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Constables to be abolished in Tallapoosa County By CLIFF WILLIAMS Staff Writer
Tallapoosa County will no longer have constables starting in 2020 following a ruling in court Friday. Judge Tom Young was tasked with deciding if a section added to a local
bill by State Senator Tom Whatley to allow Tallapoosa County voters to decide whether or not they wanted to abolish the office of constable in Tallapoosa County was added properly. Young ruled the provision added by the legislature was substantially different than what the Tallapoosa
The commission voted in January 2017 to ask the legislature to enact a bill to abolish the county’s 16 constable positions. The commissioners voted 4-0-1, with Commissioner John McKelvey abstaining, to approve asking the See CONSTABLES • Page 3
County Commission asked for and advertised. “Section #2 of that legislation was unconstitutionally passed and is therefore stricken,” Young said in his order. “The severability clause allows the remaining portion of the act to remain…”
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The Alexander City Police Department is investigating a stolen funeral case. That’s right, on April 10, the department received a report alleging theft of services after complete funeral services were provided for a woman on May 1, 2017 and the credit card provided for payment was canceled. In the 11 months since, no payment has been made, Alexander City Police Chief Jay Turner said. “I know it sounds strange, but in essence, they are alleging that the funeral, the services, the casket, the vault and all that goes with it was stolen,” Turner said. “In most cases like this, you would think it would be a civil matter where you would take them to court. But in Alabama, because no payment was made at all and the circumstances surrounding it, it is considered theft of services.” An incident report from the case lists the date of occurrence as April 30, 2017. The actual service took place on May 1, 2017. The cost of the service is listed as $8,335 on the report. Turner said the department has started an investigation and is reviewing documents and reaching out to those involved. No arrests have been made at this time. The name of the deceased and the funeral home are not being listed out of respect for both entities.
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STRAWBERRY fields Local strawberry farms a fun activity for area residents
By CLIFF WILLIAMS Staff Writer
-Pick strawberry fields are now open in the area and just like the Beatles song “Strawberry Fields Forever,” they are ready to provide residents a brief respite from the world. From children seeing where food comes from to children of all ages sampling the sweet red berries and others leaving with more strawberries than they planned, everyone leaves the field happy. “We are happy for them to sample them,” Lewis Tapley of Sweet Pick’ins Farm in See STRAWBERRY • Page 3
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A family picks strawberries at Sweet Pick’ins in Dadeville Sunday afternoon. The farm, located at 847 Old Millers Ferry Road, is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
The Alexander City City Council will hold a public hearing and consider amending the city zoning ordinance to allow for property where a new mixed use development is planned. On the agenda for Monday night’s meeting is a public hearing where six parcels that make up a little more than 60 acres will be considered for rezoning. The property, owned by D&A Investments is adjacent to Walmart and fronts Highway 280 and runs back to Washington Street. Landowners Angela and Dion James of D&A Investments are working to transform the site into a multi-phase, multiuse development that will be unlike any other in the area. Preliminary grading has already taken place there. If successful, the project that has been named Lake Martin Village will feature a Highway 280 outparcel suitable for a larger retailer or restaurant and 14 business storefronts in the first phase that will occupy about 11 acres of the property. In the second and third phases about 47 acres will be home to single-family residential homes and professional offices that could house doctors, lawyers and small space entrepreneurs, Angela James said in a recent story on the project. At the meeting, which See COUNCIL • Page 3
Stephens celebrates Jump Rope for Heart By DONALD CAMPBELL Staff Writer
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Getting students active and working to stave off heart disease, Stephens Elementary School recently celebrated its annual Jump Rope for Heart event. Along with a week of jump roping in P.E. class and learning more about maintaining a healthy heart, the third- and fourth-graders also raised money for heart disease research and other important cardiovascular issues. “We raised $7,211.85 this year,” Stephens P.E. coach Gary Graveman said. “It was an excellent year for us, and one of the best we’ve had in several years.” Twenty-one students received special recognition for raising at least $100 during Jump Rope for Heart. The top two fundraisers were Lynley Brown with $821 and Lynley See STEPHENS • Page 3
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The Stephens Elementary School students who raised at least $100 during the school’s annual Jump Rope for Heart event demonstrate their jumping abilities Thursday morning.
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DEAR ABBY: I’m an avid video game player. My husband and I bond over playing games, reading and talking about them. In fact, in my spare time, I just earned a master’s degree in video game culture. The issue I have is people judge my hobby as “a waste of time” or comment that I should read a book instead. I don’t tell them I read a book a week because I shouldn’t have to justify what I do with my time. I have a good job and a wonderful, stable marriage, yet people consider me immature because of video games. Abby, video games are incredible works of art that tell amazing stories and allow players to experience a host of worlds and narratives that can be inspiring. Many people make lifelong friendships through online gaming or learn new skills through educational games.
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DEAR ABBY: I have a problem: I don’t have a mouth filter and haven’t since childhood. I bullied people in the past because of how I was bullied and deliberately hurt people to prevent them from hurting me. At work, I did it to the point that a co-worker called me the b-word and threatened to punch me in the mouth if I did it again. I take full responsibility. I deserved it. Abby, as an adult, I have become meaner and more bitter and hurtful than I was as a child. Please give me some advice because I’m afraid I’m going to be worse in the future. -- GUILTY AND SAD
DEAR GUILTY AND SAD: You are not going to become worse in the future because you now realize you have a serious problem and are willing to do something about it. Awareness is the first step in fixing it. An anger management class could be a good start. With practice, you can develop a filter. Rather than reflexively lashing out, start consciously cultivating kindness. If you do that, you’ll be amazed at how quickly it will grow. Rather than criticize, first ask yourself, “Is what I’m going to say true? Is it helpful? Is it kind?” And if it’s not all three -- don’t say it. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.
Obituaries Henry Nathan Sims, Sr. Henry Nathan Sims, Sr., 77, of Mooresville, NC, passed away on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at his home. Born in Wilsonville, AL, he was the son of the late Rufus Brooks Sims, Sr. and Louise H. Sims. He attended Benjamin Russell High School in Alexander City, Alabama, where he met his soulmate, Charline Kirk and they were married on April 23, 1960. Nathan proudly served in the United States Air Force from January 9, 1961 to January 8, 1965 as a B-47 crew chief in the Strategic Air Command in Salina, Kansas. Many of his greatest attributes such as loyalty, ingenuity, duty, workmanship and family were honed during those early years. Following his discharge, Nathan worked as a construction superintendent with his father at Goodrich Corporation setting him on his career path in construction that spanned 30 years. As a construction specialist, Nathan built regional malls nationwide and was made a partner of The MaceRich Company in 1980
and Senior Vice President, Director of Construction in 1983. In 1987, Nathan relocated his construction office and family from Pensacola, Florida to Ventura, California. Ironically, Nathan relocated his construction office and family back to Pensacola, Florida in 1994 as he was planning his semi-retirement. Downtime for Nathan was not idle time. He loved hot rods and fast boats. In the late 70’s, at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida, Nathan formed a fast friendship with then outlaw Bobby Allison, a smalltime racer from Hueytown, Alabama working his way into NASCAR. With his younger brother, Jesse T. Sims, Nathan formed Sims Bros. Racing and was the first to sponsor Bobby’s prot«g«, Davey Allison. Nathan and several others partnered together to form Bobby Allison Motorsports and built the first “Garage Mahal” down the street from Charlotte Motor Speedway in Harrisburg, North Carolina. When Dale Earnhardt decided to form a Winston Cup team, he knew the only person to build his building was Nathan Sims. Therefore, he made Nathan VP, Director of Construction at Dale Earnhardt, Inc. and construction began. Nathan completed Winston Cup I building in in 1998 and the Winston Cup II building, for a second
Mrs. Garnett Thomas Mrs. Garnett Thomas of Kellyton, Alabama passed away Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Russell Medical. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Wright’s Funeral Home.
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team and driver, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in 2000. The tragic loss of Dale Earnhardt was career ending for Nathan. He withdrew from construction and spent the remainder of his life working on his boats, hot rods and trailers. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by brothers, Jesse T. Sims and Rufus B. Sims, Jr. In addition to his wife, Mr. Sims is survived by his three children, Cindy Sims, Butch Sims and Karen Sims Doersam (Bill) of Mooresville; sister, Sandra Hill (Larry) of Wetumpka, Alabama and grandson, William Doersam, III (Majesta) of Mooresville. Visitation for family and friends will be on Tuesday, April 17 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Cavin-Cook Funeral Home. Services will be on Wednesday, April 18 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Cavin-Cook Funeral Home and the body will lie in state from 10:0010:30 a.m. Burial will at 2:00 p.m. in Glenwood Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association, 1300 Baxter St., Suite 150, Charlotte, NC 28204. Cavin-Cook Funeral Home and Crematory, Mooresville, is serving the Sims family. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.cavin-cook.com.
Mr. Melvin C. Glenn Mr. Melvin C. Glenn of Lineville, Alabama (formerly of Newsite) passed away Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Coosa Valley Medical Center. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Wright’s Funeral Home.
Mrs. Jeanette Carol Jordan 1958 - 2018 Memorial Service for Mrs. Jeanette Carol Jordan, 60, of Eclectic, will be Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Radney Funeral Home. Rev. John Thornton will officiate. Mrs. Jordan passed away peacefully on Friday, April 13, 2018. She was born on March 13, 1958 in Alexander City, Alabama to Penton Peppers and Annie Ruth Peppers. She loved to dance, listen to music and listen to her favorite bands, play bingo and going to the casino. She also enjoyed playing spades with her family and friends. She liked drinking coffee and Mountain Dew while sitting on the porch watching the humming birds. She is survived by her husband, Craig McDonald of Eclectic; daughters, Cynthia (Tom) Schaffer of Grove City, OH and April (Stanley) Jones of Alexander City; son, John Wesley Hall; grandchildren, Morgan (Roy) Batista, Madison Butler, Jordan Jones, Jacob Jones, Kaleb Schaffer, Kayden Schaffer, and Kamden Schaffer; great-grandchild, Brody Batista; sisters, Mary Meadows and Margaret Howard; brothers, Larry Peppers and Roger Peppers; and nephews, Ricky (Darlene) Lumpkin and Donnie (Nikki) Lumpkin. She was preceded in death by her parents. Memorial messages may be sent to the family at www. radneyfuneralhome.com. Radney Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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legislature for the bill. Part of the requirements for a local bill was for it to be advertised. What was advertised only called for the abolishment of the constable position without a vote of the people. When the bill was approved by the legislature it included an amendment from Whatley for the issue to go to a vote of the people. The bill also had a severability clause to allow unconstitutional parts of the bill be removed and allow the rest to stand on its own. It was that amendment that lead the commission to get Tallapoosa County Attorney Thomas Radney to file suit in May against Whatley, Attorney General Steven Marshall and James Burkhalter. Radney and Jennifer McCord Barbee, who represented the constables, stated their positions in front of Young Wednesday. Radney argued the constables should be abolished while Barbee argued it should be up to the people. Radneyâ€™s argument was that the second section of the bill was unconstitutional since it was not advertised before the legislature passed it and that Young could strike it. â€œSection 1 is to abolish the position,â€? Radney said. â€œSection 2 is to vote on it and Section 3 is the severability clause.â€? Young also ruled Friday â€œIt is not the desire or province of the Court to take the right to vote on an issue away from the citizens; however, the Court is strictly bound by the evidence presented and the law that relates to the evidence. In this matter, the Plaintiff presented undisputed evidence and legal authority that was not challenged by the Defendant.â€? Barbee argued Wednesday it should be voted on by the people. â€œWhy are we going to let just the commission decide?â€? Barbee asked. â€œWe think the people should decide.â€? Radney said the people have decided. â€œThe people elected the commissioners,â€? Radney said. â€œThey are voting for the people.â€? Though not material to the ruling Young agreed with Radneyâ€™s argument. â€œAlthough it is not a factor in the Courtâ€™s decision in this matter, it should be noted that the County Commission of Tallapoosa County voted to request that the legislature take the necessary steps to abolish the office of Constable in Tallapoosa County,â€? Young said in his order. â€œTherefore, through the principle of representative government, the citizens did vote on the issue.â€? A total of 43 other Alabama counties have already moved to abolish the constable positions.
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is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the upstairs courtroom at the Alexander City Public Safety Building, the council will also consider two separate requests by the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce for the Alexander City Jazz Fest which is set for June 8 and the Sun Festival which will this year lead up to Jazz Fest. The Sun Festival is planned for Friday, June 1-Friday, June 8. Other agenda items include: â€˘ A resolution to reappoint a member to the Board of Education. â€˘ A resolution to award Bid 18-10 for the light department, Vacuum Circuit Breaker Installation Project to Service Electric Company of Deleware Inc. of Chattanooga for an amount not to exceed $169,500. The city received a grant to help fund this project. â€˘ A resolution to award a Bid Pending ALDOT Approval for the Industrial Access Improvements to Central Blvd. from Joseph Street to Russell Road to Gary Ingram Grading & Paving, Inc. for an amount not to exceed $597,841.93 and to authorize the mayor to sign any and all documents relative to the bid.
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Twenty-one students from Stephens Elementary School raised at least $100 during the schoolâ€™s annual Jump Rope for Heart event, helping the school raise $7,211.85. Below, Stephens Elementary student Parker Shores poses for a photo Thursday morning.
Stephens Forbus with $500. Jackson Padgett ($370), Emma Swindall ($350) and Landon McGregor ($265) rounded out the top five, while others that raised at least $100 were Cromer Graham, Ben Fox, Nicolas Jones, Lana Vazquez, Skye Lavendor, Kylee Ward, Claire Yearkey, Addison Lacey, Parker Shores, Addie Sanders, Pryce Smith, Anna Lambert, Ricky Patterson, Truett Harrelson, Harrison Jackson and Samantha Galvin. During Jump Rope for Heart week, students at Stephens learned more about the heart muscle while also jumping rope to keep their hearts working properly. â€œThe first three days, they were split into groups of six, and one student from each group would jump for two minutes,â€? Graveman said. â€œWhen they werenâ€™t jumping, they would be doing heart-related activities
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like crossword puzzles and similar things.â€? The last two days of Jump Rope for Heart week, Graveman said the children were split into groups of three and allowed to jump for longer periods of time, the goal simply being to keep them active and learning. â€œHeart disease is the No. 1 killer in the United States, and strokes are a leading cause of disability,â€? Graveman said. â€œOne million people die each year from cardiovascular disease. â€œWe just want to encourage our children to be physically active and not just lay around all the time.â€? With the money raised through Jump Rope for Heart at Stephens, much of it will go to the American Heart Association for research into cardiovascular diseases, while some will go to other worthwhile causes.
Strawberry Dadeville said. â€œSometimes kids come back with juice all down their shirt so we know they had a good time.â€? Both Tapley and Alisha McClanahan of Oakview Farms in Wetumpka have their fields open for U-Pick and both say guests enjoy their visit. â€œI havenâ€™t seen anyone able to just pick one gallon,â€? McClanahan said. â€œI see them come for two and leave with three. And everyone samples. We want you to sample to make sure you know what youâ€™re getting.â€? Tapley and Sweet Pickâ€™ins Farm are entering their eighth season selling strawberries. Both Tapley and McClanahan said they have seen families come out for a learning experience as well. â€œI have seen a lot of mothers with children and younger families,â€? McClanahan said. â€œSome of them are wanting to teach children where food comes from.â€? â€œThe parents like to show them food is not made and just bought at the store,â€? Tapley said. â€œThey also get a family bonding time, having a good
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â€œSome of the money goes to help children with heart defects whose families may not be able to afford assistance,â€? Graveman said. â€œThis also helps teach them about helping others.â€?
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time picking and eating.â€? Oakview Farms has had its U-Pick open for a couple weeks now and while McClanahan is happy to see the customers enjoy themselves, she is about done personally with strawberries for a while. â€œI have about had my fill,â€? McClanahan said. â€œI have been putting them on salads, oatmeal and ice cream.â€? McClanahan also freezes strawberries for herself. â€œI cut the top off and freeze them whole,â€? she said. â€œI will also cut them up too.â€? Some will also make jams, jellies, pies and breads from them. Others will slice them up and mix them with sugar to cover cakes and other goodies. McClanahan said her family will do something similar with them. â€œMy mother-in-law makes freezer jelly,â€? she said. â€œIt is quick and easy and tastes just like the stuff you put on pound cakes.â€? Oakview Farmsâ€™ customers have already found the farm again in its
fifth season. â€œWe had one lady last week, she was refilling,â€? McClanahan said. â€œShe had just a little bit left in the freezer from last year. Last week we had several out here picking for Easter Sunday desserts.â€? Both Oakview Farms and Sweet Pickâ€™ins Farm hope to have strawberries until late May but there is no better time than now. â€œFor the next four to six weeks, it will be good picking everyday,â€? Tapley said. â€œWe will have them until about the first of June but the last few weeks will start to slow. The heat will get â€˜em.â€? Oakview Farmsâ€™ U-Pick strawberry patch is located on Price Road off of Redland Road in Wetumpka and is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sweet Pickâ€™ins Farm is located at 847 Old Millers Ferry Road in Dadeville and is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Both farms also offer already picked strawberries.
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Users need to be Facebook’s regulators
acebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spent two days and more than 11 hours testifying before members of Congress about Facebook’s plans to protect user privacy in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Senators and representatives took turns grandstanding to rail against Facebook’s practices, in an effort to make the billionaire squirm. These elected officials tried to flex their muscles and vowed that if Facebook couldn’t get its act together, government would get involved. Now that’s almost as frightening as having your information exploited. After the damage has been done, Zuckerberg did about all he could do while he testified. He took responsibility and apologized. “It was my mistake, and I’m sorry,” Zuckerberg said. He promised to do better by checking out apps more thoroughly and being more proactive in security and content review. He said he was going to be especially tough on political misinformation. We really appreciate the promises, but if this had been the first time, we would actually believe what was said. Zuckerberg has apologized for violations of user privacy plenty of times before. In 2010, after Facebook reached a consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission over privacy standards. Zuckerberg seemed to realize that user mistrust and congressional anger is growing. But he still seems to believe that the company’s mission to “connect people all over the world” offers users enough fun and optimism to forgive a disturbing pattern of harm. That doesn’t cut it, Mark. This episode makes you wonder whether you should trust a socialmedia company with a profit motive to keep sharing our personal information or politicians who might try to regulate it. We say neither. We say that it’s time for we as users to take control. The only way that Cambridge Analytica got our information is because we were too trusting and naive and served it up on a silver platter. This should again underscore the need to protect your information and not post every time you hiccup on the internet. There are some things in the world that other people just don’t need to know. Is showing what you are eating for supper or checking in at the ABC store important enough to sacrifice privacy? We don’t think so.
T.C. Coley represents District 1, including half of Coley Creek, the Andrew Jackson subdivision, the southern part of Indian Hill, North Central Avenue, part of Pearson’s Chapel Road, the Northside community and portion of Spring Hill community. His phone T.C. Coley number is 256-212-9316. His address is 2316 North Central Avenue, Kellyton. Steve Robinson represents District 2, which includes the southern part of Alexander City, the Cedar Creek area, Ourtown and Willow Point. His phone number is 256-654-0047. His address is 300 Heritage Drive Alexander City.
John McKelvey represents District 3, which includes Jackson’s Gap, Hackneyville, New Site and Daviston. McKelvey currently serves as chairman. His phone number is 256-7944405. His address is 1285 Freeman Road, Dadeville.
Emma Jean Thweatt represents District 4, which includes Dadeville, Pace’s Point, northern Camp Hill, Buttston, Dudleyville and part of Eagle Creek. She can be reached at 825-4207. Her address is 585 Brookwood Circle, Dadeville.
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George Carleton Jr. represents District 5, which includes southern Camp Hill, Red Ridge, Walnut Hill, Union and Pleasant Ridge. His address is 630 Turner Road, Dadeville.
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Trial and error in the war against ants
aving Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder is a curse and a blessing. On one hand, it can make it hard to concentrate and stay locked in on a task at hand. But there are times when ADHD allows your mind to wander and you come up with some great ideas for columns like this one. I got word from Extension Agent Shane Harris that they are planning a “Managing Fire Ants Workshop” in Alexander City on Friday, April 27th. The event will be held on the campus of Central Alabama Community College in the multimedia room located in the Betty Carol Graham Technology Center. Extension Agents and Specialists will be on hand to talk and show you how to control fire ants as well as update you on the latest pesticide products and control techniques. The event only costs $5 and will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and include some product application demonstrations. To attend you can mail in the registration form from the website www. aces.edu/Tallapoosa or contact the Tallapoosa County Extension office at 256-8251050 to register. So, while I was putting that brief together, the ADHD kicked in and my mind drifted to all the ways that me and my Dad have waged war against ants in the past. I learned from the master that if you hear of something that may work, try it. You just never know. Check these out: • Mint leaves. We heard one time that mint leaves worked to keep ants away. So, we went to the nursey and bought a bunch of mint plants and planted them strategically all over the yard. The idea is that ants object to the mint’s scent.
MITCH SNEED Editor That didn’t work. The only thing that we could tell is that when an ant bit you, they had really fresh breath. • Cayenne pepper. Cayenne pepper is an irritant to ants, making them stay away. Dad bought several jars of the powder at a discount grocery supply house and went to sprinkling it all over the perimeter of the house. The ants we had must have been from south of the border, they seemed to love it. Plus, our family dog Tramp thought it was for him. He licked a bunch of it up and sneezed and coughed for days. When he pottied, he even did a version of the Mexican Hat Dance. - Cornmeal and instant grits. This idea was championed by my friend, the late, great Lewis Grizzard. Both cornmeal and instant grits expand in water. He claimed that if you cover ant hills with either substance the ants will get to water and explode, just like little ant fireworks. They take the grains home, eat them and then presumably drink some water. We watched real close and the stuff disappeared, but we were never fortunate enough to any ants blow up. But as bad as instant grits are compared to the real thing, I bet they could kill something. • Dish liquid and water mix. Dad heard that if he used about two tablespoons’ worth diluted dish detergent in a pint of water that it would work. He put the solution into a spray bottle and squirted it around windows, doors and cracks,
and let it sit. This apparently destroys the scent trail that alerts more ants to come on down. It works well. Plus, you didn’t feel so bad about eating one that crawled into your cereal because they were at least clean. • Cross-hill contamination. I heard that you can stir up two separate hills with a stick and then take a shovel of dirt from one and throw it on the other and vice versa it will cause a war and kill the hill. Don’t know what happened below the surface, but I did find ants left that hill eventually, but they just moved to another spot and started over. • Vodka and sand. At the University of Georgia, my entomology professor Dr. A.B. Weathersby taught us in a class that was also known as “Bugs for Jocks” so that we could make an easy ‘A’ to help the GPA, to try this. He said that if you take sand and sprinkle it all over the hill then spray it with a 3-to-1 ratio of vodka to water would be the end of fire ants. Why would that work? He said that the ants would get drunk and start throwing rocks at each other until all were dead. • Firepower. If all else failed, my Dad would resort to firepower. If you take whatever gas is left in the can after filling the mower and pour it on a hill and then light it, the ants will die. If you survive, after trying this you will see that it works. You may not have grass, a yard, a house or eyebrows, but the ants are gone. Now that I recall the success rate of all our ant killing attempts, give Shane a call. I believe you would be better served. Mitch Sneed is the editor of The Outlook.
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ormer Attorney General Loretta Lynch shopped for a soft interview to preemptively rebut former FBI Director James Comey’s upcoming book. When “Deep State” swamp rats fight, a lot is confirmed about what we know regarding the corruption at the political top of the FBI and DOJ. On Monday, Lynch found the softest of softball pitchers, Lester Holt of MS-NBC lineage. The interview in Lynch’s apartment was so chummy that she and Holt were just about to pull out their high school yearbooks, do each other’s hair and talk about boys. The media has tried to put in the past all the political weaponization of our government against its opponents for the last eight years, so that it finally becomes a question on “Jeopardy.” Loretta Lynch thought Hillary would be elected and she could retire to some job teaching one college class for $350k a year while simultaneously complaining about the cost of higher education. Or she could just be revered by the left, showing up at baseball games and ceremoniously throwing out the Second Amendment. Trump has upset the D.C. applecart. Once Special Counsel
RON HART Columnist Mueller finishes hiring Clinton Foundation cronies and Democratic donor staff attorneys to investigate Trump on “collusion,” Mueller might have to go look at the real crimes. Yes, the media and the “swamp” set off all of these false narratives to destroy the president. But as I have said from the beginning in my columns, it might disappoint them just which president they end up getting. It comes down to two things. Why didn’t Lynch indict Hillary Clinton’s campaign for using the fake Russian dossier to obtain a FISA Court warrant to investigate the Trump campaign? And why did Lynch secretly meet with Bill Clinton when both their jets were on the tarmac in Phoenix? Maybe they really did have a private conversation for almost an hour “about their grandkids,” because her husband showed up. We know 70-plus-year-old Clinton, with heart issues, loves playing golf in Phoenix in 107 degree temperatures. He “just happened” to be there.
The Clintons have skirted capture since their days in Arkansas. They are the Bonnie and Clyde of politics and, like those old criminal bank robbers, when you stick up so many banks in broad daylight for that long, folks start pulling for you. Hillary also had U.S. state secrets on her private server. She destroyed 33,000 emails, bleach-bitted her emails, and smashed cellphones. No feds knocked down her doors like they did Michael Cohen’s for paying a porn star not to talk. To sum up, take top secret government emails and destroy evidence under subpoena — no problem. Enter into a binding legal contract with a porn star to be quiet and the FBI Gestapo ignores attorney client privilege and kicks down your door. Even the left has to realize and fear that with all the layered and vague laws in this country, anyone’s life can be ruined at any time with an indictment. It was reported that just to get a call from the feds in an investigation costs you $50k in attorney’s fees. It cost Michael Flynn his house, so he was forced to cop a procedural plea. Ron Hart is a libertarian syndicated op-ed humorist, award-winning author and TV/ radio commentator. He can be reached at Ron@RonaldHart. com or www.RonaldHart.com
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SPRING CELEBRATION: The city of Dadeville will be holding a spring celebration festival in Keebler Park on Saturday, April 14 beginning at 10 a.m. Events at the festival include a 5K run, a table decorating contest, a scavenger hunt, a butterfly coloring contest and a hot dog eating contest. A hot dog lunch can be purchased for $1, which also includes chips and a drink. Registration forms for the table decorating contest are available at Dadeville City Hall, while 5K forms can be picked up at Dadeville City Hall, the Dadeville Chamber of Commerce and Mix it Up at Lake Martin. The cost for entering the 5K is $5, the table decorating contest is $25. For more information, contact Dadeville City Hall at 256-8259242. All proceeds go to benefit ongoing beautification projects at Keebler Park. SACRED HARP SINGING: The annual Futral, Nelson and Henry Memorial Sacred Harp
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Singing is Saturday, April 14 at Smyrna Primitive Baptist Church on Highway 83 east of Goodwater. Singing begins at 9:30 a.m. with a covered dish lunch at noon. Singing resumes in the afternoon. For more information call William Futral at 256-839-6670 or Jack Nelson at 256-839-5344. PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Passion Church on Highway 63 is hosting a pancake fundraiser Saturday, April 14 at 8 a.m. Tickets are $8 and include pancakes, sausage and juice or coffee.
Campbell wrote “The Long Dark Road.” Admission is free and refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the program. For further information contact the Society’s President Danny Hayes at 256-8257535. WOMEN’S DAY: Haven United Methodist Church is hosting Women’s Day Sunday, April 15 at 2:30 p.m. The guest speaker is Rev. Marilyn Benson and pastor of Haven United Methodist Church is Rev. Percy Nolan.
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QUARTERLY MEETING: The Tallapoosee Historical Society will hold its quarterly meeting Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m. The meeting will be at the Historical Museum on the square in Dadeville. Matt Campbell will share experiences of his grandfather Brig. Gen. William E. Broughter and a book
Ricky Thompson, Logan Howard, Karen Korb, Betty Daugherty, Brittany Stevens, Karen Korb, Kathy Darabaris, Kristy Sherrer, Alan Brazzell, Clayton Lewis, George Gordon, Rickey Bolan and Willie Lewis celebrate their birthdays Sunday.
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The cast of the show “Ain’t Misbehavin’” performs the song “Black and Blue” during Thursday night’s show at the Benjamin Russell High School auditorium. The final show of the Alexander City Arts season, “Ain’t Misbehavin’” is a tribute to African-American musicians of the 1920s and 1930s who were part of the Harlem Renaissance. Donald Campbell / The Outlook
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REGISTRATION FOR JUNQUE JUBILEE VENDORS: Registration is open now through April 30 for anyone interested in being a vendor at MainStreet Alexander City’s Junque Jubilee, an upscale yard sale event in downtown Alexander City Saturday, May 12 starting at 8 a.m. with shops opening at 10 a.m. There is a $20 application fee and event organizers ask none of the vendors bring clothing or shoes to sell. Deadline for registration is April 30. For more information on the event or registration, contact MainStreet Alexander City at 256-329-9227.
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TAX FILING ASSISTANCE: VCCA is offering free tax and electronic tax filing assistance at their office on Highway 280 next to the Karen Channell State Farm Insurance Office. The service is designed to assist seniors over 60 and those under 60 with incomes less than $54,000. Taxpayers will be assisted in the order they are registered. Volunteers will be available Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please arrive an hour before closing.
April 16 - 18
CHURCH REVIVAL: The Almighty God Baptist Church in Goodwater is hosting spring revival services April 16 to April 18 with services at 7 p.m. The guest minister and church is Rev. Michael Strong, pastor of Kellyton Chapel UMC. Rev. Lorenzo Caldwell is pastor of Almighty God Baptist Church.
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POLITICAL FORUM: The Tallapoosa County Chapter of Alabama New South Alliance (ANSA) will host a political forum on Wednesday, April 18 at 6 p.m. The forum will be held at the Camp Hill Library located at 177 North Main Street. All candidates running for federal, state and county office are invited to attend. Please call Samuel Alexander at 256-790-9579 for questions.
Thursday, April 19
SENIORS ALIVE: Guy Anderson will be at Lake Pointe Baptist Church on Highway 50 in Dadeville Thursday, April 19 to share a mixture of comedy and a serious message for senior adults. Churches are asked to sign up to bring crock pots of soup or desserts by Monday, April 9 by calling 256-8254441. This presentation is a ministry and fellowship opportunity of the Tallapoosa Baptist Association. SENIORX: Deborah Jones, SenioRX coordinator will be at the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce April 19 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. For more information contact Deborah Jones at 1-800-361-1636 or 256-761-3575. COMMUNITY MEETING: PATH Lake Martin will hold its Community Planning Meeting on Thursday, April 19, at noon, at the Lake Martin Innovation Center. DEMOCRATIC PARTY MEETING: The Tallapoosa County Democratic Party is hosting a meeting Thursday, April 19 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Bud Porch Center in Alexander City. 3rd Congressional District candidate Mallory Hagan is the speaker. For more information contact Carol Gowan at 256-794-7432.
Friday, April 20
GOSPEL SINGING: Family Worship Center at 1676 Sewell St. in Alexander City will be hosting a gospel singing with New Ground Friday, April 20 at 6 p.m. Tony Harris is pastor. Everyone is welcome. For information, call 256-794-2969.
Saturday, April 21
FAMILY FESTIVAL: The Coosa County Family Festival, Keeping Coosa Connected will be April 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Coosa Central High School. Over 40 agencies will be taking part with lots of free activities for children. Vendor registration forms are available by emailing email@example.com or by contacting the Lake Martin United Way office at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 256-329-3600. FAITH BRUNCH: Tallapoosa’s Caring REFUGE (Reaching Everyday Fighters Utilizing God’s Embrace) is hosting “FAITH bigger fear” Tablescapes Brunch at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center at 10 a.m. Speakers will be Tillie Parks and Jennifer Martin. Tickets are $25. Contract Glenda Briley at 256-566-9685 to host or decorate a table. KLASSIC KRUISERS: The 17th Annual Klassic Cruisers Car Show is Saturday, April 21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. across from the New Site City Hall. Registration is $20 and a vendor fee is $20. There will be a cash money tree, 50/50 pot and door prizes along with a swap meet and food vendors. A DJ will be playing ‘50s music. Proceeds benefit the community including the New Site Fire Department, the New Site Ambulance and the Daviston Fire Department. There will be a pancake breakfast at 6 a.m. at City Hall. For more information contact Roy Colley at 256-234-6928 or 256-3074855. TRADE DAY: There will be a community trade day event Saturday, April 21 with a pancake breakfast,
car show, flea market and a variety of vendors. The public is invited to come for this day of fun at New Site Town Hall. 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 April 21 from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Refreshments are also available.
Sunday, April 22
CHURCH SINGING: Emmaus Road will be at County Line Baptist Church in the Dudleyville community Sunday, April 22 at 6 p.m. A love offering will be taken and a time of fellowship will follow. For more information call Bro. Mike Beck at 334-354-3908. HOMECOMING: Family Worship Center at 1676 Sewell St. is hosting a homecoming Sunday, April 22 at 10 a.m. Lunch will be served after the morning service. Tony Harris is pastor. Everyone is welcome. For information, call 256-794-2969. PASTORAL ANNIVERSARY: Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church is celebrating the 5th Pastoral Anniversary of Rev. and Sister Melvin C. Kelley Jr. Sunday, April 22 at 2 p.m. The guest minister is Rev. Terry L. Magby of New Mount Sellers Missionary Baptist Church in Lafayette. CONCERT: Jacquie Cruz and Gary Klarenbeek will be at Red Ridge United Methodist Church Sunday, April 22 at 3 p.m. Cruz is a soprano and her performance will feature pieces from her album “Hopeful” as well as a few new works by Heather Sorenson. Klarenbeek is Cruz’s father and is a tenor and pianist. They have performed in churches all over. No tickets are required and love offering will be received. For more information call 256-825-9820.
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DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY: The Lake Martin Area Industrial Development Authority will hold its quarterly meeting on Monday, April 23 at 10 a.m. in the Board Room of the Betty Carol Graham Technology center on the Alexander City campus of Central Alabama Community College.
April 25 - 28
TRAIL RIDES: The Weogufka Center for Arts is hosting trail rides April 25 at 10 a.m., April 26 at 9 a.m. and April 27 at 9 a.m. with the Annual Mule Day April 28. For more information contact the Chuck Wagon Guys, Edwin Petty at 205-389-0236, Donald Ellison at 205-294-0062 or Ricky Talley at 205646-1640.
Thursday, April 26
BENEFIT DINNER: The Alexander City Rotary Club Foundation is hosting its Imagination Library Annual Benefit Thursday, April 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the T.C. Russell Hangar.
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and demonstratively ood day, friends! sharing this with everyone? As I heard the Probably because, in many words to the cases, we are known as following song, it made the wilderness Christians. me want to reevaluate We have received the Holy how I am living my Spirit and the fullness life here on earth. It’s a of Christ, yet we tend to fact that Christians look ignore His presence and forward to, and yearn CAROL continually “struggle” to for, Heaven one day! But PAGE live Christian life as if what are we doing right Faith columnist He were not there. All He now to share the love of wants is for us to possess Christ as we anticipate the Promised Land, to be His return? The song sings, “But until then my heart will confident, to be full of joy and to share His living faith with others as go on singing; until then with joy we wait for His return. I’ll carry on; until the day my eyes We need to ask ourselves, “But behold that city, until the day God until then,” how will we share the calls me Home!” love of Jesus? The Word says, “So Yes, “until that day” we are whether we are here in this body or called to be a witness of the saving away from this body, our goal is to life of Christ. But we can’t share this love if we don’t have a song in please Him!” (2 Cor.5:9 NLT) My friends, on this earth we will our heart, a joy in our soul, a faith never be perfect, but if you know in Christ and peace that passes all understanding. It thrills me to know Jesus, there is a joy to be shared that as a Christian — a person who and a song to be sung. Let others see Jesus in you and me! knows Christ personally — I do Love and blessings! have this song, this joy, this peace and this living faith that breathes Carol Page is a member of Good with the activity of Jesus. News Baptist Church and a regular So, if we as Christians have all faith columnist for The Outlook. of this, why are we not verbally This devotional and directory made possible by these businesses who encourage all of us to attend worship services!
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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
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CHURCH OF GOD OF PROPHECY Church of God of Prophecy 303 Poplar Rd., Alex City, 256-234-6941
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DHS holds annual Autism Awareness pep rally By DONALD CAMPBELL Staff Writer
The students and faculty of Dadeville High School gathered in the high school auditorium Thursday afternoon for the school’s fourth annual Autism Awareness pep rally, held in conjunction with the Lee County Autism Resource & Advocacy organization. “This just keeps growing and getting better every year,” Maria Gutierrez with Lee County Autism Resource & Advocacy said. “Holding this event, it really shows the awareness of our school community,” Dadeville High School Principal Chris Hand added. “This event keeps getting better and better each year.” The day began with a special cheer from the Dadeville High School cheerleading squad, followed by a special presentation from the cheerleaders. Through this presentation, the cheerleaders talked about being inclusive to others, understanding the differences between someone on the autism spectrum and someone not on the spectrum, providing support and patience and mentioning it is OK to ask questions to learn and gain a better understanding of others who may be autistic. A handful of students came forward with posters made for the pep rally poster contest, with such statements as “Embrace differences,” “It’s OK to be different” and “See the able, not the label.” The student body applauded and cheered their favorite designs to vote for the winning poster. Along with the poster contest, it was announced that the winner of the door
decoration contest was Brad Bearden’s classroom. “You all are making it really difficult to choose a winning door decoration,” Sandie Duck with LCARA said. After the special needs teachers were recognized, history and government teacher Wes Talton along with a number of students were asked to come forward and take part in demonstrations to show what it can be like to be on the autism spectrum. Talton had to walk a straight line while looking through a pair of binoculars as one of the students shined a flashlight at his face. Another student had to try and answer second-grade level math problems while another student waved a container of dryer sheets under his nose. Lastly, a third student had to put together a small model wearing oven mitts. All the while, the rest of the student body was making loud noises to simulate some of the things that can be distracting to an autistic person and make it harder to accomplish such tasks. “It was really hard to do this,” Talton said after the demonstration. “It was really disorienting.” After the pep rally was over, Duck and Gutierrez took the time to explain more about what LCARA offers those families who may have children on the autism spectrum. “We support families with monthly educational programs. We have a Camp Autism Respite Event weekend at Children’s Harbor, and we offer Teenagers in Transition, a social program,” Duck said. “Every year, we have a summer splash day, and we hold the A-Day 5-K
fundraiser, which helps support our programs.” Since the Alabama State Legislature passed a bill increasing the insurance coverage for children with autism, Duck and Gutierrez said this was a step in the right direction, but there is still much more to be done. “When the bus stops, what do we do next?” Gutierrez said. Both Duck and Gutierrez said it was great to see the support from the school for the pep rally at Dadeville, as it was all about bringing greater awareness to the condition, and with greater awareness, a greater understanding. “We are so happy with this support, and it all comes from the top,” Gutierrez said. “If we can accept and include more people, we can create a better world.” “I think it’s a phenomenal event,” Hand added. “This shows that our students really care about those around them. “This is something we will continue to have, and is something we can continue to build upon.”
‘Q’ and ‘U’ marry at Jim Pearson Submitted / The Outlook
Last week students at Jim Pearson staged a wedding, marrying the letters “Q” and “U.” The idea was to show how the relationship between the two letters were like a marriage and always go together and work to create great things like words. Students in the classes of teachers Susan Kelly, Leanne Colley, Buffie Stegall, Vanessa Norris, Shelly Dennis and Brittany Powell all participated. Left, students pose for a photo after participating in their staged wedding. Timmy Lawson Jr. was the ring bearer. Pictured are, from left, the groom Brooks Boyles, bride Adley Bryant, Dixie Carter and Kara Thomas.
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Top, Lee County Autism Resource & Advocacy board member Sandie Duck and her son Joshua present a special recognition plaque and certificate to the special needs staff at Dadeville High School during the school’s annual Autism Awareness Pep Rally. Above, defining each letter as something the students could learn in order to be more inclusive to those on the autism spectrum, the DHS cheerleaders held up puzzle pieces that form the shape of a heart spelling out “Autism.”
County extension office holding fire ant workshop
WGI Winds group wraps up successful first season By DONALD CAMPBELL Staff Writer
By DONALD CAMPBELL Staff Writer
In order to help residents throughout the county create an effective plan in controlling local fire ant population, the Tallapoosa County Extension Office will be holding a workshop, Managing Fire Ants, on Friday, April 27. “It’s been about 10 years since we last hosted a fire ant workshop like this, and we felt it was time to have another one,” County Extension Coordinator Shane Harris said. “There are a lot of new products and methods out there since we last had one of these.” During the four-hour long seminar, attendees will be able to learn more about the biology of fire ants, recommended pesticides and various techniques that will better control these invasive pests. There will also be a time during the workshop where some of the products available on the market will be demonstrated, giving those in attendance a better understanding of how to use what is available to them. “There are a lot of products out there and a lot of false information,” Harris said. “This is all about giving people the information they need to manage fire ants and get all the facts.” The workshop is open to anyone wanting to learn more about ways to control fire ants, from homeowners
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who want to get rid of mounds in their yard, to city maintenance crews dealing with ants setting up in city parks and athletic fields, to farmers battling an invasion of fire ants in their pastures and crop fields. For participants who have pesticide licenses, Harris said this workshop would count for 10 recertification points in the categories of D&R, OTPS/OTPC and HPC/HPB. “Now is a great time to start putting together a plan to control fire ants,” Harris said. “It’s impossible to get rid of fire ants, they’re here to stay, but we can find good ways to manage and control them.” The Managing Fire Ants Workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m. on April 27 in the multimedia room of the Betty Carol Graham Center on the Central Alabama Community College Campus, and will run until 12:30 p.m. Registration for the event is $5 and is open until Wednesday, April 25. Lunch will not be provided. To register for the workshop, forms can be found on the Tallapoosa County Extension Office website, offices.aces. edu/tallapoosa/, or at the extension office in the courthouse in Dadeville. For more information, contact the extension office at 256-825-1050.
Band members from each of the three high schools in the Tallapoosa County system had the opportunity to take part in the Winter Guard International (WGI) Winds indoor marching band series. Twenty-seven students from Reeltown, Dadeville and Horseshoe Bend participated in the season, which included two competitions in Georgia and a concert series at each of the county schools, a season Tallapoosa County WGI Winds Director Tyler Strickland felt was very successful. “Overall, this was a great experience,” Strickland, who is also the band director at Reeltown High School, said. “A lot of the band members have told me they’re already excited for next year. The band directors at Horseshoe Bend and Dadeville have told me they’ve had students who have expressed an interest in taking part next year. “The kids were really open to doing this. They really bought into this and enjoyed it.” Even though the group only took part in two competitive events this year, they did exceedingly well at both of the competitions in Georgia, placing first in one competition and third in the other. “Being able to place was a very positive thing. It was a big deal,” Strickland said. “It gave them the feeling that they knew what they were doing.” Now that Strickland and the band students participating in the Tallapoosa County WGI Winds group have a better
understanding of how the WGI Winds competition season works, the hope is to not only grow the number of participants but also take part in more competitions and events next year and beyond. “My plan is to grow the number of competitions we are involved in,” Strickland said. “I’d like for us to do some shows earlier in the year and also take part in the circuit championships. “This year was a learning experience for us, but seeing everything, this gives a better idea of what to do next year.” As with a number of other extracurricular activities, the key to the county schools’ WGI Winds program is funding. With the cost of uniforms, the performing tarp, and travel to the various competitions, the amount of money needed can grow quickly. In order to help with this, Strickland said he welcomes donations from anyone interested in helping fund the WGI Winds band. “If anyone wants to make donations, they can send them to Reeltown High School, 4090 Alabama Highway 120, Notasulga, AL 36866,” he said. “Just make sure the envelope is marked ‘To the attention of Tyler Strickland, WGI Winds,’ and make all checks out to Reeltown High School.” Overall, Strickland said he feels there is a great sense of optimism and pride among the band members after a great first season and the opportunity for a more active indoor marching band season next year. “This is a great educational experience and another way to keep them involved musically,” he said. “We’re really looking forward to next year.”
Police Reports Alexander City Police Department April 11
• Johnny Darryl Guy, 55, of Alexander City was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Zackery Cade Sargent, 18, of Tallassee was arrested for four counts of failure to appear.
• Marcus Avenger Kelly, 32, of Alexander City was arrested for three counts of failure to appear. • Cedrick Demetrious Payne, 40, of Alexander City was arrested for harassment. • Harassment was reported on Quiet Lane. • Dogs running at large was reported on Turner Road.
• Fraudulent use of a credit or debit card was reported on Highway 280. • Theft was reported on State Street. • A dog bite was reported on 13th Avenue. • A dog bite was reported on Martin Luther King Boulevard. • Domestic violence was reported on East Pine Street.
• Melzeena Jardez Shundrana Echols, 19, of Alexander City was arrested for fraudulent use of a credit or debit card and theft. • Jynekia Keasia-Miyell Black, 18, of Kellyton was arrested for theft. • Tyus Malik Ford, 18, of Alexander City was arrested
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for theft and tampering with physical evidence. • Demetrious Tavon Harvey, 18, of Alexander City was arrested for theft. • Lorenzo Calvin Crawford, 44, of Alexander City was arrested for failure to appear. • Jimmy Wayne Berry, 56, of Alexander City was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. • Shirmiah Tiara Poole, 19, of Alexander City was arrested for failure to appear. • Terrance Audrae Golden, 32, of Alexander City was arrested for failure to appear. • Edward Junior Alvies, 46, of Dadeville was arrested on three counts of failure to appear. • Fraudulent use of a credit or debit card was reported on Highway 280. • Theft and tampering with physical evidence was reported on Highway 280. • Harassing communications was reported on 1st Place. • Failure to pay for gas was reported on Highway 280. • Driving under the influence of alcohol was reported on Highway 22 East. • Cruelty to dog or cat and illegal chaining or tethering was reported on 9th Avenue. • Theft of services was reported on Mason Street.
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• Timothy Coleman of Point Windy Drive in Jacksons Gap was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear child support. • Jeffery Williams of Bufford Road in Auburn was arrested on an outstanding warrant for grand jury indictment theft of property first. • Amy Clampitt of Bradley Road in Jacksons Gap was arrested on a grand jury indictment manslaughter. • A resident of Alabama Highway 120 filed a report for theft of property.
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• A resident of Centerpoint Road in Dadeville filed a report for identity theft. • A resident of Pine Ridge Street in Dadeville filed a report for theft.
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• A report was filed for domestic violence third that occurred on Fulton Street. • A two vehicle motor vehicle collision occurred on Highway 280 resulting in major property damage and no injuries. One of the drivers was cited for an expired tag and an expired license. • A report was filed for domestic violence third that occurred in the Dadeville area. • An Auburn man, age 20, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear.
• An Alexander City man, age 32, was arrested for illegal possession of prescription drugs and two warrants for failure to appear on Broadnax Street. • A Dadeville woman, age 24, was arrested for possession of marijuana second, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with physical evidence, and two charges of possession of a controlled substance on Broadnax Street. • A two motor vehicle collision occurred on Highway 280 near Spring Street resulting in minor property damage and no injuries. • A report was filed for domestic violence third that occurred on Horseshoe Bend Road. • A report was filed for theft of property fourth that occurred on North Broadnax Street.
• A report was filed for domestic violence third that occurred on Freeman Drive. • A report was filed for harassment that occurred on Highway 280. • A report was filed for criminal mischief third that occurred on Leach Street.
• A report was filed for theft of property first that occurred on South Broadnax Street. • A report was filed for lost property that occurred in the Dadeville area.
• A report was filed for theft of property fourth that occurred on Freeman Drive. • A report was filed for domestic violence third that occurred on Thweatt Industrial Boulevard. • A Pell City man, age 57, was arrested for driving under the influence on Highway 280. • A Tuskegee man, age 48, was arrested on three warrants for failure to appear.
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CHANGING THE GAME
Instant replay approved for use in high school football By LIZI ARBOGAST Sports Editor
Wetumpka’s Desimend Mathews causes Benjamin Russell’s Landon Cotney to fumble in a game last season. The use of instant replay in high school football was officially approved Friday. File / The Outlook
uestions seemed to be the biggest thing on area football coaches’ minds Friday after the announcement from the AHSAA that instant replay would now be allowed in high school games across the state. “Well, I think it has its benefits, of course,” Reeltown coach Matt Johnson said. “When you’re a smaller school like we are here at Reeltown and the teams we play and how we’re set up, anytime there’s a major change like that you wonder how it’s going to work. So there are mixed emotions.” The biggest question for area coaches, of course, was cost. Dadeville coach Richard White estimated it would be between $3,000 to $5,000 to implement the software. According to the ASHAA press release, the association will partner with DVSport, Inc., which has provided Instant Replay Solutions in the NCAA since 2005. White’s estimate was just that, though — an educated guess. That’s also based on the cameras Dadeville already uses. The Tigers currently use a pressbox camera and an end zone camera, but for smaller schools like Horseshoe Bend and Reeltown, only a pressbox camera is utilized. And in the case of Central Coosa, which already struggles for funds, some See REPLAY • Page 12
Woods’ walk-off gives Reeltown area title By LIZI ARBOGAST Sports Editor
Talk about a pressure situation. With the bases loaded and two outs and tied 6-6 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Ardarious Woods stepped up to bat. He worked Horseshoe Bend’s pitcher into a full count, and everyone at Reeltown’s baseball field took a collective breath. But Woods remained calm. He got a pitched served on a silver platter and drilled it straight up the middle, beating out the throw to first base and driving in Hayden Solomon. “My mentality was basically just that I needed to stay smooth and do my job,” Woods said. “It felt excellent.” Not only did the walk-off single give the Rebels a 7-6 victory over their rivals, it also solidified their fourth straight Class 2A Area 8 title and the right to host a first-round playoff series. “I told him the pressure was on them,” Reeltown coach Mike Jones said. “We were already into another inning, so the pressure wasn’t on him. The pressure was on the pitcher with the bases loaded to throw strikes, and he just needed to relax and do what he does. It worked out for us.” All day, Reeltown had to battle back. The Generals took a 4-0 lead after the first inning, which the Rebels slowly but surely chipped away at to tie it up in the fifth. But Horseshoe Bend once again made Reeltown fight by scoring two runs in the top of the seventh inning. Then things fell apart for the Generals. After getting two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Horseshoe Bend’s pitching started to struggled. Reeltown drew three straight walks, then a hit batter cut the Generals’ lead to just one. Landon Hunt hit an incredibly hard ball that
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Reeltown’s Landon Hunt, right, gets a high five from coach Mike Jones after a smacking a home run against Horseshoe Bend on Friday.
actually bounced off the field umpire, scoring the tying run, then Woods played hero. “I felt good right there,” Jones said. “I told them we need to be a little more selective in the last inning and not go up there chasing. They did a good job taking pitches, working the count and doing what they had to do to get on. We were in a real good spot in the lineup and we worked it around until we got (Woods) up there, and with his speed, anything you hit on the infield, he was probably going to beat
it.” Horseshoe Bend looked like it came ready to play when the game began. With one out, Cade Worthy batted into an error, and after the second out, Lee Norrell joined Worthy on the bases with another Rebel error. Grant Taylor then kept things going with a two-run double, and after yet another Reeltown error, Nalijah Heard put two more runs on the board with a double of his own. But that was all she wrote for Horseshoe Bend until the final frame.
“We didn’t have a quality at-bat after the first inning until probably right there in the seventh,” Generals coach Jason Johnson said. “We didn’t adjust at all to the strike zone and we didn’t adjust at all to (Logan Hunt’s) curveball. I guess we just kinda thought we were going to coast right through it after that first inning, I don’t know. It’s very disappointing.” In the meantime, Reeltown had a couple of two-out rallies to cut into the deficit. The first came in the second inning See REBELS • Page 12
n this day last year, I made the 14-hour trek from Pennsylvania to Alexander City. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was leaving a paper and community I had come to know and love over the course of five years. I had never lived in the South and wasn’t sure how they’d react to this Northerner talking about hockey and not loving sweet tea. But over the last 365 days, my fears and anxiety about living in Tallapoosa County have vanished. It was a seamless transition with the folks at Tallapoosa Publishers taking me under their wings immediately. Covering my first game — Benjamin Russell’s baseball season finale against Dadeville, a game I’ll be at again Monday — was just like being back home. In the last year, I’ve gotten to cover some incredible stories. From the inspirational stories of Gracie Deason and Bradley Moncrief to immediately being thrown into the fire of Horseshoe Bend’s run to the softball state playoffs, it’s been a memorable first year. I also had the pleasure of watching Benjamin Russell’s football team exceed expectations and getting to know coach Danny Horn before his departure. I got to watch Dadeville’s girls basketball team come from a lackluster season to hit its peak at the right time and advance to the sub-regional playoffs. I’ve done stories on Benjamin Russell’s Bradley Stewart and Horseshoe Bend’s Cheyanna Howard, who were happy to be senior leaders on teams full of youngsters, and started the Triple Threat series featuring kids who excel at multiple sports, something I’ve always been an advocate of. Perhaps most importantly, I’ve had the opportunity to develop relationships with the student-athletes, coaches and administrators in our area, helped along by our jokes on Twitter and Scott Hardy and I’s show Inside the Lines, which has gotten nothing but great feedback. I’ve See ARBOGAST • Page 12
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BRHS sweeps golf match STAFF REPORT TPI Staff
Benjamin Russell’s golf teams played at Phenix City on Thursday afternoon with the girls defeating the host in a nine-hole match, 167173. The girls were led by Olivia Scroggins, who carded a 47. Also competing for the girls were Keegan Wendling, Karlie Royster and Finlay Radney. Benjamin Russell’s boys completed the sweep by defeating Phenix City and Auburn, 313-344352 in an 18-hole match. Sawyer Scott led the Wildcats with a 74, while Dylan Moncus followed closely behind by shooting a 76. Kylee Reeder, Sawyer Parks, Matthew Cush and Jacob Booker also competed for BRHS.
SOFTBALL Central Alabama splits with Shelton State
Sierra Easterwood threw a threehit shutout, as Central Alabama Community College defeated Shelton State, 8-0, in Game 1 of Thursday’s doubleheader. The Trojans weren’t so lucky in Game 2, falling 8-7. Easterwood allowed just one walk in the victory and struck out four. She was backed by an offense that produced nine hits. Easterwood helped her own cause by going 2-for-3 with a double. The Trojans also got two hits apiece from Shatima Smith, Ashton Fielding and Madison Huston. Smith,
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Benjamin Russell’s Sawyer Scott follows through on a chip shot earlier this season. Scott led the Wildcats in a win against Phenix City and Auburn on Thursday.
Courtney Ray and Fielding were each credited with two RBIs. In Game 2, Shelton State scored four runs in the top of the sixth to take a 7-4 lead, and although CACC tried to storm back late, it was too little, too late. Central Alabama (32-15) racked up 10 hits in the nightcap, led by Fielding, who went 4-for-4 with an RBI. Ashlyn Perrin had two hits, including a home run, and drove in three runs.
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Replay Cougar games weren’t even filmed last season. “In theory, it’s great because it helps us make sure that all the calls are right that can be questioned and keeping officials accountable,” Coosa coach Shane Rary said. “But the quality of that and the equity in that, if you’re dealing with a school like us, for four of our games, we didn’t even have a camera. For 5A through 7A schools, I think it’ll be great, but I don’t even know how much it’ll come into play for smaller schools.” Another big question was regardless of the cost, will it be worth it? “Is it going to be cost effective?” White said. “You can go as far as sideline camera angles, end zone camera angles and even pylon cameras, but those have to be implemented and those things cost money. Also, what’s the upkeep? Those are the kind of questions I would like to ask because you
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have to look at it from a budget standpoint. Is it going to be cost effective to get maybe one or two calls overturned?” The other big theme was the sheer quality of cameras schools are currently using. According to White, DVSports’ software can plug into the equipment some schools are using, but a pressbox camera may not do a questionable play justice in terms of hoping to overturn it. “The quality will always come into play,” Rary said. “Because, for instance, when we switch film with coaches, sometimes you’re struggling to even figure out what yard line the ball is on, much less (overturn) a call.” Johnson said, “The other concern is with smaller schools, we’re fortunate that we have a great film guy. Coach (Jonathan) Gardner films our games, but a lot of people have a student doing the game. A lot of times we can’t even make out
Rebels when Nelson Whaley drove in Andy Mann with a double, and the second came on a Landon Hunt two-run homer in the third. “We just try to battle with two outs,” Hunt said. “That’s what we always we do. We try to fight until the last out. I knew with two strikes, I had to use my two-strike approaches that our coaches teach us and try to cut it in half. It just went out of the park.” Reeltown tied it up on an RBI single from Hayden Solomon in the fifth. Horseshoe Bend took back the lead with RBI singles from Norrell and Taylor, but it wasn’t enough in the end. With the victory, Reeltown
numbers, much less the officials looking at an instant replay. I think the motive behind it is good; there’s just a lot of interesting questions that have to be answered as the process goes along.” According to Johnson, there will be some schools that will utilize the software during spring games as well as some pilot schools who will implement instant replay during the 2018 season. As of now, the program seems to be optional and may continue that way. And although there are a lot of questions, it does seem the idea of bringing instant replay to Alabama high school football is a good one. “At the end of the day, you want all the calls to be correct,” Horseshoe Bend coach Josh Averett said. “You don’t want to lose a game off something they missed or thought they saw, so anything you can do to help get the calls right, I think everyone is going to be in favor of.”
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Reeltown’s Hayden Solomon, left, slides back into first base to beat the throw to Horseshoe Bend’s Cade Worthy on Friday night.
will host the loser of Ariton and G.W. Long, while Horseshoe Bend will have to travel to the
Arbogast worked with some great people with fantastic ideas here at TPI. But I’ve never been more inspired by the folks in Tallapoosa County than when I went to the Jordan-Bryant Scholarship banquet on Monday night. The county, which has four schools, was represented by three of the finest student-athletes around — Benjamin Russell’s Benjamin Hendrix, Reeltown’s Cody Argo and Horseshoe Bend’s Cade Worthy. Regardless of what happened on Monday, the fact these three boys all got to the state finalist level of the Bryant-Jordan award was pretty incredible. But as each state winner in each category and classification was announced, I tensed up just a little. I wanted those boys to be honored, and all three did this county proud, winning their respective state
College’s baseball team put across only five runs on the day in a sweep at the hands of Calhoun, 5-3 and 14-2. CACC strung together 16 hits over the course of the two games and were led by Mathew Radoslovich, who went 4-for-6 with three singles, a home run and two runs scored. Griffin Fenn had three hits, including a home run and two RBIs, and Jeremy Almaguer and Luis DeLeon each had a pair of singles. Mason Meyer did most of the work, pitching seven innings of the first game. Although he scattered six hits, he allowed only two earned runs and walked one. He also struck out seven.
winner’s place in the first round of the postseason, which begins next week.
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scholarship. But it didn’t stop there. As the University of Alabama’s “A” Club scholarship was awarded and the speaker began to talk of a boy who was diagnosed with cancer then talked of the day he was officially in remission, I looked over at Bill Hendrix, tears in his eyes. Benjamin had now the scholarship that meant so much to him. And it still didn’t stop there. An overall winner was selected from each of the academic and achievement state winners, and when the attention was turned to the video board for the achievement winner and a photo of Reeltown High School came onto the screen, huge grins surrounded me. Argo was the best in the state. I tweeted that night about being a proud momma. Each time those
three boys’ names were called, I wanted to shout, “That’s my baby!” The best part about covering high school sports is student-athletes and the relationships you gain with them. There’s something pure about high school sports; it means so much. I get a chance to cover those kids’ best moments, their worst moments and everything in between. Although it’s important in journalism to remain impartial, I’ve always been known in my previous jobs for silently cheering and wanting the best for my studentathletes. In only a year, I’ve become Tallapoosa County’s biggest fan, and I’m looking forward to many more proud momma moments in the seasons to come. Lizi Arbogast is the sports editor of The Outlook.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced the receipt of $25,511,600 to support critical state conservation and outdoor recreation projects. The announcement is part of $1.1 billion in annual national funding going to state wildlife agencies from revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration acts. Alabama apportionments include $6,151,179 in Sport Fish Restoration funds and $19,360,421 in Wildlife Restoration funds. The funds, which are distributed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, are derived from excise taxes paid by the hunting, shooting, boating and angling industries on firearms, bows, ammunition, fishing tackle, some boat engines and small engine fuel. “The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs are the most successful conservation programs in the United States,” Governor Kay Ivey said. “Alabama continues to benefit greatly from our annual apportionment of these funds, and our conservation department is a wise steward of these funds.” According to Conservation Commissioner Chris Blankenship, the money received from the federal government is a match to the state’s hunting and fishing license revenues. “There is a formula used, but basically, the more licenses we sell, the more wildlife and sportfish funding we receive,” Blankenship said. “It’s very important that hunters and anglers purchase a license every year because our department doesn’t receive money from the state’s General Fund. Our work on behalf of the hunters and fishermen is solely funded by license dollars and federal matching funds.” Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Director Chuck Sykes said hunters and fishermen can be proud of the fact that their purchases help put active management on the ground in Alabama. “Managing public hunting land and building and maintaining boat ramps and shooting ranges are all projects funded by the allocations we receive from
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,” Sykes said. Sykes added that people who don’t hunt or fish also benefit from this funding. “Every citizen in the state receives benefits from the conservation efforts of hunters and fishermen,” he said. “The habitat that we create and manage for deer, turkey and other game species also benefits the species that non-hunters enjoy like bald eagles and bluebirds.” Alabama’s coastline profits from this funding as well. “These funds help build and maintain public boat access points, provide education to the public about the marine resources in and near Alabama and fund valuable research projects that otherwise may not be possible,” Alabama Marine Resources Director Scott Bannon said. “The return Alabama receives on the investment of these funds is priceless.” Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said, “Alabama sportsmen and women are some of our best conservationists and they contribute billions of dollars toward wildlife conservation and sportsmen access every year through the Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson Acts. For nearly 80 years, states have been able to fund important conservation initiatives thanks to the more than $20 billion that has generated nationwide. “Every time a firearm, fishing pole, hook, bullet, motor boat or boat fuel is sold, part of that cost goes to fund conservation. The best way to increase funding for conservation and sportsmen access is to increase the number of hunters and anglers in our woods and waters. The American conservation model has been replicated all over the world because it works.” For more information about the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program visit http://wsfrprograms.fws. gov. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama. com.
LOCAL SPORTS CALENDAR Saturday, April 14 High school baseball Beauregard at Dadeville (2), 11 a.m. High school softball Benjamin Russell in Northview Cougar Classic Invitational at Westgate, TBA High school boys soccer Wetumpka at Benjamin Russell, 2 p.m. High school girls soccer Wetumpka at Benjamin Russell, noon High school track & field Benjamin Russell at Mountain Brook Dadeville at T.R. Miller Invitational, 9 a.m. Reeltown at Auburn College baseball Central Alabama at Calhoun (2), 3 p.m. College softball Central Alabama at Southern Union, 3 p.m. College tennis Central Alabama in ACCC Conference Tournament, TBA Monday, April 16 High school baseball Benjamin Russell at Dadeville, 5 p.m.
Billingsley at Central Coosa, 4:30 p.m. High school softball Dadeville at Holtville, 6 p.m. Beulah at Reeltown, 4:30 p.m. B.B. Comer at Central Coosa, 4:30 p.m. High school boys golf Benjamin Russell at Sylacauga Invitational, 9 a.m. High school girls tennis Dadeville in sectionals at Chambers County Tuesday, April 17 High school softball Opelika at Benjamin Russell, 6 p.m. Elmore County at Horseshoe Bend, 4:30 p.m. Dadeville at Reeltown, 6 p.m. High school boys soccer Opelika at Benjamin Russell, 7 p.m. High school girls soccer Opelika at Benjamin Russell, 5 p.m. High school girls golf Benjamin Russell at Sylacauga Invitational, 9 a.m. College softball Bevill State at Central Alabama, 2 p.m.