Whitesburg KY

Stray dogs find a friend in Ted Corder

Greetings from the hills and valleys of Eolia and Eolia Christian Community Outreach.

When you eat the labor of your hands, you shall be happy, and it shall be well with you. Psalm 128:2 NKJV

We enjoy and welcome all the SWAP groups that are housed at ECCO, but recently we had a very special group from the New Life Baptist Church in Aurora, Ind. Heather Billing, Justin Billing and Brittany Helton were among the volunteers in this group, and they are also the grandchildren of Lena Lewis, who lives at Lewis Creek. They actually have several relatives in the area including aunts, uncles and several cousins.

They were a very hardworking group. Several worked all week on the food pantry at ECCO, and two of the younger ones bagged about 30 or 40 cases of loose pasta and carried several gallons of oil from the picnic shelter to the pantry and put them on shelves. They were a great help and we appreciate all their hard work and hope to see them again next year.


For some reason stray dogs just love coming to our house. A few weeks ago a beautiful brendel-colored, small breed coon dog took up with us. The only problem was when we drove away he would chase our car until we outran him. This could be real unhealthy for a dog on the open road. So I called Ted Corder ( jokingly referred to as our local dog pound) and he arrived with his dog box and hauled him to his house. And just this week we discovered another dog sleeping behind our barn.

I asked “Buddy, what are you doing here?” His only reply was a friendly thud of his tail wagging against the side of the barn. Again I called Ted telling him I thought the dog was a Walker. He turned out to be a Blue Tick.

That old hound dog took up with Ted like he was his long lost uncle. Dogs like Ted, and it’s because the feeling is mutual. Ted keeps the dogs until he finds them a good home or someone claims them. We appreciate having someone in the community that loves dogs and is so willing to help with the strays.

Thought for the day: “To love what you do and feel that it matters – how could anything be more fun?”

News from the Ovenfork Senior Citizen Center by Jewell Maggard:

“Hi, seniors. We are so blessed that the Lord sent rain to Eolia. He supplies our needs not just our wants. I love the Lord and want to do His will. When I mess up I’m glad when He corrects me. Read 1 Corn. 2:9

“Carman and Ruby are on vacation and we sure do miss them. Mabel Gilliam had family visit from Dalton, Ga., and Michigan.

“Several of our seniors are having trouble with the bears. Mabel Gilliam, Elsie Sturgill and Mae Maggard have a problem with the bears raiding their garbage cans.

“The quilting ladies are working on an embroidered quilt top which is quite beautiful.

“Everyone have a great week rejoicing in Jesus.”

Community bulletin board: Rockvine Baptist Church youth meets every Thursday at 6 p.m.; buses will run. Call 633-4948. Eolia Community Park Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at ECCO. All are welcome. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets at 11 a.m. the second. Sunday of each month at the Partridge Station. Volunteers welcome. Partridge Lions Club meets 6:30 the first and third Thursday of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center. Come and bring a guest. ECCO’s thrift store open M-W-F 10-2 and the first Saturday of each month by Shelly Folley. All welcome.

This week our prayer list include: Cora Sturgill, Bear Hissom, Curt Sturgill, Jr. Carter, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Randy Niece, Dorothy Nease, Ralph Crane, Doug Bird, those enslaved by drugs and alcohol, may they be delivered, the troops in Iraq, the United States and Iraq, the leaders of our country, all the children hurt by war, and the ministry of ECCO. Until next week from the folks at ECCO, “God bless.”

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