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I love “The Wizard of Oz” movie and collect memorabilia, but we came too close last Thursday to it! Tipton County experienced 66 mile-per-hour winds that took the roof off the Something Special building (formerly Smith Hardware in the old days) for the second time in recent history. Pieces of it and trees fell on cars, took down power lines and caused power outages (which continued through Saturday).

Our corn was tousled around and some of it was flat on the ground. Yards full of limbs were all over the county, some yards that had just finished being cleaned up from the ice storm this winter.

We just received three-tenths of an inch of rain though, and we had no limbs down. We received almost another half-inch of rain between that night and Friday, when ladies dinner and movie night was cancelled for wind and storms. Then there was another windstorm Saturday with one and eight-tenths inch of rain. I heard windows were blown out of one house Saturday. Enough is enough!

This week’s farm report: the corn has straightened back up, but I was really afraid it was going to blow down again Saturday! Wheat, which was about ready to be cut, is drenched. Beans and cotton are growing, but the feet are wet!

Members of the Covington Church of Christ had more than 200 in attendance at VBS on Wednesday night, and every one had a big time! It was the best one ever, especially with Beau Phillips and Logan Rimmer's puppet skit on the last night featuring "Christ, Christ Jesus!" to the tune of "Ice, Ice Baby," "Just Read It" to the tune of "Just Beat It," and a couple more songs. It was a really good job for these two seniors who have done puppets for years and who can now pass down their expertise!

On our prayer list are Ann Chapman, Dale Laxton, Percaya Langston, John Evans and his sister, Alice, Joyce Whaley, Richard Huffman, Clara Clark and so many more, along with all servicemen and women.

My sincere sympathy goes to Chip and John Gordon and family in the death of Chester "Chet" Gordon early Sunday morning. They have my prayers.

Sympathy is extended also to Bonita Rogers in the death of her uncle, Bobby Vincent. The devotional at Covington Care will be at 4 p.m. on the 15th.

Ladies dinner and movie night will try again on the 13th!

Happy birthday to Jordan Hill on June 8, Joyce Whaley on the 10th, Hannah Johnson, Pat Farabee, Rick Moore and Ken Bringle Jr. on the 11th, Brenda Mason on the 13th and Perry Pena the 14th!

Happy anniversary to David and Ashley Whaley on June 8, John and Mindi Henderson on the 9th, Tim and Ginger Sallee on the 11th, Andy and Delores Whaley and Jeff and Christie Coughlan on the 12th and Rodger and Mary Beasley on the 14th!

Covington-Tipton County Chamber of Commerce news: “Ladies Night Out on the Square” in Covington is June 19, from 5- 8 p.m. and if you want to purchase a brick in memory or in honor of someone for Court Square Park, call the Chamber of Commerce at 476-9727. It would make a great Father's Day gift!

Bill Wallace just brought the Clopton United Methodist Church bulletin -just in time!

There will be a bridal shower for Tisha Twisdale, bride-elect of Mark Leary, on Saturday, June 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the church. The wedding will be June 21 at 2 p.m.

Please fill out your information sheets to be included in the new directory. Give them to Donna Briggs, Carolyn Cribbis or place them in the collection plate by June 15. VBS will be June 30- July 3 from 6 - 8 p.m. each night. Registration is on Sunday, the 29th. Classes are for children ages 3-fifth grade.

The "Celebrating our Dependence on God" barbeque will be June 29! Barbeque plates, sandwiches and hot dogs from 6 - 7:30 p.m. There will be patriotic music by Ronnie Twisdale from 8- 8:45 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m.!

We are catching up on Clopton birthdays! Happy birthday to Ruby Harman on June 2, Rick Cribbis on the 6th, Ty Carpenter, Dee Reynolds and Kim Wilson on the 7th, Valerie Carver, Joe Pennington and Emily Van Eaton on the 8th, Elaine Twisdale on the 9th, Sharron Allred and Robert Inman on the 10th and Steve Beloate on the 12th!

This week's Farmer's Almanac quote: "There is a special place in heaven for the father who takes his daughter shopping." John Sinor, American columnist, 1930-1996.

Happy Father’s Day!

Until next week . . .

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