TRIBUNE COLUMN: News from the Pond, students honored


Holly Pond outstanding students were recently honored by Holly Pond Civitan Club: Taylor Simmons, Caleb Knedlik, Josie Harbison, Makayla Fields, Andre McCaffrey, Kaytlin Abbott, Yahir Quintero, Aubrey Paige Hudspeth, Evan Rainey, Korey Butler, Molley Barnett, Jose Aguilar, Saylah Daugherty and Alana Phillips.

Good morning Tribune readers and families. Aren’t these beautiful spring days truly a gift from God? We look out at the gorgeous fields and woods around Holly Pond and everything is so green that it almost hurts our eyes. It is a very busy time for everyone, as well with all the decorations, homecomings, reunions, graduations and festivals. I hope you are able to get out and take it all in.

Holly Pond celebrated Decoration/Homecoming Day this past weekend. The cemetery has never looked better! Holly Pond Lions Club and Historical Society spent a couple of days cleaning and straightening old monuments. They also walked all over the cemetery placing American and Confederate flags on the gravesites of veterans. Holly Pond Homemakers Club cleaned the Chapel and welcomed visitors at the Chapel and main entrance. Dan Scott and Mike Wisener oversaw grounds maintenance and upkeep. Mowing and trimming is an ongoing project of Holly Pond Homemakers Club with various fundraising activities such as bake sales and quilt raffles.

Holly Pond Civitans have had a busy spring, also. They recently honored the accomplishments of Holly Pond students. Selected as Good Citizens were Alana Phillips and Jose Aguilar from Holly Pond Elementary; Molley Barnett and Yahir Quintero of Holly Pond Middle School; Korey Butler and Evan Rainey of Holly Pond High School. Civitan Club Essay Contest winners from the High School were Josie Harbison, 1st Place; Andre McCaffrey, 2nd Place; Conner Lowery, 3rd Place. Civitan Club Essay Contest winners from the Middle School Division were Kaytlin Abbott, 1st Place; Makayla Fields, 2nd Place; Aubrey Paige Hudspeth, 3rd Place. Holly Pond Civitans also are sponsoring Taylor Simmons and Caleb Knedlik to attend the Youth Leadership Forum in Searcy, Arkansas in June. A $1000 College Scholarship was presented to Saylah Daugherty.

Holly Pond Civitans were honored to be able to provide breakfast for cancer survivors last week to kick off the Relay for Life event. Holly Pond Key Club members also assisted with serving the survivors and caregivers.

Christian sympathy is extended to the family of Mr. Ottis L. Shedd. Although  he is from Blountsville, he made a lasting impact on the Holly Pond  community.  As one of his many accomplishments,  Mr. Shedd established the Holly Pond Funeral Home in 1998. It continues to be owned and operated in Holly Pond by the Shedd family.

Stay safe and well and enjoy this delightful weather.