2018-10-17 / ChatterBox

The Chatter Box

By Deborah Bennett

Hurricane Michael battered Jenkins County last week with high winds and blowing rain. The storm hit our area during the night, which added to my tension because I could not see what was going on outside. I, along with many others I am sure, spent a restless night listening to the wind and rain and praying for the safety of family and friends.

When daylight finally arrived, the worse of the storm had passed and I could see that we had fared well with only small tree limbs and debris scattered around in the yard. We also did not lose electricity except for a brief period during the night. Others were not as fortunate.

Living in the “garden spot of the world” we sometimes forget that Mother Nature can be ferocious, rendering devastating damage. Hurricane Michael was a brief reminder of that fact that I don’t care to repeat!

My heart goes out to all of those who lost everything when the storm hit in Florida as a Category 4 hurricane. News coverage of the damage is hard to watch, but it also makes me so thankful to have been spared!

Happy birthday this week to: Henry Thompson, Joe Burke Jr., Emily Edenfield, Pam Gay, Cecil Walters III, Jennifer Wiggins, Steve Burke, F.A. Black, Rick Cordell, Megan N. Lane, Gwen Lindsay and Annelle Dickey.

Happy anniversary this week to: Mr. and Mrs. Tyson Bennett, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Hodges and Mr. and Mrs. Larry Adams.

Military Active Duty

Col. James Eldridge Davis, U.S. Air Force, DoD Pentagon, Washington D.C.; TSgt. Jeremy M. Chestnut, U.S. Air Force, Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS; CPT Justin G. McBride, U.S. Army, Fort Stewart, GA; Chief Warrant Officer 5 Darryll L. Simpkins, U.S. Army, Fort Gordon Logistics Readiness Center, Augusta, GA; Tech Sgt. Stuart Burrus, U.S. Air Force, Shaw AFB, Sumter, S.C.; E-4 Christopher Simmons, U.S. Army, Missouri; E-3 Ralphael Franklin Lovett, U.S. Army, Kuwait; E-4 Rhonda Lovett, U.S. Army Reserve, Augusta, GA; Airman First Class Aaron Comstock, U.S. Air Force, Shaw AFB, Sumter, S.C.; E-5 She’nice Thompson, U.S. Army, 25th Sustainment Brigade, HHC 25th Special Troops Battalion, Wahiawa, Hawaii; and Major D. Slade Burke, U.S. Air Force, 48th Logistics Readiness Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom.

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