2014-10-02 / The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Gas prices are going to drop

Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School homecoming activities are in full swing this week and promise to be lots of fun. The ever popular homecoming parade will get underway Thursday afternoon beginning at 6 p.m. at The Pope Center and end at Tiger Stadium with a community-wide bonfire and pep rally. The 2014 homecoming king will be crowned at this time. … Final homecoming events will be held during halftime of the football game when the Tigers take on Greene County. … The 2014 homecoming queen and her court will be announced. l

Rainfall was hardly worth reporting for last week. Aonia/ Bellewood got .4 of an inch; Hill Street got got .2 of and inch and I did two. I didn’t hear from Tyrone, but I expect Sonny didn’t get any. … But it has rained a pretty good bit today (Monday). l

I read an article by the Associated Press that said the average prices for gas could drop below $3 in much of the United States in the next month or two. The article said that gas prices typically decline in autumn, and this year they are being pulled even lower by falling global oil prices. By the end of the year, up to 30 states could have an average gas price of less than $3 per gallon. At the current national average of $3.35 a gallon, gas is a dime cheaper this year than a year ago at this time. Last year the national average fell 28 cents per gallon between September 1 and December 31. … Gas prices in Washington (on Robert Toombs Avenue through Washington, west to east) still remain about the same as in recent weeks. These prices were $3.34; $3.29; $3.32; $3.24; and $3.25. … We’ll see what happens. l

October has already arrived and I’m going to get ahead of all our readers who about the middle of the month call and remind me that it’s October and I haven’t included one of their favorite poems in this column. That poem is October’s Bright Blue Weather By Helen Hunt Jackson O suns and skies and clouds of

June, And flowers of June together, Ye cannot rival for one hour October’s bright blue weather. When loud the bumble bee makes haste Belated, shiftless, vagrant, And Golden-Rod is dying fast, And leaves of woodbine twining. When springs run low, and on the brook, In idle golden freighting, Bright leaves sink noiseless in the hush Of woods for winter waiting. O sun and skies and flowers of

June, Count all your boasts together, Love loveth best of all the year October’s bright blue weather. l

The First Baptist Church youth activities group has plans for the establishment of a memorial garden in memory of Jason Chapman, a member of the Baptist youth group who lost his life at the age of 26 in a tragic traffic accident. The Jason Chapman 5K run/walk will be held on Saturday, October 18, at the church with proceeds going to the church’s youth ministry and Mothers’ Morning Out. More details are available from the church office. l

There are many other activities and fundraisers scheduled for October. Check the “Don’t Forgets” and calendar for more information. l

If you’ve never been or haven’t been recently to the home of Nancy and Kerry McAvoy on the Greensboro Road, you need to make arrangements to go NOW. It was Nancy’s birthday and Kerry invited members of the First Baptist Senior Choir and the Bible Searchers Sunday School Class (of which they are members) to a dinner in celebration of the event and a fun night at their “Big Gully Saloon.” A delicious meal was served in the saloon but everybody enjoyed touring the grounds and seeing all the special memorabilia they have collected. … One of the highlights of the evening was that the electricity went off, and boy, was it dark on the premises. They already had several very large candles lighted in the party area and it was lots of fun in the semi-darkness. About 50 of us enjoyed the evening. l

In the past two weeks I have told our readers about two articles which recently appeared in Backroads magazine. The articles were called to my attention by Dean Mansfield who is a susbscriber. I knew there was another article in the magazine about Wilkes County, but I had to do a little research and come up with the facts that might be interesting to our readers. There was an article about James Monroe (Jim) Smith who was born in Wilkes County and became a millionaire farmer around the turn of the 20th Century. I knew there was some connection between him and Smythe Newsome, my late husband, but I needed some more personal information for our readers. Jean Casey Newsome tells me that he was the great-uncle of her and Smythe’s grandmother, Elizabeth Smith. I have a book written by well-known author and historian, E Merton Coulter, titled “James Monroe Smith, Georgia Planter,” and I found more than I needed to know about Jim Smith. He owned the farming land in Oglethorpe County that was recently bought by the famous singer, Johnny Cash. The farm was called “Smithonia” and was measured in terms of square miles instead of acres. He was a bachelor and a “colorful character” and died in 1915. l

Have you ever marveled at the comments some “public servants” or “public figures” make? Here are a few:

“I love California. I practically grew up in Phoenix.” – Political candidate.

“It isn’t pollution that’s harming the environment. It’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.” – Former U.S. vice-president.

“I’ve never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body.” – University of ?? basketball forward.

“That lowdown scoundrel deserves to be kicked to death by a jackass, and I’m just the one to do it.” – Congressional candidate in Texas.

Question asked a former Miss America: If you could live forever, would you and why? Answer (long time ago): “I would not live forever, because we should not live forever, because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live forever, but we cannot live forever, which is why I would not live forever.” l

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