I got a call this past week from a very special person.
Helen Jenkins Carnes was raised in Newby by her adopted parents, Rufus and Elizabeth Jenkins.
She attended the Newby School from the age of 5 and has many fond memories of her time there.
Her first-grade teacher was Gladys Tudor. She also recalls a Miss Hamilton, who taught English at the high school level. Ruby Long also remembers Miss Hamilton. Ruby usually took a biscuit and country ham to school for lunch. One day Miss Hamilton forgot her lunch. Ruby happened to have two biscuits that day and told the teacher she had enough to share if she’d like.
Miss Hamilton said, with a smile, “If you have enough, hand it over.”
So neither of them went hungry that day.
Another favorite teacher was Mrs. Ora J. Million.
She has many good memories of growing up in Newby with friends Nina Kanatzer and best friend Alene Howard (now Dolhoff). She also enjoyed a friendship with Edith Ross. They kept in touch for many years.
Edith Ross married James (Smokey) Prewitt and years later became my mother-in-law.
Helen also enjoyed attending the dances at school and she still has her place cards from the graduation banquet.
She graduated with the last high school class in 1939. A.C. Duncan was principal at the time. She is the last surviving member of the graduating class of nine students.
Helen thought about going to college after graduation, but a fella by the name of Hobart Carnes won her heart and they married and raised a family.
Helen is now 90 years young and Hobart is 91. They married on May 24, 1941, and will soon celebrate 72 years together. That’s quite a record.
Another short story before I end this week .
Buck Prewitt, his father, James Edmond and Jack Barnes decided to go fish giggin’ in Silver Creek one evening. While they were there, a storm came up. There was a deserted house not far away so they decided to take shelter there. When the storm passed by, they headed home.
A few days later a man came by and told them they had scared him to death. Seems he kept a still in the basement and with all the noise they made upstairs he thought the law had him!
Buck say’s they never knew the old house had a basement until then.
Sorry I missed Jerry and Brenda Rose’s anniversary last week – 33 years. God bless ya, Brenda.
Thanks to all who share these great memories. It would be so sad to lose this part of our history, so keep in touch – firstname.lastname@example.org or 859-625-0355.
I got a call this past week from a very special person.
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Burning bridges and the importance of relationships
“Congratulations on your new job!” You tell a co-worker who announced she would be leaving in a couple of weeks. “Where are you going?” You ask her.
“I’ve landed a job that will put this place to shame! I am so excited about leaving here. This is going to be a great chance to advance my career,” the co-worker tells you.
Ensuring children develop a habit brushing their teeth
“Are you sure you brushed your teeth?” the father asked his son. His son solemnly nodded. His father said, “Let me smell your breath.” The son obligingly opened his mouth. Finally, the father said, “I need to check and see if your toothbrush is wet.”
This type of exchange happens in many households as children often do not brush their teeth, even when told to do so. This nightly inquisition can occur less frequently if parents establish a habit in their children to brush their teeth.
Saturated fat consumption leads to abdominal fat
New research from Uppsala University shows that eating more saturated fat in the diet causes an increase in the amount of fat stored in the abdominal area in comparison with extra consumption of polyunsaturated fat.
County’s oldest consignment sale begins today
The Little Ones’ Consignment Sale, Madison County’s oldest semi-annual sale of its kind, is open to the public 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today (Friday) and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the multi-ministry center behind United Methodist Church, West Main Street, Richmond. Marked items are half price on Saturday.
There’s more to do at the Village Trough
“I wish there was more to do here.”
Do you ever find yourself saying this sentence as you sit there bored out of your mind? Have you heard others ask it?
Well, there is something more to do now that Village Trough in Berea is staging shows with local and regional talent and preparing to open as a full dining and entertainment venue.
Let’s have a Mardi Gras party in Kentucky
It’s the time of year when the people in New Orleans celebrate a festival called Mardi Gras. Many states now do the same. Some call it “Fat Tuesday” which I have never understood till I went to New Orleans (five times) and saw all of the excitement for myself.
Beat the winter blues with meatballs
When it’s this cold outside it’s nice to warm up with some good comfort food.
I can think of few things more wonderful than the smell of simmering meatballs coming from the kitchen while I cuddle with my two young children, and a few good books, on a brisk winter day.
Taste test Thursday
The sun is shining, but the chill has returned, so I hope you made the most of the warm, sunny weather this weekend.
The spring greens are being as tentative as the warm temperatures, but there is talk of lettuce being harvested and a continued trickle of kale, pea shoots, miner’s lettuce and spinach. To make room for the spring harvests, winter squash and sweet potatoes have been marked down to $1/pound and pumpkins are only 50 cents/pound.
Buttercups in grazed pastures
One of the signs that spring has arrived is when the yellow flowers of buttercup begin to appear, but it’s during the winter months that the vegetative growth of buttercup takes place.
As a cool season weed, this plant often flourishes in overgrazed pasture fields with poor stands of desirable forages. In fact, many fields that have dense buttercup populations are fields heavily grazed by animals during the fall through the early spring months.
Make a difference this summer, volunteer at 4-H Camp
On June 30 more than 200 Madison County kids will load a bus headed for four days and three nights of fun at 4-H Summer Camp.
Campers will have a chance to hike, swim, dance and spend time learning about the environment, their friends and themselves.
And we need your help to make it possible!
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