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I.D. Back Bridge dedication held at Blackey

I’m sorry I didn’t have a column last week. I forgot all about writing; too busy, I guess.

At the Blair Branch Church this weekend, John Wayne Blair joined the church and was baptized. It was a beautiful day for an outdoor baptism, and all were happy for him.

The dedication for the I.D. Back Memorial Bridge was held recently in the parking area of the Mt. Olivet Church at Blackey. A pretty large group came out to honor the memory of I.D., and to support his family. It was a very hot day, but a nice ceremony, and later refreshments were served at the Blackey Senior Citizens building.

The family appreciates those who came out to remember I.D. and the good he did for his country and community.

Rob Campbell has improved enough to be released from his rehab at Letcher Manor Nursing Home. He was to be home before this comes out, and is doing much better. Betty has been there every day to help him out.

The Letcher Area Homemakers met to tack quilts and have their September meeting. Quite a few of us made it to the meeting, and we got two quilts done, which we will auction off at our next meeting. The tops were made by the late Maxie Hampton and donated to us by her family.

Saturday, the Hiram and Ella Caudill Pridemore reunion was held at the Stuart Robinson Dining Hall. All of Hiram and Ellis’s children were there with their spouses, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren attended, as well as friends and cousins of the family. We all enjoyed being together to visit and eat some good food.

Recently, Ernie, Janie and Mark Caudill, Darrell and Stephanie Boggs, Gerald and Cathy Blair, and Luke and Brenda Woods all took a vacation to Myrtle Beach, S.C. They all reported a wonderful trip. I may have left someone out, and if I did, I’m sorry.

Sunday, Bob and I went to Ohio to attend the Northern New Home Church. They always make you feel welcome, and we love them too.

Our niece, Beth Banks, came out after services and had dinner with us at the church. We later stopped in at Nicholasville and visited at Cracker Barrel with our daughter, Jessie.

Noah Campbell had a birthday party Sept. 23, for his aunt, Lyndci Adams Gilliam. He had it at Ellis and Ila Adams’s home, and got Coreen Pridemore to fix a kettle of soup beans and kraut and wieners. A lot of Lyndci’s family were there to wish her a happy birthday.

This past Sunday was the memorial meeting for deceased members of the Dixon Memorial Church.

The old Benny and Julia Haynes house above Jeremiah Post Office is sporting a new coat of paint. It looks unusual, not being green as it always was, but it looks nice.

They take good care of the old place, and I think Roger would be happy to know that.

We hope that Terry Caudill is home from the hospital by now. He has been very sick lately, and hopefully he’s better by now.

Our sympathy goes out to the family of Bill Walters of Blackey. The young man died from a tree cutting accident at his home on Orchard’s Branch. Services were held at the Blackey Missionary Baptist Church.

A lot of local talent has been showcased during all of the festivals, and the 7 South Bluegrass Band is becoming well known throughout the area. They’re all local neighbors, and we wish them continued success.

Bob Adams of Blair Branch was back home from the nursing home for awhile, but fell and ended up in the hospital. Hopefully he didn’t get hurt too badly.

Annabelle Wright is doing well since her recent hip replacement surgery at Pikeville Hospital. She has been home for a couple of weeks now, and enjoying her recuperation.

Laura Mae Adams is also home and doing well after her knee replacement surgery. We hope she continues to get better with it.

Densmore Goodson spent last week in Tennessee fishing on Kentucky Lake in a tournament. I hope he caught plenty of fish.

Recently, the John and Larrena Adams family reunion was held at Carr Creek Lake. About 130 or so attended, and enjoyed good food and family fellowship. Ellis and Ila Adams and Gillis and Marie Reedy were also there with them.

They missed Vesteen and her family, who had a wedding in Tennessee at the same time.

This past Saturday the Elmer and Martha Colley reunion was held at Blair Branch Church, and all enjoyed a fish fry by Brad.

Doug and Ruth Ann Brown, Melody Travis and Ryan Morton, Roland, Ellen and Brandon Brown all recently vacationed at the Outer Banks, N.C., and had a wonderful time.

Ernie, Janie, and Mark Caudill spent last weekend at the annual fish fry her brother, Wilgus Pridemore, and his wife have at their home.

I hope that Irene Dixon of Red Star is feeling better. A couple of weeks back, she spent some time in Hazard Hospital. I was sorry to hear that ‘Dease’s’ husband was so sick. He was always good to help both Irene and Dease.

Congratulations to the 4-H kids who were in the Mountain Heritage Parade, and won best float. Most of them had their farm animals on the float with them.

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