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Today's Features

  • In the 1900s it was a common sight in most backyards. During the summer it gleefully skipped through the air, wrapping its ends around sturdy trees or poles secured in the ground.

    Clothespins provided a solid anchor on its expanse, and for many years the lowly clothesline seemed to bask in the attention of the American family.

    A long, forked wooden pole propped in the middle of the line would lift the laundered clothes to just the right height for youngsters to duck under as they galloped about in their pretend world.

  • I didn’t write last week. I just didn’t feel good. It wasn’t anything physical, I just felt like a big, wet balloon was hanging over my head and I couldn’t breathe. There were no productive juices in my brain. I am back now and have two weeks of Wanda’s news, so I’d better get to it.

  • BY ROGER ALFORD

    I heard this week about the fellow who went to the doctor and found out he had a very contagious disease. The doctor told him he was going to have to be quarantined and put on a bologna and see diet.

    “I understand being quarantined,” the fellow said. “But how is a bologna and cheese diet supposed to help me?”

    “It’s not that bologna and cheese will help you,” the doctor said. “That’s just the only food that will fit under the door.”

  • Ten years ago I wrote: “My friend Mike ate breakfast last week, which is nothing short of a miracle.

    “He doesn’t shake anymore or wake up in the middle of the night sweating. The little green monkeys that haunt him are gone too.”

    This week, my friend Mike is celebrating 10 years being sober. Not just sober, but healed and forgiven, whole and hopeful. He’s tasted the mercy of God, felt his hand of grace that pulled him from the abyss.

  • Monterey Baptist Church

    If you haven’t returned your baby bottle for Avenues for Women clinic, please do so as soon as possible. Please return all bottles whether or not they are filled.

    The monthly planning meeting will be at 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 19. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

    A Night of Prayer will begin at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 23 at the church. This is a time for the church to come together for corporate prayer, as well as individual prayer.

    Adult Bible study meets at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.

  • Ninth Grade Honor Roll

    Esmeralda Aldama, Devenee Bolen, Peyton Burton, Robert Caldwell, Caitlyn Cox, Marissa Craig, Shane Dawson, Courtne Dempsey, Adam Dunavent, Michael Goderwis, Jessica Herrmann, Hannah Johnson, Cameron Lesuer, Ravin McMillian, Dalton Miley, Hannah O’Connor, Elijah Patterson, Destiny Pickett, Emmaleigh Richardson, Lexie Robinson, Stevee Rohling, Ethan Searcy, Tori Smith, Colton Stedam, Caylin Trenary, Dillon Vinal, Brian Wallace, Brooke Woodyard and Baileigh Young.

    Ninth Grade Super Honor Roll

  • BY JENEEN WICHE
    Weekend Gardener

    Powdery mildew is probably the most common garden fungus around. It is not too terribly picky about where it spreads, it likes humid and dry weather, thrives in the heat of the summer and is hard to control once it has started. The trick here is to prevent it from happening by proper plant selection, spacing and treatment before it takes hold.

  • BY ROGER ALFORD
    N-H Columnist

    Perhaps you heard about the woman who was pulled over for doing 65 mph in a 40 mph zone?

    When the policeman asked for her license, she told him she didn’t have one, that it was revoked two years ago for drunk driving.

    The policeman then asked for her vehicle registration, but she said she had stolen the car, killed the driver and stashed his body in the trunk.

    “Ma’am, don’t move,” the policeman ordered. “I’m calling for backup.”

  • When I first met my husband he drove a brand-new 1973 Mercury Comet GT, white with orange pinstripes along the sides and orange vinyl interior – and a manual transmission.

    As Barry attempted to teach me how to drive it, I proved myself to be a willing student, but not an adept one.

    I understood the whole clutch-brake-gas pedal thing in theory, but when it came to putting my foot on the correct pedal at the correct time there seemed to be either one too many pedals or I had one too few feet to do it right.