Happy Fourth of July everyone! Hope you all are safe and enjoy this holiday. It will be a special time for lots of folks around Petersburg. The National Guard from this area should be home after spending time in Iraq. We are all glad that they are back home.
Last Friday was a busy one at our house. Connie and Jim Davidson, Peyton and Stephen Clark, Kasey and Mason Greene all came down for a visit. Sheila, Kami, and Shawnee came by a little later. Alice Pack and Janice Harris also came by for a while to see Mason for the first time. Zack and Andrea Brewer came to visit and show off their new son.
Meriel had a spell last week after getting too hot and missed work the whole week. We are glad that Don Crabtree was able to help out the town last week and also help Meriel this week. He is back at work, but taking it a little easier. This heat is too much for everyone, especially a 75-year-old man. We appreciate the city for understanding and trying to get him some help.
We had a good crowd at church Sunday, but missed Josephine McAdams, who was a little under the weather, and Landry Murdock. We were glad to have Matt Watson, Brandon and Kayla Williams and her nephew, and Jesse and Kaylie Foster.
The last week of July will be Catalpa's Gospel Meeting. Bro. John Vaughn will be our speaker this year, but I will write about this closer to the time.
Now an update on our sick ones. Logan Pack had his wrist in a cast after a fall on the trampoline. Brenda Haislip has had a set back after her fall and is being treated for a staph infection. Alice and June are recovering well from their surgeries. Meriel's ears are getting some better, but he will see an ENT doctor this Wednesday in Columbia. Tommie Lyles is slowly recovering after cutting his hand a few weeks ago. We are missing Dot Hastings in her shop. She is having back problems and Alf has had some problems with a hernia and fatty tumors. Billy Pigg has been in the hospital, but is back home and doing some better.
Last Sunday was Catalpa's turn to have services at Merihil. Jeff Pack made the talk and Gary Douglas led the singing. Several from church went to support them, but there weren't as many patients who attended as there usually are.
Congratulations to Jacob Sorrells, a native of Petersburg, on being named as the new principal of Lincoln County High School. He is the son of Mike and Kathy Sorrells, and is a graduate and former football player for LCHS. We are proud of you, Jacob, and know you will do a fine job.
When school starts back in a few weeks there will be something strange around Petersburg. Mr. Buddy Nichols, who has driven a school bus for 48 years, will not be on his Po-Grab route. Mr. Buddy has finally decided to retire and I know all of the kids and parents will truly miss him. Congratulations, Buddy, and I hope you enjoy your well-deserved time off.
This week our poem will be
A Prayer for Peace and Patience
God teach me to be patient, teach me to go slow.
Teach me how to wait on You, when my way I do not know.
Teach me sweet forbearance, when things do not go right,
So I remain unruffled when others grow uptight.
Teach me how to quiet my racing, rising heart,
So I may hear the answer You are trying to impart.
Teach me to let go, dear God, and pray undisturbed until
My heart is filled with inner peace and I learn to know Your will.
By Helen Steiner Rice