August is starting out as a very wet month here in the mountains. Last Saturday’s rain was a hard and long enough to cause a few small mudslides and yards flooding throughout the area.
The county road department removed a mudslide that blocked the road at Pat and Gerald Amburgey’s home and also they had to go on to Scuddle Hole Gap area to clear roads. We appreciate them for going out to work no matter the hour to help people in the county who are in need.
Daniel Frazier came in from Iowa and visited with his Mama Mattie Jean and other family here. He looks so much like is dad, Dwight. I’m sure his family was so happy to see him and I hope he has safe travels back to Iowa.
The annual memorial at the Caudill Cemetery at Red Star will be held on August 23 at 5:00. The dinner afterward will be potluck so please bring a covered dish. Everyone is welcome to attend.
It was good to hear that Anna Lora Adams had gotten home from the hospital. Family and friends have been praying for her and big welcome home signs were put up to let her know how much she has been thought of.
Diana Combs and her sister Debbie Fugate recently went to Louisville and met their cousin Christine Lannier from Indiana. They all stayed at the Bashford Manor Bed & Breakfast. While there they took a dinner cruise on the Belle of Louisville and took the Waverly Hills Sanitarium night tour. They also enjoyed shopping at the malls and just being together.
Diana would also like to say that since she isn’t writing the Blackey news anymore that if someone else would like to do it, that they can. It’s hard to find time to volunteer and do a column, I’m speaking from experience, but I hope there will be someone who can jump in and take over for Diana.
There will be a taco dinner and dessert fundraiser for Eleschia Combs on Saturday, August 23. Cost will be $6 per dinner and it will run from 11 am. to 1 p.m. at the Blair Branch Church. She is battling cancer and proceeds will go to help with the medical bills.
Porter Breeding celebrated his fifth birthday on Sunday. Hope he had a fun day. He is the son of James and Alex Adams Breeding and is our Burton Hill neighbor. We can look across the creek and see their pretty house.
I enjoyed talking with Doyle Smith, who had seen in last week’s Eagle about his first cousin Ivan Adams dying. Doyle remembered that as a child his family ( the Dock and Dixie Smith family) lived at the old homeplace with James Tairyl “J.T.” and Margarette Smith and so did Virgie Adams and her nine kids, who recently had lost their father. Doyle says including J.T. and Margarette there would have been 18 family members living in the old homeplace at one time.
I imagine that all the family ties to the old homeplace and the love of family were what made our Granny Virgie Stacy always tell us to not let the homeplace be sold out of the Smith family. The land has help a place in our family for over 100 years and I hope it continues to stay that way.
Sheila Smith, a cousin to so many of us here in Letcher County, says she has enjoyed her time here but was heading back to Michigan soon. She and Berma Matthews have enjoyed their time and trips together while she was visiting.
Sorry to learn that Bennett Combs’s wife Linda lost a brother, Bobby Brown. He lived at Surfside Beach, S.C., and he and Linda were at my Shoppe not long ago. So sorry for his family and sympathy goes out to all of them.
Martha Jane Smith celebrated her birthday on Friday evening with her family there to wish her a happy day. Her son Billy and his girls Penny and India were leaving the next day heading back to California.
Evangene Adams is some better after a recent hospital stay, but isn’t well and will spend some time at Letcher Manor. So many from our area are patients there now. When you go to visit, you see so many that you know.