A South Christian couple has received special attention from a very special neighbor during the recent winter storm.

Buddy and Wanda Boyd live on Glass Lane and were amazed at a special delivery of the Kentucky New Era.

During the early and worst part of the weather, they looked out the window and saw this large, long-haired dog coming up their driveway. The Boyds thought he had something in his mouth that looked like the paper.

He had indeed a New Era enclosed and tied in an orange plastic sleeve. In the days following the first big snowfall, New Era carriers in most cases, had to pitch papers to our subscribers and such was the case at the Boyd home.

The dog carried the paper all the way to the carport and deposited it beside the garbage can.

Wanda said, “It was so unusual, and the dog’s name is also Buddy.”

Buddy the dog is owned by the Jack Grace family, and they are near-by neighbors of the Boyds.

Wanda said, “Buddy (the dog) visits our place often. When Buddy (her husband) is out working in the yard, the dog will come to visit him, and Buddy will pet him.”

“The dog just loves the snow, and he apparently watches for the paper delivery. He’s known to take papers to other houses, but if they aren’t in the plastic sleeves, they are usually torn by him,” she said.

“He was doing us a big favor, and we appreciated it. He is some smart dog,” Wanda commented.

It’s faithful reader Audrey Stapp who gave me the tip about Buddy the New Era delivery dog, and we say thanks.

Several days later, Audrey called again.

“If you want something to write about, come and get this (blankety blank) skunk off my porch, he’s the biggest skunk I ever saw, and he’s spraying everything outside.”

She said the skunk came right to the front door, and he was an albino, all white and wandering in the snow.

We checked again this week, and the skunk hasn’t been back on the porch. We’re betting that Audrey, who is among the many who have been snowbound inside, will, when she gets out, look carefully for the big white skunk. “I just hope he doesn’t come back,” she said.

The tales of problems resulting from the snow have been numerous including those involving animals.

We heard of one man who took his dog out to do his business. Well, the snow was belly deep for the poor dog, eliminating any good bathroom terrain.

This then resulted in the man trudging through snow and getting his shovel so he could clear an area for the dog to do his business.

Let me end by saying thanks for all who have had to work outside in such difficult condition.

It is understandable that many of our subscribers have had trouble getting their papers each day, but believe me, the carriers have tried as hard as they could to be of service.

Many people have taken the time to express their appreciation for those efforts, with some saying the carriers made deliveries in their boxes, and the folks at WHOP said their carrier, Jimmy Hightower, brought their paper into the building. They then watched as he walked to homes on the Buttermilk Road to make his deliveries.

The immediate area has been fortunate in there not being a lot of major power outages, and thanks to Pennyrile Rural Electric and the Hopkinsville Electric System for keeping us warm.

While thinking of the kindnesses of others we have another story for you, although it isn’t weather related and occurred about two months ago, but it indeed reflects the concern of good neighbors.

Becky Byrum Morales, a Crofton resident, is a registered nurse and works in the OB/GYN department at Jennie Stuart Medical Center.

In her profession, she cares for newborns and their mothers, and she’s witnessed many births, but had never delivered a baby.

Then came a call from a neighbor informing her that another neighbor was in labor and needed help right away.

Becky rushed to home of Paige Simpson, and although a call had been made for an ambulance, it looked as though it wouldn’t arrive in time for the birth, and the mother definitely couldn’t make it to the hospital in Madisonville.

“Although I had never delivered a baby, I had some knowledge of what to do, but I was still nervous and shaky,” she said. Things become even scarier when she saw the baby had the umbilical cord around its neck.

“I didn’t cut the cord, but was able to loosen it enough until an EMT arrived with the proper equipment to take over,” Becky said.

She admits to having been nervous, but also to feeling that everything would be all right. She knew enough to get things under control, and she said a grandmother was in the other room, praying.

Now little Anderson Crick and his mother, Paige, are doing fine, but his delivery did have it’s problems, and without professional help with the cord around his neck, he may not have made it.

Becky, who is the daughter of the late Ralph Byrum, who was a Kentucky State Trooper, probably learned a long time ago to keep her cool and to not hesitate to serve others in need.

Mary D. Ferguson is a staff writer and columnist for the Kentucky New Era. Her column runs every Saturday. She can be reached by telephone at 270-887-3230.

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