Warmer temperatures have continued, but after listening to the weather this Sunday evening, it seems like we will see some fall mornings later this week. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready. Ready to turn the AC off, saving on electricity, and opening the windows for some fresh air.

Even though our thoughts are with those in harm’s way with Hurricane Ida, our area could use some rain to help settle the dust.

Russell McBride is home from the hospital, but still very weak. Our thoughts and prayers continue with him and his family.

I haven’t heard of new cases of COVID in our area, but I know our county as a whole was close to 100 active cases this past week. Prayers are with all those still recovering. Continue to remember friends Bill Burton and Jeff Leek who are continuing to battle COVID.

Congratulations are with first-time parents, grandparents and great-grandparents this past week. Blake and Mallory Travis welcomed their son, Bohdi Dale, 9 pounds, 14 ounces and 21 inches long, into the world, along with proud grandparents Billy and Julie Travis and Bobby and Debra Travis. Also congratulations to grandparents Warren and Wanda McGinnis, great-grandparents Gary and Faye Cameron and Frances Goins and great-great-grandma Jean Travis. That’s not all the aunts and uncles and cousins who will be loving Bo. I hope I got all the relationships correct.

Happy birthday wishes are sent to Delaney Goff and Roger Stafford.

Happy August anniversary wishes are sent to Kent and Becky Bowman and Jake and Erica Medley.

It’s hard to believe that September arrives this week, along with the last holiday weekend of the summer, Labor Day. I’m sure the students and teachers will be ready for an extra day off from school.

With September comes some events to mark on your calendars. Saturday, Sept. 18, will be the annual Baptist Children’s Home Fall Festival in Carmi from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Plenty of free food and games for the whole family. Don’t forget all the silent auction items inside the gym along with the quilts on display for auction that starts at 1 p.m. I’ve been there several times, and it’s a joy and a fun day. All the proceeds from the auction items benefit the children there.

Also, there will be a New Columbia Community wide yard sale on Saturday, Sept. 18, starting a 7 a.m. If you are interested in joining those having sales, get in touch with Tiffany Korte. She has a flyer to share on Facebook with all those participating.

You are in for a treat this year. There will also be another community yard sale on Saturday, Oct. 2, from others that couldn’t participate in September.

Wishing everyone a great week.

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