Rainbow Ridge News

Last Wednesday, Billy Fletcher and members of the “Needle and Thimble Quilting Club” ate at Lambert’s in Ozark. Billy had fallen outside recently and ended up with a cracked bone in a sprained wrist. His friends are telling him to be sure and carry his phone when he goes out, and to be very careful.

We can see out the back window that Jewell Johnson’s  sons, Larry and Lowell, and other members of the family are there to support her every day.

Norma Stillings finished a really busy week. Tuesday, she and Douglas County CHART/ Interagency Council president, Nina Carter, participated in a radio interview with Art Corum to talk about what CHART does. Norma also attended the Retired Teachers meeting at the Senior Citizens lunch, visited at Ava Place, and attended a Hospice Volunteer meeting that day. She worked in the garden Wednesday morning and did some CHART business in the afternoon. She attended the Volunteer appreciation event at Heart of the Ozarks, Thursday morning, and visited with residents there afterward.

Friday, Norma drove to Joplin with Support the Handicapped Board president, Rosie Harris, to visit with Jhan Hurn President/CEO of Community Support Services of Missouri to discuss how targeted case management has worked for them. Norma and Rosie drove through some of the residential areas where the May 25 storm of 2011 had hit. There are nice houses, but there is still a barren look about the area. There are no mature trees and some of the lots are still rough.

Saturday, Norma, played the piano at Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center and then  attended the Mother/Daughter Banquet at Bethany Baptist Church at noon. Sandra Rogers was the speaker for that event.

Monday afternoon we were hearing the weather forecasters and newsmen talking about the tornado threat and damage in Oklahoma, Kansas, and even into Missouri. They mentioned a school, that  75 children and staff might be trapped in a collapsed school building. Later the news reports changed somewhat, but it was very bad. I hope that Ava Schools never have such an event. I can remember when storm season would come and we tried to think of any safe place to go with the students. We really did not have too many safe places then. Thankfully we did not have a tornado hit us.