A little history on the Old Settlers Reunion

Published Saturday, July 29, 2017
By Gerre Joiner

As I write, hundreds of people are celebrating the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion. I've discovered that many of us who have lived in Decatur for years know very little regarding the origins and traditions of the celebration.

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What you don’t know about the Sheriff’s Posse Arena

Published Saturday, June 10, 2017
By Gerre Joiner

I went to the Wise County Fairgrounds recently to attend a wonderful bull riding competition. WC Challenger Charities is a non-profit organization that has been raising funds since 2004 for local civic and charitable organizations.

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The squirrel slayer strikes

Published Wednesday, May 24, 2017
By Gerre Joiner

I visited with Rodney Lisby at the coffee shop recently, and he related the highlights of the following story. A while ago, Dan Rhine had a problem with his pickup, wasn't acting right. He couldn't get the pretty-new truck to start.

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Louis Gage: an inspiration

Published Wednesday, March 29, 2017
By Gerre Joiner

I was recently honored to minister to the family of Louis Wayne Gage after his death. The funeral was unlike any funeral I've ever attended. If you knew Louis, you'd have been proud to be there.

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Slow days at the coffee shop

Published Saturday, January 28, 2017
By Gerre Joiner

Things move kind of slowly during the period between Christmas and the first of the year. Especially for the guys at the coffee shop.

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The end of a writing slump or the beginning of a cookbook?

Published Wednesday, November 23, 2016
By Gerre Joiner

I've been in kind of a writing slump lately. But I've learned a few things in the past several weeks. Maybe they'll be worthy of your consideration.

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A dude ranch? In Decatur?

Published Saturday, September 10, 2016
By Gerre Joiner

I bumped into retired veterinarian and semi-retired businessman Doc Cocanougher a few days ago. He said he wanted to tell me a story that he considered worthy of reporting in the newspaper.

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Coffee shop competition: is it for your future?

Published Saturday, August 13, 2016
By Gerre Joiner

I'm pretty well convinced that when one considers charisma, charm and knowledge in general, my coffee shop is among the best.

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Have I told this story before?

Published Wednesday, August 3, 2016
By Gerre Joiner

I've discovered some things about getting/being old and spending a lot of time with my peers (old people). It's possible to tell the same story to the same old crowd and everyone is entertained. Half of the folks don't remember having heard it. The others are uncertain, thinking, "That story sounds familiar, but I'm not sure."

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The orphan train and my friend, Roger Weber

Published Saturday, May 28, 2016
By Gerre Joiner

Several months ago, one of my coffee-drinking friends pointed to Roger Weber as he walked in Whataburger, delivering the Wise County Messenger's Update.

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My outer office at Whataburger

Published Saturday, April 9, 2016
By Gerre Joiner

As I grow older, I like to make the most of my limited time and energy, so I "book" meetings at Whataburger during regular coffee shop times (early morning or mid-afternoon).

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Where’s Tom Turkey the Terrible now?

Published Saturday, March 5, 2016
By Gerre Joiner

I've known sisters Glenda Clower Goodwin and Donna Clower Endres for many years. Glenda sent me a Facebook message, suggesting that I ask Donna about her experience with a wild turkey.

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Arkansas moonshine and church polity in the ’40s

Published Wednesday, February 10, 2016
By Gerre Joiner

I usually don't go to the coffee shop on Sundays. Last Sunday, I went to Wal-Mart to buy cookies for an event at the church. Wasn't sure if I'd see any of my bunch, but I found Delbert White.

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Street signs for our town

Published Wednesday, January 20, 2016
By Gerre Joiner

For more than two years, I've been procrastinating. Bobby Wilson and I talked long ago about details regarding the installation of street signs in our fair city. If I remember correctly, the catalyst for the street sign conversation was when I told Bobby (mayor for 18 years), "Tell me about those narrow little streets in the old part of town. The ones that look more like alleys than streets."

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Addie Bohn Blackwell and the notary

Published Saturday, December 19, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

I recently helped with the funeral of a true patriot. Sam Blackwell was a hero in every way one can measure a hero.

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Lost my pliers!

Published Saturday, December 12, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

We went to New York City for Thanksgiving. We had some reserve about making the trip because of security concerns.

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Remember to be thankful

Published Wednesday, November 18, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

Jo and I went to Governor's Ridge recently. We sang a few hymns with the residents of this wonderful assisted living facility. Then I tried to guide their thoughts toward the topic of thankfulness.

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Listen closely or you’ll miss something eternally significant

Published Wednesday, October 28, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

On any given day, a casual observer at the coffee shop might think that nothing much is going on. Two or three conversations coming your way at the same time in a group of seven or eight old men is hard on the untrained ear.

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Four short stories and a test

Published Saturday, October 17, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

Four short stories. Left for the reader to decide who's who.

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Let me check your notes!

Published Saturday, September 12, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

The makings of this little story didn't originate at the coffee shop. They came from a meeting at the church.

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