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Nancy M. Young: July 16, 2016

Ellaville-Schley County MYF takes week-long Mission Trip
Members of the Ellaville-Schley County MYF recently spent a week in Bayou La Batra, Alabama.
The group of nine youth and two adults joined churches from Michigan, Missouri and Atlanta for a week of service to the community of Bayou La Batra.
The group spent time working with the community children, visiting the local convalescent home, doing much needed yard work, painting homes and sharing Jesus with the people that they met.
Those that attended were Cody Betts, Melody Thai, Faith Thai, Wayne Morrow Jr., Chandler Dockery, Kelly Morrow, Alexis Flynt, Sarah Vickery, Savannah Varnum, Faith Brown, and Tyler Peacock.

Dwight and Mary Ellen McCorkle visit children,  grandchildren
On June 23, Dwight and Mary Ellen McCorkle left for Clermont, Florida to be with their grandson, Jeremiah Sawicky and his family while he was competing in the 11-year-old Junior Olympics.
Jeremiah ran in the 200-meter and the 400-meter races. He did his very best in his timing, but did not qualify for the finals in Texas.
They visited with the other family members — son Jonathan and wife Rosa and their other two sons, Mathew and Jonathan Sawicky. They also visited their other son, Rick and his wife Kelly Sawicky. They all stayed at the same hotel and had dinner together. Mary Ellen said they all enjoyed the pool at the hotel.
The McCorkles left Florida on June 26, heading to Silver Spring, Maryland, and visited with their daughter Melissa and her husband Nick Snyder and their two daughters Nellie and Harper Snyder. Dwight and Mary Ellen stayed with the granddaughters for a week.
They enjoyed visiting the charming downtown area, seeing movies, shopping, dining out and visiting a variety of parks with the girls.
The McCorkles came home on July 2, leaving the following day for Cairo, Georgia, where they visited Dwight’s uncle and his wife, Bryant and Dinah Collins. On July 3, the McCorkle and Collins families celebrated with a Fourth of July family get together, which included about 20 members of the Gilliard family which is Dinah Collins family. They served a delicious picnic meal with all the trimmings.
A special recognition and celebration was held for Billy McCorkle, who turned 80 years on July 17. To end this special event they had fireworks that night which really topped off this special celebration.
Mary Ellen said that she had driven them everywhere that they had gone from Florida to Maryland and back to Georgia. She said that she put 2,500 miles on her car in 12 days.
On July 16, Dwight and Mary Ellen will leave and go half-way and pick up the grandsons from Florida for a week’s vacation here. They always have a lot of fun and activities when they are here during the summers.

Cool Children Cafe receives grant
The Schley County Middle/High School Special Education program has received a $5,000 grant from Flint Energies Foundation, to fund the “Cool Children Cafe” at the high school.
Through this grant, special education students will learn how to purchase cooking supplies from local stores, how to follow recipes, prepare food menus and how to serve the prepared food to the faculty and staff. All of the food is prepared in the home economics kitchen at the Schley County High School.
This grant will provide a wide variety of social and life skills and allow students to adapt to normal lifestyle requirements. The grant was prepared and submitted by the Schley County Family Connection and John Greene.
For more information about the “Cool Children Cafe” and to find out how you can help or contribute, call Lisa Holloway at 937-0560.

Birth announcement
Eric and Jessica Cook Watson of Leesburg announce the birth of a daughter, Jacquelyn Claire Watson, on May 2 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Albany. The infant weighed 8 lbs. 3 oz. and was 21inches long. She will be called Claire. Grandparents are John and Lynne Cook of DeSoto and Eddie and Sharon Watson of Ellaville.

Kempters Vintage Gospel Concert is tonight
The Kempters Vintage Gospel concert starts  at 6 p.m. today, July 16 at Unity Fellowship Church, Ga. Highway 26, west of Ellaville.
Refreshments will be served after the concert. The Schley County United Methodist Men are sponsoring this special event. Hope to see you there.