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Three arrested and drugs seized in bust By CLIFF WILLIAMS Staff Writer

Three Alexander City residents are off the streets after a Friday morning drug bust on Willow Drive. Investigators had received numerous complaints about the residence and started looking into it. “After weeks of physical surveillance and controlled buys, investigators developed enough probable cause to obtain a search warrant,”

Tallapoosa County Narcotics Task Force Fred White said in a release. “During a search of the suspected crack house, investigators recovered approximately five grams of crack cocaine, 155 grams of marijuana and ten Ecstasy pills.” The search of the residence by the Tallapoosa County Narcotics Task Force, the Alexander City Police Department K-9 unit and Special Response Group and the U.S. Marshal Gulf Coast Fugitive Task warrant also resulted in the arrest of three individuals. See BUST • Page 10

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Funds helped county schools build reserve By CLIFF WILLIAMS Staff Writer

The repeal of the 1-cent sales tax levied by the Tallapoosa County Commission three years ago is on the agenda for Monday’s commission meeting. The motion to repeal the tax is being brought by Commissioner T.C. Coley, who voted for the tax three years ago. It is an effort to generate discussion on the topic of long-term funding for education in Tallapoosa County, especially since the tax was passed to help the Tallapoosa County Board of Education, who was in a financial crunch at the time. “The primary goal of the sales tax three years ago was to get the Tallapoosa County Schools their one month operating expense reserve that is required by the state,” Coley said. “It was done because without the reserve, the state could have taken over the system. County schools could not find a way to meet the requirement without extra funding at the time. It was meant to be a shortterm fix. We are out of crisis mode now and trying to figure out how best to move forward.” See TAX • Page 9

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A group of new firefighter recruits will graduate this week and go on to serve Alexander City and other surrounding communities. Thanks to the planning of many in the

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Police need help identifying robbery suspect By CLIFF WILLIAMS Staff Writer

Dadeville Police Department is hoping the public can help it solve a Highway 280 convenience store robbery that occurred early Wednesday morning. “We are searching for a suspect who committed an armed robbery at Citgo,” Dadeville Police Chief David Barbour said. “A man entered the store about 1:20 a.m. Wednesday.” Barbour said the man was wearing a white mask, dark green jacket and tan pants. After entering the store, the suspect approached the clerk. “The cashier said the suspect’s tone of voice was low but trying to talk deep as if to disguise it,” Barbour said. Barbour said the suspect left with an See ROBBERY • Page 9

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The Lake Martin Young Professionals will host its second Access to the Issues event with a Town Hall Forum for the candidates running to represent Alexander City and District 81 in the Alabama House of Representatives. Democrat candidate Jeremy Jeffcoat and Republican candidate Ed Oliver will take part in the event scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at Valley National Bank’s Highway 280 branch in Alexander City. The forum will give each candidate a chance to share with the audience the ideas and vision they intend to take to Montgomery in an effort to help advance the priorities of District 81 and the state of Alabama. The format will include five minutes for each person to deliver prepared opening statements, followed by a 60- to 75-minute period of moderated questions that each candidate will have three minutes to respond to. Local residents can also get involved by submitting suggestions for questions

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person that if she asks for any more favors, you can comfortably say no. DEAR ABBY: I have been in a relationship with my girlfriend, who lives in her native Germany, for almost two years. We met online thanks to a mutual online friend of mine and school friend of hers. My girlfriend struggles with her body image, and I’m not sure how to help other than call her beautiful often. She’s thin and looks fine by “American standards,� as she puts it, but for a German she is larger than most, which is why she thinks she’s fat and ugly, despite the fact that she’s slim and pretty. What would you suggest

I do in order to help her improve her body image? -- SUPPORTIVE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE DEAR SUPPORTIVE: Other than continuing to reassure her that in your eyes she’s beautiful, there isn’t much you can do long-distance. However, there is plenty SHE can do. She should discuss her fixation with a doctor who can explain what a healthy weight should be for someone her height and build. If her problem is all in her head, it’s possible she needs counseling for body dysmorphia, a disorder in which people of normal weight are convinced they are heavy. It’s not uncommon.

because we have a child together and I want my last name to be the same as my child’s. The thing is, Abby, I’m so disgusted with his behavior that the thought of keeping his last name makes me sick to my stomach. What should I do? -- SINGLE SOON IN OHIO DEAR SINGLE SOON: Many parents have different names than their children. If keeping your almost-ex-husband’s last name makes you sick to your stomach now, in a few years you may have a major case of indigestion. Change your name when the divorce is final because the longer you wait to do it, the more complicated it may become.

DEAR ABBY: I am going through a rough divorce. I’ll spare you the details, but suffice it to say, I had to get an order of protection against my soon-to-be ex. I originally intended to keep my husband’s last name

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• Douglas Wayne Ward, 54, of Alexander City was arrested for simple assault. • Ning Monique Johnson, 36, of Alexander City was arrested for theft of property. • Jeffery Paul Sexton Jr., 25, of Alexander City was arrested for possession of marijuana. • Michael Lee Bryant, 41, of Gadsden was arrested for appearing in a public place under the influence. • Jerome Theophilis Harvey, 22, of Alexander City was arrested for possession of marijuana. • Domestic violence was reported in Alexander City. • Possession of marijuana was reported on Christian Street. • Public intoxication was reported in Alexander City. • Theft of property was reported in Alexander City. • Harassment was reported in Alexander City. • Domestic violence was reported on Hillabee Road. • Criminal trespass was reported in Alexander City. • Possession of marijuana was reported on I Street. • Rendering false alarm was reported in Alexander City. • Domestic violence was reported in Alexander City.

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• Omar Barahona of Alexander City was arrested on a probation violation for possession of marijuana first. • A resident of Win Blu Drive filed a report in reference to theft. • Michael Thompson of Alexander City was arrested for a failure to appear warrant for fishing without a resident license.

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• A resident on Elkins Road in Tallassee filed a report for theft. • Christopher Lanthrip of Campground Road in Alexander City was arrested for a probation violation theft of property second.

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• A business on Old Providence Road in Goodwater filed a report for criminal littering.

Public Meetings • Alexander City Board of Education meets on the third Tuesday of each month. Meetings are held in the board office at 375 Lee St. or local school at 5 p.m. • Alexander City Council meets on the first and third Mondays of each month. Meetings are held in the courtroom at the old city hall at 5:30 p.m. • Camp Hill Town Council meets the first and third Mondays of each month. Meetings are held in town hall at 6 p.m. • Community Action Agency of Chambers, Tallapoosa, Coosa will holds its regular board of directors meetings every other month at the Central Office in Dadeville. • Coosa County Board of Education holds called meetings at least once a

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ed for possession of marijuana. • Domestic violence was reported on Central Boulevard. • Identity theft was reported in Alexander City. • Possession of marijuana was reported in Alexander City. • Harassment was reported in Alexander City. • Criminal trespass was reported in Alexander City. • Criminal trespass and criminal mischief was reported on Fishpond Road.

month. • Coosa County Commission meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Meetings are held in the Coosa County Courthouse in Rockford at 9:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday and at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday. • Coosa County Industrial Development Board will hold its regularly scheduled meeting the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Board Room in the courthouse in Rockford. All meetings are open to the public. • Dadeville City Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. with a pre-meeting at 5:30 p.m. in city hall. • Daviston City Council meets the third Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Daviston Fire Department. • Goldville Town Council meets the second Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the town hall. • Goodwater City Council meets on the second Tuesday of each month. Meetings are held at the Caldwell Center at 6:30 p.m.

• Jackson’s Gap Town Council meets the second Tuesday of each month. Meetings are held in town hall at 6:30 p.m., all Jackson’s Gap citizens are encouraged to attend. • Kellyton Town Council meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the community center in Kellyton. • New Site City Council meets the first and third Monday of the month at 5 p.m. in the Conference Room in the Town Hall. • Ray Water Authority meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Ray Water Authority Office. • Rockford Town Council meets the second Tuesday of each month. Meetings are held in town hall at 7 p.m. • Tallapoosa County Board of Education meets on the second Monday of each month. Meetings are held in the new central office at 679 East Columbus Street, Dadeville, AL 36853. • Tallapoosa County Commission meets the second Monday of the month at 9 a.m. in the courthouse in Dadeville, with a pre-meeting also open to the public 30 minutes before each regular session.


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One of the students, left, in the firefighter recruit school climbs the training tower with fire hose. Firefighter recruits, right, help with the fire hose in the Alabama Fire College fire trailer set up at station 2.

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last class graduated Dec. 2016. This class started June 15. We traditionally do one a year, sometimes two a year.” The graduates are not just getting a certificate, they trained to be Alexander City firefighters. “They are actually enrolled in the Alabama Fire College and taking Alabama Fire College courses,” Brewer said. “We teach their curriculum, take their tests. We just host and instruct the class. Firefighter 1 and 2 is basic firefighting.” As long as the recruits are members of a consortium of east Alabama departments, they can take part in the school as well. For next week’s graduation, six recruits will be employed by the Alexander City Fire Department, one in Lafayette, one in Dadeville, one in Sylacauga and one is training in Alexander City from Dempolis. In order to teach the recruits safely, the Alabama Fire College supplies a

“fire trailer.” “The trailer is nice because you can put them through all the motions,” Brewer said. “You can teach them how to fight fire without really putting them in harm’s way. The trailer has heat sensors – if it gets to a certain temperature, it shuts off. After 15 minutes it times out for five minutes. It is a very safe environment to teach basic firefighting techniques. I love it. It makes training fires go so much better.” Volunteer fire departments get to use the trailer as well. Members of the Ourtown/Willow Point Fire Department visited the trailer Thursday night. “Some of them have never ever been in a fire environment,” Brewer said. “You can put them in there and they can train to fight fires without the real fire being there, without the toxic smoke being there. It is great.” The “fire trailer” takes the guess-

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work out of what will happen in a structure set ablaze for training purposes. “For recruit schools and volunteers it is the best training tool we have available to us,” Brewer said. “If it gets too hot, it shuts off and the fans turn on. As long as you have your PPE gear on, you could fall and hurt yourself, but that is about it.” And the trailer is cheap to operate for the training session, as the Alabama Fire College brings it in free of charge. “The fire college has three of these,” Brewer said. “You have to register for it. You have to coordinate it with them to get it near the end of your school. They bring it and you just have to make sure it is full of propane when they leave with it. It cost us $100 worth of propane.” The recruits learned other firefighting techniques as well, like operating a sprinkler system, running a truck

and connecting a hose to a standpipe to fight fire but the training continues when they get on the force full time. “The fire school is teaching the basics of firefighting,” Brewer said. “With 45 days you don’t have time to do and do. You do a little bit this then move on to something else in recruit school. They get on shifts and build on what they learn in recruit school.” For those in Alexander City, they get a week off before starting another seven weeks of schooling to become EMTs. And the cost of running a recruit school is cheaper than sending the students elsewhere. “It costs about $2,000 in tuition and fees to send someone to school at the fire college,” Brewer said. “Then it is so far away. They have to stay up there during the week, so you are talking about meals and hotel too. It would probably save $4,000-5,000 a person by not going to Tuscaloosa.”


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labama celebrates 200 years of statehood in 2019, and as part of the bicentennial, the state is celebrating in a multitude of different ways. Traveling exhibits are making their way across Alabama, setting up in courthouses and city halls, special celebrations are planned and commercials are running on state television stations to recognize key points in Alabama’s history and important figures from the state’s history. Among these celebrations was the awarding of 200 schools across the state to be named as official Alabama Bicentennial Schools. Gov. Kay Ivey announced which 200 schools had been named as bicentennial schools on Aug. 3. Among those on the list were all five schools in the Alexander City School System. As bicentennial schools, all five received a special banner and flag recognizing them for this honor, while also receiving grant money to engage in a special project tying the classroom and the community together. The grant money will be going towards the city schools’ annual fine arts showcase, with the theme being all about Alabama, its history, its music, its natural beauty and the people who have helped shape the state into what it is today. Students will not only have the chance to express themselves artistically, but they will also be learning more about the place they call home along the way. We feel this is an honor worth celebrating. Of the hundreds of schools that submitted a grant proposal as part of the bicentennial, to have all five in the city system be selected for this recognition is a big deal. As the honor required a proposal for the project to be submitted, finding a way to stand out from everyone else throughout Alabama took a lot, but the hard work in doing so paid off. For having a strong proposal to submit and having all five schools receive the honor of being a bicentennial school, we want to give a big round of applause to the Alexander City School System. It is very well deserved.

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t is time I stop railing at politicians and start making fun of my family again. The focus groups who read my column seem to want to hear more about my Uncle Mac. Everyone but my family wants me to talk about him. But all families are just a generation or two away from an aunt who smoked on the toilet. At the risk of sharing too much, here are more reflections on the blackest of the herd of black sheep in my family ̽ that great American, Uncle Mac. I call him “Drunkle.” He drinks a lot which, along with cigarettes, explains his whiskey voice. In fact, drinking is an integral part of his persona. He said he drank so much vodka Saturday night that he woke up Sunday speaking Russian. Yet he’s philosophical about his drinking. He said excessive drinking was like watching soccer or opera: It is its own punishment. To this day, he is the only person I have ever seen drinking bourbon from a bell pepper. Uncle Mac is astounded that my son drinks these craft beers that he considers syrupy, warm, stupid and expensive. He drinks only Budweiser. He says he likes his beer the same way he likes his violence – domestic. He was thrown in jail overnight for public drunkenness. He looks back on it philosophically. He says he hasn’t been able to sleep without someone in the next room playing the harmonica since. He applied for Obamacare, and on the form under “main source of income,” he put down “Robbing liquor stores.” He was accepted but didn’t send in any

RON HART Columnist money. He just wanted to mess with them. When he sees one of those baby-changing stations in a men’s restroom, he calls over the manager of the place and points out the design flaw. Just to make his relatives mad, he is an Auburn University fan amid our family of all University of Alabama grads. Once, while watching the Bama-Florida game, I asked him whom he was rooting for. He said, “I hope it ends up tied 0-0, with a lot of injuries.” He always says, “I have two favorite songs. One is Elvis’ rendition of ‘Dixie,’ the other is not.” To further illustrate his enlightened philosophy, he is also against gay marriage. Uncle Mac is old-fashioned; he believes divorce should only be between a man and a woman. When I asked him how his current marriage was going, he said, “We took out large insurance policies on each other. Now it’s just a waiting game.” I’m not saying Uncle Mac is immature, but he once cussed out a 14-year-old. He is equal parts child and intellectual ̽ the latter being more in a W.C. Fields genre. He is the one family member whom all the kids crowd around during family reunions to be told about life’s unvarnished realities. Listening to my Drunkle is sort of like experiencing an oral presentation of writings on a bathroom wall. I remember

every one of them. I spent the years from age 12 to 16 wondering what he meant when he came back from the Army saying he was so “pent-up.” I finally understood what he meant about the time I got a Farrah Fawcett poster for my room. For years, my uncle dated ugly women ̽ ones who couldn’t get any action even if they were the only cocktail waitress on an oil rig. He said of one date that she looked like she ran a 100-yard dash in a 90-yard gym. That was the kind of romantic prose that made him a babe repellent. Yet he felt compelled to have “the talk” with my son. I had to remind him twice that a sex talk with a young boy need not involve price and the proper amount to tip. My Drunkle is one of the great characters of all time, a true slice of Americana. He worked in construction, as a sheet-metal worker, and at a plant. He’s kind of the Ryan Seacrest of Locust Fork, Ala. He is one of the blue-collar guys who will support Donald Trump because illegal immigrants have undercut his wages for years. I jokingly asked him if he had gotten up to watch the Royal Wedding. He scoffed, “Son, I lost interest in the royals when they knighted Sir MixAlot.” And he always says, “Son, I was around for the Reagan Administration, so I know how things are supposed to be done.” A libertarian op-ed humorist and award-winning author, Ron appears on Fox and CNN. He can be contacted at Ron@RonaldHart.com or @ RonaldHart on Twitter.

John McKelvey represents District 3, which includes Jackson’s Gap, Hackneyville, New Site and Daviston. John McKelvey McKelvey currently serves as chairman. His phone number is 256-794-4405. His address is 1285 Freeman Road, Dadeville. Emma Jean Thweatt represents District 4, which includes Dadeville, Pace’s Point, northern Camp Hill, Buttston, Emma Jean Thweatt Dudleyville and part of Eagle Creek. She can be reached at 825-4207. Her address is 585 Brookwood Circle, Dadeville. George Carleton Jr. represents District 5, which includes southern Camp Hill, Red Ridge, Walnut Hill, Union and Pleasant George Carleton Jr. Ridge. His address is 630 Turner Road Road, Dadeville.

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ne year ago, a relativelyunknown company announced that, for a monthly fee of $9.95, subscribers could see one movie a day without paying anything at the box office. That’s right ̽ even though the average movie ticket in the U.S. is $9 ̽ a $9.95 monthly subscription could get you into 31 movies. Since last August, three million film-goers have subscribed to MoviePass, the company offering this seemingly too-good-to-be-true service. Profitability aside, the service worked. Many subscribers did, in fact, see movies day after day. Blockbusters like the 8th Star Wars film were viewed repeatedly by fans and, as loyal subscribers became the most company’s most potent salesmen, MoviePass’ subscription rate skyrocketed. Things didn’t stay rosy forever, though. The weekend before eventual $2 billion-earner Avengers: Infinity War hit theatres in late April, MoviePass conveniently announced that they would no longer allow repeat viewings of one movie. This was the beginning of the end. In the weeks following, MoviePass declared a slew of changes to their service, including blackouts of popular movies and surcharges to other films that, at times, were more expensive than buying a ticket without MoviePass (i.e. an $8

PARKER SNIDER Columnist surcharge for a $5 movie). In late July, MoviePass subscribers found the system unavailable and customer service unresponsive. The company, as expected, finally ran out of cash. Although MoviePass was able to secure another loan to stay above water, the company’s future is in serious doubt. As of publication, the stock of MoviePass parent company Helios & Matheson Analytics is trading at a lowly $0.07. The best way to learn, some say, is from failure. Alabama residents and lawmakers alike, therefore, should learn from the demise of MoviePass. The lesson? The importance of fiscal responsibility. Fiscal responsibility first demands a healthy sense of realism. MoviePass lacked realistic expectations and now needs another “another $1.2 billion,” according to CNN. The truth is that our public policy discussions are full of MoviePass-like hopes: ideas that are well-intentioned but simply lack realistic expectations. A system of government-sponsored “basic income,” in which residents receive generous sums of money for living expenses, is one recent example of this type

of idea. Fiscal responsibility also requires honesty. Unlike MoviePass’ perhaps-knowingly deceptive relationship with its customers, policy-makers with accurate understandings of finance and economics must be honest - off and on the campaign trail - about the financial viability of certain public policies. Lofty campaign promises made in full view of a different post-election reality do nothing but increase expectations and, when these expectations aren’t met, decrease trust in government. The problem is that, like MoviePass, giveaway ideas like these become popular fast, and often for good reason. These proposals are hopeful, compassionate, and promoted by people who genuinely believe they will work. Often, however, the “how” gets ignored, those who understand the likelihood of failure stand silent, and the project collapses. Instead of giving credence to unrealistic and unlikely proposals, Alabama residents and lawmakers should realistically and honestly engage public policy ideas that have the potential to succeed, not just for an official’s time in office, but in the long run. These ideas may be not be as dramatic or fashionable as MoviePass, but they just might work. Parker Snider is Manager of Policy Relations for the Alabama Policy Institute.

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CommunityCalendar This weekend is August 11-12, 2018 Today’s Birthdays

Alice Boyd, Debbie Barker, Alfreda Furrow, Billy Brown, Carolyn Moody, Rev. Bill Brown, Joshua Ledbetter, Jacob Scott, Charles Whetstone, Nathan Nelson, A.D. Darabaris, James Leonard, Magdalene Mallory, Mike Bradberry, Julie Vernon and Julie

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Byron and Robbie Atkisson and Diana and Doug Hodge celebrate their anniversaries today.

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Brad Denney, Glenda Sherum, Donna Carter, Henry Knight, Rodney Kilgore, Johnny Blackmon, Linda Fuller, Lance Dudley, Chip Stanfield, Donald Dykes and Bobby Langley celebrate their birthdays

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Monday’s Birthdays Josh Talton, Elizabeth C. Hawkins, Chris Clanton, Elaine Harris, Curtis Watts, Judy Daniel, Wayne Gemeinhardt, Susan Jackson, Dichelle Russell, Eric Harrell, Alexandria Celeste Wade, Robert Baker, Glenda Thornton, Doug Keyes and Craig Porch celebrate their birthdays Monday.

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Saturday, August 11

GOSPEL SINGING: The Mt. Vernon Theatre in Tallassee is hosting a Gospel Homecoming at 7 p.m. GOSPEL SINGING: The Equality United Methodist Church is hosting its annual gospel singing Saturday, August 11 at 6 p.m. The Godin Family will present their down-home country gospel music conducted by Equality native Chuck Bradley. Admission is free and there will be a concession stand available. The church is located at 281 Highway 259 in Equality.

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CHURCH HOMECOMING: Sardis United Methodist Church is holding its 181st Homecoming Service Sunday, August 12 from 10 a.m. to noon. Lunch will follow. OPEN HOUSE: Dadeville Christian Academy is hosting an open house August 12 at 3 p.m. at 2392 Eagle Creek Road in Jacksons Gap. For more information contact Tammy at 256-794-1546. CHURCH SINGING: The Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church is hosting the Travelling Harrells’ Anniversary Service Sunday, August 12 at 3 p.m. Pastor of Mt. Sinai is Robert Hargrove III.

August 13 - 19

CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY: New Covenant Ministries of the World is hosting the annual Christian General Assembly August 13 - 19 at the Liberty Life Christian Center at 243 S Street. There will be a daily prayer breakfast at 9 a.m., Bible research at 11:30 a.m. and worship and praise service at 7 p.m. The Climax Day will be Sunday, August 19 with speaker Chief Apostle W.T. Traylor.

Tuesday, August 14

FERST READERS: The Dadeville Public Library is hosting a sign up for Ferst Readers Tuesday, August 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children 0-5 years old can sign up for a free book each month to be mailed to their home through Ferst Readers of Tallapoosa County. Every registered child will be entered in a drawing from a free book.

August 15 - 17

CHURCH REVIVAL: Family Worship Center at 1676 Sewell Street is hosting a revival August 15 - 17 at 6:30 p.m. nightly. The visiting minister is Vance McCollum of Opelika who is currently a missionary in Honduras. Tony Harris is pastor of Family Worship Center and can be reached at 256-794-2969.

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SENIORX: Deborah Jones, SenioRx coordinator will be at the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce August 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to help seniors determine if they are eligible for assistance with diabetic supplies, liquid supplements and medications.

Friday, August 17

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CONCERT: The Ball Brothers will be in concert 7 p.m. Friday, August, 17 at County Line Baptist Church on County Road 51 in Camp Hill. A love offering will be accepted. For more information please call

Rev. Mike Beck at 334-354-3908.

Saturday, August 18

TRADE DAY: Bibb Graves High School Alumni and Friends Monthly Trade Day in Millerville on Highway 9 between Ashland and Goodwater will be held on August 18 from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Refreshments are also available. CLEANUP: Clean Community Partnership is inviting the public to meet at Broad Street Plaza Saturday, Aug. 18 to help pick up littered roadsides in Alexander City. Meet at 8:30 a.m. to receive supplies and assignments. For more information, contact Jacob Meacham at jacob.meacham@alexandercitychamber.com or 256-234-3461.

August 20-22

CHURCH REVIVAL: New Adka Missionary Baptist Church is hosting its annual revival services August 20-22 at 7 p.m. nightly. The guest minister is Rev. Anthony Shealey of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Loachapoka. The pastor of New Adka Missionary Baptist is Edward Milner.

August 21 - 23

CITY WIDE REVIVAL: The Alexander City Ministerial Association is sponsoring a city wide revival August 21 - 23 at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 21 will be Pastor Alvin Williams at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. Wednesday, August 22 will be Pastor Scott Railey at Campground United Methodist Church and Thursday, August 23 will be Pastor Rick Levell at Marshall Street Church of God. For more information contact Pastor Tony Harris at 256-794-2969.

Saturday, August 25

SPEAKER: The Mt. Vernon Theatre in Tallassee is hosting Sean Dietrich. FELLOWSHIP MEETING: Living Waters Tabernacle Church is hosting a fellowship meeting August 25 at 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 1348 Hillabee Street.

Wednesday, August 29

GRIEF RECOVERY: Radney Funeral Home and Trinity Campus of the First United Methodist Church are sponsoring a Grief Recovery Support Group starting Wednesday, August 29 at 6 p.m. on the Trinity Campus of the First United Methodist Church next to Russell Medical. This is a 13-week program. For more information call 256-234-2455.

Saturday, September 1

CHRISTMAS ON THE GROUNDS: Equality United Methodist Church is hosting Christmas on the Grounds and more Saturday, Sept. 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be Christmas crafts, other arts and crafts, food and activities for children. FAMILY REUNION: The Harry family reunion will be Sunday, Sept. 1 at the New Site Town Hall. Bring a covered dish.

Sunday, September 9

CHURCH HOMECOMING: Equality United Methodist Church is hosting a homecoming celebration Sunday, September 9 at 10 a.m. with music by the Mike Lowery Trio and Rev. Leroy Shaw bringing the

message. The church is located on Highway 259 in Equality.

Monday, September 10

HORIZONS UNLIMITED: Dolores Hydock will be presenting “Fools for Love: Fads and Fancies of Regency England” to Horizons Unlimited Monday, September 10 at 1:30 p.m. at the Alexander City Board of Education. Registration starts at 1 p.m. and membership is $20 a person or $30 per couple for each semester.

Thursday, September 13

DEMOCRAT RALLY: Walt Maddox, the Democrat nominee for governor, and other area candidates will speak at a Democrat rally at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, September 13 at the Mill Two Eighty in Alexander City.

Monday, September 17

HORIZONS UNLIMITED: Susan Webb will be presenting “Noah Webster, America’s Forgotten Founding Father: More than the Dictionary” to Horizons Unlimited Monday, September 17 at 1:30 p.m. at the Alexander City Board of Education. Registration starts at 1 p.m. and membership is $20 a person or $30 per couple for each semester.

Monday, September 24

HORIZONS UNLIMITED: Ruth Cook will be presenting “North Across the River: A Civil War Trail of Tears” to Horizons Unlimited Monday, September 24 at 1:30 p.m. at the Alexander City Board of Education. Registration starts at 1 p.m. and membership is $20 a person or $30 per couple for each semester.

Monday, October 1

HORIZONS UNLIMITED: Terry Robbins will be presenting “George Jones: The Crown Prince of Country Music” to Horizons Unlimited Monday, October 1 at 1:30 p.m. at the Alexander City Board of Education. Registration starts at 1 p.m. and membership is $20 a person or $30 per couple for each semester.

Tuesday, October 2

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT: The Alexander City Police Department and the Alexander City Parks and Recreation Department is celebrating the 35th National Night Out Tuesday, October 2 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Strand Park. Officers from the Alexander City Police Department, Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department and the Alexander City Fire Department along with first responders, churches and local government officials will have an opportunity to hand out safety information. There will be free hot dogs, a bounce house and slide, music, child i.d. kits, Sparky the Fire Dog, Scruff, Sponge Bob Square Pants and more. For more information contact Capt. James Orr with the Alexander City Police Department at 256-329-6772.

Monday, October 15

HORIZONS UNLIMITED: Dr. Mark Conversino will be presenting to Horizons Unlimited Monday, October 15 at 1:30 p.m. at the Alexander City Board of Education. Registration starts at 1 p.m. and membership is $20 a person or $30 per couple for each semester.

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Pleasant Valley Missionary Baptist 835 Valley Rd., Camp Hill 334-257-4442

Mt. Carmel Baptist 3610 Dudleyville Rd., Dadeville

Southview Church of Christ 2325 Dadeville Rd., Alex City 256-329-0212

Ridge Grove Missionary Baptist Alexander City, 256-234-6972

Mt. Zion Baptist Hwy. 63 South, Alex City 256-234-7748

Rocky Mt. Baptist New Site community

New Beginning Baptist 1076 Coley Creek Rd.

Seleeta Baptist Booker St., Alex City 256-329-2685

New Concord Baptist Off hwy. 49, Dadeville, 256-825-5390

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Shady Grove Baptist Jackson’s Gap Community

New Elkahatchee Baptist Elkahatchee Rd., Alex City 256-329-9942

The Great Bethel Missionary 520 Christian St., Alex City 256-234-5513

New Hope Baptist 1133 New Hope Church Rd. 256-329-5218

Dadeville Church of God 425 Horseshoe Bend Rd. (Hwy. 49 N.) Dadeville 256-825-8820

Unity Baptist Robinson Rd., Alex City

New Life Baptist Jackson’s Gap, 256-825-6190 / 256-329-2635

Marshall Street Church of God 428 Marshall Street, Alex City 256-234-3180

New Pine Grove Baptist Off Hwy. 22, Perryville

New Faith Tabernacle A.C.O.P. Church of God “J” Street

Zion Hill Missionary Baptist 583 S. Broadnax St., Dadeville BAPTIST – SOUTHERN Bay Pine Baptist 1480 Bay Pine Rd. Jackson’s Gap, 256-825-4433

New Providence Baptist Pearson Chapel Rd., Alex City

New Harvest Ministries Church of God Hwy 280 & Coosa 28 256-329-2331

BAPTIST – MISSIONARY Bethlehem Baptist New Site

Bethany Baptist Church Bethany Road

New Rocky Mount Baptist 670 Peckerwood Rd., Jackson’s Gap 256-794-3846

Cross Key Baptist Hackneyville, 256-329-9716

Bethel Baptist Smith Mt. Rd., Jackson’s Gap 256-825-5070

New Salem Road New Site Rd., New Site, 256-234-2932

Darian Missionary Baptist Church Pearson Chapel Rd., Alex City 256-329-3865

Beulah Baptist Smith Mt. Rd., Jackson’s Gap 256-825-9882

Old Providence Baptist Off Hwy. 63 N., near Hackneyville

The Church of God 13th Ave. N., Alex City 256-329-1696

Elam Baptist Robertson Rd. Alex City

Calvary Baptist 819 Main St., Dadeville, 256-825-5989

Old Union Baptist 1106 Davis Circle 256-596-1873

Washington Street A.C.O.P. Church of God Washington Street

Orr Street Baptist 1000 “O” Street (Hwy. 63N) Alex City, 256-234-3171

CHURCH OF GOD OF PROPHECY Church of God of Prophecy 303 Poplar Rd., Alex City, 256-234-6941

Early Rose Baptist 201 E Street, Alexander City Flint Hill Baptist Hwy. 280, Dadeville

Calvary Heights Baptist Elkahatchee, Rd., Alex City 256-234-7224

Friendship Baptist Our Town Community, 256-329-5243

Camp Hill Baptist Downtown Camp Hill, 256-896-2811

Hollins Springs Baptist Hwy. 280, Goodwater

Comer Memorial 941 E. Church St., Alex City 256-234-2236

Jackson’s Gap Baptist Church 21 East Church St. 256-825-6814

Daviston Baptist Daviston, 395-4327

Liberty Church 1034 Liberty Church Rd. Willow Point Alex City Macedonia Baptist Macedonia Circle, Goodwater 256-839-5793 Marietta Baptist Goodwater Miracle Missionary Baptist 1687 “I” Street 256-215-9788, 256-215-9787 Mt. Calvary Baptist 329 King St., Alex City, 256-234-5631 Mt. Olive Baptist Hwy. 280 & Jct. 49, Goodwater Mt. Sinai Baptist Fish Pond Rd., Coosa County 256-329-2337 Mt. Zion Baptist Hwy. 22, New Site Mt. Zion East StillWaters Dr., 256-825-4991 Mt. Zion West Our Town Community, 256-234-7748 New Elam Baptist Hwy. 9, Burtonville, 256-234-2037 New Bethel Baptist Rock St., Dadeville, 256-825-7726 Peace & Goodwill Baptist Cottage Grove Community Alexander City, 256-377-4634 Pine Grove Baptist Eagle Creek Rd., Dadeville

Eagle Creek Baptist Hwy. 49, Dadeville, 256-825-6048 Fellowship Baptist Buttston Community Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church on Claybrook Drive, Alex City 256-839-5339 First Baptist Court Square, Alex City 256-234-6351 First Baptist Tallassee St., Dadeville, 256-825-6232 Good News Baptist Church 10493 Hwy. 280, Jackson’s Gap 256-825-2555 Hackneyville Baptist Hwy. 63 N., Hackneyville Hillabee Baptist Hillabee Rd., Alex City 256-234-6798 Horseshoe Bend Baptist Hwy. 280, Dadeville Jackson’s Gap Baptist Jackson’s Gap, 256-825-4951 Kellyton Baptist Kellyton, 256-329-1512 Kendrick Baptist Church Nixburg Lake Martin Baptist Hwy 34, Dadeville 256-825-7434 Lake Pointe Baptist 8352 Hwy. 50W, Dadeville Lebanon Baptist Mt. Carmel Rd., Dadeville, 256-234-7541

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Perryville Baptist Perryville, 256-234-3588 Pine Grove Baptist Camp Hill Ray Baptist Rockford Hwy., Alex City, 256-234-7609 River Road Baptist 148 Dean Rd., Alex City, 256-234-6971 Rocky Creek Baptist Samford Rd., Cowpens Community Rocky Mount Baptist Hwy. 22 E., Alex City, 256-329-2327 Rock Springs Baptist Jackson’s Gap, 256-839-6263 Russell Farm Baptist Hwy. 63 beyond Our Town

Pentecostal Church of God 163 Franklin Street, Alex City 256-215-4055

CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 1515 Worthy Road, Alex City (Corner of Worthy Place and Dadeville Road)

Haven United Methodist 354 Christian St., Alex City 256-329-8394 Hillabee Campground UMC 120 CC Road, Alex City Sunday School 10am Sunday Service 11am Kellyton U.M., Kellyton, 256-329-1681

Sixth Street Baptist Sixth St., Alex City, 256-234-2408

Fellowship Revival Center Mission 316 6th Ave., Alex City 256-329-1510 weekends

Sunny Level Baptist Church Sunny Acres Subdivision Sewell Street

Kellyton Revival Center Co. Road 87 South Kellyton

Town Creek Baptist Camp Ground Rd., Alex City

Liberty Life Christian Center 321 “S” Street, Alex City

Wayside Baptist 21 Wayside Circle, Alex City 256-234-5564

Passion Church 3340 Hwy. 63 N., Alex City 256-409-9590

Zion Hill Baptist Hwy. 79, near Horseshoe Bend

The Family Worship Center 365 Scott Road, Alex City

CATHOLIC St. John the Apostle 454 N. Central Ave., Alex City 256-234-3631

METHODIST – UNITED Alexander City Methodist 11th Ave. N., Alex City 256-329-1284

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Pearson Chapel U.M. Pearson Chapel Rd., Alex City Red Ridge United Methodist 8091 County Road 34, Dadeville 256-825-9820 Sunnylevel United Methodist 3202 Hwy. 63N, Alex City 256-234-6877 Trinity United Methodist 280 By-pass, Alex City, 256-234-2455 Union United Methodist 4428 Hwy. 50, Dadeville 256-825-2241 METHODIST – INDEPENDENT Daviston Independent Methodist Daviston, 395-4207 PENTECOSTAL Pentecostals of Dadeville 115 West Columbus Street Dadeville, 256-596-3411

Robinson Memorial Presbyterian Robinson Rd., Alex City UNITED PENTECOSTAL Alex City Apostolic 3708 Robinson Rd., Alexander City, 256-329-1573 INDEPENDENT Faith Temple Franklin Street, Alex City, 256-234-6421 Family Worship Center 1676 Sewell Street 256-839-6895 First Congregational Christian 11th Ave. South, Alex City GAP Fellowship Ministries P.O. Box 1571, Alex City God’s House 9334 Hwy 63N, Alex City Roger Green Sun. Service: 11:00 & 6:00 Wed. Bible Study: 6:30 Jehovah-Jireh Ministries 252 Tallapoosa St., Alex City 256-215-4211 Leap of Faith Outreach Ministry 886 Terrance Drive, 256-234-7119

Comer Memorial U.M. 427 East Church St., 256-329-3467

New Bethel Fellowship Church 5474 Rock Springs Road Jackson’s Gap 256-825-3367 The Baha’I Faith 740 Newell Street, Camp Hill 256-896-4007

Duncan Memorial U.M. 3997 Hillabee Rd., Alex City 256-234-6708

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Tax Coley said he thought hard about bringing the motion to repeal. “It was passed without consideration of Alexander City Schools,” Coley said. “Alex City had other plans at the time it was passed, and had to put those on hold so the county could get their reserve.” Alexander City Schools collected a portion of the tax as well and its reserve will now cover several months. The county schools have met the reserve requirements and done other things with the excess monies allowed under the requirements of the tax since meeting the reserve. Those requirements included first meeting the reserve before the monies could be spent elsewhere and when those monies were spent elsewhere, it had to be on capital projects. Capital projects county schools have done include replacing the lights at the Reeltown High School football field, put-

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ting a new roof on Dadeville Elementary School, visitor bleachers for Tiger Stadium in Dadeville, air conditioning for the kitchen at Horseshoe Bend School and roofs for the band room and other buildings at Horseshoe Bend. The way the tax is set up, neither the Alexander City Schools or the Tallapoosa County Board of Education can sell bonds on the revenues since there is no longer a set period time the tax will be on the books. One requirement stated the funds could not be used to fund positions. Coley wants the conversation surrounding the motion to repeal to generate additional conversations about the best opportunities for funding going forward. “I want it create an opportunity for communities to revisit it,” he said. “A lot of people feel a sales tax is regressive. Maybe we need to look at property tax, I don’t know.” Another requirement of the

sales tax three years ago was for a property tax increase to be put on the ballot and it failed. Coley is sure of one thing though. “Education has always been the great equalizer,” Coley said. “We need to figure out the long term funding solutions to accomplish the goals of our schools.” The meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday in the commission chambers at the Tallapoosa County Courthouse. The commission is also set to go into an executive session for a pending legal matter and to discuss the good name and character of an employee, as well as vote on the approval of warrants and purchase orders, authorize the chairman to execute a JAG grant, approve a FMLA request, vote on a final plat for the Long Leaf Subdivision Phase VI, vote on the approval of a Lounge Retail Liquor License, vote on declaring a vehicle surplus and approve the chairman to execute documents for a grant for Walnut Hill.

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unspecified amount of money and no other description of the suspect or the vehicle he travelled in. Police ask if anyone has any information about the robbery to give them a call at 256-825-6212 or to call CrimeStoppers at 334-215-STOP.


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in advance by emailing lakemartinyp@gmail.com, and attendees will have the opportunity to drop questions at the door when they arrive. Those questions will be screened and included at the end, followed by the candidates delivering closing remarks. “We held a forum for Alexander City mayoral candidates back in 2016 and gathered input and questions from the audience in a similar way for that event,” Jacob Meacham with the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce and the Lake Martin Young Professionals. “Doing that allows us to filter through the submitted questions to ensure everything remains appropriate and adds to the forum in a positive way.” Oliver and Jeffcoat are both excited for the opportunity. They believe forums like this give voters a good chance to understand their platforms and see their differences. “I appreciate having another opportunity to share my conservative Republican point of view with the voters of District 81,” Oliver said. “I’m looking forward to talking about where we’ve been and where we’re going. This forum will let the voters see the difference in Republican and Democrat representation in the Alabama House.” Jeffcoat added, “I am looking forward to a spirited discussion on Aug. 16. The people of District 81 deserve a chance to hear ideas from candidates on moving our area and our state forward before making their decision in November. The Lake Martin Young Professionals are per-

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Ed Oliver, left, will join Jeremy Jeffcoat, right, in a forum Thursday night.

forming a great service to the people of District 81, and I encourage all voters to attend and become better informed.” In an effort to gather the most current perspective, input was sought from outgoing District 81 Representative Mark Tuggle, who served two terms in the seat from 20102018. “We had a great meeting with Rep. Tuggle recently in order to get a better understanding of what these candidates might be faced with when they arrive in Montgomery,” Meacham said. “He was very gracious with his time and helped lay out the issues that could be on the table in upcoming legislative sessions. His input should help us direct the forum in a way that helps voters understand the type of representation they’ll receive from Mr. Oliver or Mr. Jeffcoat.” With both candidates running to replace Tuggle being new to politics, the forum will provide voters a valuable learning opportunity and highlight their views on the major

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issues facing District 81 and the state. Those issues include infrastructure, prison/criminal justice reform, education, economic and workforce development, healthcare and others. “Since Rep. Tuggle is not seeking reelection, voters won’t have the chance to weigh each candidate’s credentials based on any political experience,” Meacham said. “Hosting an event like this gives those voters the chance to hear from the candidates directly and see how they plan to address the issues facing our district and the entire state.” The forum is open to the public and will also be broadcast on Facebook Live through the Lake Martin Young Professionals page. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with candidates delivering their opening remarks at 6 p.m. Questions regarding the event should be directed to Jacob Meacham at the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce by calling 256234-3461 or emailing jacob. meacham@alexandercitychamber.com.

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Bernardo Harrell, 39, of Alexander City was charged with four counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana first degree and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jostavious “Scooter G” Powell, Harrell 22, of Alexander City was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana first degree and possession of drug paraphernalia. Perry Charles Russell, 37, of Alexander City was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana first degree and possesPowell sion of drug paraphernalia. The arrest caused a brief lockdown at nearby Benjamin Russell High School as law enforcement served the search warrant. It is not the first time the task force has been to the Willow Drive residence. They executed a search warrant at the same location in September 2017. According to court documents, Russell Harrell has been charged previously with numerous counts of distribution of a controlled substance, six possession of a controlled substance charges, two driving under the influence charges and a promoting prison contraband. Court documents also show Harrell is a resident of the Willow Drive home and was out on bail from the September 2017 arrest. Powell was arrested in September 2017 on possession of marijuana charges and plead guilty in December 2017. He was serving 24 months probation.

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ith the NFL preseason officially underway and protests during the singing of the National Anthem once again at the forefront of media coverage, it’s time to take a minute to talk about these protests. I want to preface this by saying I’m a proud American. I love “The Star-Spangled Banner” and everything it stands for. I’m a full supporter of the military, and every time the National Anthem is played or sung — and I hear it more times than the average person — I stand and I put my hand over my heart. That being said, everyone has a right to peacefully protest. One of the things “The Star-Spangled Banner” stands for is that right. One of the things the United States military has fought for is that right. There’s no asterisk next to the First Amendment that says people have the right to peaceably assemble, as long as it’s not during the national anthem. Here’s the other thing about this whole debate — it’s not a “national anthem protest.” No one out there is protesting the flag. Colin Kaepernick started this whole phenomenon as a protest of police brutality against people of color in this country. It’s since seemed to have lost to its meaning somehow, as people have turned it into a protest of the flag or a protest of the United States in general. But the fact remains this protest isn’t about the United States. It represents bringing about awareness of racism in this country, which, it’s become apparent over the last few years, is still rampant across the United States. The same people who seem to be highly offended by those kneeling or raising their fists during the national anthem don’t seem to be offended by President Donald Trump saying NFL owners should “get that son of a b**** off the field” if he is protesting. Also, I’ve heard a lot of people talk about how it’s disrespecting the United States flag. But I’ve never heard those people talk about how wearing a U.S. flag bathing suit or decorating a cake with the stars and stripes for the Fourth of July is offensive to the flag. It also doesn’t make sense to me why some people dislike these protests so much — although they’re clearly covered under the First Amendment — but they’re the same people who jump to the right to bear arms when the words “gun control” are even mentioned. We can’t pick and choose which parts of the Constitution we’re going to support. The NFL’s current solution is having players who wish to protest during the national anthem instead remain in the locker room while the song is being played. That doesn’t solve anything. This will just get people trying to figure out who’s in the locker room and who’s on the field. It also doesn’t address trying to fix any of the issues these players are trying to bring awareness to by protesting. I will say that’s my only gripe with these protests. These players are in a position — both financially and because of fame — to do something. Kneeling during the national anthem or raising your fist toward the flag isn’t going to fix anything. Sure, it may bring awareness and that’s a good first step, but instead, I would urge these players to go back to their cities, give back to their communities, help those in need. But protesting during the national anthem in and of itself is not offensive. It’s not disrespecting the flag; it’s not dishonoring the military; and it’s certainly not deserving of being called names by the president. Lizi Arbogast is the sports editor of The Outlook.

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Horseshoe Bend coach Josh Averett meets with his players during a summer 7-on-7. The Generals completed the first week of practice Friday.

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Having its first regular season game less than two weeks away has put a sense of urgency into Horseshoe Bend’s football team. The first week of practice is officially in the books, and it ended with teams finally getting to put on their full pads. But with the heat bearing down all week long, it’s been a bit of an adjustment for the Generals. “The big thing the first week has been getting acclimated to the heat,” HBS coach Josh Averett said. “Even though we’ve been working out in the summer, we’ve been going in the mornings so we haven’t had the brunt of the heat. Wednesday and Thursday, we were putting on the shoulder pads and trying to get used to that, then today was the first day of full pads.” The Generals are in a tricky boat

trying to replace so many starters, but with the effort and morale both high, Averett said he felt good about the first full week of practice. Like most teams at this point in the preseason, the Generals are focused on repetition. “Defensively, we’re always focusing on tackling,” Averett said. “We’ve done several drills and circuits and worked on that. Offensively, it’s just handoffs, steps, blocking, catching and routes. We want to get all those basics down before we start putting everything together.” Despite graduating so many starters from last season’s squad, the Generals are beginning to piece together who’s going to be in what position and who’s going to emerge as the team leaders. But that sense of urgency is definitely there with Horseshoe Bend hosting Dadeville on Aug. 23, the first day teams in the AHSAA are allowed

to play. This isn’t something the Generals are used to, as they’ve played a jamboree game every year since the AHSAA became an 11-week season. “We’ve been talking about that because with playing Week 0 and playing Thursday too, we really only have 12 practices and a walk-through before we play,” Averett said. “So we’ve been harping on that. Every time we get out there, we have to get better. We can’t afford to waste any time while we’re out there.” Although they do have some cards stacked against them, Averett’s Generals remain confident they are where they want to be with just 12 more days until it’s go time. “There are still some things we want to add and do, but it’s kinda more tweaks and different little things to go with what we already have in,” Averett said. “The majority of what we’re going to do is already in.”

Fisheries aims for bigger fish with Florida bass stockings By DAVID RAINER Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

One thing you will never find is a bass angler who is happy with catching mediumsized fish. It is always bigger is better. That has been the strategy for the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division for decades. One method to achieve a larger bass is to introduce different genetic traits into the population. That was what occurred recently when Lake Jordan received its final stocking of Florida bass fingerlings. The WFF’s Fisheries Section took the bulk of the Florida bass production from the Marion and Eastaboga hatcheries and stocked the fingerlings into Lake Jordan, a Coosa River impoundment. “This is the third year where we have undertaken a concentrated stocking of Florida bass in Jordan,” said Fisheries Chief Nick Nichols. “Those stockings took place in the Bouldin impoundment. Those three years of stockings at Jordan is just a continuation of a stocking strategy that has gone on since the early 1990s.” That strategy is to stock as many bass as the hatcheries can produce in a given time frame into a single area of a single reservoir. “The goal of that is not to increase the number of largemouth bass in the lake,” Nichols said. “It’s simply an

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The Florida bass fingerlings were stocked into the Bouldin impoundment of Lake Jordan.

effort to introduce Florida bass genetic material into that lake’s native bass population. We’ve been doing this in reservoirs since the 1990s. “We first attempted this at Lake Guntersville. We stocked Florida bass in two or three distinct locations in the lake. Guntersville had what we consider a true northern bass population. It’s on the Tennessee River above the shoals. Even though we stocked fewer fish at Guntersville during that time, the stocking of Florida bass on top of the native northern bass was actually more effective. We were introducing a different set of genes into that population.” The result was the stocking efforts shifted the Guntersville bass from a pure northern bass to an integrated population with Florida bass traits. Later studies indicated that about 30

percent of the Guntersville bass population’s genetic material came from the introduced Florida bass. “This showed that the stocking was successful, and it had some performance enhancement on the fishery,” Nichols said. Farther up the Coosa River, WFF had significant success with Florida bass stockings at Lay Lake several years ago. “We were able to shift the population at Lay Lake to nearly a 50-percent Florida bass population,” Nichols said. Florida bass introductions have been conducted at lakes throughout Alabama, including Wheeler, Lewis Smith, Martin, Logan Martin, Demopolis and Aliceville. “We’ve had mixed results,” Nichols said. “In some of those places, we’ve been back to reevaluate the population post-stocking to see if there

have been shifts in the allele (genetic) frequencies. Even cases where we have seen shifts, we haven’t seen the performance boost we saw at Guntersville. It’s not the dramatic difference that a lot of people think. Depending on the selective pressures in a body of water, you may not even see a response.” In the Lake Jordan stocking effort, a total of about 900,000 Florida bass fingerlings were released in the three-year period. However, Nichols said that’s not a huge introduction in the grand scheme of bass reproduction. “That actually works out to less than 100 fish per acre that we stocked,” he said. “What we have a hard time explaining to folks is the stocking is on top of the natural reproduction from the native fish that has already taken place. That natural reproduction can be 10 to 20 times the number of fish released in the stocking. “If we were stocking 50 Florida bass on top of natural reproduction, which could exceed 2,000 native bass fingerlings per acre per year, only a small percentage of those fingerlings, both the Florida bass and native fish, survive that first summer and recruit into the population. We don’t expect a large percentage of the 300,000 fingerlings we stocked at Jordan to survive. We hope a small percentage will spawn with native fish and get results a few years down the road.”


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