This past weekend was not only Mother’s Day, but it was also the Confirmation Ceremony for four of our youth. Dylan Freeman, Joseph Shaw, Colton Ray and Nick Young were confirmed during our regular service and received a framed certificate from Lana and Rick. Nick and his mom, Misty Young, blessed us as they sang a song together for the congregation. Following our service, the church building was used as the Faulkner County Singing Convention held their monthly singing while the families of the boys earlier confirmed celebrated at the home of Doug and Michelle Ray. The afternoon was very relaxing as the kids swam and played while the adults mingled and visited. Spending Mother’s Day with my church family was such a blessing and I left knowing how lucky I am to have found a church with such wonderful people.

If you have driven by Centerville United Methodist Church lately, you might have noticed that the community garden is flourishing. To decorate the area around the church building, many members of the congregation brought flowering bushes to the church on Mother’s Day to be planted either in memory of or in honor of a mother. I can’t wait to see how beautiful everything looks when everything is blooming.

We only have one more week of school and summer vacation officially begins for many in the community. Graduation for Greenbrier High School was held on Friday night with Spencer Cardin, Haven Cardin, and Austin Cardin graduating. Good luck to all that graduated as they enter the world and begin their adult life.

Guy Small Town 4-H member Kinsey Watkins competed at the Hot Springs County Spring Show recently and won Arkansas Bred Grand Champion Lamb and Sr. Grand Champion Showmanship. Dairy Steer weigh-in has been scheduled for 9 a.m. June 2nd at the Guy Perkins High School. Jansen Riddle has been selected to serve as a 4-H camp counselor this summer.

Congrats to Kinsey Watkins and Kyle Powers of Guy Perkins School, for being selected as Outstanding 8th graders by the GP Faculty. They will be honored at a luncheon at the Conway Country Club by the Conway Rotary Club. These students were selected for their academics, community service, and school activities.

Last weekend was busy for me and Sandy. We attended the Guy Perkins graduation on Friday night, and it was really awesome. So many scholarships too. I think over $400,000 if I heard right. Saturday I was supposed to go at 8 a.m. to Landon’s first t-ball game and it was canceled. Then off to Vilonia gradution at UCA; 200 graduates wow. Congratulations Ryan Holbrook from Vilonia! Then we went to Ryan’s birthday party and graduation party, he turned 18 on Saturday too. Then Sandy got ready for her prom and Gary dropped her off at Profiles for me and at the same time I was watching Landon make his first performance on stage in NLR; and Jerry Dana and Landon took me to Red Lobster out to eat for Mother’s Day. Whew! I was tired. Congratulations to all Seniors hope you make wise choices and go to school to better yourselves. 

On Mother’s Day our whole family met at Ross Italian Restuarant for lunch. They were so busy. After waiting in line we got our meal. Hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day! 

Please keep Todd and Vicky Watkins in your prayers. Last Sunday he had to be flown back to Memphis because he was in so much pain. Todd had a liver transplant about three weeks ago. As far as I know he is feeling some better. 

School is almost out, watch out for those kiddos out there playing this summer. Please slow down on South Bolden Hill Rd. Some of you are driving way too fast.

Send news to holtb42@yahoo.com or call 679-3200. I can’t write about it if I don’t know about it. Have a great and safe week.

The column this week is "Grandparent Brag Time". It has been a busy couple of weeks for some of us grand-parents and parents.

Last weekend, Mike, Susan, Tyler, Scott and Bill and I all traveled to Fayetteville on Friday to spend the weekend with Chris and Chelsey. The occasion was Chelsey’s graduation from the U of A with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Communication. Friday evening we all went out for dinner at Noodle’s Italian Restaurant. Saturday evening we enjoyed a great meal of grilled steak and boiled shrimp. We returned home on Sunday morning.

Wednesday evening we attended the Greenbrier High School Baccalaureate service. Not only do we have one finishing college, but Scott is graduating high school. Thursday afternoon I attended the High School Awards program. Some of our Shady Grove students received high awards. Those graduating with highest honors are Chase Roberts, Gavin Roberts, Miles Wassner, Cody McComber, and Bryce Daniels. Honor graduates are Scott Cavin and Sarah Hammontree. Making the AP Scholars list are Chase Roberts, Gavin Roberts, and Miles Wassner. These students also received several scholarship and other awards. Tenth and 11th grade students receiving awards are, Madison Frye - Leadership Award, Tresslyn Fletcher - World History Award, Amanda Glover - Intro To Drama Award, and Morgan Scroggin - Animal Science Award.

At the 8th and 9th grade awards assembly on Friday, May 11, Meredith Hammontree was named outstanding female 9th grade student. Meredith is the daughter of Shawn and Tonya Hammontree and the granddaughter of Ed and Linda Hammontree and Larry and Rebecca Haltom. Meredith also received a Spanish 1 award for outstanding work.

The weekend of May 11, Mallori Reynolds and her bridal party attended a Pampered SPA weekend at the Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs. The guest were treated to a full spa treatment, an overnight stay in the hotel, and a continental breakfast in the dining room. Those attending were: Pam and Sarah Kunkel, mother and sister of the groom; Meredith, Sarah, and Linda Hammontree; Karen Burgin and Natalie Burgin Havens, Haley Reynolds and her mother, Michelle Harness. Monique and Bree Beruman; and the bride to be, Mallori Reynolds and her mom, Lori Reynolds. Ryder Reynolds went along as an escort. Mallori Reynolds and Travis Kunkel will unite in marriage June 2 at 7p.m. at Bethlehem Baptist Church. Friends and relatives are invited to the ceremony and reception.

The community sends our deepest sympathy to Gail and the family of Marshall "Buddy" Huss who passed away last Saturday following a lengthy illness.