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The last 20 years of her 30 years teaching career was spent at Auburn High School. Mrs. Annette Estes passed away Tuesday the 4th at her home in Milton. She was 93 years old. Our condolences to daughter, Connie Floyd and family.

"As one is taken, another is given. . . . ."

Congratulations to Jacob and Brittany Duggin along with big sis, Lily Kate, who welcomed Amelia Faith to the family, Wednesday the 15th. Little Miss Amelia weighed in at 6 lbs, 15 oz and was 19.5" in length. Her proud grandparents are Wade and Jennifer Duggin and Pam and David Gaither.

Hats off and a great shout out of THANK YOU to each and every veteran who has made it possible for America to have the freedoms we have. THANK YOU!

Thursday October 30th was a beautiful day for a "Fall Tour Trip" and that's just what some "mature" folks of Prosperity Baptist Church did. Bro. Don Rigsby, Ted and Wanda Ray, Phillip and Linda Hayes, Joe and Mainell Foutch, Henry and Veda Walker, and Joe and Velma Turner enjoyed the colors of Fall Creek Falls as well as a delicious meal served at the park's restaurant.

That same night Betty Thomas, Robbie Owen and P-pa and I were off to Miller's Grocery in Christiana where we enjoyed a meal compliments of Fortress Wealth Management. (Don't let the "wealth" fool ya!)

Although the weather was very cold and overcast, the country fried ham breakfast with the fixin's were just as good at the annual Christmas Open House hosted by Thomas and Margaret Melton. Their combined cabins are beautiful and the food is cooked on an old fashioned wood-burning cook stove.

That same morning several from here were in Nashville at Percy Warner Park's Steeplechase Course to watch our talented cross country girls' team and two of our boys compete in the TSSAA championship. Congratulations to Hannah Whited and Marshall McReynolds in their individual division and to the girls' team as a whole who also placed. (Results are in last week's column).

After 53+ years it was decided that the Auburn High School class of 1961 needed a reunion and this they did Saturday afternoon, November 1st. Fourteen graduated with only 8 left to gather in at our local Lion's Club Fish and Shrimp Fry. Two were unable to attend. They had a great time catching up.

That same afternoon a big birthday party was in progress in the Fellowship Hall of Auburn Baptist Church. Many family and friends gathered there to help Allison Francis celebrate her "Frozen" themed 5th birthday.

There was a great turnout for the annual Thanksgiving meal Wednesday prepared by our great cooks of Auburn School. Many parents and grandparents attended to eat lunch with their "student".

That night despite the weather it was another great turnout at the fish and chicken fry to support the Jr. Beta Club.
Don't forget to come to Woodbury this Saturday, the 15th for the "Day for Dan" benefit. Danny Kennedy is an amputee who has recently undergone surgery that will leave him out of work for 6 months. Here is the new line-up: Car show on the square at 11:00 a.m., Chili Supper at 5:00 p.m. and auction by Greg Goff at 7 P.m. All proceeds will be used for housing and medical expenses. Donations are appreciated. Contact Lori Reed for more information.

Birthday greetings this week to Katey Sheerer on the 12th, Taylor Jackson on the 13th, Tommy Griffith and Kyle Caito on the 14th. It's Brenda Francis, Holly McCrary and Mary Clair Dutton who celebrate the 15th while Randy Lee Toombs, II, Colin Crawley, and Kullon Harris Patrick (his 3rd) all ring in the 16th with their day. Mark Stinnett's last year in the 50's begins the 17th and Brooke Harrell, Stanley Dobson, and Teresa Kennedy finish the week on the 18th. Happy birthday!

It was November 12, 1976, when Beverly Harris took on the job of raising Jerry Bryan when she said, "I do" and she did!!! Happy anniversary ya'll.

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