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Hi folks,

The summer of 2019 has been a warm one, but most everyone seems to have enjoyed the hot days. The last summer holiday, Labor Day, was enjoyed by most everyone, and now we look forward to our next holiday, Thanksgiving Day. 

Where has the summer gone? Everyone agrees the days are really passing us by. Maybe we should slow down a little and enjoy every day more.

A lot of parades were held on Sept. 1 around our state, many cookouts were enjoyed, and I suppose a lot of chicken stew was made and enjoyed. 

The Belgreen Fire Department really went all out this year with their Boston butt sale. They always do a fantastic job, and we all look forward to enjoying the smoked pork each and every year. 

One of the big events held each year is the celebration at the Coon Dog Cemetery near Cherokee. 

This event started in 1937, and each year it continues to grow. Everyone enjoys the fun and entertainment that takes place there. 

For many years O’Neal Bolton was in charge of this event, and he really took a lot of pride in promoting this event every year. 

I have a picture of O’Neal standing beside the statue of the first famous coon dog buried there. Bluegrass music, buck dancing and a liar’s contest are held every year.

One of the most memorable Labor Day events happened 36 years ago in Tuscumbia, when Jimmy Carter came and informed the people he was seeking the office of president of the United States. 

I remember that day well. I was there along with more than 25,000 other people. 

I have a picture of President Carter standing on the platform addressing the folks, and many, many people were there on that hot, humid day. 

Sitting on the platform behind President Carter was Russellville’s own Mr. Coolidge Hatton. Coolidge was there representing the Labor Union, of which he held a high office. 

So many great and happy memories still exist about days gone by, and I hope and pray the future holds many happy events that we can all keep in our memory for the years that lie ahead. 

Only time will tell; let’s all hope things will be good for all. 

Til next time,

Your friend,