Thursday, March 26


Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Ryan Hayes.
Ryan passed away this morning of an apparent heart attack.

Monday, March 23


A Request for Prayer

In 1st Thessalonians Chapter 5 vs. 16-18 the Apostle Paul writes “Be joyful always, pray continually and give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”.
Charlene and I have an anniversary this Sunday and it will be only the 3rd time n 46 years that we won’t be able to spend it together.  Paul says “give thanks in all circumstances,” I do.  I give thanks and praise God for bringing me to Ola, Id.  I thank God for this community, the way it pulls together in adversity.  Not only are we going to separated by a thousand miles on our anniversary, we have some financial burdens looming.  I thank God because I can seek help from this community in the form of prayers.  I am a firm believer in the power of prayer and the more praying the louder the voice.  So I am asking for your prayers of support for Charlene and I.  Also I am asking along with myself we pray for John and Tracey.  It has been a slow winter for them and with the recent medical emergency with John’s dad they are also struggling to make ends meet, so please keep them in your prayers.  Like Paul say “pray continuously”.

Than You and God Bless


Saturday, March 14

Thursday, March 12


 The Blood Drive is at the Ola Hall today. Again our wonderful residents of Ola are donating to this great cause. Many thanks to the staff of the American Red Cross for making the trip to Ola and to DarleneMingus for organizing this.


Tuesday, March 10

Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Ola Inn and the Triangle.

Wednesday, March 4

Monday, March 2


Give Dr. Dan a call for all of your large and small animal veterinary needs.
Animal Medical Center located at 2588 Waterwheel Road, Emmett
Zeb update for 3/2:

We didn't want to post an update until we knew for sure but yesterday ALL of the tubes were discontinued and after 3 good x-rays....Zeb is on his way home to Idaho!! Since he is unable to fly due to his lungs, they have rented a Suburban and are driving home with the help of Steph's parents. The last text we got said they are officially "on the road"!!!! Thank you all for your endless prayers during this difficult time for our family.


Approximately 50 attended this year’s meeting on Friday for information on the reported missing cattle from this past year’s grazing in the upper country.  The numbers look good considering where we were 5 years ago when Tom Blessinger started holding these informative meetings.  Although there is still loss, with education, information and public awareness the numbers remain lower.  

Idaho State Veterinarian Bill Barton spoke of the importance on the vaccinations for our livestock.  Vaccinations are important not only for the health of our livestock but for our neighbor’s and required if shipping across state lines.

State brand inspectors, Lynn Gibson and Larry Hayhurst, talked about the importance of clean, clear brands.  Proper branding, ear marks and tags can help in identifying and retrieving your cattle if lost or stolen.  They stressed that community awareness is the key to help prevent cattle being lost.  If you notice something that is suspicious don’t hesitate to give the Gem County Sheriff’s office a call.

Rick Clay from Western Stockman
Dr. Fredrickson, veterinarian for Simplot Cattle, gave a powerpoint presentation on poisonous plants.  How allowing cattle access to poisonous plants can cause deformities, miscarriage and death. He did say that if the plant is purple chances are it is poisonous, pine needles are also poisonous.  A suggestion to help keep your cattle from eating the plants is not to turn them out hungry, that way they won’t gorge themselves on everything.

Cody Burlile, Payette River Cattlemen’s Association spoke on what the PRCA does to educate and encourage young people to become involved in the beef industry.  With fundraising and membership dues, they are able to provide scholarships to young people

A big thank you to our speakers and to the ladies that provided us with a delicious lunch.  And thank you to Tom B. for organizing these meetings to keep us informed.

Saturday, February 28


Shortly after 5PM, GCFD2 was toned out for an outbuilding fire at
 19200 Sweet-Ola Highway.
 Crews still on the scene at 6:10PM.
Zeb update for 2/28:

Not long after the update yesterday, we received a text from Stephanie saying the chest tube was being replaced. Zeb had a long night with lots of pain and this morning the pocket had gotten even bigger. A CT scan was done, the tube placed last night was removed and a new tube was put in. It was noted in the CT that he also has a small air pocket around his heart as well. The new tube was placed in his front chest instead of the side. More x-rays will be done later.

Friday, February 27

Zeb update for 2/27:

The left chest tube was removed today. The preliminary chest x-ray looked good, however, when the Dr. went back in and looked at the x-ray on a different computer he noticed a small pocket of blood/fluid (hemothorax). Further x-rays will be done at 8PM and in the AM. If the pocket is still there or is any bigger then a CT scan will be done. Just when we thought things were looking up this morning for a possible discharge tomorrow, the roller coaster took another turn. We are thankful the Dr. double checked the x-rays though because Zeb needs to be ready for the long drive home when the time is right. He is unable to fly due to his lung issues and the problems the change in altitude could cause. Thank you for your continued prayers for Zeb's complete healing!
It was good to see longtime Ola rancher, Homer Nesbitt, at the meeting Friday.


Thursday, February 26

Zeb update for 2/26:

Zeb had a slight setback yesterday so it was a bit of a discouraging day for him. They attempted to place his left chest tube to water seal and he developed a hemothorax which is an accumulation of blood in the lung. They had to place his chest tube to suction again which was a step in the wrong direction:( This morning they are attempting to put him back to water seal so we are praying hard that everything happens the way it is supposed to. If everything works out, then tomorrow they might be able to remove the left chest tube altogether. Stephanie said they are ready to get the heck out of Florida and she is pretty sure she will never be able to talk Zeb into a Florida vacation. Can't blame him there;) Please continue to pray for Zeb's complete healing. We so appreciate all of the love and support everyone has shown for our brother and our entire family and can't even begin to say thank you enough for the generosity put forth in this campaign.

Tuesday, February 24

COOKIES and/or BARS needed for this Friday's "Missing Cattle" meeting. The meeting is at noon.

Zeb update for Tuesday 2/24:

He was able to go outside for about 15 mins on Sunday afternoon...Steph posted a picture on her Facebook page!! He was also moved to a step down transitional unit last night so he is out of the ICU!! Steph said he continues to be in a lot of pain but with the extent of his injuries this is to be expected for awhile. His right chest tube is OUT as of this morning and the Drs are hopeful that the left tube can be removed tomorrow. His blood counts are coming back up as well. So nice to have so much good news this morning!! If all of the x-rays look good, he may be able to be discharged by the end of the week!! Thank you ALL for sending up an abundance of prayer to our Lord for Zeb's healing!! The prayers are definitely being heard and answered!!

Sunday, February 22

To the ladies (and four gentlemen) of the Ola Community  -- thank you for the heartwarming gathering at the Ola Hall to help me celebrate my entrance into the octogenarian decade of  life. 
 What a kind, caring, and generous bunch of human beings you are!  I appreciate and love you all.



Zeb update for Sunday 2/22:
Sorry for the delay in getting an update posted. Steph said Friday night was a good night so yesterday they took the right chest tube out. The lung wasn't quite ready for the tube to be removed and couldn't stay inflated on its own so the tube was replaced this morning, however, they used a somewhat less invasive type tube called a "pigtail" so this is a good thing. His B/P was low yesterday at 95/51 but his hemoglobin was coming up which was good. Today his hemoglobin dipped so he may need a transfusion if it continues to drop and his protein level is half what it needs to be so they will be pushing him to drink protein shakes even if he doesn't want to. If his protein intake is increased then this may take care of the hemoglobin as well. It's all a roller coaster ride right now so please keep Zeb in your prayers because he is not out of the woods yet . Thank you all again so very much for your contributions to the fund...we never could have imagined the amount of generosity and love you have shown to our family!!!! This posted by Klay via gofundme


The American Red cross will be in Ola for blood donations
between 10AM and 2 PM on Thursday, March 12, 2015,
at the Ola Community Center,
21750 Main Street, Ola, Idaho.
To schedule an appointment, call Darlene Mingus at 584-3429. For
questions or information call the American Red Cross at 

Friday, February 20

Sweet-Montour Syringa Club
 8th Annual Spring Flea Market
Friday March 13th 8am - 7pm
Saturday " 14th 9am - 3pm
Sales begin when Door opens at 8 am
Something for everyone - Men Too!!
Hot Dogs and Chili plus Baked Goods
Food Served all Day - Free Coffee
Table Space Available - Dotty at 369-8256
Geat Bargains


Zeb update for Friday 2/20: 

Zeb had a tough night last night after the surgery. He was in a lot of pain. The pain meds would help for awhile but then he would have episodes of apnea which means he would stop breathing. He still is not on a ventilator though.. only because Steph is in there to keep him in line and make him breath when he doesn't want to. He is very blessed to have such an amazing wife by his side and we love her so much for being Zeb's rock!! The good news is that his liver continues to heal itself and even though his lungs are still draining, they put his right chest tube to "water seal" today to see if his lung will stay inflated on it's own. Hopefully it will and then in a few days they can do the same thing to his left side. Please keep the prayers coming....God is AMAZING!!!!!!


12:00-2:00 at the Ola Hall
Saturday, February 21st (tomorrow)
Bring your favorite finger food or
just stop by for a piece of birthday cake
and wish Mary Lee a Happy, happy birthday!

Thursday, February 19


Small black and white dog showed up at a residence in High Valley Road. Thin, no collar, female, perky ears, no tags, not a puppy but not too old. If this dog is yours or if you know who it may belong to, please call 584-3176.


LATEST UPDATE ON ZEB posted by Klay on gofundme.
Zeb is out of surgery and in recovery!! The surgery took about 5 hours. When they got in there they found the fractures to be worse than they initially anticipated. They plated the left side ribs 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. He also had damaged cartilage which needed to be repaired with wiring. The Drs told Stephanie they had never seen that much damage. Hopefully now the healing process can begin!!
LATEST UPDATE ON ZEB posted by Klay on gofundme..Zeb went into surgery for plating of his ribs about an hour ago. The surgery will take a minimum of 4 hours. Please keep him and his surgeons and OR crew in your prayers today. We will update again when we know more. Thank you all so much for your love and support!!

Wednesday, February 18


Just talked to Stephanie and here is what's going on in Florida....Zeb is still in ICU and had a pretty rough night last night. They were having a hard time getting his pain under control and thought they may have to intubate and put him on a ventilator, however, they started him on stronger pain medication and that worked. She said his oxygen saturation went down a lot during the night even with his oxygen on but that is to be expected since he can't take full breaths with all of the broken ribs and pain he's experiencing. His liver function tests are looking good so that means his liver continues to heal itself without the need for surgery. He will be going in for surgery tomorrow to plate his ribs back together and we've been told by a friend who has had this same surgery that the healing time is much better once the repair of the ribs takes place. He still has the chest tubes in both lungs and his lungs are still bleeding at this point. She said Zeb is in good spirits this morning and is trying to keep a positive attitude about everything. Stephanie is doing well and hasn't left Zeb's side. Thank you for your continued prayers and support...we are all truly humbled by the outpouring of love for our family!!

Monday, February 16


Zeb Lanham is in critical condition in Florida after a bull riding accident.  An account has been set up to help with a variety of expenses his accident will incur.  Please go to GoFundMe and donate to help Zeb and his family.

Sunday, February 15


This guy really knows how to cook prime rib.  Alan J. did an outstanding job of cooking the meat to everyone's liking.  Thanks Alan!

Our wonderful servers, they made sure that everyone was attended to.  No 5 star restaurant could have provided better service.  Nathan M. (first time server) did a great job.

Everyone enjoyed a a delicious Valentine's Day dinner.  All of the proceeds from ticket sales to this annual event benefit the Ola Library.  Many thanks to the Ola Library board for their hard work in making this a success.  Also thanks to Joy W. for the beautiful, elegant tables.  A single red rose was also added to each of the ladies place settings, this a very special touch.  Thank you to this anonymous community member.