Dec. 7 Howevalley News

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By The Staff


Mona Holbert, 234-3298

LAST MONTH OF 2008. November went out with rain and December came in cold and with snow showers. There was even some sleet on the first day of December. More and more Christmas decorations are being displayed at most homes in the community. CORRECTION. In last week’s column, I mistakenly wrote that no one was hurt in the Smallwood house fire. I have since learned that Willard has been hospitalized in the burn unit at a Louisville hospital. The community wishes him a speedy recovery. BENEFIT. A benefit will be held Dec. 13 for Willard and Opal Smallwood. They lost their home and their belongings in a fire. The fundraiser will be held at Howevalley Elementary School. Food will be on sale at 4 p.m.; an auction of donated items at 5 p.m.; and a gospel singing will be at 6 p.m. If you would like to donate items for the auction, please call Bobbi Daughtery, 536-3605, Dusty Sullivan, 862-3046, or Jimmy Sutton, 862-4786. Four area churches are sponsoring the benefit. Everyone is welcome. LIGHT CONTEST. The Howevalley Vertrees Ruritan Club is sponsoring the annual outdoor Christmas light decorating contest. The judging is Dec. 12. First place receives $75; second $50 and third $25. POC: Sandy Stout, 862-3871, or Wilma Cundiff, 862-3001. STUDENT SPOTLIGHT. Johnathon Henry, a fourth-grade student in Mrs. Gibson's class, is the star student for the week. He is the son of Kathleen Adamson of Howevalley. He enjoys playing dodge ball and riding his bike when he is not in school. He wants to become a writer when he grows up. GET-WELL WISHES. Get-well wishes to Willard Smallwood; Jerry Miller; Daniel Vermillion; Harold B. Meredith; Jim Reesor; Cathy Morgan and Charlie Duncan. SYMPATHY. Sympathy is extended to the family of Richard Dale Goodman. Respects were paid by several community members. CHAT TIME. While I was shopping with my daughter, Jamilee, and niece, Jackie, we spoke with Aunt Edna Goodman on Nov. 29. She told me she had 20 family members at her house for Thanksgiving dinner. We got caught up on each other lives. It’s been a while since we have seen each other. I spoke with Sheila Sherrard on Nov. 30. She makes me laugh a lot. I also saw Andrew Maples, Collin Belt, Reba “Darling” Goodman and Betty Perry recently at the grocery store. THANKSGIVING. We had Thanksgiving dinner at the home of Mark Ray and Greta Jones. A delicious meal was enjoyed. We also enjoyed good music, shooting pool, four-wheel riding and horseback riding. Approximately 20 attended. Charlie Ray and Ella Garner hosted Thanksgiving dinner at their home with Larry and Mary Garner, Bill and Bertha Garner, Keith, Becki and Lily-Kate Garner and Shannon Kallenburg and daughters Breianna and Ashley Crystal Ray and Anetta Inman and family. Larry and Mary live in South Carolina and visited for four days. Shortie Holbert had Thanksgiving dinner at her granddaughters, Margaret and Jamilee Sherrard’s home, along with their daddy, Jimmie. Also, attending were Phillip Shircliff and John Shope. Reggie and Elsie Holbert had their family home for Thanksgiving. Those attending were Kevin and Nichole Cecil and children Donavin and Alana; Jackie Holbert and Trinity Holbert. Brod Holbert visited his son Bryle and family in Tennessee on Thanksgiving. HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Happy birthday wishes to Shirley Helm on Dec. 10; Karen Williams on Dec. 11; Jenny Stiles (20 years) and Essie Meredith on Dec. 12; Noah McIntrye (12 years) on Dec. 14; and Dwight Goodman Jr., Jermie Johnson, Amy McCubbins and Steve Ash on Dec. 16. Alana Cecil celebrated her second birthday with a party on Nov. 29 at her parents’ home, Kevin and Nichole. There were 41 present. Her papaw, Reggie Holbert, was surprised with a special “50th” birthday cake. Alana’s birthdate was Nov. 28 and Reggie’s was Nov. 21. She received some neat gifts, one being a make-up kit in which she pretended to paint her papaw’s finger nails and put makeup on him. MY DECORATIONS. I put up our Christmas tree last weekend. Our tree is white with red ornament glass bulbs and snowmen ornaments and red and white beads. I also have several snowmen figures, musical snowmen displayed in our home. Everybody that knows me knows I love snow and snowmen things. I also have a Santa on a horse lighted display in the front yard, since we like to ride horses. I also have a lighted candle display in my kitchen window that comes on every night at the same time and goes off after 6 hours. This is in memory of my daddy. BACK IN THE DAY. Ornaments. Years back, mom would change the ornaments on her Christmas tree. She bought red apples and I would paint every family members name on them. It wasn’t just our immediate family, it was everybody in the Goodman/Holbert clan that would have an ornament with their name on them. LAUGH LINE. What was the motto of the vegetable farmer? Peas on Earth. NEWS ITEMS. Call and leave your news items on my voice mail at 234-3298 or e-mail to mholbert31@yahoo.com by Sunday evening. Also, remember I am only human and I do from time to time make mistakes. I try to correct them if I can. I do like to hear good comments about my column too. I have been writing this column since March 1994. I took it over for Lucille Willcox because of her illness and because she asked me too. Have a good day.