Nothing beats a good “read.”
A real page-turner.
Can’t wait till the end.
Don’t want it to end.
And sometimes those “reads” show up in the darnedest places.
For instance, in the Mason County News.
More specifically, the monthly “Sheriff’s Report.”
And January was quite a month.
It covered three full pages in the paper.
Never a dull moment for those deputies.
I lost count how many times they had to unlock a vehicle for somebody.
Or put up a loose cow.
Plus freeing a deer stuck in a fence.
And getting hold of a bull that jumped fences at the Auction Barn.
He had other things in mind, apparently.
There’s just no telling what life in a small town will bring.
Kids were seen on top of some buildings at school.
Seems perfectly normal to me.
When we were in 6th grade, Danny Madden jumped off our classroom building.
Mainly to see what it felt like.
We all watched with great enthusiasm.
But he landed so fast it wasn’t very satisfying.
Although he did break his nose.
Yep, things were hopping here in January.
Lots of people of all ages called 911 with difficulty breathing.
Not sure what was up with that.
At three in the morning, on New Year’s Day, a grass fire was reported.
The landowner said “a tree stump was burned on purpose” and it wasn’t a grass fire.
At eight o’clock that night, somebody called again about the same fire.
The report noted, “Same tree stump burning. Not a fire.”
Sprinkled throughout the month were a couple of minor accidents involving hitting a deer.
A death by natural causes.
A kitchen fire.
A couple of medical emergencies requiring EMS.
A complaint of auto theft between family members.
Suspicious man hanging around Dollar General after hours.
But two incidents really stand out.
One was noted as a “Suspicious Circumstance.”
(Sounds like the title of a good “read.”)
Anyway, a horse was seen on Hwy 87 heading north.
It had a saddle on…but no rider.
No headless horseman here.
No horseman, period.
Clear across town near Fredonia, a man was seen wearing a cape and walking in the middle of the road.
If that was the horseman, he was clean out of luck.
Or maybe he and the horse simply decided to go their separate ways.
Yep, that’s life in a small town.
Renee Walker is a poet, writer, and real estate broker on the Square with her canine assistant, Buster.