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Lucy Blair home from hospital and doing well

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Opal Jent asks that I remind everyone to stop by the East Kentucky Veterans Center between Sept. 9 and 14 to view the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall. The wall will be open for viewing 24 hours a day. There will be a candlelight vigil at dusk on Sept. 11. I, too, would like encourage everyone to go out and view the wall. I was able to see the actual memorial in Washington, D.C. It was a very emotional experience for me. The wall honors those who fought in the Vietnam War and died in service or are still unaccounted for.

I would like to wish a late happy birthday to Ashton Skylar Whitaker. Ashton was 6 years old on August 28. He is the son of Johnny Roy “Junie”Whitaker Jr. of Seco, and Candi Crowe of Casper, Wyoming. Ashton is the grandson of Johnny Roy Whitaker of Hindman, Teresa Hopkins of Mayking, Kay Allen Crowe and Richard Crowe of Hazard.

Lucy Blair, my grandmother, has been back in the hospital this past week. She was having some problems with her heart. However, I am happy to say that she and my aunt, Wilma Halcomb, are now both home from the hospital and doing some better.

As much as we hated to see her leave, my aunt, Mattie Adams, made the trip back home to Indiana. We were thankful to have her with us and Grandma for the month of August. We will all miss her.

However, we are very happy that another one of mom’s sisters, Edna Helton, has arrived safely and is planning to stay with Grandma for a couple of weeks. I’m sure that Grandma is thrilled to have her and her husband, Jr. As are we all.

Mom, Sylvania Whitaker, finally received the results of her kidney biopsy. It wasn’t exactly the news we wanted. They confirmed that she is in chronic rejection. The doctor explained that the damage that has already been done to her kidney function is not reversible. They will do everything within their power to enable her to keep the kidney and preserve what function she does have. She has another appointment with the transplant doctor soon. Hopefully by then he will be able to give us more answers. Keep her in your prayers. God can work miracles.

Willie Back recently joined the Kingdom Come Old Regular Baptist church and was baptized. Jim Fields, Roger Fields, Wallace Bowling, and my dad, Allen Whitaker, helped with the baptism. Willie has been very ill, recently. He too, has been having problems with his kidney transplant. However, he said that God brought him through and he wanted to be baptized.

When I was talking to my oldest sister, Opal, she told me she had seen Virgil Combs and that he looked like he was doing better. He told her been feeling some better. We are very happy to hear that.

Last week must have been a good week for critters to make an appearance. Michael, the boys, and I saw a copperhead near our mailbox, and Opal’s husband, David, killed one in their yard. She said that he almost stepped on it. Thankfully he wasn’t bit.

Mom told me that my niece Deidra had seen a bear in the road near where she is living. The bear was climbing across the guardrail. From a distance they thought it was a big dog, but once they got closer to it they realized it was a half grown bear. I don’t know about you, but I’m not too fond of either snakes or bears. I wouldn’t want to be in close quarters with either of them.

I hope everyone has a happy and healthy week and enjoys this cooler weather. Personally I wouldn’t mind to keep this weather year round.

If you would like to contact me, you may do so at alanacouch@tvscable.com.

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