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Hartselle teen Anna Craig plays her guitar at the Hartselle Camp Meeting tabernacle. Craig recently signed a record deal and has gained popularity through using YouTube. The Camp Meeting will also have its 112th consecutive meeting this year. See inside this issue for more on both of these stories.


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FEATURE 16. Take a trip to E.A.R.T.H. Park E.A.R.T.H. Park has become one of Hartselle’s best attractions in the historic downtown. It’s convenient location makes it a great spot to enjoy nature.

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20 FOOD:Take a look at the art of fixing pork

WELLNESS: Six tips for beating the heat this summer.


PEOPLE: Anna Craig uses YouTube to land record deal.

FAITH & FAMILY: Camp meeting celebrates 112 years.


WAY OF LIFE: Community helps with tornado relief.

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We hope you like the new format elcome to the new Hartselle Living magazine. Take a few minutes, browse around and see if you like what we have. You should notice an immediate change, especially that the content is much more locally driven as opposed to the past. This magazine will focus on Hartselle and surrounding areas of Morgan County. That means we’ll be writing about the people, places, things, food and the way of life that affects all of us. As you might have noticed, we have several departments of the magazine that are devoted to specific topics, such as Food, Get to Know, Our Way of Life, Faith and Family and Wellness. These topics will appear in all of our magazines from here on. We will add additional departments in the future as our magazine grows.


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We will also have more features in the magazine. These are stories that won’t fall into the departments, but they will continue to be about our area and our people. Another big change is that we’ll be printing more photos of events in the future. If you see me or one of our staff members covering an event, feel free to ask us to take your picture. If we do and we get your names, it will have a good chance of getting published in the magazine. Also, take Hartselle Living on vacation with you this summer. Whether you go to the beach, the Grand Canyon or somewhere else, take it with you. Take a picture of your group holding the magazine and send it to us at We want this magazine to be about you and we’d like you to be part of it.

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CALENDAR June 4-10

June 17

June 27-29

Golf’s Iron Man World Record Attempt Bob Kurtz, the world record holder for the most rounds of golf played without a break, will try to break the world record for the number of holes played in a week June 4-10 at Quail Creek Golf Resort in Hartselle. He will attempt to play 2,000 holes during the week. Kurtz is also raising money for the Cullman tornado relief effort and Hartselle’s Special Needs Accessible Park. For more information, log on to or contact Quail Creek at 256784-5033.

Daddy-Daughter Date Night Daughters, bring Dad out for a night of dinner and dancing. The Daddy Daughter Date Night is June 17 from 7-9 p.m. Daughters and granddaughters of all ages are encouraged to bring dear ol’ Dad out for a few hours of quality time that you will both remember for a lifetime. Photos will be available for $5 each. The $10 fee should be paid by June 13 to reserve your places.

Theatre Workshops for Wee Folks Birmingham’s Children’s Theatre will host “Theatre Workshops for Wee Folks” June 27-29 at the Princess Theater for children ages 47. Act I for ages 4-5 features “Little Ones” – Acting and Dancing. Act II is designed for ages 6-7 and will include puppets and singing. A short ‘Show & Tell’ performance by both groups will take place at the end of the three-day camp on stage. For more information, log on to

June 10-11 Love Boat Dinner Theater The Love Boat will be sailing into Hartselle this June. The Hartselle Fine Arts Center and College Street Players are sponsoring the Love Boat Dinner Theater June 10 and 11 at the center. The dinner theater production is a benefit fundraiser for the center with entertainment provided by College Street Players. For more information, contact the center at 256-773-4046.

June 24 Friday Free For All Come experience the most disgusting fun you will have all summer during Friday Free For All. We will have water balloon fights, spaghetti battles, relay games and other fun activities. This event will be on Friday, June 24, at Sparkman Park Pavilion #4. Ages 5-8 will attend from 9-11 a.m. and ages 9-12 will attend from 1-4 p.m. Please bring a pair of goggles and wear old clothes. The $10 fee must be paid by 8 p.m. on June 20 at the civic center.

July 5-7 Girls Guitar Camp The Princess Theater is sponsoring Girls Guitar Camp for girls ages 8-13 July 5-7 featuring classical guitarist and Decatur native Emily Jones. She will be assisted by guitar instructors Linda Speed of Athens and Margarita de Quesada of Calhoun Community College. The students will have a recital July 7 at 6 p.m. For more information, log on to

The Love Boat will cruise in to the Hartselle Fine Arts Center for a dinner theater June 10-11.

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Hartselle will have a Princess Party on July 8 at the Hartselle Civic Center.

July 8 Princess Party Hartselle parks and recreation will have its annual princess party July 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. We will play games, make tiaras, play make-up, and have “tea” at noon. The party is for ages 5-8. Partygoers are asked to wear their best gaudy princess attire. Please register and pay the $10 fee by July 6.

July 9 Luau by the pool The annual Luau at the Hartselle Pool will be July 9 from 7-10 p.m. There will be special music, tropical decorations, exciting games and Hawaiian leis for everyone. The fee is $5 for ages 7 and older ($3 with a pass) and $3 for ages 6 and under ($2 with a pass).

July 11-15 Theatre on Stage The Bethel University Renaissance Theatre Program will present a

unique drama camp for young performers ages 8-17 at the Princess Theater July 11-15. Students ages 812 will learn techniques in character building and expression through basic acting, musical theater and choreography lessons. Students 13-17 will learn the ins and outs of the play process including improvisation, learning the steps to developing a character and the basics of performing. Log on to for more information.

July 27 Gorgeous Grandma Pageant The Gorgeous Grandma Pageant will be July 27 at the civic center. We will have make-up consultants and hair stylists here prior to the event to help you prepare for the pageant that begins at 10 a.m. We will also be playing “Let’s Make A Deal,” so be sure to load up your purses and pockets. There is no entry fee to the pageant. However, we do ask that you call the civic center at 773-2581 to

register no later than July 22. Anyone ages 60 and older that would like to have lunch with us should contact the senior center at 773-0786 to make arrangements.

Ongoing events Walking tours of Hartselle The Hartselle Area Chamber of Commerce and the Hartselle Historical Society are sponsoring walking tours of historic downtown Hartselle throughout the month of June. The tours begin each Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Hartselle Depot For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at 256-773-4370. Splish Splash Bash Come every Tuesday in July from 2-4 p.m. at the Splash Pad behind the civic center for a Splish Splash Bash as we celebrate Parks and Recreation month. This event is open to all ages and is free to all who attend. We will serve cake and ice cream to end each bash! There is no need to register.

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Anna Craig

Local teen uses YouTube to build a fan base, get noticed by national producers and land a record deal STORY BY BRENT MAZE


artselle’s Anna Craig is a rising country music singer/songwriter, who recently landed a record deal with Expat Records. The recent Hartselle High School graduate has been gaining popularity nationally and internationally through her YouTube channel. As of mid-May, she had 9,435 subscribers to her channel and has garnered more than 1.8 million views on her uploaded videos. Her cover of Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” has received more than 276,000 views. Craig will be attending the University of Mississippi this fall and plans to study pre-med and music.

Hartselle Living: When did you start singing? Anna: The first time I remember performing was in the fourth grade for a school program, but I’ve been singing as long as I can remember. HL: Describe your singing/playing style. AC: Definitely country with some pop, but mainly country. HL: Who are your influences? AC: Taylor Swift, Paramore, Martina McBride and Miranda Lambert.

not been for YouTube and other social media sites and my fans sharing it with their friends. That’s how it all got started. HL: Did you send any demo recordings to record companies or did they notice you on the Internet? AC: I never had to send out a demo tape or CD like other artists have had to do. All they had to do was go on my YouTube channel and watch some of my videos.

HL: What are the top 3 songs in your iPod right now? AC: “You Lie,” “I Die for You,” the whole Taylor Swift CD, “Love Story.”

HL: How do you think YouTube and other social media sites are changing the way artists are getting noticed? AC: In the past, you’ve always had to send out a bunch of demos to record companies hoping that they would call you back. Now, you can put all of your music out there on YouTube and they can access it just like anyone else.

HL: When did you start posting videos on YouTube your singing? AC: It was my 10th grade year. The song was “Picture to Burn” by Taylor Swift.

HL: How long do you plan to continue posting videos? AC: I don’t really know. I know I want to continue all through college. I guess I’ll keep posting until I’m 70 or something or until YouTube is replaced by the next big thing.

HL: Do you think that YouTube and other social media sites have helped you land a record deal? AC: I definitely wouldn’t have a record deal right now if it had

HL: What’s next for you? AC: I’m going to college to study pre-med... I have to have a backup plan just in case music doesn’t work out.

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1. Boy Scout Troop 336 and Cub Scout Troop 92 prepared and served breakfast to Relay for Life participants. Setting up for the cookout, from left, are Will Grammer, Jarred Hallman and Preston Jubenfield. 2. A boy takes time to talk to his father after the Hartselle Dog Bone Hunt. 3. A group of line dancers perform during the Hartselle Area Relay for Life, which was held in the Sparkman Civic Center. 4. Tommy and LaNell Raley attend the annual Hartselle Fine Arts Center’s benefit dinner and auction.



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1. The Hartselle High School Jazz Band performs at the Hartselle Fine Arts Center’s benefit dinner and auction on May. 2. Trish Faulkner, Cassandra Yeagar, Stephanie Holmes and Deborah Woods pose for a picture after the center’s benefit dinner and auction. 3. Ann and Joe Tucker pose for a photo during the Fine Arts Center’s benefit dinner and auction. 4. David Burleson, Myra Garrett, Al Faulkner and Bob Jacques pose for a photo.

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1. A girl helps her dog find bones during the annual Hartselle Dog Bone Hunt. 2. Ashley Thompson and Brackett Crocker pose for a photo during the second annual Cotton Pickin’ BBQ Cook-Off in downtown Hartselle. 3. Kelley Redmond, Hartselle Fine Arts Center Director, explains the Silent Auction to Patrick and Kalleigh Drake. 4. Members of God’s Children Bluegrass Band play for the crowd during the second annual Cotton Pickin’ BBQ Cook-Off in E.A.R.T.H. Park.

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Source of pride E.A.R.T.H Park becomes asset to community after major upgrade STORY AND PHOTOS BY CLIF KNIGHT

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ith E.A.R.T.H. Park being what it is today, who could believe it was an overgrown, snake-infested, polluted drainage ditch known as “Nasty Branch” 15 years ago?” Instead of being a liability it is now as asset to Hartselle—a point of pride in the community. Its large shade trees offer a cool retreat to visitors who are tired and want to sit down on a bench and rest awhile; its quarter-mile walking trail beckons those bent on getting in their daily exercise; its wetlands filter pollutants from storm water run-off and help keep them out of Flint Creek; its pavilion has become a popular venue for weddings, birthday parties and other family-oriented events; and its colorful landscape provides aesthetic enjoyment to visitors and passersby year around. The park also serves as an important educational tool for students studying biology and environmental science. “Sixth graders at Hartselle Junior High School use the park as an outdoor classroom in April every year,” said Carolyn Wallace, who has responsibility for its upkeep and maintenance as part-time director of Hartselle Beautification Association. “We set up learning stations and use instructors to give handson demonstrations involving the treatment of waste water, stream bank erosion control, wetlands man-

Cattails bloom at the wetlands in E.A.R.T.H. Park

agement and wildlife habitat preservation. Hartselle Utilities and the Flint Creek Watershed Conservancy play an important role in this project.” Signage enables visitors to see and learn about the park’s various trees, plants and wildlife without the assistance of a guide. A walk through the four-acre park will bring a visitor face-to-face with bald Cyprus and river birch trees, a butterfly garden, water snakes, wetlands, cattails, pond turtles, mosquito fish, red-winged blackbirds and martins. The ability of the three wetlands (ponds) to remove pollutants from storm water can easily be seen by observing the water as it leaves the ponds en route to E.A.R.T.H., continued on page 18

Danielle Corpuz, Dixie Boswell and Jacquelyn Graham relax under a shade tree in E.A.R.T.H. Park.

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HELPING, from 17 Flint Creek. “People love the park and use it in many different ways, Wallace pointed out. “We have elderly ladies come here to walk because the trail is shaded and its gravel surface is not as hard on their feet as concrete sidewalks. Almost every day around noon we have businessmen and women sitting at the picnic tables eating their lunch. Conservationists study it as a model for preventing stream bank erosion and controlling urban storm water runoff. High school and college students tour it to take notes and make photographs for coursework assignments. Churches use it as an outdoor setting for Bible study groups. Schools use it for field trips. Families use it as a venue for weddings, picnics and birthday parties.” Upkeep of the park—from weeding flower beds and cutting the grass to pruning the shrubbery and picking up litter—is a daily challenge, especially during the growing season, according to Wallace. “Thankfully, volunteers, work release inmates and several local businesses have stepped up and saved the day,” she said. “Diana Sparkman is chairman of HBA’s Park Committee and is a godsend to me. She spends a lot of time in the park working on different projects and does a wonderful job of assisting me in coordinating the work of the inmates and volunteers.”

She Carolyn Wallace, right, and Diana Sparkman stand at the entrance. added, “HU helps with the power for the pavilion and lighting and water for irrigation. It even donates a used pickup for park use. Walmart donates torn and damaged bags of mulch and stone and Lowe’s donates plants and other landscape supplies from time to time. The Public Works Department is a valuable partner.” “Without their help,” she added, “The park wouldn’t be what it is today.” E.A.R.T.H. is an acronym for “Environmental Awareness Reaching Out to Hartselle.” The Park project was initiated in 1966 when the Alabama Department of Environmental Management awarded Hartselle a $150,000 construction grant. Its purpose was to demonstrate urban storm water treatment and educate local watershed landowners about various sources of nonpoint source pollution

from urban areas. The project was to be completed in 1999 with HBA serving as grant administrator. Serving as partners were the Flint Creek Watershed Conservation District, Tennessee Valley Resource Conservation & Development Council and Hartselle Housing Authority, which donated the land. Initially, the focal point of the park was Shorts Branch, better know as “Nasty Branch.” It had to be cleared of trees, plants and other obstructions and its streambed and banks had to be fortified to prevent erosion. Later, natural wetlands were developed, trees and shrubbery were planted, the walking trail was laid out and constructed with the help of Boy Scouts, a bridge was erected over the stream and a pavilion was built.


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Meeting with God Hartselle’s 112-year camp meeting offers a place where many feel as close as they’ve ever been to their Lord STORY AND PHOTOS BY BRENT MAZE 20 • Hartselle Living


ob Cain remembers the day like it was yesterday when he met Jesus at the Hartselle Camp Meeting tabernacle. It was a morning session in 1980. There were only about 20 to 25 people there under the roof of the old-fashioned church house. It didn’t matter that he and his good buddy, Ron Puckett, were the only two young people in the service, but he knew something was different about this day. “I just knew something had to change in my life,” Cain said. “I just felt like it was time to stop playing church and really get serious about my relationship with God.” That morning the minister, Roy McKinney, spoke on the topic of sanctification, which means to be made holy. Although the sermon wasn’t necessarily one of salvation, Cain felt the tugging on his spirit. So when the invitation was given that day, he stood up, went down to the old wooden altar and prayed. “I realized that I had to get right at that moment,” Cain said. “Before I went down to pray, I felt like I was worried about dying and not knowing Jesus. I knew I wasn’t saved. But once I got through, I knew that a change had just happened. I knew I was saved. “I wasn’t worried any more. I knew everything was OK. I can look back on my life and there was a change from that moment.” Cain began his journey of following Christ like many before and many since have done under the Hartselle Camp Meeting tabernacle. Now, Cain is the president of the camp’s board of directors along with his long-time buddy, Puckett, who is also the chief of police in Hartselle. Down through the years, the campgrounds have been a place where many have come to know the Lord, and for Cain, it’s a special place because it’s where he first found God. “There is just something special about being here on the camp grounds,” Cain said. “God just feels so close when you’re here. It’s just a feeling that you can’t get just anywhere. Many people’s lives have been changed including my own.” Hartselle Camp Meeting will be celebrating its 112th year of operation this year, and it hasn’t shown signs of slowing down. In addition to the camp meeting that lasts one week out of the year, Cain said they will offer more youth camps throughout the summer. “When I was young, I always loved being here for the summer,” Cain said. “It’s a place I never wanted to leave each summer. There were so many great memories, and now we’re getting to do the things that we wished were avaiable when we were in school.”

“Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” By Anthony J. Showalter What a fellowship, what a joy divine, Leaning on the everlasting arms; What a blessedness, what a peace is mine, Leaning on the everlasting arms. Refrain: Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms; Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms. Oh, how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way, Leaning on the everlasting arms; Oh, how bright the path grows from day to day, Leaning on the everlasting arms. What have I to dread, what have I to fear, Leaning on the everlasting arms? I have blessed peace with my Lord so near, Leaning on the everlasting arms. While serving as the Camp Meeting Music Worker at the turn of the 20th Century, Anthony J. Showalter wrote the lyrics to the great hymn “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” at a boarding house in Hartselle. In the early 1970's, the Hartselle Camp Meeting Association adopted that song as its official anthem.

“I’ve never felt as close to God as I did the day that I gave my heart to Jesus at the camp meeting.” Rob Cain

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Summer Health Tips How to keep yourself healthy during the tough Alabama summer months STORY BY CLIF KNIGHT

Eat right! Fortify your health with a nutritious diet. Many people don’t know it, but one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself from life-threatening diseases is to eat a healthy diet. As a matter of fact, if you are one of the many Americans who do not smoke, eating well – along with being active and maintaining a healthy weight – is your best defense against disease. Limit sun exposure! Try to stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. This is the time the sun’s rays are strongest.“Sunburn is the No. 1 summer health problem we see in ER,” Jackson said.“Our advice is to use sun block if you’re going to be exposed to the sun for an extended period of time. And for those men who shave their heads, wear a hat.” Avoid heat stroke! Protect yourself from heat stroke and dehydration by wearing loose-fitting, light-colored clothing, etc.“If you work outside make sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water or Gatorade,” Jackson said,“and stay away from sodas that

have caffeine as well as alcoholic beverages.” If you do become overheated, be alert to symptoms of heat stroke, such as dizziness, headache, nausea, rapid pulse or body temperature of 104 degrees or more. Be safe in water! More than 300 children under the age of five drown in residential swimming pools each year in the U.S. The following safety tips can help improve the odds: avoid swimming past your ability in rough water; never swim alone or leave young children unattended; make certain the pool is deep enough before diving into the water; fence all home pools with a latch out of the reach of small children; and learn CPR. Watch out for poison ivy! “Poison ivy and poison oak are everywhere this time of the year and they can cause serious health issues,” Jackson said.“Keep a distance from them, if possible. If you think you’ve been exposed to it, you can use Ivy Block, an overthe-counter medication to protect yourself. After exposure, wash the skin with soap and

water. Calamine lotion can be used to relieve the itching.”

About the expert: Mona Jackson is a registered nurse who has worked in the emergency deparment at Hartselle Medical Center for the past 11 years. At Hartselle Medical Center, the Emergency Department is staffed with emergency medical professionals and is available 24-hours every day.

Beware of bugs! “Insect bites are common in summertime and have the potential of causing serious health problems, Jackson stated. Bite or sting wounds should be kept clean and dry and if red streaks appear a physician should be consulted, Persons who are highly allergic should always have their medication when outdoors. Practice safety with lawn and garden tools! “Accidents involving chainsaws, lawnmowers and other cutting tools occur often during the summer months,“ Jackson said.“All precautions should be taken to avoid them.”

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Art of the Pig Here are some recipes to try out when you’re ready to fix some pork

Chili-Rubbed Pork Chops with Grilled Pineapple Salsa Serves 4 4 pork bone-in rib chops, about 3/4-inch thick, trimmed 1 tablespoon chili powder 1 1/2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder 3/4 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon Salt Pineapple Salsa*: 3 slices pineapple, cut crosswise about 1/2-inch thick, trimmed OR 3 slices canned pineapple, drained 1 jalapeño pepper, halved lengthwise, seeds and veins removed 1 tablespoon lime juice In a shallow bowl, combine chili powder, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt. Sprinkle both sides of pork with spice mixture. Prepare a grill to medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate. Grill pork until internal temperature reaches 160F, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Grill pineapple (if using fresh) and jalapeño until lightly charred, two to three minutes per side. Remove chops from grill and let rest five minutes. Meanwhile, dice pineapple and finely dice jalapeño. In a medium bowl, combine pineapple, jalapeño, and lime juice. Season to taste with salt.

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Sweet & Smoky "Pork and Beans" 1/2 Honey 2 tablespoons premium fish sauce 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice 2 1/2 teaspoons paprika, divided 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder, divided 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper 1 pork tenderloin (about 1 1/4 pounds) 2 slices bacon, diced 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) petite diced tomatoes, undrained 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1/4 teaspoon coarse grind black pepper 1 can (15 ounces) adzuki beans, drained and rinsed 2 green onions, thinly sliced 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix honey, fish sauce, lime juice, 2 teaspoons smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon garlic powder and red pepper in small bowl until well blended. Brush pork with glaze. 2. Roast 20 to 30 minutes or until desired doneness, brushing with glaze halfway through cooking time. Let pork stand 5 minutes before slicing. 3. Meanwhile, cook bacon in large skillet on medium heat until crisp. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, remaining 1/2 teaspoon each smoked paprika and garlic powder, ginger, sea salt and pepper; cook 8 to 10 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Gently stir in beans. Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until heated through. Slice pork on an angle into thin slices and serve over bean mixture. Garnish with green onions.

Almond Crusted Pork with Mango Relish Mango Relish: 2 large, ripe mangos, peeled, pitted and diced 1/4 cup minced red onion 1/4 cup minced red bell pepper 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste Almond Crusted Pork: 3/4 cup chopped, toasted almonds, divided 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 2 pounds pork tenderloin 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste For relish, stir together mangos, onion, bell pepper, vinegar, mint, and salt and pepper in a medium bowl; cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Finely chop 1/2 cup almonds and stir in brown sugar and seasonings. Brush pork with oil then season with salt and pepper; roll in almond mixture, pressing into the surface. Transfer to a piece of heavy-duty foil and press any remaining nuts onto the top. Grill over medium heat, turning occasionally to brown each side, for 35 to 40 minutes or until the internal temperature reads 160°F on a meat thermometer. Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing.

Know your cuts of meat It’s important to know which cuts of the pig are better than others when cooking pork. Some parts are fatter than others. When you’re getting ready to barbecue, it’s important to know what’s best for your situation. HEAD: This can be used to make stocks and soups. SPARE RIBS: Pork butt is in fact from the upper part of the shoulder. Boston Butt, or Boston-Style Shoulder, cut comes from this area, and may contain the shoulder blade. LOIN: This can be cured to give back bacon or Canadian-style bacon. The loin and belly can be cured together to give a side of bacon. The loin can also be divided up into roasts. This is the cut where baby back ribs are derived. You can also get pork cutlets and pork chops. Pork tenderloin is usually almost free of fat. BELLY: The belly is a fatter meat that can be used for steaks or diced stir-fry meat. Belly pork may be rolled for roasting or cut for streaky bacon. BACK LEGS: Although any cut of pork can be cured, technically speaking only the back leg is entitled to be called a ham. Legs and shoulders, when used fresh, are usually cut bone-in for roasting, or leg steaks can be cut from the bone.

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Helping hands Schools reach out to help victims of the April 27 tornado outbreak STORY AND PHOTOS BY CLIF KNIGHT

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he children of two families who lost everything in the killer tornadoes that swept across Alabama April 27 were the first recipients of bags of gifts donated by elementary school stu-

dents. The gift bags were filled by students and delivered later in the day after their plight became known while shopping for clothing at a Hartselle consignment store the preceding day. “We were told both families lost everything they had in the storms,” said F.E. Burleson Parent-Teacher Organization president Krisee Terry. “One family has three children and another on the way and the other family has two children and another on the way. We made up gift bags for all of the children, even the unborns.” Terry said the school’s “Kids That Care” storm HELPING, continued on page 27

HELPING, from 26 relief project was initiated on Tuesday, the first day of school after the storms, in a partnership with the Morgan County United Way. Crestline and Barkley Bridge elementary schools are participating. “We got a flyer out to the kids and their parents asking for donations and they have

responded far beyond our highest expectations,” Terry said. “Immediately, we had students coming from everywhere dropping off gifts. Donations include diapers, formula, baby bottles, baby food, underwear, socks, scale model cars and trucks, books, baby dolls, games, stuffed animals, canned food, school supplies, and gift cards.

Each gift bag has a card signed by students. Terry said some of the gifts went to children of storm victims in Lawrence County. “We’re letting our students choose the items to fill the bags because they know what kids like,” Terry said. “It is our hope that the gifts will put smiles on the faces of the children who receive them.”

What we’ve been doing to help Here’s a brief look at what local organizations have been doing to help tornado victims in Alabama. CARDS THAT CARE: Robyn Corum said she is collecting the gift cards for the Morgan County Emergency Management Agency, which will help distribute the cards to victims in need of help. FOOD DRIVE: RBC Bank partnered with the Alabama Food Bank Association to collect food and other items for those affected by the April 27 tornado outbreak. CARE PACKAGES FOR KIDS: The Facebook group held a pickup location in Hartselle.

From left, (kneeling) Emlee Boster, Eli Terry, Austin Green, Avery Balch, (standing) Gracie Garnett, Christa Ferryman, Hudson Harden and William Turner hold gift bags that went to storm victims.

SOFTBALL TEAM VISIT: Members of the Hartselle High softball team visited Phil Campbell and worked for a family that lost their mother.

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