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Another deer season has come and gone and I hope all you deer hunters out there got what you wanted. I think most deer hunters want that big buck and it seems like several nice bucks were harvested this year, but from the conversations I overheard I don’t think the bucks were ever quite big enough. I understand the hunters wanting those trophy antlers, but since I don’t hunt, but do get to process it and then cook it and eat it, I always wish for something smaller and more tender. Bob got a six point early in the season that was surprisingly tender and tasty.
It seems like everyone but me does hunt, and I surely have forgotten somebody that got a deer, but a few of them are Hayden Crouch who got a 6 point buck, Kyle Laughlin got a 7 point, Brock Rogers got a spike buck, his big brother Brady Rogers killed a big 8 point and is going to have it mounted, Hannah Blair got a nice 4 point buck, Racheal Case got an 8 point and so did Jason Crouch and Becky Gann. Brandon Newlyn got a big 9 point and Melanie Whittaker got a great big 10 point buck. Again, I know there were more than these that filled their tags but they have escaped my poor memory.
The Beaver Creek bridge near Ava has been finished and it sure has been a big relief to everyone. I have a feeling the people who live on the gravel roads that people were using for un-official detours are more happy than anyone else. I can just imagine all the dust they have been putting up with as people drive by and stir it up. We live at the end of a quarter mile road that was gravel until just a few years ago and I think I could have dusted twice a day and still had dust on everything.
Basketball season is about to start next week for the high school boys team in the Marionville Invitational starting on Monday, Nov. 28. The boys will be playing the host team, Marionville, at 7:30 and then continue in the tournament the next night, Tuesday, Nov. 29 with a game against Stockton at 7:30. The tournament is pool play with the championship games being played on Saturday, Dec. 3 starting at noon with the consolation game, followed by the 3rd place game and the championship game following that. The girls won’t have a game until Dec. 5 when they travel to Fordland.
The Chili Feed/Garage Sale held the past two Saturdays at New Mansion Church did very well and raised some money to go towards Vacation Bible School. Everyone who donated items or food or came to work or came to eat, however you supported it, is very much appreciated. I had a great time there helping and just sitting around and visiting with the other ladies who were there helping and people who came in to eat. There was lots of good food there and I did my fair share in sampling a lot of it.
We went to the “Bradleyville’s Got Talent” talent show at Bradleyville School held last Friday night and enjoyed all the acts very much. The winners were chosen by popular vote and everyone present got to cast a vote, but I was so impressed with ALL the talent I saw.
The winners for the Elementary division were the Girl Scouts of Doom who won first place doing a lip sync to the song “Monster Mash”. They were dressed in costume and acted out a skit to go along with the lip sync which was very entertaining. The group included Dorian Hayes, Kourtney, Gracie and Maddie Shipley, Morgan Lawrence, Sophia Meltke, Emma Hampton, Kambria Todd, Taylor McHaffie, Kayla Cummings and Trent McHaffie. Megan Howie won second place, singing a beautiful song, “God’s Alive and Well”. Great job, Megan! Tori Vaughn played her guitar and sang an arrangement of “In the Garden” to win third place. It was also very good.
In the Open Class category the first place winner was the band called the Shake and Bakes who played the song “Raunchy”. It consisted of Riley Combs performing the lead on his guitar and Ellie Combs on the saxophone, John Combs on the guitar and Brandon Burkhart on the drums. The Kerr Family, consisting of Ashley, Derick, Megan and Larry did a hilarious lip sync and skit to the old Ray Stevens song “The Streak” to win second place.
The high school division ended the show with several good performances. First place went to Colin Robertson and Jessi Laughlin doing a drum routine they called “Splatter”. They had paint on the drums that splattered everywhere while they were drumming that looked pretty cool. Second place was won by Mariah Thomas who did a great job performing an original country song that was written especially for her. Third place went to the Hot Pants Pack who did a very funny dance to “Bye, Bye, Bye”. This group included Ellie Combs, Ally Swift and Alexis Landis.
Although they didn’t place in the contest, there were three more performances in the talent show that were very talented and need to be mentioned. Kaylee Sims has a beautiful voice and sang the song “Blessings” and did an amazing job. Phil and Curtis Weaver sang a wonderful song they had written themselves and accompanied themselves on guitar. Greyson Erickson did a reading of his own original poetry. Bradleyville does indeed have a lot of talent!
Birthdays: Nov. 24: Tammy Pollard; Nov. 25: Derek Rogers, Wendy Silvey Cash, Gina Smith, Joshua Shockey; Nov. 26: Judy Alstatt, Julie Bettis, Denny Burkhart; Nov. 27: Jean Robison; Nov. 28: Greg Potter, Bob Siler; Nov. 29: Amanda Swift; Nov. 30: Anita Dalton, Pete Knight, Leeza Wood.
Anniversaries: Nov. 26: Chris and Julie Bettis; Nov. 27: Kirk and Tammy Baird.