Whitesburg KY

‘Barefoot’ Bill Kelly celebratres birthday

Southern Ohio

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!

Well, we are having a brief warm spell about now, although it will change before

this column hits The Mountain


Belated happy birthday wishes on March 6 to my hillbilly friend ‘Barefoot’ Bill Kelly of Franklin. May he have many more.

On March 4, our mother, Ora Hall, would have been 90 years old. It is hard to imagine Mom being that old. Our dad, Clayton Hall, would have been 84 years old March 13.

My deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Edgar Huff of North Vernon, Ind. Edgar was the brother of Gwen Huff Farmer of Crete, Ill. His brother Rodney lives on Linefork.

Gwen’s brother Lindell isn’t doing very well. Lindell is in a nursing home in Virginia. It is very hard for Gwen to have her family ill since she doesn’t drive long distances and she doesn’t get to see her family very often.

I didn’t have my little sidekick Bennie Wiederhold, so I ventured to the Whitewater Senior Center to listen to music. I always enjoy hearing Rick Stapleton sing. He is one of the best musicians in this area that you will ever hear. Rick used to be a regular at Renfro Valley.

I enjoyed talking to Polly Ann Maucher, Carl Crase and several others. This is the first time that I had been to the center in several months. It seems like I devote most of my time taking care of Bennie, so it is good to get out and see people.

Polly Maucher was telling me that one of her sons was

reading The Mountain Eagle

online. This still amazes me that you can turn on a computer and read the newspapers, correspond with anyone, and find out all sorts of information about anything you type in.

While I was at the center, I sat with a woman named Cassie Metcalf, who knew Cooley Jr. Calihan and his family.

My friend Vickie and I went for a ride and had supper at Skyline in Cleves. The next day Vickie and I went to Hamilton, to a store that was going out of business. When we got there it was all ready out of everything, so you might say we were too late. My son, Keith Ballard, called me to say he was in front of the house and a box with a new vanity was in the middle of the road. He sat it on my porch, and I called Home Depot to see if they could track whoever had purchased it. I wish I knew who dropped it as it is a new vanity base.

Ann Calihan said her vision is really good since she had the cataract removed. It seems she almost didn’t recognize herself in the mirror. I told her no way would I come to visit her and let her see how much weight I have gained and how much gray I have in my hair.

I received the sweetest email from Jessica Halcomb, saying she really enjoys my column.

Austin Johnson, I read

your article in The Mountain

Eagle. It sounds like you have your head on the right way, and your feet planted on solid ground. Honey, you get every bit of education you can, and keep playing music and please don’t let anyone discourage you. People like that Bill O’Reilly should be as smart as you are. I wish I had your talent!

My brother, Richie Hall, says you are a fine young man, and a very good musician.

My sister-in-law, Wanda Hall, hasn’t been feeling too well. She works so much she doesn’t have time to get sick too often.

Alberta Bailey, I got your message, but by the time I got home it was too late to call you. I hope you are doing OK. Hello to Genita Calihan in Paradise Valley (Paices Branch), and to her daughters, Lesa Turner and family, and Janey Whitaker and her family.

Hello to Michael Ison and his lovely wife, also.

Everyone seems to be doing all right in Barefoot Bill and Betty Kelly’s family. I think they are getting itchy feet to head for the mountains of eastern Kentucky.

I know my friend, Shirley Wells, sure would like to head for those mountains that she loves so much.

It seems no matter how far we roam nor how long we are gone the mountains of home keep calling us back. When we are unable to go we hold the memories close in our heart.

I am going to have some visitors for the weekend as my granddaughters, Sarah, Jessica, and Katelyn Nottingham, plus my greatgranddaughter, Samantha Jo Gray, will spend time with me. They love to go to Old Time Fiddlers with me. Actually, Samantha thinks I own the building since I open up and set up for our get-together.

I stopped to visit my daughter, Kay Gray, and I had little Bennie with me. Kay was taking care of her two-year-old grandson, T.J. Proctor. T.J. is three weeks older than Bennie, and these two were like twins. T.J. has real dark hair and dark eyes, and Bennie has sandy hair and brown eyes. These two were so cute together.

Hello, Willa Mae and Carl Boggs, I hope this finds the two of you doing all right.

Hello to my brother, Jerry, and Mattie Hall, and all their friends who read my column.

Bob Akemon sends his sympathy to all of the Huff family as he knew them when he was young.

“Cash, check or charge?” I asked, after folding items the woman wished to purchase. As she fumbled for her wallet, I noticed a remote control for a television set in her purse.

“So, do you always carry your TV remote?” I asked. “No,” she replied, “but my husband refused to come shopping with me, and I figured this was the most evil thing I could do to him legally.”

Until next time, Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030, email: Bluegrassmama4 @aol.com telephone, 513- 367-4682.

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