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Leeds Little League team makes the World Series for fourth straight year The ‘Green Machine’ defends their title next week BY CINDY FISHER Leeds Tribune Staff The Leeds Green Machine All Stars baseball team will compete for the Dizzy Dean World Series Championship title for the fourth straight year. The team of 11-12 year olds includes only one player who hasn’t been to the World Series before. “We’ve got experience,” said Ross Nelson, coach and founder of the group four years ago. The team secured a spot by ranking fourth in the state before the state championship, where they came in second on July 2. The World Series is July 12-18 in Southaven, Miss., and the boys are raising money around Leeds to cover the cost to travel to the game. They have a GoFundMe page with a goal of $10,000, and they will be fundraising in the Walmart parking lot on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There’s also an event at Rails and Ales on July 3. The players are Grayson Ford, Will Thomas, Casey Williams, Brooks Ford, Ty Bedell, Conner Nelson, Tabari Davis, Hudson Hollis, Cal Thomas, Gavin Howard, Nash Jones and Sam Lollar. Last summer, the boys won the title for the first time.

Leeds Green Machine All Stars baseball team has won many tournaments this summer and will now compete for the Dizzy Dean World Series Championship. They had come in sixth place the first year, fifth place the

second year before winning it all the third year. After

the big win, they served as grand marshal of Leeds’ annu-

al Christmas parade and had their own float.

This year, they have to defend their title, Nelson said.

LHS to limit cell phone usage in 2019-2020 school year BY CINDY FISHER Leeds Tribune Staff Leeds High School will implement a new policy this fall limiting cell phone use during the school day. Principal Rayford Williams said the purpose of the new policy is to “minimize distractions throughout the school day that may cause a disruption to the learning environment.” “We also feel that this is another step in helping to prepare our students for life after high school,” he said. Administration created the policy after reviewing device policies from neighboring school districts, Williams said. The Alabama Department of Education has no overall rule on cell phone use, instead allowing school systems to limit their use as they choose.

The Leeds policy states students will only be permitted to use their device prior to 7:50 a.m. (in the lunchroom), or during their lunch time. Students will be required to place their cell phones in their backpacks throughout the day from 7:50 a.m. to 3:10 p.m., except during their lunch time. Headphones or earbuds will no longer be allowed in classrooms. Cell phones will not be permitted in the hallways. A telephone will be available in the office for student use for emergency situations. Williams said parents are welcome to call 205-699-4510 to leave a message for their child during the day. This policy already exists at Leeds Middle School, and many other Alabama school districts have adopted similar policies limit-

ing cell phone over the last few years, including Shelby County schools and Decatur city schools. School districts in Michigan, Ohio, Florida and Texas have also created policies limiting cell phone use during school hours. For years, teachers at Leeds High School have implemented their own cell phone policies in their classrooms. Some teachers take up phones or store them in pouches when class starts and return them after class ends. Other teachers allow students to use phones during class for research. Leeds’ new policy has received mixed reviews on an online forum, with many parents saying they support the effort to reduce cell phone use during learning time, adding that they survived

school before cell phones were invented. Other parents said they were not happy about the policy because they like being able to reach their teens during the day. Some rising ninth graders said they were upset about the new rule because they had looked forward to a looser cell phone policy at the high school than they had at the middle school. Studies back up limiting cell phone usage at school. A recent study by professors at Rutgers University showed students with access to a cell phone scored about half a letter grade lower on exams than counterparts who didn't have access to technology. And the lower scores carried over to students who didn't use a device but were in the classroom with those who did, the study showed.

Breaking ground for Buc-ee’s Leeds city officials, area dignitaries and Beaver himself broke ground on the new Buc-ee’s super travel center that is expected to open off

Interstate 20 at Exit 140 in the fall 2020.

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Community Leeds motocross star Jet Capps races for national title in late July BY BLAKE ELLS Leeds Tribune Staff Leeds’ Jet Capps will compete in the Amateur Motocross National Championship at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., at the end of the month. He earned a golden ticket into the field by finishing second at the Northeast Regional in Doublin Gap, Penn. Capps is only 6 years old and a student at Leeds Primary School. Last year, he finished 26th in the country in his age group. It was a long journey to the national championship, and it began where it will end. Capps finished first in the 51cc Special Limited among 4- to 6-year-olds and second in the 51cc Limited at Lynn’s Mid-East Area Qualifier on April 28. He then qualified for Lynn’s Northeast Area Qualifier, the Sugar Tree

Motocross in Virginia, where he finished first in both the Special Limited and Limited. He finished second in the Limited Series at the Northeast Regional in Doublin Gap, and he finished sixth in the Special Limited, which is the series he will compete in at the national championship in late July. “During his last moto, he was running in first place and had a real bad crash,” Jet’s father, Josh, says. “I thought it was over with. They came to tend to him and he wanted to jump back on the bike. He got back on the bike and ended up getting sixth overall to advance to the national championship.” That’s how the younger Capps earned his golden ticket. “I went from watching my son battle for a championship in his last moto in the 4-6 year old Special Limited class running first, to a split second seeing him have the worst-looking

He finds the finish line first throughout the sport.

crash he had ever had,” Josh said. “But ‘Jetman’ had different plans, jumping back on his bike throwing down the fastest lap times on the weekend finishing sixth overall and earning his ticket back to the ranch that he qualified for last year. He reminded me to never stop believing.” Capps has already earned the support of national sponsors like Team Lake Hill, Fasthouse, Flow Vision, Company, Roost MX, Fastlap Suspension, Dunlop, Maximum Powersports and Reverend Motors. He has local support from NRG Savers, Eagle Vision Paving LLC, Capps & Co. Roofing, Wheeler Tree Service and American Pie Pizzeria. The Amateur Motocross National Championship will be aired live at racertv.com July 29-Aug. 3, and a tape delayed broadcast will later air on Fox Sports 1.

Jet Capps, at only 6, has sponsors and followers as he wins major national motocross events.

Leeds, Moody students make dean’s list at Auburn, UAB, Jax State Scholars from Leeds and Moody were recently honored for their academic performance at Auburn University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Jacksonville State University for the spring 2019 term. The Dean’s List recognizes students with an academic record of 3.5 or above. The President’s List recognizes students with an academic record of 4.0 (all As). At Auburn University, Joshua W. Box, Daniel Alexander Bruce, Yazmin Flores, Madison Gurley, Vanessa L. Layfield, Lauren Embry Northcutt, Virginia G. Reese, Elizabeth G. Shepherd, Rebecca Marie Strange, all of Leeds; Hunter Daniel Friday, Dusti R. Hodges, Adeline K. Jennings, Christian H. Smith, Westley Martin Stone, all of Moody. At the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Anthony Wayne Smith, Caleb L. Crocker, Courtney Elizabeth

Purkey, Jamie E. Flowers, Macy M. Vandergrift, Mary K. Warren, Sonya MansillaGonzalez, Stephen Westley Ferrell, Taylor E. Brinkley, William Tyler Deverell, all of Leeds, Presidential Honors; Amber Leigh Stiles, April Alvarez, Callie L. Crocker, Hugo P. Hernandez, Jacob Preston Calvert, Kayla L. Stephenson, Michelle R. Hancock, Samuel A. Marcrum, all of Leeds, Dean’s List; Deandrae C. Fuller, Kimberly G. Isdell, Leah A. Perz, Madeline B. Adams, Thien C. Nguyen, all of Moody, Presidential Honors; Abram L. Walden, Destiny C. Schultes, Margaret R. Newman, all of Moody, Dean’s List. At Jacksonville State University, Kalei Whitson, Taylor Perringin, Katelynn Shadoan, Marisa Falletta, Taylor Cherry, Victoria Pollock, all of Leeds; Jesslyn McCullough, Gennifer Gammon, Aleshia Scogin, Jordan Warner, Andrew Reese, Jennifer Walker, Auburn McKee, all of Moody.

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Leeds and Buc-ee’s break ground BY BLAKE ELLS Leeds Tribune Staff Nearly 200 residents, dignitaries and media representatives were on hand for the groundbreaking for the supersized Texas travel store Bucee’s that is being built just off Exit 140 in Leeds on June 26. Leeds Mayor David Miller led the ceremony and was joined by Jefferson County Commissioners Jimmie Stephens and Joe Knight; Field Director Ethan Vice from the office of Congressman Gary Palmer; State Rep. Dickie Drake; Judge Phil Seay from St. Clair County; Merrill Stewart from Stewart Perry; Greg Canfield, Department of Commerce secretary; Don Erwin, vice president for corporate development at Barber Motorsports Park; Christine Strange, vice president of operations for the Outlet Shops of Grand River; Sandra McGuire, executive director of the Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce; Dona Bonnett, president of the Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce; and

City Councilors Kenneth Washington, Eric Turner, Johnny Dutton, Ryan Bell and Linda Miller. Before introducing Buc-ee’s co-owner, Arch “Beaver” Aplin III, Miller took a moment to credit another important member of the assembled crowd. “There’s one guest here that I can’t possible leave out,” Miller said. “And that’s Mr. Bill Ellison, who should get credit for bringing us the original idea that Buc-ee’s was looking to expand outside of their Texas footprint. He thought that we had the ideal location for that expansion.” “We did some research, and we unanimously said, ‘This one is a must-win,’” Miller said. “We tried to keep our thoughts secret, but I’m sure that everyone in this audience knows that didn’t work very well. As soon as word started leaking out, we started getting inquiries from restaurants, hotels and other entities that were all saying, in essence, ‘If they come, count me in.’” The store will be the second of its kind in Alabama. The

first Alabama store opened in Baldwin County late last year. “I appreciate the prayer that we began the ceremony with,” Aplin said upon his introduction about the prayer by Steven Weems of First Baptist Church Leeds. “I appreciate the prayer of wanting to be a part of the Leeds family and wanting to be a part of this community. That’s important to us. We take that seriously. We want to be a part of the Leeds family.” Skepticism had grown over the past year, as the groundbreaking had been delayed. A Buc-ee’s representative told the Leeds Tribune in April that plans for Leeds’ location were uncertain. After that report, Leeds officials invited Buc-ee’s officials to Leeds to consider moving the timeline up and offered a bigger tax incentive package, and it worked. “The leadership that you guys have within your community – they’re thorough, they don’t give up, they’re very goal-oriented,” Aplin said. “This thing is happening. It’s a reality. We own the property; we have everything worked

out. Now it’s time to build our second store in Alabama.” Construction for the Leeds store is expected to begin this fall, with the build taking approximately a year and a hopeful opening in fall 2020. The 50,000 square-foot travel center with 100 gas pumps — all servicing personal automobiles and no semi-trucks — will employ over 200 people. “We’ll offer a good wage, good insurance and good benefits,” Aplin said. “It’ll be a good place to work. This is a family business. My nickname, Beaver, is on the logo. I take it pretty seriously, too. It’s all we do; it’s all we do every day. We’re going to work hard to earn your confidence and to earn your respect and to be a good neighbor.” The store will sit just off of Highway 78 at the I-20 interchange, across from the entrance to Barber Motorsports Park. “You’ll start seeing those great billboards 100 miles away from here,” Miller joked. “’It’s only 100 miles away. You can hold it.’”

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Busy week for Leeds Fire & Rescue Crews from Irondale and Leeds participated in multi-agency vehicle extrication training this week. This training is part of our

multi company ISO training. We strive to have a great working relationship with our neighboring departments.

Leeds and Buc-ee’s officials broke ground on the new travel center that will start construction in the fall.

Buc-ee’s owner Arch “Beaver” Aplin III speaks to local media outlets at the ground breaking.

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Leeds residents soundoff The Leeds Tribune respects and encourages community input in various forums, including on our social media sites. Here are comments from Leeds Tribune readers on our Facebook page. Minor edits made for clarity. Leeds City Council sweetens the incentive package to get Buc-ee's to commit to coming to Leeds for good Steven Gillespie: Since I went to the mobile location over the weekend let me just say wow, every pump was full the parking lot was packed,

the Texas style Bbq was out of this world good. the amount of money they are paying employees is very impressive. This location would bring a very large economic boost to all 100+ employees they would hire to run it. I for one cannot wait for them to open up a location here in Leeds Marty Leonard: The sales tax exemption does not last forever. Also, there will be 200 people paying the city's occupational taxes, the customers paying the city's gasoline tax plus the magnet of drawing

new businesses into the area. Schroeder: What makes Leeds want a new gas station? The ones we have are hiring. Daw: Don’t hold your breath. Believe it when you see it, but no taxes from it for 35 years. That's crazy. Isbell: Wow... this is the best store ever. I could of stayed forever in the one on the Foley Beach Express....but the beach was calling. Blair: Going to be great for the city of Leeds. The one in Baldwin Co. is awesome and it stays busy.

State ethics law not tough enough for ole’ rankin fite

BY STEVE FLOWERS Special to the Selma Sun State Sen. Jabo Waggoner (R-Vestavia) has been in the Alabama House and Alabama Senate for over 40 years. That is a record in Alabama history and definitely a record of longevity for any Jefferson County legislator in history. Jabo Waggoner has had a significant impact on behalf of the folks in Jefferson County over his stellar career. He has been instrumental in the growth of UAB. In the 1970s Waggoner sponsored legislation which spearheaded the purchase of 45 blocks in downtown Birmingham for UAB’s expansion. UAB purchased this property for $8.5 million. That would equate to $40 million in today’s dollars and has been invaluable toward the growth of UAB. Jabo currently chairs the State Senate Rules Committee, a very powerful post. He also likes to honor history, protocol and precedent. Jabo essentially has his own Civitan Club. It is the Vestavia Civitan Club that meets every third Friday at the Vestavia Country Club. It has about 40-50 members and attendees. It is a pretty select group of civic leaders, legislators, lobbyists and Jefferson County power brokers. They attend and belong at Jabo’s request and invitation.

He brings only the most elite speakers to his Civitan Club. Jabo has been on the Board of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame for decades and has unparalleled Alabama sports connections. In recent years he has had Eli Gold, Bobby Humphrey, Charles Barkley and Gene Hallman to name a few. He also has the top governmental leaders from Washington and Montgomery to the club. They are reluctant to say no to the Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee. A good many Cabinet members and Department Heads come to speak. Recently Tom Albritton, the Executive Director of the State Ethics Commission, spoke to the Club. Albritton’s appearance reminded me of the origins of our first Alabama Ethics Law. Campaign finance laws and ethics disclosure forms for political campaigns and officeholders were enacted throughout the country in the 1970’s; mostly in reaction to public outcry for ethics reform after the Watergate corruption. Practically every state passed an ethics law. In the 1970s, Alabama had a lot of veteran crafty and crusty legislators. The craftiest of all was the legendary Legislator and Speaker of the House, Rankin Fite. Rankin had done pretty well financially as a lawyer and legislator without any ethics laws. Rankin and his colleagues were not about to succumb to the national trend of passing any Ethic Laws. That did not help the Alabama media from consistently harping on the need for such legislation. George Wallace was governor and he had pretty much dismissed ethics reform as an issue. He did not want to put his friends in the legislature on the spot. He had a very harmonious working relationship with the legislature and did not want to step on toes and create a hornet’s nest.

However, one day late in the legislative session, Wallace decided to get a little good press. He called his legislative buddies in and said there were only a few more legislative days left in the session and it’s too late for anything to pass, much less an ethics bill, so let’s throw the press a bone by introducing one. The plan was that the House would pass a House Ethics Bill and all of the Representatives would get credit for voting for an Ethics Bill knowing full well that the Senate would kill it. The Senators would then do the same so they could get credit knowing the House would kill their bill. They gleefully went ahead with their plan and they and Wallace enjoyed their day in the sun. Well, the press put a spotlight on the measures like never before and focused on the need for final passage. Things got out of hand and the House succumbed to public opinion. It got to the floor and once it got to a vote, the representatives were hard pressed to vote against an Ethics law. Only a handful of House members had the nerve to vote against the Ethics Law. One of the few who did was Rankin Fite. A horde of House members and reporters gathered around the legendary crusty ole Speaker and asked why he voted against it. He looked them squarely in the eye and said, “It wasn’t tough enough for me.” Steve Flowers has analyzed Alabama politics for national television audiences on CBS, PBS, ABC and the British Broadcasting Network. Steve has been an up-close participant and observer of the Alabama political scene for more than 50 years and is generally considered the ultimate authority on Alabama politics and Alabama political history.

This week, the Leeds Tribune begins running a list of arrests made by agencies including the Leeds Police Department, Moody Police Department and the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office. This week’s arrests are from June 26 through July 2. Information comes from the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office website at www.stclairsheriff.org. Jennifer Livingston Booking #: 3858 Age: 41 Gender: F Race: W Address: Odenville, AL Arresting Agency: MOODY POLICE DEPT Facility: South Booking Date: 06-25-2019 4:56 pm Charges: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 3RD, HARASSMENT OF HARASSING COMMUNICATION Bond: $1,500.00 Cortez Honeycutt Booking #: 1877 Age: 39 Gender: M Race: B Address: Moody, AL Arresting Agency: MOODY POLICE DEPT Facility: South Booking Date: 06-27-2019 1:48 am Charges: Drug Paraphernalia-1st Offense, FTA-Menacing

Bond: $1,750.00 George Elliot Booking #: 11375 Age: 35 Gender: M Race: W Address: PURDY, MO Arresting Agency: LEEDS POLICE DEPT Facility: South Booking Date: 06-28-2019 6:31 am Charges: Fugitive From Justice Bond: $0.00 Carmen Dubroc Booking #: 11373 Age: 30 Gender: F Race: W Address: Leeds, AL Arresting Agency : PELL CITY PD Facility: South Booking Date: 06-28-2019 1:59 am Charges: FTA theft of property Bond: $1,000.00 Anis Bonin Booking #: 10306 Age: 19 Gender: M Race: W Address: Odenville, AL Arresting Agency: LEEDS POLICE DEPT Facility: South Booking Date: 06-27-2019 9:42 pm Charges: Shoplifting Bond: $1,000.00

Dwight Haslp Booking #: 11369 Age: 48 Gender: M Race: B Address: Birmingham, AL Arresting Agency: LEEDS POLICE DEPT Facility: South Booking Date: 06-27-2019 6:24 pm Charges: Shoplifting Bond: $1,000.00 Micah Collier Booking #: 10114 Age: 22 Gender: M Race: B Address: Birmingham, AL Arresting Agency: LEEDS POLICE DEPT Facility: South Booking Date: 06-27-2019 6:16 pm Charges: Failure to Appear Criminal Trespass 3rd, Failure to Appear Theft of Property 4th, Failure to Appear Theft of Property 4th Bond: $3,000.00 Sean Logan Booking #: 4384 Age: 28 Gender: M Race: W Address: Odenville, AL Arresting Agency: MOODY POLICE DEPT Facility: South Booking Date: 07-01-2019 10:16 pm Charges: FTA CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 3RD Bond: $750.00

CHURCH DIRECTORY Here is a list of churches to attend in Leeds. If you know of a church in Leeds to include, email us the church at news@leedstribune.com. Wellspring Worship Center 1433 Vivian St. 205-699-7247 Episcopal Church of the Epiphany 1338 Montevallo Rd. 205-699-2404 First Baptist Church Leeds 7481 Parkway Dr. 205-699-6141 Gathering Place 635 Park Ave. 205-699-4442 Mt. Calvary Baptist Church 1118 Henry Ellen Rd NW 205-699-4414 Valley View Baptist Church

7254 President St. 205-699-8398 Little Rock Missionary Church 7334 Ruth Ave. 205-699-2946 First United Methodist Church 7833 Parkway Dr. 205-699-8575 Fairview Freewill Baptist Church 1804 Park Ave. 205-640-5003

Cedar Grove Baptist Church 2001 Cedar Grove Rd 205-699-8446 Tower of Prayer 8429 1st Ave. SE 205-699-8629 St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Catholic Church 8101 3rd Ave. 205-352-3741 Leeds Worship Center 7315 Parkway Dr. 205-699-8636

Leeds Presbyterian Church 8317 1st Ave. 205-699-8463

Happy Home Baptist Church 1515 US 78 205-699-6756

Ashville Road Church of Christ 1401 Ashville Rd. 205-699-2447

Mt. Hebron Baptist Church 2617 Eastern Valley Rd 205-699-7803

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 8546 Rockhampton St. 205-699-3183

Little Rock Missionary Church 7338 Ruth Ave. 205-699-2946 Macedonia Baptist Church 7944 Charles Barkley Ave. Beulah Primitive Baptist Church 1424 Ashville Rd. 205-995-8503 Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church 7036 Coosa Ave. 205-702-7099 Eden Westside Baptist Church River Campus 1441 W. Riverview Rd. 205-338-7711

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Business Earthborn Pottery expands international reach to Hong Kong BY BLAKE ELLS Leeds Tribune Staff Earthborn Pottery had already established itself as an international retailer, but recently the Leeds- based business made its first sale to Hong Kong. The locally-owned shop on Parkway Drive continues to reach new milestones. Since its humble beginnings in owner Tena Payne’s home, her pottery began finding prominence when discovered by Chef Chris Hastings in 1997. It wasn’t pottery, but mushrooms that brought her and the famous Birmingham chef together. Payne once had a surplus of shitake mushrooms, an abundance that set her on the path she continues on today. “We ate them, we dried them, we gave them away, we froze them,” Payne described the dilemma. “I sold them to Bruno’s. And we were still giving them away to everybody. It occurred to me, ‘Who uses fresh shitake mushrooms? Chefs.’” She visited Hastings. This was at a time before chefs had convenient farmers markets. She noticed broken pottery on his floor and let him know about her pottery business. “He had been in town for six months when I met him,” she said. “So, we kind of grew up together.” In 2003, Hastings took Payne’s pottery to a chef’s trade show. That’s when Payne began selling pottery to the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Word got around fast. In 2008, Payne met Shimon Bokovza, the managing partner of Samba Brands. The New York-based company operates restaurants in London, Amsterdam, Turks and Caicos and now, Hong Kong. And Bokozva has relied on

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The Dean family makes Laney’s a staple in Leeds BY BLAKE ELLS Leeds Tribune Staff

Earthborn Pottery in Leeds has expanded their sales to another international retailer for the first time in Hong Kong. Payne’s pottery for each new venture he begins. He became a fan after testing the pottery for a year and noticing its most unique trait —durability. “He flew me to New York City,” she recalls. “And his assistant said, ‘He won’t do business with anybody until he looks you in the eye.’ We met in the airport. He pulled one of my pots out of his bag that he was carrying that I had shipped him previously. He said, ‘You want to know why I like your pottery?’ And he tossed it into the air there in the airport and it hit the ground—onto those airport carpets—and it just bounced and rolled. He said, ‘That’s why I like your pottery.’” Now she and her team will have to do the hard work. Bokozva expects the full shipment for the opening of the Samba Brands restaurant in Hong Kong to be delivered by Aug. 5. “There’s a misconception that pottery is fragile,” she said. “But pottery is not fragile when it’s done right. [Earthborn Pottery] stays in

service for so long after it has been ordered that I’ve had to continually add new accounts to keep busy. Chefs move on or they will open new properties, and they’ll come back to me.” Payne and her husband grew up in Homewood before moving to the Leeds area in 1985. As her national spotlight continues to grow, she has no intentions of moving her shop from the place they have grown to love. “I could not find a better place to work,” Payne said. “What I bought this building for — what I paid for the square footage — it’s ridiculous. I’m happy to be here.” Earthborn Pottery offers pottery classes and “Sunday Suppers.” The latter includes a meal prepared by an Alabama chef that uses the pottery in their restaurant and a pottery set to take home. They have become so popular that Payne has created two series for 2020, allowing for one supper each month. To learn more about classes, events and to shop online, visit earthbornpottery.net.

Sharon Dean arrives at Laney’s Restaurant at 7601 Parkway Drive every morning at 5 a.m. Why so early? “Grits are tough to make,” she joked. Laney’s starts serving breakfast at 5 a.m. and it is their signature meal, along with lunch. Laney’s was first opened by Dean’s parents, John and Vicky Dean, in September 2001. It was named for Sharon’s oldest daughter. It was John’s second restaurant, as he had also operated the Dairy Kreeme from 1989 until 2002. That’s when Sharon recalls first moving to Leeds; she is a 1992 graduate of Leeds High School. “[Dairy Kreeme] is where I worked throughout high school and college,” she said. “Then they bought [Laney’s] so that we could have our own building. We finally closed all of that, and we stayed with this.” She didn’t quite expect that she and her family would land in Leeds when she was young. “Dad worked at Kmart in Bessemer, and he came home one day and told mom, ‘I bought a restaurant … in Leeds,”’ Sharon said. “I was at work and he called me and said, ‘Vicky, I just bought a restaurant,’” said Sharon’s mom, who worked as a juvenile probation officer in Bessemer. “I said, ‘Well, where’s it at?’ And he said, ‘Leeds,’ and I said, ‘Where’s Leeds?’ I went to my boss and said, ‘My husband just bought a restaurant. Can I go see what’s going on?’ And he told me to take the rest of the day off.” Thirty years later, John and Vicky still live in the house that Sharon was raised in in Leeds,

and Sharon and her children are right down the street. “My kids can walk to their grandma’s house,” Sharon said. “Leeds has changed a lot over the years, but a lot of things have stayed the same. I love this town. It’s beautiful. It’s a great town.” She hopes to one day leave the restaurant to one of her own five children, as her parents left it to her. She has a 17-year-old son who works at the restaurant now. Laney’s is known for their hearty breakfast that includes a country breakfast, a steak lover’s breakfast and a pan-

cake breakfast. The lunch buffet is available daily until 2:30 p.m. and typically includes Southern favorites like fried chicken, fried catfish, barbecue chicken, country fried steak and gravy, chicken livers and a wide array of vegetables, from turnip greens and butter beans to fried okra and fried green tomatoes. At breakfast and lunch, biscuits and sandwiches can be ordered from the menu, too. From burgers and fries, BLTs and fried bologna sandwiches to biscuits, orders are easy to graband-go at the restaurant’s drive through.

Vicky Dean, left, and daughter Sharon, right, are the backbone of Laney’s restaurant on Parkway Drive.

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Lifestyle Chef Andrew Armstrong introduces soups to give a try this summer Even though it is summer, sometimes you still want a comforting meal. The recipes for this week can do that. If you're having a pool party and eating on the patio, then try out this recipe for "Cold Watergate Soup" and for dessert have a slice of "Hungarian Spice Cake." If you're going to dinner party, try the recipe here for "Virginia Bean Soup." This soup is very easy to prepare, and it spends most the day slow cooking on a low heat. Some of the best meals are the ones you can prepare with ease! If you have an exciting recipe to share in 2019, then please send it to me at P.O. Box 693 Leeds, Alabama 35094 -Andrew M. Armstrong

VIRGINIA BEAN SOUP 5 onions, chopped 2 ribs of celery, chopped 3 quarts of water 1 carrot, chopped 1 very meaty ham hock 1 1/2 Pounds of Lima beans, soaked in water and rinsed well 2 bay leaves Black pepper & salt to taste 1/2 teaspoon of thyme 1/4 teaspoon of oregano 1/4 teaspoon of basil 1 teaspoon of butter Salami, cut into pieces Pumpernickel bread for serving, toasted SautĂŠ the butter, seasonings, and vegetables together in the bottom of a pot.

Add the remaining ingredients and cook on low heat for 5 hours, until the beans are cooked and the soup is thick. COLD WATERGATE SOUP 1 can of green pea soup 1 Cup of milk 1 Cup of chicken stock 1 teaspoon of curry powder Paprika sprinkled on top for serving Blend the ingredients together and pulse in a blender. This is not a cooked soup. Instead pour into a container and chill for at least 2 hours, before serving. HUNGARIAN SPICE CAKE 2 Cups of flour, sifted 2 teaspoons of cinnamon

2 teaspoons of all spice 1 teaspoon of cloves 1 teaspoon of baking soda 1 Cup of buttermilk 1/2 Cup of shortening 1 1/2 Cups of brown sugar 2 eggs Preheat the oven at 350 degrees. Spray 2 layer pans with cooking spray. Cream together the shortening, sugar and eggs. Add in the dry ingredients and mix, until it is combined. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or remove from the oven when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let the cakes cool and frost as desired.

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AL 200: Freedom Riders at Leeds Jane Culbreth Library. Using images of the burning of the Freedom Riders’ bus outside Anniston on Mother’s Day 1961—images from a collection housed in the Archives of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI)—along with oral history interviews with persons involved in the Freedom Rides, this presentation offers a look at the participants and supporters who

risked their lives in an effort to bring about Alabama’s compliance with federal law. In addition, the presentation will consider the roles of violence, the media and law enforcement in the civil rights movement. Presented by Laura Anderson, M.A., C.A., archivist at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Light lunch will be provided. Moody City Council meeting from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at city hall.

Epiphany on 1338 Montevallo Road in Leeds.

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Moody Kiwanis meeting from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at Moody City Hall.

St. Clair County Mayor's Association Meeting from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Preschool Craft at Leeds Jane Culbreth Library - Join the library for a different craft each date that will be fun for children ages 2 - 6 years old.

July 11 Leeds Alzheimer's Dementia Support Group - Free support group offered to the community. Hosted by Lakeside Hospice at the Episcopal of the

July 15 Moody Lions Club every first and third Mondays at 7 p.m. at Whites Chapel. In celebration of the bicentennial, the Leeds Jane Culbreth Library is hosting a film series of movies that are set in Alabama. This showing will be the film, “Selma�.

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July 18 Leeds Chamber of Commerce meets at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

July 18 - 28 Esther the Musical at the Leeds Theatre and Arts Center at 7 p.m. Sunday performances are held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $15. To reserve tickets, contact the Leeds Arts Council at 205-699-1892 or leedsartscouncilal@gmail.com.

July 19 The Knights of Columbus hosts bingo every first and third Friday at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church on Ashville Road. Buy cards starting at 5:30 p.m. and games start at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Must be 18 or older to play.

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July 25 – 27 Esther the Musical at the Leeds Theatre and Arts Center.

July 29 In celebration of the bicentennial, the Leeds Jane Culbreth Library is hosting a film series of movies that are set in Alabama. This showing will be the film, “Forest Gump.�

August 2 The Knights of Columbus hosts bingo every first and third Friday at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church on Ashville Road. Buy cards starting at 5:30 p.m. and games start at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Must be 18 or older to play. Include your community event in our calendar! Email information to news@leedstribune.com.

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Community Civil Air Patrol shines in Springville SPECIAL TO THE LEEDS TRIBUNE A group of area youngsters was recently promoted to Cadet Airmen in the Civil Air Patrol Springville follow-

ing a weekend of classes and drills. Higher ranking cadets taught new cadets about proper uniform wear, CAP core values, chain of command, insignias, customs and courtesies.

Physical training and drills were held at the National Guard Armory in Springville. The more experienced cadets helped newer cadets reach the training needed to be promoted from Cadet Basic

to Cadet Airman. This began Friday night and ended with their graduation and promotion on Sunday afternoon. Several area businesses donated food and supplies to make the training possible,

including Springville Middle School, Springville Walmart, Mike’s BBQ, Pizza Hut in Springville, Jack’s in Springville and Daylight Donuts. The cadets will have a car wash fundraiser July 13

from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Argo Hardware off Highway11 in Argo (formerly Corky's). CAP Springville will host an open house on Aug. 10 at 10 a.m. at the Springville Armory.

Tonia, general manager of the Springville Pizza Hut, with C/CMSgt Kalysta Young and SM Vesla Young receiving their Certificate of Appreciation for their donation.

C/Amn Brice Swindle, C/Amn Brian Cook, C/Amn Dylan Barkholz, and C/Amn Cameron Duncan Salute C/ MSgt Lennon Flippo during their drill test while C/MSgt Caitlyn Young grades them and C/CMSgt Kalysta Young looks on.

L to R: C/MSgt Lennon Flippo, C/SrA Caeden Murray, and C/MSgt Caitlyn Young fold the American flag after they took it down at the National Guard Armory in Springville.

L to R 3rd Row: C/MSGT Lennon Flippo, C/Amn Brice Swindle, C/SrA Caeden Murray, C/Amn Brian Cook, Maj Michael McEntyre; 2nd Row: Capt Kenneth McEntyre, C/CMSgt Kalysta Young, C/SrA Sebastian Lumpkin, C/ SSgt William Galloway, C/A1C Braxton Dornon, C/Amn Dylan Barkholz, C/Amn Cameron Duncan, 2Lt Ronald Young; 1st Row: C/SrA Brian Sheldon, C/Megan Hollingsworth, Aleigha Pike, C/MSgt Caitlyn Young, SM Vesla Young.

Emily, assistant manager at Springville Wal Mart, with SM Vesla Young receiving their Certificate of Appreciation for their donation.

C/SrA Caeden Murray and C/SSgt William Galloway run their mile during PT.

Vonda, general manager at Springville Jack’s, with SM Vesla Young receiving their Certificate of Appreciation for their donation.

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Sports Volleyball team takes time off before summer games Leeds High School volleyball coach Melissa Causey took the upcoming seniors to Alabama Adventure for a fun outing to kickstart the upcom-

ing season. The team will play in several summer play dates the week after the 4th of July at Corner, Wenonah and Moody. “I’m looking forward to an

exciting season with a special group of seniors: Nazaria Gaiter, Taylor Clough, Brooke Haynes, Gyrani Rogers, and Davalyn Walker,” Causey said.

Greenwave football team hears from UA player DJ Dale Jr., defensive tackle at the University of Alabama, spoke

to the Leeds High School football team last week. Dale played for

Greenwave football Coach Jerry Hood with DJ Dale Jr., who is now a defensive tackle for the University of Alabama.

new Coach Jerry Hood at ClayChalkville High School.

Leeds football player Tyrone Townes with Dale.

Nazaria Gaiter, Taylor Clough, Brooke Haynes, Gyrani Rogers, and Davalyn Walker

DJ Dale Jr. spoke to the Greenwave football team about playing for high school and college football.

Volleyball coach Melissa Causey took seniors on a trip to Alabama Adventure.

1 OUT OF 10 ELDERLY PERSONS AND ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES ARE BEING:

Greenwave football players take a break for a photo during summer drills.

Abused, Neglected or Exploited If you suspect this is happening to someone you know, please report it to Adult Protective Services by contacting your local DHR office or calling the

ADULT ABUSE HOTLINE at 1-800-458-7214 HELP STOP THE ABUSE IF YOU SEE IT, REPORT IT

There’s no excuse for ELDER ABUSE “This project was supported by Subgrant #16-VA-VS-076 awarded by the Law Enforcement / Traffic Safety Division of ADECA and the U.S. Department of Justice.” The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication / program / exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice or grant-making component.”

Leeds High School golfer Robyn Blakey recorded scores of 83-78-78 over three rounds at the Alabama Golf Association Girls State Tournament. Photo courtesy of AGA.

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