the release.

No money was taken from any child support account or case, according to the release.

Pickett is charged with forging the name of another county official to obtain money unlawfully on multiple occasions, according to the release.

The case was taken to a Boyd County grand jury last week and Pickett was charged with 77 felonies. Each charge carries a prison sentence of from five to 10 years in prison, Copley said Monday.

Pickett was released on a $100,000 bond set last week. She is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges before Boyd County Circuit Judge John Vincent.

She is being represented by David Musetter, an Ashland lawyer.

Marshall students become first-ever cohort of Stanford University Innovation Fellows in WV

HUNTINGTON — Three Marshall University business students have been named University Innovation Fellows (UIF) by Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design.

These students are the first-ever UIF cohort from a West Virginia university and are among 360 students from 90 higher education institutions in 13 countries. The 2019 UIF Fellows from Marshall are Annika Behnke, a sophomore accounting major from Export, Pennsylvania; Kelly Leonard, a junior marketing major from Huntington; and McKenna Sunderland, a sophomore entrepreneurship major from Charleston.

Humera Fasihuddin, co-director of the UIF, said this global program trains student leaders to create new opportunities for their peers to engage with innovation, entrepreneurship, design thinking and creativity.

“These Marshall students worked tirelessly over the last six weeks to understand their campus ecosystem and spot real opportunities to stimulate the entrepreneurial ecosystem on and off-campus. They set a bold vision in their video of what the campus could look like in five years if some of these projects came to fruition. By completing the fellowship, they became not only Marshall’s first-ever cohort of University Innovation Fellows, they also became the first ever from the entire state of West Virginia. We know the power that students have in making things happen on campus and we’re excited to see this cohort join forces with their faculty champions to realize this vision,” Fasihuddin said.

iCenter executives Dr. Ben Eng, Olen York and Tricia Ball served as the fellows’ UIF Faculty Champions during their training.

“The UIF Fellows presented their ideas to grow an entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Tri-State area on Oct. 11 to University President Dr. Jerry Gilbert, Lewis College of Business Dean Dr. Avi Mukherjee and the iCenter Board of Advisors,” Eng said. “The fellows will next virtually present their ideas to Brad Smith, who will provide them coaching on next steps. They will then further their ideas at Marshall’s iCenter until the end of the school year. If they make enough progress, the fellows will be invited to the UIF Silicon Valley Meet-Up in March where they’ll meet other UIF teams from around the world.”

Mukerjee said, “We want to thank a member of our alumni, Mr. Richard Jackson, who established the Dick Jackson COB Student Success Fund to help our fellows with funding for the program. This wouldn’t have been possible without his support and generosity.”

Sunderland is one of the three UIF Fellows recommended by Eng and York, who are members of Marshall’s business faculty. She said she is grateful for the opportunity to learn more about innovative business practices and work with leaders in education and industry.

“I’d say the most important thing I will take from it is that I can use entrepreneurship and innovation to help others,” Sunderland said. “This program will impact my future because I have the tools and resources to help me make a difference on my campus and in my community.”

With the addition of the new fellows, the UIF program has trained nearly 2,200 students since its creation. In spring 2020, fellows will have the opportunity to participate in the program’s signature Silicon Valley Meet-Up in California. During this gathering, fellows take part in immersive experiences at Stanford University and Google, and participate in experiential workshops and exercises focused on topics including movement building, spaces for innovation, design of learning experiences and new models for change in higher education.

To learn more about the 2019 UIF Fellows, visit https://universityinnovationfellows.org/360-students-named-university-innovation-fellows-2019/.

Brenda Lucas: Community news for Tuesday, Dec. 3

Community News

SHOW: Ohio Valley Symphony conducted by Maestro Steven Huang presents the “Christmas Show” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Ariel Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Center, Gallipolis, Ohio. Tickets are $24; $22 seniors and students. Contact 740-446-ARTS or ohiovalleysymphony.org.

MEMBERS: Roger and Peggy Woollard are new members at Huntington’s First United Methodist Church. The Hurricane residents joined the congregation Nov. 10.

A CAPPELLA: 3rd Avenue, Marshall University’s contemporary a cappella singing group, performs a winter concert sponsored by Marshall School of Music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in Smith Recital Hall. The director is Dr. Briana Nannen.

CHUCKLES: It may be the first time that I’ve heard from Rita McComas of Wayne and it makes me smile. She wrote “love your chuckles.” Thanks Rita, keep your news coming and laughter from the chuckles.

“THE NUTCRACKER”: Cirque d’Art presents “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Dec. 6-8 at Vern Riffe Center of the Arts, Portsmouth, Ohio. The holiday classic begins at 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 8 p.m. Sunday. Contact the center for tickets.

IDENTICAL: Drs. Adam and Karl Shaver, now living in Columbus, Ohio, after graduating from Marshall University Joan C. Edwards Medical Center, become another year older Tuesday, Dec. 3. These twins — are what I call identical as I can’t tell them apart — are sons of Dr. Mitch and Micki Shaver and sister to Erin, all of Huntington. May these young men enjoy the prescription for a happy day filled with birthday love, greetings and fulfilled dreams.

FESTIVAL: Exhibitors and artisans from far and near participate in the 43rd annual Lions Club Christmas Festival Friday-Saturday, Dec. 6-7, at Pumpkin Park, Milton. Hours are from noon to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Raffles are available. Proceeds benefit Lions Club’s community projects. Admission is $6 ($5 with coupon from Herald-Dispatch); and free for ages 12 and younger when accompanied by adult.

DOCTOR: Dr. Tom Scott, long-time orthopedic doctor/surgeon in the Huntington area, likes reading this column. Thanks Dr. Scott for being a reader.

PRESENTATION: “The Journey to Bethlehem” is from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Dec. 6-9, at First Baptist Church of South Point, Ohio. Each journey takes 15-20 minutes and continues every 15-20 minutes. Live animals, including a camel, are also featured. Light refreshments are served. Admission is free.

PLEASURE: What a pleasure to meet and chat with Pat Raines a little while on Thanksgiving Day at a local restaurant. She has been a reader of this column several years. Thanks, Pat for being a reader.

BREAKFAST: Stack those pancakes high and go back for more — Wayne High School hosts a pancake breakfast with Santa from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. The cost is $5. Proceeds benefit Wayne Senior Center for Christmas.

MUSIC: The MUsic Alive Guest Artist and Faculty Collaboration Concert Series of MU School of Music continues Wednesday-Thursday, Dec. 4-5, with Bernard Di Gregorio, violist with Montclaire String Quartet and principal viola with West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, at two locations. The Wednesday event begins at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Woodlands Retirement Community and the noon performance Thursday is offered at First Presbyterian Church. Alto clef is also in collaboration with Wendell Dobbs, flute; Solen Dikener, cello; and Johan Botes, piano. Admission is free.

DINNER: Vietnam Veterans of America, Tri-State Chapter 949, offers a Christmas dinner from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Ponderosa Steakhouse, South Point, Ohio. The dinner is free to members. Life membership is $50. Bring DD-214.

CHARITY BALL: The Jingle Bell Charity Ball with a catered dinner, auction and music begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Bluegrass RV Dealer, Ashland. Music is provided by Party Bus. Proceeds support CARES and its efforts to support individuals and families in crisis. Tickets are $75. Sponsor tables are available by calling 606-325-0407.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Lauren Scott Webber becomes “sweet 16”, Janet Harbour, Tim Edin, Randy Turley with Tic Toc Tire Co. leaves the 50s behind for the big 6-0, Reece Gill, Bobbi Jo Wells, Emily Garren, Kenessa Thompson, Reid Fye, Silas Jordan, Katelyn Mann, Gwen Lawhon, Trena Wise.