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News from Tutwiler
by Janie Bruister

    There is definitely something magical in the air. With a Scrooge-like spirit just two weeks ago I was debating whether or not to put up the big tree. Then our family gathered at my brother Charles' home in Savannah, Tn. where Christmas was very much in evidence, not only with beautiful decorations but in the spirit that prevailed. I'm thankful to say this same spirit exists among us year round. It was the being together that did me good. So the tree got put up and decorated with the many ornaments we've accumulated through the years. Each one reminding us of sweet friends, family members, our children's growing up years, their friends, places we've been and all the good years we've been blessed with. Now I'm looking for Santa Clause! Yes, I still believe in Santa Clause...I don't look for slide marks inside the chimney as I did when a child, but I know he still comes. It's evidenced in the glow that people get this time of year and the charitable and loving spirit that comes to most everybody. Scrooge's nephew says, "Even shut-up hearts are opened freely" and I think Santa plays a part in this...I think Santa has helped me know the Babe born in that stable long ago even better. He is certainly the Reason for the Season and Santa says he believes that, too.
    Barbara Jennings hosted the Lion's Club's Annual Christmas Party at the Club House on the 12th, with many in attendance. After the wonderful meal Barbara had prepared, everybody sang Christmas Carols accompanied by Beth Bullen at the piano.
    The Baptist TNT Group tried to have lunch and tour the Pillow Thompson Home in Helena on the 15th but, due to the bad weather, rescheduled it for Monday the 18th. Several of the 22 who were planning to attend rearranged appointments and such in order to go on Monday. Most were planning to go in the Church van with only one or two cars going. Carroll took the van to get a new tire put on and discovered the brakes weren't working, so five or six cars were engaged. Anne Barnes was taking her car but locked the keys inside it on Sunday and couldn't get the combination to work, so had to go to Cleveland early Monday to get a key made. While she was doing that, the director of Pillow-Thompson Home called to say that it was sleeting and the streets were icing over, so we had to call it off. Everybody felt that it was one little trip not meant to be taken...but a disappointment nevertheless.
    Congratulations to Howard Hollins of Webb who will be replacing Reggie Barnes as Superintendent of West Tallahatchie High School and will take over the post on January 11th.
    Rebecca Standridge, daughter of Nelson and Jimmie Browning, has been named the #1 Caregiver in the Nation, representing the nursing center where she is employed. This is the first time anybody from Tennessee has ever won it.
    Macey Smith of Wesson has been selected Nurse of the Year at Mississippi College. We can't exactly claim Macey as a Tutwiler girl, but her mother Nina Jennings Smith is. Macey is the grandaughter of Harmon and Marjorie Cox of Clarksdale and the late Bruce Jennings of Tutwiler.
    Dessie Caulfield of Water Valley visited her sister Adelaide Steele on Monday and was to join the TNT Group on their excursion that failed to materialize. Then Adelaide's daughter Aide came from Tallahassee, Florida on Tuesday for a short visit with her mother.
    The annual bank party (Union Planters, where I'm retired) was held Saturday night at the Clarksdale Country Club. This one was different...usually each branch does it's own thing, but this year we came together with all the surrounding branches for supper and dancing. Although I once would rather dance than eat, Carroll has never cared about it so I'm doubtful if I even could now, but we enjoyed the music and watching others dance. Harvey Henderson, Board Member and Attorney for Sumner Branch, with wife Margaret enjoyed dancing very much, making a happy send-off for him to enter the hospital in Jackson next day for test, etc.
    Bunky Butler, manager of Sumner Branch of Union Planters, and wife Audrey were noticably absent. Due to the deaths of their twin grandsons born prematurely, they were unable to attend. Our hearts go out to them and family, especially the young parents, Allen and Allison Feilder of Jackson.
    Other deaths include little April Christine Hodges, age 5, who died on Dec. 10. A namesake of her great grandmother Christine Cox, little April is the grandaughter of James and Katie Cox and great grandaughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.I. Castle of Tutwiler. Her parents are the Rev. Brad and Beth Hodges of Jackson.
    Also, Willie McGarrah Berry of Webb, whom I've known all my life, died on Dec. 15th. I'll always remember her as a sweet, lovely person and one devoted to her husband Tom, who preceded her in death.
    Our sick are Mable Calicutt who fell at home Sunday morning and is hospitalized in Greenwood; Agnes Martindale and Thelma Wright, both hospitalized in Clarksdale and Donna Drake in Memphis.
    That's it, again, from Tutwiler where turkeys are roasting and toes are toasting...it's cold in this part of the world. Happy, Happy Holidays Everybody!

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News from Tutwiler
by Janie Bruister

    Winter is proving to be more than name only this time around. In fact, Ole Man Winter came visiting long before winter officially arrived and is still here. Reminds me of what my dad used to say about long staying company, relating it to fish after a few days, but he would grin when he said it.
    Even though we've had constant freezing temperatures for quite a while plus snow and ice causing soaring heat costs, we are still fortunate. News reports of the ice storm in Arkansas, especially Little Rock, reminds us of '94 and our own tangle with it. Nevertheless it's a chilling force to be reckoned with. According to John Case from his book The First Horseman "the 9th circle of Hell, which is the worst place, is a palace of ice, not fire, but the opposite...a place where it is always cold." The thought of the idea that "Hell was cold was a remnant of the Ice Age, when fire meant life and death came from the cold."
    Just on last nights News, they showed pictures of an ice motel in Canada. People were shown inside where the temperature was in the teens...certainly no warmth there. Why anybody would choose to spend the night is beyond me, but some will and do...our son has gone on hunting expeditions where ice coated his eyelashes which were the only exposed parts parts of his body. Don't know how they warmed up enough to shoot game but, hey, who can explain how a bumble bee can fly!
    Well, the rush is over. If we didn't get "it" all done (which I never do), so be it. We feasted on leftovers for quite a while but they're all gone...even the black-eyed peas on New Years are memory now. The main thing some of us have left to show (or that shows) from the holidays are the pounds! A gift from tantalizing the taste buds too much. Fabulous food and family gatherings make the holidays memorable. Most all Tutwilians got together with famiy or friends at one time or another during the holidays. Some (maybe) even because of sickness. So many have been confined with colds and all the aches and pains that go with that...Johnie and Leona Lane, Virgie Grissom, Savannah Kellum, the Cebe Pharis', Jean Thomas and I are a few of those. The Christmas decorations are still up at our house due to my "coughing, sneezing and aching-all-over feeling", but it's ok with me. I love the reds and greens and glowing colors, and rarely get to settle down enough before Christmas to enjoy them. Jerry Orman called to check on me and in our conversation said they had all their decorations down and put away except the manger scene. She said "of all the decorations, the manger scene was her preference", noting that "if she could have only one, that would be her choice". Her main one happens to be a Sears $2.95 version she and Sammy had at their first Christmas over fifty years ago.
    The Pullen family were brought together due to the death of H.O. on Christmas Day. His funeral and burial were held in Cleveland, which is where his wife Ann (Rizzo) is from. She and daughter Maria devotedly nursed him through a long illness. His sister Earline Burton hosted family members Linda Pullen Belvin and James Pullen of Houston, Texas (both H.O.'s children); his sister Opal Graves of Meadville, Ms. and her daughter Jean Cathern of McComb for several days in her home. Of course, a large group from Tutwiler (where H.O. has lived all his life) and surounding area attended. We visited with his niece Anne King and her daughter Jennifer in Clarksdale afterwards. Sympathy also goes to Esther Yerger McMullen and family of Sumner in the death of her mother, Mrs. Yerger, during the holidays.
    Other people on the sick list this time are Thelma Wright who is back home after spending several days in Athens, Ala. with daughter Barbara Wood and family; Mrs. Naida Pearson (at home); Mable Callicut now hospitalized in Ruleville; Wilma Dyess in Ruleville also and Tom Jennings, now home from having surgery in Clarksdale Medical Center. Myrna Mitchell who now lives with her son Bill Bruister and wife Carolyn in Clarksdale is seriously ill. Her house in Tutwiler where she lived so many years has been sold and is now occupied by Phil and Pat Wolfe. We welcome them to our community. They are the new neighbors of Bonnie and Gene Barkowski.
    Casey Clark (age 18), Matt Clark (age 15) and Katie Clark (age 11) were honored in December by their church for perfect attendance in Sunday School respective to their ages. This gets my attention! This was something we all tried to attain when I was growing up and was emphasized on weekly basis at church and home. It was important. Nowadays, it's all but been forgotten or so it seems at times. Joel and Anna Hays are awarded perfect attendance pins in Tutwiler Baptist most every year so there are some who still consider this something to strive for. I congratulate the parents, Sherry and Allen Clark, grandparents Robert and Martha Clark and Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Vance and Casey, Matt and Katie on this achievement and honor. They attend Friendship West Baptist Church near Tutwiler where their "papa" Robert Clark is Pastor.
    A big congratulations, too, to Daysidel Bruister-Berryhill's grandaughter Braseye Bruister who graduated Magna Cum Lauda from Mississippi College in December and is begining Graduate work at Southern in Hattiesburg. Braseye is the daughter of James and Marilyn Bruister formerly of Tutwiler, now living in Tylertown, Ms.
    Mississippi State fans were highly entertained when State played Texas A & M in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport New Years...snow and victory!!
    That's it again from Tutwiler where I'll share this reminder ...New Years resolutions can be difficult but not impossible.

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News from Tutwiler
by JANIE BRUISTER

    Dr. Rachel Remen is a Clinical Professor at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine and one of the earliest pioneers in the mind/body health field. She was one of the first to develop a psychological approach to people with life-threatening illnesses and educate their physicians about their needs. She is co-founder and medical director of the Commonwealth Cancer Help Program and an author and speaker. Her best-selling book "Kitchen Table Wisdom" is a gem. It presents a glimpse into this extraordinary woman's total being, not only of a wounded patient herself, but that of a compassionate healer as well. It's filled with so many good things that the reader can't fail to be helped. The idea comes through in all her stories that actually we help heal each other and I've found this to be true. As we reach out to each other, not only is the sick one helped but the helper benefits also.
    I'm gradually recovering from the flu, bronchitis and a sinus infection which attacked all together, making for a bad time. Carroll has had it, too, being free of fever for the first time in days and grandson Sebe is beginning with it. Hopefully Melanie will escape having it but really don't see how. There were eight of us children when I was growing up and we usually had everything by twos. Would seem like a bout of sickness would never end. I remember especally Mumps and Measles like that. But neighbors and friends reached out then, just as they've done for us while I had the flu and it certainly helped the healing process, proving what Dr. Remen says has merit. I just hope all of you miss this dreadful flu...Carroll had to miss the TNT meeting on Tuesday but I was able to go. A large crowd enjoyed a wonderful lunch and a delightful account of the history of Tallahatchie County by Phil Thornton of Sumner and Greenville. Phil is a native of Tallahatchie County at Tutwiler and his ancestors have played a signifigant part in its history. Out of town guests attending were Vera Jo Gregg of Ruleville and Stephanie Shelby and darling little girl of Nashville. Stephanie was visiting grandparents L.W. and Freida Kimzey and mother Donna Drake for a few days, after coming for the funeral of her grandmother Myrna Bruister Mitchell. Donna returned to Memphis on Tuesday for more chemo treatments and L.W. returned to Nashville with Stephanie for a short visit.
    James and Annette Brand spent a delightful weekend with Mae Bettye and David Hunt at their retreat in Starkville last weekend, with the men taking in a Mississippi State ballgame and the girls just relaxing. Savannah Kellum has returned from Memphis after a week with son Rev. Jimmy Kellum and family.
    Congratulations to John and Sandra Moyer of Tutwiler and Senatobia for their newest...a darling baby girl born on December 28th. She is being welcomed by brother Jake and a host of grandparents and famiy.
    Mrs. Willie Belle Castle is home after spending several days in the hospital and doing ok. Margaret Williams of Sumner sustained a fall at her home and is suffering some broken bones, etc. We wish her the best. Ruby Beaird is having to go to Memphis for a series of treatments for cancer. Her daughter Dorothy Hunsuker of Memphis and our prayers are with her.
    Sam and Jerry Orman attended the funeral of Billy Smith in Jackson on Saturday. Besides Billy being the uncle of their son-in-law, Dr. Hugh Smith of Cleveland, they were classmates at Delta State years ago. They reported seeing Red and June Gunn and Louis Slater, all former Tutwiler people, there.
    Sympathy goes to Eva and Dickie Childress in the recent death of her sister Sarah Proffiet of West Memphis. She leaves nephew Charles Denny also. Charles makes his home here with Eva and Dickie.
    We extend sympaty to the Herbert "Hub" Maxwell family due to his death on the 6th. He was owner and operator of the Western Auto Store in Webb for about as long as I can remember and served on the Town Board, as well as Deacon in his church. He had a love of the outdoors and fishing in particular.
    Longtime Tutwiler resident Myrna Bruister Mitchell died on the 6th at home in Clarksdale where she was living with son Bill Bruister and wife Carolyn. Myrna taught school for years but her main love was music, especially music in her church. She directed the Tutwiler Baptist Church choir for many years and she did it to perfection. After she gave that up, she continued to sing and play the organ for services until her health failed. Her children Richard Bruister of Brandon, Kay Ann Robinson of Coppell, Texas and Kitty Guillery of Houston were also home for the funeral.
    That's it again from Tutwiler where the new year is off to a rollicking start...passing as fast as anywhere in the country...all too swiftly, it seems.

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    My friend and I were talking about so many people having colds or variations of it...bronchitis, sinusitis, the flu. Some not severe enough to think they need to go to the doctor (that was my mistake), and she said, "You know there are lots of home remedies." I said, "Oh, how well I remember! One my parents used a lot was a teaspoon of sugar moistened with whiskey or kerosene and, since we had more often than kerosene on hand, that's what we took. Another thing was to gargle lemon juice and/or salt water.
    This friend said she'd been reading "Omens, Signs and Sayings" by Evelyn Jones Childers who gives a whole list of home remedies. Too many to list them all, but here are a few she told me about.

    "For a minor fever, lie down and place a damp lemon peel under each armpit.
    For a sore throat, as an added help when you gargle warm salty water, try to sing as you gargle.
    To cure a sore throat, put kerosene on a dirty sock and tie it around your neck. Another treatment for laryngitis is to gargle with a mixture of vinegar, rain water and salt several times a day.
    To loosen the congestion from a chest cold, fry some onions in grease, then smear the concoction on the patients chest. And the one I like best is...You can cure a cold by kssing a mule."

    Do you suppose the mule makes house calls? Actually, I've found drinking hot spiced tea sweetened with honey soothes where hardly anything else does. January at our house was totally dominated by colds, fever and the flu. We're beginning to have better days, as I hope you who've had it are, too.
    It wasn't the aroma, but the remembrance of it, that led me down the street a few days ago by the old Wonder Bread building being torn down. As teenagers, we'd start drooling from the aroma as we neared Clarksdale when baking was happening and, lots of times, we'd go in and talk them into selling us a loaf just out of the oven, not even sliced yet, and we'd pull off chunks and eat it that way. Boy, was it good! I wondered then how it was possible to live there all the time with those good smells filling the air every day.
    Talked to Bill and Inger Flautt recently. Bill, who grew up in Tutwiler, carried on in his father's tradition in the insurance business before selling and moving to Chattanooga several years ago. He and Inger both work in one of the large malls there as salespeople and are enjoying it. Bill recently had heart by-pass surgery and, although doing fine, will have to forego the pre-planned trip with Inger to her homeland, Norway, later this month. We envy them getting to live in that beautiful part of our country every day and especially in the fall.
    Congratulations to Charity Swindoll for making the President's List at Delta State again. She is the daughter of Mike and Cheryl Swindoll and the grandaughter of Floyd and Margaret Swindoll and Thomas and Jean Callicutt.
    NARFE (National Association of Retired Federal Employees) met Friday in the home of Mary Hrpole in Charleston with Mavis Newton as hostess. Mrs. Alice Selby with MDOT brought the program on Littering Highway and the Cost of Cleanup. Those present were Joyce Rodgers of Phillip, Mavis Newton, Mary Harpole, Effie Ford, Earlene Grisham and Helen Peters, all of Charleston and Sam Orman and Carroll Bruister of Tutwiler.
    Shocking to the Tutrovansum community was the sudden death of Ted Clark of Webb on Saturday the 27th. He had a heart attack while duck hunting and died at the Clarksdale Medical Center. He was only 50 years old. Many of us who've lost loved ones suddenly, such as my mother's death at 52, can empathize with this family's trauma and heartache. Our prayers go to Cathy, Courtney, Ted Jr., Doug, Lynn, Bryce, J.C. and Eunice especially, as well as all family members.
    That's about it, again, from Tutwiler where I'll leave this thought with you:

"Yesterday is History
Tomorrow is a Mystery
Today is a Gift
That's why we call it the Present."

Enjoy every day!

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    Do you know what the going rate is for a traffic ticket these days? For, like, when you're going through a town at 12:30 at night with nary a car around (at least none with their lights on or motor running) and you do one of those rolling stops (I know the sign says STOP) but all's clear so you come to a rolling stop and there, suddenly, before your very eyes is a cop saying, "You failed to come to a complete stop!" and gives you a ticket. Well, I can tell you the cost. It's 98 bucks. At least, it is in Clarksdale. Just proves that tornado type winds are not the only things that'll blow your socks off.
    Strong winds hit the Jerome Lttle Estates and Oil Mill Quarters between Sumner and Webb Saturday night creating extensive damage to homes, demolishing trailers, etc. but no serious injuries. The Weather people talked about very strong straight-line-winds that create destruction and it seems that was what happened in this case. It continued on across the railroad tracks and hit Woodlawn Cemetery, blowing over headstones, etc. there. Still, no one was killed and that's the good part.
    Being in a severe storm puts fear into you that never goes away. Even now I can vividly picture the devastation and the aftermath of the tornado years ago in Tupelo, as my dad described it, when I was a child. But what about the people in Washington and Oregon where an earthquake just happened? Maybe that's even more frightening. It would be hard to say which would be more frightening...getting blown away or swallowed up or buried alive. Mother Nature certainly knows extremes...PMS to Cloud Nine mood swings. Seems she's becoming more angry by the season. Most of us prefer her bright cheerful side of soft wind, gentle rain and blossoms by the dozens.
    Johnie and Leona Lane have had their home filled with family and friends for a week and more. Their son Johnie, Jr. and his young son of Baton Rouge came for a week and were joined by their friends Jerome Corditch and his son, also of Baton Rouge, for several days. Johnie, Sr.'s lifelong friend and former Webb resident, Charles Shumate of Lancaster, California spent several days visiting and reliving all those years from as far back as they could remember, from the first day of school at Webb Swan Lake High School to catching up on some of the years since graduation many years ago. Charles is the older brother of Ronald who was born when Charles and Johnie were in the third grade. Their dad was Mill Rite at the old Oil Mill at Webb years ago. Ronald now makes his home in Newton, where he lives with an older couple, and Charles reports that he's doing ok. Charles travels a lot and Johnie and Leona were delighted he made his way back to Mississippi again.
    Congratulations to Bill and Kim Long of Webb whose precious baby boy, born Jan. 18 and weighing 4 pounds, 5 ounces, is home and being welcomed by his sister, 2 year old Ally.
    All the tests Charles Thomas had in Memphis last week rendered a good report so we celebrate with him and Jean over this positive outcome. R.I. Castle continues to be a patient at Baptist East in Memphis with wife Willie Belle and children Katie and Jimmy Cox at his bedside or nearby. Our friend and neighbor Annette Brand has Shingles...so far, not extremely painful and we're glad of that. Sammy and Jerry Orman accompanied her niece Maryanne Cole of Clarksdale to Memphis on rainy Tuesday for tests and therapy.
    Stephanie Shelby, her husband and baby daughter returned home to Nashville after visiting her grandparets L.W. and Freida Kimzey. Her mother Donna accompanied them home for a few days respite from Chemo treatments every day in Memphis. Kate and Gary Shephard spent a few days in Nashville and missed the bad weather before returning home in Sumner.
    Sympathy goes to Haywood and Mable Callicutt in the recent death of her brother Henry Ashford of Lyon. Mable is a patient in the Ruleville Convalescent Center at the present time.
    Our son Carroll III (Cally), who lives in Alabama, called Saturday asking if we could get MSNBC. He knew we had just gotten Direct TV which he has and (of course) I didn't know. The Keeper of the Remote wasn't home and what I know about it is just about nil. But, he said, there's something on you need to see and he told me the buttons to punch to get the satellite on and to a particular channel. It was a biography of Tim Conway and was showing clips from some of the old Carol Burnett Shows. For quite a few minutes we each held our phones and heard the other laughing. In fact, we laughed til we hurt. Tim Conway's kind of comedy is funny! Absolutely and unequivocably funny. No need for canned laughter like today's shows. Comedy has changed from funny to dirty. Norm would be great if he had good material. All you have to do is say a comedian's name and watch a person's face to know if he was funny or not. Like George Gobel, for instance. For those who remember him, that's all you have to do and they start smiling.
    Well, that's about it, again, from Tutwiler where on Thursday night, Feb 22nd, Town Officials and Representatives and the people of Tutwiler came together for a Town Meeting. Many needs were mentioned and discussed for the benefit of the town and its citizens. The need for a spirit of cooperation exists for better things to happen and this could be the catalyst for that very thing. Many of us are listening, watching and expecting good things to come from this meeting and the ones to follow.

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News from Tutwiler
by JANIE BRUISTER

    The many days of sunshine and warmer temperatures have encouraged the flowers to burst forth, brilliantly announcing the coming of spring. Their colors are bright and vibrant, especially the daffodils and tulip trees. It's a wake-up call to those of us who are getting antsy about the pruning, the digging, weeding and planting.
    The transformation of spring reminds me of Jane Campbell who sold her home in Webb several years ago with its lovely flower garden/garage studio and moved to the city, nearer her daughter Lady Jane in Birmingham. Until just a few months ago she had lived in an apartment, albeit with window boxes, that being the closest thing to gardening available. A condo right around the corner from Lady Jane's house became available and now she has flower beds (outside) and she "can play in the dirt"...not only that, but she has a clay studio in the room over her daughter's double garage and her son-in-law Yancey allows his car to stay out in the weather so she can have a spot for her potter's wheel and kiln in the garage. One of my treasures is a small vase she made out of gumbo (that impossible, unfriendly mud) but, by her hand, was turned into a beautiful work of art. So now the move is enabling her to do all those things...weaving, working with clay, the flower beds and her house...once again that she's always enjoyed so much, with the bonus of being close by her children.
         Speaking of children brings to mind some of Tutwiler's who've been in the limelight lately. Cousins T.A. Jennings and Elizabeth Jennings were elected Mr. and Miss Lee Academy plus T.A. recieved awards in Sports and Elizabeth was named Most Beautiful and Homecoming Queen during the season. T.A. is the grandson of Tom Jennings and the late Polly Jennings and Elizabeth is the grandaughter of Barbara Jennings and the late Johnny Jennings, all of Tutwiler. Congratulations to them as well as to Lee Academy's Science Fair Winners: Blake Smith, 1st Place; Chance Smith, 1st Place; Brandon Wright, 1st Place and John Phillip Gee, 3rd Place in their respective divisions. These talented Tutwiler youngsters always excell and we're proud of them.
    Sumner Rotary paid tribute to some outstanding adults for their hard work and dedication through the years to the town beautification through the Sumner Civic Club. Recognized were Judith Mitchener, current chairman; the late Becky Brett, Olivette Gates and Mrs. R.L. Bailey for outstanding service during their lifetime.
    On March 6th another Rotarian made news...The Rev. Jon Blouin, on his way to Rotary, saw a pickup with two year old Elizabeth Lee of Sumner inside it roll down an embankment into the bayou. He, along with the child's mother and another passerby Wade Givens, who works for Mid-South Ag, dove in and rescued her. Although a harrowing experience, it ended well with no one hurt and a lot to be thankful for.
    Sunday the 11th, Tutwiler Baptist celebrated with a church-wide Dinner honoring Jason Wright who had just previously been licensed by the church to preach and John Gee who was being ordained as Deacon in a 1 o'clock service that followed the dinner. The Ordination Service was conducted by Pastor J.B. Hays with inspiring Message brought by Webb Baptist Church's pastor, the Rev. Mark Morgan. Our prayers and support go to these two young men and their families.
    We welcome Ruby Beaird back home after spending several weeks in Memphis having chemo treatments. Mr. R.I. Castle continues his stay at Baptist East with the hope of dismissal sometime this week. He is improving. Carolyn Shook of Paynes joined her mother, Agnes Martindale, and aunt, Leona Lane, for a visit to Agnes' sister Annie Tierce of Stewart, Ms. They also visited other relatives there including a nephew who had just had heart surgery.
    Daysidel Bruister-Berryhill and daughter Delanne Billingsly of Como spent several days this past week with James and Marilyn Bruister in Tylertown. Mr. and Mrs. Pelham Turner had their daughter and husband, Carol and Jimmy Dan Smith, visiting over the weekend. The Smiths brought their friends Val and Judy Neihart of Houston, Tx. with them.
    Joel Hays, Tutwiler member of Scout Troop #99 of Oakhurst Church will accompany his troop to Mobile, Alabama this weekend. Rev. Doug Kellum and Dr. Danny Kellum visited Savannah Kellum last week. Sam and Jerry Orman visited Orman relatives in Magnolia, Arkansas last week. Carroll and I visited our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren in Starkvile over the weekend.
    Spring Hill Baptist, out from Charleston, hosted the North Central Baptist Association Merrymakers on Thursday with warm hospitality, a great meal, good fellowship and inspiring message by Bro. Truman Scarbrough. Member churches from Grenada, Charleston and surrounding area and Tutwiler come together monthly for a great time led by Billy Buford and Barry Worrell.
    That's about it, again, from Tutwiler where new Stop signs have been installed all over town. It's of interest to see how many have either been pulled up entirely or the signs taken down every morning as I go for my daily walk. Some think the signs are extreme but the main objective in putting them there is to stop the speeding throughout town. Let's all become accustomed to stopping where there are signs and make this speeding a thing of the past.

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