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Betty’s Week

By Betty Shearer

I began my Wednesday morning routine about 30 minutes earlier than usual last week. Knew we had the yearly unclaimed funds for the state inserted in that paper and it is always heavy. Didn’t start early enough though, as I ran about a half hour behind schedule even with the early start. Explained to a lot of folks why the paper was so big and they all began to check their names to see if they had money coming back.

I’d never known anyone who was on that extensive list, but did fine one this year. Jimmie said they found William Cole from Pope. Since they’re the only William Cole in the Pope post office, they called to check. It was them and they got money back from some deposit that  had been made (I think that what she said).

After Ed’s death Jim and I found an insurance policy which had been paid up many years before. Neither of us knew about it, and the policy had just been tossed into a box. As we were going through the tons of papers Jim said, “Mom do you know an insurance company, and he read the name?” 

I’d never heard that name, so I said, “It’s probably an obsolete policy taken out in childhood and allowed to drop.” 

Jim opened the envelope, read the contents and says, “No Mom, it’s a paid up policy.” 

We got about $2200, but had  he not opened it and we had not claimed it,  it would have gone to this unclaimed list. I then realized how easy it would be to forget an insurance policy, utility deposits, and so many other funds, especially if the owners of same die, leaving heirs that don’t know all of their financial affairs. So I advise everyone to take that list and check your names and the names of all your relatives and friends.


Thursday we had a group of bikers from the Fuller Center come to Water Valley and Coffee-ville for a day’s work, rehabbing homes for folks who needed help. They were fed lunch at Water Valley First United Methodist Church. I went over for a few minutes and met several of these folks. They were so enthusiastic and such likable people. We do thank all of these volunteers for coming our way and for the work they do all year long. Also, appreciated are the local Fuller Center Board Members and all the Water Valley volunteers who helped.


With so many family events and other obligations among our sitters and family members I had to be at my post in the NH with Mom on Thursday night, so I missed the Chamber Banquet. First time in many years that I had not been in attendance at this annual affair and I did miss being there. Got reports from David and others who said it was well attended, the food was delicious, and the hall was beautifully decorated. Also heard that everyone on program gave excellent reports and Lt. Gov. Tate’s address was outstanding. Congratulation on the Chamber’s choice of Mary Sue Stevens for the Braswell Hatcher Service Award—couldn’t have chosen a more deserving person.

Through my years at the Herald, Mary Sue – in her role as Circuit Clerk, CofC President and  board member, and just private citizen – has provided much needed information, been a delivery person, made pictures, and the list just goes on and on throughout the years. Added to this, she and Roy Bennett have always been dear friends.


Also had to miss JA’s Spring Fling (which I still call The Gala). Know it was an exciting event, also. We did had so much going on in the Valley last weekend.


Mom’s and my excitement over the weekend was watching old TV shows and classic movies. I’ve gotten addicted to The Rifleman, which comes on very early  Saturday morning. Apparently all these shows were in black and white and  it must have been one of the earliest TV western programs. On two of the shows last week a very young Michael Landon (Little Joe Cartwright) played a bad guy (he did reform later in the program). On another Dan Blocker (Hoss Cartwright) was not exactly a criminal, but was a bully. He had lots more hair than in the Bonanza series and also a handlebar mustache. I’ve never seen these shows—we probably did not have a TV when they originally aired. The Cartwrights are just two of probably a dozen or so big-time western heroes I’ve found on this show.

We did have some frightening thunder storms in the wee hours Friday morning. Thunder was so loud that it woke Mom—and that is powerful. Then the lightening would flash again and she would exclaim, “Who turned on the lights!” This went on for a long time. It cleared out and then another one moved in. Sounded like we got lots of rain, but Bo says it was less than one-half inch.

Know the farmers didn’t even want to see that much. Last Wednesday morning I saw tractors parked in the fields. They had made what looked like one round and the clods were so massive that they just had to call it off and wait for drier conditions. Lived on a farm in my earlier life and I can sympathize with them. It’s really getting to the no return planting point for some crops. Discussing the rain problems with one farmer last week, I remarked that the only thing that would grow in all this water would be rice and he said, “Yes, but you have to get a tractor into the patty to plant the rice.” Hadn’t thought of that—maybe the planes could fly over and drop the seed.


We’ve had several inquiries as to why we dropped the “Tittle Tales” column. We didn’t drop it, Amy Tittle and her family have left our area—moved back to Florida. Thanks for asking and I’m sorry that we didn’t explain her departure sooner.


It’s late Monday and it seems the sun is trying to escape the clouds. Hopefully it stays with us for a few days—well maybe even lots of days.


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