All Around Bradleyville

I feel like we’ve been blown into Kansas with the way the wind continues to blow. Maybe it will be all blown out by March, who knows? It sure dries out the ground and I know Bob and the rest of the guys that work outdoors probably like that. Being stuck in the mud isn’t fun and it usually damages more than you can accomplish.

Our sympathy goes to the family of Wanda Maggard who passed away last Thursday, Jan. 12. She was a very sweet lady. She and her late husband Rex lived here at Bradleyville or in the area all the time I knew them. Our little place and their farm joined and we lived beside them for three years before we bought their farm in 1977 and Bob was neighbors with them since he was a boy. Bob will always remember Wanda baking pies out of cushaw squash for him when he was a kid and he loved them.

Sympathy is also extended to the family of Garland Morgan, who also passed away last Thursday. Garland was well known in the Bradleyville area, and also lived most of his life in the Bradleyville area. Garland was extremely proud of serving his country in the military during WWII and liked to talk about his service. He received several medals during his time of service which he proudly displayed. Along with hundreds of other people of my generation I knew Garland best as the custodian at Bradleyville School. He kept the school shining and went above and beyond duty. Many winter nights he stayed overnight at school to keep the boiler operating so the school would stay heated. He always had a smile and a kind word.

Alva and Edna Johnson had their 65th anniversary on January 16. They celebrated with their children and grandchildren over the weekend with a large anniversary cake and assorted dishes. I saw the pictures on facebook and couldn’t neglect to mention it. I had their anniversary date in last week’s paper but didn’t know how many years. That is an awesome blessing.

Bob Hammons and his daughter Laura were nominated for several awards at the SPBGMA and came home with Male Vocalist of the year, Female Vocalist of the year and Gospel Group of the Year. Their group, Bob Hammons and Wildwood consist of Bob, his daughter, Laura Pilant and Roger Mitcham. If you ever get a chance to hear them you will be blessed.  Congratulations on those awards and congratulations to all who were nominated or won awards.

Ballgames continue for the next week and include a girl’s game at home with Greenwood on Tuesday, January 17, and a boy’s game at home with Fordland on Thursday, January 19. Both the boys and girls have a game at home with Lutie on Friday, January 20. The kids are playing hard but haven’t had much success this year. Please come out and support the teams.

The pee wee team has games going on too, but since I don’t have anybody playing on the pee wee team I have neglected to know when their games are. I will get more information in the future, or you can always call the school at 796-2288. A few weeks ago I inadvertently put my own phone number in the paper as the school’s number. I didn’t get any calls about any school business, so I guess it’s all good.

Birthdays: Jan. 19: Jess Cook, Tucker Lux, Emma Marsh, Donetta Terry; Jan. 20: Riley Combs

Jan. 30, Gene Pool; Jan. 22: Megan Howie; Jan. 23: Ann Blair, Jason Haden, Jackie Hodges, Greg Robertson, Kellie Stafford; Jan. 24: Jonathan Blakey, LaDonna Johnson, Trinity Hunsaker, Maya Saffle; Jan. 25: Emmett Dalton, Sherry Day, Linda Wiggins.

Anniversaries: Jan. 21: Lee and Sue Bettis; Jan. 23: Rod and LaDonna Johnson.