The effects of the recent winter weather event are fading. As of Monday, 16 West was mostly dry and clear. Most side roads were sloppy with some snow and on north slopes and in shade still snow packed. The snow was a kid pleaser for sledding but early on I heard complaints about not being able to make a snowman. The 5 inches in our yard was powdery and lightweight for days, fun to kick my boots through but worthless for packing a snowball.

The Christmas program at the Foursquare Church was well attended. Many were pleased by the goodie bag handout. Adults from the church will go caroling to the homes of shut-ins on Sunday. And on the 29th at the 11 a.m. service Bill Ford will speak about his recent trip to the Dominican Republic.

Karen Cotton’s son Patrick may have found a dog that scares off deer for his mother. More on this later.

If you have info on the greater Crabtree and 16 West community call Jeff Burgess, 745-1249.


Well I think everyone has had enough snow and Ice. It can all melt and go away. At least until the next time.

Evelyn Jacobs (93 years young) has been to Texas to visit children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren, and of course she had a wonderful time.

Scotland Baptist Church had a Christmas program that was put on by the children and was directed by Sherry Jones. Everyone is still talking about it and how much they enjoyed it. This Wednesday night they will all go Christmas Caroling so listen and enjoy.

We are saddened again by the deaths of two wonderful men that will be truly missed in our community. Cecil Sharp and Bill McKinney both passed away this weekend. Our prayers are with their families and friends.

Scotland Community Corp. will try again to have their Christmas Potluck. We have scheduled it for 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20. The Scotland Corp. will provide the meat and rolls. Ya’ll bring the rest. I also heard a rumor that Santa would be there.

Anyone with Scotland news can call James Burns at 592-3935. Have a great week.


"Cabin fever" ran rampant throughout Van Buren County as many of us were snow and ice bound in our homes. Residents in Dennard were busy calling and checking in on neighbors and helping one another as needed.

Now that Highway 254 has thawed and we have all restocked on milk, bread and propane I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

If you live in the Dennard area and have news the holiday season that you would like to share call Jackie Sikes, 253-4716.