I got to go to the New Life Assembly Church, which is located above Whitesville, last week to an outdoor gospel sing, and I enjoyed it very much. Pastor Gary Williams, his wife, Ina, and about 100 people gathered on the church parking lot to hear the singing and to praise the Lord. The Lord blessed the evening with cool weather, after the daytime temperature nearly reached 100 degrees. The church served a variety of refreshments and all had a great time of Christian fellowship. The Mound Arts and Crafts Festival, which is held in South Charleston around the old Indian mound, is scheduled for Sept. 8. Of all the arts and crafts festivals I go to, this is my favorite. I really enjoy seeing all of the beautiful handmade crafts. Lynn Walker, of Sylvester, had surgery on her hand last week and we hope it will be better soon. Joe and Judith Barnette, of Artie, want to request prayer for her cousin, Randy Hodge, as he is having some health problems. The antique car show at the Whitesville First Baptist Church is only two weeks away. It is scheduled for Sept. 15, and the church members want to invite everyone to come out and see the cars. There will be some real beauties there. Trophies will be awarded for many different categories and everyone will receive a participation award. There will be refreshments, and it will be a day of fun and fellowship. Call Jimmy Brown at (304) 854-0001 or (304) 854-2549 for more information. On Sept. 20, Debbie McGinnis and her husband, Danny, will celebrate their wedding anniversary. Congratulations to them, with wishes for many more years together. Happy Birthday wishes go to Camilla Averson, the daughter of Richard and Michelle Averson, of Whitesville, on Sept. 13; Charles Burdette, of Colcord, on Sept. 9; Debbie McGinnis, of Whitesville, on Sept. 14; David Woody, of Whitesville, on Sept. 30; Velvie Wiley, of Seng Creek, on Sept. 10; Courtney Coon, the daughter of Toni and Warren Coon, of Comfort, on Sept. 1, followed by her mother on Sept. 7; Melissa Proctor, of Dry Creek, on Sept. 3; Lindsey Burdette, of Petters, the daughter of David and Cindy Burdette, on Sept. 10; Rebecca Anderson, of Sylvester, on Sept. 10; Anna Daniels, of Whitesville, the widow of the late Frank Daniels, a former barber in Whitesville, on Sept. 16. Aliene Stavrakis, of Whitesville, a retired school teacher at the Whitesville Junior High School, will celebrate her birthday on Sept. 29. Minas Stavrakis, the son of Aliene and Basil Stavrakis, will celebrate his birthday on Sept. 9. We hope everyone has a very happy birthday. Doris Flowers, of Sylvester, celebrated her 80th birthday with a surprise party arranged by her two nephews, Gary L. Wiseman, of Hopewell, Va., and James A. Wiseman, of Prince George, Va. They took her to the Holiday Inn Hotel in Beckley, where about 20 of her friends and relatives were waiting to surprise her on Aug. 18, the day after her birthday. They all spent the night at the hotel and had breakfast at the Cracker Barrel on Sunday morning. She wants to thank everyone who helped make her 80th birthday so special. Her nephews — Gary Wiseman, James Wiseman and Greg Kuhn, of Huntington — and their families sure know how to make an aunt feel loved. Doris said she received a lot of beautiful gifts, but most of all she received a lot of love from everyone, and she wants to thank everyone who gave her gifts or sent her cards. Marie Bonds Adams, of Tamarac, Fla., has been visiting her brothers, Larry, Clyde and Dale Bonds, of Birchton, and her sister, Betty Lou Collison, of Rock Creek, for the past few weeks. While in the area, she has been visiting with several friends.