Whitesburg KY

TV show to feature Dustin Crawford


We are having nice growing weather. Everything is pretty and green.

Several came in for Memorial weekend, and it was good to see them. I need to write more things down.

Mr. Clifford Johnson, his son, Jeff, and wife Renee of West Virginia, and his niece from Louisville, came in and put flowers on their family graves.

The Memorial service at the Dinah Blair Cemetery was this weekend, and the weather was nice for the occasion.

I enjoyed a nice call from our niece, Christine Gatton, recently. It was good to hear from her and hear the news of their family.

Our nephew, Eddie Pitts, and his wife, Donna Pitts, recently came in for a visit. It’s always good to see them, and others who live away.

Twin sisters Regina Crawford and Ramona Finchum enjoyed their birthday while visiting Regina’s son, Dustin, and daughter-in-law Jenna in Indianapolis.

They both work at the state forensic department. Dustin will be featured in an upcoming A&E TV show called ‘Crime 360.’ It was filmed last summer.

Elizabeth Looney of Ohio, and Watson Combs of Louisville, visited their brother and sister-in-law, Bennett and Linda Combs, last week. While here they visited Madge Combs and went to family cemeteries.

Happy 50th wedding anniversary to Ray and Lillian Boggs of Dry Fork.

The Letcher County Homemakers met May 19 at the Letcher County Extension Office for their annual meeting. Ann Bradley is the family and consumer science agent, and they reported having a very good year. They celebrated 67 years as an organization, and membership had grown this year with the addition of 17 new members.

The Ovarian Cancer Screening program has been their focus this year. They had a bake sale, a dinner, handmade crafts and donations, and have raised $4,538.81 for the program. Two hundred-plus women are being screened through the program each year.

Letcher County Homemakers also give a $250 college scholarship each year, support the Kentucky Children’s Hospital at the University of Kentucky financially, and make baby blankets, quilts and soft sculpture ‘care bears’ for the local hospital to give to sick children.

Letcher County received three awards this year at the state Homemakers meeting. They were second place for the largest donation per member to the Ovarian Cancer Fund raiser, and second place largest overall donation, and they got an award for a donation of over $1,000.

Lucy Banks Montgomery, formerly of Cowan and now living with her daughter, Marietta Stevens, celebrated her 97th birthday this week. Marietta served a wonderful lunch for Lucy’s sister, Elsie Boggs, nieces Ina Vincent, Kaye Hammons, Linda Lucas, and granddaughter Kaye Hammons. Lucy entertained everyone with tales of the ‘old days.’ She is still getting around very well, and seemed to enjoy having everyone for her birthday.

Jill Kent graduated from Wytheville Community College in Wytheville, Va., on May 9, with a degree in medical lab technology. Those attending the ceremony were Rebecca Eskew, Carol Caudill, Linda Lucas and Hal and Sherry Kent.

Jill is the daughter of J. T. and Carol Caudill, and Hal and Sherry Kent.

Callie Akers celebrated her sixth birthday at her uncle, Clay Banks’s, home on May 10. Many of her family and friends were there to help her celebrate. The children and some of the adults enjoyed the inflatable slide. Callie has a sister, Ella, who is three years old. She is the daughter of Rusty and Tori Akers.

Callie and Ella Akers performed in the East Tennessee Dance Academy’s dance recital in Dandridge, Tenn. on May 17. Those attending were John and Barbara Banks, grandparents, and J. T. and Carol Caudill, and Rusty and Tori Akers, parents. Their costumes were beautiful and both girls are very good dancers. John and Barbara also attended Callie’s kindergarten graduation from Rutledge Elementary School in Rutledge, Tenn.

The family of the late Bernard and Minnie Vae Banks had their annual gettogether on Memorial Day at the cabin in Pulaski County. The family members attending were Donald Banks, Linda Lucas, Carol Caudill, Pat and Marilyn Banks, Bryan and Tammy Banks, Nathan Banks and friend Cameo, Benjamin Banks, Gwen, Chris and Mattie Handlan, Floyd, Loretta and Eva Pope.

Bryan and Tammy had a fish fry for 35 people, and as usual, the food was reported to be delicious. Bessie Day sent one of her stack cakes, and they really appreciated it.

John Banks and family were unable to attend as he held the Memorial Day service at the Hop Gibson Cemetery.

J. T. Caudill also had a family get-together during the Memorial Day weekend. Those staying at his and Carol’s home were Robert and Sherrie Brown and their boys and Frieda, Don and Brian Runyon.

Joe and Barbara Halcomb and Avery stayed at their home on Linefork.

Joe and Barbara attended services at the Hop Gibson Cemetery on Sunday and had dinner at Little Cowan Church.

Robert Bradley and Joseph also visited their grandmother, Virginia Brown, and attended church services at the cemetery.

J. T. and Carol had a bear visit them recently. The bear walked around the fishpond and around the house for about 30 minutes. Bears are regular visitors in their neighborhood.

Robert and Sherrie Brown and their sons, Jacob, Bradley, Joseph and J. T. and Carol Caudill spent four days at their house on Cherokee Lake. Robert and the boys enjoyed fishing, swimming, and boatings. The rest enjoyed eating, resting, and being lazy.

Keith, Beth, Katie and Kenzie Callahan of Advance, N.C., spent the weekend on Cowan, and visited their aunt, Elsie Boggs, Clayton Banks and Katie and other relatives.

Tori Akers, Callie and Ella visited with the Callahans and an aunt, Linda Lucas.

Callie and Ella’s family watched the girls’ recent dance recital on video and also reported the girls did a good job.

Melinda and Aiden Lucas, Linda Lucas, Audra Barton and Karen Phelps all spent a week in Destin, Fla. On the way there they spent the night in Montgomery, Ala., with Jonathon Lucas, who was there working.

Mae Boggs sent this in: “I was glad to have Tommy Fields and wife Treva for a visit with me last week.

“They had come from Louisville to visit Tommy’s mother’s and father’s graves, and we had a good visit. It just wasn’t long enough.

“Bokey and I went to Shelbyville to visit with some of my children, Kelly, Tim, Sonja and family. We all met at Becky’s house for the weekend. Eula and Randy were there, too.

“I’m sure that Becky is glad to see Randy come at any time. He can always find something to do on the farm, and he likes to fish in the ponds.

“Becky’s son, Richard, and his wife, Donna, Kelly’s daughter, Sherry, and husband Harry, and my two great-granddaughters were also there, and Becky’s granddaughter, Sam, from Whitesburg.

“It was my first time to see my youngest granddaughter, who is five weeks old, my namesake, Brooklyn Mae. We all had a nice time, and we thank Becky so much for having us. She enjoys when we all get together.

“There is going to be a dinner at the Kingscreek Fire Department on Friday, June 5. Some dinners can be delivered. All proceeds will go to help with the park at the mouth of Lynn Branch.

“Dinners will be $5 a plate, which contains soup beans, kraut and wieners, home-fried potatoes, cornbread and a dessert and drink. Please come and eat so the park can be completed.

“The park will be helpful for the community for birthday parties, picnics and a place to meet and socialize.

“The park is coming along well, and they are working on shelters now. Come visit and see what is going on.”

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