There will be a benefit Spaghetti Supper with Dessert and auction for Mickey Fortner and family. He is the husband of Monta Jean (Thorn) as he is battling cancer. They are going back and forth to Texas for tests and treatments. This family is a longtime resident of Guy and good supporters of the community. The benefit will begin at 11 a.m. on March 16 at the Guy Perkins Cafeteria, please come and support this family.

We are tired of being snowed in. Hopefully this will be our last round of winter. Mom says grandma must be getting over her mad spell because she was shaking her feather beds and this time she was shaking sharp rocks and they froze when they hit the ground. My mom is always saying something.

Please keep Sandy in your prayers as she had surgery on the vein in her leg on Wednesday morning. Hopefully this will help her legs since that vein is not doing what it is supposed to do.

Thank you to the County Judge for keeping us posted on the roads situation this week. Too bad he can’t run for the position when it comes up because he is a good one for sure. Thanks Alan for doing a great job! Also a great big thank you to all the law enforcement, fire departments, county works, rescue people for all being on call during this time. We seem to take for granted that these people leave their own families to make it safe for everyone else.

Lots of people still need prayers, Gary Glover, Jerry Glover, Wilma Stevenson, Mr. Williams, Billy Williams, Betty Griffith, and anyone else in the community that needs prayers.

Happy birthday to my wonderful son whose birthday is March 16. Jerry I am very proud of you and hope that you have a very wonderful birthday and I love you very much.

If you have any news, please send it to me at or on Facebook or call 679-3299. Have a great week and please be safe out there and don’t drink and drive.


Is it ever going to get spring? Potatoes are supposed to be planted in February, they say. But you can’t plant anything in weather like this.

The Faulkner County Singing Club meets tomorrow afternoon, March 9, at 1:30 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Nazarene Church, northeast of Greenbrier on Highway 225. We hope the weather will be nice and we have a good turnout. That is a good place to sing and we hope to see you there.

Daylight Saving Time begins tomorrow, March 9. Better set your clocks forward one hour before you go to bed tonight.

We extend sympathy to the family of Lonis Hammett. He was a brother-in-law of Lewis Jay Cardin, Lonis’ wife, May Dean, was Lewis Jay’s sister.

Most of our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren enjoyed birthday dinner at our house last Sunday, March 2. We celebrated family birthdays of February and March. Our twins, Grant and Carter McKissack, John Sellers, Ray Fulmer, Margie Fulmer, Lori Ponder, Amanda Sellers, and Laney Raye Sellers. We enjoyed a delicious meal of ham, dressing, mashed potatoes, peas, corn, green bean casserole, deviled egg salad, hot rolls, birthday cake, and homemade ice cream. Everyone enjoyed it and got back home before the weather got bad again.

Betty Applegate enjoyed most of her family at her home last Saturday afternoon. Sandra Cardin, Shawna Shannon, Breanne and Aven, Katie Pruitt and Emilee Pruitt. Congratulations to Breanne Pruitt and Donny Gwathney who were married Saturday, March 1.

Richard Purifoy of Houston, Texas, formerly of North Little Rock, passed away and was buried last week here in Oakland Cemetery. He was raised as a child here in Holland. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Monteen Purifoy, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Basil Patrick and Mr. and Mrs. Dick Purifoy. He is survived by a sister, Patricia Mooningham of North Little Rock and many relatives and friends. He was a cousin of Ray and Betty’s. Sympathy is extended to the family.

My sister, Mary Montgomery, and my daughter, Sherry Sellers, drove up to Springfield, Mo., last Friday to attend a concert by the Booth Brothers that night. They spent the night with another sister, Johnnie Johnston and husband, Jim, and returned home Saturday. They said it was wonderful. The Booth Brothers are a good Christian group.

Have a good week and try to stay warm.

God calls us not to judge, but to love one another.


Remember that the annual Centerville Volunteer Fire Department Pancake Breakfast is this morning. The all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast is free but donations are accepted. If you don’t have anything going on, you might as well fill your belly while visiting with people in the community.

We extend sympathy to the family of Dr. Hal Blythe who recently passed away. He grew up in this community and still has many relatives nearby. We also extend our sympathy to the family of Winfred Goodwin, who served as pastor at CUMC for several years, after his death.

Zane Golden and Kaylee Freeman are participating in the State Archery Tournament sponsored by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission this morning. The tournament is in Hot Springs, Ark., and I know all the kids will have a good time competing.

Note, as mentioned in this column last week, the Faulkner County Singing Club will meet tomorrow (March 9) with the Pleasant Hill Nazarene Church. Singing will begin at 1:30 p.m. and all are invited. In April, this Club will meet at Springhill Baptist Church. The second Sunday in May, it will continue the long tradition of meeting at Centerville United Methodist.

Shady Grove

How much longer are we going to have to endure this long winter? I am so ready to get out and enjoy the outdoors! If it is like last year though, it will go straight from winter to summer and it will be too hot.

We did manage to have a good time with this round of icy weather. It was my turn to host my annual family Christmas gathering and due to having surgery in early December we delayed it till the first weekend in March so the weather would be good – boy did that turn out to be a big laugh! Our guests were my brother and wife, Thomas and Bonnie McFalls, of Dumas, sister, Polly McGhee, of Star City, sister in-law, Joyce McFalls, of Pine Bluff, and niece, Nelline Freeman of Dumas. They all spent Saturday night with us. Thomas, Bonnie, and Joyce left Sunday before the sleet started. Polly and Nell had planned to stay till Monday morning – ended up leaving Tuesday afternoon! We had a great time visiting, eating, and playing cards. Grandson, Scott, spent most of that time with us old folks.

Frank and Marvell Hardy of Republican, Danny Hardy of Guy, Joyce Nell Garrison of Conway, Jimmie Lee Merritt of Greenbrier, and Gale Garrison of Horseshoe Mountain, met at Cracker Barrel in Conway last Wednesday for a "Cousin’s Breakfast."

The Bethlehem Food Pantry apologizes for not being able to serve our clients this past Monday. There was no way that we could pull a trailer back and forth to the Arkansas Food Bank in Little Rock. The next pantry day will be March 17. We sincerely hope that this did not cause a hardship for anyone.

Susan Cavin had a great weekend with three of her childhood best friends the last weekend in February. She and Kim Bailey Evans of Fort Smith flew to San Antonio, Texas, to spend the weekend with Dee Dee Davis Williams and her sister, Jamey Davis White. These girls all grew up together in North Little Rock and now all have a Greenbrier connection. Kim’s mother is the former Maureen Purifoy of the Holland community, Dee Dee and Jamey are the daughters of Calvin and Charlotte Davis of Greenbrier, and Susan is the daughter of Bill and Hazel Love of Greenbrier.