Welcome race fans

Chuckwagon buddies: We’re certainly glad you’ve made the trip to town, and welcome. We appreciate you spending time here and we hope you have as good a time as you expect.

If it’s your first time, take a tip from a local: That catfish supper up at the Senior Center is a deal, maybe even a deal and a half over these four days. It’s not far, the people are nice and the proceeds, as they say, are for a good cause.

In other news

We’re not a national newspaper, by any means, but we have to - we must - acknowledge the mess, and the mess with the promise of getting messier, in South Texas and the Houston area as they come to terms with the massive, endless, epic rain.

Whatever your faith, whatever your bent, please, take a minute and send a prayer up, or at the least a quiet thought for those impacted.

The Red Cross is taking donations, including cash, and in the days to come other reputable organizations will be doing the same. We’ll do our best to keep you posted.

Crystal ball

Our Crabtree correspondent points it out, and we chime in here: A wet summer like this bodes ill for the kind of winter we can expect. Us, here, we’re going to be braced for some serious storms and slick roads.

This is a weather projection from a newspaper which does not have a meteorology department, granted, but based on our experience: We are concerned, and laying in extra coffee.


We seem to be talking about Shirley more than usual in this issue. We suppose we could take the time and apologize for doing so in this space, but we’re not in an apologizing mood.

You’ll see in our calendar Shirley is having its regular yard sale this weekend. You might want to swing by. It’s not if you do or don’t need yard sale items, it’s a question of taking a chance to see what they’ve been doing to get the town fixed up and get people moving around down there.

Good for them, could be good for you to make a stop by if you’ve got the time.

From the archives

Getting organized, when you’re a small paper in a busy town, is always a challenge. (We’re not complaining, it’s work we enjoy.)

Still, it’s been in the plans for some time now to have a “on this day” section in the paper every week. It’s a chance for us to look through the archives and see what life, and what concerns, existed in Van Buren County in years past.

It’s interesting, of course, but it’s something we’ve wanted for awhile now to share with you, the reader. Here we go: Starting this week we went back and check some old copies for what happened in August in years gone by.

Give it a read, and we’re planning on this being a regular feature - if we can stay organized.

Galatians 3: 23-29 (NIV)

Children of God

23 Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. 24 So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. 25 Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.

26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.