Picking on the Square

Just to be clear: Picking on the Square is this Saturday, but unlike previous times it starts at 10 a.m., not 9 a.m., and runs until Noon. The three hours of music, while fun, was kind of tiring, to be honest, so we’re trimming an hour off.

We’ll update social media about this as well (but first have to get a newspaper out).


Before the next issue is out two events are taking place here in town worth pursuing (which is why we put them on our front page): The Gospel Fest, and the Wellness Committee Town Hall.

In both cases it is a chance to participate in something for the good of the county, and in both cases it promises to be, well, the music will be fun, the Town Hall will be interesting. Win-win. More to the point, and why we continue to elevate such things in our pages, is that participating the community is important to keeping a community vibrant and growing.

So yes, let’s do that, and in both cases: See you there.


We hear a lot about the complexity, if not confusion, in driving in and around the construction on Highway 65. And we know a lot of phone calls are being made about the need for, what, flagmen, a lowered speed limit, and other items.

We also understand reasons exists as to why the state highway department - who has some experience in these matters - does things the way they do things. We spend enough time driving to understand the flow of traffic can be affected in ways not always obvious. Which is to say lowering the speed limit at point X may well cause problems at point Y.

And while we all have that inclination for somebody to do something, we suggest the surest path under current conditions and current understanding is for any and each of us to simply slow down. Granted, not everybody is as smart as us (granted, not everybody reads the editorial - the true mark of intellect) but we have learned we can not do a whole lot about other people, certainly other drivers. We can, however, do something about ourselves.

So we slow down.

At times when we make eye contact with a highway worker while transitioning the area we give the driver’s wave of two fingers lifted off the steering wheel. After all, we’re all in this together.

1 Thessalonians 5:4-11 (NIV)

4 But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. 5 You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.