CLASSES: The French Art Colony in Gallipolis, Ohio is running a 16-week beginners’ session prior to ballet on Tuesdays through May 13th. Courses are open to children ages 3 to 16 and cost between 4pm and 4:45 pm per class or $ 52 a month. The Beginner / Middle Class Tap III, which is open to kids 10-14 years old, is 4:45 PM to 5:45 PM at a rate of $ 16 or $ 64 per month. Jazz II’s intermediate class, open to kids 10-18 years old, runs from 5.45pm to 6.45pm and costs $ 16 or $ 64 a month. A Beginner / Intermediate Tap II, open to children ages 9-15, is available from 6.45pm to 7.30pm at a cost of $ 14 per class or $ 52 per month. COVID guidelines are followed, with classroom and waiting areas cleaned up before and after class. Contact 740-446-3834 or maggiejackson@frenchartcolony.org.

EMPLOYEES: Two have joined the Cabell County Assessor’s office. David Lycan and Joab Dellinger will collect data and rate properties across the county for use in the assessment process.

CANCELED: The scheduled meeting of the Lawrence County Regional Planning Commission on Thursday January 21st has been canceled due to the positive increase in COVID-19.

SECOND: Judge Andrew P. Ballard was recently sworn in by Michael P. Patterson in his second term as judge on the Lawrence County Court of Common Pleas.

EXHIBITION: West Virginia Kindergarten through 12th grade students can attend Governor’s 2021 Almost Heaven Art Exhibition sponsored by Governor Jim Justice, First Lady Cathy Justice and the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture, and History . Awards for the unique postcard design with a preferred animal and / or plant species in the state are awarded first to third place in the elementary school, middle school, and high school categories. To download a printable registration form, visit www.wvculture.org. The images and registration form can be submitted or sent to WVDACH, Attn: Cailin Howe, Cultural Center, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. East, Charleston, WV 25305. Selected items will appear at the Charleston State Capitol starting February 10th.

ELECTED: In addition to being re-elected for one more term as Huntington’s mayor, Steve Williams was re-elected for a two-year term on the Board of Directors of the National League of Cities at the 2020 Virtual City Summit. As a board member, he meets in March, June and November to determine the strategic direction.

WRITER: Three Appalachian writers – John Neyer, third generation native Ashlander; Steve Eggleston, a native of Ashland; and John Bullock, an Englishman – will be featured during the Zoom virtual meeting on Monday January 18th at 7pm. The ID and password information for the free event can be found at https://www.facebook.com/WritersCanRead.

HONORED: Marshall University Patrol Officer Taylor J. Eastes was one of 38 people to graduate from West Virginia State Police Academy in November. When he joined the police department in May, he received the Valedictorian Award for the highest academic achievement in his senior year. As a student at Marshall University, he studies cyber forensics and security. Congratulations Taylor on this achievement.

WINNERS: A virtual event to recognize Black History Month and to announce the winners of the poster competition for Black History Month 2021 will be hosted on Tuesday, January 19 at 3:30 p.m. by Dr. Marshall University’s Carter G. Woodson Lyceum hosted https://tinyurl.com/y58wu2ad.

CHUCKLE: Two college students went home while discussing their classes. Carol said, “I took Introduction to Shakespeare last semester and it was really disappointing.” Jane replied, “In what way?” Carol remarked, “He never showed up in class.”

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