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Steve Stewart

25 cents got book, Hank's autograph

Paul Patrick, 74, and his wife, Trixie, traveled 880 miles from Ypsilanti, Mich., to Georgiana for the annual Hank Williams Festival.

Paul told Ronnie Thomas that he saw Hank perform five times, twice at the Grand Ole Opry.

"I bought two of his songbooks a year or two apart. I paid 25 cents each for them, and Hank autographed both," he said. "They turned up missing. I think one of my relatives sold them."

Paul remembers Hank as "a good ol' boy and the best singer ever."

No time for a party

Paul said he last saw Hank perform in Huntington, W.Va., in 1950.

"I was waiting near him to sign my book when this woman came up and invited Hank and the band to her house for a party," Paul said. "She added, 'Everybody here is welcome!' There were about 40 in the room.

"But Hank said, 'Ma'am, I appreciate the invitation, but we've got to move on. We've got a show tomorrow night in Ohio.' "

(At)tempting to dial

Next year, Lawrence County schools will allow students to carry cell phones out of sight during the day, but not to use them. They also can't use them on buses.

Bobby Diggs, a school board member, proposed making students leave the tempting devices in lockers or cars, but the board majority voted against him, Clyde Stancil reports.

Bobby said too many students will find creative ways around the rules. Already, he was on a campus and witnessed a student pretending to talk to another walking beside him while actually talking on a cell phone.

A violation will result in confiscation of the cell phone, and only a parent can retrieve it. Bobby said principals will see a lot of parents in the office.

Revenue for raises

Decatur City Councilman Ray Metzger, a retailer of motorcycles and recreational vehicles, says the city should operate on a balanced budget.

He asked other council members recently where the city would find the money to fund pay raises, Chris Paschenko says.

Councilman David Bolding told Ray he should sell more motorcycles so he could pay more sales tax.

The cost of a date

Here's an academic study you can use: A couple in Morgantown, W.Va., can enjoy a low-key night on the town for just $23.73, according to The Associated Press.

West Virginia University economists found that Morgantown ranked below most other West Virginia cities and below the national cost for two movie tickets and a pizza.

If that doesn't meet your minimum requirements, you'll have to spend more. If you're paying, the trick is not to let your date know that you are trying to keep it cheap.

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