The View from Burning Springs

Fall Break in Full Swing

Fall Break in Full Swing

We have had a beautiful start to October. The leaves are just beginning to turn and the sunshine and warm temperatures have been plentiful. Fall break will be in full swing by the time this column is published. Teachers and students, enjoy your days off!

We had wonderful services at Macedonia Baptist Church this past weekend. Welcome to our newest members: Mary Ann Day and Don Nolan and his family and also John and Amanda Lunsford, who joined the week before. During our evening service, J.D. Lunsford and Kameron and Katie Anderson were baptized. It was a special time seeing two sisters and a cousin all baptized during the same service.  We are already looking forward to what God will do next week!

Kevin Rice will be with us during the morning worship service on the 16th. New Sunday School classes also begin that Sunday.

Sunday School begins at 10:00 am and there are classes for nursery, preschool, elementary, middle and high school students. There is a college/career class for college aged students or those just graduated and starting out in the workforce. There are three different women's classes and one men's class.  There are several co-educational classes for men, women and couples. Bro. Charlie Goodman is currently teaching a class that will take you all the way through the Bible in a year. Bro. Dick Smith is beginning a new adult co-ed class with the title, “How Do I Know What God Wants Me To Do?” Mike Hensley is also starting an adult co-ed class called “The Master Life Class,” which is a class on discipleship.

We have a couple of fall activities on the horizon. On October 29th, the church will be taking a group to Camp Jubilee to enjoy a day of hayrides, a corn maze, a petting zoo and all things fall. On Halloween, the 31st, we will be hosting “Trunk or Treat” in the church parking lot. Just bring your trick or treaters by the church and you can make the rounds getting candy from different people but all in one spot. It sure beats all the driving, unbuckling, getting out of the car, getting back in the car, buckling up...well, you get the picture!

In other church news, Monday the 17th, the Ladies Fellowship group will be meeting at the church at 6:00 pm. Sunday, the 30th, we will be having our 5th Sunday Fellowship meal during the evening service.

Happy 21st birthday to Morgan Mills on October 13th! Morgan is the daughter of Darrell and Kay Mills. If you have any birthdays, anniversaries or news items for this column, you can email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and I can get those in for you.

I'll close with a Halloween quote from Erma Bombeck: “A grandmother pretends she doesn't know who you are on Halloween.”

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:25

 

Crisp Mornings & Warm Afternoons

We have a remarkable academic team this year again at CCHS. They had their first games of the season last Thursday against Whitley County High School at Williamsburg. The varsity team put forth an excellent effort and won both of their games by a wide margin. The junior varsity team lost to Whitley County but had a good showing.  It should be an interesting year.

Fall is certainly showing up to stay. Time seems to go by so quickly that I was surprised when the date on the calendar said October 1st. It's the season for pumpkins, mums, corn mazes, hay rides, crisp mornings and warm afternoons. And the month ends with one of my favorite holidays, Halloween. What could be better than dressing up in costume and getting free candy? Too bad there's an age limit on that.

The School Based Decision Making (SBDM) Council Meeting for the high school has been set for the first Tuesday of each month at 3:30 pm at the high school. We will meet in the principal's office or in one of the meeting rooms at the school. A lot of people may not realize this, but the SBDM Council Meetings are open to the public and any interested parents or community members may attend. Each school in the county has a School Based Decision Making Council and each school sets the meeting times, dates and location. Check with your individual school for details.

Charlie Rawlings celebrated a birthday on October 1st. Reecia Samples, had a birthday on the 2nd. Kristy Hampton and Greg Hoskins both had birthdays on the 3rd. I would like to wish a happy 17th birthday to Kendra Messer on October 7th. Happy 5th birthday to Taylor Alvey on the 10th. Happy birthday to Phyllis Hampton on the 8th. Gloria Smith celebrates a birthday on October 12th. In honor of the Clay County High School Academic Team's promising start to their season, I'll close with some quotes about intelligence. “It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.” - Albert Einstein. “Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered – either by themselves or others.” - Mark Twain. Gives us all a little hope, doesn't it? Have a good week!

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 October 2011 12:36

 

Taking a Different Path

This past Saturday started out cool and cloudy but then it turned into a perfect fall day which was fitting since it was the first weekend of fall. And I took a turn around a part of town I'd never been in before.

You know how you live somewhere and then don't take advantage of all the area has to offer. Sort of like the people who live near Disney World but tell you, “Oh, I never go there.”

Well, this past Saturday I had an experience like that. I was at the park in town with family and friends and we walked the scenic route from the Bert T. Combs park to Riverside Park. And of course, the walkway has been there for years but this was my first time through. It was such a relaxing path, winding along beside of the water and we acted all touristy and made tons of photos. Sort of halfway through it there's a little rocky creek area that would be nice to sit by.

You know a person ought to get to know their little town and enjoy all it has to offer. I'm sure that most of us have recreational areas, stores or restaurants we've never been to before. We often get in a rut and shop at the same places, eat at the same restaurants and take the same paths we do every other day. There's something to be said for taking a different path at least once in a while.

I hope some of you have headed over to pick some apples on one of these beautiful days we've been having. If you've not picked them yourselves, then you've probably at least picked some up at a market since they're in season. My friend, Linda Hensley, gave me a tasty and easy apple pie recipe that I'd like to share with you.

Fresh Apple Pie: Ingredients: 4 cups sliced apples, ¼ cup water, 1 stick butter or margarine, 1 cup sugar, ¾ cup flour, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon or more of cinnamon to taste (I used 1 tablespoon).

Directions: Put the sliced apples and water in a pie pan or casserole dish. Melt the butter and mix together the rest of the ingredients and sprinkle this mixture on top of the apples. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. See, it's simple and it's so good!

On another note, we Clay Countians have something to be very proud of. In the past we've been in the news sometimes for all the wrong reasons. But this past Friday, we were making history for all the right reasons.

Clay County High School was named First in the Nation (!) for improved AP test scores. Our school went from 11 students passing AP tests to 81 students passing AP tests this year. That is a remarkable improvement and congratulations go the students who have given their best and the teachers who have given above and beyond.

If you're not familiar with the AP program, an AP class is a college level class that a high school student can take and get high school credit for and then if they score well on the test they also receive college credit for the class. When you consider the cost of tuition, this is a money saving boon to students and parents. So congratulations to the high school and who knows how many more they may add to that number next year.

On September 30th: Happy 11th birthday to Noah Smith. Happy 12th birthday to Noah Combs. Happy 14th birthday to Morgan Dubbels.

I would like to ask everyone to remember my mom, Charlene Baker, as she has hip replacement surgery on October 5th. I just ask for your prayers that everything will go well and that she will be up and rambling around again soon.

It seems to me that I'm always running out of day before I run out of things I either need or want to do, so I'll close with this: “I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read and all the friends I want to see.” - John Burroughs. Have a good week!

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 September 2011 12:44

 

I Will Never Leave Thee

I Will Never Leave Thee

I wonder if I can claim a “senior moment” for forgetting about my column last week. It had been a hectic week and an equally hectic weekend and after returning from Lexington last Sunday night, my mother asked, “Have you sent your column in yet?” After smacking my forehead, I replied in the negative. But on the positive side (for me, anyway) I'm back this week.

Elivia Marcum was baptized this past Sunday morning with lots of friends, family and her church family looking on. Elivia has been attending Macedonia Baptist Church since she was a baby, but I'd still like to say, “Welcome to our newest member!”

A puppet show was performed for the Team Kids last Wednesday night at Macedonia Baptist Church. Eighty-seven kids came out for the show and I hear it was a lot of fun for all involved.

Wayne and I took our yearly trek over to Haney's Appledale Farm for apple picking this past weekend. It was one of those perfect weather days with sunshine, seventy or so degrees and white puffy clouds floating in a deep blue sky. We picked a couple of bushels of apples in no time flat. You think you won't pick so many, but once you get started you sort of wander from tree to tree finding bigger or better tasting apples and it's hard to stop.  If you haven't picked your own apples you're missing out on part of the fun!

Of course, you can buy many varieties of apples in their store along with all sorts of jellies, canned goods and apple cider. There's a bakery with caramel apples, apple pies and all sorts of baked goods.

This past weekend they even had apple barbeque pork sandwiches for sale, which we didn't try because we were already full from Sonny's Barbeque. If you're interested, the number for Haney's is (606) 636-6148.

Missing a week put me behind on birthdays. In September birthdays: Renee Buttery celebrated on the 15th. Rodney Miller of The Enterprise had a birthday on the 16th. Tony Marcum and Ronnie Mathis both had birthdays on the 19th.

Stephen Taylor, son of Jim and Carla Taylor, turned 8 on September 17th. Talaura Mathis celebrated her 14th birthday on September 18th. Talaura is the daughter of Ronnie and Michelle Mathis. Happy 16th birthday to Cody Davis on September 21st.

Happy 7th birthday to Braden Owens, son of Brian and Rebecca Owens, on September 22nd. Happy 7th birthday to Ben Buttery, son of Bob and Renee Buttery, on September 24th.

September 24th is also birthday day for Carla Taylor, Ella Mathis and Scotty Sandlin. Johnny Bray celebrates on the 23rd. Anne Shelby has a birthday on the 25th. James Darryl Mills celebrates on the 26th and Darrell Jackson has a birthday on the 28th. Happy birthday to all!

It seems we hear a lot these days about being grateful and learning to appreciate what we have. It's a wise idea, but not a new one. This verse was on the back of our bulletin on Sunday: “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” - Hebrews 13:5. Have a good week!

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 September 2011 12:22

 

Grow Up in a Small Town

Grow Up in a Small Town

We had some wonderful revival services at Macedonia Baptist Church last week. Kevin Rice and his band led our song service and performed the special music during our first revival service on Sunday morning, August 28th. Bro. Kenneth Felty was our evangelist for the week and it was good to have him, Paula and Paul Edward visiting with us.

Betty Eagle gave her testimony followed by a solo by Jan Hoskins during the Sunday evening service. We appreciate our church talent as well as the groups that came in to worship with us.

The Letterbox Boys sang several songs for us during the Monday evening service. This was my first time hearing their gospel/bluegrass. The stage was full of guitars, banjos and one mandolin. It was uplifting to hear their testimonies interspersed with their joyful songs.

Special singing on Tuesday night was by the Pinson family with their beautiful family harmonies as their son accompanied them on his guitar.

Wednesday evening we had all of our Team Kids with us for the service. Bro. Felty provided the special music, accompanying himself on his guitar.

It was a great revival and we were blessed with several decisions. If you don't have a home church, I would like to invite to give Macedonia Baptist a try.

I took a turn around Clay County Days on Saturday afternoon during the upper ninety degree temperatures. Getting a snow cone from Phillip Jones' booth saved me over.

When the heat became too much, I ducked into Marguerite's Antiques and Vintage Boutique. The interior was stuffed with gorgeous and unusual antiques. My favorite was a crystal double brooch. I had never seen anything like it.

I meandered on down the street into Rockin Cakes. The interior is a happy mix of lime, hot pink and leopard with a few other brights thrown in. I picked up some cupcakes. My favorite thing is the homemade butter-cream icing.

Kelly Sandlin's Photography is sandwiched in the middle and all three stores have the old fashioned tin ceilings and original wood floors. I like what they've done with the block, making the effort to put out tons of flowers for a garden look. It's definitely worth a look!

Birthday wishes go out to Kenneth Stepp and Kim Robert on September 8th. Bro. Dick Smith has a birthday on September 10th. Happy birthday to Mitchell Allen on the 13th.

Happy 14th birthday to Annabelle Smith, daughter of Kenny and Renee Smith, on September 11th.

I'll close with a few “small town” quotes: “It was a marvelous advantage to grow up in a small town where you knew everybody.” - Warren Christopher. “The nice part about living in a small town is that when you don't know what you're doing, someone else does.” - Immanuel Kant. Have a good week!

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 September 2011 12:19

 

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