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Donnie Kelly told me they didn’t burn the Van Noy barn down. The Mennonites dismantled it and the good lumber was taken to Branson and was to be used in the building of the airport building. He stated they burned all the trash and lumber not reusable. He said the foundation of the barn was real bad. Glad to get this story straight from the horse’s mouth. Ha! Many of the old buildings have been in use a long time and have to go. As an older person, I don’t take changes real good. We have to have progress.
The dental building in Norwood was to be auctioned last evening but they got no bids. It’s a nice place and rather new but I guess you wouldn’t need it if you had no use. It would be hard to rent also. It is owned by the Elmer Tharp heirs as far as I know.
The benefit for Leon Bradshaw Friday night at the Alumni Park in Mountain Grove was well attended. They gave a wonderful meal, entertained by a group led by Randy Cottengim, which were very good and after all that they had an auction. Shawn Chadwell was the auctioneer for both places I’ve mentioned. Leon is ill with cancer of the pancreas. Last night he looked real good but I didn’t hear how he felt. He said he enjoyed their trip to Alaska very much. He said it was so beautiful there. We pray he can lick this illness. I talked to a lot of friends but could hardly see them. Wish my eyes would get better instead of worse but they say they can’t help this condition.
Today I was called about Dorothy Atchison’s death from breast cancer. She was near 80, the daughter of Orville Atchison and wife Pearl. They lived in the Hickory Flat district when I started teaching there, and Dorothy was in second grade. There were nine children and five never married and she was one of them. She was a very nice person.
The Paul McIntosh’s heard from their son, Tyler, who is in Afghanistan. They were happy to hear from their two Marines.
The 66th Se-Ma-No had their annual meeting at the Seymour High School today. They had a large crowd and entertainment by Bob Moody and his group. They were very good. People received a door prize and gifts from a drawing and a delicious free meal. They also have $5 deducted from their light bill if they attend. Our Norwood man who was re-elected to the board, was Duane Forrest. He’s a good man for the job and has served before.
I’ve been told we are losing Dr. Donnie Forrest as our school superintendent. We hate to lose him. He’s been in the school since first grade. He is going to Branson not sure doing what but it’s a step up, I understand. We wish him well. I don’t think they have replaced him yet. I never forget to say he was a second grader of mine at Norwood and was an excellent one. He settled for nothing but the highest score. He started teaching here being the girl’s baseball coach and did good.
The weather has been so nice and sunny. I’d had enough dark days for awhile.
A gentleman working for the Penner’s south of town got bitten on the hand by a copperhead snake. He was taken to the hospital but haven’t heard since. Snakes are dangerous this time of year or anytime. The only kind of snake I like is a dead one.
My great granddaughter, Cassie, visited us Tuesday. I really enjoyed her as I don’t see her much. She goes to school every day and next year will be a second grader.
Don and Herman Eagelston called on us Thursday. We had a nice visit. Herman is recovering from surgery due to a broken hip. When we get older we don’t bounce back very fast.
Violet Hinote, her daughter Lana Hinote left for a vacation in Florida the last of the week. Hope Violet stays well.
Rev. John and Bernetta Williams are moving back to our area after living and preaching in Arkansas a few years, about three, I think.
Have a good week, and if not, have one as good as you can.