Mother Nature is still playing tricks on us. We are in short sleeved shirts one day and then we can’t get warm the next with the low temperature and winds. I am not sure if I have ever heard of a winter when so many people have had colds, flu, and pneumonia that lingers on and on. My hope is that a reward of few ticks and bugs this summer will make it worth it.

I noticed that the Greenbrier and Centerville Volunteer Fire Departments received the 2013 Fire Department of the Year award. Congratulations to both Fire Departments for doing such a fine job keeping us safe!

Jasper Strain, son to Jay and Stephanie Strain, was born on Wednesday, Jan. 22. Cody has been calling Jasper his Little Rabbit for several weeks and I know Cody will take care of him. I love to snuggle new babies and I hope to get a little time in with Jasper. I then look forward to watching him run all over the place at church while Stephanie and Jay try to make him mind. That phase might not be as fun for Jasper’s parents as it is for me!

There are many who are sick or suffering with sadness over losing someone they love right now. Be sure to love on your family and appreciate every minute with them that you can. Life is short and tomorrow is not guaranteed so make the most of today. Have a great week and please let me know if you have Centerville news.


Hope everyone has been staying warm in this chilling cold weather we have been having. Please stay warm and don’t forget about your pets, too.

Please keep Jerry Bruce Rowlett in prayers as he is still having health problems. He was again in the hospital last week. We all know he thinks he has nine lives plus. Please do what the doctors tell you to do. 

Birthdays coming up are Danny Thorn, Gary Griffith, and Holly Godwin. We would like to wish all of you a happy birthday.

I have to brag on my son, Jerry Dowdy. He came up Monday and cut some limbs from the trees that the ice had damaged. Landon and I were his helpers. Thanks Jerry for doing this and also for fixing the siding on the eaves of mom’s house too. I must say I have a wonderful son and grandson who I love very much.

Please pray for those that are shut in: Betty Griffith, Wilma Stevenson, and any one else that cannot get out anymore. These people get lonely, call them, drop them a card or even dew drop in for a visit.

One week from today is the Polar Plunge for Area 17 Special Olympics at Woolly Hollow State Park. Registration is at 11:30 a.m., dessert auction at noon, awards and parade of participants at 12:30 p.m., and the plunge at 1 p.m.

Come out and join us! If you don’t plunge, you can cheer those that do plunge and come to the Dessert Auction. We will also have great music from the Music Man too! See you there!

Have a great warm week and a safe one. Please don’t drink and drive.

Send news to or call 679-3299. Thank you BJ Fox for doing an article on the Plunge.