Sweet & Sassy: Quit ‘clowning’ around


Why would anybody in this day and age try and put a scare into other people?

Yes, I’m talking about the clown drama going on, not only across the nation, but here in our own county.

It’s all over Facebook. Who are these people? It’s bad enough we have to worry about terrorists and school shootings and now won’t know whether to trust people in costume.

Are they teenagers? Grownups? We don’t know what they’re up to or capable of.

Do we make light of it? I don’t think so. Some people may find it amusing, but not me.

If they’re doing it as a joke, they may one day be sorry while carrying out their antics. Not everybody is going to let them get by with it.

Someone may get killed. No matter who they are, we surely want to protect our own families and loved ones first.

And, the government wants to disarm everyone else?

On Facebook, Darke County Sheriff Toby Spencer said probably what others have been thinking: “For you that think it’s funny to dress up as a clown, scare drivers on dark roadways, chase people with things that resemble weapons….TAKE HEED: This warning is for YOU….yes, you, THE IDIOT…..as of today (Wednesday), we have issued 6,125 CCW [Concealed Carry Weapons] permits in Darke County alone…..just a number to consider the next time you think about donning your clown outfit, you might also ask yourself how your luck will be today! FOR everyone else: Please call your local police department or call 9-1-1 immediately should you see any suspicious activity!”

Thanks Toby, I totally agree.

Not to mention this whole ordeal will surely ruin Halloween for some area children or even us older folks. Do we let these people near us, since we don’t know who they are?

Maybe these “clowns” are innocent people, but shame on them for putting a scare into everybody.

I have never been afraid of a clown, but some people are. The only thing that bothers me with them is that I don’t know who is under that mask. And, now I will wonder even more.

Send away the clowns.


Don’t forget:

• The Treaty City Senior Dances will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the VFW Post on North Ohio Street in Greenville. There will be food to purchase, soft drinks only, door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. Deejay Tom Everhart will provide the music.

• Upcoming Ansonia American Legion events are wing nite from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday with cards from 5 p.m. to closing time; and an all-you-can-eat fish fry on Friday from 4 to 6:30 p.m.


Happy birthday to:

• Oct. 6 to Brad Davis, Maxine Didier, Dean Butts, Edna Stover McCoy (70), Dawn Beasecker and Jennifer Earick.

• Oct. 7 to Susie Francis, Chrissy Brim, Connie Yohey Shiverdecker, Steve Miller, Tracy Tryon, Randy Mestemaker, (snowman) Ron Price, Stacy Baldwin and Becky Campbell.

• Oct. 8 to Breanne Norton Bucholtz (35), Karen Stubbs, Tony Liette, Shawn Hiestand, Dennis O’Dell, Kayla O’Dell and Cathy Cox.

• Oct. 9 to Linda Riffle Smith Wood, Kim Peters, Gayle Rismiller, Austin Ward, Henry Reichert, Kathy Welch and Zach Ward (9),

• Oct. 10 to Doyel Daniels, Barbara Swabb, David Michael Bowers, Greg Cox, Kelly Koverman, Rhonda Hammaker, Ashley Strosnider, Helen Locke, Eric Brand and Chris Widener.

• Oct. 11 to Cheryl Snyder Clouse, Patty Gelhaus and Carol Ginn.

• Oct. 12 to Rene Clymer Fleckenstein, Rhonda Walters, Martha Dickey, Everett Hocker, Dick Shumaker, Norman Warner and Lori Hicks Werts.

Happy anniversary to Greg and Leanna Whittington (50), Jim and Susan Schaar and Roger and Jerri Oliver, all on Oct. 8; Gail and Clark Dynes on Oct. 9; Andrew and Krista Waymire on Oct. 11; and Ed and Amy Erisman and Buzz and Janet Nealeigh (60), all on Oct. 12.

Happy belated anniversary to Barb and Danny Anderson on Sept. 27.


Don’t forget to pray for: Tom Brumbaugh Jr., Steve Schafer, Connie Apple, Kohen Thwaits, Keith Starks, Dave Leeper, Scott and Judy Stahl, Dawn Oldiges, Judy York, Lowell Elsass, Linda Johnston, Stacy Dorko, Tracy Bailey, Jack Riegle, Bruce Knick, Aiden Turner, Brody Wilson, Terri Martin, Marie Rieman, Carol Bollheimer, Roger McEowen, Tim King, Gary Poor, Clinton Linebaugh, Layna Best, Jean Eastridge, Justin Ungericht, Alishia Clark Funk, Glenna Curry, Shannon Peters Hall, Tom Hawkins, Mike Bale, Phyllis Gibbons, Rosemary Wetzel, Angie Young Noggler, Kenny Borger, Mary Marshall, Jenson Fullerton, Judy York, Sue Miller, Gary Reier, Carmen Sanders, Michael Allen Clark, Elmer Long, Anthony Joyner, Shirley Mead, Harry Moody, Jim Moody, Linda Subler, Jerrod Pratt, Shelly Hoffman, Betty Grimes, Kathy Magoto, Dean Brewer, Lisa Hall, Tammy Shapiro, Ken Martin, David Magoto, Phil Clark, Sonny Hunt, Don and Nina McDaniel, D’Arleen Waymire, Pappy Harshman, Delores Duncan, John Klipstine, Elsie Svajda, Dave Sherman, Sue Chitty, Phil Chilcoat, Christine Pipenger, Paul Barton, Terry Ungericht, Gracyn Blackburn, Robert Codling, Dave Starline, Bob Hiestand Jr.

Also, Kathy and Tom Hamilton, Joanne Sharp, Ivan Miller, Cindy Elson, Cary Van De Grift, Dina Dancer Morris, Teresa Mayo Amspaugh, Tina Kiser Deaton, Tonia Thompson, Fred Monnin, Stephen “Brownie” Brown, Nate Epperson, Brad Pipenger, Faye Schlecty, Sheila Reed, Bill Beasley, Steve Cunningham, Kody Ketring, Bob and Sandy Finkbine, Kevin Dickey, Joe Martin, Brenda Grimes, Margaret “Peg” Bundy, Kevin Hemmerich, Penny Starns, Tim Heck, Vanna (Hannam) Abbott, Addie Henderson, Barb Morrow Zimmerman, Samantha Smith, Todd Walls, Ron Kramer, Dana Holzapfel, Kara Didier, Carla Welch, Bill Schuette and to all those others who suffer from the many debilitating diseases.

And, God bless all of our military people serving and protecting this nation, as well as rescue, fire and law enforcement personnel who put their lives on the line to protect us.


Son Jamie and I extend our condolences to the families of: Dick Michael, Braylon Matthew Cain, Bobby Partin, Marlene Ward, Miriam Knick, Patricia Lipps, Mark Bragg, Martha Woodbury and Adele Stammen Heckman.


Think about it: “Home always seems best when you’ve traveled hundreds of miles to get away from it.” — Unknown


By Linda Moody

Sweet & Sassy

Linda Moody is a staff writer for The Daily Advocate. Her column appears every Saturday. She can be reached at [email protected].

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