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The Southern Standard knows how to show love and appreciation for our customers. We have a huge party on Valentine’s Day.
On the official day of love, the day more flowers and chocolates are sold than any other day, area residents stopped by the Standard office for a visit. Free barbecue sandwiches and refreshing Dr Pepper were served, and subscribers could renew their newspaper subscriptions at a discount, or start up a new subscription.
Guests were able to register for a chocolate gift basket, candy, Valentine Bear, Standard gift packs and free subscriptions.
Longtime newspaper subscribers Mozelle and Arvle Page stopped by to renew their paper.
“We love the paper, read it every time it comes out,” said Mozelle. “I read every page, and wouldn’t do without it. I always read the obituaries — to make sure my name is not in it!”
Her husband also enjoys the paper, saying he likes to read the local news, especially the positive stories.
Valentine’s Day is special to the couple, having been married 68 years.
“He always remembers the day, even after we’ve been together this long,” said Mozelle. 
With hundreds of folks stopping by the office, it was a great opportunity to hold a fundraiser for young leukemia patient Spenser Hill. His mother, Tonia, is a former advertising representative for the newspaper.
The Sweets for Spenser bake sale offered an array of goodies for purchase, with the proceeds going to Spenser and his family. Newspaper employees baked cakes, pies, cookies, fudge, cupcakes and assorted sweets, with guests happily making their purchases. 
Feb. 14, 2014 will be a day to remember for Jackie and Albert Stuart Jr., as it is their wedding day. The couple dated about 18 months, and decided Valentine’s Day would be the perfect wedding date for them. After a short visit to the county court clerk’s office, they came to the Standard office to start their subscription together. 
“I tell him our anniversary will be easy to remember, but he can’t get off easy with the gifts,” said Jackie. “Even though he brought me here for the free lunch, he’s going to have to take me somewhere nice tonight.”