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Above is a photo of Hartselle Medical Center before it closed in January 2012. Hartselle Medical Center, formerly known as Hartselle Hospital, has been a major part of the Hartselle community.

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FEATURE 16. Remembering an icon Hartselle Medical Center closes, leaving a legacy that the people of Hartselle will never forget.

Editor Brent Maze Advertising Kim Johnson Karen McAfee Pam Gray Ann Kirby Contributors Clif Knight Richard Hollingsworth



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FOOD: Have a savory breakfast this spring

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PEOPLE: Dr. Duncan was one of Hartselle’s top doctors.

HISTORY: Local man earns medal in Olympics


WAY OF LIFE: Community celebrates first football title. Copyright 2011 by Hartselle Newspapers, LLC

IN EVERY ISSUE: Letters • 6 Calendar • 8 Scene • 10 Last Word • 30 Hartselle Living • 5


Blooms of new life othing reminds us that spring is around the corner better than butter cups blooming across the area. Even though we have had a very mild winter versus what we experienced last year the blooming of the annual flowers always gives you a glimmer of what is to come. Buttercups seem to be very hearty and return year after year. In fact I can remember watching them press up from the soil for over 40 years in the same locations. Many of us may even remember seeing them poke their heads through a blanket of snow. Next we will see the Bradford pears renew for another season with the white blooms filling the bare branches we had looked at for several months. Now the smell may leave a little to be desired but the blooms make a nice view as you come into our city from the north or south. Randy Garrison • Letter from the Publisher Hopefully we will be able to enjoy the trees for a few more years before the state department of bloom out in splendor. Red, white, and pink will fill transportation requires them to be removed. many landscapes. The shrubs usually bloom very full Not to be left behind, the dogwoods will spring forth and will share their beauty for a number of weeks. In showing new life from what seems to almost have been fact the azalea is so favored that many cities in the lost altogether. According to legend, the dogwood was south have festivals to celebrate the azalea. once a large tree with great branches. Unfortunately, a late frost will sometimes end the beauIt is so great and strong that the cross on which ty this shrub offers. Christ was crucified came from the dogwood. Changes Tulips of red and yellow will soon be seen as well as came to the dogwood after the crucifixion with the tree other blooming shrubs to give us the hope that new life no longer having branches strong enough to form a is springing forth. The trees will add their new cross from. Also the white blooms will be in the form plumage at just the right time as the cycle of life conof a cross with two long and two short petals with a tinues. nail stain on the center of the outer edge of each one. As we mark the beginning of spring and the end of The center of each bloom or petal will contain a crown winter one could think we are leaving the darkness of of thorns stained with blood so that each who looked one season and entering the light of another. After 3 on the blooms would remember what was done to months of dark and dreary days the sunshine of spring Christ. The dogwood usually is also one of the first is a welcome sight. After 3 days in a dark tomb new trees to bloom and usually before the celebration of life came forth and He who defeated death came forth Easter. and offered the chance for all of us to live in the light The azaleas will share their beauty with us as they of a new life.


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Sounds of spring yet to try it. I’m going to make a point to give it a pringtime is a great time of year to be outtry this year. side. You also will see families there at the park It’s the time of year when all of our either picnicking on the grounds or getting togethweather is comfortable – not too hot or too er under the pavilions for get-togethers. There’s cold. The flowers and trees are in bloom. Life also your walkers and runners who take advantage begins to return to our parks each day of the week of the track at Sparkman or E.A.R.T.H. parks. and each weekend. Plus, you can also just watch all of the birds, Although our winter wasn’t as bad as we’ve squirrels and other animals. seen in the past, the rain and dreary weather didn’t In addition to spendallow us the opportunity ing time at the park, you to enjoy the outdoors. can also take a walking Now that the days are tour of downtown getting longer and the Hartselle during the weather is warmer, we month of April on have plenty of opportuSaturday mornings.You nities to get outside, take can hear about the stoin the fresh air and be in ries behind the historical the sun. downtown. And this spring, you Our annual Relay for have numerous chances Life is happening this to do just that. spring at J.P. Cain You have Easter egg Stadium. This is a good hunts including the opportunity for us to Kiwanis Club Egg Hunt support all of our friends later in March. That and families who are same day, you and your fighting cancer along dog can get out and with remembering those enjoy the lovely weather who we have lost due to with the Easter Dog cancer. And it’s also a Bone Hunt. Obviously, fundraiser to help raise man’s best friend can Brent Maze • Letter from the Editor money so that one day get him some treats durwe can find a cure to all ing that activity. types of cancer. While you’re at the park, why not take a few So it’s time to turn off the TV, get out of the minutes, sit and witness a multitude of activities house and enjoy the place we call home. If we that happens just about any weekend during the never take the time to slow down and participate spring, summer and fall. The ballparks will be full in what we have here, then we’ll miss out on so of kids playing baseball and softball. many opportunities to enjoy everyday life here in You’ll have a few out there playing Frisbee golf. Hartselle and Morgan County. That’s a sport that I’ve been intrigued by, but have


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CALENDAR Run for Life

The Hoppers in concert

Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt

March 17 The Run for Life 5k and 1-mile fun run will be held March 17 at the Hartselle Tabernacle. Proceeds will benefit Relay for Life. Entry fees are $15 or $25 with a T-shirt. Contact West Hartselle Baptist Church for more information.

March 30 America’s favorite family of gospel music, The Hoppers, will be in concert at the civic center on March 30 at 7 p.m. The doors will open at 5 p.m. Artist Circle Seating is $20 which included a meet and greet reception. General admission tickets are $12 each. Ages 8 and younger are admitted free. For more information, contact James Nicholson at 256-227-4993.

March 31 The Kiwanis Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be March 31, at 10 a.m. in Sparkman Park between the high school baseball field and the pavilion area. The age divisions are 0-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-10. There is also a division for people of any age with special needs.

HCPAAA Dinner March 26 The Hartselle Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association is hosting a fundraising dinner at Sedona Steakhouse in Hartselle on March 26. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children. Menu will be your choice of 8-ounce sirloin, grilled pork chops, hand battered fish platter or grilled chicken Florentine served with soup or salad, choice of side, garlic cheese biscuits and banana pudding. You may purchase a ticket for 4-5:30 p.m., 5:30-7 p.m. or 7-9 p.m.

Sheriff’s Rodeo March 30-31 The Morgan County Sheriff’s Rodeo will be held March 30-31 at Celebration Arena in Priceville starting at 7 p.m. both nights. There will have drawings, games and prizes to win, activities for the children and lots of fun for everyone. A Special Needs Rodeo will be held on March 29 during the day.

Dog Bone Hunt March 31 Easter hunts aren’t just for children, anymore. Bring your dog out to hunt dog bones on March 31 at 2 p.m. in Pavilion 4 at Sparkman Park. There will also be a contest for the cutest dog, most unusual dog, best Easter costume, largest dog, smallest dog, and most dog bones found. The Easter Bunny will also be available for photos. There is no fee or registration. However, we do ask that each dog have proof of vaccines and be on a

The Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt will be held March 31 at Sparkman Park.

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The annual Hartselle Fine Arts Center silent auction and dinner will be held April 21.

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April 20-21 The Hartselle Area Relay for Life will be held at J.P. Cain Stadium April 20-21. The theme of the event is “Creating A World With More Birthdays.” The luminaria ceremony will be held at 10 p.m. For more information or to register for the event, log on to

Saturdays in April Walking Tours of Hartselle’s Historic Commercial District will be at 10 a.m. every Saturday in April. Tours will begin on the sidewalk in front of the historic depot on Railroad Street. Participants will travel through historic downtown and past the historic Oden House. It will end back at the depot.

Relay for Life

The Princess and the Pea HFAC Silent Auction April 20-21 Hartselle Fine Arts Center will have its annual Silent Auction and Dinner on April 21 The Silent Auction will be at 5:30 p.m. Dinner and entertainment will be at 7 p.m. Silent auction preview and early sealed bidding will be April 20 from 5-8 p.m. For more information, contact Hartselle Fine Arts Center at 256-773-4046 or by

May 3 College Street Players will produce “The Princess and The Pea” on May 3-5. The play, directed by Dan Bennich, is an ingeniously hilarious and highly entertaining version of Hans Christian Anderson’s story set some time in the Middle Ages in the little kingdom of Maxwell by the Sea. Auditions for the cast {11 main characters and approximately 25

supporting characters) will be held Tuesday February 28 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Thursday March 1 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm and Saturday March 3 from 9:00am -11:00am. Auditions will be held at the First Baptist Hartselle Family Life Center. Parts are available for male and female, junior high to adult. Note: Older elementary students who can play “older” will also be considered.

Hartselle’s Spring Fling May 7-19 Hartselle’s Spring Fling will be held May 7-19 in Hartselle. For every $10 spent with local merchants, you will receive one ticket toward a chance to win prizes. The total amount of your receipts will be rounded to the nearest $10. The drawing will be held May 19 at the Hartselle Area Chamber of Commerce. For official rules go to:

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OUT AND ABOUT 1 Hartselle High School held its annual Follies at Decatur’s Princess Theatre. This is one of the students’ and parents’ favorite events through the year. 1. Malik Elliott, Alice Ann Glasgow and Sarah Walker pose for a photo. 2. Sarah Walker and Olivia Ellis take time to smile before they perform. 3. Trey Moody, Carson Blankenship and Alex Hilliar take time for a photo in costume. 4. Aubra Bullard and Rebecca Byford get ready for the show. 5. Thomas Fleischman performed the role of Harold Hill.

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1. Hartselle High School hosted its first annual Alumni Association Breakfast for college students with approximately 65 alumni from the classes of 2006 through 2011 present. The group assembled on the steps of the old girl’s gym for a photo afterwards. 2. U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks poses for a photo with a Hartselle student. 3. Morgan County Junior Miss Megan Smith talks with Colton Ord. 4. HMC Lab Director Danny Yocom (left) receives a 45-year service pin from Administrative Assistant Stephanie Pitts. 5. District 9 State Rep. Ed Henry, R-Hartselle, talks with Bill Lawrence and Julie Clausen at a Hartselle town hall meeting.

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1. Priceville JROTC cadets Bly Sandlin, Justin Lackey, Kesia Tores, Amantha Yarbrough and Stuart Reding led Priceville’s Christmas Parade. 2. Bob Hughes pets a camel being held by Zac Fallin. 3. Annice Crisp takes a picture of a nativity set up in the FUMC gym. 4. Hartselle cheerleaders wave during the parade. 5. David Halbrooks sings “O Holy Night” at Falkville’s Christmas in the Park program. 6. Cousins Alli and Gracie Stidham help themselves to hot chocolate at Falkville’s Christmas in the Park.

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Cub Scouts put their building and racing skills to the test during the Pinewood Derby. 1. This photo is of all of the participants in the event. 2. These are a few of the cars that were designed for the race. Each was built out of a wooden blocks. Each of the scouts designed their own cars. 3. The winners of the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby are 1st place – Matthew Tucker; 2nd place – Grayson Crawford; 3rd place – Tanner Kay; 4th place – Ethan Armes and Turtle Race Winner – Michael Woods. The Judges Choice Award was Zeb Green. 4. Seated at front, Kevin Crawley, Zeb Green and Brandon Crawley watch as Green and Brandon Crawley’s cars race during the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby as Chris Tucker prepares to catch the cars with a pillow. Other award winners were Webelos Most Creative – William Mayfield; Webelos Best of Show – Ashton Johnson; Bear Most Creative –Jay McElwain; Bear Best of Show – Gaelin Pleasant; Wolf Most Creative – Matthew Haskins; Wolf Best of Show – Aaron Barley; Tiger Most Creative – Drew Cline; and Tiger Best of Show – Brandon Crawley.


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1. Lead actors in College Street Players’“Wonderful Wizard of Oz” (L to R) are Cassidy Haney, Devin Hale, Sarah Walker, Maddie Grace Giers, Will Mansell, Gavin Zamea and Kieler Terry. 2. The cast of the “Wonderful Wizard of Oz” practices during a rehearsal before their performance. The cast had several performances during the final week of February. 3. Falkville Elementary School’s Show Choir performed a spiritual song and a patriotic song for members of the Morgan County School Board . A school in the county system is showcased prior to each monthly board meeting. The choir consists of 25 third fourth and fifth grade students and is directed by teacher Carol Tyler. The choir made an appearance at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. last school year.

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Closing of Hartselle Medical Center has major impact on local residents STORY BY BRENT MAZE

Sandra Smelser (front) and others commemorate Hartselle Medical Center’s final day of operation with a candlelight vigil.

andra Smelser doesn’t know what it’s like to work in any other hospital other than Hartselle Medical Center. She, who worked in case management, has worked at the hospital for 43 years. Now, she doesn’t know what the future holds for the hospital, which shut down at the end of the day Jan. 31.. “It’s the only job I’ve ever had after graduating from school,” Smelser said with tears in her eyes. “It’s just like losing a family member.” Kathy Goodwin, who worked as the hospital’s director of marketing and community events, told the group gathered at the hospital that this was more than just a building. “It’s more than just bricks and mortar,” Goodwin said. “It’s about the people.”


Smelser said Hartselle Hospital was a pioneer in the North Alabama medical field. She helped open the first intensive care unit in North Alabama in 1968. “We had one before Huntsville Hospital,” Smelser said. Now, Huntsville Hospital entered into a tentative agreement to purchase HMC from Capella Healthcare for $1.5 million within the next 45 days. However, if Huntsville Hospital purchases the HMC building, it appears unlikely it will open a full hospital. Smelser will still remember the people the most about the hospital. “It’s the people that I will remember – the patients, the nurses, the doctors and others,”

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f you’re around Dr. Walter C. Duncan, there’s a good chance you’ll hear a familiar conversation. It doesn’t matter if he’s in line at the grocery store or at church, he’ll run into someone that he delivered. “People will come up to me in the checkout line and tell me that I delivered them,” Duncan said during a recent visit at his home in Hartselle. “Sometimes, they’ll be in their 60s and they’ll tell me that. It’s a pretty unusual feeling to get that.” Duncan, 92, was one of Hartselle Medical Center’s prominent doctors during the golden age of Hartselle Hospital. However, he never wants to take any credit for the success for the hospital. “It’s not anything that I did that made Hartselle Hospital such a great place, but it was all of the other doctors, the nurses, the staff and the patients that made Hartselle Hospital what it was,” Duncan said. Duncan, a native of Arkansas, first came to Decatur in 1952 to work in Decatur General Hospital and then came to Hartselle in 1955. He stayed with Hartselle Hospital until he retired in 1991. From the 1960s through the early 1990s, the local hospital was one of the top hospitals in North Alabama. It had an emergency department before other hospitals in this part of

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the state including Huntsville Hospital. The hospital featured the latest technology for its time. Its doctors continued to learn as the medical field continued to change. About 1,000 surgeries and other medical procedures were performed each month. Duncan said the time that he practiced medicine was unique. He and other family doctors would perform surgeries at the hospital, something that probably wouldn’t happen today with the increased specialization of health care. “When I received my medical degree in 1951, all of the specializations weren’t available to us,” Duncan said. “Because of that, we were grandfathered under a number of certifications. That meant we were able to do much more than what doc-

tors can do today.” While they didn’t have the specializations in health care as much, Duncan and other Hartselle doctors spent a larger percentage of their time learning about medicine. “Medicine is constantly changing,” Duncan said. “Doctors are developing new techniques, new procedures and new medications all of the time. So as a doctor, you have to continue to keep learning all of the time. During that time, Hartselle grew from a small building to its 150-bed facility. But through all of it, Duncan said the hospital never lost sight of its relationship with the community and local residents. “We had a great relationship among the doctors, nurses, janitors and the rest of the staff, and we kept a high level of professionalism when we dealt with the public,” Duncan said.

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Outstanding Olympian Danville’s David Donald Albritton won the silver medal during the 1936 Olympics in Berlin during the reign of Adolf Hitler STORY BY CAROLYN LANE

t the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Adolph Hitler was anxious to show the world the skills of his country’s athletes and prove the superiority of his blue eyed, light haired Aryan “super race“. His Nazi applecart was upset, however, by a skilled and dedicated team of Americans athletes, two of whom were born right here in North Alabama; Jesse Owens in Oakville and David Albritton in Danville. Owens would walk away from Berlin with four gold medals and Albritton would take the silver medal in high jump. David Donald Albritton was born in Danville on April 26, 1913. David’s parents, Peter and Josephine Albritton had lived in Macon County, Alabama before moving to Danville. There were ten children in family in the 1910 census when they were still living in Macon County. David and his sister, Gladys, were born after the Albrittons moved to Danville, making a total of twelve children in the family. By the 1920 census the mother, Josephine, had died and Peter Albritton was listed as a widower. Some of the grown children had left home by that time or perhaps stayed behind in Macon County.


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Little of David’s early life is known except through public records. In the 1920 census, when David was seven years old, the Delos Thurber, Cornelius Johnson and Danville’s Albritton David Albritton completed a U.S. sweep in the family was men’s high jump at the 1936 Olympics. listed next door to John W. and Mamie Tomlinson in Danville. Living on the other side of the Albrittons were Nathan Tomlinson and his wife, Mary. These were two prominent families in Danville and it is possible that the Albrittons worked for the Tomlinsons or other landownOLYMPIAN continued on page 21

ers. Peter Albritton is listed as a renter, which most likely meant that he was a sharecropper. Sharecropping was common in the area in those years for both black and white families. There was little choice for those who did not own land and had no other means of livelihood. Though most of these families lived in poor circumstances, there was a strong work ethic among them and a pride and dignity that defied poverty. Records of early black schools in Morgan County are sketchy. If David ever attended school in Danville, it was probably the school for black students near the business area or the black school on Tanner Road. Some of David Albritton’s older brothers and sisters went north and found work and David and his younger sister, Gladys, went to live with them. The Albritton siblings are found in Cleveland, Ohio in the 1930 census where Midas, 24, worked in a factory and another brother, James, 23, and sister, Lois, 30, worked in a hotel. David and Gladys are both reported to have attended school within that year. David’s father, Peter Albritton, continued to live in the Danville area and in July 16, 1936 Decatur Daily Clipping from

would not have to congratulate the Black owned his own home by 1930 as shown Americans. by the census for that year. He had also “The Olympic medal was a great remarried in 1925 to Alice Orr. The marmoment in my life and a great expeririage record states that it was also the secence”, Albritton said in his later years. ond marriage for Alice. Their nearest neighbors in 1930 were Rube A. Sharpley and Ralph M. Pritchard. David Albritton attended East Technical High School in Cleveland, along with Jesse Owens. The two teenagers were already beginning to demonstrate their athletic abilities by leading their school to state high school track championships in 1932 and 1933 with Albritton winning the high jump both years. Albritton was also a Jesse Owens, left, talks with Danville native David Albritton. boxer and won two Cleveland Both were Olympians in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Golden Gloves titles. As a sophomore at Ohio State University, “But I want to be remembered for more than that. A lot of nice things have hapAlbritton won the NCAA Championship pened to me and I’m equally proud, if not in 1936. Although an accomplished athmore so, of some of my other achievelete, he also leaned heavily toward acaments.” demics. As a student at Ohio State, David Albritton’s winning personality did Albritton received a working scholarship not stop with earning a silver medal. Back as a page in the Ohio House of in the United States, he secured a job as an Representatives and Ohio Senate. industrial arts teacher at Dunbar High On July 20, 1936 during trials for the School in Cleveland where he also Olympic games at Randall‘s Island, NY, coached track and football. “Chief” as he Albritton tied in the high jump event with was known to his players, led the track Cornelius Johnson, both soaring an team to three state championships. Dunbar astounding 6 feet, 9 1/2 inches into the air and setting a new world record. A Decatur was an all black school and had never competed against the white schools in Daily article from July 16, 1936 reports Cleveland in football or basketball. In this feat and mentions David’s proud father, Peter Albritton. Although written in 1946, Albritton talked to some of the other coaches and found that they were agreethe condescending language of that day, it able to the idea of competing against is evident that the senior Albritton was Dunbar. Together they set up competitions well known and respected in the Danville with each other that broke long standing Community. racial barriers in that city. From those trials in Randall’s Island, In 1960, David Albritton, a Republican, New York, the two Alabama-born athletes won a seat in the Ohio House of went on to Berlin to compete in the most Representatives. He served six terms and controversial Olympic Games in history. was the first African American to chair a Although Albritton had tied with House committee. Later in life, Albritton Cornelius Johnson in the trials, he finserved as a trustee of Wright State ished second to Johnson in the actual University. competition, winning the silver medal in Tribute was paid to Albritton’s many athhigh jump. When it came time for letic achievements when he was inducted Johnson and Albritton to go to Hitler’s into the National Track and Field Hall of box to be congratulated, “Der Fuhrer” Fame, the Ohio State Athletic Hall of left the stadium, as he had reportedly Fame and the Ohio Sports Hall of Fame. done with Jesse Owens, so that he Hartselle Living • 21

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Drink to your health Staying hydrated is one of the key ways to losing weight and staying fit etting fit and losing weight are two of the most common goals people set for themselves each year. Between gym memberships, the latest diet trends and miracle-promising supplements, billions of dollars get spent each year on achieving fitness goals. But what if one of the simplest things you could do for yourself wasn’t found in a costly diet book or in an expensive pill?


Healthy Hydration and H2O Believe it or not, being properly hydrated is one of the best things you can do for your body. That means being in balance — the water your body loses from perspiration, breathing and other body processes is replaced by the water you consume. Based on clinical trials on adults, published in the journal Nutrition Reviews in 2005, scientists have identified that dehydration has an impact on physical and mental performance. Even mild dehydration — a loss of 1 to 2 percent of body weight — can impact your mental and physical performance. In addition to being thirsty, mild dehydration can cause headaches, decrease your alertness, concentration and memory, and reduce your endurance.

Drink in the Facts —38 out of 50 states have obesity rates higher than 25 percent. According to “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2011,” a report funded by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, twenty years ago no state had an obesity rate above 15 percent. —The average person gets more than 20 percent of their total caloric intake each day from beverages. Research suggests this number should be closer to 10 percent. To achieve that goal, pay attention to the calories per serving in all your beverages. —We drink about 450 calories a day.

Easy Ways to Stay Hydrated Good hydration is at the heart of a healthy lifestyle. Here are some tips for getting water into your daily routine: 1. Choose water instead of caloric, sweetened beverages, especially during mealtime. 2. For an easy and inexpensive thirst-quencher, carry bottled water throughout the day.

In 1965 we consumed only 225 calories from beverages. —A 2010 study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that soda, energy and sports drinks — including sweetened water products — are the number 4 source of calories for Americans, providing an average of 114 calories/day. —Unlike soft drinks and sweetened juices, water has no calories. In fact, making a simple switch such as replacing one 140-calorie sugared beverage a day with water can reduce 50,000 calories from your diet each year, as reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

3. Give your water variety by adding slices of lemon, lime, cucumber or watermelon. 4. Choose flavored sparkling water as another zero- calorie option. 5. Drink a cup of water before and after workouts, and more if it’s hot or your workout is long and strenuous. Sip water throughout the workout for steady rehydration. Information source:

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Springtime breakfast Get ready to enjoy the new season with a scrumptious springtime breakfast arm breezes, blooming flowers, pretty pastels — when spring is in the air, there’s plenty of reason to celebrate. It’s the perfect time to bring family and friends together for a welcoming brunch. When planning your menu, be sure to have plen-


ty of savory dishes on hand to satisfy your guests. And rest easy, you don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen to prepare your feast. Using ingredients already full of flavor, such as Johnsonville Breakfast Sausage, lets you create memorable brunch dishes without a lot of work. These recipes are simple yet satisfying — and leave you plenty of time to enjoy the company gathered around your table. For more savory brunch recipes, visit

Amazing Muffin Cups Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes Yield: 12 servings 3 cups refrigerated shredded hash browns 3 tablespoons melted butter 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper 12 links Johnsonville Original Breakfast Sausage 6 eggs 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded 4-cheese Mexican blend cheese 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper Chopped fresh chives or green onions, for garnish Place 12 paper liners in a muffin pan; spray liners with cooking spray. In bowl, combine hash browns, butter, salt and pepper. Press hash brown mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the muffin cups. Bake at

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400°F for 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Meanwhile, cook sausage according to package directions; cut into 1/2-inch pieces. Divide sausage between muffin cups. Combine eggs, cheese and bell pepper. Pour over sausage. Sprinkle with chives. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until set.

Sausage Mushroom Quiche

Sausage Mushroom Quiche Yield: 8 servings

1 package (12 ounces) Johnsonville Original Breakfast Sausage Patties 1 1/2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms 1/4 cup chopped onion 1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper 1/4 cup chopped green pepper 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened 4 eggs 1/3 cup half-and-half cream 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper Dash ground nutmeg 1 pastry shell (9 inches), baked In skillet, cook sausage over medium-high heat for 3 minutes, chopping into small pieces. Add mushrooms, onion and peppers. Cook and stir 5 minutes longer or until sausage is no longer pink and the vegetables are tender; drain well and set aside. In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in eggs and cream. Stir in cheeses, salt, pepper, nutmeg and sausage mixture. Pour into baked pastry shell. Bake, uncovered, at 350°F for 40 to 45 minutes or until a knife inserted near center comes out clean. If necessary, cover edges of crust with foil to prevent over-browning. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Easy Sausage Roll-Ups Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Yield: 16 roll-ups 1 package (12 ounces) Johnsonville Breakfast Sausage Links 2 containers refrigerated crescent rolls (16 rolls total) 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 2 tablespoons sugar Prepare sausage according to package directions. Drain and set aside. Unroll crescent roll dough according to directions on package. Place one cooked sausage onto one end of a dough triangle. Roll dough around sausage according to directions on dough package and place on jelly-roll pan with the seam side down. Repeat with remaining sausage and dough. (You will have 2 extra rolls. Bake and enjoy with jam.) Mix cinnamon and sugar together and sprinkle evenly over roll-ups. Bake according to directions on dough package. Serve hot. Suggestion: Serve with warm maple syrup, honey or your favorite preserves for dipping.

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Casey Goodwin and others tackle Vigor’s quarterback in the title game.

Will Swann and Chris Brown congratulate each other after winning the title.

Will Swann and Chris Brown congratulate each other after winning the title.

Blake Slayton carries the ball for Hartselle in the state championship.


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Gavin Marsh kicks a field goal from the hold of Preston Adams.

Hartselle High School finally wins its first state championship, to cap a memorable, undefeated season PHOTOS BY RICHARD HOLLINGSWORTH

artselle’s football season for 2012 was nothing short of magical. The Tigers had one of its most memorable season ever as they won their first state championship. Several teams have finished the regular season undefeated. One even finished without a loss before the playoff era of high school football, but it never received a mythical championship. The community came together to give their support each and every Friday night of the year and then also took nearly 10,000 people to BryantDenny Stadium to help cheer on the Tigers to a state championship.


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256.350.2211 Baby Bella, born at Parkway Medical Center


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From left: Traci Kodra, Teresa Staudt, Brandy Widner, Sarah Rutherford, Kelsey Starr

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Hartselle Living Spring Edition  

Hartselle Living Spring Edition 2012