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Whitakers mark 41st wedding anniversary

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ERNIE and KATHY SEXTON

ERNIE and KATHY SEXTON

I know there are lots of people that are beginning to get excited about the coming of fall and the end of summer, but like I’ve said before, I am certainly not one of them. I love to see the flowerbeds everywhere with all the beautiful colors. I love to see the vegetable gardens full of stuff growing. I love to see the mountains full of green foliage. I even love to see the kudzu covering up most of the litter. I do love seeing the pretty colors of the leaves in the fall, but I know what comes next and it makes me sad.

Speaking of the beautiful colors of the flowerbeds, we rode around Fishpond Lake the other day and I loved the flowerbeds that have been planted this spring by the Letcher County Extension Office and the caretaker of the lake. The zinnias and marigolds are blooming big time right now. I know a whole lot of OCD people are wanting to get in there so bad and pick that purple zinnia in the middle of all the red, but to me it looks good this way.

Ella Mae Fields Caudill posted all kinds of pictures of Fishpond Lake on Facebook the other day and it sparked all kinds of interest about the lake. I love seeing this lake used not just by people, but also wildlife. Lots of people are using it for walking and running. There were people camping in campers and tents. I will say it again, it is one of Letcher County’s biggest assets.

This graduation photo features Kenneth and Marlena Adams Holbrook.

This graduation photo features Kenneth and Marlena Adams Holbrook.

Another big asset of the county is the Letcher County Recreational Center. This center means so much to so many people of all ages. I hope and pray how soon all this virus stuff is over and the Letcher County Senior Citizens can start meeting there again. So many seniors came there every day just to have something to do besides sit at the house. Some of them didn’t even drive to the center, but rode the bus instead. I noticed the center now has new temporary hours. Monday through Friday they open at 6 a.m. and close at 10 a.m. They then reopen those evenings from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday they will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and then closed on Sunday. This change in hours is because of COVID-19.

These flowers from the Bee Pollinator Crop are planted at Fishpond Lake. (Photo by Ella Mae Caudill)

These flowers from the Bee Pollinator Crop are planted at Fishpond Lake. (Photo by Ella Mae Caudill)

Speaking of the rec center, one of our senior citizens is having a birthday this week, Iona Noble on the 4th and one of her daughters, Goldie Kincer-Kalahan on the 5th. Iona is one of our best Rook players and also a good Rook teacher. Other birthdays in the community are Jerri Shepherd on the 2nd, and Beth Richardson Halcomb, Crystal Rose, and Kathy Sexton on the 3rd.

Marty and Martha Wynn Whitaker celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on the 1st of this month and one of my nephews, Kenneth Dwight Holbrook II, and his wife, Marlena Adams Holbrook, celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary on the 31st of July.

Please be in prayer for the family of Cathy Johnson. She passed away on the 1st of August. She was a teacher with the Letcher County Board of Education and had suffered from cancer for the past four years. She will be missed by so many in our county, adults and children alike.

JERRIE TOLLIVER SHEPHERD

JERRIE TOLLIVER SHEPHERD

Other people that need our prayers are Trenda Sturgill Kincer, Bobby Hall, and Leon Blair. Trenda had open-heart surgery this past week and should be coming home in a few days. Bobby Hall is home recovering from open-heart surgery and Leon Blair still needs our prayers as he recuperates from pneumonia. Also, please remember not only the family of Cathy Johnson, but all the families that are grieving from the deaths of their loved ones. Please remember our pastor, Bill Jones, and his wife and family in the death of their son and the court cases that are coming up concerning this.

Lord willing, we will be able to have inside services this Sunday at Letcher Independent Baptist. At least that’s the plan for now. Who knows in this day and age what the next day holds? Nobody but God!

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