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The yards, pastures, etc. tried to turn green but then the excessive heat turned even that brown.  Most ponds are in bad shape.  Not to be greedy but we sure could use some more rain, even if it comes with less than pleasant storm effects.  Prayers for rain are requested.

‘It is impossible to govern the world without God and the Bible. Of all the dispositions and habits that lead to political prosperity, our religion and morality are the indispensable supporters. Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that our national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.’  George Washington

“A husband is someone who, after taking the trash out, gives the impression he just cleaned the whole house.”  Anonymous (Do you relate to this?)

The election will be upon us before you know it.  Visitors here have been Dinwiddie and Irby, thus far.  Some candidates have put up signs at Hwy 14 and AK, some by invitation and one not given approval first.  I contacted the last one and was pleasantly surprised that we are of the same thinking.  Any signs put up there must have approval and Randy leaves that up to me as sometimes he is busy and not easy to reach.  Dinwiddie is related to the Garrison family in our community and Irby is the son of long time friends.  They both seem sincere and believe me, I questioned them thoroughly.  Signs are not permitted on my property as this is the Lincoln Twp. polling place and in that regard, I insist on non-partisanship.

A few years ago a couple put up signs here and parked on my driveway so they could visit with voters before they reached the polling place.  They stated that my property became public property during voting to which I vociferously replied, “Not so! – I pay the taxes on this property.”  After a few calls to the County Clerk, the Sheriff’s Office and Jefferson City, it was determined that I have the right to not have my property used thus.  There were some hard feelings but I do believe that now rests in the past.  One has to honor the fact that this couple was sincere in their political beliefs, just as I am sincere in my beliefs.

Not many are venturing out but phone calls and e-mail keep me in touch with family and friends.  I don’t go out if it can be avoided and have been doing barn chores in the evenings.

Watch out for your elderly neighbors as some don’t have air conditioning and although fans help, the heat can be disabling to some.

God bless and be well.


Pleasant Ridge Baptist: From the desk of Jamey Herd. I got to church yesterday and had to come right back home. Due to lack of sleep and my morning meds making me sick I returned home. Gifts were handed out to the Dads present, plus a special gift for the dad who had the most children present. Daniel Campbell received that honor. Paul Dugan was the oldest dad present.

My lack of sleep was due to the dogs barking all night. I think they were hearing the noise from the motorcycle rally at the county line. You can hear the speakers and music and motorcycles revving up when outside. I also heard motorcycles going by in the night. I finally got to sleep somewhere between 2 and 3 AM and at 5 the dogs were at it again because it was thundering. Joan Workman reports she got a half inch of rain but we only received 2/100th. Billy Joe received a rain gauge for Father’s Day that records the rainfall with a receiver in the house. Now he doesn’t have to go outside to see how much rain fell. The only problem is there is an alarm that lets you know it is raining and I’ve not figured out how to turn that off if you can. I don’t need to know if it is raining just how much rain falls.

The storm a week ago on Monday was more eventful than I reported last week. It was Wednesday morning after the storm that Billy Joe found two cows and a large calf under a cedar tree that was struck by lightning. That is only the third time in forty seven years that we have lost cattle to lightning. It was also reported to Billy Joe that a neighbor was putting out salt blocks after he thought the storm was over and lightning struck the fence he was close to. Thankfully he wasn’t touching the fence at the time. If I remember correctly they say not to go out for thirty minutes after hearing the last rumble of thunder.

I forgot to mention last week that Paul and Wanda Dugan celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary. Congratulations to them.

There’s not much news to report from here. Pray for more rain as we are very dry. Hopefully there won’t be any more bad lightning. Billy Joe reports that the Japanese Beetles are eating everything in sight. Till next week stay cool if you can. May the Lord Bless and Keep You.

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