TODAY’S WORD is amorous. Example: Cecil’s amorous attentions merely annoyed Gladys.

THURSDAY’S WORD was acrophobia. It means an abnormal fear of heights. Example: Justin and Jayden were thrilled to go on Fury 325 at Carowinds, but Jaelyn’s acrophobia most certainly ruled that roller coaster out for her.

Celebrating the good life

James Clifton of Bassett has been drug-free for five years, and he invites the world to celebrate with him. His ministry, Chosen by Jesus, will hold a gospel concert at 2-7 p.m. Saturday at a family park at 96 Granger Dr., Bassett. Several groups and soloists will perform, and Clifton will serve free suppers.

The Stars and Stripes

Today is Flag Day, and in the patriotic spirit, the Joseph Martin and Patrick Henry Chapters of Daughters of the American Revolution will hold a Flag Day Ceremony, at 11 a.m. at the Bassett Historical Society. The speaker will be Lt. Col. (Ret.) W.C. Fowlkes.

Beer, bugs and bridges

Saturday is a big day in Patrick County and Martinsville. In Woolwine, the Virginia Covered Bridge Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, near Jacks Creek Covered Bridge and the site of former Bob White Bridge. In Critz, the Reynolds Homestead’s Sustainability Workshop will be in the morning, followed by the Bushels and Barrels Local Food, Wine & Beer Festival, at 4-10 p.m., with music, food and drinks, and a homebrew beer competition. In Martinsville, the Virginia Museum of Natural History’s Bug Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Good-bye ceremony

Lts. George and Ruby Keith took the helm of the Salvation Army in summer 2015, and now they are heading off to new territories. In their four years in Martinsville, they have fed the hungry, sheltered the cold and ministered to people in need. A reception to bid them farewell will be at 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the Salvation Army.


If there’s one thing people in this area know, it’s cars — and classic and antique models will be on display at a Cruise-In at 6 this evening at King’s Grant. Musicians will perform, and a variety of food trucks will be on site.

THURSDAY’S TRIVIA ANSWER: Some of the most commonly used fonts are Times New Roman, Bookman Old Style, Garamond, Courier, Futura and Helvetica.

TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION: Martin Clark of Patrick County has a new book coming out, “The Substitution Order,” with a tour kickoff party July 9 in Stuart. What was the name of his first book?

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