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October/November 2011 • •


October/November 2011 Vol. 4 No. 5

Special Features 12. News to Know: Bennett Farms offers homegrown pumpkins for fall 14. Small Town Life: Ghost Stories will never be the same 16. News to Know: Face for Fears for a Good Cause 20. Friday Night Life Update: Clay County 22. Friday Night Life Update: Handley 24. Friday Night Life Update: Lineville 26. Friday Night Life Update: Clay Bowl ends with defensive battle 28. Friday Night Life Update: Randolph County 30. Friday Night Life Update: Wadley 32. Friday Night Life Update: Woodland 38. Model Search: Winner Announced for Living the Lake Wedowee Life Model Search

In Every Issue 7. Enjoy Life! - Letter from the Editor 8. Lake Wedowee At a Glance 10. Creative Crafting 35. Charley’s Treasures 36. Simply Fabulous 43. Hooked on Lake Wedowee 46. Where in the World? 50. Facebook Top 10

Shauna Denney, Heart’s Desire Photography


Editor KELLY CALDWELL (256) 276-7959


On the Cover Tammi Bass was kind enough to paint a pumpkin for our cover this issue. Tammi does commission artwork. For more information, please contact her at The pumpkin was donated by Bennett Farms. Please see pages 12-13 to learn more about Bennett Farms.

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contributing writers

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Darlene Bailey Steve Haslam Reed Montgomery Charley Norton Robin Steele Thornhill

18285 Highway 431  Wedowee, AL

877.959.LAKE (5253) Lake Wedowee Life magazine is published six times a year and available around the Lake Wedowee area which includes Randolph and Clay Counties in Alabama as well as parts of West Georgia. Paid mail subscriptions are available for $18 a year. All content in this publication is protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, or otherwise published without the prior written permission of Neighborhood Publishing. Š 2008 Neighborhood Publishing

Football fun for all This time of year is so exciting for so many people. Every Friday local teams battle for wins and bragging rights. And, this season has not disappointed. We have seen so many great games so far this season that we felt it necessary to deliver an update in the pages of Lake Wedowee Life. We have seen teams compete to the best of their abilities as well as rise to the challenges adversity has brought their way. Clay County and Lineville battled for bragging rights in the last ever Clay Bowl and thousands were on hand to witness one of the hardest fought games of the series. I had the pleasure to work the game and all I can say is WOW! The stadium was electrified with the energy from both sides of the field from the bands and cheerleaders to the diehard fans that were there hours before kickoff. It was a hard fought battle that as an outsider you hated to see either team lose. The underlying tone of the game could be felt throughout as well. As the final seconds counted down, you could feel that it was not just the end of the game, it was so much more. As the buzzer sounded, not only was the game over but so was the rivalry. Next year, the teams will join as one to play as the Central High School Volunteers of Clay County. It will be different and strange at first, but new rivalries will be born and new traditions will be made. Because in Clay County, tradition NEVER dies‌ I would also like to thank the wonderful photographers that helped make the Friday Night Life update possible. Alan Cason, Shauna Denney, Phillip Heard and Kevin Brown, we couldn’t have done this without you!! Also check out to see weekly updates from three of our six schools thanks to Steve Haslam, Wes Kinsey and Wesley Wortham. If our school is not covered and you want to try your hand at being a sports writer, you can email me at to get started! Good Luck on the rest of the season!

Enjoy Life! Kelly Caldwell

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Upcoming Events September 30 Hollis Haunted Chicken House Opens

October 1 Bennett Farms Opening Weekend

October 26-29 Lake Clean Up Sponsored by Alabama Power & LWPOA Read our article on Bennett Farms Pumpkin Patch. Their complete schedule is listed along with other activities and events.

November 5 10th Annual Heritage Day

Hollis Haunted Chicken House will be ready to make you scream beginning October 1st. Read our article on all they have to offer thrill seekers this Halloween.

Fishing Advice

November 6

By: Brian Morris Fishing Guide

24th Annual Clay County Car Show

The month of October is one of the best month for catching bass on Lake Wedowee and let me make that plural Bass’SSS. It is not unusual for me and my clients to go out in in the month of October and catch 60 to 100 bass in just a few H & M Drugs Christmas Open House hours. The bass are gorging themselves with shad and eating everything that comes their way! There will be a lot of surfacing fish and suspended fish all over To locate more information about any of our the lake. Here is what I would recommend using: shallow running crank baits in listed upcoming events please visit our website shad colors, Fluke's, top water spook or pop R's; and always be watching the surface for busting bass. You can sneak up and ambush them if your real careful at and look for to not make much wake‌.Good Luck and Good Fishing. Upcoming Events.

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Sponsors: Buster Miles Auto Group, Legend Boats, & Wedowee Marine

Real Estate Market Update 2006





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This information was provided by Managing Broker Leisel Caldwell of RE/MAX Lakefront.

*YTD through Sept 2011 Information obtained from ezMLS, a listing service used by most local agents to promote and sale their listings in the Lake Wedowee area. Note: ezMLS is not a true MLS due to no supervision or monitoring of the data and its accuracy.

Creative Crafting Spooky Crafts

By Amanda Causey

Halloween is one of my favorite times of year. I love creating crafts and spooky things to decorate my son’s room. I have put together three of my favorites and will give brief instructions on making each of them. To view each of these crafts in their entirety, please visit and look for Creative Crafting. Enjoy making these spooky crafts with your family or friends and if you have a photo you would like to submit of your creative crafting please send to and we will share it online!

Mice Infested Pumpkin This craft is pretty simple and can be done with out too much instruction. One tip I will point out is to always carve your pumpkins by cutting a hole in the bottom rather than the top. It gives it more balance and prevents the top from falling in if you light it from the inside.

Googly Eyed Frame

The Raven

Get a cheap photo frame or one you have laying around the house. Spray paint it black, and let it dry. Use an adhesive (glue, modge podge, etc) to cover the frame. Apply your googly eye varieties to the adhesive. Decorate as desired and insert a spooky photo or create one with stamps/stickers etc.

The dollar store has black crows for Halloween every year. I buy up all of them I can find for fun projects like this. Get a small wooden plaque and paint it black. Decapitate (sounds so gross) your crow/raven and glue him (or her) to the plaque. I printed ’nevermore’ onto paper from an old book and made a “name- plate.”

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Bennett really am doing a lot Nestled on the south of work based off a east side of Cleburne dream but that county is a hidden treasdream came to a realure in Snake Creek Farm. ity on Sept. 23, 2010.“ For over 60 years this The farm had major farm has been in the Benchanges that needed nett family, and up until to be made. Jim, with last fall has been a cattle support from his farm. family and friends, One night two years made the farm into ago, Jim Bennett had a something to be dream to turn the farm proud of. There are into a pumpkin patch. His many activities for all grandfather and mentor, ages. With a hay Hugh Bennett , was sick maze, corn crib, make in the hospital at the time. your own scarecrow, Jim told Hugh about his hayride and petting dream, “His face lit up, it farm to enjoy, chilgave him something to dren seem to never get his mind off of what want to leave. The was going on with him at farm is handicapped the time. He loved kids accessible, including and loved to have them the hay ride. All accome out and experience tivities offered are the farm life.” included in the adJim had a vision and mission price. There he was determined to is a cook house that make it happen. “There offers free samples, were a lot of people that and a syrup mill. The said that pumpkins were cane that is used to not going to be able to be make the sorghum grown around here. That Jim Bennett with his wife Lexi and children Avery syrup is grown on the most people who do this and Ty. farm. This year they sort of thing in the south will be making syrup every Satbuy the pumpkins , bring them urday. into the farm.” Having a “real” Another new change this year pumpkin patch and teaching chilis there will be live bluegrass mudren about farming was someStory by Amanda Causey sic every Saturday. The bluegrass thing that was very important to schedule for this fall will be: only pumpkin patches in the Jim. “We planted each seed by Oct. 1 - Chulafinnee Bluegrass 10 south that grows all of its pumphand.” With a lot of care and am & Russell Blanton and T.J individual attention to each plant, kins and gourds on site. Dunham 1 pm, Oct. 8 - Clay “I remember telling my wife the crop flourished . Maselle & Tiffany Taylor, Oct. 15 right before opening day that I Bennett Farms is one of the

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Jim Bennett with his grandfather Hugh and family friend Tommy Cofield. - Ryan Robertson 10 am to noon, Oct. 22- Ryan Robertson 1 pm to 3 pm, and Oct. 29 John Howle 1 pm to 3 pm. The operating schedule beginning opening weekend will be Saturdays 9 am to 5 pm, Sundays 1 to 5 pm, Thursday & Friday 2 to 5 pm. Monday thru The cook house uses wash Wednesday is pots over an open fire and wood burning stove to make open for field trips and corporate cookies & pork skins. events. Admission is $10 for children and $5 for adults. You can visit or find them on to get updates and more information.

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Ghost stories will never be the same As a teenager I was fasloud. Spread the history of cinated with great true your family, pass down ghost stories, especially your stories to your chilones that were said to dren, your grandchildren, have been about Alabama. even strangers! Oral tradiI would search the local tion is dying in the South library shelves to see what and it’s up to us to keep the stories I could dig up tradition alive. about haunted houses or On June 12, 2011, Alabama mysterious events that sadly lost one of its greatwould send chills up my est storytellers. Mrs. Windspine. The simple blue ham may be gone but she cover that caught my eye left behind such a legacy at a young age was “13 with so many wonderful Alabama Ghosts and Jefbooks she wrote, a mufrey” written by Katherine seum, a documentary film, Tucker Windham. I read and even a play written every page of that book in about her! To our family, Katherine Tucker Windham entertained thousands a day and still remember she left even more. She with her tales for ghosts and of course “Jeffery.” inspired us to listen more the tale of Huntingdon College’s Red Lady. I didand talk often. So in her birthday! I will never forget how n’t know much about Katherine honor spend a little time this Tucker at that point. I had no idea strong and independent she was! At month listening to the stories of she was a writer, storyteller, and your elders and passing those 90 years old, she turned down a photographer, and I had no idea chair that was offered to her while along to someone small who may that one day our paths would cross. she spoke. Oh no, this vibrant never have heard them before. And Who would have guessed that remember a good ghost story, the southern belle stood and engaged more than 15 years since first readmemory of falling in love, or the ing that book I would have a special trouble you got into as a connection with Mrs. Windham. For child........those stories you tell toby Robin Steele Thornhill starters, I am a proud Alumnus of day will be the memories of you the “Most Haunted Campus” in tomorrow. Alabama, Huntingdon College in with her audience as she shared In memory of Katherine Tucker Montgomery. I myself led a group with us her stories. Some made you Windham, Lake Wedowee Life’s Leisel of freshman students on a ghost giggle, some cry, others just made Caldwell decided to re-tale a ghost hunt in search of the famous Red you sit in wonderment at the life story of her own. Lady. (No Luck) Katherine Tucker she had led. She sat and signed Windham also graduated from autographs for over an hour, makI guess it was inevitable that I Huntingdon in 1939. After she ing sure each and every person was would be involved in selling a couspoke at the college back in 2004, I seen. Mrs. Windham would look ple of haunted houses in my 25 + had the honor of meeting her. At you straight in the eye and genuyears of selling real estate in the time I thought it would be our inely want to share a bit of herself Randolph County. You may ask, only encounter and felt so blessed with you. She spent a long time does she really believe in haunted to have met such an amazing lady. chatting with each member of our In 2008, The Historic Ashland family and taking photographs and houses, ghosts, spirits and the supernatural? Let me just say I know Theatre, along with Clay County listening as we shared stories tothey're things that have happened Public Library hosted Mrs. Windgether. Mrs. Windham’s passion ham as she spoke to our community was to encourage every person alive to me or to others that have no reasonable explanation. and we celebrated together her 90th to tell stories. Tell them often and

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My Haunted House Story.... As a child and teenager I grew up with the daughter of a well-known family in Roanoke, Alabama. The family was very well thought of and loved. The mother was always a familiar face at school. She was the “go to” mom for helping with school activities, planning a girl scout retreat, chaperoning a band trip, etc. Very visible and vocal about how she thought things should be handled. You might say a little “controlling”. Now 35 years later, I am contacted by the daughter to sell the family home. Her mother had passed away several years ago and her father had died in the last 2 years The house had been vacant for some time due to the Father being in assisted living and the nursing home. The house definitely needed some updating but was in good general condition in a great neighborhood. I found a buyer

very quickly for the home. The buyers were not from Roanoke but had been transferred to the area due to a new job. After about three months after closing I went to visit with the new owners. They had painted almost all the interior walls, installed new carpet and vinyl, updated the kitchen and made other needed repairs. The house was restored back to a warm and inviting home. As I visited with the new owners they started telling me about some very interesting experiences they had encountered in the house. One of the first things they told me was they found money hidden in a strange place in house. We talked about the money and how strange it was that the family did not find it when they cleaned out the house. As we talked, the wife started getting very anxious and then told me about seeing a ghost in the kitchen. I asked her to describe the ghost.

Her description was very detailed. She clearly described my friend's mother. It got even more bizarre as the husband told about when they first moved into the house and how the phone would ring constantly but when they answered no one would be on the line. He said they attempted to call the number back that showed on Caller ID but when they called they would get a recording stating the number was no longer in service. Someone suggested to “Google” the Caller ID number. Guess what... The phone number previously belonged to my friend's family. The couple said they were not afraid and did not feel threatened in any way. The strange occurrences stopped after the remodeling was completed. It was as though the previous owners just wanted to know their home was in good hands.

Face Your Fears for a Good Cause Now is the time of year to look over your shoulder a little more than usual because you never know what might be lurking in the dark. That is especially true at the Haunted Chicken House located at 7522 Highway 431. For seven seasons the Hollis Volunteer Fire Department has spent every weekend in October terrifying visitors who dare to enter and this year will be no exception.

News to Know by Kelly Caldwell “We have changed everything this year,” Chicken Dan (Hopkins) said. “We are really excited about scaring people in new ways. Of course all of our friends like Jason, Michael, Freddy and Chucky will be there along with some new friends and experiences aimed and scaring the fool out of most anyone.” The entry fee to the Haunted Chicken House is $15 this season which includes 400 feet of chicken house rooms to scare and torment the people who dare to enter.

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“Over the years we have had these Billy Bad Boys that say that the chicken house didn't scare them,” Chicken Dan said. “Well this year, we have their number. We have a new feature called the 'excream room' aimed at them...” There is an additional charge to enter this room and a waiver must be signed by those who dare. “In this room anything goes,” Chicken Dan said. “We have critters and other toys aimed and scaring anyone especially considering you are tied to a table and blind-folded.” Each person that dares to experience the “excream room” will be given an air horn to blow when they have had enough. If they survive, the person will be given a discount on admission to the Haunted Chicken House. Along with the chicken house the volunteer fire department also does a haunted hayride. “When we first started this in 2003, I had never been to a haunted house or really watched horror movies. I didn't think there was much to them,” Chicken Dan said. There had been a haunted house attraction on County Road 2 before the chicken house and when it burned, a group of volunteers here came up with the idea of the fire department putting on a haunted house. “We were hurting for money at the volunteer fire department and the guys who suggested we do a haunted house were looking for a location,” Chicken Dan said. “I had an empty chicken house and that's how we got started. But, I said if we were going to do it, we were going to advertise and do it right. “Most of the fundraisers we

have around here are considered a success if you raise $1,500 or so. That first year we took in $11,000. We spent four or five on advertising but we knew we were on to something.” Since it opened, the Haunted Chicken House has raised more than $400,000 and scared thousands of people, but all of that is not profit. “We have a $65,000 operating budget,” Chicken Dan said. “We constantly upgrade the chicken house and there are only about two weekends a year that I am not up here working on it. It

takes a lot of work and volunteers to pull this off, and it’s one of the best attractions in Alabama and even the Southeast.” Chicken Dan and the ghouls and goblins hope to terrify more than 10,000 people this season which begins Sept. 30 and will continue every Friday and Saturday during the month of October. Operating hours are from 7 pm to midnight Friday and Saturday nights. The house will also be open October 30 for “Church Night” and will close on Oct. 31.

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Panthers gain early success in 2011 The Clay players’ lives.” County Panthers The two teams had met on the are walking a litfield 100 previtle taller as they ous times beapproach the secfore the final ond half of the meeting on 2011 football seaSeptember 23, son. It may be and the irony because they beat of the outcome their long-time was the first rival Lineville 7-6 game ended in the final Clay with Lineville Bowl on Septemon top 7-6. ber 23, or it could “It was a fitbe they knocked ting end to a off defending fantastic ristate champion valry,” Herron Leeds two weeks said. “The fans earlier. Clay County knocked off defending state and region champions Leeds earlier got a nail biter “We have had this season. The Panthers look to make a run in the Alabama High School to the end, but some great highs Athletic Association Class AAA state playoffs. (Photos by Kelly Caldwell) we took the so far this seaweekend to enjoy it, but son,” Clay County Coach we have the rest of the Kris Herron said. “But, we season to focus on now.” have had our share of Unless something haplows, too.” pens beyond their conThe Panthers’ only loss trol, the Panthers will not came at the hands of have a region title this Handley, a team currently season; however a state at the top of Region 3 and title is still within reach. ranked No. 3 in Class 3A. “We have to continue to “We have a great improve every week and group of guys that are work on the things we really playing well tocan control,” Herron said. gether,” Herron said. “We still have four region The 4-1 Panthers (at games left in the regular midseason) have the tools season and then playoffs to succeed considering begin. they have outscored their “We want to win the rest of our opponents 132-47. While the win games so that we can host the first over Lineville didn't count as far as round of the playoffs.” region standings go, it was a game Story by Kelly Caldwell Clay County closes region play of pride for not only the current October 21 on the road against Cenplayers but the entire Ashland comtral, Coosa. before game time. munity as well. “We have our work cut out for “It wasn't the best game as far as “The Clay Bowl is always big, us, but our guys are playing well football fundamentals are conbut this year it was huge. We got to together and hopefully we will concerned, but it was a battle that will enjoy the atmosphere early in the tinue to improve and stay healthy.” be remembered for the rest of these day but we had to regain our focus

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Handley in driver’s seat for region title The Handley actly what we Tigers are in expect from them and defensively control of their until we played own destiny Clay County, our with five games starters had not left in the regugiven up a lar season. The point.” squad has outAnother advanscored their optage for the Tiponents 210-66 gers for the last and their first half of the season string defense is that so many of was not scored their younger on until the players have alfourth game of ready seen action the season. this season. “We have had “We have been a couple of able to play so tough ball games many players in where we were The Handley Tigers are the only team in their region to remain unthe games so far able to hang on at the halfway mark in the season. (Photos by Alan Cason) defeated this season,” Batand survive,” tles said. “In the Coach Mike Batfirst three games, everyone on tles said. “The team is doing the team got to play and then what we expect them to do. a lot of our players saw time We are playing well, but we last week against Sweet Wastill have a long way to go. ter.” “Clay County and Sweet One thing that could hinder Water were both hard fought the Tigers is injuries. games. We are happy to be in “If we can stay injury free, the position we are in.” which we haven't been able to While the Tigers are in do so far, we will be ok. But, control of the rest of the seawe will just play the hand that son, they still have Leeds (the we've been dealt,” Battles team who denied them the said. “The rest of our season region crown last season) left will be tough. All we can do is to play as well as two other get healthy and be prepared teams that have only lost one to play. game each in region play. “We have got to beat Leeds, if “It really comes down to doing we don't beat them, we could be what we need to do to win ball Story by Kelly Caldwell No. 3 in the region because of a tie games,” Battles said. “If we don't breaker. We have to win; if you beat Leeds, we don't win the rewait on someone else to do your “I don't know if they are gion. That's what happened last job, you will be waiting for bright spots because it’s what we year.” awhile. The Tigers have all the tools to expected, but I will say our backs “We are going to try to win the are starting to run hard and run reach their goals this season and ball games we can and let the through people,” Battles said. make a run in the playoffs that chips fall.” “Our offensive line is doing exbegin November 4.

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Aggies prepare for second half The Lineville second half of Aggies started the season for sure,” Giddens their 2011 camsaid. “We ned paign with four to continue consecutive wins working on including three our running region victories, game. We will but the dark need to be able cloud hanging to pick up a over the Aggies yard or two is the recent loss without havto cross-county ing to trick rival Clay them in the County. spread.” “That one The Aggies hurt,” Aggies continue gainCoach Steve Giding experience dens said. “It with every was a hard game and will fought battle and continue to we gave ourimprove. selves at least “Defensively, three opportuniThe Aggies are undefeated in region play but will have many challenges we are playing ties to win the before the playoffs begin (Photo by Kelly Caldwell) better than I game. We just thought we would be at this time,” To achieve the latter, the Aggies couldn't capitalize on them.” Giddens said. “We had to find The Aggies fell to Clay County 7- have to continue controlling their some people for different positions. 6 and while it was a tough loss, Gid- own destiny, and that's not an easy We have had to ask players to do task considering at the beginning of dens wants the team to put it bethings they haven't done before the season, Giddens was concerned hind them as quickly as possible. and they have not only grown into about lack of playing experience “We are going to focus on Linetheir positions but they have exfrom his young Aggie team. ville, because we can't let that celled at them. (them) beat us twice.” he said. “You “We are playing better than I could look at it that we didn't capithought we would be but we have talize on our opportunities or you got to continue getting more people can look at it the way we are. We Story by Kelly Caldwell playing in the game. We are startstayed in it and fought our way to ing to play kids on both sides of the “We started the season playing those opportunities.” about 12 or 13 guys the whole game ball and a bunch of our younger Regardless of how you look at it, guys are getting some much and now we play about 20. So we the Aggies have more goals to acneeded game experience under are gaining some depth. complish this season and the three their belts.” “We are also proud of the fact region wins in the first half will help Lineville will face off with that we came from behind to win in those goals. Woodland, Randolph County and two region games. We keep fight“Obviously that game mattered Horseshoe Bend before closing its ing and keep playing.” but it does not hinder the progress region schedule against Reeltown That gutsy play along with a we have made to accomplish our on October 21. The Aggies will end few additions will be needed for other goals. the season with non-region oppothe remainder of the season. “We want to stay injury free and nent Handley at home on Oct. 29. “Our schedule is tougher the play another 10 games this season.”

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It is quite possible every inhabitant of Clay County found their way into Horn-White Stadium on Sept. 23. With the bright green of the fresh grass as the only color of neutrality, the sea of blue and red, which had converged on Ashland would have the stadium rocking long before kick off. The Panthers seemingly dominated the field in size and talent coming into the match. However, what Lineville lacked in size or quantity, they made up for with deafening cheers from its crowd, and a burning desire from the players. After a commemorative coin toss from former Governor and former Clay County football player Bob Riley, Jaylan Ack-

les would lead his Clay County Pan- return, and it was recovered by a thers and both crowds into an uproar pouncing Devin Gaddis of Clay for the last, first kickoff of the Clay County. Bowl. On the very next play, running back Travis Smith would keep his head low and bust through the seams of the Lineville defense for a touchStory by Steve Haslam down. Clay County would then conPhotos by Kelly Caldwell vert the PAT, which would make the score 7-0 for the Panthers. The first major play, that Coach The Panthers would start the secHerron would later describe as a ond half with the ball and would be turning point for his team, was a Clay held by a fired up Aggie defense. AfCounty punt by Jamari Staples on 4th ter failing to convert on 3rd and 13, and 1, with 6:50 to play in the 2nd the Panthers would be forced to punt. quarter. Demetrius Lindsay, who had The special teams for the Panthers been the key to most of Lineville’s would have their own error as kicker offense thus far in the game, unchar- Jamari Staples fumbled the ball and it acteristically fumbled the ball on the was recovered by the Aggies. The

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th defensive battle Panther defense, led by stops from Hunter Nelson and Jaylan Ackles would then hold the Aggie offense to a 3rd and 20. It would all be for naught though, as Tyrone Cosby would take a pass and break three tackles for a 20-yard gain. It seemed the Aggies were destined to score after bringing the ball to the five-yard line. However, the Panthers would make a show of stops, culminating in a touchdownsaving interception from Anthony Wood. With their backs against the wall, the Aggies would make a huge pass play to Curtis Hunter for a 25-yard gain. The chunk of yards would rile up the anxious visiting crowd and

seemingly wipe the fatigue from their players’ faces. The next play would be a completed pass to Demetrius Lindsay for 15 yards. The drive would continue with a 10-yard run from Curtis Hunter, and would culminate with a touchdown run from Demetrius Lindsay. The point after attempt would be no good, making the score 7-6 with a few minutes to play in the final quarter. On the ensuing kickoff return, receiver Shawncey Simmons fumbled the ball and it was recovered by Aggies’ Daniel Henry. Coach Giddens’ crew would recover the ball less than 30 yards from the end zone, but their field goal attempt was blocked. With under two minutes to play, and an-

other punt from the Panthers, the Aggies would have one final shot to win the game. An interception from Jamari Staples however, would seal the deal, and the Panthers would leave the last Clay Bowl as the victors. It was a tale of two teams. The Panthers dominated on the ground, while the Aggies were calculating through the air; while both teams’ defenses showed signs of stopping any team of any size. As the two teams knelt for a final prayer of support and thanksgiving, one tradition died, while another was born. Next year, the red vs. blue will become the red, white, and blue; and the people of Clay County will finally stand as one.

Randolph County faces adversity early on games, we The have a good Randolph shot at getCounty Titing in the gers have playoffs.” been bitten The positives by the injury for the Tigers bug this seamay not be son but that seen this year doesn't mean but the the Tigers group is have called it building on quits. something “I am imimportant. pressed the “I hope we way our see the fruits players have of the labor overcome this season, adversity this but the good season,” thing about Coach Randy playing Sparks said. younger kids “We have The Tigers have been plagued with injuries in the first half of the season is that we lost a lot of which has allowed younger players to earn game experience. (Photo by will have players so far Amanda Causey) them back this season next year and we have with experience. got to stay healthy from this point ever, some of the powerhouses in “Our players work hard and forward.” the region are left to play in the reAccording to Sparks, the Tigers maining weeks of the regular sea- will continue to do so. The running backs have gotten better and have lost 10 to 12 players so far this son. our skill players are healthy. So, season and some are season-ending we can still make some things injuries. happen.” “At the beginning of the season Story by Kelly Caldwell The Tigers posted region wins we had the most experienced line against Lafayette and a huge 52-6 probably in the region,” Sparks win over Horseshoe Bend. said. “They were all seniors but “We have some tough games “We are doing some really now we have a lot of new players ahead of us,” Sparks said. “We good things and can accomplish in those positions because of inju- still have Ranburne, Lineville, ries.” Lanett and Woodland left to play. our goals if we can stay healthy and keep working hard,” Sparks The Tigers have achieved some “Ranburne beat us out of the said. “This is about the players success this season with a 3-2 replayoffs last season so that is an cord at the halfway point including important game and if we can win and we want the players to feel a 2-1 record in the region. Howat least two of the last four region that pride that winning brings.”

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Bulldogs fighting youth, lack of depth eron StaThe ples. Wadley “They Bulldogs really are started the the heart season beand soul of hind the this footeightball so ball team,” to speak Roach said. with the “We are head coach running on joining the their shoulteam less ders right than a now. month be“We have a fore the young line first game, and they but hard are doing work and all they determinacan, but we tion has aren't very paid off for strong the Bullright now.” dogs. The Roach squad hopes to heads into continue the second The Wadley Bulldogs are young but getting much needed experience this seabuilding on half of the the victories season unson. (Photo by Amanda Causey) the team defeated in has experienced on the field this the game.” region play; however, Bulldogs season to reach the goal of making The Bulldogs will have their coach Darrel Roach isn't happy the playoffs. toughest region opponents in the with just that. “We want the tradition back “I hate to lose and while we did upcoming weeks and Roach isn't that was at Wadley in the past,” he well in region play so far, those said. “And to do that, we have to two non-region losses don't sit well have a successful season and that with me,” Roach said. “The team is Story by Kelly Caldwell means making the playoffs. buying into our program and we “We want to be able to build on will get better, but right now we that in the years to come because taking it lightly. are still very young.” “We are heading into the gaunt- we are young and it will take us a The team has achieved success few years to get to where I want early on in the season and will con- let of region play with St. Jude and Winterboro and Notasulga coming this team to be.” tinue to improve as the Bulldogs The Bulldogs end region play up,” Roach said. “Winterboro beat learn the new system. on October 21 on the road against St. Jude and they were picked to “They are playing their guts Notasulga before ending the reguwin the region.” out, but we don't have the depth lar season hosting Randolph The Bulldogs have found leadwe need,” he said. “And, you can County. ership in Ryan Siskey and Kamtell we get worn out by the end of

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Bobcats fight for playoff spot The Bobcats close This time of out region play year something with Lineville, interesting seems Lafayette, Lanett to happen to the and Randolph Woodland BobCounty and cats. Some may Strain believes all compare it to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde four will be bator “Two-Face” in tling for playoff the movie Dark position. Knight. It's nothing “We have our sinister, but it alwork cut out for ways seems to be us definitely,” he a tale of two footsaid. “Lineville is ball teams for undefeated in Woodland when region play while the team enters Lafayette and the last half of Lanett continue regular season. to improve. “People have “I thought at the accused me of beginning of the having a switch season that that I flip about Randolph this time of year,” County was the Woodland Bobteam to beat beThe Bobcats hope to make the playoffs for the eighth straight seacats Coach Larry cause of all the Strain said. “And, son this year. (Photos by Kevin Brown) talent they had I can tell you if I returning and had one, I would hide it and flip they will still be a contender for it a lot sooner every year.” the playoffs.” The Bobcats sport a 3-2 record The first five games proved to be entering the second half of the challenging for the Bobcats with season including a 2-1 mark in losses to Bowdon and Reeltown, region play. but also had positives in the “Those losses were tough but wins against Horseshoe Bend, we are getting tougher,” Strain Ranburne and Wadley. said. “Our team knows what it “The key to our success the last takes to win and they believe they half of the season is staying can do it. That's 90 percent of the healthy,” Strain said. “If we can battle right there.” do that I know that our team can For seven consecutive years compete in the region.” the Bobcats have earned a spot in The Bobcats close region play on the playoffs and the goal is the October 21 at home against same for this season. county-rival Randolph County. “That's what we want every The Alabama High School Athyear,” Strain said. “But this last half letic Association Class 2A State Playof the season has some tough chaloffs begin two weeks later on Nolenges more than ever before.” vember 4. Story by Kelly Caldwell

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Does Wedowee have a Sasquatch? We’ve all heard the stories of strange sightings of one type or another that different people have claimed to have seen around Wedowee. I guess the one I’ve heard the most is of someone seeing alligators in the Wedowee creek. Along with that, I’ve been told of giant catfish, albino deer, two headed chickens and I‘m sure several others that I can’t think of right now. But none are more bizarre than the most recent claim that we have a beast living among us. Although the description doesn’t exactly match that of the mythical Sasquatch, there are definite similarities. A small anonymous group has started a discrete campaign to find out the truth about these bold and outlandish claims. They call their group “Sightings.” Although I was not allowed within their inner circle, I was able to talk to a couple whose identities I was forbidden to reveal. The reason for this is because, unlike the Sasquatch, this beast is believed to be sentient and intelligent and they fear it would lash out at them should their names be told. Sightings has alleged photographic evidence of the beast, who they think has been living among us for many years. They say that at a quick glance, most would probably mistake it as human so some of you may have seen it without knowing. But upon closer examination, he is far from it. I was allowed to see a couple of these photographs and was admittedly quite disturbed. So far, no one has been able to get a full encapsulating photo because of the size of the creature and his ability to disguise himself. One picture I was shown looked like he was driving a

truck and in another, he was partially clothed! If we do have a monster in our

Charley’s Treasures by Charley Norton midst, he is a smart one. Sightings feels like the creature does not want us to know it exists and they think it has the intelligence to retaliate if he felt this secret should get out. I have my doubts about all of this but I would be lying if I told you I wasn’t a little nervous just talking about it to you right now. But if we are in danger and actually do have a wild beast living here in close proximity to our families and loved ones, someone needs to say something so I am just going to share what I know about the creature and let you decide for yourself if this is for real or not. Most of the sightings have it placed more on the west end of town between Wedowee and Lineville, but there has been a few as far as Woodland. Its torso is flesh tone and doesn’t have as much hair as the Sasquatch and for reasons unknown, Sightings has noticed that it is seen more in the Fall of the year than any other time. They theorize

that it may be because it hunts and gathers more during this time of year to stock pile what it needs to survive the Winter. If it does actually have the ability to drive, than it has the ability to hunt a larger area and that concerns them. This means the threat isn’t just for the poor souls in Wedowee, but for all of the adjoining cities and towns. As of yet, there haven’t been any known reports of attacks by this creature, but there have been several that say they were threatened. However, there is no evidence to support these claims. My advice to anyone who finds themselves in close proximity to whatever this is, is to do what I’d do. And that is to run! “Sightings” has asked me not to write about this for fear of my own safety but if I did, to ask that anyone who may get close enough to safely take a picture of it, to send it to them for analysis. You can email the pictures to the editor of Lake Wedowee Life at . “Sightings” is also looking into several reports of a large water creature seen near Tranquility Point. Large waves in otherwise still water have been seen in this area along with unusual bird and shad activity. Any information or witnesses to this phenomena are asked to contact them through the above supplied email. Their information would be greatly appreciated and identities withheld.

Charley Norton is co-owner of Norton’s Flooring with his brother Tom. The company was founded by his parents more than 35 years ago.

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October brings several occasions with a need for treats. School Fall Festivals usually need plenty of homemade goodies to sale. Trick or Treaters will soon be knocking on your door expecting some yummy-ness! Instead of handing out prepackaged candy why not make your own treats. Your takers will love them as much as you will enjoy making them. Add cute packaging and watch the smiles as everyone come back for more. The "trick" is no one will ever know these delightful treats took very little effort to prepare. The "treat" will be in the faces of those who devour your creations. Here are two simple treats for you to try so join me in the kitchen and let's bring these creations to life. Glass Slipper Events 256.449.2946

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crackers Ritz Crackers Peanut Butter Chocolate Blocks (can use both white or dark) Spread peanut butter on one Ritz Cracker and cover with another; making a sandwich. Melt chocolate and dip cracker until covered. Let excess drip off and place on wax paper to harden.

Chocolate Covered Peanuts Shelled Raw Peanuts

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Preheat oven to 350. On cookie sheet pour as many shelled, raw peanuts as you'd like. Put in oven to roast. **Rule of thumb: when you can smell the peanuts let cook 4-5 more minutes. Remove and let cool. Melt chocolate in microwave beginning at 1 minute, stop and stir; then 30 seconds at a time until melted. Add a few peanuts at a time to melted chocolate and mix well. Using 2 spoons fill one with mixture and rake onto wax paper with the other. Keep melting chocolate until you've used all the peanuts. (I like to use food processor and chop peanuts just a little. )

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Please look closely at the faces on the following pages, as you may recognize some of them in upcoming issues. Through this contest we had a total of 45 contestants, each of them receiving a “like” that was counted as one vote. The combined total of votes we had at our cut off date was 3,262. Carla Waters, our fan vote winner, had a total of 390 votes. Sierra Wright had 336 in second place, and in third place was Reagan Cargal with 212 votes. If you would like to know more about current contests Lake Wedowee Life has visit our website and look for the ‘Contests’ tab at

Congratulations to Addison Wells for winning our “Living the Lake Wedowee Life Model Search.” He will be featured in our Guide to Lake Wedowee issue that will come out in April 2012. According to his entry information, Addison is a 15-year-old sophomore at Saks High School in Anniston, Alabama. He plays football and spends his weekends

wakeboarding on Lake Wedowee. When we asked how he felt about winning the contest his response was, “Cool, I bet the girls are going to be mad.” We would like to thank everyone who participated in this contest. Whether you were a contestant, a voter, or an advocate for your favorite model we are appreciative for your help in making this contest such a huge success.

Addison enjoys his time on Lake Wedowee wakeboarding.

Abbi Adamson, Addison Suddeth, Addison Wells, Alanah Caldwell, Amber Green, Ashlea McCollough, Asher Williams, Blake Gray, Bradey Goodson, Brittany Badger, Carla Waters, Carly Sims, Casen Cummings, Chambers Joyce, Chasiti Adamson, Connor Goodson, Daisy-Marie Franklin, Hayden Hare, Hunter Franklin, Jake Cochran (Top row, left to right)


(Top row, left to right) Jason Grimes,

Joel Franklin, Julianna Pritzlaff, Kailey Jones, Katelyn Kirby, Kayli Cochran, Kell Cochran, Kenzie Dillard, Kinley Bolt, Leah Stinespring, Macy Jo Jennings, Meagen Badger, Megan Kirby, Melody Jordan, MyLeigh Adamson, Olivia Toland, Rafe Jordan, Raylee Sartin, Reagan Cargal, Riley Goodson 56 Lake Wedowee Life


Congratulations to our Facebook Fan Vote winner Ms. Carla Waters.

(Top row, left to right)

Sabrina Baker, Samantha Lee, Sierra Wright, Spenser Phillips, and Trista Sprayberry

Carla is a Woodland High School graduate who is attending Jacksonville State University. She plans on becoming a teacher and she loves being outdoors. Become a fan on Facebook to get updates on contests and more.

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Catching the big one on Lake Wedowee Since the lake was impounded, there have been many years of anglers witnessing the “ups and downs” of a new impoundment, as it slowly aged. Today, the numbers of largemouth bass caught, those exceeding 10 pounds, has decreased. Often, you will hear of an angler catching one over that weight. Maybe even a 13-14 pounder. But it has been years since any angler has stared down at a Lake Wedowee monster bass, lying in the bottom of a boat, weighing in that 15-16 pound category. So, the question now pondered by all is, ”what has happened to all those really big, trophy-sized largemouth bass, those weighing in the fifteen pound plus weight category? They are still there! No, not the same bass of yesteryear, for only a few very big bass live past 20 years of age. But their offspring, are now again huge, largemouth bass. Lake Wedowee is one of the best lakes in Alabama for targeting big, largemouth bass during the fall, winter and spring season, “trophy bass fishing” as they say. Hopeful anglers know that a young lake or a newly impounded lake, like Lake Wedowee, always has a sudden reoccurrence of some very excellent bass fishing that takes place about every five to six years. Today, with Lake Wedowee now

nearly 30 years of age you could assume -- all bass anglers agree -- we are due again for a real chance at some lucky angler landing a possible, new state record largemouth bass! Although these really big bass seem to be rather scarce during the summer months, these are very catchable bass from the fall season, on into the winter season, and all throughout the early spring season. These are really big largemouth bass that are susceptible to a whole range of lures, when fished in all depths on Lake Wedowee.

Hooked on Lake Wedowee by Reed Montgomery Choosing the correct lure; fishing it in the right manner, in the right depth of water; and fishing in all the right places is the recipe for success this fall/winter season on Lake Wedowee. Many variables will determine your lure choice and help improve the outcome of your fishing success. Rigging several rods with various types of lures, those that cover the top, middle and bottom water column, will help anglers determine where the most catchable big bass are holding on each outing.

So here’s some suggestions for anglers that are planning on fishing Lake Wedowee this fall and early winter seasons! Topwater Lures - It’s a sure bet if an angler starts out the day throwing a topwater lure (on any day) during this fall season on Lake Wedowee, he or she may connect with the day’s biggest bass. With the lake currently down for winter pool and no weeds in sight throughout all of Lake Wedowee, you can possibly eliminate lures that are normally chosen for their weed less qualities. Wood cover is very evident and found lake wide. With some very visible standing timber, brush piles, stick ups and stumps, all left here during impoundment with some still standing today. With the lake normally down any where from 515 feet during the fall and winter seasons, at times it looks like you are fishing in a forest! When casting your lures among all of this lure-grabbing wood cover, practice and use precise casts. These types of topwater lures should be accurately fished with precise casts during this fall and winter period, to avoid frustration with hang-ups or possibly losing precious lures. When the lake is down it exposes a lot of previously submerged wood and rock cover. Topwater lures, when fished away from the banks

out in open water areas, get strikes from suspended bass holding out over deeper water. These can be schools of spotted bass as well that have grown to trophy-size bass over the past 25 years. Keep a big, heavy topwater lure (like a zara super spook featuring 3 treble hooks), rigged and ready, . LURES FOR FISHING IN THE MIDDLE WATER COLUMN These lure choices are as many to select from, as when choosing a topwater lure. But these lure choices work anytime. Like spinnerbaits. Choosing your spinnerbaits depends on water clarity. During the fall season heavy rains may muddy up the lake’s headwaters, and the incoming feeder creeks can show stained to muddy conditions. . As most anglers know when faced with this situation this is the time to fish with heavier 1/2 to 3/4 of an ounce spinnerbaits or find clearer water. Choosing model spinnerbaits that show brighter colors, both on the spinnerbaits skirt and its added trailer are best when confronted with these adverse conditions. Spinnerbaits sporting big, oversized blades are a must in stained water conditions, so bring along plenty of blade choices. Spinnerbaits can be retrieved right through standing timber without hanging. Spinnerbaits can also be slow rolled or dropped among Lake Wedowee’s standing timber.

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Crank baits would be a good second choice lure, if I had to cover the middle water column where a lot of big bass just suspend during the fall and early winter period. These lures fool a lot of big bass into striking, usually out of instinct and they intrigue some big bass to hit as well, often when they ignore other types of lures. Experiment and try all types of crank baits. Even lip designs of a round lip, square lip or coffinshaped lip can be preferred by these big largemouth bass, on any given trip The same goes for lipless lures, crank baits that sink, and they can be fished at all depths. I've seen these types of lures all work very well on Lake Wedowee’s schooling bass. They are exceptional lures for big bass that are suspended in Lake Wedowee’s many miles of standing timber. There are times when these big bass may prefer small to large size meals, so bring along plenty of 1/4 to 3/4 ounce lipless type lures. LURES FISHED ON OR NEAR BOTTOM Boy, how long of a list would this be? When choosing lures that you generally drag along the lake’s bottom this fall season, there are many lure choices, lure colors and various lure shapes, sizes and actions these bass may prefer. Knowing the water clarity, water depth, the time of year you are fish-

ing and the type of cover being fished, should help you determine your lure choice. Plastic Worms - These slithering creatures have fooled a lot of big Lake Wedowee bass over the last 30 years. Small worms work very well, especially in clear water situations or when following a cold front, when bass are more picky. Even small, four-inch finesse worms, fished on light tackle outfits have fooled some big bass into striking on Lake Wedowee. Problem is, many of these huge, tackletesting bass are not always landed with the use of light tackle outfits The timber, rocks and lake’s rough bottom can damage your line, nicking it, and thus causing a big, strong bass to easily break it. Again, leaving you with old tale of, “the one that got away So heavier tackle outfits are recommended! Big worms fool the bigger bass. Worms in lengths of 10-12 inches, fished on a 4/0 to 6/0 hook with a 1/4 ounce to 1/2 ounce Texas rigged sinker, have fooled a lot of trophy-sized bass on Lake Wedowee during past fall and winter seasons. They still work today. See my website: for more info. Thanks and Good Fishin'

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Index of Advertisers A & E Metal Affordable Tire AGL Alabama Power Bank of Wedowee Brian Morris Chad Lee, Attorney At Law Charles Thompson Construction Clay County CDJ Cooks Pest Control D & S Marine Docks plus more Dr. Edwards Fiberglass Unlimited Fishing Alabama H& M Drugs Halls Propane Kesa Johnston Lakeside Grill Mac McKinney Properties Main Street Animal Hospital Norton's Floor Covering Perryland Foods

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RE/MAX Lakefront Grady & Linda Stone RE/MAX Lakefront, Josephine McGuire RE/MAX Lakefront, Kelly and Leisel Caldwell REMAX Scott Evans Nissan Scott Hewitt, Attorney at Law Sew Classy Sheppard's Jewelry SmallTown Bank Southern Union State Farm Insurance Steele Chiropractic Summit Storage Superior Gas Tallapoosa River Electric Coop TEC Security The Stuff Store W & M Grocery Wedowee Building Supply Wedowee Lake and Lands Wedowee Marine Wellborn Cabinet Williamsburg Manor

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Facebook Fan Top 10 Halloween is always the best time to watch scary movies in the dark. We asked our Facebook Fans to tell us their favorite scary movie and why. Here are our poll results:

1. Halloween

made you just about jump out of your seat. You kinda new the shark was Marty Kirby - "It, based on the book by coming” Stephen King. It ruined most people's love of clowns unfortunately! I don't know if I really have a "favorite" scary 7. Last House on the Left Lavoy Caldwell “The scariest part was movie but this one definitely leaves a the urban legend that it was a true lasting impression!”

3. It

4. The Exorcist

Heather Grubbs -“Just a real spooky movie and especially if you hear the stories during filming of this movie!” Tammy Sweet -”I think it was the only one I've seen because it was so scary, I refused to watch scary movies now!”

5. The Strangers

Andy Petty—”1978's Halloween. The night He came home! Is it possible to terrify someone just by the score of the film alone? John Carpenter is the Clint Eastwood of horror films. What's truly awesome about this film is it's ode to the classic horror films from the past. No gory blood and carnage, just simply a knife and sound effects and the rest is left to the imagination. Michael Myers has become a household name and one we all fear.” Morgan Volz -”Halloween the original because it actually give(s) you that uneasy feeling like you (are) trapped in the movie and you cannot get out.”

2. Scream

Charmaine Slaney - “Scream is scary because, when you least expect it he pops up and the killer is not the person you would ever expect and poor Sidney goes through hell thinking it was her boyfriend who she trusted then he is cleared but for some reason he is always there when the killer is it keeps you glued to the t.v from beginning to end.”

Jason Conte -“The Strangers...because true stories are always much scarier since they can actually happen.”

Facebook Top 10 By Max Fulbright wife and I saw it in Auburn and had to drive home...also my psychology professor was at the movie at the same time...needless to say what her lectures were about for the next few class sessions....”

8. The Shinning

Jenny Dutto -“This is the only movie that has ever actually scared me. Jack Nicholson was way too good in it.”

9. Night of the Living Dead

Amanda Causey -“Night of the Living Dead was the first movie to give me nightmares. Since watching this one as a child I love zombie movies!”

6. Jaws

10. Carrie

Gail Wortham -“Jaws...even though it isn't your typical "spooky" movie, it sure continues to make me think every time I get into a big body of water...lake or ocean, about what damage a REALLY big fish could do to a person or a boat. Gives me the "hibbyjibbies" every time I think about it!!”

Felicia Hamlet -“Favorite scary movie...Carrie....It was the first scary movie I had ever seen and I was terrified for years at the thought of that hand trying to come up out of the ground at the end...and nothing was creepier than that "STARE" she had.”

Sonya Cosper - ”Jaws is basically the only movie in the list I have actually watched all of. The dramatic music

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Lake Wedowee Life October 2011  

Lake Wedowee Life is a lifestyle magazine dedicated to life on Lake Wedowee, East Alabama, and West Georgia.

Lake Wedowee Life October 2011  

Lake Wedowee Life is a lifestyle magazine dedicated to life on Lake Wedowee, East Alabama, and West Georgia.