Let The New Year Began

We again want to thank Aunt Pat for hosting a Day to Remember for our Christmas holiday. Our family gathered at the Smith Farm, could not be any better, time spent with family, delightful brunch including lots of biscuits and gravy and memories made for a lifetime. Thank you again Granny Pat for having us in your home, beautifully decorated for the season, so cozy and warm everywhere you turned.

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We know everyone’s Christmas celebration had to be the best. Always a holiday to remember. We certainly felt blessed on Christmas eve with all the Joneses gathered at our home. Always our favorite food, you know like that traditional oyster soup and pressed chicken and lots of conversation shared by all. We thank you, Tim and Cindy from Ottawa, Uncle Jay, Patrick and Ginger, Hallee and Brennen, Hannah and Gavin, Gabriel T and Tina and our terrific granddaughters, Harlie and Hallie. Yes, Bill and I are very blessed.

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If you have not, you probably should---Blue Mound Chronicles---the book about the small village south of Chillicothe, with the origin to today. Yes, Joe Dillard and crew have certainly compiled a Good One. We have copies at the office here, drop by, $14.95.

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We would like a share a Great Story. We have previously shared stories from Grandmother Jeanne and here is another---Young J.W. Heil, son of Tony and Beth (Hinkebein) Heil and grandson of Bill and Jeanne Hinkebein and J.W.’s story on Cancer. In September 2019 the family found out that J.W.’ s cancer has returned to a small spot in his right leg. He immediately started with chemo and radiation treatments followed by more tests. The doctor was pleased because the cancer was much smaller and it was decided to begin antibody treatments. Sloan Kettering does a different type of antibody, one that is done only there. Thanksgiving week J. W. and his mother flew to New York City to begin three antibody treatments. The treatments attack J. W.’s nerves and it begins about 30 minutes after the treatment starts. The pain starts in his chest, moves down to his back and ends in his feet. While in New York City and between treatments J. W. and his Mother were able to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade which

was a definite highlight for the two. During one of their New York visits J. W. made friends with a boy from Florida, talking football, the young friend convinced J. W. (a Chiefs fan) to become a Patriots fan as well. J. W.’s Dad made contacts for J. W. to visit where the Patriots play. Through contacts and to their surprise they received a response and four tickets for the entire family. They flew to Boston and were able to watch the Chiefs play the Patriots. They met owner, Robert Kraft, of the Patriots that gave J. W. a pin that he had made special for when the Patriots won the super bowl. It was a full weekend of Patriot fun even when your Number 2 team won the game. Great Story!!

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Birthdays this week include: today, Jeff Clemens, Jake Gray, Sonya Rosenbach and Dean Brookshier; Wednesday, Travis Swank and Ronnie Eckert; Thursday, Francie Reed, Laverna Williams, Mary Staton and Helen Evans; Friday, Jeff Marriott, Bill Cameron, Mary Norwood, Dick Tauchen, Bill Thompson and Margaret Adams; Saturday, Jayson Harris, Jan Hoke and Martha Marshall; Sunday, Bailey Keith, Joe Stuver, Jerry Norman, Margaret Deatz and Carven Crawford and Monday, Adam Colliver, Don Regan, Sheila Cook and Carroll Truesdell.

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Wedding anniversaries include; Chad and Abby Smith, Carroll and Lela Surber and Wally and Sandy McGinnis.