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The Short Mountain community is saddened by the passing of Mrs. Shirley Annette Horwath age 73. She was the mother of Debby Harvey, owner of Short Mountain Market. Debby's mother's health had been declining for sometime and she was ready to go home to the Lord. Got to talk with Shirley at the store several times. She was quite an interesting person to be around. Going to miss you Shirley, but I know all is well with you and you're simply fine now with no health issues as you are healed. Please keep the Horwath family in your prayers.

Hope you got to attend church this past weekend to worship and praise the Lord. I also hope you acknowledge Him above anyone as He is the only One that can forgive you of your sins and give you eternal life in heaven.

I think a yo-yo would be the best way to describe our weather wouldn't you? Loving it though, because having a good warm day or two in between the cold snaps, gives me and hopefully you, too, a chance to soak up a little sun and pick up some debris off our yards. Can hardly wait to be outside with warmer temperatures that stay warm and we don't have to think of winter.

A belated Happy 30th Wedding Anniversary to Rick and Beverly Hubler on February 14th, 2017. Sure hope you guys had a wonderful day and congratulations.
Love, Carol.

Also, two birthdays I left out for the month of February: Ann Webb 13th and JD Pedigo 21st.

Please keep these people on your prayer list: Denise Stanton, Charlie Mai Daniel (Charlie Mai was able to be in church Sunday), the family of Steve Stanley, Edith Miller, Carlon and Mai Nell Melton, and Donna Lawson.

March birthdays that are coming up: Ruth Brown, Martha Parker, and Crystal Gannon 4th, Patsy Nixon 8th, Rex Pedigo 10th, Heather Underwood 14th, Melba Nichols 17th, Seal Pedigo (my sister) 20th, Bryan Pitts 21st and T McBroom 26th.

Last year on March 7th it was 72 degrees and I push-mowed our back yard. Then on March 16th, I mowed both yards, as it was 87 degrees.
I am hoping they'll be a repeat performance this year of this kind of weather. Some people can't stand the smell of wild onions that get mowed down with the mowing of the grass but I really love that smell as it lets me know spring is knocking at the door. We do know March can be a bumpy month with the winds and storms, but we have to take the bad sometimes with the good.

Looks like I am gonna have to hire Clyde and Bobby to find a big ole beech tree that Bernie Braswell says is around here at the mountain and is the biggest beech tree in the county or maybe even the state. So big is that tree it takes 4 men probably big in size, too, hand in hand to circle that tree. Sort of like hugging a tree I would imagine.
Hugging a tree reminds me of what mom told me when sister Lucy would hug her too tight. Mom would tell her to go out in the yard and hug a tree. I wouldn't know a beech tree from a Christmas tree as I don't know my trees. Didn't get enough schooling to cover the topic.
That might be a stretching it a little bit. I do know for a fact where there is a Dollar Tree located, if that counts. Knowing Bobby and Clyde, they would have to enlist the little green men, that rabbit Harvey that's 10 feet tall that could hop a country mile, and a cow that could show up on the spot if the tree was found and cameras were rolling to tree a tree of this size and magnitude (not an earthquake magnitude) in other words a huge monster of a tree.
Never heard of such a beech tree that just might wind up in the Guinness Book of Record and Acclaims from our small but worldly renowned part of the uncivilized world.
Clyde and Bobby and all other creatures not to be paid one red cent (I didn't know the coins were red) until the tree is found and cut down. I don't think Bernei said it couldn't be put on the ground. Better check with locals on the mountain to see what they would be thinking about the woodpile that would come from that tree. And all the money to be raked in from those ricks of wood that people would come to buy and burn to keep them warm and fuzzy until spring.
This could be the biggest news story ever at the mountain and could actually top the Christmas Eve gathering at our house in 2016. Hard to believe I know but stranger things could have happened that non of us have ever been told about (remember the tobacco patch and those 2 little green men that were spotted going into decades ago) but could any of you imagine anything being bigger than this story that's been made up to capture your attention?
You can believe Bernie, I like to ad lib a little bit.

If we choose Bobby and Clyde to do the job, they would have to agree that not weather, poison ivy, poison snakes, a bluegrass singing, or some grizzlies would stop them from the task they were to accomplish when they put their John Henrys on the back of that Snickers candy bar wrapper. Bobby said no one said anything about a grizzly bear. Clyde said he's never seen a grizzly but is sure we have them around here by all the dead cow, calf and horse carcasses here and yonder lying in the bullies.

If you have any news for the column, give me a call at 615-563-4429. Have a great day!

Thou art my lamp, O Lord: and the Lord will lighten my darkness. 2 Samuel 22:29

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