Summer is here!



With tomorrow being the official first day of summer, we couldn’t resist these two cuties to usher in the season. Identical twins John and Layne Mahan are really enjoying their chocolate cones with sprinkles, some of which ended up at their feet.

The boys took an ice cream break in Old Town, Alexandria, Va., on Father’s Day. The siblings, who celebrated their third birthday on Mother’s Day, are the sons of Andrew and Terry Mahan of Straight Mountain. Mom calls them “her little miracles.” We call them the best way to welcome summer to Blount County.

Wonder if they got as much ice cream in them as they did on them?

Summer is also time for gardens. The July 5 deadline for our ‘How does your garden grow?’ contest is approaching quickly. Submit pictures of your vegetable or flower garden for the chance to win gift certificates from local businesses. Find all the details in the ad on page 13.