Community News-May 2, 2024

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Hello again. I hope everyone has had a nice week. This year is really flying by. Here it is already May. I can hardly remember any winter.
Please continue to pray for our sick, including Woodie Deming, Kristen Jones and Joyce Stewart. Remember our law enforcement, first responders and our government, local and national. It is terrible what is going on at our colleges…so many protesting Israel. Not to mention what is happening in Israel.
Happy birthday this week to Ethan Long and Michael Haynie on May 3, Orban Goff on May 5 and Ross Hopper on May 7. Get out there and enjoy your big day!
Quote of the week: “It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform.” – Google quotes
Our devotion for this week: “‘Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”’ (NLT) Hebrews 13:5
“Content is defined as a ‘state of peaceful happiness.’ What a challenging thing to attain in this chaotic world! We are constantly being pulled from one need or desire to the next. Our culture’s never ending push for more is exhausting. Thankfully, there is a better way! Jesus says we can break free from the love of money and find contentment through him! Thank you, Jesus.” Enhance your daily devotion with the Daily Bible Devotion app.
This is a verse I read every night: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
I hope you have a blessed week. My number is 731-879-9777 for any news you want to share.

It is hard to believe that May is already here, and another school year will be finished in the next few weeks. Older people used to say that, “Time flies as you get older,” and now, I certainly know what they meant by it. Time is flying past us! Enjoy what time you have with your creator, your family and friends.
Montezuma sends out Happy Birthday wishes to Alex Plunk Burns on May 6, Cash Hornbeak (my grandson) turns one on May 8, Becca Cooper and Dustin Stout on May 9.
We need more community involvement for our center and would like to invite people to join in. Annual renewal dues are $25 after your first initial year of joining. Membership dues need to be paid now to be considered an active member. We also take donations. Payments can be mailed to Edith Sills at 4475 Sunshine Rd, Henderson, TN 38340. We appreciate all our members and would like to have more events if we can get enough help to do so. Call Ann Moore at 608-2033 or myself if you have any new ideas for the center or wish to get involved. People who want to rent the community center should contact Betty Cooper at 879-9078 for booking. We ask those renting our facility to please follow our rules and show respect for the building. We try to keep it in the best order possible, and it takes everyone cooperating to make that happen. If you care about this community, please get involved in what is taking place to continue to grow our county and make it a better place to live and raise a family. Get to know what is changing in our local government, schools, churches and communities through the news, friends, your church, teachers, etc., and if it matters to you, there are ways to help make things better.
There is much spiritual warfare with society accepting things that go against who God is and what HIS laws are that we are to follow. Every day of life has its challenges, but if we look to God for the right path, it can be a good one. Please pray for our local government, County Commission Budget Committee as they start preparing the budget for the 2024-25, federal government, law enforcement, school staff, teachers and the listed individuals of Danny Wade, Roy Gene Beecham, Norma Sue Kitchen, Jerry Fletcher, Janice Schultz, Bobbie Bethune, Jimmy Smith, Mark Hall, Curtis Morrison, Donna Doyle, Renee Jordan, Wesley Whitman, Ruby Hannah, Donnie Brooks, Linda Plunk, Lee Trice, Patricia Ledford, Mike Tedford, Clint Murley, Sherry Fletcher, Chuck Beacham, Sandra Lott, Faye Crouse, Janice Morris, Lisa Bishop, Jeanette Walker, Paul Schilling, Nancy Crouse and others that are sick or healing. We especially want to remember the families of James ‘Jim’ Davis, Katherine Harris Wyatt, Lynn Webb and other families that have recently lost loved ones.
I am always looking for noteworthy news to share in this column. Please send to or text me at 608-2857. As always, I am wishing a very blessed week to all you readers. Until next time!

Hello from Enville! I hope you all are enjoying your week. We sure are loving the warm temperatures. Another month has slipped away so quickly. Hello, May! There are so many things going on in May. There are lots of homecomings and decorations, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. It is a busy month for our family. Oak Grove Cemetery looked good; their decoration was last Sunday. Decorations for the First Sunday in May are O’Neal Cemetery, Mt. Zion, Grove Springs and Roby. Second Sunday decorations are at Woodlawn Cemetery, Milledgeville, Mars Hill in Leapwood and Sweetlips. Be sure to support the cemeteries of your choice or where your loved ones are buried. It takes a lot of work and money to keep them looking good and manicured, so remember to make your donations to them.
Mother’s Day is fast approaching. The Enville Volunteer Fire Department is having their annual barbeque fundraiser on Saturday, May 11. They will have barbeque pork, chicken and bologna, and ribs can be pre-ordered by contacting any firefighter. They will cook twice as much this year in order not to run out so quickly. There will be a bake sale inside the city hall. Get your Mother’s Day meal so mom can have the day off! This will all begin at 10 a.m. Hope to see you there!
The birthday party for DB Weatherington was a huge success. He and his family thank everyone who came and made it special for him. Everyone in attendance had a great time, and the food was delicious.
Happy birthday wishes go to Lucy Ashbrook on May 4, Agnes Smith on May 5 and Beverly Weatherington on May 7. Happy anniversary to Wayne and Brenda Poupard on May 3 and JP and Easton Glover on May 4. We hope you all enjoy your special day!
Please pray for the family of Leland Alexander. He will truly be missed in the Milledgeville community. Also pray for Lisa Bishop, Robert and Linda Johnson, Harold and Janice Maness, Nicole Thompson, Emily Freeman, Ashley Pugh, Shirley Hampton, Della Mixon, Anita Needler, Dot Smith, Mary Lee Guyon, Agnes and Robert Smith, Tera O’Neal, Ann Pugh, Kaye Killingsworth, Tim and Tabitha Hampton, Justin Godsey, James Vinson, Jimmy Robertson, Rick Ooley, Mike Frank, Mike Pugh, Doyle Bishop, Mike Finley, Jeff Finley, Lee Trice, Clint Murley, those who have lost loved ones, our firefighters, first responders, law enforcement, healthcare workers, military, schools, our county and country and, as always, each other.
If you have news, call me at 608-3058, or if you want to rent the community center, call Pat Cates at 688-5125 or 315-8062.
Have a blessed week everyone!

Hello to everyone reading this paper. It is always a blessing to be part of your life. Why? Because you are my family and friends, and this is the day the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it! I hope and pray that you had a great week. I do apologize for not having a column last week. I am not as young as I used to be, so please forgive me. My husband and I flew to Virginia, and it was a wonderful trip. We saw some of our old friends from Okinawa, Japan, when we were stationed in Okinawa. We visited the Marine Corps Base Camp Elmore in Norfolk, Va. Frank and I really had a wonderful time walking down memory lane when we were stationed there many years ago. To some of you, this may not be something you want to read about, but it is okay because Frank and I have been married for 48 years, and we can still have fun and enjoy being together and walking down memory lane.
Can you believe the month of April is gone? The month of May is here, and you know the class of 2024 will be graduating! WOW! May 13 is the BIG day!
Well, another loved one has been called home by the Lord – Mrs. Clara “Tuffy” Walker from Selmer. She is the mother of Laura Walker and Kim Walker. She was employed here in Henderson at the Tender Loving Child Care Center. Tuffy loved working with the children, and the children loved her. Tuffy will be missed but not forgotten! To the family, our condolences go to you; we are praying that the Lord will give you courage and peace during this time. Our hearts go out to you!
Thought for today: Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go!
Ms. Valorie Griggs is asking for us to pray for her nephew Mr. Marlon Thomas; he is in Illinois. Please remember him in your prayers.
Last week, I talked with Lisa, Mr. Bill Overway’s daughter; she told me that he was not doing well. So please let pray for Mr. Bill and Mrs. Overway.
The city would like to say Happy Birthday to Celeste Taylor Geanes who will celebrate on 4/30; Dimitric Carter Brown, 4/26; and Amy Alvis, 4/28. God bless you with many more. The city would like to take this time to wish all of our loved ones in Henderson Health and Rehabilitation Center who had a birthday this week a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
On our prayer list this week is Ms. Valorie Griggs’ family; Ms. Patty Dotson’s brother-in-law Andrea; Michael Dugan’s sister who is sick, the Burton family, JoAnn Cawthon, the storm victims in Oklahoma, Omaha and anyone you know that needs prayer.
Remember to pray for our children, teachers and families, the sick and shut in, our men and women who are serving our country and also the incarcerated. Do not forget to patronize with our local businesses here in town; let us try to support our own as much as we can.
If you live in the City of Henderson and have news about your family, birthday, anniversary, announcements, and things happening in the City, I need to hear from you. Text or call me at 608-6132 and leave your message. HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

Hello to all from this little corner of the world.
By the time this is published, it will be May, and time marches on. It was 81 degrees as I wrote this on Sunday. The sun was shining with partly cloudy skies and occasional winds. We now can add our Rose-breasted Grosbeak to our feathered friends that are returning. We had a female Grosbeak that flew into a window a few days ago. It seemed traumatized as it flew over to our window, clung to the screen and flapped its wings vigorously a few times then stopped. James went out to check on it and actually held it in his hands and stroked it, trying to calm the sweet thing. He then sat it down on a table, and it just stood there not moving at all. Slowly, it turned its head from one side to the other. I guess it felt safe. I looked away, and it was gone! I am so thankful she survived. We have seen her out and around in the backyard.
The birds are really enjoying the sunflower seeds. We have not gotten any flowers to put out yet. Hopefully, next week we can pick a few out. We have yellow and almost burgundy iris. Yellow cannas will be up before long. I am so very thankful for my eyesight. I love color and thoroughly enjoy God’s creations.
Congratulations to Braelyn Ellis on her Outstanding Public Relations Student Award from University of Memphis Lambuth at their awards ceremony in Memphis. Braelyn is our granddaughter and is working three to four days a week on her internship, continues with her school work and has an adorable little girl, Laiken Saige (our great-granddaughter). Keep up the good work! We are very proud of you.
Well, the last full day for Chester County students will be May 21. I am sure everyone is ready for a break. Enjoy the rest of the year. It will pass fast – then summer. YAY!
Friendship Baptist Church will have its Homecoming May 5. Worship service begins at 10:30 a.m. with a potluck meal to follow. Four Corners Quartet has had to cancel visiting during homecoming, but there will be singing at 1 p.m. We would love to see you there.
Happy belated birthday to Thomas Gaugh, 4-26, and Lindsey Bishop, 4-27.
Happy birthday to Beverly Butler, 4-28; Kim Carroll and Francis Carroll, 4-29; Jessica Gardner, 5-1; Dexter Butler, 5-2; and Donald Rowlett and William Bishop, 5-3.
Please continue to remember these in prayer – Wesley Bates, Paula Berry, Marie Bishop, Judy Bray, Jeannette Butler, Jackie Chambers, Rickey Clayton, Pat and Paul Coleman, Boyd Cupples, Joie Freeman, Jennifer Gateley, Kyle Goethals, Bro. Glen and Judy Harris, LaDawn Hayes, Danny Hodges, Brenda Hopper, Larry Johnson, Eva and Alvin Jones, Shirley Kendrick, Justin Lindsay, Taze Lofton, Doris McKinney, Martha Mainord, Deana Morris, Jim and Sue Newsom, Darryl Newsom, Cissy and Tom Nichols, Julia Parchman, Beth Plunk, Trudy Powers, Pam Priddy, Ridge Ray, Mollie Russell, Dyke Sells, Cathy Sisson, Jacob Thomas, Kevin Thurman, Lee Trice, Tony Tucker, Cammi Walls, Adam Wise, Mike Young and the family of Katherine Wyatt.
Also, pray for our military, law enforcement, our country and first responders.
“Where Does the Beauty Go?” by Diane Ranker Riesen – “We see sweet flowers everywhere/we smell their fragrant scent/But, we don’t know how seeds began/or where the dead flowers went/Perhaps, this beauty, here on earth/is just a tiny view/and death brings something better/gifts we never knew/I really don’t fear when I die/I know that may seem strange/I feel God has great plans for us/and our lives with Him will change/Imagine every flower/that’s petals all have dried/were sent straight up to Heaven/and never really died/I cannot dream the beauty/when all those petals change/and what the bouquet of their lives/will look like rearranged/True beauty only starts on earth/but, blossoms even more/as soon as it flows soft and sweetly/through our Heaven’s door/One day, my life will seem to end/but all souls never die/and we will add more pretty/to that ‘bouquet’ in the sky/Remember, all our time on earth/is just the start, my friend/We’ll only really feel God’s gifts/when we begin again.”
I pray you all have a wonderful week and may it be filled with love, joy, peace and blessings. Remember: if you have news, please email me at I would truly appreciate any news. People from here and those who have moved from our area but still want to keep in touch through the newspaper are hungry for news from home.
Until next week, Happy Trails to You.

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