I know I've written about this in prior columns but recent experiences make me think that it bears repeating.

I know I've written about this in prior columns but recent experiences make me think that it bears repeating.
We live in a pretty darn good part of the world. Recently, I've been doing some shopping at Lowe's in Carthage for materials for our dining room facelift at Stone's Throw.  
Our chef, Leann Cole and I went there to pick out new lights. If you come to the theatre and don't like the new lights then it was Leann who picked them out. But, I think you will like them.
Upon finding said light we discovered that there was only one on the shelf and we needed 14. Oh crud!
Not only was there only one in stock, they were on clearance which means they weren't going to get any more of them. Double crud!
Then came “anonymous sales associate” thus named because I didn't get permission to print his name. “Anonymous sales associate” (heretofore known as ASA) spent the better part of the next hour helping us uncrud our dilemma.  
ASA checked and learned that the Joplin Lowe's had 12 in stock. Problem solved. Well, not quite.  The lights in Joplin were not on clearance and therefore double the price of the one remaining in Carthage.  
Joplin was not allowed to sell to us at the clearance price. ASA then decided that he would go get the 12 lights from the Joplin store and sell them to us at the clearance price.
For those of you doing the math that still left us one light short. Not a problem for ASA. He ordered in another light for us at, you guessed it, the clearance price.  All through this transaction ASA kept commenting that they are a local store and we are a local customer and he was always willing to help out those who live and do business in Carthage. Way to go, ASA!!
Now, something not so good.
Everyone who reads the Press knows John Hacker and how great a guy and hard worker he is serving the Carthage community.  And, everyone knows John's favorite phrase, “one more picture.” Recently, some not-so-good people stole two cameras from John. Might as well have stolen his left and right arms.  
Replacing them is not cheap, so, I am soliciting your help in helping John replace his cameras. If you would like to help John, mail your donation check made out to John Hacker to Stone's Throw, 2466 W. Old Rte 66 Blvd., Carthage.
This solicitation was not John's idea. But, I'm confident that there are many of you who will be willing to help John out. Why? Because this is a pretty darn good part of the world.
Thanks from John and thanks for reading.