It is finally beginning to feel like Christmas in the Centerville community now that the temperatures have dropped. Attendance was down slightly last Sunday at church but we were blessed by those who could attend. Sunday after the service, several of the youth had a Christmas Band Concert at the new Fine Arts Building located on the campus of Greenbrier High School. Attending were Joseph Shaw, Kaylee Freeman, Brooke Butler, and Colton Ray. There was quite a crowd and I was impressed by the support of our band students.

The youth at Centerville are preparing for our Christmas program to be performed Dec. 23 during our regular church service. The kids are excited and it always warms my heart to see how comfortable they are with our congregation. I can remember breaking out in a sweat when I needed to get in front of a crowd as a child but I do not see any anxiety with our kids. They have also been discussing helping others and are collecting items that can be used by residents of the local nursing home and we are about ready to deliver our collection.

Ladies in the community met at the home of Michelle and Doug Ray Friday night for a Christmas celebration. There were snacks and an ornament exchange, lots of fellowship, and the ladies that attended brought items for the nursing home donation box. It was a relaxing evening that was needed as we escaped all the hectic Christmas activities that go along with this time of year.

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Christmas is almost here. It seems like time is passing too fast. And we have the cold weather to go with Christmas now. Winter is not my favorite season, but we have to take it.

Our grand and great-grandchildren look forward to Christmas and playing with their cousins. But let’s not forget whose birthday we are celebrating, the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Sometimes "He" is put on the "back burner" in our preparations for the Holidays.

I didn’t make it to the Faulkner County Club singing last Sunday at Gold Creek Baptist Church at Conway, reports I have were, the singing was real good. I was suffering from a fall I had last week in my home.

We four (Sims) sisters and my daughter, Sherry, enjoyed our annual get-together recently. Helen Dean Loyd of Bentonville, Johnnie Sue Johnston of Nixa, Mo., Mary Ruth Montgomery of Greenbrier, myself from Holland, and Sherry Sellers of Conway. We enjoyed the food, fun, fellowship and gift exchange at the Montgomery home in Greenbrier. God has richly blesses our family. We still have our brother, Travis (Bud) Sims, at Conway who doesn’t get around real well anymore. We love you.

Sunny Sue Earnhart and Marian McGinty have both been patients at Conway Regional Medical Center since my last writing. They and Elizabeth all have suffered from falls. Now Marian is there with double pneumonia. Pray for this family.

Rosa Lee and Robert MsElroy visited her Uncle Bill and Aunt Marie West in Conway recently.

We wish to extend sympathy to the family of Mr. "Buddy" Johnston. His funeral and burial were at Springhill this past week.

Also we learned Bro. William E. Money had passed away. Bro. Money was a former pastor at Liberty Nazarene Church on Highway 26, and a good friend of our family. Pray for these two families.

Only a relationship with God can give us lasting peace and fullness of life.

Be careful and try not to fall, since it has gotten common here in Holland.

Shady Grove

Do you realize that in 10 days it will be Christmas again? Is it just me or does it seem that we are skipping a few months in the year? Time is passing to quick! I still have shopping to do and very little time to do it.

Gale Garrison, Jimmie Lee Merritt and Joyce Nell Garrison attended the Conway Men’s Chorus Christmas Program at UCA Reynolds Performance Hall last Tuesday night. Ed Lybarger of this community was a featured soloist on two songs.

Johnny and Kay Reynolds, Gale Garrison, Jimmie Lee Merritt, Debra Robinson, Michael McKaskle, Johnny and Hope Stone, and Mark and Lisa Wilcox attended the funeral for Wilodean Williams at First Baptist Church in Vilonia last Thursday.

Gale Garrison and Joyce Nell Garrison attended the program, Celtic Crossroads In A Celtic Christmas, Sunday afternoon at UCA Reynolds Performance Hall.

Congratulations to Mitchell "Mitch" Reynolds who will graduate Dec. 16 from UCA with a BS in Health Science/Occupatinal Therapy. He will begin work in January for his Master’s in Occupational Therapy.

Congratulations also to all of our college students who have completed the fall semester at various colleges.

I had a good day on Thursday. My grandson, Tyler Cavin, and I went to Little Rock for some Christmas shopping for him.

I still need help with things to write about. Please send me notes about your family Christmas gatherings, etc.


Landon James Dowdy celebrated his 5th Birthday on Thursday, Dec. 13. Happy Birthday Landon from your Nana! I can’t believe that he is 5 years old. He told me I am not 4 any more Nana! Where have the years gone! He celebrated with a cake at Day Care on Wednesday. Oh and by the way he won a birthday cake from Ed’s Bakery from Y107; well of course I called and wished him A Happy 5th Birthday to the best Grandson Ever and that he was my darling and he was the best thing that ever happened to me. I love you Landon. Today, Saturday he is having a Transformer Birthday at the Bowling Alley! I enjoy my  grand son totally, The Twin Groves Library I open Monday-Friday from noon until 6 p.m. Books and Magazines for all ages. Free wireless and computer access, a fax machine and a copy machine are also available for use. DVD’s, CD’s and Audio books can be checked out. All of these services are free.  You are welcome to drop by For more information call 5012 335-8088. The address is #10 Twin Groves Lane.

Senior Ads are due!! If you would like to reserve space to Congratulate your Senior the deposit to reserves space is due Dec. 21. Forms were sent home with seniors and can be downloaded off the Guy-Perkins School Facebook page. For more information, you can contact Julie Rippy

Christmas Break for Guy Perkins School is Dec. 22 through Jan. 2 and will be return to school on Thursday, January 3, 2013. P.T.O. has blue T-Bird car window stickers for $5 and yard signs for $12, recipe books for $13, or 2 for $25.

Just a reminder of the Special Olympics Polar Plunge in Jan. 26, 2013, at Woolly Hollow State Park, along with a Dessert Auction too! All proceeds go to Area 17 Special Olympics.    I would like to challenge all law enforcements, fire departments, churches, schools, businesses to come out and join us. Costume contest and it is a lot of fun. Contact me for more information!

Have a safe and good week and remember to not drink and drive. Send news to or call 679-3299 and leave a message. 

If you would like to light a candle for someone you know who has been injured or killed by a drunk driver you can go and do that on line at Light a candle for Sandy and Jerry!

Please pray for Joe Dillard, Amiee Glover, Montene Tarkington, Wilma Stevenson, Betty Griffith, Brandon Clendenin, Frankee D. Battles, Linda Stevenson, and any one else that has been sick in our community.