Brenda Lucas: Neighborhood information for Monday, June 21 | Options/Leisure

85 .: Although Suzanne Schaffer from Ironton turns 85 on Monday, June 21, she can probably do as much or more work than most of the others. The Paramount Arts Center marquee room volunteer is very much loved by her marquee friends and a pleasure to have with you. Keep smiling, Suzanne. You certainly don’t see or act at your age.

CONGRATULATIONS: Congratulations to Jonathan Howat of Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church. Chris and Amy’s son Howat graduated from Hurricane High School and plans to attend the US Naval Academy. Amy is a former employee of Herald-Dispatch.

LISTED: Six residents were named to the dean list of Concord University, Athens, West Virginia for the spring semester. You are Victoria Cobb, Eleanor; Gavin Brandenburg, Huntington; Riley Costello and Madyson Kennedy, both from Oceana; Kaleigh Baisden, Williamson; and Cartney Schoolcraft, Winfield. This list recognizes full-time students who have been enrolled for at least 12 hours per week and have achieved an average grade of 3.5 or more at the end of the semester.

GOLF: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Tri-State is hosting its 22nd annual Golf for Kids’ Sake golf tournament on Friday June 25th at Bellefonte Country Club, Ashland. Registration begins at 7:30 am, followed by a shamble format with a shotgun start at 9:00 am. Team Fastrax, America’s skydiving team, showcase the American flag in an aerial photo by parachuting onto the # 1 fairway. Participating veterans will be honored. A continental breakfast and lunch will be offered to participants. Sponsorships start at $ 150 per player, $ 600 per foursome, and $ 750 per team and hole. Corporate and full sponsorships are available. Contact Mandy Perry, Event Coordinator,

WRITERS: Robin Yocum and Jim Minick will be featured at Writers Can Read at Heritage Station on Monday, June 21st, 7pm to 9pm

STUDENTS: Two Kentucky residents were among the 363 named on Campbellsville University’s presidential list for the spring semester. They are Megan Hanners from Grayson and Maya Madden from Ashland. To be recognized for this list, students must achieve a grade point average of 3.50 or higher for the semester with a study load of at least 12 hours.

EXHIBITION: The 53rd annual festival competition begins Sunday, June 27th and runs through July 31st at the French Art Colony, Gallipolis, Ohio. A reception is from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. June 27th. Submissions will be accepted from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 3rd – 4th Exhibited July while the winning pieces will be exhibited for the entire month of July.

NAME: Easton Petitt of Barboursville was one of 221 students to graduate from West Virginia University’s Potomac State College spring semester. To be eligible for this list, students must be enrolled for at least 12 credit hours of graded courses, have a grade point average of 3.0-3.699, and have no D, F, or I grades.

RECIPIENTS: Of the more than 1,400 students recently graduating from the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, Grace Peyton of Hurricane, West Virginia, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in communications.

CHUCKLE: When Johnny got home from school his dad said, “Let me see your testimonial.” Johnny replied, “I don’t have it.” The father asked him why he didn’t. Johnny replied, “My friend just borrowed it so he could scare his parents.”

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Travis Lemon: The brand new stress of regular | Options/Leisure

Normal? After over a year of being hypervigilant during a pandemic, I’m no longer sure I remember how normal it works. Do you?

Now that the CDC says that fully vaccinated people can begin most of the activities we did before the pandemic, there is an unusual level of stress that many of us are experiencing. The stress of the normal. Let’s look at a few things about this stress and see what we can do to feel a little better about ourselves.

Life without masks makes many people uncomfortable. When we are fully vaccinated, the mask is no longer as necessary in most situations as it was before, but if it makes you feel more comfortable then keep it on. Even if you are fully vaccinated, it is perfectly fine to keep wearing your mask if it makes you feel less stressed out. Of course, certain companies and workplaces may still require masks, so it’s best to have one with you anyway.

Accept that you are stressed out. Don’t try to deny that you are feeling stressed. Any change, good or bad, can come with stress. As much as we try to avoid it, life can just be stressful at times and it is best to acknowledge it and talk about it. Talk to your doctor and also consider starting a meditation practice. Many doctors and therapists will suggest incorporating mindfulness exercises into your daily life. I suggest keeping a daily gratitude journal listing the things you are grateful for each day. I also find that practicing loving kindness is a great way to balance a stressful time. If you’d like to give this practice a try, I’ve recorded some guided meditations on the Insight Timer app that you can try for free.

Support your adrenal glands. When we are under stress, our adrenal glands can suffer. These important glands are involved in our stress response, energy and focus. I recommend supplementing with a blend of adaptogenic herbs like holy basil, ashwagandha, rhodiola, and others. Some adaptogenic supplements are more calming. Some will be more stimulating. Talk to a knowledgeable health food store representative to see which product will suit your needs.

Practice good sleep hygiene. Sleep and stress go together. If we don’t get a good night’s sleep, we are likely to be more stressed. Set a sleep time and stick to it as best you can. Prepare your brain and body for sleep. Turn off your screens just before bed, read a chapter in a book, or meditate for a few minutes instead of playing another episode. I also recommend taking a nightly magnesium supplement to aid in deep sleep.

At this point, “normal” is a change, and our brains are not as capable of changing. It’s okay to be stressed out. It’s okay to go slowly. Life has been strange for so long that maybe getting back to normal is even stranger, and that’s fine. Go at your own pace. Do what feels safe to you. Stress is stress, and even if it feels a little silly or strange to be stressed out to get our normal daily routine back, your stress is still valid. Sleep, be mindful, support your adrenal glands, get vaccinated if you haven’t, or at least speak to your doctor about it if you have any questions or concerns. We are all involved together, even if we all proceed at our own pace.

Travis Lemon is a certified herbalist and co-owner of Tulsi at The Market in Huntington. He has been in the natural healing and wellness industry for over 14 years. He can be reached at

Brenda Lucas: Neighborhood information for Tuesday, June 1 | Options/Leisure

POSITIONS: Two positions – one female and one male – must be filled for the Union District committee meeting on June 24th. A volunteer nationwide communications person is desirable. Direct inquiries to Wayne County Democrat Committee, PO Box 156, Fort Gay, WV 25514.

CANCELED: Due to COVID-19, the 45th Vinson High School Class reunion from 1975 has been postponed from 2020 to 2021 and scheduled for Saturday June 5th. Due to a lack of response, this year’s reunion has been canceled.

PASTOR: Following Father Paul Yuenger’s imminent retirement as pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Huntington, Rev. Tijo George, MCBS, current administrator of Our Lady of the Hill Parish in Elkview and St. Anthony Parish in Charleston, was appointed for July 14 as new pastor. God’s blessings on Father George for the success of his move and ministry, and Father Yuenger for his future endeavors.

WAREHOUSE: Salvation Vocation Summer School, open to grades 6-12, is available Monday through Friday, June 7 through July 30, 7:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Salvation Army, 1227 3rd Avenue. The cost is $ 50. Contact 304-529-2401 or

CELEBRATIONS: Rev. Kevin and Kim Lantz of the Steele Memorial United Methodist Church in Barboursville celebrated three occasions on the same day – May 23rd. It was the couple’s 40th anniversary, granddaughter Rylee Grace’s ninth birthday, and HD graduation for granddaughter Anna Grace. Congratulations on these celebrations – I hope everyone had a good time and was well attended.

FUNDRAISER: Huntington City Mission is hosting its 17th annual classic golf fundraiser at Sugarwood Golf Course, Lavalette on Saturday, June 5th at 8:00 am. Breakfast and lunch are provided. The donation fee is $ 75. Contact to Jodi Dowell, or 304-523-0293.

CONCERT: The Pullman Square Summer Concert Series with Chase Jobe / El Dorodo will take place on Thursday, June 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the front yard of the square. Bring blankets and camping chairs for the free concert.

ACCEPTED: Four residents of South Point, Ohio were among the 51 students who received an associate degree from Ohio University Southern, Ironton for the spring semester. Recipients of the Associate Degree in Nursing included Keri M. Dement, Caleb Joel Eplion, Kelsey Elizabeth Freeman, and Amber Nicole Vaughn.

FOUR-IN-ONE: The Adriaunna Paige Foundation is holding a four-in-one event on Saturday, June 5th at the Barboursville Park Amphitheater – vendor sales, gospel singing, silent auction and children’s fishing tournament. Sales with Burnt by Amanda, Soul Food Twist, For His Kingdom Creations, Matthew 6-33 and more will run from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. It costs $ 25 to set up and a donated item for the silent auction later in the day. The fishing tournament, open to ages 1-12 and 13-18, costs $ 5. Trophies are awarded in both groups for the smallest, largest and most caught fish. Gospel singing with Ed Caldwell, Redeeming Love, Rob Bollette and others is from 2pm to 7pm. Bring a chair or blanket. Proceeds finance summer events for angels with special needs. The COVID rules of the countries are followed. Call April Craft at 304-962-5291.

SCHOLARSHIP: Beverly Beldon, President of Westmoreland Woman’s Club, presented Blake Lockhart, Sr., with this year’s $ 1,000 college scholarship in the recent Spring Valley Awards program. Scholarships and other philanthropic awards were made possible through the club’s fundraising drives.

SALE: The Salvation Army is sponsoring a rooting and hot dog sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 5, in his back parking lot at 1235 3rd Ave. The proceeds from the Wühl sale will benefit the women’s service and the hot dog sale will benefit the youth.

COMICS / TOYS: The Huntington Comic and Toy Convention – an annual event featuring comics, toys, pop culture, and more hosted by Geek Inc. of Ashland – runs Saturday through Sunday, May 5-6. June, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Mountain Health Arena. Tickets cost $ 15 to $ 45.

PAWS: Dog-friendly vendors, homemade treats, a farmer’s market, and other activities are on offer at iHeart Media’s monthly Paws at Pullman event from 9am to 12pm on Saturday, June 5th in Pullman Square. The proceeds will go to the Little Victories animal rescue service.

TODAY BIRTHDAYS: Libby Kondik, Connie Chaney, Jack Jackson, Kelly Watts, Kay Hawthorne, Janet Simpkins, Babu Mattam, Stanley Mattam, Sam Sheils, Travis Noble, Julianne Leach.

GIGGLE: The 6-year-old boy studied the wedding photos and asked, “Did you marry Papa because he was handsome?” “Not really,” the mother replied. “Did you marry him for his money?” asked the boy. “Definitely not,” laughed the mother. “He didn’t have any.” “So,” said the boy, “did he only feel sorry for him?”

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HMS scholar amongst winners of annual Younger Writers Contest | Options/Leisure

HUNTINGTON – Since 1984, the West Virginia Young Writers Contest has celebrated student writing in the state as a result of the commitment to write in all subjects and to publish, display, and celebrate student writing.

That year, Huntington Middle School’s Claire Johnson won second place in seventh and eighth grades for her play “Zombies,” which is listed below.

Teachers and administrators in each county encourage students to submit letters for assessment first at school and then at the county level.

Entries can be submitted on any topic and in any genre of prose: fiction, non-fiction, short stories, memoirs or essays.

Executives at Marshall University’s Central West Virginia Writing Project then judge entries based on ideas, organization, voice, choice of words, sentence flow, and conventions. The state winners were announced to the public on Friday, Young Writers Day, which took place practically in Microsoft teams.

First-placed county winners receive certificates and participate in workshops with published writers / moderators on West Virginia Young Writers Day. State winners in each of the six competition categories will receive checks for $ 100 for first place, $ 50 for second place, and $ 25 for third place.

“Zombies” by Claire Johnson

Alone a young girl rested and slept soundly. Not far from her bed was a broken clock, the screen broken and the plug unplugged. The girl lay for long hours and slept soundly, without the screaming of the little clock. In her little house everything was quiet, still without the voices and steps of her parents who had gone to work long before. The girl didn’t like it when her parents left; she felt alone.

Have a chat, your parents would say. But she knew what kind of entertainment her parents meant. The kind that started with a screen and ended in despair, detachment and a throbbing headache. She would much rather explore, read, and create. Boredom was a more watchful parent than those who fathered her – boredom at least taught her lessons and sparked her creativity. Why can’t you be like the other kids? her parents would ask. They are all very happy with their devices. But the little girl didn’t want to be like the other children. She didn’t want to be a zombie.

She stumbled down the stairs and rubbed the sleep from her eyes. Her house was perfect: every finish was pristine, not a single thing out of place, as if no one lived in the house at all – which she sometimes took to be true. She took her coat off the hanger and stepped outside into the crisp autumn air. She enjoyed the outdoors, much to her parents’ displeasure. They will chase Mud through the house, they would scold. I know you like to go outside, but why not just watch some nature documentary instead? The little girl did not understand her parents, nor did they understand them.

She looked at the trees that lined her meadow. She enjoyed the park, but it always hurt to see it. Every person who sits on the benches is fascinated by the virtual life into which they have plunged desperately. She would watch from a distance and notice small details. She was very good at it and noticed details. Her parents called it a nuisance, annoyed that she paid more attention to other people than to her screen. Your device teaches you things that are far more important than observation.

The little girl disagreed.

She walked along the stream and watched the ducks chase each other in circles, longing for the ignorant bliss that she was sure they felt. She walked down the street and entered a small cafe. The little girl always enjoyed the little café and drank her tea from mini tea cups. While she waited in line, she watched the people in front of her. The one in front appeared to have headphones on and moved its head in a bass beat that was so easy to hear for someone who listened closely. No one but the little girl seemed to be listening closely, too intrigued by her ex’s new girlfriend, or at least the girl who was sitting at a nearby table. She scrolled and scrolled, and her eyes narrowed every time her ex showed up in her feed. The little girl looked away. She knew when she was invading someone’s privacy.

Finally, when it was her turn, she went to the cash register. She just pointed at the menu, her finger barely reaching across the counter for the cashier to see. He nodded and turned his gaze back to the computer screen in front of him.

After a few moments, a young looking boy in an apron presented her mini teacup and the little girl took a seat in the back. She liked the back of the little cafe – it gave her a clear view of everyone in it. When she was done, she skipped the door she came in and gave a rare smile to a woman on her way. The woman was too busy with her screen to notice.

The little girl was walking the inner streets of the city, her least favorite place. The sidewalks were full of people, but somehow it was the place where she felt most lonely. Everyone was walking back and forth, their heads buried in their screens. The little girl was often tossed around by a distracted pedestrian who was too focused on his own virtual life to notice a lonely child. That was what bothered her the most, the reason why she was most tempted to pick up her screen and pretend to enjoy the desperation and headache it brought with it: the feeling of belonging, the feeling of acceptance in a society that would otherwise never accept it. These thoughts are way too great for someone your age, their parents would complain. The little girl agreed.

She wandered the city alone, tears marking the agony she felt – alone, calm, suffocated by the walking zombies that surrounded her. Slaves to their own devices.

Brenda Lucas: Group information for Monday, Might 3 | Options/Leisure

TASTE: The Venetian property in Milton is offering a Cinco de Mayo tequila tasting on Wednesday 5th May from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. The doors open at 6.30 p.m. Five tequila dishes with five tasting dishes are available. Order online at

STUDENTS: Eight residents of Coal Grove, Ohio were among the 272 students who were placed on the deans list for the fall semester at Ohio University Southern, Ironton. They are Kayla Delawder, Alicia Fraley, Khylee Keaton, Jordan Lucas, Ragin Marcum, Will Sites, Camryn Uding, and Stacie Wilson. To be eligible for this list, students must have earned at least a grade point average of 3.5 for at least 15 semester hours, including a minimum of 12 hours for letter grades, which are used to calculate the grade point average.

DISPOSAL: Tire collection, on-site document shredding, and drug take-back will be held on May 14th, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at 154 County Road, 450 South Point, Ohio. Open to all Lawrence County residents, the event is sponsored by Lawrence County Commissioners, Project First Impression, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, and the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District. The program provides attendees with proof of residence in Lawrence County the proper disposal of off-rim passenger and light truck tires. There is a limit of 10 tires per person. Call 740-532-1231 or 740-533-4300.

ORDERED: A service ordaining Drew Pyles as a deacon was held at Onas Antioch Baptist Church on April 25.

HOURS: The Marshall University Drinko Library recently announced that summer hours will run through August 13th. It is open Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. visit

BIRTH: Vince and Joy Agee of Kenova United Methodist Church became the great-grandparents of a grandson, Greyson Mark Hollman. He was born on March 26th to Whitney and Jay Hollman.

LISTED: Three local residents graduated from the University of Kentucky at Lexington with a major in Integrated Strategic Communications and were added to the deans list for the Fall 2020 semester. They are Tyriq Kavone Duckwyler and Alannah L. Molenda, both from Boyd County, Ky .; and Madelyn Lee Anderson of Putnam County, WV. To be eligible for this list, students must have a grade point average of 3.6 or higher and have earned 12 or more credits that semester, excluding credits earned in pass-fail classes.

DRIVE-THRU: The Ashland Community and Technical College is hosting a drive-thru graduation ceremony for students graduating late in the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters on Saturday, May 8 at 10 a.m. on 1400 College Drive. The installation in the car begins at 9:30 a.m. The event will be broadcast live and shared on the college’s Facebook page. Social distancing is encouraged.

CHUCKLE: A new young bride called her mother tearfully. She sobbed, “Robert doesn’t appreciate what I’m doing for him.” “Now, now,” her mother consoled, “I’m sure it was all just a misunderstanding.” “No, mother,” you don’t understand. “I bought a frozen turkey bun and he yelled and yelled at me about the price!” “Well, the nerve of this lousy curmudgeon!” said her mother. “These turkey rolls are only a few dollars.” “No, mother, it wasn’t the price for Turkey, it was the plane ticket.” “Air ticket … What did you need a plane ticket for?” her mother asked. “Well mother, when I went to fix it, I looked at the instructions on the package and it said ‘Prepare from a frozen state’ so I flew to Alaska!” answered the daughter.

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Barks Insanity contest champions introduced | Options/Leisure

HD Media’s Barks Madness competition has crowned its champions.

The contest gave readers the chance to vote on their favorite dolls each week, and the contest was “ruff” – I don’t know.

The Herald Dispatch Champion is Bailey, a 4 year old miniature Dachshund owned by Tammy Gygi of Hurricane, West Virginia.

“She is a salvation. We went on a 30 hour round trip to Omaha to adopt her, ”said Gygi. “I’ve always had a Dachshund, and when I saw a picture of Bailey, she really grabbed me. It has distinctive markings. “

Bailey’s foster mother quickly saw that it was a good game, so Tammy and her boyfriend brought Bailey home.

“Since she’s a rescue, she’s shy of strangers, but when she’s around us she’s full of cum,” said Gygi.

Her favorite story about Bailey is that the dog “asked” about a pirate ship for Christmas.

Actually, Tammy put this on her Christmas list for her family as a joke. Her sister-in-law agreed that Bailey actually needed a pirate ship and got her a pirate ship bed for Christmas.

“It has a skull, a small flag, and an anchor. She puts all her toys in and proudly sails in her pirate ship every day, ”said Gygi.

The Charleston Gazette Mail Champion is Drago, a 9 month old Golden Retriever owned by Jennifer McPherson. She describes Drago as “a huge puppy” who loves to eat, hike and play ball.

He also enjoys sitting on laps – a challenging activity considering he weighs 65 pounds.

“He’s put on 40 pounds since Thanksgiving,” said McPherson. “It grew fast.”

When he’s not waxing, Drago has been working on his ball catching skills.

“He kept dropping balls last summer. My friend liked to joke that his retriever was broken, ”said McPherson. “But he’s mastered it now. He can catch the ball in his mouth and will play ball for hours. “

McPherson also taught him a few tricks, such as jumping through a hula hoop.

For the competition, she took Drago to visit her office as part of an election campaign.

“He met people, sniffed around for a while, then lay down and took a nap,” she said. “He’s just a really good boy because he’s so young.”

The Hurricane Animal Hospital sponsored the Barks Madness competition.

“It was a lot of fun for us. I think pet owners who were able to share photos of their pets and get people to vote brightened our day, ”said owner Jennifer Sette.

“Over the past year, people have realized how important pets are to their lives. When we can’t go out and get in touch with others, having a pet for companions can be of great help and comfort, ”said Sette.

Thanks to the Hurricane Animal Hospital’s central location in Hurricane, they receive animals from Kanawha and Cabell counties as well as Putnam Counties.

“It made sense for us to sponsor Barks Madness for both Huntington and Charleston,” said Sette.

Congratulations to Bailey and Drago! While they are the winners, there are no losers so hold those tails up. Every pet is a champion for their families.

HD Media would like to thank all pet owners and readers who took part in this year’s competition.

Huntington Museum of Artwork presents Portfolio 2021 | Options/Leisure

HUNTINGTON – The Huntington Museum of Art is showcasing the work of high school art students in the Portfolio 2021 exhibit, now on display through Sunday May 16.

Because of the pandemic, HMA had to cancel its portfolio last year. To avoid the exhibition being canceled two years in a row, HMA has narrowed the focus of this year’s exhibition to highlight the work of high school graduates, according to a press release.

“We wanted to push this year’s student art show to give senior art students the opportunity to display their work in a museum while building a portfolio for advanced study,” said Cindy Dearborn, HMA’s director of education. “We hope that health conditions will have improved over the next year so that we can again exhibit the work of middle and high school students and hold a reception for the young artists and their families.”

Despite the pandemic, regional art teachers worked to help their students participate in the Portfolio 2021 exhibition.

“We are extremely impressed with the dedication of art teachers in our area who have gone out of their way to bring their high school graduates’ artwork to the Huntington Museum of Art for this exhibition,” said HMA educator George Lanham.

About a dozen student papers are presented. John Farley, Senior Curator of the HMA, selected Brealynn Harper’s “Strike Down Stereotypes” as the winner of the 2021 Janet Bromley Excellence in the Arts Award. Harper attends Cabell Midland High School, where Jennifer Stephens is her art teacher. All student artists participating in the exhibition received a small cash prize.

Participating high schools include Paul G. Blazer of Ashland, Dawson-Bryant, Cabell Midland, Huntington, and Russell.

For more information, visit or call 304-529-2701. HMA is fully accessible.

Jamie Mathis: Revisiting ‘The Shining’ provides to appreciation | Options/Leisure

It’s difficult to revisit Stephen King’s “The Shining” without raising Jack Nicholson’s ominously raised eyebrows and the famous ad-libbed line “Here’s Johnny!” Imagine. In Stanley Kubrick’s film, but after a third reading, I realized how cleverly King King used horror as a metaphor for addiction and its consequences, especially for families.

A struggling writer and alcoholic with a history of abuse, a description that reflects King’s own life, loses his job at a highly regarded New England prep school for boys. Jack Torrance is recommended by a former drinking buddy (also headmaster at this school) as caretaker of the Overlook Hotel in the off-season. The off-season is an excruciating six months of extreme winter weather in the Colorado Rockies. With the cautious but hopeful Mrs. Wendy – a stark contrast to Shelley Duvall’s mouse-soft portrayal at the abusive request of Kubrick – and the clairvoyant son Danny, the Torrance family soon found themselves in the large hotel lobby at the turn of the century.

Just before and during the trip from New England to Colorado, Danny saw visions in the form of warnings from an older and trusted imaginary friend, Tony. What could possibly go wrong?

The Torrance family is viewed upon arrival by Dick Hallorann, Overlook’s head chef, who is on his way to a Floridian resort. Dick has skills similar to Danny – “shiny,” as Dick’s grandmother calls it – that give Danny some wisdom about the creepiness of the Overlook.

After a few weeks of supernatural events and impending winter weather, Jack’s delusions and paranoia (if he could just have a drink) are felt, and Wendy and Danny become increasingly vulnerable to Jack’s outbursts. The literal and metaphorical “demons” Jack, Wendy and Danny are manifestations of the many guests of the Overlook, who – like the previous caretaker and his family – have often experienced disruptive fates and give the Torrances and the reader the impression that one cannot easily do check out the Overlook Hotel.

I urge anyone who happens to be fans of Kubrick’s version, or the psychological horror genre in general, to read King’s novel to gain a better understanding of the source material and perhaps learn something that goes beyond the limits of horror. Both King and Kubrick’s The Shining can be checked out in the Briggs Lawrence Co. public library. Be sure to search the library catalog or call your branch for more information.

Jamie Mathis is a librarian at the Briggs Lawrence County Public Library.

Brenda Lucas: Group information for Monday, March 8 | Options/Leisure

LISTED: Two residents of Barboursville and one from Culloden were among the more than 8,400 students who qualified for the deans list for the fall semester at Ohio University in Athens. These include Chris Courts and Jessica Napier, both from Barboursville, and Chris Camp from Culloden, College of Health Sciences and Professions.

Postponed: The Gary Allan concert, previously scheduled for November 5, 2020 and March 25, 2021, has been postponed to Friday, September 17 at the Mountain Health Arena.

Twins: Eddie and Vicki Smith of the Steele Memorial United Methodist Church in Barboursville became great-grandparents of twins who were born on February 23. The son of Keegan and Kristi Ray of Greensboro, NC, were Quinton Tucker weighing 6 pounds, 9 ounces and Murphy Owen at 5 pounds, 7 ounces. Congratulations on this double blessing.

TOUCHED: Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council Girl Scouts have a new home – Ashland Town Center. Located near JC Penney, the facility is a place for programs to purchase uniforms, badges, liquor, and other Boy Scout items. Cookies are sold at kiosks near Bath and Body Works during the weekend hours and in store during the week during cookie season. visit

NOMINEES: Four Cabell County high schoolers were among six West Virginia high school students nominated by Rep. Carol Miller for US military service academies. These include Austin Dempsey, Huntington High, son of Nathan and Barbara Dempsey, US Naval Academy; Samuel Vance, also from Huntington High, son of Samuel and Sheri Vance, US Air Force Academy; Jackson Shouldis, Cabell Midland High, son of Eric and Amy Shouldis, US Air Force Academy; and Paul Yeoman, Spring Valley High, son of Paul and Alissa Yeoman, US Navy and Air Force Academy.

CANCELED: According to the Marshall Artists Series, a concert with the band America was canceled on April 15 at the Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Full refunds can be obtained at the original point of purchase. Call 304-696-3326.

FORGIVE: On behalf of the President of the Cabell County Chapter of the West Virginians for Life, Cathy Weiss, Huntington Life Chain Coordinator and Local Group Vice President, presented Monsignor Dean Borgmeyer, Pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church, with an award – Best Attendance Among Parishioners at Huntington Life Chain 2020, demonstration against abortion. This is the third time in 18 years in Huntington that the group has awarded the award to this church.

Cadet: Huntington Junior ROTC Cadet Jacob Lee was one of 230 Air Force ROTC Juniors around the world to receive a ROTC Flight Fellowship and one of more than 1,340 cadets to be applied for. The award is presented annually and includes transportation, room and board, academics, and flight hours required to obtain a private pilot’s license.

EXHIBITION PIECE: Garth’s auctioneers and appraisers present “The Art of Still Life” at the Huntington Museum of Art. The exhibition, which is available until June 6, shows a wide range of still lifes from their collection, including a 17th-century painting by the Italian painter Bartolommeo Bettera Century, a pastel drawing by the Cubist master Georges Braque and American artist. The opening times are Tuesday to Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday; and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Entry is free for a limited time. Contact 304-529-2701 or

GIGGLE: A man took his car to a garage for routine maintenance. Noticing earlier that a tire was too low, he asked the mechanic to check it and add air. When the man went to pay the bill, he was shocked to see a $ 10 charge for air. “What’s this?” he asked. “The air used to be free!” “Well, that’s inflation for you,” replied the cashier.

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The Herald-Dispatch is in search of nominations for Star College students | Options/Leisure

Do you know an outstanding high school graduate who will graduate this year?

The Herald-Dispatch is looking for submissions for its 2021 Tri-State Star students. Tell us in 25 words or less about the graduate’s accomplishments, including academic, athletic, and artistic accomplishments. Leadership roles; Community service; and other talents.

Selected students will be featured in a special closing section in The Herald-Dispatch in May.

Send your submission to Herald-Dispatch Star Students, PO Box 2017, Huntington, WV 25720, or fax it to 304-526-2857.

You can submit an electronic form by going to At the top of the page, click Menu, then click “Nominate a Senior with a Top Degree”.

Submissions must be received by Friday April 2nd.