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Dayton shooting hits close to home



Hello everyone, I hope you had a good week. It was a long and busy week.

I left some names off the birthday list. Aug. 5 birthdays are my aunt, Ramona Caudill of Little Cowan, and my cousin, Kim Schroder of Douglasville, Ga.

John Banks of Cowan will have a birthday on Aug. 16. I hope they all have a wonderful celebration.

The shootings in El Paso, Tex. and Dayton, Oh. were senseless. The man who did the shooting in Dayton shot his sister.

The one in Dayton hit closer to home as we have sons that work in Dayton. When I was in college back in the mid-70s, sometimes we would go to the Oregon District in Dayton. I worked for a charter school one year and on payday the teachers would go there for dinner. The last time I was there, a son had called because his motorcycle wouldn’t start and he needed help. Mike and I got out of bed and drove there. It was kind of cool to drive by and see all of the people on the street. Times have changed since we were young. Prayers are sent to the families of the Texas and Ohio shooting victims.

My aunt and uncle, Susan and Waldo Stamper of Lexington, were in for a few days. Their son, Joe, came in and did a lot of weedeating around their place. It looks really nice.

Debbie Vice of Flemingsburg stopped in one afternoon. She and Jeff had just finished a vacation trip to Myrtle Beach; Charleston, S.C.; and Georgia. They posted some beautiful photos of their trip. They spent their last night of vacation on Kingdom Come.

Janis Marr and children of Berea came in for an afternoon. They came in to visit Janis’s grandfather, Glen Brown of Whitesburg. It was good to see them for a little while.

Six copperheads were killed in one evening at Patsy Adams’s place. It would be scary to see that many at once. I haven’t seen a snake or a bear around our house and that’s fine with me.

My uncle, Bob Caudill, had a bear in his yard this week. The bear knocked over the garbage can one night. Uncle Bob said it was the biggest paw print he had ever seen.

Kathleen Boyer of Columbus, Oh., graduated from Ohio State University on Aug. 4. She is the daughter of Renee and Tony Boyer of Pataskala, Oh., and the granddaughter of Ercell Sturgill and the late Sylvia Sturgill of Fairborn, Oh. The late Bert Banks and Kathryn Banks of Cowan were Kathleen’s great-grandparents. Congratulations to Katie.

John and Faye Campbell, and Mike and I, all did the 127 yard sale. We left Wednesday evening and went to Lexington. After an early breakfast at Waffle House, we started checking out yard sales in Frankfort. There were fields of yard sales. We traveled together, which limited our carrying space. We have decided that next year, we’ll take two vehicles. I was looking forward to going to Liberty, as we have relatives that live there. I fell asleep before Liberty and woke up after we passed through the town. Next year I want to start in Liberty and go south.

The last item I bought was a bag full of outdoor Christmas ornaments. At this point I had to ask if there was room for them. The bag sat between Faye and me all the way home. We did talk about going again on Friday or Saturday but it was so hot. Doing yard sales in that heat is not fun.

The last place we stopped was outside of Liberty. Mike and John got out and John talked with this man for a long time. This man was from Elizabethtown and used to work with our cousin, Randy Brown. Randy said the man called him over the weekend. It’s a small world.

We are getting tomatoes from our plants. We checked our grape vines and there were some grapes that were ripe. This is the first time I have seen ripe grapes on our grapevines. The vines are probably 10 years old and I was never here when they were ripe.

The porch is finally screened in and it’s so nice. We also have two wooden screen doors and I love the sound of a slamming screen door. e Social Media quote

Th of the week: Life may not be the party we’d hope for, but while we’re here we should dance.

Have a great and healthy week. Please send any news to Cowannews@aol.com. Thanks.

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