Wetumpka Gazette October 2016

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TheWetumpka Gazette

Vol 1, Issue 1, - October, 2016

109 Company Street, Suite 210, Wetumpka, Alabama 36092

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A Historical City with a New Vision From the Desk

Mayor Jerry Willis

Months of work by Wetumpka Downtown, a non-profit corporation forming to help revitalize Wetumpka’s historic downtown area, paid off when the city was one of four communities in the state chosen by the Main Street Alabama selection committee to be a Designated Main Street community. “This is one of the best things to happen to Wetumpka, and not just downtown. It’s going to be great for the whole community,” said Johnny Oates, owner of River Perk and one of the organization’s founders. With assistance from the City of Wetumpka, the group began the five month competitive process by holding a public meeting in March to present the program and gauge community interest, which was strong. Two more meetings, door-to-door canvassing of downtown businesses, a targeted mailing campaign, and a Facebook page also helped spread the word. Wetumpka Downtown now boasts over $40,000 in pledged memberships. “As a long-time downtown business owner, I couldn’t be more proud of my community,” said Jerry Willis, Mayor of Wetumpka. “This application wouldn’t have been possible without close coordination between the public and private sectors and the support of people who love Wetumpka.” Main Street Alabama, also a non-profit organization, uses a national model with a 30-year track record of success known as the Four Point Approach®. This model focuses on organization, design, promotion, and economic vitality. Main Street Alabama’s Designated communities have reported 239 net new businesses, 2,392 net new jobs, $187,262,002 in private investment, $32,555,955 in public improvements, and 26,652 volunteer hours overall since June of 2014.

Wetumpka Selected as a 2016 Designated Main Street Community According to Mary Helmer, President and State Coordinator for the program, Main Street Alabama will immediately begin providing Wetumpka Downtown with intensive board development, training with work plans and goals, market analysis with economic development strategies, targeted technical assistance, and quarterly training related to downtown development. “When a community is ready for Main Street, as these four are, our economic development program works,” Helmer said. “It brings jobs, dollars and people back to historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts.” The organization has filed the articles of incorporation, according to Lynn Weldon, Economic Development Director for the City of Wetumpka. “Although the City is an important sponsor of Wetumpka Downtown, this truly is an independent, community-wide effort. A Board of Directors has been elected to oversee the program.

“Paint the Town Pink” - October 7th The City of Wetumpka would like to encourage all business owners and individuals to “Paint the Town Pink” in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Pink Bows can be purchased at the City Administrative Building with all proceeds benefiting the Joy to Life Foundation. The City has partnered with Ivy Creek Healthcare and Belk to host several events during the month. For the entire month of October, Ivy Creek Healthcare is offering free breast exams and on October 26, they will be offering free mammograms. The Paint the Town Pink Walk will be on October 7, noon, beginning at the Civic Center fountain and will conclude at Gold Star Park where the pink balloon release will take place. Also, on October 7, at 7:00 p.m. at the Wetumpka Civic Center, there will be a Charity Fashion Show with all proceeds benefiting the Joy to Life Foundation. The event will include food, fashion and live music. Fashions and make-up will be provided by Belk and Lancome, A Touch of Class, The Tapp 18 and the Vault. This event is free with donations being accepted. More information can be found at www.cityofwetumpka.com. GAZETTE PUBLISHING 12 East Jefferson St. Montgomery, AL 36104 Return Service Requested

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Much is planned for the Main Street Community Revitalization. Please come and see the beginning of a new look for Downtown Wetumpka. The Wetumpka Gazette is proud to be apart of supporting these efforts and will do whatever possible to help grow Wetumpka for the future, for its businesses and citizens. We hope you enjoy this First Edition. Let us hear from you at: wetumpkagazette@gmail.com

For all those who are interested in supporting the revitalization of downtown Wetumpka with time or treasure, now is the time to get involved.” For those of you who have already pledged or sent a monetary commitment, thank you and will see you at a meeting soon. Membership pledge forms may be obtained from the Wetumpka Downtown facebook page or by emailing; weatherboards@gmail.com Board of Directors; Dennis Fain, President Johnny Oates, Vice President Lynn Weldon, Treasurer Board Members; Troy Stubbs Jennifer Glover Pete Powers Craig Sheldon For more information, contact:

Lynn Weldon lweldon@cityofwetumpka.com P.O. Box 1180 Wetumpka, AL 36092


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Wetumpka High School Head coach Tim Perry 8/19 8/26 9/2 9/9 9/16 9/23 9/30 10/7 10/14 10/21

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Football involves our youth in activities that help to grow our young boys into men. Teaches our cheerleaders, band members and all our students to be the best they can be and work hard for success. SupporT your Team wiTh your aTTendance! They know iF you are There! iT’S The beST yearS oF Their liFe!

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Elmore County High School Football Stanhope Elmore Mustangs Stanhope elmore High School Head coach Jeff Foshee 8/20 6:28p @ Greenville (Greenville) 8/26 7:00p Prattville (Prattville) 9/1 7:00p @ Park Crossing* (Montgomery) 9/9 7:00p Wetumpka (Wetumpka) 9/16 7:00p Northview* (Dothan) 9/23 7:00p Charles Henderson (Troy) 9/30 7:00p @ Russell County* (Seale) 10/7 7:00p Carver* (Montgomery) 10/14 7:00p @ Dothan* (Dothan) 10/21 7:00p Lanier* (Montgomery) 10/27 7:00p @ Selma (Selma) Region Game = *

Victory Baptist Eagles Victory Baptist High School Head coach Jim Hardy 8/19 7:00p @ Emerald Mountain Christian School (Wetumpka) 8/26 7:00p @ Marion Academy* (Marion) 9/2 7:00p @ Brooklane Baptist* (Hueytown) 9/9 7:00p @ Clay County Christian Academy (Ashland) 9/23 7:00p @ Cullman Christian* (Cullman) 9/30 7:00p Meadowview Christian* (Selma) 10/7 7:00p Cornerstone Christian (Decatur) 10/14 7:00p Cahawba Christian Academy* (Centreville) 10/21 7:00p Chilton Christian Academy* (Jemison) Region Game = *

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Head coach Norman Dean 8/19 7:00p Montgomery Academy 8/26 7:00p @ Alabama Christian Academy 9/2 7:00p @ Leeds* (Leeds) 9/9 7:00p @ Handley* (Roanoke) 9/16 7:00p Childersburg* (Childersburg) 9/23 7:00p Montgomery Catholic 9/30 7:00p @ Munford* (Munford) 10/7 7:00p Dadeville* (Dadeville) 10/14 7:00p @ Holtville* (Deatsville) 10/21 7:00p Tallassee* (Tallassee) Region Game = *

Head coach Mike Battle, Jr. 8/19 8:00p @ Russell County (Seale) 8/26 7:00p W.S. Neal (East Brewton) 9/2 7:00p Handley* (Roanoke) 9/9 7:00p @ Childersburg* (Childersburg) 9/16 7:00p Munford (Munford) 9/23 7:00p T.R. Miller (Brewton) 9/30 7:00p @ Dadeville* (Dadeville) 10/7 7:00p Holtville* (Deatsville) 10/14 7:00p @ Leeds* (Leeds, AL) 10/21 7:00p @ Elmore County* (Eclectic) Region Game = *

Emerald Mountain Patriots emerald Mountain Christian School Head coach 8/19 7:00p Victory Baptist (Millbrook) 9/9 7:00p @ Marion Academy (Marion) 9/23 5:00p @ Chilton Christian Academy (Jemison) 9/30 7:00p Brooklane Baptist (Hueytown) 10/7 7:00p @ Meadowview Christian (Selma) 10/21 7:00p Clay County Christian Academy (Ashland) Region Game = *

Edgewood Academy Wildcats edgewood Academy Head coach Eric Folmar 4:30p Morgan Academy (Selma) 7:00p Hope Christian (Pelham) 7:00p @ Autauga Academy (Prattville) 7:00p @ Springwood* (Lanett) 7:00p Lee-Scott Academy* (Auburn) 7:00p Monroe Academy (Monroeville) 7:00p Abbeville Christian Academy (Abbeville) 10/6 7:00p @ Glenwood* (Phenix City) 10/14 7:00p @ Tuscaloosa Academy* (Tuscaloosa) 10/20 7:00p Bessemer Academy* (Bessemer) 10/28 8:00p Fullington Academy (Pinehurst, GA) Region Game = *

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Holtville Bulldogs Holtville High School Head coach 8/19 7:00p Central (Hayneville) 8/26 7:00p Marbury (Marbury) 9/2 7:00p Childersburg* (Childersburg) 9/9 7:00p @ Munford* (Munford) 9/16 7:00p Dadeville* (Dadeville) 9/23 7:00p Horseshoe Bend (New Site) 9/30 7:00p @ Leeds* (Leeds) 10/7 7:00p @ Tallassee* (Tallassee) 10/14 7:00p Elmore County* (Eclectic) 10/21 7:00p @ Handley* (Roanoke) 10/28 7:00p @ Beulah (Valley) Region Game = *

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WETUMPKA HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING September 23, 2016 I graduated in 2015. I played soccer for Wetumpka High School and took part in the Theater program as well. I had a great 4 years at WHS. Once and Indian always an Indian! Enjoyed Photos by: Keenan Archer Homecoming! Keenan and Braxton Thanks for becoming a part of the 1st Edition of the The Wetumpka Gazette.

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INDIANS ON THE WARPATH! STILL UNDEFEATED IN 2016! TRIBE TOPPLED TIGERS IN HOMECOMING SHOWDOWN For years around Alabama when we thought of football powerhouses we thought of schools like: Prattville, Hoover and Daphne. Wetumpka continues to make a name for themselves in 2016. Coming into the 2016-17 season head Coach Tim Perry had his sights set on nothing but the Class 6A State Championship. Coach Perry has proved that his team has what it takes to reach Alabama's biggest high school football game by beating the

Greenville High School Tigers by a score of 41-19 for homecoming on September 23rd. Now one week later they roll over Pelham High School in a Class 6A Region 3 showdown Friday, September 30th, at home with a score of 35-10. Up next week, The Wetumpka Indians football team has an away conference game @ Helena on Friday, October 7 @ 7p.m. Writer, Braxton Parmer

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Wetumpka Sports Complex


When Noah was building the Ark, he asked God, Where were the animals coming from? God replied, “If you build it, they will come”. (Nowhere in the bible does it say God actually said this), but this tale has been passed down from generation to generation. The quote was even used in the movie “Field of Dreams” with Kevin Costner, (With a slight variation) when Costner turned a corn field into a baseball diamond. He hears a voice that said, “If you build it, he will come” There must be some truth to the quote because ever since Wetumpka built their new Sports Complex we have had a large number of tournaments, including the Wetumpka High School Softball Tournament, which attracted over 24 teams from across the state. (They will be back again in March of 2017, with an equal or larger size Tournament) This pass July we had the State Dixie League All Star Game. The City of Wetumpka Dixie League plays softball and baseball in the spring and the fall. There are also travel ball tournaments scheduled for this fall.

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2350 Coosa river Parkway Wetumpka, Alabama Wetumpka Sports Complex consist of 2 pods of 5 fields in a hub setting

with a central located concession stand and press box. The permanent outfield fences are 8 ft. high. The distance from home plate to the outfield fence is 200 ft. The fields have SafeCo topdressing on the infield and the outfield has bermuda grass. The dugouts are very spacious and a bullpen connects to the dugout on each side of the field. Each field has two sets of bleachers on each side with lawn chair space. The complex consist of plenty of parking spaces,10 batting cages and 3 warm-up areas located between fields. There is also ample space between fields so very seldom is anyone struck by a foul ball. There are very few complexes as nice as the Wetumpka SportsComplex.

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the City of Wetumpka supports the American youth Soccer organization, AySo, who presently plays at the rumbling Waters Park, off of W. tallassee St. and Airey St. They have outgrown their present location and are looking forward to moving to their new location this spring. Soccer is Wetumpka’s fastest growing youth sport.

tHe WetUMPKA yoUtH FootBALL AnD CHeerLeADing LeAgUe, comprises of young people from ages 5 through 12. They have been very successful both in football and Cheering over the years. They presently play their games at the WHS Football field and they are looking forward to starting the 2017 season on a field they can call their own. on the drawing boards, the city has plans for additional soccer fields, an Archery range, ponds for youth fishing, and a walking trail, that will go from down town Wetumpka to the new Sports Complex. My slight variation of the quote is this: “If you build it the YOUTH will come”

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Support those whose give their lives to defend, protect and serve.

Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin

Feel free to visit at www.elmoreco.com regarding information for employment purposes. We are always searching for excellent applicants to work in one of nine separate divisions within our Department.

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Wetumpka Police Department I have been serving the Wetumpka Police Dept. since Nov 2015,I have a vision of the City of Wetumpka, that the Police will conduct themselves to a very high standard, we will protect the people of Wetumpka at all cost. we will also provide community policing as it as never been in the past. we conduct out reach to the community each month, as well as holidays and summer programs for the kids that builds a great relationship with the children and the Officers. We have restarted the D.A.R.E program that has a great success with the schools and the children, So my purpose is to protect and serve as well as be involved in the community. We have done this very well for the past two years and will continue to reach out to the community.

Chief Danny Billingsley

208 Marshall St, Wetumpka, AL 36092 334-567-5321 The Wetumpka Police Department consist of 30 sworn officers, 7 dispatchers and clerks, and 3 part time school crossing officers.The department consist of 18 marked vehicles and 7 unmarked vehicles. We presently have one drug dog which is used in the schools and when needed on traffic stops. The Animal Control Officer is located at the Police Department. The Code Enforcement Officer can be contacted at the Police Department for complaints. The Police Department is also responsible for dispatching The Wetumpka Fire Dept. - 334-567-8432.

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Moving While Learning

Mrs. Shay Nobles has added new bikes to her classroom recently. She continues to grow her 3rd Grade Kenotics Class at Wetumpka Elementary School. This is a pilot program and is proving to be a great success! This program is the first in Alabama and originated in South Carolina. Discipline problems are almost non-existent. it is permissible to be moving while learning! Each morning she writes the word “QUIET” on the board and that promotes behavior throughout they day. A letter is removed when rules are not respected and at the end of the day if one letter is left they are rewarded with outside playtime. This promotes the reward/consequences concept. She is the only class out of nine 3rd classes that have this program. Children are chooser at random to be in Mrs. Nobles class which includes a wide spectrum of abilities and gifts for learning.

The children are allowed to choose their seating each day. They have choices of bikes station , balance stations, spin stations, big green balls, and even a hammock. They may chose to even sit on the floor. Mrs. Nobles is inactive with her class throughout the day.

Mr. Shay Weldon Nobles

Mrs. Nobles stated, “ I don’t like computers and phone usage for our children, as they take away from a healthy lifestyle.” Learning should be fun and innovative for our children. The actual class room is large and inspiring as you enter an exciting colorful environment. It is so refreshing to see a young teacher outside the “learning box” willing to challenge our children using “moving while learning”. This application appears to be a great success!

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Christmas On The Coosa Pageant November 5, 2016 Wetumpka Civic Center

2015 Junior Miss CotC

2015 teen Miss CotC

From left to right: 3rd runner up & highest ticket sales Abigail Carter; 1st runner up & most photogenic, Avery Jones; Junior Miss COTC, Kristy Hart; 2nd runner up Blakely White; Miss Christmas Spirit Lamonica Smith.

From left to right: Miss Christmas spirit, Kyle Wright; 3rd runner up, Katekyn Lightsey; 1st runner up & highest ticket sales, Hannah Royal; Miss Teen COTC, Klaudia Rose; 2nd runner up, Victoria Angus; Most photogenic, Megan Smith.

Junior Miss Christmas on the Coosa (6-8) Rehearsal - Tuesday, November 1 – 6:30 p.m. Pageant – Saturday, November 5 – 2:00 p.m.

Teen Miss Christmas on the Coosa (9-10) Rehearsal - Tuesday, November 1 – 7:00 p.m. Pageant - Saturday, November 5 – 4:00 p.m.

2015 MiSS CHriStMAS oF tHe CooSA 3rd runner up Breelyn Buck • 1st runner up Kaitlyn Lawrence Miss COTC Emma Clai Gunter 2nd runner up and highest ticket sales Shelton Singleton Miss Christmas Spirit Asia Carugo Miss Christmas on the Coosa (11-12) Rehearsal - Tuesday, November 1 – 7:00 p.m. Pageant - Saturday, November 5 – 7:00 p.m.

2015 Petite Miss CotC From left to right: Miss Christmas spirit, Khloee Jayne Crooks; 1st runner up, Lauren Avery Castro; Miss Petite & most photogenic, Jaycee Alexander; 2nd Runner up,Dani Price; 3rd runner up, Baylie Kate Barrett Petite Miss Christmas on the Coosa (K-2) Rehearsal – Tuesday, November 1 – 5:30 p.m. Pageant - Saturday, November 5 – 10:00 a.m.

Girls who live in Elmore County will be eligible to participate in Christmas on the Coosa Pageants. ALL EVENTS LISTED IN BLUE ARE MANDATORY

Entry form and pageant fee of $50 MUST be received by 4:30 p.m. October 29, 2016. Forms can be mailed to Christmas on the Coosa Pageants, P.O. Box 936, Wetumpka, AL 36092 or delivered to the City of Wetumpka administrative building. Refunds will only be considered in cases of emergency.

Keys to Quality Youth Development youth development: is the process of growing up and developing one's capacities. The challenge is to promote positive youth development and plan quality experiences with young people. It would be nice if there was a drive through window where you could order the positive aspects of youth development when planning a program. But it takes active involvement and careful planning to fill the order. KeyS to Quality youth Development encourages you to plan and prepare a complete menu for positive youth development.

the eight keys: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Youth Feel Physically and Emotionally Safe Youth Experience Belonging and Ownership Youth Develop Self Worth Youth Discover Self Youth Develop Quality Relationships with Peers and Adults Youth Discuss Conflicting Values and Form Their Own Youth Feel the Pride and Accountability that Comes with Mastery Youth Expands Their Capacity to Enjoy Life and Know that Success Is Possible

in this guide, the discussion of each key includes: • Premise - Meaning and importance of the element. • Building Foundation - Developmental assets that form a foundation for healthy young people. • Selecting Outcomes - Examples of desired results. • Identifying Practices - Sample techniques and strategies. • How It Works - A real-life example we’ve encountered. • Things to Think About - Common sense tips to consider. • Words of Wisdom - Thoughtful insights from youth and adults. • Questions for Youth - Followup discussion questions. Keys for kids • Security: feel physically and amotionally safe, “I feel safe”. • Belonging: experience belonging and ownership, “I’m in”. • Acceptance: I believe in positive changes/I do believe what I say and do not fear change. • Independence: not easily influenced/ “I’m secure in myself and do not fear change.” • Relationships: develop quality relationships with peers and adults, "I care about others." • Values: discuss conflicting values and formulate their own, "I believe..." • Achievement: feel the pride and accountability that come with mastery, "I can do it." • Recognition: expand their capacity to enjoy life and know that success is possible,"I feel special." youth feel physically and emotionally safe Premise. Young people will learn better and participate more fully when they feel physically and emotionally safe. This environment encourages honesty, trust, and respect among all youth and adults. identifying practices • Involve youth in the initial planning of the program. • Plan for how youth will be involved. Don't just add a representative youth or two to the adult planning group. • Allow plenty of time for discussion, questions, and making decisions. • Encourage creativity and consideration of everyone's ideas. • Confront cliques and behaviors that exclude some of the group. • Use T-shirts, buttons, hats, etc. to symbolize group belonging. • Encourage skills and create products youth can take home. • Use ceremonies and traditions to stimulate group cohesion. • Encourage diversity of membership without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, or sexual orientation. WorDS oF WiSDoM "Kids can walk around trouble, if there is some place to walk to and someone to walk with."

2015 Little Miss CotC From left to right: Highest ticket sales & most photogenic, Abigail Hogan; 3rd runner up, Megan Hogan; 1st runner up, Madison Byram; Little Miss COTC, Layken Morgan; 2nd runner up, Abby Mullino; Miss Christmas spirit: Bryanna Belser. Little Miss Christmas on the Coosa (3-5) Rehearsal - Tuesday, November 1 – 6:00 p.m. Pageant - Saturday, November 5 – noon.

Parents remind your children of these

Halloween Safety tips - Walk Safely • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. • Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street. • teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. if there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings. • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Trick or Treat With an Adult Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. • Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision. • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers. • When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls. http://www.safekids.org

elmore County Pregnancy Center ~ a trusted and safe place to turn to for help ~ ~ FREE pregnancy test ~ 104 Company St., Wetumpka, AL 36092 334- 567-1955 www.hopewetumpka.org Prayer Request: We have a few moms who are getting close to delivery time. Will you all please pray for healthy deliveries and quick bonding? And will you pray for the moms who have come to us once or twice, then stopped? We think about these moms and families so much and want His healing love to guard their hearts. Please rally with us in these prayers. #ecpcLovesFamilies

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Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce 4th Annual Charitable Building Fund Golf Tournament The Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce will host our 4th Annual Building Fund Charitable Golf Tournament

Friday, October 7th, 2016 Quail Walk Golf & Country Club - Wetumpka, Alabama. 11:30 AM Registration and Lunch 12:30 PM Putting Contest & Ball Drop 1:00 PM Shotgun Start Riverside Chevrolet is giving away $500 Cash to the closest to the pin winner on Hole#16! First Community Bank of Central Alabama is offering a fun surprise challenge on the course to win a cash prize! PrimeSouth Bank is giving away a YETI Hopper Cooler! This year's exciting event will again feature the ever-popular Golf Ball Drop with pre-sold numbered balls dropping from Central Alabama Electric Cooperative's bucket lift truck. A hole in one guarantees one lucky player will take home a valuable prize! We will also feature player gifts, door prizes, delicious food and cold beverages. Not only are participants helping to support the historic downtown renovation of the Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce building, but they will have a great time playing one of Wetumpka's finest golf facilities. Sponsorships are still available. For more information or to register a foursome, please register below or contact the WACC at (334) 567-4811 or jyoung@wetumpkachamber.org.

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The name “Wetumpka” was taken from the Indian words “We-Wau (Water) and Tum-Cau (Rumbling or Sounding). In reference to the noise made by the rocky shoals of the river. In 1837 the Legislature divided the town and incorporated the area on the west side of the river as West Wetumpka. In 1839 the two towns were reunited by the Legislature as one city known as the City of Wetumpka. That same year Wetumpka was chosen as the site for the first state prison. After the destruction of a prior bridge by flooding, a sturdy covered bridge was constructed in 1844 by the famous builder, Horace King, former slave who had been freed by the Legislature that preceding year. This covered bridge was located on the same site as the Bibb Graves Bridge. This covered bridge was swept away in the Great Floor of 1886. The same flood which altered the course of the Tallapoosa River and former Parker’s Island. Shown on the marker which was erected in 1990 as the Eagle Scout project of Jacob Enslen. Boy Scouts of America. Located in front of the Elmore County Courthouse.

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Wetumpka Gazette Special Issue

october 2016

Cancer's Unexpected Blessings - by Tony Snow 'you Have Been Called'

'Blessings arrive in unexpected packages, in my case - CANCER. Those of us with potentially fatal diseases - and there are millions in America today -find ourselves in the odd position of coping with our mortality while trying to fathom God's will. Although it would be the height of presumption to declare with confidence 'What It All Means,' scripture provides powerful hints and consolations. The first is that we shouldn't spend too much time trying to answer the 'why' questions: Why me? Why must people suffer? Why can't someone else get sick? We can't answer such things, and the questions themselves often are designed more to express our anguish than to solicit an answer. I don't know why I have cancer, and I don't much care. It is what it is, a plain and indisputable fact. Yet even while staring into a mirror darkly, great and stunning truths began to take shape. Our maladies define a central feature of our existence: We are fallen. We are imperfect. Our bodies give out. But, despite this, or because of it, God offers the possibility of salvation and grace. We don't know how the narrative of our lives will end, but we get to choose how to use the interval between now and the moment we meet our Creator face-to-face. Second, we need to get past the anxiety. The mere thought of dying can send adrenaline flooding through your system. A dizzy, unfocused panic seizes you. Your heart thumps; your head swims. You think of nothingness and swoon. You fear partings; you worry about the impact on family and friends. You fidget and get nowhere. To regain footing, remember that we were born not into death, but into life - and that the journey continues after we have finished our days on this earth. We accept this on faith, but that faith is nourished by a conviction that stirs even within many non-believing hearts, an institution that the gift of life, once given, cannot be taken away. Those who have been stricken enjoy the special privilege of being able to fight with their might, main, and faith to live fully, richly, exuberantly - no matter how their days may be numbered. Third, we can open our eyes and hearts. God relishes surprise. We want lives of simple, predictable ease, smooth, even trails as far as the eye can see, but God likes to go off-road. He provokes us with twists and turns. He places us in predicaments that seem to defy our endurance and comprehension and yet don't. By His love and grace, we persevere. The challenges that make our hearts leap and stomachs churn invariably strengthen our faith and grant measures of wisdom and joy we would not experience otherwise.

Picture yourself in a hospital bed. The fog of anesthesia has begun to wear away. A doctor stands at your feet, a loved one holds your hand at the side. 'It's cancer,' the healer announces. The natural reaction is to turn to God and ask him to serve as a cosmic Santa. 'Dear God, make it all go away. Make everything simpler.' But another voice whispers: 'You have been called.' Your quandary has drawn you closer to God, closer to those you love, closer to the issues that matter, and has dragged into insignificance the banal concerns that occupy our 'normal time.' There's another kind of response, although usually short-lived, an inexplicable shudder of excitement as if a clarifying moment of calamity has swept away everything trivial and tiny, and placed before us the challenge of important questions. The moment you enter the Valley of the Shadow of Death, things change. You discover that Christianity is not something doughy, passive, pious, and soft. Faith may be the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. But it also draws you into a world shorn of fearful caution. The life of belief teems with thrills, boldness, danger, shocks, reversals, triumphs, and epiphanies. Think of Paul, traipsing through the known world and contemplating trips to what must have seemed the antipodes (Spain ), shaking the dust from his sandals, worrying not about the morrow, but only about the moment.

toward God's arms, not with resignation, but with peace and hope. In so doing, they have taught us not how to die, but how to live. They have emulated Christ by transmitting the power and authority of love. I sat by my best friend's bedside a few years ago as a wasting cancer took him away. He kept at his table a worn Bible and a 1928 edition of the Book of Common Prayer. A shattering grief disabled his amily, many of his old friends, and at least one priest. Here was an humble and very good guy, someone who apologized when he winced with pain because he thought it made his guest uncomfortable. He restrained his equanimity and good humor literally until his last conscious moment. 'I'm going to try to beat [this cancer],' he told me several months before he died. 'But if I don't, I'll see you on the other side.' His gift was to remind everyone around him that even though God doesn't promise us tomorrow, he does promise us eternity filled with life and love we cannot comprehend, and that one can, in the throes of sickness, point the rest of us toward timeless truths that will help us weather future storms. Through such trials, God bids us to choose: Do we believe, or do we not? Will we be bold enough to love, daring enough to serve, humble enough to submit, and strong enough to acknowledge our limitations? Can we surrender our concern in things that don't matter so that we might devote our remaining days to things that do?

There's nothing wilder than a life of humble virtue, for it is through selflessness and service that God wrings from our bodies and spirits the most we ever could give, the most we ever could offer, and the most we ever could do.

When our faith flags, He throws reminders in our way. Think of the prayer warriors in our midst. They change things, and those of us who have been on the receiving end of their petitions and intercessions know it.

Finally, we can let love change everything. When Jesus was faced with the prospect of crucifixion, he grieved not for himself, but for us. He cried for Jerusalem before entering the Holy City. From the Cross, he took on the cumulative burden of human sin and weakness, and begged for forgiveness on our behalf.

It is hard to describe, but there are times when suddenly the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, and you feel a surge of the Spirit. Somehow you just know: Others have chosen, when talking to the Author of all creation, to lift us up, to speak of us!

We get repeated chances to learn that life is not about us, that we acquired purpose and satisfaction by sharing in God's love for others. Sickness gets us part way there. It reminds us of our limitations and dependence. But it also gives us a chance to serve the healthy. A minister friend of mine observes that people suffering grave afflictions often acquire the faith of two people, while loved ones accept the burden of two peoples' worries and fears.

'Learning How to Live' Most of us have watched friends as they drifted

This is love of a very special order. But so is the ability to sit back and appreciate the wonder of every created thing. The mere thought of death somehow makes every blessing vivid, every happiness more luminous and intense. We may not know how our contest with sickness will end, but we have felt the ineluctable touch of God. What is man that Thou are mindful of him? We don't know much, but we know this: No matter where we are, no matter what we do, no matter how bleak or frightening our prospects, each and every one of us who believe each and every day, lies in the same safe and impregnable place, in the hollow of God's hand.'

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october 2016

Wetumpka Gazette Special Issue

Send us your Holiday recipes for publication in our November issue of The Wetumpka Gazette. Email your recipe to: wetumpkagazette@gmail.com or mail to: 109 Company Street, Suite 210 Wetumpka, AL 36092


3 tbsp. butter ¾ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon black pepper


8 oz. (2 cups) dry macaroni 3 cups grated Cheddar cheese 4 cups milk (whole or 2%)



3 cups all-purpose flour 6 eggs 8 oz. Land-o-lakes canola oil spread or butter 3 cups granulated sugar


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Melt butter in 9X13 inch baking dish. Stir in salt and pepper. Stir in macaroni. Stir in 2 ½ cups cheese. Top with remaining cheese. Pour milk over cheese/macaroni mixture. Bake uncovered at 325 degrees for 1 hour until most of milk is adsorbed in center of dish.

8 oz. sour cream (not reduced fat) ¼ teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoons pure flavoring (vanilla, lemon, almond, or orange)

Kay Dobbs, Wetumpka, AL

METHOD Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees. Separate egg yolks from whites. Put yolks in a small bowl, beat lightly with a fork and set aside. Put egg whites in a large bowl and beat with mixer until whites are fluffy and stiff. In another large mixing bowl, put sugar and land-o-lakes canola oil spread and beat until creamy. Add baking soda to the sour cream then add sour cream to the bowl of egg yolks. Add yolks, sour cream, baking soda mixture to the large bowl of creamed sugar mixture. Continue beating until sugar is melted. Slowly add 3 cups of flour to this mixture beating continuously. When all flour is mixed in and smooth, slowly add stiff egg white. When smooth and creamy add 2 teaspoons of pure flavoring.


2 cups all-purpose flour ¼ teaspoon baking soda ¼ cup canola oil (i use Land-olakes canola oil spread melted)

3 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup plain yogurt


Pour cake batter into a large bundt pan that you have sprayed with non-stick baking spray. Bake at 300 degrees for approximately 1 ½ hours till a tooth pick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Usually takes full 1 ½ hours. Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes then removed from pan onto a cooling rack. Let cool completely before cutting. Can be sliced and frozen.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Add oil and yogurt and mix well. Place dough on a board and knead until smooth then roll out to 1-inch thickness and cut round biscuits using a cookie cutter. OR make round balls about 2-inches in diameter and place on a cookie sheet and flatten slightly. Place biscuits on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until brown on top. Serve hot. Yields: 12 servings.

Kay Dobbs, Wetumpka, AL

Kay Dobbs, Wetumpka, AL

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Pet of the Week – Lucy Lucy is 9 1/2 yrs old Beagle mix lady who is as sweet as she can be, great with other dogs and has that classic Beagle ‘bay’ that hound fans just love. She likes being with her family though needs some help in regards to house-training. Lucy still has many years of love to give and deserves to be a valued member of a family.

Our ADOPTION fees are $100 for dogs & $50 for cats under one-year-old; cats over one-year-old can be adopted by approved adopters for a fee of their choosing. This adoption fee completely covers the mandatory spay or neuter, basic immunizations, de-worming, microchip, heartworm check for dogs, rabies vaccination if old enough, free health exam with your participating veterinarian. We are open for adoptions Mon–Fri 10-5 & Sat 9-3.

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Wetumpka Gazette Special Issue

october 2016

Wetumpka’s Own Coffee A Healthy Choice! Life is what we make it and coffee helps make it a little better. Especially Gourmet Coffee! Coffee is one of our favorite beverages. Approximately 65 percent of Americans start their mornings with a cup of ‘joe’ and the average American drinks up to three cups per day.

Keith Holley shown in Frankies Sweet Shoppe with his Stewart’s Coffee.

What makes Stewart’s Coffeehouse special? • Hand picked beans • Lower acid content • “Loose pack” - Special packings allows air to reduce and preserves taste and quality. Checkout the front of the bag. • Roasted by a Birmingham company with over 50 years experience. Check out these different blends that are offered in whole bean or ground:

Slapout Decaf Coosa River Blend Pumpkin Spice Crater Dark Roast

617 S. Main Street, Wetumpka, AL 36092

Keith invites you to come by and taste for yourself!

(Sounds like Elmore County to me.) Don’t forget Frankies’ fabulous new menu! I had a meal recently at Frankies and it was one of the best meals I have had in a long time. I eat out every work day in all different restaurants, deli’s, fast food, etc. It is nice to sit down in a neat tucked away deli where you are surrounded by smiles of friendly people, good food, and a great atmosphere. Service was great...food was delicious. I had the Trio Salad which consists of Chicken Salad/Tuna Salad/Pimento Cheese. (Meals include your choice of pasta salad, chips, fruit and cheese cubes, or pickles.)

FRESH: Expresso - Cappuccino - Frappuccino - Coffee - Chicken Salad - Casseroles - Cakes - Cupcakes and Cookies

LUNCH MENU: Chicken Salad (Celery or Grape & Pecan or Plain) Tuna Salad (Croissant, Whole wheat, Wrap, or Bed of Lettuce w/crackers. Gourmet Club - Ham, Turkey, Bacon Lettuce & Tomato

Roast Beef - Croissant or Whole Wheat Wrap Spicy Buffalo Chicken Wrap - (Chicken, Shredded Lettuce & Cheese, Hot Wing Sauce & Ranch) Trio Salad- Chicken Salad/Tuna Salad/ Pimento Cheese w/crackers

Delivery - 10 meals or more. Call us to cater your next event!

The Holley Family Celebrates 50 Years of Service at the Boys Store in Slapout N O W the New Piggly Wiggly.

334-478-4916 We believe in giving our community the: Best Service! Best Quality! Fair Pricing! WHY? Because we live here!

Stewart’s Coffee 9985 HOLTVILLE ROAD WETUMPKA, AL 36092

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