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Winter in Hartselle Staying safe from the flu and colds

Inside this Issue: Photos from the Hartselle Christmas Parade Local teen becomes top athlete

Vol. 4, Issue 1

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January 2014


12 A photo looking at the bridge to E.A,R.T.H. Park in downtown Hartselle during a snow day last January. Hartselle may get one or two snow days during the year. Most of the time, it comes during January. (Photo by Brent Maze)

STAFF President and Publisher Randy Garrison Editor Brent Maze Advertising Pam Gray Ann Kirby

10 HISTORY: The Hartselle Enquirer has been a major part of the history in Hartselle.

GET TO KNOW: Aaron Davis battles back from a bout with leukemia to be a top runner for Hartselle.

Contributors Clif Knight Richard Hollingsworth Office Staff April Thompson Katie Sparkman



CONTACT US Hartselle Newspapers, LLC 407 Chestnut St. NW P.O. Box 929 Hartselle, AL 35640 256-773-6566 Fax: 256-773-1953 Hartselle Living is published quarterly by Hartselle Enquirer, LLC. A one-year subscription to Hartselle Living is $10. Single copies are available at select locations throughout the Hartselle area. To advertise or to get more FREE copies, call 773-6566. Copyright 2014 by Hartselle Newspapers, LLC

WELLNESS: Find out ways to stay away from the sniffles during this winter season.

OUR WAY OF LIFE: Hartselle and Morgan County organizations give back to the community during the holidays.

IN EVERY ISSUE: Letters • 6 Calendar • 8 Scene • 20 Last Word • 26 Hartselle Living • 5


Today is the day ne of my favorite Bible verses lends itself to my thoughts as we move into a new year. This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 (NKJV) One of my opportunities that I want to work on this year is to take each day as it comes, try to make the most of it, and at the end of each day feel as if I have made a positive difference. Many days it seems like the day runs you and you are not able to ever catch up or even accomplish the tasks that you have set for yourself for that particular day. Time is such a preRandy Garrison • Letter from the Publisher cious commodity to all of us as mere mortals. to accomplish what I can today in working towards that goal We all have a limited number of days to live and how we or plan and not let myself get so uptight about what has to be choose to do so in many ways is up to us. While we cannot accomplished next week or next month, that it prevents me always control the circumstances that come our way, the manfrom accomplishing anything. With this in mind, at the end of ner in which we handle each one can really make a difference the day, I will have taken one more bite of the elephant and in the outcome and the effect that our choices make on the oththat means I have accomplished something. ers that are involved. I hope that this plan will work for me both professionally One of the things I personally need to work on is not letting and personally. Each 24 hours moves on very quickly and myself worry so much about what has happened in the past, before you realize another week, month and even year has which I cannot change, or what will happen in the future, passed by. Life is precious and time cannot be made up or which for my part might not even arrive. Today is here and deposited for a later date. That being said, I want to start each now and this is what I have to work with. day with a positive attitude, giving thanks for another chance Now this does not mean that I do not need to make plans or to make a difference, being happy to live life as it is and set goals for the future. What it does mean is that I do my best thankful for the blessings received each day.


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Lesson of Alabama weather ere in the South, the wintertime is always interesting. Most of the time, we are usually going back and forth between wearing short sleeves and sweaters. What the weather is one day is not what it will be the next. I have always commented to others about this, saying that if you don’t like the weather today, just wait because it will change soon enough. So far this winter, we’ve seen mild temperatures that rose as high as 60 or 70 followed almost immediately by teens and 20s. It’s not uncommon for us to see temperatures that barely get above freezing to highs that reach the 60s in just a couple of days. This is the reason why snowstorms are so hard to predict. The conditions all have to be perfect for a snow, but it rarely ever happens. When it does snow, it shuts down almost everything. Not only that, it reinforces our decision to buy out the milk and bread at the local grocery store the next time the weatherman briefly mentions snow. If the one lesson we can learn from our crazy Alabama


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weather is that change happens. So we have to be ready for change when it happens. Life can be crazier than Alabama weather, but we must learn to adapt to keep up with life.

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CALENDAR The Morgan County Jr. High School Basketball Tournament will be Jan. 11-18.

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The Priceville Town Council will a regular meeting Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. Work session begins at 5:30 p.m.

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The Hartselle City Council will have a work session Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. in the city hall auditorium. The Hartselle City Council will have a regular council meeting Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. in the city hall auditorium.

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The Hartselle Board of Education may have a work session Jan. 16 beginning at 6 p.m. at the central office.

Jan. 16

Hartselle City and Morgan County schools will be closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

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The Morgan County High School Basketball Tournament will be Jan. 20-25 at Hartselle High School.

Bosom Buddies Support Group offers support to individuals affected by Breast Cancer. The group will hold its next meeting on Mon., Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. in Cullman Regional Medical Center’s Ave Maria Room in the Community Education Center located in Professional Office Building 2. For more information, contact group coordinator Mary Dyer at (256) 734-8729. The Hartselle Board of Education will have its regular meeting at Crestline Elementary Jan. 21 at 6 p.m.

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An Alzheimer’s support group meeting will be held Tues., Jan. 21 at 5:30 p.m. at Westminster Assisted Living located at the intersection of Main Street and Olive Street in Cullman. For more information or to RSVP contact the group coordinator, Toni Geddings at (256) 737-2643 or via email at Hartselle High School will have an early release for students and professional development for teachers Jan. 23.

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Crestline Elementary School will have bus driver appreciation day Jan. 29.

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Hartselle City Schools will issue progress reports for the third nine weeks Jan. 30.

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Priceville Elementary School will have a board appreciation breakfast Jan. 30 at 7:45 a.m. Crestline Elementary School will have a book fair preview day Jan. 31.

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Crestline Elementary School will have its annual book fair Feb. 3-7.

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The Morgan County Junior High and High School tournaments will be held in January. Hartselle is hosting the high school.

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CALENDAR, from 8 All month Morgan County Humane Society, 86 Gum Springs Cut Off Road, Hartselle, is a No Kill Animal Shelter. They meet the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the shelter. They are always needing volunteers. For more information, call 256-773-7222. Country Music and Dance-Put on your boots and kick up your heels every first and third Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. at Sparkman Civic Center. Admission is $5 per person. Concession will also be available. Volunteer entertainment is needed at Columbia Cottage in Hartselle. Gospel or country singers, instrumentalists, comedians, speakers, home schoolers,

children or youth groups are welcome. Contact Penny Vest at 751-4809 or 5021491.

The Cancer Support Group meets on the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Pleasant Place building. Any person with any type of cancer is invited to attend. For more information, call 784-5694. Hartselle’s New Beginnings Quilt Guild meets on the second Thursday of each month at the Farm Service Agency office on Alabama 36 west of downtown Hartselle. It is open to all who are interested in quilt making. The guild is focused on beginning quilt makers to help them learn how to make a new block each month and new techniques used to make them. For more information, call 482-3971.

Weight Watchers classes meet on Mondays at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and Tuesdays at 9 a.m. at Sparkman Civic Center with weigh-ins beginning 30 minutes prior to each meeting. Call 1800-651-6000 for more information.

The Decatur IAAP Chapter meets the second Tuesday of each month at Decatur Chamber of Commerce, Highway 31 S, Decatur, at 5:30 p.m. No reservations are required. Administrative/clerical professionals and students are invited. For more information, call Cindy Anders at 351-1623 or email Baton class at Sparkman Civic Center is $40 per month. Learn the basics of twirl on Thursdays at 4 p.m. Students must be 5 years old and have her own baton.


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80 years and counting… Hartselle Enquirer played a key role in documenting Hartselle’s history STORY BY CLIF KNIGHT

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artselle has had its own newspaper for about as long as it has been a town, but the edition you are reading today was launched with Volume 1, Number 1, on May 25, 1933. At least seven weekly newspaper publications served the community before that time. They included The Investigator, first published in 1876; The Hartselle Index; renamed and published by A.A. Oden in 1884; The Alabama Enquirer, renamed in 1887 and edited by J. Asa Rountree; M.D. “Matt” Wiggins, renamed The Hartselle Enquirer and The Hartselle Enterprise in the early 1900s; and The Hartselle Enterprise, published by C.R. Walker in the early 1930s. An interesting but somewhat vague story explains why publisher Walker lost the name of the newspaper and the Wiggins family had to choose another name after reassuming ownership in 1933. The Wiggins family sold The Hartselle Enterprise to Walker in the early days of the Great Depression. Like many other businesses, the newspaper ran into economic hard times and was forced to cease publication; therefore, losing ownership of its name. Meanwhile, William Bradford Huie and his brother Jack, both students at the University of Alabama, established a newspaper in town under the banner of The Enterprise. After reassuming ownership of The Hartselle Enterprise, the Wiggins family chose to continue the operation under the name of The Hartselle Enquirer. The late Fannie Wiggins, the widow of D. K. Wiggins, recalled her role with the newspaper in the 1930’s and 1940s while being interviewed for the newspaper’s 50th anniversary edition in 1983. “In those days, the newspaper was a family operation. It was our livelihood. It was all we had,” she recalled, “I helped with the newspaper and ran a job press,” she pointed out. “The greyhound bus station was at the newspaper office and I helped there, too. It was a continuous process, not a letup in it. It was nickety–whittle most of the time.” The newspaper office was originally located on the east side of the CSX Railroad tracks, across from the passenger depot. It was later moved to Main Street and operated from a South Sparkman Street location until it was moved to its present location on Chestnut Street in 1977. The Hartselle Enquirer continued as a family-owned and operated business for 64 years. Bill Ridgeway and Doyle “Buck” Yates purchased the paper in 1947 and sold it to Jack W. Hoffhaus in 1949. Clif Knight rejoined the paper in 1970 as a part owner and editor and continued that role with Larry Beasley after he purchased Hoffhaus’s interest in 1982. Beasley and Knight sold the newspaper to Boone Newspapers Inc. in 1997. Randy Garrison is now serving as president and publisher while Brent Maze is managing editor.


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Aaron Davis Hartselle high school battles back from cancer to be a top athlete STORY AND PHOTO BY BRENT MAZE • PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY ROBYN CORUM


aron Davis is a cross country star for Hartselle High School after coming as the Class 5A individual runner-up this school year during the state championship meet in Oakville. Davis is a HHS senior and the son of Kirk and Erica Davis. He will be choosing to attend either the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., or to the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. He plans to study aerospace engineering.

Hartselle Living: How did you get started running cross country? Davis: I did the Art in Motion 5k and (HHS assistant coach) Micah Milligan saw me run in the race. He encouraged me to come try out for the team. I found out that I am a runner. HL: How is cross country different from other sports? Davis: Discipline is the most important aspect of running. You have to be disciplined to perform well in this sport. It’s all about hard work and being mentally tough. HL: What’s probably your best performance in any event? Davis: I ran the Huntsville half marathon and finished with a time of three hours and 21 min-

utes. At the state meet, I finished top 100 and the second in my age group. HL: When did you battle cancer and what type of cancer was it? Davis: I was diagnosed with leukemia in 2003 and battled it for three years until I was in remission in 2006. I have been in remission for the last seven years. HL: What did you learn during your bout with leukemia? Davis: I learned that you need to make the most of every opportunity that you have. You may never get those chances again. HL: Who have been the most influential people in your life? Davis: My dad and coach (Kenny) Lopez. My dad has always encouraged me to do the very best that I can. Coach Lopez helped me to improve as a runner and helped me realize that I am a runner. HL: Will the discipline that you have developed from cross county help you as you plan to enter a military academy? Davis: Yes. Many of the values that I have learned will pay off in the future.

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Battling cold and flu Tips for staying healthy during the winter time STORY AND PHOTO BY BRENT MAZE

t’s cold and flu season and that means that the probability of being exposed to either, or both, is very high. You can reduce you risk of catching a cold or the flu by washing your hands frequently, which stops the spread of germs. Eating healthy, exercising and getting enough sleep also play a part in preventing them because they help boost your immune system. Cough and sneeze into the inside of your elbow rather than in your hands. Clean common surfaces such a table and counter tops, your child’s toys, door handles and bathroom facilities, with anti-bacterial disinfectant. This can also help stop the spread of germs. The best way to prevent the flu is to get the influenza vaccine. You should get it when it becomes available in the fall, but you can also get it anytime through the flu season. Some people who get the flu vaccine will still get the flu, but they will usually get a milder case than people who weren’t vaccinated.


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FLU, from 14

The common cold and the flu share many similar symptoms; however, they are two different conditions. Cold symptoms can develop slowly and can include: fever up to 102F, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, sneezing, fatigue, muscle aches, headache and watery eyes. They are generally milder than flu symptoms. Flu symptoms usually appear suddenly and can include: fever over 102F, stuffy nose, nausea, chills and sweats, fatigue, muscle aches (back, arms and legs), cough, headache and appetite loss. There’s no cure for the common cold or flu. However, ways to treat cold and flu symptoms in order to


feel better can include: • Get plenty of rest. Rest helps you body fight infection • Stop smoking and avoid secondhand smoke, which can make cold symptom worse. •Drink lots of fluids such as water and clear soups. Fluids help loosen mucus and help prevent dehydration. •Gargle with warm salt water a few times a day to relieve a sore throat. Throat sprays and lozenges may also help relieve pain. •Avoid alcohol •Use saline (salt water) nose drops to help loosen mucus and moisten the tender skin in your nose. In most cases, you don’t need to see your doctor when you have a cold or the flu. However, you need to seek a doctor’s help if you have any of the following symptoms: A high, prolonged fever (above 102F)

with fatigue and body aches, symptoms that last for more than 10 days, trouble breathing or shortness of breath, pain or pressure in the chest, fainting or feeling that you are about to faint, confusion or disorientation, severe or persistent vomiting, severe sinus paint in your face or forehead, or very swollen glands in the neck or jaw. Many cold and flu products are available without a prescription. They include those containing analgesics to relieve aches and pains and reduce fever, antitussives to suppress cough, expectorants to help thin mucus so it can be coughed up more easily and decongestants to shrink the nasal passages and reduce congestion.

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Home-Style Chicken Pot Pie


Winter soup’s on Chase away winter chills with these hearty meals from your pantry

here’s nothing quite like a hearty, homemade meal to help warm up those cold winter nights. And with a well-stocked pantry – or “Cantry” – delicious meals, like Turkey Green Bean Chili and Home-Style Chicken Pot Pie, are just a few cans away. Because cans lock in foods’ freshness and nutrition, stocking up on staples like canned tomatoes, green beans, peas and canned chicken means that you have access to wholesome ingredients all win-


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ter long. Plus, the more cans you store in your Cantry, the fewer last minute trips you have to make to the supermarket. So this season, when you’re searching for satisfying, heart-warming meals that you and your family can cozy up to, start by looking in your Cantry. For more recipe inspiration and to learn how you can get cooking with cans this winter and year round, visit, and

Turkey Green Bean Chili with Cheesy Corn Fritters Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes Serves: 6


1 pound ground turkey breast* 1 cup chopped onion 1 cup chopped red bell pepper 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 (14.5 oz. each) cans Del Monte Zesty Chili

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SOUP, from 16 Style Diced Tomatoes, undrained 1 cup water 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1 (14.5 oz.) can Del Monte Cut Green Beans, drained

Corn Fritters:

1 (8.5 oz.) package corn muffin mix 1 large egg, beaten 2/3 cup milk 1 (8.75 oz.) can Del Monte Whole Kernel Corn, drained 1/3 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeño peppers 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/4 cup sliced celery 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of chicken soup 1 (10-ounce) can VALLEY FRESH Chunk Chicken, drained 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves, crumbled 1/4 teaspoon ground sage 1/8 teaspoon white pepper 1 (15-ounce) box refrigerated pie crusts (2 crusts) Heat oven to 400°F.

In large saucepan, melt butter. Add onion, potato, peas and carrots and celery; sauté 5 minutes. In bowl, combine soup, chicken, rosemary, sage and white pepper; stir into vegetables. Unfold 1 pie crust; fit into 9-inch pie plate. Fill with chicken mixture; cover with second pie crust. Trim crust if needed; press

edge with fork. Brush top crust with egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water) to create glossy crust, if desired. Bake pie 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Bake 25 minutes longer. Cover crust with aluminum foil to prevent browning. Bake 15 minutes more.

For Chili, cook turkey, onion, bell pepper and garlic over medium heat in a large pot for 8 to 10 minutes or until meat is brown and vegetables are tender; drain. Stir in tomatoes, water and cumin. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in green beans. Serve with Cheesy Corn Fritters. For Cheesy Corn Fritters, combine muffin mix, egg, milk, corn and cheese in a large bowl. Heat oil in a very large skillet over medium heat. For each fritter, pour about 3 tablespoons of batter into hot skillet. Cook 4 minutes or until golden brown, turning once.** NOTE: *If desired, substitute 3 cups chopped cooked turkey for cooked ground turkey breast. Add with tomatoes in Step 2. ** Keep cooked fritters warm in a 200°F oven while cooking the remaining fritters.

Home-Style Chicken Pot Pie Prep time: Under 15 minutes Cook time: 55 minutes Serves: 4 3 tablespoons butter or margarine 1/2 cup diced onion 1/2 cup diced potato 1 (8.5-ounce) can peas and carrots, drained

Turkey Green Bean Chili with Cheesy Corn Fritters

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Giving spirit Local organizations find ways to give back during Christmas 18 • Hartselle Living

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Opposite page top: Christina Chappell, left, and Lindsey Wills sign greeting cards for Chappell’s Family Basket Brigade. Opposite page bottom: Wayne Hicks, left, and Rachel Veal help prepare Christmas dinners for delivery by Hartselle Church of Christ.Top: Santa gets a hug from one of his young admirers at Kids Day in Hartselle. Bottom:These toys were donated by Morgan County Schools' employees to the Toys for Tots program in support of a project sponsored by the Morgan County Education Association. MCEA President Della Carmen, right, and Eva Dobbs, treasurer, turned the gifts over to Marine Staff Sgt. Michael Williams.

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The Hartselle Christmas Parade was held in December. 1) Jake Greenhill, Andrea Greenhill, Police Chief Ron Puckett. 2) The Hartselle U12 soccer team, won an area championship, ride in the parade. 3) Parade riders wave to the crowd. 4. A classic car driver waves to the crowd. 5-7) Parade participants wave to the crowd.

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The Hartselle Veterans Parade was held in downtown Hartselle in early November. 1) Truman Bridges rides his tractor during the Hartselle Christmas Parade. 2) A parade rider waves to the crowd. 3) The participants wave to the crowd. 4) A member of the Hartselle High School color guard smiles while performing in the parade. 5) Blue Star Mothers float. 6) Gail Elledge, Pressley Dunn, age 2, and Rose cuddle up as they watch the Hartselle Christmas Parade.

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1-2) Classic car drivers wave to the crowd during the parade. 3) This young parade rider makes a face for the camera. 4) Greyson Scronce, 5, has a good look at the parade on the shoulders of Jamie Scronce. 5) These two bundle up for the parade. 6) These parade riders are in a sleigh float. 7) Bob Jaques drives his car in the parade. 8-9) These parade participants take time to wave to the crowd.

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1) County commissioners Ray Long, Don Stisher and Greg Abercrombie. 2.These parade riders bundle up for the long, cold parade route. 3 McKenzie Atwood, Teen Miss Hartselle for Alabama Woodlands, rides in a convertible during the parade. 4) This boy rides on the top of a fire engine during the parade.

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“One of the very best reasons for having children is to be reminded of the incomparable joys of a snow day.” – Susan Orlean

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January 2014 Hartselle Living  

Hartselle Living features winter activities in Hartselle.. Also find out about Aaron Davis' rise to be a top athlete.

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