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Kevin Wenning retires from Minster Machine in Ohio


Hello everyone — I hope all are doing fine and dandy. I planted some flowers this week and a lilac bush. I have more flowers to buy and plant but at least it’s started.

Feel Better Wishes are being sent to: David Lee Day of Cowan; Michael Marr of Berea; Randy Brown of Little Cowan; and Ramona Caudill of Little Cowan.

One afternoon last week, I visited Doris Banks of Little Cowan. We sat on the back porch and could see Randy Brown’s sheep. Doris said there were 21 sheep including the nine little ones. I love watching the sheep. I also visited Anna and Duane Yonts of Little Cowan. We sat on their back patio and enjoyed the view. They have a wonderful backyard.

My brother-in-law Kevin Wenning of Coldwater, Ohio, retired from Minster Machine, Minster, Ohio, at the end of April. Congratulations, Kevin. (He does get The Mountain Eagle).

Ramona and Bob Caudill of Little Cowan had surprise company on Saturday. Their granddaughters, Hannah Harris of Louisville and Cassie Blanchard of Lexington, came in along with Cassie’s son Landon. It was a nice surprise and visit. Ramona and Bob also had their grandson Steve Caudill and his family of Mayking visit.

Ella Caudill, Janet Napier, and Juanita Caudill went to Black Mountain one day. They did some walking and picture taking. They enjoyed their walk and their time in nature with each other.

Susan Ware of Lexington visited her daughter and son-in-law, Jaimie and Skylar Mefford of Amelia, Ohio. They had a great visit and Susie celebrated her birthday over the weekend.

We had company over the weekend. Mike’s brother Jeff and his wife Cindy came on Thursday. They are from Coldwater, Ohio. We had a wonderful time and did a lot of the touristry things in the area. We went to Pine Mountain Grill one evening. We went to Halcomb’s Dairy Bar and the J.B. Adams Store in Isom and the Highland Winery in Seco. We went to the Indian Hills Flea Market in Virginia and had lunch at the Asian Buffet in Wise, Va. We stopped by the Civil War Memorial and took a lot of pictures and then we did the Jenkins Overlook. We drove around Fishpond Lake, which was so nice. We took the side-by-side up Town Hill and had a cookout. John Campbell went with us to Town Hill. It was a wonderful time on the mountain. Mark and Kathy Miles stopped by with their side-by-side that evening.

John, Mike, and I taught Jeff and Cindy how to play Catan and we played a lot of games. Jeff and Cindy said they had a wonderful time and we enjoyed their company.

We even had time for porch sitting over the weekend.

It’s exciting to hear about the 2021 graduates. I’m proud of all of them and wish them the best in life.

Alissa Fields of Jenkins will be graduating the eighth grade from Jenkins Independent Schools. Her parents are Rachel and Chris Fields of Jenkins. Her grandparents are Robbie Ison of Little Cowan and Emily Anderson.

Myles Marr of Berea will be graduating the eighth grade from Model Laboratory School in Richmond. His parents are Janis and Mike Marr of Berea. His grandparents are John Campbell of Little Cowan, and Ron and Debbie Marr of Elizabethtown. His great-grandfather is Glen Brown of Whitesburg.

Bradley Brown of Jonesborough, Tenn. will be graduating from Daniel Boone High School, Gray, Tenn. His parents are Sherrie and Robert Brown of Jonesborough.

Brett Bradford of Ripley, Ohio will graduate from Southern Hills Vocational School in Georgetown, Ohio on May 20. He studied welding at Southern Hills. Brett will also graduate from Ripley High School, Ripley, Ohio on May 30. His parents are Martie and Adam Bradford of Ripley, Ohio. His grandparents are David and Millie Banks of Little Cowan.

Samuel Brashears will graduate from the East Tennessee State University College of Medicine doctorate program on May 6. He is the son of Candra Banks Leach of Kingsport, Tenn. and Samuel Brashears. His grandfather is Donald Banks of Little Cowan. Sam will start his residency with East Tennessee State University Family Medicine later in the summer.

Millie Banks of Little Cowan went to Flemingsburg to visit her son Jamie and his family. She watched her grandson Ross play Little League and it was an awesome game. Millie’s daughter Martie Bradford and her daughters, Hannah Tackett and Madison Bradford, and Martie’s granddaughter, Reese, came to visit also. On Saturday, Jamie grilled out and fixed a wonderful meal for all of them.

Martie’s son, Brett Bradford, came over on Saturday. He went to the Fleming County High School prom with Matti Mets of Flemingsburg. It was also Brett’s 18th birthday.

Jamie and his wife, Julie, have four children: Spencer, Ross, Charleigh, and Myra. Two-year-old Myra came home with Millie to stay for a week.

Janie Banks Bennett of Elizabethtown passed away on April 29, 2021. Janie lived on Little Cowan in the 1960s and we were best friends. Her funeral will be held on May 10 at Brown Funeral Home in Elizabethtown. Janie is survived by two daughters, Becky Murdock of Elizabethtown and Katie Bennet of Louisville. She had two grandchildren.

Even though we didn’t see each other very much, we kept in touch. I’m going to miss Janie.

This week’s quote is attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt. “Many people may walk in and out of your life, but only true friends leave footprints in your heart.”

If you have any news, please email CowanNews@aol.com. Thanks.

Have a good week. Stay safe and wear a mask when needed.

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