2010-10-13 / ChatterBox

The Chatter Box

By Deborah Bennett

A relative recently brought me a pocket knife that had once belonged to my granddaddy, George Rabitsch. Granddaddy had given the knife to the relative, and he remarked that he was willing to part with it as it would be a nice family heirloom to pass down to my little grandson when he gets older.

I was thrilled to get it, and will keep it for Ty until he is old enough to have a pocket knife. At that time I will be sure to tell him about his great-great-granddaddy and the numerous squirrels, fish and rabbits that the knife cleaned during his lifetime as well as the sling shots it carved from tree branches.

I have a feeling that the knife is going to be “at home” with Ty as his favorite thing to play with now is a plain old stick. Forget the expensive toys, just cut a tree branch and give it to him, and he is happy!

Granddaddy would be pleased.

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The annual Fair-on-the-Square Oct. 2 was another huge success with a large crowd in attendance on the courthouse lawn. Due to renovation of the Jenkins County Courthouse and construction work on Cotton Avenue, the fair was moved to a different location last year and the highlight event, a parade, had to be cancelled.

Thankfully, everything was back to normal this year. Even the weather cooperated by not being too hot, too wet or too cold. It was a beautiful day.

The parade delighted everyone, especially the children and youth along the route. I am sure all came away with their pockets full of candy! There were numerous craft booths and plenty of food choices with great entertainment throughout the day.

Congratulations to Millen Better Hometown, sponsor of the event, and everyone else who had a part in continuing the tradition of the Fair-on-the-Square!

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Happy birthday this week to: Jancey W. Brinson, Viola Baldwin, Brittany Sweat, Paul Felburg, Gail Boyd, Danny Mitchum, Bobby James, Henry Thompson, Joe Burke Jr., Emily Edenfield, Pam Gay, Cecil Walters III, Jennifer O. Wiggins, Steve Burke and F.A. Black.

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Celebrating wedding anniversaries are: Mr. and Mrs. Bobby James, Mr. and Mrs. Tyson Bennett, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie James Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Hodges and Mr. and Mrs. Larry Adams.

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Military Active Duty List: Darcelyn M. Kimbro, AE, U.S. Army, Afghanistan; 1LT Justin G. McBride, U.S. Army, Ft. Sill, Lawton, Oklahoma; PFC E3 Jeremy Johnson, U.S. Army, 59th Quartermaster Company, Ft. Carson, Colorado; Cpl. Adam T. Lanier, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Bt. 6th Marine Regiment, Weapons Co., Scout Sniper Platoon, Afghanistan; E-4 Sr. Airman Roy Davis, U.S. Air Force, RAF Molesworth, United Kingdom; Cpl. Patrick Barnette, U.S. Marines, 29 Palms, California; Sgt. Adam Demshar, 44th Signal Battalion, Baghdad, Iraq; Cpl. Lee Ogden, U.S. Marines, Camp Pendleton, CA; E5 Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric B. Kelsey, U.S. Navy, NSA Naples, Italy; Senior Airman Charles F. Woods, Moody Air Force Base, Valdosta, GA; Stuart Burrus, U.S. Air Force, Shaw AFB, Sumter, S.C.; SPC 4 Travis D. Motes, 1st Calvary Division, T. Hood, Texas; Capt. Donald Slade Burke, 735th Air Mobility Squadron Detachment 1 Commander, Richmond Royal Australian AFB, Richmond, Australia; Staff Sgt. Gilbert C. Sheppard III, 48th Brigade, 118th Field Artillery, Iraq; Petty Officer 3rd Class Jamie A. Yager, U.S. Navy, Marine Corps Base Hawaii; Chief Petty Officer Andy D. Crosby, U.S. Navy, Elroy Destroyer, Norfolk, Va.; Stephanie Crosby, R.N., U.S. Navy, Lafayette Destroyer; Jimmy Cooper, U.S. Army National Guard, 878th Engineering Battalion-Augusta, Persian Gulf ; 1st Lt. J.R. Taylor, 25th Infantry Division, Schafield Barracks, Oahu, Honolulu, Hawaii; SPC. Daniel Stuart, 18th MEDCOM, 121 General Hospital, Seoul, Korea; Jeffrey Sweat, U.S. Navy, USS Kauffman, MM3 59/E-Division, A-Gang, Norfolk, Va.; Cpl. Larry Lamont Clark, U.S. Marine Corp, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. Baghdad, Iraq; Khan Young, U.S. Navy, U.S.S. Kitty Hawk, Persian Gulf; Robert Milton Jr., E-3, U.S. Army, Ft. Stewart, Hinesville, Ga., Mission Kuwait; Arnold R. Mosley, 2nd Lt., U.S. Air Force, Randolph AFB, Texas; and Debra A. Mosley, Tech. Sgt., U.S. Air Force, Randolph AFB, Texas; and SPC Charles “C.J.” Amerson, U.S. Army, Louisiana.

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