Whitesburg KY

Rain causes high water

What a beautiful, warm weekend we had. It’s getting the flowers blooming and trees are beginning to bud out, but this week we’re supposed to have more rain. The creeks and rivers have been very big a couple of times already with the rainy spells we’ve had.

Don and Coreen Pridemore, Kenny Joe Banks and I all went to Ohio last week and were surprised at how flooded the Big Sandy and Ohio Rivers were. We visited with Bill and Elva Marshall and had lunch with them. We had gotten them three rocking chairs from Cracker Barrel back in December, and were delivering them to Bill and Elva.

We didn’t see Roy Kenon and Billie Jean Smith. They had gone to the Air Force base to get their medicines and to shop at the commissary.

Last week on that same day was also the March meeting for the Letcher Homemakers. They had their annual plant and seed swap and other activities. Mom and I hated to miss it, but couldn’t be in two places at once.

I called Stella Elam to see what had gone on at the Homemakers meeting, and was sorry to hear that she had been having vision problems this winter. She is able to drive short distances again, and was telling me about her Uncle Raymond Combs’s death. He was a brother to Stella’s father, Jerry Smith.

We’re glad that the ‘7 South’ bluegrass band is having a good time playing music in the area. Not only can you see them out in the local communities, but you can see them on the Hindman TV Channel 24. In the last few years they have been practicing and playing together and are doing well.

I had a nice chat with former Isom resident William Breeding, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. He called to see if I could help him get in contact with Lenville Pridemore in Ohio, who was a classmate of his. William is retired and is catching up with old friends and classmates, seeing how they are doing and talking about old times. I think he said his parents were Elisha and Callie Breeding. He gets The Mountain Eagle, and if I’m wrong he’ll let me know.

Sometimes I don’t write things down and I forget names from one week until the next.

Our sympathy goes out to the family of Cleo Prichard of Whitesburg. He died at the Veterans Nursing Home in Hazard. His wife, Barbara, took such good care of him, and continued to go and be with him and check on him while he was in the Veterans Home. Jeremiah

She and their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and the rest of his family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Also, the family of Dauphus Day has our condolences during their loss. We met his family over at Pikeville Hospital a couple of years ago when Dauphus had suffered a stroke, and my mother- in- law, Opal Banks, was there having open-heart surgery.

We’re glad Terry Caudill has finally gotten well enough to be released from Whitesburg Hospital. He had to spend almost two weeks there this time, and hopefully he’s feeling better. He lives with his grandfather, Dock Adams, near the old Big Field Grocery.

Bill and Joyce Adams’s family had a bad scare last week when word came that George ‘ Bumper’ David Adams had suffered a heart attack in the Whitesburg ER. Bumper had gone to work at Martha Jane Potter School that morning, and was taken to the ER from there. They wanted to fly him out, but the weather was too bad, so they left by ambulance and had to make an emergency stop at Hazard ARH to have a temporary pacemaker and a heart cath done before he could make the trip to Lexington.

After that was done, the weather had cleared, so a helicopter took him on to Central Baptist Hospital, where he had four stents put in. If all went well he was to be released this past Monday. His entire family has been so concerned about him, as well as many throughout the area.

Kathy Blair of Spring Branch and Keith Adams of Pratt Fork were both going back to Lexington to have stents put in. Hopefully they are both doing well.

Lucy Blair continues to be in and out of the hospital lately. We hope she is feeling better this week.

Mitchell Dale Caudill has been taking chemo again to help fight rejection of the bone marrow transplant he had years ago. He should be finished up soon and we hope it helps him to feel better. His mother, Vada Caudill, is still having problems with her hip.

I learned from Stella Elam that Claude Caudill of Ohio is out of the nursing home and back living with his daughter, Diana. I send them both a big hello and hope you are faring okay during the bad winter we all had. The daffodils and forsythia are blooming back here in Letcher County.

A small crowd attended services at the Little Ruby Church Sunday afternoon, but it was good to be there.

Get well wishes to Gillis and Marie Reedy of Isom. I think they had the flu.

Saturday, for Bob’s birthday, we had a catfish dinner at home with me, Kenny Joe, Hunter Banks and Don and Coreen Pridemore, helping Bob to celebrate getting another year older. Hayden and Hannah Banks and Logan Caudill, had some cake with us too.

This weekend will be church time at Blair Branch Church. All are welcome.

Sunday, Elwood and Kathy Cornett went to Richmond to visit Katy’s sister, who was in the hospital.

Bob and I visited Hazel Adams and Susie Raglin at the nursing home. Johnny Combs was there with Hazel, and both aunts were doing well.

Arnetta Mae Slone is home after spending a few days in the Hazard Hospital due to a mild stroke. We hope she is doing better.

Rodney and Geraldine Ison recently had their daughter-in-law and granddaughter, Sharon and Becky Ison, visiting with them. Becky is working on a mapping project for a college class she has, and was here getting information.

It was good to learn that Jason and Brooke Ison and the baby were okay in Hawaii. The tsunami was supposed to hit there and we were concerned for them, but word came they were on high ground, away from the coastline. Tyme to play

East KY Tyme, a country/ bluegrass band, will play Friday, March 18, at Hemphill Community Center from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Food will be available for purchase. Everyone is invited to attend. The group will also perform Saturday, March 19, at 7 p.m. at the Cowan Community Center. For more information, call Astor Taylor, (606) 633-2708, or visit www.eastkytyme.com or East KY Tyme’s Myspace or Facebook page.

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