News from the Montezuma Community of Chester County

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with Gayle Cox

Happy Memorial Day to all! Please take a few minutes out of your day to remember those that lost their lives and the families of them on this Memorial Day as well as those that have served and are currently serving. I am definitely looking forward to that extra day off work. 
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.
It is budget time for Chester County, and you can talk with your district County Commissioners regarding things that are being discussed and decided for changes to this year’s budget. Make it quick because the budget is due to the state by June 30. At last weeks budget meeting, we learned that our county has a deficit and is facing a large bill to the ambulance service that is due for July 1. Please say a special prayer for our budget committee as they meet to make decisions that determine how to balance our budget and keep it on track going forward. They have a tough job and have to spend lots of time going over all this and meeting together to make the necessary changes. A budget is all in how you manage the income against the spending.
I never knew until recently how much power the County Commission has over decisions made for everyone in our county. I do not know about most of you, but I want to see our county continue to be a great place to live without our cost to live here being raised to a point that it makes everyone struggle more than we already are with the way inflation has hit and things our federal government has and plans to impose on us already. Every voice can count when you need to be heard. 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. Hope to see some of you there. It will be fun!
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. 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.
Montezuma sends out happy birthday wishes to Anthony Hornbeak on May 25, Ayden Sanford on May 27 and Mendi Moore and Cecila Murley on June 1.
Please be in prayer for all local and federal elected officials, law enforcement, first responders, healthcare workers, teachers, administrators and churches as decisions are made and with all the upside down happenings in our world around us. 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 Thomas Sills, William Watkins, Patsy Clayton, Charlie Harris, Misty Paul, Clint Murley, Janeane Moore, Sherry Fletcher, Chuck Beacham, Sandra Lott, Johnny Warren Garner, Faye Crouse, Janice Morris, Lisa Bishop, Jeanette Walker, Paul Schilling, Nancy Crouse, Martha Cooper, Jake Richardson, Ann Morrison and others that are sick or healing. We especially want to remember the family of Mildred Sanders Lott, Angie Thorne, Terry Nash, Tony Lott and other families that have recently lost loved ones.
Always looking for noteworthy news to share in this column. Please send to or text me at 731-608-2857. As always, until next time and wishing a very blessed week to all you readers!

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