Thursday, August 31, 2006

I never complained or griped

Gravelly news, by Glenna Goodson

A police officer stops a blonde for speeding and asks her very nicely if he could see her license. She replied in a huff,"I wish you guys would get your act together. Just yesterday you take my license away and then today you expect me to show it to yu!" Our Gravelly Eastern Star will have a bake sale tomorrow ,the 1st, at the Danville Bank. We have sold our cakes and goodies there before and have done well, so I hope a lot of people are hungry for something sweet as they cometo do business at the bank.

I attended a party at Brenda Turner's at Rover last Monday night. Melanie Sawyer was our demonstrator for Beauti Control,Spa Escape products. It was good to have fun with my Christian friends. Iwas so gladto see Becky and Emily Patton. Becky says things are gong well forthem at Danville 1st Baptist church.The next time I am in Danville, I plan to go to the church and visit with Tim. one of my very favorite people! I toldthe group at Brenda's that I needed to rent a room for weekends so I wouldn't have to drive so far to church.Brenda saysshe has an extra room.Sarah Light says"you mean you could stand listening to Johnny and Glenna fight all weekend!" Now folks, Johnny and I don't really fight--we just yell at each other!!

I was looking at my sister's humming birds and her birds are twice as big as mine are!!I love to sit out in the yard and watch mine--one of them has the most beautiful multi-colored tail. One bird is a beautiful, green color.Some have red necks-I understand they are the males. When I first re-fill their jar of sugar water-one little bird will come from the close by tree and drink. He obviously goes back to the tree and tells the others because they just come in droves to the sugar water.

If you will click on my son's blog where he places this article every week, you will see that the picture he used last week forthe column, was of me standing behind a huge net of fish Fred had caught that day. We were at the Cove at Texoma where the fish were being weighed. Go to http//

I look at our worship areas in our churches today and my mind goes back to when Iwas a young person at Mulberry FWB church. Of course we did not have a nursery so your children had to stay with you--but guess what? They did not disturb the service. When we got older and sat with our friends we had better not disturb either. Lisa Millard Davis tells of one time when her Dad, Pat Millard, was pastor at Mulberry. She and my sister, Kathy, were kinda getting loud talking. Pat just stopped his sermon and told Lisa to shut up!That's one way to do it!! My cousin, Billy Euel, told me a tale I could hardly believe!Of course we did not have air conditioning at the church when I was a young teen and in the summer time, all the windows were opoened. Billy said he and Bob Roy, my brother, always sit by an open window and during the service they would climb out the window, smoke a cigarette outside and then climb back in the window!I could not believe that my mother nor Aunt Dora ever caught them, but obviously they were interested in the sermon and were not looking around. Gee, we had lots and lots of young peopole at Mulberry then. I will never forget when Mr. Artman and his wife came from Ca. and bought a place not far from the blue hole. He was very interested in us young people. He met with us and organized a young people's program called "League." Mr. Artman will have another star in his crown in Heaven because of his love and concern for young people.

John Meredith is selling his mobile home. He has it parked in front of the Gravelly store. Check it out. I have friends in OKC, even older than me(Imagine that!) and all spring and summer they take off in their travel trailer. Maybe one reason that does not excite me is that i know Fred would only be looking for fishing places.

Katie Fickle is recuperating at home after surgery on one of her legs. The doctor put two stints in that leg and one stint in her foot. I miss Katie at the Gravelly store and I pray she will soon be well.

Mr. Damon is our clerk in the Gravelly store most ofthe time now. He is fun to talk to and he seems to enjoy being there. He told me Gale caught him napping one day and he was in trouble. I THINK he was teasing!!

Loucinda and her grandson ,Michael, were on their way back from Nimrod last week-end. She had driven her truck and she told Michael she was low on gasoline andthey would get gas at the Plainview Superette. When they got there, it was closed--Michael says,"Just go to another station" and Loucinda rold him there was no other stations around. So they started to Wing and Michael kept looking at the gas gauge and how close it was to empty and telling his grandmother how they were going to run out of gas. Loucinda says"Michael, you should be positive about this--quit being negative andbe positive." Michael said,"I am positive--I am POSITIVE we are gong to run out of gas.!" But they got home okay.

When this issue of the Record is published there should be a picture of our reunion committee for our F.V school reunion.,so check it out.They work really hard to make sure it is a good gathering, but they also really enjoy the planning and look upon it as a fun time--not just hard work.Did yu ever notice that if in your work you complain and gripe, then the desired effect is not near as much fun. Gee, when I pulled that cotton sack trying to pick at least 100 pounds of cotton that day, i never complained or griped. The same with hoeing of cotton. I was in the field with Troy Lee Gwin,Tony Gene and Tomilyn Carter, William Hogue, my Highfill cousins. We were having fun whle we were working hard. One time when we were picking up potatoes, I was just getting over chicken pox. My mother had told me not to pick at my facebut my Aunt Geet was coming from N.Y.City to visit and I picked the scabs from my face, cause I did not wantto be ugly when Aunt Geet saw me.While picking up those potatoes, my Uncle Loy Highfill, was staring at my face, He said he believed I'd better go inside. Well, I went inside, looked in the mirror and almost fainted. When i had gotten in the sun, all those scars, that were caused by me picking my face,came to the surface. Should have listened to my mother.

Do you agree--The shortest sentence is "I Am" and the longest is "I Do."

Monday, August 28, 2006

Blue Hole out the Blue Ball road

Gravelly news by Glenna Goodson

The following statements about the Bible were written by children. They have not been corrected.

.1. In the first book of the Bible, Guinessis, God got tired of creating the world so he took the Sabbath off. 2. Jesus enunciated the golden rule, which says to do unto others before they do one to you. He also explained that a man doth not live by sweat alone. 3. St. Paul cavorted to Christianity. He preached Holy Acrimony, which is another name for marriage.. 4.The first commandment was when Eve told Adam to eat the apple. 5. The 7th commandment is Thou shalt not admit adultery. 6.Moses died before he ever reached Canada.Then Joshua led the Hebrews in the battle of Geritol..7.Solomon, one of David's sons, had 300 wives and 700 porcupines. 8.The Egyptians were all drowned in the desert. Afterwards,
Moses went up to Mount Cyanide to get the commandments.

Did you read the letter in the Democrat/Gazette from the guy that suggested restaurants should have a section for obese people? Now that is super tacky!!Maybe we should all pray that this man gets fat!!

Loucinda and I were in Russellville last week and dropped by to see two of her friends, Wayne and Pat Bradley.Wayne was the manager of the Social Security office in Russellville for many years and was Loucinda's boss.Wayne and Pat were baby-sitting their twin granddaughters. They are 5 years old and were looking forward to starting kindergarten the next week. It was such a fun visit , listening and talking with those beautiful little girls. Pat says she reads my article in the Record whle she is in the beauty shop. Good for her!!

I spoke to Jake, my great grand son, about his first week of kindergarten. He informed me he did not like recess!! I asked why and he said he fell off something he was riding and he skinned his knee so therefore he does not like recess. He is supposed to ride a school bus and the first day, Robyn said he had such a fit that they hadto take him to school.He gets on the bus now but he does not like it.I thought he would enjoy the school bus but it is scary for him.But he likes his teacher and school, so that is a plus!

I was talking to Cindy Moua about her little girl, Vanna's,first day of kdgn. at Waldron. I THINK the mother had more trouble then the child the first day of school for her. Cindy said she told Vanna, "moma will miss you today." and Vanna says"But Moma, I have to go to school."I told Cindy that when my first son began kdgn. I cried. I walked him to school and several other kids were walking from our block in the city of Tulsa. I walked with him for 3 days andthe 4th day, he says"Mom, I do not want you to walk with me today." Joe Maxey was in the Nola store listening to us talk and he said that when his first one began school he just missed him so much he thought about going to school and see how he was doing but decided against it!!I was glad I could hear a Dad express the same feelings a Mom had.

Loucinda and I went to Waldron last Thursday. We wentto my cousin, Dortha Putman's. Dortha had fixed us a good lunch. She and Loucinda went to get theri hair cut and then Loucinda and I wentto Mena to see Jonnie Sue Gillum Willis. Jonnie was in the re-hab facility there.We were so thrilled to see that she was doing really well.She told us she was coming home the 29th.Praise the Lord!!Her daughter, Paula, will stay with her mother as long as she needs her.Jonnie told us that the re-hab facility at Mena is one ofthe best in the state, as far as staff and their equipment.

I also went to see my Aunt Syble last Thursday in the Waldron nursing home.She was sleeping and was on oxygen so I did not try to awaken her.Aunt Syble is not doing well but I tell myself her body has just given out on her--she is almost 99 years of age and she is tired. My Aunt Syble is really a good .Christian lady. She was a wonderful wife to my Uncle Willie and a good mother to her 5 kids.

The 4th Sunday in August was always special to me when I was growing up. It was homecoming at Mulberry FWB Church. It was REALLY a homecoming. Our friends and relatives that had moved away, came back home. Different singing groups came and along with the others, sang all morning at the church--then at noon we had "dinner on the ground".We ate and visited and had so much fun. Then after lunch we went back in the church and sang until about 4 in the afternoon.My mother andthe other women in the community, would work all week getting ready forthe homecoming.They cooked and cooked and got their house ready for "company" cause our relatives wouldstay with us that weekend.Now, noone comes to sing or even visit, cause most ofthe family and friends that did grow up in Mulberry church are gone from this world.After my church Sunday, I went over and had a wonderful lunch, but no one wenbt back in to sing andthe only ones there were mostly the church members now, at Mulberry. Another memory of my teen age years, gone, and I so miss it.

I got an e-mail from my cousin Calton Highfill in Texas. He, his wife, a daughter, and son in law, and granddaughter are all coming to our F.V. school reunion the 9th of September. He said he wanted his children to see his ":roots". I told him to do as his brother Bily di when he brought his daughter. He immediately took her to the Blue Hole out the Blue Ball road. So I told Calton he should take his kids to the Blue Hole and tell them :"This is part of my roots."

My cousin, Sue Ann Highfill Cheatam, formerly of gravelly, lives in Broken Arrow, Ok. Her daughter, Terri, has just been diagnosed with a brain tumor. It is benign, andthey will use radiation to shrink the tumor. Please pray for Terri. Sue Ann and her sister Mary Lee also plan to be at the F.V school reunion. Leah Highfill Hogan ,of Little Rock and her husband also plan to be here. So 5 of the 6 Highfill children will be at our F.V reunion.

I was saddened at the death of Jean Aikman, the wife of Jim Bill Aikman of Russellville. My sympathy and prayers go out to Jim Bill and his family.

Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Join the "old"crowd, Melba!!

Gravelly news by Glenna Goodson

A little 5 year old boy was looking at his mother's family Bible. He came upon a leaf that his mother had pressed and placed in the Bible. The little boy exclaimed,"Oh, mother look!" She asked"What is it, Son?" and he said "I think I found Adam's underwear!"

About 3 weeks aago, O.L. Briggs was working with hay up in his hay loft and fell.e broke his heel bone and that part of his foot was crushed.He had surgery at Little Rock.and his foot is in a cast. Of course O.L. is immobolized and he's sure not happy about that!!Last week, his daughter in law and his sister, Frankie Jean, stayed with him. This week he is staying in Little Rock with his sister, Frankie Jean.I wish for O.L. a speedy recovery!!

Gary and Sheila Garner were in Washington last week. They basically were there for Sheila's 50 th high school reunion. They also visited relatives. I hope they got some needed rest and were able to relax.

I'm sure several of you noticed that I called Edith TURNER at Wing, Edith BUFORD. Edie told me she must have gotten married and had forgotten!! So she is really Edith TURNER The Turner and Buford names are so intertwined with me, I mix them up.

I visited Hoyt and Betty Lampkin last week at Bluffton.I took Betty a new book by James Patterson andshe said"Good, I will have something to read tonight" and then she pulled in a sack filled with books and I said"I thought you did not have anything to read" and she said she had read all of those and had to get them back to the Danville Library!!I bet there were at least 10 books in that sack and she had read them in less then 2 weeks!!

When I took some of my books to the upcoming Plainview library, I was glad to meet Dean Blay lock. She told me she taught school at Fourche Valley at one time. She remembered my sister in law, Bonnie Faye Goodson and how well she played basketball. The library shelves were ready and a lot ofbooks were ready to be shelved. Boxes and boxes of books were there that they will get ready for the shelves.They really have a lot of work ahead ofthem, plus the work they have already done.I really admire them for doing this.

John Meredith of Gravelly bought one of those little manufactured houses. It was placed down by his pond. John took me for a tour of his pond and I saw the little house. It is really neat and Mrs. Meredith will keep her fishing supplies in the house.

I"d like to share with you a few of my favorite bumper stickers---------1. Guns don't kill people-Drivers with cell phones do!-------2. Keep honking--I am reloading.------3.Some people are only alive because it is illegal to shoot them-----and my favorite--Welcome to America--now speak English!!

Peggy Dowdy, recently went with a group to N.Y. City. One oftheir guides was Robert Westfield. Robert has recently had a book oublished titled Suspension. I am looking forward to reading his book.

I saw Larry Wilson, his brother, Rick, and son Kris at the Plainview cafe this week. Rick has experienced a miracle in the past couple of months. Because of an early injury, he had only one eye. That eye developed a disease and Rick could not see. The doctors told him, with eye surgery, he would regain his sight. He had the surgery but after the surgery--he was blind!!The doctors found the problem and with another surgery, Rick can see better then ever!!Praise the Lord!!

Margaret James called me last week. She shared with me that Frances Blagg and her two youngest sisters, are coming to the F.V school reunion, cause she wants to see a lot of us who knew her when we were in elementary school.Mrs. Jewell Blagg was Frances' mother, who I am sure, many of you, remember. I am looking forward to seeing Frances.

Imagine my surprise to see in the Gazette daily newspaper, that 2 River's School District was one of the school districts in Ar. that was placed on probation by the Department of Education in Ar. I knew that the kids hadgood scores last school year on their Spring tests. There was nothing wrong with the kids' scores nor the teachers' accredidation, so what iswrong? An end of year report that was due by October 1st last school year was not sent in on time!!Imagine being on probation because a report was not sent in on time!!And when yhour school is on probation,you have one year to correct it or you are in trouble!!How in the world do you correct a report not getting to the State Department on time. It makes me sad because the kids worked so hard to bring up their scores andthe teachers worked so hard and now their school is on probation because of a late report!!Boggles my mind!!!

The Adventist service, Saturday, was just great. The music was out of this world!!A lady sang a medley of religious songs that really touched our heart.Then Bo Huthison and Rosemary Blankenship sang "We are a Santuary." Joe Harrison delivered a very meaningful message.After the service was dismissed, a group of us gathered around the piano the hear Aaron Ruff play for us. It was so very beautiful!!When Aaron finished, i was walking away and heard someone else playing. It was Dr. Sandberg's Dad. The elder Sandberg's have just purchased a home in Ola, next door to their son. Mr. Sandberg told me he was formerly a high school banddirector in Ca.

My friend Melba Reed, celebrated her birthday the 18th.Now she is as old as me!!Join the "old"crowd, Melba!!

Saturday night I went to Dr. Sandberg's and Jody's home in Ola to attend a Bible study. Jody had air popped , pop corn and water melon for us. That pop corn was delicious--she named 5 seasonings she had used in the pop corn. We then had a good Bible study.We dismisses at 9:30. I say to Janet Harrison,"Now I go down this lane, turn right andthen turn left when I get to the highway that goes to Plainview" and she says, "yes."Well, i do not know where I swent wrong when I got to the hoghway but I travelled several miles and finally I saw a sign that said Perry County, so I turned around. There was a truck behind me so Istopped and blinked my lights andthis young man stoipped.I asked him did he know how Icould get to Plainview and on Highway 28.He said he had no idea and traveled on. I traveled for a few minutes and stopped and blinked my lights for the truck behind me to stop. I ask him thesame question I askedthe young man and he does not know how to get to plainview either. I traveled on andth nice man and hiswife followed me. Finally I stopped again andthey also stopped. The lady told me they looked Plainview up on their map and I was going the right direction.Hetold me I would soon come to an intersection and i would

turn left for Plainview. He went ahead of me and when I got to the intersection,the guy was there with his arm pointing to the left!!What wonderful people they were!!I finally got home at 11 o'clock.I have decided that no more night trips for me if I have to drive.

I met a guy in the Plainview restaurant last week named Doug Vess. Doug lives in Danville andisan auctioneer. He says he does 60 to 70 auctions per year. Iasked him did he go to school to bean auctioneer and he said yes at Fort Smith Auction school. If you need an auctioneer you can contact Doug at 1-479-702194.

Our Rover church services were really a blessing Sunday. Bro. Shipley preached such a good message and then we participated in the taking of the Lord';s Supper.Jesus said of the supper--"As oft as you do this, do in remembrance of me"and it is wonderful to do that very thing.

Lord help me not to gripe about the tough rows I have hoed.I'm drinking from my saucer, cause my cup has overflowed..

Monday, August 14, 2006

Give them all a cow

Gravelly news by Glenna Goodson

Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that our government can track a cow born in Canada almost three years ago,right to the stall where she sleeps in the stable of Washington and they tracked her calves to their stalls? But they are unable to locate 11 million illegal aliens wandering around our country.Maybe we should give them all a cow!!

I'm so excited that Plainview will soon have a library.I knew when the Adventist sold their property in Plainview, the ones that bought the property were planning to use the building for a library.I saw the article in the Record by Mr. Blalock concerning the library so I called him. I want to donate several books cause my books are consuming my house!!Mr. Blalock told mehis wife was President ofthe Library Club and she and the ones that are helping her have a lot of the books catalogued and ready to put on their shelves.I'm excited and I congratulate the Blalock's for doing such a good thing.

Loucinda and I go to Russellville Saturday the 5th to take care of more business for our F.V. school reunion.Late in the afternoon, Loucinda says,"Do you want to go to Center Ridge to the Bluegrass show?" Having never been to Center Ridge nor a Blue Grass show, I said, "sure." so we take off to Center Ridge. Almost 3 hours later we are there!!The show is in the Roger Wooten Memorial Park at Center Ridge. We arrive before 5p.m andthe next show does not start until 7. But Loucinda has talked to her cousin, Robert Miles Buford, before we get there and he guides her to his travel trailer.He told us the trailer is unlocked and to go in and turn on the a/c and make ourselves comfortable and he will soon be there.We are nice and cool in the trailer, while outside it is 103 degrees!!Robert Miles soon arrives and we have a good visit until it is time for the show. Robert takes us lawn chairs and we sit and enjoy the Bluegrass music.A lady comes over and introduces herself named Linda Lovett. She knows my sister, Kathy and her husband, Lacey Minnie.We had a very good time and plan to go to other Bluegrass shows.

I come in from Ola last week and a message is on my answering machine. This guy says"this is your old boy friend of over 50 years ago, just wanted to talk a feew minutes, but will see you later."He does not say who he is buy the caller I-D says Claude Williams, who now lives in L.R. I graduated high school with hm but he was teasing about the boy friend part!! He also called Lloucinda and what he was wanting to know was about our high school reunion and he will be up on Friday to help us set up forthe reunion on Saturday. We appreciate him doing that because he is a good helper. Robert Gwen Buford always told me,":don't forget, Glenna, you and I are just helpers!"

Loucinda and I have purchased some wonderful door prizes for our F.V. school reunion.The
husband of the former Jo Garner Goodson, Henry Runnels, has won a door prize every year we have had the reunion.So Henry come and buy tickets this year and maybe you will win again.

I saw Lou Ann Aikman Lewis and her husband, Bill, at L.R. Friday. That night their grandson, Ryan Lewis, was graduating with a Master;'s Degree from Univ. of Central Ar. of Conway.
My congratulations to this young man!!

A guy came into the Gravelly post office to talk to Gale Damon about buying some peaches. I told him I wanted peaches too so I go out to his truck. He was sacking up my peaches and said"I know you but you don't know me," I ask him who he is and at first he will not tell me but finally says,"Roy Cockburn," and I say"Roy Lynn Cockburn." Of course seeing him again took my memories back to my teen-age years. Roy Lynn and his brother Leonard were part of that happy time. He sure sold me some good peaches.

My cousin, Billy Euel Highfill and I spoke by phone last week. He says he and his wife, Joyce, were drinking coffee Sunday morning, the 6th, and watching T.V. Joyce tells him theyt have advertised that they are going to have a segment about dogs on the channel she is watching.When the segment begins, there is Gary Garner. The T.V. show is Sunday Mornng, C.B.S. Billy, said he told Joyce, I was just in his place of business Friday." This makes the second time in less then a year that Gary has been on nation wide T.V. about his business. I am so glad Gary and Sheila chose to locate in Gravelly when they came from Alaska several years ago. Of course, Gary had grown up in the Valley.

A dear friend of mine and Loucinda's was having surgery in a L.R. hospital last Saturday. We want to be there when the surgery begins so we get a motel room for Friday night, in the Comfort Inn. Loucinda calls her friend,Eleanor Connelly, that was part of the group that recently went on an Alaskan cruise. We picked her up and went to Fantastic Chine restaurant to eat, in Pulaski Heights.After our meal, we went back to Eleanor's to visit with her. We enjoyed seeing pictures she had of Turkey and Alaska when she had travelled there

I tell you, I'm going to have to take up a donation in my community to buy sugar so I can keepo feeding my hummoing birds!! Those birds must truly have a sugar high!!

Edie Buford and her sister, Hazel, talked to Louise Person in Alabama, after she had had her lung surgery. We were so glad to hear that the doctors say they removed all the cancer and that there seems to be no more cancer!! God truly answers prayer!!

When we come to the edge ofthe light we know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, of this we can be sure, either God will provide something solid to stand on or--we will be taught to fly!!

Sunday, August 06, 2006

On his tractor just watching us

Gravelly News by Glenna Goodson

Two litle boys,ages 8 and 10, are excessively mischievous.They are always getting into trouble and their parents know all about it. If any mischief occurs in their town, the two boys are probably involved. The boys' mother heard that a preacher in town had been successful in discipling children, so she asked if he would speak with her boys. The preacher agreed, but he asked to see them individually. So the mother sent the 8 year old first, in the morning, with the older boy to see the preacher in the afternoon. The preacher, a huge man with a booming voice, sat the younger boy down and asked him sternly,"Do you know where God is, son?"The boy's mouth dropped open, but he made no response, sitting there wide-eyed with his mouth hanging open.So the preacher repeated the question in an even sterner tone,"WHERE IS GOD?" Again, the boy made no attempt to answer. The preacher raised his voice even more and shook his finger in the boy's face and bellowed,"WHERE IS GOD?!!"The boy screamed and bolted from the room, ran directly home and dove into his closet, slamming the door behind him. When his older brother found him in the closet, he asked,"what happened?" The younger brother, gasping for breath, replied,"We are in BIG trouble this time. GOD is missing, and they think we did it!"

Tuesday Loucinda and I went to Russellville to purchase materials for our F.V. reunion.We were able to get mostly what we needed at Wal-mart and Staples. Just outside of Danville, nearthe UNI store, there is a menninite fruit and vegetable stand. We stopped and I bought pourple hulled peas,cucumbers, tomatoes,,peaches and a watermelon.I've never seen more beautiful tomatoes. They are huge and just perfect. And to think they were grown right here in Yell County.

The new roof on our Rover Baptist Church is really pretty. For the past few Saturdays as I passed my church, I would see several vehicles there which you would reason that several were working on the roof.But as you look at the roof, yu only see one or two guys.Where are the other people?Well, Bro. Shipley is probably telling the working guys a story. Others are shouting encouragement to the ones that are working and some ofthe ladies have brought food for the workers. So I'm not sure which guys did the work, but they did a good job.

My cousin, Billy Euel Highfill of Owasso,OK. drove to Gravelly, Thursday to help plan for our F.V. school reunion, which is the 9th of Sept.Loucinda, Charles and Rita Daniel,Dennus and June Castleberry,Larry and Shirley Aikman,and myself, had supper together. We had so much fun talking about the "good ole days".Billy has taken the format of Jeff Foxworthy,"You might be a Redneck if" and changed the sayings he has written to "You might be from F.V if." Loucinda is going to have them displayed on a poster board for the reunion so you can enjoy reading them.. Larry,Billy,Charles and Loucinda did a lot of planning after supper.Rita and Charles have just returned from Alaska where they spent 2 weeks with their granddaughter and her husband, who live on an island there in Alaska. The nearest town from the Island is Citka.The granddaughter teaches school there.Rita had wonderful pictures of the beauty of the island.Also she had pictures ofthe lovely 3 story home her granddaughter and husband are building on the island.

Friday, Billy Euel Loucinda, Charles and Rita,Larry and Shirley and myself met at the Nola store for lunch. After lunch we went to Gary and Sheila Garner's Pet Registrar business, outside of Gravelly.,on the Mulberry road.I had been there a couple of times but I always went from the Mulberry church. We were coming from Nola so we took the Scott Co. Road there just down from the cemetery.Loucinda says"Are you sure yu know where you are going.?"And I say,"Of course, my brother and I walked this road many a time when we were kids going to see our grandparents.."We travel awhile and we come to a fork in the road and Loucinda asks which road and I direct her. And guess what?--it was the wrong way!!Who could possibly get lost on the Mulberry Road?Glenna can!!Loucinda says"this is not right? cause there we were with no road left and we are in this man's front yard. I found outlater it was Mr. Garrett's house.What was bad was Rita and Charles were following us so here are two new Cadillacs pulling up in this man's yard and he is sitting on his tractor just watching us. Loucinda rolls down her car window and tells him she's looking for Gary Garner's Pet Registry. He proceeds to give her detailed instructions as how to get there and I say"Gosh Loucinda, I know how to get there." and she said"Well, it doesn't seem as if you do."So we go back and find Gary's business. I mean to tell you Gary and Sheila have quite an establishment,"The American Pet Registry,Inc." There are 22 employees and they are at work on those computers every minute registering dogs from all over the world.One of the things hat is great is that Gary has hired people from the Valley to work for him. Gary and one of his empoloyees printed our letters and programs and put addresses on the envelopes.Marcus Richmond, Sheila's and Gary's son in law, used a machine to fold the letters. We so appreciate Gary and Sheila taking all that time away from their busy afternoon to do that for our reunion It is Gary's 50th year since graduating from F.V. Then, after the letters were ready,Rita , Charles, Llucinda and I stuffed the envelopes anbd stamped them and got them ready to mail. Gary sure saved us a lot of work and we are thankful for him.It is amazing how much fun we have eating together and talkng and laughing and reliving our school years.

Mr. John Meredith has bought the Bea Neighbor's property at Gravelly. Of curse John and his wife bought,what I still call th Vess Herrin place in Gravelly and love their home, their fishing poond, etc, so they will not be moving. John told me perhaps a member of his family will live in the Neighbor's house.

When I went to Russellville, last week to hear the Rambler's band play, Orlan Ray Thomas shakes hands with O.L. Briggs and says,"O.L. you and Beatrice Garner Yeats are the oldest two up the valley now, aren't you?"O.L. said"I guess so, but Beatrice is just a tad older then me." I called Beatrice and told her what O.L said and Beatrice says,"O.L. can take his sign down ,now cause Velma Thompson is 4 years older than we are."

Katie Fickle, daughter of Roy and Robbie Fickle, has blockages in both legs. She is in continuous pain. Monday the 7th she will have a procedure done at Sparks Hospital in Ft. S,mith. I pray the doctors will find out what to do and that Katie will soon be well.

My dear friend of Wing Community Church, Louise Person, is leaving the 7th for Alabama. Her tests she had done last week showed she has lung cancer.So Louise will go to her daughter's, Annette's home in Alabama. Annette has a surgeon that is highly recommended that will do Louise's surgery. We are praying that this small place in her lung that is cancerous,can be removed and she will soon be back with us, all well!!Please pray for her.

Remember to Protect the Children!!