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Steve Stewart

Oldest golfer is only walker in foursome

Ralph Terry of Decatur and Steven McCurry of Hillsboro spoke to Ronnie Thomas about their golf outing at Cedar Ridge Golf Course.

Ralph chided Steven and the other two golfers — retired Decatur Police Chief Joel Gilliam and Tony Robinson, also of Decatur and retired from United Parcel Service — for riding golf carts. Ralph, retired supervisor of communications at Redstone Arsenal, says he never rides.

“I always walk the course, pushing my three-wheel push cart,” he said. “And I’m the oldest.”

Steven, pastor at East End United Methodist Church on Beech Street Southeast, said Ralph’s stamina is hard to match.

Photo finish

The Rev. Ray Remke, pastor of Annunciation of the Lord Catholic Church, was carefully reviewing procedures for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults group.

The Easter Vigil involving the converts is a complex service, Melanie Smith says. One final instruction from RCIA teacher Shirley Stone reminded Ray and the group about photographs at the end of the service. She joked that if he forgot, the group might have to hold up a life-size picture of him; a “Flat Father.”

Good Samaritans A local man got his lost government-issued Guatemalan ID card back, thanks to the Florence woman who found it at Wilson Morgan Park and to Dewey Crump’s persistence. The woman called The Daily, which ran a brief inviting anybody who could help locate the owner to call the newspaper. Dewey figured the owner must have been visiting officials from the Guatemalan consulate that weekend, an event that Dewey helped arrange. With several phone calls to consular officials, Dewey eventually located the owner and returned his ID. Dewey and his wife, Patricia, live at Trinity. She’s from Guatemala, and Ronnie featured them Thursday in his “Real People” column.

Fishing gear

When hunting, fishing or camping, sometimes a person has to make do with what he has.

During a trout-fishing trip to Arkansas, Rick Joiner of Decatur was waist-deep in the White River when he realized he didn’t have a stringer for his first catch of the day. Bayne Hughes reports that Rick just dropped his fish inside his wader.

“It felt really strange at first,” Rick said. He caught three more before the sun began to set and he had to plod through the water. A shower was his first priority when he returned to camp at Bull Shoals State Park.

Zero voter turnout

They take their politics casually in Missouri City, Mo., population 300.

Professional musician Joe Selle, 42, was appointed to the City Council and ran for a full term. Nobody opposed him; maybe that’s why he forgot election day. He received zero votes, but the law lets him keep his seat, according to The Associated Press.

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