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Shirley Mingle enjoyed a touring the sights and sounds of Washington, DC. It was shared with Sandra Mullins, Joey and Kristy Yadon.

Hallean Tate, Betty King and Wytona Lester spent a "ladies only" weekend in the Smokey Mtns.

Sunday the 30th it was a mini-Willard reunion that took place at the NCH Nursing facility in McMinnville. There was great food, fellowship and singing led by Lillie Dale Willard. Also present for this reunion were Alberta Griffith and children, Anita Haley, Alicia Bridges and Anthony Griffith of McMinnville , Danny Nichols, and Eddie and Donna Nichols.

Here is some late news from C.J. Hughes that I failed to get in last week's column: Beautifully put, we may not have come out in the top 20 runners at The 2016 State XC Meet BUT A'town students Kiley Hughes and Keilee Campbell (both Varsity Middle), Leighanne Dodd (JV Middle) are in the *Offical State of TN Cross Country permanent record books as being the best TN's middle school runners* all placing about midway in a pack of 308 middle school girls. It was a tough, narrow true cross country course squeezing in 308 of the Best of the Best State qualified TN best middle school runners in Knoxville.

Same proud words speak for Lily Hughes and Bailey Campbell on the Elementary team. They and all elementary runners, set new personal record times at state beating their regional qualifying time. Way to go 3rd through 5th grade runners!

These Auburn students made their school, teachers, and county proud! The Cannon County Middle school and elementary teams are an amazing group of runners with only room to grow and set new PR's next season. We look forward to your success to come.

Richard and Barbara Harris, Macon, GA spent the weekend with us leaving out Sunday. They were here specifically to attend Barbara's cousins' reunion and to visit with Jewell Dale who is spending some time here.

Halloween was celebrated a little early (Sautrday night) at the Gassaway Fire Department. It was filled to the brim with goblins, witches, Indians, farmers and cows, heroes and other spooky characters. Hosting the event were Bridgette Dodd, Tiffany Jones, Pam Gaither, Regina Mayo, Shirley Young and Brenda Dodd.

Enjoying the tables full of food (reportedly enough to feed an army!), games, hayride and a costume contest along with the hostesses were Keely Brandon, Kirk, Wade and Johnathan Jones, Kallie and Kelsie Burnett, David Gaither, Austin Duggin, Katie Gunter, Dalton and Taylor Gaither, John, Britany, Leighanne, Caitlin and Jon Mathew Dodd, Red Young, Keisha Young, Lavada and Shannon Harnish, Stephen and Rilley Mayo, Phillip, Lynn, Nick and Catie Adams, Bailey Ellis, Amy Young, Cheyenne Fann, Glenda Davenport, Marlon Reed, Nancy Haley, Vicki Sandlin, Hudson Campbell, Marie Seabaugh, Rex and Linda Lafever, Johnny and Carolyn Smith, Judy Ramsey, Kennedi and Brett Clark, JoDean Dutton, Nathaniel, Kennedi and Katie Pedigo, Leslie, Landen and Courtney Devers, Darlene Gilliam, Morgan Foote, Wendy and Morgan Eidson, Matthew Taylor, Jaylynn and Braylynn, Stacy Taylor and Harper, Billy R Melton, Donnie Melton and Colton, David Judkins, Kathy Miller, Diane and Makayle Roller, Kariann Dodd, Barbara Dodd, Heather Davis, Sunshine and Olivia Robbins, Brenda Phillips, Bobby and Priscilla Mingle, Ruby Lafever, Crystal Lafever and friend, Bailey, Curtis Carter, Chris, Dana, Harlee and Seth Stanely, Betty Gaither, Derrick, Beth, Jonah and Olivia Cooper, Tabitha, Kyleigh and Kyle McCoy, Trish and Jessie Bogle, Jake Johnson, Lee Doney, AND Chris, Jacob and MaKyleight Blount. Whew what a crew!!

Prosperity Baptist Church sponsored their annual Harvest festivities Saturday night. Hosting the event at their spacious place were Randy and Cheryl Campbell. There were 75 plus or minus (more plus) on hand to enjoy all the goings' on.

Halloween day began with a "witch's birthday party" at Jimbo's. Grandson, David Tate, surprised his grandmother, Hallean Tate, with a cake for her to share with the patrons.

That night the town and surrounding area were filled with traveling candy hunters dressed in various costumes. We even had some bacon and eggs to stop by our house. Witches and werewolves were reported to behanding out some goodies.

Our night ended with the annual chili supper with trimmings. Baked potato soup was also available. This year's "centerpiece" was a "wormy" cake with mice on top trying to get to the worms!!

Having birthdays this week are Lynn Ellis and Kendall Duggin on the 9th . The 10th Belongs to Tyler King who turns the magic 18. Quinton Dodd and Graham Jackson celebrate theirs on the 11th. It's Katey Sheerer who has the 12th sewed up. Taylor Jackson's is the 13th. Kyle Caito turns 27 on the 14th which is the same day Tommy Griffith celebrates. Ending this week's wishes on the 15th are Brenda Francis (she joins the elite Medicare group), Holly McCrary and Mary Claire Dutton. Happy, happy day to each and all.

Forty years ago the 12th Beverly Harris became the bride of Jerry Bryan! Bless your heart Bev! Nineteen years ago on the 15th Jason Brown took Jennifer Hughes as his bride. Congratulations to both couples and may you be blessed with many more.

FYI: I send the news in each Wednesday afternoon. If you have any you would like to see in the A'town column, please get it to me by noon each Wednesday. I will be happy to put it here. Please e-mail me at, or call 464-4310 and leave a message.

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