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I really appreciate Ethel West writing the Bradleyville news for the past couple of weeks. It really helped while David was here visiting.
David hasn’t been here when our regular family reunion happens in June, so we all gathered again at our home to eat and visit the Sunday after he arrived. I had planned to have our gathering outside and grill, but since the temperature was holding at around 103 at our house, we decided to stay inside and keep cool. With the intense heat outdoors and around 40 people in the house we didn’t stay as cool as we would have liked, but it was so much cooler than we would have been outside. We made do very well with a big cooker full of pulled pork and lots of side dishes and desserts everybody brought. We always have a great time when we all get together. I was glad that my aunt, Betty Swadley, and my cousin Judy Whitaker, came over a while that afternoon to visit.
Later that week we went to Lebanon a couple of nights to the Brumley singing. We have gone for many years and we really enjoy southern gospel music. We got to see some of our favorite singers and David really enjoyed it since he says there is a shortage of southern gospel music in Maui. We saw several people we know, Galen and Joyce Chambers were there both nights we were and I think they were coming back another night or two. They also go every year and have been going years longer than we have.
To top off the week, we headed out camping on Friday and spent a couple of days at the lake. It was extremely hot and I might have cancelled the camping trip but the grandkids had been planning to camp with David all year, so we went, and we enjoyed it. Even 4 month old Garrett went, so some of us took turns, not unhappily I might add, staying in the air conditioned camper with him. Our last morning there, Kyle Laughlin caught a largemouth bass that weighed around 6 lbs. and he has decided to have it mounted.
David didn’t have any service on his phone at the lake and found out when he got back to our house that his friend Kevin Easley and his family had been here visiting Kevin’s parents. Kevin had already gone back home by the time David got the message and he was disappointed he didn’t get to see Kevin.
Just a reminder that school will be starting at Bradleyville School on Thursday, August 18. We all need to keep an eye out for the bus stops. There will be lots of kids standing beside the roads waiting for the bus, getting on the bus in the mornings and off the bus again in the afternoons. Also a reminder that some of the bus routes will be changed because of the bridge construction and detours, so the times the buses come through will be changed by several minutes.
The volleyball team has started practice and their season will start very shortly after school starts. Jr. High basketball will start soon also. We have two granddaughters playing volleyball and a grandson playing basketball so we will be on the road once again, and I can’t wait. I love to watch the kids play. I haven’t seen any schedules yet but I’m sure they will have them soon and I will be posting them here.
Bradleyville School will hold open house on Tuesday, August 16 from 5pm to 8pm. Everyone is welcome to come meet the teachers and see the classrooms.
Speaking of teachers, it was good to see Nona Norwine at New Mansion Church last Sunday morning. Nona said she decided to stop at New Mansion instead of going on around the detour to Bradleyville. Nona was my 8th grade teacher and we all loved her. Nona still works part-time in administration at Bradleyville School.
Sunday afternoon Gladys Johnson and Juanita Shortt made a trip to the Eldridge Cemetery near our house. When they got near the cemetery they discovered two trees that had fallen across the road, probably from the recent storms, so they had to turn around and come back. They called Bob and he went over and cut the trees out of the road so they could continue on to the cemetery.
Birthdays for the coming week include: August 18: Weezie Butler, Nola Kallstrom; August 19: C.G. Paul; August 20: Glee Clubb, Karen Combs, Sara Henning; August 23: Emily Todd, Sissy Essary; August 24: Jeff Marsh, Hunter O’Neal.
Anniversaries for the coming week include: August 18: Bill and Melba Austin.