That sound

Wait, was that Summer? We’re already going back to school and we’re pretty sure we haven’t laid out in the sun near as much as we’d planned to when Spring started running out of gas.

At the same time this has been the wettest summer we can recall.

The goods news is, there’s still time to get out and play before it gets too cold.


Chuckwagon time is coming. Let’s start practicing. We need to be polite to people (and, seriously, one thing about Van Buren County is someone’s about to hold a door open for you) and welcoming. We’re not too worried about it, “welcoming” being something of a regional specialty.

Company’s coming; act right.

On top of that we’re looking forward to what’s a unique event. It’ll be several days of plenty to see and do, and new people to meet for that matter. Good, good for us.

School’s in

And, within a few days of this issue chugging off the press, we’ll have schools back in session. This means, of course, school buses on the roads, and children going about their affairs, either to catch the school bus or otherwise get to class.

Slow down, be ready to stop. In the Summer’s time just going was the order of affairs, but now we’ll have the randomness of school traffic. Be ready for it and slow down.

We’re interested, by the way, as to how this will play out especially in the Damascus area in light of it being kept from highway patrol due to violation of the speed trap statute.


There is nothing in this issue about the Dennard water situation and the conversation between Dennard water and Clinton water about, perhaps, Clinton taking over. (Well, except this editorial section.)

We anticipate that being fairly rare, this “nothing about it” thing. We’ve gone on record, it looks like a no-brainer from Clinton’s standpoint to take over Dennard, mostly because (as it stands now) anything else will cost more than it will save. But we further anticipate this will be a lot of back-and-forth as everything’s settled, and by “everything” and “settled” the people of Dennard getting a chance to have their concerns addressed.

City of Clinton is scheduled for a City Council meeting this week, and we anticipate learning more there, and next week, well, we’ll be talking about it again.

Picking on the square

This Saturday, we’ll be getting out on the Clinton Square, but the courthouse, under the big tree, to play some music from 9 a.m. to Noon. You’re welcome to come listen, or play along. (And none of this “I’m not good enough” business. You are, desire being more important than skill in this as in so many things.)

If the weather’s not conducive we can meet in the newspaper office. Bring a chair.

Reminder: No amps, no mics, this is acoustic music.

Psalm 149 (NIV)

1 Praise the Lord.

Sing to the Lord a new song,

his praise in the assembly of his faithful people.

2 Let Israel rejoice in their Maker;

let the people of Zion be glad in their King.

3 Let them praise his name with dancing

and make music to him with timbrel and harp.

4 For the Lord takes delight in his people;

he crowns the humble with victory.

5 Let his faithful people rejoice in this honor

and sing for joy on their beds.

6 May the praise of God be in their mouths

and a double-edged sword in their hands,

7 to inflict vengeance on the nations

and punishment on the peoples,

8 to bind their kings with fetters,

their nobles with shackles of iron,

9 to carry out the sentence written against them—

this is the glory of all his faithful people.

Praise the Lord.