Thursday, September 25, 2008

Southern Crittenden County News: Sept. 25, 2008

By Michelle Henderson and Matthew T. Patton

Life seems to be getting back to normal after the storm that hit in the wake of Hurricane Ike. Many in this area banded together to help one another. Smashed cars and homes, peeled roofs and broken fences were a sobering after effect of the strong, seemingly unforgiving winds. Losing a luxury like electricity sometimes jolts us back into a realization that, in times of need, a sense of community is that much more important.

In the past week, area residents have enjoyed gorgeous weather. This has meant many have enjoyed cookouts and camping.

Paul Rushing is out of the hospital.

Our sympathies are extended to the family of Jimmie Manley.

Birthday wishes are extended to Sandra Peek Tabor (Sept. 22), and to Juanita Green and Linda Sutton. Anniversary congratulations to Byron and Sue Powell; Josh and Star Mahns (4 years on Sept. 25); and Rick and Debbie Holsapple (33 years on Sept. 27).

Thank you to everyone who has complimented our column lately. We admit that we enjoy the praise and faithful readers. We are enjoying writing this column every week. The best comment that hit our inbox this week hit the nail on the head, stating that Dycusburg always had a bad reputation but it was never as bad as people made it out to be. Amen to that!

Barbara Ethridge recently enjoyed visiting on the phone with Virginia Lee Jewell and talking about local history.

Homecoming at the Dycusburg Baptist Church was well attended. Bro. Cliff Paddock, Jr., spoke and The Hamptons gave a concert.

The new marker has been erected at the entrance of the Dycusburg Cemetery.

Dycusburg Day is quickly approaching. Dear readers, here's what we need: volunteers to run childrens' games in the morning (our biggest need); antique and unique cars for our parade at noon; and craft and food vendors. Please contact Michelle Henderson at 270-988-2758 or Matthew T. Patton at 215-285-0920 if you would like to help us make our day a huge success.

The Dycusburg Community Group will meet this Sunday at 3 p.m. at the home of Michelle Henderson. All in the area interested in the advancement of the town are invited.

The Dycusburg Community Group urges residents of the town to spruce up their yards in advance of Dycusburg Day. The teamwork before our last event in July was apparent, and we hope to see a similar effort this time around.

The silent auction at Dycusburg Day has some fabulous items worth checking out, including a movie lover's package, gift certificates to local restaurants, a baby clothes set, autographed books, magazine subscriptions, bed and breakfast stays, CDs, and more. We will publish the full list of silent auction items at soon. Bring plenty of cash or a checkbook on October 11 as you won't want to miss out on the opportunity to bid on these amazing items. Additionally, a $100 Visa gift card, Avon basket and a loaded Nashville getaway package will be raffled off during the day. All proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Dycusburg Community Group. Just by attending, you can enter for some free door prizes, including a food gift basket and a $50 gift certificate to Patti's Restaurant.

Representatives from WAVJ were in Dycusburg testing signal strength last week. They will be broadcasting from Dycusburg Day.

In conjunction with Dycusburg Day, the Crittenden County Genealogical Society will hold its October 11 meeting at the Dycusburg Methodist Church (after a short business meeting at the Crittenden County Library at 10). Matthew T. Patton, author of Dycusburg, Kentucky: A Glance at Her Past will provide an overview of the town's history, followed by a visit to the Dycusburg Area Veteran's Memorial and then a walking tour of Dycusburg Cemetery. Attendees of this function will be entered into a raffle to receive a free copy of Patton's book, free subscriptions to Kentucky Monthly and Kentucky Explorer magazines, as well as a complimentary membership to the Crittenden County Genealogical Society.

The annual L.B. and Sarah (Parsley) Patton family reunion will be held Sunday, October 12 at the Fredonia Lion's Club Building, starting at noon. A potluck lunch will be served at 12:45. All descendants and friends of the family are welcome.

Attendance at Seven Springs for Sunday School was 47 with many more arriving for preaching.

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