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A-6 • February 8, 2017 • Halls/Fountain City Shopper news

The First Pet By Kip Oswald Welcome back, friends, to my series of articles on White House pets, or “First Pets” as I am calling them. I had to take a social studies test last week in Kip class about our constitution and how laws are passed. I made 100 on the test, but I really wanted to add a question about how presidents can grant pardons. You see, one of the most famous pets was a turkey that was given to President Abraham Lincoln for the family to feast on at Christmas in 1863. Tad, the president’s 8-year-old son, named the turkey Jack, and played with him on the White House lawn. So when Tad found out the turkey was to be Christmas dinner, he begged his dad to save him. President Lincoln interrupted a cabinet meeting and issued a presidential “stay of execution” for the turkey who then became the family pet! It is now tradition for the president to issue a pardon for a turkey each Thanksgiving. Jack was not the only pet that avoided being eaten as a White House meal!

LIBRARY NOTES ■■ Saturday Stories and Songs: David Blivens, 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, Fountain City Branch Library, 5300 Stanton Road. Info: 689-2681. ■■ Homeschoolers @ the Library: Drawing Workshop with the Knoxville Museum

Rebecca, a raccoon, was the favorite pet of Calvin Coolidge, our 30th president. The Mississippi town of Peru sent this raccoon to the White House for Thanksgiving dinner in 1926. The Coolidge family found her to be friendly and playful, so they decided to keep her as a pet instead. They built her a special house, and the president was known to walk around with Rebecca draped around his neck, while his wife carried her in her arms like a cat. Once, when the White House was being remodeled, the president even sent a limousine to pick up the raccoon so she wouldn’t be lonely. Now both these families had other pets as well. The Lincolns had normal pets besides Jack the turkey, like dogs and horses, but they also had two goats they called Nany and Nanko. Tad was allowed to let them sleep with him in his bed and run through the White House. (I am going to write more on Tad in my First Kids articles). The Coolidges had dogs and cats but many odd pets, like lion cubs, a pygmy hippo, and Smoky, the bobcat, who was the largest bobcat ever captured in Tennessee. All the wild animals were donated to the zoo . More First Pets next week. Send comments to

of Art, 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, Halls Branch Library, 4518 E. Emory Road. Grades K-fifth. Registration required. Info/registration: 922-2552. ■■ Saturday Stories and Songs: Sarah Rysewyk, 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, Fountain City Branch Library, 5300 Stanton Road. Info: 689-2681.

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Halls High boys golf team members recognized during a recent basketball game and receiving their state championship rings include Jake Hall, Will Collins, Ryan Hall, coach Bill Warren, Alex Hodge, Anthony Basilio and Andy Cofer.

Halls golf teams recognized for accomplishments The Halls High girls and boys golf teams were two-hole sudden death playoff to beat Science Hill recently recognized for their accomplishments for the state championship. this season. Individual successes include: Anthony BasiGirls team member Shelby Liford finished lio finished second in the district tournament second in the district tournament, shootand was named to the All-District team. ing even par 72. She finished second in the Andy Cofer served as an alternate and his region tournament, shooting two over par moral support is considered invaluable by 74. She finished 13th in the state tournathe coaches. Jake Hall was a Prep-Masters ment, was named All-District, All-Region champion and finished third in the district. and All-KIL. Teammate Harper Cherry He placed sixth in the region tournament finished third in the district tournament, and was named All-District, All-Region and shooting one over par 73. She tied for fourth All-KIL. He has committed to MTSU. Ryan in the region tournament and finished 21st Hall was district champion and region chamin the state tournament. Harper was named pion. He tied for second in the state tournaAll-District, All-Region and All-KIL. ment and was named All-District, All-Region, The boys team, when all six All-State and All-KIL. He has played together in a match, holds committed to play at South CaroliHHS girls golf team members Shelby Liford a record of 50-0. They shot 13 unna. Alex Hodge finished fourth in and Harper Cherry were recently recogder par at the district tournament the district and second in the renized for their accomplishments. The team to win by 46 shots. The group shot gion tournament. He tied for secfinished first in the district tournament, winover par in the region tournament ond in the state and was named ning by 19 shots, and first in the region tourto win by 33 shots. In the state All-District, All-Region, All-State nament by seven shots. It finished fifth in tournament, they shot 7 over par and All-KIL. He is a Walters State the state tournament. Photos by Ruth White to tie in regulation, then won in a commit.


Dreier signs with Tennessee Wesleyan Halls High senior Skylar Dreier has signed to play soccer at Tennessee Wesleyan in the fall. He played center back and right back for the Red Devils all four years and has been on the soccer field since he was 5 years old. Skylar picked WesSkylar Dreier leyan because he considers it a great school with a great soccer program. He plans to study law or medicine while in college.

HHS coaches Mike Horner and Eldon English consider their three-year ■■ Adrian Burnett will hold its February PTSO meeting 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, in the starter a hard worker, calling him school library. a leader who sets the bar high and ■ ■ Central High School PTSO will present the pushes his teammates to become betspring fashion show, “A Walk in the Park,” 7 ter. “He’s just a great kid who always p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in the school auditohelps and who supports the girls socrium. Students will be modeling clothing from cer team,” said Horner. The Gilded Gown, Regal Formal Wear, Hot Attending the signing with SkySouthern Mess Boutique, Altar’d State and lar were his parents, Michael and Rue 21. This year’s show is dedicated to the Kathy Dreier, sister Alexis Dreier, memory of Emma Walker, and a portion of the brother Blake Miller, grandparents proceeds will be donated to the Emma Walker Walt and Dot Luchsinnger, a special Scholarship Fund. Animals from Rescues for aunt, teammates, friends and his club JoJo will accompany the junior class as they coach, Paul Carrasco. walk the stage. Tickets are $5 at the door.


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A great community newspaper serving Halls and Fountain City