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For nearly 25 years I have enjoyed writing this column. I was still in high school, working on the Tellico Plains High School newspaper, The Sequoyahan, when I began writing for The Democrat. The column appeared in the Friday newspaper.

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Shoal Creek Baptist Church Food Pantry will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb 20. There will also be a benefit singing for the building fund, with Bobby Lewis singing, at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21.

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Join the Ballplay Ruritan Club for a homemade meal and fellowship on Monday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Friends Meeting of Ballplay Fellowship Hall, 157 Ballplay School Road.  Come meet your neighbors and find out what we’re planning in 2016!  Call Charles at 295-2434 or Joe at 295-2433 for mor…

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Did everyone enjoy their snow days? I prefer not to have snow, but the children enjoy it so much.  May the ground be white and the roads be dry!

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I had the pleasure of attending Ada Martin’s 90th birthday party on Sunday.  She was so happy and excited to see everyone that came.  It was truly a special day for her!

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Happy birthday to Nancy Shadden, Lawrence O’Dell, Carl Williams, Judy Gray, Ray Roberts, Nathan Williams and Shannon Sprague.

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Are you ready for the cold? I would like to ask everyone to stay safe in the coming weeks.  If the roads are snowy or icy, please stay in if you can.  Many people are required to be on the roads, myself included.  Be safe, be prepared and be patient.

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I hope everyone has a safe and healthy New Year! Can’t wait to see what changes will come to make our little town grow next year!

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I really enjoyed reading all of the sweet letters to Santa in this past Sunday’s edition. Merry Christmas to all!

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The Friends Meeting at Ballplay will have their annual Fall Festival on Oct. 3 at 10 a.m.  There are many vendors ready to show their handicrafts and other products.  The church ladies will have food for purchase.  Plenty of fall decorations will be available for photo opportunities, and Smo…

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The Friends Meeting at Ballplay will have their annual Fall Festival at 10 a.m. on Oct. 3.  They are looking for vendors who would like to set up for the festival, but no food vendors. Booth rentals are $10 for a 10x10 space and you must furnish your own tent and tables. If you are intereste…

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Shoal Creek Baptist Church will be having a homecoming and decoration on Sept. 6.  Services start at 11 a.m. Singers will be The Freemans. There will not be an evening service on this day. 

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Shoal Creek Baptist Church will be having a homecoming and decoration on Sept. 6.  Services start at 11 a.m. Singers will be The Freenans. There will not be an evening service on this day. 

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Shoal Creek Baptist Church will be having a homecoming and decoration on Sept. 6.  Services start at 11 a.m. Singers will be The Partin Family from Elijay, Ga. There will not be an evening service on this day. 

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The Friends Meeting at Ballplay will have their annual Fall Festival at 10 a.m. on Oct. 3.  They are looking for vendors who would like to set up for the festival, but no food vendors. Booth rentals are $10 for a 10x10 space and you must furnish your own tent and tables. If you are intereste…

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Shoal Creek Baptist Church Food Pantry will be open Saturday, Aug 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  We will also be having a benefit singing for our Building Fund on Sunday, Aug 16, at 6 p.m. with “The Evans Family” singing. 

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Back to school this week! I hope that all of the kids, teachers and parents are ready to get back in the school routine. It’s been a good summer, but it is time to start learning again!

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Mount Vernon Baptist Church will have a benefit singing for their youth on Saturday, Aug. 1 at 6 p.m.  There will be singers from three churches.

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Shoal Creek Baptist Church’s Food Pantry will be open on Saturday, July 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will also be a benefit singing for the church’s building fund on Sunday, July 19, at 6 p.m. with Danny Pilkey singing. 

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Friends Meeting of Ballplay will be having a bean supper/auction on Aug. 1 at the Church Fellowship Hall. The bean supper will be at 4-5 p.m. with the auction starting at 5 p.m. The bean supper will consist of beans (all varieties), slaw, corn bread, onions and dessert. The cost will be dona…

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Friends Meeting of Ballplay will be having a bean supper/auction on Aug. 1 at the Church Fellowship Hall. The bean supper will be at 4-5 p.m. with the auction starting at 5 p.m. The bean supper will consist of beans (all varieties), slaw, corn bread, onions and dessert. The cost will be dona…

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Summer is here! Let me know of any festivals, Vacation Bible Schools, or other events that would be of interest. Remember to visit the Tellico Plains Farmer’s Market for the best selection of summer produce!

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Shoal Creek Baptist Church will be having a benefit singing for Jerry Moses, who was in a logging accident and has no insurance. Singers will be Under Grace, aka The Helms Family, from Georgia, at 6 p.m. on June 14. The church’s food pantry will be open June 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Shoal Creek Baptist church will have Vacation Bible School beginning until June 5 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Classes for all ages.

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Shoal Creek Baptist Church will have Vacation Bible School beginning on May 31 through June 5 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. There will be classes for all ages.

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Shoal Creek Baptist church will have its Vacation Bible School beginning on May 31 and continuing through June 5 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. nightly. Classes for all ages.

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Shoal Creek Baptist Church’s Food Pantry will be open on Saturday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Sunday, May 17, the church will be having a benefit singing for their building fund. Young Praise will be singing at 6 p.m. The church will hold Vacation Bible School from May 31 through June…

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Tellico Plains High School will present The Fashion Show on April 7 at 7 p.m. at Tellico Plains High School.  Students have created fashion designs of clothing from non conventional, recycled materials.  Admission price is $10.  The proceeds are for a scholarship fund.  Scholarships will be …

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Happy birthday to Adam Watson, Paden Dalton, Dolores Damron, Betty Ruth Adams, Carolyn Veal, and Stanley Shadden.

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The Freemans will be at Long Ridge Baptist Church on Coker Creek on Sunday, March 22, at 11 a.m. Come worship with them. For more information, contact Alda Roberts 423-261-2322 or Laverne Davis 423-261-2259.

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Shoal Creek Baptist Church will be hosting for the first time ever a Sportsman Rally, introducing the youth to the outdoors. The event will be on Saturday, March 14. Attendees will meet at the church around 2 p.m. and shuttle over to the Rayburn Farm. There will be all kinds of activities pl…

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Happy birthday to Austin Darnes, Patrick Hawkins, Carolyn Williams, Deion O’Dell, Deborah Dalton, Kaylie West, Florence Bivens, Katie Humbert and Travis Belcher.

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