I was getting my spark plugs changed at Star Lube Auto Express Care when in came (R-L) James Tosima, Linda Schmelzer, Henry Riley, Peyton Herrenbruck, Joshua Spencer and Joseph Barnes representing the Lion Pride Band-Choir at our beloved Baxter High school.

The six were singing Valentine songs as a fundraiser, longtime Star Lube employee Scott's wife, had sent them out to sing to her beloved husband. They serenaded around 35 folk who's loved ones thought enough of them and the Baxter Band to send them a Singing Valentine.

Joseph Barnes (far left) was recently crowned Baxter Springs 2020 Basketball homecoming King. He also sings in the choir at Tennessee Prairie Friends church in Cherokee County. Delaney Barnes was crowned 2020 homecoming Queen. I will have more to share about the Senior trip, 'after prom party' and candy grams next week. Keep all the students in your prayers.

Attention...Henry the cat is missing! He is a 4 year old male cat (fixed), short white hair with gray markings and pale blue eyes. Please call 479-789-0404 if you see him. I'm a huge dog lover, but I'm fond of Henry the cat because he is cute and Henry is my middle name. Let's get Henry home to his loved ones!

Rita's Cafe On The Route had Valentines Day candy boxes loaded with chocolate covered strawberries. Follow them on FACEBOOK AT RITA'S CAFE ON THE ROUTE or call 620-304-2243.

Steve's Candy in Galena has some of my favorite chocolates and the number 1 fruitcake in the world. It's so good I mailed mom some back in Kentucky. Steve furnishes the shipping boxes.

The Copper Lily 620-856-2198 was loaded with beautiful flowers and gifts, 201 E. 12th Street Baxter. I had a nice visit with the friendly folks, also visited Darryl Jones Auto Service at 1131 Park Avenue, see sister Jones for your Avon gift needs!...visited with my friend Frank Hembree at Frank's Transmission. He has recently made 3 more knifes, he shared with me he wants to work about 2 more years full-time then slow up a bit. He has a teepee camping trip coming up!

The city of Baxter is looking to hire a Utility Clerk...see my friend Dawn Reeser at City Hall, 1011 Military Avenue for more information...Boil water order went from Wednesday 4 p.m. until approximately 2 p.m. Friday, Valentines Day...thank you Mayor Shallenburger and city council for your attention and care for our city...I picked up some fuel system cleaner at O'Reilly Auto Parts, Baxter, they had a nice Presidents Day sale.

I met our new Chief of Police, Russ Harper. He was appointed Chief December 15, 2019. He previously served as Baxter Springs Chief in 1998 & 1999. He was a member of the teamsters for nearly 36 years and served 4 years as teamsters president. He was employed at Yellow Freight.

Happy February birthday to Susan and Amanda Worthington, Stanley and Steven McNemar, Cindy Poor, Kenneth Brock, Amanda Stone and Torah Lyon...Recently at the Ritz Theatre , Little Women and the movie 1917...Modern Jewelry Marquee recently read: "We have Roses that won't Wilt" and "You Deserve to be Spoiled."...Marvin's Savers Club had Sweetheart Ribeye Steaks and Red Ripe Strawberries listed on their Valentine sale paper, I'm Jessica's Dad! She is my favorite checker.

Recently, Seek First The Kingdom of God meetings were at Bethel Community Church-Baxter, First Baptist Church-Riverton, First Methodist Church-Baxter, Fellowship Baptist-Baxter, Grace Community Church-Riverton, Apostolic Faith Chapel-Baxter, Spring River Assembly of God-Riverton, First Christian Church-Baxter. Let's continue to pray for Revival in our community. (Matthew 6:33)

Work continues on the Johnston Public Library after the major water leak, Columbus Public Library Hours are: Monday-Friday 9 am to 6 pm & Saturday 10 am to 3 pm, closed Sunday...Sidewalks complete at the Baxter Post office.

God really loves you, me too! Visit youtube.com and search Duane Lyon Life is a box of chocolates. Contact me at thestreetpreacherjs@gmail.com with your people or place write idea. See-yall next week. Daylight savings time starts March 8th.

— Lyon is a international writer, world traveler and poet who lives part-time in Baxter Springs Kansas.