Let’s be neighbors

Carolyn Mills
Provides a weekly view from the community.

This column cannot be called news, so we will call it comments on old news. This writer has been suffering with a sinus infection for more than three weeks and this is partly due to having read an article about the over use of antibiotics which caused me to refuse to take another drug after just finishing taking one round of antibiotics.

Several functions were attended, but not mentioned in this column which normally would have been, so while still fresh on my mind and maybe yours, I will comment on them.

The annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet was held March 6, 2014 at Pine Ridge Lodge at Lake Tiak-O’Khata. It was well attended, the food was delicious and the decorations lovely created by Jeff Fulton and Susan Ard. Thank you Jeff and Susan/

The decorations for the Banquet have been done in the past by the local garden clubs, but this year it is my understanding that none of the three garden clubs were willing to take on the project.

The welcome was given by Mike Dowd who is 2014 Vice-President of Chamber of Commerce/Main Street who was called upon due to the fact that neither the out-going nor the incoming president were able to attend.

The Invocation was given by Dr. Mark Donald.. Several persons were recognized by Gerald Mills, Winston County Partnership Executive Director. At this point in time, I have no memory of those he named and asked to stand.

After all the awards were presented and pictures taken, Senator Giles Ward introduced the keynote speaker, Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves.

Again, I will not attempt to name all those receiving awards. They were named and pictured in WCJ earlier this month.

I do wish to rename the winner of the Educator of the Year Jenny Vowell, as she is from this neck of the woods. She grew up here, raised her two boys here and continues to reside on Rural Dempsey Road. She is the daughter of Don and Carolyn Sisson and the wife of John Vowell. Jenny was awarded a plaque by Ken McMullen, Winston County School Superintendent.

I will mention Linda Skelton, Chamber of Commerce/Main Street Director who was very much surprised to receive a joint Woman of The Year Award presented by Tara Woodward after she presented Susan Ard this award. Both very deserving ladies.

Linda called Martha Mills to the podium and presented her with a plaque honoring Martha’s ten years of working with Winston County Economic Development Paaratnership. Martha has retired from the position and Kelli Wall has replaced her.

The quarterly meeting of Friends of Legion State Park met on March 10, 2014. Frances Ball, president presided. Tracy McCully, secretary, read the minutes of the last meeting. Kline Shepherd gave a report on the progress of the Rock Patio and said we had the funds to complete our plans which has been modified to move the restrooms up the hill to level ground which will greatly reduce the cost. It was also reported that Friends of Legion State Park had gotten their KO9 status renewed.

Treasurer Elaine Thompson reminded members that dues for this year are now due. If you would like to be a member you may join by paying a small fee of $10.

Winston Garden Club met March 11th with good attendance. Roger Caperton brought the program and was introduced by Joyce Johnson.

Betty Sullivan’s granddaughter Abby was disappointed that she could not attend the garden club meeting with her grandmother as she has for several meetings. Abby was on spring break in the mountains with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Sullivan.

Betty and her daughter Shelia Hickman barely made the garden club meeting as they had just gotten back in town from Dunluth, Georgia where they attended the SEC basketball tournament along with Joanie Rosamond. Joanie’s daughter Kim who is an assistant coach and recruiter at Vanderbilt joined them at the games.

Prayers and Squares Quilters were treated to a fish supper at Pleasant Hill UMC this month. David Mills fried the catfish and hush puppies and Martha made baked beans and cole slaw. Not all the quilters were able to attend and so they missed a delicious supper. Among those who could not make it, were two of the best, Nona Vowell and Mae Barclay. Kaye Dempsey came though she is not part of the group. She teaches a special education class at Louisville Elementary, came with her mother Louise Dempsey.

Also held at Pleasant Hill UMC this month was the Senior Citizens group with good attendance. Attending from Whitehall were: Judy Webb, Harry and Vale Tabor, Narvaleen and Frank Higgason, Jack and Hildreth Woodward, Shelley and Ray Bolton. Coming from Rural Hill were; Don and Dale Shumaker and Mary Ann Ssessions. Attending from Pleasant Hill were: Dean Dempsey, Alene Ingram, Louise Dempsey, Joe Vowell, Jimmy Blair, Pat Horton, Nona Vowell and Carolyn Mills from Center Ridge. Our pastor, Rev. Mike Dowd showed a video on Nazareth. We enjoyed potluck lunch afterward.

Do you have your hummingbird feeders up? Hildreth Woodward report having sighted one last week.