Sorry I didn’t get a column in last week’s paper. We had a great turnout for our Bluegrass Night Jan. 22. Hiram and Ruby Collins had sort of a wedding reception during Bluegrass Night. There were a lot of their friends there, and a lot of people brought food. There was a large wedding cake served. I want to say good luck to the happy couple. I hope you have many years of happiness together.
The band Highway 23 with Gina Seals played that night, and they were terrifi c. Everyone enjoyed the music and the dance floor stayed busy.
I had an uncle die recently. Joel Stone from Campton was my mom’s brother, and a very special uncle to me. He had a lot of friends from McRoberts he came in to visit. I don’t know who they were, but I am sorry that I couldn’t contact any of you when this happened.
On Feb. 13, 1999, I lost a very special person in my life, my mom Juanita Fleming. I miss her greatly. We had a lot of special times together.
I just received news that Danny “Boy” Johnson, a son of the late Daniel and Opal Johnson, is very sick. He lives in Spotsylvania, Va., near D.C. Please remember him in your prayers.
My husband Jimmy and I, our son Tommy and his wife Ellen, and our three grandsons, Joseph, Cody and Hunter, along with some friends of ours, all went to the Expo Center in Pikeville to watch the Monster Truck Show. The weather was horrible and the roads were really bad, but we had already bought our tickets and the men didn’t mind driving on the bad roads, so off we go.
We all needed a whipping for being out there on a night like that, but we made it and the show was great. I especially enjoyed watching our six-year-old grandson, Hunter. He really enjoyed the show.
Jan. 29, Mountain Melody played at the Hemphill Community Center, and considering the bad weather there was a good turnout.
East KY Tyme will be playing Feb. 5. On Feb. 12 we’ll have a band which has never performed at the center before. They are from Pike County. They are Sara Scott and Lonesome Highway. Please try to come to support these bands and our local community center.
Happy birthday to Bill Blair of Hemphill, and to Michael David Bowling, who is the grandson of David and Amanda Thomas of Hemphill. Michael will be one year old on Feb. 20. He shares a birthday with his Papaw David, so happy birthday to both of you.
In my family there are several birthdays: Stacey Purlee and her daughter Laura of Salem, Ind., William Frank Martin of Shelbyville, Jerry Anderson of Pekin, Ind., Jasmine and her husband Isaac Broughton of New Albany, Ind., Jeremy Burnett of Charlestown, Ind., and Emma Fox of Sergent.
My sympathy goes out to the family of Lawrence and Elaine Hall Jr., who had a granddaughter, Kayle Summer Russell of Cincinnati, Oh. She was in the Children’s Hospital, and I hear that she died at the age of only two and a half years old. She was the daughter of Percy Dee Hall. Please keep this family in your prayers.
We have a special person we are proud of in Hemphill. Jenay Fleming Hall is the new librarian at the Lillian Webb Memorial Library in Neon. Congratulations, Jenay.
If you are interested in renting the center, call me at 606-855-4191. Please call a month ahead because the center stays pretty well booked up. So plan your activities early.
I hope everyone stays safe and warm. Hopefully we are almost over our snowy weather, depending on the groundhog this month.
Take care, and God bless you all.