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CHRONICLE HUMB LDT ‘Serving Humboldt, home of the West Tennessee Strawberry Festival, since 1886’ 1 $ 00 VOL. 125, NO. 44 HUMBOLDT, TENNESSEE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2011 Quilt Art Kept Alive Executive director to leave in Dec. Daylight Saving Time ends Nov. 6 It’s time. Set your clocks back one hour this weekend as winter approaches and Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday morning, Nov. 6. Boys & Girls Club closed after flood The Boys & Girls Club of Humboldt was flooded after a water pipe break over the weekend. The clean up is underway and they will open again as soon as possible. INSIDE... Vikes plunder Tornadoes’ thunder The Humboldt defense tossed a shutout against rival Union City Friday on the road to capture the District 14A crown. Page 8 Grand jury issues 60 indictments The Grand Jury of the Humboldt Law Court handed down indictments in October. Page 4 Deadlines Deadlines for news and advertising are Friday at 5 p.m. If you have questions call 784-2531. Fletcher leaving chamber file photo NEW LIFE FOR OLD BARN - The historic Fitzgerald barn just outside Humboldt, circa 1940s, has joined the Gibson County Quilt Trail. Grandsons Larry Rainwater and Jimmy Rainwater stand before the barn’s new look.The barn is well remembered as the Farm Bureau icon along Hwy. 79 for many years (upper photo). Rafters inside the unique barn tell their own story (below). Call Royce Harris 7844120 if you can donate time, labor, cash or a barn. photos by ROYCE HARRIS Landmark barn added to quilt trail BY ROYCE HARRIS Venture into the days of yesteryear with a visit to the Fitzgerald barn on Hwy 79 near the city limits of Humboldt. This is the latest new home of a quilt square painted by the GCVAA artists for their Gibson County quilt trail. Larry and Jimmy Rainwater, who own the barn along with their sisters, agreed to give the barn a new coat of silver paint this year. The family also agreed to allow the GCVAA to install a quilt square on it. The days of young boys spending their afternoons playing in the loft of granddad’s barn are a thing of the past, but two young men, Gary Caraway and Shawn Patton, from Humboldt Utilities, hinted that it could be a temptation to “older boys” as well. They installed the board Monday morning, October 24. Our adventure began on September 21 when Larry Rainwater met us at the barn for us to discuss the project. The inside architecture of this old barn is quite an education. The barn dates back to the early 1940s. Interiors from that period differed according to the use of the barn and dependent on the farmer’s crop. Jimmy said, “There’s no telling how many mules were housed in this barn.” The hay loft remains a picture from the past. The lone cylindrical drying post runs the length of the loft as if in wait for the mule to pull the rope secured to the forks and pulleys that delivered the hay up from the wagon. The family shared the story of the barn’s site. Boone Pack and his family lived in a tenant log home that was moved up higher on the hill, so that George Fitzgerald could have this barn built on this site. His grandsons, Larry and Jimmy Rainwater, have many memories of the farm and the barn and the home place just across the highway from the barn. Jimmy remembers seeing his grandmother, Ethel Fitzgerald, quilt and mentioned the stacks of quilts she had. The girls, Patsy Duff and Charlotte Burkett, also remember seeing their mother quilt. Charlotte said, “I remember my mother, Elizabeth Rainwater, quilting all day and we as children would play under the quilt frames.” From generation to generation we see the history of quilting kept alive through the artistry of quilting, whether it be on painted boards or fabrics of all sorts. Perhaps, if Miss Ethel were sitting on her porch today, she would enjoy the Color Wheel Star quilt block on her barn. Community spirit earns honor for Gibson’s West BY CRYSTAL BURNS Gibson City Recorder Shawnda West received a big surprise in the mail last week. West received a large plaque, recognizing her as the National Association of Professional Women’s Woman of the Year for her region. The association contacted her earlier this year to tell her that she had been nominated for membership. The more the representative spoke with West, the more the group was interested in promoting her story as well as her application. The Gibson County native spent 15 years in Kansas, Okla., a small town of about 500. While she stayed at home raising her children, West helped the community grow its annual Easter egg hunt from 75 children to 372 in her first year. Eventually, she turned the once small event into a weekend-long festival that included an egg hunt, games and pageants. When West offered her Be a part of our Veterans Day Tribute next week! Call 7842531 for details. services that first year, the local chamber of commerce told her their biggest hurdle was lack of funding. “I can fix that,” West said. She secured monetary and product donations from small businesses and large corporations in the area including Wal Mart, Tyson and Little Debbie. Local restaurants and convenient stores also bought into West’s vision for Easter in the Park. Together with the help of the Cherokee Nation, West was able to donate enough funds to build a small library and small gym in the community. The gym is open 24 hours a day and meets a major need in Kansas, which has a significant Native American population, many of whom suffer from diabetes. West said the pageants included in Easter in the Park provided a morale boost for the young Native American girls. She used some of the profits see WEST page 2 photo by CRYSTAL BURNS WOMAN OF THE YEAR- Shawnda West, Gibson City Recorder, was recently honored as the National Association of Professional Women’s Woman of the Year. West has been with the Town of Gibson since August 2010. A Gibson County native, she spent 15 years in Oklahoma where she devoted herself to serving her small community. NOVEMBER SPECIALS Humboldt Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Gil Fletcher is retiring in December. According to chair of the Search Committee for the chamber, Lee Williams, the chamber board is advertising to fill the executive director position as soon as possible. The deadline to apply is November 18. Fletcher says it is “just time for a transition.” Before coming to the chamber as executive director almost four years ago, he was a 33-year banker, having served the last 10 years of his banking career at BancorpSouth in Humboldt. “I’m open to the future. I plan to spend time volunteering and trying to apply what talent God gave me,” Fletcher said. “This is a great community with great potential. The chamber board and membership are well-positioned to help realize that potential,” he added. He says he hopes to see someone with a passion for the city and community carry on the chamber’s work. The high profile position requires excellent leadership, communication and organizational skills. Details on applying are inside in this week’s classified ad section. City schedules holidays The Humboldt Board of Mayor and Aldermen met last week and okayed Christmas holidays for city employees. With Christmas falling on Sunday and Christmas Eve on Saturday, many employers are giving their workers Friday and Monday off this season. The city will be doing the same, with employees being off work December 23 and December 26. The board also agreed to setting up a checking account for future capital expenditures. This account was designated in this year’s fiscal budget. The city budget sets a property tax rate of $3.04 per $100 assessed value, 10-cents higher than last year’s rate of see CITY page 2 Holiday Recipes! Submit a recipe and be a sponsor! Call 784-2531 for details. Deadline for both specials - Friday, Nov. 4 For Chronicle advertising call 784-2531 For subscriptions call 784-2531 E-mail us at

Humboldt Chronicle November 2 2011

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