By Thelma Murray

About 50 of Joan Allen’s family had their Thanksgiving dinner at the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church.

Gerald Harper had his granddaughter Heather Bradley and sons Dalton and Sam of Dixon, Tenn., for Thanksgiving and his grandson Josh Bradley and family of Jacksonville. Josh is serving in the Air Force.

Visiting Dorthy Cates for the holiday were her sons Danny and Mitchel Cates, Jenny and T.J. Wood and children Dalton, Rylie and Jacob of Conway, and Aaron and Cara and daughter Kali Cates.

Jimmy Murray is home from the hospital. He had surgery to remove stomach cancer; they were able to get all the cancer so he won’t have to take treatments.

Opal Aldridge and her family had Thanksgiving dinner at the Red Apple Inn in Heber Springs.

On Dec. 15, Paul and Wanda Poyner became great-grandparents to a 7 pound, 7 ounce, 21-inch boy named Payton Freeman of Russellville.

Carolyn and Joey Ussery of Greenbrier visited Paul and Wanda Poyner Sunday. They had been to Nashville, Tenn., to see Emillly Lou Harris and celebrate Joey’s birthday.

The Beckham family had their Thanksgiving dinner Saturday after Thanksgiving at the Shirley Community Center. Around 50 family and friends attended.

The Jimmy Murry family had Thanksgiving dinner with Stanley and Pam Murray.

There was very little visiting in the past week because of the ice and snow.

The persimmon seeds, the heavy crop of acorns and hickory nuts and wild muscadines and wild grapes were one of the ways the early settlers had to predict a long, hard winter.