Note: This column appears in the Wednesday, July 24 newspaper on Page A3.

Dollar General Store is open in Coalton. Mayor Kim Milliken did a great job getting them to come to Coalton.

Earth is being moved at the new location for Vinton County Bank on McCarty Lane in Jackson, and walls are going up on new office building at JAFE headquarters on McCarty Lane.

I read an interesting article on the drug crisis: between 2006-2012, Kermit, West Virginia, which has a population of 370, was given 12 million pills in seven years. That is an average of 33,271 pills per person.

For the same period in Jackson County, 24,830,810 pills were given out: an interesting story on Jackson County addiction on the AP wire.

Get well wishes to Greg Shook and his in-laws, Clarence and Flora Sheets. Clarence and Flora have been having health problems, and last week wrecked their truck. Greg has been helping with them and his mom, and now he is having health issues. Get well to all of them.

Get well wishes to my friend Bruce Dixon, who has been fighting cancer for a few years. Every morning he sends me a good morning greeting.

We lost 1968 JHS grad and Bloomfield kid Linda Prater Smith. I hadn’t seen her since Big Bear closed, where she worked for many years.

Thoughts to ponder — one day you will look back and realize that you worried too much about things that didn’t matter.

Another thought — God wants full custody-not weekend visits.

Another thought — if you aren’t willing to work for it, don’t complain about not having it!

If you are happy with who you are and all you have been blessed with, you are rich in life!

Hugh and Debbie Livesay celebrated their 50th anniversary with an almost month of visiting Europe. They visited nine countries.

Happy birthday to reader Mildred Ratcliff on Aug. 7 and to her sister Esther Bell on Aug. 11. Happy birthday on Aug. 18 to Wesley Evans, Bonnie Grimes, Terry Snyder, Bryce Kauffman, Megan Phipps, Granville Seltzer, Angela Dunn, Fred Mercer, Laura Wangler, John Smith, Roger Ramsey, Sally Mutzig, and Craig Byler, and happy 46st anniversary to Mike and Bonnie Dameron; on Aug. 19 is Christine Seagraves, Stephen Chapman (24), classmate Gary Kendrick, Mickey Young, Fritzie Pritchett, Sadie Davis, Casey Riley, Max Bowman, Melissa Sowers, and Jamie Zachariah, and happy 41st anniversary to Paul and Karen Tripp, John and Mary Albert, Brian and Emily Adkins (13) and Jason and Amber Montgomery (13); on Aug. 20 is Sabrina Brown, Dave Brown, classmate Larry Smith, Wayne Williams, Donald Buck Sr., Mary Lou Partlow, Chad Ingalls, Rita Miller, Paul Berridge, Barbara Shoemaker, Jessica Yerian, and Mellina Howling, and happy anniversary to Mike and Teresa Costilow and Dave and Jeri Samples; on Aug. 21 is Mary McDonald, Janet Orender, Bryan Carter, Jill Eubanks, Stephanie Delaney, Freda Lowery, and Jennifer Spires, and happy anniversary to Keith and Joella Wyatt; on Aug. 22 is Carl Perry, Marlene Simpson, and Denise Brown, and happy anniversary to Mark and Amber Broermann.

Thanks for being a reader. Call me with your news at 740-286-5014, e-mail karenjwyant@yahoo.com, or stop by the Maytag Store at 259 E. Main St. in Jackson.

sdawes@vintoncourier.com; @sydneydawes_95

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