By Brenda Dowdy Holt
Thirty-seven years ago on Sept. 23, 1974, I gave birth to the most beautiful girl in the world to me. I was blessed or we were blessed with a precious daughter. Needless to say at the time we didn’t know all the trials and tributes and disasters that we were to face in the future. I thank God every day for my precious Sandy Jo Dowdy and especially that he chose me to be that special parent for a special needs person. She has been the delight of my life along with her wonderful brother Jerry. We have beat the odds many times that they have said we would not do. You survived two open heart surgeries and a terrible car crash that made you start everything all over again but we did it together along with lots of family and friends support. Sandy I hope you enjoyed your birthday at Golden Corral along with your family and friends and eating birthday cake and ice cream at your apartment. Remember always that I love you and only wish the best for you. Congratulations on losing your weight keep up the good work. I love you and wish you many more birthdays to come.
Our plans for this weekend are to attend the fair and go to the Downs at THE ZOO with Down Syndrome Family and friends. Seeing Elvis there and having fun. Landon will be joining us. If we have time we are going to try and make the biggest big Truck Run Fund Raiser with Arkansas Special Olympics in Little Rock. They will have a train of 18 wheelers touring Little Rock from the Maverick Company all the way around North Little Rock and Little Rock. Sounds like fun come join us if you want to.
Congratulations to the Arkansas Razorbacks. GO HOGS GO! Hope you keep up the good work today too.
Please keep the Doug Moody Family in your prayers. Doug and Judy we are thinking of you and your family.
Also keep all those that are sick with dementia, cancer or any other sickness they may have. Keep Betty Griffith, Montene Tarkington, Frankie De Battles, and anyone else that is shut in and do not get out much in your prayers. Also Keep Charlie Alexandar in your prayers as he recovers from a broken ankle.
Don’t forget to be safe out there and don’t drink and drive. It is also Fair Time and be safe out there too. Good luck to all the young people showing their animals and all the clubs that have done booths at the Faulkner County Fair. I miss having a MADD Booth at the fair. Since the state office doesn’t pay for the booth any more is the reason I am not having a booth. I can’t afford to pay out of my own pocket. I always make some good contacts out there and meet a lot of people but I am still involved and if you need my help all you have to do is call me. I am still available to come and talk to you or your organizations, classrooms, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, church groups, young or old, just call 679-3299.
Have a great week and be safe. Please send news so I can share with the community to firstname.lastname@example.org or call me.
Happy birthday Chris Boso Acre! Another year older and another year wiser! If we only knew years ago some of the things we know now would any of you out there do something different! Boso we wish you many more birthdays to come. Our class still needs to get together! Happy belated birthday to my dear friend Edith Sieger wish you many more to come. Also happy birthday to Joshua Whitley too. He got to go to the Razorback game last weekend and sit in box seats. Way to go Joshua!
By Margie Fulmer
We are still getting rain showers and it is appreciated so much.
Time is passing so fast, it will soon be Christmas.
The Lord has taken another one of our neighbors to be with Him. "Bach" McGinty has suffered so long, but that is over now. Marian (his wife) was his caregiver and cared for him faithfully. Marian is my cousin. A large crowd attended his visitation and funeral. Funeral and burial were at Oakland Methodist Church.
Lola Owen and Erkle Dow of Conway visited Betty Applegate recently.
Our daughter, Sherry Sellers, and her husband John, took Ray and me out for a drive last Sunday afternoon. She wanted to take us somewhere that we had never been before. None of us had toured the park at Mt. Nebo. The winding, crooked, steep, road up that mountain was a surprise. The scenery on top was beautiful and well cared for. And it’s not far from home. We came back trough Russellville and always like to stop and eat at Whatta Burger. We enjoyed the trip.
Pray for the sick and bereaved. We have a long list on our prayer chain at church.
A sense of god’s presence can sustain us through life’s darkest nights.
"This is the day that the Lord has made, rejoice and be glad in it!" We should be rejoicing every day instead of grumbling. What a better place this would be if everyone would count their blessings before dwelling on their problems. Let’s all greet those we meet each day with a smile, you will be surprised how many smiles are returned.
The Faulkner County Fair is in full swing. Congratulations to Morgan Scroggin for her accomplishments showing her goats. She came away with a grand slam, showing three goats. Each one won first place in their class. She then won Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion. As if that is not enough, she came away with Senior Showmanship. Great job Morgan. Morgan is the daughter of Karen Reynolds, and the grand-daughter of Bill and JoAnn Townsend.
Bill and I spent last weekend in Star City. It was my 56th High School Class Reunion. We spent Saturday evening and night with my sister, Polly McGhee. Bill carried a bag of fresh crappie for dinner. My brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Bonnie McFalls, and niece, Nelline Freeman all of Dumas and nephew, Gary McGhee, all enjoyed a good fish meal. Sunday morning we attended church at First Baptist Church of Star City and had lunch at the Mexican Restaurant there where another nephew, Bill McFalls, joined us. It was a good weekend with family.
Happy birthday to our daughter, Susan Cavin. We celebrated her birthday on Thursday with a fish fry. Attending were Mike, Susan, and Scott and Danny and Robin Fagala and family.
Linda Hammontree had thyroid surgery Wednesday at CRMC. She is doing good following the procedure.
Carl and Karen Garrison, Gale Garrison, and Jerry Nash of Horseshoe Mountain, Hattie Lee Hankins, the Rev. Cecil Burgess and Ted Battles of the Shady Grove Community all attended the funeral for the Rev. William Preston "Press" Merritt at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home in Greenbrier last Wednesday. Jimmie Lee Garrison Nash Merritt, the Rev. Merritt’s wife, lived on Horseshoe Mountain for many years before their marriage. Other family members attending were Frank and Marvelle Hardy of Republican, Joyce Nell Garrison of Conway, James and Delpha Chambers of Paron, Betty Sue Hale and Celia Sowell of Garner, Jeannie Price of Morrilton, Chris and Peggy Dauten of Elkins, and Tanner, Diane and Carson Howland of Conway. Bono Baptist Church furnished lunch for the family.
Marlene Patton and I are looking for a lady to bowl with us in the Monday afternoon Ladies League. You do not need to be a pro, just able to get the ball down the alley. If you are interested, please give me a call 679-5518. You will be committing every Monday afternoon at 1 p.m. now thru May.
By Jennifer Freeman
With Oct. 2, being world communion day, Centerville United Methodist Church would like to invite you to our outdoor service at Woolly Hollow State Park beginning at 9 a.m. Our first time to have our service at the lake was last year and it was very special to all of us. We will have a cook out shortly after our service with hot dogs and more side dishes than I can name at the pavilion. Erin Shaw and I were pressured by our kids to stay last year because they were having so much fun and didn’t want to leave. I can’t wait to do it again.
Kaylee Freeman celebrated her 11th birthday this week. She opted to have a family party this year and wants to hit the mall to do a little shopping this week end. She mentioned a lunch dinner at Red Lobster in her shopping plans so I bet we can get the boys to tag along with us for the day.
Pleasant Hill Nazarene Church hosted their 7th annual hog roast and it was a huge success. They wish to thank everyone who came out to show their support. The food was excellent and the fellowship with friends and neighbors was even better. They invite anyone without a church home to worship with them. Pastor Roger Evatt and the church family extend a warm welcome to visit anytime.