April 30, 2009
Having blast at ball field
I still believe one of the best things this county has going for it is the Dizzy Dean baseball and softball league.
And I also firmly believe the league and our facilities need more support from county and municipal officials.
Close to Nowhere
Sad to be home from Paducah
Well... maybe I’m not too sad to be home. Jane and I are both sad though. And tired, really, really tired!
You can tell we had a wonderful time by the degree of exhaustion — this year surpasses even last year when I came home with a stomach virus.
Several have asked what was the best thing — the quilts are always the best thing! Even the vendors come in a distant second.
The Preacher’s Corner
Grandmother Winter’s special cake
A reader of this column all the way from California asked if I had the recipe for my grandmother’s white coconut cake which I wrote about in my column last time, and of course, I don’t.
North Mississippi gets national heritage designation
On April 14 a huge stride was made when U.S. Senator Roger Wicker announced to a packed crowd at the BancorpSouth Convention Center in Tupelo that the Mississippi Hill Area has received national heritage designation!
Letters to the Editor
Thanks to everyone:
Travelin’ cowboy update - John Wayne is there!
John Wayne Haynes arrived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Friday, April 25!
It’s taken him and his entourage six months to get from his former home in Michigan to his brother’s home in Santa Fe, but everyone is well and healthy, according to Haynes, via telephone on Tuesday.
“I’m trying to find employment now. We’ve gone to stage two -- we gotta live here,” he said laughing.
He and and his animals are having some mixed emotions after their long journey.
“I’m happy to have reached my destination, but I’m sad the journey is over. It’s hard to settle down; it’s totally different now.
“I enjoyed the journey. The weather is beautiful now and the hard part of traveling was the bad weather,” he said.
All the horses and dogs are doing just fine, but Haynes suspects the dogs still want to be on the road.
“Sheila, the older dog, when she’s let out in the mornings, will head straight to the horses and lie down.
“The horses are eating, resting, sleeping -- Misty, the younger mare, lay in the sun at least half the day Saturday, sleeping.
“I didn’t realize how tired I was either. Now, I’m settling in and my body is relaxing and I’m realizing -- I’m tired!”
Haynes is now actively looking for steady employment. There is a really good job opportunity, but won’t be available for a year, so he’s looking for ranching work.
He’s also thinking of being a movie star! Actually, he went to a casting call for extras in a cowboy movie. They need someone who looks like a cowboy -- he filled out an application and they took photos and now he’s waiting to get a call from Hollywood!
The Friday afternoon that Haynes, his dogs and horses, rolled into Santa Fe, he was surprised to be greeted from cars driving past. Unbeknownst to him. the local newspaper had printed an article about his journey in the early morning edition of the paper.
So, as Haynes and his companions rode down the streets of Santa Fe, windows would roll down and drivers would wave and holler -- “Hey John Wayne, welcome to Santa Fe -- we’re glad you made it.”
All the many, many friends he’s made along the way are happy too!
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