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TABLE OF CONTENTS STAR NEWS TEAM Michele Gerlach | publisher Kendra Bolling | magazine designer Andrew Garner | sports editor and photographer Blake Bell | news editor Ruck Ashworth | ad manager Erin Johnson | ad designer Jill Prevett | marketing consultant Mollie Riley | marketing consultant

The way we work says a lot about the community in which we live.

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Time was when almost everybody in the Andalusia area was connected to somebody who worked at Alatex. The company operated on River Falls Street from 1929 until 1992. The approximately 1,500 employees in Andalusia produced more than 120,000 dress shirts per week, or more than 5 million per year. The traveling Smithsonian exhibit The Way We Worked, which was in Andalusia earlier this year, inspired us to compare the way we worked then to the way we work now. While the number of local textile employees dwindled as companies moved offshore, Covington County is still home to Shaw Industries, which makes polypropylene yarn for carpet manufacturing, and American Apparel, which makes military apparel. Shaw operates three shifts and has an estimated 1,324 local employees. American Apparel, which is in the process of reopening, expects to have 200 employees in Opp. Forestry and agriculture-related businesses affect more than 4,000 local jobs. We also have manufacturing, service industries, and those who work hard at volunteer jobs, or at being students. Local workers are recognized in economic development circles for their strong work ethics. To them, The Star-News pays tribute with this year’s Profile edition. -The Star-News Team

WHAT’S INSIDE: the attraction game

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forty-one years in the factory

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red chair tours

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the way we work two

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resident scorekeeper

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all-natural medicine

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man behind the printing

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a young marksman

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exceedingly extraordinary

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vivacious volunteers

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a whole new world

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runnin’ for a reason

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innovative entrepreneur

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n February, Covington County’s workforce was 14,508 strong. Those people earned their living in agriculture and forestry-related businesses; in education; in manufacturing; in retail; and in service industries. And city and county leaders are constantly working to ensure more jobs; more retail; more things that make working here more attractive. “First, you’ve got to keep what you’ve got,” Mayor Earl Johnson said. “There’s more to be gained by growing local industries than by getting new ones here. “Secondly, you’ve got to have a plan to attract more.” At present, the city’s plan includes aggressively targeting industries for which we have a labor force. “It wouldn’t make sense for me to go after a rocket engineering company,” he said. “We don’t have the labor force to support it. We have to look at what we

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have, what we can get people trained to do in a reasonable amount of time, and what training resources we do have.” The city has identified automotive industries, aerospace industries, and ag and forestry related industries as prime prospects for this area. But, Johnson said, at the same time, you have to be able to react to those that show up unexpectedly. The State of Alabama, as well as utility companies, actively court businesses, too, and often bring people to the community when they think there might be a fit. “We have to have an overall state of mind of a proactive, aggressive approach,” he said. With that in mind, Johnson said, the other piece of attracting more jobs is making the community attractive to decision makers. “When I say preparing the community, I’m not just talking about industrial parks, and water and sewerage

capacity,” he said. “I’m talking about quality of life things that define us, like education, like health care. “Part of being attractive to businesses is having restaurants, entertainment venues and housing available,” he said. Rick Clifton, Covington County Economic Development Commission president, said economic development is a long game that’s built on relationships. “If you look at Airbus’s decision to locate in Alabama, that came from relationships built over a period of about nine years,” he said. “As they fought to get tanker contracts, and had several setbacks, Alabama and Mobile never disengaged. It was an ongoing relationship built over time.” Building those relationships means both being a good host, and traveling to meet people on their own turf. “A lot of people question the travel,” Clifton said. “But you have to go there to build the relationship.” Johnson cited the example of Dothan Mayor Mike


THE WAY WE WORK • Ag/Forestry and related jobs – 4,369 • Shaw Industries – 1,324 • PowerSouth – 600 • SITEL – 504 • Education – 824 • Wal-mart – 328 • Andalusia Regional Hospital – 311 • Mizell Memorial Hospital – 235

PRESENT DAY Left: Andalusia was big in the textile industry for years, but that has slowly changed. Above: Today, industries such as SaeHaeSung, an automotive supplier, are among the larger employers in the county.

• City of Andalusia – 228 • H.T. Hackney – 182

INDUSTRY-STYLE Schmitz, who last week announced the location of a Chinese company in his city. The company will employ five. “Five jobs,” Johnson said. “He made four or five trips to China to get those five jobs. We’ve made five trips to Korea and gotten 200 jobs.” Conferences and trade shows are good ways to build those relationships, Clifton said. “The people you want to talk with are going to be there, and you sometimes meet connections that lead to other connections.” A favorite story is of going to a reception at a conference and randomly sitting next to someone who provides contract labor for Vector Aerospace. The conversation led to a letter of sup-

port from the company regarding the need for more local housing. It takes time, he said, adding that economic development is a process, not an event. “You’ve got to have a lot of hooks in the water to catch that big fish,” Clifton said. Clifton said he, too, has targeted industries that fit for the county, and it happens to be the industries that are the state’s focus, too. “The state has targeted a number of industries that apply to our county,” Clifton said. “A lot apply to our county.” Forestry, automotive suppliers, and aviation top the list, and the state is making a big push to attract chemical

companies. “So you’ve got all of that along with general manufacturing,’ he said. “You have to evaluate your resources, and determine which companies to go after.” Clifton also agreed that working with existing industry can help grow those industries and develop prospects. Both Johnson and Clifton agreed that the thing that would most help them in their quest is more housing. Johnson said having nice apartments would be the biggest help. “We’ve lost projects in the past because we didn’t have enough housing,” Clifton said. “We’re shooting for more housing now.”

• SaeHaeSung – 150 • Molded Fiber Glass Alabama – 108 • Vector Aerospace – 101 • Andalusia Distributing – 100 • Covington Electric - 82 • Huhtamaki (formerly Paris Packaging) - 48 Sources:Alatex History; Covington County Economic Development Commission; U.S. Census, Alabama Cooperative Extension System


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he community in which we work is filled with all sorts of people who work an array of jobs. We ventured out and caught them doing their jobs.

1) You never know who might show up during the overnight shift at Huddle House. Crystal Farmer would know. She’s been waiting tables for 20 years, at a number of different Huddle Houses, and most recently in Andalusia; 2) Samurai’s Mr. Kim is both hibachi chef and entertainer. Kim, who has been with Samurai for three years, has more than 20 years experience as a chef; 3) If you need any advice with money, Leslie Corbell is the financial adviser to call. For the past two years, Corbell has been loaning and collecting money, and advising her clients at One Main Financial. 4) Master Cosmetologist Rhonda Lawson has been in the business for 15 years. Like many in Covington County, she worked at Andala, Judy Bond and Manhattan sewing factories before they closed. 5) Dr. James Barton said he always knew he wanted to be a doctor. Barton said the interest to become an optometrist grew during a summer at the University of Alabama Rural Health Scholars Program, and because his family had a history of bad vision. 6) Kali Ossenfort, who waits tables at 2 Guys Pies said waitressing is something she’s been doing for eight years. “I like talking to people,” she said.“I really like my job. It keeps me moving. If I don’t keep moving, I go stir crazy.” 7) Long-time Andalusia High School basketball coach Richard Robertson is known for keeping his players in line and has become a legend in the community.

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PROFILE 2014 ROSALYN TILLER

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Tiller was part of the way most worked for 41 years hen it comes to the way we work in Andalusia, Rosalyn Tiller can tell you all you need to know, primarily because of the 48 years she spent on the job here in town. From her 41 years spent at Alatex Inc., to nearly a decade at the Covington County Courthouse, Tiller was part of the workforce that kept Andalusia rolling from the mid-1940s right on into the 21st Century. “I started at Alatex in 1947,” Tiller said. “I was 22 and (World War II) had just ended.” Tiller, a Brewton native reared in Andalusia, said even though many women were returning home from jobs following the war, she chose to keep working. “I enjoyed it, but my husband was in bad health, so I had to work,” she said. “Then, Alatex was the life of Andalusia.” And Tiller said her job at the dress-shirt manufacturer, along with her husband and young daughter, was her life too.

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“It took eight operations to make a single shirt,” she said. “All of those assembly lines working, and I stitched the cuffs of the shirts. Back then, you got paid by production, so you had to produce to make money.” Tiller said she adjusted quickly to her role in the manufacturing process, but was soon taking on new challenges with the company. “The next rung of the ladder for me was working as a service operator,” she said. “I did that for four years, for 35-to-40-cents an hour, and I had 32 operators I had to service. I loved it.” From 1951 to 1953, Tiller said she worked for Melvin Faulkner in a new department companies all over the nation were seeing implemented. “I was his secretary in quality control,” she said. “Back then, quality was a big deal. It was all that mattered. That’s not really the case anymore.” Tiller said she took a brief break from Alatex in 1953, with the arrival of her second child, Norman.

“I went back to work in 1956 in the personnel department, getting paid monthly then,” she said. “We had 1,200 employees at that point. I worked in that for 20 years.” In 1976, Tiller once again found herself in a new department, this time in the switchboard office. “It was very interesting,” she said. “You really had to be thinking about what you were doing.” Tiller said she thought about just that every day for the next 14 years, and spoke to people, and made friends, around the world in the process. “I talked to Chicago and New York and Honduras and Puerto Rico,” she said. “In fact, there was a lady in Honduras that just kind of fell in love with me. She always said if she came to the U.S., she was going to come see me. She never got to, but when the upper people from Honduras came to visit, they came down continued on page 12

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PROFILE 2014 LAURA OSWALD

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Local B&B becomes part of national tour weet Gum Bottom Bed and Breakfast innkeepers Laura and Ricky Oswald recently hosted a special guest for three days. “Red Chair” stopped in Covington County on a whirlwind trip across the country, popping in at B&Bs along the way. At the conclusion of “Red’s” trip, a coffee table book about her travels will be published. The journey began after a Cape Cod innkeeper, Beth Colt, posted a picture of the red chair on a frozen pond in Woods Hole in the winter of 2011. Across the country, it caught the eye of a California photographer who was inspired to visit the Woods Hole Inn in the off season. The photographer, Julie Cromer, asked to borrow the chair. She photographed it on the beach in winter, and a project was born. Last year, the red chair traveled all over New England. This year, the chair is crossing the United States and will be delivered to the Cromer this spring.

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When the Oswalds learned of the cross-country adventure, they were invited to apply to be a stop. Sweet Gum Bottom, along with three other Alabama B&Bs, were included on the Red tour. “There were only four selected in the state of Alabama out of 50 possibilities to feature ‘Red’ on his visit,” Mrs. Oswald said. “We were one of the lucky four.” Others were Mistletoe Bough in Alexander City, Red Bluff Cottage in Montgomery and Kate Shepard House in Mobile. “Red” arrived from Montgomery and was chauffeured to Mobile on the third day. Mrs. Oswald – writing in “Red’s” voice, chronicled the local visit in her blog. Stops on Day 1 included Gantt Lake, a pecan grove, and the Three Notch Museum. “Red” got a tour of the chapel at Sweet Gum Bottom and posed wearing a wedding train with a man she met, “Black Chair.”

On Day 2, “Red” went to Boggs and Boulders, then stopped to visit the allegedly haunted old Covington County Jail, as well as Magnolia Cemetery. Day 3, “Red” was on to Mobile. “We were required to professionally photograph ‘Red’s’ involvement in five local attractions or activities and to showcase our city, county and state,” Mrs. Oswald said. “We had a fantastic time on each of our adventures and we had a very patient and creative photographer, Bruce Fizzell. He did a wonderful job capturing the feeling of a visitor.” The Oswalds opened Sweet Gum Bottom in 2001. The B&B has four guest suites all with private baths, beautiful grounds, a wedding chapel and reception center. The Oswalds also cater. “We are blessed to be chosen by a lot of brides as continued next page

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to my office to see me.” But Tiller said the job wasn’t all about chatting with other companies. “I’ll never forget one lady called in and she wanted to speak to the dark-haired lady that worked upstairs,” Tiller said with a chuckle. “Well, it was a five-story building. I didn’t know who she could be talking about.” Tiller said her time with the company came to an end in 1989, when she opted for early retirement at the age of 63, but said she soon found herself looking for work again. “Six years later my grandson turned 16, and he was ready to drive a car,” she said. “I couldn’t buy one off my retirement, so I decided to look for a part-time job. I prayed about it, because I believe in talking to the Lord, Buddy, it works.” Tiller said God was listening, and she soon found continued from previous page

their wedding venue,” Mrs. Oswald said. “We average several weddings a month. We laugh because we never know the days and times that brides will choose to have their ceremony. We have them all days of the

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herself working as a secretary in the juvenile court division of the Covington County Courthouse. “They called it youth services back then,” she said. “I worked there for seven years. I started out at 20 hours a week, and then got bumped up to 32. I ended up working 40 hours a week for the state.” Tiller retired again in 2002, and while she admits the workforce, along with the world, changed dramatically over the years of her working life, she says people in Andalusia remained the same. “I think I only ran across one person at Alatex that wasn’t nice to me,” she said. “I loved all of it.” And while Alatex is no longer in business, Tiller said she still visits her former co-workers at the courthouse.” “I was the grandmother of the courthouse, and I can still go over there today and they know me,” she said. In fact, Tiller still makes trips to her old office several times a year for a very specific reason. “When I was there Trippy McGuire and all of them

would come over and I would cook a meal and lunch for them. I still make them a bunny rabbit-shaped cake for Easter and carry it over. I try to make a pumpkinshaped cake at Halloween.” But when she isn’t baking, Tiller said she stays busy doing other work for the community that she has served for decades. “I still drive,” she said. “So, I’ll drive ladies who can’t get around to the doctor or the pharmacy, and I’m really active in my church.” And no matter how much the world may change, Tiller said it is that spirit of volunteerism and community that was, and still is, how we work in Andalusia. Tiller and her late husband, Charles Carey Tiller, are the parents of two children, the late Elaine Tiller Wiley and Norman Carey Tiller. They are the grandparents of two; the great-grandparents of five; and the great-great grandparents of two.

week and all times of the day. Our earliest wedding that we have ever done was 7 a.m. That’s right…in the morning! It was beautiful!” Sweet Gum Bottom and its innkeepers have received numerous awards, state and nationwide. Arrington’s Bed and Breakfast Journal named Sweetgum

Bottom the “best breakfast in the Southeast, as well as No. 5 in America for the best B&B. The Top 10 Bed and Breakfasts has also named Sweet Gum Bottom among the top 10 inns in Alabama.


loved it,” said Jake Henderson of his job in the cotton mill. “My job at the cotton mill was not fun, but I loved providing for my family, and I loved being with all my friends as we suffered through the hard times together. I even still have dreams about them and the work that we did together.” Jake Henderson

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lacks had to enter through the back doors of the places they worked. The only way you could go through the front door was if you were going to sweep the sidewalks. I didn’t sweep sidewalks, so that caused conflicts.” Minnie Ola Shakespeare

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Students document history of local work

fter it was announced that the Smithsonian’s The Way We Worked traveling exhibit would be in Andalusia in 2014, many projects were planned to document the way we worked in Covington County. Linda Kyle led one of those projects. Kyle, who before her retirement was well known as the teacher who made students “become” someone in a biography they read for her annual Living History event, took on the task of getting local biographies written. She worked with every high school in Covington County, and collected 125 essays by Andalusia, Straughn, Red Level, Pleasant Home and Opp high school students. The essays were so good, that she set out to get them published. The result is “Threads: Essays about the Way We Worked in Covington County,” which is available for $10 at the Andalusia Area Chamber of Commerce. The book also includes a collection of historic photos from the collection of Bob Brooks and Henry Kinsey.

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THE WAY WE WORK spotted on the job 1) PowerSouth employees Keith Lynch (L), substation crewleader, and Donnie Pitts, substation technician, contribute to ensuring PowerSouth’s transmission infrastructure reliably provides power to 20 distribution members in Alabama and northwest Florida. 2) Devon Coon refuels a small training helicopter at South Alabama Regional Airport. Coon has been refueling helicopters for five years and said it’s rewarding to be able to do this line of work every day. 3) Dairy Queen’s shift leader Margaret Kilpatrick smiles while handing out an order. 4) Master mechanic Kenny Brown has worked on cars for the last 33 years. He’s the head mechanic at Dalton Tire and Auto. 5)With a warm smile on her face, Regions bank teller Michelle Dean welcomes a customer and gets right to it. Dean has been a teller at Regions in Andalusia for four years. 6) SaeHaeSung employee Tony Parker works this week at the facility. 7) A helicopter takes off from South Alabama Regional Airport.

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PROFILE 2014 JUDY GODWIN

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SCOREKEEPER Godwin has volunteered at PHS for nearly 3 decades

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ith her glasses halfway down her nose and pencil in hand, Judy Godwin never breaks her gaze from what’s unfolding in front of her eyes inside of the Frank Ray Garner Gymnasium at Pleasant Home. For more than 27 years, Godwin has been keeping up with who scores and when for the Eagles boys and girls basketball teams. It’s something that she says has been such a pleasure and joy to do for the school. “I sort of just fell into it,” Godwin said. “All of our kids played ball. I have four of them. We knew we were going to be there. I am at every game of any kind that my kids and grandkids play. We knew we were going to be there — it’s just something I enjoy doing, and I’ve always liked basketball.” Godwin grew up in Homer, La., a small town in the northern part of the state. The school she attended was a small school like PHS. She grew up in a basketball

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family. “If you could shoot, you got to be a forward, and if you couldn’t shoot, you could be a guard,” she said, recalling those days. “I was a guard. I grew up with basketball, and I’ve always loved it.” That’s why getting the opportunity to keep score for PHS, a traditional basketball school, was a natural fit for her. Godwin, who volunteers her time, said when PHS coach Jerry Davis first started his coaching years at the school, he was surprised that she was so willing to keep score for the team. “I introduced myself to him before basketball even started and I said, ‘I’m Judy Godwin, I just wanted you to know that I’m your scorekeeper for basketball,’” she said. “Bless him, he looked at me thinking what are you telling me this for? I said, ‘I’ve been doing this for a long and I love it.’ I said, ‘So, I’m just telling you I’m it, and if you don’t want me, you’re

going to have to fire me.’ “Up to this point, nobody has had the nerve to do it,” she quipped. “He looked at me and said, ‘Lady, I’ve never had anybody volunteer for it.’” This past basketball season at PHS, Godwin had three grandchildren playing ball for the Eagles. She said now they expect her to be at their games. “Some kids say I don’t want my mom and daddy at the ball games, that they make them nervous,” she said. “I’ve never understood that. I was always afraid they were going to get hurt.” Not only does she go to each and every basketball game, Godwin attends any sport in which her grands participate. When asked what the best part of keeping score is, Godwin said it’s just being there for the kids. “I love to be there to watch my kids, but it helps me continued next page

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know the other kids, too,” Godwin said. “It gives me an opportunity to be familiar with the other kids, unless they go to church with me. I’m a people person, anyway. I like to get out and do things. It’s just a real good outlet.”

In her more than 27-year career as a scorekeeper, Godwin has watched around 11 members of her family play sports for the Eagles. In the end, faith and family have been the most important parts of her job. “If you try to get your priorities straight, you always got to get God

first,” Godwin said. “Family has always been second. For us, it’s been everything.” Godwin is married to Bill, and has three daughters — Kristi Powell, Leigh (Eugene) Powell, Gabrielle Baldwin — and one son, Steve. The grandchildren she’s watched play

are Joshua Godwin, Taylor Godwin and Cassidy Godwin; Haydn Powell, Garrett Powell, Ethan Powell and Chelsea Powell; Jared and Kaleb Powell; River Baldwin, and Hunter, who is in the fourth grade.

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profile 2014 THOMAS EASLEY

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hen it comes to how people work, few in south Alabama do it quite like Thomas Easley. Part author, part teacher and part consultant – Easley wears a variety of hats in a career that centers around herbs and their many uses. “The most important thing that I do, is we try to educate people and try to help them make better dietary and lifestyle choices so they can improve their health,” Easley said. “People should be responsible for their own health problems, and to do that, you have to be educated. The majority of my job is talking to people and getting them to recognize in their lives what is causing their problems.” Many times, Easley says the use of herbs, either as a

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treatment or as a supplement to conventional medical treatments, can help with medical problems ranging from minor irritations to serious conditions. In fact, this year Easley has added published author to his resume with the publication of “Modern Herbal Medicine,” which he cowrote with fellow herbalist Steven Horne. And while Easley says herbs do not provide any “magic pill” treatments, they do offer some common-sense answers and options for many issues. But the Andalusia native and Pleasant Home School graduate is also accessible in person for local residents, with offices in both Andalusia and Pace, Fla. Easley said his career as an herbalist is broad, allowing him to help

people in a number of ways. “I have an herb school with both online and live classes out of my Andalusia office right next to All Is Well (health food store in Andalusia),” Easley said. In fact, Easley said two other herbalists and graduates of his own school, Cheryl Fuller Stone, and his wife Terrie Easley, also work from the space on East Three Notch Street. While Easley says he performs many roles as a general herbalist, he added that the road to reaching his current continued next page

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position was one of understanding a generations-old practice. “I started this when I was 14 years old,” he said. “I had a twin sister that got sick and doctors couldn’t figure out how to fix her, and herbalists did. It intrigued me that these specialists and doctors with decades of experience couldn’t figure out something simple, and this back-woods herbalists did.” Before long, Easley said his entire family was benefiting from the use of herbs. “An herbalist helped my mom out with some health problems, and we had no clue what herbs were back then,” he said. “Within a year, this herbalist had helped several members of my family, so my mom opened up a little herb shop in Florala. On the weekends, this herbalist would come in and I spent about five years with her, just learning.” Just out of high school, Easley said he opened his first health food store in Andalusia at the age of 19. “I opened up my little health food store, and quickly realized there was a lot more to learn. So, I started training with other herbalists. I realized that it was something

that I enjoyed, and that I was good at it.” What ensued, he said, was years of seeking the knowledge of other herbalists, a task not easily accomplished in southern Alabama. “I did it the old-fashioned route, which is apprenticeship,” Easley said. “There wasn’t a good, formal school nearby when I was training. The biggest schools were in Portland and Washington state. I did five years with my first teacher, one or two weekends a month. Some of it was hands on; some self-taught. Just finding people smarter than me, and asking if I could learn from them is how I did it.” Easley said it was actually because of his training that he met his now-wife, and fellow herbalist, Terrie. “I met my wife through my first herb teacher, who also is a brilliant matchmaker,” he said. “My first teacher in Birmingham owned a little herb store. She’s been in practice 30-plus years. She’s really active in her church. She is a church matchmaker. She always would joke when I see her, she’d say, ‘Thomas, are you ready for me to pray you up a wife?’” Before long, Easley said she introduced him to Terrie through an herbal class he taught monthly in Birmingham. The cou-

ple has now been married for a year-and-ahalf and share a love for, as well as careers in, herbal medicine. “Herbalists can either be generalists or specialists,” he said. “One of her areas of interest is in skin health. She also is just a trained generalist. She can do any aspect, she’s just especially good at skin issues.” With his “practice” touching almost every aspect of his life, Easley said it feels natural to teach, write, talk about and generally live the field of herbal medicine, adding much of the applications employ common-sense methods people often take for granted.

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PROFILE 2014 CHRIS LOVE

man behind

THE PRINTING Veteran pressman enjoys putting ink to paper

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e knows the smell of ink far too well, and after a long night’s work he may well have ink from head to toe, but Chris Love loves

his job. The 17-year Star-News veteran began his career in the mailroom while in college at LBWCC and has climbed his way up the ladder. The then-shooting guard for the Saints came to Andalusia on a basketball scholarship after his Autaugaville Eagles won the 1995 Class 1A State basketball championship, and his method for “making the paper” changed. Most nights, Love works until the wee hours of the morning, making sure the paper gets printed. After working at the paper for two years, he had the opportunity to become a press assistant, where he caught papers as they rolled off the press for two or three years. During this time, he learned about operating the

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press and eventually moved up to pressman. Around 2003, Love was promoted to lead pressman, a position he’s held ever since. Love said he enjoys the job because it’s a great working environment, and like most in the newspaper business, his routine is ever changing. On a typical night, Love can print up to six different papers on location in Andalusia and prints 22-23 papers each week. He’s responsible for printing The Andalusia StarNews, The Troy Messenger, The Brewton Standard, The Atmore Advance, The Elba Clipper, The Graceville News, and an assortment of other publications. “When I first get here, I check to see what different papers are printing, how many they need and if any of them have been uploaded,” he said. With the exception of the Star-News, pdf files of the other papers are uploaded to an FTP site in

which Love downloads, checks pages numbers and to see if the pages show up properly before making plates in order to print the papers. In late 2012, the Star-News made an upgrade that cut the plate process time in half, Love said. The new platemaker now takes about 20 minutes to process an entire paper, where the previous system took 30-45 minutes, depending on the paper. “Then I have to set the press, change paper rolls and put on the ink,” he said. Currently, Love is the lone pressman at the paper, but with the new system, he’s still getting the papers out at the same time, he said. The amount of time it takes to print a paper varies per paper. “To print a paper with 3,000 copies, it takes about 20 minutes,” Love said. continued next page


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On Tuesday nights, of the six papers Love prints, the smallest number he prints is 1,500 and the largest is 12,000. Love said he enjoys printing in color.

“I love to see how the different photos turn out,” he said. “I want it to look the best possible. If I’m printing something, it has my name on it. I want it to look the best.” Although Love is an imperative piece of the puzzle, he’s not quick to take a lot of credit.

“I always say there’s no ‘I’ in team,” he said. “It takes our whole staff to make a masterpiece, and to make a great product.” Love is married to Courtney and he has three children, Coreshia, 15, Cammeyun, 9, and Cadariyus, 7.

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“I had a great experience there” For the most part, Kelley Griggs had a great pregnancy. Then, at 35 weeks, her blood pressure went up. “I had pre-eclampsia,” she said. “I was really scared.” But Kelley said she and her husband, Barry, couldn’t have asked for better care and attention than they received in the Birthing Center at Andalusia Regional Hospital. The nurses, and especially Birthing Center nurse Tracy Cagle, were caring and attentive. “Tracy was like an angel,” Kelley said. “She had such a calming effect, and that made everything better.” Baby Syler Beck Griggs weighed 4 pounds and 13 ounces when Dr. Browning delivered her by C-Section at ARH. “I freaked out again, because Dr. Browning had told me I was having a 7 pound baby,” Kelley said. “But my blood pressure had cut off the blood flow to the placenta and she actually lost weight.” From the time she was induced, to the time she had a section, until she left the hospital with her tiny newborn, Kelley said the staff in the Birthing Center was reassuring and helpful. “They told me so many things about taking care of a baby that small,” she said. “If you are here, it make sense to have your baby in Andalusia,” Kelley said. “I had a great experience there.”


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Covington County is: Rural yet progressive Quiet yet active Small yet accessible Covington County offers: Quality educational systems –– Quality healthcare – Mild gulf climate Stable labor force – Low taxes – Strong and growing economy South Alabama Regional Airport – Moderate real estate prices Recreational and cultural opportunities To see what Covington County can do for you or your business, call us at (334) 428-2610 Covington County Commission P.O. Box 188 – Andalusia, AL 36420

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profile 2014 TY COBB

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ith a firm grip on his Glock 17 .9-caliber pistol, Ty Cobb draws and brings it into his chest and pushes out from the center, all the while aiming straight ahead on his next target. This fluid and mechanical motion is one the Straughn Middle School seventh grader uses often at matches, where he competes with older and more experienced shooters. Cobb, 13, got started in his craft when he was 11 years old. “My dad (Shannon), heard about it and looked it up,” Cobb said about the matches. “Then, I went to my first match at the Tri-State Gun Club, near Daleville. That was my first open match.” Unfortunately, Cobb finished last in the tournament, but was optimistic about his finish. “Hey, you’ve got to start somewhere,” he said. Cobb started shooting a gun when he was just a

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toddler. In fact, with the help of his dad, Ty pulled his first trigger at 3 years old. He gradually started shooting bigger guns when he was 6-7, but stayed with his favorite, the pistol. Fast-forward to when he was 11, Cobb said he remembers the first time he felt the recoil from a handgun. “It was a little bit jarring,” he said. “Now, I manage the recoil like it’s nothing.” Shannon said shooting in matches isn’t about combat. “This is a game,” he said. “You just use pistols to shoot at targets.” During the third weekend of February, Ty and Shannon traveled to compete in the 2014 Florida Open Pistol Shooting Championship, where they were up against shooters from around the world. Shannon finished in 77th place, while Ty finished 94th.

At the championship, shooters are split up into four-man teams. Ty was the only youth on his team. When asked when he thought he started getting good at shooting silhouetted targets, Ty said it was during a match in Daleville. He finished 15th out of 22 at that particular match. Nowadays, Shannon and Ty compete in matches together in a four-city circuit. During all of these events, safety is a big issue. “This is not a realistic training sport,” Shannon said. For the rest of the year, Cobb is set to compete in eight more matches. When asked why he loves the sport so much, Ty said it’s a matter of preference. “Other people love football, baseball and basketball,” he said. “I love shooting.” Cobb is the son of Shannon Cobb and Nikki Adams of Antioch.


PROFILE 2014 TAJ PATEL

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EXTRAORDINARY Straughn’s Patel rises above the class academically

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ntelligent. Smart.Good with numbers. These are a few words and phrases that best describe Straughn Elementary School third grader Taj

Patel. At the wee age of 2, Patel said he started noticing he was pretty intelligent. “When I was 2, probably,” Patel said in a small, but clear voice. Taj’s father, Neil, said he started getting him to read at a young age by throwing colorful rubber ABCs at him while he was still in diapers. “I’d say go spell ‘CAT,’ and he’d go spell cat,” Neil said. From there, Taj’s intelligence began to grow. Now, as a 9 year old, Patel is a part of the gifted program at SES and is also in the American Mensa program, which is an organization for anyone who scores in the top 2 percent of the general population on one of the more than 200 standardized intelligence tests.

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STORY, PHOTO | ANDREW GARNER Patel scored a 147 out of 150 on his IQ test for his age, and his father signed him up for Mensa late last year. Not only can he read at the seventh grade level according to school counselors, Patel’s math skill is also in the seventh grade. “That’s pretty strong,” his father said. Taj can compute double-digit multiplication tables in his head, which is no easy feat to a normal 9 year old. When asked to total 57 times 35, Patel came up with the answer not a few seconds later. “It is… 1995,” he said. “It takes a little while for me, depending on how big it is.” As far as reading is concerned, Taj will read just about anything that’s put in front of him. His favorite books are a toss up between the Harry Potter and Hunger Games novels. Additionally, Taj won the accelerated readers competition at SES.

“He’s going to try to do it again, but we’ll see,” Neil said. Taj said he likes the HP and HG books because they’re good books, adding that HP has a lot of fantasy inside of it that he likes. “They’re good books to read,” he said. “It’s just the wizardry and all the funny stuff they do. It’s cool.” Taj also likes the Harry Potter movies, too, preferring to see them in the crystal clear Blu-Ray format. “He likes the clarity,” Neil said. In addition to being a smart student at SES, Taj plays the piano and participates in karate at the USA Gym in Andalusia. He’s looking to get his black belt next year. When asked where gets his smarts from, Taj said from both of his parents. “That was a good answer,” Neil quipped. Patel is the son of Neil and Binita Patel. Additionally, he has one younger brother, Dhilan.


PROFILE 2014 ALLI RIDDLE

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perience.” lli Riddle was think- takes a little longer. “These girls are a breath of The Andalusia High School ing about her grandsenior said talking to the ladies fresh air to our residents,” mother when first King, the activity director, she’s met “reminds me of my she had the idea. said. “They look forward to granny.” “She had recently passed “I can’t spend time with her, them coming.” away,” Alli recalled. “She was Alli plans to enroll in LBW so I visit with these lovely in the nursing home. She alCommunity ways had her College next hair done, but year. She hasn’t nobody ever chosen a career did her nails.” path, but said After her after spending friends, time at SavanCheyenne nah Terrace, Hortin and she’s considerHolly Majors ing options that agreed that volwould allow her unteering to to work with provide that senior adults. service was a Cheyene, who good idea, Alli is 16, is a sophwalked in to omore who is Savannah Terrace and asked Cheyenne Hortin and Holley Majors work to give a Savan- home schooled. She plans to be an activity director nah Terrace resident a manicure. accountant and Michele King how has the personality to fit her she could make her plan work. ladies,” she said. “They are plan: She’s the organized one. full of wisdom, and they alAnd Nails for Nanas was born. Her friends immediately ways make me laugh.” Alli, Cheyenne and Holly turned to her for Q-Tips and Cheyenne said she immedivisit Savannah Terrace every cotton balls because she does ately agreed when she heard other week, arriving with their Alli’s idea. She has an aunt, details. own supplies and treating any- Martha Parrish, who lives at Holly, 15, is a freshman at one who’s interested in having Savannah Terrace, and has enAHS. She’s involved in band, her nails done. yearbook staff and 4-H, and joyed spending time with her At first, it took about an thinks she’d like a career in and others. hour and a half each visit, Alli the arts. Holly agreed. said. All three attend Hopewell “I just like doing stuff for “But then we got to know Baptist Church. other people,” she said. “It’s them, and talking, and now it definitely been a learning ex-


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PROFILE 2014 ROMANE GUILLEMYN

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omane Guillemyn is discovering a new world. Guillemyn, 18, a foreign exchange student who is studying at Straughn High School, is from Belgium. Ever since she’s been in South Alabama, she’s learned a whole lot about herself and other people. The SHS senior came to be in the United States through International Cultural Exchange Services (ICES), an American-based foreign exchange student program based in Atlanta that works to find host families in the U.S. for students to live and study abroad. Guillemyn has been living and studying here since August 2013, and is here on a language arts scholarship. She said it took a lot to get through all of the paperwork of the ICES program. In fact, Guillemyn can speak four languages, including her native French, some Dutch and German, along with English. She’s learning a fifth language — Spanish.

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STORY, PHOTO | ANDREW GARNER To apply for her language arts scholarship, she had to prove she could speak Dutch. “It’s a lot of work and it’s hard to get through all of this stuff,” she said. “I had to pass a bunch of tests. It was more languages. I had to prove I knew a language from my country. So, I picked Dutch.” Other than learning a new language, Guillemyn has been taking in the culture that comes with living in South Alabama. She said she’s seen a “different side of America.” “What we see is what we see in the movies. That’s the idea we have of Americans, which is so not true,” Guillemyn said. “We see people in high school — we see them with the cheerleaders on top, who are mean to everybody else, and bully everybody. “I came here at Straughn High, and I was afraid it would be like that,” she said. That wasn’t the case. “I actually ended up being like one of the best per-

sons they’ve ever seen,” Guillemyn said. “They were all excited and it was better than I had expected. Everything I said or did, they were all excited about it.” The senior is also a part of Straughn’s string band as the drummer. Looking at Guillemyn, one might not realize she’s from Europe. Wearing a hoodie and arm bands around her wrists, Guillemyn lights up when she talks about her next chapter in life. It wasn’t until recently that she decided she wanted to stay and study at college here in America. SHS guidance counselor Linda Varner has been a big help, she said, because Guillemyn will be able to graduate with her new classmates this May. “I really want to stay here,” Guillemyn said. “I’ve continued next page


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discovered so much here about people and myself. I’ve just had such a great life here. I’ve built (relationships) here and I don’t want to trash it, and just never think about it again. “I’m just really thinking about it and if I can get a scholarship (to go to college), then I really could,” she said. When asked if she’s been sight seeing, Guillemyn said she’s been to Florida a few times. “That was crazy,” she said. “Florida is so touristic. I’ve been to Destin. It was like it was in the movies. I was so excited about everything that I was really like a tourist. I was taking pictures of everything. “Everybody was looking at me and thinking what is that chick doing?” Other than doing the tourist thing, Guillemyn said she’s really enjoyed attending football games at SHS, and recently went to a boys basketball game. So far, Homecoming at SHS has been her most memorable experience.

“It was great to see everybody so excited about everything (during Homecoming week),” Guillemyn said. “And, football season. I love football. I have never seen a full football game in my life, and I come here and it’s just so amazing. I’m just so excited about it.” Every week, Guillemyn communicates with her parents — Frederic and Muriel — and friends via Skype. Her last day in the states, or until she comes back to study in college, is June 1, and living in a small-town atmosphere coming from Belgium, which is the size of Maryland, has been great she said. “I used to live in a huge city, something like Atlanta,” Guillemyn said. “Then, I arrived here and it’s like a new world. There’s no comparison. “I love being here,” she said. “It’s more relaxing. It’s not all the time rushing everywhere. People are more close to themselves. People talk about hunting, and that freaks me out, but that’s the culture and I love learning about that.”

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PROFILE 2014 ENSLEY HILBURN

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nsley Hilburn is training to run a half marathon, and she’s running for a reason.

“Our friend, Mr. Michael Stewart, has appendix cancer,” she explained. “I felt that I wanted to help raise money for him. God just popped that idea in my head.” The Stewarts and the Hilburns both attend Southside Baptist Church, and have sons who are friends. Ensley’s older brother had run a half marathon to raise money before, so the idea wasn’t foreign to her family. “I always liked running,” Ensley said, “sprinting especially.” She has done adventure races, mud races and 5Ks in the past. Now she’s upping her mileage to a half marathon. Two half marathons, actually. First, she had the idea to run a half marathon, and chose the Rock and Roll half marathon in Nashville on April 26th .

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STORY, PHOTO | MICHELE GERLACH “We made a clipboard with information on it,” she explained. “We passed the clipboard to people we knew and asked if they’d like to give anything. The response has been good. People have been really generous.” She began with a $500 fundraising goal, which she has exceeded. Now, she says, “Any amount is good.” “I’m really happy about that,” she said. Meanwhile, she’s been following a training schedule, and the commitment isn’t hers alone. Her parents are training to run with her. “They didn’t want me to run by myself,” Ensley said. “They wanted to do it.” Lainie and Josh Hilburn agreed they didn’t want Ensley to run alone for training or in the half marathon, so they’re training with her. “I used to run, but hadn’t in two years,” Mrs. Hilburn said. “I wasn’t prepared for this.” Since she’s having problems with her ankle, she’s relieved that her husband also is training, and family

friend Jennifer O’Neal also is participating. “I don’t want to miss her first race, either,” Mrs. Hilburn said. And as it turns out, Ensley will run for Stewart twice. “Several friends told me if I ran one closers, Mr. Michael could go watch,” she said. So she and O’Neal, also a fellow Southside Baptist member, will run a half marathon in Pensacola on April 13. “If Mr. Michael can’t go, there are several families who will help cheer me on,” Ensley said. Stewart and his wife, Tammy, are at M.D. Anderson, where he had a 20-hour surgery that involved removing his appendix and gall bladder, scraping his other organs, and a chemo bath, in which his abdomen was filled with chemo. He was released to a Texas hotel, and expected to be continued next page


continued from previous page home, but his stay has been delayed by complications. When he comes home, he’ll have a vacuum pump in his abdomen and a feeding tube. Stewart works at PowerSouth, and his wife works at Camp Sonshine. Ensley is using Stewart’s favorite Bible verse, Romans 8:18: “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” “We think that’s kinda cool, and a good verse for the time he’s in,” Ensley said. She and her brother are communicating with their

friend while he’s in Texas. “We send him riddles and knock-knock jokes,” Ensley said. “Every once in a while, we facetime with him, too.” While Ensley loves to sprint, and recently ran a 7:30 mile in a time test at school, she’s running a little slower with her parents. Asked if she had a time goal, she and her mother laughed. “We don’t want to get on the sag wagon,” Mrs. Hilburn said, explaining that’s the ride given to those who fall behind. Ensley is a 7th grader at Andalusia Middle School, where she works in the library and also is a Peer Helper. At Southside, she is involved with youth and

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sings in the choir. Riding horses is another joy. Asked if she’s given her future much thought, she said, “I’d like to be a women’s Christian speaker, if that’s what God wants me to do.” Other options include working with animals or the weather.

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pp High School senior Levi Worley plans to become a dentist like his father, but he’s considering earning a double major in business. When he talked to Auburn’s business school about that, he was told he’d have to complete a senior project in which he would develop a business idea, and go through a mock process of forming a company and applying for a trademark. His mom, Julie Worley, said it was at that point that the whole family smiled. Forget a mock process. Levi Worley’s already done all of that. His company, Gulf Stream Outfitters, designs and sells T-shirts. But he also buys and sells on eBay, frequently supplements his income with yard sales, and works part-time in the dental office of his father, Jeff Worley. On a recent Saturday morning, for instance, he cleared $1,000 in a yard sale he held with his friend,

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Jack Armstrong, who’s also his youth pastor at Westview Baptist. “I got the idea for my company from my youth pastor,” Levi explained. “He likes to build stuff. I thought I’d do T-shirts.” With his dad’s help, Levi formed an LLC, then set out to get his name trademarked. His trademark wasn’t approved – it was too similar to an already trademarked name – but he learned he was in a very small group of young people who’d attempted to trademark a name. He began designing shirts last fall, purchasing in bulk and hiring a local printer to brand them with his designs. To date, he’s invested in 10 different types of shirts, and has a new batch ready to sell at the Rattlesnake Rodeo April 12. The shirts are available in Tantastic in Opp, and online, and he’s working to get in a retail venue in Andalusia. His shirts all have outdoor themes, he’s on his third

set of designs, and with each batch, he’s used his earnings to upgrade the software with which he creates his graphic designs. His marketing scheme for the Rodeo is to offer a 10 percent discount to anyone wearing his shirts, and to have specialty pricing on some of his shirts, which normally sell for $20. In his yard sales and in his eBay store, he sells collectibles that he finds from family members, at flea markets, and from other eBay vendors. The most unusual thing he’s sold is an antique set of birthing forceps he found stored in his dad’s dental office, which once was a hospital. At Opp High School, Levi is president of the science club, which recently was reborn. He plans for the group to go to Opp Middle School and give students there the chance to do an interesting lab experiment so continued next page


PROFILE 2014 the Opp Rotary Club, and active in Peer Helpers, where his personal focus has been anti-bullying. He’s worked with other Peer Helpers to do programs at Opp Elementary, and says they’ve been a success ever time.

continued from previous page that they can see how much fun science can be. “Maybe they can blow something up,� he said. He is president of Interact, which is sponsored by

Levi also works summers and weekends at Camp Victory, and is a tutor. His eBay store is lworley1436467, and his web site is www.gulfstreamoutfitters.com.

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