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Little Shepherd Trail is jewel of Letcher Co.

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In the background are Austin Johnson with his wife Cori Riffe Johnson. Sitting in the foreground are Cori Johnson’ mother, Celesta Richardson Riffe, and her sister, Cassie McCool-Solis.

In the background are Austin Johnson with his wife Cori Riffe Johnson. Sitting in the foreground are Cori Johnson’ mother, Celesta Richardson Riffe, and her sister, Cassie McCool-Solis.

I was so glad to see that Austin Johnson and Cori Riffe Johnson did not let the virus stop them from going through with their wedding plans. The wedding took place on the mountaintop behind their home. This is the same spot Cori’s older sister Cassie and her husband Drew McCool- Solis were wed on August of 2016. I will post a few of the wedding pictures. There were so many to choose from I had a really hard time deciding. Many of you may not know it, but this is the great-granddaughter of Preacher Bill and June Craft of Millstone Missionary Baptist Church.

If you have never taken a ride across Pine Mountain and the Little Shepherd Trail, you are missing out on a jewel of Letcher County. My husband and I took our first for the fall season this past Sunday. The undergrowth right now is at peak. The yellows and reds are outstanding. Most of the reds are what we call ironwood and lots of sumac too. The yellows are the grapevine leaves, some saplings of maples and such. It’s a one-lane road but traffic goes both ways and there are lots of wide spots to let the ones you meet get by you. The overlook views are still way too green, but will be peaked in another week or two. I saw they are giving colder temperatures this coming week, so we may get that color even sooner. Deer hunting season for sure.

Therman Begley had a birthday on Monday the 12th. This picture was given to Whitesburg correspondents JeanetteTacket Yonts and Dorothy Pennington Tacket by his wife, Barbara.

Therman Begley had a birthday on Monday the 12th. This picture was given to Whitesburg correspondents JeanetteTacket Yonts and Dorothy Pennington Tacket by his wife, Barbara.

Speaking of deer hunting, one of our young church members, Natalie Rice, killed a good 9-point Saturday, youth season weekend. Her maternal grandfather, Sam Oaks, and her dad, Justin Rice, were with her. Sam was showing pictures and telling about the hunt Sunday in church. Congratulations, Natalie, looked like some mighty good eating for the winter.

Last week I had another bout with acute pancreatitis. It hit me about 1:15 a.m. Wednesday morning. My enzyme levels skyrocket in just a matter of time and then after they start IV fluids and give me something for pain and nausea, they start going down. So, I was only in the hospital for one day. I have to brag on Whitesburg ARH. The nurses and doctors treated me with such respect as they always do. Of course, I know to show them the respect they deserve. I wouldn’t have their job for a million dollars a year.

Drew and Cassie McCool-Solis’s youngest son, Caiden, with the newlyweds in the background. (Photos by Angie Buck Scarlett)

Drew and Cassie McCool-Solis’s youngest son, Caiden, with the newlyweds in the background. (Photos by Angie Buck Scarlett)

Happy birthday to Therman Begley on the 12th of October. Therman is the most enthused hunter and fisherman that I ever knew. Well, maybe his uncle and aunt, Ray and Wanda Begley, might have him beat, especially on the fishing part. Also, I want to wish one of my former students, Austin Triplett, a happy 18th birthday on the 10th of this month.

Congratulations to my first cousin Peggy Wagner Cook on the birth of her first grandchild. Atlas Blair was born on Oct. 11 to Zane and Whitney Cook Blair. I’m sure you haven’t come down off cloud nine yet, Peggy.

Please be in prayer for all those with COVID-19. It seems Letcher County is continuing to have more cases. Every time I go in the stores now I see everyone wearing masks. Whether they work or whether they don’t, I’ll continue to wear one for the sake of my precious Mommy.

Celesta Richardson Riffe with her grandfather Bill Craft and her mom, Billie June Craft Richardson, on Cori Riffe Johnson’s wedding day.

Celesta Richardson Riffe with her grandfather Bill Craft and her mom, Billie June Craft Richardson, on Cori Riffe Johnson’s wedding day.

I would love for everyone to pray for my pastor and his family. They will be facing court proceedings in the very near future concerning the murders of their son Bobby Jones and his girlfriend Crystal that took place on July 3, 2016. They all need our fervent prayers in this matter.

Hope you all can attend church somewhere Sunday. If you have nowhere else and want to hear the Bible truth come visit us at Letcher Independent Baptist on Jeremiah. We all wear our masks and social distance. I surely miss hugging and handshaking, but when all this danger is over I’ll appreciate it even more.

Natalie Rice killed a 9-point deer on her youth weekend hunt.

Natalie Rice killed a 9-point deer on her youth weekend hunt.

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