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  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    An occasional worm or bit of smut with an ear of sweet corn is part of a healthy garden. One is a minor annoyance; the other a bonus. My wife does with the worm what our moms did, and grandmas and probably their grandmothers. She takes a paring knife and cuts away the damage.

    This would not be acceptable in a grocery store or at a roadside stand. Customers finding a worm would swoon, call the food police, file lawsuits. Commercial producers have had little choice but to spray with chemicals that kill or repel insects.

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    People who know more about it than I do say feral cats are a problem that, in places, has reached epidemic proportions.

    What I do know is that late on the afternoon of July 4, someone contributed by dumping a litter about half of a mile from our home. A witness told me a couple of days ago that she’d seen it happen. By that time, I’d already dealt with two of the victims.

  • Montgomery County History Center | Dave McFarland

    The Montgomery County History Center is constantly doing research into our local history. You might think that search would have its limits, but it often surprises one.

  • On the Side| Brad Hicks

    The calendar has turned to August. That means many things, and among them is the fact that it’s just 74 days until The Red Oak Express’ annual Barb Gray Memorial Chili Cook-Off.

    Yes, the event that transcends all fall activities will be back for another year. It will be on Friday, Oct. 13, and if that’s not scary enough, I might even whip up my own chili this year to share with the public in the hours before the last Red Oak Tigers home football game of the season. That said, we are in need of a few things.

    Cook-off entrants needed

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    “If one of my cartoons has brought joy and laughter to just one person, if I have been able to make just ONE person simply smile or forget their troubles for only a moment, then that cartoon, clearly, was NOT worth drawing.” -Gary Larson, cartoonist.

     The most expensive book in my office library, and the heaviest, is “The Complete Far Side.” The cost was $120 plus shipping which, as it weighs twenty pounds, was significant.

  • Mud Fence Creations | Conni Delinger

    I am a recent transplant to Stanton, and I have been invited to share my humor column with our readers. I will be writing approximately once a month, and I look forward to your feedback. If you enjoy it, please tell the publisher; if you do not enjoy it, please tell me!

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    There’s the deckle and the bark, the money muscle and the Texas crutch, the shiner and the 160 stall; a place where a spare has nothing to do with tires and neither does a blowout, where a mop never touches the floor, a fat cap is good and low and slow the way to go.

    BBQ-ers have a language of their own.

  • History Center | Dave McFarland

    Editor’s Note: The following story is told in letter form, based on exerpts from letters written home to Red Oak during World War II by Reuben Dumler. Most of the letters were to his mother, but some things are taken from letters to his sisters, one in Red Oak and one in Villisca.

    October, 1939

    Dear Mom,

    Well I finally made it to Colorado and have gotten settled in. I love working on the ranch. Guess you can say I am a real cowboy now. Found me a great little cabin....

    January, 1942 / Fort Bliss, TX

    Dear Mom,

  • On the Side| Brad Hicks

    Visa, a purveyor of plastic purchasing power, has declared war on cash. Don’t take my word for it, take his.

    “We are declaring war on cash,” Andy Gerlt, a spokesman for Visa, said.

    The banking giant wants to push more small businesses into updating their digital payment technology, offering up to $10,000 each to 50 U.S.-based small business owners who are committed to going cashless.

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    A local grocery, on a recent weekend, had watermelons on sale. Large boxes of them were displayed inside and out. At one, a lady was thumping. The sight brought memories, including those of another way.