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Mrs. Shirley Brown Sexton is a retired teacher from Colson Consolidated/Beckham Bates Elementary.

Mrs. Shirley Brown Sexton is a retired teacher from Colson Consolidated/Beckham Bates Elementary.

I know I announced this before, but it needs mentioning again. One of my former teachers from Beckham Bates/Colson Consolidated School, Mrs. Shirley Brown Sexton, is asking if anyone has any school pictures or any stories they would like to share with her, to get in touch with her. Her phone number is 606-633-2519. She is gathering these for a book she’s writing about the schools in Letcher County. Robert Sexton is also looking for any pictures of the school that was located on Bowen Branch, aka Stinking Branch. It was called the Campbranch School. I have one that was taken in 1945 that was given to me by Linda Quillen Begley.

I actually saw another of my former teachers in Walmart last week. Mrs. Kuracka and I hugged sideways so as not to breathe on each other and we both were wearing masks. It was so good to see she has been doing okay since we haven’t seen one another since March.

It’s so hard to believe the month of September has only a few days left. I can already see some color here and yonder on the mountains. In another month they will be in full color. My nephew lives in South Dakota and posted pictures today of their landscapes in full fall color already. I for one could postpone cold weather and snow forever. Course, it is good for binge watching old TV series.

Patsy Stephenson Richardson will celebrate her birthday on the 24th.

Patsy Stephenson Richardson will celebrate her birthday on the 24th.

Speaking of which, if you haven’t watched Snowy River: The McGregor Saga, you need to look it up. I’ve been watching it on Amazon Prime, but you may be able to get it on any of the other streaming programs. I remember Mom asking me many times if I had ever watched it and I would tell her no and she would say, “It’s a good one, you need to watch it.” Oh, if we only had more shows like that on now instead of Love Island and some of the other shows not fit for dogs. There’s no foul language at all and nothing that would stop you from being able to sit down and watch it with your whole family. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I have.

It looks as if some of the public schools are going to try to open soon. We are praying that this is a smooth transition for all the employees and students. We should all keep them in our prayers, along with our nation as a whole.

Jace Micheal Yonts celebrated his birthday on the 19th.

Jace Micheal Yonts celebrated his birthday on the 19th.

Laney Webb’s mom, Michelle Webb, has posted lots of videos of little Laney on Facebook and it is so good to see her home and continuing their lives there as best as they can. She is still not eating and so they deal with the feeding tube. They are asking everyone to continue to pray for her to get her appetite back.

Please remember Billie June Richardson and the problem with her ankle, along with her dad, Preacher Bill Craft, and his, wife June Craft. There are so many in our community that have lost loved ones and so need our prayers. One of our Letcher County Senior Citizens passed away this past week, William Miles. Remember his wife Sue and all their family. Also, continue to pray for our pastor, Bill Jones, and his family.

Last week I mentioned my nephew, Blake Mason, had a birthday, but I didn’t get his picture in. I also wanted to tell a little story on him. They live right up above us in Stinking Branch. He was about five years old or so when this happened.

Blake Mason celebrated his birthday on the 13th.

Blake Mason celebrated his birthday on the 13th.

One day I was outside and I saw Blake tying what looked like a nylon rope to a tree on one side of the road and the other end to their chain link fence. I didn’t really pay much attention to it because it was about head high. Later on I heard a noise like two vehicles had hit one another. I looked up the road and saw one of the neighbors that lived above us picking his busted-allto pieces big emergency light and antenna up out of the road. This light and antenna had been on the top of his truck’s cab. Blake was nowhere to be seen. Seems he took off running and ran around the back of their house and hid. I thought that was pretty good for a boy his size to tie a knot so good that it didn’t break loose.

The birthdays I want to mention are another one of Josh and Martina Yonts’s boys, Jace Micheal Yonts. He turned 9 on the 19th; Donna Ison Watts and Doris Ison on the 21st; Lakyn Mullins and Shirley Combs on the 22nd; Patsy Stephenson Richardson on the 24th; and last but certainly not least my husband, Jimmy Yonts, on the 25th.

I will end here by saying, “I hope you can either attend church this Sunday or be able to listen to one on the Internet.”

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