• Crape Murder...by Paul Thompson

  • Algorithmically speaking...here we go again, in reverse

    The fancy and almost tongue-twisting word algorithm is another way of saying mathematics or just plain ol' basic arithmetic. Interesting that such a fancy word would be used when talking about adding or subtracting and multiplying, etc.

  • Enos’ tale No. Six: California Bound (Continued)

    "I hitchhiked to California from Chester several times. There were so many cars on the road that my thumb would swell up to the size of my fist. Eventually I bought a used T-Model Ford that me and my musician buddy first drove to California in 1930. We played string music and took up a collection at various places. It took us about six weeks to get there, but we weren't in a hurry. We took in pretty good money.

  • Enos’ Tale Number Three: A Fish Tale (Continued)

    "I might as well tell you something about a fishing trip that I took in my little wooden boat down at Little River. I liked to fish because it was relaxing and often provided me, your grandparents and your  Uncle Charlie with a good supper. I didn’t have a fancy rod and reel. I fished with a plain old cane pole, and my bait was a can of worms.

  • The good news is chasing after you!

    Anyone who knows me knows that I can't and don't sing but I do love good singing, especially the way the elders, led by my granddaddy, Berry, would do it.
    Years ago in the South, before the Black Church as we know it today existed, there would be secret church or "camp meetings," as they were called, held in the "brush arbor." The word arbor means trees or a place with lots of trees, indicating that these meetings were held in a densely forested area in order to hide the gatherers and muffle the sounds that would emanate from them.

  • My days and nights go something like this – Dear God, Part One

    “Dear God, please send us rain for the pastures to nourish the grasses and sustain our cows, or either send a buyer for our farm.”
    Well, I’d love to think I had a better story to write for you but these days I don’t. For weeks now, I have been immersed in trying to figure out how we are going to make it in the cattle business for yet another year. Sometimes, well lately, OK so for years now I have wondered that, but lately I see it as just a long, hard, vicious cycle with no end in sight.

  • Family honors late mother with play

    First Baptist Church of Lowrys will present “I'll Be Home for Christmas” Sunday at 6 p.m.
    This year's combined drama and cantata service at the church is being presented by Nancy Stewart and Joyce Baker, daughters of the late Frances Wilkes Bramlett Stephenson, who passed away in May. Stephenson, a devoted member of First Baptist for 62 years had written, directed and decorated the sets for the Christmas dramas at her church since 1982, Stewart said.

  • Bill Floyd's trip to Egypt

    I recently returned from 10 days in Cairo, Egypt working a project for a client. At 7000 miles each way, I think I just set the record for the longest commute out of Chester to find work! Due to confidentiality, I can’t name the client or describe the project, but I’d like to tell you about the rest of my adventures. The names have been changed to protect the innocent. It was definitely an adventure!

  • Patient treats medical staff

    Bill Cronan usually receives patient treatment from the staff at Catawba Family Medicine, but on Thursday the tables literally were turned as he treated the staff to a “thank you” lunch.
    Cronan, his wife, Linda and their friend, John Wayne Holcombe, cooked an on-site, hot meal of fried fish, fries and hushpuppies for the five-member staff of the local clinic.

  • A "Shotgun" start

    Singer and songwriter Bill Edwards probably never thought his big break in the music business would come courtesy of a puppet.
    Later this month, though, Edwards will tape a performance for "The Shotgun Red Variety Show" which will air on RFD-TV.