Monterey Matters

  • Monterey Matters: Kids make Christmas so special for us all

    It has been quite a while since I’ve had much to talk about, so I sure hope you are ready to take this all in.
    First of all, I’d like to start out by saying happy New Year to all my friends and family in Owen County and I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas as well.

  • Monterey Matters: Snowfall on Halloween isn’t the right treat

    I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful weather we had last week. I’m not sure we are going to be enjoying it for much longer. It is really beginning to look a lot like winter already this week.
    On Sunday, while out doing some shopping I even overheard several people discussing the weather for this week. I heard a couple of folks saying that they were calling for snow on Halloween. Snow ... on Halloween?
    If it were to do this, I would really be surprised. I can’t recall seeing snow in October. I am praying this storm passes us by.

  • Monterey Matters: Organizers, sponsors deserve special thanks

    What a wonderful day it turned out to be for the Monterey Homecoming Fair 2012.
We could not have asked for better weather especially for October. I have heard several people say (and I have to agree) that this was the best fair in a very long time as far as the weather and the attendance. It seemed there were a lot more booths this year despite the fact that several food vendors didn’t show up. This left the ones that were there running out of food sooner than they had planned. I believe they even ran out of burgoo too.

  • Monterey Matters: Town coming together for fair

    A very good friend of mine from Frankfort - Jana Moore - has been asking me for weeks to come up and go to church with her and her family at North Frankfort Baptist Church.
    She had also called another friend of ours Laurie to come join us too.
    Laurie and I finally had made plans to go. This same weekend, Evelyn also called to see if I would come go to church with her at Old Cedar.
    I ended up having Evelyn to join us and we all ended up meeting up with Jana a few weeks ago.
    It was a very nice church and we really enjoyed it.

  • Monterey Matters: Reunions connect family

    The Atha family held its annual family reunion at the Monterey Park Sept. 2.
    Despite some rumors that this had been postponed until further notice, there were several people who showed up after all.
    I was going to mention the reunion the week before last but I couldn’t get in touch with anyone to confirm the rumor.
    With the threat of rain they were calling for that day, I also figured there wouldn’t be very many to attend either.
    We ended up having about 57 to attend.

  • Monterey Matters: Old slide finds a new home and another group of kids

    I hope each and everyone had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend and had the opportunity to spend some quality time with your families.
    Lori (Smoot) Onan has recently (at least temporarily) returned back to work after being off for the last couple of weeks.

  • Monterey Matters: Plans forming for Monterey Fair

    Thank you all for expressing your thoughts and concerns to me and my family over the last week in regards to my brother, Ray Jesse.
    Ray has been in the hospital since last Saturday. He had been having some issues with his stomach and has been in some tremendous pain. Gina had taken him to the Frankfort Regional Medical Center Saturday morning where they transported him to Central Baptist that afternoon.
    He ended up having to have surgery last Monday. He is feeling a little better and got to come home on Saturday.

  • Monterey Matters: I hear the calling again

    It has recently been brought to my attention that I have been missed lately by many readers. This makes one’s heart feel very good. Unfortunately, I apologize for not submitting any news lately and for taking such a long break from this. With a new job and a new grandbaby, I felt as though I just didn’t have the time. However, I have promised many people that I am really going to try and get back into this once more.  Often times I have just thought that the good people of Owen County were just getting tired of hearing about Dana Burke and her news.

  • Monterey Matters: Tragedies strike our small community once again

    A lot of time has come and gone since I last had an opportunity to submit any news. I’m hoping each and every one of you had a wonderful Christmas as well as a happy and safe New Year. I’m hoping, as many of you are, that 2012 has more to offer us and will be a much better year for all of us.  
    As many of you know by now, Monterey has lost a very dear man. Dan and his wife Kim (Fisher) Ballard were recently in a very tragic automobile accident. It was very unfortunate that Dan did not survive.

  • Monterey Matters: Time for some focus on the family

    What a beautiful November weekend.
    Although it was a little windy, we still enjoyed it. I wanted to spend some time with Jade and Dani, so on Saturday I went to Lawrenceburg to pick them up for the weekend. We came back to Frankfort and went to visit with Ray, Gina and Leslie Jesse for a while.
    This was the first time they had gotten to see Dani since she was born. We spent several hours over there hanging out playing with Dani.