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Is voluntary euthanasia sinful? The nation has once again been em broiled over the whether or not individ uals have a right to end their own life. This time the face of the argument has been that of Brittany Maynard, a 29 yearold Californian who moved to Ore gon to take advantage of their Death with Dignity Law. She ended her life on November 1st of this year. Group organizer, Ross Reddick added, “This is a topic about which people passionately disagree, and I hope you'll be there to add your voice the conversation.” The group, Theology on Draft will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 21st at Marble City Grill on Broadway Avenue in Sylacauga! Theology on Draft is an open discus sion group of searchers, wanderers, questioners, devil's advocates, and dis ciples that meets monthly to facilitate openminded discussion and explo ration of subjects relating to society, church, politics, and more. Theology on Draft hopes to en courage dialogue and help people deepen their understandings of life, faith, and society. You can talk, or just listen! Come join us! www.swenprint.com Being a Mom is one of the toughest fulltime jobs there is, and the congregation of Syla cauga’s Knollwood Presbyterian Church wants to help make it a bit easier by hosting Mom’s Morning Out on Thursday mornings from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Knollwood will provide your little ones ages 1 & walking through 4 with a Christian, lov ing, safe, and secure environ ment. The only thing missing is your child (or children)! Survival - Prepper 101 228 North Broadway Avenue (256) 207-0171 Grills * Portable Cooking * Ropes * Backpacks * Sleeping Bags * Ca mo Cl o thi ng * Tree Stands * Bi noc ula rs * Large Waterproof Containers * HandCrank Radios * MRE’s * Tarps * Knives * 55Gallon Drums Metal & Plastic * Coolers * Fuel * Generators * 5Gallon Buckets with Lids * And LOTS MORE! It’s time to light the CVMC Auxiliary Tree of Love! There’s something you’re bound to see on even a quick visit to our local hospital plenty of pink coats and red vests, filled with helpful and friendly volunteer helpers from the CVMC Auxiliary! And it’s the time of year to help them in their favorite project of the year lighting up the Auxiliary’s Holiday Tree of Love! Pay tribute to loved ones with a donation of $2.50 per light, or $25 for a special group of 10 or more by contacting one of the speciallydressed volunteers, or stopping by or call ing the Auxiliary Gift Shop at 2564014026. Then make plans to join them for the inspirational lighting ceremony at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 4th in the lobby of our Coosa Valley Medical Center! The deadline for vendor booth rentals is Monday, November 17th. Please con tact Grace at 2568725576 or Nedra at 2057994114 for more information! SHS Grads among 12 selected for next AHSAA Hall of Fame Twelve major contributors to prep athlet ics in Alabama have been selected to the 25th class of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame, including a pair of coaches that hail from Sylacauga High School. The 2015 class, which includes coaches, administrators, oﬃcials, media and an “old timer,” will be inducted at a special Silver An niversary banquet commemorating all 25 years of the event March 23, 2015, at the Renaissance Hotel at the Convention Center in Montgomery. Selected were tennis coach Nancy Becker, basketball coaches Steve Jeﬀerson, Jack Doss and Bobby Wright, football coaches Steve Rivers, Doug Goodwin and John Tatum, athletic director Myra Miles, track oﬃcial Houston Young, and administra tors Alan Mitchell and Ron Ingram. Selected in the “Old Timer” category was longtime Geneva County football coach James D. Chesteen. Steve Rivers is a veteran football coach with headcoaching stops at Pelham (1979 80), Decatur (198195), Athens (199699) and Wakeﬁeld, N.C. (200005). A graduate of Sy lacauga High School (1967) and Mississippi State University (1971), his overall head coaching record is 18895. Rivers had unbeaten regular seasons at three diﬀerent schools: 1993 (Decatur), 1997 (Athens) and 2005 (Wakeﬁeld) during his 27 year headcoaching career. The father of cur rent NFL quarterback standout Philip Rivers and current Vanderbilt quarterback Stephen Rivers, he led 16 teams to the state playoﬀs. He played in the NorthSouth AllStar Game in 1967 and later served as head coach of the North team in the 1997 game. He was an as sistant in the AlabamaMississippi AllStar Game in 1999. Rivers, who won the state prep doubles tennis championship in 1967, also coached tennis and basketball at Decatur and was in ducted into the Morgan County Sports Hall of Fame in 2008 and named the Decatur Daily Football Coach of the Year ﬁve times. He played at Sylacauga for AHSAA Hall of Fame coach Tom Calvin and served as an as sistant in his ﬁrst coaching job under Hall of Fame coach Earl Webb. A member of the AHSAA’s 200win club as a prep football coach, Doug Goodwin began his headcoaching career at Marion County from 198792, then at Lineville (1993 98), Demopolis (19992006), Russellville (200710) and Homewood (201113). He led Lineville to the state ﬁnals in 1996 and 1998, won a state title at Demopolis in 2004 while setting a state singleseason scoring record (761 points) in the process. His Russellville teams reached the state ﬁnals in 2008 and 2009 and his Homewood teams won region titles in 2012 and 2013. His career record is 23491 with ﬁve state championship appearances and was the ﬁrst coach in AHSAA history to guide three diﬀer ent schools to the state ﬁnals. He was selected ASWA Class 4A Coach of the year in 2004 and the Alabama Football Coaches Association 5A Coach of the year in 2008. He coached in the AlabamaMississippi AllStar Game in 2005 and the NorthSouth AllStar Game in 1998. A graduate of Syla cauga High School (1980) and Auburn Uni versity (1984), he currently serves as Director of High School Relations and NFL Liaison for Auburn University. http://ow.ly/E9OED City Council holds called meeting following work session The Sylacauga City Council held a called meeting following a work session on Monday, November 17th. The Council took the following actions: The Council approved a payment to a court-appointed Special Master in the amount of $13,600 relating to the REEF lawsuit. Approval was given to pay the balance of accounts payable for October, 2014, in the amount of $184,522.49. The Council accepted a recommendation from Mayor Doug Murphree to extend the current garbage contract with Advanced Disposal for three months (from 1-1-2015 to 3-312015) to allow for the bid process for a new contract garbage contract. Approval was given to a request from the Historical Commission for $400 to pay for production and airtime for a re-enactment of the historical Hodges Meteorite. The Council accepted a recommendation from Fire Chief Matt Missildine that the Sylacauga Fire Department be allowed to apply for a FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant in the amount of $180,000 to fund replacement of the departmentâ€™s brush truck, as well as to purchase a rehab trailer. The local match and grant-writer fee would be, if awarded, $9,000 and $8,550 respectively. Also approved was October, 2014, payroll in the amount of $373,680.85, as well as September checks and transfers, and September financials. Prior to the called meeting the Council held a work session to discuss the following items: 1) Jim Green to discuss a Hodges Meteorite re-enactment; 2) A discussion with the Civil Service Board; 3) The payment to the Special Master in the REEF lawsuit; and 4) a marker for a time capsule. The Sylacauga Community Playhouse is back off vacation! email@example.com Sylacauga Fireﬁghter Richard Davis has been diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease Scleroderma. The progression of his dis ease has worsened and is now awaiting a lung transplant. In the meantime, his department is asking that you join them in their sup port of his ﬁght for health. They have established a special page on Facebook, “Fighting Fire with Richard.” Access the page by clicking on the link below: http://ow.ly/Eg7l7 In the meantime, please visit: www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/70k6/fighting-fire-w-richard-a-firefighter-s-fight-against-scleroderma A special “Give Forward” page has been established for Richard Davis and his family his wife, Shanna & their three children: Randi (12) and twins Kylie and Kayla (9). Richard has been forced to retire and Shanna, a Registered Nurse at St. Vincent’s Hospital, has had to miss time from work to care for her husband and three children full time! Richard is Is currently in the Critical Care Unit of UAB Hospital, unable to maintain proper oxygenation and struggling to breath. He is need of a bilateral lung transplant, and he will likely remain connected to an ECMO machine, designed to pull blood from his body, oxygenate it and return it back to his body oxygenated, until he receives a transplant. His fellow Sylacauga Firefighters ask that you join them in support of Richard and his family through both prayer and generous donations to help defray the growing expenses related to his care not covered by insurance, “We ask that you gift what you can, anything will help. Prayers are needed and also welcome! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!” The Comer Museum Ambassa dors are showing their support for the museum in a most creative way, presenting an original murder mystery dinner theater, “Murder is a Girl’s Best friend!” Originally scheduled for Saturday, November 22nd in the Sylacauga High School Gymnasium, the event has been temporarily postponed due to a scheduling conﬂict. The show will more than likely be rescheduled to a weekend after Thanksgiving in December organizers will announce a spe cific date and location once it has been confirmed. Reservations will continue to be on sale until a new deadline is determined. “We apologize for any inconven iences this rescheduling has caused. Refunds are available, but rest as sured that the show WILL go on. Thank you, and once again we apolo gize for any inconveniences,” ex plained Zachary William of the Comer Museum Ambassadors. In the meantime, here’s a brief synopsis of what theatergoers can expect Immersed in a 1920’s club atmosphere, guests will be fed a delicious Italian dinner while exercising their sleuth skills and figuring out who killed the lovely Daisy Carmichael. You will be served a five course meal starting with an appetizer of roasted Garlic Bread. Then you will enjoy Fettuccine Alfredo, Provin cial Tomatoes, and your choice of either Chicken or Eggplant Caccia tore. Finally, your meal will end with a rich Italian Love Cake. All the while your mind will be chal lenged as you take down clues and help to solve the mystery and find the killer. The table who is most able to find the murder will be awarded a Mystery Grand Prize! Entertainment will include live music and comedic performances from our ecstatic cast. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. on the new date Tickets are $20 a plate. To make your reservation, call or stop by the Isabel Anderson Comer Museum (256245 4016, 711 North Broadway Avenue). Public input sought on College & Career Ready Standards The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) is asking for public input speciﬁcally related to the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards (ACCRS). This is an eﬀort to maintain the highest level of rigor and challenge for the state’s K12 public school students. From October 6, 2014, through the week of December 15, 2014, the public can go to the Standards Review Homepage and offer feed back on each standard for Eng lish/Language Arts and Mathematics by grade. Each week, standards for each grade are avail able for review and comment, be ginning with Kindergarten. The standards in the application are arranged by subject and grade level. To respond to standards, par ticipants must enter all required de mographic information. Review participants can select Agree if they are satisﬁed with the standard as written or Disagree if they would like to see a standard modiﬁed. If Disagree is selected, participants will be able to provide suggestions for rewriting or chang ing the standard. Participants will be able to review up to 20 stan dards per form; however, they will have the option of submitting an additional form if they want to re view more standards. At the conclusion of the public review, the feedback generated will go to the state Mathematics and English/Language Arts Course of Study (COS) teams. The only com ments that will be considered for action will be those of academic substance that are tied to a speciﬁc standard. The COS teams may then provide recommendations to the Alabama State Board of Education. www.alsde.edu/dept/standards/Pages/home.aspx At the Game with TR Sylacauga has a handful of former Aggies now competing on the next level for various college teams. Hereâ€™s a look at how they fared over this past weekend: #20 - Shakayla Thomas turned in a solid game as a freshman reserve for the Florida State Lady Seminoles in a season-opening win over UAB, 92 to 62. In 19 minutes of game time, Thomas scored 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting. She pulled down 6 rebounds - 3 offensive and 3 defensive, and recorded a pair of steals. #15 - T.J. Green is a sophomore safety for the Clemson Tigers. He didnâ€™t record any defensive stats in a 28 to 6 loss to conference rival Georgia Tech on Saturday, He returned two kick-offs for a total of 54 yards. #87 - Brantley Carr, a senior wide receiver for the Huntingdon Hawks. In a 37 to 20 win over conference foe North Carolina Wesleyan, Carr caught 3 passes for 66 yards and a touchdown. Carr ends his Huntingdon football career with 50 receptions for 974 yards and 13 touchdowns. He ranks sixth in program history in receiving yards and tied for fifth in touchdown receptions. His 19.48 yards per catch are the best in program history. "This is a great way to go out," Carr said. "To get a touchdown in my final game is pretty nice. But to get one last win with these guys, that means a lot." #15 - Jeremy Murphy, a senior for those same Huntingdon Hawks, playing as a starting defensive back, recorded three tackles and broke up a pass. Murphy blocked yet another kick - this time, a field goal attempt his fourth of the season. That ties him for the lead in NCAA football this season. He finished the season with five interceptions on the year. Former Sylacauga Aggie defensive lineman Tristan Foster (#99 DL) is a freshman for Florida Tech, and former Sylacauga Aggie, Matthew Griffitt (#80 - TE), a freshman member of the Berry Vikings football program, are both still looking for their first game action. Also of note, Stephen Rivers, the son of former Sylacauga Aggie QB Steve Rivers, did not play over the weekend as the Vanderbilt Commodores had the week off. Brantley Carr - Huntingdon Hawks Cindy McKee Alford * Jerry Phurrough Sherry Machen * Memorey Adams Danielle Lovett Cindy Barnes Brashear * Lauren Owensby The ladies of Trendsetters hair Salon invite you to come visit their new home at 113 North Broadway. Complete AHSAA Football Playoff Pairings - 3rd round in bracket order CLASS 7A Prattville (10-2) @ Foley (9-3) Gadsden City (10-2) @ Hoover (10-2) Cordova (9-3) @ Haleyville (10-2) Deshler (11-1) @ Fayette County (9-3) CLASS 3A Montgomery Academy (12-0) @ Dale Co. (12-0) Gordo (12-0) @ Opp (9-3) Glencoe (12-0) @ Colbert County (8-4) Madison Academy (11-1) @ Walter Wellborn (8-3) CLASS 2A G.W. Long (11-0) @ Elba (12-0) Flomaton (9-3) @ Washington County (12-0) Fyffe (12-0) @ Tanner (10-2) Woodland (9-3) @ Ranburne (11-0) CLASS 1A Brantley (12-0) @ Billingsley (9-2) Maplesville (11-0) @ Notasulga (9-3) Hubbertville (11-0) @ Ragland (11-1) Marion County (7-4) @ Cedar Bluff (7-5) CLASS 6A Saraland (11-1) @Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (8-3) Spanish Fort (11-1) @ McAdory (11-0) Clay-Chalkville (12-0) @ Decatur (9-3) Florence (10-2) @ Gardendale (8-4) CLASS 5A Greenville (10-2) @ Jackson (10-2) B.C. Rain (6-6) @ St. Paul's (12-0) Guntersville (12-0) @ Pleasant Grove (10-2) East Limestone (12-0) @ Madison Co. (9-3) CLASS 4A Munford (9-3) @ Leeds (11-1) UMS-Wright (11-1) @ Straughn (10-1) Wha t’s up, Sy la ca ug a ca lenda r o f c omm unit y eve nts Friday, Novcember 21st - This is the deadline to register to be a part of the 36th Annual Sylacauga Christmas Parade, which will be held on Tuesday, December 2nd at 6:30 p.m. For complete rules, regulations, and entry forms, see the Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce. Friday, November 21st - The Sylacauga discusiion group, Theology on Draft will holdtheir next gathering at 6:00 p.m. at the Marble City Grill to discuss this month’s question, “Is voluntary euthanasia a sin?” Theology on Draft is an open discussion group of searchers, wanderers, questioners, devil's advocates, and disciples that meets monthly to facilitate open-minded discussion and exploration of subjects relating to society, church, politics, and lots more interesting and provocative subjects. Theology on Draft hopes to encourage dialogue and help people deepen their understandings of life, faith, and society. You can talk, or just listen! Saturday, November 22nd - The Comer Museum Ambassadorperformance of their original murder-mystery dinner theater, originally scheduled for this date has been postponed temporarily to a date and place to be announced due to a scheduling conflict. Reservation will continue to be on sale until a new deadline is established. Saturday, November 22nd - The historic Weogufka Center hosts an evening of Southern Gospel Music with the Kingsmen Quartet and The Perry’s. Tickets in advance are $15 from the usual outlets, but will cost $20 at the door0. Children uner 12 are free. For more Information on contact Melvin Palmer at (256) 249-8885 or visit the website at www-weogufkacenter.com Saturday, November 22nd - The 6th Annual Art Extravaganza is coming to the AJ Powers Memorial Lodge & Plank Road Station from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with live entertainment, plenty of food from breakfast to barbecue, and booths from artists and craftsmen. It takes place adjacent to Winterboro School with all proceeds to benefit the continuing restoration efforts to create an art gallery, museum, education outreach facility, and community center for the greater Alpine & Winterboro area. Saturday, November 22nd - Sylacauga’s First Baptist Church hosts the 2014 Community-wide Thanksgiving Unity Service. The Guest Speaker will be Pastor James Haskins ofFirst United Methodist Church. This event is sponsored by the Coosa Valley Ministerial Association. Monday, Novcember 24th - It hurts to lose someone. That’s why Sylacauga’s First United Methodist Church hosts a weekly Bible-based support group gathering! GriefShare meets Mondays at 6:30 p.m. at the church. For more information, contact the FUMC office at 256-249-0362! Thursday, November 27th - The Sylacauga’s Promise Community-Wide Thanksgiving Day Dinner is scheduled from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Reaching the World Bible Church (109 North Cannon Avenue). The meal is FREE. Please call S.A.F.E. at 256-245-4343 for reservations, deliveries, or more information. Please do so before Tuesday, November 25th! *** Got an item for our Community Calendar Or, maybe a news item Contact us via Email at: firstname.lastname@example.org Mary Farr (Stone) Hamby - Harpersville - Mary Farr Stone Hamby, 87, died Monday, November 16, 2014. Mrs. Hamby was born in Rock Run in Cherokee County, Alabama. She earned a BA and Bachelor of Music from Birmingham Southern College in 1948. In that year she married the Rev. Warren C. Hamby with whom she partnered in ministry and enjoyed a marriage of 61 years before he passed away in 2009. Mrs. Hamby is survived by two sons, Warren, Jr. (Burma) of Alabaster, and Michael of Childersburg; two daughters, Barbara Adkins (Frank) of Harpersville, and Jan Piper (Ed) of Bartow, Florida; three grandsons, Chancellor Stone (Jessica) of Lineville, Drew Piper of Winter Haven, Florida, and Lee Hamby of Alabaster; and one great-grandson, Eli Stone of Lineville. A family graveside committal was held at Old Childersburg Cemetery on Tuesday. A memorial service for Mrs. Hamby will be held at Sylacauga First United Methodist Church Sunday, November 23, at 3:00 p.m., and family will be present to welcome friends at 2:30. In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Hamby's wishes is for memorial donations to Sylacauga First United Methodist Church, or the Butler Harris Rainwater Museum in Childersburg. Condolences may be offered at www.curtisandsonfh.com Curtis and Son Funeral Home will direct. Robbie B. Murray - Sylacauga - Funeral services for Robbie B. Murray, 86, were Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Curtis and Son North Chapel with the Rev. Tommy Thornton officiating. Burial followed in Stewartville Cemetery. Mrs. Murray passed away November 15, 2014 at CVMC. She is preceded in death by her parents, Burt and Maedell Blocker; her husband, Durl Thomas Murray; sisters, Dorothy Powers and Ruby Maddox. She is survived by son, Tim Murray (Jamie); daughters, Sherry and Sheila Murray; brother, Bill Blocker (Leatte); 7 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild. Visitation was Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Curtis and Son North Chapel. Pallbearers were Shane Adams, Dillon Adams, Jonathan Ward, Todd Brown, Don Jackson and Jack Maddox. Online condolences may be offered at www.curtisandsonfh.com Curtis and Son Funeral Home North Chapel directed the services. Infant Lilly Cate Armstrong - Sylacauga - Graveside funeral services for Infant Lilly Cate Armstrong were Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Hepzibah Baptist Cemetery with the Rev. Cary Brown officiating. Lilly passed away November 9, 2014 at Brookwood Medical Center. She is preceded in death by her grandfather, Donnie Armstrong and grandmother, Betty Hubbard. She is survived by her father, Craig Armstrong of Sylacauga; mother, Leigh Ann Armstrong of Sylacauga; brother, Jackson Armstrong of Sylacauga; grandparents, Ralph Hubbard, Brenda Williamson and Johnny Williamson all of Sylacauga. Curtis and Son Funeral Home North Chapel directed the services. Mary Nell Russell - Fayetteville - Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Mary Nell Russell, 86, were Friday, November 14, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Greenhill Cemetery with Rev. Cary Brown officiating. Mrs. Russell passed away November 13, 2014 at her residence. She is preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Raymon Russell; mother, Mary Ethel Maudling Keel; step-father, William Carlton Keel; brother, Don Keel; granddaughter, Michelle Johnson; son-in-laws, Buford Osborne and Jeff Lipscomb. She is survived by her children, Wanda Osborne, Linda Johnson, Jean Lipscomb, Larry Russell (Lisa); grandchildren, Rachel Akin, Tammy Spates (Jeff), Tanya McKee (Shane), Crystal Glasscock (Chris), Erika Robinson, Jeff Lipscomb (Brooke), Melanie Wydner (Jody), Maryann Snook (William), Heather Russell, Scott Johnson (Misty), Chris Osborne (Sophia), Shelly Ingle (Jason); 16 Great Grandchildren; 1 Great Great Grandchild. Online condolences at www.curtisandsonfunerals.com Curtis and Son Funeral Home Childersburg Chapel directed the service. Nettie Ermalene Cox - Alpine - Funderal services for Nettie Ermalene Cox, 76, were Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at RadneySmith Chapel with Dr. Wayne McDaniel officiating. Burial will be in Tallasahatchie Cemetery in Alpine, AL. Mrs. Cox died Monday, November 10, 2014 at her residence. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene Edward Cox; son, Wayland Edward Cox; father and mother, Byron and Edna Stevens. She was a member of First Free Will Baptist Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and sister. Mrs. Cox loved her family and her Church. She is survived by her daughters, Darlene Busby of Childersburg and Kathy Hamlin, husband J.B. of Hanover; sister, Marie Hickman of Alpine; grandchildren, Shane Busby, Jack Dyer, Jr., wife Shannon, Tristen Cox and Trenton Cox; great-grandchildren, Natalie Grace Dyer, Kelsie Leigh Dyer and Chloe Grier. Visitation was Wednesday, November 12, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Radney-Smith Funeral Home. The family would like to give special thanks to the staff of Southern Care Hospice for the great care that was given to her. Pallbearers were Jack Dyer, Jr., Shane Busby, Harold Hickman, Wendell Hickman, Bryan Osbourn and John White. Memorial messages may be sent to the family at www.radneysmith.com Radney-Smith Funeral Home in Sylacauga, AL directed the services. ***