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November 6, 1995

New signs of activity are rustling in the downtown business district. On the south side of the square, Kelly and Jerry Kueck are preparing to open a new store featuring ladies' fine apparel. They have purchased the building at 634 Cedar street which formerly housed Busha's Boutique. Mrs. Wilma Busha operated that business for several years until her recent death.

The new store will be known simply as "Kelly's." Mr. and Mrs. Kueck are in the midst of renovating the place, painting the interior and exterior, installing new carpet throughout and a new floor covering in the window display area. A sign will be mounted on the mansard-style exterior awning. The Kuecks have purchased new fixtures and Kelly has just returned from the Atlanta market where she purchased a completely new line of ladies' apparel. Everything is on track for a formal opening on Thanksgiving weekend. Norma Yowell and Maxine Harmon, who were employed as clerks while Mrs. Busha operated the business, have been retained by the Kuecks and will continue to serve patrons when the new store opens.

Up the street from there, Charles Wise is engaging in a little urban renewal on his property just east of the Wise BuickPontiac-GMC auto and truck dealership. He has torn down an old frame rent house and a shed in preparation for using the area for display of vehicles. He now leases the property across the street from his dealership for that purpose, but that land is owned by the city and Charles has been advised that it may be needed for some new construction very soon.

Rev. Jim Murray, who was recently installed as interim pastor of the Presbyterian church here, got a few chuckles with this anecdote the other Sunday.

TV evangelists have taken a beating in the media in recent years. You may have heard the story of the Hindu priest, the Jewish rabbi and the TV evangelist who were caught in the same area by a terrific thunderstorm. They sought shelter at a farmhouse.

"That storm will be raging for hours," the farmer told them. "You'd better stay here for the night. The problem is, there's only room enough for two of you. One of you'll have to sleep in the barn."

I'll be the one, said the Hindu priest. A little hardship is nothing to me. He went out to the barn. A few minutes later, there was a knock at the door. It was the Hindu. "I'm sorry," he said, "but there is a cow in the barn. According to my religion, cows are sacred, and one must not intrude into their space."

"Don't worry," said the Rabbi. "Come on in. I'll go to sleep in the barn."

A few minutes later, there was a knock at the door. It was the Rabbi. "I hate to be a bother," he said, "but there is a pig in the barn. In my religion, pigs are considered unclean. I would feel uncomfortable sharing my sleeping quarters with a pig."

"Oh, all right," said the TV evangelist. "I'll go sleep in the barn.

A few minutes later, there was a knock at the door. It was the cow and the pig!

This is an old joke, of course, and it could be told on anyone to whom we feel superior. It has been told on politicians and lawyers and film critics, and so on.

Pharisees probably told it on tax-collectors, says Rev. Jim.

According to the page of flag etiquette which has appeared in this newspaper several times lately, it's OK to display the U.S. flag outdoors at night if the flag is properly lighted. However, if a flag is flown in inclement weather it should be an all-weather fabric, not the conventional cotton fiber type most often used. I notice a few flags displayed on public buildings in Perry do not appear to be well lighted after dark. Some also are very tattered and should be retired in the prescribed manner, then replaced with a new one. Let's honor the flag of our country by proudly displaying it only in the correct way and retiring it with honor before it becomes totally worn out. If you're in doubt, ask any Boy Scout or a member of the National Guard.

Speaking of flags, here's something I gleaned from the weekly Rotary club newsletter edited by Jerry Swart: "Stand by your flag. Join the millions of Americans uniting to protect our United States flag from desecration. We have given hate and violence enough freedom. It's time to give values and honor equal opportunity. Make a difference by joining the Citizens Flag Alliance, 1-800-424-FLAG." Maybe you'll want to check this out.