Thanks for support


Carter County Schools recently held the 61st Annual Spelling Bee. I would like to take this opportunity to thank The Commercial Bank of Grayson and the First National Bank of Grayson for sponsoring this event. With their financial support the students enjoyed lunch at the Grayson McDonald’s and received participation trophies.

Congratulations to the following winners: First place, Overall winner – Joshua Caplinger; Runner-up – Matthew Strother; 3rd Place – Leighann Stamper; 4th Place – Dana Biechele-Speziale.

I would also like to thank several others for their part in making the 61st Annual Carter County Spelling Bee a wonderful success. Mrs. Wilburn, principal of ECMS, hosted the Spelling Bee at her school. Sandy Clayton and Karen Marcum volunteered and did a wonderful job serving as judges for the bee. Treva Barker was a fantastic pronouncer, making the participants feel comfortable and less nervous. The principals, coaches, teachers, and students were wonderful to work with in making this event successful.

Yours truly in education,

Rebecca Corsetti

Seeking information


I am writing a book on the Castle/Cassell/Cassel Family and currently have 1,700 pages completed. I am still looking for lines that I may have missed or that I have incomplete information on.

I would like to encourage any individual with the surname of Castle, Cassell, Cassel and in some cases Kassel to contact me with their information. I will provide an ancestry graph of each individual that responds to this letter.

For those that do respond, please go back as far as you can and advise me of that ancestor since this will make it easier for me to connect your lines. I need dates of birth and location, spouses as well as marriage dates and locations and the children from that issue.

This family is mostly concentrated in Southwest Virginia, Southeastern Kentucky, Southwestern Tennessee, Eastern and Western West Virginia and Southern, Southeastern and Central Ohio. In Virginia, the counties would include Lee, Wise, Washington, Russell, Scott, as well as some other outlying counties. In Kentucky, the counties would include Johnson, Floyd, Lawrence, Martin, Boyd, Pike, Elliott, Greenup, Rowan, Carter, Magoffin, Pulaski, Perry, Letcher, Knox, Bell, Harlan, Morgan, Menifee and Montgomery. In Tennessee, the counties would include Sullivan, Hawkins, Campbell, Union, Claiborne as well as any other outlying counties. In West Virginia, the counties would be Greenbrier, Pocahontas, Pendleton, Mingo, Cabell, Wayne as well as any outlying counties. In Ohio, counties would include Scioto, Jackson, Lawrence, Adams, Brown, Highland, Hamilton, Clermont, Franklin, Montgomery, Greene, Warren, Butler as well as other outlying counties.

You may reply via email: or reply via regular mail at P.O. Box 777 Aberdeen, Ohio 45101. You may also send any photos that you may have (the older the better). If you send via email I can scan these in. If you use regular mail, all photos will be returned once I have scanned. Regardless of how you send photos, please be sure to identify those included in the photo as well as your relation to them since I already have many photos from many different lines.

For the record, I represent the 10th and 11th generations in my Castle lines with my ancestor being Inman Castle, who was born circa 1801 at Castlewood, Va. but later migrated to Johnson County, with three brothers.

I look forward to your response.


James W. Castle - Aberdeen, OH

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