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T.O. an NFL Hall of Fame candidate Alex City’s Terrell Owens among 103 nominated in his first year of eligibility By David Granger Outlook Staff Writer

Alexander City native and former Benjamin Russell Wildcat Terrell Owens, who played 15 years at wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals, is among 103 former National Football League players nominated

Wednesday for the league’s Hall of Fame. Owens is one of only 11 former NFL players nominated this year in their first year of eligibility. Others include quarterback Brett Favre, running backs Clinton Portis and Brian Westbrook, offensive lineman Alan Faneca, linebackers Keith Bulluck and Mike Vrabel, defensive backs Lawyer Milloy and Darren Sharper, place-

kicker John Carney and long snapper Ethan Albright. Owens played in 209 NFL games, starting 193 of them. He caught 1,078 passes for almost 16,000 yards – an average of 14.8 yards per catch – and 153 touchdowns. Owens’ 15,934 receiving yards is second all-time behind only Jerry Rice. His 153 See OWENS, Page 7

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Alabama’s state parks took a direct hit Wednesday night as the state budget passed by the Legislature chopped $3 million from the FY2016 operating budget for Alabama State Parks. Alabama State Parks Director Greg Lein said that he is still trying to analyze the numbers, so he is not sure what impact the cuts will have to Wind Creek State Park or any others in the state. He said it will take some time before he can determine if the loss of funds will force the closure of any of the state’s parks. “The Legislature has concluded their budgeting effort for FY2016 and made their decision to transfer funds from our Department for a fifth year in a row,” Lein said. “They make the state’s laws and we must find ways to implement them. “Our immediate task is See PARKS, Page 7

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A sign like this one created in photoshop if placed at the city boat ramp could serve as a backdrop for family photos as vacationers enjoy the lake or for fishermen posing with their catch of the day.

Councilman proposes sign at city boat ramp Councilman Tony Goss has been floating the idea of erecting a sign at the Alexander Outlook Editor City Boat Ramp that would serve as a landThe one sure way for a fisherman to prove mark for photo ops just like those adjacent to to friends that his story isn’t a tall tale is con- deep-sea charters and such. Goss mentioned firmed visual evidence. the idea at a recent council meeting and said That’s why charter boat captains and harthat he thinks if it meets with the approval bors worldwide often take pictures of fisher- of all the city departments, codes and gets men holding up their catch in front of a sign the approval of the council, it can be funded proclaiming the spot or in front of the boat’s through sponsorships and wouldn’t cost the stern with the name of the charter emblacity at all. zoned in big bold letters for the world to see. “I have this vision of a family gathered at If one Alexander City Council member has the lake, the kids in their swimmies and mom his way, that same kind of experience could and dad with the beach towels and sunglassbe coming soon to the Alexander City Boat es,” Goss said. “They may even have the skis Ramp on Lake Martin. See SIGN, Page 7 By Mitch Sneed

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Attorneys for the Southern Poverty Law Center and Alexander City filed a joint motion Thursday to put a lawsuit against the city and Police Chief Willie Robinson on hold for 60 days while settlement options are explored. The suit filed on Sept. 8 in Middle District Federal Court North Division accused the city of running “a debtor’s prison,” by jailing convicted offenders who can’t pay all fines and fees immediately after their court appearance. According to language in the motion, the city “stipulates that it will not act to incarcerate any municipal court defendant on the sole basis of nonpayment of fines or costs imposed during Alexander City Municipal Court proceedings.” SPLC Deputy Legal Director Sam Brooke explained the motion does not end the suit or the pursuit of damages, but it does create time for settlement options and end the practice that prompted the suit. “The important thing is that the practice will end while we explore a permanent, fair settlement,” Brooke said. “The city does not admit any guilt or that the process was unconstitutional, See SUIT, Page 7

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Russell Medical Center will again offer annual reduced-price prostate screenings. The screenings will be $10 on Monday, Sept. 21, and include both the blood test as well as the physician’s exam. The center has been conducting the screenings for about 20 years. Susan Foy, director of marketing at RMC, said that every year many men take advantage of the service. “They’re very important,” Foy said. According to Foy, men 50 or older need to be screened annually and African American men or someone with a history of the disease should be screened earlier, starting around 40. The results of the tests are sent through the mail and an appointment is made available with a doctor if the results are unusual. The location of the screening has moved to suite 109 on the first floor of the RMC

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ADAMS NURSING HOME OFFERS HEALTH FAIR By Corey Arwood Outlook Staff Writer

An upcoming community health fair will provide free health screenings and offer information on healthand wellness-related issues. There will also be food, entertainment and a chance to win door prizes. The event is sponsored by Adams Health and Rehab and will be held at the Alexander City SportPlex on Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to noon. The health fair is supposed to help residents get healthy and stay See FAIR, Page 7


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DEAR ABBY: Today was my high school reunion. I was the most notable student for all the wrong reasons. I was born with some birth defects and learning disabilities. I overcame them, but it was hard. While working blue-collar jobs, I lived in my car for a few years. On a cold winter night several years ago, I met Dr. X in the emergency room. He was a former classmate of mine, and we pretended not to know one another. He discovered I was living in my car and heard some of my story. Then he arranged for me to be admitted to the hospital for a day so I could get warmed up and recover. When I left the hospital, I found a $100 bill in the gas tank door of my van. I’m sure it was from him. I now have a home of my own and I’m doing OK, considering everything. When I sent my reservation and check to the reunion committee, it was returned uncashed with a

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$50 bill along with a note saying “Please don’t come.” The reunion was being held on the estate of Dr. X. I guess my classmates are more closed-minded than I thought they would be. I was hoping age would mellow them. In addition to the reservation return, I have seen a few forwarded emails mocking my attempts to find out about the event. I hope none of those people were blessed with a child with learning or physical issues. I guess people never change on some things. Thankfully, I have found nicer, caring people along my journey in life, and for that I’d like to thank all of the kind people

in the world. -- UNEXPECTED SUCCESS DEAR UNEXPECTED SUCCESS: Your letter shocked me. I am glad to know how you are doing. Although people age, it’s apparent that not all of them mature. In case you haven’t yet realized it, you weren’t the only student in your class with problems. People who would behave as you have described were obviously born without a heart. It is inexcusable for you to have been treated the way you were. In recognition of the challenges you have overcome, you should have been the guest of honor at the reunion. DEAR ABBY: I’ve been seeing a man for 15 months. I know he has three sisters and a brother. All he has said is they are not close and he doesn’t keep in touch with them. There are no cards at holiday time, no phone calls or any mention of any of them

Obituaries SSGT Harry Wayne Cowhick, Sr., US Army, Ret. 1936-2015 Funeral service for SSGT Harry Wayne Cowhick, Sr., US Army, Ret., 79, of Dadeville, Alabama will be Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 2:30 p.m at the Eagle Creek Baptist Church. Rev. Wayne Cowhick, Rev. David Johnson, and Rev. Larry Cummings will officiate. Burial will follow in the Daviston Baptist Church Cemetery. Full Honors will be provided by the United States Army. The family will receive friends on Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Eagle Creek Baptist Church. SSGT Cowhick, Sr. passed away on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at Russell Medical Center. He was born on January 9, 1936 in Sullivan City, Missouri to Elijah Adamson Cowhick and Lucy Catherine Tolle Cowhick. He was a member of Eagle Creek Baptist Church. Mr. Cowhick loved his family very much and was very active and supportive in their lives. He +

and Mrs. Lorene married in 2009, and he loved his new family as if they were his own. He retired from the armed forces after serving 23 years, which included 4 years in the Air Force and 19 years in the Army. Mr. Cowhick was active in the Russell Medical Center Auxiliary, was a member of the Alexander City Veteran’s Honor Guard, and took pride in organizing the Senior Citizen Center in Daviston. He loved nature, being outside, and gardening. He is survived by his wife, Lorene Cowhick of Dadeville; sons, Rev. Wayne Cowhick, Jr. (Susan), of Alexander City, Matt Cowhick (Brenda), of Opelika, and Mark Cowhick (Michele), of Decatur; daughters, Tammy Kelly of Talladega, Sandy Cowhick, of Sylacauga, Angel Cooper (Kent), of Sylacauga, and Kitty Cowhick (Ronnie) of Wichita, KS; step-sons, Gawen Boone (Deloris), Stanley Boone (Judy), and Jeff Boone (Kristi); twentyfour grandchildren; twentyfive great grandchildren; and sister, Florence Mae Taylor of Coos Bay, OR. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife of 50 years, Eugenia

Kellum Cowhick; brothers, Dan Cowhick and Jim Cowhick; one grandson and three great grandchildren. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be given to the Eagle Creek Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Carolyn Carter, 9317 Horseshoe Bend Road, Dadeville, AL 36853. Please make checks payable to Eagle Creek Baptist Church Building Fund. Memorial messages may be sent to the family at www.radneyfuneralhome. com. Radney Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Thomas L. Coley Mr. Thomas L. Coley of Alexander City, Alabama died September 16, 2015 and arrangements will be announced later by Wright’s Funeral Home.

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CORRECTION Will Maxwell was shot and killed by Robert Burns at House of Hutcheson funeral home in Alexander City, not Peace and Goodwill Church in Nixburg, as reported by The Outlook on Thursday. Maxwell’s funeral service took place at Peace and Goodwill.

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The last Tallapoosa County Hunter Education Course before the 2015-2016 hunting season will be held at the Hackneyville Community Center. The course will be Sept. 26 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. To register for the course go to outdooralabama.com/hunting/education or for more information call Jerry Brown at 256-839-5154.

September 18-20 ORCHID SHOW: The Alabama Orchid Society is having their 31st annual Orchid Show and Sale in the auditorium of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Sept. 18 – 20. Free admission. Show times are Friday – Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. for sales only, Saturday –Sept. 19 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. with sales open at 10 a.m., show opens to public at Noon, Sunday – Sept. 20 - 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. sales and show open at 11 a.m. Contact for more information at 205-447-5285 or www.facebook.com/alabamaorchidsociety

September 19 TRASH WALK: The next monthly PATH Trash Walk is Saturday, Sept. 19 at 9 a.m. Volunteers are asked to meet at the top part of Strand Park in Alexander City to receive supplies and assignments. YARD SALE: Great Bethel Missionary Baptist Church is hosting a church yard sale, classic cars and raffle Sept. 19 from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. The church is raffling off a 1998 Mercedes ML 320 for $10 donation. Proceeds from this event will go toward the church’s building expansion project. For more information call 256234-5513. PRAYER SUMMIT: Passion Church is hosting a prayer summit Saturday, Sept. 19 form 8 a.m. to noon Join us as we pray for our naiton, the nations of the world, our community and for individual needs. TRADE DAY: The Bibb Graves School is hosting a trade day Sept. 19 and every third Saturday of each month from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds go to renovations at the school.

September 19-20 MODEL RAILROAD SHOW: The 25th annual Wiregrass Model Railroad Show and Sale will be Sept. 19 and 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds south of Dothan. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under age 12. Vendors from throughout the southeast will have more than 100 tables of train - related merchandise for sale. Several large model railroad layouts will be running during the show. For more information call 334-7906284.

September 20 FINE ARTS ACADEMY: The First United Methodist Fine Arts Academy individual voice and instrumental lessons begin the week of Sept. 20. Call 256-2346322 for more informations BACK TO CHURCH SUNDAY: Are you feeling disconnected from God and meaningful, spiritual relationships with others? Sixth Street Baptist Church would like to invite you to “Back to Church Sunday” Sept. 20. Come give church another chance. Bible study for all ages at 8:45 a.m. and morning worship service at 10 a.m. For more information call 256-794-3074. SACRED HARP SINGING: Smyrna Primitive Baptist Church will hold its annual Sacred Harp Singing Sunday, Sept. 20. The church is located just eastof Goodwater on County Road 83. Singing begins at 10 a.m. with lunch at 11:30 a.m. and more singing in the afternoon. Bring a covered dish and join us. Listeners and singers welcome. For more information call William Futral at 256--839-6670. 50th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY: Thurman and Brenda Hamlet will be celebrating 50 years of marriage Sept. 20 at 2 p.m. at 6th Street Baptist Church in Alexander City. Please RSVP to 256625-0391. CHOIR DAY: Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Wadley is hosting choir day Sunday, Sept. 20 at 2 p.m. Guest minister is Pastor Rodreick Williams and the

Jehovah Jireh Ministry Choir. All groups, choirs and soloist are invited. GOSPEL CHOIR: The Auburn University Gospel choir will perform at Red Ridge United Methodist Church Sunday, Sept. 20 at 9:30 a.m. led by Dr. William Powell, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Auburn University and Dr. Rosephanye Powell, Charles W. Barkley Professor of Voice at Auburn U. This high-spirited ensemble performs current gospel hits and standards as well as folk spirituals. Dr. William Powell has guest conducted at Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney World, the Crystal Cathedral, Kennedy Center and Washington National Cathedral . Dr Rosephanye Powell’s catalogue of works is published by some of the nation’s leading publishers. She is one of America’s premier composers of choral music. Red Ridge choir will join them in singing “Soon and Very Soon.” CHOIR DAY: The Almighty God Baptist Church of Goodwater is hosting Choir Day Sunday, Sept. 20 at 2:30 p.m. All Choirs, groups and solo’s are invited.

September 20-23 CHURCH REVIVAL: Oak Ridge Congressional Holiness Church of Dadeville is hosting revival services beginning Sunday, Sept. 20 through Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. Rev. Harvey Miller Of Ridge Road Baptist in Opelika is the speaker. Everyone is welcome.

September 21 HORIZONS UNLIMITED: Dr. Mark Conversino of Maxwell AFB will speak at the Sept. 21 meeting from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Alexander City Board of Education.

September 22 FALL OPEN HOUSE: Volunteer Connections of Central Alabama, Inc. invites everyone to our VCCA Fall Open House on Tuesday, Sept. 22, any time from 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. We are so excited about the programs we offer to the community and we want to share information about them with you. Come by and visit with the VCCA Board of Directors. Please bring a friend or potential volunteer with you to the Open House! Light refreshments will be served. VCCA is located at 5030 Hwy 280, Suite C, Alexander City, AL 35010, (256-2340347 or vcca.al@gmail.com) in the Karen Channel State Farm Building.

September 23 HEALTH AND REHAB FAIR: Get in the Game with Adams Health & Rehab Health Fair! Come out to the Alexander City Sportsplex for Adams Health & Rehab Community Health Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 23 from 9:00 a.m. 12:00 Noon. Local vendors will provide community education, health screenings, bone density testing and many more opportunities for screenings. Do not miss this chance to learn helpful health tips as well as great food and entertainment. Please join them and show your team spirit.

September 26 CITY FEST: The Goodwater City Fest will be Sept. 26. All vendors, groups, soloists, rappers, and etc. are invited to attend and perform. For more information contact: Jessie Odum at 256-307-0147 or Brenda Simmons at 256-794-0727. BENCE FAMILY REUNION: The Bence Family Reunion will be Sept. 26 at Zion Hill Baptist Church on County Road 79. The reunion will begin around 11 a.m. Bring a covered dish for the noon meal. DRUG TAKE BACK: Walgreens in Alexander City is hosting a drug take back event Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local law enforcement will be on site

to collect old and unwanted prescription and over the counter medications. No questions will be asked. GERMANY FAMILY REUNION: The Germany family reunion will be held Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Daviston Community Center. Things will start around 11 a.m. with lunch at noon. Bring a covered dish and join us. If you have any questions, contact Johnny Germany at 256-234-7380. BENEFIT SINGING: The will be a benefit singing for Waylon Smith at New Hope Baptist Church Sept. 26 4 - 7 p.m. Donations are welcomed to help with medical costs and amputation of his leg. Singers include All For Him, God’s Mercy, and Heaven’s Express. TOY RIDE: The 3rd Annual Don Smith Memorial Toy Ride is Saturday, Sept. 26 starting at the Sportplex. Sign up at 10 a.m. and kick stands up at 11 a.m. $20 per bike and antique cars. For More information contact Tony Harris at 256-794-2969. BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL: The 15th annual Titus Bluegrass Festival is Saturday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $5 for ages 12 and over and free to children. Grab a lawn chair and head to the Titus Community Center to the likes of Prattville’s Glory Band,Solid Blue, Magnolia Drive and Baily Mountain Band. HUNTER EDUCATION COURSE: The last Tallapoosa County Hunter Education Course before the 2015-2016 hunting season will be at the Hackneyville Community Center. The course will be Sept. 26 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. To register for the course go to outdooralabama.com/hunting/education or for more information call Jerry Brown at 256-839-5154. MEN AND WOMEN CONFERENCE: Peace and Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church is hosting a Men and Women Conference Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. with guest speakers Deacon Calvin Kelley and Sister Jahazel Hooks.

September 27 CHURCH HOMECOMING: Socopatoy Church will celebrate its homecoming Sept. 27 with worship service at 11 a.m. The annual business will follow with fellowship dinner on the picnic tables. SINGING: The Dye Family will be singing at Old Union Baptist Church Sept. 27 5 p.m. Fellowship and food to follow. MEN AND WOMEN DAY: Centerview Missionary Baptist Church in Camp Hill is celebrating men and Women Day Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. Guest minister is Rev. S. Dewayne Drakeford.

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oday we salute a son of Alexander City. On Wednesday, Terrell Owns, who is native to Alexander City and attended high school just across Highway 22 from The Outlook’s officesat Benjamin Russell, was nominated in his frst year of eligibility for the National Football Leage Hall of Fame. Owens was one of 103 former players nominated and one of 11 nominated in his first year of eligibility. The NFL Hall of Fame is perhaps the greatest honor available in American football and, despite how one might feel about Owens, his numbers bear out that he belongs in Canton. Owens is second in the NFL all-time behind another former 49er, Jerry Rice, in receiving yards with 15,934. His 153 receiving touchdowns rank him third all-time behind Rice and Randy Moss. Alabama High School Athletic Association Executive Director Steve Savarese coached Owens at Benjamin Russell. Savarese said Owens was a late-bloomer who worked hard and loved his high school and his coaches. “I remember I had a talk with Terrell’s mom his sophomore year and told her the only way he was ever going to play was if he worked harder,” Savarese said. “He was so enthused after that, he started working out twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon.” And despite his antics in the pros and the role Owens played in the evolution of the NFL touchdown celebration, Savarese said the star never gave coaches a problem in high school – or later. Savarese required players to be cleanshaven and didn’t allow earrings or bandanas. “Terrell came back to visit us at Benjamin Russell after he was drafted by the 49ers,” Savarese said. “He had two of the prettiest diamond studs you’ve ever seen, one in each ear. Before he walked in our weight room, he took those studs out and slipped them in his pocket. That’s how much he loved and respected that school and those coaches.” Any time one of our own makes good – particularly approaches the pinnacle of his profession – we should be proud. And we at The Outlook are proud of this Wildcat. Congratulations, Terrell! Here’s hoping you make the Hall on first ballot.

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Communication with elected officials is the key to good government. To let your most local representatives know how you feel about state or local matters, contact any of the following. Governor Robert Bentley represents the state of Alabama and its 67 counties. He was elected to office on Nov. 2, 2010, and can be reached at 334-242-7100. His office is located at the State Capitol at 600 Dexter Avenue, Montgomery, Alabama.

Robert Bentley

Mark Tuggle (R) represents the 81st District covering Lee and Tallapoosa counties. He can be reached by phone at 256392-2006 or by email at tughd81@ gmail.com. His office is located at 110 Calhoun Street, Suite 108, Alexander City. Mark Tuggle 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 334242-7865. His office is located at 337 East Magnolia Tom Whatley Drive, Auburn.

Friday, September 18, 2015

The

Hillary Clinton’s Hindenburg-like campaign

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illary’s poll numbers are in free fall, so much so that she had to leave her vacation with friends in the Hamptons to return to her selfdescribed “fight for the poor.” It was quite the sacrifice; it’s the best time to be at the beach. Cruising to her Democrat “coronation,” all she has to do is run against herself. She has, and she’s losing. Now she will actually have to go to work in Iowa. Like any presidential candidate, she will spend a lot of time in Iowa now to get elected so she will never have to set foot in the state again. If you see a Democrat politician in Iowa, it is either during a presidential campaign or his or her Lear jet crashed. Putting on her best corn dogeating pantsuit, she suffered the awkward indignity of walking around the Iowa State Fair. Corn dogs fried in butter are a good deal there, a two-for-one. The sign should say: “Corn dogs for sale -- buy one, get type two diabetes for free.” It was fun to watch a limousine liberal like Hillary, who loves the trappings of New York and the Hamptons, having to act like she enjoyed meeting the regular folks in states like Iowa. She has to be around people who look like they would argue with the McDonald’s manager about when the breakfast service should end. She is clearly uncomfortable doing it because she believes it is beneath her. Hillary’s handlers keep her moving through events like state fairs for fear that, if she stops, she might have to answer questions. She has the look in her eyes and the fake smile of an aunt whose visiting grandnephews just put their iced tea glasses on her

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antique table without a coaster. Her favorability number is 39%. Hillary has the authenticity of a $50 Rolex sold on the street in Chinatown. Like them or loathe them, Trump and Sanders are authentic. She is losing to Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire by 22 points and in Iowa by 10 points. The Clinton campaign fears that if this could happen in New Hampshire, it could happen in the United States. Hillary has lost one third of her supporters in Iowa. It remains unclear if she has lost them or wiped them from her server database. In a recent poll, the words most associated with Hillary were “liar” and “not trustworthy.” Most Americans trust a drink served by Bill Cosby more than they do Hillary. Lying about, and then deleting, 30,000 emails from her illegal private server are what trouble most of us. And the State Department’s slow walking of legal requests to release what emails she did not delete, while redacting many of them, is troubling. Undisclosed to the public, the woman put in charge of vetting the emails for the State Department was a $2,700 Hillary donor. There is no telling what they will withhold. From being fired from the Watergate investigation, through her Arkansas and political days, there is cumulative evidence that she’s dishonest. Her tenure as Secretary of State was a disaster.

The current Syrian refugee crisis speaks to the Obama administration’s fumbling of the “red line” threat to President Assad. Clinton mishandled Benghazi and then lied about it. If she or John Kerry got something right, it would be one in a row. We used to have a government by the people and for the people. Now we have more government than we want or need, and politicians govern in spite of the people. They have one set of rules for themselves (private email server) and a second set for the rest of us. Her message of victim-baiting feminism is losing to one of selfempowerment and economic growth. Trump is even gaining ground on her with women -- and he has no experience chasing women over age 50. But Hillary’s reductive campaign theme has not changed: There should be a woman in the White House and, technically, she is a woman -- so elect her, dammit. She is also trying to channel her husband, Bill, who welcomed many women into the Oral Office. She uses the “Historic First: a Woman in the White House” mantra to obscure her dishonesty. She actually might accomplish one first: the first Clinton to be impeached before the Iowa primary. This extensive list of embarrassments would be the most humiliating things that could happen to this woman, had Hillary married better. Ron Hart is a libertarian op-ed humorist columnist, author, and TV and radio commentator. He can be contacted at Ron@RonaldHart.com or www. RonaldHart.com.

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opportunities.) And I doubt if it is the end of the world or our nation. Webster’s Dictionary defines anarchy as a state of society without government or law. Political and social disorder due to the absence of governmental control. We have not reached that point in America, nor is there a breakdown in religion. Just count the number of churches listed in The Outlook. The problem is not a breakdown of religion or the restriction of prayer during school functions. There has always been a strong religious presence in America. The problem is that too much hypocrisy exists in many of our churches. While singing, “Oh, How I Love Jesus,” churches are basically still segregated by race and denomination yet they all claim to be Christian. Ms. Sellers mentioned conservatives versus liberals. Well, Jesus was considered too liberal by the religious leaders of his time. “George Soros, Bill Gates nor Fox News will determine the next president; that will be decided by the LORD,” Ms. Sellers wrote. Once again, Ms. Sellers includes everyone in her fed-upness and frustrations, but not everyone is scared to death of what will happen after President Obama leaves office (and I emphasize President Obama because he is the President of the United States, not the President of black people). It is perplexing to me why some white people (many of whom claim to be Christians) have a problem addressing him as President Obama, not just Barack Obama or Obama. What has President Obama done that deserves impeachment, Ms. Sellers? Not everyone is against the Iran Deal or trade agreements, and without having read either. I fail to understand how you can boldly call for the impeachment of the President. No nation is independent. The United States economy is just as dependent on foreign trade as other countries are dependent on U.S. trade. If the foreign auto industries were to leave and all foreign investors would stop investing in the U.S. and all foreign countries, especially China, would demand payment of U.S. loans, our country would be in BIG trouble. So where is the independence? David Boleware Alexander City

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Suit but for now people won’t be hauled to jail simply because they don’t have the ability to pay immediately.” “We are very pleased with that development.” The motion also makes it clear that the “city retains full rights to enforce the law, to arrest offenders, to prosecute offenses, to reach plea agreements with municipal court

Fair healthy, said Janice Potts, social service director at AHR. “Anybody is welcome. The whole community is welcome to come join,” Potts said. Local vendors will provide the screenings, which will range from bone density to blood pressure checks. Potts said that the goal is to raise awareness of

Sign and a tube. But before the get in the boat and hit the lake, they stop to pose for a picture at the city boat ramp in front of that sign that says ‘Alexander City: Home of Lake Martin.’ “Then they hit that button and post it on social media and instantly it’s there for everyone across the world really to see. That’s the kind of promotion that you just can’t buy. Who knows who will see it and if it will entice others to maybe come here and visit. I think it is something that would be just a nice addition to the park there and one that people would really use.” Signs like the ones that Goss described are fixtures in resort locations and other exotic tourist spots across the globe. Examples are the marker at the Continental Divide, the one atop Pike’s Peak, Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco or along piers in Florida. “Basically it would serve as a backdrop for pictures as well as a sign that would welcome visi-

Owens receiving touchdowns rank third all-time behind Rice and Randy Moss. The Benjamin Russell High School graduate was named to the Pro Bowl six times (2000-2004 and 2007). Owens was coached at Benjamin Russell by Steve Savarese, who led the Wildcat football program from 1985 through 1996. Now the executive director of the Alabama High School Athletic Association, Savarese said Thursday Owens’ work ethic and enthusiasm were among the traits that made him a star athlete. “Terrell’s most exceptional characteristics when he was at Benjamin Russell were his work ethic, his enthusiasm and his passion to play,” Savarese said Thursday. “He was a late-developing studentathlete that only developed because of the strong support he had at home in his mom and the support of the coaches at Benjamin Russell, not just the football coaches, but the track coach, the basketball coaches, all of them. “I remember I had a talk with Terrell’s mom his sophomore year and told her the only way he was ever going to play was if he worked harder, He was so enthused after that, he started working out twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon.” Savarese added that, despite some of the antics Owens was guilty of as a

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defendants, to jail those defendants who are arrested or sentenced on grounds other than the nonpayment of fines or costs, and to otherwise carry on the efficient administration of justice within the city.” The motion also says all parties agree that the independent municipal court judge can order payment plans and community service as

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the various screenings and promote prevention by making people more alert to potential health issues earlier, all in one location. There will be entertainment for all age groups, and admission is free. For more information or to be a vendor at the event call Janice Potts at (256) 329-0847 or emails her at jpotts@usahealthcare.net.

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tors to our area,” Goss said. “We’re all on Facebook and how many times have you seen a sign behind one of your friends while they are vacation or something. We all have. It’s just one more thing that we could do, without spending one penny in taxpayer money, that would enhance the experience for people who come to our area to enjoy Lake Martin.” Goss said that the entire process could include community involvement from a design contest where people could submit ideas and let the public vote through the newspaper and social media for their favorites. Goss said the idea has only recently surfaced and would have to clear some hurdles should the city decides it is a worthy project. “I think it has a lot of potential,” Goss said. “I think if a committee were formed, there are probably a lot of people who would be interested in sponsoring something like this. I’d love to hear what other people think.”

options to those convicted. City Attorney Larkin Radney was out of town on Thursday and could not be reached for comment. All parties agreed to

report back to the court on pending matters and if a settlement is not reached, both ask for hearings in the matter to be set soon after the 60-day holding period expires.

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to now work with finance and budget authorities to analyze the impact of this additional year of transfers and our staff is already working on contingency plans to address this loss of revenue.” Lein didn’t rule out closures as a part of that contingency, but said no decisions have been made. “It’s just too early to say at this time,” Lein said. “But we were already a department that operated under a very lean budget. That makes this even tougher to digest for us.” In the previous four years, the Legislature has transferred more than $27 million from the ADCNR’s budget. The $3 million this year will mean that the department will have lost more than $30 million in funding over a five-year period. Wind Creek State Park, located on Lake Martin south of Alexander City off Alabama Highway 128, is a large contributor to the Alexander City economy. It had almost 235,000 visitors in 2014 and almost 140,000 of those stayed overnight for at least one night. Over this year’s seven-day Memorial Day week, the park drew 10,564 campers, a 25.8 percent increase over 2014. Experts with the National Parks Service say that a person who visits a park spends anywhere from $74 to $201 per day in the community closest to the park. If those numbers are accurate for state parks – even at the low end – Wind Creek brings in $1.7 million to the local economy from visitors.

The park itself also spent $394,000 locally and paid approximately $557,000 in salaries in 2014. The park features 1,445 acres adjacent to Lake Martin. The park features 586 campsites and offers ample opportunities to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. Lein said that he understands the tough financial times, but said he feels that it will be a tough blow to absorb for not only his department and employees, but for visitors as well. “We do not think it’s fair to the people of the state, and the hundreds of thousands of visitors and tourists that enjoy our parks each year, for us to speculate today on how this transfer will impact the system,” Lein said. “This remains a very serious matter for the park system, and we expect to know more within the next week to 10 days. We will share that information with the public at that time.”

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While the season is winding down in the majors, this fall has served as a spring training of sorts for the Central Alabama Community College Trojans. Wednesday marked CACC’s only two games in their fall tournament at home, which will wrap up with three games today starting at 10 a.m. In their first game on Wednesday, the Trojans faced off against Faulkner State. “In game one, it was a back-and-forth game that was 1-1, but then they went up 3-1 and all of a sudden we rallied back to tie it up 3-3,” said first-year Trojans Coach Doug Kovash. “But in the end, they scored two on three walks and two errors. We lost that one 5-3.” The Trojans got their offense going in their final game on Wednesday against Wallace-Hanceville, but Kovash said mistakes down the stretch changed the game. “We punched those four runs across in that one inning, and of course any time you get a big inning you’re going to look good,” Kovash said. “We had that lead after about three innings and then we changed pitchers, and then we let them slowly climb back into it. It turned into 4-1, 4-2 and then we gave up three in the sixth and ended up losing that one 5-4.” Overall, Kovash said the Trojans have played well enough to compete in each game they played on Wednesday. “We just had one rough inning in both of those games that caused us to lose those games,” Kovash said. “But they were good games and were very back and forth. I wouldn’t say great quality play across the board in pitching, hitting, base running and defense, but we played well enough to be in every game so far. We just come up a little short.” Wednesday also offered the Trojans a chance to see all of their freshmen pitchers in action. So far, Kovash said he was pleased with what he saw from the team’s new hurlers. “We threw all of our freshmen pitchers, and I thought they did a good job,” Kovash said. “You should win some baseball games when you give up only three or four runs. Yesterday, we gave up five and there was a letdown there, so we have to shore that up. Peyton Whitten threw three great innings in game two and I was very pleased with how he threw. In game one, Greg Stephens threw three great innings to get us started. I thought he looked really sharp. “The last guy who pitched was Garrett Brown. He pitched the last inning and got three up, three down, so that was good. He’s got one of the best arms on the team.” Kovash added that if the Trojans continue to field like they have in the fall, they will have a chance to win most ball games they play. “Defensively, we’re doing well. Just about every game we’ve played in we’ve only made one mistake. We made two in that first game,” Kovash said. “We’ve

The Cooper Community Center has begun registration for what it hopes will become a new, long-running tradition. Registration is open for the first annual Cooper Community Center Volleyball Tournament, which will be held on Oct. 17. Registration is $60 per team or $8 per player and will run until Oct. 15. “This will be our first annual community volleyball tournament, and we’re just trying to target ages 16 to adult,” said Cooper director Michael Goggans. “We’re excited about getting different churches and the whole community involved in trying to bring everybody Goggans together.” Teams are allowed to have up to eight players, and the tournament will be a one-day event. “The tournament will be for one day. Each team that signs up will be guaranteed three games,” Goggans said. “We’ll have it set up where there will be a time limit on matches depending on how many teams we get, whether it’s 15 minutes or 20 minutes. We’ll get together and make a bracket out.” Goggans said the idea for the tournament came as an opportunity to offer more community sports events. “This is kind of a slowed down period of participation for us right after we get out of our summer activities,” Goggans said. “We pretty much have a grace period all the way to December with basketball. We’ve been getting adult participation for volleyball, so we decided to open up our doors with the volleyball tournament. Me and Clavin Holtzclaw got together and we talked about doing a tournament for the area to get more participation here.” For more information or to register, visit the Cooper Community Center between 8 a.m. or 8 p.m. on weekdays or call 256-329-6799.

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Above, Central Alabama Community College’s Charlie Leisy delivers a pitch during Wednesday’s game against Wallace-Hanceville. Below, Corbin Horst takes a swing during Wednesday’s game.

been fielding very well in the games and I’ve been pleased with our defensive effort across the board. We should be able to win or be in most of the games if we continue to do that.” As for areas he would like to see improvement, Kovash said the Trojans will look to work on their base running and hitting. “Our base running, I’d like to get some things moving. We haven’t really worked on it as far as base stealing, delayed steals and first-and-third plays,” Kovash said. “We’ve got some work to do base running. We’re average there at this point. We’ve got to get our better runners running and

offensively we’ve got to do more things as far as push bunts and drag bunts. I think we’re going to have to develop that to a be a weapon if we continue to hit the way we are. We’re just not piecing our hits together. That’s how good teams become good.” Kovash said this fall has served as an evaluation period to find out what the Trojans can do on the field. He said the team is off to a good start, but will look to establish a lineup and learn to finish games in the spring. “One of the things that happens in the fall is we get to see who can do what. It’s an evaluation period and you’re looking for the players you’re going to be able to play come spring time,” Kovash said. “We’re starting to see some of those guys emerge. It’s a long fall with a winter training period, and then once we start playing in the spring the lineup will even change at that point in time. We’re seeing how they’re meshing with each other, are they working together and are they working hard. At this point in time, I think we’re off to a good start. “We’re certainly not playing good baseball for seven innings every single day, but we’re showing glimpses of playing good baseball. We need to play better from start to finish.”

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Brett Pritchard

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Aug 18, 2015 Alex City Outlook