Keep the kids of Centerville Methodist Church in your prayers this week as they travel with other kids from Arkansas to participate in Ozark Mission Project. OMP is a great opportunity to introduce kids to the joys of providing mission work right here in Arkansas. Our boys that will represent CUMC are Dylan Freeman, Joseph Shaw, Logan Palmer, and Spencer Cardin. Spencer is going as a leader with Rick Gartner and we are so excited that he will be able to not only help the boys work but also act as a role model. Ally Gartner will be taking Kaylee Freeman, Katie Hines, Echo Pinard, and Melina Dawkins and she has already proven to be a favorite with the kids. Pray for travel safety and that our kids have a Godly experience helping others.

Todd and Kellie Cardin picked Darrel and me up on July 3 in the Jeep and we cruised around with the doors and top off of the Jeep for a few hours as we went to see a movie and eat an early dinner. Although I do love Jeeps, the only time that I regret not driving one of my own is when I am riding with the Cardins. My hair was so tangled that I had to just do a heavy conditioner before I even tried to brush it but there is something about riding in a Jeep.

My sister, Laura Thompson, brought Spencer Thompson to Woolly Hollow on July 4th so the kids could spend the day swimming and having fun as we cooked out. Andrea Hall and Scarlett Hall joined us. Sherry and Jamie Freeman came out later in the day and we enjoyed our visit.

Jimmy and Libby Bauder had a cook out and going away party for Josh Bauder on July 4th at their home in McGintytown. Guests included Erjuana Moore, Sandy Bauder, David Meeks Sr. and Cheryl Meeks, David Meeks, Darrel and Jennifer Freeman family, Todd and Kellie Cardin family, and Josh’s sweet girlfriend, Kalynn Peterson. Following the cook out, the Freemans, Bauders, and Cardins headed to Greenbrier to watch the fireworks and the city of Greenbrier did not let us down. Pray for Joshua as he begins school in Oklahoma and for his parents as they adjust to the empty nest.


Don’t forget to come to the Guy Peachfest, which started on Friday and continues all day Saturday. Pancake breakfast, Poker Run, parade at 10 a.m., car show, Peach Cooking Contest, lots of entertainment, booths, Rodeo, Carnival Rides, etc. This year is going to be bigger and better. I would like to thank all those that are on the committee for their hard work in getting this going this year Shelly Brown and Lacey Wilson for promoting us on TV, etc. Great job Girls!

Last week was a busy week for me! I did it, or should say Sue Clay and her granddaughters and myself, jerked my carpet up in living room and hall and stained my concrete floors! Looks pretty good too!

Thank you Sue, Kelly, Kelsey and Johnny Pooh for your assistance in making it a success.

Greg Hooten recently had a birthday! If you see him wish him a happy birthday!

The 4th of July Passmore get together was a lot of fun at Johnny and Kathy Passmore’s home. Good food! Great company! Got to see many people that I don’t get to see but once a year it seems. It was good to see Jack Conrad, Barbara Pierce and her family, and all the Passmores and Hartwicks.

On the afternoon of the 4th, The Mount Olive Baptist Church had a great get together at Guy Perkins Marcelle Fielder Cafeteria. They had bouncy houses, cake walk, Bingo, 3-on-3 basketball, lots of hamburgers and hot dogs and all the trimmings and a beautiful fireworks display at city park by Andy Bivens. It was a great time.

The Glover Family Reunion met at Thom Battles white building on the 4th. Kenny Glover said they had a big crowd and there were probably 74 that signed the register book and he knew some didn’t sign it so he figures over 80 people were there. Good turn out! It is always good to have family gatherings! The weather was perfect too.

On Saturday evening, there was a magnificent fireworks display on Win Meadows Lake by Jeff and Brett Glover. It started about 9:30 p.m. So there were lots of fireworks going on in Guy over the holiday weekend.

Please keep the following in your prayers: Bennie Evans family of Greenbrier who recently passed away; Wilma Stevenson; Betty Griffith; Wayne Stevenson; and Clark Stevenson, who are all suffering some kind of illness. Joyce Jones is improving she has come home and is making progress. God is good and answers prayers!

Please send me news of anyone that is sick or has passed away so I can share it with the community. This is your column and I can’t put it in if I don’t hear from you.

Don’t forget the following event coming up — Theoda and Myra Griffith will be celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary July 19 from 2-4 p.m. at their home in Conway.

Next week, I will have results of the beauty pageant winners that I can tell you all about and more about the Peachfest progress. Have a great week and remember to send me news and to not drink and drive on the highways or the waters.

It is countdown on my retirement getting closer and closer.


We trust everyone had a good, safe holiday. We enjoyed some of the fireworks done here at home, and it seemed like everyone tried to be careful. The children enjoyed it, most of the great-grandchildren were here.

Oh! But it is so sad to think what the tornado did. And many lives could have been lost too. May God watch over all the homeless ones, I can’t imagine what it would be like. Trusting in God is the best thing we can do, and it’s amazing what He can do. We see His hands working everyday.

Earnestine Newberry had relatives visiting her last week. Her nephew, Tommy Grissom and wife, Mary Ann, and their granddaughter of Camden, Ark. She said she enjoyed them, but didn’t know she was so tired until after they left. This arthritis is bad, when the weather is so unsettled.

There was some good cooking brought to our house when I was sick, and one day, Mary Jo Tillery came and brought a wonderful home cooked meal for lunch. I will never forget her corn on the cob. It was so, so sweet. She said she orders her seeds from another state and it costs $60 a pound. It had been $50.

Our son Danny has been catching some good fish. And we don’t have any trouble finding someone to enjoy the meal with us.

Our vegetable garden is later this year. It rained so much, you couldn’t get out to plant it. But we aren’t complaining about the rain. We always need good rain. But I’m hoping we will have plenty of tomatoes to serve at the Faulkner County Singing Convention. I have taken ripe tomatoes for many years. It was the highlight of we farmers, each year. When I was a young girl, we planned all year for the convention. We saw people then we may not have seen all year. It was like a reunion.

So many of our friends and loved ones have already gone on to be with our Lord, and there’s not many descendents left to carry on, but we are still trying. And God provides, and sometimes it’s better than ever. We can’t give up. We won’t let our ancestors down. And we won’t let God down or ourselves.

May God watch over all of you in these coming weeks. And may we do His will and not the Devil’s. Praise God for His goodness.