Since we moved here there has been a vacant service station. It's near the Cedar Mountain post office and has been abandoned for years.
I was surprised to find that the building is now a church, The Well. It is a Baptist church, which in North Carolina means very little except that it is protestant. Only the Baptist churches belonging to the Southern Baptist Convention are remotely organized. [There is another organized group of Baptist churches within the group called The American Baptist Church, but we don't have any of them in the mountains.] Otherwise, one is free to found a church and call it a Baptist church. I have no idea why the terms "Methodist" or "Presbyterian" are not so widely used. The terms "freewill," "hard rock," "pentecostal," "hard shell" are sometimes used to identify the type of worship. In many cases the pastor is a farmer who is called to preach. Sometimes the entire membership is composed of family members.
Here is the new Well Baptist Church
At the corner of the lot, the old sign for "Mack's Place" still hangs. It has been painted over an Exxon sign.
I hardly ever print a photograph without credit to the source, but for the life of me, I cannot remember how the following picture came to be my computer. I am printing it for some of the people of Wisconsin (where we lived for 20 years). Proof positive (as if you needed any) that enough money and enough lies will buy an election. Senator Russ Feingold was defeated in yesterday's election. It matters not what political party he belongs to...he is the most honest, conscientious, patriotic Senator in Congress. Never willing to follow his party blindly, he often reached over the aisle when the other party was right. He held listening sessions in every county in the State to hear what the citizens had to say. He is a "Senator's Senator." So why do I care what happened in WI? Because senators represent the entire country, not just their individual states. Truly, one of the best will not be serving next term. I hope the new senator-elect will lose some of his partisan stands and work with all the other senate members, not just the ones in his party.
Salute to many (not all) voters in Wisconsin