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A family gathering of the Curtis Clan and a celebration of Gerald Curtis’ 76th birthday were held on Aug. 14 at the Glenwood Methodist Church Fellowship Hal1.

Around 50 family members attended this special occasion that was arranged by Gerald’s wife, Alice and their two daughters, Gerri and Alecia. A History lesson was taught, by using a questionnaire created by Alecia. She reminded the group that Glenwood is a place where yesterday lives again and the birthplace of the Curtis family. All enjoyed a good time and a sumptuous meal.

Gerald’s book A Place In The Heart, written for his daughters about his memories growing up in Glenwood was very poplar among the Curtis Clan and many of his friends.

The Brantley Rural Club held its members and husbands annual luncheon get-together at the Chicken Shack on Aug. 19.

LaRue Kelsoe conducted a brief business meeting. Delores Mount gave the treasury report. The club is well known for the great job it does in quilting as their main source of raising funds for their many civic activities.

Other members and spouses attending were Merle &Webb Compton, Gayle Henderson, Mary Sasser, Jean & Roy Everage, Oliver Mount & granddaughter Meg Mount, Christine Ross, Jean Holladay, Ann & Aubrey Luke, Ina Ruth & Charles Wallace, Jeanette Carnes and Edna & J.W. Norsworthy.

The club members also congratulated Delores Mount for being named the state winner in a recent quilt contest. She brought the beautiful quilt to show and share with the members.

Gayle Henderson and Mary Sasser will host the September meeting.

Heather Baggett, a student at the University of Alabama, who did her internship at The Luverne Journal this summer, expressed this writer’s sentiments so well in her closing remarks before returning to college.

Baggett stated that what made her time most valuable at the paper was the feedback she received from the readers who read her articles.

&uot;It is indeed a wonderful feeling when someone calls you and tells you they enjoyed reading what you have written,&uot; she said. &uot;That has happened to me on several occasions.&uot;

The most recent compliment that made her day was when Dr. Lester Stewart, formerly of Luverne, called from Dothan and complemented and thanked her for writing, The Luverne Community News. Dr. Stewart said he read and enjoyed it every week and looked forward to reading about what is happening in his old hometown.

&uot;I expressed to Dr. Stewart how I wish more people would send me their news,&uot; Baggett said. &uot;Also, recently I was talking to one of my favorite people in the whole wide world, Mrs. Charles (Rowena) English of Birmingham and her comments about the Luverne News was very encouraging. Several friends and people who worked for The English’s have ask me from time to time about Ms. English, please call me sometime and I will share with you on how she is doing. Let me encourage my readers to take the time to send me their news, so our readers will have more of a verity of activities to read about.&uot;

The annual Everage Family Reunion was held at the Ferman Mitchell Multi Purpose Center in Luverne on August 7. There were approximately 100 in attendance, some of which traveled as far away as Las Vegas, Nev. and Kingsville, Texas.

Harold Barrow welcomed everyone and recognized each person having birthdays in August. He also gave a memorial for the family members who had passed away since the 2003 reunion. One of the highlights of the family gathering was when a gift was given to the oldest and the youngest attending. Lou Peters, 90 years young, received the gift for the oldest and little Tyler Moseley, 11 months old, was the youngest.

All in attendance enjoyed looking and sharing old photos. A photographer made a separate picture of the descendants of Jonathan Everage and the descendants of Andrew Everage. The families enjoyed the fun, food and fellowship and the special music.

The Ben Everage family was the highest in attendance with the Fernie Everage family with the second highest. Several of the Everage family members also enjoyed visiting old friends in the neighborhoods, where they grew up, while here for the reunion.

Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Norsworthy attended a sales seminar in Birmingham on August 16 and 17 at the Hampton Inn in Pelham. The seminar was a Fall kickoff meeting held by Mr. McGuire, owner of Explore Products Inc. (Books & Educational materials for home and schools). Ms. Norsworthy is a local sales representative for Explore Products.

Chapel Hill Baptist Church recently enjoyed an inspiring revival with Rev. Gary Winstead and Rev. Shannon Moses. Rev. Winstead delivered several messages throughout the revival. The congregation was treated to several items that were obtained by Rev. Winstead on his trips to Israel. Rev. Moses gave the message the final night of the revival, which posed the thought -provoking question, &uot;Is God pleased with me?&uot;

The members of Chapel Hill Baptist Church recently honored their, Pastor Mike Moses, with a birthday celebration. They also congratulated Rev. Mike and his wife Jean, who recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary.

Special Announcement…. Heart of Dixie Barbershop Chorus…There will be a spaghetti dinner, featuring &uot;Barbershop Singing&uot; held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The First United Methodist Church Hall on 213 North Three Notch Street in Troy tomorrow night. This will be an enjoyable and fun time, so think &uot;spaghetti&uot; and have a night out in your neighboring town. They will be happy to see you!

The Troy Arts Council and Troy University has mailed out the 2004-2005 Calendar of Events. If you are interested and would like to be on their mailing list call Elaine Blair at 334-566-0834. Four of the main performances will be Smoke on the Mountain, Cotton Patch Gospel, Dallas Brass and The Irish Sopranos along with many more musicals and drama’s for family entertainment.

This week: The 17 words that will never fail you: Prepare, Listen, Care, Smile, Choose, Focus, Believe, Relax, Act, Forgive, Pray, Trust, Change, Persist, Accept, Risk and Wait.