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Steve Stewart

Man only thinks he's the boss

Longtime Montgomery residents say the bright yellow downtown farmers market is the only place in town for real produce, baked goods, Christmas greenery and sometimes characters.

One couple on the upper end of middle age dish out tomfoolery with produce and flowers, says M.J. Ellington.

The husband, who is always in overalls, says the market experience is as much about the people as it is the things they sell. Twin bumper stickers on their large American car illustrate the statement.

The sticker on the back bumper, driver's side, reads: "I love women. Everyone should own one."

Just across the shiny bumper on the passenger side is a sticker with another opinion: "Men are idiots and I married their king."

'War of the Roses,' Part 2

A Decatur domestic assault reminded Chris Paschenko of the 1989 movie "War of the Roses," starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner.

A woman stabbed her boyfriend repeatedly with a butcher knife, wounding him on the head and shoulders, police said.

His girlfriend then drove him to Parkway Medical Center. He refused treatment and left against medical advice.

When questioned by police, the victim denied witnesses' accounts of the incident, telling police someone else attacked him.

Melting the ice

Here's a happier love story from Boise, Idaho, via The Associated Press:

Ron Ramey was 19 when he fell in love with Marcella, 14. She was so smitten that she'd leave the icebox open at the drugstore where she worked, so the ice would melt and the ice delivery boy — Ron — would come sooner.

Pretty soon they got married. They've never been apart, and recently they celebrated their 70th anniversary.

"I still love him so much," Marcella says. "When we go to bed at night, we always hold hands. 'I love you' are the last words we say to each other."

Why he was 'Hoot'

Evelyn Loyd, the widow of Elmer Seay "Hoot" Loyd Jr., former owner of Loyd's Drug Store in Decatur, told Ronnie Thomas he got his nickname because of his fondness for actor Edmund "Hoot" Gibson.

Gibson was the cowboy idol of millions of American children in the 1920s and 1930s. He became Universal Studios' No. 1 cowboy star, earning $14,000 a week as star and producer. His only significant rival was Fox's Tom Mix.

Evelyn said her late husband's parents dressed him up in Hoot Gibson attire when he was a youngster, and he mimicked the actor in the neighborhood.

"All of his friends began calling him 'Hoot,' and it was a nickname for life," she said. Hoot Loyd died Nov. 18 at 78.

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