I’m hoping I didn’t miss the early deadline for Labor Day, and this column will come out Wednesday. If not, that’ll be okay too.
Jacob Madden celebrated his 11th birthday with a party at his grandparents, Lee and Wilma Pridemore’s, home. It was on Sunday, and many of his family and friends were there for him.
Wilma is still recuperating from knee surgery and having therapy.
We stopped by Sunday to visit them for a little while, and also stopped by Bob’s uncle and aunt, Bill and Joyce Adams’s, for a little while, too.
Rodney and Geraldine Ison had a visit from Mike and Sharon Ison, their granddaughter Stella, and not for sure who else with them — sorry.
I forgot to mention a while back that Lena Sparkman Dixon, Sharon Ison, Bradus ‘Toots’ Maggard and Dewilla Sparkman all took an Alaskan cruise for a couple of weeks. A good time was had by all.
Gwen and Todd Fields saw a black bear come through where the old Blair barn used to be, cross the road and go between Doris Blair and Tommy Dixon’s home toward the creek. Look out, Jean Hampton!
Friends of former Letcher County residents Eugene and Phyllis Halcomb send them get-well wishes. Eugene is a former Stuart Robinson student, and has been having a long recovery from heart surgery. If anyone would like to send them a card, the address is: 1581 W. State Road, Lansing, Mich. 48906. Sorry I didn’t have this in sooner.
Congratulations to Stephen and Beth Smith Pratt on the arrival of their new baby, Audrey Lane, who was born Friday. Both are doing well. Little Maggie won’t know what to think about her little sister.
Ben and Jacquie Banks Caudill also had a new baby girl on Friday. Little baby Londyn has an older brother, Logan, and sister, Layla.
Jean Hampton and Jamie Frazier made their annual trip to Portland, Ind., for a farm festival and flea market. They went with Jeffrey Darrell and his family.
One more thing, the oral history group meeting once a moth to share old stories of the Blackey and surrounding communities seems to be going well. They meet at the Blackey Library.
My late father-in-law, Everett Banks, would have been the first one there and the last to leave. He could tell Carbon Glow, Blackey to Isom stories all day long to anyone who would listen. I can’t let it stop there, because Army stories were also a specialty of his.
No more time, so that’s it for this week.