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Steve Stewart

Nice art, she says, but hes not buying

Art enthusiasts supported Decatur talent by attending "There's No Place Like Home," an art show at Willis Gray Gallery & Home and Albany Framing on Second Avenue Southeast.

Kate Klepper reports the following conversation between a husband and wife.

Wife: "I love this piece."

Husband: "Our walls are full."

Wife: "Art is an investment."

Husband: "We don't need anything else."

The conversation continued, but the painting left with another buyer.

The debating husband and wife left empty-handed — she briskly walking five yards ahead of him.

Chic in camouflage

Seeing Decatur residents dressed in camouflage made Andrea Mayrose of Salem, S.D., feel right at home when she visited here with a group of Harvard students.

She told Paul Huggins that Decatur's blue-collar atmosphere reminded her of her small hometown on the prairie.

"We saw people in hunting gear, which is not really chic in Boston, but it is in South Dakota," Andrea said.

Place of honor

Tennessee Valley lawmakers celebrated the progress of their local river protection bills in a lunch meeting at the State House in Montgomery, M.J. Ellington reports.

Area legislators Bill Dukes, Micky Hammon, Ron Grantland, Jody Letson, Tommy Carter and Ray Garner credited the leadership role of Rep. Jeff McLaughlin, D-Guntersville, in organizing their coalition of lawmakers into a tool to push local legislation.

"They call me the water boy," Jeff answered when someone asked if he is president of the group.

Fishing to pay taxes

Does anybody know where St. Peter fish are biting this April 17?

The Rev. Robert Sparkman of Hartselle First United Methodist Church told parishioners about eating fish recently in a kibbutz in Israel.

He said the St. Peter's fish didn't appeal to everyone in his group because it was cooked with the head attached.

He reminded readers of his newsletter column, including Melanie Smith, that the fish was like one Peter caught. It had a coin in its mouth, according to Scripture.

Jesus and his disciples used the money to pay taxes.

What a catch!

The couple that fishes together, stays together.

At least, that would seem to be the outlook for William Nickel and his bride, Vickie, who tied the knot (probably fishing line) in the Manistee River in Brethren, Mich.

The Associated Press says they were wearing fly-fishing gear, and while they waited for the preacher, William caught 10 fish. He threw them back when it was time for a kiss — time to kiss a fish for good luck, actually, at Vickie's request.

He claims he taught her to fly fish. She lets him think that.

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