Howdy. First and foremost I want to say that Monday morning my rain gauge showed 2 1/2 inches. It came a toad strangler as they used to say. We will give credit where credit is due, thank you God!
Camp Joy is going on down past Skyline. First group has already been completed. Now the 2nd group is camping. Teen Week starts the 22nd. They would love to have you.
More great news about Riley Jenkins. He was selected as the Most Outstanding Player in the 18th Annual Gerald Pilz All-Star Game played at the College of the Ozarks on July 7. Jenkins scored a game high 24 points as he led his team to victory from the point guard position. The teams are composed of outstanding graduated seniors from southern Missouri. Riley will play basketball for Drury this fall and is the son of Morris and Janine Jenkins.
Bible School is just around the corner at Union Grove. August 6-10, for all ages. We will be teaching on the Fruits of the Spirit.
Call Ronnie Atchison for information, 746-4473.
Mary Brock, the wife of the late Clifford Brock, passed away July 8 in her home south of Norwood. They had lived in this area for over 40 years.
Robbie Owens of Maxbass, North Dakota, has had his second back surgery. His wife Jessica (Ross) and their three children, bought around a year ago, some acreage and a home in Maxbass, but they were originally from here. Robbie’s grandparents were Bob and Donna Owens. His parents are Scott and Karen Owens. Jessica’s parents are Mike and Karen Ross and her grandmother is Kathlene Mason all of Norwood. He is currently in the military.
I got a call Wednesday from a lady from California. Her name is Lois Sullivan. Her father was the late Clarence Barnett and mother Cora Findley Barnett. She was from here and is a distant cousin to Jack Barnett and the other Barnetts around. She and her twin sister just celebrated their 80 year birthdays. She still receives the Mansfield paper and enjoys hearing of the local news.
July 10 was the Norwood Senior Citizens dinner at Union Grove Church. It is open to everyone and they would love to have you. Ronnie and Janet Atchison, Linda Cottengim, Leo and Ruth Bradshaw, Shirley Cottengim, Joann Sanders, Mike Sanders, Linda VanderBogart, Denver Cottengim, Donna Sue Cottengim, Phil and Sue Durden, Jack Chadwell, Barbara Saladin, June Bradshaw, Jr. and Alberta Steinert, Leon Pendergrass, Wayne Cottengim, Mark Cottengim and Earlene Dennis were all present. Their next dinner will be August 14.
The 39th annual Ryan Reunion was held on Saturday, July 7 at Corinth Baptist Church in Macomb. There was lots of food, fun, fellowship, and lots of pictures were brought for memories. Sue Durden’s favorite was Elmar Ryan in his wife?s shoe repair shop. He re-soled her saddle oxford shoes about every year.
Those attending were Phil and Sue Durden, Ronnie and Janet Athison, Teresa Chadwell, Zelpha Scott, Ruth and Leo Bradshaw, Ronnie and Deanna Kelly and their granddaughter, Hallie Lanzini, all of Norwood. Beverly VanNess and Debbie Dunlap, Rogersville, Mo. Hazel Benoit, Brookline, Mo. Norman and Rhonda Coy, Marilyn Flake of Hartville, Mo. Kenna and Leon Neese, Houston, Mo. Caresy, Lilly, Eric Jr. Thornton, Leah Vaughan of Mansfield, Mo. Karen Durden and Judy Ryan Rowell, Springfield, Mo. Curtis and Bonnie Ryan, Overland Park, Kansas and Beth, Randy Vance, Roeland Park, Ks. Their next reunion will be July 6, 2013 at the same location. The date is always the Saturday after the 4th of July. Hope to be able to add your name to this list next year if you have Ryan roots.
Fun Facts: The Baptist Church of Norwood was established in 1902. In 1922, the two banks of Norwood were consolidated and formed the Ryan Banking Company. This bank served the community for five or six years, then closed, leaving the town without a bank. It was located where the post office is now.
Challenge: Resist the urge to criticize! If you have any news call me at 746-1112. Until next week, God bless our little town.