Whitesburg KY

Don’t complain, things could be much worse

Blair Branch

Hello all. I hope each of you is doing well and is keeping warm in this horrible weather. Personally, I am about sick of it.

I wouldn’t mind the snow if the temperatures would stay above freezing and the snow would only lay on the grass. Obviously, I can’t have everything my way, so I am praying for an early spring.

I am very thankful that this time around we have electricity. I try to find the positive and not to complain, because I know things could be much worse. Sometimes that is hard to do though.

If the school children have to make up all these extra days that they have missed due to the snow, they won’t have a spring or summer break at all. I know when I was going to school I was thrilled to see a snow day, and my kids feel the same way. But when summer rolls around they won’t be very happy. At least they are enjoying it now.

When I ask Bailey if he is ready to go back to school, he still says, “No!”.

My grandma, Lucy Blair, is in the hospital. As I reported last week, she had a pretty bad fall, went to the hospital, but was sent home. She wasn’t able to move around at all, had no appetite, and had been having trouble breathing, so she ended up going back to the hospital and was admitted. She has a fracture in her back and just isn’t doing well.

Jake Halcomb was also in the hospital at Hazard this past week. His daughter, Jamie Collins, said he had a mild stroke.

Sarah Combs Porter’s daughter, Isabella, has been sick and needs your prayers. She has RSV and is in the hospital. Isabella is the granddaughter of Virgil and Freda Combs.

My niece, Deidra Gibson, had a fire scare this week. Her heater caught on fire and her father-in-law had to come over and put it out. Thankfully it was just small fire and there wasn’t any significant damage. Deidra and her husband, Sammy, have been staying with Missy and Wayne until they can get heat back in their house and the breaker box fixed.

The residents of Blair Branch lost yet another friend and neighbor this week, this time to a house fire. Mack Blair died on Jan. 7. He was 68. Mack was the son of the late Fred and Callie Adams Blair. Surviving him are his wife, Sandra Lyn Murphy Blair; three sons, Sherman Blair of Jeremiah, Raymond Blair of Somerset, and Mack Fred Blair of Dauphus; three daughters, Melody Morton of Jeremiah, Callie Blair of Roxana, and Naomi Blair of Mayking; two brothers, Odell Blair of Springsboro, Oh., and Harold Blair of Dayton, Oh.; and five grandchildren.

Sandy and the kids seem to be holding up as well as can be expected. My heart aches for this family. They lost everything. Not only did they lose their pets, home, personal belongings, garage, and cars, they also lost their husband/father/ grandfather.

Please pray for this family. They really need your prayers. If you would like to get in touch with Sandy or would like to help the family out in any way, you can email me and I will give you her contact information.

Robbie Adams and Renita Stacy welcomed their new baby into the world on Jan. 2. Bill Colby was the first baby born in 2010 at Whitesburg ARH. He was 8 pounds, 3 ounces. Congratulations to them!

I would like to wish a belated happy birthday to Dennis Blair. He celebrated his birthday on Jan. 6. I hope it was a great one.

Billy “B.J.” Blair Jr. will celebrate his birthday on Jan. 16; Stuart Hensley, Jan. 18; and Tonya Fields, Jan. 21. I hope your special day is filled with all the love and happiness in the world!

If I have left anyone or anything out, just let me know and I will get you next week. I hope everyone has a healthy and happy week. If you would like to contact me, you may do so at alanacouch@tvscable.com.

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