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Howevalley News By Mona Holbert 234-3298 WEATHER. Still hot and humid. No rain for several days. We keep watering our garden and flowers every day. GRADUATES RECOGNIZED. Tasha Blanton and Keshia Grimes were recognized for graduating from high school in 2008. They each received $100 from the A. J. Holbert, Jr. Memorial Fund established through the Howevalley Vertrees Ruritan Club. They attended the June meeting to receive their gift. MOVING ON UP. This is a letter from Jon W. Thomas of West Hardin Middle School: It is with much sadness tempered by great excitement that I am announcing that I will be leaving West Hardin Middle School to accept the principal position at Ekron Elementary School in Meade County. I want to express my total appreciation to past and present fellow educators, classified staff, students, and parents for making my time at West Hardin so memorable. I cannot imagine a better place to have spent the last 12 years as a teacher and coach. The students have been absolutely wonderful to work with and parents have been extremely supportive. I’ve always strived to treat the students at West Hardin with respect – as human beings - and not just processors of information. I’ve tried to make my classroom a place where my students wanted to be – increasing the likelihood that learning would take place. In recent years I have aspired to take this ideology from the classroom to the school-wide level. With my new position, I get that opportunity. West Hardin is a great school and that is the result of the efforts of the entire community – faculty, students, parents – everyone. I hope that all of you will continue to work together in the spirit of cooperation in providing a great educational experience for the students of West Hardin. Sincerely, Jon W. Thomas My daughters Margaret and Jamilee had him as a teacher at West and absolutely loved him. They have the utmost respect for him. I often heard them say he made teaching a fun experience which made them want to learn. Ekron Elementary will be truly blessed on having him at their school. Congratulations Mr. Thomas! CHURCH HOMECOMING. Howevalley United Methodist Church is having its homecoming today with worship service at 11 a.m. followed by a potluck meal. Wayne Cardin and friends will be singing in the afternoon. Everyone welcome. GET-WELL WISHES. Get-well wishes to Otis Cundiff, Cathy Morgan, Rick Pearsall, Greg Watson, Mr. Vermillion and Richard Nall. HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Happy belated birthday wishes to Mike Helson on July 25. Birthdays wishes to Louie Peters, Wesley Brown, Mary Goodman and Kristen Richardson on July 27; Matt Meredith and Kenny Stewart on July 28; Paula Erickson on July 29; Monica Butler and Wendy Dunn on July 30; Cassie Vowels, Tina Helson, Jessica Elmore, Wanda Lyons and Amy Lawson (17 years) on July 31; Ovel Goodman on Aug. 1; Sheila Lucas and Dakota Goodman (2 years) on Aug. 3; Darren Goodman on Aug. 4. ANNIVERSARIES. Happy anniversary wishes to Joey and Tina Grey on July 29 (15 years) and to Finley and Anne Elliott on July 29 (15 years). CHAT TIME. I spoke with Reba Goodman, Betty Perry, Faye Lafallotte, Faye Valentine, Collin Belt and Andrew Maples on July 17. Faye V. talked to me about her grandson and how he is growing. Her face just lights up when she talks about him. Andrew and I talked about his college career and how everything is going for us both. I can always count on him and Collin for a hug. SYMPATHY. Sympathy is extended to Sandy Pitts on the loss of her mother. She lived in Michigan and lost her battle to cancer. Sandy was able to be with her when she passed on. Also, sympathy is extended to the family and friends of William “Will” Miller. He passed away on July 15. Services were held at Nunnelley Funeral Home in Louisville. He grew up in LaRue County. BACK IN THE DAY. Trips. When I was growing up my parents usually took us on small daytime trips during the summer. Some of the places we visited were Lincoln’s Birthplace, Bernheim Forest and My Old Kentucky Home. Mom would pack us a picnic lunch on each trip.
CHURCH NEWS. Pole Bridge Baptist Church will have a homecoming today at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. with a meal between. There will be singing all day and Brother Chris Parvin will be bringing the message. For more information call 862-3150.
WEST HARDIN REUNION. West Hardin High School Class of 1988 is having their 20th reunion on Sept. 27. THey are still looking for classmates and addresses. If anyone has any information they can call Angie Smith Bryan at 737-0512. LAUGH LINE. Humor comes at a cost. Please have exact change. NEWS ITEMS. Call in your news and leave on voicemail at 234-3298 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday evening. Have a safe week.