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More than 30 criminal cases cleared by pleas By MITCH SNEED Editor

Despite having a capital murder case continued, more than 30 cases were settled with plea deals and several others saw action as well in the first week of the spring trial term in Alexander City. “It has been one of those unusual

terms where for a lot of reasons, we just didn’t have a trial that materialized,” Fifth Judicial Circuit District Attorney Jeremy Duerr said. “We were prepared to call three different cases for trial. The first two were called and the defendants decided they wanted to plead guilty and not have a trial. The third case we were prepared to call, the defense attorney did not appear for trial.

“In the first week we have disposed of 31 cases that we had prepared to call for trial and had witnesses subpoenaed. We had 10 that were issued failure to appear warrants for not showing up to court, and five were dismissed by the victims coming before the court and telling the judge they no longer wished to pursue the matter. That’s close to 50 days of trial time saved.”

Some of the more notable cases that were plead out included Roderick Kelley who pled to Robbery 3, Eric Rogers and Terrance Stovall who both pled to conspiracy to commit Robbery 2 and James Owens who pled to possession controlled substance with intent to distribute. Charles Moon pled guilty to domestic See CASES • Page 3

Luncheon to explore tourism potential

Rezoning for new business center approved By MITCH SNEED Editor

STAFF REPORT Alexander City Chamber staff

The Alexander City Chamber of Commerce will host a luncheon today focusing on the importance of tourism as a piece of the economic development puzzle for the Lake Martin area. The luncheon will be held at CACC’s Betty Carol Graham Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature presentations from John Wild, President of the Auburn and Opelika Tourism Bureau, and members of his staff. As staff members of the Alexander City Chamber have traveled the state networking with and learning from others involved in chamber work or economic development, the question has been asked many times, “Does Alex City/Lake Martin have a tourism bureau?” The answer to that question is, unfortunately, “No.” But, with an abundance of outdoor recreational activities provided by Lake Martin, the Tallapoosa River the Charles E. Bailey Sportplex, Wind Creek State Park, Horseshoe Bend National Military Park, and many others, it’s obvious that our area has assets to leverage that would attract visitors and capitalize on the tourism industry, which in turn can bring outside dollars into the community to support our local



he Benjamin Russell High School Drama Department staged the high school adaptation of the play “Chicago” over the weekend and the performance drew rave reviews from attendees. “Chicago” is a musical with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and book by Ebb and Bob Fosse. Set in Prohibition-era Chicago, the musical is based on a 1926 play of the same name by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins about actual criminals and crimes she reported on. The story uses satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice and “celebrity criminals.” The BRHS production featured Aubrey Culver as the mistress of ceremonies, Emily Jones as Velma Kelly, Bea Graves as Roxie Hart, Za Stowes as Fred Casely, Ryan Green as Amos Hart, Megan Harris as Sgt. Fogarty, Jaion Kelly as the lawyer Billy Flynn, Ashley Wilson as “Mama” Morton; Lorebeth Keeble as reporter Mary Sunshine and Cheyenne Haggerty as the court clerk. Lillian Parker, Deanna Silver, Tess Staples, Adeline Treadwell and Ann Marie Waldrop made up the ensemble of “Merry Murderers,” while Paris Burdick, Kathryn Crutchfield, Jessie Culver, Jarekia Judkins, Bexley Knight and Anna Riley were the ensemble of dancers.

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Keebler Park holds successful Spring Festival

Clean Community Partnership launches all-out attack on litter April 21 cleanup will kick off massive effort to keep lake community beautiful



A crowd of more than 100 people joined in the festivities at Keebler Park Saturday, taking part in the first ever Spring Festival at the park. The brainchild of local resident Dianna Porter, the celebration had a little something for the whole family to enjoy. “We had at least 100 hot dog lunches sold, so I would

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After no objections were raised at a public hearing, the Alexander City City Council approved a rezoning request for a planned mixed-use development on 60 acres that runs from U.S. Highway 280 to Washington Street. The six parcels, owned by Dion and Angela James and D James Andrew Thomas, sit J next to Walmart and fronts Highway 280 and runs back to Washington Street. The partnership D&A Investments hopes to develop a multi-phase, multi-use development that will be unlike any other in the area. Preliminary grading has already ttaken place there. The project that has been nnamed Lake Martin Village will ffeature a Highway 280 outparcel ssuitable 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. Alexander City Community Development Director Al Jones explained that the property would go from light industrial to general business. “The rezoning shouldn’t be a big deal at all because it’s not that much of a change,” Jones said. “Since the property around it is similar, it’s not like it would have an impact of residents around the site.” The council voted 5-0 See COUNCIL • Page 9 5295 Highway 280, Alex City, AL

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Trash walks, massive lake cleanups and initiatives by companies and small groups to rid the area of litter over the years have helped the problem, but a group of residents and leaders from across the Lake Martin Community are now joining forces to raise awareness and wage war on the problem. A series of meetings and planning gave birth to the Clean Community Partnership, a united group dedicated attacking the litter problem through action and awareness. Now, the group See CLEANUP • Page 3

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DEAR ABBY: Once I announced my engagement, my already thin, fit mother went on a diet and lost 20 pounds. My weight has always been an issue with her, and I can’t believe she would draw attention to it in this way. She called me a bridezilla because I told her I think she’s trying to showboat my wedding because she’s the one with the insecurity issues. I would have been happy to elope, but she insisted on this big wedding to show off to her friends and “recoup the gifts she gave to their kids.” How do we get through the next six months and keep our already fragile relationship intact? -- DAUGHTER OF MOMZILLA DEAR DAUGHTER: Weddings are supposed to be about the happy couple, not a means for a third party to “recoup” gifts she gave to her friends’ children. If you feel you would be happier eloping rather than be miserable “going on with the show,” that’s what you and your fiance should do. However, if you do decide to go


through with the wedding, you and your mother should agree there will be no further discussion about weight -- hers or yours. Period. DEAR ABBY: I came into work Monday morning to the news that one of my co-workers had passed away the day before from a massive heart attack. I was shocked and saddened. I was also appalled that my employer posted her death on Facebook less than 24 hours later. I don’t feel that this is an appropriate forum to announce a death, and I also don’t think it was my employer’s responsibility to notify the world. In my opinion, the family should notify the public if they choose. Are there any rules of etiquette regarding social media and announcing a co-worker’s

death? -- SAD NEWS IN CALIFORNIA DEAR SAD NEWS: Of course it is the prerogative of family members to post that kind of news. Ideally, your employer should have waited an extra day or two to allow the family to get the word out. However, unless a family member complained to you about what your employer did, you shouldn’t be so quick to judge. While you have experienced a shocking loss, your boss has, too, particularly if the employee was a longtime one. That he/she shared it on social media isn’t surprising these days, considering how much information is being posted online, nor was it a breach of etiquette. DEAR ABBY: I have been with my boyfriend nearly 19 years, and we both agree that we don’t want marriage. I just found out that for the last nine months he has been seeing someone else on his lunch break. He says he loves me and

doesn’t want to lose me, but he loves her, too, and she is his friend. He said he would stop the affair, but because she’s his friend, he won’t stop texting and seeing her “as a friend.” Should I trust what he is saying? We don’t have kids together, but we raised his two and my one together as our own. -- SILENT PAIN DEAR PAIN: Should you trust that your boyfriend won’t resume the affair with his “friend” -- or that he has stopped it? I don’t think so. Although the two of you aren’t formally married, you have had an understanding that lasted almost 19 years, and he has breached it. You now must decide whether you want to be part of a “threesome,” and for that, you have my sympathy. 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 or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

Obituaries Nelvis Turner Mr. Nelvis Turner of Jackson’s Gap, Alabama passed away Sunday, April 15, 2018 at his residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be later by Wright’s Funeral Home.

Martha Lou McPherson Suggs 1940 - 2018 Funeral Service for Martha Lou McPherson Suggs, 77, of Gulf Shores, Alabama, will be Friday, April 20, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Radney Funeral Home. Rev. Vince Lee, Rev. Jerry Wheeles, and Rev. Bruce Dumond will officiate. Burial will follow in the Clay County Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Radney Funeral Home. Mrs. Suggs passed away on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at her residence in Gulf Shores, Alabama after an extended illness. She was born on July 1, 1940 in Jefferson County, Alabama to William B. McPherson and Willie B. Smith McPherson. She was an active member of Vertical Point Church and Gulfway Assembly Church. She loved her family and her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ dearly. She loved to shop, travel, dining out, and visiting with her friends. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Willard C. Suggs of Gulf Shores; son, Barry C. Suggs (Laura) of Louisville, KY; daughters, Susan S. Beasley of Foley, Amanda L. Hamilton (Michael) of Orange Beach, and Angie C. Dennis (Jason) of Daphne; grandchildren, Taylor Suggs, Andrew Beasley, Tyler Fields, Lauren Beasley, Olivia Hamilton, and Whitney Collins, three great grandchildren, and daughter in law, Debbie Smith. She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Jeffrey B. Suggs, grandchild, Jennifer Suggs Shelton, and her brother, William B. McPherson II. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to her church or one’s favorite charity. Memorial messages may be sent to the family at Radney Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Mildred P. Sharman 1917 - 2018 Graveside Services for Mildred P. Sharman, 100, of Montgomery, Alabama will be Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. at the Camp Hill Cemetery. Randy Anderson will officiate. Mrs. Sharman passed away on Monday, April 9, 2018 at Jackson Hospital. Mrs. Sharman was born November 30, 1917, in Heflin, Alabama to W.T. Pruitt and Myrtle Owens Pruitt. She was reared as a Primitive Baptist Church member who enjoyed Sacred Harp music; and a highly regarded member of the Cleburne County High School Class of 1936. Mrs. Sharman worked in a Heflin beauty salon for 10 years, and then owned and operated her own salon for 10 years. She was passionate about her profession as a hair stylist. She married traveling salesman Earnest “Mac” Michael Sharman in 1953 and moved to the west side of Montgomery, Alabama, around 1956. Mrs. Sharman was employed with the Revenue Department in Montgomery for 19 years before entering early retirement. She tenderly served as her mother’s caretaker until her mother died in the 1970’s at 104 years of age. Mrs. Sharman also lovingly served as her late husband’s caretaker; and although she never had any children of her own, she showed great affection for her young family members and neighborhood children. Her pastimes included working in her flower beds and cooking. She continued to do her own bookkeeping and paid her bills monthly; and was an enthusiastic fan of comedian Steve Harvey and the Crimson Tide Football Team. She is survived by her nephew, Randy Sharman; nieces, Brenda J. Sharman, and Sandra Knipling; sister in law, Jo Sharman; and other relatives. She also was preceded in death by her brother, Russell O. Pruitt. The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to Mrs. Sharman’s caretakers: Kim Hughes, Sandra Donaldson, and Sheryl Young for going above and beyond. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Camp Hill Cemetery, PO Box 217, Camp Hill, AL 36850. Memorial messages may be sent to the family at Radney Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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is ready to start taking action. Area residents are asked to come out on Saturday April 21 to join other CCP volunteers and the City of Alexander City for a city-wide cleanup day at 8:30 a.m. Participants should meet in front of City Hall to receive supplies and assignments, and anyone returning with at least one full bag of trash will receive a voucher for a free hot dog from Sonny’s Hot Dogs following the effort. Lake Martin Resource Association’s John Thompson along with Ed Collari, Jacob Meacham, Bre Smith, Sabrina Wood, Steve Robinson, Russell Lands CEO Tom Lamberth, Lake Martin Economic Development Administrator Denise Walls, Alexander City City Council President Tommy Spraggins, Alexander City Mayor Jim Nabors and Amy Passaretti are all involved in the CCP initiative. Thompson said he is excited about the potential. “Everyone knows that this is something that I have been passionate about for a long time,” Thompson said. “But while we’ve been doing some good things, it just wasn’t enough. This couldn’t just be me or a handful of volunteers, we need a massive, constant

Stephens Elementary student Samantha Galvan created this piece of art illustrating the massive community cleanup effort. Art by several more area students will be featured in this ongoing campaign.

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effort and we really feel like we have a group that understands the importance and who are dedicated to getting aggressive with the problem.” Thompson said the first step is to address problem areas and clean up what is there now, while starting the process of raising awareness and trying

to stop the constant trashing of our community. The group will sponsor and coordinate cleanups on the third Saturday of each month and during the April 21 cleanup, Thompson hopes to hit Highway 280 from the River Bridge to Kellyton hard.

“Highway 280 is one of the first areas people who come to Alexander City see and for many people, that’s all they see if they are passing through,” Thompson said. “For a lot of reasons, we haven’t hit that corridor much in other cleanups. That’s why we really want to work that with a massive group and address it. You drive it and look. On the right of ways there is a lot of trash, but just off that it’s even worse. It looks really bad and we think if we get enough people, it can really make a difference. “If someone has an area they’d like to do, that’s fine. We just ask that they check in and let us know where they are going first. Then, if they will coordinate back and bring the trash in or let us know where it is so we can get it picked up.” Thompson said he hopes to build off this first cleanup and have it carry over each month. He said they have already gotten students in the school system involved to help raise awareness with youth. Art by several area students will be featured in an ongoing campaign, with the first being a piece by Samantha Galvan who is a student at Stephens Elementary School.

Tourism businesses and grow our tax base. For this reason, the Chamber is working with the Alexander City City Council to explore the idea of increasing local lodging tax in order to fund a tourism bureau dedicated to attracting events and tourismrelated activities yearround. “When you look at other lodging tax rates around the state and even in nearby communities, Alexander City’s rate of 9 percent

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is below average,” Alexander City Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Ed Collari said. “The goal of increasing lodging tax rates is not to take any funds from the city, but to use the increased revenues and dedicate them to tourism. At the core, it’s using visitor funds to create an organization that will attract more visitors. This would benefit many businesses in Alexander City by attracting outside dollars to our community.”

Currently, Alexander City’s lodging tax rate is 9 percent, with 4 percent going to the state and 5 percent going into the city’s general fund. The average lodging tax in Alabama is 12 percent with comparable communities like Sylacauga checking in at 15 percent, with 9 percent going to the city. Wetumpka’s rate is 16 percent with 12 percent dedicated to the city. Auburn and Opelika both have 13 percent lodging tax rates. All of these are

Cases violence strangulation. Moon was sentenced to 48 months in jail and order to pay more than $2,000 in restitution for a 2015 incident where he strangled a former girlfriend and then attempted to kill himself. Assistant District Attorney Kevin Hall said more cases were called Monday. “I spent the weekend preparing arguments on the 20 cases we called (Monday),” Hall said. “Two victims dismissed their cases, three continued on last-minute defense motions, and the other 15 defendants were no shows. We asked for failure to appear warrants and bond forfeitures on them. The jury will be coming back on Wednesday.” Hall said plans are to try a 2014 sexual abuse of a child case involving Alexander City’s Kenrell Withers on Wednesday. There are also two charges of sodomy in the case. “I love trying cases, but the silver lining to

well above Alexander City’s. “I understand the idea of raising tax can be unsettling to some,” Collari said, “but a lodging tax only impacts guests to our community and not local citizens. When was the last time you stayed in a hotel in Alexander City? And since neighboring communities will still remain at or above our proposed increased level, we are still just as appealing of a destination from a

financial standpoint, and arguably a much more appealing destination from a recreation and activity standpoint.” The luncheon will be a great opportunity to come hear firsthand how beneficial a dedicated tourism bureau can be for a local economy from one of the most well-respected tourism

agencies in the state. The Alexander City Chamber invites anyone who is interested in learning more to attend. For those interested but unable to attend, the Chamber has an open door and welcome guests to our office at the Lake Martin Innovation Center to stop by and chat any time.

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almost three years of trials because we get two, tenday trial terms a year for about seven or eight actual

this term is how many cases we disposed of so far,” Hall said. “The pleas account for saving

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Gov. Ivey should debate the issues


n June 5 voters will go to the polls to pick nominees for both parties in the race to choose the next governor of Alabama. Already there have been debates among the Republican candidates, where hopefuls are trying to show that they are aware of the issues and have plans that will help Alabama move forward. But there has been a big name missing from those forums. Gov. Kay Ivey has sent word that she is too busy to talk issues with the others who are nipping at her heels. She missed the first debate to throw out the first pitch for the Birmingham Barons home opener, and has already sent word through her campaign spokesperson that she won’t be at the next one either. Her opponents are taking the opportunity to rip her for being seemingly unwilling to be put on the spot and answer questions under fire. “Kay Ivey has never been elected governor. I think she owes it to the people to answer their questions and make herself available, even if it means working extra hours in a day,” said candidate Scott Dawson. Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle also had something to say about Ivey being a no show at the debates. “I’ve extended an invitation to her to join us in sharing our vision with the people of the state of Alabama. I’ve always believed people make time for things that are important to them,” Battle said. “The people of Alabama are important to me, and sharing my plan for this state with them is important to me.” Missing debates is a familiar approach among front runners. They have nothing to gain and everything to lose with a misstep in a very public event like a debate. Plus, they understand that they will be the punching bag for the rest of the field. Campaign finance reports show Ivey has raised nearly $3.2 million, while Battle has raised $1.8 million, Hightower $860,847 and Dawson $731,782. Ivey probably thinks she can cruise to victory and maybe she will. In politics, money often talks the loudest and controlled sound bites and commercials don’t leave a chance for public mistakes and gaffes that are common in a debate setting. But the people deserve to know more about the woman who has never been elected governor. They would find out volumes about the way she performed in the pressure of a debate. We hope she changes her mind and gives the people what they deserve.


‘Take down the president’ seems to be goal


K, everybody! Remember, the ultimate goal here is to take down the president!” America crossed the line of political debate November 9, 2016, when political rhetoric became 100 percent about one person: Donald Trump. Since then we have ceased to debate positions, policies and party politics. All debate became and continues to be for or against President Trump personally. Any news, real or fake, automatically becomes a litmus test targeting Trump’s critics and supporters. Any news worth reporting or debating is always about Trump. And, the goal of all news, apparently, is to take Trump out of the White House. Take April Ryan’s question at a daily White House briefing last week for example. Ryan, who covers the White House for American Urban Radio and is a CNN contributor, asked White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, “With all of this turmoil, particularly this last week, has the president at any time thought about stepping down before or now?” Ryan merely articulated what “reporters,” and I use that term very loosely, nuance everyday in those White House briefings. Reporters routinely couch their questions in innuendo with words like “chaos,” “no plan” and “turmoil.” They use false premises to ask erroneous questions. This week news outlets will venerate James Comey, disgraced and

DANIEL L. GARDNER Columnist former director of the FBI, who is following in the footsteps of Michael Wolff, forgotten author of a 2018 best seller, “Fire and Fury: Inside The Trump White House.” How soon we forget. Comey’s book, “A Higher Loyalty,” is being released this week atop several bestseller lists. Comey’s book may last longer in the public eye than Wolff’s book, though that’s not really saying much. Pre-released excerpts of Comey’s book include such politically astute observations as, “(Trump’s) face appeared slightly orange with bright white halfmoons under his eyes where I assumed he placed small tanning goggles, and impressively coiffed, bright blonde hair, which upon close inspection looked to be all his …” This is mild compared with other excerpts about completely unsubstantiated allegations regarding Trump in Russia. In a moment of selfreflection, Comey perhaps reveals some of his reasoning that utterly torpedoes any claim his supporters may have made about his prowess as a lawyer. You may remember when, a scant 11 days before the election, Comey unilaterally disclosed the FBI was reviewing

more of Hillary Clinton’s emails. Oops! That disclosure became one of the top 100 reasons Clinton claims she lost the election! Trying to justify this disclosure, Comey writes, “It is entirely possible that, because I was making decisions in an environment where Hillary Clinton was sure to be the next president, my concern about making her an illegitimate president by concealing the restarted investigation bore greater weight than it would have if the election appeared closer or if Donald Trump were ahead in all polls. But I don’t know.” Yes, “political polling” played a major role in Comey’s judgment. In the 17 months since the election, news outlets have hashed and rehashed scandal after scandal in Obama’s law enforcement and intelligence communities. Take your pick: Nobody knew, or nobody did anything about Russia’s attempts to influence the 2016 election. It doesn’t really matter who knew, or didn’t know, since all the blame has been placed on Trump and the Russians. Remember the goal: “Take down the president!” Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Starkville, Mississippi. You may contact him at PJandMe2@gmail. com, or interact with him on the ClarionLedger website at www. opinion

Mark Tuggle (R) represents the 81st District covering Coosa, Chilton and Tallapoosa counties. He can be reached by phone at 256-392-2006 or by email at tughd81@gmail. com. His office is located at 110 Calhoun Street, Suite 108, Alexander City. Tom Whatley represents the 27th District covering Lee, Russell and Tallapoosa County. He was elected to the Alabama Senate on Nov. 2, 2010, and can be reached at 334242-t7865. His office is located at 337 East Magnolia Drive, Auburn.

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Congratulations to coach Jeremy Freeman who was chosen “Outlook Coach of the Year.” If anyone knows or has been in his presence, you will always hear good things about Freeman’s kindness, gentleness and character. Thanks to Ms. Lizi Arbogast, sports editor of the Alexander City Outlook, for writing an excellent article about Freeman and many other events in the area. Freeman has always

been a person who enjoys and loves people. As a young boy, he was very active in his community and helpful to anyone regardless of who they were or what they had or may not have had growing up. Today he continues to shine and help wherever a need arises. Freeman loves people, family and Benjamin Russell High School, although he is a Central Coosa High School coach, and a great one! Alexander City loves coach Freeman. I tease him often about graduating from Benjamin Russell and

whipping us with his Central Coosa team in basketball. He laughs and I say “You know you learned to be great at BRHS!” I know Coosa County taught him a lot as assistant and head coach. Freeman is a patient and kindhearted person and his hard work as assistant helped him to get the promotion to be Central Coosa High School’s coach and Outlook Coach of the Year. Teresa Harrell Moten CO-PACE President Alexander City

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All About Fruit Fruit Word Search

Fruit is a healthy type of food that many people enjoy. Fruits come from plants and are usually part of the plant’s reproductive system. The seeds of plants are housed in an ovary, or fruit, which is generally surrounded by a sweet pulp. This sweet, pulpy mass is what we eat. Apples, oranges, and watermelon are very common fruits with good examples of seeds. Many fruits, OLNHJUDSHVZKLFKDUHJURZQVSHFL¿FDOO\IRUKXPDQFRQVXPSWLRQFDQEHFXOtivated without the seeds to make them easier to eat because most people do not wish to consume the seed. Fruits are an essential part of nutrition for HYHU\RQH DQG FRPH LQ PDQ\ GLႇHUHQW YDULHWLHV DQG GLႇHUHQW IUXLWV DUH SURGXFHGGXULQJGLႇHUHQWVHDVRQVRIWKH\HDU6RPHFRPPRQVXPPHUIUXLWVDUH strawberries, watermelon, peaches, nectarines, and blueberries. Common in the cooler months are apples, pears, tangerines, and oranges. Because many of the fruits we get from the grocery store come from other Countries, you can ¿QGDOPRVWDQ\NLQGRIIUXLW\RXOLNH\HDUURXQG6RPHIUXLWVDUHH[RWLFDQG YHU\GLႇHUHQWIURPWKHRQHVWKDW\RXPD\EHXVHGWRRQDGDLO\EDVLVKHUHLQ WKH8QLWHG6WDWHV7KHVWDUIUXLWRUFDUDPERODORRNVOLNHDVWDUZKHQLWLVFXW The durian is known for its distinctive and unpleasant smell. Despite this fact, LWLVTXLWHDSRSXODURႇHULQJLQLWVQDWLYHODQG

Fruit Crossword Use the pictures to complete.

Apples, Bannana, Blackberries, Blueberries, Canteloupe, Grapefruit, Grapes, Honeydew, Kiwi, Lemon, Mango, Nectarines, Oranges, Peach, Pears, Pineapple, Plums, Raspberry, Strawberries, Watermelon

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Fruit Parfait Fruit parfait is a healthy and fun snack that is easy to make. Take your favorite fruits and layer them with yogurt, granola, cereal, or other healthy ingredients to make it a customized snack! Use a clear container to see your creation!

Crossword Ans: Across-1)Apple 2)Lemon 5) Orange 9)Apricot 10)Kiwi 11)Pomegranate 12)Coconut Down- 1)Avocado 3)Grapes 4) Persimmon 6)Papaya 7)Pineapple 8)Lychee

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Today - April 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.

Wednesday, April 18


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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

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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.

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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 or by contacting the Lake Martin United Way office at 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 performace will feature pieces from her album “Hopeful” as well as a few new works by Heather Sorenson Klearenbeeck 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. CHURCH SINGING: Samaritan Trio will be the guest singers for Homecoming at Marvin Chapel United Methodist Church, Alabama Highway 148, Clay County, Sunday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Please bring potluck covered dishes. Lunch is noon to 1 p.m.

Monday, April 23

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

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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.

Friday, April 27

WORKSHOP: The Alabama Extension Service is holding a class “Managing Fire Ants” Friday, April 27 at the Betty Carrol Graham Technology Center from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The workshop will feature fire ant biology, research based control techniques, recommended pesticides and product demonstrations. It is ADAI approved for re-certification points. Contact the Tallapoosa County Extension office at 256-825-1050 to register. Cost is $5 is due by Wednesday, April 25. Lunch is not provided.

Saturday, April 28

REUNION: The annual New Site High School reunion will be Saturday, April 28 at 10 a.m. in the Horseshoe Bend High School Commons area. Please bring a covered dish. MULE DAY: The Weogufka Center is hosting its annual Mule Day Saturday, April 28. There will be buggy rides and trial rides. A sausage biscuit breakfast is from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. The Train Man will be there as will an antique car and truck show. For more information visit the of the Weogufka Center Facebook page. GAME NIGHT: Bibb Graves High School Alumni and Friends in Millerville will have Family Game Night Bingo from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday, April 28. Begin with hot dogs, pizza, chips, and soft drinks.

Monday, April 30

DEADLINE FOR VENDORS: MainStreet Alexander City is hosting Junque Jubilee in downtown Alexander City Saturday, May 12 starting at 8 a.m. with shops opening at 10 a.m. April 30 is the last day for vendors to register. There is a $20 application fee. Event organizers ask none of the vendors bring clothing or shoes to sell. For more information on the event or registration, contact MainStreet Alexander City at 256-329-9227.

Tuesday, May 1

USHER MEETING: The Early Rose District Usher’s meeting will be Tuesday, May 1 at 5 p.m. at the Early Rose District Center.

Friday, May 4

PRODUCTION: The Mt. Vernon Theatre In Tallassee is hosting “The Firemen’s Training” Friday, May 4.

Saturday, May 5

FACEBOOK SOCIAL: Do you have friends on Facebook that you’ve never met. Here is your chance to spend some time with them face to face. The first Alexander City Facebook Social Mixer will be held at Strand Park from 12 noon until 5 p.m. Hot Dogs will be for sale and you can bring your own refreshments. Come out and invite your Facebook friends. BAKE SALE: The First United Methodist Church UMW is hosting a baked and frozen foods sale Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Trinity Campus on Highway 280. Proceeds will benefit local and global mission projects. CHORAL REUNION: The Alexander City State Junior College Reunion Singers present “Songs from Our Past” Saturday, May 5 at 6 p.m. at the Betty Carol Graham Technology Center. Admission is free but donations to the Central Alabama Community College are appreciated.


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Several area organizations, including the Disabled American Veterans, Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Girls Ranch and local churches took part in the Keebler Park Spring Festival table decorating contest Saturday. Guests were allowed to vote for their favorite entry.


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say that we had around 125 people there,” Porter said. “I’m very pleased with the turnout.” Kicking off the day with a 5K run through the neighborhood near the park before finishing with one lap around the park’s track, the rest of the festival included a scavenger hunt, table decorating contest and butterfly decorating contest. When visitors were ready, there were plenty of hot dogs available through the grilling skills of Dadeville Fire Chief Anthony Wilkerson. “We had around 50 people who completed the scavenger hunt. Some of them were families working together for it,” Porter said. “There were at least 40 entries in the butterfly decorating contest, with submissions from children ages 4 to 17.” Porter added that the woman who donated the wooden butterfly piece to decorate the park will be picking a winner from the entries some time this week, with the winning design being used to paint the butterfly, bringing more color to the park. With a number of area organizations, +

including local churches, the Disabled American Veterans and the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Girls Ranch submitting entries for the table decorating contest, visitors to the park were able to vote for their favorite tables, and door prizes available for the winning decorations. “First place went to the Disabled American Veterans, second place was the Girls Ranch, and Calvary Baptist Church was third place,” Porter said. During the event, Porter said people were coming up to her and talking about how nice of an event the Spring Festival was. Some mentioned they didn’t even know the park was there, while others who hadn’t visited in several years were pleased with all the work that had been done to help beautify the park. Many of them said they would be back to keep enjoying the park. “It was a lot of fun to see all these families here,” Porter said. “There was a lot of excitement in the air Saturday.” Porter said she is already beginning to plan for next year’s

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festival, keeping many of the same events, while hopefully gaining more support from local businesses. “I would like to hopefully have more businesses helping out with having things like face painting, games for the children and other activities that the business would be willing to sponsor,” she said. Porter also wanted to thank those who contributed to make Saturday’s festival a success, including Renfroe’s Market, Pearson’s Place, Lakay’s Unique Designs, StillWaters Golf, Home Plate Café, Lakeshore Discount Pharmacy, Home Depot, Russell Do it Center, The Blue Hydrangea, Sam’s Café, Wellness Center, Dadeville Public Library, the Tallapoosa County Extension Office, Archer Port-a-Potty, the City of Dadeville, Edward Bell Career Tech Center, Dadeville Parks and Rec Department, Dadeville Police and Fire departments, the Beta and Key clubs at Dadeville High School, the DHS Ag classes, Tallapoosa Master Gardeners and the Dadeville Chamber of Commerce.


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to approve the rezoning. Councilman Tim Funderburk was not at Monday’s meeting. Dorethea Walker, a former educator and principal, has served for five years on the Alexander City Board of Education. Monday night the council voted 5-0 to reappointing her for another five-year term. “We have some challenges, but we also have some big plans ahead,” Walker said at the meeting. “We are not where we hope to be, but we are working hard to get there. It has been a great opportunity over the last five years and I appreciate the support and confidence you have shown in me.” The council also voted 5-0 to approve 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 through Friday, June 8. Robert Gunn said this year’s Jazz Fest will be the same setup as in the past with free music Friday night at Strand Park featuring three bands and the concerts will move to the Russell Lands’ Lake Martin Amphitheater on Saturday night with three more bands planned. He said they are awaiting one last contract before releasing the acts that will perform. Chamber President and CEO Ed Collari said that more than 40 events are planned for this year’s Sun Festival which will coincide with Jazz Fest after having a late July run in the past. The council also approved by 5-0 votes • A resolution to award Bid 18-10 for the light department for a vacuum circuit breaker installation project to Service Electric Company of Chattanooga for an amount not to exceed $169,500. The city received a grant to help fund this project. • A resolution to award a bid pending ALDOT approval for 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. • It was also announced that applications for a spot on the library board be taken starting today. • The fire department has smoke detectors for those in need thanks to a grant. Residents just need to fill out a simple application. • The Bud Porch Center downtown is getting a new roof and the project should be complete sometime this week.


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FINE ARTS SHOWCASE DISPLAYS STUDENTS’ ARTISTIC TALENTS Photos by Mitch Sneed & Donald Campbell Portraits and other student works of art filled the walls and three-dimensional art was around every corner at the Mill Two Eighty Saturday and Sunday during the Alexander City Schools Fine Arts Showcase, demonstrating the artistic talents of students throughout the city school system. Along with looking at the artwork, guests also enjoyed performances such as, top right, sounds from the Stephens Elementary chorus, and, below left, the Alexander City Middle School Jazz Band’s several musical numbers comprising a wide range of genres, and, bottom left, music students from Jim Pearson Elementary School demonstrating a traditional Native American dance, asking for a bountiful harvest of fish during a fishing trip. Left, Alexander City Schools Superintendent Dr. Darrell Cooper thanks the public for coming out to the showcase.


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here were two huge rule changes in football last week that will drastically affect the

sport. The first was the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s move to institute instant replay in its games. The second was the NCAA’s decision to allow fair-caught kickoffs inside the 25-yard line to automatically be moved up to that same 25-yard line. On the surface, both rule changes seem like no-brainers. In theory, instant replay can help get more officials’ calls correct and fewer kick-off returns means fewer injuries. Simple, right? Don’t be so sure. Instant replay has the potential to overturn erroneous calls, that’s true. It has limits though. Also, sometimes I wonder why any sport has instant replay when ambiguity is inherent to all of them. Think about how many aspects of all games are left totally to personal judgment — from the spot of the football after a pile-up to baseball’s arbitrary strike zones to phantom fouls on the basketball court. Holding penalties and pass interference in football, traveling in basketball and the amount of time left in a soccer game after regulation — it’s all rather nebulous and left to individual discretion. It should also be noted instant replay isn’t foolproof. Sometimes even with multiple camera angles the call on the field stands because of inconclusive evidence to the contrary. In other words, we wind up with the original judgment call anyway, but the real-game time may be lengthened by 30 minutes or more after all is said and done. At this point it should be noted the number of cameras and their respective angles isn’t set in stone per game in the AHSAA. Some programs will have more equipment than others. Some may not have it at all. Even for those that have See ROBINSON • Page 12

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Benjamin Russell’s Bradley Stewart races home in front of head coach Richy Brooks during a 9-0 win against Dadeville to end the season Monday.

Benjamin Russell goes out on high note By LIZI ARBOGAST Sports Editor

Growing pains have been the name of the game for Benjamin Russell’s baseball team this year. With such a young squad, the Wildcats knew they were in for a long ride. Although they didn’t live up to expectations as much as they had hoped, they did go out on a high note, defeating Dadeville, 9-0, in their season finale on Monday afternoon. “We knew going into this year that we were going to be extremely young and extremely inexperienced,” BRHS coach Richy Brooks said. “We never wanted to make an excuse, and we hoped to hide it maybe a little bit better than what we did. But I’m looking forward to seeing what this team does in the future and seeing how much they learned from this

year.” Benjamin Russell sent off its lone senior, Bradley Stewart, in style. Stewart knocked three hits for the Wildcats and scored a pair of runs; he also turned a double play that was the final nail in Dadeville’s coffin in the bottom of the seventh inning. “He is a blood and guts player,” Brooks said. “He’s a guy that is scrappy, I can put him anywhere on the field. He’s been our leadoff guy for two years now, and I’ll be honest — when I filled out the lineup today, it was a sad day because I’m going to miss him. Hopefully our other players have watched how he’s played and learned a little bit from him.” Despite Stewart’s personal success in the season finale victory, all he had on his mind was the Wildcats’ future.

“It was a good way to go out and just getting them prepared for next season,” Stewart said. “I know Coach already talked to them and said the 2019 season starts tomorrow. Going in with momentum into the offseason for them, I bet it feels good. I’m proud of them and ready to see what they can do. The only way to go from here is up.” One thing Benjamin Russell has struggled with all season is putting together a complete game, and finally, the Wildcats did just that on Monday night. They racked up 13 hits and had only one error, and Huel Lumpkin and John Hayden Johnson combined for a four-hit shutout. “They hit it pretty good, and they threw some guys that had pretty good movement on their ball and they kept us See BASEBALL • Page 12

BRHS clinches playoff berths with sweep Wildcats shut out Wetumpka, 2-0 By LIZI ARBOGAST Sports Editor

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Benjamin Russell’s Nia Jones, right, makes a move toward the net in front of a Wetumpka defender on Saturday afternoon.

Wilson’s hat track leads girls to victory By LIZI ARBOGAST Sports Editor

After a frustrating season during which Lillie Wilson has struggled to finish at the end, she had no such problem on Saturday afternoon in a key area girls soccer game against Wetumpka. Wilson broke through for three goals, including a pair in under a three-minute time span, and the Wildcats defeated their rivals, 3-0. The victory ensured a playoff

spot and gives BRHS a chance at the No. 1 spot in Class 6A Area 5. “When you make goals at the beginning of the year, definitely clinching a playoff berth is one of those goals, so we can check that off,” Benjamin Russell coach Lee Wagoner said. “But there’s still work to be done. We need to get it done against Opelika because we’d like to host. That’s another one of those boxes I’d like to check. But getting a win here at home, that’s a great feeling.”

Benjamin Russell hosts Opelika tonight and will need to win by at least two goals to earn the top spot. But after Wilson’s performance Saturday, it’s certainly not out of the question the Wildcats could put some goals in the back of the net. Saturday’s game started a bit slow, as both teams found their footing. It looked like Benjamin Russell would break through early on when Lydia Kate Ballard See GIRLS • Page 12

Throughout the season, Benjamin Russell’s boys soccer team has been through some ups and downs. The Wildcats have struggled in certain facets and looked great in others, but on Saturday, the roller coaster of a season paid off, as BRHS defeated Wetumpka, 2-0, to ensure a spot in the postseason. “It’s a feeling you can’t describe, to be honest, because it was a frustrating season” BRHS coach Austin Teel said. “But I told them when we got back from spring break, that’s kinda when you want to make your stride. That’s when you want to be streaking and we’ve done well since we got back (3-1-1) and that’s what you want before you go into the playoffs.” Saturday, Benjamin Russell put together one of its best performances of the season, looking solid both defensively and in the midfield. Andrew Caldwell had a shutout as he was taking over for an

injured Campbell Woods, and Luke Harvey scored both goals in the 2-0 win. “Overall, I think we had a really good team game,” Teel said. “We’ve had a couple injuries with our backs, so I moved some guys around, and we played really well in the defense. Blake (Smith) and Brooks (Parker) just controlled the whole center mid, they did everything that I asked for. Luke put the goals in like he’s been doing all season, so I was really pleased.” Harvey’s first goal came midway through the first half when he split a pair of defenders halfway through the offensive zone and took off for the races, easily burying the finish. He added his second goal with only 10 minutes remaining in the game. Benjamin Russell had put on a flurry of shots just minutes previously with Lucan Yates’ attempt hitting the post and Ujal Patel’s shot knocking off the crossbar just moments later. Dylan Riley also got in on the action with a See BOYS • Page 12

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Wildcats go 1-3 at weekend tourney STAFF REPORT TPI Staff

Benjamin Russell’s softball team struggled this weekend in the Northview Cougar Classic Invitational, picking up just one win in four games. The Wildcats’ only victory came in a 3-1 defeat of Headland. They lost to Saraland, 10-0; Northview, 11-1; and Rehobeth, 9-0. In its win over Headland, Benjamin Russell (23-12) scored a pair of runs in the top of the fourth to break a 1-1 tie. To take a 1-0 lead in the third inning, Baylee Adkins led off with a single and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Shay Johnson. Madi Johnson batted into an error, and Asia McWaters followed with a bunt single to score the first run of the game. Headland tied it up in the home half of the inning, but Benjamin Russell answered immediately in the fourth. Taylor McVey and JaTori Leonard each reached base due to an error, and with one out, Adkins singled on a line drive, allowing two runs to score. Over the course of the four games, Benjamin Russell struggled with its bats, going just 14-for-67 as a team. Adkins and McVey led with three hits apiece, while Jayme Marbury, Shay Johnson and Taylor Latham each had two singles. On the mounds, McWaters and Taylor Harris combined to allow 30 hits but only 20 earned runs. McWaters collected 10 strikeouts in 10 innings of work, and Harris fanned seven in 6 1/3 innings.

Horseshoe Bend picks up 1 win at tourney

Like Benjamin Russell, Horseshoe Bend’s softball team managed only one win in four attempts this weekend. The Generals defeated Chilton County, 5-4. In the victory, Horseshoe Bend broke the game open in the third inning. Lily Combs led off by reaching on an error, and Sydnie Catrett and Danielle Mitchell each drew walks to load the bases. Cheyanna Howard then capitalized on the opportunity with a

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Benjamin Russell’s Taylor McVey, left, crosses home plate earlier this season. McVey was one of the top hitters for the Wildcats this weekend.

two-run double to left field to tie the score, 2-2. Hannah Adcock allowed the Generals to take the lead with an RBI groundout, and Ivy Vickers batted into an error, giving Howard time to score from third. In the other games in the tournament, Horseshoe Bend lost to Montgomery Catholic, 2-0; St. James, 12-0; and Holtville, 10-0. Caly Carlisle and Howard each had three hits over the course of the tournament.

BASEBALL Dadeville ekes out win over Beauregard

In a back and forth game Saturday afternoon, Dadeville’s baseball team proved superior with a 7-6 victory over Beauregard. The Tigers scored three runs in the opening two innings but immediately

saw its lead disappear as Beauregard put up four runs in the third. Dadeville had the answer, though, taking a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the frame. Beauregard finally broke through to recapture the lead, 6-5, in the top of the seventh before Dadeville ultimately proved supreme. Tal Bullard led off by reaching on an error, and Jeff Rice hit a double to plate Bullard for the tie. Slade McCullers was then intentionally walked, and Sam Stephenson loaded the bases with a bunt single. Jake Outlaw then played hero by drawing a walk to end the game. Dadeville struggled with errors, as only one of Beauregard’s runs was earned. Justin Meadows did most of the work on the mound, throwing six innings and striking out five. Rice led the offense with two hits, while Outlaw had a pair of RBIs.

Baseball off balance pretty well,” Dadeville coach Kyle Caldwell said. “You just gotta tip your hat to them. It was our Senior Night, so I played all my guys with (people) in different positions here and there, but they did really well.” After leading 4-0 through three innings, Benjamin Russell broke the game open with five runs in the top of the fourth. Brooks Vardaman, Ty Brown and Stewart led

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off with consecutive singles to load the bases, and Wilson Hays was hit by a pitch to score the first run of the frame. Brock Elliott reached on a fielder’s choice that forced out Brown, but Brett Pitts added to the score with an RBI groundout to plate Stewart. Cade Brooks and Joe Young then sliced backto-back run-scoring doubles before the inning’s end. Slade McCullers had two doubles for the Tigers, and

Jeff Rice and Cameron Hall were the only other players for Dadeville to earn hits. Like Benjamin Russell, the Tigers also missed out on a playoff spot, finishing the season with a 13-15 record. But Dadeville was up against the likes of area foes Holtville and Tallassee, both of which have been in the top 10 in the state at different points this season. Caldwell hopes Dadeville’s move back down to Class 3A will help its


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Benjamin Russell’s Utal Patel (12) kicks a ball out from under Wetumpka’s Giovanni Mondelli on Saturday afternoon.

shot on goal on the rebound, but it was saved by Wetumpka’s keeper. Finally, Harvey capitalized on an opportunity, as he placed a beautiful goal from the top of the 18 into the bottom left corner of the net. Despite Harvey’s pair of goals, it was Benjamin Russell’s defense that shined. The Wildcats did a nice job clamping down on any Wetumpka chances. The Indians’ best opportunity came early in the second half when Wetumpka’s Marlon Tate got loose for a one-on-one chance with Caldwell. But BRHS defender Elliott Evans was in chase, and after a misstep from Caldwell, Evans miraculously got a foot on Tate’s ball, sending it out of bounds before the Indian striker could get it in the back of the net. “I was going to walk it back to Andrew and shield it out but he wanted me to head it back to him,” Evans said. “That makes it a legal play where he can pick it up. My other option was to just clear it to the side and give him the throw-in, but (Tate) closed in on me too fast. When I went to get the header, he kinda stepped in front of me. I don’t really know what happened after that; I just know I got a foot on the ball and it didn’t go in.” If Benjamin Russell wins tonight against Opelika, it’ll secure the top spot in Class 6A Area 5 and will give the Wildcats the right to host a playoff game.

Girls got her foot on a rebound off a Wildcat corner, but Wetumpka scooped up the save to keep the game scoreless. Just 10 minutes later, the Indians threatened in a big way as Ellen Jane Singleton found herself with a wide-open opportunity, but Benjamin Russell defender Caroline Yearkey came flying out of nowhere to bounce the ball off her chest and out of harm’s way. Finally with 11:40 left in the first game, the Wildcats found the back of the night. Wilson went sweeping up the right side, making Wetumpka’s

chances in the future. “Us changing areas will actually be more realistic to the size of school that we are,” Caldwell said. “I hate it for this senior class that they don’t get the opportunity to play in an area that matches our school size, but it is what it is. I think our future is really really bright. Even though this senior class didn’t make the playoffs, I think they kinda set in stone some good things for those younger guys to follow.”

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goalkeeper commit and sending a ball into the left corner for the first game. “Her first goal was picture perfect,” Wagoner said. “She took two touches right at the keeper, the keeper came out and (Lillie) just slid it in the net. I was glad to see her get going.” Wilson wasn’t done there, as just 2:47 later, the Wildcats created all kinds of traffic in front of the net and she finally banged one on. “It is a lot more helpful when everybody is up there and you’re able to just get it past the goalie,” Wilson said.

“It did help a lot for us to just create some traffic. My teammates have also been pressuring me because I have been struggling (finishing). At practice, we’ve just been working on dribbling at (the keeper) and hitting the corner a lot more than we have been.” Benjamin Russell took a 2-0 lead into the second half and tacked on an insurance goal midway through the second half. After a corner kick, the Wildcats managed a shot but it hit the crossbar, but Wilson tapped in the rebound for a hat trick.

Despite ensuring their spot in the playoffs, the Wildcats still have some work to do before the postseason begins. “We need to be better at possessing the ball,” Wagoner said. “Your goals feed off of possessions and we’ve gotta do a better job of it. They play is getting stopped because we’re either losing possession or we’re turning it over, and I mean either turning it over to the other team or placing it out of the bounds. We need to work on winning and possessing the ball, so that’s going to be a huge area of focus.”


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multiple cameras, though, it doesn’t mean human error is eliminated of course. Heck, the NFL is the wealthiest and most powerful league in sports. It has 11 billion camera angles per game with referees solely dedicated to overseeing instant replay calls, yet the definition of what constitutes a catch is still up in the air. No one wants to lose a game on a blown call. Those losses feel worse than others. However, I am not sure if instant replay fixes more issues than it creates. I do applaud the AHSAA — making Alabama the first state in the union to use instant replay in high school football — for being on the cutting edge, though. It is a bold move and, despite my doubts, I truly hope it works for the betterment of the sport. (Those guys and gals are a lot smarter than I am so I am sure it will.) Meanwhile, the new fair catch rule in college football concerns me. Not because it won’t make the sport safer (it will), but because it’s another big change to the football we all know and love. This move feels like a gradual progression towards no kick offs at all; like we are being weaned off of one of the most iconic moments of the sports (Imagine no “Rolllllllllllllllllll Tide Rooll!” or “Warrrrrrrrrrrr Eagle… Hey!”). I don’t think it’s a quantum leap to wonder if the elimination of punts is next. Again, we all want football to be as safe as possible, but I am just wondering how much more the rules will change before it’s not really football anymore. Luke Robinson is a regular columnist and contributor to Lake Martin Living and BMetro.

LOCAL SPORTS CALENDAR Tuesday, April 17 High school softball 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. Wednesday, April 18 High school softball Dadeville at Elmore County, 5:30 p.m. High school boys soccer Benjamin Russell at Auburn, 7 p.m. High school boys tennis Dadeville in sectionals at Chambers County Thursday, April 19 High school softball Benjamin Russell at Beauregard, 4:30 p.m. Elmore County at Reeltown, 6 p.m. High school golf Benjamin Russell at Sylacauga, 2 p.m. College baseball Lawson State at Central Alabama (2), 2 p.m. Friday, April 20 High school softball Horseshoe Bend, Dadeville in Lady Tiger Classic at Oxford, TBA

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From the Editor’s Desk


his month, we’ve turned the tables – or rather, the pages – on one of the oldest and most reliable instructions for writers: We’ve abandoned the rule, ‘Write about what you know.’ But please, give us a chance to defend our actions. By the time you’ve finished reading this issue of Lake Martin Living magazine, we might all know a lot of things about which we previously knew next to nothing. Who knew, for instance, that for nearly 30 years, a group of men in Alexander City have been meeting once a week to sort tons of discarded paper for recycling? When Donna Green suggested we give muchdeserved accolades to this crew, my response to writer Lonna Upton was, “I had no idea that was going on,” and she hadn’t known about these guys either. So turn to page 28 to learn who they are and what they do to beautify Alexander City. Who knew that Waverly – that inconspicuous hamlet north of U.S. Highway 280 just beyond the farthest reaches of Tallapoosa County – had so much cool stuff going on? A new restaurant with a vintage Southern vibe and a deliciously fresh menu; an old new look at Standard Deluxe, Waverly’s hot entertainment venue; and an unconventional mayor who told us more is on the way? Check out the changes starting on page 10. And – here’s the kicker that got me – who knew that it takes four years to grow a kiwifruit?! And who knew that Central Alabama just happens to have the perfect agricultural environment for growing lots of these odd-looking but sweet and delicious egg-shaped fruits? It’s true. Amy Passaretti saw the farm near Reeltown with her own eyes. She even took pictures. See for yourself on page 38. I didn’t know how to train a blackberry bush to grow on a fence line (see Sidney Hancock’s article on page 24); nor did I ever imagine bringing a jousting court to the area like the one Luke Robinson discovered at a shopping mall in Atlanta (check out his column on page 62); and I sure didn’t know how much fun the annual Lake Martin Area United Way Quail Fry was going to be – I’d never been to it before this year, but just look at all those smiling faces in our Oh Snaps! pages, starting on page 46. See? We didn’t know all of these things before we wrote the articles in this magazine edition, and after you read this issue of Lake Martin Living, you probably will know a lot more, too!

Betsy Iler, Managing Editor

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Mill 280 opens at old Russell Retail For decades, the Russell Retail Store anchored the corner of Highway 280 and Elkahatchee Road. When the store closed last year, the building's new owner, Russell Medical, determined to pay homage to its history by renaming the building “The Mill Two Eighty.” “The history of this building goes back generations,” Russell Medical CEO Jim Peace said. “That is why we chose the name, to honor the memory of those from the community.” The building has been repurposed and renovated for use as an event center, and Russell Medical Foundation Director Tammy Jackson said the bookings are coming quickly after last month’s unveiling of the facility. “It’s amazing what you can do with a little lipstick on a pig,” Peace told the crowd gathered at the open house. “We put some paint on the walls, ceiling tiles and carpet. It is amazing.” Mill by Another Name Jackson will handle rentals of Alexander City's old the facility, and the fees will benefit Russell Retail Center the Russell Medical Foundation. reopened last month For information, contact Jackson at as The Mill Two Eighty, or an event center call 256-215-7459. operated by Russell ~ Cliff Williams Medical Foundation.

Auburn honors Alexander City native Alexander City native Joe Forehand earlier this month was inducted into the Auburn University Entrepreneur Hall of Fame at an awards gala hosted by the Harbert College of Business. Forehand helped to transform a global management consulting and professional services firm, first as CEO and later as chairman. Accenture became a juggernaut with Forehand, a 1971 Auburn University engineering graduate, who guided the firm through a period of significant change and growth as CEO from 1999 to 2004 and as chairman from 2001 to 2006. The firm launched an extensive global rebranding campaign after splitting from Arthur Andersen and negotiating an arbitration process. Forehand also led Accenture in its IPO, which raised nearly $1.7 billion on the first day. During Forehand’s tenure as CEO, Accenture’s revenue grew by 98.5

percent, from $9.6 billion to $13.7 billion, and its global workforce swelled from 66,000 employees

to more than 103,000. Even more astounding, perhaps, was the fact that Accenture’s total return to shareholders was 74 percent during a time when the S&P 100 Index decreased 14 percent. Those achievements helped make Forehand an easy selection for induction at the April 5 event held at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. The Hall of Fame gala honored university alumni who have built companies from the ground up or helped them achieve unprecedented growth and success. “Auburn University has a proud history of producing business leaders and entrepreneurs who drive inspiration, innovation and transformation,” said Harbert College Interim Dean and Regions Bank Professor Joe Hanna. ~ Staff Report

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Simple Southern Cuisine Waverly Local opens its doors in charming 100-year-old local landmark STORY & PHOTOS BY AMY PASSARETTI


apturing the essence of simple Southern fare in mid-century ambiance, the new Waverly Local is a restaurant with character and historic charm. “We wanted to keep the atmosphere simple but play up the old feeling of the building. Everything from the décor to the seating and light fixtures is similar to a period-focused 1940s vibe,” said owner Andy Anderson. The traditional theme carries into the cuisine as well, which includes Southern classics with fresh, locally sourced items. The Local’s single-page menu is small but features approachable dishes. The 100-year old building is well lived-in and has been home to a number of businesses through the years, including one of the first Ford dealerships in Alabama, a one-chair barbershop and previous restaurants. Anderson is thrilled to see the landmark space in use again. “Waverly is always more fun when there’s a restaurant in the area,” he said. The partnership of Anderson and Chef Christian Watson surfaced when Watson returned to Alabama after working in Charleston. The two are lifelong friends, and the timing seemed suitable to embark on a new journey together to bring in more local business. “We are excited to bring more people to town and give Waverly more attention. The town has been so supportive of this build, and they look forward to seeing some fresh faces,” said Anderson, a Waverly resident of nearly 15 years. The yearlong process culminated with an opening in January and was described as a group effort. Mayor Taylor Melzer aided in its construction, and Alexander City native John Howell, owner of Madwind Craftsman, fabricated the metalwork on the bar and a few of the dining tables. A number of other Waverly residents had input as well. Aside from some obvious renovations, the building maintains its vintage appeal with original flooring and brick, along with the use of repurposed items. Some of these include a wall of wide wooden boards, which were milled from a pine tree that fell in Anderson’s yard, and the herringbone pattern on the front of the bar. After months of recipe testing, Watson and Anderson came up with what they thought could be a few clear homeruns for 10 Lake Martin Living

their menu without necessarily reinventing the wheel. “The idea is to make the best version of whatever we put on there. We want to let the food stand on its own and be identifiable. We take pride in not serving commodity,” said Watson, a graduate of Johnson and Wales University. In purchasing proteins from zero-waste farms, such as Niman Ranch and White Oaks Pasture; using only wild Gulf American seafood; obtaining chicken from Joyce Farms; and procuring organic local produce whenever possible, Watson said he would only serve something he would feed his own family. “Everything is intentional, and we work hard to do that across the board. A lot of passion and love has gone into this,” Community Collaboration

Right: Owner Andy Anderson and Chef Christian Watson are lifelong friends and business partners; Below: John Howell of Madwind Craftsman fabricated the metalwork for the bar's counter.

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said Watson. The menu will change throughout the year to feature seasonal dishes and fresh ingredients. A full bar features specialty cocktails and a growing wine and craft beer list, with the hopes of attracting a vast demographic. The restaurant seats about 75, including the bar area. Soon, Anderson plans to open the large garage doors on the side of the building for an al-fresco feel that will offer additional seating on the patio. Anderson hopes this simple and classic vibe on food and décor, along with reasonable pricing, will appeal to the masses. Conveniently located between Auburn and Alexander City, Waverly Local has customers making the trip to check out this new destination. Online reviews at the Waverly Local Facebook page give the restaurant a 12 Lake Martin Living

thumbs up. “I love Waverly. It’s a small town with a lot of personality, and we just hope people will come from far and wide to check us out,” said Anderson. Located at 1465 Patrick St. in Waverly, the Waverly Local is open Wednesday through Saturday from 4 p.m. until about 10 p.m. Reservations can be made on OpenTable and parties larger than six should call ahead. Wednesday nights feature local musicians, and Anderson said weekend brunch hours will start in the next month. For more information about Waverly Local, visit its Facebook page or call 334539-6077. Rustic Charm

Top: The ambiance of the Local is a mid-century design to complement the building; Left: The restaurant opened its doors in January.


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Standard Deluxe expands its offerings with new pavilion



three-year project at Standard Deluxe, known best for its Old 280 Boogie, is close to completion and creates more options for events, entertainment and food in Waverly. The FEED SHAK is a new covered pavilion/outdoor kitchen that was constructed and expanded to connect directly to the original Standard Deluxe house and T-shirt shop. To promote this addition, owner Scott Peek initiated Saturday Market on the first Saturday of each month. Similar to a farmers market, there will be food available from various chefs and caterers, along with local vendors, who will offer products ranging from handcrafted items, produce and vegetables to worm castings. Doors will open at 11 a.m. and the market will remain open until about 3 or 4 p.m. “We will market different vendors, and the T-shirt shop will be open. It’s a way for people to know we’re here, and we feature a variety of things,” said Peek. The next two Saturday Markets will be held May 5 and June 2. The FEED SHAK outdoor kitchen, formerly a fishing cabin at Ponder Point in Blue Creek, was rebuilt on site to replicate the original 14-foot by 20-foot room at the lake. The log rafters, wooden ceiling joists and trusses were reconstructed in the same configuration. A brick fireplace was added and local stone was placed over some exterior and kitchen areas for aesthetics. The exterior stonework design was hand crafted by Ben

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Newman, a well known local Waverly craftsman, and his team. The raised seams on the stone were made to match the cemetery across the street. “There has been at least two dozen people who have had their hands in making this happen,” Peek said. Inside, the culinary prep area contains a wood-fired grill and an ambiguous charcoal pit that could be manipulated for smoking, grilling or other cooking techniques as needed by the chefs. The counters were poured from concrete, and handmade wooden tables were added. The connecting breezeway is open but partially fenced in. One side of the addition boasts the War Eagle Supper Club orange, blue and white fence from the landmark building in Auburn. Outdoor seating includes repurposed tables from a demolished Checkers in Auburn. A large healthy tree that was on the property was left in the middle of the breezeway, with the flooring and roof built around the trunk, which adds a unique touch to the space. Gutters were installed to catch rain runoff into a French drain system. The new food pavilion will be a great complement to the venue’s rental space, which is available for weddings, cookouts and live music shows at Standard Deluxe throughout the year. This includes this month’s Old 280 Boogie, with half a dozen bands and the Heart of Waverly BBQ, featuring five bands, on July 28. For more information, visit or call 334-826-6423.

Growth and Progress at Standard Deluxe

Previous page: The new FEED SHAK was built from an old fishing cabin from Ponder Point in Blue Creek; Clockwise from top left: Local artist Ben Newman crafted the exterior stonework; Owner Scott Peek is a Waverly native; The connecting breezeway pavilion will feature local vendors the first Saturday of each month; The outdoor kitchen has a wood-fired oven and open BBQ pit.

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he 18th Annual Old 280 Boogie will once again swell the small town of Waverly on the grounds of Standard Deluxe with its Southern spring ambiance. This multi-cultural music and arts festival will welcome visitors at 11 a.m. and feature a great lineup of bands, including Shinyribs, Rev. Sekou, Revel in Dimes,

Chris Stalcup and The Grange, The Pine Hill Haints and Marshall Ruffin. The music starts around noon and tickets are $30 at the gate or online. Pre-purchased tickets will be available at the will-call station the day of the show and are nonrefundable. Kids under the age of 14 are admitted for free. A variety of vendors will offer cuisine, artwork and more on site. The Standard Deluxe T-shirt shop also will be open. Bring a chair, blanket, cooler and friends to enjoy this muchanticipated event. The grassy yard fills up quickly, so arrive and settle in early. The show goes on rain or shine.

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Melzer talks smalltown charm in Waverly STORY BY AMY PASSARETTI


construction. A local he seemingly convenience store inconsequential also is on Melzer’s town of wish list. Waverly, with a “I want Waverly total population to grow in the right of about 165 and way. Growth is not about 2.5 habitable always good, and it’s square miles, brands not always inevitable, itself with growth, but the idea is to ambiance and control the growth self-reliance while the way you want and maintaining its not get gobbled up innate charm. in the process,” said While the small Melzer. quiet town touches Waverly’s three counties, its population may financial support be small, but its comes mainly from personality is large local business. and varied. The With the recent diverse residents addition of a oneare what make the cent increase in sales town so inviting and tax, the growth of unique, said Melzer; Standard Deluxe and although, the setback the opening of the is the vast disparity new Waverly Local in incomes. This restaurant, Mayor ultimately makes it Taylor Melzer is difficult to apply for enthusiastic about certain grants and what the changes funding. could mean for the “We have some town. Mayor Taylor Melzer larger incomes “I think it’s pretty that tilt the scale exciting for me. and skew the parameters. I am having to figure Every little thing that is happening in Waverly is out how to be more creative to help the town noticeable. You can do something small and have a big impact,” said Melzer, who was elected mayor financially and be more aggressive in pursuing options,” said Melzer. in 2016. The first step of doing this is completing a A few beneficial changes could be coming local census to get an accurate idea of the town’s to Waverly shortly, explained Melzer, but he demographics. hopes to tackle priority items first. The town is While he did not grow up in Waverly, in the final stages of redesigning its zoning and ordinances and will be fixing local roads this year. Melzer has spent his whole life going there and appreciates the character of the town and its Melzer said he’s pushing for improved internet people. His plan is to capture that charm and help in town to help promote business growth. The Waverly find its footing, while remaining a small latest Waverly Way subdivision will be the town. first to have high-speed fiber internet as new Lake Martin Living 17



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Clean Community Starts Here


recently organized group of community leaders this month will launch a campaign to beautify Alexander City, protect recreational watersheds and eliminate incidental litter before it starts. Clean Community Partnership will raise awareness of Alexander City’s innate potential as a great place to live, work and play through cleanup events, incentives and tips promoting mindful stewardship of the land. “The importance of this initiative succeeding cannot be overstated. We owe it to ourselves to tackle the issue head-on by taking a leading role in active cleanups, advocating for city and county support and showing younger generations how to be good stewards of the environment,” said Jacob Meacham, vice president of business development for Alexander City CHamber of Commerce. The purpose of the CCP is to be a partnership in the cleanup effort. The CCP team is comprised of civic leaders with complementary skills that envelope an extensive scope of

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influence. “Each member involved in the formation of this partnership is not only a leader, but personally passionate about the issue and effort to maintain the beauty of the area,” said John Thompson, a founding member of CCP and Lake Martin Resource Association president. Chamber of Commerce President Ed Collari said that a huge component of economic development is beautification, and having a clean community from an appearance standpoint helps attract new residents and businesses. “A lot of folks coming to this area are here for the recreation and outdoor attractions. It’s important to keep that presentable to people,” said Collari. To narrow the broad scope of the plan, CCP will begin by tackling the police jurisdiction of Alexander City and then will move outward when a blueprint is in place. In coordination with Alabama Department of Transportation, Advanced Disposal, city workers and law enforcement, CCP will encourage residents


to implement solutions to major causes of roadside trash, as the first step to stop littler, and will follow up with education and enforcement that could help with prevention. The CCP’s mission is to encourage the community to take responsibility, to ensure accountability in neighborhoods and prevent the unnecessary spread of trash. “There is currently nothing in place that combats roadside litter, except continually picking it up. We want to actually slow the flow of litter, so it’s more controllable. If we identify these areas of sources, we can attempt to apply some sort of effort,” said Thompson. The effort to stop litter before it starts will focus on education of youth, household members, contractors, construction workers and officials. And the lessons are as simple as reminding residents to tie trash bags closed tightly and not overfill household garbage cans to reduce occurrences of weather or animals spreading trash on the ground; or reminding drivers that trash in an open truck bed could easily fly out during travel

and to keep it in the cab until a proper receptacle is found, which would prevent it from an unsightly and unhealthy future as litter. Involving youth is vital for the future, Thompson said, as it encourages behavior and habits early. By involving students in cleanups, contests and videos engaging their participation, children learn the negative impacts of littering, as well as the positive aspects of being good stewards of the land. “Education is key. We need to involve the school systems and develop teaching techniques. Parents gain a sense of pride when seeing their children promoting a good cause,” said Thompson. MainStreet Executive Director Bre Smith, along with the MainStreet board, is adamant that first impressions of the entrances and exits to downtown make a huge difference in repeat visitors and people supporting local businesses. “It’s a matter of conditioning the mind, and if we can help impact that, it will positively influence everything around us. It creates a ripple effect. If we keep the community clean, we keep our roads clean, we keep our lake clean – that comes back to benefit us in so many ways,” said Smith. She and Sabrina Wood, director of Middle Tallapoosa Clean Water Partnership, recently installed markers on storm drains to remind people that whatever is dumped on the roads ultimately flows unfiltered into the watershed and disrupts wildlife. Wood said her personal desire to combat litter began from childhood. She used to play in a local creek and avoided certain areas due to the plethora of trash. After her cousin sliced his foot open on unseen garbage, Wood avoided the area until adulthood. “This example is exactly what the CCP is about. We want to prevent the area from becoming one of those that gets so trashed people avoid it. We want there to be continuous use and not have to depend on one particular group of people to step up and clean up,” explained Wood. To better promote the culture of a clean community, citizens have to make a conscious choice to not litter, said Steve Robinson, Tallapoosa County Commissioner. “We all want a better community, and every citizen is a part of that. Our community’s environment is a reflection of its citizens. All improvements tie back to responsibility and respect. There is strength in numbers; however, numbers are a compilation of individuals making a decision to do the right thing and encourage others to do the same,” said Robinson. Maintenance is an important aspect of this multiphase plan, and on the third Saturday of each month, CCP will host a monthly cleanup that will specifically target areas that are in the most need. A routine schedule could help create steady habits. It will take more than organization from one group though, explained Thompson. “We need a team effort to resolve the issue at hand. We want to see more folks step up in neighborhood cleanups because they know where their problem areas are. We need leaders to organize and promote this effort,” he said. While there are many possible causes and solutions to the issue of litter around Alexander City roadways, the main focus of the CCP is public awareness, which is the first step toward resolution. Join CCP volunteers and the City of Alexander City on April 21 for a city-wide cleanup day at 8:30 a.m. Participants should meet in front of City Hall to receive supplies and assignments, and anyone returning with at least one full bag of trash will receive a voucher for a free hot dog. Lake Martin Living 21

Prep like a good cook Stretch, swing and putt a few to wake up muscles before you play


your golf ball up and down from just off the green. assure you, I am not known for being a chef, great Of course, there’s the warm-up of the full swing. You cook or even a good cook; however, with the help of may have slept in an awkward position causing you a bit a well written recipe and all of the right ingredients, of difficulty in making your normal swing early in the I can pull off a pretty fair meal. I can read and follow day. That might cause you to hit a fade shot rather than instructions. I like a recipe that notes at what heat level the oven should be set and how much cook time and prep your normal draw. If that’s the case, play that fade until your body and swing get into their time it needs. There’s always prep normal motion. time spent in cooking. In relation Keep in mind, this prep time is to playing good golf, there should not practice time. You are simply always be prep time in this sport, too, warming up your engine, and your if you hope to play well. mind is part of your engine. Don’t In college golf tournaments, we spend time hitting a basket of 5-irons always play our golfers in order: The or your driver. No. 5 player tees off first; then, No. Begin your warm up with a few 4, No. 3, No. 2. And finally, the No. smooth swings with a sand wedge. 1 player is the last to tee off. When The sand wedge is the heaviest club leaving for the golf course from our in your bag. Julius Boros, who was a hotel, I try to plan these trips so that tremendous PGA Tour player years my No. 5 man has a minimum of one ago, would say, “In the first 20 golf hour to prepare for play. swings I make in the morning, I don’t This one hour before tee time is care if I slice it, hook it, top it, shank prep time. In this hour before teeing it or whiff it, I just don’t want to hit a off, the objective is to loosen up and small child. I am just trying to warm become aware of the conditions on up my golf muscles.” the course. For example, in the early After your muscles are warmed morning there could be dew on up, warm up with your other clubs in the ground that might slow the ball the following order: short irons, mid down a bit on the greens and reduce irons, long irons, fairway wood then, the amount of break in the putt. A finally, a few drives. player’s eyes need to wake up, as well On the PGA Tour, the showcase as the rest of him. golfers have access to the Tour Van To help your eyes adjust to the where there is a workout facility course conditions, use an alignment available. Most of the Tour players aid of some sort on a 5-foot putt to stop in at the Tour Van for a warmup be certain that you are seeing the session before they head to the correct line. You’ll only need to hit practice tees in the morning. Their 20-30 putts to get things right, but Getting into the Swing of Things objective before golf swing warmup is this little aid may make the difference CACC's Sam Goldasich warms up his to get their bodies and blood moving. of winning or not. swing before a recent tournament. Oddly enough, a number of years In addition, there could have been ago on a Saturday in the summer, I a shower overnight that caused the had a late tee time in a small tournament, but earlier in sand in the bunker to be a bit firmer than it was in the the morning while drinking my coffee, I realized that the practice round the day before, so a few bunker shots grass in my lawn was in bigtime need of being cut. I broke before the round are a good idea. There could have been down and mowed my lawn. I had this thought – boy, I’m a lot of wind overnight, or the grounds crew may have going to be worn out by No. 6 today; however, I actually rolled the greens and caused them to firm up slightly – a played very well that day. Since that time, if I am going to few chips shots, monitoring the bounce of the ball on play an important round of golf, I do a short workout or the green, could help you on the first few holes in getting

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From the Tee

something physical before heading to the course. If your golf club has a workout facility, make that your first stop for a 20-minute session on the stationary bike, use light weights and loosen up your arms and shoulders but don’t overdo it. I’ll bet that you play as well, if not better, then you normally do. Then, 30 minutes or so after playing, ponder your round. Think of the good shots you hit, think of the poor shots you hit. While all of it is fresh on your mind, then hit Dave Jennings the practice area. Why wait 30 minutes? Initially after your round, you most likely are going to recollect that missed 8-foot putt on the final hole for birdie and only consider that you’re a lousy putter, when in actuality, you putted fairly well for the day – it’s that last bit of pain that might weigh on you initially. Let your emotions settle down and give your mind a rest before reflecting on your round of golf. When you can review your round of golf objectively, spend a little time in the practice areas. After every round of golf, I evaluate my players’ tournament scores. I look at how they played the par 3s, the par 4s and the par 5s in relation to par. In reviewing

the par 3s, I evaluate their iron play. In the par 4s, I can usually see how good or poor their tee shots were; in the par 5s, I can assess their golf management. I also evaluate how they played the first six holes, the middle six holes and the final six holes. The first six holes are about preparation and nerves. The second six holes are about staying focused, and the final six holes concern closing the round and guts. I will discuss these topics with my players if I realize a pattern. In checking your prep time, I suggest that over the next five or six rounds of golf, you keep your scorecards. See how you played in the first six holes to see how well you began your rounds. You may find a common denominator in a problem with your game that could easily be fixed in prep time. You may need to hit a few more chips or pitches before you start your round of golf. After you realize a pattern, talk with your teaching professional about these newly found issues. Poor scoring doesn’t always relate to your golf swing. It could possibly be that you just haven’t woken up those particular muscles or nerves yet. Get to the course a little earlier and prepare yourself. Keep tabs on your game and reflect honestly on your rounds of golf. You have invested quite a bit of time, money and effort into your golf game, so when it’s time to play – give yourself a chance. See you on the tee! ~ Dave Jennings is men’s golf coach at Central Alabama Community College.

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Garden Talk

most gardeners would rather start out with stroll through the woods, purple disease-free plant stock from a nursery. stained hands, and – more Local nurseries carry varieties recommended often than not – a few thorn for the growing area. Having a selection is scratches; these are all elements of the always best when it comes to blackberries. Southern childhood tradition of foraging For example, native blackberries often for blackberries. Another would be their feature extremely thorny canes, but thornless transformation into delicious jellies and options also are available. Nursery selections scrumptious can’t-resist baked goods, like also produce berries that are much larger. cobblers, turnovers and pies. Thorny cultivated varieties are often Blackberries were adopted as Alabama’s grown by commercial berry farms due to State fruit in 2004, but these fruits made their the higher production yields than thornless place in history long before that. varieties. Alternatively, the home gardener The Greeks, Romans and even Civil harvesting fewer berries typically is a War soldiers taught us the many benefits welcome trade-off for scratches and thorns. of blackberries in the diet. Back then, they When transplanting disease-free plants were used to treat various illnesses, such as from a nursery, it is important to rid the area dysentery and gout. These super-fruits are Sidney Hancock around them of wild blackberries, as wild high in antioxidants, fiber, manganese and blackberries spread viruses and diseases to vitamins C and K. Blackberries are the most cultivated blackberry varieties. nutritious of all the berries. From promoting Anthracnose is a common one to watch out for. An healthy brains to increasing collagen formation, these indication of this problem is light gray cracked lesions tiny-yet-mighty fruits are a must for health-conscious on infected canes. It spreads through overwintered gardeners. spores on the ground, especially if plant clippings are Blackberries are a great choice for edible landscapes left on the ground. To reduce spreading infection, use a around the home. These hardy plants prefer full sun and sanitizer solution on pruners when moving from plant to a sandy loam or clay loam soil with a pH of 6-6.5. While plant. Equally important: many fruits have high Clean the planted area of chill-hour requirements, clippings. these small fruits only Rather than having a need about 200 chill hours, mess of brambles, training periods of time in winter the blackberry canes along when temperatures rest an existing fence-line or between 35 and 55 degrees constructing a trellis wire Fahrenheit. According to creates a clean and simple the Alabama Cooperative look. Trellises allow for Extension System, the an easy harvest and better most efficient temperature airflow between the canes. at which a plant receives Place each plant no fewer chilling is 45 degrees. than 4 feet apart to allow Blackberries are selfsufficient space in-between fertile, which means them. they do not require two Select two of the largest different varieties, multiple primocanes to tie to the plants or insect pollinators, structure and wait to prune though pollinators do help the rest away until after the to boost fruit set and size. selected canes are secured. Each blackberry plant Let me say it again for the includes canes, a crown impatient gardeners in the and a root system. Because back: Wait until you’ve tied the crown and root system your first choices securely in of the plant come back place before pruning your year after year, these berries are listed as perennials. The Sweet, Delicious Treat A pail of summer possible replacements away! biennial parts of the plant consist of canes that grow blackberries can be turned Pruning fiascos are up from the crown. These canes only live for two years. into a variety of yummy bound to happen, but save The first-year canes are called primocanes and grow desserts and treats. them for canes that will not vegetatively, meaning the plant grows in size or a branch be relied upon to produce grows in length. These first-year plants do not produce yummy snacks. After the primocanes are secure, cut fruit. Those same canes are referred to as floricanes the unnecessary canes down as close to the ground as during the plant’s second year. Floricanes produce possible. Leaving a stump will cause rot that could travel flowers and bear fruit. It is possible to prune and cultivate native blackberries down to the crown of the plant. At the farm, we use a training system called TPUPS to suit if they are already on the property; however, 26 Lake Martin Living

trained the previous year and select two new primocanes (Trellised Production Using Primocane Suppression) on a two-wire trellis. It’s a mouthful, but this system is easily to replace them for next year. The process starts all over! Check out the video on the Lake Martin Living adaptable to any horizontal structure for blackberries. Facebook page for a demonstration of the TPUPS One horizontal wire is set 5 feet off the ground and the process. other 3 feet. One of the selected primocanes is allowed Enjoying the fruits of labor will never be as satisfying to grow up to the 5-foot wire but also is secured to the as when growing blackberries. The harvest period 3-foot wire for support along the way. occurs over a short five or six weeks, beginning at the Once the cane tied to the 5-foot wire grows to about end of May and slowing in early July. Fully ripe berries 6 inches above Higher Yield and No Thorny Scratches have deep, dull black exteriors, rather than bright shiny the wire, prune The Trellised Production Using it so that the Primocane Suppression system can skins. The ripe, dull black berries will release from the top of the can be applied to wires, fences or other plant with only a slight tug; however, if they offer any sits about 1-1/2 horizontal structures. resistance, leave them on the plant for another day. You could even inches above the check those wire. You'll want berries again in For video content visit to wait until the the evening, as can is about the they ripen very size of a pencil in quickly. But don’t diameter. let the birds get The second to them first. cane is secured What if there to the lower is a berry with a 3-foot wire. The white drupelet? two side-byThese white side primocanes Prune growth above 1.5 inches spots are due should be tied on 5-foot wire to an abrupt 6 inches apart increase in from each other temperature along the length and a drop in of wire to allow humidity. The for sufficient white drupelet is airflow. solely cosmetic Throughout and will not the training affect the taste process, prune or quality of the away any foliage Trim growth below 3-foot wire fruit. (from both With the canes) that grows hot summer lower than 6 temperatures inches below the in full swing at 3-foot wire. This Space canes 6 inches apart harvest time, be is primarily to sure to get the prevent disease berries into the from rain-splash, refrigerator as as well as to push soon as possible. growth in the Keep them in the laterals rather fridge until you than produce are ready to use more leaves. (eat!) or freeze Pruning them the blackberries, flush against the so they stay as fresh as possible. Once picked, these cane will ensure the removal of leaf buds as well. berries will not continue to ripen. You can save any tart Topping or pruning the canes will send a signal to the plant to push its energy into breaking buds near the cuts. berries in the freezer. Those are especially good in a Those will become horizontal lateral branches that could delicious baked cobbler. Happy gardening! be trained along the wire or fence line. Select one on the left and the right that create a ~ Sidney Hancock is the farm manager at New Water 45-degree angle below the wire. That angle is best to Farms in Dadeville. reduce breakage once the branch becomes heavy with fruit. The laterals will continue to grow until the plant goes dormant for the winter. The next year, when the harvest period is ending, cut out the floricanes that were Lake Martin Living 27

Unsung Heroes Volunteers log more than 21,600 hours to beautify Alexander City STORY BY LONNA UPTON PHOTOS BY AMY PASSARETTI


ast year, a group of gentlemen volunteers sorted, boxed and shipped away 348,280 pounds of paper and 1,185 pounds of aluminum cans. In fact, since its charter in 1978, the paper and cans collected at the Alexander City Recycling Center have been handled only by volunteers, and although the location of the center has moved five times, the zeal from volunteers to help keep Alexander City beautiful has not waned. Per its charter, the ACRC was created to work in conjunction with the Alexander City Beautification Council and was organized to promote recycling, provide access for recycling and return profits made from the sale of waste materials to support community charities. The ACRC works under the umbrella of Volunteer Connections of Central Alabama, and its members believe the center serves as a model of Alexander City’s great community spirit. Clarence Abernathy, a World War II veteran and the proud elder of the gentlemen volunteers, began his recycling service in January 1988, just a few months before he retired from sales at Russell Brands. “I had several friends volunteering, and when I realized

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what they were doing for the community, I wanted to be a part,” Abernathy said. “We have eight volunteers available right now, from ages in their 60s to 90s, and we really enjoy the camaraderie and fellowship while we work every Thursday,” said Bill Stewart, a member of ACRC since 2002. Stewart said the work is dirty and difficult. The gentlemen are on their feet from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., sorting recyclables that have been dropped off; filling shipment boxes with paper; and using a forklift to stack the boxes, which weigh approximately 800 pounds each. The center is open on Thursdays, but paper can be put in the drop box that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “It would be great if people could sort their things at home, white from colored paper, separate newspaper and magazines, and if they did not bring any glass,” Stewart said. “We have found everything in our drop box except money. Well, maybe a few pennies.” Unfortunately, citizens who think they are helping sometimes drop off anything they want to get rid of, and since the center only handles paper and aluminum cans, volunteers

often have to throw away items that are left at the doors during non-business hours. “We have even had empty propane tanks left and a lot of empty liquor bottles. They all had to go into the dumpster,” Stewart said. Joe Croley, current president of the beautification council, has found his work at the center to be rewarding since 2012. “When I found out what this service was able to give back to organizations in Alex City, I was excited to help,” Croley said. Stewart said, “One year, we gave away $13,000. It was really fun to give out the checks to Camp ASSCA, Meals on Wheels, Salvation Army and other groups.” The Recycling Center volunteers enjoy working with other civic-

Thursday Comrades at ACRC

(From left) Aaron Shaddix, Joe Croley, Bill Stewart, Bill Boos, Clarence Abernathy, Mike Hamonds, Hayden Harrell and Mike McNeill meet every Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to sort newspapers, magazines and household paper at the Alexander City Recycling Center on Sugar Creek Road.

minded organizations. People who bring items to recycle on Thursdays weigh what they bring and record the number of pounds they drop off. The men annually accommodate a Campfire Girls contest in which recyclables are weighed at the center and recorded to

determine which girl has collected the most. Mike McNeill joined the group in 2012, and Mike Hammonds, certified forklift driver, joined in 2015. McNeill, Hammonds and Stewart empty the drop box three times during the week, so it is not overflowing on Thursdays. Aaron Shaddix, affectionately referred to as chief cook and bottle washer, prepares the coffee every Thursday morning for his friends. “These men really enjoy each other’s company. I joined in 2003. I know how much paper we have kept out of the landfill, and that is good,” Shaddix said. Additional help comes from Bill Boos and his friend, Lake Martin Living 29

Hayden Harrell, a 19-year-old who has found a great deal of satisfaction doing hard work alongside the men, as well as keeping them entertained with his “Roll Tide” chants among a group of mainly Auburn fans. Stewart said they have had groups and individuals offer to help at the center, and while adult volunteers are welcome any time, the small staff is not equipped to do their work while simultaneously coordinating youth volunteers. They always accept help from youth volunteers who are accompanied by an adult. Donna Green, a lifelong Alexander City resident, recycles paper at the center weekly, and she believes this group of men, as well as the dozens who have volunteered over the ACRC’s 40 years, are unsung heroes. “These men deserve so much credit for volunteering their time. They are a great group, and I thank them,” she said. The Recycling Center, located next to the airport on Sugar Creek Road, has a drop box that Sorting, Filling, Stacking is accessible 24/7 for Right: Mike McNeill sorts a paper and aluminum. bag of paper, topping off an 800-pound box of paper Residents who would that will be recycled; Below: like assistance should Mike Hammonds, who has bring their recyclables volunteered at the recycling to the center on center since 2015 organizes Thursdays between 8 boxes on pallets for pick up. a.m. and 2 p.m.

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MainStreet announces downtown flag project STORY BY AMY PASSARETTI


he prideful red, white and blue symbol of the U.S. will soon line the streets of downtown Alexander City with MainStreet Alexander City’s Old Glory initiative. In honor of the nation, its veterans and its active military, 25 American flags will fly high on selected light poles downtown during patriotic holidays. MainStreet Executive Director Bre Smith has a personal passion for veterans’ affairs, and since her arrival in Alexander City more than a year ago, she has dreamed of adding just such a patriotic display to the downtown area. “She recognized that we were missing something here in our downtown honoring our nation, and we decided we needed to do something,” said Larkin Radney, MainStreet president. The board unanimously approved the project, which Radney said is not a fundraiser or moneymaking opportunity for the nonprofit organization but is simply an opportunity for the community to support the men and women who have served the nation. Currently, Alexander City decorates the median of U.S. Highway 280 during certain holidays. “I can’t remember the last time that flags were flown here in downtown,” said Radney, a lifelong resident of Alexander City. While they will not hang on every post, the symbolic Stars and Stripes will be spread along Bibb, Alabama, Main, Broad, Tallapoosa and Calhoun streets. Standard-sized 3-foot by 5-foot American flags, which are American-made, can be purchased for $110 by any business or community member in honor of a loved one. The price includes a customized bracket, created locally by Brown Fabrication, that fits the fluting on downtown light posts.

“People wanted to purchase flags in honor of someone. Some people have already come together as a group to honor multiple people with one flag, and others are veterans, wives of veterans, Army nurses and all walks of life,” said Smith. MainStreet hopes to customize a plaque that could be placed near the roundabout indicating to whom the American flags are dedicated. The prescribed requirements for display will be observed so that all flags are properly hung in terms of height, lighting and installation. The City will assist MainStreet in mounting the flags with the proper equipment. Smith said she plans to raise the flags for the first time during the week of Armed Forces Day, which falls on May 19 this year, and bring them down three weeks later after Memorial Day. While they will be taken down between holidays to preserve quality, the American flags will be re-mounted during four additional national patriotic holidays, including Flag Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and Veteran’s Day. At least 13 American flags have already been purchased, and Smith said the number will be limited to 25 for now; however, if more people want to purchase flags, donations will be applied toward replacing tattered and worn versions. “Any additional contributions will go into a special Old Glory account to be strictly used for the replacement of flags. We will accept ongoing donations that will be set aside for this purpose,” said Smith. To purchase an American flag or make a donation to the fund, contact Bre Smith at 256-329-9227 or email her at

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Local farm experiments with kiwifruit Crop could impact area's economic future STORY BY AMY PASSARETTI PHOTOS BY AMY PASSARETTI & COURTESY OF CLINT WALL

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ne of the world’s most profitable commodities is grown on 418 acres of rolling land just a little more than 30 miles outside of Alexander City. Southeast Kiwi Farm Cooperative is the only orchard in the U.S. growing golden kiwifruit, and the opportunities this crop could create for agricultural growth and economics are tremendous. The golden kiwi has smoother skin, golden flesh and higher sugar content than the green variety. Central Alabama is suitable for cultivating golden kiwi due to reliable water sources; sandy soils; fairly elevated land and rolling topography; and relatively frost-free winters. Clint Wall, an Auburn University horticulture graduate with a master’s degree specializing in kiwifruit, opened the farming operation in 2014 after spending nine years managing kiwi farms throughout New Zealand. “I have been very fortunate in my career opportunities. I became manager of an orchard out there in about nine months, and I have never looked back. I was approached about the project here in Alabama that I had been working on behind the scenes when the opportunity arose to move back,” said Wall. With the help of his wife, Jenny, and AU alumni Eric Houser and Jon Malone, Wall’s core management team is experiencing the first year of potential product for experimentation. Jenny, Houser and Malone all have horticulture degrees as well, and Malone specialized in kiwifruit. “We are just coming out of dormancy at this time of the year, so flower buds are beginning to open, and we will use bees to pollinate, along with hand labor to set the fruit,” said Wall, who has been working with kiwifruit since 2002. Dr. Billy Dozier, a retired AU horticulture professor, has studied kiwifruit production since the 1980s. Wall worked under Dozier while at AU, and Dozier and his team developed the AU Golden Sunshine and the AU Gulf Coast species, both of which Wall is now growing on the farm near Reeltown.

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“My favorite is the Gulf Coast variety because it’s easier to grow, creates more volume, is more floral and is easier to cropload. The Sunshine flowers are more sporadic but still create a great fruit,” said Wall. About 180 acres of the property, owned by Sun Pacific, were attributed to the kiwi orchards. The growing process spans four years, originating with planting and culminating in the first crop. Currently, Wall has planted a group of vines each year, which allows for a continuous cycle of annual harvesting. “Some have just gone into the ground, and some will crop this year. Most of my labor is new to kiwi farming, so this opportunity year of about 20 acres of fruit will make for great training and show them agricultural events they have not seen before,” explained Wall. The nearly 40 hired staff members are responsible for a number of tasks on the orchard based on the priority of the kiwifruits’ stages. “Everything we do is done by hand, so it takes a lot of labor and man hours. The only machines used are for mowing and spraying. For everything else, I want hands on the plants,” said Wall. The first year after planting, the kiwifruits develop root systems and spread. In the second year, they are grafted together with a special cut in the rootstock and the correct male or female scion is placed on each plant. “In an agronomic sense, we are cloning the plants to produce the same product. These grafts eventually fuse together Four-Year Process Previous Page: The kiwifruit in unison,” said Wall. orchard is set on 418 acres of One crew of workers is land near Reeltown; Below: specifically assigned to the Golden kiwifruit have smooth graft train and ensures the skin, golden flesh and higher initial stalk is detained, as it sugar content than the grows about 1 foot a week. green variety

Those stalks are then trained to grow into two leaders, which make the permanent arms of the vine for maturation. The third year, a tented string system is installed to control the vines’ growth, and the climbers have to be monitored to follow the assigned route. The strings are then released horizontally and clipped to a set of wires to create 16-foot canes. “By the end of the third year, the orchard ends up with these vegetative teepees,” Wall said. While in the final year, plants are thinned to reduce the flower number and prevent undersized produce. They are also pollinated by hand and by bees. “Bees are an important part of this operation. We need about five hives per acre for pollination, requiring about 1,000 total. We also use pollen dusters, from pollen collected the previous year that has been milled and stored, to hand spray the orchard,” said Wall. The first planting is in its end stage now and is beginning to blossom and mature into fruit to be harvested. Last year, minimal plants managed to crop, but by 2019, Wall said nearly 108 acres should be producing fruit. In 2022, the whole property will be on a crop cycle for the first time. The varying species of kiwifruits are harvested at alternating intervals, extending the total harvest window and generating extra storage life. Houser, who Wall met in college, designed and built the complex irrigation system for the orchard. With a small reservoir and larger lake available on site, about 8,000 gallons of filtered water per minute are pumped over 105 acres. “The larger of the two lakes is practically limitless. If we get a couple inches of rain, the water comes up about a foot,” said Wall. The ultimate goal is to export the commodity overseas to high-demand markets, such as Japan, that consume a large amount of this fruit. The U.S. also cultivates in the off-season of the Southern Hemisphere, which adds another six months to the international market. Other countries are facing a bacterial infection known as pseudomonas syringae pv actinidae, which harms the kiwifruit. The U.S. has not been exposed, making it a prime area for market expansion. “We hope to maintain about 700 fruits per vine, which is sustainable and would earn $2.50 per pound, which is higher than average produce,” said Wall. Future goals include building a pack house for storage and shipment, but this year’s product will be packed, stored and prepared for shipping off site. Most of the preliminary production will be tested in California for shelf life, storage, shipment and consumer feedback. “It’s a work in progress, but there are a lot of exciting opportunities to try new things and expand the orchard’s potential. Kiwifruit is one of the most profitable commodities because it’s a high producer and creates a lot of tonnage per acre. This was a good opportunity to have shared partnership of the operation and see where it leads,” said Wall. Only Golden Kiwi Orchard in the Country

Top: Kiwi plants begin to blossom in early spring; Middle: Clint Wall checks grafted rootstock to ensure they've properly fused together; Below: An intricate pump system irrigates the land with water found on site.

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Please call 256-329-7322 for more heart health stations ussell Medical while catching a glimpse information. Foundation All cancer survivors are invited of this impressive proudly to gather for a special evening of renovated facility. announces the opening laughter and fun as we celebrate Cardiologists Dr. of our new event life on Tuesday, May 1, at The Ross Davis, Dr. Joseph center, The Mill Two Mill Two Eighty. UAB Medicine Deering, Dr. Brian Eighty, conveniently – Russell Medical Cancer Center Foley and Dr. Kevin located at the corner cordially invites cancer survivors Sublett have teamed up of U.S. Highway 280 in our community, plus one guest, with Russell Medical’s and Elkahatchee Road to enjoy this special evening of cardiology services in Alexander City. The dinner and entertainment on us. and Tallapoosa County Mill Two Eighty was Complimentary hors d’oevres, Commissioner Steve the former home of the photos and music will begin at 5:30 Robinson to bring this Russell Retail store for p.m., followed by a seated dinner at interactive educational decades and has been Susan Foy 6 p.m. experience to town. completely renovated to Jody Fuller, the self-proclaimed Then, lace up those provide 12,000 square “stuttering comic,” will entertain sneakers and let your feet of open space for the audience with his quick wit heart race Saturday, April 28, for special events, receptions, class and stories of the inaugural 5K reunions and conventions. perseverance. on the Runway The name of the facility pays Jody is a comic, homage to the history of Alexander at 8 a.m. This speaker, writer fast and flat City and Russell Mills, a corporate and soldier race course will giant and primary employer in our who has served start and finish area for eight decades. Foundation three tours of Executive Director Tammy Jackson at The Mill duty in Iraq. Two Eighty handles rentals for the building, His syndicated and include the and may be contacted by phone, column can airport taxiway 256-329-7459 or by email at be read in 10 and runway. newspapers, A postDon’t miss a beat this month. and he’s also race party Join Russell Medical’s cardiology been published and awards services for two fun events to raise six times in ceremony awareness of America’s number the popular will follow one killer: heart disease. The Chicken Soup in the event Mega Heart, a gigantic inflatable for the Soul center. Visit interactive heart exhibit will be on book series. runsignup. site at The Mill Two Eighty, Friday, For com for online April 27. Tours are open to the reservations, registration. public from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and please contact Performance will include a heart health expo in Jessica Sanford tees will the event center. Jody Fuller at 256-329-7145 be given to Visitors will be invited to walk or jsanford@ all 5K-race through the inside of the human by Tuesday, participants. Walkers also are heart, learn about cardiovascular April 24. invited to take part. A free 1-mile functions and observe examples fun walk will begin at 8:15 a.m., of various types of heart disease, ~ Susan Foy is marketing director and walkers will meander along such as atherosclerosis. Meander at Russell Medical. through the event center to various the hospital campus roadways. Lake Martin Living 43

Why, when and how to refinance


efinancing a mortgage means that you apply for and obtain a new mortgage loan to replace the old home loan. A recent mortgage statement is helpful to verify your present interest rate, principal balance and remaining loan term. There are several reasons to refinance a mortgage.

are current, but who cannot refinance due to reduced home values after the U.S. housing collapse in 2008. HARP-eligible loans are owned by Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae and must have originated on or before May 31, 2009. Loan-to-value ratios must be greater than 80 percent.

Refinance to 15-Year Fixed Rate and Term Refinancing Many mortgage companies and financial advisors talk about the benefits of a 15-year fixed rate mortgage. Since Rate and term refinancing pays off one loan with 15-year rates are lower than 30-year rates, the shorter term the proceeds of a new loan, using the same property as means that less overall interest will be paid, collateral. This type of loan allows you to take MONEY and the mortgage will be paid off more quickly. advantage of a lower interest rate to reduce the example, a $100,000 loan for 30 years at 4.5 monthly mortgage payment, or to shorten the MATTERS For percent has a monthly payment of $506.69 (15 term of the original loan. The closing costs years at 3.75 percent is $727.22). The 15-year incurred from the refinance transaction should payment is only 44 percent higher than the 30be recouped in no more than 48 months. For year payment, not twice as much, but 30-year example, if the monthly payment is reduced by mortgage interest is more than 2-1/2 times the $100 and closing costs total $3000, the closing 15-year mortgage interest. costs are recouped in 30 months. Cash-out Refinance Streamlines When you get a cash-out refinance, Streamline refinance programs may be you borrow more money than the present available for borrowers with FHA, VA and mortgage balance, and you receive the USDA mortgages. Credit documentation and difference in cash. There are responsible ways the underwriting process may be limited. The Jim Littman to use a cash-out refinance. For example, you VA IRRRL (Interest Rate Reduction Refinance can use the money to pay off high-interest debt, Loan) does not require an appraisal. Borrowers use it for home improvements or to lower total monthly may not receive cash from the refinance and must receive a payments. You must have sufficient equity in your home to tangible benefit from the transaction. be eligible for cash-out refinancing. Tangible Benefit Refinance to Remove Mortgage Insurance Borrowers must receive a tangible benefit from refinancing an existing mortgage. This may be a lower Mortgage loans with less than 20 percent equity interest rate, lower monthly payment, consolidation generally include a monthly premium for mortgage of debt into a lower total monthly payment, removing insurance. This monthly cost could be removed when the mortgage insurance or converting an adjustable-rate loan outstanding loan balance is less than 80 percent of the to a fixed-rate loan. Cash-out funds may pay for medical home’s appraised value; however, if you have a mortgage expenses, education expenses and home improvements, to loan recently insured by FHA, you may not be able to name a few. cancel the mortgage insurance premiums – even when Refinances are expected to be about 30 percent of all your loan-to-value ratio falls below 80 percent. The way to mortgages in 2018. The decision to refinance should be an get rid of FHA mortgage insurance is to refinance (or to informed one, based on its purpose and benefit. sell the house). Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) HARP is a government program, established in March 2009, to help homeowners refinance their mortgages. This program benefits homeowners whose mortgage payments

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Lake Martin Ultra Run Pre-Race Dinner March 16, 2018 Harbor Lodge at Children's Harbor 1. Eric and Gavin Bednorz 2. Greg Reeves, Adela Negron-Florez and Aida Florez-Ortega 3. Nicole and Kevin Rej 4. Kristin Willocks and Rick Wilson 5. Debra and Charles McKenzie 6. Ann Thomas and Mike Stalvey 7. Kim Rayfield and Simone Valentin Austin

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Sav-A-Life Fundraising Banquet March 6, 2018 FIrst Baptist Church, Alexander City 1. Shay Dean and Lee Hamilton


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April 1, 2018 SpringHouse Restaurant 1. Brooks, Graham and Charlotte Jackson 2. Wells Woodwing, Beth Welden and Elizabeth Welden Wooding 3. Caroline Dunn 4. Davis and Ellis Marquez 5. Harris and Jenny Mizzell 6. Parker Griffin 7. Aaron, Kristen and Emmie James Scroggins 8. Mason Wall 9. Noa Hall and Debbie Whitley

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1. Samantha Robinson, Raylan Claybrook and Allie Kittrell 2. Dr. John Burns

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April 7, 2018 The Stables at Russell Crossroads 1. John Forrester and Ellen Martin 2. Ralph and Allyn Frohsin and Sandra and Joe McInnes 3. Merritt and Sharon Fuller 4. Fred and Barbara Muenzmay

5. Fred George 6. Hugh and Sarah Neighbors 7. Fred Dobbs and Tom Lamberth

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Willow Glynn, Riverside Cottage $1,174,000 Willow Glynn, The Abby $1,199,000 Move-in-ready RLH Construction & Just completed by RLH Construction. The Abby is a designed by Mitch Ginn, this design offers 4 bedrooms, 4.5 3,219 sq. ft. plan designed by Chuck Frusterio. Owner’s baths, 2 living areas and vaulted ceilings in the kitchen and suite and guest suites on main level with spacious livingowner’s suite. Enjoy the spectacular water views from both dining-kitchen and large covered porch. Lake level offers of the spacious covered porches. two bedrooms, two bathrooms, generous lake-prep room, Russell Lands On Lake Martin family room, wet bar, second laundry, and spacious 256.215.7011 covered patio for outdoor entertaining. Russell Lands On Lake Martin 256.215.7011

South Ridge Harbor, Diamond View $1,750,000 The Diamond View is a stunning plan designed by Larry Furlong built by Classic Homes. This 3,668 sq. ft. has it all. Owner and guest suites are on main level with kitchen and dining overlooking the spacious living room & wrap-around porch. Lake level offers second living room, wet bar, two guest suites, lake-prep room, and additional storage. Russell Lands On Lake Martin 256.215.7011

1797 Andrews Mill Road, Tallassee - $2,400,000 Awesome!! As you meander down this know it's special. An architectural masterpiece designed by Bobby McAlpine. 17 ft windows boasting one of the most incredible mile long views Lake Martin has to offer. You hear that words can't describe, or pictures can't do it justice....well it's true. You will need to make an appointment to see the design, the quality and the sheer beauty this home and its magnificent surrounding property offers. Lake Martin Realty Call India Davis 256.749.7592

99 Bay Point, Jackson’s Gap - $1,275,000 Amazing lake home in Baywood, on a point lot with special features. With +/- 5000 sq. ft., this lake home will create those special memories on the lake with family and friends. This beautiful home offers 4 BR with large bonus room that can be 5th and 6th BR, 2 full kitchens and 2 great rooms. Custom cabinets, hardwood floors, 2 car garage, and fabulous floor plan. Deep water, incredible sunsets, and dock. +/- 300 feet of waterfront. Lake Martin Realty Call Randall Rogers 334.707.5804

105 Cherokee Cove, Tallassee - $429,000 Conveniently located on the South end of Lake Martin, this 3 BR 2 BA home offers great lake views and wonderful outdoor spaces. Enjoy grilling out with friends on the large sun deck or dining and playing games inside the screened area. Private boat launch is a huge bonus! The circle drive provides plenty of guest parking for all of your friends and family. This is a must see! Call and make your appointment today. Lake Martin Realty Call Haley McKelvey 256.749.8353

680 Silver Hill Road, Dadeville - $959,000 This beautiful 3 level house comes with a spectacular view. It is on a almost flat lot with an imposing view of Lake Martin. Features an open floor plan, large kitchen, master on main and 3 additional BRs upstairs with one more on the bottom level that could be used as a den, game room or office. Sunroom off of the main living area offers a 180 degree view of the lake. Covered boat dock has 2 boat lifts plus a PWC port and a floating dock. Landscaping surrounds the home with an irrigation system to support. Lake Martin Realty Call John “Frog” McInnish 334.415.2149

135 Cheyenne Lane, Dadeville - $339,000 This beautifully appointed property is waiting for you! Wow, 3 BR, 3 full BA and a bonus room offered fully furnished. You will enjoy huge views of Lake Martin from your lakeside screened porch or the lower level terrace. This house has tons of storage, a bonus room, hardwood floors, high ceilings and so much more. The property also has a dedicated boat slip. The low HOA fees maintain the grounds, so no yard work! This is a package deal at a great value, make your appointment today. Vacation rentals are allowed. Lake Martin Realty Call Michelle Brooks 256.749.1031

54 Arrowhead Way, Dadeville - $650,000 580 Trillium Drive, Eclectic - $1,650,000 264 Magnolia Crest, Dadeville - $997,000 450 Long Branch Drive, Dadeville - $780,000 This spacious two-story home features 3 BR and 3.5 BA. Master, cathedral Newly remodeled 8 BR, 6 full BA home feat. 5,000+ sq. ft. of open floor plan The largest home available in Stillwaters! Incredible view in a deep water This 4 BR, 3 BA cottage-style home in The Harbor is a showceilings, oak flooring throughout main level. Kitchen is a cook's dream with living space, granite and quartz countertops, custom cabinetry, and stainless cove and tucked in a cul-de-sac near marina. Large master on main floor stopper offering open living spaces, expansive lakeside porch, lots of cabinets and granite counter tops. Also an oversized office/bunk or appliances. 3 additional half BA, garage with water storage, boat ramp, private with cathedral ceilings and private screen porch is adjacent to office or long-range cove views, good water depth, gentle slope and family room. Full length lakeside screened porch. Lower level has a large tennis court on a FLAT 2.04 acre lot w/ sandy beach and landscaping! Home possible 5th BR. Master has large walk in shower and jetted tub. Split plan short distance from home to water, a blend of rustic tiles, workshop and plenty of storage. Boat storage, Seawall, boathouse with lift. has 2 master suites, each with separate living, kitchen, dining and laundry. Did additional BR on main. Cathedral ceilings and rock fireplace in great room. woods, lighting, stone and trim. The interior decorating is Very well insulated and Geo Thermal heating and cooling system. Also comes I mention the HUGE PORCHES? Centrally located near Kowaliga, Russell Walk through pantry. Kitchen has island and double oven. Screen porch off available for purchase. This is a wonderful lake home package with generator. In a cove for swimming, paddle boarding and canoeing. Crossroads, and Amphitheater. Can purchase furnished for $1,730,000. of dining area. 2 more BR and living area on the lake level. in a small, planned community with protective covenants. Lake Martin Realty Lake Martin Realty Lake Martin Realty Lake Martin Realty Call Rhonda Jaye 256.749.8681 Call Ashley Chancellor 334.202.9017 Call Jeff Cochran 256.786.0099 Call Mimi Rush 334.399.7874

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ACT II presents Murderously Funny Mysteries in Dadeville

Alexander City Theatre II will present two one-act murder mystery comedies by Michael Druce at the Dadeville High School Auditorium April 27 through 29. And Then There Was One – a Spoof, will be directed by Alexander City's Patti Smith and Susan McCrispin. The production features local actors as guests at a mansion on an isolated island. Their host is nowhere to be found, but after he announces an ominous warning, the guests begin to die one by one. It's a race against time to discover the murderer before everyone dies. Following an intermission, Sky Walker and Mac Tyson direct Dinner at Eight, Dead by Nine, in which the guest of honor at a gala

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banquet falls face first into her plate of spaghetti – dead! The remaining dinner guests are quick to point out who the murderer might be, but it seems everyone at the banquet has a motive. The Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7 p.m. The Sunday production begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 and are available at www. and at the door. The auditorium will open 30 minutes prior to curtain time. ACT II is an allvolunteer community theatre organization based at 216 Tallapoosa St., Alexander City. Visit the Alexander City Theatre II Facebook page or email for information.

April 17-18

Painting the Landscape in Oils

Artist Perry Austin will lead this two-day workshop with students at all levels to create landscapes in oils. For information and reservations, visit

April 21

Clean Community Partnership

The City of Alexander City is partnering with Clean Community Partnership to organize a cleanup event within Alexander City limits. Volunteers should meet at City Hall at 8:30 a.m. to receive supplies and assignments. Return with a bag of roadside trash to earn a free hot dog. For additional information, contact Steve Morgan at 256-329-8426 or Capt. James Orr at 256-329-6772.

April 21

Old 280 Boogie

The 18th annual all-day music and arts festival at Standard Deluxe in Waverly will feature multiple artists, vendors and arts and crafts. This year’s line up includes performances by Shinyribs, Rev. Sekou, Revel in Dimes, Chris Stalcup and The Grange, The Pine Hill Haints and Marshall Ruffin. Tickets are on sale for $30, either online at or availabe to purchase at the gate. Kids ages 14 years old and younger get in for free. Bring chairs or blankets and small coolers, but no pets or glass bottles are permitted. Doors open at 11 a.m.

April 21-22

Catalina 22 Region 3 Championship Regatta

The Dixie Sailing Club will host this sailing regatta open to C22s in the Southeast Region 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

April 21

Fatherguard: The Family’s Protector

This one-day personal protection training camp at the United Martial Arts Academy, 155 Alabama St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. will teach men active protection principles, techniques and countermeasures for protecting self and others. Registration required. Call 256-329-9199 for details.

April 23-25

Watercolor in One Stroke

Francesco Fontana will return to Tallapoosa School of Art to teach this three-day workshop that will address design and preparation, as well as economy and strategy of brushwork. This class for intermediate and above level painters is limited to 10 students. For information and reservations, visit

May 1-4

Plein Air in Pastels and Oils

Greg Barnes will welcome students from beginner to intermediate levels with daily demonstrations and instruction from supplies to subjects, process and final touches. For information and reservations, visit

May 5

Facebook Social Mixer

Come and meet your Facebook friends from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. at Strand Park in Alexander City. The Facebook Social Mixer is for everyone and admission is free. You can enjoy a hot dog meal at your own expense from Ernie's Hot Dogs or dine at JR's or The Coffee Corner next to the park. We will have great music from the 50s through the 90s by DJ Jay Andrews. Bring your lawn chairs and if you wish a small table to sit your lunch and other items. There is no program and no agenda. No business or any special interest group is connected to this event. It is just an chance to meet and socialize with other Facebook members.

May 5

Hatchet Creek Lily Paddle

Put in at Double Bridges on Hatchet Creek, Coosa County Road 29 in Coosa County (GPS: 32.8613792 -86.3387123) at 10 a.m. and paddle upstream to see the Cahaba lilies in bloom. Then float back down the creek when ready to leave. Bring your own kayak, personal flotation, paddle, snacks, beverages and gear.

May 5

Derby Day at The Stables

Break out the big hats and seersucker for Derby Day at The Stables at Russell Crossroads. This annual event is a fundraiser for Children’s Harbor on Lake Martin. Join the fun

in cheering on your favorite horses and enjoy some great food and live music. For more information, visit or call 256-397-1019.

May 8-10

Ronald Bayens Portraits in Oil

This three-day workshop with artist Ronald Bayens will focus on the details of eyes, hair and bling. Bayens will teach techniques during morning sessions, and students will practice during afternoon paint-alongs. For information and reservations, visit

May 11

Friday on the Green

Jonathan Bloom will kick off this free summer concert series at the Town Green at Russell Crossroads. Bring the family, pets, coolers, chairs and blankets and come listen to live music from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information, contact Robert Gunn at 256-397-1019.

May 12

Junque Jubilee

Beginning at 8 a.m. MainStreet Alexander City will host this upscale yard sale with anything from antiques, furniture, vintage items, arts and crafts to old cars and iron works. Registration for sellers will end April 30, and information can be picked up at 21 Main St., Alexander City. Call Bre Smith at 256-329-9227 for information.

May 12

Stars From Heaven

The guys from Columbus State University will bring their giant telescopes to Heaven Hill for a night of star gazing. The event will run from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Dinner will be served during the sunset, there will be a brief presentation; and then, participants will spend time studying astronomy first-hand. A very limited number of reservations are available. Call Robert Gunn at 256-397-1019 to reserve a place at the table.

May 19-20

Lee County Garden Tour

The Lee County Master Gardeners will offer tours of 10 gardens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Advance tickets are $30 each; groups of 10 or Lake Martin Living 53

more can purchase tickets in advance at $28 each. Tickets are $36 on tour days. Ticket prices include boxed lunch from Chicken Salad Chick. The gardens are varied, and this year’s selection includes an orchid greenhouse, a delightful shade garden and a historic home. For information, visit

May 18

Camp Smile-a-Mile Ride of Love

Join in cheering on the bike riders during their last leg of the trip, which started in Tuscaloosa and ends at Children’s Harbor on Lake Martin. This event raises money and awareness for the camps held for children with terminal illnesses and their families.

May 19-20

Hatchet Creek Festival

Sign up early for this year’s twoday float trip down the beautiful Hatchet Creek in Coosa County because the event is limited to the first 100 registrants. The $40 entry fee includes shuttle service for camping gear and vehicle drivers, snacks, Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast, entertainment, private pond fishing, overnight camping with portable potties and hand-washing stations and an event T-shirt. Sponsored in part by Alabama Scenic River Trail, Central Alabama Electric Cooperative and Off the Beaten Path Alabama, in cooperation with landowners, this annual rite of spring fills up quickly. For information, call 256-377-4713 or find details at

May 25-27 RXR Fest

The Town Green at Russell Crossroads comes alive with some great music Memorial Day weekend. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. each evening, enjoy live music. For this year’s lineup, visit

May 26-27

Art on the Lake

More than 60 artists and vendors from all over the Southeast will set up on the grounds of Children’s Harbor to offer a variety of handmade goods. This family-friendly, pet-friendly event also will include a Kids’ Zone, music, cocktail bar and more. Saturday the event will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 334-857-2133 for information. 54 Lake Martin Living

May 30

Slalom Clinic with Nate Smith

Register early for this clinic to pick up tips and learn new techniques at this clinic with number one ranked slalom pro Nate Smith at Kowaliga Marine. For more information email Scott Goslin at

Season-Long Events Millerville Trade Day

Bibb Graves School on Highway 9 hosts this trade day on the third Saturday of every month from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Find books, toys, models, coins, lamps, original artwork, jewelry, clothing, antiques, glassware, quilts, home décor and more. Refreshments available.

Library Storytime in Dadeville

Storytime for children ages 5 and younger is held at the Dadeville Public Library every Tuesday at 10 a.m.

Ladies’ Book Club

Ladies 18 years of age and older are invited to participate in the club at Adelia M. Russell Library on the last Thursday of every month. Meet in the conference room at 4 p.m. Call the library at 256-234-4644 for each month’s book title.

Electronics Recycling

The City of Alexander City Public Works Department hosts an electronics recycling event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. Items accepted include computers, computer mouse, keyboards, modems or routers, CD and DVD players, power supplies, PC mix systems, home or cell phones, printers or copiers, mainframe servers, audio/video adapters, laptop chargers, cable boxes, nickel cadmium or lithium ion batteries and flat screen monitors and televisions. CRT monitors and televisions are no longer accepted. For more information, call the Alexander City Public Works Department at 256-409-2020.

Charity Bingo

Play charity bingo at Jake’s Restaurant at 16 Broad St., Alexander City at 6 p.m. every Thursday night. Cards are $1 and proceeds benefit local charities.

Coffee & Connections

Every third Tuesday of the month, the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce hosts a networking event at 8 a.m. open to any chamber member. Participants should meet at the TPI bullpen at the Lake Martin Innovation Center for coffee, a light breakfast and a chance to network with community members.

Children’s Harbor Treasures and Thrift Store

Located on Highway 63 just south of Lake Martin Amphitheater, the Children’s Harbor Thrift Store is open Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. You never know what gems you might find – from clothes and household items to boats. Proceeds help fund the activities at the Lake Martin campus of Children’s Harbor and the Family Center at Children’s Hospital. Call 334-857-2008 for more information.

Memory Makers Quilt Guild

Meet the second and fourth Mondays at the Senior Center on the Charles E. Bailey Sportplex campus. Participants come and go between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. with a business meeting at 5 p.m., followed by showand-tell. Bring sewing projects, machines and questions.

Real Island Supper

The Real Island community hosts a covered dish supper every third Friday of the month at the Real Island Volunteer Fire Department and Community Room, 1495 Real Island Rd., Equality. Everyone is welcome. Admission is $3 per adult; bring a covered dish to share. Some nights are themed, so call ahead to find out if costumes or certain types of food are in order. For more information, contact Dianne Perrett at 256-329-8724.

Santuck Flea Market

The Santuck Flea Market is held the first Saturday of each month except January and February. The Santuck Flea Market is located at 7300 Central Plank Rd., Highway 9 in Wetumpka. To list your upcoming event in Lake Martin Living magzine, send details to

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1 Kowaliga Marina 334-857-2111 255 Kowaliga Marina Rd., Alex City, AL 35010 2 The Ridge Marina 256-397-1300 450 Ridge Marina Rd., Alex City, AL 35010



33. River North Marina 256-397-1500 250 River North Rd., Alex City, AL 35010 4 Real Island Marina 334-857-2741 2700 Real Island Rd., Equality, AL 36026 5 Blue Creek Marina 256-825-8888 7280 Hwy 49 S., Dadeville, AL 36853

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6 Parker Creek Marina 256-329-8550 486 Parker Creek Marina Rd., Equality, AL 36026

Restaurants 7 SpringHouse 256-215-7080 12 Benson Mill Rd., Alex City, AL 35010





9 Homeplate Cafe 256-825-0583 191 East South St., Dadeville, AL 36853 10 Oskar's Cafe 6684 Hwy 49 S., Dadeville, AL 36853


Camp Hill

8 Catherine’s Market 256-215-7070 17 Russell Farms Rd., Alex City, AL 35010

11 Kowaliga Restaurant 256-215-7035 295 Kowaliga Marina Rd., Alex City, AL 35010 12 Bezlo's Bar and Grill 334-639-0003 65 Main Street., Eclectic, AL 36024 13 Acapulco Mexican Grill 334-283-2725 2867 Gilmer Ave., Tallassee, AL 36078


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21 McDaniels Storage Center 256-234-4583 1040 Highway 280, Alex City, AL 35010 22 Aronov Realty Lake Martin 256-825-4133 6928 AL-49 S Stillwaters Hwy, Dadeville, AL 36853 23 Centry 21 Lake Area Realty 256-825-4800 440 N Broadnax St., Dadeville, AL 36853 24 Nail's Convenient Store 334-857-3454 8394 Kowaliga Rd., Eclectic, AL 36024 25 Foshee What's, LLC 256-234-3298 2802 Dadeville Rd., Alex City, AL 35010

Hotels & Lodges 26 Creekside Lodge 256-307-1440 6993 Hwy 49 S., Dadeville, AL 36853 27 Creekside Event Center 256-307-1441 7051 Hwy 49 S., Dadeville, AL 36853

Churches 28 Red Ridge United Methodist Church 256-825-9820 8091 County Rd. 34, Dadeville, AL 36853 29 Episcopal Church of the Epiphany 334-252-8618 2602 Gilmer Avenue, Tallassee, AL 36078 30 Lake Pointe Baptist Church 256-373-3293 8352 Highway 50, Dadeville, AL 36853

Dock Builders Business & Shopping 14 Karen Channell State Farm Financial Services 256-234-3481 5030 Hwy. 280, Alex City, Al 35010

31 Lake Martin Dock Company, Inc Marine Contractor License #49146 334-857-2443 180 Birmingham Rd., Eclectic, AL 36024

15 Hodges Vineyards and Winery 256-896-4036 230 Lee Rd. 71, Camp Hill, AL 36850

32 Docks Unlimited LLC 256-203-8400 6400 Highway 63 S., Alex City, AL 35010

16 Russell Do It Center (Alex City) 256-234-2567 1750 Alabama 22, Alex City, AL 35010


20 Dark Insurance 256-234-5026 410 Hillabee Street, Alex City, AL 35010

Recreation & Entertainment

17 Russell Do It Center (Eclectic) 334-541-2132 1969 Kowaliga Rd., Eclectic, AL 36024

33 Dixie Sailing Club 767 New Hope Church Road Alexander City, Al 35010

18 Russell Building Supply 256-825-4256 350 Fulton Street, Dadeville, AL 36853

34 A Little Bit of Texas 334-300-2405 38 Kowaliga Rd., Eclectic, AL 36024

19 The Stables at Russell Crossroads 256-794-1333 288 Stables Road, Alex City, AL 35010


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Foodland Foshee Boat Dock Homeplate Restaurant Harbor Pointe Marina Lakay’s Flowers & Gifts Lake Martin Flowers & Gifts Lake Martin Community Hospital Lakeshore Discount Pharmacy Lakeside Marina Niffer's At The Lake Oskar's Cafe Payne Furniture Pearson’s Place Poplar Dawgs Public Library Pug's Place PNC Bank Russell Building Supply Shell Station Sigger’s Stillwaters Country Club Store 34 USAmeribank


Bezlo's Cafe Bless Your Heart Children’s Harbor Cotton’s BBQ Eclectic Do-It Center Johnson’s Furniture Kowaliga Marina Lake Martin Dock Lake Martin Mini Mall Nail’s Convenience Store Original Grace Peoples Bank


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Lake Martin Realty........................................................................ 32-33

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the two combatants made a pass, one of them ended ur little corner of heaven is packed with fun up hitting the sand back first. The other jouster then things to do, but maybe it would be fun to dismounted, and hand-to-hand fighting began. They import some cool activities from other areas. It can’t be just sunbathing, swimming and cruising, can it? used time-appropriate weapons, too. When I was a 12-year-old, I once tried to smuggle an authentic mace Yeah, it probably could be, but maybe we need to into the country from jolly ole England. I know a real think outside the box for some fresh ideas on occasion. mace when I see one. And, yeah, those dudes actually Here’s one to consider: used those.  My kids, wife and I were all in Atlanta a while It was truly awesome when, after our section’s back. We did all of the typical Atlanta things: hit the Yellow Knight won his battle, he gave his royal flag to aquarium; went to Lego Land; paid too much for my daughter to announce that she was the queen of the parking at the hotel; all that normal, tourist-y stuff you kingdom (and by kingdom, I mean rows HHneed to do when entertaining your children.  PP, seats 1-36).  But we did something else, too. Something There was one drawback to being thrust I didn’t even know existed in Georgia: We into a medieval fantasyland, I guess; went to a medieval jousting tournament. We apparently, forks had not yet been invented in did this at the appropriately named Medieval medieval times; therefore, all of us had to eat Times Dinner and Tournament, just outside with our hands. The half chicken, the potato of Atlanta in Lawrenceville. wedge, the dessert – everything.  Oddly enough, the place was in a mall. Now, my kids really dug that. I think my A real life, Galleria-like mall. That part youngest son would have risked getting The shocked me. At first, it felt wrong. Like an Plague if he could just eat like that all of the insomniac trying to sell a mattress. There is time. That boy ripped through his chicken something about exchanging shorts at the like it had his car keys in it. Personally, Banana Republic before heading to a jousting though, I prefer the security and familiarity tournament that seemed inauthentic at best of the knife and fork.  and downright weird at worst. Anyhoo, as opposed to most massBut a funny thing happened once I gave produced dinners everywhere, this meal was our tickets to the friendly wench at the front Luke Robinson not bad at all. Everything they served was gate. (Yes, you get to call them that; in fact, actually edible. That’s a big deal when you it is encouraged; however, it should be noted are catering to around 1,000 lords and ladies. that the lovely women taking tickets at our local movie Overall, it was an awesome experience. Much better theater do not enjoy being called wenches at all! Just an than Cats (YouTube the old SNL skit, people).  FYI.) This place was really cool.  I get that the thought of heading to suburbia to The enormity of the interior would have been hard to fathom from the parking lot. It was like walking into that check out a jousting tourney in a shopping complex is a little cheesy. Usually, if you want to see a battle in a special train station in the Harry Potter series. Or, more mall, you can go to the shopping center parking lot on fittingly, like the inside of the Keebler elves’ tree (how Black Friday. My clan was a pair of jean shorts away do they have room for all of those ovens? That’s all I’m from being completely diced, smothered and covered in asking).  a gravy of backwoods goodness; I understand that.  After a quick tour of the medieval torture chamber But look at this another way if you are having an (Note: that was not a great idea for the kids), we were issue with the idea of phony, Southern-fried British shown to our table. Everyone was seated pretty quickly accents fighting each other in chainmail: My kids were in the arena, which was divided into six vibrantly entertained to no end for two and a half hours, and they colored sections. Each section’s color corresponded to ate all of their dinner. That’s a win in my book. a knight. Each section rooted for that corresponding Could a joust-n-dinner themed establishment work knight in the tournament.  here? Maybe. You bring the horses; I will bring the After some preliminary mediocre acting from the mace. Hopefully, someone will show up with food. “king” and “princess,” the knights arrived, and the jousting began. And I do mean actual jousting. These ~ Luke Robinson is an Alexander City native who also guys must have hated recess in elementary school ‘cause writes a weekly column for The Alexander City Outlook. they did not play! The fighting seemed very, very real.  At least it looked pretty dang real to us, as every time

The Last Word

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The best memories are made at

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Russell Lands On Lake Martin is a breathtaking lake community with 25,000 acres of forest set among Lake Martin’s 40,000 plus acres of pristine water and nearly 900 miles of shoreline. The largest premier neighborhood at Russell Lands On Lake Martin is The Ridge—where ownership comes with an array of extras – The Ridge Club, a 10-acre recreation complex, miles of hiking and walking trails as well as nature and waterfront parks, and a state-of-the-art Ridge Marina -- all designed to connect you with family, friends, nature, and always, the lake.




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