It’s a hot Sunday afternoon – 91 degrees outside! We got a whopping 3.78 inches of rain Wednesday. Combined with other rains last week, July has 5.40 inches here so far.

This week’s Farm Report:  The biggest problem soybean farmers are having this year is Dicamba being sprayed on neighboring farms where Dicamba-tolerate crops are being grown. It volatizes and floats off as a gas onto other fields around it. More testing should have been done on this chemical.  Our bean leaves are cupped up from it but time will tell if it will affect the yields. Meetings have been held but no solution this year; it’s already happened!

Clint, Courtney and Caroline spent the 4th at the lake having fun. They also drove to Kentucky to visit Granny and sent me pictures of her with them. Justin, Liz and Lyla came over for burgers, corn, slaw, tomatoes and apple pie with fireworks afterward. It was a nice 4th!

I am officially old. I signed up for Social Security Thursday! ‘Nuf said!

We had a fun dinner and movie night Friday. Cammy Evans, Diane Nutt, Michelle Nowak and her mom, Ann Huggins, and I all enjoyed salad bars, “Wonder Woman,” which was very good, and fireworks watched from the movie parking lot at Nancy Lane Park. There was ice cream afterward for some of us. It was a great night!

On our prayer list at the Covington Church of Christ are Joyce Whaley, Cindy Clark, Helen Goforth, Donna Sonwineski, Gary Bowie and so many friends and relatives of our members and all of our servicemen and women.

The birthday party at River Terrace will be on the 15th at 2 p.m. Devotional at Covington Care is at 4 p.m. on the 16th. Gospel meetings at Gilt Edge Church and at the Westside Church in Brownsville July 16-19.

Happy Birthday this week goes to Eric Keith and Mike McLean on July 12, to Craig Clay, Grayson Robinson and Tyler Higgins on the 13th, to Beau Phillips and Shelley Halford on the 14th and to Shirley Weir on the 15th!

Happy anniversary to Jason and Thyla Boswell on July 10 and to JJ and Brandy Brown on the 13th!

Happy Birthday at Clopton United Methodist Church (catching up) to Janie Cranford and Terry Twisdale on July 1, to Tim Harman on the 3rd, to Ronda Grissom on the 4th, to David Hardy on the 5th, to Jeremy Blanchard and Kali Oliver on the 9th, to John Seay on the 11th and to Sheila Wallace on the 12th!

Their youth Bible study and Monday-Wednesday and Friday line dance class won’t meet during July and August.  VBS will probably be July 30 - Aug. 2 and camp meeting services will be between July 30 and Aug. 27 due to the success of last year’s.

This week’s Farmer’s Almanac Quote: “Watermelon seeds, a source of eight essential amino acids, can be roasted and eaten like pumpkin seeds”.

“Thanks for Reading” this week goes to Pat Stephenson! Sa-lute!

Last week I wrote that Liz had been to batting and pitching practice. Now, I know all my loyal readers knew it was supposed to be Lyla! Ha! Justin was practicing with her the other night in the front yard and bats were flying around! Yuk! But at least they eat mosquitoes! 

Hope everyone had a great 4th! And welcome back, DarSay!

Until next week . . . 


Lisa DeLancey is a staff writer for The Leader, focusing on education. She is a 2016 graduate of The University of Memphis.