When I took over as editor of the Dickinson County News-Times in 2017 I did so with a degree of excitement.
Editor Joshua Smith should change the name of his column to Joe Engle Reconsidered.
My grandfather was a whittler. I don’t hear much about whittling these days People carve, turn, cut, burn, and work with wood in so many creative ways; but I don’t see many whittlers sitting on the porch with a piece of wood and a trusty pocket knife. Grandpa carved many pieces and a few still remain in family homes. Momma had a man with moveable joint connections. Sometime over the years he lost a foot so grandpa carved him a crutch. Granny dressed the man in homemade jeans and button-front shirt. That man was very cool but paled alongside my favorite piece which was a chain with a caged ball on the end.
Joe Minick and the Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad are an enormous success with the Hoffman Grist Mill and adjacent retail shops. What Happens Next?