Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Community Correspondent

We had a lovely Thanksgiving meal at our daughter and son in law's. They are the most wonderful hosts, not just saying that to brag... they have a genuine gift of making you feel so welcome! The food was so delicious and it was wonderful being together after a year of many ups and downs. This could easily have been the Thanksgiving that would have been difficult, but instead it was one we will remember fondly.

I can remember Mom and Dad getting their hometown paper, the Boone County Headlight in the mail. Every week Grandma Risley would send Thursday's copy with the Community Correspondent columns. They looked forward to receiving it and would read every word and then discuss it at length. There would be news of births and deaths, church news and who visited who on Sunday... really! Just to let you see how delicious this part of my past was, I'll try to recreate the column...

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. So many in the community were blessed to have friends and family at their tables to make the holiday special. Southside Baptist served up it's annual potluck to members and guests, all are welcome at the dinner held the Sunday before Thanksgiving. It's always well attended, every pie, cake or cobbler known to mankind can be found on the dessert tables!

Juanita Tilton tells us she and Bill were honored guests at the home of their granddaughter Stephanie at Rogers. They had the most wonderful time and enjoyed a delicious Texas Style fried turkey prepared by Stephanie's husband Ken. The meal had all their favorites and the best part was being together!

Until next week, stay warm and make sure the wood pile's high!


  1. oh, that is sweet! nice and folksy and full of heart! :)

  2. LOL! Sounds like the little paper here!

    Glad you had a nice Thanksgiving!

  3. That brings back memories of when our hometown paper actually had interesting things about the community! It has turned to garbage over the years and anything remotely interesting, is gone. The only reason I still take it, is for the few obituaries.

  4. Love the hometown papers. Ours was just a column in a bigger newspaper. I just found them all on-line and was pleasantly surprised at what I found. Like the fact that we were out visiting an aunt one Sunday for home made ice cream. This was in the 1960's. I would have never remembered that.

  5. Our hometown paper has several columnists from the surrounding small towns. They each have a write-up in the Sunday paper about the goings on in their respective town. Those are the columns I turn to first. Not that I know any of the people involved, just the way the columns are written about life in a small town. Kind of like that one Andy Griffith episode where a stranger comes into town and knows everyone by name because he's been reading the Mayberry newspaper.

  6. Glad you had a great Thanksgiving!
    My hometown paper was the same!

  7. I am glad to hear your Thanksgiving was so good!

    I remember those little newpapers that Grandma used to get from the Nixa area and her old wooden telephone that had a certain number of rings for each person...and everyone would listen in and often join in the conversations and no one cared! Everyone knew everyone else and what was going on with all their families....a time gone by!


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