I hope all of my readers are having good days and peaceful days….although, everyone I know is busy, busy, with just everyday goings on. Mama is recuperating well up at Morgan Memorial Hospital’s TCU and is gaining her strength back. You could not have asked for better care than she is getting. The needed therapy tires her out, but she is hanging in there! Mrs. Hattie Bonner is also a patient in the hospital part of Morgan Memorial. She is doing better and we pray that both of these women continue to recover well. The opening of Farmview Market was a rousing success from what I have heard. I was one of them that went! It is really nice and beautiful inside and has a lot to offer. I understand the cafe served around 400 on last Wednesday, the opening day and they had to close early because they ran out of food. I think Thursday was about the same. They had big, big crowds everyday. It seems to be off to a great start!
The Fairview Club met on this past Wednesday at the home of Shirley Lancaster on the Eatonton Hwy. They had a very interesting program which was given by Gail Ward; Gail was the former Gail Hanes, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Cobb Hanes, here in Madison. Gail was married to Larry Ward, who lost his battle with cancer a couple of years ago. Gail is a wonderful artist craftsman who makes all sort of things out of old glass bottles. She re-purposes them by cutting them and/or melting them. She had a great variety of things she has made such as Christmas ornaments, jewelry, flower planters, wall-hangings, and cheese trays to name just a few. I was so sorry that Mama and I had to miss; I would have loved to have seen all of her creations! Afterwards, everyone enjoyed delicious refreshments prepared by our hostess, Shirley. Next month we are all going to meet at Farmview Markets to shop, browse, and then have cake, pie, and coffee in our new addition to the Fairview community. Antioch Baptist Church had their monthly ladies meeting this past week. Jessica Boyce had the program where she gave the ladies a mini-course lesson in cake decorating. Jessica bakes and decorates special occasion cakes and does a beautiful job. This is in addition to being a busy mother of 3 children and teaching school!
The Morgan County High School class of 1972 got together for a class reunion on this past Saturday at the Madison Chophouse Restaurant. Around 20 class members attended. Sally Porter and Sally Stephens of our community were among those of that class to attend. Sally Porter and Sally Stephens also attended a lovely tea on this past Thursday which was given to welcome Douglas Ponder Suto back to Madison where she will now make her home. Douglas previously lived in St. Simons, Ga. Welcome back, Douglas! We congratulate Jake Carver, the grandson of Sally and Dan Porter, as he came in 10th place showing his pig, Diesel, at the state pig show, the Georgia National Jr. Livestock Show, down at Perry this past weekend. Good work, Jake! Congratulations! Ben Porter also participated in the 2016 Ga. National Livestock Show by showing his sheep. He and his ewe won 2016 Reserve Champion Breeding Ewe, 12th grade Showmanship, and he mastered for the third time. This was Ben’s last high school show and he went out like he had always dreamed of and worked for. Congratulations, Ben! Well done! Karalynn Clifton qualified for finals in two events at the Georgia 114 and under Short Course State Championship at Georgia Tech, hitting two new personal best times that qualified her for sectionals next month. Her 50 yd. free time was 25.65 (AAA) and her 100 yd. free time was 55.98 (AAA). Great job! Congratulations! Hannah Eaton has arrived in Cuba on February 4th to begin her new job. She writes that she is staying at a very nice place on the beach, she loves her job, and has already made some new friends. She is even able to communicate via Facebook! She does covet our continued prayers, but everything is going great so far! Scott Porter’s and Holly Ogletree’s children, Johnathan and Madeline, raised $500.00 for the Awana Program at Buckhead Baptist Church this past weekend. They each had sponsors and they each had to memorize 10 or more Bible verses by heart. They both worked very hard! The total that was raised in the church by the children was $1000.00!
The money will go to other missionaries to help them start their own Awana programs in other churches. Good work, children! On Saturday, Scott, Holly, and the children took a day excursion down to Burke County, Georgia where Scott spent around 10 or more years when he was growing up. They saw cotton gins, a peanut mill, old plantations and other sights that Scott remembered and wanted to show his new family. Scott and Holly are engaged now and are busy planning their wedding. We pray God’s richest blessings upon them. Mrs. Beatrice Stanley of Conyers visited her brother, Bobby Brewer and Emily on last Thursday. Jane McGinnis of St. Augustine, Fla. was up last week. She dropped by to see her Aunt Blanche while here. Becky and George Haley of Stockbridge were in Madison last Thursday. They came to see Becky’s Aunt Blanche also at the TCU. They also went out to Becky’s old homeplace (home of Frances Brewer) on Barrows Grove Road to see what all the new owner, Vic McCallum, had done. She said it was very nice and he has also turned the barn in the back into an art gallery that shows off some of their paintings. They also looked over the new Farmview Market and then that evening they joined George’s other brother and sister’s for a Haley get-together at Cracker Barrel. Janice and Robert Haley of Conyers, Dwight and Dorothy Eaton of Eatonton, and James Melvin and Inez Brewer of Buckhead joined them. Sarah Nell Craig spent last Friday in Acworth with her granddaughte’s, Peyton, Elise and Meri Kenny. They enjoyed going to the Children’s Museum in Atlanta.
Miss Ella Grace Fortson spent the weekend with her grandparent’s, Marty and Connie Wilson, while her parents, Marc and Laurie Fortson and big brother, Peyton, spent his winter break from school at Snowshoe Mountain, West Virginia skiing. There was lots and lots of snow and they had a great time! Paul and Connie Shumake along with their granddaughter, Brooklyn, drove down to Anna Maria Island, Florida on this Monday to spend several days with Connie’s cousins from Michigan, Steve and Sherrie Osborne. Steve is Connie’s mother’s, Marie Moorhead’s, sister’s son. They are all looking forward to beach-combing for shells while there. Connie is quite a crafts person; so I know she has plans for a lot of the shells they find! Their grandson, Bryson, is busy playing baseball with the high school team and the granddaughter’s are getting ready to start their soccer playing.