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Judge orders church lawsuit parties to negotiate April 28 trial set if former Great Bethel leaders and pastor can’t reach a deal By MITCH SNEED Editor
A judge has asked attorneys for opposing sides in a civil lawsuit involving former leaders at Alexander
City’s Great Bethel Baptist Church and the church’s longtime minister Rev. Dr. Emerson Ware Jr. to take 60 days to try to come to an agreement or be ready to take the suit to trial. In what was supposed to be a motion hearing Wednesday morning, Judge Ray Martin set a trial date of April 28, but instructed Alexander City attorney Mitch Gavin, who represents the former trustees and Jason Jackson, who represents Ware to try to negotiate a settlement. Martin toyed with the idea of sending the
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The Alabama Senate passed the Sadie Grace Andrews Act on Tuesday. The bill sponsored by Senator Tom Whatley (R-Auburn) requires commercial food service establishments to secure the covers of grease traps to restrict unauthorized access. In October of 2017, 3-year-old Sadie Grace Andrews drowned in a 6-foot deep grease trap outside of Bruster’s Real Ice Cream on East University Dr. in Auburn. After the tragic, accidental death at the ice cream parlor, Whatley promised to work with Sadie’s family to find a way to prevent further accidents. “It’s always a tragedy when a life is lost due to an oversight. It’s even more tragic when that life is a child’s,” Whatley said. “It was an honor to work with the Andrews family on this legislation. Thank you to my colleagues in the Senate for passing this bill and ensuring nothing like this happens again.” Sadie’s family spoke in favor of the idea last week during a Health and Human Services Committee meeting on the legislation. Her father Tracy Andrews said he was “unaware that something so dangerous even existed.” “I hope this law will help bring awareness to this issue and that it will prevent something like this from ever happening again,” Andrews said.
two sides to mediation, but settled on having the attorneys try to broker a deal. The suit, which was filed on behalf of a group of the church’s board of directors on Oct. 12, 2017, seeks to recover nearly $100,000 as well as complete records and accounting of charges dating back to 2001 made using a business credit card issued in the church’s name. The suit also asks the court to determine which set See BETHEL • Page 3
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About 110 local seniors were treated to a special Valentine’s Day luncheon and show Wednesday at the Sportplex gym as Alexander City’s Frank Tapley and River Bank & Trust teamed up to present a barbecue meal and a performance by singer and impressionist Kevin Adams. The singer is best known for his portrayal of Elvis, but he Wednesday gave those in attendance his full Revue of the Stars. Adams performed Elvis songs in character, but did numbers from Tony Orlando and Dawn, Buddy Holly, Johnny Mathis, Roy Orbison and many others. Gospel Radio Show host Ronnie Betts hosted the show, welcoming the crowd and introducing Adams to those on hand. “I have been knowing him for about 10 years and he is just so great with the people,” Tapley said. “I had him here for the Christmas Parade in December and then with the help of River Bank and Ronnie Betts and others were able to put this together. We were glad to do it and glad all the folks had a great time.” To see more photos, see Page 3 inside.
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‘Reality Check’ opens eyes for BRHS freshmen Groups of ninthgraders from Benjamin Russell High School spent part of Wednesday morning taking part in a special program in the high school gym, learning more about the financial world and what it takes to be fiscally responsible in the real world. The Reality Check program presented the freshmen with a lifestyle scenario, including a monthly income and
specific needs that must be met, such as children. With the income and needs in mind, the students had to find ways to make ends meet with the resources available to them. “This is our third year doing this,” BRHS Principal Dr. Anthony Wilkinson said. “It is completely student-centered. They get different lifestyle scenarios and have to figure out how to live on a budget.” “This event is twofold,” business teacher See REALITY • Page 3
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DEAR ABBY: My wife passed away two years ago at age 40 after a long bout with cancer. We had three children, ages 7 to 12. I am 44 and engaged now to a wonderful woman. We are planning to have a small wedding with fewer than 50 guests. While the kids and I are doing well, my late wife’s mother, “Karen,” is still grieving. She has a forceful personality and can be quite pushy. She lives nearby. We have not finalized the arrangements or sent out invitations. Karen has been asking if she and my former father-inlaw are invited, but we haven’t answered her yet. She says she’s hurt because she feels we don’t want her there. Is it proper etiquette to invite the parents of a deceased spouse to a remarriage? The only people she would know aside from us would be my parents, who need to bond with my
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Obituaries William Johnson William Johnson of Dadeville, Alabama passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Select Specialty Hospital Atlanta, Georgia. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Wright’s Funeral Home.
Floyd J. McCain The funeral service for Floyd J. McCain, age 81, of Alexander City will be held on Friday, February 16, 2018 at 2 PM at Lystra Baptist Church with Rev. Josh Barkley, Rev. Zenus Windsor and Rev. Kenneth Fuller officiating. Burial with military honors and a masonic graveside service will follow in the Clay County Memory Gardens. Visitation will be tonight from 5:30 until 8 PM at Benefield Funeral Home in Lineville. Mr. McCain will lie in state for one hour prior to service time at the church. benefieldfuneralhome.com
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Members of the Alexander City Fire Department trained on a house fire designed to help rid the city of an unwanted and potentially dangerous structure on Marshall Street Wednesday morning. About three weeks ago firefighters trained for attic and ceiling fires and smoke-filled buildings in the same structure. The fire burned very hot and a plume of black smoke could be seen rising hundreds of feet into the air. Fire personnel were on the scene for more than three hours.
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About 110 local seniors were treated to a special Valentine’s Day luncheon and show Wednesday at the Sportplex gym as Alexander City’s Frank Tapley and River Bank & Trust teamed up to present a barbecue meal and performance by singer and impressionist Kevin Adams. He’s best known for his portrayal of Elvis, left, but he can also perform as stars like Johnny Mathis, right.
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Mandy Durr said. “We want our students to recognize their parents don’t have an endless budget. We also want to open their eyes to how expensive it can be to live.” Since starting this, the Reality Check event has been aimed solely at ninthgraders, but Durr said the groups going through Wednesday and today would be the first to go back through the program again when they reach their senior year, in order to see what may have caused them to change their minds and think about all of this in a different way. After students received their lifestyle scenario, they went around to a number of booths around the gym, each representing a different facet of the adult world. At one stop, the freshmen had to calculate their utility costs, another allowed them to either purchase or rent a house, a third booth acted as a bank for setting up checking accounts and one represented the random turns life can unexpectedly take. There were also optional stops along the way, such as post-secondary education and giving donations to charitable organizations. Other Benjamin Russell
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Ninth-graders at Benjamin Russell High School go from station to station during Wednesday’s Reality Check event. The event helps the freshmen understand the need for being fiscally responsible in today’s world.
students, sophomores, juniors and seniors alike worked the different tables helping the freshmen calculate up how much of their monthly income remained after each expenditure. These students were chosen because they either currently were or had previously taken one of the business classes offered at the high school. Many of them felt this was a successful program to offer, giving the participants a better understanding of financial responsibility, as well as
a little bit of guidance for their future lives. “I feel like our generation is one of the last ones that grow up and know what we’re doing,” senior Drake Bulin at the housing table said. “I think this really opens up their eyes.” “We were working the insurance table earlier, and we had students who were coming up and buying insurance before they had purchased a house or a car,” Bulin’s partner Connor Adair said. “Some of them are being
careless, but others are being smart,” senior Kylee Reeder said. “This will help when it comes to the real world.” “Sometimes life throws things at you, good or bad. You really have to budget well for the things that may happen,” sophomore Bea Graves said. “It’s been eye opening, seeing how much a child costs,” sophomore Devin Bradford said. “Get your life started first, then start a family,” Bradford’s partner at the
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of bylaws are legally the ones by which the church is governed, citing changes made this summer by Ware to bylaws that have been in place since 1980. Court documents show the suit was filed by Gavin on behalf of the group on Oct. 12. Named as plaintiffs in the suit are Calvin Broughton, Jimmy Brock, David Dexter, Willie George Robinson, Jimmy Boleware, Robert Boleware Jr., Raymond Caffey and Richard Burton. The suit alleges that the church is owed $32,400 by Ware for owing money the church received from the Alexander City Housing Authority for housing assistance payments for the years 2006 through 2012 the suit claims was transferred improperly to Ware. The suit also alleges that
Ware moved his daughter into that home which is owned by the church in 2006. Count Three of the suit seeks $59,653 for what is described as “money received by (Ware) which was not authorized for mortgage payments and other undocumented payments during the period from July 19, 1999 to Dec. 21, 2013.” The suit is meant to give proper financial accounting and recover Great Bethel funds, Gavin said. Since the suit was filed, Ware, through a motion and counterclaim foiled by Jackson, has denied any wrongdoing and has demanded that the former trustees relinquish control of any money that they have secured. The counterclaim also alleges that members of the board also acted improperly.
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The plaintiffs have denied all accusations brought forward in the Ware’s counterclaim according to a motion filed by Gavin with the court. In January, Ware was found not guilty of making harassing communications in city court, despite admitting that shortly after the suit was served on his wife that he called one of the suit’s plaintiff’s Robert Boleware and told him “the next time I see you I’m going to whip your ass.” Alexander City Municipal Court Judge Randy Haynes explained the verdict. “That wasn’t friendly, not polite and certainly not what you expect from a minister,” Haynes said in court that day. “But I don’t think that rises to the level of a crime. I find the defendant not guilty.”
childcare table Alaina Young added. After the exercise concluded, Durr gathered all the ninth-graders up on the bleachers, asking the students if any of them had gone broke attempting to meet all of their needs, to which a number of participants said they had. Many of them also found themselves having to take a second job in order to make ends meet. While some said this had been a fun exercise +
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state education budget was approved by the Alabama State House of Representatives Tuesday and there were several items that should be a boost to education in our state. One of the items that stood out as a positive development was funds that will provide more than 2,500 additional four-year-olds to enroll in the state’s highquality, voluntary First Class Pre-K program in the 2018-2019 school year. HB 175 is the FY 2019 Education Trust Fund. This bill appropriates $97.5 million to the state’s pre-kindergarten program; $20 million more than the program’s current funding level. If cleared by the Senate and signed into law, the $20 million expansion, along with funding from the final year of the state’s four-year federal Preschool Development Grant, would enable the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education, which manages the First Class Pre-K program, to add approximately 142 new classrooms. Governor Kay Ivey praised the Alabama House of Representatives for its passage of the Alabama Trust Fund Budget, which in addition to the Pre-K funding hike, also included pay raises for education employees. “Today, the House of Representatives passed an education budget similar to the one I proposed in January that represents the largest investment in education in a decade,” Ivey said in a released statement. “This budget gives teachers a muchdeserved pay raise, provides additional funding for our proven First-Class Pre-K program and funds the efforts of my ‘Strong Start, Strong Finish’ education initiatives. I commend Representative Bill Poole and the House leadership for their tireless efforts to send a very admirable education budget to the Senate.” While this budget is a great start, we hope it is just the first step in getting our state’s K-12 education on better footing. Stability in leadership and sticking with a proven curriculum that can help improve student development should be equally high on the state’s priority list. Then we need to make sure Alabama spends the money to fund a testing and assessment system with a strong track record. Then and only then can we see where the state’s educational strengths and weaknesses lie and we can make sure students have what they need to succeed.
Please don’t kiss my baby I just read where several school systems in North Alabama cancelled classes due to the flu. One of those systems affected was Guntersville City Schools. I spoke to their faculty to kick off the 201718 school year, which really has nothing to do with my article. Quite frankly, it’s just a shameless plug. I majored in marketing in college. Please keep me in mind for your next event. At any rate, I’ve heard of snow days, but flu days are something new. I applaud the superintendents for making the call. The flu is something serious this year. In Alabama alone, there have been more than 50 deaths attributed to the flu. One would think that only infants and elders are susceptible to death, but that’s just not the case. Some of the individuals were in tip-top shape and in the prime of their lives. I’m no doctor and have never played one on TV, but in my younger days, I was an Army medic, so I at least know how to give out Motrin and foot powder. In my older days, I’m a 45-year-old father of the sweetest little baby in the whole wide world. I would do anything to protect her and one of those protective measures is keeping her at home. If not, everyone in the world would want to kiss her. Don’t kiss my baby.
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Outside of Lucy, Emily, and the grandparents, only five or six people have seen Abigail Jennings since we left UAB back on Veterans Day. We just can’t be too careful. I can’t wait for the rest of my family, my brothers born to different mothers, and others to see our precious little miracle baby. Just don’t kiss my baby. Lucy stays at home with the baby so much that she’s on the verge of cabin fever, although today, I think she and her mother are taking Abigail for a stroll through Horseshoe Bend National Military Park. It’s good for them to get out for some fresh air, just as long as they don’t come into contact with anyone. So, if the ghosts of Andrew Jackson, Sam Houston, and Davy Crockett decide to show up, they’d better not try to kiss my baby. On a side note, Sam Houston is a distant relative on Lucy’s side of the family, Davy Crockett had a cool hat, and Andrew Jackson is on the $20 bill. Why do I bring that up? Well, because money is nasty. While Lucy stays at home most days, I go to the store almost daily. I touch that nasty money and
those nasty buggies. Yes, I call them buggies. When I worked at Kroger, they tried calling them bascarts. Shakespeare once said, “A buggy by any other name is just as nasty.” They are buggies and will always be buggies, filthy buggies at that. Grocery stores have sanitizing wipes next to the buggy corral for a reason, so please use them. If not for yourself, do it for your family and friends. Consideration of others can and will help combat the flu. If you’re sick, stay at home. Avoid close contact with people who are sick or are potentially sick, even when they say they’re not sick. Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Wash your hands and wash them often, especially if you are out and about throughout the day. Also, avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. There are no guarantees, but these measures will go along way in keep you and your loved ones healthy this flu season. And lastly, firstly, and all points in between, don’t kiss a baby, especially mine. That’s a good way to get drop-kicked through the goalposts of life. Jody Fuller is a comic, speaker, writer and soldier with three tours of duty in Iraq. He is also a lifetime stutterer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please visit www.jodyfuller.com
District 1. His phone number is 256-3920344. His address is 1821 LaVista Road, Alexander City, AL 35010. Chairman of the Public Safety committee. District 2. Her phone number is 256-750-0663. Her address is 786 I Street, Alexander City, AL 35010. Chairman of the Buildings and Property committee.
Scott Hardy represents District 3. His phone number is 256-4962450. His address is 549 Sleepy Hollow Drive, Alexander City, AL 35010. Chairman of the Parks and Recreation committee.
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Tim Funderburk represents District 6. His phone number is 256-825-2993. His address is 1431 River Oaks, Alexander City, AL 35010. Chairman of Utilities committee.
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.” —John 13:34-35
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fter a House Committee and then my colleagues on the House floor voted to move forward the ‘Childcare Safety Act’ recently, we are one big step closer to stopping another tragedy. Last August, like many others across the state, I was absolutely heartbroken to hear of the loss of Kamden Johnson. I was especially heartbroken because we had gotten so close during last year’s session to passing this bill that would put in place very basic yet essential safeguards for our children in day care centers in Alabama. Currently, our state does not require day care centers affiliated with churches to meet even the most basic standards. We are one of only a handful of states that allow child care facilities to use an exception for churches to avoid meeting any standards. So, while the state inspects restaurants, tattoo parlors, and hair salons to ensure a certain level of safety, we do not inspect half of the childcare centers in Alabama. That means everyday thousands and thousands of children across
lum and the like. Even after making clear PEBBLIN that the legislation would do no such thing, it died in the WARREN very last days of the session. Columnist That cannot happen again. Our state’s children are the most vulnerable of our the state attend daycare cen- citizens and we cannot let ters that do not meet even them down anymore. They the most basic standards. deserve a safe place to learn Unfortunately too, many and play. of the daycares that claim After the tragedy over a religious exemptions the summer, I said this year don’t really have a genuine would be different. It must connection to a religious be different. We must put institution but are just using politics and special interests them as a shield to get out aside and do what is right. of meeting basic requireI hope with all my heart ments such as background that our colleagues in the checks for staff and fire and Senate will follow our lead safety inspections. and the listen to the voices This cannot stand any of state and local officials longer. This is not about across the state, parents and religion. This is about ensur- other caregivers and pass ing the most basic level this legislation as soon as of safety for our children. possible. These are basic elements We must do it for the criminal background checks sake of all our state’s chilon the people whose care dren. They are counting on children are being placed us. We cannot lose one more into and yearly inspections. precious little life. Never Last year, despite being again. passed out of the House with a good bit of bipartisan Rep. Pebblin Warren support, the legislation got represents Macon County, held up by a small number as well as parts of Lee of Senators who voiced and Tallapoosa Counties concerns about this being an in the Alabama House of attempt to influence curricu- Representatives.
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Fifty years on from the tumultuous, transformational experiences of 1968, Auburn High School is organizing a ceremony to honor veterans of the Vietnam War. On March 29, in conjunction with National Vietnam Veterans Day, Auburn High School will host the East Alabama Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Ceremony on its campus, in the performing arts building, beginning at 6 p.m. CST. The ceremony will offer an opportunity for reflection, remembrance and celebration, in addition to providing a chance to right the bitter or dismissive reactions so many veterans experienced
upon returning to the United States after their tours of duty, as Auburn High School history teacher Dr. Blake Busbin explained. “This ceremony allows the greater East Alabama region to demonstrate our gratitude for the devotion and sacrifice of those who served during this period,” Busbin said. “The Vietnam War was one of the most consequential events of the 20th century for America, yet we have not taken the time to honor our veterans who accepted the call for duty regardless of the circumstances of the time or conflict.” Medal of Honor recipients retired U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie Adkins, an Opelika resident, and retired U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. James Livingston, an Auburn University graduate, will share their reflections
on service in the Vietnam War. Joe Galloway, a Vietnam War correspondent and co-author of We Were Soldiers Once…and Young, will deliver the keynote address. In partnership with the Twin Cities Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans, participating Vietnam and Vietnam period veterans who have not already been so recognized will be presented with the official 50th anniversary commemoration lapel pin provided by the Department of Defense. The AHS choir will perform, and Vietnam-era military vehicles will be on display. A reception with light refreshments will follow. Vietnam and Vietnam-period veterans and their families are invited to attend this special event. Gold Star families are also encouraged to participate in
memory of their fallen family members. For more information or to RSVP, please email Busbin at wbbusbin@ auburnschools.org or call Auburn High School at (334) 887-2120. Auburn High School is located at 1701 E. Samford Ave. Beginning in 2014, over 500 students at Auburn High School have participated in the AHS Veterans Project, an effort to honor veterans through preserving their stories for the Library of Congress. Since then, 274 oral histories, primarily those of Vietnam veterans, have been recorded. These efforts been recognized by the National Council for the Social Studies, Alabama Public Television (APTV), and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund as a model program for conducting veteran oral histories.
State AG, local officials speak on opioid crisis By COREY ARWOOD Staff Writer In conjunction with the unveiling a new rehabilitation service, Elmore Community Hospital held an event with state, local and law enforcement officials speaking on the impact of the opioid crisis in Alabama and Elmore County. Attorney General Steve Marshall lauded the hospital’s undertaking with its Nu Direction Chemical Detox Program. He was speaking to the crowd of health and public service employees gathered in the Ivy Creek Café a little after 8 a.m. Tuesday morning. Marshall spoke over 20 minutes, drawing from his background in prosecution as a district attorney in what he said was a meth-riddled Marshall County. Director of Operations Amanda Hannon introduced the speakers and addressed the hospital’s new program. “Elmore Community Hospital offers chemical dependency services through our Nu Direction program. A Nu Direction provides detoxification services for individuals that are ready to take the first step towards rehabilitation,” Hannon said. Elmore County Schools Superintendent Richard Dennis and Wetumpka Police Department Assistant Chief Greg Benton spoke prior to Marshall. Dennis talked about the effect of prescription drug use in schools, but emphasized the effect it had on children by parents caught in addiction. “In most cases, I deal with adults. That’s where the issue is, children act the way they act because of the way they are raised or not raised. Children are the ones who are suffering under this and the people that we see impacted … it’s their parents, it’s older siblings, uncles, aunts that then turn and abuse them in a family setting,” Dennis said, before opening the floor to Benton. Benton was speaking on behalf of Wetumpka Mayor Jerry Willis. He said despite its small-town atmosphere the region was beleaguered by opioid addiction like others. “You wouldn’t think that we have a problem in Wetumpka and Elmore County. I can assure you that we do. People that you know, you probably know someone that is an addict and you couldn’t tell by looking at (them).”
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State Attorney General Steve Marshall spoke Tuesday at Elmore Community Hospital on opioid addiction and its effect on the state and the nation. Marshall said there was significance to the speakers’ backgrounds at the event. He said as an educator, law enforcement official and state prosecutor they saw a different side of what has been billed as a national epidemic. “We are on the receiving end of what we are seeing, of what we are seeing in this community, in this state, in this nation about the crisis that we face as a result of the opioid addiction that exists,” Marshall said. He said he took statistics to Gov. Kay Ivey in his efforts to address an issue put into the spotlight by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Of those statistics he said he shared that a drop in life expectancy across the country was due to America’s opioid dilemma, which he said made up for consumption of 80 percent of the total manufactured. “And that sounds a little bit off because, gosh, maybe there are some people that don’t have good healthcare or access to doctors and hospitals, but if you compare us to some of our peers, for example in Europe, we consume four times as many opioids. In Japan it’s ten times,” Marshall said. “Alabama is not unique and we’re not immune to what’s going on. We are number one per capita (in) opioid prescriptions in this country, 1.2 per person.” He said from 2010-2014 hydrocodone was the most prescribed drug, with 120 million prescriptions. Due to implementation of policies, however, Marshall said it was now down to number four. Marshall said now the focus should shift from finding blame to finding solutions.
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Above, Mallory Hagan, the former Miss America turned candidate for Alabama’s 3rd congressional district, spoke to Harvey Levin and Charles Latibeaudiere, below, on TMZ Live about her campaign.
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Mallory Hagan, the former Miss America turned candidate for Alabama’s 3rd congressional district, spoke to Harvey Levin and Charles Latibeaudiere on TMZ Live about her budding campaign. “OK, look, we don’t endorse candidates on this show, “Harvey said. “And I’m not endorsing you by any means because that’s not what we do, but I will say you’re mighty impressive.” Hagan, who is a former Alexander City resident, said her inspiration lo run came from seeing only four women under 40 years old in Congress. She felt a lack of representation in the House and that it was her time to step up. “From a generational and a gender standpoint, I’m not being represented in our House of Representatives,” Hagan said. “And so after I realized the power of my own voice through the scandal the Miss America organization had over the past couple of months, some people came to me and said this may be an opportunity for you to throw your hat in the ring.” Hagan said that finding Alabama at the bottom of the list when it comes to healthcare, education, and areas of concern nationally was enough for her to fight for a seat at the table.
She also highlighted her very strong background and advocacy. Hagan lobbied on Capitol Hill, and one of her many accomplishments was restoring funding in the nation’s budget for child advocacy centers in 2014. This is not the first time Hagan has reentered the public spotlight since being crowned Miss America. Hagan was central to the controversy that led to former Miss America CEO Sam Haskell’s resignation last December. Emails exchanged between Haskell and Miss America executives show Haskell maligning former pageant contestants, particularly Hagan. She told of her plan to continue to hold and attend listening sessions in the 3rd district. Hagan is running against the 16-year incumbent Mike Rogers. The primary election for the 3rd congressional district in Alabama is in June and the final election is in November.
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Friday, February 16
PAGEANT: God’s Beautiful Creations Pageant will be Friday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall of Sardis Missionary Baptist Church in Dadeville. The event is sponsored by the music ministry. There will be five categories and all ages are welcome to participate. There will also be an outstanding couple category. To participate, please contact any of the Sardis Missionary Baptist Church choir members. MOTOWN MAGIC: Alexander City Arts is hosting Motown Magic Friday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. at the BRHS Auditorium. The show celebrates 50 years of number hits and moves through the decades of Motown chart topping hit artists and groups like The Temptations, The Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Smokey Robinson, Tami Terrell, The Marvelettes and Gladys Knight.
Saturday, February 17
PANCAKE BREAKFAST: The Dadeville Kiwanis Club will be holding its annual pancake breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 17 from 7 until 11 a.m. at the Dadeville Elementary School Cafeteria. Tickets are $6 per person and include all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, ham, coffee, juice and milk. For tickets, see any member of the Dadeville Kiwanis Club, or contact Tony Johnson at 256-825-6364 or Peggy Bullard at 256-825-9415. POLAR LEAP: Wind Creek State Park is hosting a Polar Leap Saturday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. to leap into the icy waters of Wind Creek State Park. Hot chocolate and coffee will be provided for participants. The event is weather permitting and there is a park entry fee for non-campers. 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 Feb. 17 from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Refreshments are also available.
Sunday, February 18
GOSPEL SINGING: The Kempters will be in concert at Hillabee Baptist Church Sunday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome. FAMILY AND FRIENDS DAY: Haven United Methodist Church is hosting Family and Friends Day Sunday, Feb. 18 at 2:30 p.m. Guest minister will be Rev. Bobby Hargrove III. Percy Nolan is pastor of Haven United Methodist. BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROGRAM: Friendship Baptist Church is hosting a Black History Month program Sunday, Feb. 18 at 1:30 p.m. The guest speaker will be District 23 Senator Hank Sanders.
Thursday, February 22
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SENIORX: Deborah Jones of SenioRx will be at the Alexander City Chamber Thursday, Feb. 22 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. This event is sponsored by the East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission (Area Agency on Aging). For more information, contact Jones at 1-800-361-1636 or 256-7613575.
Saturday, February 24
PANCAKE BREAKFAST: There will be a pancake breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 6 to 11 a.m. at Faith Temple Church Gym located at 425 Franklin Street. Tickets are $6 for all-you-can-eat pancakes in house and sausage, juice and coffee. Carry out is also available. This is a fundraiser for the Faith Christian Academy’s Robotics team, which will compete in the National WWII Museum’s Robotics Challenge in New Orleans in May.
Tickets are available from FCA students and at the door. FAMILY 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, Feb. 24. Begin with hot dogs, pizza, chips, and soft drinks.
Monday, February 26
HORIZONS UNLIMITED: Dr. James Hansen will present “Neil Armstrong” to Horizons Unlimited Monday, Feb. 26 starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Alexander City Board of Education. Horizons Unlimited membership is $20 per person or $30 per couple. Registration for winter quarter began Jan. 8. ROOK TOURNAMENT: The New Site Senior Activity Center will be holding a rook tournament Feb. 26 beginning at 9 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers, and a luncheon will be provided. All participants must register by Feb. 22. The registration fee is $5, and players must bring their own partner. For more information or to register, contact Senior Activity Center Director Jan Kennedy at 256-7941933.
Saturday, March 24
EASTER EGG HUNT: Wind Creek State Park is hosting an Easter egg hunt Saturday, March 24 at 10 a.m. Most eggs will have small prizes and prize eggs will be hidden for each age division. The age divisions are 0-2 years old, 2-4 years old, 5-8 years old and 9-12 years old. The event will take place in the north picnic area across from the beach. There is a park entry fee for non-campers.
Wednesday, March 29
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VIETNAM VETERANS WELCOME HOME: The Auburn Veterans Project is celebrating and reflecting on the service and sacrifice of Vietnam veterans March 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Auburn High School auditorium. Speakers will be Joe Galloway and Medal of Honor recipients Bennie Adkins and James Livingston. Family is welcome to accompany their veteran and there will be a light reception afterwards. Visit auburnveteransproect. weebly.com/east-alabama-vietnamveterans-welcome-home-cermony. html. Attendees are asked to RSVP in advance by either emailing Blake Busbin at wbbusbin@auburnschools. org or by calling Auburn High School at 334-887-2120.
Sunday, March 4
FULL MOON HIKE: Wind Creek State Park is hosting a full moon hike Saturday, March 31 at 7 p.m. The hike will begin at dark in the north picnic pavilion. There is a fee for noncampers.
CHURCH REVIVAL: The Family Worship Center at 1676 Sewell Street is hosting revival services Feb. 28, March 1 and March 2 at 6:30 p.m. with Evangelist Apostle W.T. Traylor. Everyone is welcome. PASTOR ANNIVERSARY: New Style Baptist Church on Coosa County Road 20 in Equality is celebrating Pastor Richard Ellis Taylor’s third anniversary Sunday, March 4. Rev. Yeasive Ware of Opelika is the featured speaker at 11 a.m. and Pastor Robert L. Harbrove III of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in Alexander City is the featured speaker at 2 p.m. PASTOR ANNIVERSARY: Corinth Baptist Church in Kellyton is hosting the 26th Pastoral Celebration for Pastor Jimmy Brooks Jr. and wife Patricia March 4 at 11 a.m. The guest speaker will be Pastor Jeffrey Wilson of First Baptist Church in South Pell City.
Saturday, March 10
PANCAKE BREAKFAST: The Alexander City Kiwanis Club is hosting a pancake and Conecuh sausage breakfast March 10 from 6 to 10 a.m. at the Benjamin Russell High School cafeteria. Tickets are $6 and include all you can eat. Carry out is also available.
Tuesday, March 13
GREATER TUNA: Alexander City Arts is hosting “Greater Tuna,” Tuesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. at the BRHS Auditorium. It is a hilarious comedy about Texas’ third smallest town where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies.
SPORTING CLAY SHOOT: The 12th annual Ronald Koon Sporting Clay Classic benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of the Lake Martin Area will be held March 16 and 17. Friday night there will be a calcutta and steak dinner at the Alexander City Elks Lodge and the shoot will be Saturday at the Lower Wetumpka Shotgun Sports Club. If you would like to participate or sponsor a sign please contact Stacey Jeffcoat by calling 256-234-4757 or emailing at email@example.com.
Saturday, March 17
PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Comer Methodist Men’s Club is hosting a pancake breakfast Saturday, March 17 from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. It is eat in or carry-out and is $6 a plate.
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GREASE: The Dadeville High School Theater program is producing “Grease” April 6 at 7 p.m., April 7 at 7 p.m. and April 8 at 3 p.m. at the Dadeville High School Auditorium.
THROW AWAY DAYS: The Middle Tallapoosa Clean Water Partnership and the Tallapoosa County Commission are holding Throw Away Days April 9-10. Dumpsters will be located at the Alex City Annex at 395 Lee Street, Double Bridges on Highway 63, the Old Daviston School on Highway 22, the Camp Hill Town Hall at 309 Holley Ave. and the Union Community Center at 4191 Highway 50. Dumpsters will be available at no charge to residents.
Thursday, April 12
AIN’T MISBEHAVIN: Alexander City Arts is hosting “Ain’t Misbehavin,” Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m. at the BRHS Auditorium. It is a tribute to African American musicians of the 1920s and 30s who were part of the Harlem Renaissance.
THROW AWAY DAYS: The Middle Tallapoosa Clean Water Partnership and the Tallapoosa County Commission are holding Throw Away Days July 16-17. Dumpsters will be located at the Alex City Annex at 395 Lee Street, Double Bridges on Highway 63, the Old Daviston School on Highway 22, the Camp Hill Town Hall at 309 Holley Ave. and the Union Community Center at 4191 Highway 50. Dumpsters will be available at no charge to residents.
THROW AWAY DAYS: The Middle Tallapoosa Clean Water Partnership and the Tallapoosa County Commission are holding Throw Away Days October 15-16. Dumpsters will be located at the Alex City Annex at 395 Lee Street, Double Bridges on Highway 63, the Old Daviston School on Highway 22, the Camp Hill Town Hall at 309 Holley Ave. and the Union Community Center at 4191 Highway 50. Dumpsters will be available at no charge to residents.
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speed, some of whom even blow past buses stopping to pick up or drop off children. Along with this, Hill said an increase in log truck traffic has caused more concerns for those living on the road, and asked for the city to try and find a solution, including potentially lowering the speed limit to perhaps as low as 25 mph. “We will be doing a survey on this and look at increasing police patrols,” Smith said. Resident Ann Campbell said she filed a report with the city on Jan. 22 regarding a potential violation of the weed abatement and nuisance ordinance and wanted to know about the progress. “It seems we’re not moving along as efficiently as we could be,” she said. Smith said there were certain legal procedures that have to be followed when dealing with violations, so there is some time involved in taking care of such issues. At the same time, the mayor agreed with Campbell’s sentiments that it does feel like it takes a good bit of time to deal with these concerns. The owner of Renfroe’s Market had approached the mayor and city in the past about wanting to sell draft beer in growlers. City Attorney Robin Reynolds said he contracted the ABC Board about what would have to be
done in order to do this. According to the ABC Board, the owner has all the proper state and county licenses and also pays the necessary city fees, so he will be able to go right ahead with this plan. “This is just another something new for us to have here,” Smith said. Michael Richardson with the building department said the zoning board voted to give the owner of the ice machine that was moved to allow for construction on Auto Zone to begin a variance during its meeting Monday night. The variance would allow for a handful of landscaping changes so the structure would be able to fit properly on a lot near Highway 280. The council subsequently voted to approve the variance. Richardson said the owners of the Freedom Fuels Truck Stop on Highway 280 came before the board looking to renegotiate their development percentage. The owners came in with a partial plan, but Reynolds said the city would prefer having a more complete plan before taking any action. Lastly, Richardson said he was looking for a resolution for a lot on West South Street for being in violation of the weed and nuisance ordinance, which was approved by the council, and also said Feb. 27 will be the hearing for the violations cited at a Hatcher Street residence brought before the council
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in December. The Dadeville City Council also took action on the following items: • Minutes from the Jan. 23 meeting were approved. • The cemetery department said it is helping the street department in picking up trash along the roadways while the cemetery grass was dormant for the season. • Fire Chief Anthony Wilkerson said the fire department is looking at starting a fire prevention program soon at Dadeville Elementary School, and is also considering a cadet explorer program for juniors and seniors at Dadeville High School. • Abbi Mangarelli said it has been a fairly good month for the library, while reminding everyone of the computers available for those who may need a place to do their taxes, as well as the “Never Been Kissed” book program, pointing patrons to books that have yet to be checked out. • Councilwoman Brownie Caldwell said the gas line project between the Methodist church and Fred’s has started, but is under a delay due to a drill bit breaking. Caldwell also suggested looking at finding groups who may be interested in adopting a mile of roadway in town to help on issues with trash on the roads. • Councilman Dick Harrelson said the man working on striping some of the city streets has finished his work.
Harrelson commended the man for doing a great job with the work. • Councilwoman Teneeshia Goodman-Johnson said she has created a contact list for the newly formed beautification committee, and things are currently slow going for starting a Boys & Girls Club in town, but she is not giving up on the project. • Smith said the city is looking for guidance on the plans for controlling the animals running at large, including finding out about the facility proposed to be used as a collection center. • Three small spots remain on the Lafayette Street project, the courthouse square project is continuing to move along and only about 80 feet remain to be installed on the Highway 49 North water project. • Smith said he met Tuesday morning with the new company handling the demolition grant for buildings around town, and the company will begin taking action to demolish these buildings soon. • Three requests to rent the recreation center were approved. • A motion to pay the city’s bills passed. The next meeting of the Dadeville City Council will be held Tuesday, Feb. 27 at Dadeville City Hall, beginning with a pre-council meeting at 5:30 p.m. before the regular meeting at 6 p.m.
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Allison dominated Daytona with and without a bumper
ould a stock car without a rear bumper have a competitive advantage over the field? After Bobby Allison dominated the 1982 Daytona 500, many pointed fingers at the DiGard Racing team, claiming the rear bumper was rigged to come off in that race — thus somehow giving the Buick Regal a competitive advantage over its competitors. It’s called Bumper Gate and folks in NASCAR circles can’t talk about the Daytona 500 36 years ago without bringing it up. The car was presumably lighter, had more horsepower and got better gas mileage than all others. No wonder the man from Hueytown won the race by 22 seconds over runner-up Cale Yarborough and drove the last 100 miles on the same tank of gas. Was it the weight? Was it drafting? Was it pure luck? It sure wasn’t a Toyota Prius, because those stock cars can guzzle gas in a hurry. Let’s get this straight: Allison claimed his car was a bear to drive once the bumper was ripped off its rear-end by the nose of Yarborough’s car early in the race. Downforce is a big deal in NASCAR, and when your vehicle is racing 200 mph inches from your competitors, it better be as stable as possible. Did Allison have a point? Absolutely. Then again, Allison could drive a wild bull and probably have it tamed by the end of the first lap. I love Speedweeks. I love Daytona International Speedway. I love the nostalgic races, veteran drivers and the stories I grew up with as a kid who lived just five miles south of the race track. That’s why this week is special to me, and that’s why I love re-telling racing stories that dominated Daytona Beach headlines in my youth. Did I grow up a Bobby Allison fan? Darn straight. Regarding Allison’s bumper, here’s what we know: NASCAR tech inspection had issues with its placement on Allison’s Buick long before the race began. Why tech crews gave this team so much trouble during Speedweeks isn’t known. So the bumper was attached to pacify the officials … but quite possibly not as tight as it should have been? Maybe. I don’t know, I wasn’t the welder. For what it’s worth, Yarborough’s Buick had little trouble ripping it off. Maybe he shouldn’t have made contact. From my vantage point in turn three, that’s precisely what happened. And when that bumper went flying, it landed directly in the swath of oncoming traffic, causing a multi-car accident early in the race. It’s difficult for me to believe that any driver, race team, car owner or crew chief would condone rigging a bumper so it would come off easily and endanger the lives of others. I can’t say the bumper wasn’t rigged to come off — particularly as a shot back at the snarky NASCAR inspectors — but for this to happen in traffic simply doesn’t add up. But I do know this much: Allison dominated and won the annual Busch Clash that year, the all-star race reserved for the previous season’s pole winners. Today, it’s called the Bud Shootout, or something beerrelated and goofy. Anyway, Allison’s car finished that race in victory lane with a bumper. Allison finished third that week in the annual Twin 125-mile (it’s 150 miles today) qualifying race, but led more laps than any competitor. This was also done with the rear bumper. Lastly, Allison crushed the Firecracker 400 field to easily win at Daytona International Speedway that July. Again, he did this with the rear bumper firmly attached. Maybe, just maybe, that stinking bumper had nothing to do with any of those races’ outcomes. Maybe it was the driver. Joe McAdory is Communications Editor at Auburn University’s Harbert College of Business.
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Left: Pitching is expected to be a strength for Dadeville’s baseball team this season, as it returns several strong arms. Right: Jailee Kirkland is one of several returns for the Tigers’ softball team.
Plethora of returners to propel Tigers third baseman Madison “Pearl” Huff. Presley led the team with a batting average of .487 last Although Dadeville’s year, while Huff followed right baseball team graduated nine behind with a .462 average. players from last year’s squad, The pair combined for 12 home the majority of its starters runs. return, and the Tigers will once The Tigers also bring back again boast nine seniors this their entire pitching staff in season. sophomores Timarian Tinsley The same can’t quite be said and Mallory Meadors and for the Dadeville softball team, junior Cali Jones, all of whom as it has only two seniors on will be working with freshman the roster. But the young age catcher Zoe Veres. doesn’t equal little experience “I’m expecting Zoe to have a for the Tigers. big season both behind the plate “For the first time in a long and at the plate,” Ford said. time, this team is actually going One youngster Ford is to have nine starters at least in excited about is Jailee Kirkland, a high school grade,” Dadeville who will fill out the second softball coach C.J. Ford said. base position. And junior “So while we’re a young team, Tiffany Rice will be returning we’re still experienced. I expect to her starting position at us to hit the ball pretty well centerfield. this year. We’ve made a lot With the season just around of improvements so far with the corner — Dadeville begins the bats, but that could change Tuesday at Beauregard — Ford when we get into games. But said right now, it’s just a matter we do have an experienced of fine tuning. defense.” “We’re at that point where Dadeville returns its top two we’re going over the small hitters from a season ago in details,” he said. “We’re going shortstop Quanesha Presley and through the finer points of base By LIZI ARBOGAST Sports Editor
running, making sure we know our signs, just the little things. But we’re also continually going through hitting and fielding because you can’t ever have too much of that.” For Dadeville’s baseball team, the Tigers’ nine seniors also boast a lot of experience. Returning on the mound will be Justin Meadows and Seth Broome, while shortstop Jeff Rice and second baseman Tal Bullard will be the leaders of the infield. Outfielders Sam Stephenson and Cameron Hall also return at right and center, respectively. Baseball coach Kyle Caldwell is also excited about the return of Slade McCullers, who was one of the team’s top hitters last season before being injured midway through. McCullers will also start at catcher. Some newcomers include Alex Sims and Alex Walker, who will both pitch and play defense and Zander McClendon, who will round out the pitching rotation. “I think the biggest strength
right now is pitching,” Caldwell said. “Our guys mix it up well and put the ball in play. They’re not going to strike a lot of people out, but they’re not going to walk a lot of guys either.” In an area with Tallassee, Elmore County and Holtville, the Tigers are expecting strong competition all around. They split with each of the three teams last year, but lost a tiebreaker to both Holtville and Tallassee to miss the playoffs. “The goal this year is definitely to make the playoffs,” Caldwell said. “We’re trying to win our area so we give ourselves a good chance in the playoffs. Even though I had nine seniors last year, two were hurt and some were only pitchers, so a lot of my other guys played a good bit, so the expectations are high.” Dadeville begins Monday in a tri-game with Benjamin Russell and Valley in Alexander City. The Tigers face Valley at 1 p.m. followed by their game with BRHS.
BRHS ready to make run at state titles By LIZI ARBOGAST Sports Editor
With 13 of the 14 weight classes filled by Benjamin Russell wrestlers, the Wildcats are hunting down a chance to climb atop the podium at the Class 6A State Championships, which begin today in Huntsville. “I expect them to go out and give me 100 percent like they’ve been doing all year,” BRHS coach Michael Ransaw said. “I told them if they do that, the points and the place where we finish will take care of itself.” Ransaw said the Wildcats had three great days of practice leading up to state, and were uplifted by the return of senior Brooks Parker at 152 pounds. Parker was injured during last week’s sectional, and the team didn’t think he’d be able to participate this weekend. Instead, he returned to practice this week and will give it his all at the state tournament. “That was a big lift to see him back and working with our trainer,” Ransaw said. “I think we have several that’ll contend. You never know at state. State is like any playoff football game or basketball game. It’s about who comes to wrestle and who gets the points at the time they need it.” Some of the highest expectations lie with Saxon Coker (145 pounds), Zae Hunter (170) and Ryan Spradley (138), who is the team’s only returning placewinner. “Bobby Charsha (at 106), if he wrestles like he needs to could have a shot at it,”
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Benjamin Russell’s Isaiah Holloway, left, is one of 13 Wildcats who advanced to the Class 6A State Championships, which begin today in Huntsville.
Ransaw said. “That’s not taking anything away from guys like Parker or (Robert) Graham; some of them just have tougher battles. I like where some of our guys ended up and who they have, and I like where some of our opponents are going to be meeting with each other pretty quick in the tournament, so that’s going to open the door for us. “As I told them, we just need to do what we’re supposed to do and what we’ve been doing. We’re not going to
worry about getting first place. If you get ahead of yourself, that’s where you mess up. We just need to worry about going out every match and wrestling every match.” BRHS will be looking for a good sendoff for seniors Parker, Jy Harvey (160), Conner Burk (182) and Isaiah Holloway (195). Dadeville will also have two representatives in the Class 1A-5A state championships, as both Ab Abernathy (220) and RJ Ford (132) advanced.