As April moved aside for May 1998, the good folks of Lennox Valley had no idea how their world was about to change on Monday, May 4. On Talk Radio 88.3’s “Renderings With Raymond,” callers were equally divided between two topics of vital importance.
From my observations of the debate about whether the Timber Lake School should initiate drug testing, the strongest arguments are coming from the people who are saying “We need more education first.” They say that before the school goes ahead with a policy on random drug testing for students in sports and other activities, all parties involved need more education.
For avid hunters fall is a favorite time of the year. Grouse and antelope seasons generally open in mid-September followed by pheasant, waterfowl, turkey and deer. Although I’ve spent many enjoyable hours tramping around the prairie seeking game, one of my most memorable hunting experiences involves a skunk.
Small town news is a bit different from what you might find in big city papers. Murders, bank robberies and other violent crimes weren’t to be found in The Valley, but that didn’t mean the local newspaper, The Lennox Valley Hometown News, was short on breaking stories. The editor, Iris Long, just had to be a little more creative than her metro newspaper comrades in sniffing out front page news.
Years ago, someone at our house (okay, me) gave my husband the nickname, “Hoover,” and like a piece of toilet paper on a tennis shoe in a restaurant bathroom, the name stuck. He remains our Hoover to this day. The name doesn’t come from a reference to the U.S. president or from the first director of the FBI, although they would be first-rate role models from which to borrow a nickname.
I eagerly anticipated the Republican debates on CNN Wednesday night. I was comfortably seated in my recliner with my notebook, pen, popcorn and diet drink. As I took notes and summed up things at the end of the evening, I felt I was beginning to understand the issues represented by the candidates. Anxious to watch the CBS “The World in 90 Seconds” the next morning, I expected comments on the important issues affecting the citizens of our country.
Random drug testing in schools provides students with a clear disincentive to do drugs, since students never know when they might be tested. By giving students an incentive to stay away from drugs, random drug testing helps them lead healthy, successful lives. To view more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition
By Kevin Slimp
I like to tell people that Lennox Valley rests in a lovely place where two mountain ranges meet. The truth is that there are no mountain ranges. At least not within a few hundred miles of Lennox Valley. The area was first settled in the mid 1800s by European immigrants in search of a better life. What they found was land that seemed fertile for farming, although the winters were considerably harsher than what they were used to back home. Not the temperature so much. The wind, which never seemed to rest, made this a challenging place to call home. But home it was. And soon the beginnings of a town square started to take shape. The first church was built. Lutheran, of course. A livery, along with a general store, were the first businesses. To view more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition
At last count, not that there is an official count of such things, there were six vegetarians living in Greater Lennox Valley in 1998. Four of them were Billy and Wilma Perkins and their two children. The fifth was a junior at the local high school, Sarah Goolsby, who declared her vegetarianism during a stand-off with her mother which started out as an innocent conversation about current events and somehow curved into an intense discussion about the Federal Reserve System. It quickly took a nosedive before ending up with young Sarah professing her newfound concern for all living creatures.
In the medical profession we often have to face suicide casualties. The victim and the family generally come to the emergency room, one by ambulance, and the others to the waiting room. There, one of us ends up talking with the family, people wrought with terrible anguish and guilt, even though the family may have done all they could to prevent it. In situations like these I find myself overwhelmed with feelings of tragedy and sadness, and often angry at the suicide victim
for causing such grief for the ones who really loved him or her. I have two examples.