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Tennessee resident takes senior school pictures in Letcher Co.


Hello everyone – We’re halfway through October and the month is going quickly so far. I hope all are doing well with the month.

I want to start with happy birthday wishes to my husband, Mike Wenning. Today is his birthday and I’m hoping his gift arrives today.

Callie Akers of Talbot, Tenn., had her senior pictures taken in the mountains of Letcher County. The photos I have seen are beautiful. Callie is the daughter of Rusty and Tori Banks Akers. She is the granddaughter of John and Barbara Banks of Cowan.

Linda Lucas of Knoxville, Tenn., Bryan Banks of Little Cowan, Carol Caudill of Little Cowan, and Marilyn Banks of Edinburgh, Ind., spent a week at their family cabin in Pulaski County. They also visited their sister Verna Rayburn in Casey County. Leah Stevenson of Bexley, Ohio was there also. She was visiting her grandmother, Verna Rayburn. Verna had a delicious lunch catered from a local restaurant with a special chocolate pie. The company and food were great.

Eli and Finley Gordon of Shelbyville spent the weekend with their grandparents, Mike and Donna Watts. Eli and Finley are the children of Micca and Juddy Gordon.

Eula Caudill, Libby Honeycutt and Evelyn Cosgriff took a drive over the weekend. They saw a lot of places decorated for Halloween. They posted their photos on social media.

I received messages from Bonnie Walterbusch of Dayton, Ohio, Stella Barnett of Eckerty, Ind., and Janice Wolod of Annapolis, Md., this past week. I love hearing from friends and family. It’s nice to be thought about.

Mike and I had breakfast at Pine Mountain Grill one morning. We ate with John Campbell and Gretta Newsome of Berea. Gretta’s cousin, Jeanie Bates, has been sick and Gretta came in to help.

The Sazon Mexican restaurant is now operating out of their new location. We ate there and the food is still good.

Mike and I drove by the Appalshop one afternoon and saw the stained glass art sculpture. It is beautiful. It was a cloudy afternoon so my photos weren’t as bright as I wanted them to be.

Mike, John, and I are still playing Catan. We don’t normally play on days when there’s a football game. If the game is late, then we’ll try to play early. I haven’t been doing well at all but it’s fun.

Feel better wishes are being sent to Jenny Brown, Jeff Daniels, Connor Eversole, and Jeanie Bates.

Mike and I did get our flu shots. Mike even had a pneumonia shot. We’re trying to stay healthy.

During all of these months I have able to say I didn’t know anyone who died of the coronavirus. I can no longer say that. Kevin Hines, a former high school classmate from Celina, Ohio., passed away due to the virus. He died on October 8, 2020. He had spent six weeks in a Dayton, Ohio hospital. His wife, Mariann, is also a former high school classmate.

I don’t talk politics on social media. To do so would not soothe my soul. With a heavy heart, I had to delete people from my social media pages. Taking care of myself is a priority.

This week’s quote: “If you have the power to make someone happy, do it. The world needs more of that.”

If you have any news please email me at Cowan- News@aol.com.


Stay safe and stay healthy.

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