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Paul Osborne

     A lot of you can identify with Hi-Flier kites and you can include me in that group.
     I guess that’s the reason that Dennis Jewell’s article on pages 4 and 5 of this week’s print and online editions of the Decatur Tribune about the history of Hi-Flier in Decatur I find especially interesting.
     Although I flew a lot of Hi-Flier kites when I was a kid I never knew that so many other people also enjoyed kite flying.
     As indicated in the Scrapbook article, by the year 1939 (before I was born) Hi-Flier manufactured and distributed 15 million kites per year!
     The company, at its peak, also employed 200 people who did a lot of kite making.
     When I was a kid and lived with my folks in Hammond (20 miles east of Decatur), I would often fly kites and keep them up days at a time.
     The big expense was the tremendous amount of string it took for me to fly the kites high enough that they would not easily come down.
     There were a lot of mornings during the summer when I would crawl out of bed and immediately go to see if my kite was still flying. Sometimes it was and other times it had crashed in a farmer’s field. I always found it. I just followed the string.
                                                            I have great memories of kite flying.

     • SCOT SAYS ‘THANKS’ —I received this photo and a “thank you” from former WAND Anchor/ Reporter Scot England after I printed the story about his boxing career.
He wrote: “I am totally honored and humbled you put me on page one, in addition to the full-page article. Thank you so much.
     “As soon as the paper hit the newsstands, people started calling me. The very first one was Helen Albert.
     “As I had predicted, my brother was surprised and thrilled when he went to pick up the new issue. And, to paraphrase ‘On the Cover of the Rolling Stone,’ “He saw my smilin’ face and he bought 5 copies for his brother!”
     “As you look at the photo above, please overlook the huge black eye I am sporting. We have been swinging very hard in sparring as we get closer to fight night. My wife says it makes me look the part of an aging boxer.
     “Thank you again, Paul.”
     Best wishes and success to Scot England in and out of the ring.

     • FILING WEEK — Those candidates who want their name on the ballot have to file the necessary paperwork with the Macon County Clerk.
     The filing window opened on Monday, Nov. 27, at 8:00 a.m. and will close on Monday, Dec. 4 at 5:00 p.m.
A lottery will be held on Tuesday, December 5th at 3:00 p.m. in the Macon County Clerk’s Office, 141 South Main Street, Room 104, for those candidates who filed simultaneously for the same office as of the opening hour (8:00 a.m.) on November 27, 2023.
Additionally, if two or more petitions are filed for the same office or position within the last hour of the filing deadline (December 4, 2023 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.), they shall be deemed as filed simultaneously and will be included in a lottery to determine the final ballot position. The lottery for the last hour filers will be held on December 12, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. in the Macon County Clerk’s Office, 141 South Main Street, Room 104.
     It appears that a few of the offices will have candidates with no opposition.
     An interesting question that will be answered when the filing is complete is — will all the announced candidates for Macon County Coroner be on the ballot?

     • PEACOCK baloney — I received an email this morning that my subscription to Peacock has expired!
That’s strange. I don’t have a subscription to Peacock! SCAM ALERT!

     • PACKAGE problem — I received this email message from UPS: “Your parcel is stuck at our post office now due to the wrong shipping information. We are not able to find the matched shipping address and zipcode from the receipt.”
Strange. I didn’t know that UPS had “post offices”. I think they meant USPS.
Stranger yet…I didn’t order any item from any company (I buy local) — and I’ve received similar messages 29 times over the past two weeks.
     Be careful! The scammers are out in full force during the holiday season — looking for people who will respond and provide info about their “order”.

     • I JOIN Brian Byers on WSOY’s Byers & Co. every Thursday morning at 7:00 for the City Hall Insider.

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