We’ve had the best cool-weather-for-August, rain-free week! It was unseasonably cool, with a low of  58 degrees Friday night and in the 80s this coming week with chances of rain just about every day. 

This week’s Farm Report:  We sprayed some soybeans for fungus but lack a few fields that were planted later. Cotton is really looking good, corn is turning brown fast. Harvest time is upon us! We are so thankful for getting the rain we prayed for at the beginning of the season, and that the crops look good. Now we need help for the prices!

We had doctors’ appointments this past week – James got his teeth cleaned and I went to the foot doctor. Then he went to the heart doctor and has a test coming up this week – praying about that. Then both of us went for new glasses and they dilated both of our eyes – that was a hard drive home from Memphis! Mine stayed dilated for four hours and I missed Movie Night. So we are going to see the play at the Ruffin, hopefully, this Friday.

Monday we had a big birthday supper for Courtney’s birthday, pot roast with strawberry cake. Caroline loves the playhouse – Lyla hasn’t gotten to play in it yet. They have air conditioning and washing machine problems and didn’t get to come to the party. Maybe this week both of them can come over and play.

On our prayer list at the Covington Church of Christ are Jackson Whaley, who broke two bones in his wrist in football practice and had surgery (he was back at church this morning), Steve Carter, Cindy Clark, Carol Nance, mother of David, Thomas Nance, Joyce Whaley, Helen Goforth, Tina Whaley, Tonya Stanley, the  many relatives and friends of our members and all of our servicemen and women.

We are also praying for  the Rusty Richardson family who lost their home to fire this weekend on Holly Grove Road. They are in our prayers.

Happy birthday this week goes to J. J. Brown, Carter Coughlan (number 21!) and Reid McMahan on Aug. 6, to Jerry Blevins on the 7th, to Benny Collins on the 8th and to Tricia Speight on the 10th!

Happy birthday at Clopton United Methodist Church to Rachel Carpenter and Sandy Regis on Aug. 3 and to Gillee Carver, Kinlee Carver and Steve Wisemiller on the 4th!

They are in the midst of old-time camp meetings this month. There are no bulletins, but thanks to Marion Davis, who sent me the birthdays!

Youth Bible Study will resume on Sept. 10. No line dance or choir practice during August.

Also, remember the historic Mt. Carmel Presbyterian Church has an early Sunday morning devotional at 8 a.m. weekly. They are really busy over there this weekend cleaning up big limbs – those old trees take a lot of looking after.

This week’s Farmer’s Almanac Quote: “In 1959, the name ‘Chinese Gooseberry’ was changed to ‘kiwifruit’ because of the fruit’s resemblance to the brown, fuzzy kiwi bird.” Who knew?

Got your glasses for the big eclipse two weeks from tomorrow? Don’t look at it with the naked eye!

“Thanks for reading” this week goes to Otis Griffin and Jerry Gatlin! Sa-lute!

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.