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Christmas, New Year’s bring families together


Happy New Year everyone. I wish all a wonderful 2020. The start of a new year is the beginning of a new chapter in life.

I usually do a New Year’s resolution every year and I try to make it something I know I will keep. I am working on what I want it to be this year.

It has been an enjoyable week. On Christmas Eve, Mike and I went to a Pine Mountain Overlook and had a picnic. It was so quiet and peaceful as there wasn’t much traffic. Just looking down on Little Cowan and being together was perfect.

We ate Christmas dinner at my brother’s house. Those attending were: John Campbell, Mark Miles, Kathy Miles, Casey Miles, Sarah Davis, Gretta Newsom, Ryan Newsom, Christopher Newsom, Rylan Newsom, Terry, Loraine Stewart, Janis Marr, Michael Marr, Anna Bledsoe, Myles Marr, Addison Myles, Tucker Myles, Mike Wenning, and Martha Wenning. It was a delicious meal and we all enjoyed our time together.

Linda Lucas of Knoxville, Tenn., ate Christmas dinner with her brother, John and Barbara Banks. Tori and Rusty Akers of Morrisville, Tenn., and daughters were there also.

Ella and Mark Caudill hosted a breakfast brunch for Helen and Danny Roberts, Libby and John Honeycutt, Juanita and Curtis Caudill, Janet and Johnny Napier, Rex and Tilda Fields and all of their families. They had a wonderful time.

The inmates of Letcher County Jail cleaned on Little Shepherd Trail. We all need to work together to keep our county clean.

Ida Mae Frazier of Cincinnati passed away on Dec. 20. She was the daughter of the late Hays and Mary Stamper. She had been married to Vernon Buck Frazier, who passed away in 1989. Ida Mae leaves behind two daughters: Theresa Reid and Pamela (Joe) Stoler. She had three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She is survived by one sister Vina Stamper Beck and two brothers, Waldo (Susan) Stamper and Herbert (Frances) Stamper. She had one sister-in-law Nina Stamper. The Webster Funeral Home in Fairfield, Oh., is in charge of the arrangements.

We spent a weekend in Ohio. On Friday we drove to the Frito plant in Dayton, Oh., where our son Greg works. He gave us a tour of the plant and then we drove through the damage caused by the May 2019 tornado. Destruction can still be seen after seven months. On Saturday we went to Coldwater, Oh., and had a Christmas party with Mike’s family. This year’s Wenning Christmas party was hosted by Kevin and Tina Wenning. We had a wonderful time with the family. Lots of food, lots of laughter, lots of games, and lots of fun. After the party ended, Mike, Greg, and I stayed to watch the Ohio State and Clemson football game. It didn’t end the way we wanted it to end.

On Sunday, we had Christmas with our sons and daughters-in-law, Greg, Mark, Heather, Brad, and Becky. We had a good meal and a good time with gift giving. I appreciated all of the wonderful gifts from them. Spending time with all of the sons and daughters means the world to me.

We appreciated Greg’s hospitality as we stayed with him all weekend.

Lexi Pease turned 18 years old in December. Her grandma, Kae Pease, is very proud of Lexi.

I missed the deadline for last week’s edition of The Mountain Eagle. I apologize for that. It’s been a busy week but I’m not certain what we did. It seems like we ran around a lot.

Linda Lucas of Kingsport, Tenn., and Marilyn Banks of Edinburgh, Ind., spend part of the week with Carol Caudill of Cowan. They enjoyed their time together.

Ramona Caudill and Charlie Little have been sick for what seems a long time. They have been missed at Little Cowan Church. I hope they are feeling better.

The January birthday list is: 1 – Debbie Ison Vice; 4 – Balisa Baker-Southworth; 6 – Nathan Banks; 7 – Jerrica Rayburn; 8 – Tonia Banks; 9 – Joshua Blanchard; 10 – Ada Fields Darnell; 14 – Marsha Day Roberts; 16 – Clayshan Roberts Kincer; 19 – Steven Caudill; 20 – Jaimie Ware Mefford; 22 – Janina Sigrest; 24 – Stacy Barnett; 27 – Lorie Stidham Morine; 31 – Alex Wenning and Stephanie Wenning Silver.

The quote of the week is attributed to Tony Gaskins, Jr. “We all need a fresh start each year. It’s important that we go into the New Year with an open mind and a new way of thinking.”

Please send your news to Cowannews@aol.com. Happy 2020 to all.

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