News from the Montezuma Community of Chester County

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with Gayle Cox

Last week was a very interesting week for Montezuma. On Tuesday, I received a phone call from a concerned citizen of Montezuma to inform me that Tyson sponsored chicken barns were about to be placed on the property directly behind my home. I have lived in this wonderful peaceful farming community for over 18 years and plan to be here for years to come. A portion of the property that belonged to Ed and Betty Morris was sold some time ago and was about to be purchased to set up a chicken farm for Tyson. I am not against farming or Tyson, but for this to be placed in the yards of existing neighborhoods, I am certainly against. There is land in more remote areas that should be for this type of farming. Thankfully, through the phone calls made to Tyson, UT, State Representatives, etc., and a Facebook page that was created by Drew Beck and the community rallying together to protect our peaceful community, we were able to get a Tyson rep out to view the property and the community, and it was determined this was not the place for them to be. I would like to say a big thank you to all those that stepped up and worked quickly to let our voices be heard. Several of us are still planning to attend the Long Range Planning meeting held on June 15. Everyone should be watchful of what is going on in your neighborhoods. They are still out there searching for property.
Montezuma sends out happy birthday wishes to Reyna Thomas and Anthony Reddin on June 18, Jaysielyn Quarles on June 20, Jerry Bain on June 21 and Dub Burkhead on June 23.
Montezuma sends out happy belated anniversary wishes to Andy and Renea Thomas on June 17. 
With so much unrest in our country, I pray that each of you believers will be praying continually for the situation, our government and salvation for the lost. Please pray for Teresa Burkhead, Brenda Williams Lambert, Linda Plunk, Vicki Rush, Kristen Daniel, Faye Crouse, Nancy Thomas, Ed and Betty Morris, Ann Morrison, Healthcare Workers and Law Enforcement. We especially want to remember the families of Barbara Jean Crowell, Joy “Bob” Daniel, Grace Wooley Hunt, Dianna Austein, Barbara Reed and other families that have recently lost loved ones.
Please call Betty Cooper at 879-9078 to book the use of the community center.
Always looking for noteworthy news to share in this column. Please send to gaylecox@bellsouth.net or text me at 608-2857.