Some sunshine greeted military veterans this weekend on
the eve of Veterans Day in our hometown, awaiting an early Thanksgiving and a
warming trend to reduce fuel bills.
We got some interesting news at Fox & Hounds banquet
room during our Tuesday Kiwanis meeting. Newport Kiwanian Tim Dockery, parks
and recreation director, reported the club had a successful Halloween event
again this year for local children. More than 4,800 people went through the
park gates Halloween night and of that number 1,100 were children ages 10 and
under. The club provided funds to buy 1,200 candy bars to give to these
children, said Dockery. It was a safe night filled with candy and fun at
Newport City Park thanks to Kiwanis and park and recreation staff.
Lifestyle restored by new home
I continue my visit of a couple of weeks ago to the
Robert and Kate James home in Shady Grove, the site in April 2012 of a
devastating fire that destroyed their home of about 40 years. Most everything
they had accumulated was lost but a few items did survive. Most importantly
they have their family and friends, especially those in the Crum family.
Yet, there were some surprises in days after the fire, a
bleak time but their daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Herb Cureton, took
them in and began the rebuilding.
Barbara (Robbie) said she was able to rescue many of the
shrubs, including some hydrangeas given as gifts decades ago. She moved these
into the vegetable garden setting them into the soil until the days they could
be moved for late summer landscaping.
This replanting took place after master mason Larry
Shults completed the brick work. The slightly darker red brick and the missing
giant maple tree struck by lightning are among the few things that let people
know this is a different house.
Johnny Raines had commented to Kate, she said, that
"if you didn't know better you would never know the house had gone."
During the clearing of the debris a few items were found
including two of Kate's rings, one a diamond wedding ring found by her daughter
and another by her nephew Timmy Ramsey. The jewelry had fallen straight down
from the bedroom to the basement floor.
Then she got another surprise, as her daughter reminded
her of their original sofa and chair that they began housekeeping with was
still being stored at Arvel James' home. He is Robert's brother. The orange-red
maple chair and sofa are now in the new home's sunroom.
These pieces and others were purchased from Southern
Furniture Sales about 62 years ago. And a kitchen item that Kate hadn't known was
missing returned home.
Sheila Huskey, a church friend brought in Kate's
Tupperware cake cover that she had left at the church more than a year ago. It
still had some cake in it and so Kate gave it to Sheila, who took the covered