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Thu
01
Nov
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2 Cents Worth

By Carol Greenway -Holland

Good morning from the world of tall trees and tall Holland People. I feel like a little person when I come to Kentucky because I look up to most folks! The big old trees are just out of this world awesome, but they are not as pretty this year like they were last year. David, Joe’s man that leases his place, told me the hot weather they had for a week, followed by an early hard frost last week, that made the colors dull.

Then they had wind the past few days, and that brought the leaves off the trees and on the ground! That’s not the only thing on the ground, they have made a huge crop of those old big black walnuts, and they sound like a shotgun going off when they hit the roof, It sure would make a knot on your head if one hit you. The little squirrels will be well fed this year, the ground is covered with them and they just keep falling.

Thu
25
Oct
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Attitudes, Others, and Ourselves

James Decker

“How are you doing?” How do you respond when someone asks you that familiar question? Like most people, you probably give vague but socially acceptable responses—“fine,” “pretty good,” “not too bad,” etc. On the other hand, we all know people who answer in the extremes. We don’t want to ask how they’re doing, because they’ve determined that their life is worse and more miserable than anyone else’s and they’re eager to explain why. But then there’s the other side, the person who wants to tell everyone how life is so much better and more perfect than yours.

Social media fans the flames of both extremes.

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Thu
25
Oct
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2 Cents Worth

By Carol Greenway

Good frosty morning from Kentucky, yes Kentucky had their first frost on Sunday morning, and this morning on Monday they really had a white frost so grab you a cup of coffee and visit with me awhile. Joe and I made it just fine coming across the country but it was a wet one until we got to Texarkana, Texas. We left Aspermont on Tuesday morning and it misted and rained on us all the way to Paris, Texas. Everything was so pretty and green, the livestock all of them were so pretty and shiny with so much to eat, the horses were out of this world beautiful. Some of the creeks were level full, and some of them with one more inch would have been over the road, and I imagine that one just before we got to Paris, if it had one more drop to run in it, it was over the little bridge.

We stopped in Paris and ate lunch with our friends, had a good visit, and then we all went our separate ways.

Thu
18
Oct
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WHAT DO I THINK ABOUT PRESIDENT

By Scotty Daniel

Some of the gaffes President Trump makes cause me to cringe. His egotism knows no bounds. He would give the left far less ammunition if he wouldn’t respond to every insult. His off-the-cuff speeches are, at best inarticulate and he may be guilty of one-nighters with some beautiful women in the past.

That said, to me making him president was akin to sending some tough, rough talking, uncouth, hard-nosed Special Forces into an extremely tough battle. We know they’ll get the job done in spite of the obstacles they’re sure to face. They are focused on the objectives.

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Thu
18
Oct
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Worry, Drain Tile, and Birds

By James Decker

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” –Matthew 6:26-2

A few years ago, I was at an agricultural law conference and a group of us went to dinner. One of those folks was my friend Pat Dillon, who is a lawyer and farmer in rural Iowa. We were comparing farming notes when he made reference to “drain tile.” I asked him to explain and he told us that Iowa farmers used drain tile to remove excess water from their fields. Those of us from West Texas looked at him as if Pat was speaking an alien language to us.

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Thu
11
Oct
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What Do We Aspire To?

By James Decker

Editor’s note: This is the sixth part in my series on drugs and addiction in our communities. If you have not read the first four parts (“Real Problems, Our Problems,” “They Are Us,” “Solutions, But What Solutions?,” “Shine a Light Into the Darkness,” “A Shining City on a Hill,”), I encourage you to do so.

As I prepare to wrap up this series on drugs and addiction in our communities (for now), I was struck by these questions: what do we aspire to? What do we want our communities to be?

Thu
11
Oct
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2 Cents Worth

By Carol Greenway

Thu
04
Oct
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A Shining City on a Hill

Editor’s note: This is the fifth part in my series on drugs and addiction in our communities. If you have not read the first four parts (“Real Problems, Our Problems,” “They Are Us,” “Solutions, But What Solutions?,” “Shine a Light Into the Darkness”), I encourage you to do so.

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.” –Matthew 5:14

President Ronald Reagan famously spoke of America as a “shining city on a hill” in his farewell speech to the nation on January 11, 1989. He said that this vision was “a tall, proud city built on [strong] rocks…God blessed and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace.” He previously used this same imagery in a speech called “A Vision for America,” given on the eve of his presidential election, on November 3, 1980. That night, he said that Americans were committed to the vision of a shining “city on a hill” just as they were at the time those words originated, way back in 1630.

Thu
04
Oct
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Stonewall Memorial Health Fair a big hit with community

The SMH Health Fair was hosted Tuesday at the Aspermont Community Center, where the hospital’s staff were on hand to meet and greet members of the community, providing education on services and programs, free screenings, and flu shots were also available.

Hospital Administrator Andy Kolb said the hospital reported three confirmed cases of the flu reported earlier this month and the CDC is anticipating another big flu season this year. As the flu vaccination is already on backorder, the health fair was a good opportunity for local community members to get their flu shots early.

In addition to the vaccines, screenings, as well as lunch being provided, people could walk away with bags of free merchandise from pens and markers to hand sanitizer and oral hygiene items. There were also plenty of coloring books and other fun things for the kids, and adults had the chance to win a number of door prizes.

Thu
04
Oct
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Aspermont 1st National Bank President assures public of continued service

When the Aspermont City Council officially accepted the resignation of Councilman Ralph Riddle last week, Riddle had no idea concerns of his status at the bank would send widespread concerns throughout the community. However, he recently assured the community his plans for the future do not include leaving FNB Aspermont.

Riddle explained that he will be getting married in December and will establish his primary residence in Lubbock, and although could no longer serve as a councilmember, as four generations of his family have been involved with the local Aspermont bank, he will remain Chairman, President, and CEO.

Riddle said he plans to work remotely from his new home in Lubbock but will spend a majority of the week in Aspermont in order to continue serving the community he will always call home. He also said he plans to keep his home in Aspermont.

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