Hurricane News, August 8, 2012

The Watermelon Festival in Water Valley had two winners from our family.  They competed for the title with the crop from Lafayette Springs at Little Kettle Creek Cabin.  Sophie Hooker won second prize with 152 lbs., and her grandfather Graden Hooker won the event with 157 lbs.  The rivalry was intense.  Earlier in the growing season Sophie harvested two cabbages that topped the scales at 31 lbs each.  Other family members attending were Cade, Megan, Ella Kate, Braxton, Brooke, Harper and Colt Hooker.  Maggie and I stayed home to beat the heat.  Lou Gaston had asked why we went to Lafayette Springs everyday; now she knows.

Recent guests of Butch Mercer at his Smoke Top residence were Kenneth and Laurie Schultz and their son and daughter, Brad and Christie, of Adams, Wis., and Dale H. and Judy Peters of Delmar, Iowa.  During the Cold War, Butch, Kenneth, and Dale served in Stuttgart, Germany, from 1960-1962 as a combat ready unit with the U.S. Army.  

Their basic training began in 1959 and this reunion marked the 50th anniversary of their service to our country.  The veterans enjoyed Good food, fellowship, and southern hospitality.  Butch married his late wife, Janet Novak Mercer, a former resident of Chicago, Ill., on Aug. 3, 1963.  

Daniel Robbins will be entering the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson on August 7.  He has already moved, but was at the services at Hurricane Baptist on Aug. 5.

Enjoying a weekend visit to Memphis, Tenn., as guests of Floyce B. Long were her sister, Polly Montgomery of Sand Springs and her nieces, Clarenda Parrish and Freida Browning.

Jamie Foster is a new resident of the community.  She has moved into the home of her grandparents, James Caples and of the late Velma Willard Caples.

The Hurricane High School Class of 1950 enjoyed a class reunion and country breakfast at the home of Roy and Faye Graham Dillard at Duncan Creek.  Bill Todd (Ellen) of Fulton, Roy Blackard of Memphis, Jeannette Jones of Belden, Bob Warren (Jo Lane), Dorothy Todd Bailey, Ruthie Bullard Garrison and Junior Ray Russell of Memphis, a guest, attended.  Guests of Pontotoc were Dot Boatwright and “B”. Baker.

Get well wishes to Alice Swords, Linda Foster, Dr. Lester Willis, Kevin Pardee, Marlon Sills, and Mike Graham.

Birthday wishes to Jerry Conlee, Bivivian Buchanan, Nickey Walker and Justin Britt.

Rita Chandler Graham of Sand Springs has written an E-book, “Sarah’s Valley.”  You can purchase the book on Amazon, or at  Rita has a blog that let’s you read an excerpt of her Christian fiction.  She is the wife of Mike Graham, also of Sand Springs, and is also an avid historian as we share family information.

Our family enjoyed calls from Donald and Doris Graham of Loraine, Texas; Roger and Dayla Graham of Sweetwater, Texas; and from Steve and Debby Graham of Colorado City, Texas.  

The drought is still affecting their region with wildfires, a constant danger to their countryside.  It was 109 degrees there last Friday with wind gusts blasting the heat.  Debby and Steve were in Ruidoso, N.M., for a vacation.  The high was 77 with a low in the 50’s.  Sounds nice!  Colorado City was featured on our local Channel 9 news in Tupelo as being one of the West Texas counties that has been hit hardest by the drought.  Hay is at a premium price.

Charlie Swords and family have a watermelon stand on Highway 346 near the Shady Grove exit.  So take time to stop and look at their crop.

Maggie Hooker returned to LeBonheur for a day but is home now.

Area schools will return this week, so remember that the school buses will be out in force on Highway 346.

I lose two of my constant companions to the four-year-old programs: Ella Kate Hooker and Braxton Hooker, at West Union and at North Pontotoc, repsectively.  It’s already lonesome!  They are my alarm clock.

Guide Browning will be a student at Mississippi State University and after a summer of work at Hooker’s Construction, I bet that he will enjoy this fall semester.

Congratulations to Governor Bill Anoatubby of the Chickasaw Nation who was named as one of the “Top 50 Most Powerful Oklahomans,” making no. 6 on the list.  U.S. Representative Tom Cole, also a Chickasaw, came in at number 14.  The Chickasaw Festival is scheduled for September 28-October 6 in Tishomingo, Okla.  

The much anticipated Artesian Hotel will soon open in Sulphur, Okla.  It is being built to promote tourism in the state.  It will feature a spa and pool, 80 guest rooms, banquet facilities, and retail shops.  

Of course, the old springs at Sulphur with a new tourist center already put the town on the map.  The water doesn’t smell pleasant, but it is said to have medicinal value. 

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