We were so saddened by our pastor’s news Sunday morning that one of our families, William and Kathy Runyon, at Letcher Independent Baptist, lost their home to a house fire Saturday night. All they had were the clothes they had on as they left their house. The fire alarms alerted them to the fire. So, if you don’t have fire alarms in your home, it is a must. There will be a drop off at our Fellowship Hall Wednesday beginning at 12 p.m. for any donations you feel led to give. Someone from the church will be there to accept these donations.
I was so glad to see Lizzie Mae Wright, our good friend, last week in Food City and she was doing her own grocery shopping. She still hasn’t been able to come to the rec center. But, any day now we are expecting to see her walk right in and join us for dinner. She said she was staying busy going to all kinds of doctor’s appointments. We surely do miss her at the Letcher County Senior Citizens.
There are lots of things going on in our little community in the next few weeks with all the celebrations in each little section of the county. Jenkins, Isom, and Neon have passed, but we still have Blackey and Whitesburg to go. Also the Wednesday before Whitesburg Days, which is the 25th, will be Letcher County Extension Office’s annual Old -Fashioned Soup Bean Dinner. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I thought you all might need a gentle reminder. It will be at 11 a.m. For $5 you get beans, cornbread, kraut, wieners, dessert and drink. I think the Letcher County Senior Citizens usually go.
I also saw on Facebook that there will be live music the 26th through 28th at the festival. This was the post:
“Come see us at the Mountain Heritage Festival September 26-28 and also enjoy live music, arts and crafts displays and plenty of food. Come join us as we help to celebrate our mountain culture and continue to bring pride to the term of Hillbillies we hope to see y’all there. Save the Date!”
I also saw this and thought this was a really good contest. “2019 Mountain Heritage Festival Poster, Essay and Poetry Contest.”
“ This year’s theme is ‘Leave your print on the world’ referring to Letcher County Educators.
“Poster Contest open to all students who reside in Letcher County.
“Essay and Poetry Contest Open to all ages of Letcher County Residents.
“ Everything must be turned in no later than noon on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Harry M. Caudill Library in downtown Whitesburg.
“For more information please contact Tessa Caudill at either tessa_ email@example.com or 606-633-7547 or Mountain Heritage Committee Member Lee Adams at 606-634-5698.”
Look for items to be displayed during the week of the Mountain Heritage Festival inside the library.
Then, nothing to do with the festival but on Oct. 5 there will be a Fall Vendor and Craft Fair at the Shriners’ Building. Sandy Jones and I will be set up as one of the vendors selling Paparazzi Jewelry. There will be so many different types of merchandise that would make wonderful Christmas presents. I can’t believe I said Christmas presents, but it is only 90-some days away now.
Mike Watts, our Letcher County Circuit Court Clerk, will be revealing a Hero Wall on Sept. 30 at 12 p.m. at the Letcher County Courthouse. Jacob Lucas from Thornton will be on this wall. For those of you that don’t know what he did to be one of our heroes, he had signed the back of his driver’s license to donate his organs. He made this decision because his Papaw, Dan Lucas, received a heart transplant that saved his life. This is open to the community and anyone who would like to attend is more than welcome.
We had a few birthdays in the family this past week. One of them was a child of our nephew, Joshua Lee Yonts, and his wife Martina. Jude Lee Yonts turned 9 years old on the 13th. One of my cousins’ boys, Merrill Edward Adams, celebrated his birthday on the 11th. My sister Lucille’s oldest grandchild, Ava Louise Barger, turned 11 on the 15th, and last but not least, my sister Charlene’s only child, Blake Alan Mason, also celebrated on the 13th.
We have lots of people in the community that need prayers. Lots of members of the Senior Citizens desperately need prayers. I’m sure Iona would love to thank you all for praying for her. She got back her results after having lung surgery and biopsies. She doesn’t have any cancer anywhere else. It was just contained to the area they removed. Please do remember though Imogene Sexton and her children, Alpha Profitt and her children, and my aunt Linda Hall.
It seems like there have been so many people that have passed away here in our little section of the world this past month or so. I noticed as I went through town Saturday both funeral home boards were full. Let’s remember to think about their families and pray for them to be comforted as only God can comfort. Please add my pastor, Bill Jones and his wife Sandy to your prayers for this comfort also.
And always think about Oma’s plea, try to be in church Sunday morning and Sunday night and throughout the week if your church has services then.