You know, I believe that spring has finally arrived; I heard “the man” (as Grandma used to call him) say that we might have a little cool spell this week, but it won’t be too bad. Someone has said that the blackberries were blooming up near Social Circle, but I haven’t seen any here as of yet. I have noticed through the years here on our place that the pecan trees and the crepe myrtles are the last to put out new growth in the spring; they have really put out this past week. I hope everyone has a wonderful and joyous Easter. We are all thankful we serve a risen Savior! The Bethany and Source of Light Ministry family was saddened on this past Sunday morning to hear of the passing of Adele Newell. Adele and her late husband, Earl, had been life-long missionaries. They were very dedicated to serving the Lord and winning souls to Christ. Mr. Newell passed away several years ago and he was a very studious student of the Bible and really knew all that was going to be happening in the world leading up to the last days. He taught the Adult Sunday School class at Bethany for many years. Mrs. Newell was also a great student of the Bible and she taught some children’s Sunday School classes for many years also. I think she taught all of my children in Sunday School at Bethany. She used flannel-graph and could really make the Bible stories come to life for them. When her health started to decline, she went to live at Savannah Court, the assisted living facility in Greensboro, and then for the last few months, the family had to move her to Nursecare here in Madison. I am sure she heard the words, “Well done thy good and faithful servant” when she reached Heaven’s gates. All of us extend our deepest sympathy and prayers to the Newell families: Dick, Dave, John, and Barbara. There are also 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be on this Thursday night, April 17, from 6 – 8 at Bethany Baptist Church with the services to be at 10:30, Friday, April 18, at Bethany Baptist also. We were extremely glad to hear that the Indian Creek bridge on Seven Islands Road on the way to Godfrey opened last week. Anyone that had to travel that road on a regular basis had to go around the world to get to Godfrey. My daddy remembers fishing in Indian Creek when he was growing up; he has some good memories about that. I hope I will have some good news about Baldwin Dairy soon….slowly but surely! We have seen hide nor hair of any workers today, however….(: We also want to congratulate Leigh Wilson and her co-owner, Cindy Gregory, as they were having the grand opening of their store, On Cloud Nine, in the Beechwood Shopping Center on this Monday morning. We wish them much success! Sarah Nell and Steve Craig enjoyed a wonderful spring break with their children and grandchildren this past week in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Stacy, Brent, and Layla Loudermelk, along with Stephanie, Aaron, Peyton, Meri, and Elise Kenny all had a good time together. Raynor Cathey accompanied Heather, Jack, and Max Leo on a spring break trip also to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tenn. this past week. Jack and Karen Lindsey enjoyed a long weekend up at Lake Burton where they celebrated Jack’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Jack! Marty and Connie Wilson along with the Marc Fortson’s also enjoyed this past beautiful weekend down at Lake Sinclair with the Stewart Thigpen’s. They even made their first churn of homemade ice cream for the season! Will Porter enjoyed spending part of his spring break with his granddaddy, Buddy Adams, going turkey hunting in South Carolina. Ben Porter and a friend got to do some fishing in Florida. This past weekend, Ben and Shannon traveled up to Tennessee to pick up the first of the new show lambs to begin getting ready for another show season. These lambs don’t know how lucky they are! Sally and John Hensley along with Christopher and Colton Morgan were part of the cast of The Passion Play that Centennial Baptist Church put on this past Saturday and Sunday night. Some members of Antioch Baptist Church has put together a relay time for the upcoming Relay for Life here in Morgan County which will take place on May 9th, beginning at 6p.m. at the Morgan County High School track right across from the high school. Their team is called “The Velveteers” (named for Red Velvet Cake), to go along with the Relay theme this year, “Life is Sweeter Without Cancer.” The Chowder House is helping to sponsor this team and as part of that, the restaurant will be giving a portion of the proceeds taken in on the day of Thursday, May 1st. Go have lunch or dinner at The Chowder House on that day and help out a good cause. This coming Easter Sunday at Bethany Baptist Church, the children will have scripture reading and will be singing some songs as part of the Easter program.