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Opelika, Alabama

“By local people, for local people.”

2nd Annual ‘Shine Prom’ enchants guests Photo special to the Opelika Observer Pictured above is ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel and Opelika native and stand-up comedian Dusty Slay. Slay’s childhood will be the subject of a yet-to-be-named ABC comedy which is currently in development.

Childhood of Opelika native, comedian Dusty Slay to be developed into ABC comedy Photo by Robert Noles/Opelika Observer Tim Hudson of the Hudson Family Foundation assists an excited guest from her limousine upon her arrival at the 2nd Annual “Shine Prom” Saturday at the Opelika Sportsplex. Turn to A2 for more photos.

‘Alabama Retail Association’ will help Opelika kickoff holiday shopping season Special to the Opelika Observer The Alabama Retail Association and the Opelika Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in downtown Opelika yesterday to kick-off the holiday shopping season. The stop in Opelika is one of six stops on the organization’s statewide tour, which is designed to promote local small businesses and encourPhoto by Robert Noles/Opelika Observer age people to shop locally.

Lee County pharmacies partner with DA Brandon Hughes in drug take-back efforts Special to the Opelika Observer Each April and October, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency holds a national "Drug Take-Back Day" that allows people to drop off unused medications at authorized locations.

But, these locations are only able to accept the medications on those two days, and pharmacies are not allowed to take old medications without a law enforcement partnership. Last April, Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes

joined with the Alabama Pharmacy Association to create plans for permanent drop-off locations in the county. The association identified the pharmacies and helped them with the process of becoming authorized collectors. Hughes’ office funded


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the cost of collection kiosks that are now located in four community pharmacies. Unwanted medications are collected in the kiosks and the pharmacies must follow a specific procedure in preparing the medications to be sent to faciliSee Take-Back, page A3

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By Morgan Bryce Editor The childhood and early life of Opelika native and stand-up comedian Dusty Slay will serve as the inspiration

of a new ABC comedy announced earlier this week. According to a article published Wednesday, See Comedy, A3

Sweatman joins City of Opelika’s economic development team

Sweatman Special to the Opelika Observer The City of Opelika welcomed John Sweatman to the Opelika Economic Development team as a project manager on Nov. 12. “We are thrilled to have John join our Economic Development team. His time as a local businessman here in Opelika will serve him well with existing contacts and

relationships within the community. He understands and is eager to help us accomplish our goal to further develop opportunities that will support the continued growth of the City of Opelika,” said Lori Huguley, CEcD, Director of Opelika Economic Development. In his new role, Sweatman will be responsible for economSee Sweatman, page A3

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Inaugural ‘Christmas Ball’ Nov. 29 Opelika attorney named as one will benefit cancer center construction of state’s top estate planning By Morgan Bryce Editor

The East Alabama Medical Center Foundation’s inaugural “Christmas Ball” will be held Nov. 29 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. Proceeds from the event will benefit the construction of the hospital’s new “E.L. Spencer Jr. and Ruth Priester Spencer Cancer Center” which is slated to open in spring 2019. During the event, there will be live and silent auctions, as well as “Fund-A-Need,” an additional fundrais-

ing component of the ball that will be led by Opelika businessman and Alabama State Sen. Randy Price. Live auction items available include a trip to London, a cruise to the Greek Isles, a trip to Napa Valley, private dinner for 10 people at the AUHCC and a monthly flower arrangement package by C.Wayman Floral & Events. All sponsorships and general tickets were sold in advance during the summer. More than 400 people are expected to attend according to event organizers. The new center will be located at 2501 Village

Professional Drive in Opelika. Nearly 60,000 sq. ft. in size, it will be four times larger than the size of the current Cancer Center of East Alabama, which opened in 1992. Among the amenities at the new facility will be two linear accelerators, 28 regular infusion therapy chairs, 18 exam rooms, a pharmacy, a boutique, four conference rooms, a resource library and a chapel. For more information about the foundation and its efforts or the center’s construction progress, visit or www.eamcfoundation. org.

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the yet-to-be named show will be a collaborative effort among “Slay, Santa Clarita Diet writer/executive producer Chadd Gindin, Levity Live! and ABC Studios.” Slay, who will serve as one of the show’s screenwriters and co-stars, said it will give viewers a comedic glimpse into his childhood experiences spent growing up in an Alabama trailer park. “I have a fun and funny family … we have an interesting family tree and we spent a lot of time in a trailer park, but we always had a good time. I have a great family (and) I’m pumped to get to write a show about them,” Slay said. “I mean my comedy now is based on my life. Truth is the funniest.” 2018 has been a breakout year for Slay, who has made late-night television appearances on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “The Tonight Show with Jimmy

Fallon,” as well as participating in the “Just For Laughs Comedy Festival” in Montreal, Canada. “It’s still sinking in really. The comedy business has taught me to be a ‘I’ll believe it when I see it’ kind of guy … but just to make it to this point is huge for my career,” Slay said. “ I never thought I would end the year with a television deal. But I’ve worked very hard for these opportunities (and) I’m always ready for new experiences.” Based in Nashville, Slay has released two stand-up albums during his young comedic career that have received rave reviews from critics and fans alike. He was a contestant on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” and has made appearances on television shows like “Laughs on Fox” and “TMZ.” For more information or updates on the show’s release date, visit To sample or purchase merchandise and digital copies of Slay’s stand-up performances, visit


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ties to be incinerated. "As Alabama continues to fight the opioid crisis and illegal drug abuse, we are fortunate in Lee County to have our local District Attorney, Brandon Hughes, who goes that extra step by working with our local pharmacies to provide a safe and effective method to dispose of unwanted medications,” said Bobby Giles, APA government affairs director. “Unused prescription medications are not easily disposed of and often end up in the hands of someone other than the intended patient. Medications can be safely relinquished at these pharmacies to ensure they do not end up in the wrong hands, in our landfills, or even our water supply.” Beauregard Drugs and Bubba’s Medicine Shop in Opelika, Crossroads Pharmacy in Smiths Station and Our Home Pharmacy in Auburn are authorized collection sites in Lee County. Year-round collection sites address a crucial public safety issue. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug

attorneys for client satisfaction Special to the Opelika Observer

The American Institute Of Legal Counsel has recognized the exceptional performance of estate planning attorney and Opelika resident Ben C. Hand as one 2018’s “10 Best Legal Counsels for Client Satisfaction” in Alabama. The AIOLC is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of top10 estate planning attorney in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the "10 Best" list must pass the AIOLC's rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/ or peer nominations, thorough research, and AIOLC’s indeUse and Health, 6.2 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that most abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. These Lee County pharmacies are now poised to help. “Drug abuse and the opioid crisis in Alabama is real, and proper disposal of medications is a major step to address this problem,” Giles said. “We appreciate the opportunity to help combat drug abuse and the ability to work with local pharmacies and law enforcement to find ways to continue to make our communities safer.” The Alabama Pharmacy Association is a nonprofit professional organization with more than 2,500 members statewide. Members take a leading role in lobbying for pharmacy at the state and national level. The association was established in 1881, and is the oldest professional organization for pharmacy in the state. Members represent all practices of pharmacy and are committed to their profession and their patients. For more information, call 334-271-4222 or visit

Hand pendent evaluation. AIOLC's annual list was created to be used as a resource for clients during the attorney selection process. One of the most significant aspects of the selection process involves attorneys' relationships and reputation among his or her clients. As clients should be an attorney's top priority, the AIOLC places the utmost emphasis on


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ic research, building and site database maintenance, project coordination for city services with new industrial building projects, coordinating proposals for recruitment projects, developing presentations and marketing materials, preparing for and attending Opelika Industrial Development Authority meetings, hosting prospect visits, visiting with existing industries, coordinating special events such as red carpet tours, ground breaking seminars and ribbon cuttings, as well as attending trade shows, seminars, conferences and training courses. He will have frequent interaction with organizations such as State of Alabama Economic Development Allies, Opelika Chamber of Commerce, Opelika Main Street and City of Opelika staff.

selecting lawyers who have achieved significant success in the field of estate planning without sacrificing the service and support they provide. Selection criteria therefore focus on attorneys who demonstrate the highest standards of Client Satisfaction. “We congratulate Ben C. Hand on this achievement and we are honored to have him as a 2018 AIOLC Member,” according to a statement in a press release from the AIOLC last Monday. For more information, call 334-7414077 or visit www. Hand's offices are located at 114 N. 8th St. in downtown Opelika. Sweatman, a native of Alamogordo, New Mexico, has lived in Opelika for 38 years. He started the NeighborhoodTour magazine of East Alabama and West Georgia in 1994, and in 2012 started NeighborhoodTour. com “Your Move In Motion." The magazine is the premier place to sell, shop and search for real estate in the AuburnOpelika area. The .com business brings real estate agents the power to sell homes through dynamic video. Sweatman’s daughter, Samantha, will now control and manage the NeighborhoodTour businesses as he begins his new position with the City of Opelika. Sweatman and his wife Angie are members of Embrace United Methodist, and together they have five adult children and four grandsons ages 1 to 11. For more information, call Huguley at 334-705-5115.

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Watching the game with daddy


time everyone was crowded he Auburn-Alabama into one room to cuss and game was, is and will cheer as the situation demandcontinue to be. This ed. Auburn won. week, we are heading down The squirrel dumplings to Grove Hill to eat more than were great. That next year, it we should of Mama’s claswas announced that finally the sic cooking and watch the University of Alabama would Auburn-Alabama game with By Hardy Jackson lower itself to visit Auburn Daddy. and play the annual game at (You can tell which team Jordan-Hare Stadium. Daddy vowed that a person pulls for by the team listed first. Though I never went to Auburn, my father he would have to see it to believe it, so he upped his contribution to the Auburn taught me to be an Auburn fan and an Alumni Association, rose on the ticket list, Auburn fan I am. So it is, and always will and got us a couple for the big day. be, the Auburn-Alabama game.) I met him at the “loveliest village.” It I wish I could say that watching the was great. Auburn won. Daddy was so Auburn-Alabama game together was a excited that rather than spend the night out tradition for Daddy and me, but it isn’t. at my buddy Jerry’s restored sharecropThanksgiving and New Years are our big football-watching-together-times and since pers shack/hunting “lodge” north of town (complete with outhouse), he drove back the Auburn-Alabama game has seldom home to Mama. fallen on one and never on the other, we But I do not harbor similar expectations have watched it at our respective homes for this week’s game. Let me explain. and when it was over called to whoop and Auburn fans are natural pessimists. We holler or commiserate. come by it honestly. We have won only (Back during the Bear Bryant era we one national championship (as Alabama didn’t even do that. During those years Daddy would listen to the game in splendid fans love to point out) and no sooner was it awarded than we were put on probation. solitude at our farm out from town. Mama (The day after that was done, I am told, a would listen to it at home. I would listen banner was hung across the street at Toomto it wherever I was at the time. If Auburn er’s Corner announcing “Auburn gives the won, which was seldom, Mama would fix world 15 minutes to get out of town.”) Daddy a nice supper and await his return. Then, there was the 1993 undefeated If Auburn lost, which usually happened, season, where we did not have to wait for Mama would tidy up the kitchen, make probation to take the bloom off the rose sure there was stuff for sandwiches if he – we were on it already. And the 2004 uncame home hungry, and go to bed. Defeat defeated season where some mystic BCS was not something my family liked to tribal calculus kept us out of a championshare.) ship game that we “probably” would have Over the years, I can recall watching only a handful of Auburn-Alabama games won – maybe. So what are we to expect this year? Not much. with Daddy. Two of these stand out. Alabama fans want to win to prove to The first was Thanksgiving weekend, 1988. With my bride of only a few months themselves that all that money spent to hire a coach who could beat Auburn was not we made the trek from the suburbs of wasted. Atlanta to the wilds of South Alabama for Auburn wants to win to prove it was. what was, for her, the first total emersion And if Auburn loses, Daddy and I will into that cultural milieu. To my relief and remind ourselves that it has been a good joy, she loved it. run, but it had to end sometime. And if AuMy buddy Jim, an Alabama fan, had burn wins, we will smile and then remind invited all manner of folks up to his house to watch the game. So I took wife, brother, ourselves that it has been a good run but it and Daddy in tow and off we went. (Mama will end sooner or later. Because that is what real Auburn fans didn’t go. Wasn’t her kinda party. But she do. Pessimists. Remember? sent a pot of squirrel dumplings as her Harvey H. (“Hardy”) Jackson teaches contribution.) history at Jacksonville State University and I knew it was going to be a good day is an op-ed and editorial writer for The when I saw the keg on the front porch. I Star. He can be reached at hjackson@jsu. was right. Two TVs were set up to allow edu. fans to watch with their own, but by half-


he leaves have changed, and we are knee deep in an Alabama bipolar episode. One day it’s jacket, gloves and scarf weather, and the next day a tshirt is perfect. It has rained every day for the last two weeks, but now the sun is out and it’s glorious. There is frost on my car when I leave for work in the morning, and by lunchtime I will need the air conditioner to make it to Tiger Town. In other words, it’s Thanksgiving in the South. As I write this, the sun is hanging low in the sky. My best friend and I sit on a porch overlooking a lake that is serene and golden. I’ve stared at the light on the water for so long that it no longer seems real; it’s a dream, glistening in the distance. And, as I sit in this rocking chair, a memory washes over me. It is so vivid I can smell the air around me and hear my grandmoth-



Like how you manear God, aged to let me find It’s me a wood figurine my again. Actugrandfather carved. ally, I don’t know It’s a buffalo, and it’s what you want me almost a hundred years to call you. For all old. I found it packed in I know, you might an old box. prefer to be called By Sean Dietrich Then there’s the time something Hebrew, I got locked out of my Latin, German, or house. I was carrying armfuls of Cherokee. Anyway, one thing’s groceries. My wife was out of for sure: you’re older than the town. And I had to pee. names people call you. That It was a miracle. The back winmuch I remember from Sunday dow was open. That was all you. school. How about the way you made My mother called you, “The it rain last week? Or the way you Lord.” My granny called you woke me up this morning. “Heavenly Father.” My uncle This Thanksgiving morning, my used to call you the “Big Guy.” eyes opened to see a gold-colored Either way, I was raised in sky during sunrise. church, and I remember hearThere was a bloodhound on my ing a lot about you in the tiny bed—curled at my feet, snoring. chapels of my childhood. A woman beside me, sleeping I love those chapels. I rewith her mouth open. The same member plaster ceilings which woman who’s slept beside me for leaked, and pews that creaked when people shifted weight from fifteen years. So I should thank you for her. cheek to cheek. And the coffee smells every And Sunday-school teachers who made you sound like an old morning. And Conecuh sausage, and eggs I eat for breakfast. Western sheriff who wouldn’t And my mother. And soft cottake any lip. Like Wyatt Earp, or ton. My sister. My niece, Lily. the Terminator. And baseball. And tomatoes. And But that’s not you. Not at all. And even though I don’t know the sound of a mandolin. And the taste of rainwater. a lot about you, I know a little. I don’t thank you nearly I know that you’re the sun. enough, and I’m sorry about that. You’re pine trees. You’re the sky over Lake Martin. The smell I really am. Because even though life is no cakewalk, and even of baked apples Mother used to though it looks like this world cook. And prettiness. is practically falling apart someYou’re the look on a kid’s times, it’s not. face when he or she catches a And you’re still here. Being fish. you. You are every blessed Andy I’m sorry, I don’t know what Griffith Show episode ever your ancient name is, so I’ll just made. You are Aunt Bee, Opie, Barney, Otis. You had absolute- call you God. Thank you, God. ly nothing to do with Matlock. Your friend, You are guitar music my uncle —Sean Dietrich used to pick. You’re popping Sean Dietrich is a columnist, noises from hickory logs in a and novelist, known for his comfireplace. You’re salted butter. mentary on life in the American Roasted pecans. Bottled CocaCola. And loyalty from a friend. South. His work has appeared in Southern Living, the Tallahassee You’ve done things. And I’m Democrat, Southern Magazine, not talking about big things— Yellowhammer News, the Bitter everybody knows you make the Southerner, the Mobile Press Regearth spin and stars twinkle. ister and he has authored seven No. I’m talking about tiny books. things you’ve done.

My Thankful Shoes then that er’s voice. my grandWe were at mother the edge of Gussie was a small pond not, despite out behind years of the barn, evidence and the sun to the was low in By Wendy Hodge contrary, the sky. The a machine air was cool, that cooked and and the light danced cleaned and farmed across the water. and gardened withWe were discussing out so much as a Thanksgiving. Actuyawn. She was human ally, my grandmother through and through, was making a verbal and she was tired. to-do list: peel the I found this alarmpotatoes, make the ing. pies, make sure we She must have seen have enough flour the concerned exand sugar – this year pression on my face, we’re having those because she put her sweet potato biscuits arm around my shoulyou like so much, der and smiled at me. crack the pecans and “Don’t mind me,” she get your granddaddy said. “I just forgot my to pick them out of thankful shoes.” the shells for me. “Your what?” I was content just “My thankful hearing about all her shoes,” she answered. plans – the gears that “In the morning, bemoved my world forward were working fore I even leave my bed, I look down at smooth as ever. my shoes sitting there She stopped talkwaiting for me to start ing suddenly and sat my day. They’ve been down heavily on the there resting all night, seat next to me. Her just like I have. They face was filled with walked every step weariness. It hit me

I walked yesterday. They went outside and inside. They went to town. They sat with me while I ate, and they carried my tired body to bed last night.” I looked down at her old brown work shoes while she talked. They must have walked a thousand miles before that day, and they had many more to go. “I learned a long time ago, Wendy Lynne, that at the beginning of each day I need to remind myself that no matter how busy or hard the day is going to be, I have two choices. I can see the bad in the day and put on my feeling sorry for myself shoes, or I can see the bounty in every little thing and put on my thankful shoes. For a minute just now, I forgot which shoes I was wearing.” I sat there staring down at my shoes, letting her words wash over me. And I hear them still, sitting on this porch by the lake.

I am still learning to put on my thankful shoes. My grandmother was much better at it than I have ever been. But life is relentless in its effort to teach us the thing we most need to learn. A few years ago, when I was as low as I have ever been, when the rock I thought I had built my life on crumbled underneath me and I was faced with starting over, when gratitude was the last emotion I was feeling, my grandmother reached out from wherever it is that incredible Southern women go when they are no longer here with us, and reminded me to check my shoes before I start my day. It was the day before Thanksgiving, and the sky was black with rain. Miserable weather; it matched my heart. I’d spent the morning preparing a meal I was too heartsick to eat a bite of. We were out of flour. I walked the two blocks to the

Fred’s store. The emotional weight I carried on my shoulders made every step feel like a mile. Once inside, I stared at the shelves of baking supplies until I managed to lift a bag of flour and carry it to the cashier. Back in the parking lot, I turned to head toward my house. The rain hit my face, and the cold air made my hands numb. I almost missed him. He was sitting on the curb. His clothes were a non-color, much faded and worn and dirty. His beard hung in jagged strands down to his shirt. His skin was dark brown, and he slumped there like a man defeated. I swear it was my grandmother’s voice I heard telling me to stop and reach out to this man. So I stepped toward him and said hello. He didn’t look up but did whisper, “Hello.” “Are you hungry?” I See Hodge, page A6

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Around Lee County

City of Smiths Station forms agreement with ESG Engineering By Morgan Bryce Editor

The Smiths Station City Council approved a resolution during last week’s meeting that will allow Mayor Bubba Copeland to enter into an agreement with ESG Engineering. Through the agreement, the city of Smiths Station will have its own full-fledged city engineer and access to other engineering services that the company provides its clients. This will eliminate the total costs involved of hiring their own engineer, a “win-win situation” according to Copeland. “When we went forward with implementing the millage (ad valorem) tax, one of our agreements was to hire our own engineer so that we could be more reliant on ourselves and less on the county. This is the first step in that process toward being more independent,” Copeland said. “They will handle all of our subdivision regulations, zoning regulations and other future endeavors pertaining to engineering.”

Chris Lammons, association executive with the Phenix City Board of Realtors, informed the council that his organization will be renamed the “East Alabama Board of Realtors” to more accurately reflect the location of homes for sale in that respective market area. He said he recently returned from a trip to Boston where he successfully plead his case for the name change, his being the only one of 12 organizations nationwide that received that permission. “For a while now, we’ve been trying to change our name - the reason for that is that even though we’re the Phenix City Board of Realtors, we as a group service the Smiths Station area, most of Lee County and a lot of Russell County - communities outside of Phenix City,” Lammons said. “I wanted to come here tonight to tell you formally about this name change.” Lammons added that the name-changing process is expected to take a full month to go into effect.

“This is huge on behalf of the city of Smiths Station because we’re not a little country town anymore - we are a growing city,” Copeland said. In other business, the council: - announced the launch of a “Business of the Month” initiative to promote businesses within the Smiths Station city limits - announced that the city will hold a treelighting ceremony Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. E.S.T. at the Smiths Station Government Center - approved a rescheduling of their next meeting from Dec. 25 to Dec. 27 in observance of the Christmas holiday. The Smiths Station City Council meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Smiths Station Government Center, with their work session beginning at 5:30 p.m. EST and their regular meeting at 6 p.m. For more information, visit or call 334-2978771. The Smiths Station Government Center is located at 2336 Lee Road 430.

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Brigadier Gen. Richard F. Allen recently named outstanding Alumnus of the United States Army War College

Photo special to the Opelika Observer Special to the Opelika Observer Capell & Howard P.C. is pleased to announce that Brigadier Gen. Richard F. Allen (Retired) has been selected by the Board of Trustees of the Army War College Foundation as an outstanding Alumnus of the United States Army War College for his “incredible contributions to our nation

following [his] military retirement.” “The U.S Army War College has about 800 graduates each year, and the Foundation selects only four for this recognition each year. It is an unexpected honor, and I thank my friend and fellow attorney, Major Gen. Bill Clark for making it happen with the nomination," Allen said. Allen received

his undergraduate degree in mathematics and chemistry from Florence State College (now the University of North Alabama) and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in May 1963. After seven years on active duty, including tours in Vietnam and Germany, Allen left the active duty in 1970 to attend law school, while remaining a See Allen, A6

Auburn University honors faculty award recipients

Special to the Opelika Observer Smoothie King, a smoothie brand committed to inspiring customers to live healthy, active lifestyles, open its second Auburn location Nov. 20 at 2311 Bent Creek Road, Suite 100. The new store is owned and operated by long-time franchise owners Layton Huskey and Leah Sherriff. The grand opening celebration will be held Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. with free smoothies for the first 100 in-store and drive-thru guests. The allday event will also feature half-price smoothies and giveaways, including the chance to win free smoothies for a year or a Fitbit Versa. “Smoothie King is a growing brand in Alabama and has become a popular choice for those who want fresh, delicious smoothies that fit into their healthy, active lifestyles,” said Smoothie King CEO Wan Kim. “Through our Cleaner Blending Initiative, our goal is to become an integral part of every health and fitness journey in the Auburn community and beyond.” Smoothie King’s Cleaner Blending recipes include more whole fruits and vegetables and no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. Complete nutritional information

is available at www. Hours of operation will be 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday. For updates on opening events and details on giveaways, follow @SKAuburnAL on Facebook. Guests who join Smoothie King’s Healthy Rewards loyalty program can earn points toward free smoothies, exclusive offers and personalized discounts. About Smoothie King Franchises, Inc. Smoothie King Franchises, Inc. is a privately held, Dallas-based franchise company with more than 1,000 locations worldwide. It was founded in 1973 by Steve Kuhnau, whose mission was to help others achieve better health in a delicious way through smoothies. Today, it continues its mission to inspire a healthy and active lifestyle through its Cleaner

Blending Initiative, which focuses on more whole fruits and vegetables while removing all added sugars, artificial flavors, colors and preservatives. Smoothie King extends its vision to be an integral part of every health and fitness journey through partnerships with the American Cancer Society and Challenged Athletes Foundation. The franchise is currently ranked No. 1 by Entrepreneur magazine in the juice bar category for the 26th year, No. 35 overall on the 2017 Franchise 500 list and debuted on the Inc. 5000 list in 2018. The company also offers retail products that include sports beverages, energy bars, vitamins, supplements and more. Visit or www. smoothiekingfranchise. com, on Facebook at SmoothieKing and Instagram at www.instagram. com/SmoothieKing.

Photo special to the Opelika Observer Auburn University honored the recipients of its faculty awards at a ceremony held Nov. 13 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. Pictured from left to right: Shiwen Mao, Creative Research and Scholarship Award; Kelly Bryant, The Gerald and Emily Leischuck Endowed Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching; Kyes Stevens, Award for Excellence in Faculty Outreach; Dave Ketchen, Creative Research and Scholarship Award; James Long, The Gerald and Emily Leischuck Endowed Presidential Award for Excellence in Faculty Outreach and Cathleen Giustino, Creative Research and Scholarship Award.


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at me. His blue eyes were cloudy, but there was a light shining there. “I could eat,” he replied. We walked to the Burger King next door and ordered sandwiches and fries and sodas. We sat in a booth and ate every bite. All of this was done in complete silence. Neither one of us said a single word. But it was not an uncomfortable silence. In fact, I was more relaxed than I’d been in days.

Finally, with not a bite left between us, we walked out into the rain again. I turned and looked at him to say goodbye, and he stood there with silent tears streaming down his face. “Thank you for eating with me,” I told him. He just looked at me as I turned to leave. And then he called out to me – “Ma’am… I knew it was going to be a good day. That’s why

I put on my thankful shoes.” I slowly turned back, with goose bumps on my arms. “Your what?” I couldn’t believe he’d said those words. “My thankful shoes. My mama used to always tell me to be sure to wear the right shoes if I want a day to be thankful for.” With that, he turned and walked through the parking lot and down the street. I lifted my face to the sky and smiled into

the rain. “I hear you, Gussie,” I whispered into the air. And so, on this day on the porch by the lake, I look down at my thankful shoes. I am wearing them today because my grandmother taught me how. There is so much to be thankful for. It doesn’t require a list or even naming them in any conscious way. All that’s needed is an eye to see the bounty in every little

thing and in every single person…. and the right shoes to carry yourself through every day you’re given. Wendy Hodge is an Opelika native, an empty nester and lover of all things Opelika. She previously had a column titled A Word or Ten, which was featured in the Tennessee Star Journal and is currently awaiting release of her first novel with Harper Collins Publishing Company.

Allen’s ammunition company in Vietnam was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation for outstanding performance before, during and after the 1968 Tet Offensive. He retired from military service with the rank of Brigadier General in 1993. Allen’s military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal and the induction into the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps Hall of Fame in 2001. While at law school, Allen was the managing editor of the Alabama Law

Review, was inducted into Order of the Coif Legal Honor Society, Jason’s Senior Honor Society and Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society. He was selected by his classmates as the most outstanding graduating senior in 1973. Allen clerked for Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Howell Heflin before joining Capell, Howard, Knabe & Cobbs P.A. in 1974, where his law practice centered on business and tax law. In January 1979, Allen served as Chief Legislative Assistant for U.S. Sen. Howell Heflin in Washington, D.C., but he

returned to Capell & Howard in August 1981. In 1985, Allen was elected Managing Partner for the firm, a position he held until January 1995, when Alabama Attorney General Jeff Sessions appointed him Chief Deputy Attorney General, a position he continued to hold under Attorneys General Bill Pryor and Troy King until he retired from State service in 2005. Allen held the honorary position of civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army from Alabama from 1998 - 2001. In February 2005, Allen returned to Capell & Howard as “Of Counsel.”

In February 2006, Gov. Bob Riley asked Allen to join his Cabinet as the Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Corrections, generally considered one of the most difficult agencies to oversee in State government. In 2007, Allen’s work in restructuring and revitalizing the Department was recognized when he was awarded the Auburn University Montgomery, Innovative Alabama Government Award. When Luther Strange was elected attorney general in 2010, he asked Allen to return to the Attorney General’s office as Chief Deputy

Attorney General, where the General served for one year before returning to the firm “Of Counsel.” From 2013-2017, Allen served as the parliamentary law advisor to Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey. The commandant led the ceremony Nov. 13 at the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The occasion also marked the celebration of the 117th anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Army War College. For more information, visit www. Their Opelika office is located at 3120 Frederick Road.


from A5 member of the U.S. Army Reserve. After completing law school in 1973, Allen pursued a dual career as a lawyer and an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve. On active duty, his assignments included company command in Germany and Vietnam, and his reserve assignments included command of the 375th Field Depot in Montgomery and the 3rd Transportation Brigade in Anniston, a major subordinate command of the III U.S. Army Corps.

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ith heartbreaking losses in our community recently, Thanksgiving this year is a wake-up call to have gratitude for our loved ones and set priorities to spend more time with family, as we realize every day is a gift. What is on the menu is not as important as the time around the table, holding hands while we say grace. At our home, we have made a pledge to make every day a time of thanksgiving. We are thankful for our family members who trav-

eled from out-of-town to share the day, with some joining us for the weekend. Along with our traditional Thanksgiving dinner, the weekend will include watching the Auburn and Alabama game on television. We are a divided family with both Auburn and Alabama fans. It seems that food preparation for Thanksgiving and the weekend have been going on for weeks. The cornbread dressing, sweet potato casserole, spinach casserole, pumpkin breads, date

nut bread and cake layers were frozen ahead, as well as dishes for the weekend. Mashed potatoes, other casseroles and desserts were made a day or two ahead. This takes lots of planning before and after Thanksgiving. While some casserole dishes come with sturdy plastic covers, I stack casseroles in the refrigerator with cork bottom place mats between each one. I also rely on glass containers in various sizes with plastic lids that stack well. Sometimes I have to remove a refrigerator

Photo by Ann Cipperly Creamy White Turkey Chili can be served with an assortment of toppings. Leftover turkey from Thanksgiving can be used in a variety of recipes to serve over the weekend.

shelf in order to stack more.Before everyone arrives, serving dishes have been cleaned and stored ready to use. If you are having a crowd and need large serving platters, be sure you are placing food on trays that are food safe. I have seen people serve food on plastic and wooden trays with handles that I did not think were safe for food. Many of these trays are for serving beverages and bowls

of snacks, not placing food directly on the surface. As you select your serving dishes, be sure not to use a decorative Oriental bowl, as these are generally not food safe. When they are new, there should be a sticker on the bottom that says for decorative use only or not food safe, but the stickers may be missing on ones found in flea markets and antique shops. Also be careful about

serving food in antique dishes. Most of these have lead paint, and the glaze can be worn off in places. Don remembers when he was growing up that his mother served the Thanksgiving turkey on an extra large antique platter she inherited from an aunt in New York. When we received the platter, I noticed the 1864 date on the back and decided that tradition See Recipes, page A9

23rd Annual ‘Auburn-Opelika East Alabama Community Band Habitat for Humanity Cookie prepares for winter concert Nov. 26 Walk’ planned for Dec. 1 By Morgan Bryce Editor Area sweet tooths can satisfy their cravings for a good cause at the 23rd annual “Auburn-Opelika Habitat for Humanity Cookie Walk” Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church. One of the organization’s largest fundraisers, this year’s event is expected to feature between 30,000 - 50,000 cookies of all types

and sizes. Hosted and sponsored by the WeHelp Coalition of Churches, the event raises upwards of $15,000 each year to help the Auburn-Opelika Habitat for Humanity further its mission of “bringing people together to build home, communities and hope.” “This event is part of the community building that we do to involve folks from all areas. Some are the ones who come

out and build homes with us, and others who are not able to do that help by baking or buying cookies during the event,” said Mark Grantham, executive director of the Auburn-Opelika Habitat for Humanity. New to this year’s event is a “Great Cook’s Table,” which will feature cookies made by some of the area’s best bakers. Patrons can mix and match their See Walk, page A11

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leader Josh Wine, the 50-member ensemble will perform a diverse range of music, ranging from portions of the Lord of the Ring's soundtrack to Earth, Wind and Fire's megahit "September." Admission is free. For more information, email jwinemusic@ Following is a full program of the evening's performances: The Star Spangled Banner - Traditional Selections from Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings - De Meij, arr. See Concert, page A11

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from A7 would end. Fortunately, his mother placed the turkey on the platter for his father to carve at the table without slices of turkey directly on the surface. The platter now stays on display on top of a sideboard. If garnishing dishes, be sure they are edible. Years ago, I hosted an annual cooking contest at the mall with chefs serving as judges. One year, someone had baked a gorgeous dessert but garnished it with rows of holly and berries, which are poisonous. One of the chefs was so upset that he threw the garnishes, which went in the direction of the audience. Sometimes magazines are so focused on having an attractive food photo that the staff is careless about garnishes. A regional magazine in south Alabama had several photos of their prized coconut cake garnished around the edges in fresh holly with their poisonous red berries. After the Thanksgiving meal at our house, the turkey bones are used for making stock for soups and casse-

Creamy White Turkey Chili 1 Tbsp. oil 1 medium onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced or 1 tsp. garlic powder 2 cans (15 1/2 oz. each) Great Northern Beans, rinsed and drained 3 cups cooked, chopped turkey 2 cups turkey or chicken broth 2 cans (4 oz. each) chopped green chilies 1 tsp. ground cumin to taste Salt and pepper to taste 2 Tbsp. flour 1/2 cup whipping cream, half and half or milk 1 cup sour cream Toppings: shredded cheddar or Monterey

roles. After the Thanksgiving meal, the turkey is sliced and stored in a covered glass container, while the bones are wrapped in foil and refrigerated. The next morning, the bones are placed in a large stockpot with onions and celery, then covered with water. The stock simmers for about four hours, then cooled and the bones discarded. Generally, I will go ahead and make soup or store the stock in the refrigerator. For soup, brown or white rice is added to the stock along with bite-sized pieces of turkey and simmered until the rice is cooked. If there are fresh mushrooms on hand, those are added while the rice is cooking. The stock can be used for making soups, chili, pot pies and casseroles. Turkey can be substituted for chicken in many recipes. Try leftover turkey in a few of your chicken recipes or select from the following. From our family to yours, we pray for a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and a glorious coming Christmas season. Cipperly can be contacted at recipes@

Jack cheese, chopped avocado, sour cream, crushed tortilla chips, optional. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat oil; add onion and sauté until tender. Add garlic and sauté a minute or two, being careful not to burn. Add beans, turkey, broth, chilies, cumin and salt and pepper. Bring mixture to a simmer and cook, uncovered, for 25 minutes. Add 2 Tbsp. flour to the cream, half and half or milk; stir until blended. Add to chili and cook five minutes more until mixture thickens. Remove from the heat; stir in sour cream. Serve with assorted toppings, if desired.

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Turkey Soup Turkey bones 2 to 3 onions, halved 1 bunch celery, coarsely chopped Salt and pepper 1 cup or more brown or white rice Sliced mushrooms, optional Place turkey bones in Dutch oven; cover with water; add onions, celery and salt. Bring to a boil; lower heat to simmer for about four hours. Remove bones, saving some pieces of turkey, and strain broth. Bring broth to boil. Add pieces of turkey, brown rice and mushrooms, if desired, and simmer until rice is cooked, about 40 minutes. Adjust salt and pepper. Turkey Pot Pie 6 Tbsp. butter 6 Tbsp. flour 2 cups turkey or chicken broth 1 cup whipping cream, half and half or milk Salt and pepper to taste 2 to 4 cups cooked turkey, chopped 1 cup peas, cooked 1 cup sliced carrots, cooked 1 Pillsbury rolled piecrust Preheat oven to 425. Put chicken in a deep casserole; cover with vegetables. Melt butter in saucepan; stir in flour and cook stirring for 2 minutes. Slowly add broth, cream, salt and pepper; cook 5 minutes until thickened and smooth. Pour over turkey and vegetables. Stir carefully. Place piecrust over pie and crimp edges. Cut vents. Bake 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Can prepare ahead and bake the next day.

Easy Turkey Casserole 3 cups cooked, chopped turkey 2 cans cream of chicken soup ½ cup turkey or chicken broth 16 oz. sour cream Salt and pepper to taste Roll of Ritz crackers, crushed 1 stick butter, melted Combine everything except crackers and butter. Place in a greased 13 by 9 inch pan. Combine cracker crumbs and butter; sprinkle on top. Bake at 350 degrees about 30 minutes. Creamy Turkey Enchiladas 8-10 flour tortillas 3 cups cooked turkey or chicken, chopped 3 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese ¼ cup butter ¼ cup flour 1 tsp. salt or to taste 2 cups chicken broth 1 cup sour cream 4 oz. can green chilies Layer each tortilla with chicken and Monterey Jack cheese. Fold sides over and place seam side down in greased 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Add flour, stirring constantly. Mix in broth to make the thick sauce. Remove from heat and stir in sour cream and green chilies, stirring until smooth. Pour over tortillas. Store in refrigerator. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes or until hot.

Turkey and Wild Rice Casserole 1 (6.2 oz.) pkg. fast-cooking long-grain and wild rice mix 2 Tbsp. butter 1 medium onions, chopped 2 celery ribs, chopped 2 to 3 cups chopped, cooked turkey 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided 1 can cream of mushroom soup 8 oz. sour cream 1/2 cup milk Salt and pepper to taste Breadcrumbs Prepare rice according to package directions; set aside. Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat; add onions and celery; sauté 10 minutes or until tender.  Stir in rice, turkey 1 cup cheese, soup, sour cream, milk and salt and pepper. Spoon mixture into a greased 9 x 13-inch baking dishes; sprinkle breadcrumbs over top.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.  Sprinkle remaining 1 cup of cheese on top and bake 5 more minutes.

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Turkey Tetrazzini Good served with cranberry sauce. 6 Tbsp. butter, divided 1 onion, chopped ½ lb. fresh mushrooms, sliced 3 Tbsp. flour 1 cup cream, half and half or milk 2 cups turkey or chicken broth 2 Tbsp. sherry, optional 1 lb. angel hair pasta, cooked according to pkg. instructions 3 to 4 cups cooked, chopped turkey ½ cup or more Parmesan cheese, grated Melt 3 Tbsp. butter in skillet. Add onion and mushrooms; sauté until tender. Remove from skillet and set aside. Melt remaining 3 Tbsp. butter in the same skillet and add flour over low heat. Stir until well blended. Slowly add cream. When thickened, add broth; stirring until well blended. Add sherry if using and onions and mushrooms. Cook until thickened slightly, stirring frequently. Spread pasta in bottom of greased 9 x 13-inch pan. Top with turkey and pour sauce on top, covering chicken and pasta. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving. Can prepare ahead. Turkey Asparagus Casserole 6 Tbsp. flour 1½ tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. onion salt 1/2 cup melted butter 3½ cups milk 3 cups turkey or chicken broth 2 cups Minute rice, uncooked 1½ to 2 cups grated Swiss or cheddar cheese 2 cups cooked asparagus 3 cups sliced cooked turkey 3 Tbsp. sliced almonds Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Blend flour, half of the salt and onion salt into the butter; gradually stir in milk and broth. Stir over medium heat until thickened. Pour rice into baking dish. Sprinkle half of the cheese and top with asparagus; then add turkey. Pour on sauce. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; top with sliced almonds. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Serves 8. Turkey, Roasted Red Peppers and Fontina Sandwiches 1/4 cup prepared basil pesto 8 slices Italian bread, sliced 4 slices roast turkey 1 roasted red bell pepper, cut into thin strips 4 slices fontina or Swiss cheese Soft butter or olive oil or combination of both Divide pesto evenly on 1 side of each bread slices. Divide turkey, roasted pepper and cheese on 4 bread slices. Top with the remaining slices of bread, pesto sides down, to form 4 sandwiches. Spread butter on sandwiches. Grill in a skillet on both sides until golden brown. Turkey-Broccoli-Cheese-Rice Casserole 1 pkg. frozen broccoli florets or fresh equivalent of 10 oz. box 1 to 1 ½ cups chopped celery 1 cup chopped onion 1/4 cup butter 1 small jar (8 oz.) Cheese Whiz 2 heaping cups cooked white rice (more if you want) 1 can cream of chicken soup (or cream of celery soup) 1/2 soup can milk 1 jar (4.5 oz.) sliced mushrooms, drained 1 jar (4 oz.) pimientos, drained About 1/4 to 1/3 cup sliced almonds or slivered, toasted, optional 2-3 cups cooked turkey, diced Ritz crackers Cook broccoli just until tender, being sure not to overcook. Drain well; set aside. Sauté chopped celery and onion in the butter. Mix celery/onion mixture with the Cheese Whiz, soup and milk and cooked rice. (The cheese mixes more easily if it has not been in the refrigerator and if celery/onion mixture and rice are still warm.) Stir in mushrooms, pimientos and almonds. Stir in cooked turkey. Gently fold in cooked broccoli. Pour mixture in greased casserole dish (or dishes – this makes a lot). Crush Ritz crackers and scatter on top. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes.



Family & Religion

November 21, 2018

Setting our hearts on pilgrimage

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t’s 1971 and Gavin Bryars is helping Alan Power on a documentary he is making about people living on the street in the Elephant Crown area of south London. For many of the people they film, alcohol is the preferred method of anesthetizing themselves to the pain and harshness of their circumstances. As some see the camera, they burst into song—singing ballads, pop songs and even bits of opera. There is one elderly man who stands out because he isn’t drinking. And the song he sings is “Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet.” When Power puts his film together, the footage of the people singing doesn’t make the final cut. He gives Bryars, whose work on the film was mixing and editing, some of the unused footage. Included in it, is the part of the people singing. Bryars takes it home and starts going through it. When he

powerful. gets to the He fashpart of the ions what elderly man was 26 singing. He seconds of goes over singing into to his piano a composiand notices By Bruce Green tion of 25 the man’s Teaching Minister at minutes. singing 10th Street Church of It starts (while off Christ in Opelika acapella in tempo) is and then on key. It’s not very long—thirteen adds different orchestral parts but it's all the bars over 26 seconds, same 26 second loop but he thinks he might be able to do something featuring these lyrics: “Jesus' blood never with it. failed me yet- never He makes an audio loop of the singing and failed me yet, Jesus' blood never failed me then takes it down to a yet. studio in the fine arts There's one thing I department of a school know, where he is working. Because He loves He begins copying it me so, on to another tape. He   Jesus' blood never goes out to get some failed me yet.” coffee, leaving the I don't know how door open. When he many people bought gets back, the people that album (the name of in the department have the label was Obscure stopped what they are Records), but if you doing and are listening go on You Tube you to the singing. Some will see that hundreds are quietly weeping. of thousands of people This confirms what have listened to it—I Bryars thought— stopped counting somethere’s something in the elderly man’s sing- where around the two ing that is poignant and million mark.

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• Pepperell Baptist is offering a Wednesday evening ministry program from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. for preschool and elementary Children called “Wow-Worship on Wednesday.” The evening program of music, Bible messages for children, crafts, fun activities, and snack begins on Sept. 5. Registration forms are filled out on the first evening. Contact Ryno Jones Childrens, Youth Minister, or Beth Pinyerd at 334-7453108. • First Baptist Church of Opelika will hold a Christmas

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Here's where it gets even more interesting. Although the audio of the man singing was obviously preserved, the film part of him singing was somehow lost. Moreover, when Bryars went back to Elephant Crown to see if he could locate the man to tell him about the recording, he found out he had passed away. Curiously enough, when Bryars did a provenance search to see who had written the song and when, he came up with absolutely nothing. The song that has touched millions of lives is quite possibly the work of this nameless, faceless man. The only thing you could take issue with in Bryars' remarkable work is his designation of the elderly man. On the album he is referred to as “Tramp." There's a better word for him— it’s pilgrim. From all we know he is a man who had set his heart on pilgrimage (Psalm 84:5). And yes, he

might have been a little down and out, but his faith roared like a lion. His voice was of one crying in the wilderness in a loud, clear, strong voice that refuses to be silenced. And what he tells us is the street is not omnipotent—the wilderness is not the last word. And why is that? Because the Jesus Christ is Lord and His "blood never failed me yet." That makes a great message in death when we think about the end of the pilgrim’s life, but it's an equally powerful message for life. After all, it's okay to believe in life after death, but Christ would like us to also believe in life before death. And that life does not consist of pursuing a bucket list and an extra dessert. The abundant life is found through living life as pilgrims— whether our pockets are full or empty. You can find more of Bruce’s writings at his website:

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Celebration Dec. 2 at 6 p.m., which will include musical performances by the church’s childrens choir, youth ensemble and Sunshine Singers. • Christian comedian Tim Hawkins will perform at First Baptist Church of Opelika Feb. 7. Besides comedy, Hawkins is known for his songwriting and singing abilities. For more information or ticketing options, visit www.

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OBITUARIES Brenda Faulkner Cosper Brenda Faulkner Cosper, 71, passed away November 16th 2018 at Bethany House in Auburn, Alabama after a lengthy battle with illness. Brenda was born in Hogansville, Georgia, and later moved to LaGrange, GA then to Opelika, AL where she spent her life as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and former chapter manager of the Lee County Chapter of the American Red Cross. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Eddie Cosper; son and daughters: Dr. Chris Cosper (Ellen) of Geneva, AL, Tammy Cosper Moore (Lee) of Birmingham, AL, Gennifer Cosper (Michelle) of Tempe, AZ; her grandchildren: Yura Cosper, Evelina Cosper, Dennis Cosper, Austin Moore,

Abby Moore, Lauren Armstrong (Rodney), Justen Crumpton (Clay); and 6 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held for Brenda at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home in Opelika on Monday, November 19, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. (CST), Reverend Lee Moore, Jr. officiated. Visitation was held one hour before the service on Monday, November 19, 2018 at JeffcoatTrant Funeral Home beginning at 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m (CST). A graveside service was held at 2:00 p.m. (CST) Monday, November 19, 2018 at Shadowlawn Cemetery in Lagrange, GA. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Lupus Foundation of American at www. Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home & Crematory directed.

Jerry Paul Popwell Mr. Jerry Paul Popwell, originally from Birmingham, AL passed away on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, peacefully at East Alabama Medical Center surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his mother, Helen O. Popwell. He is survived by a large loving family consisting of his wife of 55 years, Sandra; father, Paul Popwell; Sisters: Judy Popwell Knight (Gary) and Mary Ann Popwell Hancock; son, Jamie (Dina); daughter, Tiffany Popwell Cook (Doug); grandchildren: Morgan Myers, Jacob Cook (Alyse), Madison Popwell,


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that there is still time to register for cookie donation and participating in the event’s cookie contest, with forms available on On the day of the event, there will be a raffle drawing for two handcrafted quilts stitched by

by Paul Lavender I. Gandalf V. Hobbits Momentum Thomas Doss National Emblem - E.E. Bagley, ed. by Fennell Earth, Wind, & Fire in Concert - arr. by Richard Saucedo Brief Intermission Second Suite in F for Military Band - Gustav Holst I. March II. Song Without Words

Sam Thomas Cook and Conner Popwell; great-grandchildren: Auden James Mee, Miller Lee Waller and Scarlett Killion; he was also survived by his faithful fourlegged companion, Sully. Jerry was a graduate of Banks High School in Birmingham in June 1962 and was a member of Shug Jordan’s teams from 19621965 lettering 3 years as a center/ defensive lineman. Jerry fell in love with law enforcement after spending his off time conducting ride alongs as a reserve deputy with his lifelong friend, Wiley Post, and began working as a Deputy Sheriff for Lee County in late 1965. There he spent the next

16 years serving his county faithfully working under Sheriffs, Paul Ragsdale and later, James “Jim” Pearson. Jerry was promoted through the ranks, FBI National Academy, and a plank holder of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 21 and a graduate of Auburn University. He spent 7 months as the acting Sheriff when Pearson fell ill with cancer. Jerry left Law enforcement in 1980 to run for Sheriff and after an unsuccessful bid, he began a construction company where he spent the next 20 years. In 2000, he began working for Thompson Carriers, driving trucks until his retirement in June 2018. Jerry

loved serving others and his Lord and Savior. He was well respected in both Law enforcement community and the county he devoted his life to serving honorably and faithfully. The funeral service was Friday, November 16, 2018 at First Baptist Church at 2:00 p.m. A visitation was held from 12:002:00 p.m., Friday, November 16, 2018 at First Baptist Church. Interment followed at Garden Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Lee County Humane Society or Flags for Vets. Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home directed.

III. Song of the Blacksmith IV. Fantasia on the Dargason Amazing Grace - arr. by Sean O’Loughlin West Side Story Medley - Bernstein, arr. by Jay Bocook Adventum - arr. by Jared Barnes A Christmas Festival - Leroy Anderson.

the Cotton Boll Quilt Guild, with tickets costing $2 each. For more information, call 334-7452123 or visit the Auburn-Opelika Habitat for Humanity website or social media pages. The church is located at 915 E. Glenn Ave. in Auburn.

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Auburn United Methodist Women’s group prepares for 45th annual ‘Christmas Market’ Special to the Opelika Observer The 45th annual "Christmas Market" hosted by the Auburn United Methodist Women's Group will be held Dec. 1 from 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Epworth Center and Mathison Lobby at Auburn United Methodist Church.

The event provides an excellent opportunity for area residents to shop for arts, crafts, foods, seasonal decorations and more as well as support local artists, craftsmen, and community service groups. Admission is free. A wide variety of handcrafted and one of a kind creations will be

Dan Washburn visits Opelika Lion’s Club last week

available from more than 30 vendors. Proceeds from the Christmas Market will support local and world missions through the Auburn United Methodist Women. For more information, email aumcwomenchristmas@ The church is located at 137 S. Gay St. in Auburn.

Photo special to the Opelika Observer Auburn United Methodist Women prepare for the upcoming Christmas Market Dec. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Auburn United Methodist Church. Pictured are Marge Stephens And Lorna Wiggins.

Special to the Opelika Observer Coach Dan Washburn, past executive director of the Alabama High School Athletic Association, was a recent guest of the Opelika Lions Club. He spoke on the evolution of high school football over his years of coaching, and the involvement of coaches as mentors to young athletes. Coach Washburn grew up in Chambers County and played high school football at Lafayette High School. After a stellar career in college he returned to his native Chambers County to begin a 45 year career in athletics and education. He was elected to the AHSAA Hall of Fame in 2000 and elected President of the National Federation of State High School Association. He was inducted into the NFHS National Hall of Fame in 2011. The stadium was named in his honor at Lanett. He was introduced by Lion Ben Blasingame, left.

Bill Deutsch, founder of Alabama Water Watch visits Opelika Rotary Club Photo special to the Opelika Observer Bill Deutsch spoke to the Opelika Rotary lunch group recently about Alabama Water Watch. Bill was the founder of Alabama Water

Watch (a non-profit organization) and recently published a book titled, "Alabama Rivers, A Celebration and Challenge.” ​AWW employs “citizen science” to monitor the health and biodiversity of

our state’s water resources. 4H members have augmented their efforts in the past few years, with nearly 8,300 4H-ers participating last year. The book can be purchased at

Internal Medicine Associates conduct ‘Beat Bama Food Drive’ Collects 1,903 pounds of food, $1,510 cash Special to the Opelika Observer Internal Medicine Associates in Opelika recently held their own “Beat Bama Food Drive.” They took in 1,903

pounds of food for the East Alabama Food Bank along with $1,510 in cash donated. Company President Dr. Michael Gunter represented Alabama while Dr. Justin Campbell represented Auburn. The Auburn team outgave the team representing Alabama but all of Internal Medicine is dedicated to supporting the community.

Flags for Vets founder Jamie Popwell speaks to Opelika Kiwanis Club

Photo special to the Opelika Observer Jamie Popwell recently spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Opelika. His organization, Flags for Vets, erects flagpoles in the yards of veterans. Pictured are Joanne Camp, Jamie Popwell, and Bob Harris.

Opelika Schools & Sports Inside • opelika schools • lee county schools • community sports

Upcoming Football Playoff Games

Nov. 23

Opelika v. Saraland (A)

Lee County hosts ‘Special Olympics Iron Bowl’ Sunday in Auburn

On the Mark By D. Mark Mitchell

Opelika handles Bessemer City, will face Saraland Friday in quarterfinals of 6A Playoffs


pelika High School (74) defeated Bessemer City (7-5) 42-26 last Friday in the second round of the AHSAA State 6A football playoffs. Opelika led 21-20 at halftime. Quarterback Cade Blackmon Blackmon threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Omar Holloway, Brantan Barnett ran 18 yards for a score and Jaylen Stinson returned a kickoff 78 yards to paydirt. Kicker Baker Rowton made all three extrapoint attempts. Bessemer City Quarterback Rishard Densmore scored two TDs, one on the ground and one passing. Steven Hall ran

one yard for the third TD. The Purple Tigers made 2-of-3 PATs. Starting the second half leafing by one point, Blackmon threw a 42-yard pass to Holloway for their second score of the game. Barnett scored two fourth quarter TDs on runs of 12 and 13 yards. Rowton successfully booted all six of his extra-point attempts. Offensively, Cade Blackmon finished 13-of-16 passing for 198 yards and two touchdowns. Omar Holloway caught six passes for 119 yards and two TDs. Barnett rushed for 126 See Opelika,, page B2

AHSAA Hall of Fame selects 11 individuals for Class of 2019 induction Special to the Opelika Observer Eleven major contributors to high school athletics in Alabama have been selected from an outstanding field of 48 nominations for induction into the 29th class of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame next March. The 2019 class, which includes an “old-timer,” will be inducted at the 27th annual banquet at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa

March 18, 2019. Selected for induction are football coaches Phil Lazenby, David Lowery, Willie Carl Martin, Billy Odom and Ronnie Sikes; basketball coaches Carolyn Wright and Scheussler Ware; track coach Claborn Campbell; baseball coach Mark Mincher; basketball official Johnny Robertson; and longtime coach and administrator Reynolds “R.C.” Cook, chosen in the “old-timers” division. Mr. See AHSAA, page B3

Photo by Robert Noles/ Opelika Observer The annual “Special Olympics Iron Bowl” was held last Sunday at Duck Sanford Stadium in Auburn. The contest featured members of Lee and Tuscaloosa county’s Special Olympics groups competing in part of the organization’s “College Rivalry” series. Lee County’s team dropped a tight contest in overtime.

Beulah’s Cody Flournoy reflects on breakout season By Morgan Bryce Editor

Following a devastating 7-0 loss to Thomasville in the first round of the AHSAA’s 3A State Playoffs, Beulah Coach Cody Flournoy reminded his players that this season was one that would raise the bar for the program for years to come. “I told the seniors that the night before they left. You’ve helped raise expectations and hopes for next season,” Flournoy said. “Personally, I want to go get a playoff win and make some noise in the postseason.” Finishing with a 3-7 mark in his first season in 2017, Flournoy said in an August interview with the Observer that his team’s mindset was “playoffs or bust” in 2018, a lofty goal for a program that had not made it to the


postseason in a decade. Opening with what he and his staff deemed a “manageable schedule,” the Bobcats opened the 2018 season with a bang, winning their first five games. That included a thrilling one-point victory at Bobcat Stadium over the 3A Region 3’s defending champions in Montgomery Academy. Back-to-back losses to Bullock County and Saint James were bumps in the road, but served as teaching lessons and pivotal moments toward helping Beulah’s players and staff achieve their goal of reaching the

postseason. On Oct. 19, the Bobcats traveled to Dadeville for a crucial region match-up and with an opportunity to punch their ticket to the playoffs. Leading 32-20 late in the fourth quarter, Beulah’s lead was trimmed to five after a quick Dadeville touchdown. Seconds later, the Bobcats recovered an onside kick and escaped Tiger Stadium with a victory and the realization that they had ended their school’s playoff drought. “For me and the coaching staff, it was a relief because we thought we had a good enough team to get in the playoffs. There has been a negative mindset around here that Beulah can’t close or finish games, and I think we were able to bury that hatchet a bit with the win at Dadeville,” Flournoy said. See Bobcats, page B3

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Opelika School Board approves Lee County School Board dual-enrollment initiative honors Napoleon Stringer By Beth Pinyerd For the Opelika Observer The Opelika City School Board voted to approve a dual enrollment/credit initiative with the University of Alabama’s Early College Program during their regular meeting last Tuesday. Katie Murray, OCS’s Secondary Curriculum Coordinator, made the presentation for the new policy, which will allow eligible high school students to enroll in college-level courses while taking high school classes. Credits earned go toward a student’s high school diploma and their college degree.


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yards on 21 attempts. The Dawgs defense was led by Jaylen Stinson and Jaquan Foote, who both finished with seven tackles apiece. Trevon Moore and Zach Collins each added six tackles. Opelika travels to Saraland (10-1) Friday night in the quarterfinals of the 6A Playoffs. The Spartans defeated Hueytown 6-0 last Friday on the road. Coach Jeff Kelley is 71-16 in eight season at Saraland. The former Southern Mississippi quarterback and Rhodes Scholar has won 118 games in 15 years as a head coach. Kelley guided Jackson (2009) and Saraland (2014) to second-place finishes in the Super 7. Opelika and Saraland have played once prior to Friday’s game, a 27-21 Spartan win in overtime at Bulldog Stadium. Saraland won their first nine games this season: Andalusia 41-3, B.C. Rain 50-0, Daphne 27-19, Baldwin County 38-10, Robertsdale 350, LeFlore 42-0, Gulf Shores 46-14, St Paul’s 35-0 and Blount 20-17 in overtime. Region 1 in class 6A has nine region teams which translates to eight region games. Saraland lost 28-16 to Spanish Fort and the region title. The Spartans beat Stanhope Elmore 42-14 in the first round and Hueytown 6-0 last week. Saraland scored a total of 398 points while only allowing 105 points, an average score of 33-12. Opelika has an average score of 33-20. Both schools played Stanhope and St Paul’s. The scores were: Opelika 38-20 St. Paul Saraland 35-0 St. Paul Opelika 59-21 Stanhope Elmore Saraland 42-14 Stanhope Elmore

The board also requested the Lee County Commission to hold a special election Feb. 19, 2019 for a renewal of the countywide ad valorem taxes for Opelika City Schools was approved. Set at a five-mill rate, monies from the tax are shared among the Opelika, Auburn, and Lee County School systems on a per-student basis. Because it is a renewal, this will not cause an increase in the millage rate. In order to start the renewal process, all three school systems are required to send out petitions to be signed only by Lee county residents who are registered voters and pay property

taxes. Two-hundred signatures are required on the petition. The school boards will then submit the petitions to Lee County Probate Judge Bill English, who will submit them to the county commission. In other business, the board: -approved new hires, resignations, retirements and transfers. -approved the OHS’ Culinary Arts Teacher Judy E. Eldred and her class to enter into the “Cook Around the World Culinary Competition” at Disney World in Orlando, Florida next year -approved the sale of school bus 03-1 because of high repair costs.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Saraland Friday night. Fans can listen to the game on WKKR 97.7 Kicker FM and online at Customers of Point Broadband can watch the replay starting 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. Basketball The Opelika girls basketball team is off to a hot start, winning five of their first six games. The Lady Bulldogs started the week when a 57-45 win over LaGrange. Ananda Huguley led all scorers with 17 points. Quala Walton, Haley Sanders and Kaitlyn Bryant added 10 points apiece. Huguley took three charges and recorded eight steals to lead the defense. Opelika blew out Loachapoka 70-23 last week at the OHS Sports Arena. Huguley and Bryant scored 20 points each to lead the team. Haley Sanders added 17 points. Huguley scored 22 points in a 75-35 win over Northview in Dothan. Bryant and Sanders added 13 points each. The Opelika boys (21) split a pair of games last week. Northview slipped by the Bulldogs 80-74 in double overtime in Dothan last Monday. Taye Fields scored 18 points, Trey Boone scored 17 and Justin Love added 16 points for Opelika. The Bulldogs beat Loachapoka 77-47 at home last Thursday. Jared Willis scored 25 points while Taye Fields added 21 points. The Opelika boys defeated Troup 63-56 Monday night at home. Jared Willis scored 20 and Taye Fields added 16 points. The Lady Bulldogs also won, defeating Columbus 66-43 at the Sports Arena. Wrestling The Opelika Middle School and OHS junior varsity wrestling teams participated in the Swede Umbach Wrestling Tournament in

Auburn. The following list the student/athletes scores and place: 75 pounds: Ben Owens 1-3rd 95 pounds: Brayden Wilson 3-2nd Calvin Bryant -B division 103 pounds - Pedro Cabrera 1-3rd place 125 pounds -(B) Landon Wills 3-1st place 130 pounds - Charlie Lloyd 2-3rd place Logan Sheridan 2-1st place Calvin Fenn 1-1st place 135 pounds -Andre Smiley 1-3rd place 145 pounds- Keon Brazier 2-2nd place 165 pounds -Mikeil Heard 1-3rd place 175 pounds -Jaquaveous Edwards 3-2nd place Jaylin Thomas 1-4th place 205 pounds -Luke McGinnis 1-3rd place JV -Wrestlers 106 pounds -Jordan Clark 1-5th place 126 pounds - T’harra Brunson 2-3rd place 145 pounds -Ari Brogdon 1-3rd place 152 pounds -Connor Smith 1-4th place 182 pounds -Xavier Evans 1-3rd place 182 pounds -Eyric Harris-1-3rd place and Jewell Lankford. On The Mark Radio A reminder to all local sports fans, tune in weekdays to listen to “On the Mark” radio edition, weekdays 7-9 a.m. on WTLM 1520 AM, online at wtlmam. com and search the WTLM on the iHeart Radio app. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Happy birthday to my oldest baby daughter Mallory Jayne Mitchell, whose birthday is Nov. 24. Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers! D. Mark Mitchell is sports director for iHeart Media, Alabama Dixie Boys State Director and vice president of the A-O Sports Council.

for 30 years of service By Michelle Key Publisher

During last week's regular meeting of the Lee County School Board, the board members approved the reorganization of the board. They voted and reappointed Larry Boswell as chairman of the board. Millford Burkhalter and Larry Patterson were nominated for the position of vice-chairperson of the board, with the vote going to Burkhalter. Superintendent James McCoy recognized and honored Napoleon Stringer for 30 years of service as a board member. "I can't tell you how much I appreciate you and everything that you've done," McCoy said. Stringer’s seat will be filled by newcomer Brian Roberson who defeated Stringer in the Nov. 6 general election. Ken Roberts presented a brief synopsis of the previous year’s financial reports. The fiscal year ended on Sept. 30 and the county showed great restraint in their spending, according to Roberts. The

system ended the year with revenues being "essentially equal" to budgeted amount with expenses coming in at 1.7 percent below budget. Also during the brief meeting, the board: - approved resolutions for four ad valorem renewals - approved out of state and overnight field trips for the following groups: Smiths Station High School track team Smiths Station High School wrestling team Smiths Station High School Panther News Network traveling to

tour the University of Tennessee and television stations in Gatlinburg, Tennessee - Smiths Station High School Band traveling to attend the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Christmas Parade Dec. 1 - Smiths Station Schools for students practicing for the Special Olympics Bowling Tournament - Beauregard High School theatre students attending the Trumbauer Theatre Festival at Troy University - approved the September financial report from Roberts.

Photo by Michelle Key/Opelika Observer

PLAYER OF THE WEEK The City of Opelika is proud to sponsor the Opelika High School Player of the Week. We applaud you for your HARD WORK and DEDICATION on and off the football field.

Omar Holloway was named the Opelika Player of the Week. In Friday’s 42-26 win v. Bessemer City, Holloway finished with six catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns.


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Opelika varsity basketball defeat Loachapoka last week Boys win 70-41; Girls win 70-24

Photos by Robert Noles/Opelika Observer Both the Opelika High School boys and girls basketball squads got off to winning starts last week. The boys and girls next home games will be Nov. 27 v. Smiths Station.


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Beulah slipped by Pike Road before ending the regular season with a 54-7 beatdown of McKenzie, tallying their largest point total and margin of victory all season. The Bobcats graduate 12 seniors, a class that includes offensive lineman Jacob Burdette, linebacker L.C. Moore, running back Caden


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Cook is deceased. Veteran sportscaster Jeff Shearer will emcee the banquet. The NFHS Network is scheduled to live-stream the banquet. The first class was inducted in 1991. These 11 new inductees will run the total enshrined into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame to 353. Following is a background on Sikes, an Auburn University graduate and successful area coach. RONNIE SIKES: A native of Randolph

Dowdell and quarterback Lonzie Portis. Looking to 2019, Flournoy said he is excited with the prospects of 1,000-yard rusher Chris behind an offensive line returning five players with major experience and playing time. Next year’s seniors in hard-hitting safety Dylan Coleman and solid cornerback DaShawn Jones look to be the leaders on the defensive side of the ball. “The mindset and the culture around here is really starting to turn

the corner for the good, because people are raising expectations. We play well at home and our team travels well too,” Flournoy said. “Everything that we need to be successful is already in place and here for the long run, there’s some longevity associated with it. And a lot of that has to do with the great people here in the Beulah community.” For more information or to see schedules of Beulah’s winter sports programs, visit www.lee.

County, Sikes, 59, graduated from Randolph County High School in Wedowee in 1977 and from Auburn University in 1981. He also attended Southern Union Community College and received a master’s degree from Auburn University in 1987. The veteran football coach began his career in high school education in 1981 with stints at Valley High School (1981-1984), Notasulga (1984-1988), Mortimer Jordan (1988-1990) and Beulah (1990-1992) before returning to Notasulga in 1992. He served as head football coach for the Blue Devils for 12 years compil-

ing a 91-51 record. He then moved to Lanett from 2004-2009. He has coached and taught at Georgia public schools since 2013. While at Notasulga, his teams compiled a 25game winning streak, with his 2001 team capturing Class 1A state runner-up. He rebuilt the Lanett program in a short time becoming the first coach to lead the Panthers to a 12-win season. Sikes coached in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game twice and also coached in the North-South All-Star Game. He was named Opelika-Auburn News Coach of the Year in 1998.

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Community Calendar: Events around town

Small Business Saturday Name: Small Business Saturday Date: Nov. 24, 2018 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM CST Event Description: Shop Downtown Opelika The Oaks School Ribbon Cutting Date: Nov. 27, 2018 Time: 10 AM - 10:30 AM CST Event Description: Ribbon Cutting The Christmas Market Date: Nov. 29 Time: 6- 9 PM CST Website: Event Description: The A | O Christmas Market Nov. 29 Holiday Items for Purchase 2018 Annual Christmas Parade Sponsored by Allstate Insurance: Prewett Insurance Group Date: Dec. 1 Time: 10 -11 AM CST South’s BEST Robotics Competition Date: Dec. 1 - 2 Website: Event Description: Regional Robotics Championship Veterans Career Ongoing: • Village Friends/Village Values is a nonprofit organization that supports seniors who prefer to stay in their own homes as they grow older. For info or to schedule a presentation to your group, call 334-209-4641. For the website, Google “village friends village values.” • The Martha Wayles Jefferson DAR chapter is appealing for sweaters, jackets, trousers, shirts and socks, women’s clothing, soft soap in individual containers, shaving supplies, disposable razors, denture cleanser, toothpaste and toothbrushes, DVDs, games, books and magazines to take to veterans at the CAVHCS in Tuskegee. The Martha Wayles Jefferson DAR Chapter regularly visits veterans living in assisted living, the homeless domiciliary and psych (trauma) ward in Tuskegee. Donations are tax deductible and will be much appreciated. Pick up is provided. Please call Linda Shabo at 8876659 or at 256-3071449. Mondays: • “Gimme A Break” Support Group for parents whose children have autism will be held from 9-11 a.m. at the EAMC Health Resource Center, 2027 Pepperell Parkway, Opelika. This is a monthly event on the

Summit - Heroes Hub of Opelika Date: Dec. 4 Time: 8- 11 AM CST Event Description: Veterans Career summit Introducing the “Heroes Hub of Opelika” “Employers Hiring Veterans: THe Mutual Benefits.” This event is the place of choice to help Veterans find careers! Come and get all the details about hiring veterans and meet these wonderful heroes. RSVP to Opelika Chamber by Nov. 27. Business After Hours Chicken Salad Chick Date: Dec. 4 Time: 5 - 7 PM CST Event Description: Chicken Salad Chick Business After Hours Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour Date: Dec. 5 - 9 Website: Event Description: The homes are decorated with life size Santas, angels, toys, carousel horses and Christmas themed figures Dilworth Design Gallery Ribbon Cutting Date: Dec. 6 Time: 4 - 4:30 PM CST Event Description: Ribbon Cutting first Monday of each month for parents to connect with each other. • The John Powell American Legion Post 18 and Auxiliary meets the third Monday at 7 p.m. at 910 West Point Parkway in Opelika. • The Opelika Community Band practices from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Auburn High School band room. Everyone is welcome, amateurs and professionals alike. • Smiths Station Military Chapter of Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) meets weekly at Mike & Ed’s at 5 p.m. For more information, call 297-5581 or visit • The Lee County Voters League meets the first Monday of every month at St. James Missionary Baptist Church, located at 1335 Auburn St. in Opelika. • The Touched by Suicide Support Group meets the first Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m. at the East Alabama Medical Center Health Resource Center, 2027 Pepperell Parkway. For more information, contact Deborah Owen, EAMC’s director of Psychiatric Services at 334-528-4197 or • The fourth Monday of each month a Community Grief

topics include: trap cropping for reducing squash insect pests, cowpea curculio updates, nutsedge control, introduction to potting mixes in ornamental container production, dealing Christmas In with drought in comRailroad Town mercial horticulture Date: Dec. 7 crops, and many more. Time: 6 - 9 PM CST Website: http://opelikamain- To view the full schedule, please visit Event Description: Kids Festival Rides and Games beginningfarms/webinars.php. Please send North Railroad Ave . questions during the Holiday Movie at the presentations to Ann Chambliss, thameae@ Plex For quesDate: Dec. 8 tions regarding the Time: 6 - 8 PM CST webinar series or for Website: http://www. providing tions, please email Dr. Marriott at Grand Ayanava Majumdar at National Ribbon bugdoctor@auburn. Cutting & Business edu. After Hours Tuesdays: Date: Dec. 10 • Ballroom Dance Time: 5 - 7 PM CST Classes at the Opelika Event Description: Sportsplex from 7-8 Join us for the Grand opening p.m. every Tuesday. of the Spa at the Auburn Instructor is Cody Opelika Marriott at Grand Wayne Foote. For National! more info call Diane at 749-6320. Direct Auto & Life • A monthly eduInsurance Ribbon cational program on Cutting topics for autism parDate: Dec. 11 ents, caregivers and Time: 10 - 10:30 AM CST teachers will be held Event Description: on the second Tuesday Ribbon Cutting of each month at Trinity United Methodist Reindeer Express Church, 800 2nd Ave., Date: Dec. 13 -15 Opelika from 6-7:30 Website: http://www. p.m. Childcare is provided, but reservaEvent Description: tions need to be made Reindeer Express Train Ride by contacting Maria Gutierrez at mariag@ Support Group meets to make sure there are from 5:30–6:30 p.m. enough volunteers. at the EAMC Health • The East Alabama Resource Center. No Old Car Club meets reservations are necesevery first Tuesday sary; everyone is welat 7 p.m. at Monarch come. For more inforEstates Clubhouse, mation call 826-1899 located at 1550 East or 502-0216. University Drive, Au• T.O.P.S (Taking burn. A program of Off Pounds Sensiinterest to the old car bly), a weight loss enthusiast is presented. support group, meets Car ownership is not every Monday night required. from 5:30-7 p.m. at • The Opelika City the Covington RecCouncil meets the first reation Center, 213 and third Tuesdays of Carver Ave., Opelika. each month at 7 p.m. For more info contact Meetings are preceded Mary Johnson, 749by non-voting work 1584. sessions that typically • The Lee County begin about 6:30-6:45 Commission meets the p.m. second and last Mon• Every second Tuesdays of each month at day, a country, gospel the courthouse beginand bluegrass music ning at 5 p.m. jam session is held at • The Commercial Pierce Chapel United Horticulture Extension Methodist Church in Teamorganizes webiBeauregard. The event nars to provide quick is free and open to updates for producthe public. Those who ers on various topics play an instrument of interest. Whether should bring it and you are interested plan to join in. The in the proper way to jam session is held plant fruit trees or from 6–8 p.m. 8685 have questions in turf AL Highway 51. management, these • A Grief Supwebinars cover a wide port Group meets at range of subjects. WeOak Bowery United binars are streamed Methodist Church live via Panopto on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. the last Monday of and 6 p.m. for anyone every month starting dealing with the pain in January and ending of loss and feeling in November. Durthe need for support ing the presentation, on their journey as participants can send they attempt to bring questions via email. order and wholeness The webinars also are back into their life. recorded and stored Attendance and parin the archive on the ticipation is strictly Beginning Farmer voluntary for any and website. Webinar

all sessions. There are no fees or charges involved. The church is located on U.S. Highway 431 – eight miles north from Southern Union State Community College and Opelika High School. For more information contact Bill Parker at 459-0214 or 706-5189122. • The Auburn Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol meets every Tuesday evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Auburn University Regional Airport. The Civil Air Patrol is a non-profit organization that is Congressionally chartered to be the civilian auxiliary of the Air Force and focuses on three missions: aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services. For more information visit www.auburncap. org or find the organization on Facebook. • East Alabama Gem & Mineral Society meet the 4th Tuesday of every month at 5:45 p.m. Meetings are held at the Covington Rec. Center located at 213 Carver Ave. in Opelika. Wednesdays: • The second Wednesday of each month a Community Grief Support Group meets from 10-11 a.m. at the EAMC Health Resource Center. No reservations are necessary. For more info call 826-1899 or 5020216. • The John Powell American Legion Post 18 and Auxiliary hosts Bingo every Wednesday night at 6 p.m. • Every Wednesday is Wine Down Wednesday at the Bottling Plant Event Center from 5 - 8 p.m. Thursdays: • American Legion Auxiliary Unit 152 meets the first Thursday of every month at 11 a.m. at Niffer’s Place, 917 S. Railroad Ave. in Opelika. • The Teal Magnolias Gynecological Cancer Support Group meets the second Thursday of every third month at 6 p.m. at EAMC Health Resource Center, 2027 Pepperell Parkway. For more information on the Teal Magnolias, email or find them on Facebook. • TNT – Teens N Transition is a monthly program for teens and young adults ages 14 and up. The group uses this time to learn social skills as well as connect with others on the autism spectrum. They have enjoyed cooking, bowling, laser tag, movies and game nights. This event is held the third Thursday of each month. Visit for more information. • Opelika-Auburn

Newcomers’ Club provides a variety of programs for the betterment of the Auburn/ Opelika community to assist women transitioning into the area or to help women adjust to recent lifestyle changes. The club meets on the third Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. for a luncheon at various local restaurants. Please call or email Cheri Paradice at 334737-5215 or cheri. for more information or luncheon location of the month. • The Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support Group meets at the Health Resource Center at 6 p.m. the first Thursday of each month. • T.O.U.C.H. Cancer Support Group meets the third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at EAMC’s Health Resource Center. This is a support group for people living with any type of cancer or their families and friends. Call 334-528-1076 for more information. • The Sarah West Gallery of Fine Art, a center for cultural arts located in downtown Smiths Station, is delighted to announce a New Season of Studio Classes, and specialty programs for Continued Fine Art Education. *New Youth Portrait Classes beginning Dec. 3, held every Monday 6-7 p.m. E.S.T. *enrollment is limited Tuesday Evening Classes Return Nov. 27 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. E.S.T. (weekly) *open to adults 18 years old and over New Thursday Afternoon Classes Begin Nov. 29th 3 - 4 p.m. E.S.T. (weekly) *open to adults 18 years old and over Portrait Classes every Wednesday *open to adults 18 years old and over All fine art supplies are always provided. Beginners are welcome and there are no studio use fees. New After School Weekly Drawing Classes begin November- December For more information or to enroll, call 334-480-2008. The studio is located at 2750 Lee Road 430. • Nov. 29 - Dec. 2 Cirque Italia, the spectacular water circus from Italy that will be in Columbus, GA from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2. For more information or to purchase tickets, which range in price from $10 - $50, visit Email to place your community events.

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LEGALS IN THE PROBATE COURT OF LEE COUNTY, ALABAMA; IN THE ESTATE OF HAROLD L. JOHNSON, DECEASED; CASE NO.: 2018-C-045; NOTICE TO CREDITORS Take notice that Letters Administration of said deceased having been granted to J. BRANDON RICE, Personal Representative, on the 31st day of October, 2018, by Honorable Bill English, Judge of Probate Court of Lee County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate are hereby required to present the same within time allowed by law or the same will be barred. J. Brandon Rice Administrator of the Estate of Harold L. Johnson Legal Run 11/07/18, 11/14/18 & 11/21/18

IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF NELL F. HANS, DECEASED. IN THE PROBATE COURT OF LEE COUNTY, ALABAMA Letters Testamentary on the estate of said decedent having been granted to the undersigned on the 23rd day of October, 2018, by the Hon. Bill English, Judge of the Probate Court of Lee County, Alabama, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate are hereby required to present the same within time allowed by law or the same will be barred. DIANE H. HENSLEY Personal Representative Robert H. Pettey Samford & Denson, LLP P.O. Box 2345 Opelika, AL 36803-2345 (334) 745-3504 Legal Run 11/07/18, 11/14/18 & 11/21/18

IN THE PROBATE COURT OF LEE COUNTY, ALABAMA THE STATE OF ALABAMA LEE COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE WILL OF ANNA ELIZABETH SMITH, DECEASED NOTICE TO FILE CLAIMS Letters Testamentary on the Estate of Anna Elizabeth Smith, deceased, having been gratned to Henry Lewis Smith on the 31st day of October, 2018, by the Hon. Bill English, Judge of Probate of said county, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law or the same will be barred. Henry Lewis Smith Legal Run 11/07/18, 11/14/18, 11/21/18

IN THE PROBATE COURT OF LEE COUNTY, ALABAMA, IN RE: THE ESTATE OF TAYLOR ALEXANDRA WEBSTER, DECEASED, CASE NUMBER: 2018-B-016 NOTICE TO CREDITORS TAKE NOTICE that Letters of Administration have been grated to John Hopkins as Administrator of the Estate of Taylor Alexandra Webster, deceased, on the 3rd day of July 2018 by the Honorable Bill English, Judge of Probate. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that all persons hav-

ing claims against the said Estate are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law or the same will be barred. BY John Hopkins, Personal Representative of the Estate of Taylor Alexander Webster Legal Run 11/07/18, 11/14/18, & 11/21/18

IN THE PROBATE COURT OF LEE COUNTY, ALABAMA CASE NO: 2018-C-012 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF JAMES URIAH CHESTNUTT NOTICE TO CREDITORS TAKE NOTICE that Letters Testamentary of said deceased, having been granted to Pamela A. Chestnutt, on the 6th day of November 2018, by the Honorable Bill English, Judge of the Probate Court of Lee County, Alabama. Notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate are hereby required to present the same in the time allowed by law or the same will be barred. Pamela A. Chestnutt, Personal Representative Legal Run 11/14/18, 11/21/18 & 11/28/18

ORDINANCE NO. 025-18 AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE ZONING ORDINANCE AND ZONING MAP OF THE CITY OF OPELIKA BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council (the “City Council”) of the City of Opelika, Alabama (the “City”) as follows: Section 1. That Ordinance 124-91 entitled “Zoning Ordinance City of Opelika, Alabama”, adopted on September 17, 1991, and the Zoning Map of the City of Opelika provided for and referred to therein, as previously amended and/or modified, be and the same is hereby amended by rezoning or redistricting the parcel of land hereinafter in this section described, so as to change such parcel from one class of district to another class of district as follows, to-wit: From a R-5 District (HighDensity Residential District) to a C-2, GC-P District (Office/Retail, Gateway Corridor Primary Overlay District), the parcel of land hereinafter described: Beginning at the northwest corner of the southeast quarter of Section 23, Township 19 of Range 26 and run thence north 85 degrees and 30 minutes east 142 feet to the point of beginning of the tract of land to be here described and conveyed and from said last mentioned point of beginning run north 85 degrees and 30 minutes east 490 feet; thence north 19 degrees and 55 minutes west 845 feet; thence north 5 degrees and 30 minutes west 775 ; thence run north 4 degrees and 20 minutes west 1080 feet to the southerly margin of the public highway; thence south 71 degrees and 25 minutes west along said margin of said highway for a distance of 265 feet; thence South 4 degrees and 33 minutes east 2,606 feet to the point of beginning except those areas within the 17.8 acres previously zoned C-2, GC-P. The above-described property contains 17.8 acres, more or less, and is located at 2012 Frederick Road,

Opelika, Alabama. Section 2. Any ordinance or part thereof in conflict with provisions of this Ordinance be and the same are hereby repealed. Section 3. This Ordinance shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the City of Opelika, Lee County, Alabama. ADOPTED AND APPROVED this the 20th day of November, 2018. /s/ Eddie Smith PRESIDENT OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF OPELIKA, ALABAMA ATTEST: /s/ R. G. Shuman CITY CLERK TRANSMITTED TO MAYOR on this the 21st day of November, 2018. /s/ R. G. Shuman CITY CLERK ACTION BY MAYOR APPROVED this the 21st day of November, 2018. /s/ Gary Fuller MAYOR ATTEST: /s/ R. G. Shuman CITY CLERK Legal Run 11/21/2018

ORDINANCE NO. 026-18 ORDINANCE ANNEXING CERTAIN PROPERTY TO THE CITY OF OPELIKA (ROBIN FLOYD SANDERS PROPERTY) WHEREAS, on the 17th day of September, 2018, Robin Floyd Sanders (hereinafter referred to as the “Petitioner”) being the owner of the property hereinafter described, did file a Petition for Annexation (the “Petition”) with the City of Opelika, Alabama, a municipal corporation, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit “A”, requesting the annexation of certain property owned by the Petitioner as more particularly described below; and WHEREAS, said Petition did contain the signatures of all owners of the described territory and a map of said property showing its relationship to the corporate limits of the City of Opelika; and WHEREAS, said petition has been presented to the Planning Commission of the City of Opelika at a regular scheduled meeting on October 23, 2018, and the Commission set forth a unanimous favorable recommendation for the City Council of the City of Opelika to consider said request for annexation of said property; and WHEREAS, the territory to be annexed is contiguous to the existing corporate limits of the City of Opelika and does not embrace any territory within the corporate limits of another municipality, and when annexed into the City of Opelika will form a homogenous part of the City; and WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Opelika did determine that it is in the public interest that said property be annexed into the City of Opelika and it did further determine that all legal requirements for annexing said real property have been met pursuant to Sections 11-42-20 through 11-42- 24, Code of Alabama (1975). NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council of the City of Opelika, Alabama as follows: Section 1. The City Council of the City of Opelika, finds and declares as the legislative body of the City of Opelika that it is in the best interest of the citizens of the City of

Opelika, and the citizens of desires to reschedule the first Legal Run 11/21/2018 the affected area, to bring the regular meeting in January territory described in Section 2019 from January 1, 2019 2 of this Ordinance into the to January 2, 2019. City of Opelika. NOW, THEREFORE, BE NOTICE OF Section 2. The boundary IT ORDAINED by the City ABANDONED MOTOR lines of the City of Opelika, Council of the City of OpeVEHICLE SALE Alabama, be, and the same lika, Alabama, as follows: To be held on Tuesday, Dec are hereby altered or rearSection 1. The meeting of 18, 2018, at 10 a.m. at Best 4 ranged so as to include all January 1, 2019 of the City Less at 2509 Lafayette Parkof the territory heretobefore Council is hereby canceled. way, Opelika, AL 36801. encompassed by the corSection 2. The first regular JN1CA21D9VT218163 porate limits of the City of meeting of the City Council 1997 NISSAN MAXIMS Opelika, Alabama, and in for the month of JanuLEGAL RUN 11/21/18 & addition thereto the following ary 2019 shall be held on 11/28/18 described territory, to-wit: January 2, 2019 beginning at Parcels 15, 16, 17 and 18, 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Plantation Place, part Three, chambers of the Municipal according to and as shown Building, 204 South 7 th IN THE MATTER OF THE by that certain plat of said Street, Opelika, Alabama. CONSERVATORSHIP subdivision prepared by Boles Section 3. Except as modiOF EARL DIXON, (a non Engineering, dated October fied herein, the provisions of compos mentis, ) 5, 1990 and of record in Plat Section 2-161 of the Code IN THE PROBATE Book 16, at Page 59 in the of Ordinances of the City of COURT OF LEE COUNOffice of the Judge of Probate Opelika shall continue in full TY, ALABAMA of Lee County, Alabama. force and effect with regular (SHARON DIXON, ConThe above-described property meetings of the City Council servator) is located in the 4100 block of to be held on the first and NOTICE OF CONSERVAAndrews Road. third Tuesday of each month. TOR’S SETTLEMENT Section 3. A map or plat of a Section 4. That the City Notice is hereby given that survey describing the territory Clerk is hereby directed to SHARON DIXON, the Conannexed and showing its notify the news media and servator of EARL DIXON, relation to the corporate limits all other interested parties a non compos mentis, has of the City of Opelika shall of the change of date for filed in the Probate Court of be attached to this ordinance, the first regular meetings of Lee County, Alabama, the marked Exhibit “B” and the City Council in January detailed accounts, vouchmade a part hereof. 2019. ers and statements for final Section 4. Upon annexation, ADOPTED AND APsettlement of her conservathe property annexed shall PROVED this the 20th day torship of EARL DIXON, automatically be zoned R-1 of November, 2018. covering the period from (Rural) in accordance with /s/ Eddie Smith September 22, 2017 through Section 5.3 of the Zoning PRESIDENT OF THE October 8, 2018 and that the Ordinance. CITY COUNCIL OF THE 19th day of December, 2018 Section 5. The Clerk of the CITY OF OPELIKA, ALA- at 1:00 o’clock p.m. has City of Opelika is hereby BAMA been appointed as the day for authorized and directed to file ATTEST: making said final settlement with the Probate Judge of Lee /s/ R. G. Shuman in this Court and that any County, Alabama, a certiCITY CLERK person interested therein fied copy of this ordinance, TRANSMITTED to the may appear and contest the together with a certified copy Mayor on this the 21th day same if he sees fit to do so. of the petition of the property of November, 2018 This the 19th day of Novemowner and the Clerk is further /s/ R. G. Shuman ber, 2018. directed to take all necessary CITY CLERK BILL ENGLISH and proper steps to perfect the ACTION BY MAYOR JUDGE OF PROBATE annexation of said territory APPROVED by the Mayor Robert H. Pettey herein described. on this the 21st day of NoSamford & Denson, LLP Section 6. This ordinance vember, 2018. P.O. Box 2345 shall be published as provided /s/ Gary Fuller MAYOR Opelika, AL 36803-2345 by law in a newspaper of ATTEST: (334) 745-3504 general circulation in the City /s/ R. G. Shuman Legal Run 11/21, 11/28 & of Opelika, Alabama. CITY CLERK 12/05/2018 Section 7. The territory described in this ordinance shall become a part of the corporate limits of the City of Opelika upon publication of this ordinance as set forth in Section 5 above. ADOPTED AND APPROVED this the 20th day of November, 2018. /s/ Eddie Smith PRESIDENT OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF OPELIKA, ALABAMA ATTEST: /s/ R. G. Shuman CITY CLERK TRANSMITTED TO MAYOR on this the 21st day CALL THIS NEWSPAPER’S of November, 2018. AD DEPARTMENT TO PLACE /s/ R. G. Shuman YOUR AD CITY CLERK Or call ACTION BY MAYOR 1-800-264-7043 APPROVED this the 21st day of November, 2018. /s/ Gary Fuller MAYOR ATTEST: FRIENDS FAMILY COWORKERS MOTHERS TEACHERS SONS /s/ R. G. Shuman DAUGHTERS NURSES GRANDPARENTS NIECES FATHERS AUNT CITY CLERK UNCLES EMPLOYERS COUSINS FAMILY COWORKERS Legal Run 11/21/2018


ORDINANCE NO. 027-18 LET’S TALK ABOUT IT. WHEREAS, under the authority of Section 2-161 of GRANDPARENTS NIECES FATHERS AUNTS UNCLES EMPLOYER the Code of Ordinances of NEIGHBORS COUSINS NEPHEWS FIRST RESPONDERS DOCTORS the City of Opelika, regular PARENTS FRIENDS FAMILY COWORKERS MOTHERS TEACHERS meetings of the City Council SONS DAUGHTERS NURSES GRANDPARENTS NIECES FATHER are held on the first and third AUNTS UNCLES NEIGHBORS COUSINS NEPHEWS FIRST Tuesday of each month; and WHEREAS, the meetings of the City Council for the month of January 2019 is scheduled to be held on 24/7 Helpline January 1, 2019 and January 844-307-1760 15, 2019; and WHEREAS, the 1 st of COURAGEFORALL.COM January is a National Holiday, therefore the Council a message of the Alabama Department of Mental Health

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Opelika Crush Soccer Club turns in strong showing at state By D. Mark Mitchell For the Opelika Observer The Opelika Crush Soccer Club recently participated in the “State Cup Soccer Tournament” for all U14-U19 teams who participated in the state league in the fall. A team must finish in the top-8 in order to qualify for this tournament. The Opelika Crush fielded 14 teams, four advanced to the tournament. The first round games were held at the higher seed facilities, all final four games were held at the Foley Sports Complex in

Foley. The following is a brief summary of each team. U14 Girls: Won their league and went to tournament as the #1 seed, as the #1 seed they had a bye to the final 4. Semifinal game: 1-0 v. Vestavia Scarlett Posadas with the lone goal Championship game: 3-1 v. United Soccer Club (Huntsville) - Scarlett Posadas with the first two goals and Laikleigh Ridge with the third Goalkeeper Jewell Lankford had gamepreserving saves in both games. U19 Boys:

The U19 Boys went into the tournament as the #2 seed so they had an automatic to the Final 4. They won the semifinal game v. Homewood 4-3. Jafeht Marin scored three goals and had an assist on the goal Charlie Garcia scored. Going into the state cup, Michael Fain had given up the fewest goals allowed in league play at 10. The defensive line of Josh Storbeck, Ahmad Dougherty, Gavin Hardgrave and Cam Burnett made plays to secure the win. It was a group effort on Saturday. They

Photo special to the Opelika Observer Pictured left to right: Coach Eric Faison, Lee Ann Bailey, Aimee Alcantara, Allie Britnell, Susan Gaston, Scarlett Posadas, Laikleigh Ridge, Olivia Ligon, Colee Shepp, Katelyn Johnston, Cailin Obert, Molly Williams, Peyton Fricks, Ragan Ellis, Kamdin Cleveland, Scarlet Adams, Kailey Brougham, Cairli Kelly and Jewell Lankford.

all pulled together to get that win over Homewood. Sullivan Brittnal , Landon Faison, Josh Fain, Tykell Jones, Ben Ambrocio and Jordan Parker. Substitute players went in and contributed as well. In the finals, they lost to the #1 seed Shoals Soccer Club 2-0. U17 Girls: The 17s were the #6 seed going into the tournament. For the first round they traveled to #3 seed Hoover in Birmingham on Oct. 27. Opelika won 3-1 on 2 goals from Abby Simms and one from McKinnon Young to

advance to the semifinals. In the semifinals, the girls lost 3-2 to Birmingham United (who won the tournament). Avery Dearing and Mckinnon Young had goals in that game. In the thirdplace game, the Crush beat Vestavia Hills 4-0 with goals from Young, Haley Callahan, Jordan Wheeler and Anne Marie Carter. U16 Boys: The 16s were the #3 seed. Had a home game first round v North Star Soccer Club out of Birmingham won 4-0 to advance to the Final

4. Goals were scored by Ian Costello, Jacob Jerkins and Izzy Zuinga (scored twice). In the semifinals, the Crush fell to AYSO Soccer Club out of Gadsden 2-1. Abi Amborcio had the goal for Opelika In the third-place game, they beat Gulf Coast Rangers from Mobile/Daphne 3-2, with goals from Jacob Jerkins off a corner kick, Ian Costello had one goal and Izzy Zuinga beat the goalkeeper near post on a 2-v.-1 break-away goal. Miller Isaacson had 13 saves during the three games.

Photo special to the Opelika Observer Pictured left to right: Gavin Hardgrave, Levi Sanders Cam Burnett, Jose Cruz, Jodj Storebeck, Charlie Garcia, Ben Ambrocio, Michael Fain, Amad Daughtry, Ty Jones, Joshua Fain, Landon Faison, Sullivan Brittnel, Manager Rudolfo Zuinga, Ethan Souphanthong, Coach Steve Charlott.

Photos special to the Opelika Observer

Opelika wrestling participates in ‘Swede Umbach Tournament’ last week

Photos by Robert Noles/Opelika Observer

OH WHAT FUN IT IS... Your Christmas Destination

OPELIKA, ALABAMA The City has upgraded its downtown holiday decorations this year. Be on the lookout for photo opportunities. We invite you and your family to share your favorite memories on social media and use #MyOpelikaChristmas. Enjoy the twinkling lights, new Christmas tree decorations, gigantic ornament settabouts and more. Ho, Ho, Ho! We are already feeling the Christmas spirit. Are you? SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY Start Your Christmas Shopping! November 24 Normal shopping hours


THE CHRISTMAS MARKET November 29 - December 1 The Bottling Plant Event Center

HOLIDAY MOVIE AT THE PLEX: THE GRINCH December 8 6 -8 p.m. • Free Opelika SportsPlex

CHRISTMAS IN CAMELOT Month of December • 4:30 - 10 p.m. Off of Rocky Brook Road OPELIKA CHRISTMAS PARADE December 1 • 10 a.m.

OHS/OMS CHRISTMAS BAND CONCERT December 11 • 7 p.m. Opelika Center for Performing Arts

OHS/OMS CHRISTMAS CHORAL CONCERT December 4 • 6:30 p.m. Opelika Center for Performing Arts

REINDEER EXPRESS December 13 - 15 5 -8 p.m. • Monkey Park $1 train rides Children 2nd grade and younger


COLLINWOOD LUMINARIES December 14 • 5 - 9 p.m. 51th Anniversary Off of 10th Street

CRAFTER-HOURS BOOK ARTS BOOK PAGE TREES December 6 • 6 - 7pm Lewis Cooper Jr. Memorial Library

FA-LA-LA FESTIVAL December 21 • 10 a.m. - Noon Lewis Cooper Jr. Memorial Library


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Guiding Young Children toward Thankfulness

Beth Pinyerd The Classroom Observer


s I entered different classrooms this week, it warmed my heart to see “Lest you Forget” bulletin boards and crafts teaching about the history of Thanksgiving. Programs being presented with poems and songs. Feasts being prepared by young students with their teachers in order

to invite their parents in to enjoy a time of classroom fellowship as we celebrate Thanksgiving this week. As schools focus on the Thanksgiving holiday, there are many teachable moments that we families can weave into our Thanksgiving celebrations. Time spent with your

child spells love to them. During the busyness of the season, plan moments that you can spend with your child. Families come in all shapes and sizes. Thankful moments can be expressed in the present as well as celebrating the life of your child. In showing your young children how thankful you are for them, include them in safe chores in meal preparation. Children love to stir, measure and mix, so think ahead in including them. Enlist them to help you clean up too. Share your thankfulness out loud! If traveling during the Thanksgiving holiday, entertain them by asking them to orally list things they are thankful for. Young little minds come up with so many things. Share this thankful list at a special family time. Teaching generosity and gratitude for young children as well as older children comes by the model or example we set. We are so blessed in our community to have local food drives, clothing donation centers, toy drives, and many other ways to help others. Explain to your children why it is so important to help others. When they volunteer to help or donate to others like with their toys, etc., praise them and encourage them. Learning to share with others is a valuable,

happy life lesson. During the coming holidays is a perfect time to teach your children manners. This can be a total family project. Saying “please,” “thank you” and “I’m sorry” are important heart lessons in interacting with others. As parents, take a retreat from your worries and concerns over the Thanksgiving Holidays. Try not to be upset, up tight or complain. Set aside these next few days to savor gratitude. Young hearts and eyes are watching. The most valuable lessons we can teach children are with our actions. On my teaching desk at school when I was teaching young children, I had a decorated teaching box. The children would draw or write on small pieces of paper, things and actions they were thankful for. They would put the thankful notes into the box. We would read these each day at circle time and truly be happy and uplifted. This idea can be adopted at home by having a simple box or blessing jar. As parents and educators, teaching children of all ages to give and serve is a winning lesson! Thankfulness and happiness go hand-in hand! Having grateful children makes our world a brighter place.

Photos special to the Opelika Observer Art work done by hands of young children at Pepperell Baptist Childrens’ Community program and Trinity United Methodist Preschool classes.

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Opelika, L ee County & A labama Politics Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Randy Price ready to make a difference for citizens of Alabama’s 13th Senate District

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he only sport that Alabamians enjoy more than Alabama politics is college football. We especially love the Alabama vs. Auburn football game. Folks, this is Alabama/Auburn week in Alabama. The Alabama vs. Auburn annual event is one of the fiercest of college football rivalries. It is the game of the year. It is a state civil war that divides friends and even families. It is bragging rights for the entire year. The loser has to live with his boasting next door neighbor for 364 days. It seems that one must choose a side no matter if you despise college football and could care less who wins. Newcomers to our state are bewildered on this fall day each year. They cannot comprehend the madness that surrounds this epic war. It is truly that, a war. It is the game of the year. Young boys all over Alabama grow up playing football in their front yards and dream of playing in this big game. It is said that when these two rivals meet one can throw out the record books. However, that is not necessarily true. In fact, in 90 percent of the games the favorite has won. A lot of SEC championships and bowl games have been

By Steve Flowers decided in the game. It has made many Alabamians’ Thanksgiving holiday either joyous or sad. I liked the rivalry better when it was played at Legion Field, but I am an old-timer in heart and age. The game was not played for 40-years between 1908 and 1948. Myth has it that the game was halted because of the intense rivalry. That is not the case. The true history of the ceasing and renewal is that after the 1907 games, the schools could not agree on the terms of the contract. The dispute involved meal money, lodging, officials and how many players each side could bring. Football was not the passion it is today so the two schools let the matter rest and the fans did not seem to care. That began to change as college football grew to a major sport in the 1940s. When the series resumed, a popular myth was that the Alabama Legislature called a special meeting and forced the teams to play. This never happened, but the Alabama House of Representatives did pass a resolution in 1947 to encourage, not force, the schools to meet in football, and the officials at Alabama and Auburn agreed. The Presidents of Auburn and Alabama simply

talked with each other and decided it would be in the best interest of the schools to start playing again on an annual basis. The contract was drawn up, the papers signed and the rivals literally buried the hatchet. On the morning of December 4, 1948, the president of each school’s student bodies dug a hole at Birmingham’s Woodrow Wilson Park, tossed a hatchet in and buried it. The series began again in 1948 with a 55-0 Alabama victory and the teams have squared off every season since. Alabama leads the series 45-36-1. This record reveals that Alabama has not dominated the series, like it has against other SEC rivals and other national powerhouse programs. In the political arena, the University of Alabama alumni have dominated the Alabama political scene. During the 60-year period from 1910 through the 1970s, almost every Alabama Governor, U. S. Senator, and Congressman was a graduate of the University of Alabama, either undergraduate, Law school, or both. Currently, our state’s most prominent and powerful political figure Richard Shelby is a graduate as an underSee Flowers, page B11

Photo special to the Opelika Observer By Morgan Bryce Editor Nov. 6 started like off like any normal day for Opelika native and resident Randy Price, but ended with him becoming a state senator in Alabama’s 13th Senate District. “Just like the pri-

mary and run-off, we went home after the polls closed to wait for the results with our family and friends. Because this campaign was so well organized, we had people at the different poll locations and were given the results as soon as they were

posted which made for (a) joyous evening in our camp,” Price reflected. Following a somewhat close runoff victory v. Republican challenger Mike Sparks, Price emerged with a whopping 31,545 - 12,804 vote See Price, page B11

Lee County commissioners welcome Richard LaGrand Sr.

By Michelle Key Publisher Lee County Probate Judge Bill English presided over a ceremony for the Lee County Commission last Wednesday night. Commissioners Robert Ham and Johnny Lawrence were sworn in as they both were reelected to

Photo by Michelle Key/Opelika Observer their positions in the Nov. dents from Auburn University that have requested 6 election. Richard LaGrand Sr., was also sworn a polling place be added on the college campus. in, as he stepped into the District 5 position follow- Judge Bill English stated ing his win in the election. that he would not have a problem doing so if the LaGrand thanked his college granted permiswife and family for their sion. "I'm not opposed to continued support. Following the swearing adding a precinct. I will in ceremonies the commission heard from stuSee LCC, page B11

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OLLI at Auburn Winter Term 2019 begins Jan. 28 Special to the Opelika Observer The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn University (OLLI at Auburn) will begin another exciting Winter Term 2019 on Jan. 28. Winter Term 2019 Catalogs will be available across the Auburn-Opelika area the second week of January.

Course Registration for the Winter Term will begin Jan. 14 and close on Jan. 24. OLLI at Auburn offers academic not for credit programs for adults aged 50 years or older through program sites at Auburn University, AUM in Montgomery and the Chambers County Public Library in Valley. Membership includes several benefits such

as participation in social engagements, our lecture series, day trips, and other programming initiatives. OLLI at Auburn is a program of the Office of the Vice President for University Outreach at Auburn University. OLLI administrative offices and select classes are located at the historic Sunny Slope property located

at 1031 South College St. in Auburn. For more information regarding this event or if you would like to assist the organization as a volunteer faculty member, volunteer service assistant, or sponsor call Ileeia A. Cobb, Ph.D., OLLI Director, at 334-844-3105,email or visit

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graduate and the Law School at the University. A couple of Auburn men broke through the ice to grab the brass ring of Alabama politics, the Governor’s office, Gordon Persons won in 1950 and Fob James, a former Auburn halfback won in 1978 as a Democrat and came back and won a second term as a Republican in 1994. In recent years, since 1982, Governors George Wallace, Don Siegelman, Bob Riley and Robert Bentley have all been Alabama alumni. However, our current Gov. Kay Ivey is an Auburn girl through and through. She and her best friend Jimmy Rane became political allies at Auburn. They both have turned out fairly well. Newly elected State Representative Wes Allen of Pike County was a walk-on wideout on one of Alabama’s national championship teams. He was coached by Gene Stallings and Dabo Swinney. Wes’s father is State Senator Gerald Allen of Tuscaloosa. This is a first in Alabama political history, a father and a son tandem serving in the Alabama Legislature together. See you next week. Steve is Alabama’s leading political columnist. His weekly column appears in over 60 Alabama newspapers. He served 16 years in the state legislature. Steve may be reached at www.

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From the desk of Congressman Mike Rogers: deadlines approaching to apply for congressional nomination to U.S. Military Service Academies; summer internships Special to the Opelika Observer Congressman Mike Rogers reminds any graduating high school seniors for 2019 interested in receiving a Congressional nomination to attend one of the U.S. Service Academies to complete an application, which is available at http://mikerogers., and mail it to one of his district offices soon. To be considered


from B9 margin over Democratic opponent Darrell Turner, a difference of more than 18,000 votes. Price thanked his voters for their support and belief in what knowledge and skills that he will bring to the district. “I would like to thank those who believed in me and my message to give of their time working on this campaign. Without you, we could have never been successful,” Price said. “I will be spending the

for a nomination for appointment to any of the service academies, including the U.S. Military Academy, the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy and the Merchant Marines Academy, seniors must complete Rogers’ application material and mail the completed packets to one of Rogers’ district offices. The applications can be sent to: Congressman Mike Rogers Congressman Mike Rogers

next few weeks in orientation and preparing for the upcoming session. l will also be spending time in the district meeting with leaders and elected officials to address the issues that are important to their communities.” “My leadership style will be very simple. I will be involved and available to address the needs of the constituents of District 13.” Price was officially sworn into office Nov. 7 and is undergoing orientation and preparations for the 2019 session.

Attn: Service Academy Application Attn: Service Academy Application 1129 Noble St., Suite 104 701 Ave. A, Suite 300 Anniston, AL 36201 Opelika, AL 36801 The deadline for receipt of these applications is Dec. 15. Please visit www. constituent-services/ academy-nominations with any questions, or call Rogers’ Washington, D.C. office at 202225-3261.


from B9 lobby for it, if you can get everyone on board," English said. In other business, the commission: - heard a presentation from members of the 4-H History Seekers group about their upcoming fundraiser event called "Back in Time.”

Special to the Opelika Observer Congressman Mike Rogers announced today that the deadline for applying for summer internships in his offices will be Feb. 15, 2019. The internship program is designed to offer select college students a hands-on opportunity to learn about the legislative process, as well as the day-to-day operations of a Congressional office. To be considered for an internship, students must submit a current resume, cover letter and short writing sample to the Congressman’s intern coordinator. Please visit gov/constituent-services/internships for more information, or call Rogers’ Washington, D.C. office at 202225.3261.

- heard the first reading concerning a position on the Mid-South Resource Conservation and Development Board. Lee County resident Bob Harris has expressed interest in this position. - approved a request from Lee County Revenue Commissioner Oline Price regarding moving the purchase and implementation of new software from the county level to the state level.

The state will put this in the reappraisal budget, effectively saving county funds - ratified and approved claims and procurement card transactions from October - set the commission meeting schedule for the coming year. Meetings will continue to be on the second and last Monday of the month with a few exceptions because of holidays.

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Spa at Grand National opens at the Auburn/Opelika Marriott Resort Special to the Opelika Observer Originally created to attract golfers to Alabama, multiple spas were added along the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail to enhance the guest’s experiences. The sixth spa on the RTJ Spa Trail opened Nov. 20 inside the Auburn/ Opelika Marriott Resort at Grand National. “The Spa at Grand National will feature 20,000 sq. ft. of wellness, relaxation and motivation,” said Jim Keller, general manager of the Auburn/Opelika Marriott Resort at Grand National. “With the bottom two floors dedicated to spa services and a state-of-theart fitness facility on the top floor, our hotel guests and local residents will have a European-style spa experience with an Opelika address,” Keller said. “You will not find a finer spa in the area which will appeal to our guests and the community.” Membership and day pass options are available. “From traditional warm stone massages to red carpet ready facials, the RTJ Spa Trail features six spas across Alabama offering innovative treatments in exquisite settings,” said Taylor Fields, Corporate Director of Spa for the RTJ Resort Collection. The Spa Trail is ideal for individual golfers, couples

traveling together or for groups of friends looking to relax and be pampered. The spas are located in Marriott, Autograph, and Renaissance Hotels along the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail: Point Clear, Mobile, Montgomery, Hoover, Florence and Opelika. Designed by Sims Patrick Studio, an Atlanta design firm, the Spa at Grand National features eight treatment rooms in a nature inspired setting. Located adjacent to the RTJ Grand National golf courses, the Spa at Grand National also features private relaxation areas for men and women that include whirlpools, infrared saunas, showers, hideaway lounge and more on the first floor. The second floor of the spa features manicure and pedicure stations, a full-service salon and exquisite lounge that can be reserved for special occasions. Fitness is the focus on the third floor overlooking the resort grounds with extensive cardio and resistance training equipment by Technogym. The Technogym technology offers the finest equipment with cloud-based wellness profiles. A private spin studio on the third floor features Fitness On Demand, so guests will have their own virtual personal trainer. For shopping, a luxurious and unique retail boutique is located on the

ground floor of the spa. The Spa at Grand National will offer a wide selection of signature massages featuring Himalayan salt stones, holistic facials and unique body treatments. The finest in treatments and product offerings will include products by Naturopathica, HydraFacial, PRIORI Skin Care, and many more. Spa at Grand National Overview Opening in November 2018, this 20,000-sq. ft. world-class spa facility will be connected directly to the Auburn/Opelika Marriott at Grand National in Opelika, Alabama. First Floor • Lobby and retail space • Women’s quiet room with Infrared sauna and whirlpool • Women’s lounge • Men’s quiet room with Infrared sa • Men’s lounge • Eight treatment rooms, including two rooms for couples treatments • Restrooms and showers Second Floor • Salon •Two manicure and three pedicure stations • Bridal/Special Events Lounge • Restrooms • Offices Third Floor • Fitness Center with advanced cardio and strength training options

• 450-sq. ft. movement studio with instructor-led classes • Locker rooms inclusive of restrooms, showers and Infrared Saunas Access • The Spa at Grand National services are available to anyone over the age of 16, this includes locals, visitors and hotel guests. • Membership and a day pass program are available. Spa at Grand National Inspirations: Earth, Water, Air & Fire Sitting adjacent to the lodge inspired Auburn/ Opelika Marriott resort, the new three-level spa and fitness center will provide guests and the neighboring community a first-class wellness facility. The outside flora and fauna weaves into the interior, and the decor is inspired by the naturally occurring elements of the “Earth, Water, Air and Fire” found in the natural surroundings of the Alabama landscape. A relaxed luxury retreat inspired by a tree house in an enchanted forest is the best way to describe the feeling of the entry lobby and reception. A place to nourish your body and mind featuring a focal fireplace and tall windows surrounded by comfortable seating, natural materials, hanging plants, swings and an array of body products displayed around a welcoming reception desk

made from a local tree. The flow into the locker rooms, lounge areas and showers is well planned for ease of circulation, privacy and relaxing. The quiet room is a place filled with candlelight, neutral warm colors, an inviting whirlpool and sauna experience and a mesmerizing fire feature surrounded by a healthy refreshment bar, cozy seating and a twinkling Southern sky ceiling. The hallway leading to the treatment rooms has a progressive pattern of dramatic vertical accent lights highlighting a textural stone wall giving the illusion of an outdoor space. This hallway is punctuated with faux green walls as focal points. Each treatment room invites individual guests to indulge their senses in a naturally relaxing setting. The second floor has a salon equipped with pedicure and manicure stations, hair styling services, and a make-up artist station. An array of beauty products will be displayed amongst the warm salon environment. The upstairs fitness area will feature a light-filled open truss ceiling with the latest cardio and strength training equipment. The central multi-use exercise and movement room invites guests to join a yoga, dance or body sculpting class and will be equipped with a refreshing hydration

bar. All in all, whether relaxing or exercising, this world-class faculty has something for everyone wanting to nourish their body and soul. New Chapter in Southern Hospitality In 1992 Grand National was the fourth site to open on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail and more than 1.5 million rounds have been played. Five years ago the hotel's tropical pool complex and tennis facility opened to provide additional activities for Marriott guests. In 2017, the hotel was awarded the area’s first Four Diamond distinction and began construction to nearly double its number of guest rooms. One key element missing from the property is an upscale spa and fitness center. With RTJ golf, multiple pools, tennis, pickleball and a new spa facility plus the many offerings at Auburn University, the Auburn/Opelika Marriott will be a regional and national destination. The Retirement Systems of Alabama has several investments in the area including the Auburn/Opelika Marriott, RTJ Grand National and the National Village golf community. In an effort to utilize Alabama businesses, The Spa at Grand National was See Spa, page B13

Attorney Gen. Steve Marshall announces 2018 Safe Schools Initiative; invites nominations for awards of excellence Special to the Opelika Observer General Steve Marshall is inviting public and private schools throughout the state to submit applications for the 2018 Alabama Safe Schools Initiative Awards of Excellence. The Attorney

General’s Office will honor private school winners from north, central and south Alabama, in addition to the winners from each of the state’s eight public school board districts. “These awards offer a valuable opportunity to honor schools that are succeeding


with outstanding safety plans, to recognize

procedures that work well and to encourage implementation of these methods throughout Alabama to keep our children safer,” said Attorney General Marshall. Attorney General Marshall plans to visit winning schools this spring to personally present the award

in honor of each school’s accomplishment. Applications are being accepted now through Feb. 25, 2019. More information about criteria for the awards may be found at the Attorney General’s website at https://ago.alabama.

gov/Documents/2018SSI-NominationForm.pdf. Please note that nominations are requested to be sent in a digital PDF, if possible, to ssi@ago. The nominations will be reviewed by an independent panel of judges.

CWJC holds annual pinning ceremony Nov. 16 Special to the Opelika Observer

Christian Women’s Job Corps of Lee County held its 23rd pinning ceremony for the fall session on Nov. 16 at the Epworth Center at Auburn United Methodist Church. Students completed a nine week program of classes from Computer Skills to Budgeting to Career Readiness, as well as a three-day internship. CWJC is thankful to Arbor Springs, City of Auburn Community Development, City of Auburn Workforce Development and Lee County Extension Center for providing internship opportunities. Three local women honored in the graduation ceremony

were Beunkus Collins, Susan Giles and Traci Pritchard. The three participants were mentored by Megan Haskins, Jane Huntley and Sandy Poe. Mentors worked with their mentees weekly on making “Action Boards” where they established and monitored personal and career goals identifying specific steps or “actions” they would take as they worked toward reaching those goals. The theme for this session was taken from 2 Timothy 1:7: “For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and of discipline.” During the pinning ceremony, Neeley Caldwell, Director of Lee County’s CWJC,

challenged the graduates with words from “Dare to Live Without Limits” by Bryan Golden. “After a windstorm, only the sturdiest trees remain standing. The harsher the wind, the stronger a tree must be to withstand it… When faced with a challenge, welcome it as a chance to improve. In so doing your mind will be directed to discover solutions rather than making excuses. Develop principles you can be proud of and never compromise them. You will then become one of the mightiest trees in the forest.” Following participant speeches, pinning and presentation of certificates, all in attendance were invited to a reception honoring

the graduates. Comments from the graduates: “CWJC has enabled me to strengthen my spiritual, professional, and emotional self.” “I wasn’t happy with my life and I wanted to change. The ‘Living from the Inside Out’

class taught me how to love myself and that I mattered. My family saw the change in me.” “How grateful and appreciative I am to have been surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses as our volunteers, mentors and instructors! I can

now run with endurance the race set before me.” For more information on being a participant, volunteer or instructor in the spring session of CWJC, email Caldwell at or call 334-524-5529 or 334-821-0591.

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Marriott, visit or call 334-741-9292. More information on RTJ Grand National can be found at www.rtjgolf. com. Those wanting to make the Auburn-Opelika area home can find several options at www. or call 334-749-8165.

Photos by Robert Noles/Opelika Observer

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