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Congratulations to all of Pelham’s Teachers of the Year! Read a little about them inside this issue. One of them, Leslie Cranford from Valley Intermediate, was also honored with the first Jane Bishop Service Award, given to her at the annual PHS football banquet. Jane was the athletic department secretary who died suddenly last year. This award honors a person that exhibits the spirit of service for which Jane was known. J.T. Ross, a PHS senior, was also honored. More inside. Three anchors of the Pelham Panther baseball team signed letters of intent recently to play Division I baseball. Read a little about these young men in this issue, and see more pictures of the reception held in their honor on our blog at (Click on the orange icon to go to the blog where the pictures are posted.) Hats off to their parents and coaches for all they do in molding Pelham athletes into great young men. Hey, you don’t hear of many coaches these days who hold weekly bible studies at their homes that 18-year-olds enjoy attending! PHS is special. While we’re talking scholarships, congratulations to Justin Forehand, PHS’s steam rolling offensive tackle, as he agrees to use his blocking skills as a UAB Blazer next season. Finally, on occasion, it’s nice to watch a game and enjoy a beverage out someplace, but too often around here, you leave such a place smelling like an ashtray, which is offensive to most who don’t smoke. Well, there is a new place in town called Shelby’s that you might like to check out. Not only is it non-smoking, but it is brand new inside and features an award-winning chef (Clayton Noto) with a delicious looking menu. Shelby’s offers light, upscale entertainment several nights a week. Owned by Pelham grad Kolby Mele (who also owns Grey Bar and Steele in Birmingham), it is operated by his sister, Angele. Located in the old McAllister’s building behind Walgreens near 31 and Helena Road, they invite you to come out for lunch or dinner—to watch a game on the several flat screens behind the bar or just to sit with friends and enjoy a beverage while listening to some easy listening music. Until next time,

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he owners of Geaux Play Sports and Fitness in Pelham are people on a mission. Literally. The couple is very active in missions work and say that their fitness business exists to make their missions activities possible. “Lisa and I went to Haiti after their devastating earthquake with a group from Score International based in Chattanooga, Tennessee,” said owner Brad Hall. “Score

is the same group that I go with every year to do baseball camps and missions work with other coaches and players in the Dominican Republic.  While we were in Haiti, Lisa and I stayed with Joel Hess, a former US Marine who is now a missionary there and runs the Haiti Gospel Mission. Having kept in touch with Joel since our trip, we discovered that he and his wife, April, had been

searching for an affordable vehicle to buy since theirs broke down recently. We wanted to help out. I called Steve Dobbs (whose son does lessons with me). Steve is the used car sales manager at Tuscaloosa Toyota. He spoke with David DeSantis, the general manager, and they gave us a great deal on a gently used Toyota Sequoia! After getting the vehicle, Lisa and I had to figure out a way to get the vehicle to Miami so it could be shipped to Haiti. We were put in contact with Ron Owens and his wife, Suzanne, who work with SOZO Children’s mission, and they volunteered to drive the vehicle down to Miami for us. And since they were headed that way, Brad had been collecting donated baseball equipment from Geaux Play clients and others in the community who wanted to send it to the Dominican Republic for the youth baseball programs Brad had worked with there. Also partnering in the equipment drive with Brad were Todd McMichen at The People’s Church in Oak Mountain and the Oak Mountain High School Baseball team. It turned out that Score had a shipping container in Tampa that will soon be

shipping to the Dominican Republic, so Lisa, Ron, Suzanne and others loaded most of the baseball equipment in the Sequoia to be dropped off in Tampa on the SUV’s way to Miami killing two birds with one stone. Hats off to Brad and Lisa and all their helpers on all the good work they do. Thanks also to Brad and Lisa for sponsoring this year’s Pelham Slim Down Challenge. If you are looking for a way to lose weight, be sure to send us your information now to sign up! Deadline for this year’s challenge is right around the corner, January 31, 2012. Email your height, weight, age and past experience with trying to lose weight along with a current picture to:

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tudents and special guests at Valley Intermediate School were treated to a special performance from “Lady Liberty” during the school’s annual Veteran’s Day Program. On Thursday, Nov. 10, more than 40 veterans joined the student body in seeing a theatrical presentation from The Next Great Americans Tour. The Liberty Learning Foundation’s mission is to ensure that students are excited to learn about our country’s history and the important role that they will pay in its future. Above, Assistant Principal Debbie Horton, Lady Liberty, and Principal Dana Payne. At right, World War II veteran Mr. Jesse Weaver, greatDuring the performance, grandfather of fifth grader, Jackson Weaver. The Statue of Liberty literfor their service to our country. Among who received a standing ovation from Heartfelt thanks were given to all of ally came to life and explained the histhe audience for his brave service to our the veterans and those currently serving the veterans in attendance was a very tory of her creation and the meaning of nation. Mr. Weaver was in the Army who attended the celebration. special guest, Mr. Jesse Weaver, greatliberty and freedom in our great nation. and served in the European theatre durA special thanks also goes out to the grandfather of fifth grader, To begin the program, Dana Payne, ing World War II. He was actually on faculty and administration at Valley Jackson Weaver. principal at VIS, introduced each the beaches of Normandy just 10 days Intermediate school for bringing our veteran in attendance and thanked them students this important program! Mr. Weaver is a World War II veteran after the landing on D-Day.

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A 3rd grade Math kit, above, contains play money — dollar bills and change, K’NEX pieces that teach place value, balance scales, shapes, clocks, and overhead calculators for teacher use. A literature connection is made via books such as “Amanda Bean’s Amazing Dream” or “Ten Little Rabbits.” At right, students participate in a science demonstration.

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he formats used to teach math and science in K-12 schools nationwide is an area of concern for educators who recognize the need to prepare students for the challenges of our now global economy. AMSTI, the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative, now in about 50 percent of schools statewide, is one of the most comprehensive programs around and was implemented 10 years ago to address the way Math and Science are taught in Alabama. “We are growing. We are seeing changes in test scores and changes of attitude in the classroom teachers,” said Debbie O’Hara, director of AMSTI’s Pelham location. “But we would like to see budget increases that allow us to be in more schools and hire more staff as well.” The Pelham AMSTI site has been active for six years and is part of University of Montevallo’s in-service region. O’Hara is a former math teacher herself who saw how Math in the classroom 8

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“He told me, ‘I’m just happy to do that for a tow truck driver,’” Scoggins said. “And that meant a lot to me. He has an understanding beyond the average person of what the jobs entails.” Scoggins wants to visit the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum in Chattanooga. There are antique wreckers and equipment, industry-related displays of collectible toys, tools, unique equipment and pictorial histories of manufacturers who pioneered the industry worldwide. The first wrecker was fabricated approximately three and a half miles away from the museum at Ernest Holmes Company Automotive. He especially wants to see the memorial, The Wall of the Fallen, inscribed with the names of tow-truck drivers who have been killed in the line of duty across the nation. “I would also like to thank the City of Pelham Police, Fire and Rescue for keeping our city safe and to wish all our men and women in the Armed Forces a Safe and Happy New Year.” Scoggins also mentions that the Move Over Law applies to wreckers as well as fire trucks, police cars and ambulances, as all are considered emergency vehicles. Good advice.



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The Pelham High School Pantherettes recently participated in the Alabama Dance/ Auxiliary State Competition held at Samford University’s Wright Auditorium. When the competition was over and done, the ladies walked away with a state title! The team also placed first in the Jazz, High Kick, Prop Novelty, and Ensemble categories. Pantherettes are: Meagan Aenchbacher, Hayley Barber, Katie Belue, Shelby Bradford, Maddie Gathings, Kierra Hiatt, Karli Lawson, Abby Lindley, MerryMichael Ramsey, Tristin Sharp, Presley Sherer, Katie Thomas, Marissa Wilkins, McKay Wilkins and Savanna Windham. Their sponsor is Laura Cochran, and her daughter, former Miss Alabama Liz Cochran-Morgan serves as the dance team’s choreographer. Team members that placed in the individual competition included: 1st place Savanna Windham; 2nd place - Megan Aenchbacher; 3rd place - Tristin Sharp; and 5th place - Shelby Bradford. CahabaDentalAd8.11A 7/25/11 7:39 Congratulations ladies—your hard work paidPM off! Page 1

Two Pelham Gymnasts win gold medals at state meet Two Pelham gymnasts won their respective age division’s All Around title at the State of Alabama Compulsory Gymnastics meet held recently in Ozark. Cami Weaver, above left, won AllAround in the 5-8-year-olds. The Valley Intermediate 3rd grader also had a personal best score of 9.725 on Beam. Dailey Nicholas, above right, won All-Around for her division. She is a 6th grade student at Riverchase Middle. The gymnasts train at Legacy Gymnastics here in Pelham. Of the 22

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but was also honored as High School Teacher of the Year at a banquet held by the Greater Shelby County Education Foundation December 1. Schrupp has taught 9th and 11th grade AP U.S. History and served as History Dept. Chair for 2010-2011. He served as PHS Asst. Principal for two years (2008-2009) before making the decision to return to what he is most passionate about—teaching. At PHS, he serves on the Technology Team and is the Asst. Varsity Baseball Coach. He also works with baseball camps and instruction for youth in Pelham and Helena.

Schrupp believes, however, that his greatest contribution to education is his passion and commitment to inspire students to develop a love for history. “To me, if we ever hope to change the world, an appreciation and understanding of history is arguably our most valuable skill,” he says. In Schrupp’s classes students discuss and identify trends, changes over time and cause and effect relationships. Connecting the past to the future is the way to engage students, he believes. His teaching philosophy uses Socratic methodology as he believes that asking questions is the primary gateway to all

knowledge. Jeff Schrupp speaks to what he believes is the greatest public educational challenge of today—closing the achievement gap and building collaborative community partnerships. Schrupp says that school leaders and officials must take the initiative to reach out to parents and to the community, by issuing an invitation to participate, so that communication, respect and trust can be established and built upon. Jeff Schrupp has an MS.ed Degree and Ed.S Degree from UAB and will complete his Ph.D in 2012.

He is also on the School Leadership Team, Math Dept. Head, 8th grade Math Team sponsor, Golf Coach and a member of the Technology Committee. He began teaching at 22 and previously taught in Kansas City and Springfield, Mo., and taught 7th grade Math at RMS. He tutors math and chemistry for grades 6-12. Michael says he was a decent, but not inspired student until he encountered his high school Science and Math teachers. They were old, traditional, strict — but at the same time very academic, and he admired their complete understanding of their subject.

Two teachers showed him that it is not enough to simply pass a class, but rather you need to put all your thoughts, efforts and concentration into that class so as to master it. For four years he took every class those teachers offered — up to Calculus and Physics 4. He graduated high school in the top 10 percent of his class and earned a 30 on the ACT (a perfect 36 on the math section). Michael says, “I owe it all to those two teachers.” “I believe teaching is the job that creates all other jobs,” he says. Michael says it is important to bond with your students and let them know

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2005. While obtaining her degree at the University of Alabama, she tutored ESL students in the Tuscaloosa area. It was her interaction with those students that solidified her strong connection with the teaching profession. Hargis continues to teach ESL and is also an INOW trainer and grade level chair. She participates in the Math and Reading Vertical Teams and the Family Literacy Program. “All my students come from different backgrounds. Some were born in the United States and some were not. Some come from a single parent

home, some come from a two-parent home, some live with their grandparents and some live in a foster home.” “Some of the kids are on sport teams, some practice piano, some go on elaborate vacations and eat at fancy restaurants while others do not have much to eat at home. No matter what, I want children to be able to put everything aside and feel safe, loved and appreciated. Without that secure, nurturing environment, children will not feel motivated to learn.” Hargis believes in teaching to every level, not just “teaching to the middle.” ● To advertise, call 746-1188 ●

Cranford taught 4th and 5th grade at Montevallo Elementary from 2000 to 2005 and 4th and 5th grade at VIS since 2005, where she is an AMSTI Lead Math Teacher, Math School Improvement committee chairman and Literary Magazine representative. “Every child that I touch touches me. The celebration of an ‘ah-hah’ moment when they master a concept, the passion with which they discuss a much-loved book, and the warm hugs at the end of the day are all part of the profession. In truth, teaching is not so much a vocation as an avocation,” Cranford says. “I would teach for free; it is my passion.”

High-end learners will not continue to thrive without being challenged and boredom may create behavior problems, while lower level students will fall further behind, therefore she modifies assignments to meet the needs of each individual student. “Knowing that I am making memories, setting a foundation for success, and instilling positive moral and academic values within each student is all I need in order to know I made the right choice in becoming an educator.” Pelham City News ● Winter 2012 13

Dabo Swinney’s success all about achieving goals

Pelham native talks about his role as Clemson’s head coach, stopping a streak and football in Alabama


n just his third year as head coach of the Clemson Tigers, 42-yearold Pelham native Dabo Swinney claimed his first ACC Championship and a berth in the BCS Orange Bowl, which Dabo would be the first to admit was a complete let down. But after similar offensive woes during the 2009 season, a new offensive coordinator hire for 2010 righted the offensive sails and took them to new heights in 2011. Word just in that a similar plan is in place for his young defensive squad for 2012. A coaching search is currently underway to right the ship on the defensive side of the ball. We talked to Dabo by phone just before he left for the Orange Bowl. “I tell people all the time, I’m nothing special at all,” Swinney said. “I hope people can look at me and say, ‘If that guy can do it, I can do it.’ Being the head coach at Clemson doesn’t determine success - achieving goals determines success. You’ve got to dream big, keep your eyes on the Lord, believe in yourself and don’t quit. We live in a world that creates doubt. You have to pick ‘em up and put ‘em down every day. It has taken a lot of perseverance and determination to make a good life. I didn’t dream of being the coach at Clemson. I just dreamed about being a good father and a good husband. I dreamed about having a good job to take care of both. But every step along the way, I set the goal just a little higher, and here I am.”

Swinney led his Tigers to their fourth consecutive bowl game, a streak that includes reaching the Gator Bowl in 2008 while he was serving as head coach on an interim basis. Despite its disappointing conclusion, a 70-33 blistering by West Virginia, the BCS trip caps a season in which his Tigers brought the Auburn Tigers,’ who reigned as national champions, winning streak to an end. Of the September victory, Swinney then quipped, “It seems appropriate that a ‘Bama boy ended that streak.” Roll Tide. “It is what it is,” Swinney says of the remark that riled Auburn fans. “I grew up my whole life in Alabama, 33 years, and I was at Alabama for 13. I have a great respect for Auburn. They were the champions until someone could beat them. Seventeen games that streak stayed intact. At Clemson, we had not beaten them in 60 years—0-14 over that stretch. Breaking that streak was huge, because we did it.” It wouldn’t be the last time the outspoken coach would make waves behind a microphone. More recently, he defended his school against comments mistakenly credited to South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier. Shots alleged to be taken by the “old ball coach” were later correctly attributed to play-by-play man Todd Ellis, but not before Swinney offered his response.  “I said what I said to defend Clemson,” Swinney said. “It was

out there all week—in the media, on Twitter. I’m glad he didn’t say it, but as I’ve said, if something was being credited to me that I didn’t say, I’d make sure it was corrected if my name was attached. I don’t feel bad about defending Clemson. But Steve and I are fine. We were at a luncheon together last week.” The comments in question were made by Ellis at the end of the South Carolina/Clemson game. Said former S.C. quarterback Ellis, “As Coach Spurrier says, we aren’t LSU or Alabama, but we ain’t Clemson, folks.” Swinney answered on air by speaking to Clemson’s historic supremacy over their in-state rival, their conference titles and agreed in the end, saying “They are right, they are not Clemson,” but Dabo said it from a corrected perspective. That rivalry is something Swinney hopes is intensified, something he would love to see reach the heights of the Iron Bowl, though he concedes it to be much different as Clemson and South Carolina aren’t in the same conference, let alone the same division.  “Alabama and Auburn are really close, historically,” he said. “I don’t have it in front of me, but I’m thinking that it’s separated by about eight games all-time, but our rivalry is heavily led by Clemson. Every year, there are conference implications at stake in the Iron Bowl. This year was a rare time when both teams in our game were

ranked, maybe the fifth time ever. Coach Spurrier won 10 games there for just the second time in the history of their school this year. Maybe we’re building this into more of a national rivalry.” Swinney just won his first ACC Championship, but he isn’t the first local native to lead a team to an ACC Championship. And that bond helped create a special relationship.  “My mom was a Woodlawn graduate, and of course Bobby Bowden was, too,” Swinney said. “He knows Mayor Hayes and he’s always asking about Bobby. Obviously, I played for and worked for Coach Bowden’s son, Tommy. Bobby has been a good mentor –when I was placed in the interim position after Tommy left, I had to go down to Tallahassee and play them. And it could have been very awkward, but he made it easy. We’ve talked a lot over the years, and Birmingham always comes up.” Oh and one other accolade this past year for Pelham’s first Division I head football coach—he was named the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year, joining the ranks of great football coaches nationwide. We look for great things out of Dabo Swinney in the years to come. If common sense, intelligence and hard work mean anything, look for Dabo to be right there battling for the ACC crown again next season!

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Assemblies of God Lamb of God Charismatic Episcopal

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RiverPoint Church

375 Bearden Road, 621-0112 Pastor Bobby Lewis • Sunday Morning Worship 10:30 a.m.


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Coach Jeff Mauldin praises three stalwarts of his team, L-R: Hunter Soleymani, Parker Curry and Ty Pierce before they signed their letters of intent.

PHS Baseball trio signs Division I scholarships


hursday, November 10, was the date that three stalwarts of the Pelham Panther baseball team signed scholarships to play Division I baseball at the next level. Judging from remarks made by the three as each was given the opportunity to speak and those made by coach Jeff Mauldin, it is evident that three sets of parents have done remarkable jobs in raising these young men and have a lot of which to be proud. Each of the players credited their faith and family as well as their coaches and team mates with their success. Coach Mauldin noted that each of these young men had an incredible drive and work ethic which enabled them to achieve the kind of success necessary to earn a scholarship to play on the highest level in college baseball. Hunter Soleymani signed his letter of intent to play baseball at the University of South Alabama; Ty Pierce signed with Jacksonville State University and Parker Curry signed to play with Samford University. A party was held after the signings. Catered by Home Plate Cooking’s Kay Brashier, it featured hot wings and three cakes decorated with each university’s logo. Congratulations guys, and best of luck to each of you as you play out your senior season with the Pelham Panthers!

8th grader earns her place with PHS Varsity Mary Grace Strozier, known for her lightening speed and her megawatt smile, was runner up in the State Cross Country Championship recently. But don’t be fooled by her petite frame, polite nature, or contagious laughter - she is a fierce competitor with the heart of a lion. Mary Grace is an 8th grader at Riverchase Middle School but was running Varisty for the Pelham High School team. She started running with Pelham the summer before her 7th grade year. She runs her middle school season, and when that is over she runs up with the high school team. Mary Grace placed 4th in the 6A AHSAA State Championship in 2010 and ran the fastest 5k time ever posted by an 8th grader in the state of Alabama at the Dew it on the Trails Invitational in Decatur with a time of 18:24. She broke the course record at Oak Mountain’s Heardmont Park at the 18

600 Crosscreek Trail, 663-4886 Pastor Dr. Jay Kieve • Sunday Worship 10:00 a.m.

CrossWay Baptist Fellowship Meets at Shelby Co. YMCA, 664-0137 Pastor Fred Muse • Sunday Worship 9:45 a.m.

First Baptist Church-Pelham

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Lakeview Methodist of Pelham

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Church of the Highlands-Riverchase 9013 Highway 261, 980-5577 Pastor Chris Hodges • Sunday Morning Worship 8:00, 9:30, 11:15 a.m.

Hope World Outreach Ministry 192 Chandalar Place Drive, 655-1332 Pastor Earl V. Gardner Sunday Morning Worship 10:30 a.m.

Kingdom Christian Center

intent Church three Indian Springs First Baptist

2760 Pelham Parkway, 637-3473 Pastor Jerry McClain • Sunday Worship Service 10:30 a.m.

Living Hope Baptist Church

Meets at Shepherd’s Promise, 620-1725 Pastor Bob Kuehner • Sunday Celebration 10:00 a.m.

Oak Mountain Baptist Church

1449 Court Place, 663-1937 Pastor Rick Bishop • Sunday Morning Worship 10:00 a.m.

3375 Cahaba Valley Road, 988-3662 Pastor Buddy McGohon • Sunday Morning Worship 10:30 a.m.

419 Philippians Boulevard, 664-0491 Pastor Clay Parrish • Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 a.m. 1805 Highway 35, 663-3045 Pastor Wayne Williams Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m.

Oakland Baptist Church

244 Cahaba Valley Parkway, 988-0031 Pastor Jonny White Prayer, Preaching & Praise 10:30 a.m.

Sun View Baptist Church

Meets at Valley Intermediate, 685-9447 Dr. Mark A. Boyd • Sunday Morning Service 11:00 a.m.

Life Christian Fellowship Life Church

Master’s House Ministries

135 Corporate Way, 620-0720 Pastors David & Diane Rogers • Sunday Morning Worship 10:00 a.m.

Oak Mountain Community Church 889 Oak Mtn State Park Rd, 663-7176 Pastor Gene Brown • Sunday Worship/Kid’s Church 10:30 a.m.

Safe Harbor Church


3540 Pelham Parkway, 447-2214 Pastor Luke Camara • Sunday Morning Worship 10:30 a.m.

2054 Oak Mountain State Park Rd, 663-6566 Bob Hutto, Evangelist • Sunday Morning Worship 10:00 a.m.

3540 Pelham Parkway, 383-7545 ? Pastor Steven Van Gieson • Sunday Service 6:00 p.m.

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Pelham Church of Christ

3405 Pelham Parkway, 663-7735 Dick Sztanyo • Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.


Pelham Church of God

2100 Highway 52 East, 664-0120 Pastor Mitch Underwood Sunday Morning Worship 10:30 a.m.

Middle School Southeastern Championship and set a new record of 11:42 for the two mile. This year she placed 2nd in the 6A AHSAA State Championship with a time of 18:32.28. Mary Grace is the daughter of Greg and Beth Strozier and is coached by Marty Springfield & Jennifer Argo.

2029 Valleydale Road, 424 0991 Pastor Rev. Glenn E. Davis • Sun. Worship/Children’s Church 10:00 a.m.

Pelham Church of God of Prophecy 3362 Pelham Parkway, 620-9598 Pastor Krameon Martin Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.


The Rock Church

The Worship Center Christian Church Meets at PHS Auditorium, 451-1750 Sunday Worship Service 10:15 a.m.


New Testament Christian Church

2976-D Pelham Parkway, 401-1629 Pastor E.J. Rodriguez • Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.

PRESBYTERIAN Korean Presbyterian Church 7814 Helena Road, 982-1990 Pastor Rev. Steven Son Sunday English Worship 11:00 a.m.

Saint Francis of Assisi

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Just a little about Dr. James Lynch, D.V.M. Dr. Lynch came to Pelham in 1981 when it was a small, fast growing city and Shelby County was home to only five veterinarians. A practicing veterinarian for 34 years, Dr. Lynch says becoming a veterinarian is the result of a general fondness for animals, their health and wellbeing. “I am now working with Helena Veterinary Clinic, and I am privileged to work with an outstanding staff.” Dr. Lynch attended Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine where he graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1978. His areas of particular professional interest include dermatology and soft-tissue reconstruction. At home, Dr. Lynch has a number of pets that include a West Indies Retriever named Rudder, a Cocker Spaniel named Amos, a Toy Poodle named Tiki, a Beagle named Weagle, a domestic longhair cat named Largo, a domestic shorthair cat named Foster, a burro named Miguel and a miniature horse named Merlot. When not working or caring for his various pets, he enjoys adventure travel, scuba diving, hiking, and photography.

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PHS’ Eli Beall well decorated for work on the field Eli Beall, junior fullback for Pelham High’s 2011 football team, received recognitions for his performance on the field this year including: Buffalo Wild Wings Honoree of the Week, Fox 6 Sideline contender, ABC 33/40’s Blitz Ball, and The Birmingham News’ Jeff Sentell’s Pick 3 for running backs. Though Beall only played in seven games this season, he had 115 rushes for 689 yards and a 5.99 yard per carry average, two catches for 14 yards and eight touchdowns. His performance against Vestavia Hills in a dramatic overtime win earned him Pat Patrick’s Best in High School Football Buffalo

Wild Wings Honoree of the Week. Beall contributed 154 yards on 32 carries for two touchdowns in a Panther 23-14 win over the Homewood Patriots earning him the ABC 33/40 Blitz Ball for Player of the Week. Beall’s best stats were accumulated in the season’s last game where they were defeated 42-30 by Hewitt Trussville. He rushed for 274 yards and three touchdowns in that game. Pelham finished with a 5-5 record on the year and now prepares to play in a new region for the 2012 season. Congratulations to Eli! We’ll expect more tough-nosed running from the 6', 190-pound tailback next season!


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Please pray for our Active Duty Military Personnel­… We’re the Home of the Free Because of the Brave! LCPL Ryan Baker

PO3 Bradley Jacob Hardin

Lance Corporal Patrick Powell

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US Navy; USS Ronald Reagan, San Diego, Calif.; Son of Rachel & Michael Jordan

US Marine Corps; Camp Pendleton, California; Son of Steve & Glenda Powell

Staff SGT Jeremy Barton US Army; 1st Armored Division; Iraq; Son of Fred & Mary Barton, brother of Christopher

2LT A.J. Blount

LCpl Daniel T. Hedrick

US Army; Afghanistan; Nephew of Jim Phillips

SGT James W. “Wes” Brakefield

US Marine Corps; Iraq; Son of David & Linda Jarvis

1st SGT Flynn D. Broady, Jr. US Army; Iraq; Son of Ret SGT Flynn & Marjorie Broady

2nd LT John H. Calhan II US Army National Guard; Ft Benning, Georgia; husband of Katie Burks Calhan

David Douglass US Marine Corps; Montgomery, Ala.; Pelham firefighter; Son of Tom & Ann Douglass

CPL Amos Elmore

MC3 Andrew “AJ” Johnson

US Navy; Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, Pensacola, Florida; 2002 PHS graduate, Son of Trudy Johnson

Captain Shaun T. Southall

US Navy; Deployed in Iraq; Husband of Stacy, father of Joshua & Janci

US Air Force; Travis AFB; Son of Buck & Kathy Southall

MP Sal Juarez US Army; Iraq; Son of Dr. Jesus & Blanca Juarez, husband of Kimberly, dad of Ethan & Gavin

PFC Tiara Stovall US Army; Fort Hood, Texas; Daughter of Stephen & Toni Thomas

NCO Corporal John Justin Kirchler US Marine Corps; Iraq; Son of Kim Kirchler

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SGT Jeffrey S. Kisamore

SPC Christopher G. Evanko

1st LT Randal C. Knight

US Army; Fort Riley, Kansas; Son of Stephen & Toni Thomas

PFC Kimberly Sweat

US Army; Afghanistan; Husband of Rebecca Binford Knight

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SPC James R. Mann IV

US Marine Corps; Second tour in Iraq; Son of Erick & Becky Gamble

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SGT Clayton Wells Miller

US Army; Graffenwohr, Germany; Son of Lance & Marcia Garrison

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SRA James S. Owen

Afghanistan; 2009 PHS graduate; Son of Lee Ann Hallman & Don Hallman

US Air Force; Afghanistan; 2000 PHS graduate; Son of Steven & Connie Owen

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US Air Force; Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS.; Son of Doyle & Sally Hand

LCDR Robert Sawyer US Navy; OIC, Historic Ship Nautilus & Museum, Groton, Connecticut; Son of Ken & Liz Sawyer

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US Air Force; Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan; 2000 PHS graduate

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US Marine Corps; Camp LeJeune, North Carolina; Son of Danny & Joy Boyd US Army, Ft. Bliss, Texas; 2007 PHS graduate; Son of Tracey & John Evanko, Jr

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SGT Kevin Turner US Army; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; Son of Mike & Cheryl Turner, husband of Kelly & proud father of Jacob

Corporal Anson A. Walck US Marine Corps; deployed to Jordan; 2006 PHS graduate & 2010 Auburn graduate; Son of Larry & Michelle Walck

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more to match what they are shopping for. Remember, the more time a customer spends on your website, the higher your odds of them becoming a customer. So what are these potential customers looking for when they are trying to find services and products online? They are looking for a feel of the company. They will ask themselves questions such as: • What does the business look like? • What will one of the employees that comes to my home look like? • What hours are they open? • Is the company close to me? • Is the website visually appealing, credible, professional, and up-to-date? Most likely, the website that answers these questions the best will win the business. Remember, online customers do not know your company and may only see your website to make a judgment on using your product or services. Once a business understands that they need an internet presence, his or her thought process might go something like this: I know I need a website but budgets are

tight. How much will this cost? We asked local resident Allan Wilson, owner of Wilson Computer Support, this question. According to Allan, his company has created a great solution, a two-page custom designed website for $395. If somebody already has a website that needs updating, Allan urges them to contact him today for a free consultation and estimate to help you get the results that your business requires for an effective online presence. It is important today and grows by leaps

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Home & Hardware Outlet builds on three decades of success


ome & Hardware partners Keith Russell and Danny Lambert, who also owns Lake Home Center in Pell City, have been working in this business and buying products for 30 years — one on the retail side, one working on the wholesale end. “We use the home and hardware name as kind of a catch-all. We have all kinds of products in here,” Russell said. “We deal in closeouts, overruns and special buys.” One visit is proof, as lawnmowers, grills and patio furniture of all styles greet you before you’re even inside the front door. They have a variety of name brand merchandise as well as hardware and tools including table saws and tool chests. The selections change daily! Travis and Trista are available to help you with a smile. Also on the floor are appliances including refrigerators, stoves, generators, paint, electrical lighting and furniturestyle bathroom vanities. A full line of cleaning supplies and even air filters are in stock at about half what you’d pay elsewhere. Also garden implements.


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The Jane Bishop Service Award is given in memory of Jane Bishop, who worked tirelessly in the athletic office at Pelham High School from 2005 to 2011. Jane was a selfless individual who gave daily to help make everyone’s day brighter. She worked feverishly behind the scenes serving others, always with a smile on her face. Jane is gone, but her memory and her nurturing and caring spirit live on.

This award is presented anually to an individual who exemplifies some of those characteristics that made Jane so special. This year’s honoree is Valley Intermediate Teacher Leslie Cranford, who also happens to be the school’s Teacher of the Year. for 2011-2012. Congratualtions to Leslie on the honor, and thanks to her for all she does to be selected in the first place.

Panthers’ banquet honors J.T. Ross, gives Jane Bishop Service Award

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he Pelham Panthers recently held their annual football banquet, recognizing their seniors and the families and support staff that surround the Panthers. Senior WR/DB J.T. Ross was honored with the annual academic award after maintaining a 4.2 GPA. Ross has yet to select a college destination, but plans to pursue a pre-med degree wherever he goes. A new honor was designated this season in memory of the late athletic department secretary, Jane Bishop. Valley Intermediate’s Leslie Cranford received the distinction, which honors a singularly selfless individual. Said Coach Brett Burnett of Bishop, “Jane cared so much for these kids—treated them like they were her own. She got a lot of stuff done. She always put others ahead of herself. That’s the type of person we want to honor in her memory.” Pelham finished the 2011 season 5-5, missing the playoffs by virtue of a tiebreaker. “We had some good wins and some tough losses in a tough division,” said Burnett. “I was proud of our progress. We beat a good Vestavia team —we got knocked out of the post season on the tiebreaker. I was proud of our kids for the way they battled. It’s a really great group of seniors and we’re going to miss them a lot.” The banquet came shortly after the announcement that Pelham would play in a new region. The Panthers will face familiar foes in 2012: Thompson, Spain Park and Oak Mountain. And

geographically, the Panthers are quite familiar with new region foe Chelsea, who makes the move up from 5A. But this season, Pelham will play Stanhope Elmore, Wetumpka and defending state champion, Prattville, as part of Region 4. “We’re taking five teams up here and matching them with three down there,” said Burnett. “There’s still four of us, plus Chelsea, who is coming up. And of course Prattville is an excellent program. We’re leaving one type of challenge and taking on a new one. It’s a good opportunity.” The move will affect at least one rivalry, as Vestavia will fall off of the Pelham schedule for the first time during Burnett’s tenure. Northridge will come on to the schedule in their stead. But with Thompson, Oak Mountain and Spain Park remaining in the same region, Burnett expects the most traditional rivalries to stay intact. “It’s still going to be extremely competitive,” he said. “The battle is more amongst ourselves than with who we are playing. We had a chance this year, but we didn’t make the plays we needed to make. Spring practice will begin at Pelham in late April, with a game likely the second or third week of May. The Panthers will begin things in 2012 with a jamboree on August 24 against Tuscaloosa County. The new season will officially kick off on August 31st when the Panthers travel to Paul Bryant.

Pelham High offensive lineman Justin Forehand received his first FBS offer from new UAB head coach Garrick McGee in mid-December. A few days later, the 6-foot-6, 260-pound Forehand, who played tackle for the Panthers, was the Blazers’ 16th commitment for the 2012 signing class and the first to pledge to McGee. Forehand says he likes the idea of playing in college with several other Birmingham area players. UAB now has at least seven players from the Birmingham Metro area in the 2012 commitment class. Others are Briarwood Christian quarterback Ben Craft, Chelsea athlete Jake Ganus, Spain Park defensive backs Devon Brown and Destin Challenger, Pell City tight end/ defensive end Steve Pickren and Homewood wide receiver Nyck Young.

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John and Trish Jones love decorating their home for the holidays.

Keeping up with the Joneses tough during holidays


ohn and Trish Jones are lighting up for the holidays both inside and out their home at 2037 Chandaway Drive. They are particularly thankful this holiday season to have their son, Staff Sgt. Brandon Jones, Pelham High School Class of 2001, home for the first time in nine years. Brandon and his wife, Courtney, who married in May, will join brother Chris and other “adopted” family members. After completing basic training in San Antonio, Brandon was stationed in London, Utah, Andrews Air Force Base in Washington D.C., and returned from two years in South Korea to his home state, based in Montgomery, just this past March. “I have missed him,” said John. “He was only nineteen when he left. That means no hunting or fishing together for a long time.” “In the early years of his training, we had to ship him Milo’s sweet iced tea, as that just wasn’t something he could find in Texas,” John recalls. John enjoys decorating the yard and house each holiday season in golden white lights. Icicle lights hang from the eaves both front and back and he trims and shapes the large trees growing by the front door to an exacting conical shape before draping them with 24 strands of icicle lights. 26

The back deck is also illuminated, and a white Christmas tree with sea-blue ornaments stands near the pool. The indoor tree is a live spruce and they have different themed ornaments from year to year — angels or musical instruments, for example. A toy train chugs around the tree skirt. John also buys an extra spruce and cuts it up to form the 40-inch wreath that is then lighted to complete the facade ensemble. Their Chandalar cul-de-sac becomes the neighborhood gathering spot on Christmas Eve, as they share food, drink and camaraderie and await Santa’s arrival by fire truck. Caption: The stockings of their extended family are hung by care from the mantle at John and Trish Jones home, including one each for poodles Rocky and Rambo.

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Former PHS star Wes Holland finishes collegiate career


elham native Wes Holland concluded his football career on November 26 when his North Alabama Lions fell to Delta State in the Division II Round of 16. On December 16, he formally completed his studies, graduating Cum Laude with a degree in General Biology with a concentration in Pre-Medicine. “It didn’t turn out like we hoped this season,” said Wes. “Our main goal here is to win a national championship, and we had the talent to do it. Well, there actually was one more game to be played. Wes participated in the small college version of the senior bowl, and was the leading rusher in it. The Hansen Bowl was January 16, 2012, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Holland’s career took him from Pelham High School to the Naval Academy. After two years, he chose to move back closer to home.  “The main reason I chose to leave was for the degree,” said Holland. “I was looking for somewhere I could get into medicine, and it just happened that this was a little closer to home. I also realized that if I did have a shot at playing in the NFL, it was going to be trumped by my military obligation.”  He was recruited to UNA by current Louisiana-Lafayette head coach Mark Hudspeth. Just two weeks after Holland had enrolled, Hudspeth left for his current position and Holland found himself playing for Terry Bowden.  “It’s been a fun experience,” he said. “It’s fun seeing guys come in who have been well known at other places - guys

like Janoris Jenkins. Preston Parker is playing for the Bucs now. Bobby Bowden came around to see some of our games— it’s quite a coaching family.” After a season in which he led the Lions in rushing and was named 1st team All-Gulf South Conference, Holland says he will spend the much of the next six months training for that NFL shot. If his opportunity doesn’t come, he has a nice backup plan.  “If that doesn’t happen, I’ll pursue grad school,” he said. “I’d love to get into UAB so that I can be closer to home. But while I’m training, I’ll also be studying and taking the MCAT.”  The Holland family remains close, as Wes ventured to Glendale last January to share in his brother Jake’s national championship run at Auburn.  “A lot of people asked me if I was jealous,” he said. “Absolutely not. How could I be? I could not have been more proud of Jake. I had the chance to see him win an SEC Championship and the BCS National Championship. I was ecstatic that I was able to experience that with him.”  But, Holland recalls, there was a time when he was more than “big brother” in just age. “I had to rough him up while I could,” he joked. “He’s a little bigger than me now. I always tried to be a great example to all of my siblings. But what they never knew was how much they influenced me.” Best of luck to Wes on his sure to be bright future!

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n the wall in Mike Barrett’s CarCare automotive shop in Pelham hangs a photo of the first car he built from the ground up: a 1976 Chevy Nova SS. Next came the restoration of a red-hot ‘67 Chevy Chevelle, a muscle car also referred to as a “door car.” It was recognized in World of Wheels magazine and saved for Barrett’s oldest son Cody to drive. The Chevelle was recently sold to a buyer in Australia. Barrett has been racing for 25 years — and loving mechanics even longer. According to his mother, it began when he dismantled all his bicycles. “I’ve always been interested in cars and working on them and wanting to make them go faster,” Barrett says. He once raced motorcycles, as well, and says wife, Jaimee, “it’s been zoom, zoom, zoom ever since.” Barrett bought his first rear end dragster in 1997 and became more seriously involved in bracket racing, a form of drag racing that places a premium on consistency of performance rather than raw speed. An assigned handicap — or ET — reflects the predicted elapsed time over a standard distance racing. The goal is for both cars to reach the finish line at the same time. “There is an element of perfection that is alluring,” Barrett said. “To be able to refine your driving skill and reach the ET in varied track and weather conditions.” There does seem to be a Barrett family tradition of interest in cars. Cody, now 26, followed his father’s lead; Joey, 21, who is a natural behind the wheel, does collision repair; and the youngest son, Dylan, is a soccer player. Barrett did not attend the NHRA

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race in Gainesville, Fla., last February, which signifies the beginning of the season, but stayed closer to home doing bigger bracket races held in Montgomery, Steele and, locally, at Holiday Beach. His favorite race is the NHRA Super Comp quarter-mile race — the fastest of the heads-up Super classes with an 8.90 index. This Barrett says, “is a blast!” He likes the challenge of racing against the pros as it “makes him try harder.” Barrett won his Wally (trophy) in 2006, driving the purple dragster he built for himself after acquiring the

frame and body panels from a friend who won them at a Memphis race. It has a Chevrolet 615 cubic inch motor and 235-inch wheelbase with a 4.50 ET in 1/8 mile at 180 mph. In past BNM series three-day events, Barrett finished third and fifth in 2003 and has won prize purses of $5,000, $10,000 and $15,000. After a year of devoting more time to business, Barrett has rebuilt a new engine combination to improve the speed of his car. He is hoping to find time to check out the results at a Super Comp in 2012. Good luck and be safe, Mike!

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The Pelham Library Guild was awarded an $89,000 smart investing @ your library grant. The Financial Education in Your Community initiative which will offer unbiased, informative programs for Pelham residents. Get 2012 off to a good start by choosing to get financially fit with these helpful programs: 

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Attend this class to learn how to organize and put those coupons to good use. Alabama Cooperative Ext. agent Angela Treadaway will teach you how to save up to 50% off your grocery bill. Class is free but registration is required. Call 620-6418 to register or for more information.

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Jennarosity jewelry both art and craft


ebecca Wanagat has been busy showing her hand-stamped sterling silver and copper jewelry at art and craft festivals throughout the area for the last few months. “I started making this jewelry as a way for me to continue to be a stay at home mom and supplement our income,” Rebecca says. “I needed a business that would be flexible and be something that I really had a passion for. I hope that passion comes through each piece that I create.” Her business, called Jennarosity, uses simple, but effective displays to show off the many textured and tarnished organic-styled necklaces, earrings and bracelets she offers. “Jennarosity is named after my daughter Jenna,” Rebecca says. “She wants me to officially change her middle name to Rosity so she can call herself Jenna Rosity. My son Bryce loves to help at my shows and makes sure everyone

knows about the necklaces. Ben, my husband, is my partner in life and in Jennarosity.” Rebecca sets herself apart in the handmade market by offering customized initials, words or motifs and personally hand stamping them onto the metal. For a present for mom, choose multiple discs that can be engraved with children’s initials or names. These can be worn as a charm bracelet or suspended from a ball chain for a necklace styled with casual flair. A made-to-wear birth announcement is the necklace with tiny baby feet that says “coming soon.” Also popular is the I Heart U copper on silver pendant. Rebecca even styles a guitar pick in copper to hang from a leather cord. For more information, visit www. or

uth Brock with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System will present R information on how to manage your finances, including how to obtain your free annual credit report. Financial and budgeting publications will be available for attendees. The program is free but registration is required. Call 620-6418 to register or for more information.

Regular Adult Programs

Page Turners Book Club, Mon. (3rd Mon. of mo.), Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m. Registration is not required. Call 620-6418 for more information and titles.

Beginning Knitting Sat. Feb. 11 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Bring a skein of light colored knitting yarn and size 10 knitting needles. Call the library at 620-6418 for information and to register. Free Computer Classes: The Pelham Library offers free and small night and weekend computer classes. Patrons are encouraged to register, in person or by calling 620-6418.

Children’s Programs Together Time Wednesdays 9:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. P.J. Storytime Thursdays 6:30 p.m. Lego Brick Brigade Sat. Feb. 4 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Children 12 and under are invited to practice their creativity with LEGOs, Dupolos and Mega Blocks. No registration required.

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North Shelby County Seniors in Action Pelham Senior Center • 620-6064 Open weekdays 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. to Shelby County residents 55+ for fellowship, fun, games and much more. Visit www.pelhamlibrary. com to view full event calendar on-line. For more information contact Regina Jimenez, Pelham Senior Center Activities Coordinator, at 620-6064 or

Mondays Needlecraft 10:30-12:00, Mah Jongg 12:00-3:00, Crafts 12:30-3:00, Exercise 12:30-1:15 Tuesdays Art 10:30-12:30 $5/mo., Adv. Line Dancing 1:00-2:00, Beg. Line Dancing 2:00-3:00, Rummikub 1:00-3:00 Wednesdays Men’s Coffee Club 10:00, Bridge 10:00-1:00. Wii Bowling 11:00, Exercise 12:30-1:15, Rummikub 1:00-3:00 Thursdays Pelham New Pioneers 10:30-1:00, Golden Voices immediately following, Mah Jongg/Rummikub 1:00-3:00 New Pioneer Guests/Events Feb. 2 Covered Dish McAdory High Busy Bees Feb. 9 Montevallo Strummers Feb. 16 Dr. Mercer “Macular Degeneration” Feb. 23 Bingo Fridays Tai Chi 10:30-11:30, Healthy Choices 11:30-12:30, Exercise 12:30-1:15, Games 1:00-3:00, Feb. 24 Bookworms 1:15-1:45 Special Event Feb. 17 Sweetheart Dance 7:00-9:00 p.m., $4 per person, entertainment by Tradewinds

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We’re a Full Service Veterinary Office offering boarding, vaccinations, exams and every aspect of animal health care. Brent Chandler, DVM • Brooke Jordan, DVM Chase Whitworth, DVM Mon, Wed & Fri 7-7 • Tue & Thu 7-6 • Sat 7-4 • Sun 4-6 2689 Pelham Parkway • 620-3636

Classic Home Décor Consignment 3221 Hwy 52W, Creekview Plaza (just before the RR tracks & Donut Joe’s) Open Mon-Sat 10-5:30


Astonishingly Affordable Prices! Furniture • Rugs • Lamps • Accessories Now Accepting Consignments

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Winter Edition, featuring area teachers of the year, Pelham Math and Science Center, Pelham native Dabo Swinney, local library and senior ce...

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