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Grandparents' Corner

Wyatt Joseph Malachi Rickey, one month, and Noah Riley Keyth Rickey, two and a half, are the children of Charles Vernon and Nicole Elizabeth Ann Rickey of Siloam Springs.

They are the grandchildren of Charles and Gaye Rickey of Powhatan and Stephen and Michelle Bruce of Cherokee Village.

Great-grandparents are William and Mary Hibbard of O'Kean, Harold and Bobbie Bruce of Powhatan, Al and Dottie Brown-Stevens of Cherokee Village and Zuma Rickey of Pocahontas.

They are the great-great-grandchildren of Anna Osterdyk of Mora, Minn.

The simple things
can be special

When I was growing up in Possum Trot, five miles west of Swifton, there were few places to go and even fewer things to do other than work.

After I left home and went to work in a local factory, I finally started making trips to some of the places I had only heard about as a young-un. Golly, I even made it to Cedar Lake, Ind., to visit my cousin Pat who had moved away so long ago

To my surprise even my dad started venturing out after he retired. I guess he had given up on saving a million dollars (as Foghorn Leghorn would say "That's a joke son, ya hear, that's a joke.")

Anyway, he relaxed, stopped being so tightfisted and began to live a little.

He found his favorite spot for family outings in Lawrence County, a place called Lake Charles - he called it Charles Lake.AThe phone would ring on a Friday afternoon and his deep voice would say, "We are going to have a picnic at Charles Lake tomorrow."

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