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Betty’s Week

By Betty Shearer

 In the office last Tuesday morning was Rhonda Mason Amis, candidate for Circuit Court Judge, 17th Judicial District, Sub. Dist. 2, Position 1, and her father-in-law, Mike Amis, of Batesville. Mrs. Amis was a very impressive candidate and we wish her well in her campaign.     She left campaign literature on our front counter and a customer remarked that if that office was being decided by looks, she would be elected by a landslide. Have to agree that she is a very attractive woman, but I shared with our visitor that she had more going for her than just looks.

  It’s hard to believe that the election is only a couple of  months away. Twenty-ten has been a short, hot summer.


  There has been a tremendous response to the comments on the status of the WVHS Band in the column last week. Some recommendations toward remedying the situation were very extreme, with a few others that had some possibilities. I do hope that steps are taken soon to get the band back on track. It’s a valuable resource for our students, the school, and the community.

  Friday night is homecoming and there is an article in this week’s Herald inviting all former WVHS band alumni and former band members from other schools, who now live in the Valley, to join the high school band in the stands. This group will play the National Anthem and also will play pep songs throughout the evening. I urge all you musicians to get your instruments out, come to the stadium, and join this group. Sounds like it will be a lot of fun.


  I was sorry that the Blue Devils lost to Calhoun City Friday night—it was just a slight loss. I’ve been told that it was really a good game.


  I spent Friday at the church, pressing table clothes, getting them on tables in preparation for our 10th Anniversary/Homecoming Celebration. Michael Redwine made red rose centerpieces for each table so the fellowship hall  looked great.

  We had a pretty good crowd, even though it was Labor Day Weekend. Food was delicious and plentiful, and the fellowship was wonderful. In the afternoon Betty and Harris Gooch were in charge of the special musical entertainment and, as always, they presented an excellent concert.

  It was good to have Linda Williams in to direct the music and was so good to visit with her and her Mom, Bootsie Williams, who came with her. Sammie and Barbara did a super job at the instruments—we are so blessed to have them. We were sorry that Jimmie Dale Sartain and his wife, Betty, were unable to attend, but Bro. Ken brought us an excellent message.

  It’s really hard to believe that Woodland Hills has been in existence for ten years.


  Jimmy Berry was in a few minutes ago (Monday afternoon) and we were discussing the upcoming 150th Anniversary of First Baptist. That one is also hard to believe. On their 100th, we were still in the commercial printing business. Ed and I did much of the work on the booklet for this celebration. Ed made lots of the pictures and found many more in our picture file for this publication. The booklet was a labor of love, even though it took many long hours. That was 50 years ago, just two years after we were married and almost four years before Jim would be born. I’m really looking forward to seeing the 150th Anniversary Program—much has happened during those 50 years. I know the church burned and then was blown away, several pastors, ministers of music and other staff members have come and gone, too many other events to mention and many I’m sure which I’ve forgotten.


  With very little copy for this week’s paper I’ve gotten down to the bottom of the stack. Here I found this tid-bit, probably sent by T. J. Ray or Jim. From whomever it came I enjoyed it, thank the sender, and thought I’d pass it along.

Let Me See If I Got This Right!

  If you cross the North Korean Border illegally you get 12 years hard labor.

  If you cross the Iranian Border illegally you are detained indefinitely.

  If you cross the Afghan Border illegally you will get shot.

  If you cross the Saudi Arabian Border illegally you will be jailed.

  If you cross the Chinese Border illegally you may never be heard from again.

  If you cross the Venezuelan Border illegally you will be branded a spy and you fate will be sealed.

  If you cross the Cuban border illegally you will be thrown into political prison to rot.

  If you cross the U.S. Border illegally you get:

  A job,

  A drivers license,

  A Social Security Card,


  Food Stamps

  Credit Cards

  Subsidized rent or a loan to buy a house,

  Free Education,

  Free health Care,

  A Lobbyist in Washington,

  Billions of dollars worth of public documents printed in your language,

  The right to carry your countries flag while you protest that you don’t get enough respect and, in many instances, you can vote.

  I just wanted to  make sure I had a firm grasp on the situation.


  We’ve always joked at the office that we knew the meaning of the labor day holiday—work. The entire staff was at their appointed post yesterday and worked until tasks were completed. Mel is the best, she left at noon, David middle of the afternoon, Jack and I are the oldest and I guess slowest (or maybe we do more work—that’s good excuse) because he left about 4:30 and I finally got out about ten to five. We had many folks in and numerous calls – it was a busy day.

  Until a few years ago, the Kilgore family would let all the visitors leave the lake, then late in the afternoon we’d have a picnic. Don’t know why we don’t do this anymore and really wonder who planned these.   


  Fall is just a couple of weeks away and I found myself looking for the fall wildflowers as I travelled to Mom’s on Saturday. They’re not there yet. Coming to work this morning I did notice a few of he little yellow flowers. I’m sure the goldenrods and blue gentizens will pop up soon and he leaves will begin to turn. Fall and spring are my favorite seasons, because of all the colorful plants.


   Don’t forget homecoming at Bobby Clark Field Friday night.

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