Petersburg Piddlings

Friday, May 21, 2010

What a great week! We had lots of rain with some sunshine in between. I hope we are having a break now so everyone can get hay cut. I went to a whole hog barbeque at Joe and Kay Talley's this past Saturday. We made it through the tornado warning and downpour and still had a great time. Jerry Talley spent hours cooking on the pit and it was well worth it. Thanks to Barbara Woodard for bringing us all strawberries and cream for dessert. I have been at the Talley's this past week planting flowers and shrubs and Barbara has been out there working her magic also. She is great with botanicals and really has an eye for design. Speaking of an eye for design, I visited Barbara Hargrove this week too and her layout is awesome. Thanks to her for the cuttings and such. Our two Barbara's have beautifully designed landscaping and they do it all themselves. Of course, around Petersburg, we don't hire out much work as most folks are capable of taking care of what needs getting done. I have a lot of news this week, so I guess I better not ramble too much.

I got an email from Petersburg native, Rich Bedwell this past week and so far, he will be the farthest reader of the "Petersburg Piddlings" column in the Tribune. Rich and his wife live in Colorado and read the online version of the Trib. Rich left Petersburg in 1970 to attend college and has only been back to visit family since: Angie Bedwell Taylor is his niece. Rich spent seven years in Virginia after retiring as an officer in the Army before moving to Colorado five years ago. Thanks for responding to my column and the good things you had to say about it. We hope you continue to read the Tribune and keep up with us old homefolks and maybe come see us sometime soon .

Shirley Metcalf has been under the weather as of late and was unable to host or attend the Petersburg Ladies Lunch Club meet this week. Shirley only has 14% kidney function and is trying to stay off dialysis as long as possible. At this time, she is unable to take a dye test and other things to get on the kidney transplant list. I hope everyone will call her or stop by and visit to make her feel better. We hope she is better soon. The lunch group met at the home of Ellen Doss and the ladies had a potluck lunch and drew secret sunshine friends. The ladies learned how to make their own jewelry. Afterwards they played games. Anyone can join. For more info call Evelyn Beard 659-9060 or Ellen Doss 659-9819.

We have a lot of accomplishments around here this week and these are just the ones I heard about. Congratulations to Angie Bedwell Taylor who finished her first 5k recently and Jared Fullerton finished first in his division. Margaret Warren Beard is a proud grandmother after her granddaughters both received awards at Unity this week. Raven Beard received a most-improved student award and Autumn Nunemaker, received a star student award. They are both looking forward to spending time this summer with their "Gimmie." Congrats to 4 year old Vontaey Dashawn Oden for receiving the pride award at his school. Vontaey is the son of Takema Talley. Jean Posey is having a party for her granddaughter, Ashley Pollock who recently graduated from Lincoln County High. A graduation party for Tina Brooks, daughter of Jennifer Woodcock was also held recently. Congratulations to all our talented Petersburg crew.

It was good to hear from Cornersville high school pal, Stephanie Adcock Reush this week. Joe and Stephanie's daughter, Mary graduated early and with honors recently. Hello to son, Matt also. Stephanie was Miss Cornersville in 1985 and went on to second runner-up in Miss Marshall County. I think she was in a movie one time too. Stephanie is quite a character and we had a great time in school. Congrats to the Reush family.

Hello to Judy Fullerton Bean and thanks for the comments on the column. Judy is quite a character herself. One time she played a drunken hobo at Halloween and entertained us all. To this day, I think some folks believed she was really drunk. Thanks again, Judy for taking the Tribune at home and reading my column.

Our thoughts are with the Barham family after the passing of Ms. Mildred Barham. She was a vital part of our community and will be missed by many. Special condolences to Eric Berlin and my old friend Dee Dee. I hope to have more history and accomplishments of Ms. Mildred in the column next week. Ms.Mildred was 93.

Joey Brown, brother of Petersburg's sweetheart, Debbie Brown Richardson is still recuperating and we need to keep him in our thoughts. Joey had a stroke recently and has a long recovery ahead of him. Joey and Debbie's late mother, Letha Brown was a good friend and could grow the best African violets around. I sure do miss her.

Connie Davidson Pack tells me that mother, Juanita Pack is improving. Best wishes to Juanita and congratulations to Connie who became a grandmother (again) this week. Welcome to the world to little Mason.

Summer Posey, 2 year old daughter of Billy and Brandy Posey is having dental surgery this week. We hope she is well soon.

There will be a benefit horseshoe tournament to include a live band, food, etc. for Mikie Longshore and family on June 13th at Lions Club Park in Petersburg to help pay travel expenses and other costs involved with his illness. Mikie has two malignant brain tumors. For more info call Danny Longshore 675-3023.

Don't forget the annual Petersburg Lions Club Walking Horse Show is tonight at 6:30 pm at the park in Petersburg. If I am not mistaken, it is now the second largest TWH show in Tennessee or maybe anywhere. Congrats to our Lions Club and the community for making it great. Hope to see you there.

Happy Birthday this week to Amanda Dunivan Wells, Tina Stem, Reba Greer, Nathan Taylor, and belated birthday to George Warren. Call me with news big or small 659-9060 or email