Saturday, November 24, 2007

The Piedmont Journal

Living in a small town can sometimes make life a little difficult. For one thing, there is no anonymity; everyone knows all your business and the business of your parents, grandparents, and so on. I didn't like that too much when I lived in Piedmont, AL. Now that I have moved from there, I have found humor in that small town life. When I go to my mom's house, I immediately have to catch up on all the great news from the weekly "Piedmont Journal." The Journal has improved in the past years, but there are still remnants of the old journal left now and then.

For example, it is commonplace to see things such as: "Lordy! Lordy! Linda is 40!" or an article about how the Wolf family took an Alaskan cruise during the summer, or a little too much detail written into the Obituaries, Wedding Announcements, and children's birthdays. My favorite article to date goes a little something like this (names and details have been changed to protect the innocent):

"Jerome Johnson Came to Visit Piedmont Here Lately"
After moving from Piedmont 25 years ago, Mr. Jerome Johnson decided it was time to come home for a visit. Mr. Johnson has been living in Tennessee since 1983. His family and about 15 of his old friends met up at Hardee's for coffee Sunday morning. Mr. Johnson stayed in town for a week or so and then went back to his new home in Tennessee.

6 comments:

glittersmama said...

I just read that to the Jeffs. They had a good laugh.

Jill said...

So funny. Sounds like Mayberry...

Mikelle said...

I love it!! That's like the Price newspaper!!

Laura said...

That is so hysterical. That sounds just like Pell City, AL- and the St. Clair New Aegis. I know exactly what you are talking about. There was this one section for Pell City and one for I think Ashville- it was funny. Who went were, and who wore what. Who came to visit, etc. HA HA HA HA. I am going to have an article written about me- "Laura King- Formally Laura Higgins- Came to visit her mother Lynda Higgins this week. They ate at Hardee's because there isn't really anything else here. They shopped at the Alabama Thrift store- can you imagine that? I heard she married a doctor too. sniff sniff. (they are snobby there)" HA HA HA HA

Kim said...

We have a local paper here in our small town, and it is sometimes inappropriate or a little off. But that just takes the cake. Funny, funny.

Michelle said...

You are making me think about good ol' West Burlington, Iowa. Our little paper once ran a blurm in the "Crime" section, "Vehicle at 123 Main St. broken into on 12/20. Taken was a notepad, flashlight and $0.59 pack of crackers." Gotta love it!