Let’s be Neighbors by Carolyn Mills

March 17, 2012 On Monday of last week, my grandson Dallas’s home burned and my column this week will fill you in on what happened, as many have called. It was spring break and the three girls, Lindsey, Morgan, and Hannah and their mother Kim went to the dentist. They came home a little after noon, parked the car in the attached garage, and went into the front part of the house, farthest removed from the garage. They were busy doing this that and the other a little while. Lindsey, oldest daughter (fourth grade) went into the kitchen which joins the garage, came back and told her mother there was smoke in the kitchen. Kim went to investigate, opened the kitchen door and discovered her car and the walls of the garage in flames. She grabbed her cell phone and three girls and hurried out the front door, calling 911. Five fire stations responded to the call and worked to extinguish the fire. Dallas was in Macon intending to buy a bull when he got the call from Kim. He raced home, but the fire departments beat him there. A large play room was above the garage and when it caught fire, the blaze gained immediate access to the second floor and attic so the upper portion of the house was quickly blazing. The upper back portion was falling in when the firemen arrived. Kim made no attempt to re-enter the burning house, just holding on to her girls and alerting others about the fire. Morgan (second grade) and Hannah three year old toddler clung to their mother until family and friends arrived. The large area between the parsonage of Good Hope Baptist Church and the Mills home was quickly covered with neighbors, friends and family members. When I was there no less than four pastors were present; David Keene, pastor of Bethel Baptist, Mike Dowd, pastor of West Louisville Methodist, Jason Gross, Minister of Good Hope, and Jerry Lundy, minister of Harmony Baptist. Many arrived with arms full of clothing, shoes, and etc for the children. Mrs. Luke Parks, one of the first to arrive soon had out a pencil and notebook taking down sizes to go and purchase pajamas, underwear, bath supplies, even mentioning ponytail holders. The Luke’s had gone through having their home burn, so she knew the immediate supplies needed. The firemen and all the men helping did manage to put out the fire and the living room , front bedroom and porch did not burn down. The family has been staying at a motel until they get things sorted out. Plans are to set a trailer up and rebuild at the home site. They will begin rebuilding as soon as possible. March 25, 2012 Rev. Mike and Charlotte Dowd attended the Emmaus Walk in Grenada as did Pat and Don Horton last weekend. The Dowds then went out of state to visit Charlotte’s relatives for several days. John Vowell, certified speaker with the Methodist Conference, brought the message for worship service at Center Ridge and Pleasant Hill on Sunday morning. Debbie Ladner and son Josh of Kiln spent Sunday until Wednesday with W. L. and Norma Black. She came to help her parents while Murrey and Robin were away on a cruise. Neighbors came in to help, also. Norma is slowly getting a little better, but still coping with both hands unable to do much of anything and this is so frustrating to her. Jeff Fulton, co-owner of Yarbrough’s Garden Center, helped Winston Nursing Home residents, members of the Green Thumb Garden Club, place sweet potatoes in jars at the March meeting. The sweet potatoes will make a vine for the residents to enjoy in their rooms. The jars had been decorated and used previously at the annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet by Charlotte Files, Johnna Williamson, and Joyce Johnson of Winston Garden Club, sponsors of Green Thumb. Friends of Legion State Park met March 21st at the Lodge with Frances Ball, new president, presiding. Joel O’Briant led in prayer, before the business session. Several dates for up-coming events were set and Frances handed out a list of officers, committees, and proposed projects. A sunrise Easter Service will be held at the Park chapel, weather permitting, at the Lodge, otherwise. The Fishing Rodeo is set for May 5th. A meeting will be held by the Friends and any interested in the event to plan it on April 10th. West Louisville Methodist Charge Senior Citizens met at Pleasant Hill UMC for March meeting. Rev. Stacy Parvin of Whitehall UMC was in charge of the program. She brought Susan Seals, Evangalist/teacher with Christian World Missions, who gave an interesting talk and video of the mission work in Ghana and Nigeria done by the organization. A potluck lunch was enjoyed by the group before the program.