Nobody can say it has not been summer and I know everyone is looking for the cold front and lower temperatures they tell us will be here this week.

James and Joyce are having a great time in Alaska with Tim and his family. We went to a Bear Paw festival at Eagle River this last weekend. We saw someone drop a hamburger on the ground and a dog was right there to get it. He was so picky that he separated the meat from the bread and ate it but would not eat the bread. That sounds a little like our dog. We will be home shortly and can tell you all of the things we did while we were here.

We wish everyone a great week and eat lots of watermelon.

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Last Sunday’s Community Cookout was well attended and the food and fellowship was enjoyed by all.

Saturday, Aug. 2, the Crabtree Reunion is being held in the basement of the Foursquare Church from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. A potluck is included and all past and present Crabtree residents are invited.

Met Virgil Lemings on a country road last week. He said he’d been logging lately. When asked about his health he said with a smile, "I’ve been given a lot of good years. No sense in starting to complain about them now."

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


By Patsy Ward

Cynthia Hallum of Graham, Florida, visited recently with her parents, Alfred and Zula Nicholson. She came up to help Zula celebrate her birthday on the 29th of June. She was here for a week.

Joe Nicholson and his daughter, Renae Tobin, and her son went to Fairfield, California, the past week. While there they visited with Joe’s daughter, Wendy Peletier and other relatives. Including Renae’s son, Joseph Tobin.

Joyce Nicholson flew to northwest Indiana to visit her daughter, Evelyn Allen. She also visited her son Doyne Allen and wife Cynthia in Indianapolis. Joyce and Evelyn made a trip to Canada. They went shopping in Ontario. Joyce says she can now say she’s been to Canada. Sounds like fun!

Joe Nicholson celebrated his 79th birthday last Wednesday. Happy Birthday, Joe, a little late.

Lynn and Don Rogers of Hamburg, Arkansas, visited with Margie Pounds last week.

Margie’s grandson Kyle came by to visit, but she missed him. I know she was sorry about that.

Marva and RG Ward returned home from a four-week vacation on Sunday night. Their first stop was Bristol, Tennessee, where they attended the NHRA drag races. Their daughter, Sindee Morse, met them there and traveled with them on to Cedar Lake, Indiana, where they visited relatives and friends. They stopped in Scottsburg, Indiana, and visited former neighbors from Cedar Lake. Sindee returned home and Marva and RG went to Manchester, Tennessee, to visit Sue and Mike Stamper and spent the Fourth with them, they enjoyed the pool and watched fireworks. Marva, RG, Sue and Mike went to Marcy Jo’s café, they didn’t get to see Joey and Rory though. Marva says they are glad to be home!

Terry Upchurch and his son, Michael, and granddaughter Emory went to Manchester, Tennessee, to spend the Fourth with mom and grandmother Sue Stamper.

Hope everyone had a safe and happy July 4th. Have a good week.


By Thelma Murray

Wanda and Paul Poynor took their grandson home to Russellville Friday. Dakota Freeman had spent a week with them.

Calla Linn’s son Kenny is here visiting her; his wife Debbie will be here Thursday. They live in Orlando, Fla.

Visiting Jerel and Kathleen Brown this week are their granddaughters, Holland and Laya Brown.

Wilburn and Kay Weaver hosted the Banner Mountain cookout and fireworks show this Fourth of July. Over 100 people attended.

People who plan on showing canned foods at the fair need to check with the county extension office before canning the food.

Thelma and Jimmy Murray visited in the home of Janet Blair after the funeral of Wanda Blair on Wednesday.

Belinda Murray is spending a few days with her sister Lissa Findley of Springfield, Mo. Lissa had surgery on Wednesday.