The Arkansas-Oklahoma Gospel Singing Convention will be held next weekend at LifeSong Baptist Church in Greenbrier. Singing will begin on Friday, Aug. 22, at 6 p.m., with refreshments following. Singing will resume on Saturday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m., break for a potluck lunch, and continue at 1 p.m. The public is invited. Officers for the Convention are Larry Hutson, president; Roy Guiltner, Arkansas vice-president; Thomas Williston, Oklahoma vice-president; and Karroll Morphew, Secretary-Treasurer. Freddie Mark Wilcox is pastor of the church.

Several families from the Centerville area spent last week end in Branson for the Shepherd of the Hills Summer Car Cruise. We have gone the past few years and it is a lot of fun for classic car enthusiasts. Spencer Cardin and Madison Cardin drove Spencer’s 1952 Ford truck in the cruise while Darrel and Dylan Freeman drove Darrel’s 1972 Chevelle. Darrel has been working on the Chevelle for a few years trying to restore it as it was purchased by his grandmother, Earnestine Freeman, new and he is super sentimental and proud to drive it. There are still many things he will work on as time goes but we drove the car to and from Branson and it did a wonderful job. He calls the car Earnestine and knows she would be happy to see it restored and on the road. Todd, Kellie, and Brooklyn Cardin watched the cruise along the side of the road with Jennifer and Kaylee Freeman, Jimmy and Libby Bauder, Joshua Bauder, and Hunter Munch and we all yelled as Spencer and Darrel cruised by.

Summer is over and school begins on Monday. Be sure to keep the teachers and students in your prayers as we kick off another school year and be patient with the increased school traffic as everyone tries to get back into the groove.

Shady Grove

Can you believe that Summer is almost over and we are entering early fall? Students will begin entering school next week! Seems their summer vacation gets shorter each year. Do you remember getting out of school mid-May and going back in mid-September? That was several years ago. We are looking forward to the Greenbrier High and Jr. High football games starting. Love high school sports!! Come out and support our youth as they play, you just might enjoy it!!

Several people have asked me "Why I have not written any columns lately?". The answer is, no one has sent me anything to write about. Do you realize that I just can’t make up something? There have been numerous families that have taken vacations and we would like to hear from you. Some to the beaches, some to Hawaii, some to Michigan, some out west, you know who you are, so share in your fun with us who just stayed home and saw your pictures on Facebook.

Thanks to Joyce Nell Garrison for the following news.

Helen Lois Palmer Long, who lives in Arizona visited family and friends in this area recently. Helen is the daughter of the late Ephy and Ruby McKaskle Palmer. She visited her brother’s children, Carol Heffington and Steve, David, and Philip Palmer and their families in Conway. She also visited her sister-in-law, Charlene, and various cousins. Many of the McKaskle’s and Palmer’s are buried in Bethlehem Cemetery at Shady Grove, and they visited the cemetery one day. Helen and her son, Robbie, have lived in Arizona for many years, and she had not been back in Arkansas for a visit in a long time.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gragg and sons, Corbin and Garrett, of Stony Point, N.C., spent some time here this summer. Mrs. Gragg is the former Melissa McKaskle, who was raised here. She and Robert teach school and this was their summer break. Melissa and Garrett visited her grandmother, Joan McKaskle, and her dad, Michael McKaskle, Tessie, and Cyrus at Plumerville. They also visited her mother Dana Taylor and her family for several days at Needs Creek.

Remember Wimp Glover as he is battling severe health problems. Also Barbara and family need your prayers as they support and tend to him.

The community sends our sympathy to the family of Jerry Stewart of Conway, who passed away recently and to the family of Murel Harrington of Horseshoe Mountain.