Myself, husband Lee Roy, our daughter Jennifer and her son Kaleb, our son Justin and his family, Jessica Sparks and girls Kennadie, Kami and Kayde, all went to the Outer Banks on Sunday, the 21st, and came home Sunday, the 28th. We rented a oceanfront house on Avon. We went to the lighthouse’s aquarium took a dolphin tour. We loved watching the dolphins play out in the water. The kids loved playing on the beach and in the ocean. We had such a good time, but after that long were glad to see the mountains. I’ve had enough sand and water for awhile.
Happy anniversary to Ray and Ann Hite of Blackey. It was their 45th on July 20.
My neighbors Adam, Misty and Layne Henrikson went to Myrtle Beach the week we were gone. They said they had a great trip and Layne and Adam caught a baby shark while fishing off of a pier.
Happy anniversary to Dusty and Jessica Adams of Hallie. It was their 12th on July 21.
Happy birthday to Ray Nichols of Doty Creek. It was on July 19. His grandson Chris Evans of Lexington celebrated a birthday on the 30th, Tina Banks of Letcher on the 30th, Opal Jent of Carcassonne, my son Justin Combs, Jeremy Maggard of Letcher, Dee Roark of Carcassonne, Greg Caudill of Carcassonne, and Craig Abbinanti of Whitesburg all on July 31. Greg Caudill’s wife Della had one on Aug. 1. Marty Engle of Carcassonne has one on the 19th, one of my friends from high school, Pam Ison of Hindman, on the 1st, and Carla Newton of Whitesburg, also Aug. 1.
Brandie Back of Elk Creek had surgery on her finger in Pikeville on the 19th. She had hit something awhile back and it was bent down and it wouldn’t move. They had to remove cartilage and put a pin in last time. I talked to her and she was in a lot of pain and won’t know if she will be able to move it until later on at another doctor’s appointment.
Happy anniversary to Josh and Jess Cornett of Letcher. It was on July 14. It was their first.
Congratulations to Jessica and Jason Caudill of Blackey. Their baby girl Khloe Janee Caudill was born on July 18. She weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces and was 18¾ inches long. She has a big sister, Charleigh. Grandparents are Mike and Connie Slone of Jeremiah and Sherry and Danny Caudill of Letcher.
Congratulations to Fred and Cathleen Jones Blackey on the birth of their son. Gunner Davis Allen Jones was born on July 25. He weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces and was 18½ inches long. Grandparents are Zoni and Glen Hampton of Red Star and the late Cecil and Stella Davis of Blackey.
Congrats to Br yan Campbell and Holly Bates Campbell of Ulvah. They were married on Saturday, July 20. I’m very happy for them.
Bruce Gilley of Letcher had to be taken to the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital emergency room on Friday. He was having chest pains and was put in ICU, but was put in a regular room on Saturday. They said he didn’t have a heart attack so they were going to run tests to see what was wrong.
Happy birthday to Nichole Griffie of Hazard and Phyllis King of Jeremiah on Aug. 2nd, Teresa Caudill Collins of Whitesburg on the 4th, William Caudill of Blackey the 3rd, and Dalton Dixon of Linefork on the 3rd.
Autumn Madden of Carcassonne had to have outpatient surgery in Lexington on Friday. She came home that evening and is doing well.
Happy birthday to Jesse Niece of Elk Creek. He turned 2 on July 31. He is the son of Aaron and Samantha Niece, and the grandson of Linda and Junior Wagner of Red Star. Sorry, I don’t know Sam’s parents.