Patriot News


  The memorial service was held for Janet Bond on Monday, November 29th. It was a very fitting service for Janet. Thanks to Rita Sullivan and the American Legion Auxiliary for doing their tribute to Janet, who was a Gold Star Mother. Sympathy to Craigie, Bobbie and their families. Janet was a Gold Star Mother, in that her son Captain Wayne Bond was killed in the service of our nation during the Vietnam War.

  The Gold Star Mothers was originally formed in 1928 for mothers of those lost in World War 1. Its name came from the custom of families hanging a banner called a service flag in the windows of their homes. Living service members were represented by a blue star, and those who had lost their lives were represented by a gold star. Membership in the organization is open to any woman who is a U.S. citizen or legal resident who has lost a son or daughter in active service in the military; including mothers of those missing in action. (Wikipedia) Posey Township has one Gold Star Mother still living, Lorraine McNeely, whose son, Barry Brinegar was killed in action in Vietnam.

  The Patriot Town/Community Christmas Dinner will be held on December 17th, at 6 p.m. at the Town Hall. The town will provide meat and drinks and request attendees to bring a covered dish. Special guests, Santa Claus, and Mrs. Claus will arrive at 7 p.m. This is a great opportunity to come together as a community and enjoy great food and fellowship. It is not just for the town residents, but also for the surrounding community.

  The Patriot Baptist Church will have its annual Birthday Party for Jesus on December 18th at 5:30 p.m. There will be Christmas carols, readings and of course, cake and ice cream!

  The county elementary schools will have their Christmas Holiday Programs in the Center Stage at Belterra on the following dates:

  • Jefferson Craig Elementary: Tuesday, December 13th, at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

  • Switzerland County Elementary: Wednesday, December 14th, at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

  It was great to see former Patriot resident Wanda Benzing on Monday at the memorial service for Janet Bond. Wanda now lives in Florence, Kentucky. She said to tell everyone hello!

  Thanks to Jeff and Sue for their hard work in getting the town decorated for Christmas! Be sure and drive through to see how beautiful everything is looking!

  The Patriot General Store will soon open a new section in the back featuring antique items!

  Melissa Jones, Mason and Aruzhan visited the University of Cincinnati on Saturday. Aruzhan had to take a test, as she is contemplating attending college here in the United States. Afterwards, they enjoyed dinner at the Texas Roadhouse.

  Mason Jones is a member of the Rising Sun Middle School Band. They will have their Christmas Concert on Wednesday evening.

  I was looking through an old scrapbook, and found some autographs I got when the Cincinnati Reds traveling basketball team came to Vevay to play the Switzerland County High School faculty team. Does anyone else remember that game? Autographs I found included Jack Billingham, Jim McGlothin, and former pitcher and future Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning, who was traveling with the team. McGlothin was a very friendly guy, a good pitcher, who tragically died of cancer at age 32.

  By the way, my interests were very diverse, I also found an autograph of former professional wrestler, Bobo Brazil! I believe I got that when he was over at the Armory in Carrollton.

  It was great to attend the annual Long Run Association/New Liberty Baptist Church Christmas Service Sunday evening.

  Vevay resident, and 1963 Patriot High School graduate, Janet Cook Boggs passed away early Saturday morning, following a short illness. Janet and her husband Larry owned and operated a tax preparation business for many years in Vevay. Janet was a cousin to my mother, Leah Cook Jones. Prayers for all of her family.

  Jill Hutcherson, Kim Hutcherson Jansen, Sharon Hansel, Rita Sullivan and Kathy Hart attended the Morgan and Nay annual Christmas Show at the North Madison Christian Church on Sunday evening. The Monarchs from Louisville entertained with music from the 60’s , and sing-a-long Christmas songs. They had a great time!

  Charla Azbell and Matt Haynie and Dungy Dog of Indy spent the weekend at Dollie Green’s. Sunday afternoon they went to Renee Bosaw’s and Valerie Smith’s 50th birthday party at Vevay.

Barrie’s Notes

  It is so difficult to believe that December is upon us. It is a busy month, and one that should celebrate with lots of love and togetherness.

  Peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be achieved by understanding. (Mark Twain).

  Mark Boggs this week turned his phone on the speaker so I could holler at his mother, Janet Cook Boggs. She passed away early Saturday morning. Janet and I attended and graduated Patriot High School together. She and her husband, Larry remained my friends, and we enjoyed one another’s company throughout our lives. Thanks Mark, that meant a lot to me.

  Would someone in the Curt and Mary (Miller) Turner family please contact me about a piece of your Patriot and Posey Township history? Also, the Addie and Henry Miller folks.

  Pamela Fisk Hutchinson remains in the Shady Nook Rehabilitation Center and she would enjoy hearing from Patriot friends. Her new phone number is (513) 707-8186.

  David and Connie Fisk took Richie Hutchinson out for the day this week, and they go often to visit his sister Pam.

  I spoke with Alice Evans Craig this week, and she is soon to move back our way (Rising Sun) and anxiously awaits the completion of her new home there.

  Til next week, stay Jolly, and understanding of all.

Mike’s Closing

  Please send news to me at (812) 290-3088, or You can reach Barrie at (828) 335-8270. Until next week, in the words of Glen Campbell, “Show and little kindness and shine your light for everyone you meet”.