I have walked in all the Madison County parades this summer. Truro you need to stay in the race this fall and strive to be the best small town good time. Last year you had the best food, therefore, I challenge your town to outdo yourself again this year. 

Attend your local functions. We cannot let this county become one big bedroom town with no sense of community. Why bother to live in a small town if you don’t want to be a part of your neighborhood? When Rick and I lived in Phoenix I felt like a ghost. I could walk on a crowded street and realize I was kind of a transparent entity, indistinct, a thing which is not something. Living in a small town comforts me. I always know someone will have my back and most everyone knows my name. 

I do not agree with the thought that a weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows. Do you know you can mow your ditches and cut the weeds? I know some of you practice controlled burns, which in my opinion is a good practice and many of you do mow and cut weeds in the ditches surrounding your property. Thank you. You might say “what do I pay taxes for, the county should cut weeds.” Sometimes we all need a little help from our friends. We need to protect our county from noxious weeds. Palmer amaranth is the most competitive and aggressive pigweed species and can reduce soybean yield by as much as 79 percent. The extended emergence pattern of this weed makes it difficult for herbicides to control. Palmer amaranth has been documented to grow as much as two to three inches per day and as high as ten feet tall. A single female plant can produce approximately 600,000 seeds per plant. We do have this noxious weed in Madison County. If you have questions or concerns about weeds, please call the weed commissioner at 462-1136. Working together is crucial and necessary. We need to protect and care for each other. Don’t feel like a bad guy if you tell on someone for a field full of weeds. Think of it as protecting the virtuous field from the bad guys. The weed commissioner position and office have moved from zoning to secondary roads. This move is proving to be a good fit.    

Understand when you call the supervisors office and leave your name and number I will call you back. I am never too busy to speak with you. I am hearing from many of you that county workers are doing a better job of call backs. Thank you for letting me know how you feel, good or bad. Communication helps produce change. If you have a question for me – ask me, not the other supervisors. We do not speak for each other. Do not call the sheriff’s office for complaints such as roads, weeds or topics that tick you off. Calling police for subjects that have nothing to do with them overloads dispatch. People won’t have time for you if you are always angry and complaining. Most folks are about as happy as they make up their mind to be. 

Matthew 13: 24-26 The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.