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"Goony's steers gone missin"

Posted 8/20/2009 12:11pm by Julie Hurst / Roy Brubaker.

While health care debates storm the country, here in this corner of Shade Valley folks are following a different story; the disappearance of nine beef cattle from a farm nearly ten miles north.  It isn't as exciting as cattle rustlers or anything, the steers apparently just escaped through the single-strand of electric fence and wandered off.  Last week they were spotted by Mrs. Vawn as they fraternized with her herd of cows.  Earlier this week someone saw them wandering through the woods around Cross Keys.  The steer's owner, "Goony" Yohn just laughs as he drives from farm to farm asking if anyone has seen his steers.  "I don't know what I'll do if we spot them anyway.  Them boys are wild."  Every morning, Jimmy, our retired neighbor and his wife Susie, hop on their Gator and patrol the power lines searching for them.  "Gives them somthing to do" says Tammy K of her friends' morning mountrain rides.  We've been too busy to help in the search, but I guarentee if they are spotted nearby Roy will volunteer to put Mac to the task of rounding them up.  However according Goony, his steers are headed south and "who knows, they may make it Florida."