Hello everyone, local news on the way after we do our birthday wishes texted in from Gottrocks the birthday fairy.
Happy Birthday to Butch Lawson, Anita Raines, Larry Hensley, Isabella Miller, Martin Miller, Eric Rast, Lucille Wood, Esther Starnes, Lisa Putnam, Kenny Putnam, Lisa H. Taylor, Beth Andrews, Laura Smith, Niane Bunch, Faye and Kaye Epps, Donna and Doug Maness, Maurice Glenn, Coretta Coleman, Rob Nelson, Stacy Greenway, Linda S. Broome and Dale Prince. Happy anniversary greetings to Susan and Ray Ellison, and Betty and Gerald Brock.
Sympathies, well wishes
We send our speedy recovery wishes to Edgar Baker. On a sad note, we send our sympathies to the families of Whitmire native Nelvin Kelley.
News and events
In local news, Whitmire Economic Development Board members send their thanks to all volunteers and public officials who made the July 19 Veterans Celebration possible. The first of its kind outside of Veterans Day, this event included certificates of recognition for Whitmire area veterans living and deceased, along with guest speakers/public officials who gave patriotic speeches and visual presentations.
The classic car show and parade on Main Street kicked off the day’s activities. The recognition ceremony was held at The Strand Theater in Heritage Park. An afternoon of horseback rides for the kids and music from The Mattie Phifer Band wrapped up the afternoon. Former Whitmire residents came to town for the event, to some it felt like a reunion of sorts. The Board members have a Family oriented Gospel Music day planned near the end of August. Feel free to visit the board’s Facebook page.
The Summer Lunch Program at The Community Center for kids and young adults has attracted over 100 participants this year. According to Pastor Geneva Ware, past organizer of the program, “folks are really enjoying the tasty meals.” She added with a smile: “It’s not the pre-packaged food, this is really home cooked food.”
The Summer Reading Program “Fizz Boom Read” went well this year, according to Whitmire Library staff. This year’s programs included science oriented activities, certificates upon program completion and final day parties with refreshments were all a part of the informative reading programs.
Whitmire Library patrons, don’t forget that the E-Books online program is available, with identification and a library card. If you haven’t visited the newly renovated library, drop by Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to see new and more spacious media rooms, children’s area, and the new wilt arrivals.
Well OK readers, looks like the hot withering, humid weather of summer is back with us. A few cool days, meaning temperatures in the 80’s last week with rain sure was nice, wasn’t it?
Gottrocks and Garabund the birthday and deadline fairy respectively are back in ‘The Whitty’ with a need for more coolant in their jet wings. So let’s wish them well and we will see them in the next edition of the column. Stay cool and enjoy the rest of your summer. Feel free to send your news and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.