Me and Pepper at one of the last chemo treatments in Round 3.

Even now, to say or write down the words “colorectal cancer” seems unreal. On one hand, there is an incredible disconnect between me and those words. On the other hand, those words have completely changed my life.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. I was diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer in August 2015, but I had been sick long before that day. Continue reading

Love from ‘STEW’-art


Dale May and Jack May look on as Benny May and Kevin May tend the cookers full of Brunswick Stew at the Stewart Fire Department.

Once a month, this group gets together for a time of prayer and a great breakfast.

The Stewart Community Men’s Brotherhood meets once a month for Prayer Breakfast at one of four churches in the area for a time of food, fellowship and devotion. The men from the host church will prepare breakfast, including scrambled eggs, grits, biscuits, sausage gravy and every good thing. Apparently, you will not find a breakfast casserole at the buffet. More than one wife has been informed “that’s not a guy thing.”
Men from throughout the community are invited to join the fun at 7 a.m. on the first Sunday morning each month before regular church services. Members are part of Stewart Baptist Church, Tri-County Baptist Church, Pine Forest Baptist Church and Poplar Creek Nations Baptist Church. The men from the host church arrive at the church kitchen at about 5 a.m. the morning of the breakfast.

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#MONDAYMISSIONS ‘Gifts of Love’ can make all the difference


Karen Collins with some of the donations to the Gifts of Love project this year. (Photo submitted)

A stuffed animal or a warm blanket can mean so much to a child or an elderly person in difficult circumstances. Sometimes, a Gift of Love is just the thing.

Gifts of Love is a mission project started by Karen Collins of Stewart. For the past two years, Collins has collected blankets and toys from the community and has been able to distribute items to families in need after a house fire, after a tornado, and other disasters happening to residents in Montgomery and Webster Counties. She also works with Winona Manor Nursing Home and Mission Hope Ministries in Montgomery County, as well as Golden Living Nursing Home and a school or church in Webster County. Donations may also be dropped off at Ann’s Flowers and Crafts in Stewart. Continue reading

HAPPY FALL Y’ALL! It’s pumpkin-pickin’ time!


Hayden Hubbard playing in the pumpkins at the May Farm Pumpkin Patch. (Photo submitted)

Some like tiny pumpkins and others want “The Great Pumpkin” on their doorstep.

Several children interviewed this week said they liked pumpkins “so big I can barely carry it,” while one or two said they liked pumpkins they can hold and play with all month. Moms love the decorative gourds and white pumpkins at local pumpkin patches. One mom said she had some Fall Pintrest decorating ideas and she needed a few pumpkins to “make Fall happen” at her house.

One thing is sure, Fall is in the air, and what a great time to take the family to a pumpkin patch to find the perfect decorations and future Jack-O-lanterns.

Two great local places designed for Fall family fun are Bull Bottom Farms in Duck Hill and May’s Corn Maze in Stewart.

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