I’ve had a crush on this fine lil' filly for months
now. But my problem is she don't even notice me. What should I do?
Smitten in Six Mile
I notice you Homer Ledford but I ain't interested in dating
I have been trying to break up with this woman for some
time. I don't wanna hurt her feelings, so I keep dropping little hints. What
should I do?
Tied Down in Tamassee
Dear Tied Down,
Why, Billy Joe Webber, if you
wanna dump me, you go right ahead, I'll just take up with Homer Ledford.
And oh yeah, saying we "should date other people" ain't
exactly a subtle hint!
I am writing to ask you to reprint a letter you
first ran in the early 1970's, and again in the early 80's during economic
hard times, not unlike the ones we are going through now.
Deja Vu in Dacusville
Dear Deja Vu,
Below is that letter.
My wife and I have both been laid off from our jobs.
We have been out every day for six months looking for work. We can barely
afford to feed our kids and us, and our unemployment benefits are
about to run out.
Many of our friends and relatives are in the same
I'm not only afraid for my family, but for the
We Americans must keep a positive, an
optimistic, frame of mind. I know that's hard to do when you're out of work,
struggling to put food on the table, and can't afford gas to put in the car
to go look for a job, when you know there ain't no jobs out there.
But, always remember this country has been
through many hard times, and came back stronger each time. You may not agree
with, or even like, our president and his policies. But now is not the time
for political backbiting, or pointing fingers at this group or that group.
blaming them for our problems.
And when you think you just can't cope
anymore, then friend, put on The Drovers
Old Time Medicine Show, and turn it up LOUD! If
the music don't pick you up, then hearing about Grandpa's woes will make you
realize that even you got it better than some!
Boys and girls everywhere are choosing up sides for backyard baseball
games. Dads are
playing catch with their sons and daughters. Kids are trying to throw
curveballs and working on their bunting. Well, they should since the art of
bunting is a dying art. As soon they get home from school, they will change
clothes and head out to play baseball, right up to supper. Just like
The Drovers Old Time Medicine Show sing about in their song "The
The kids are in the backyard they're choosing
They wanna knock the cover off that ol' cow
Fist over fist, my thumb's on top
I choose first, to hear that old leather pop
It's the game of baseball, played throughout
By kids of all ages, by boys and by girls
You can bet your bottom dollar in the sun or
in the rain
Somebody's playing baseball, the All-American
Joe Dean's on first and Laura's playing third
Mama won't let Billy play, she heard him using
We'll play a game of Pickle or Roll At The Bat
A do over's called, line drive hit the cat
Some play the game on fresh cut grass
Others play on asphalt littered with broken
Home plate is a dirt spot or a manhole cover
We'll finish the game right after supper
On this day in history in Prater’s Creek, Tom Lester, who played "Eb" on the
classic television show "Green Acres", attended a ribbon cutting ceremony at
Livwright's General Store, and received the key to the city. Livwright's was re- opening the remodeled front
porch after winds blew a hickory ember from the barbecue pit and ignited a
jug of Grandpa's finest that was sitting on the
The Prater’s Creek Volunteer Fire
Department will be having a headcheese and tripe supper on May 5, from 5pm
to 7pm, to raise money to buy a fire truck. Plates are $4 for adults and $3
for children under twelve. Chief “Flint” McCalister said his band, Flint and
The Flattops, would be providing the evening’s entertainment. The fire
station is located on
Stewart Gin Road.
World renowned picking and grinning
twin sisters, The Milton Twins, played a concert here in town to a sold out
audience last month. The
Miltons do not write their own songs, but do interesting bluegrass covers of
such rock songs as Ted Nugent's "Cat Scratch Fever", Led Zeppelin's
"Black Dog", Iggy & The Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog",
Cyndi Lauper's "She-Bop", and also a great rendition of Roger Miller's "My Uncle Used To Love Me But
of The Drovers Old Time Medicine Show, who was
on the front row at the concert, was grinning ear to ear and yelling "I love
Local Statehouse Representative,
Patty Paloosy, introduced a bill into the records last week. If passed, all
male members of the South Carolina Statehouse would have to wait six months,
after being diagnosed, to have cancer or a brain tumor treated.
Economic Stimulus Trickles Down
The Congressional economic stimulus
package has reached Prater's Creek, and not a minute too soon. Economic hard
times have hit our town. Daisy, the waitress at the Six Mile Cafe, has said
her tips have been down the past few months. Todd Livwright, owner of
Livwright's General Store, has had to lay off Zeke, the man who restocks the
pickle barrel. Jenny Heart has said her dress shop business has fallen off
dramatically. Tom Hunt, owner of TRH Construction, says nobody
can afford to
build a new outhouse. The only
business that hasn't been hurt is Grandpa's
elixir sales. "I'm selling more elixir than ever!"
Grandpa told the Gazette.
But our town received all of $13.86
and Mayor Jones said the town will use the money to plant gardenias around the town cesspool.