News Around Lockhart: Baking my first turkey and making cornbread dressing

Connie Porter Contributing Columnist

November 26, 2013

I know you might be tired of repetition, but until Dec. 1 I have to keep repeating that Lockhart will be having their Christmas Parade at 2 p.m. That’s the first Sunday in December.

We really would like it if some of you would like to make a float and enter it in our float contest. Plaques will be awarded for Best Theme, Most Original, and Most Attractive. Have your floats at Lockhart School at 12:30. Judging will be at 1 p.m.

All vendors are welcome free of charge. See Jeannie Belue or Barry Canupp to assign you a spot. Or take the one you had last year, if you are a repeat vendor. I hope the public comes down to the center of town to purchase your products.

The Festival of Lights will be held afterward at the First Baptist Church in Lockhart. The float plaques will be given out at that time.

Christmas Lights

If you have noticed the Lockhart Power Company has put up our Christmas street lights, we are always grateful for their help. I saw Annette Sutherland and Sandy West putting out light decorations Saturday, and I know she was the leader in putting down the decoration lights for the power company to put up. If anyone wants to help with lights contact Ailene at the town hall at 545-2103.

Christmas Angels

Dale and Patty Inman put up the Angels and Wayne and Lori Brannon repair and paint them. If you want to remember a loved one, just go by the town hall, pay $20. and state the name you want on one. If you already have an Angel, just pay $10 and tell Brenda whose name is on it.

Beautiful Wedding

I heard the weather stayed nice Saturday for Blake McCollum and Ashley Painter to have a beautiful yard wedding, someone told me there was about 100 people to witness the ceremony. They are such a sweet couple and I wish them 90 years of happiness.

Book Sale

I am so pleased with all the phone calls that I received this past week, regarding my article. So according to some, I will apologize for not putting my address in my letter when I was telling you of my book sale. I will continue the sale until the end of the year for that reason.

I am at 411 Lockhart Dr. and the corner of N. 3rd in Lockhart. A sign saying Connie’s is on the front of the porch. I’m one block from the Presbyterian Church and three streets from the town hall and playground.

The sale will be while I am working: Tuesday, from 9:30 a.m. til 7 p.m., except this next Tuesday when I will have to leave at 6 to have the monthly town meeting. Thursdays and Friday from 9:30 a.m. til 7 pm.. Saturday from 9:30 a.m. til 2 pm. And Sunday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The books are selling for 10 cents. If you let me know ahead of time I can drag out the ones in the back room.

Call at 545-6652.Or just drop in.

Well Saturday night Chuck and I went to the auction in Jonesville, it had been a year since we had been there, because we sat and visited with Margaret Montgomery on Saturday nights instead.

We saw a lot of familiar faces when we walked in, and I met some great ladies that sat behind me, and shared Krispie Kreme donuts with. I won’t buy them because I’d probably eat the whole box. Golly aren’t they the best.

Well anyway, I had to introduce Chuck to the ladies so they would put a face with the person I pick on most in my column. Well before he started working 12-hour shifts I had a lot to pick on him about but now he has to sleep in his spare time.

Carolina Christmas

Don’t forget the Carolina Christmas will be performed tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 23 at 6 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center on Armory Road behind the Hot Spot. This is an annual event presented by Tommy Fowler and Friends.


Happy Birthday to Tracy Gene Rash on the 20th; Craig Canupp and Tommy Denton on the 22nd; Scott Smith and Dylan Cabiness on the 25th; Hillary Fowler on the 26th; Steve Robinson, James Canty, Lee Williams, Jacob Colson, and Jordon Thompson on the 27th; Roan Stepp and Caroline Sanders on the 29th; Ann Sprouse on the 30th.


Happy Anniversary to Pat and Tina Fowler on the 22nd; Weldon and Esther Sue Eaves on the 18th; Mitzi and Jimmy Bennett on the 20th.

Remember In Prayer

Cindy Henderson was diagnosed in August with Leukemia and just finished chemo in October. Please remember her in prayer that she can have a happy fulfilled life and that the chemo helped.

She is looking for a ceramic Christmas tree with lights that people made about 30 years ago. She’s wanting to gift her daughter with one.

I really don’t hear of people doing ceramics anymore. But we all enjoyed it at one time, getting together with our friends and seeing how many canister sets we can make, or these Christmas trees.

If you have one in your attic and want to get rid of it call me at 545-6652.

Also Remember In Prayer

I just heard that my friend Dolly Broome passed out Sunday morning while getting ready for church and is in the hospital having tests run. She will be 84 on Christmas Day. I hope it wasn’t anything serious. Remember her in your prayers, also.

Thanksgiving Jokes

Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often.

Thanksgiving is the one occasion each year when gluttony becomes a patriotic duty.

After sitting down to a grand Thanksgiving spread at my mother-in-law’s home, she announced, “Before we get started, I think we ought to give thanks to the Lord.”

Without skipping a beat, her sister grumbled, “I think we better taste the meal first.”

Baking My First Turkey

Well these are a few of my Thanksgiving jokes. The biggest joke is when I baked my first turkey.

For the first few years of my marriage I would buy a frozen turkey loaf, but one year my mother told me I could cook the turkey. I was in the oven as much as the turkey, basting it constantly, when we got ready to eat I was such a wreck that I ended up in the emergency room with the worst headache, throwing up and nerves. Everyone else was at my house enjoying a very tasty turkey.

Making Dressing

One time I wanted to learn how to make cornbread dressing, so I asked all the women (who were from the South) how to make it and I took all their recipes and put them all together and had a bowl full of salty dressing, but my gravy was so bland that it complemented the dressing, as long as you ate them together.

Well I’ll say goodnight until next week, call at 864-545-6652