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By Kathy Anderson
This week our church services were moved back inside after several weeks of Drive-In Church services.
Members were greeted at the door by Amy Tallman who wore gloves and a face mask as she handed out church bulletins offering members a pump of hand sanitizer and a face mask.
Guests appeared to be entering a maze but a closer look revealed it was just taped off to aide in social distancing. At the conclusion of the services members were dismissed by rows as not to congregate. Of course there was some visiting afterwards outdoors but during services we met the guidelines in accordance with COVID-19 precautions.
At this time we are only having our morning worship service at 10:45 A.M. In the next few weeks we will be adding our Sunday School, Sunday evening and Wednesday services and activities. We will be sure and keep everyone informed as we proceed.
We also recognized our graduates this week. Ms. Alli Smith is graduating from the 8th grade at Stringtown. Alli is the daughter of Shandy Smith and the granddaughter of Robby and Wendy Isom and great granddaughter of Rick and Willa Mae Isom.
We also want to congratulate Tyler Isom who is a graduate of the Stringtown Senior Class. Tyler plans on attending college upon his graduation.
Tyler is the son of Cody and Jessica Isom and grandson of Eddie Isom.
We hated to hear this week that Falls Creek and Kiamichi Baptist Assembly has cancelled all their summer camps for 2020.
This week once again Wendy Wyrick came to my rescue. Wendy helped me figure out how to hook up my brush hog. I told her we should have made a You-Tube video.
We want to give a shout out to our friend and former resident Irene Logue. My mother had a nice visit with Irene the other day. Irene has always been a long time family friend.
With the situation with cattle right now amidst COVID-19, I’m debating whether I want to sell several calves which will be ready shortly or contract with individuals to fatten them up to butcher. If I contracted with individuals I would keep them and fatten them to a certain weight and then the buyer could pick the calf up and take it to the butcher or as part of the contract I would deliver it to the butcher of their choice and they would pick up the meat when it was ready.
I thought this type of situation might be more beneficial and helpful to people than just taking the calves to the sell.
We also want to remind cattle owners that they need to contact the USDA Farm Services in their county to apply for the CFAP. There are two categories that cattle are paid on. Cattle sold between January 15th and April 15th and the Highest Inventory number of cattle between April 15th and May 15th. The program also includes other types of livestock. This is basically free money for cattle owners to offset the loss that cattle owners have suffered due to COVID-19.
Even if you did not sell any cattle during those dates your inventory of cattle that you had between April 15th and May 15th is still valued at $33 per head.
Cattle sold between January 15th and April 15th is valued at Feeder Cattle less that 600 lbs is $102, Feeder Cattle 600 lbs or more $139, Slaughter Cattle fed cattle $214 and your bulls and all other cattle $102 per head.
The telephone number for the Atoka County office is: 580-889-2554.
We’re getting ready on Billy Road to add another resident to our strip. Jacey Burch and her son are moving a mobile home in hopefully this week. The rain deterred their move last week.
I’m looking forward to having Jacy as a neighbor again. She and her mother lived near me when she was a little girl and she would come and visit. She’s now a grown adult and has a cute little boy.