Even at that, there are defining "stories" from time to time that are beyond excellence in service to the community.
Such was Laura Camper's front-page story Sunday on the deterioration of our "underground infrastructure." Simply put, the story was about the terrible condition in which we find our long-neglected water and sewage systems.
If you didn't read it, go back and do so.
I doubt she's listed as one of the bank's assets, but she sure should be.
I'd like to know where, when, how, and why — anything you can tell me — on "Jamback."
The e-mail address and phone number are at the bottom of today's "column."
"George . . . quit your moaning and groaning about your yard and patio . . ."
From there she told me of recent rains flooding her back yard in "water over my ankles in less than 10 minutes."
Her name is Martha Sims, she's 86, has a bad knee, lives on Beck Road in Bynum, and spent the night of her flood with a son. She got to my "moaning" with:
"Life is a little rougher when you get past 25, but hang in there. It's great to be here at my age and I am a new great-great-grandmother to a beautiful little girl . . . have a good day and faith that God is going to take care of our country."
You gave me a lift, Martha . . .
Kaitlyn is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, on the National Honor Roll, and a member of the National Society of High School Scholars.
The road has been tough, a course study of Advanced Placement in English, U. S. History, and Government. The reward will be an Advanced College-Preparatory Diploma.
Wrapped into all that is golf . . . team captain and All-County honors.
Then there's the band and majorette co-captain.
Aaron Studdard, one of her teachers, says "Katie is the type of student teachers love to teach. She is self-motivated, hard working, and respectful. She makes our jobs just a little easier. You couldn't ask for a better student."
Proud parents are Alan and Debra Ledbetter, Oakhill Drive, Piedmont.
Let's hear some applause . . .
George Smith can be reached at 239-5286 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org