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


BACK IN THE 1960s I had a ’65 Chevrolet Super Sport with a 396 engine that let me win most “drags” from red lights. I no longer “drag” from red lights and the 396 is not what I remember about the Super Sport.

What I remember is the fuel door was under the tag in the middle of the rear end.

Today the blonde has a mini-van with the fuel door on the left, the driver’s side. I have an aging  Ford Taurus with the fuel door on the right, the passenger’s side. It is my duty to keep both vehicles gassed. And I can’t count the times I’ve pulled to the pump, got out to “fill ’er up,” and have to get back in the car and re-park.

That drives me nuts ... how ’bout you?

Oh, ’bout those “drags” from red lights. They’re no longer a problem. The older I get the faster slow gets. I think I’ve mentioned that before.

But, oh boy, back when we were young ...


QUOTABLE: “What we once enjoyed and deeply loved, we can never lose for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”

Helen Keller


FA SO LA ...

You like it, you can get a big helping of Fa So La singing this Saturday at the Primitive Baptist Church near Ashland. It’s the Boiling Springs Singing Convention and the first notes come at 9:30 in the morning. That’s  according the Myrline Redmon, who called about the event.

I prefer the old hymns, not much on Fa So La, but those who love it number more than you might think. Two that were personal to me were the late and Cleland and Forney Cobb, my aunt and uncle. If there was a Fa So La within driving distance, they were there.

Anyway, Myrline says to get to Primitive Baptist you take Highway 9 out of Ashland and then Clay County 5 ... and you’ll find it.

So, if you’re Fa So La, spray your tonsils, hit the road ... and have fun.



— A few months back I chunked a brand new $139 electric razor and went back to blade shaving. Should have done it years ago.

— ’Til the blonde put hand soap in the bath a year or so ago I had been doing the liquid stuff. I had forgotten hand soap’s pleasure.


TOP TEEN: One of our brightest, Brianna Putman, is headed for spring graduation at Pleasant Valley High School where she carries a 4.2 GPA and has a 23 on her ACT.

It is no surprise Brianna is a member of the Beta Club (an honor society) and on the Pleasant Valley A Honor Roll. She is president  of the FCCLA and a member of the Future Business Leaders of America.

She also holds a Microsoft Certification in Word, Powerpoint, and Excel.

But it is her work ethic when she’s not hitting the books that gets some attention.

Over her time at PV, she has helped clean house, served food, and do whatever for the elderly around Alexandria Valley. Throw in wrapping presents for Second Chance at the Quintard Mall, working in Jacksonville Child Care, and doing whatever is needed in her job at Cutting Edge in Alexandria and you wonder when she has time for her academic work.

“Brianna is a joy to have as a student at Pleasant Valley High School,” says Mylane Wigley, school counselor. “She is active in many clubs and organizations at school and has maintained an outside job for several years. Brianna has accomplished many of her goals already and we’re confident she will continue to shine in her future endeavors.”

Proud parents are Jonathan and Dawn Putman, Angel Drive, Jacksonville.

Take a bow, young lady.

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