Tishomingo has been in the news over the past two months for all the wrong reasons — flash floods, homes flooded, lives torn up, bridges closed, bridges open, bridges lost.  Each week brought more rain than the area usually sees in an entire year. Approximately 50 inches in less than two months. Who would ever have thought anyone in Oklahoma could get too much of that heavenly rain sent from above?

When things get tough in some communities, looting occurs. A mob mentality takes over and bad things — really bad things — happen, as we have all seen in the national news way too often in recent months.

When adversity hit Johnston County, people banded together and filled hundreds of sandbags together. Prayed together. Took care of those misplaced by the floods … together.  Neighbors helped neighbors. Strangers helped strangers. The pride and compassion shown in Johnston County are priceless and worth sharing with the rest of the nation that is struggling with so much adversity.  

Recently, a group of young people in Tishomingo, led by local high school teacher Nikki Pryor, banded together on Sunday afternoon and created some amazing chalk art on the sidewalks of Tishomingo to help promote the upcoming Tishomingo Summer Nights event. Area resident and student volunteer artists include Sonya Campbell, Makayla Dollar, Grace Reynolds and Eon Russell.

What started as a little promotion turned into something that created excitement among both the locals and visitors, the young and old, the downtrodden and the optimists. In Johnston County, we don’t burn flags to cause excitement. We celebrate each other. We find value in whatever contribution a person can make. From delivering sandbags to creating art on the sidewalks, it takes a community to make it in this world of ours today.

If we could bottle the spirit that has been shown in Johnston County in recent weeks, we might be able to save our world. Or, at least “slick it up” a bit.

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