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Steve Stewart

Wed younger man, train and love him

Take some marriage advice from Irene Mangum Lawler of Town Creek “and just love one another like we did.”

She and Harold Lawler were married 70 years Aug. 7. He died Sept. 4 at their home.

“We really had a good marriage,” she said. Because she is almost 94 and he was only 88, relatives joked that the secret might be getting a younger man and training him, Patrice Stewart reports.

Irene didn’t have to cook him breakfast; he would go get them biscuits with sausage every morning, said their daughter, Joan Lawler Ray of Town Creek.

She and her brothers gave them a 70th-anniversary celebration.

Canadian bacon

First American Bank, founded in Decatur, recently sponsored a breakfast for the State of the County address.

The event, reports Eric Fleischauer, came soon after the announcement that a subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada would purchase First American.

One of the people attending stabbed the slice of meat on his plate with his fork, held it aloft, and said, “Canadian bacon. In honor of First American Bank.”

Love those voters

When the Dan Williams Family Band took the stage at the Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts on Sept. 17 for the Delmore Brothers Tribute, the group got more than a few laughs. They joked about everything from one family member’s scruffy appearance to politics, says Danielle Komis Palmer.

As they prepared to play a love song, Dan — who is the mayor of Athens — joked that the song was dedicated to “all the voting women in Athens.”

What to call a goat

Juanita Mooney of Decatur is the reader who felt she had a better name than Nanny for the elusive goat that has avoided capture and been spotted throughout the city.

“I submit BaaaSheba,” she wrote in an e-mail to Holly Hollman.

The Daily editors refined the spelling to Baasheba and offered grateful thanks to Mooney.

Citizens have seen the goat looking both ways before crossing the street, hiding behind a business, eating flowers and being chased by dogs. Police tried to Taser her, but she escaped.

“Keep up the Nanny sightings wherever there’s room in the paper,” another person wrote Holly.

Steve Stewart Steve Stewart
DAILY Weekend Editor

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