Today is the Centerville Volunteer Fire Department’s Annual Pancake Breakfast and it is located at the new fire station. Also note that the Faulkner County Singing Club will meet tomorrow, March 10, at Pleasant Hill Church of the Nazarene. Singing will begin at 1:30 p.m. and the public is invited. For more than 70 years, this church has had good singings. For 2013, in addition to the Club singing tomorrow, the church will host the Faulkner County Singing Convention on July 26 and 27.

The Centerville United Methodist Church held its monthly fellowship potluck last Sunday. I was particularly happy to see my in-laws attend this month. Jim and Sherry Freeman have been attending church the last few weeks and it has been a blessing. Centerville has grown so much over the past few years and I just love our little church.

Our ladies are enjoying the Bible Study on Monday nights and were glad to see a good crowd each week. Trina Reynolds returned this week but we were missing Erin Shaw and Margaret Beasley. In attendance were Lana Gartner, Jennifer Freeman, Lucy Worm, Stephanie Strain, Genene Smith, Mary Ann Halsey, Joanne O’Shea, Trina Reynolds, and Donna Camp. We would love to have you if you still want to come and join us. We usually have some pretty yummy snacks and always have a few laughs before we let Beth Moore touch us and inspire us with her wealth of knowledge about the Bible and her outgoing personality.

Shady Grove

It has been a few weeks since I have written a column. With no help it is hard to come up with anything to write about. Readers, please send me news when you have special occasions! I meet so many people in the area who miss reading about friends in Shady Grove.

Gale and Carl Garrison attended a ceremony at UCA McCastlain Hall Fireplace Room on Feb. 16 to endow a scholarship in Fay Dean Dunevant’s name and the unveiling of a plaque. Gale and Fay were co-workers at the UCA until Fay’s death in 1999.

Gale Garrison and Jimmie Merritt attended The American Boy choir presentation at Reynolds Performance Hall Friday night. The Central Arkansas Children’s Choir sang two numbers with them. Addison Duncan, daughter of Keith and Melissa Duncan and granddaughter of Loraine Stevenson sang with the group.

The Greenbrier Bookcase for Every Child Program once again needs gently-used children’s books. Last spring 40 children received a personalized bookcase filled with books donated by the community. Bookcases are currently being built for a spring presentation. Please help us by donating these books. For some children, this may be the only reading material they have access to outside of school. Boxes are placed in schools, local churches, and banks. Please help. If you have questions, email Linda Hammontree at

Whitney Eason and Carl Garrison attended the wedding of Heath Beatty and Krista Whitfield Friday night at the New Life Freewill Baptist Church in Morrilton. Heath is the son of Dale and Vickie Blaylock.

Todd and Whitney Eason and Carl Garrison met Lance and Melissa Marriott and Alli Victory and her friend Sunday afternoon at the Texas Roadhouse in North Little Rock. Lance and Melissa were recently married and Alli recently turned 16. Alli’s late aunt, Karen Garrison, had set aside a ring to give Alli when she turned 16. Carl and Whitney delivered the ring to Alli.

A wonderful weekend trip to Oklahoma City was enjoyed by Susan Cavin, Hazel Love, Nona and Amanda Glover and Rachel Powell. The occasion was to watch Chelsey Cavin compete in the finals of Oklahoma’s Got Talent. Happy to say, she won singing, Whitney Houston’s "I Have Nothing". Following the event we went to the Outlet Mall shopping and then had dinner at On The Border. Before returning home on Sunday we had lunch at Ninja Sushi.

Everyone is invited to the 50th Wedding Reception for Danny and Charlotte Roberts tomorrow from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Family Life Center at Bethlehem Baptist Church. The gift of your presence is all they desire.

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If your wanting barbecue there is a new barbecue place next to Sonic in Quitman ­— Big Boss. It is run by Cindy Ellington. Drop by and try it.

My sister Carolyn is getting bored at home. If you know her you know she is not one that stays at home all the time. She is constantly on the go. But having 12 screws and a plate in your right ankle can slow you down. Hope she does what the doctor says so that she won’t have permanent damage. Please pray for her and her family as they go through this.

Congratulations on all the Faulkner County Basketball teams that made it to the finals at the State Basketball Tournament at Barton Colosseum. I can remember way back in 1968-70 what a great time we had when we got to play at the colosseum. Best of luck to all of the teams. 

This time next Saturday my baby boy Jerry Dowdy will have a birthday and will be the big 37! Happy Birthday, Son!

Happy birthday to Steve Rooney. He has a birthday this week too.

Please keep the following in your prayers: Damon Poole, Elfreda Acre, Wilma Stevenson, Linda Stevenson, Jerry Bruce Rowlett, Montene Tarkington, Betty Griffith Bessie, Ricky and Jane have had the virus, Gary Griffith has been sick too, so many others have had the virus too. Also the family of Marcell Jennings, who passed away on Wednesday morning, she is the granny of Tony Hartwick, services will be today at 1 p.m. at the Greenbrier Funeral Home.

Have a great week and remember to not drink and drive. Send news to or call 679-3299 my answering machine is not working but I have Caller ID. 


The Faulkner County Singing Club will meet with Pleasant Hill Church of the Nazarene on Highway 225, tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. We are hoping for good weather and some good singing. Our Faulkner County Singing Convention will meet at the same church in July. Roger Evatt is pastor of the church. I have had to miss a lot of our church services and singings, but I’m hoping and praying to be back soon. I miss the fellowship with my Christian singing friends. Next month (the second Sunday in April) the Singing Club will meet at Springhill Baptist Church. God has so richly blessed us, more than we deserve.

Glen and Doris Henderson came and brought a delicious meal they had prepared last Thursday, at noon. We enjoyed the food and fellowship and especially my favorite coconut pie. The Hendersons and we have been friends for many, many years.

Chris and Sue Zintel visited us last Friday morning. They had their little dog "Tiger" with them.

Our son, Danny and wife Myrt, visited us awhile Sunday afternoon, it was good to see them. They have both been sick.

Our grandson, Brett Sellers of Conway, visited us awhile Sunday night.

Grandchildren, Bart and Amanda Sellers, and children, Haley, Henry and Charles, attended church with his parents, John and Sherry, last Sunday at Liberty Nazarene and had lunch with them.

Sherry stays busy taking us to doctors and keeping up with her job too.

We are having some cold weather. Instead of just March winds we are having winter cold too.

Only God can deliver us, and He wants us to know that, so in every situation our first response is to lean upon Him and enter His rest.

I need news from you neighbors.