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Two in Miss Alabama Hartselle has two young women competing in pageant Vol. 3, Issue 2

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The John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accesible Playground entrance behind Sparkman Civic Center. (Photo by Richard Hollingsworth)

STAFF President and Publisher Randy Garrison Editor Brent Maze

FEATURE 16. Miss Alabama

FEATURE 18. Park for all

Elizabeth Wesson and Megan Smith are competing for the title.

SNAP nearing completion with recent additions.

Advertising Pam Gray Ann Kirby Contributors Clif Knight Richard Hollingsworth Joy Harris



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14 RELIGION: Local camp meeting to host 114th annual event.

GET TO KNOW: Nancy Horton inducted into hall of fame.

FOOD: There’s a new porterhouse in town

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22 WELLNESS: Start today living a healthy lifestyle

WAY OF LIFE: Championships becoming standard in sports.

IN EVERY ISSUE: Letters • 6 Calendar • 10 Scene • 24 Last Word • 30 Hartselle Living • 5


Thanks for support ach time I ride by the Hartselle Fine Arts Center a feeling of gratitude comes to mind. After many years, the goal of having handicap accessibility for this historic building has been achieved.. Much time, effort, fundraising and discussions have taken place in order for this project to be completed. From the time the building was vacated as an elementary school, a group of people has worked diligently to not only save the building but to restore and improve the facility. Many improvements have been made over the past several years; including a new roof, original flooring Randy Garrison • Letter from the Publisher refinished, and central heat and air for the entire building There is not a practical way to thank all who had a part in this .In addition, the balcony was reconstructed, remodeled and effort. However, from all who are, or have been involved in the opened back up similar to the original layout of the second floor. Fine Arts Center, a great amount of appreciation is extended to However, one component was still missing,. Nno one with a all who helped in the smallest or largest way in ensuring that this physical disability or requiring a wheelchair for mobility could dream became a reality. Whether you donated money or bought a enter the historic building without being physically carried up the drink at concessions during a show at the center, it took all steep set of steps at the main entrance. Not only was this a danefforts from many people to accomplish making the building gerous undertaking for the person requiring help but to those proaccessible for all. viding helpi as well..Plus, it was not a pleasant undertaking for Special thanks also to Scout Troop 336 for landscaping the the person being carried into the building. grounds underneath the ramp. As part of his Eagle Scout project, After many years of discussion and fundraising, ground was Nathan Roark and his fellow scouts along with their parents perbroken on the current ramp project in late 2011. Thorough donaformed a professional landscaping job that the center would not tions from individuals, businesses, state grants, financial help have been able to do financially. from the Morgan County Commission and City of Hartselle the Come by, take a walk on the ramp and enjoy the grounds first wheelchair rolled up the ramp in February of this year. underneath, now all are able to enjoy any events taking place at Watching the students from Hartselle High use the ramp to enjoy the center. Again, our sincerest thanks for all the support with this a presentation of “Willie Wonka” was well worth all effort that project. was expended in bringing thiis project to completion.


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Getting your second chance I coach William Booth. “It wasn’t over. We just had to take what we get.” Hartselle won that game 122 in five innings and ignited the Tigers’ run to the state championship. They finished with a 10-2 record in the playoffs. “We took advantage of our second life,” catcher Chris Brown said. “I guess we owe them a thank you too. We were given a second life and we took advantage of it and we came up big.” MVP shortstop Brett Blackwood echoed those sen-

timents. “Like he said, you could thank West Point for beating East Limestone for winning that one game in the area,” Blackwood said. “Ever since we’d been down, everybody’s been focused. We came together as one.” Pitcher Brady Wallace, who got the Game 2 win in the championship series, compared the team to a family. “We might have had a few problems here and there, but we always came back together,” Wallace said.

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got a chance to cover Hartselle’s state championship run in baseball this year. It was a fun season. However, it almost never happened. Hartselle wouldn’t have had the chance to make the playoffs without the Warriors defeating East Limestone 6-4 in an area game on April 9. That forced the Indians to come to Reuben Sims Field on the last day of the regular season to play a tiebreaker game. “Well you know, it’s not over till it’s over – that’s what they say,” said Hartselle head

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The Hartselle Camp Meeting is located on Tabernacle Road in south Hartselle. The 114th encampment will be June 23-28.


Celebrating 114 years he Hartselle Camp Meeting began 114 years ago as an annual revival meeting, lasting 11 days, with 3 preaching services each day. This year, a new, shorter Camp Meeting will be held a week after Father’s Day. The meeting will run from Sun., June 23, through Fri., June 28.


Camp evangelists will be John Ed Mathison, Tommy Gray and Phil Waldrep. The music leader will be Ron Bean. The student leader will be Rob Cain and children’s workers are Brooks and Shelley Moss. Missionaries David and Rachel Kerney will also be speaking. The purpose was to proclaim faith in

Jesus Christ and a lifestyle of scriptural holiness. Since then, the facilities and surroundings have changed, but the heart of the Camp has not. Wagons and mules brought early campers onto the grounds, and families cooked their meals around a campfire. In the early days, the railroad ran through the middle of the Camp. Hartselle Living • 9

CALENDAR June 13 Youth Fire Academy Youth will get to experience a day in the life of a real firefighter by trying on uniforms, exploring trucks and participating in other activities during the City of Hartselle’s Youth Fire Academy June 13 from 9 to 11 a.m. The Hartselle Fire Department will be in Sparkman Park to share information with children ages 6-12. Only those that register by June 7 will receive a T-shirt. The event is free. Kids, be prepared to get wet. Family Movie Nights Once a month Hartselle Parks and Recreation will host family movie night in Sparkman Park for free. Just bring a lawn chair and snacks. Concessions will be available to purchase also. This summer’s theme is “All 80’s, All Summer.” The movies will begin at dusk at Pavilion 4. The schedule is as follows: June 13 – “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,” July 11 – “Big,” Aug. 8 – “Harry and the Hendersons” and Sept. 12 – “The Goonies.” The series finale will be Oct. 3 with “Ghostbusters.” This

movie night will be in conjunction with Hartselle Parks and Recreation Trunk-or-Treat. More information about Trunk-or-Treat will be available this fall.

June 14 Daddy-Daughter Date Night Hartselle Parks and Recreation is sponsoring a Daddy-Daughter Date Night June 14 from 7 to 9 p.m., just in time for Father’s Day. Daughters, bring dear old Dad out for a night of dinner and dancing and many other wonderful things we have planned for the evening. Photos will be available for $5 each. A $10 per person fee is due by June 7 to reserve your place.

June 20 Youth Police Academy Hartselle’s finest will be at Sparkman Civic Center on June 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. for the Hartselle Police Department’s Youth Police Academy. This will give children an idea of what goes on behind the scenes. The police officers invite children ages 6-12 to look inside a patrol car and learn about other exciting

Local children will get a chance to see what police officers do during the Hartselle Police Deparment’s Youth Police Academy on June 20.

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police procedures. This event is free but please register by June 14. Those that register after the cut-off date will not receive an event T-shirt. Wetland Explorers The Morgan County Soil and Water Conservation District is having a Wetland Explorers program June 20 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for children from second to sixth grade. Cost is $15 and includes lunch and a T-shirt. Children will learn about survival, water, soil and wildlife. Explorers will also be making their own dirt shirt. Participants will need to wear sunscreen, bug spray, boots and old clothes. Contact Summer Stidham, education coordinator, at 256-7736543. Deadline to register is Thur., June 13.

June 23-28 Hartselle Camp Meeting Hartselle Camp Meeting 2013, will be Sun., June 23, through Fri., June 28. Camp Evangelist will be John Ed Mathison, Tommy Gray and Phil Waldrep. The music leader will be CALENDAR continued on page 11

CALENDAR, from 10 Ron Bean. The student leader will be Rob Cain and children’s workers are Brooks and Shelley Moss. Missionaries, David and Rachel Kerney will also be speaking.

July 4 Spirit of America Festival The Spirit of America Festival will be July 4 beginning at 4 p.m. at Point Mallard in Decatur. Activities include a children’s bike parade, live stage entertainment, a children’s area, Boy Scout celebration Aaena, Spirit of America awards ceremony, Miss Point Mallard Pageant and of course the Spirit of America fireworks display, at 10 p.m.

July 18 Hartselle Camp Meeting Hartselle Parks and Recreation is

hosting Grandpa’s Got Talent July 18 at 10 a.m. at Sparkman Civic Center. We are looking for singers, storytellers, dancers, yodelers, kazoo players and any other talented guys with grandchildren. Prizes will be given and its free to sign up. Register at your local senior center or at Sparkman Civic Center by July 15.

July 20 Luau at Hartselle Aquatic Center Hartselle Parksand Recreation will sponsor its annual luau at Hartselle Aquatic Center July 20 from 8 -10 p.m. There will be special music, tropical decorations, exciting games and Hawaiian leis for everyone. Cost is $5. Season pool passes will not be honored during the luau.

July 19 Princess Party Hartselle Parks and Recreation will have its annual princess party at Sparkman Civic Center on July 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for ages 5 to 8. We will play games, make tiaras, play make-up and have “tea” at noon. Wear your best gaudy princess attire. Please register at the Sparkman Civic Center and pay the $10 fee, no later than July 15.

July 24 Cake decorating workshop Morgan County 4-H is hosting a cake-decorating workshop will be at the Morgan County Extension Office on Wed., July 24, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Registration is $6 fee. Students will learn basic cake decorating and go home with a beautiful cake that you decorated. Registration deadline is Tues., July 9.

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Self-made coach Hartselle instructor goes from backyard competitor to sports hall of fame STORY BY CLIF KNIGHT


r. Nancy Horton made a name for herself in sports in spite of the fact that the closest she came to playing competitive sports in high school was shooting baskets in the backyard and cheering for the Holly Pond Broncos at football and basketball games. Horton, who serves Hartselle City Schools as director of instruction and federal programs, was one of 11 sports legends inducted into the Cullman County Sports Hall of Fame on April 27. She was honored for coaching cheerleading, volleyball, basketball and softball at Hanceville schools for 20 years, organizing a volleyball officials association and Dixie Girls Youth Softball program and playing on a women’s independent softball team until age 42. “I was humbled to receive the honor,” Horton said. “I felt there are many more who are more deserving than I. My husband Lane was inducted in 2003 and I was pleased that we are the first husband and wife team to be inducted in its 13-year history.” Horton’s coaching career was launched when she was asked to be the cheerleaders’ sponsor. “I was a non-tenured teacher and it was common for those seeking tenure to be drafted to help with extra curricular activities,” she explained. Then, in 1982, she was asked by the volleyball coach to organize a county volleyball officials association. This led to her serving as an official for four years and opened the door for her to replace the volleyball coach, after he moved on to coach football. She later added basketball and slow pitch softball to her coaching resume. One of Horton’s cheerleading squads won a national title in the Can-AM competition in the early 1990s. Her teams also won numerous county, regional and state titles during

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Here are news clippings of Dr. Nancy Horton’s coaching career at Hanceville High School.

her coaching tenure. “That was a very dedicated, hard-working group of girls,” Horton recalled. They were committed to excellence. They wanted to be good and wanted to win.” Horton made up for her lack of playing sports by attending coaching clinics, reading books and borrowing expertise from her husband who coached boys varsity basketball HORTON continued on page 13

HORTON, from 12 for many years. “He would sit two rows behind the bench and offer advice when he saw opportunities to improve our game,” she recalled. “Sometimes the players would look up to him for help during a timeout. It was obvious to everyone what was going on but he insisted on taking a back seat in the stands.” All four of the Horton children grew up around sports practices and game competitions and were active participants. “They would do their homework on the sidelines during practice, and we ate lots of hotdogs and nachos,” Horton stated. All four of the siblings and their spouses are now successful educators, teachers, nurses and store managers. In addition to junior high and high school sports, Horton was an innovator in youth sports. She organized a Dixie Girls Softball League and served as a team

coach for five years. Horton remained an active supporter of sports after she was elected superintendent of Cullman County Schools in 2003. She

attended all but one of the finals of every junior high and high school tournament in Cullman County and personally presented awards to the winning teams and players. Her one miss was the result of a late flight to Huntsville. “I hope I was able to be a positive influence in the lives of the players I coached,” Horton stated. “I always tried to stress the importance of cooperation, diligence, perseverance and discipline and wanted my teams to show good sportsmanship and citizenship. “We had prayer before every game,” she added. “I wanted the players to know that no matter the circumstances they could depend on the Lord for guidance.” “I believe if you give students something to be a part of, it will keep them focused on doing the right things. “What makes me most proud is to look around and see and hear from former students and players who have been so successful,” she said.

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Chipotle-Herb Butter Porterhouse Chop with Corn on the Cob


New pork porterhouse Taking pork chops to the next level with the porterhouse, ribeye chops


othing beats a tender, juicy pork chop on the grill – a versatile canvas for a wide range of culinary creations. With new pork cut names to be revealed at the meat case later this summer, home cooks will soon have an easier way to select and prepare their favorite pork meals. Extensive research was conducted to help prevent confusion when selecting your favorite protein. To simplify the shopping experience, new labeling will begin to appear on your favorite cuts of pork including Porterhouse

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Chops and Ribeye Chops. You can now take your beef grilling know-how and put it to use when grilling pork chops. These new cuts will have easy-to-identify names, so you’ll know exactly how to “grill pork chops like a steak.” For the most juicy and tender chops, grill to an internal temperature between 145 degrees Fahrenheit for medium rare and 160 degrees Fahrenheit for medium, followed by a 3-minute rest. Be FOOD continued on page 15

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Chipotle-Herb Butter Porterhouse Chop with Corn on the Cob Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes Yield: 4 servings (1 serving: 1 chop, 1 piece of corn and 1 tablespoon of cilantro butter) 4 Porterhouse Chops (AKA bone-in loin chops), about 1-inch thick 2 teaspoons paprika Salt and pepper to taste Olive oil for brushing

Corn on the Cob 4 pieces of corn, shucked 2 teaspoons olive oil

Chipotle-Herb Butter 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped 1 tablespoon chopped chipotle pepper in adobo sauce 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice Preheat grill over medium high heat and brush with olive oil. Sprinkle paprika, salt and pepper on both sides of chops. Grill pork for 8-9 minutes, turning once halfway through, until cooked to 145ÂşF. Remove pork from grill, tent it with foil and let rest for 3 minutes. Brush corn with olive oil and place on grill. Grill corn for a few minutes on each side, turning regularly until charred. Remove from grill and set aside. In food processor, combine softened butter, cilantro, chipotle pepper and

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freshly squeezed lime juice. Pulse for 1 minute until fully combined. Dish up 1 tablespoon of compound butter on top of each piece of pork, and serve with piece of corn on the cob. Note: You can find chipotle pepper in adobo sauce canned in the ethnic or Latin section of most major supermarkets.

Serving Suggestions: Play with this recipe by altering the compound butter for a completely different spin on the dish. Subbing in various types of herbs would be an easy flavor swap – try parsley instead of cilantro, or garlic instead of the chipotle peppers.

Nutritional Information per Serving (Not including oil used for brushing grill.) Calories: 330; Fat: 19g; Saturated Fat: 9g; Cholesterol: 100mg; Sodium: 90mg; Carbohydrates: 18g; Protein: 25g; Fiber: 3g

Megan Smith – Miss Marble Valley with Miss Alabama Anna Laura Bryan

Elizabeth Wesson – Miss Point Mallard

Going for Miss Alabama Two Hartselle young women are competing for the title of Miss Alabama after winning preliminaries STORY BY BRENT MAZE 16 • Hartselle Living

artselle will be well represented in June during the Miss Alabama pageant at the Wright Center on the campus of Samford University. Of the 51 candidates representing all areas of Alabama, two of them are Hartselle and they are good friends as well. Elizabeth Wesson won the title of Miss Point Mallard last year while Megan Smith earned the title of Miss Marble Valley. By winning those two preliminaries, it made them eligible for Miss Alabama. “It’s tells you a lot about the people of Hartselle to have two representatives in the Miss Alabama pageant,” Wesson said. While the two are separated in age by a few years, the two have maintained a good relationship. Smith said their families have been friends for years. “We’ve always known each other,” Smith said. “It’s just awesome to be competing with her in the Miss Alabama pageant.” Wesson is no stranger to the Miss Alabama pageant. This will be her third appearance in the pageant, making it to the state competition both of the last two years. She said being a contestant the last two years could be an advantage, but there are no guarantees. “Every pageant is different,” Wesson said. “The judges may not be looking for the same things that they do in another pageant I’ve competed in.” That being said, she has no immediate plans set past this year’s Miss Alabama’s pageant. “Right now, I’m just focusing on preparing for Miss Alabama,” Wesson said. “It’s been a blessing being names Miss Point Mallard. It’s the second pageant during the year. So I didn’t have to worry about having to win a preliminary since July of last year. But it has been a fun but busy time making so many appearances throughout the year.” While Smith is making her first Miss Alabama appearance, she’s not unfamiliar with competing in pageants. During her senior year of high school, she was the Morgan County representative in the Distinguished Young Woman program. She believes that will prepare her for the new challenge. “The Distinguished Young Woman program replaced the Junior Miss scholarship program,” Smith said. “Getting that opportunity to compete in that last year will definitely help me prepare for Miss Alabama this year. The two said that they will be supporting the during the Miss Alabama program. The event will be June 5-8. Smith is the daughter of Jeff and Pam Smith while Wesson is the daughter of Bob and Bobbie Wesson.


Elizabeth Wesson Miss Point Mallard

Megan Smith Miss Marble Valley Hartselle Living • 17

Almost complete Hartselle’s Special Needs Accessible Playground is beginning the final planned phases of its park STORY BY JOY HARRIS PHOTOS BY RICHARD HOLLINGSWORTH

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he plan for the John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground of Morgan County (SNAP) is nearly complete. A ribbon cutting and opening day ceremony was recently held to celebrate the grand opening of the newest playground and entrance. Project workers recently added a $56,569 entryway to the existing swing area, splash pad and pavilion. The new entryway features a lighted clock tower with a weather vane and two-foot backlit LED letters in the SNAP logo. It also has a large concrete pad for displays. Genesis Construction provided a crane and crew to hoist the clock tower atop the entryway and installed roofing. Members of the Hartselle Park and Recreation staff installed the clock tower. Phases one and two of SNAP have already been completed since the concept of SNAP was developed in 2006, but Phase Three is still in progress. An additional playground was added to the swing area and splash pad in April, the entryway was completed SNAP continued on page 19

SNAP, from 18 in May, and the second half of the figure eight play area connected to the splash pad is still to come. Project manager for the playground,

Bob Francis, is pleased with SNAP’s progress since construction first started in 2008. “All of the hard work and dedication that has gone into SNAP has paid off and will continue to pay off,” Francis

said. “The smiles on the children’s faces are priceless. They are so happy not to be restricted by their physical limitations. This playground is specifically for them, which makes it unique.”

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HEALTH, from 20 slimmer, healthier body.”

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Before starting a fitness program, you need to know your starting place. Talk to your doctor to find out your body mass index (BMI), weight and blood pressure, and to get recommendations on what kinds of activities are safe for you to begin. “With our activity programs at NIHF,” said Sorenson’s wife, Vicki, “we take a detailed physical assessment to tailor the activities to individuals. This ensures safety while allowing them to achieve maximum results.” It can be very helpful to have an exercise buddy, or even a group. Not only will it help you be more accountable to sticking to your plan, a friend can make exercising much more fun.

Making the Commitment Taking care of your body isn’t about fitting into a small sized pair of jeans or a smaller special-occasion dress. It’s about making a long-term commitment to your health. Some people have found that a helpful

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Hartselle baseball just won its eighth state championship in school history.


Going for the blue Winning state championships is a way of life for Hartselle High School, setting a standard of excellence for all sports STORY AND PHOTOS BY BRENT MAZE 22 • Hartselle Living

artselle High School always sets a high standard for academics and athletics. That high standard of excellence has paid off in the way of state championships. In the last two years alone, four different teams have won state championships and several others have won individual titles as well. Baseball capped off the year by winning its eighth championship, the most by any sport in Hartselle’s athletic program. Volleyball won its first ever state championship in the fall. In the 2011-2012 school year, football won its first ever state championship and finished 15-0. Girls golf also won its fourth consecutive 5A title. Overall, Hartselle has won a team state championship in eight AHSAA sanctioned sports. After baseball and girls golf, softball has the third most with three followed by girls basketball and wrestling with two each. Boys basketball also has one state championship to its credit.


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The Hartselle Fine Arts Center held its annual Silent Auction and Benefit Dinner in April. The event is the biggest fundraiser for the center each year. Currently, the center is trying to complete restroomupgrades and build an elevator to make the whole facility handicap accessible. 1. Freda Thompson and Mayor Don Hall look over items during the silent auction. 2 Scott Hodgen, Beverly Waldrop and Ann Tucker look at the art, which has been on display from the Watercolor Society of Alabama’s national exhibition. 3. Jana Tucker and Michelle George. 4. Sherry Reagin and Bettye English. 5. Richard and Dena Nagel.



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The Hartselle Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual meeting and awards banquet at the new Hartselle High School. 1. Hannah Hand and Will Payne. 2. Joe Webber, Mike Roberson, Janice Roberson, Sandra Smelser, Bill Smelser and J.W. Church. 3. Dr. Franklin Penn, Saundra Murphreee and Larry Murphree. 4. Mayor Don Hall and his wife, Debbie. 5 Sandy Johnson, Pam Blackburn, Mack Gardner, Karen Gardner and Nancy Busby.


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3 1. Bob Sittason, Ken Doss and Bob Jaques. 2. Becky Young, Rajane Hampton, Jennifer Sittason and Dr. David Sittason. 3. (front), Dwight Tankersley, Rob Payne, Larry Murphree, Freda Thompson, Nancy Busby, Susan Hines, (middle) Randy Garrison, Doug Chapman, Les McCollum, (back) Ken Doss, Zack Richardson and Mark Waters. 4. Mike Reed was the keynote speaker. 5. Dr. Mark Hendrix, Destany Sherman and Zack Richardson. 6. Kathy White Goodwin and Ferrell Vest. 7. Tomand Linda Guyton.




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Morgan-Hartselle Relay for Life was held in April at J.P. Cain Stadium. 1. Landon Gilette, Brooke Gilette and Andrea Greenhill were a part of the many whohelped raise money for the American Cancer Society. 2. Melissa Ward, Melba Brown, Julie Hall, Nona Livingston and Hannah Witt are dressed in cowboy hats. 3.This group is shooting for a cure by selling these T-shirts. 4. Country Financial Group sponsored a team at Relay for Life. 5. These women walked in the survivor’s lap in memory of Carol Beaver from the Hartselle Cancer Support Group. 6.These children were among the youngest supporters of the MorganHartselle Area Relay for Life at J.P. Cain Stadium.They are, from left, Mary Blythe Lusk, Barrett McKelvey, Madilyn Grace Stadthagen, Linley Cate Brennerman and Miller Rabb.

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More teams participated in the Morgan-Hartselle Relay for Life at J.P. Cain Stadium. 1.This group was among those who helped raise more than $64,000. 2. Vicky Tyler, JeanNarnell, Denise Lane, Sharron Steele, Renee Stepp, Jean Sharp and Tammy Dewberry were a part of Peck Glasgow Insurance’s Relay for Life team. 3.These volunteers helped raise money for Relay for Life. Local Relay officials are still continuing to work toward their goal of $101,000 by Aug. 31.The event was cut short in April due to lightning. Because the event ended early, ACS representative Bobby Smith said they weren’t able to launch the nearly 150 Relay for Life lanterns, which were purchased by donors in memory of loved ones.“We’re planning to have another ceremony somewhere in the community, maybe at E.A.R.T.H. Park or somewhere else, to launch those lanterns,�Smith said.



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Decatur Morgan Hospital spoonsored a Hartselle Area Chamber of Commerce After Hours event at the Freight House Restaurant in May. 1. Faye Walker, Bob Wesson, Bobbie Wesson and Bettye English enjoy a chat prior to the event. 2. Freda Thompson poses for a picture with Miss Point Mallard Elizabeth Wesson. 3. Kathy White Goodwin, Leigh Hayes and Brenda Ceruzzi pose for a picture.

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Hartselle Living - May 2013  
Hartselle Living - May 2013  

The John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground nears its completion. Also read about Hartselle's Megan Smith and Elizabeth Wess...