Jack and Mary Lee Payne recently returned from an 11-day trip aboard Celebrity Cruise Line’s Galaxy.

Jack and Mary Lee Payne recently returned from an 11-day trip aboard Celebrity Cruise Line’s Galaxy. They boarded ship in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and visited eight islands including Aruba, Curacoa, St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Kitts, Grenada, Tortola and Dominica. Before flying to San Juan, they attended great-granddaughter Grace Lainey O’Dell’s first birthday party at Pisgah Baptist Church, Excelsior Springs, Mo.
Seth Morton, grandson of Jack and Mary Lee Payne, a junior at Excelsior Springs High School, received honorable mention as a 2008 all-conference basketball player. He led the Tigers in scoring, rebounding and assists. His write-up stated that he was well known as a shooter who could handle the pressure. It also stated that he will be a valuable senior leader for the Tigers next year. He was also nominated for the 2008 Dream Team in the Kansas City area. Seth received a letter of congratulations from State Rep. Bob Nance of the 36th Congressional District.
Brothers Bill, Delton Jr. and Tom Watt took their annual journey to Mesquite, Nev., for five days to play in a tournament where 30 to 40 friends gather each year for golfing. About the same time, another brother, Allen Watt and his wife Linda, with Andy and Stephanie (Watt) Schwilling, Wichita, went to Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas to watch the Nascar Races.
Walter Foulk, Betty Dehn and Mae Watt attended Sunday afternoon church services April 6 at the Arma Care Center. David Peterson, Arcadia Christian Church pastor, led the singing and gave the message from the book of Daniel. Mary V. Shead spent that same afternoon visiting her former classmate, Peachy Bedene. The Arcadia residents also greeted Kathreen Kunstel and Marie Rodich and met one of the workers from Arcadia, Bonnie Kunzler.
Acadia Fire Department is collecting scrap metal for a fundraising project. Those wishing to donate scrap metal may call the fire department at 620-638-4444. There will be a bake sale Saturday at the fire station, sponsored by the Old Settlers Committee. A community sing will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Arcadia Community Center. There is no admission charge. A city-wide yard sale will be held on May 24. Those wishing to have their name and address in the ad should call Amber Schmitz at 620-638-4288. There will be a $2 cost for this. Also on May 24 will be the Arcadia High School Alumni banquet at the Lamplighter Inn (formerly Holiday Inn) in Pittsburg.
Jace and Jesse Pavlik, former Sunday school teachers at the Arcadia Christian Church, have announced the birth of a daughter, Hazel Wyn Pavlik, April 23, 2008 in Joplin. Pastor David Peterson, Arcadia, was one of her first visitors.
Aydin Marie Sisney, Girard, celebrated her first birthday April 3 with pizza, ice cream and a ladybug cake. She is the daughter of Mike and Missy Sisney, Girard. Big brother Evan helped blow out the birthday candles and open presents. Guests at the party were grandparents Mike and Nancy Sisney, Jerry and Diane Hanson, Girard; great-grandparents, Willard and Pat Burns, Mindenmines, Mo.; Helen Sisney and Brock Sisney, a cousin, Arcadia; special friends Chris and Connie Sponsel; Angie Mukwindidza, Girard; and Annie Keller and Klete, rural Parsons.
Special guests April 27 at the Arcadia Christian Church were Carol and Ryan Brooks, Englevale, Mindy Packett with Autumn Kunzler and Drew Pommier, James Casey, Courtney Allen, Skye Montayne and Joey Allen, who gave her birthday offering. Pastor David Peterson reported on the Campus Christians sponsors dinner he  attended April 26 at Pittsburg State University. The group is one of the missions the church helps support. JOY Sunday School Class studied from Daniel 9 and the lesson was continued by the pastor after communion, which was served by John Parrish and Lofton Younge. He advised that “Things must be made right with God and with one another.” Services closed by those present singing “God Be With You Till We Meet Again.”