Monday, November 23, 2009

Homes for Our Troops Honors Injured Vet

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Dycusburg News: Nov. 27, 2009

By Michelle Henderson

Happy Birthday to: Stephanie Peek Williams and Becky Howard on November 19.

Congratulations to Chase and Jennifer Matthews and their children, Sarah and Owen. The family received the keys to their new home from “Homes for our Troops” on Monday, November 23 at 11:00 am. Several people were in attendance for the heartwarming event. Their new home is beautiful, spacious, and equipped so that Chase can enjoy doing everyday tasks and spending time with his family. Chase grew up in the Dycusburg area. The whole community is so happy for them. A very special thanks to all those who helped make this possible! For more information on Homes for Our Troops and more information and pictures of the Matthews’ home, visit the website www.homesforourtroops.com. (Above photo by Michelle Henderson)

There were 17 in attendance at the Dycusburg Methodist Church on Sunday. The Kentucky Supreme Court Justice, Bill Cunningham led the service.

Brother James Oates filled his regular appointment at the Dycusburg Baptist Church on Sunday. Several were in attendance.

The Dycusburg Community Group would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

Quote of the week: “Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.” -- Wyatt Earp

Riddle of the week: I am bushy headed yet I have no hair. I have no eyes but have seen many a year. Moisture cannot penetrate my flaky skin but it’s really good at keeping it in. What am I?

Last week’s riddle answer: What English word means burning wood when you take away the first letter of the word? Member becomes ember. Gina Noffsinger of Owensboro, KY was the first person to come up with the correct answer.

Send your questions, news, birthdays, births, anniversaries, riddle answers, your own riddles or quote of the week to Dycusburg@yahoo.com

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Dycusburg News: Nov. 19, 2009

By Michelle Henderson

Happy Birthday to: Patsy Stephens on Nov. 15 and Shawn Stinnett on Nov. 23.

The Dycusburg Community Group held a meeting on Friday, Nov. 13. Plans for the opening of the Dycusburg Community Park in the spring of 2010 were discussed. The group would like to thank all those who have recently made donations. If you would like to make a tax deductible contribution, mail it to: Dycusburg Community Group, P.O. Box 112, Dycusburg KY 42037.

Hometown hero McKenzie Noffsinger of Owensboro, KY was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by the Commonwealth of Kentucky Governor Steven L. Beshear on Oct. 16, 2009 for her dedication to volunteering in the community. The award was presented by Air Force Brigadier General Michael J. Dornbush at the Hermitage Care and Rehabilitation Center on Tuesday November 10, 2009. Her parents are Gary and Gina Noffsinger. Barbara Ethridge is her grandmother. McKenzie is 18 years old and has volunteered to help the elderly since she was 9 years old. She is an example worth following.

Donna Walker would like to offer her thanks to the community of Dycusburg for the dinner held after the death of her brother, Teddy Davenport. She would also like to express thanks to the Dycusburg Community Group for acquiring Davenport's land for the Dycusburg Community Park.

Quote of the week: “The most practical, beautiful, workable philosophy in the world won’t work – if you don’t” by Zig Zigler

Riddle of the week: What English word means burning wood when you take away the first letter of the word?

Last week’s riddle answer: Two fathers and two sons go fishing at a lake. In the lake, there are only three fish but each person goes home with a fish. How is this possible? A man takes his son and grandson. The grandfather is a father. The son is a son and a father. The grandson is a son. The first person with the correct answer was Betty Miller of Hebron, IN.

Send your questions, news, birthdays, births, anniversaries, riddle answers, your own riddles or quote of the week to dycusburg@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Foundation Approves Three Grants: Matthews Cemetery, Library, Museum Funded

By Brenda Underdown

A rural family cemetery left wrecked after last winter's ice storm will be revitalized as one of three projects funded through the trust fund of a late benefactor of Crittenden County history and genealogy.

Matthews Cemetery in Frances, the final resting place of a few dozen people, including at least one veteran of a war fought nearly 150 years ago, was buried itself last January under broken limbs and trees weighed down with ice.

With no cemetery association to fund or oversee maintenance of the graveyard, the debris made regular upkeep by volunteers a daunting task.

A $500 grant approved last week by the Braxton McDonald Foundation Board of Directors will help families of the deceased pay for removal of the debris and a new sign identifying the cemetery located on Ky. 855 South, about a half-mile from its junction with Ky. 70.

Other awards made with investment income earned from the McDonald endowment include $1,200 to Crittenden County Public Library for its annual subscription to the online genealogical research tool Ancestry.com, and $7,000 for annual operating expenses of the Crittenden County Historical Museum.

In 1999, Braxton McDonald, a former county educator, left as his legacy a substantial amount of money in a will to form a trust fund to benefit local history and genealogical preservation projects.

Each year, the board of his namesake foundation awards grant money to help fund such projects. “We are glad to be able to continue carrying out the final wishes of a man who sought to keep history alive in Crittenden County,” said board member Faye Carol Crider.

Another board member, Daryl Tabor, who has ancestors buried at Matthews Cemetery, said “Assisting those families who wish to return the cemetery to a proper memorial for the deceased is a fine example of how he intended his trust to be utilized.”

While the library and museum have benefited from the annual grants in the past, the Frances Cemetery is a first-time recipient.

“Since a Civil War veteran, as well as World War I and World War II veterans are buried here, I feel we should try to keep up the cemetery,” wrote Rita Travis of Marion in the grant application submitted on behalf of the burial ground.

By awarding the funds, the Braxton McDonald Foundation's generosity will unlock two other contributions toward the effort. Judge-Executive Fred Brown has pledged donated use of a county-owned wood chipper. Billy Fox of Henry and Henry Monuments has also agreed to help volunteers reset fallen monuments at the site.

(Source: The Crittenden Press, used with permission)

Dycusburg News: Nov. 12, 2009

Happy birthday to Tony Maxfield on Nov. 13, Rick Holsapple on Nov. 19. Happy belated birthday to Jake Selph whose birthday was November 8.

We send our get-well wishes to Daniel Patton who had an accident and broke his left arm in two places. After a short stay and surgery at the hospital, he's on the road to recovery.

Dan and Michelle Henderson had a gathering at their cabin over the weekend. Visitors included Kevin, Jeff, Danny, Matt, and Ben Ogle; Pat Dresser; Juretta Fletcher; Cindy and Jacob Feltner; Barbara Ethridge; Rick Fondaw; Chase and Jennifer Matthews and their children, Owen and Sarah; Amanda Oliver and Makanda Rolfe.

The Dycusburg Community Group will have a meeting on Friday, Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at 45 Hilltop Drive in Dycusburg. The officers need to be there at 6:00 pm. The topic of discussion will be plans for the recently purchased property that the Group plan to make the “Dycusburg Community Park.” Everyone is welcome to attend at 6:30 pm.

The Dycusburg Community Group would like to thank all those who have recently made donations. If you would like to make a tax deductible contribution, mail it to: Dycusburg Community Group, P.O. Box 112, Dycusburg KY 42037.

Barbara Ethridge’s granddaughter, Mckenzie Noffsinger won the “Volunteer of the Year” award from the Hermitage Rehabilitation Center in Owensboro, KY.

Quote of the week: “You get the best out of others when you get the best out of yourself.” - Harvey S. Firestone

Riddle of the week: Two fathers and two sons go fishing at a lake. In the lake, there are only three fish but each person goes home with a fish. How is this possible?

Last week’s riddle answer: What is yours but your friends use it more than you? The answer is your name. The first person to correctly answer the riddle was Amanda Oliver.

Send your questions, news, birthdays, births, anniversaries, riddle answers, your own riddles or quote of the week to Dycusburg@yahoo.com.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Meeting to Discuss New Park at Dycusburg

The next meeting of the Dycusburg Community Group will be held Nov. 13 at the home of Michelle Henderson (41 Hilltop Drive) at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to learn about the new park located on what's commonly known as the "back hill" at the property previously owned by Teddy Davenport.

Among the plans is a basketball court and other exciting initiatives that will be discussed at the meeting. Public response and input is important and welcomed.

The officers of the DCG will meet beforehand at 6 p.m.

Questions can be directed to dycusburg@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Dycusburg News: Nov. 5, 2009

By Michelle Henderson

Congratulations to Travis Sosh and Jenny Patton on the birth of their daughter, Marlee Kay Sosh, born October 27 at 11:05 a.m. at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah. She weighed 7 lbs., 5 oz. and was 18 in. long. She is welcomed to the world by big sisters Aliyah and Emma.

The Dycusburg Community Group would like to announce the addition of a Community Park to the Dycusburg area. The group plans to open the park in early spring 2010. Plans for the park will be discussed at next meeting, held later this month. Watch this column for date, time and location. If you would like to make a tax deductible contribution, mail it to: Dycusburg Community Group, P.O. Box 112, Dycusburg, KY 42037.

The “Trunk or Treat” at the Dycusburg Baptist Church on Halloween was a big success. Several children came by to get their treats.

Quote of the week: I’m a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. – Thomas Jefferson

Get well wishes are extended to Rick Fondaw.

Riddle of the week: What is yours but your friends use it more than you?

Last week’s riddle answer: What is open when it is closed and closed when it is open? A drawbridge.

Send your questions, news, birthdays, births, anniversaries, riddle answers, your own riddles or quote of the week to Dycusburg@yahoo.com.