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  • Butch says it was a great day . . . for sure!!!!
    Saturday, November 28, 2020 6:23 AM
    In 1960 . . . What did you do today, Butch?
    "Well, I woke up at 7 a.m., and my Mom fixed me bacon and eggs, toast and jelly, and a glass of orange juice. Dad had already milked the cows and was back in the field plowing corn. I fed the sows, gathered the eggs and watered the calves. Then I walked over and helped my neighbor, Forrest Flaningam, collect honey from his beehives.
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  • Butch recalls funny happenings at Library
    Friday, November 20, 2020 4:00 AM
    If someone had told me when I was in high school that I would be a librarian, I would have told them they were crazy. The same holds true for my jobs as police officer and teacher. After receiving a scholarship to General Motors Institute as a senior, I had planned on being an electrical engineer. It's funny how life turns out, but I am very happy that I selected occupations that I enjoyed instead of choosing a job for the prestige or money.
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  • Butch tells of two boys who were bored in school
    Friday, November 13, 2020 4:00 AM
    When I started teaching junior high school in the fall of 1972, I was elated to be back at Darlington, where I graduated in 1966. I taught fifth, sixth and seventh grade social studies and elementary PE . . . and also coached basketball. My sister was in my geography class, and my brother was in my PE class. There were several second cousins in my classes, and to top it off, my Dad was a bus driver and the school custodian! I was also now teaching with many of the teachers who had taught me just a few years earlier.
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  • Butch's local and national elections wish list
    Friday, November 6, 2020 4:00 AM
    Well, thank God, it's over . . . not the political back and forth arguing, but at least the ads. It is disheartening to listen to our Congress, the politicized news organizations, and many of the citizens of our country. The prevailing attitude seems to be one of unyielding obstinancy. Perhaps our political leaders and pundits should consider some of the following quotes...
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  • Butch advises not to rob the Bloomfield Mini-Mart
    Friday, October 30, 2020 4:00 AM
    One afternoon in 1996, when I was the Montgomery County Sheriff, I received a call that a person wanted on a warrant for theft in our county had been apprehended in Owensboro, Ky. The authorities there requested that he be picked up and transported back, as their jail was overcrowded. Needing a break from my regular night patrol, I decided to make the trip myself. It looked to be about a three hour drive all the way down US 231.
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  • Butch learns all about girls in school . . .
    Friday, October 23, 2020 4:00 AM
    When I started first grade in the fall of 1954, I had never really been around any girls my age except for my cousin, Sherry Hampton, and two or three girls who were in my Sunday School class. I was not particularly interested in the opposite sex, as playing at recess and staying out of trouble in the classroom were my main concerns. Other boys warned me that girls were "weird," and it was best to keep some distance. "You just can't figure 'em out," they stated emphatically.
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  • Butch says sometimes we all need a place to hide
    Friday, October 16, 2020 4:00 AM
    When I was a youngster, life was simple. My parents took care of me and provided my basic necessities. I was expected to do my chores and help Dad out on the farm . . . and help my Mom with my younger brothers and sisters. But I had plenty of time to play, to make things, and to explore the world around me. I enjoyed going to school, being with my friends, and participating in sports. It was fun to go to Darlington, visit the various businesses, and listen to the stories of the "old-timers." I was somewhat aware of events that were going on in our country, but I can honestly say that nothing ever worried me to any great degree. It was a fun time to grow up in the 1950s. 
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  • Butch's experiment with Lady Clairol
    Friday, October 9, 2020 4:00 AM
    I started getting a few gray hairs during my first year in college. At age 18, I was married, taking a full load of classes, and also working full time to pay the bills. I assumed stress was causing the gray hair to appear.
    After teaching school for a few years, the amount of gray remained about the same. But after I became a deputy on the Sheriff's Department, I noticed that the gray started increasing significantly.
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  • Butch had no luck in music and typing class
    Friday, October 2, 2020 4:00 AM
    I learned a long time ago that God gives everyone some special talent or skill. For some students, studying and making good grades just comes naturally. I was fortunate enough to be one of those students. But three skills that were totally lacking during my school years were the ability to sing, play a musical instrument, and type. I struggled with all three.
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  • Butch shares inside look at sheriff's department, 1977 to 2020
    Friday, September 25, 2020 4:00 AM
    Accusations of police brutality, followed by statements from politicians, celebrities, sports figures and the general public seem to be in the news almost every day. What transpires next are "defunding the police" proposals, often accompanied by riots, looting, and vandalism . . . and then the subsequent "supporting the police" demonstrations and increased funding of police departments . . . both sides against the other.
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  • Butch thinks his new phone is great!!!!!
    Friday, September 18, 2020 4:00 AM
    When people visit our museum at the library, I always point out the oak “crank-type” telephone that is mounted on one wall. It was the first phone in Darlington. The owner of the bank, James Peterson, bought the first two phones, one for the bank and one for his house. When I tell kids that my family had a similar phone when I was their age, they look at me in amazement, as if I lived in prehistoric times.
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  • More crazy comments from Butch’s police days
    Friday, September 11, 2020 4:00 AM
    Here are a few more strange questions and comments that occurred during my years as a Deputy Sheriff and County Sheriff here in Montgomery County:
    • "See this knife? Sharp, ain't it? . . . You know what I've been doing, Sheriff? Cutting the heads off of copperhead snakes." (From a man who had been standing in front of the New Ross post office at midnight and asked me to give him a ride home. 
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  • Butch likes news from good ol' days better
    Friday, September 4, 2020 4:00 AM
    In an earlier column, I pointed out that my wife and I don't listen to the news on TV much anymore. Too depressing! People arguing, people protesting, politicians bickering and maligning one another, pandemic "updates" and warnings, looting and burning, stores closing, rogue nations threatening our country, homicides, drug arrests . . . and on and on. And I am sick and tired of so-called celebrities, entertainers, sports stars and news commentators trying to persuade me to think like them. Why, in God's name, should I listen to someone like Rosie O'Donnell, Michael Moore, LeBron James, Anderson Cooper and Katy Perry, just to name a few, spout off their opinion on anything? I have absolutely nothing in common with these people. They need to get a real life and keep their opinions to themselves.
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  • Butch uncovers mystery of the model airplane
    Friday, August 28, 2020 4:00 AM
    When I was very young, I accompanied my Dad to town one evening for a visit with Wesley "Wes" Tribbett, to ask him about an electric problem we had out on the farm. Wes was a little older than my Dad, and he was very knowledgeable about anything electrical or mechanical. He served as the "town man" who took care of Darlington Light and Power and the streets.
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  • How will you be remembered? Here's an example
    Friday, August 21, 2020 4:00 AM
    Have you ever wondered how people will remember you after you have passed away? No, I'm not referring to what the preacher, your family and the people that know you say at your funeral. And not the obituary in the newspaper. I have been to many funerals and have read many obituaries. The deceased may have been the most unpleasant, obnoxious, greedy, conniving, manipulative or argumentative person you ever knew. He may have been lazy, led a life of crime and was drunk every day.
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