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Council hears citizen concerns, plans for progress
By DONALD CAMPBELL Staff Writer
Two citizens approached the Dadeville City Council during Tuesday night’s meeting with issues they feel the city needs to address, while plans for progress throughout the city were also presented.
“This is your city and your city council,” Mayor Wayne Smith said. “We encourage you to come to meetings and bring someone with you.” North Loop Road resident Joe Hill said, despite a 40 mph speed limit on his road, he has seen multiple instances of people who 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. See COUNCIL • Page A5
Field set in primary elections Familiar names and newcomers featured on both party ballots By DONALD CAMPBELL Staff Writer
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Members from the cast of “Grease: The Musical” at Dadeville High School pose for a photograph in the Wellborn Museum. Pictured from left to right are Zoe Hodge, Korey Hall, Brandon Wolfe, Carrie Thomas, Madolyn Daniel, Justin Bice, Nathaniel Capien, Moriah Henry, Cimone Presley and Dillan Ray.
Dadeville High School to produce ‘Grease: The Musical’ By CLIFF WILLIAMS Staff Writer
The Dadeville High School Theater program will be producing “Grease: The Musical” in April and it is a trip into the past for program director Ashley RileyGresko.
“I was in the cast for a production of it in high school,” Gresko said. “I was in eighth grade and was one of the prom victims. I remember playing it. There were two of us cast and they took us to the maintenance closet and soaked us and we went on stage dripping wet. It is a good memory.” Gresko said the “prom victims” will not
be getting wet this time as they want to dance in the next scene. “We will still do something special,” she said. Gresko explained the group has wanted to do “Grease” for a while. “Our cast has been really young,” Gresko See GREASE • Page A3
Dadeville Kiwanis Club learns more about Camp ASCCA
County school board discusses accomplishments of programs By DONALD CAMPBELL Staff Writer
By DONALD CAMPBELL Staff Writer
Camp ASCCA Director of Marketing Communications Dana Rickman and Social Media Specialist Kasey Langley gave a special presentation to the Dadeville Kiwanis Club last Thursday afternoon, all about what the camp does and what it offers to its many campers. “Camp ASCCA opened in 1976 and serves children and adults with mental and physical disabilities,” See KIWANIS • Page A3
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Friday afternoon at 5 p.m., the qualifying window p for f the 2018 election cycle in Alabama closed, c finalizing the slate of f candidates for local, state c and a national offices. From county commissions to the c governorship and the U.S. g House of Representatives, H both the Democrat and b Republican parties will have R a full list of potential officeholders to place before h voters during the June 5 v primary election. p While some relatively easily recognizable names e were w listed by their respective parties as having r qualified (Kay Ivey, Walt q Maddox, Tom Whatley and M Mike M Rogers) and others choosing not to run (Roy c Moore), there will be plenty M of o candidates for voters to choose from when they go c to t the ballot box in four months. m “This means a lot to us, u not only locally, but statewide as well,” Interim s Chair of the Tallapoosa C County Democratic Party C Carol Gowan said. “I C feel f this is a great slate of o candidates. I’m very See ELECTION • Page A5
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Camp ASCCA Director of Marketing Communications Dana Rickman talks with the Dadeville Kiwanis Club last Thursday afternoon about what activities campers can take part in.
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The Tallapoosa County Board of Education welcomed two special groups of guests to Monday night’s meeting to talk about some of the programs offered in the county that have been having a positive impact on students and parents. The first group was headed by Dadeville Elementary School teacher Tabitha Smith and discussed the Family Connections program offered through the “Leader in Me” p program that has been an important part of p the school. “We use the same tools that we teach students with to teach parents,” Smith said. See BOE • Page A3
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Library Notes Stop in the library this month to check out a book that has “never been kissed,” — not literally kissed because… eww — or never been checked out. Stop in and find a new favorite love, whether it be a new author, genre or series. The Friends of the Library membership drive is going on during this month of February. Stop in if you don’t receive a membership request form in the mail. Memberships are $15 for general memberships and $25 for business memberships. Your membership helps support library events, programs and speakers. February is Niffer’s Bingo month for the Friends of the Library. Stop by on Tuesday nights to play bingo and help support the library.
New releases in adult fiction:
• Artemis by Andy Weir • The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn • Look for Me by Lisa Gardner
New releases in adult nonfiction:
• Lara: The Untold Love Story and the Inspiration for Doctor Zhivago by Anna Pasternak • The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google by Scott Galloway
Story Time is every Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. Stop in to have your kids learn the love of reading with Ms. Marilyn. Library Notes are provided by Dadeville Library Director Abbi Mangarelli.
Task Force arrests 8, seizes cash, drugs, vehicle STAFF REPORT TPI Staff
The month of February has started out busy for the Tallapoosa County Narcotics Task Force, after a series of search warrant executions on Feb. 2 in the Alex City and Dadeville areas resulted in eight arrests and the seizure of money, cash, drugs and a vehicle. The Task Force recruited the assistance of the Alexander City Police Department, Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department, Alexander City Housing Authority and the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force in the enforcement efforts. The Task Force seized a combined total of approximately 10 grams of synthetic marijuana, 235 grams of marijuana, 10 grams of Dab, 60 pharmaceutical pills, a 1979 Caprice Classic and $13,286 in cash. Arrested were: • Sykeithrius Goggans, 27, of Alexander City on two counts of possession
of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana 1st and possession of drug paraphernalia. • Jacorious Burton, 19, of Alexander City on two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana 1st and possession of drug paraphernalia. • Joey Gilbert, 26, of Alexander City on charges of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. • Jackie Holley, 61, of Alexander City on charges of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance. • Degretio Sandlin, 42, of
Alexander City on two counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana 1st and possession of drug paraphernalia. • Kagan Hall, 21, of Dadeville on charges of trafficking hydrocodone, three counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana 1st degree and possession of drug paraphernalia. • Christopher “Da Weekend” Jones, 27, of Dadeville on charges of trafficking hydrocodone, three counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana 1st degree and possession of drug
paraphernalia. • Justavious Williams, 26, of Jacksons Gap on six counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana 1st degree and possession of drug paraphernalia. The investigation of the illegal trafficking, distribution and possession of narcotics is ongoing in Tallapoosa County.
Police Reports Dadeville Police Department February 13
• A Dadeville woman, age 40, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear. • A report was filed for theft of property that occurred on Highway 280. A Dadeville man, age 44, was arrested on a warrant for harassment and a warrant for harassing communications.
• A report was filed for theft by deception that occurred on E. South Street.
• A report was filed for breaking and entering a motor vehicle and theft of property 2nd that occurred on Green Lane. • A Dadeville woman, age 23, was arrested for two counts of theft of property and two counts of fraudulent use of a debit or credit card. • A report was filed for Breaking and entering a motor vehicle and theft of property 4th that occurred on Bartlett St. • A report was filed for theft of property that occurred on E South St. • A Camp Hill man, age 48, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear.
A Camp Hill woman, age 32, was arrested for theft of property on Highway 280. A report was filed for theft of property and fraudulent use of a debit or credit card that occurred on Highway 280.
• A Dadeville man, age 22, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia on Royston St. • A Dadeville man, age 19, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia on Royston St. • A 17-year-old female was arrested for possession of a controlled, possession of drug paraphernalia and minor in possession of tobacco on Royston St. She was released to parental custody. • A Dadeville man, age 35, was arrested on three warrants for failure to appear. • A report was filed for theft of property that occurred on Horseshoe Bend Road. • A Dadeville man, age 46, was arrested on seven warrants for failure to appear.
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• Gregory Lynn Henderson, 60, of Alexander City was arrested for driving under the alcohol and open container of alcohol. • Javari Santease Jones, 27, of Alexander City was arrested for four counts of failure to appear. • Alicia Lucille Howell, 35, of Alexander City was arrested for four counts of fraudulent use of credit/debit cards. • Damien Christopher Milliner, 23, of Daviston was arrested for possession of marijuana. • Theft was reported on Farm Loop. • Harassment was reported on Sunny Level Cutoff. • Domestic violence was reported on Cornerstone Drive. • Possession of marijuana was reported on Highway 280.
• Jamie Lynn Stroud, 25, of Dadeville was arrested for failure to appear. • Wesley Allen Hardman, 19, of Alexander City was arrested for possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and minor in possession of alcohol. • Jacie Bethannie Norrell, 20, of Alexander City was
arrested for possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and minor possession of alcohol. • Theft was reported at Market Place. • Possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia was reported on Beach Street. • Driving under the influence of alcohol was reported on Highway 280.
• James Warner Wellborn, 34, of Alexander City was arrested was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. • Christopher Carlton Strawbridge, 37, of Goodwater was arrested for failure to appear. • Tamika Antione Tuck, 38, of Alexander City was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. • Theft was reported on Broad Street. • Unlawful breaking and entering and theft was reported on North Central Avenue.
• Jamie Aundrea Meadows, 42, of Kellyton was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and driving under the influence of alcohol. • Jimmy Daniel Boyd, 50, of Alexander City was
arrested for four counts of failure to appear. • Dana Rene Watts, 50 of Leeds was arrested for driving under the influence, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. • Keozjhae Nyeqwez Johnson, 18, of Alexander City was arrested for burglary and fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement. • Jakobe Kashun Thomas, 19, of Alexander City was arrested for unlawful breaking and entering, fleeing or attempting elude law enforcement and two counts of theft. • Elizabeth Anne Enigo, 62, of Alexander City was arrested for theft. • Possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia was reported on Montgomery Street. • Assault was reported on 3rd Street. • Possession of a controlled substance and driving under the influence of alcohol was reported Lee Street. • Domestic violence and an unruly juvenile was reported on Hillabee Street. • Harassment was reported on Hillabee Street. • Harassment was reported on Montgomery Street. • Driving under the influence and possession of marijuana was reported on Highway 280. • Unlawful breaking and entering was reported on Warren Hill Road. • Harassment was reported on 9th Avenue.
• A structure fire was reported on Comer Street. • Burglary was reported on Dadeville Road.
Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department February 13
• A resident of Booger Hollow Road in Dadeville filed a report in reference to identity theft. • A resident of Walls Road in Goodwater filed a report in reference to theft. • A resident of Lovelady Road in Dadeville filed a report in reference to burglary.
• Antonio Minnifield of County Road in Alexander City was arrested on grand jury indictments for possession of marijuana second, violation to carry pistol and receiving stolen property third and was transported to the county jail.
• A resident of Warrior Lane in Dadeville filed a report for theft. • Sabrina Ray of Temple Circle in Alexander City was arrested for obstructing a governmental operation and resisting arrest. • Breanna Ray of Temple Circle in Alexander City was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
• Jason Weldon of Coosa County Road 85 in Kellyton was arrested for driving under the influence.
• A resident of North Cold Creek Road in Dadeville filed a report for theft of property.
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over the pond, so you’re over water for the entire ride.” Along with the new zip line, the camp started ASCCApalooza last summer, an evening for the campers to listen to music in a music festival-like setting. Since starting this, the camp wants to try and offer ASCCApalooza on a more weekly basis, allowing all of their campers to attend the festival. Langley also talked about how she worked as a summer camp counselor at Camp ASCCA while a student at Auburn, but was recently hired as a full-time staff member to maintain the camp’s social media presence. “We recently updated our website, which includes having some of our campers write guest blogs,” Langley said. “We post around 3,000 photos a week to our site.” Several of the Kiwanians had questions for Rickman and Langley, including how many campers attend summer sessions, how those interested in being a counselor can register
Rickman said. “We have a lot of special people come through our camp, both campers and counselors.” The presentation included a short video, which detailed more about the 230-acre facility in Jacksons Gap. A fully accessible camp, it is staffed with a full complement of counselors and program leaders, with a ratio of two campers per counselor. Camp ASCCA is a place where the best qualities in everyone can be recognized and shine forth, where attendees can focus on their abilities rather than their disabilities. “We are truly busy every month of the year,” Rickman said. “This is a special part of the campers’ year.” From weeklong summer camp sessions to the Fun Fish weekend in March, Rickman and Langley said they have been working hard to add new events and activities to camp sessions for attendees. “We recently added a new zip line that goes over our fishing pond,” Langley said. “It starts up on top of a hill and zips right
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and how people wanting to donate to Camp ASCCA can do so. “We average about 100 campers a week during our summer sessions,” Langley said. “Anyone who wants to be a camp counselor can apply online. We’re looking for male counselors right now.” “One of our biggest fundraisers every year is the Jingle Jump in December, which is our version of a Polar Plunge,” Rickman said. “This raises money for camperships, which helps cover the cost for our campers to attend every year. For those who want to donate supplies to the camp, Rickman and Langley said there is a wish list on the camp website and on the camp’s Facebook page. Rickman also expressed thanks to the Dadeville Kiwanis for their continued support of the camp by having donated to the Jingle Jump for the past three years. “We are proud to have been part of the community for so long,” Rickman said.
Grease said. “We started with sixth and seventh graders a few years ago and feel like we can do it now.” Gresko said not only does “Grease” take more of a cast, but the themes are now better suited for the older students now in the program. “‘Grease’ has a more sensitive subject matter in it,” Gresko said. “We have talked to the kids and parents about it and it applies to today about real life situations that they may encounter.” “‘Grease” is about the working class youth of the 1950s who navigate peer pressure and politics and peer pressure along with love, friendship, teenage rebellion and gang violence. Gresko is pleased with the numbers now involved in the theater program and “Grease.” “We have about 40 students on stage for the production,” Gresko said. “And a few more behind the
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scenes.” “Grease” is also special to Gresko and her husband Ryan. “Not only is this the 40th anniversary of ‘Grease,’ but it is the 10th anniversary of the first time we produced ‘Grease’ at Benjamin Russell,” Gresko said. The Greskos have a little something planned to mark the occasion and hopefully make it special for the Dadeville High School students in the production. “We have invited the cast of the BRHS production to a luncheon,” Gresko said. “We want to have a meet and greet with the kids and get the BRHS cast to the show. We think it will be something special for everyone.” The Dadeville High School production of “Grease: The Musical” will be at the Dadeville High School auditorium Friday, April 6 at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 7 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 8 at 3 p.m.
BOE “This program is facilitated by other faculty members who were trained in the Leader in Me program last summer. Parenting is tough, but rewarding. We want to offer helpful tools to build families that are more well rounded. It is costly, but I feel it is well worth the time and effort.” “For me, it was an awesome experience and a great opportunity to evaluate my life,” parent Wendy Fineburg said. “If we know what our ultimate goal is, we can have bad days and weeks but still hit the target. This makes a tremendous difference.” Many of the board members expressed how they saw this program as a great benefit to the community, while board member Carla Talton offered her support in any way the program needed. The board also heard from Pete Masten and Cade Cosby from the Reeltown Volunteer Fire Department, who have been instrumental in a student firefighter program offered to interested students at Reeltown High School. “We’ve had about 20 students who have gone through the course,” Masten said. “They have provided a service to this community that is unmatched.” “This has turned out to be great,” Cosby added. “Six of the students have become a part of the department. Everyone is benefiting from this, and they’re definitely the backbone of the department.” Superintendent Joe Windle said he realized how valuable this program was during the snow storm in January, when he was scouting many of the county roads to see if the schools would be able to open on Friday and stopped by the fire station in Reeltown. “They had 11 calls (Wednesday) night. Three of them were answered by former students,” Windle said. “We often talk about our mission, but we don’t always talk about our beliefs. If we really believe them, then we should support these programs. I believe this is the right way to do business.” With the state having released its new A-F report card, grading all schools throughout the state based on the results of the ACT ASPIRE test, Windle and the board took a moment to discuss the results the Tallapoosa County schools received.
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“You all know the controversy about ASPIRE, so I won’t beat that horse to death,” Windle said. “Whatever test that becomes our state accountability assessment, we will have to do better at achieving. We have to do better than we have in the past.” While the student percentage meeting or exceeding the stateset requirements for proficiency was not as high as the board would have liked, there was some comfort in the fact that 86.38 percent of students met growth requirements. “That says our teachers are working hard and are growing our students,” Windle said. “A gap does
exist in our schools but it is narrowing. Our kids are growing.” The Tallapoosa County Board of Education also took action on the following items: • Minutes from the Jan. 8 meeting were approved. • A motion to approve the January financial report was passed. The latest finances showed the county school system had revenue over expenditures of approximately $2 million. “This looks good right now,” Windle said. “We will be good through the end of the year, but it won’t be this good.” • The board approved increasing bus liability coverage from $500,000 to $1 million. “It’s been a long time since we upped
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that coverage. It will cover all of our vehicles,” Windle said. • A motion was approved to create a bus driver incentive package in order to try and address three key issues with drivers in the system (low starting pay for drivers, getting substitute drivers and concerns with absenteeism). The package includes a small bonus to be paid out at the end of every nine weeks for drivers who meet certain criteria. • The board approved a maternity leave request, two purchase service agreements and the resignation of Dadeville Elementary School teacher Ruth Dutch. • Six field trip
requests were approved for sixth-graders at Dadeville Elementary School to visit the Wild Animal Safari in Pine Mountain, Georgia, 24 students from Dadeville Elementary School to attend the Junior Beta Club Convention in Birmingham, eight chorus students from Dadeville High School to take part in the Alabama All-State Chorus, 30 Reeltown High School students to attend WGI Winds events in Dallas and Suwanee, Georgia, the Pre-K students at Reeltown Elementary School to attend “Disney on Ice” in Birmingham, and members of the Reeltown High School Beta Club to take part in the state
Beta Club Convention in Birmingham. • The board approved a professional leave trip for special needs coordinator Lisa Heard to attend a conference in Dallas. • After having polled teachers and principals throughout the system as to which of two calendar options they preferred, the board voted to approve the 2018-2019 school year calendar, which includes a week of fall break in October. • A motion to pay the bills was approved. The next meeting of the Tallapoosa County Board of Education will be Monday, March 5 at 5 p.m. in the board room of the Board of Education building in Dadeville.
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Lawsuit may not be best tool against opioids Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall announced last week that Alabama had joined 13 other states that had filed lawsuits against the makers of OxyContin and other opioids in a move to lay the blame for the nation’s drug epidemic at the feet of the manufacturer of the drugs. According to Marshall, who recently headed a panel to study the issue, as many as 30,000 Alabamians are addicted to opioids. On this issue out state ranks very highly, not something we should be proud of. Alabama tops the nation in the number of painkiller prescriptions per capita with more than 5.8 million opioid prescriptions written in 2015. That equates to a rate of 1.2 prescriptions per person. Not so good considering the nation’s average was 0.71 per person that same year. The idea of making a company pay if they were doing something wrong like deceptive advertising or using kickbacks to entice doctors to write more prescriptions may stop that kind of thing. But the truth is assigning blame in a problem that is ruining the lives of people every day shouldn’t be the main priority. Everyone knows that any litigation comes with a big price tag. The state will run up big bills and so will the pharmaceutical companies. As we all know, the tab will be picked up by the people. Tax dollars will pay for the government’s role in the suit while drug companies will jack up the prices to continue their legal fight, meaning anyone who needs those drugs will pay more. A portion of a multi-state settlement could, in theory, offset those costs. However, it would more likely become a political football, as did settlement funds from a suit against the tobacco industry or the oil spill settlement, which were treated as found money by lawmakers struggling to balance the state’s General Fund. There is no easy fix. But instead of lining up to join in the lawsuit parade, Alabama needs to first do more to make sure treatment programs are available to all, that those who are illegally prescribing or selling these drugs are arrested and prosecuted and that professionals are using these addictive drugs as a last resort. That’s where the fight against opioid addiction needs to start.
How do you rate on the Man Meter? H ave you ever wondered how you are doing or how people view you in terms of the things that matter to the male species? Are you a man or still stuck in limbo somewhere between wet behind the ears and full grown? I feel pretty good about myself, but I started asking around and I felt that a survey may be helpful to help us guys reassure ourselves that we are on the right track. So if you have questions, take a few minutes to answer these questions and see how you score. It may give you some piece of mind or at least tell you where you need a little work. Do you have a pocketknife in your pants pocket right now? This is the first rule of manhood. You must have a knife on you at all times. You never know when you may need to dig a splinter out of your finger, spread mayonnaise on a piece of bread, cut a piece of rope or open a box that has been duct taped shut. If you are carrying a pocketknife you get 25 points right off the top. In the vehicle that you drive most often, do you have a toolbox or at least some tools? Whether you ever use them or not, a man needs to be prepared and at least look like he’s not afraid to get grease under his fingernails. If you are toting tools in your vehicle, you get three points. Do you own a cloth and carry a handkerchief? Not talking about tissues. Again, this is about preparation. You never know when you may need to blow your nose or wipe blood off it after someone punches you. A pretty lady may get teary eyed and you have a hanky ready to help. You may need to lick it to get mustard off your shirt. Just sayin’. If you have one in your pocket now add four points and if it’s monogrammed add another point. Faced with a conflict on what to do on a given Saturday, have you ever decided to go hunting or fishing over going to a wedding with your significant other? It takes a man who isn’t afraid to see his clothes on the front lawn or too scared to sleep in the seat of his truck to make this kind of life choice. If you answered yes, add five points to the score. Did you plan your wedding date around any
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team’s football schedule? You don’t want to miss a good game when you can get married any weekend. There are only so many home football games after all. A yes answer here gets you five points. Do you have a disposable cup of any kind for any purpose in a cupholder in your vehicle? You may need to spit, get some water for your radiator or a need a sip of what’s left in the bottom. If you do, you get two points. Has anyone that you already know ever called you Bubba, Scooter, Big ‘Un, Buddy or Dude? These are the male equivalent of terms of endearment. Being called any of these makes it more likely others see you as a real dude. If the answer was yes, you get five more points. Do you have a scar that is still visible that you can attribute to a car or bike wreck, falling from a tree or ladder, or a power tool accident? Nothing says that you are manly enough to do something so stupid that it gave you a battle wound that remains visible for decades. These marks are kind of like badges of courage to those who dare to say “Hey, watch this.” This kind of scar is worth five points on the man meter. Do you have loose change in your pocket? You have to be secure in your manhood to be willing to count out exact change when buying a cup of coffee at the Kwik Stop. If you do, you get four points and if there is a nut, bolt, screw or a drill bit mixed in with the coins give yourself an extra point. DRINKING: Have you every taken a drink of milk that was expired straight from the jug after smelling it and deeming it “still good?” Have you ever drank water from a hosepipe? Have you ever cupped your hands and filled them with water from a river, creek or lake and took a drink? Have you awoke the morning after a party at your house and took a swig of a halfempty beer that was left on the counter? These questions are
important. They signal your understanding of just how important being hydrated really is. Each yes answer on the questions above gets you three points. Do you presently, or have you ever, had a pair of shoes with a zipper? Zippers on shoes or boots were meant for ladies footwear. I bet if you answered yes, a woman bought them for you. If you answered yes, take three points off your total? Do you have a permit to carry a gun? I didn’t ask if you strap it on the outside of your pants to advertise it. I asked if you had a permit. Having a gun and advertising that you have one are two different things. If you have a permit, give yourself five points. Do you use any “hair product” other than spray, Grecian Formula or hair oil? If you do, take off a point. Do I really need to explain this one? In a man’s world mousse is spelled moose and it only comes up when talking about hunting or cartoons. Did you cry when your child graduated, got married or hit a homerun? If so give yourself five points because real men do cry. Do you own more or less than three ball caps? Nothing says I’m not afraid to go out with dirty, uncombed hair like wearing a Valvoline ball cap you got for buying a case of oil at the auto parts store. If you answered more than three, give yourself three points. Do you have any mad money stashed somewhere? I won’t explain what this means so I don’t reveal any trade secrets. If you do, you get five points. BONUS QUESTION: If you are driving somewhere and you think you may be lost, what do you do? 1) Stop and ask directions; 2) Ask Siri; 3) Keep driving until something looks familiar. If you answered No. 3, you get five extra points. If you score 90 or more, you are a full-grown man. A score of 75 to 89 means you as just passing as a man. If you scored 50 to 74 you may need to go fishing more often. If you scored less than 50, you may want to order a subscription to Good Housekeeping or start shopping where they sell camouflage. Mitch Sneed is the editor of The Record.
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Brownie Caldwell represents District 2. Her phone number is 256-825-4749. Her address is 480 East LaFayette St., Dadeville.
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MITCH SNEED EDITOR (256) 234-4281 X213
Letter to the Editor
Reader: ‘Read the facts and follow the money’ Dear Editor, I have always told you how the Republicans in Washington have sold the American people out. Well, let’s get the fats and you decide. What is happening now has never happened before. Members of Congress are richer now than anyone. How? By working for the corporations. Look at all those tax cuts. Look at all those bills they have undone. Stripped regulations. They use to work for the people and protect us from harm, make decisions for us as to what is right for the American people. But what is going on now is they have been paid so much money by the corporations that they are willing to let people die drinking unclean water, killing you by illegal dumpsites where buzzards are living. And they are saying it is OK as long as the industries pay me to look the other way, I am fine with it. We are not fine and we the people will be
looking into who is paying you will answer to the American people. You are not above the law and neither is Trump. You should have stayed committed to the ones that elected you. You know you got a problem because we are coming after you when you pass those bills for the corporations that you all are n bed with. We are pressing charges and we want the people’s money back from you. This has never happened before. But it is plain and clear and we will be talking a lot about this rich Congress and who they represent. All these years, it wasn’t the American people but we are going to know. This will be the Republican down fall from head all the down. It is falling now. Read the facts for yourself and follow the money. Arlean Wyckoff Alexander City
Roy Mathis represents District 4. His phone number is 256-825-4369. His address is 181 Cedar Hill Drive, Dadeville.
H.A ‘Dick’ Harrelson represents District 5. His phone number is 256-307-3880. His address is 333 West Columbus Street., Dadeville.
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Wayne Smith is mayor of Dadeville. His phone number is 256-8256820. His address is 156 Oliver Grove, Dadeville.
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Council 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 approached 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 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
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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 GoodmanJohnson 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 precouncil meeting at 5:30 p.m. before the regular meeting at 6 p.m.
Two days after local concert, country singer Daryle Singletary is dead at 46 By MITCH SNEED Editor
Country music fans received a jolt of bad news Monday morning. Daryle Singletary, who had performed just Friday night at the World Famous Rodeo Club in Dadeville, has passed away at the age of 46. No official cause of death was released, but local singer and radio personality Kevin Moon, who booked Singletary for shows, said he was told it was a massive heart attack. Singletary was known for hits like “I Let Her Lie,” “Too Much Fun,” “Amen Kind of Love” and “The Note,” that many will remember from his early albums, but recent pieces like “There’s Still A Little Country Left” and “Say Hello To Heaven” hit a chord with fans at his live shows. His pure country style made him a favorite with hardcore country fans. “I talked to him until 10:07 and he wasn’t feeling poorly or anything,” Moon said. “He was at home and had played here on Friday night and then was at Cowboy’s in LaFayette, Louisiana Saturday night. He had made it home and was about ready to call it a night. The last thing he said was ‘We killed it in Louisiana last night buddy. We left ‘em wanting more.’ Man was he right. This has really ricked my world. I’m still trying to wrap my head around it. Just doesn’t seem possible. My heart and prayers go out to Holly and the kids.” Singletary was as genuine as they come and put on an incredible show Friday at the Rodeo Club. In an interview with the Record just a few weeks ago, he talked about how much he loved being able to sing the kind of music he loved and make a living performing. “Every time I get on stage I can’t but help think about how lucky I am to be standing up there doing something that I love the way that I do,” Singletary said in a telephone interview just two weeks ago. “We’ve been very fortunate to stay on the road, year in, year out – for 22 years now. I continue to work
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Country legend Daryle Singletary, left, poses for a picture with Kevin Moon Friday night at the World Famous Rodeo Club. Moon said the two talked until 10:07 p.m. Sunday night. Singletary was pronounced dead Monday morning.
and continue to build a fan base and I’ve done it without a ton of traditional, mainstream radio support for the last 15 to 17 years. “There’s no magic formula. I just go out there and play the music I love and have a good time with it. Thankfully for us, there are still a lot of people out there who want to hear traditional country music and they’ve been finding their way to our shows all over the country.” A native of Cairo, Georgia, Singletary said he grew up singing gospel music. His parents sang in groups and played all over South Georgia, South Alabama and Northern Florida. Fans still turned out for honesty of his singing and pure country voice, as Singletary delivered real country lyrics Singletary also was known for his modesty, downplaying his accomplishments and lauding his music heroes. On Jan. 31, he played at a memorial service for Mel Tillis at the Ryman Auditorium. Singletary leaves behind a wife, Holly, and four young children.
Election CANDIDATES QUALIFIED BY POSITION SOUGHT Tallapoosa County Commission Leon Archer- District 3 (R) John McKelvey- District 3 (R) Frank Tapley- District 3 (R) Brad Thomas- District Alabama House of Representatives, 81st 3 (R) Emma Jean ThweattDistrict District 4 (D) Derrick Blythe (R) George Carleton, Jr.Joyful “Joy” Johns (R) District 5 (R) Terry Martin (R) Joshua Garner- District Ed Oliver (R) 5 (R) Jeremy Jeffcoat (D) Probate Judge Tal East (R) Alabama House of Representatives, 82nd Lee Hamilton (R) Melissa Reynolds (D) District Johnny Ford (D) Tallapoosa County Terrence K. Johnson Circuit Clerk (D) Patrick Craddock (R) Pebblin Warren (D) Tallapoosa County Alabama Senate, 27th Board of Education District Matilda WoodyardTom Whatley (R) Hamilton (D) Nancy Carlton Martin Johnson (D) Bendinger (D) Sheriff Alabama Senate, 30th Jimmy Abbett (R) District Coroner Clyde Chambliss (R) Alabama Circuit Court, Mike Knox (R) Alabama Republican Fifth Circuit Party Isaac Whorton, Place Executive Committee 2 (R) Denise Bates, Tallapoosa Mike Segrest, Place 2 County Place 1 (D) Steve Perryman, Place Amy Hampton, Tallapoosa County Place 3 (D) Alabama State Board 1 Joseph Fuller, Tallapoosa of Education County Place 2 Adam Jortner (D) John Prophitt, Tallapoosa County Place 2 Tallapoosa County Alabama Democratic Commission Mark Lamborne- District Party Executive Committee 1 (R) Lloyd Marie Bryant T.C. Coley- District 1 Rebecca Marion (D) Tallapoosa County Tony Harris- District 2 Republican Party (R) Steve Robinson- District Executive Committee Louise Pritchard 2 (R) Jimmy Shivers Charles Shaw- District Woody Baird 2 (R)
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proud of our Democratic candidates, both the incumbents and the newcomers.” Some of the Democratic candidates seeking re-election are County Commissioners T.C. Coley and Emma Jean Thweatt, as well as Matilda WoodyardHamilton and Martin Johnson for the Tallapoosa County Board of Education. Others on the ballot for the first time include Mallory Hagan, a former Miss America who will be challenging Adia McClellan Winfrey for the chance to try and claim Mike Rogers’ seat in the U.S. House of Representatives and Boys and Girls Club of the Lake Martin Area Director Melissa Reynolds for the position of Probate Judge. Gowan had nothing but positive things to say about those members of her party running for public office, no matter which position they are campaigning for. “Jeremy (Jeffcoat)
I feel is extremely qualified. He knows government and he cares about the people,” Gowan said. “Melissa Reynolds, her background makes her the perfect candidate for probate judge. I’m pleased T.C. Coley is running again, and I can’t imagine Tallapoosa County without Emma Jean Thweatt. Both of our school board candidates are excellent as well.” On the Republican ballot, Sheriff Jimmy Abbett and Coroner Mike Knox will be running unopposed in their re-election campaigns, while state Senator Tom Whatley and Representative Mike Rogers will not have to face off against an opponent until the general election. The qualifying period did not come without its share of surprises, however. On the Republican ballot, County Commissioner for District Three John McKelvey will have to contend
with three challengers, including current Probate Judge Leon Archer, former commissioner Frank Tapley and Brad Thomas. Four Republicans will square off for the Alabama House of Representatives seat currently held by Mark Tuggle: Derrick Blythe, Joyful “Joy” Johns, Terry Martin and Ed Oliver, the winner of which will go head-tohead against Democratic candidate Jeremy Jeffcoat in November. Former Alexander City Mayor Charles Shaw will be competing against Tony Harris and incumbent Steve Robinson for District Two of the County Commission. With so many
candidates running for positions at the local, state and national level, being educated on the platforms of all candidates becomes even more important than ever. Republican or Democrat, knowing where these office seekers stand on the issues is critical to making the best choice during the primary and general election seasons. One thing is clear going into this primary season: there will be no shortage of decisions voters will have to make before they approach the ballot box on June 5. Editor’s Note: Tallapoosa County GOP Chairwoman Denise Bates could not be reached for comment.
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Thursday, February 15, 2018
One dead in two-car accident
“Leonard Heard, 50, of Camp Hill was transported to Baptist South Hospital with injuries,” Thornton said. A Montgomery woman Thornton explained the was killed Monday morning wreck occurred near mile on Highway 49 south of marker 17 on Alabama Dadeville in a two-vehicle Highway 49 about 13 miles crash. “Kafara Renae Heard, 36, south of Dadeville. It was not confirmed if the of Montgomery was killed when the 2003 Nissan Altima two people involved in the she was driving collided with accident were related in any way. Traffic was detoured a 2007 Pontiac G6,” ALEA as the road was completely Cpl. Jesse Thornton said blocked for more than an in a release. “Heard, who hour during the investigation. was not using a seat belt, He also said the was pronounced dead at the accident was still under scene.” investigation and that no Thornton said the driver cause had been determined as of the Pontiac survived the of Monday afternoon. crash. STAFF REPORT TPI Staff
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A crowd of about 2,500 people showed up at Wind Creek State Park despite showers for the final weigh in at the Bassmaster Elite Series at Lake Martin Sunday. Tournament and local officials praised the crowds and the community for their support of the tournament.
‘RETURN ON INVESTMENT’ Local merchants, officials consider Bassmaster Elite Series a profit, success
10-fold return on our investment.” Collari went on to say that almost all of the over 300 hotel rooms in town were sold for the week. “Just Bassmaster and ESPN had 180 room nights at Hampton Inn last week,” Collari said. “These guys spend about $40 a day eating out or getting food. Then there is the fuel. Their boats By CLIFF WILLIAMS hold 60-68 gallons of gas and they are filling up Staff Writer everyday. They use a lot of gas. They are here for The true economic impact of the Bassmaster five to seven days around the tournament. Then Elite Series visit to Lake Martin last week may most of these guys were here for about a week in never be known but from all accounts, local December for practice.” merchants and officials are very pleased. While actual dollars spent can’t be figured “We loved seeing them here,” Good Ole Boys for the week of the tournament, it is harder to BBQ’s Alesha Hughley said. “We loved seeing determine what effect the tournament can have the boats.” down the road but it can only be good. Hughley said the fishermen were friendly and “We are lucky that it is the first stop for the talkative, sharing information about where they tour this year,” Collari said. “We will be the first were from and things they did at home. on ESPN and with all the push B.A.S.S. had on “One guy said he had his own T.V. show,” social media, I see more people coming to visit Hughley said. the area. It all speaks well of our community.” But chatting was not the only thing the Lake Martin and Alexander City was fishermen and those in town were doing at the mentioned in stories and other media 3,261 times restaurant. according to a Google searches. “We were busy the whole week,” Hughley said. One would expect Wind Creek State Park bode “It was a high volume week. We sold a lot of well too, but the park waived day entry fees for food.” those attending the weigh-in. The park did well Another local business that benefited was North for the week of the Elite tournament especially Lake Crafted where sisters Stephan Tomlin and with camping, however. Robin Simms created hand-pressed water inspired “Things went well,” Wind Creek’s Alex Mason t-shirts hats and other screen-printed items. The said. “We had double the number of campers we sisters set up at the expo held in conjunction normally have.” with weigh-in to the tournament on Saturday and Even the weather did not hamper the good Sunday. vibes. “It was really good for us,” Tomlin said. “For a Mason said they estimated some 8,000 people small vendor like us, it was great. We need more passed through park on Saturday and Sunday things like this.” creating a good problem to have. Tomlin said they almost missed out on the “Parking, parking was a bit of an issue,” Mason expo. said. “It was tough for parking, but it was not “We didn’t realize how big a deal it was,” unlike other events we host like at Halloween.” Tomlin said. “Ed at the chamber helped us out About 30 of the 110 fishermen stayed at the and we got started a little late with designs. We park. Mason and Tomlin said everyone they talked normally do lake designs but we came up with to was pleased with the community’s efforts. some bass designs on shirts and hats and did “A lot of the fishermen stopped to thank us well.” for the hospitality,” Mason said. “A lot of people Alexander City Chamber of Commerce commented on how clean the bath house was President Ed Collari was happy with the event. despite serving so many people. A lot of people “We had great feedback from the fishermen, offered to pay the day use fee despite it being their families, B.A.S.S. and other guests,” Collari waived for the tournament.” said. “We were worried about the weather but it Collari said B.A.S.S. made things simple. was a good turnout,” Tomlin said. “We thanked “They were so easy to work with,” Collari said. everyone we saw for coming here.” “I would do anything to get them here again.” The Bassmaster Elite Series is not the only Collari explained the city’s investment was fishing tournament coming to town this year and returned. this should prove to have a positive effect on the “We paid $85,000,” Collari said. “When we local economy as well. looked at other places that hosted the Elite series “The FLW is this coming up weekend,” Collari and did surveys with MBA students, they were said. “They are sold out as well as the Alabama seeing economic impacts of $1.5 million, $2 Bass Trail that returns next month with 220 million and even $3 million. I think we got a boats.”
Gas prices drop, but ‘don’t get too giddy’ a brief window of relief at the pump that may last for several weeks. I’d expect most places would see gas Average retail gasoline prices decline in the week prices in the Montgomery ahead as a direct result. But area including Tallapoosa don’t get too giddy- there and Coosa counties have are still some gray clouds on fallen 7.9 cents per gallon the horizon.” in the past week, averaging Including the change $2.30 per gallon Sunday, in gas prices in the area according to GasBuddy’s during the past week, prices daily survey of 205 gas outlets. This compares with yesterday were 27.7 cents the national average that has per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and fallen 3.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.57 per are 2.1 cents per gallon gallon, according to gasoline higher than a month ago. The national average has price website GasBuddy. increased 3.7 cents per com. “The wait is over- 2018’s gallon during the last month and stands 29.4 cents per first weekly drop at gas gallon higher than this day pumps has arrived with one year ago. the national average losing According to GasBuddy ground in the last week,” historical data, gasoline said Patrick DeHaan, head prices on Feb. 12 in of petroleum analysis for Montgomery have ranged GasBuddy. “As the Dow widely over the last five Jones average swung years, from a low of $1.50 violently, oil prices lost considerable ground, falling per gallon in 2016 to a high of $3.38 per gallon in 2013. below $60 per barrel for Areas near Montgomery the first time this year. In and their current gas price addition, a weekly report climate include Birmingham from the government at $2.30 per gallon, down showed a trifecta of 4.3 cents from last week, inventory increases: crude and Pensacola, Florida at oil, gasoline and distillate $2.55 down 5.4 cents from inventories all gained, last week. pushing wholesale gasoline Statewide in Alabama, the prices down and paving the average price for a gallon way for gas prices to cool of gas was $2.33 per gallon, off. down 2.9 cents per gallon “These factors have opened the door for perhaps from last week’s $2.36. STAFF REPORT TPI Staff
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The Dadeville Record
County accepts deal to house Alex City inmates
New data shows lake means big bucks to the economy
Agreement will allow Alex City to shut down its jail operations
By MITCH SNEED Editor
Lake Martin accounts for $4.7 billion in property value, $70.4 million in annual retail spending and more than 1,000 people are employed due to development at the lake. Those are just a portion of the findings of a study commissioned by Alexander City, Coosa County, Elmore County, Tallapoosa County, the Lake Martin Resource Association, the Lake Martin Area Economic Development Alliance, Middle Tallapoosa Clean Water Partnership and Russell Lands. The study on the impact of Lake Martin on fiscal and economic development was done by RCLCO Real Estate Advisors. The data, which included some overwhelming numbers, was presented by RCLCO’s Managing Director Gregg Logan to governmental and civic leaders Thursday morning at Central Alabama Community College’s Betty Carol Graham Technology Center. The property considered the Lake Martin Impact area is valued at more than $4.7 billion, Logan said. Tallapoosa County’s lake impact area represents $2.8 billion or about half of the county’s overall property value. Of that total, 80 percent of that is waterfront property. “When you look at these values, it’s remarkable how much of each of the three county’s overall value comes from property on Lake Martin,” Logan said. “In Tallapoosa County about 49 percent of the total property value comes from lake property. In Coosa, where there is only a small part of the county that is considered to be in the lake impact area, lake property still makes up 27 percent of the county’s overall value.” In terms of retail spending, Lake Martin accounts for $70.4 million, $22 million of which come from marinas in those three counties. Tallapoosa County makes up the majority of that with $59.8 million annually spent in the lake area. In Tallapoosa, a total of $12.4 million is spent on motor vehicles and boats, $16.2 million at gas
By MITCH SNEED Editor
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According to a recent study, Lake Martin accounts for $4.7 billion in property value, $70.4 million in annual retail spending and more than 1,000 people are employed due to development at the lake.
stations, $8.7 million at general merchandise stores, $5.7 million at restaurants and bars, $5.1 million at food and beverage stores, $2.2 million on healthcare and $1.4 million on building supplies and garden equipment and supplies. The lake also generates $32 million annually in building material sales with new construction, according to the data presented. “That’s a tremendous amount of retail spending, and again that’s just the spending in that lake impact area and the spending by lake property owners,” Russell Lands CEO Tom Lamberth explained. “As staggering as that number is, we are still seeing leakage, where people go outside of the area to purchase things, of $149 million each year. That shows with some creativity and more diverse retail offerings, we could be keeping a lot more of that money right here in our area.” Logan was asked what he saw as the biggest retail needs of the area and what kind of businesses would help cut down on the leakage. “The No. 1 need is food,” Logan said. “That means grocery options as well as restaurants. No. 2 is personal services. Hair salons, nail care, healthcare options and any service related business that supports daily living. Those are what I see as the areas of greatest potential.” The lake also means a lot to the general funds of all three county governments. The study estimates
that currently the lake means $10.6 million annually to the county governments, most of that coming from property taxes. The study considered the appraised values of existing lake parcels, the impact to general fun in terms of property taxes, ad valorem taxes and other revenues. It also looked at the economic impact and jobs weighing data on businesses on and near the lake, construction jobs generated by current and future development and spin-off employment supported by businesses near the lake. The final component was retail spending in the study area which was just the lake, not distant business districts like Alexander City, Dadeville, Eclectic and Wetumpka. From that data it also tracked leakage, or money where people from the lake go elsewhere to purchase items. Lamberth challenged all those on hand to take the data, look at areas of concern, work together and develop a forward thinking plan. “This is good information and we all need to study it so we can be informed and make better decisions for the future,” Lamberth said. “The lake is going to grow whether we do anything or not. But it can grow better and smarter if we all work together and develop a plan. I think with every thing we do, we should consider how the lake plays into the economic development of Tallapoosa, Coosa and Elmore counties.”
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A jail that once had Hank Williams as an inmate will soon be out of commission as the Tallapoosa County Commissioners approved a resolution and a oneyear agreement to house Alexander City inmates at the Tallapoosa County Jail. Alexander City Police Chief Jay Turner had been given the go-ahead to look at alternative plans for inmates. The jail, which is housed in the public safety building, can’t undergo any major renovations or structural changes because it is on the historic registry. “This is something that we have been studying for quite some time,” Turner said. “Since the Southern Poverty Law Center suit, we really don’t house too many people there anyway, three at a time at the most. “That and the fact that the jail is in a historic landmark means we really can’t update our jail. The cost of having it certified as a holding facility, insurance, meals and personnel, under this agreement it will benefit us to be out of the jail business.” Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett outlined the terms of the deal to the commissioners. “The state auditors require a one-year contract and they will be responsible for the booking fee, meals and all medical costs incurred by their inmates,” Abbett said. “It’s the same deal we have with some of the other towns and because our numbers are down we feel like this is good for us and them as well.” Alexander City will also be responsible for the transport of all inmates to the Tallapoosa County Jail, under the agreement. Turner said they are shooting for March 1 for the switch. He said any personnel who are now considered jailers will be moved to other duties. As many longtime residents may know, it was on Aug. 17, 1952 that Williams was arrested and spent some time in the Alexander City Jail. The original citation
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In other action, the commissioners voted 5-0 to:
• Approve the minutes of the Jan. 8 meeting. • Approve the warrants and purchase orders. • Approve the declaration of three Mack dump trucks as surplus, clearing the way for their sale. • Approve the county levy for alcohol licensing. • Approve the transfer of the retail beer and table wine license for Poplar Dawgs. • Approve a move to allow County EMA Director Jason Moran to execute a Hazard Mitigation Grant that will make the safe room in the Daviston community possible. It was also announced that the courthouse will be closed on Monday, Feb. 19 for President’s Day.
Thursday, February 15, 2018
The Dadeville Record
Lake Martin Innovation Center businesses among competition finalists Two local businesses compete in Alabama Launchpad Auburn Regional Startup Competition STAFF REPORT TPI Staff
Two businesses housed inside of Alexander City’s business incubator, the Lake Martin Innovation Center, competed last Thursday in the Alabama Launchpad Auburn Regional Startup Competition. Beyond Home Care and JC Golf Info were two of nearly a dozen startup companies that pitched for the chance to advance in the competition that awards $100,000 to help fund the businesses. Beyond Home Care, an in-home care service led by founder and CEO Kelly Adams, was one of six teams to advance to the semifinal round that will trim the field down to four ahead of April 4th’s finale event. The competition was made up of teams from Chambers, Lee, Macon, Russell and Tallapoosa counties, the five counties that entries must reside in to be eligible for the Auburn Regional. Teams had 10 minutes to pitch their ideas and business plans to the four industry-professional judges. “It’s very validating,” Adams said. “It’s one thing for you to believe in your business and see “the vision” but it’s entirely different for someone else to see it, especially with the caliber of judges at this event. The competitors were all so well prepared, and their concepts were so innovative and unique. Just to be among the finalists for the next round is an honor.” Making it to the pitch stage, however, was no easy task. “This is my first time to do a pitch competition, and it’s been a lot of work to prepare,” added Adams. “The first round consisted of an application, a threeminute video pitch, financial projections, a resume and customer testimonials. The second phase was a live, 10-minute pitch followed by a 10-minute question and answer period from the judges. If you’ve ever seen “Shark Tank,” it’s the same
concept.” Although Adams and the Beyond Home Care team will not know their ultimate fate in the competition’s next phase for several more weeks, she believes taking part in the program has been a valuable experience to this point. “The process has really pushed me outside my comfort zone, but it’s been a great learning opportunity,” said Adams, noting also that the support structure at the Lake Martin Innovation Center has been outstanding. “I first found out about this competition through the Chamber of Commerce and then attended a meeting at the Innovation Center. Being part of the Innovation Center has been such an asset throughout this competition both from support and resources. I was able to utilize the board room to hold practice pitches as well as lean on the Chamber staff for feedback as we worked through the different phases of competition. Not to mention the connections I have made by simply being part of the Innovation Center have been invaluable.” The other local participant, JC Golf Info, is a joint venture between Innovation Center-based WisePoint LLC and Dave Jennings, head coach of the Central Alabama Community College men’s golf team. JC Golf Info is a soonto-be released social networking tool designed to connect and educate those involved in junior college golf, such as coaches, players and prospects. Although they didn’t make it through to the competition’s next phase, their team is already making moves for the future. “The Launchpad competition was a great experience even though we didn’t make the second cut,” said WisePoint’s Jeff Kirk. “We had just started the concept phase of JC Golf Info when we learned of the competition, but decided to try it anyway. This really kicked our planning into overdrive and forced us to solidify concepts quickly and verify all of our research. After hearing the judges’ feedback, we felt even more confident than the round before. We’d love to have won it all, but very glad we entered the competition.” As for what’s next for the fledgling startup? “We plan to enter the statewide Alabama Launchpad competition next
February 15, 2018 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.
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
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-caneat 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.
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 256761-3575.
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 256-794-1933.
February 28 - March 2
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.
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Sunday, March 4
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 Pastorial 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
GREAT 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.
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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.
month, and we’re pushing forward to go live with the product in December at the Golf Coaches of America Association conference.” In addition to Beyond Home Care, the finalists are: Tennibot: robotic tennis ball collector, presented by of Haven Barnes of Auburn; FoPark: a simplified parking management system, presented by Sakthi Kandaswaamy and Parker Roan of Auburn; Energy H2O: production of energetic, more healthy bottled water, presented by Moses Weaver of Tuskegee; InhiProt: treatment idea for those suffering with multiple myeloma, presented by Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy Professor Alexei Kisselev; and NanoXort: development of safer contrast agents for MRIs, presented by Tareq Anani and Barry Yeh of Auburn. One year into the existence of the Lake Martin Innovation Center, Alexander City Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Ed Collari, who is tasked with overseeing the facility, is encouraged by seeing this sort of drive from LMIC-based businesses. “It’s fantastic to see businesses and individuals that are housed here at the Innovation Center successfully compete in programs like Alabama Launchpad,” Collari said. “Not only is it a great recognition for the resources we can help provide here, but it’s a testament to the sustainability of these startups and their potential to positively impact the community through job creation and economic development. We’ll continue to do anything within our power to help bring opportunities like this to the forefront.” The Lake Martin Innovation Center is a partnership between the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce and USAmeriBank. The 17,000 square foot facility, located at 175 Aliant Parkway off of Highway 280, is home to the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce and features office suites for new and/ or growing small businesses, plus co-working memberships. To learn more, visit www.lakemartininnovationcenter. com or call (256) 234-3461 to schedule a visit.
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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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Auburn High School at 334-887-2120.
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Plethora of returning starters to propel Dadeville Tigers By LIZI ARBOGAST Sports Editor
Although Dadeville’s baseball team graduated nine players from last year’s squad, the majority of its starters return, and the Tigers will once again boast nine seniors this season. The same can’t quite be said for the Dadeville softball team, as it has only two seniors on the roster. But the young age doesn’t equal little experience for the Tigers. “For the first time in a long time, this team is actually going to have nine starters at least in a high school grade,” Dadeville softball coach C.J. Ford said. “So while we’re a young team, we’re still experienced. I expect us to hit the ball pretty well this year. We’ve made a lot of improvements so far with the bats, but that could change when we get into games. But we do have an experienced defense.” Dadeville returns its top two hitters from a season ago in shortstop Quanesha Presley and third baseman Madison “Pearl” Huff. Presley led the team with a batting average of .487 last year, while Huff followed right behind with a .462 average. The pair combined for 12 home runs. The Tigers also bring back their entire pitching staff in sophomores Timarian Tinsley and Mallory Meadors and junior Cali Jones, all of whom will be working with freshman catcher Zoe Veres. “I’m expecting Zoe to have a big season both behind the plate and at the plate,” Ford said. One youngster Ford is excited about is Jailee Kirkland, who will fill out the second base position. And junior Tiffany Rice will be returning to her starting position at
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Left: Pitching is expected to be a strength for Dadeville’s baseball team. Right: Jailee Kirkland is one of several returns for the Tigers’ softball team.
centerfield. With the season just around the corner — Dadeville begins Tuesday at Beauregard — Ford said right now, it’s just a matter of fine tuning. “We’re at that point where we’re going over the small details,” he said. “We’re going through the finer points of base running, making sure we know our signs, just the little things.
Rally not enough for Tiger girls STAFF REPORT TPI Staff
Despite outscoring Sipsey Valley, 18-4, in the final quarter of Monday’s sub-regional girls basketball game, Dadeville couldn’t overcome a deficit in a 68-43 loss. The Tigers were eliminated from postseason play and finished the season with a 5-12 record. “I feel like we went further than most people expected, and I was proud of them for not letting up,” Tiger coach Pam Holloway said. “I was also proud of the short length of time they had to gel together and the four young ladies that I had left from the beginning. I was pleased with their ability to stay a part of the team, not quit and continue to work hard and work with the group that we had coming in. That’s not an easy task.” Dadeville stuck with the Bears for the first quarter, after which the Tigers trailed just 17-10. But Sipsey Valley pulled away in the second and third frames and got a big enough lead Dadeville couldn’t pull back in it. Quanesha Presley led the Tigers with a double-double, contributing 21 points and 14 rebounds and also adding three blocks. Janiya Wyckoff had 10 points, and Ranika Cox was just one point and one board away from a double-double. D’Aja Caldwell had six rebounds, and Wyckoff added five. The only two seniors Dadeville will graduate are Presley and Cox, and although those two were a big factor for the Tigers this season, Holloway is still hopeful about the future. “I’m gonna miss those two for sure, but I do feel pretty good with the young ones, as long as they stay focused and dedicated,” she said. Dadeville’s boys team also was eliminated from the postseason after suffering a 65-47 loss at the hands of Holt on Tuesday night.
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, See DIAMOND • Page B4
Dadeville puts two on podium at sectionals STAFF REPORT TPI Staff
RJ Ford and Ab Abernathy will both represent Dadeville’s wrestling team at the Class 1A-5A state championships beginning Thursday. The Tigers both climbed the podium at this weekend’s South Sectional at Garrett Coliseum. Abernathy walked away with fifth place overall after going 3-2 on the day. At 220 pounds, he started the day with a bye before taking down Tallassee’s Noah Blaylock in 2:30. He then advanced to the semifinals with a pin in 3:01 against Elmore County’s Ean Carpenter. But Weaver’s Sean Caleb Allison was too much for Abernathy, who was pinned and dropped to the consolation semifinals. In the consys, Abernathy struggled with an injury and gave up a victory to Ryan Day, but he came back with a vengeance in the fifthplace match, flattening Holtville’s Evan Headley in 4:30. Like Abernathy, Ford’s journey at 132 pounds started with a bye. He was immediately dropped to the consolation bracket after a pin by Saint Clair County’s Zhenya Collett. Ford then pinned Christopher Bouler, of Thomasville, and earned a forfeit in the fourth round. He stayed alive with a pin against Beauregard’s Hunter Gasaway in 1:19. Although he lost in the consolation semifinals and the fifth-place match, Ford still did well enough for sixth place and an advancement to state. No other Tigers picked up a win on the mat throughout the day.
Reeltown fails to advance at sectionals
During its inaugural wrestling season, Reeltown put up a good fight at the Class 1A-5A South Sectional but couldn’t put any on the podium. At 106 pounds, Tanner Hill started with a bye but was dropped to the consolation bracket when he was pinned by Alexandria’s Aden Whittaker. Hill fought his way back with backto-back pins over Mason Cooper and John Lexin Caldwell before ultimately falling to Beauregard’s Jamal Whittington. Carson Baker had a better start at 132 with a quick first-period pin over Moody’s Carson Smith before dropping to the consolation bracket as he was pinned in the second round. But like Hill, Baker battled back, earning a 9-4 decision over Beulah’s Jace Hancock before going down for the day. Like Baker, Reeltown’s Jackson Hornsby (220 pounds) got off to a strong
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Top: Reeltown’s Jackson Hornsby, top, battles against Alexandria’s Peyton Thrasher during sectionals this weekend. Above: Dadeville’s Dillan Ray, left, looks for an opening against Weaver’s Caleb Russell.
start with a pin in 1:58 over Prattville Christian’s Wylie Edwards before falling to the consolation bracket. He then flattened Drake Hare, of Thomasville, in a mere 43 seconds to continue his journey. He received a forfeit in the third round of consolations but was overpowered by Elmore
County’s Ean Carpenter. At 285, Caleb Gantt was taken down by Tallassee’s Fischer Segrest in just 13 seconds to fall to the consolations. Gantt then had a quick pin of his own, flattening Taylor Atkinson, of Elmore County, in 52 seconds before losing in the fourth round.
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Elite Series takes over Lake Martin Novice fishermen have chance to learn from the best By LIZI ARBOGAST Sports Editor
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Reeltown’s Kelley Jaye, left, weighs in at the Bassmaster Elite Series held on Lake Martin.
Locals struggle at Bassmaster tourney By LIZI ARBOGAST Sports Editor
The home-lake advantage might not have provided that many benefits for a trio of local anglers during the Bassmaster Elite Series on Lake Martin. All three locals — Kelley Jaye, a Reeltown graduate; Greg Vinson, who currently lives in Wetumpka; and Steve Kennedy, who hails from Auburn but has a house on the lake — were eliminated after the second day of competition. “Today was not good,” Jaye said after Day 1. “I got the limit, but they don’t weigh much. I ran about 45 brush piles today from about 3 feet to 30 feet, and I was casting a lot so I’m not wasting times. But I got eight bites all day, so that cold front (Thursday morning) really messed things up. That rain also muddied a lot of the water up, especially where I’m fishing. But (Friday) is a new day, and I’m gonna run some different stuff.” Making the cut after two days were the top 51. “I think there’s an advantage but sometimes that can work against you,” Vinson said. “You can get caught up fishing places and not necessarily patterns that are working. I probably did a little bit of that today, so I have some time to go back tonight, regroup and think about what worked and what didn’t work.” Kennedy had one of the most successful days of all 110 anglers in terms of number of bass caught, but not
weight. He estimated he caught more than 30 fish, but said he could’ve caught upwards of 50 or 100. “I caught a bunch of fish, but no big ones,” Kennedy said. “It’s all about a big bite here. I went out with the attitude that I needed to get two big bites a day. I ended up getting two big bites, but they were stripers about 80 pounds each. I did get one big bite from a bass, but he broke out. He was one I should’ve caught three days ago, and he was right where he was supposed to be. The rest of them just were not there.” Kennedy said he wouldn’t change much, except for branching out to different places on the lake. Both Vinson and Jaye covered quite a bit of ground. Vinson said he did most of his fishing from Wind Creek to Kowaliga, while Jaye went all the way from StillWaters to Wind Creek Farms. With all three being so close to Lake Martin, they all have a lot of family and friends cheering them on, bringing even more pressure than usual. “They don’t ever get to travel with me or see me compete,” Jaye said. “To be here close to home, I got a lot of family and friends here watching. This isn’t the first day I wanted, but there’s always tomorrow and there’s no telling what’ll happen.” Vinson said, “Literally Lake Martin is home. I grew up on the lake. I probably spent as much time on the lake as I did at the house. It’s like home every time I drop a boat in. I wanted to do well because I knew a lot, and I felt like I might have a chance to win.”
Tigers fall short in area Diamond girls championship would be a repeat of the regular season games. But Dadeville responded with an 8-0 run of its own. ECHS led Despite holding a lead for 13-9 after one quarter and the most of the second half, the second quarter looked similar Dadeville girls basketball to the first with the Panthers team could not hold on as Elmore County scored seven opening up an eight-point of the game’s last eight points lead only for Dadeville to cut the lead down to 21-18 by to win the Class 4A Area 5 tournament, 58-54 on Friday halftime. The sub-reionals were night. Dadeville, which lost both already a lock for Dadeville by virtue of it getting to the regular season meetings to final. With the loss, the Tigers Elmore County by doublewill go on the road next week digits, came out of halftime for a sub-regional game. strong and erased a threeHolloway’s team was not point halftime deficit. The Tigers led most of the second expected to be one of the last two teams remaining in the half and thanks to two buckets from Janiya Wyckoff, tournament, something she acknowledges. That adds to took a 53-50 lead after the Panthers tied the game at 49. her pride for what her squad accomplished in the last few But Dadeville could not days. hold onto the ball, turning “We faced a lot of it over and also committing adversity and it’s not bad to fouls. ECHS won the game at the free throw line, scoring say that a lot of people never expected us to be here,” the final six points of the Holloway said. “Even in our game from the stripe. own community. And that’s For Dadeville coach Pam Holloway, the disappointment not being negative. That’s how our year started out.” of the loss was mixed with Moral victories are not the realization that her team well-liked in sports, but had the game in control and Holloway also knows her gave Elmore County all it team has come a long way could handle and more. and a game like Friday’s, “I try not to sugarcoat even with the loss, provides anything with them,” Holloway said. “Bottom line, plenty of reasons for positivity. we should have taken better “It’s a different type of care of the ball. We have to victory,” Holloway said. learn from this. I told them “That’s just the type of coach keep their heads up because that I am and that’s the kind they did play hard. Elmore County played hard; it was a of team that they are. That’s what I expect out of them, to hard-fought game.” The Panthers opened with get better. To some, it may not seem like it’s much, but that the game’s first nine points says a lot.” and it seemed like the game By DAVID BERRY Sports Editor
Whether it’s been by going to the launches and weigh-ins at Wind Creek State Park, watching the live tournament results on Basstrakk or interacting with the pro anglers around town, there have been so many opportunities for locals and fishing fans to interact with the Bassmaster Elite Series on Lake Martin this week. But for 110 lucky folks, they got a front-row seat to the tournament. Each angler is partnered with a marshal, who is usually no one more than just a novice fishermen who earned a spot in a lottery. “I’ve been fishing all of my life and keeping up with the Elite Series by the computer,” said Lee Oliver, who traveled from Valley to be a marshal. “I never signed up as a marshal, but I saw it was coming to Lake Martin. I looked up the date to sign up, and I was just waiting for my opportunity.” With the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce hosting the tournament, chamber President Ed Collari also got the chance to be a marshal. “It was an experience,” Collari said. “It was my first time going across the lake at about 73 miles per hour with no seatbelt on in 35-degree weather. It was a great way to start the day. I was with Caleb Sumrall (Thursday), and it was his first time on the Elite Series too. He was just as nice as could be.” But being a marshal isn’t all fun and games. Each marshal is charged with ensuring no rules are being broken. “There’s a very good reason to do so because you’re out in the middle of a 44,000-acre lake,” said John Howell, of Jacksons Gap, who was a marshal both Thursday and Friday. “There’s a lot you can do to give yourself a competitive advantage, so we were there to make sure the fishermen are abiding by the rules essentially.” The other biggest duty of the marshal is to keep the Basstrakk up to date. The Basstrakk is an app on Bassmaster.com where an unofficial leaderboard is kept. Every time the angler catches a fish, he either estimates or weighs the fish, and the marshal logs it into an app. “That’s really transformed the sport that you just don’t know what’s going on until they come in to a sport that you can actually watch on the computer or on the TV,” Howell said. “(The marshals) are multi-purpose. We make sure the sport is accurately played and to make the interaction between the viewers and the
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Jacksons Gap’s John Howell was the marshal for Dean Rojos on Day 1 of the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament.
anglers more personable.” And for most of the marshals, who are typically novice fishermen, it’s a great way to learn not only about how the pros are doing it, but also about Lake Martin. “I learned a lot about patience,” said K.D. Sizemore, an angler for Auburn University who marshaled the first two days. Howell added, “To me, that was the biggest benefit was learning techniques and a geographical understanding of what the fish are doing, particularly this time of year, on my lake, somewhere I that I can go and I’m readily on all the time.” Collari said although he learned some tips from the anglers, he still didn’t think he could catch fish at the rate they were. He also said there was a lot more to fishing than meets the eye. “It was education to see how much going into the preparation, the understanding of the lake, the conditions, the lures, what they’re doing,” Collari said. “I was telling (Sumrall), it sounded like rocket science to hear them talking about it. It’s not just putting a hotdog on a hook. These guys really study this. It was the lines, the temperatures, the depths, everything. They look at it all.”
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“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.
Dadeville boys suffer near-miss in area final hit the eventual game winner, laying in a shot with 56 seconds left to For the first time since make it 48-46. He then 2001, Tallassee got a reeled off four straight chance to hoist the area free throws to ice the boys basketball trophy game. with a 53-46 victory over “It feels good,” Skipper Dadeville in Class 4A said. “We’ve been Area 5 action. working hard. I’m just “It’s exciting, happy for my team to especially for the pull out the win. We had players,” Tallassee coach to play smart. They got a Keiven Mixson said. Lizi Arbogast / The Record real strong defense, so we “They’re the ones that had to keep playing hard Dadeville’s Qua Tucker, left, pressures Tallasee’s Kalvin Le- and fight through it.” have worked so hard for this, and they deserve it.” vett during the Class 4A Area 5 championship on Saturday. After forcing Tallassee Everything about into 14 turnovers through Trailing 46-36 with to pass to and penetrate to the first three quarters, Saturday night’s game four minutes remaining, the basket.” was a dogfight as the Dadeville caused only Dadeville finally put The strategy worked, pair of Tiger teams went two miscues in the final the foot on the gas. Qua as Tallassee started to mano-a-mano every step eight minutes. One of force a few turnovers of the way. The game had Tucker drained a clutch Tallassee’s main goals 3-pointer and hit the of its own. It scored the countless ties and lead was breaking down back end of a pair of free game’s last seven points changes throughout the Dadeville’s high-pressure throws to cut the deficit to set the final score. first half, but Tallassee defense. to 4. Freshman P.J. Eason “I knew it was going finally started to pull “I watched them a lot to take all four quarters away in the third quarter. added a three-point play on tape and saw how because we’re very It led by as many as nine and three straight free some other teams break evenly matched athlete to it, so we tried to mimic points in third quarter and throws to tie the game, athlete,” Dadeville coach that,” Mixson said. held a 37-32 edge heading 46-46 with 1:23 left. And Tallassee took a Jesse Foster said “I knew into the fourth. For Dadeville, Eason timeout. it was going to come Tallassee came out in led the way with 16 “I just told them we down the stretch, and they points and 10 rebounds; the final frame on fire hit theirs. We fought back he also contributed three with baskets from Travon had to take care of the ball,” Mixson said. “They all night and finally tied Skipper, Jaleel Dumas steals and three blocks. it up. We had a couple Jamauri Chisolm had 11 and Tyrek Turner to push were going to try to pressure us, so we had to chances but we turned it points and eight boards, its lead out to double take care of the ball, move over. I’m just proud of and Jamarion Wilkerson figures. to the open spot, give them, though.” and Tucker each had six But the battle wasn’t your teammate somebody Tallassee guard Skipper rebounds. over yet. By LIZI ARBOGAST Sports Editor