The Centerville Volunteer Fire Department will hold a Board Election Meeting on Feb. 10. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and the public is invited to attend. Also, the Centerville Volunteer Fire Department will hold the Pancake Breakfast on March 8. This is a great time to eat a hot breakfast and fellowship with neighbors of the Centerville community.

The Central District of Arkansas’ Methodist Church held a training day for clergy and laity last Saturday at Mabelvale United Methodist Church. Rick and Lana Gartner led workshops throughout the day and did a fine job, along with our ministers and presenters from Central Arkansas. Erin Shaw, Joseph Shaw, Dylan Freeman, and I spent the afternoon participating and I am so thankful we did. If you have followed the Centerville United Methodist Church news over the years, you know that Centerville is alive and well right now. Our services are full of blessings each week and continues to grow way beyond our dreams. As we participated in the training, we heard other small churches discuss the struggles they face trying to experience the same growth and love. Erin and I both kept tears of thankfulness in our eyes for our church family and the fact that our boys attended the training day with us. They will hopefully be a part of Centerville through the next generation and are doing their part right now.

I want to send a shout out to Salem United Methodist Church in Conway for having twelve of their members attend the training. I dare to say that was the most represented church in the district.

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Good Morning Everyone! Hope this Saturday is a great day for everyone! If you’re looking for something exciting to do today as a family outing or just on your own come out to the Special Olympics Polar Plunge at Woolly Hollow State Park in Greenbrier. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., Dessert Auction (homemade) at noon, 12:30 p.m. Recognition and Awards, and at 1 p.m. the Plunge! We will have music by Music Man!, Chicken out T-shirts for those of you that are not brave enough to plunge, coffee, hot chocolate, popcorn, hot dogs and lots of good company to have a fun filled day.

If you’re going to the Freezin’ for a Reason Race for Children’s Hospital earlier this morning come on down and join us later.

We were saddened to hear of the passing of Wendell Kennedy this past week. Please keep his family and friends in your prayers.

This past week’s birthdays were Danny Thorn, a classmate of mine, he has finally caught up with the rest of us. Danny hope you had a wonderful birthday! Theoda Griffith celebrated his birthday too. Had lots of comments on Facebook and a good looking picture of him too. Theoda we wish you many more birthdays. Holly Godwin had a birthday on the 30th. 

Happy birthday to  my Brother Gary Griffith! Gary is a wonderful brother and will do anything for you. He is a great person and a great uncle. Sandy Dowdy thinks he is No. 1.

The Guy Church of Christ is having a Spaghetti Dinner at 5 p.m. on Feb. 15. Call the church, 679-8613, or visit their website. 

Have a great week and stay warm! Remember to let water drip or you will have frozen pipes. Send me news at or call 679-3299. Don’t forget about the elderly and your pets. 


The cold weather is still a major complaint around here. I’m just thankful we aren’t in the dairy business now. It was a little hard to go to the milk barn at 4 o’clock on those cold mornings and milk those precious cows. But God was good to us and we met a lot of good people in that business.

One of those people we met was our area U of A extension dairyman Doyne Potts, who helped us so much. Doyne visited Ray and me one day last week.

We wish to extend sympathy to the family of Joe T. Bass. His funeral and burial were one day last week. He was raised here in Holland and was one of our good boys.

Also we send sympathy to the Jay Speck family. We have visited in their home. And their son-in-law, Ron Graham, is a good friend of ours.

Terry Cardin of Greers Ferry visited Marian McGinty and Sunny Earnhart recently. Terry is Marian’s late husband, Bach’s, relative.

Some of our residents here have been very sick and hospitalized, that I have asked prayer for, and I thank you. We heard recently that Mary Nell Clark fell and hurt her back badly. I haven’t heard from her recently.

Also Wanda (Bass) Rose of Greenbrier fell again and injured herself badly. Brenda Firestone is still suffering from a bad fall.

Nick Maynard finally go dismissed from the hospital. Bobi Hendrickson has good and bad days. Marsha Brown is taking treatments. Mary Jo Tillery is home from Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock after major surgery.

Please send me news. God is good.