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Hi everyone,

I wish to thank the many of you who wished me a happy birthday, as well as the phone calls and cards this past week. It was a fabulous day for me. I cannot thank friends enough for your love and thoughtfulness. I’ve been so blessed in so many ways.

Mr. Bill has given me a gift certificate for four massages, as they help so much with my fibromyalgia. His son, Mr. Paul Wallace, asked me to list my favorite songs and then gave me a very unique music CD, as well as an adorable Elvis bobble head. I love them, Paul! Bill’s daughter, Debbie, and her husband, Neil, gave me a gift card to my favorite eating place, Chick-Fil-A.  

I never thought I would receive flowers again after Charlie’s death, but my daughter in Centerville, Terri Ann Barber, had a gorgeous arrangement sent to the house with the cutest set of ceramic twin angels in the center. I love it, Terri!

Sherri Ann had the most precious photo blanket made for me with each of my children and their families and all of my grandchildren and my special little great- grandson, Jackson, on it. No one can sit on my couch now, as this new blanket is placed upon it as a permanent location. I love it, Sherri! Walking past it 20 or more times a day reminds me of this life’s blessings.

My stepdaughter and girls gave me a beautiful bracelet and scarf. I love them, Laura!

My son Mike and family gave me some very warm pajamas. I love them too, Scotts!

Receiving phone calls from out of town family members made this birthday one I’ll never forget. Thanks to each of you!

The Humes High School committee meeting was held at my house last Saturday as well. We completed all the mail-outs for our 50th reunion in September and tended to other business as well.  

It was quite a busy weekend with the Three Star Fire Department chili cook-off, also. It was quite a success, and all of the chili was delicious. I think I sampled all of them.  

Staying busy is supposed to be part of a healthy lifestyle, I understand. Surely the doctors know we don’t want be as busy in these freezing temperatures. However, I did get my walking in on Monday at the skating rink.  

We now have another church here in Almyra. Sharon Presbyterian Church has welcomed the Open Door Baptist Church following Sharon’s 9 a.m. services. The pastor at Open Door is Donald K. Tabb. As of Jan. 5, services are held at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. For more information, the church phone is 901-461-5762 and website is www.opendoorbaptisttipton.org.  A nursery is available and everyone is invited.  

Sharon Presbyterian Church

We welcome all to the fellowship of Sharon ARP. Charles Todd is the minister. Worship is at 9 a.m. We have on our prayer list at this time, Kimberly Bascomb, Jean Harris, Brian Holland, Mary Kirk, Lorrie Martin, Martha McQuiston, Edgar Moses, Danny Salmon  and Marvin Turnage.

Salem Presbyterian Church

There will be a joint meeting of elders and deacons Sunday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m. The women’s Bible study will meet Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m.  

Memorials can be sent to Salem Church in memory of Flora Martin.

Memorials to the Appalachia fund in memory of Mary Ann Merritt and Gregg Watts would be appreciated.

Greeters on Feb. 2 are Lloyd and Sarah  Champagne.  

Happy birthday to Debbie Stewart and Elisabeth Baum. Hope they are the greatest!  

In closing, the Tipton County Republican Party held its meeting this past Monday evening at Fastimes in Brighton. We had a  marvelous full capacity, even in this freezing weather. The meeting began at 7 p.m. Guest speakers were district attorney Mike Dunavant and Sheriff  Pancho Chumley. Terri Moody called the meeting to order and both gentlemen answered many questions concerning the proactive programs. I hope you’re all aware that Tipton County is rated the third safest county in the nation. A great big thanks to all of the law enforcement  officers.  

Stay warm and have a great week.   

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