Hi!

Have you gotten used to writing 2008 yet? How about getting used to the spring weather, then the winter weather, then spring again? I wonder sometimes if “somebody” is experimenting with our weather ... hmm?

I’m writing this before Tuesday evening’s forecasted storms. The wind was terrific during the day Tuesday — even caused a brush fire out Dreyfus way (the wind caused a “hot” wire to whip across the dried brush and ignite, I believe!

Theresa and Calvin Marshall, accompanied by daughter Deana and her family (husband Eric, Jessica and Chandler Brandenburg of Waco) traveled to Pensacola, Fla., over the winter break to see the newest addition to their list of grandchildren, little Ian Christopher Marshall, “new” son of Christie and Scott Marshall.)

They enjoyed their visit even though the weather was a little too cool to do much “beaching.” They played tourists in Chattanooga on their way back home, stopping off at the Tennessee Aquarium and seeing “Polar Express” in 3-D at the Imax Theater and arriving back in Madison County just in time to see the new year in and the first snow day for Madison County schools on Jan. 2!

Thanks to all who worked on the Haiti “Shoeboxes” at Flatwoods Christian Church! A total of 26 boxes for the school children were assemblied and sent to the school in Haiti directed by Choubert and Bernadette Remy. Flatwoods’ Wednesday Night Prayer Circle Group (open to everyone) continues to meet each week at 6 p.m. with a potluck meal followed by card signings, prayer and Bible study. January’s study will be the Gospel of John. (Thanks, Brother Jones, for the newsletter.)

Happy (belated) anniversary wishes to Rose and John Robinson and to Edna and Bill Newman (last month), Rebecca Tackett (Jan. 2), Chasity Alexander (Jan. 4), to Makayla Lewis (Jan. 5), to Geraldine Cain and Chris Stanifer (Jan. 9) and to Jacob Wilson on Friday.

Deepest sympathies are extended to the family of June Money, who passed away New Year’s Eve. May it help you to know that you’re in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Sympathies also are extended to the family and friends of Wilburn Estes (Dec. 26); of Geneva Hopper, sister of Marie Pitcher (funeral Dec. 17); and to the family and friends of Bobby Joe Sams, who was laid to rest at Flatwoods Cemetery on Jan. 2.

That’s about it for this week. Have a great one. Winter should be back by Sunday! (On a personal note, (friends) Paula and Kevin Farthing, long-time residents of Madison County, will now be taking care of you at the shop. We thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts for your patronage, friendship and support during “our tenure” and trust that relationship will continue with Kevin and Barb.)

Thanks.

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