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Hello to everyone! It is good to be here with you. First, I just want to thank the Lord for another week and for the rain on Sunday. If He sends more rain it just might cool us down some.
Well children, school vacation time is almost over, the countdown has begun, and there are only a few more weeks before school starts. Parents, enjoy these days with your children, some day they will be grown and gone.
The city requests your prayer for a speedy recovery by school Superintendent, Mrs. Cherrie Pipkin, from her injuries. The community and schools need her and are praying for her.
Congratulations to Tender Loving Care Center on Fourth Street. They were awarded a grant to receive computers for the children in the center by The Tennessee Children’s Cabinet through the Early Childhood Literacy Program Advisory Council, in partnership with the State Library and Archives and the Department of Human Services. This center is a 3 Star Center and has been in business over 20 years. Sylvia keep up the great work to help educate our children in the community, and may the Lord keep on blessing you.
Another shout of congratulations goes to Tommie Jean Faulkner, who is filling the vacant position of her late husband, Tim Faulkner, on the City Board of Alderman. It will be nice to see a woman’s face on the board.
On Saturday, July 27 at 6 p.m. the Chester County Democratic Party is having a BBQ Dinner featuring Roy Herron at Chester County High School. Proceeds go toward the scholarship award for Chester County students. Everyone one is invited.
Tickets are $10 and you can purchase them at door.
On Friday, July 19, one of Chester County’s own, Mr. Edd Cornelius Ballard was laid to rest. He will be missed, but we will always remember the smile and kind heart he had. We are praying for his family and friends.
It was a busy week at Southern Oaks and, as always, the residents started off their Monday morning with a brisk walk around the building, followed by their M & M chair exercise class. Activities Director Nancy keeps their classes fun with some Simon-Says and ball trivia, so it doesn't seem like work at all.
Monday morning they did their monthly “country store” shopping. That afternoon the “Scripture Seekers” met for their weekly Bible Study with Marty Wilkens. They are enjoying reading the Psalms. During the week Janice Haithcoat came for “Janice's Jingles” sing-a-long, and brought her friend, Ms. Betty Morris to sing also. Ms. Betty also has a good alto voice and encouraged Mr. Wendell Bloomingburg to harmonize with her ... which he did. She and Ms. Janice had some great harmonizing going on. Betty will be coming during the month of August to sing again with the residents. The residents cannot wait to see her smiling face again.
 Brittany Bryan, from Legacy Hospice of the South, came to call Bingo and brought some wonderful edible prizes. During the Bingo game Ms. Rachel Seeley had some visitors, her niece Brenda Moore and her granddaughter 8-year-old Maggie Huckaby. Little Miss Maggie joined them in one of the Bingo games and won a prize. From all the available prizes offered she picked a game. They hope she comes back to play with them again. They love having young people come and visit!
All Senior Citizens in Chester County are invited to come play Bingo with them, and possibly win some prizes. It doesn't cost anything.
Wednesday was a day of music and singing. Henderson's Senior Citizens Center seniors came to sing. They love this group of seniors! They will be back again next week for their monthly Wii Bowling Competition.
Yum! Yum! For Wednesday’s lunch “Chef Michelle” fried up some green tomatoes picked fresh from their vegetable garden. What delicious food is always served at Southern Oaks! That afternoon Mr. Virgil Hooks came with his guitar to play and sing.
Thursday morning they gathered for Wii Bowling. Wow, there were some great scores.In the first game, Administrator Donna Signaigo bowled a whopping 208. She is not just a great Administrator, but she often takes time out of her busy schedule to enjoy an activity or two with the residents. Ms. Polly Proffitt came in second place with a 156, Ms. Dorothy Wade bowled a 115 and Ms. Dorothy Massey had a 101. In the second game Ms. Polly came back to win with a 193, second place went to Donna with a 167, Dorothy Massey was close behind her with a 152 and Dorothy Wade finished with a 125. Great bowling ladies! Maybe they will get their trophy back next week when the Senior Citizens come for their monthly Wii bowling challenge.
They also played, “Wheel of Fortune.” They are getting pretty good at it, and it is becoming one of their favorite games to play ... other than Bingo of course. NOTHING tops their Bingo!
Friday is their Beauty Shop Day with their very own beautician, Paula Ivy. In the afternoon the residents received makeovers and gifts from Lela Mour, from Merle Norman Cosmetics.
Oh what fun they had applying different shades of lipstick and other types of “beauty enhancers.” Thank you Lela. Stop by Lela's business located on Main Street in downtown Henderson. She sells not only cosmetics but also gifts and many other unique items.
Saturday is “Family and Movie Time,” while Estes Church of Christ comes for church services on Sunday.
Southern Oaks would like to remind everyone that all of their activities are open to any senior citizen living in Chester County. Stop by and grab a “Calendar of Events.”
The featured staff employee this week is Bonnie Deschler, who has been with Southern Oaks for more than six years and wears many hats. She is a PCA, head of housekeeping, chairman of the Safety Committee and in charge of maintaining and keeping current their Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). Bonnie has achieved Level 4 (out of 4 levels) in their Hometown Hospitality program for Americare employees. She states she has had a desire to help the elderly ever since high school, and cares deeply for each resident. She goes out of her way to make sure the residents she personally cares for are comfortable and their needs and desires are met.
Stop by and meet her! Southern Oaks has some of the best staff any Assisted Living Facility could ask for.
On the prayer list this week are the ones in the hospitals, the sick in their homes, our children, teachers, families, the men and women that are serving our country, and also the incarcerated.
Remember to patronize our local businesses. Let’s support our own as much as we can.
Chester County Head Start is still accepting applications for 3- and 4-year-olds. For more information, call 989-2561 or 989-5111.
If you live in the City of Henderson and have news about your family, birthday, anniversary, announcements, and things happening in the city, call 989-1907 or send an email to gloria__holiday@msn.com.

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