Thursday, May 23, 2013
Good folks at Cayce
A few weeks ago, J.W. and Virginia Armour and Ruth Vanlandingham came by The South Reporter office for a visit.
They had called to set up the appointment. I had no idea what they wanted to talk about.
But when the Armours and Ms. Ruth call, you block off some time on your schedule for them – that’s for sure.
It was a great visit.
We talked about a little bit of everything – from where I grew up over in Alabama to everything that’s happening in the Cayce community.
The Armours and Ms. Ruth remind me so very much of some of the kind people from my home community in Marion County, Ala.
I grew up the country, in a rural community much like Cayce. The folks in the area near Hamilton, Ala., just like the ones in the northwest corner of Marshall County, care about their community and they care about each other. They’re just good country folks. They can’t be beat – period.
One of the main purposes of the visit from the Armours and Ms. Ruth was to invite yours truly and other members of The South Reporter staff to Cayce Fire Department’s annual membership meeting on May 13.
They didn’t tell me the reason – “just want y’all to come join us.”
I assured them someone would be there.
When that Monday rolled around we were bogged down in graduation edition, plus I wanted to spend as much time (after regular work hours) as I could with my daughter Emma who was home for a week after her college graduation.
I asked Sue (Watson) to call and tell them we couldn’t make it and ask if they could reschedule us.
That didn’t work. They were persistent.
Again, it’s difficult to tell the Armours and Ms. Ruth “no.”
I told them I would be there.
Upon my arrival at the Cayce fire station, I got a big hug from Ms. Virginia. Then I took a seat by supervisor Keith Taylor, who was there to update the Cayce folks on what’s going on in Marshall County and specifically in District 3.
Keith’s talk was very informative – focused on the commitment and dedication of the Cayce Fire Department volunteers in serving the community, plus the area’s growth, like the recent groundbreaking for Roxul, just across Highway 302 from the fire station on Cayce Road.
Following Keith’s remarks, next on the agenda was a few annual awards.
A few minutes later I realized why I had been invited.
Ms. Ruth announced that The South Reporter had been selected for the Cayce Fire Department’s Citizen of the Year Award.
I was surprised and humbled.
After getting another hug, this one from Ms. Ruth, I asked if I could say a few words.
I thanked them for the honor and told them how much their community reminds me of the one where I was raised.
Cayce is on the verge of big things – with I-269 and industrial and business growth.
But, I’m confident the people of Cayce won’t change and neither will the fabric of the close-knit, caring community.
My trip to Cayce, on a stressful Monday, was a tremendous blessing.
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