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E.J. and Faye Hampton’s family is growing by leaps and bounds this year. Granddaughter Stephannie Kallial’s new baby daughter, Stella Kate, was born April 3, in St. Louis, a baby sister for Emma. And Stephannie’s sister, Melissa Hayes, is expecting her second daughter any day now. Melissa is a reading teacher at Cabool and has one little daughter, Macie.

On May 12, the Hamptons’ grandson, Bradley Thomas, will marry his sweetheart, Hailey Whisnant, at the Church of Christ in Gainesville, where Bradley’s brother Cody was married in February. That makes two new granddaughters-in-law and two new great-granddaughters for the Hamptons in three short months!

Farmers are on the lookout for army worms and other pests that are attacking our hay fields and pastures. The unusually warm winter and dry spring seem to have created the perfect environment for these creatures that can wipe out an entire field of grass overnight. When they finish one area, the worms will literally cross the road in search of their next meal. Stan saw a mass migration of worms last Saturday on Highway J, near Howard’s Ridge. It is not a comforting sight.

Bob Hampton, who grew up at Brixey and now lives at Seneca, Mo., will hold a gospel meeting at Barren Fork Church of Christ May 6-9. This Sunday evening the church will have its monthly gospel singing, when the folks from Souder Church of Christ will join them. The two small congregations enjoy getting together for these singings and alternate hosting them. Other visitors are invited, as well.

Sympathy is extended to the Junior Berry family who lost their loved one last week. Junior had been sick for a long time, and it is good to know that he is no longer suffering.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Karen Gardner, daughter of Betty Gardner, who continues her battle with cancer in Kansas City. She is a resident of Hope Lodge and recently underwent another brain surgery. Karen’s children are taking turns spending time with their mom as she goes through this difficult time. The support of family and friends is so important at times like these; if you’d care to send Karen a card, the address of Hope Lodge is 1120 Pennsylvania Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64105.

Julia Taber enjoyed attending a 40th anniversary party for her niece, Carolyn Mahan Wilson, and husband John Wilson on Sunday in Ash Grove. She accompanied Beth and Jim Peters to the event, which was held in the loft of a large barn at Keith’s Farm. Carolyn is the daughter of the late Ruskin and Dee Mahan.


Happy belated birthday to Glen Plaster who celebrated on Tuesday, April 24. Glen was born in Anchorage, Alaska, when his dad, Howard, was stationed there with the U.S. Army. We won’t say how old Glen is, but you can do the math — Virginia says he was born in 1953.

Sympathy is extended to the family of Leroy Dry of Squires who passed away Sunday. He was a fixture at the big breakfast table in the restaurant at the Douglas County Livestock Auction every Thursday morning where a large group of friends gather to eat and visit. Mark and Delores Ray, who are part of that breakfast bunch, said it just won’t be the same without Bud’s kind face at the table.

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