Wednesday’s list of beans ’n greens ’n other things:


MY MOTHER’S name was Flora Cobb Smith. If she had a middle name, I never knew it. And in all the years I knew my mother, which began at a very early age, I heard of only one other person by the name of Flora.

Just when ...

There is a “ghost town” in Oregon and its name is Flora. From Wikipedia, which isn’t much:

“Flora was platted on April 7, 1897. By 1910, it had a population of 200 residents and an eight-room school. It is considered "the most substantial town to fail" in the Northeast Oregon region.

“The community was named after the daughter of the first postmaster, A.D. Buzzard. Flora post office operated from 1890–1966. The Flora School, built in 1915, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Now known as the Flora School Education Center, the schoolhouse has been restored as a pioneer arts education center.”

Mom, I sure wish I’d asked Grandma where she got your name. As the wife of a 40-acre farmer-preacher in Pleasant Ridge, Ala., I’m pretty sure she never heard of your name and certainly not of Flora, Ore.


BIRTHDAYS: Feb. 18 —  Martha Swader; Feb. 19 — Lewis McCoy; Feb. 24 — Cleo Cotton.


QUOTABLE: “If you’re going to have a pity party, keep it short and don’t invite anyone else.”John Stivers

Those were the words from a Gideon speaker at our church, Blue Mountain Baptist, recently.

I’ve long held that self-pity parties are a good cleansing of the soul and I appreciated Mr. Stivers’ remarks.


A SPECIAL Valentine in our family is Mckenzie Katherine Smith. The middle of my three great-granddaughters, she reached her third birthday on Valentine’s Day.

She’s blonde, has eyes bluer than a clear sky, and a streak of independence as wide as Quintard Avenue.

A belated birthday party will be Saturday and both sides of a really proud family will be there, including me, of course.

Love you much, Mack.


TOP TEEN: The spotlight this morning shines on Rebecca Lin Hearn, a senior at Jacksonville High School, where she has earned a 101.03/00 official core GPA.

To get at the level listed, Rebecca has nailed top grades in AP chemistry, AP English language and composition and AP U.S. history.

That has earned her the distinction of being an AP Scholar with Honors and has put her in the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta.

Selected as a Furman University Scholar as a junior, Rebecca’s class load this year includes AP biology, AP English literature and AP calculus AB.

All that has earned young Miss Hearn designation as valedictorian for the Class of ’18. Her peers have also voted her the class presidency the last two years.

Rebecca is a “giver,” too.

Her list of volunteer service to her school and community is a star in her crown.

One of her favorites is doing whatever she’s asked at the annual Kiwanis Pancake Day. She has also found time to assist with aid stations, road crossings and food preparation at the Woodstock 5K.

“Rebecca is an intelligent and articulate young woman who displays outstanding character and leadership,” says Marsha Stallings, senior counselor. “She has a vibrant and outgoing personality and exemplifies the positive characteristics desired in today’s society.”

Proud parents are William and Linda Hearn of Jacksonville.

Applause is in order.


George Smith can be reached at 256-239-5286 or email: