Centerville United Methodist Church celebrated the Super Bowl with a Souper Bowl Sunday potluck. The youth brought canned goods to donate to the needy and we all took part in a themed lunch. There were many soups and sandwiches and the fellowship was hard to beat. We discussed the kids participating in the Ozark Mission Project again this summer and the ladies having a week end retreat at Mt. Eagle later in the month. There was a little football talk in between the important stuff and our boys might have fussed a little about who would be the victor for the Super Bowl. All the chatter makes me happy.

I met some family and friends for lunch in Conway on Saturday to celebrate my birthday and had a good time. I then spent a little time with Frances Hall running some errands before the winter weather arrived that afternoon. Frances celebrated her 83rd birthday on Saturday so we got her dinner from the Hog Pen in Conway and I had picked up some cupcakes from Ed’s Bakery. Everyone needs a cupcake or two on their special day.

Be sure to look out for those who have been under the weather. We were glad to see Doyle Jolly at church last Sunday since he has been out with pneumonia. Our winter this year has been much colder than we are used to. We have been out of school more days than I can remember for as long as I have been teaching and we are just in early February. Maybe spring is just around the corner. Although I love to be home when school is cancelled, I am fearful that we will be spending more of our summer making up snow days than usual. If you have news regarding the Centerville community, please email me at


This has been a busy past week for all. Hope everyone was safe in these past ice storms. We lost power on Tuesday for several hours but thanks to the great job that Petit Jean Electric Line Men  we had power with in three hours. These guys don’t get enough credit for what all they do. The lights flickered a couple of more times but that is all. We didn’t have satellite until after 5 and got it after I went out and knocked the ice off the satellite then we were set. We had lots of tree limbs crack and fall at my house and mom’s some hit the house but couldn’t really tell if it was damaged much cause I didn’t get real far out on the ice to see.

WOW! What an amazing Polar Plunge we had this time at Woolly Hollow State Park! There was a big crowd there! Lots of costumes and lots of people there to cheer the plungers on. Congratulations to East Side Elementary School at Greenbrier for winning the best costume! Greenbrier Nazerene Church took the Traveling Church Trophy back home with them and their pastor took the individual honors with him. Libby Holbrook won best individual  costume. SWN was the leading business winner again this year! We brought in more than $17,000 for the plunge not including the dessert auction. It was a great year for sure. A great big thank you to all that participated in the plunge and auction. Thank you to Woolly Hollow State Park and staff, Music Man, Onsite Photography, Khol’s Department Store, McDonald’s in Greenbrier, Starbucks in Conway, BJ Fox’s article in the Greenbrier Tuesday Log Cabin and the Log Cabin for their video and pictures. You can go to for video and pictures and the too. This is not counting all the other people that was taking pictures. If you would like to share your pictures it would be greatly appreciated send to my Facebook page or to our fan page or to my email address. We would like to get pictures to do slide presentation of our plunge. Again thanks to everyone including volunteers cause if it was not for you we could not do the things we do for our athletes. A special thank you to the team management team of Area 17 Special Olympics. We had the best auctioneer, Tom Harrington!  Thanks Tom for all you do to help us.

As I write this, I have a heavy heart for someone dear to Special Olympics, Kara Newman, Family Director of Area 5 Special Olympics. Please keep them in your prayers as they are dealing with a loss of a loved one.

Saturday, Feb. 15, at 5 p.m. you are invited to attend the Guy Church of Christ Fellowship Spaghetti Dinner. Bring your loved ones for supper. Free meal! 

Flo and David Stephens recently celebrated an anniversary! We wish them many more to come.

Happy Birthday to Faulkner County Deputy Sheriff Matt Rice who celebrated the big 40 this past weekend. Matt we wish you many more birthdays to come. Thank you for all you do for the County and be safe out there.

If you know of anyone celebrating a birthday, anniversary, someone in their family sick or has a loved one to pass on  please share with me so I can let others know too. Send to or call me. As you know I spend a lot of time at my mom’s so if you don’t get me at my house call mom’s number. 

Don’t forgot all those that are shut in Betty Griffith, Wilma Stevenson and I know there are more out there so let me know. 

During these ice storms is when I really miss Tony Hartwick working for the City as the Deputy. He always came by to see if we needed anything at all, didn’t matter day or night or how bad the roads were I know he made the effort to come by and check on the elderly and those that he knew wasn’t going to get out on those roads. The only person that checked on me and mom was my good neighbor Bessie and Kenny Glover. Kenny is a good neighbor too checking on me when I leave the car door open etc. Yes I do that sometimes. We always look out for each other couldn’t ask for better neighbors than that. I hope they know that they can count on me too for anything day or night. 

Have a great week and remember to not drink and drive. Keep warm be careful, stay warm and be safe. 

Shady Grove

As I sit here writing I am looking out at another of God’s masterpieces. If our God makes it, it is for His honor and glory. Who are we to complain? Sure, it can be treacherous and inconvenient, but life is not always a bed of roses, is it?

Several from Bethlehem Baptist Church attended the Homecoming celebration at Central Baptist College in Conway last Saturday. Our own, Kelsey Fagala was a member of the Homecoming Court. Also a member of the Court was Sarah Hammontree. Kelsey was escorted by her parents, Danny and Robin Fagala and Scott Cavin, son of Mike and Susan Cavin. He is the grandson of Bill and Hazel Love. Sarah is the daughter of Shawn and Tonya Hammontree and the granddaughter of Ed and Linda Hammontree.

Gale and Carl Garrison attended the production of Broadway on Ice on Jan. 21 at Reynolds Performance Hall at UCA.

Gale Garrison and Joyce Nell Garrison of Conway accompanied a group from College Square Retirement Center to Heber Springs to view the Trumpeter Swans on Magness Lake Friday. They had lunch at Mac’s.

Gale and Carl Garrison attended the memorial service of Wendell Kennedy at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home in Conway Saturday. Gale also attended the memorial service for Carolyn Joslyn Helton at Lonoke Missionary Baptist Church at Morrilton Saturday.

Bill and I went to Hot Springs last Wednesday for the memorial service for my niece, Linda Watson. Linda lost her battle with cancer but received her heavenly reward with Jesus. She was six years younger than me.

Barbara Glover has been hospitalized this past week with a severe asthma attack. Please pray for her.

The community sends our sympathy and prayers to the family of Darrell Frost who passed away last Sunday. His service and burial were at Bethlehem Cemetery Wednesday.