Thursday, April 30, 2009

Death Notice: Susan Peek

We received word that Sue Peek, wife of Neil Peek, passed away this morning at 6 a.m. She is survived by Neil and two children, Donnie and Susan.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Homes for Our Troops

A home will be built for the family of Sgt. Chase Matthews who was injured in Iraq. To learn more, please watch the video.

Southern Crittenden County News: April 16, 2009

By Michelle Henderson and Matthew T. Patton

Happy birthday to Travis Williams (4/1), Brooke Pleasant (4/5), Kristie Thornton (4/6), Samantha Story (4/8), Amber Patton (4/8), Julie Conner (4/12), Bruce Guess (4/14), Terry Guess (4/16), Bobby Millikan (4/19), Orbin Penn (4/19), Kim Hamby (4/19), Jonathan Pleasant (4/25), Amanda Kennedy (4/25), John Clark (4/29). Congrats to Ricky and Paula Patton who celebrated their anniversary (4/2).

Congratulations to Jeff Winding and Julie Walker who were married April 11 at Mermet Lake, Ill. They honeymooned at a Crittenden County cabin.

The Dycusburg Grocery had record numbers on Friday for singing, with lots of new talent. It's once again a growing, hopping little place, reports owner Star Mahns.

Our sympathies are extended to Josh Mahns on the death of his grandmother, Irene P. Dybalski-Mahns who died at age 85 on April 8 in Valparaiso, IN. She was born Dec. 28, 1923 in Gary, IN, to Clement and Mary Dybalski. She was married on June 28, 1946 in New Chicago to Walter H. Mahns, who survives of Valparaiso, IN.

The Dycusburg Community Group will host a yard sale this weekend, weather permitting. A donation box will be on site at the sale for the Homes for Our Troops effort that will benefit Chase Matthews and his wife, Jennifer. Homes for Our Troops is a Boston-area based organization that helps build specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Chase learned he was accepted into the program in February. To learn how to become more involved, visit and look for the link for "Homes for Our Troops."

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Southern Crittenden County News: April 9, 2009

By Michelle Henderson and Matthew T. Patton

We extend our sympathies to the family of Cindy Matthews-Smith, 44, who died Sunday night. She was buried at Dycusburg Cemetery. Additionally, our condolences go out to the family of Imogene Stout.

The Dycusburg Community Group (DCG) yard sale was postponed due to weather last week. The DCG has set dates of April 17-18 for the next sale. During the yard sales, donation boxes will be on site to help fund future DCG events. Funds are low for the group and without contributions, festivities for this year will not match nor compare to the ones in 2008.

Jenny Patton, Aliyah Frutiger and Emma Sosh enjoyed a visit with Jenny's uncle and aunt, Alan and Kay Phillips, in Lexington.

The DCG is also looking for volunteers for a Spring 2009 cleanup. For info, call Michelle Henderson at 988-2758.

Gina, Gary, Justin and McKenzie Noffsinger went to Tampa on vacation recently. The Owensboro Airport now offers a flight on Wednesdays and Saturdays nonstop to Tampa and back.

A dedication ceremony for a marker memorializing Longshore Lamb and his wife, Sarah, will be held Oct. 10 in Caldwell County. All descendants of the Lamb family are invited to attend. Longshore served in the American Revolution as a militia man in South Carolina.

If you have any news to share, please call Michelle at 988-2758 or e-mail us at

Monday, April 6, 2009

Death Notice: Cindy Matthews-Smith, 44

Cindy Matthews-Smith, 44, of Dycusburg, died Sunday, April 5 at 9:46 p.m. in Madisonville, KY. She was a daughter of Laymon and Maxine Matthews.

Visitation will be Tuesday night at Dunn's Funeral Home in Eddyville.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Southern Crittenden County News: April 2, 2009

By Michelle Henderson and Matthew T. Patton

The Dycusburg Grocery is back to having regular fish fries on Fridays. The store is newly restocked with added menu items.

Happy birthday to Brandee Bowman (April 4), Jody Beth Selph (April 8), and Amanda Oliver (April 23).

Michelle Henderson, Barbara Ethridge and Jeannie Griffin enjoyed a shopping trip to Opry Mills in Nashville on Mar. 24. They had lunch at Johnny Rockets.

A community yard sale will be held in Dycusburg on Friday and Saturday, weather permitting. For more information, call Michelle Henderson at 988-2758. Partial proceeds will benefit the Dycusburg Community Group.

As we said before in this column, we certainly don't believe the ice storm was a result of God's vengeance upon Crittenden County. That's not what the Bible teaches at all, and it's foolish to think so. Instead, rejoice in knowing that God takes the form of loving neighbors, friends and community ... a light that has shined brightly in the past few months.

Share your news, anniversaries, birthdays and other announcements by e-mailing or calling Michelle at 988-2758.

Southern Crittenden County News: March 26, 2009

By Michelle Henderson and Matthew T. Patton

We extend our sincerest sympathies to the family of Luther Keith Shewcraft, 71, who died March 18. Keith was the elder son, and fifth child, of Luther Shewcraft and Oda Lee (Patton) Shewcraft. He was a loyal family man, a lover of music with a fine tenor voice, a great story teller, a great fondness for his horses and trail rides. He will be missed by many.

We also send our sympathies to the family of Helen Baldwin, 103, who died March 16 at Hilltop Nursing Home in Kuttawa.

Chase Matthews and his wife, Jennifer, recently made a trip to the Boston area to meet with representatives from Homes for Our Troops. The group is a nationwide, non-profit, non-partisan organization founded in 2004 that builds or modifies specially adapted homes for the most severely wounded soldiers returning home from combat with life-altering disabilities, at no cost to the veteran. They assist severely injured servicemen and women and their immediate families by raising donations of money, building materials and professional labor and then coordinating the process of building a new home or adapting an existing home for handicapped accessibility. The finished home is then given to the veteran. Chase was designated the benefactor of their next project in our area, and the group is now taking donations. For more information, visit (More information will also appear in a future article in this newspaper.)

Seven Springs had 74 in attendance for Sunday school, with several more arriving for worship services.

The Dycusburg Grocery had a standing room only crowd for music last weekend. If you get a chance, check out the little town’s gathering place. You’d be pleasantly surprised with the musical talent.

Jason Smith is flying into Nashville for a short visit with his mom and grandmother at the airport. He’ll fly back to Houston with his daughter, Lavinia.

Jeannie Griffin hosted a BBQ dinner at her home on Sunday night. We’re happy to report she is enjoying being back at work after a bout of illness.

The Dycusburg Community Group is planning a community yard sale soon. For more information, call Michelle at 988-2758.