South Couny News

Charlie Carmichael

The area is still doing hay harvest but all other crop harvests are over.
Thanks to area couples
Tom and Robin Cox and Dusty and Tannis Cathey have spent quiet a bit of time the past few weeks working with the elementary children of the Dora Baptist Church on a Christmas program to be presented this Sunday morning during the worship hour. The community appreciates them and each person in the presentation. Come join us for the Big Story in honor of Jesus.
Family Gathering
The family of Opal and Helen Jones gathered at the Dora Community Building for a wonderful Thanksgiving. All five of their children were here for the occasion for lots of good food, visiting, singing and music.
Those present were Jerry and Jenny Jones of Richmond, Va.; Logan, Silka, Lexa and Sammy of Arkadelphia, Ark.; Joe Jones of Lubbock, Bobby and Kathie Jones, and Chris, Diana, Benton, Graham St. Clair of Lubbock. Billie, Ron Loyd, Verne and Lori Jones of Artesia; David, Terry and Jake Jones of Dora; Jeff Jones of Ruidoso; Julie, Kim, Graysons, Kimberlyn and Jilene Bartel of Spring, Texas; Brad Loyd of Santa Fe; Johnny, Beverly and Alex King, Mary and J. C. King, all of Artesia; Joe Bill and Velma Robertson of Lubbock; Erica and Elena Clark, Brett Bedinger and T. Z. Duncan of Portales; Don and Maud Tharp of Alamogordo; Nelda, Ken, Megan and Sarah Leadingham of Roswell; Nancy and David Montgomery of Dallas.
This is the first time they had all been present for sometime.
Opal and Helen raised their family — first living in the Richland area then in Dora — while operating the Dora Grocery. They now have retired and live at Golden Acres in Portales.
Opal’s family owned and operated the old Garrison store in the early 1920s or so.
History
The Spanish flu epidemic hit the United States in 1918 — wonder how this one will be remembered?