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Council talks Motts cleanup, paving project By CLIFF WILLIAMS Staff Writer

The Mott’s Woodyard Fire is still burning in Dadeville and residents are complaining. At Tuesday’s council meeting, Council Member Betty Adams brought

the subject up. “I am still getting complaints from the fire that is still smoldering,” Adams said. Mayor Wayne Smith said much has been done to clean up the area but the city will still stay on top of it. “They have cleaned up a lot of it,”

Smith said. “But we are still getting complaints about the fire and mulch pile on North Loop. We will stay on top of it until it’s cleaned up.” Members of the Dadeville Council went to a preconstruction conference on the Lafayette Street paving project that should start soon.

Council Member Roy Mathis raised a concern about the fire department being able to properly respond to calls. “We would like to move one of the fire engines to under the canopy over there (old McKelvey Chevrolet) while See COUNCIL • Page 10

Commission votes to support bond plan for roads

County schools approve projects

By MITCH SNEED Editor

By CLIFF WILLIAMS Staff Writer

The Tallapoosa County Board of Education approved capital projects at all three county schools and also learned that Dadeville High School and the Edward Bell Career Technical Center will serve as pilot for the Leader in Me Secondary School Program at Monday night’s meeting. The projects, lights for the football field at Reeltown, bleachers for the visitor side at the Dadeville football field and roofing and air conditioning at the Horseshoe Bend School were approved. “For those three commissioners that voted for the 1-cent sales tax, this gives them something they can see that we are doing,” Superintendent Joe Windle said. “They can see that 1-cent sales tax at work. Some things are hard to see that the tax has done, but they can see bricks and mortar.” The board also accepted the withdrawal of a bid to put a new roof on Dadeville Elementary while also accepting the next lowest bid. Pierce Roofing withdrew their bid of $408,622 due to an underbid. The board accepted the bid of $453,100 for Frasier-Ousley Construction and Engineering. Windle explained that these projects would be started this year and that the bids for them came in at $911,381, $171,000 over budget. “We budgeted $740,000 last year for

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Above, Joe Abercrombie tells members of the Dadeville Kiwanis Club at the Edward Bell Career Tech School’s welding program. Below, students make adjustments to the welders at the Edward Bell Career Tech Center Thursday. Officials from the Alabama Board of Education will tour the center Friday.

HANDS ON VIEW Dadeville Kiwanians tour Career Tech Center By CLIFF WILLIAMS Staff Writer

Kiwanians in Dadeville served as a warm up for the Edward Bell Career Tech Center Thursday for Friday’s visit from Alabama Governor Robert Bentley and State Department of Education officials. “They have picked eight sites to visit over two days,” Tallapoosa County Schools

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Saturday Trash Walk proves to be a big success

Overtime pay for city employees raise concerns

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By CLIFF WILLIAMS Staff Writer

Overtime for municipal employees has become a topic of discussion in several municipalities in Tallapoosa County – is it paid or not and if so to whom seems to be the question. The New Site Council voted Tuesday night to pay five employees $17,827 for overtime accrued over the last two years but no overtime was approved for the public safety director after being told that police chiefs weren’t eligible for overtime. The council did vote to pay the current Public Safety Director John McKelvey for half of his accrued overtime upon his scheduled See OVERTIME • Page 3

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The Tallapoosa County Commissioners approved a resolution urging legislators to approve bond that would extend the life of a program that helps counties and cities across the state address crucial infrastructure needs. The Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program which was started by Gov. Robert Bentley is completing its run and in order to continue the program, new bonds to provide money to fund an ATRIP 2 initiative is being floated in the legislature. At Monday’s meeting County Engineer David Moore explained that the project has resulted in several projects in the court over the last four years. He said that the Association of County Engineers of Alabama and the Association of County Commissioners of Alabama are urging each county to pass a resolution of support. The initiative that is being debated in the See ROADS • Page 5

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A total of 32 volunteers collected 80 bags of trash from area roadways Saturday in the February PATH Trash Walk. Lake Martin Resource Association President John Thompson who worked with Prosperity Again Through Health to organize the cleanup said the amount of area covered by the group was impressive. “The event was an overwhelming success,” Thompson said. “The group was able to clean 95 percent of both sides of Highway 229 and Highway 50 from Highway 63 to Martin Dam. See TRASH • Page 3


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Library Notes

Police Reports

Calling all elementary age citizens! Come Join Dadeville Brick Builders! Every week on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m., join others at the library to build with Lego bricks. This is a new FREE program, no registration required. Just stop in a play! Stop by the library and fill out a “My favorite title is:” heart and post it on our new bulletin board. Help others find a new favorite. Love Your Library! This month is the Friends of the Library membership renewal month. If you want to join the friends of the library, stop by the Circulation desk to pick up a membership form. The General Membership is $15 and the Business Membership is $25.

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• Death of a Ghost by M.C. Beaton • Gunmetal Gray by Mark Greaney • Heartbreak Hotel by Jonathan Kellerman • Robert B Parker’s Revelation by Robert Knott

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• You Are the Universe: Discovering Your Cosmic Self and Why it Matters by Deepak Chopra M.D. Story Time on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. every week is a great way to get your toddler interested in reading. Numerous studies have shown that students who are exposed to reading before preschool are more likely to do well in all sides of formal education. Early reading for toddlers has been linked to a better grasp of the basics of language as they approach school age. Library Notes are provided by Dadeville Public Library Director Abbi Mangarelli.

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Dadeville Police Department February 13

• A report was filed for Criminal Mischief and Defacing Public Property that occurred on Bryan Street.

February 12

• A Dadeville man, age 44, was arrested on Freeman Drive on the charge of Disorderly Conduct. • An Alexander City man, age 52, was arrested on Horseshoe Bend Road on the charge of Failure to Appear.

February 10

• A report was filed for Domestic Violence that occurred on Freeman Drive.

February 9

• A report was filed for Possession of Forged Instrument that occurred on East South Street. • A Dadeville man, age 27, was arrested at the Tallapoosa County Jail on four charges of Failure to Appear. • A report was filed for Burglary and Theft of Property that occurred on Woodyard Street.

• Ozzie Logan of South Fourth Street in Opelika was arrested on an outstanding warrant for probation violation. • Arthur Curry of Shady Lane in Childersburg was arrested on outstanding grand jury indictments for obstructing justice giving false information to law enforcement and driving under the influence.

February 13

• Tyler Wilson of Mason Street in Alexander City was arrested on an outstanding warrant for probation violation. • Chadrick Cassiano of Third Street in Alexander City was arrested on grand jury indictments for unlawful possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana second, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and no driver’s license. • Justavious Williams of D Street in Alexander City was arrested on grand jury indictments for possession of cocaine, attempt to elude and possession of marijuana first. • A resident of Churchill Road in Camp Hill filed a report for a dog bite.

February 12

• Frank McHenry of Cheyenne Wyoming was arrested for driving under the influence. • A resident of Sunset Lane filed a report for a dog bite. • A resident of Sanford Road filed a report for a dog bite.

February 8

• A report was filed for Domestic Violence that occurred on Fulton Street.

February 6

• A report was filed for Harassment that occurred on Weldon Street.

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• Jeffrey Ethridge of Pine Street in Alexander City was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear child support. • Deborah Monroe of East Lafayette Street in Dadeville was arrested on an outstanding warrant for probation revocation. • A resident of Campbell Road in Dadeville filed a report for domestic violence.

• A resident of County Road 79 in Daviston filed a report for criminal mischief and theft of property. • A resident of Bama Park Road in Dadeville filed a report for burglary and theft of property. • Bernard Atkinson of Alexander City was arrested on grand jury indictments for burglary third and theft of property second.

February 10

• Jimmie Landers of

Jacksons Gap was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear child support. • Tracy Ray of Lanett was arrested for an outstanding probation violation warrant.

February 9

• Revander Westbrooks of Ninth Avenue in Alexander City was arrested on outstanding grand jury indictments failure to signal, attempting to elude, expire tag, resisting arrest, burglary thirf, theft of property fourth. • Sherri Odom of Veazy Road in New Site was arrested on an outstanding warrant for domestic violence simple.

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Alexander City Police Department February 13

• Sean Jermaine Henderson Jr., 19, of Eclectic was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. • Stephanie Marie Louis Stokes, 20, of Tallassee was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. • Willie Eugene Gilbert, 57, of Rockford was arrested for driving under the influence alcohol. • Deonta Glenn Harris, 30, of Alexander City was arrested for domestic violence. • Theft was reported in Alexander City. • Possession of a controlled substance was reported on Highway 63 South. • Domestic violence was reported on Highway 280. • Unlawful breaking and entering was reported in Alexander City. • Theft was reported on Highway 280. • Criminal mischief was reported on J Street.

February 12

sumption of alcohol. • Domestic violence was reported on K Street. • Domestic violence was reported on 12th Avenue. • Criminal trespass was reported on Highway 280. • Theft was reported in Alexander City. • Minor consumption of alcohol was reported on Highway 22 East.

• Anthony Sanchez White, 45, of Alexander City was arrested for public intoxication. • Tristan Chance Meinzer, 19, of Wedowee was arrested for minor con-

• Domestic violence was reported on I Street. • Criminal littering was reported on Daniel Road. • Harassment was reported at Greenleaf Apartments. • Domestic violence was reported on Highway 280. February 10 • Antwoine Rodrigex Holley, 18, of Alexander City was arrested for possession of marijuana. • David Cornelious Mosley, 22, of Alexander City was arrested for domestic violence. • Terrio Lamar Davis, 20, of Alexander City was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. • Domestic violence was reported on Court Square. • Domestic violence was reported on Dogwood Avenue. • Possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana was reported on Church Street. • Theft was reported on Forrest Street. • Domestic violence was reported on Cornerstone Drive. • Criminal mischief was reported on Celia Circle.

February 9

• Jervorski Montez Hutchins, 22, of Alexander City was arrested for contempt of court. • Theft was reported on Sugar Creek Road. • Theft was reported on Highway 280. • Domestic violence was reported on Highway 280. • Domestic violence was reported on Celia Circle. • Criminal littering was reported on Daniel Road.

Public Meetings n Alexander City Board of Education meets on the third Tuesday of each month. Meetings are held in the board office at 375 Lee St. or local school at 5 p.m. n Alexander City Council meets on the first and third Mondays of each month. Meetings are held in the courtroom at the old city hall at 5:30 p.m. n Camp Hill Town Council meets the first and third Mondays of each month. Meetings are held in town hall at 6 p.m. n Community Action Agency of Chambers, Tallapoosa, Coosa will holds its regular board of directors meetings every other month at the Central Office in Dadeville. n Coosa County Board of Education holds called meetings at least once a month. n Coosa County Commission meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Meetings are held in the Coosa County Courthouse in Rockford at 9:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday and at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday. n Coosa County Industrial Development Board will hold its regularly scheduled meeting the third Tuesday of each month

at 7 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Board Room in the courthouse in Rockford. All meetings are open to the public. n Dadeville City Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. with a pre-meeting at 5:30 p.m. in city hall.

n Ray Water Authority meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Ray Water Authority Office. All customers are invited to attend. n Rockford Town Council meets the second Tuesday of each month. Meetings are held in town hall at 7 p.m.

n Daviston City Council meets the third Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Daviston Fire Department. n Goldville Town Council meets the second Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the town hall. n Goodwater City Council meets on the second Tuesday of each month. Meetings are held at the Caldwell Center at 6:30 p.m. n Jackson’s Gap Town Council meets the second Tuesday of each month. Meetings are held in town hall at 6:30 p.m., all Jackson’s Gap citizens are encouraged to attend.

n Tallapoosa County Board of Education meets on the second Monday of each month. Meetings are held in the new central office at 679 East Columbus Street, Dadeville, AL 36853. n Tallapoosa County Commission meets the second Monday of the month at 9 a.m. in the courthouse in Dadeville, with a pre-meeting also open to the public 30 minutes before each regular session. n Tallapoosa County 911 Board will meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the 911 Administrative office at 240 West Columbus Street, Dadeville. Call 8258490 for more information.

n Kellyton Town Council meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the community center in Kellyton. n New Site City Council meets the first and third Monday of the month at 5 p.m. in the Conference Room in the Town Hall.

n Walnut Hill Water Authority meets the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited. Call 825-9841 to inquire about the agenda.

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retirement sometime before March 31. Discussion at the last council meeting in Jacksons Gap surrounded the overtime issue. “We busted our budget last year,” Jacksons Gap Mayor Jeff Walker said at that January meeting. “Overtime pretty much caused us to go over budget.” In Jacksons Gap, that amounts to $70,000 over budget last year. Following discussion at council meetings on the issue, The Outlook has surveyed most of the municipalities in the county through records requests to see what the municipalities spend mainly in the police departments. New Site pays its public safety director $38,760 a year and the Dadeville Police Chief makes $48,000 a year. The former Alexander City Police Chief Willie Robertson was paid a salary of $75,000 and no overtime. The pay range for the position is $59,500 to $86,000 depending on grade and experience. No overtime is paid to the police chief. Through documents obtained by The Outlook, Jacksons Gap Police Chief BC Cooper was paid differently in 2015 and 2016. In 2015 Cooper was paid a base pay of $74,311, none of which was overtime but $980 was classified as other pay. In 2016 Cooper was paid at least $58,062 over his base pay of $48,253. $37,551 of that was in overtime and $20,510 in other pay. And the pay issues do not stop with the police chief in Jacksons Gap. In 2016, Town Clerk Kathleen Thomas was paid at least $20,559 over her base pay of $36,769. Of that, $1,932 was in overtime and $18,627 was in other pay. The overtime issue was a heated topic at that January meeting in Jacksons Gap as Walker and new council member Carl Pritchard were at odds over the issue. “Town policy and procedure says all department heads are to be considered salaried employees.” Pritchard said. “And no employee shall order his or herself into overtime.” “That is not what the State of Alabama courts have said,” Walker explained. “Robin (Kelly, town attorney) is not here so I can’t go into any detail. Some things you can’t go against the state.” The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) specifically covers high ranking law enforcement officials. The FLSA Section 13(a)(1) says exemptions may apply to police lieutenants, police captains, and fire battalion chiefs positions so long as the employees in these positions meet all of the requirements set out in the Regulations. Specifically, they may fit within the regulatory exemption for Executive Employees in § 541.100. Section 541.100 states that an employee is employed in a “bona fide executive capacity” for purposes of the exemption if the employee is: 1. Compensated on a salary basis at a rate of not less than $455 per week…, exclusive of board, lodging or other facilities; 2. Whose primary duty is management of the enterprise in which the employee is employed or of a customarily recognized department or subdivision

thereof; 3. Who customarily and regularly directs the work of two or more other employees; and 4. Who has the authority to hire or fire other employees or whose suggestions and recommendations as to the hiring, firing, advancement, promotion or any other change of status of other employees are given particular weight. Walker was made aware of rulings by the Department of Labor and has not responded to requests to comment on the issue despite several attempts. The Outlook also looked at the size of Dadeville, Jacksons Gap and New Site. According to the 2010 Census, New Site has a population of 773 people while Jacksons Gap had a population of 828 people. The two towns are also of similar physical size with New Site being 9.8 square miles and Jacksons Gap 8.4 miles, though Jacksons Gap does have just over three miles of Highway 280 in its city limits. New Site has lesser travelled Highways 49 and 22. Dadeville has a population of 3,230 and is 15.98 square miles. Dadeville has just over four miles of Highway 280 and also has Highway 49 in its city limits. The New Site Police Department had total expenditures of $96,498 of which $75,480 was payroll in fiscal year 2016. The Dadeville Police Department had total expenditures of $566,000 of which $448,000 was payroll in fiscal year 2016. Jacksons Gap has not yet made available expenditures from fiscal year 2016. But at a recent council meeting Mayor Jeff Walker explained that the numbers for the yet to be approved fiscal year 2017 budget came from the 2016 budget. The budget lists $166,180 as expenditures with $149,885 in payroll with no overtime. A check with the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department shows call volume not reflected in traffic tickets. Dispatch at the sheriff’s department handles incident calls for the sheriff’s department, Camp Hill Police Department, Dadeville Police Department, Jacksons Gap Police Department and New Site Police Department. The operators at the center dispatch the sheriff’s deputies on incident calls an average of 340 times a month in the three months examined by The Outlook while dispatching Camp Hill an average of 55 times a month and Dadeville had an average of 146 dispatches times a month. Jacksons Gap had an average of 35 dispatches a month and New Site had an average of nine a month, but most of New Site’s calls come directly to the town or the officers. Jacksons Gap has five officers while New Site has two. These averages do not take into account any incident calls made directly to the police departments. The next meeting of the Jacksons Gap Council is Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

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“They also got to a portion of Highway 63 near The Amphitheater as well as some county roads leading to Lake Martin.” Even though the amount of trash that was collected was massive, Thompson said volunteers discovered a massive illegal dumpsite that will require extensive work to clean up. The site is on Highway 229 near Ridgeway Road. “The dump is much too big for a few volunteers and will require some able bodied manpower to clean it up,” Thompson said. “We are in the process of determining who owns the property.” During this event volunteers got a little something extra for their effort. “The group of community volunteers enjoyed a delicious breakfast before the cleanup and a great hot dog cookout at the conclusion which was graciously provided by Reubin and Jackie Thornton, owners of Dirt Road Gourmet,” Thompson said. Thompson is already planning for the March PATH Trash Walk. The March walk will be held on Saturday, March 11 on Elkathatchee Road and will be hosted by Kenneth and Mary Lyman Boone.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

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Is appearance the reality as Strange selected for Senate

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t has been a very busy week in Alabama politics. We had revelations that Gov. Robert Bentley paid the legal fees for former aide Rebekah Mason, the start of the Alabama Legislative General Session, a State of the State address that was filled with projects and few funding solutions, the release of former Gov. Don Siegelman from prison and Alabama’s Jess Sessions was confirmed to be the U.S. Attorney General. With that list it has no doubt been a busy week. Then came Thursday’s announcement by Bentley that he had selected Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange to fill Sessions’ U.S. Senate seat – which served the proverbial cherry on top of an already nutty sundae. Before turning to the obvious problems with the appearances of this appointment, let’s just say that Strange has been an effective attorney general, a shrewd politician and one of the most intelligent elected officials that this state has seen over the last decade. Of those who threw their names in the mix to be considered by Bentley for Sessions seat, Strange was one of the top three, if not the top option and we think he will represent Alabama well in Washington. But with that said allow us to state the obvious. Bentley has been dealing with allegations on impropriety over an alleged tawdry relationship with Mason. He has been the subject of impeachment talks. Those talks stalled when Strange and his office that have been bird-dogging corruption across the state announced that they were investigating allegations that included questions about his use of state funds and resources to facilitate his relationship with Mason. The appointment of Strange to the Senate not only takes the man who is investigating the governor’s actions out of the state, but it allows Bentley to appoint the new attorney general. Wouldn’t you like to appoint the person that would handle a potential criminal investigation of you? No need to answer that question. Regardless of the motive behind Strange’s selection, the appearance screams Alabama politics as usual and that’s a shame.

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Dropping my first deer

oing in to the Army, I didn’t know it, but I was really good with a rifle. Throughout basic marksmanship training, I was one of the top shooters, never shooting less than 36/40. I was so proficient with my weapon that I, along with five others, were assigned to the first firing order on qualification day to set the standard for the rest of the platoon. It was a lot of responsibility, but something I took great pride in. When the dust had settled, literally, I’d shot a 22/40, thus failing to even qualify. I couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn, much less little green pop-up targets. I don’t know what happened, but I was devastated. How could I go from shooting expert to not even qualifying? Perhaps I was getting too cocky and needed to be humbled. We need that sometimes. If that’s the case, it worked. I came back and qualified later in the day. I shot 38/40. I lit the broad side of the barn up; however, due to my failure the first go around, I could qualify no better than marksman. It was a bummer, but when put into perspective, it wasn’t all that bad. This past week, for the first time in my life, I went deer hunting. Technically, when I was a kid, we walked through the woods with a shotgun a time or two, but that wasn’t hunting. It was simply walking through the woods with a shotgun. It was more as if

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we were “hunting wabbit” and we weren’t “vewwy quiet.” That doesn’t mean that I’ve never killed a deer. From age 16 through 19, I ran over six of them. I’m fairly certain some of them died. I ran over a beaver during that same time span, too. I don’t think I’ve ran over anything since, other than the dead wooly mammoth I ran over in Maine back in November, but it was already dead. I think it was a moose. I’d never seen such a mess in my life. Back to deer hunting—I knew if I saw a deer that I was going to drop it. There wasn’t a doubt in my mind. We sat in an enclosed tree stand. It was like a little house. Now that’s my kind of hunting. I endured the elements enough when I was in the Army. We didn’t see anything due to the unseasonably warm weather that day. I’m sure my loud talking may have adversely affected our success, as well. Either way, the ham sandwiches were really good, and the time in the stand with my friend was priceless. It was a bit of a bummer, but when put into perspective, it wasn’t all that bad. I posted a photo to

Facebook of me holding the rifle as if I was about to drop my first deer. I was critiqued from the clothes I wore to how close my eye was to the scope. For what it’s worth, the critiques were justified. In hindsight, I’m glad I didn’t see a deer, or I would have come home with another black eye. My friend popped me in the other eye for being too loud. We stayed until dark, and then went to another friend’s deep processing facility. I’d told him we were coming either way. I’d never seen so many deer in my life. He even let us rip out some guts and saw off some legs and other accessories. I love trying new things. Even though we didn’t kill anything, it was a great experience. There’ so much more to hunting than just shooting and killing. There’s just something special about being out in the woods and away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. I’m already excited about next season. I’m going to drop one opening weekend, but if I don’t, that’s okay, too. I’m a good shot, and when the time comes, it’ll happen. Jody Fuller is a comic, speaker, writer and soldier with three tours of duty in Iraq. He is also a lifetime stutterer. He can be reached at jody@jodyfuller. com. For more information, please visit www.jodyfuller. com.

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Two good causes in one day By RAPHORD FARRINGTON Guest Columnist

The Dadeville citywide cleanup will take place rain or shine Saturday Feb. 18, 2017. Meet at the city hall parking lot at 8 a.m. We need civic groups, school groups, church groups or any organization that is willing to spend some time to make Dadeville look better. If we can spend a

few hours cleaning up the litter in our town it will give a new look not only to the residents but also to any visitors to our city. Gloves and trash bags will be available, a dumpster will be on site at the city shop on Columbus Street for drop off. If you need additional information please call city hall at 256825-9242. Also don’t forget to get a good start on the day

(Feb. 18) at the Kiwanis all you can eat pancake breakfast at the Dadeville Elementary cafeteria starting at 7 a.m. It’s only $6 so see you there, and bring a friend. It is for a good cause. Farrington is a Dadeville resident and a regular columnist for The Record.

Brownie Caldwell represents District 2. Her phone number is 256-825-4749. Her address is 480 East LaFayette St., Dadeville.

Brownie Caldwell

Teneeshia GoodmanJohnson represents District 3. Her phone number is 256-825-9749. Her address is 1191 Fulton Teneeshia Street, Dadeville. GoodmanRoy Mathis represents District 4. His phone number is 256-825-4369. His address is 181 Cedar Hill Drive, Dadeville.

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H.A ‘Dick’ Harrelson represents District 5. His phone number is 256-307-3880. His address is 333 West Columbus Street., Dadeville.

H.A. ‘Dick’ Harrelson

Wayne Smith is mayor of Dadeville. His phone number is 256-8256820. His address is 156 Oliver Grove, Dadeville.

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Career Superintendent Joe Windle said. “They want to see what we are doing here.” Windle says it’s an honor to have the governor and education officials as a guests. “It shows that we are doing something good here,” Windle told Kiwanians. “We are doing great things. Word is getting around and they want to see what we are doing.” Thursday, the Dadeville Kiwanis Club ventured to the Camp Hill campus to see for themselves what they are doing. Windle says they have invited local legislators and businesses like Sajin and SL Alabama too. Windle explained the center has been open for four years and services students from Dadeville, Horseshoe Bend and Reeltown high schools. “The first year we were really just getting established,” Windle said. “To be recognized as a career tech center you have to be certified in five programs. We started with law enforcement, preengineering and robotics, industrial maintenance, welding, nursing and computer science. Law enforcement has been one of the most popular programs. We have had 41 to 42 students in law enforcement.” Windle explained that students at the center are finishing school at a higher rate than the other students despite not wanting a traditional education. “Our graduation rate in the county is 89 percent,” Windle said. “The kids that attend the career tech center they graduate at about 96 percent. It helps keep kids in school that do not see the relevance in traditional classes like algebra 2 or literature. But they will stay in school because they like industrial maintenance or robotics or welding. They will stay in school to come out here.” Windle explained that some of the programs at the tech center gets students credits towards graduation. “We get a math credit for the pre engineering course,” Windle said. “We get a science credit for the

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forensic science part in the law enforcement course.” The Kiwanians got to see a demonstration of the Fanuc robot by instructor Dalton Nabors. “In Intro to robotics we use the 6-Axis Fanuc Robot to get them certified in it, Nabors said. “They can also build robots to compete in the BEST Robotics competition.” Windle explained that this is the same thing one would see at the local automotive plants. “This is the same thing you would see at Kia or Hyundai,” Windle said. “Theirs are larger but the prinicipal is the same. Theirs need to be able to lift large parts like car doors.” Nabors also explained that in the industrial maintenance program students learn programmable logic controllers, pneumatics and hydraulics. The tour included a stop in the Microsoft Academy where students can get Microsoft Certified, something Windle says can help students stand out from others. The other stop on the tour was the welding shop with welding instructor Joe Abercombie. “We have come a long ways in four years,” Abercombie said. “We hopefully teach them the ways of the world and hopefully how to weld.” Abercombie explained that many of the students from the program get hired upon graduation and some go on to further their education. “We have some students making upwards of $23 to $24 an hour on the road welding,” Abercombie said. “We have some that stay locally and make 13 16. We have some that go on to the community colleges on scholarship.” The program even does projects in the community. “We did a community service project at the Horseshoe Bend Football field back in the fall,” Abercombie said. “The maintenance crew built a concrete pad for the wheelchairs and we built the hand rails for that. It turned out real nice.”

Roads legislature would increase the state gas tax by three cents per gallon. That revenue would be leveraged to fund a bond issue to resurface rural county roads. The commissioners voted 5-0 in favor of the resolution of support “On the county’s limited budget, ATRIP helped with a lot of projects that we wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise,” Moore said. In a released statement, ACEA President, David Palmer, said that this plan will leave a long lasting, positive impact on all counties in the state. “I believe in value and return on investment,” Palmer said. “If we don’t invest in our infrastructure now, we will pay the price later. It will be less expensive to fix our roads and bridges now than to try and reclaim them after it’s too late and the irreversible damage is done.” County Engineers across the state are working to develop county specific maps that detail where the bond issue will positively affect their individual counties, according to the release. Residents who are interested in sharing their most pressing road and bridge needs are encouraged to fill out a short survey found at www.drivealabama.org/about/ survey. The commissioners also voted

Board these projects,” Windle said. “The $171,381 that they are over we will have to take out of the new 1-cent sales tax.” Windle was proud to announce that the Leader in Me program would be expanded to Dadeville High School and the Edward Bell Career Technical Center, a program that has been in some of the county schools for four years now. “We have volunteered to pilot the secondary model at Dadeville High School and the tech center,” Windle said. “This is the first year a secondary school model has been available. There has not been a career tech center to take the business model and apply it. We will be the first.” Windle was also happy to announce to the board about not having to make a trip to Montgomery in February. “I think this is the first time in seven or eight years that a superintendent from Tallapoosa County will not have to attend a February meeting in Montgomery for not having one month’s operating expense in reserve,” Windle said. “It is due to the new 1-cent sales tax. Without it, we would have to make a very slow progress to that mark.” The board approved a trip by the Dadeville High School Choir to New York City in the next academic year. The trip will be six days, but a maximum of three days of school will be missed, as Windle said it will occur around Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays and has yet to be determined if they will bus or fly. “There are about 110 including chaperones that will make the trip,” Windle said. “They will be doing fundraisers. It will also the first time many will have ever travelled beyond the state. It should be exciting as they will see several Broadway shows and many of the sites.” Windle informed the board that he intended to have a draft of a letter to the county commission requesting a 3-mil ad valorem tax referendum be put on the ballot in Feb. 2018 ready for the them to review at the March 7 work session. At that March 7 work session, Windle intends to allow Reeltown School Principal Tom Cochran to present reasons for separating the elementary and high schools. Windle says by doing so will give them a fulltime librarian for both schools and that additional construction at the new school is not feasible because of field lines. The board approved the 2017-2018 calendar that was overwhelming recommended by county schools staff. The first day of school for students will be August 7. A fall break will occur Oct. 9-13.

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unanimously to keep the fees and structures for county liquor licenses the same as they have been for the last three years. In another move that should save the county money, the commissioners voted 5-0 to renew participation in the Alabama Liability Self Insurance Fund. The agreement is for three years and by agreeing to an extended term, the county will get a better rate and will be eligible for a refund. The commissioners also held an executive session to discuss developments in an ongoing legal issue. In other action the commissioners: • Approved minutes of Jan. 9, 2017. • Approved warrants and purchase orders. • Approved surplus of Highway Department equipment that included two old excavators and a side cutter. • Approved purchase of three vehicles for the Sheriff’s Department. The vehicles are in the budget and will replace three vehicles that are near the end of their lease. • Approved appointment of Lynn Price to the Hackneyville Water Authority Board. • Approved reappointment of Glenn Fuller to the Horseshoe Bend Regional Library Board.

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Thanksgiving break will be Nov. 22-24. Christmas break will be Dec. 21 – Jan. 4. Spring Break will be March 12-16 and the last day of school will be May 24. Windle said he was working on an arrangement that will allow the Southeast District United Methodist Church to again use three classrooms for a summer program. Windle explained it was “not an if but where” as last year they used Councill Middle School and he wants to probably move them to Dadeville Elementary with the closure of the middle school. Windle is also working on a lease to allow the Town of Camp Hill to lease the gym and baseball field at the Edward Bell Technical Center for youth and recreation activities. Windle reminded board members of a visit of state officials to the Edward Bell Career Tech Center this Friday and encouraged them to attend. Windle also told board member of the third poverty simulation that will be in the cafeteria at Dadeville Elementary School Friday starting at 12:30 p.m. The Tallapoosa County Board of Education also: • approved minutes from the Jan. 9 regular meeting and the Jan. 31 emergency meeting. • approved payment of bills. • approved the monthly financial report.

• approved a resolution proclaiming February as Career and Technical Education Month. • approved a resolution proclaiming March 6-10 as School Breakfast Week. • approved the resignations of Dadeville Elementary Teacher Randy O’Steen and Bus Driver Gaines Meigs. • approved the maternity leave of Reeltown Elementary School Teacher Brittany C. Alexander. • approved the employment of John Thompson as transportation route manager/mechanic, Christy Prickett as a parapro at Dadeville Elementary and Dadeville High Schools, Katelyn Mitchell as teacher at Dadeville Elementary School and Fran Coker as payroll clerk in the Central Office. The Tallapoosa County Board of Education will hold a work session March 7 at 5 p.m. and a regular meeting March 13 at 5 p.m.

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TAX TIME 2017

Right now is a great time to start preparing for tax season. While the deadline to file returns may be several months away, getting a head-start allows men and women the chance to organize their tax documents so they aren’t racing against a deadline come April. The following are a handful of ways to start preparing for your returns now. • Find last year’s return. You will need information from last year’s return in order to file this year, so find last year’s return and print it out if you plan to hire a professional to work on your return. • Gather dependents’ information. While you might know your own Social Security number by heart, if you have dependents, you’re going to need their information as well. New parents or adults who started serving as their elderly parents’ primary caretakers over the last year will need their kids’ and their folks’ social security numbers. If you do not have these numbers upon filing, your return will likely be delayed and you might even be denied potentially substantial tax credits.

deductible. If these forms are not received in a timely manner, speak with your lender. You might even be able to download them from your lender’s secure website. • Make a list of your charitable contributions. Charitable contributions, no matter how small, are tax deductible. While it’s easiest to maintain a list of all charitable donations you make as the year goes on, if you have not done that, then you can have to pay taxes on any interest make one now. Look earned. Interest earned on the majority of for receipts of all contributions, contactsavings accounts is also taxable, so gather ing any charities you donated to if you all of your year-end financial statements misplaced any receipts. from your assorted accounts in one place. Doing so will make filing your return, • Book an appointment with your tax whether you do it yourself or work with a preparation specialist now. As April 15 professional, go more quickly. draws closer, tax preparers’ schedules get • Speak with your mortgage lender. Homeowners should receive forms documenting their mortgage interest payments for the last year, as the money paid in interest on your home or homes is tax

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Pine Grove Baptist Eagle Creek Rd., Dadeville

Lebanon Baptist Mt. Carmel Rd., Dadeville, 256-234-7541

Pleasant Home Baptist Clay County Pleasant Valley Missionary Baptist 835 Valley Rd., Camp Hill 334-257-4442 Ridge Grove Missionary Baptist Alexander City, 256-234-6972 Rocky Mt. Baptist New Site community

Mountain Springs Baptist Off Hwy. 22, Daviston Mt. Carmel Baptist 3610 Dudleyville Rd., Dadeville Mt. Zion Baptist Hwy. 63 South, Alex City 256-234-7748 New Beginnings Baptist 1076 Coley Creek Rd.

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River of Life Worship Center 407 Hillabee St., Alex City, 256-329-9593

Seleeta Baptist Booker St., Alex City 256-329-2685

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New Life Baptist County Road 14, Alex City, 256-329-2635 Victory Baptist 280 By-Pass, Alex City West End Baptist Off 280 West, 256-234-2130 BAPTIST – MISSIONARY Bethlehem Baptist New Site Cross Key Baptist Hackneyville, 256-329-9716 Darian Missionary Baptist Church Pearson Chapel Rd., Alex City 256-329-3865 Elam Baptist Robertson Rd. Alex City Early Rose Baptist 201 E Street, Alexander City Flint Hill Baptist Hwy. 280, Dadeville Friendship Baptist Our Town Community, 256-329-5243 Hollins Springs Baptist Hwy. 280, Goodwater

Marietta Baptist Goodwater Miracle Missionary Baptist 1687 “I” Street 256-215-9788, 256-215-9787 Mt. Calvary Baptist 329 King St., Alex City, 256-234-5631 Mt. Olive Baptist Hwy. 280 & Jct. 49, Goodwater Mt. Sinai Baptist Fish Pond Rd., Coosa County 256-329-2337

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BAPTIST – SOUTHERN Bay Pine Baptist 1480 Bay Pine Rd. Jackson’s Gap, 256-825-4433 Bethany Baptist Church Bethany Road Bethel Baptist Smith Mt. Rd., Jackson’s Gap 256-825-5070 Beulah Baptist Smith Mt. Rd., Jackson’s Gap 256-825-9882

New Elam Baptist Hwy. 9, Burtonville, 256-234-2037 New Bethel Baptist Rock St., Dadeville, 256-825-7726 Peace & Goodwill Baptist Cottage Grove Community Alexander City, 256-377-4634

New Life Baptist Jackson’s Gap, 256-825-6190 / 256-329-2635 New Pine Grove Baptist Off Hwy. 22, Perryville New Providence Baptist Pearson Chapel Rd., Alex City New Rocky Mount Baptist 670 Peckerwood Rd., Jackson’s Gap 256-794-3846 New Salem Road New Site Rd., New Site, 256-234-2932 Old Providence Baptist Off Hwy. 63 N., near Hackneyville

Calvary Baptist 819 Main St., Dadeville, 256-825-5989

Old Union Baptist 1106 Davis Circle Jackson’s Gap 256-596-1873

Calvary Heights Baptist Elkahatchee, Rd., Alex City 256-234-7224

Orr Street Baptist 1000 “O” Street (Hwy. 63N) Alex City, 256-234-3171

Camp Hill Baptist Downtown Camp Hill, 256-896-2811

Perryville Baptist Perryville, 256-234-3588

Daviston Baptist Daviston, 395-4327

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Zion Hill Missionary Baptist 583 S. Broadnax St., Dadeville

Liberty Church 1034 Liberty Church Rd. Willow Point Alex City Macedonia Baptist Macedonia Circle, Goodwater 256-839-5793

New Hope Baptist Lake Martin, off Hwy. 63 256-329-2510

Unity Baptist Robinson Rd., Alex City

Jackson’s Gap Baptist Church 21 East Church St. 256-825-6814

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The Great Bethel Missionary 520 Christian St., Alex City 256-234-5513

Comer Memorial 941 E. Church St., Alex City 256-234-2236

Mt. Zion Baptist Hwy. 22, New Site

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135 N. Tallassee Street • Dadeville, AL

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Eagle Creek Baptist Hwy. 49, Dadeville, 256-825-6048

Rocky Creek Baptist Samford Rd., Cowpens Community

Fellowship Baptist Buttston Community Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church on Claybrook Drive, Alex City 256-839-5339 First Baptist Court Square, Alex City 256-234-6351

Rocky Mount Baptist Hwy. 22 E., Alex City, 256-329-2327 Rock Springs Baptist Jackson’s Gap, 256-839-6263 Russell Farm Baptist Hwy. 63 beyond Our Town

Dadeville Church of Christ East LaFayette St., Dadeville Meadows St. Church of Christ 306 Meadows St., Alex City Pleasant Grove Church of Christ 1819 Bay Pine Rd, Jackson’s Gap Southview Church of Christ 2325 Dadeville Rd., Alex City 256-329-0212 CHURCH OF GOD Alex City No. 2 A.C.O.P. Church of God Local Street, Alex City Bread of Life A.C.O.P. Church of God Hwy. 280, Kellyton Cedar Street Church of God 711 Martin Luther King Blvd. Alex City Dadeville Church of God 425 Horseshoe Bend Rd. (Hwy. 49 N.) Dadeville 256-825-8820 Marshall Street Church of God 428 Marshall Street, Alex City 256-234-3180 New Faith Tabernacle A.C.O.P. Church of God “J” Street New Harvest Ministries Church of God Hwy 280 & Coosa 28 256-329-2331

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Duncan Memorial U.M. 3997 Hillabee Rd., Alex City 256-234-6708 First United Methodist 310 Green St., Alex City 256-234-6322

Goodwater U.M. Main St., Goodwater, 256-839-6661 Haven United Methodist 354 Christian St., Alex City 256-329-8394

EPISCOPAL Saint James Episcopal Church 121 South Central Ave., Alex City 256-234-4752

Pearson Chapel U.M. Pearson Chapel Rd., Alex City

METHODIST – INDEPENDENT Daviston Independent Methodist Daviston, 395-4207 PENTECOSTAL Pentecostals of Dadeville 115 West Columbus Street Dadeville, 256-596-3411 PRESBYTERIAN First Presbyterian 371 Jefferson St., Alex City 256-329-0524 First Presbyterian Okefuske, Dadeville, 256-825-4081

Good News Baptist Church 10493 Hwy. 280, Jackson’s Gap 256-825-2555 Hackneyville Baptist Hwy. 63 N., Hackneyville

Sixth Street Baptist Sixth St., Alex City, 256-234-2408

FULL GOSPEL Dadeville Foursquare Gospel Church Old 280 By-pass

Family Worship Center 1676 Sewell Street 256-839-6895

Sunny Level Baptist Church Sunny Acres Subdivision Sewell Street

Fellowship Revival Center Mission 316 6th Ave., Alex City 256-329-1510 weekends

First Congregational Christian 11th Ave. South, Alex City

Town Creek Baptist Camp Ground Rd., Alex City

Kellyton Revival Center Co. Road 87 South Kellyton

Kendrick Baptist Church Nixburg Lake Martin Baptist Hwy 34, Dadeville 256-825-7434 Lake Pointe Baptist 8352 Hwy. 50W, Dadeville

Passion Church 3340 Hwy. 63 N., Alex City 256-409-9590

CATHOLIC St. John the Apostle 454 N. Central Ave., Alex City 256-234-3631

The Family Worship Center 365 Scott Road, Alex City

CHURCH OF CHRIST Alex City Church of Christ 945 Tallapoosa St., Alex City 256-234-6494

METHODIST – UNITED Alexander City Methodist 11th Ave. N., Alex City 256-329-1284 Bradford Methodist Hwy. 9, Goodwater

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Robinson Memorial Presbyterian Robinson Rd., Alex City UNITED PENTECOSTAL Alex City Apostolic 3708 Robinson Rd., Alexander City, 256-329-1573

Zion Hill Baptist Hwy. 79, near Horseshoe Bend

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Union United Methodist 4428 Hwy. 50, Dadeville 256-825-2241

House of Restoration Holiness 519 Slaughter Ave., Camp Hill, 256-749-2373, 256-896-2904

Kellyton Baptist Kellyton, 256-329-1512

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Trinity United Methodist 280 By-pass, Alex City, 256-234-2455

Sandy Creek Baptist Alex City

Jackson’s Gap Baptist Jackson’s Gap, 256-825-4951

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New Site U.M. New Site, 256-234-7834

HOLINESS Alex City Emmanuel Holiness Hillabee St., Alex City

Liberty Life Christian Center 321 “S” Street, Alex City

205.789.9526

Mt. Godfrey New Site

First Baptist Tallassee St., Dadeville, 256-825-6232

Wayside Baptist 21 Wayside Circle, Alex City 256-234-5564

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Liberty United Methodist Liberty Rd., Hackneyville

INDEPENDENT Faith Temple Franklin Street, Alex City, 256-234-6421

Hillabee Baptist Hillabee Rd., Alex City 256-234-6798 Horseshoe Bend Baptist Hwy. 280, Dadeville

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Kellyton U.M., Kellyton, 256-329-1681

Sunnylevel United Methodist 3202 Hwy. 63N, Alex City 256-234-6877

CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE Dadeville Church of the Nazarene Corner Hwy. 280 and 49, 256-825-8191

574 S. Central Ave Ave. Alexander City, AL (256) 329-9762

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The Church of God 13th Ave. N., Alex City 256-329-1696

CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 1515 Worthy Road, Alex City (Corner of Worthy Place and Dadeville Road)

Tapley Appliance Center

Flint Hill U.M., Alex City 256-234-5047

Red Ridge United Methodist 8091 County Road 34, Dadeville 256-825-9820

CHURCH OF GOD OF PROPHECY Church of God of Prophecy 303 Poplar Rd., Alex City, 256-234-6941

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First United Methodist Dadeville, 256-825-4404

Pentecostal Church of God 163 Franklin Street, Alex City 256-215-4055

Washington Street A.C.O.P. Church of God Washington Street

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Comer Memorial U.M. 427 East Church St., 256-329-3467

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PUZZLES & HOROSCOPE ARIES (March 21-April 19) Conversations between you and trusted associates seem to have a harsh tone. You might be told that you are a bit too sarcastic. Be smart, and refuse to have a kneejerk reaction. Give in to the need to inform others of your perceptions. Tonight: Join great company at a favorite place. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Initiate talks, and refuse to give in to someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s need for control. Remember that you can win a power play only by not getting involved. You have a charming quality about you that appeals to many admirers. Enjoy your popularity! Tonight: Go along with the moment. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Pace yourself, knowing that you have a lot of ground to cover. Be more direct in how you handle a personal matter. Others might not be as clued in to what is going on as you are. Be discreet with a friend who has a hot temper. Tonight: Get some extra R and R. CANCER (June 21-July 22) You have a unique sense of humor that is likely to take you in a different direction. While bosses or associates are complaining, you will be off accomplishing more than your fair share of work. Dedicate special time to a child or loved one. Tonight: Enjoy the moment. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get past a problem and come to an understanding without the cooperation of a roommate or close associate. You understand that it will take both of you working together to Ă&#x201E;nd a response. Be as direct as possible when dealing with a friend. Tonight: Out and about. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You will speak your mind clearly, and others will hear what you are saying. Your intensity emerges as well. An associate or loved one could be reactive, as he or she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to understand where you are coming from. Be receptive to feedback. Tonight: Find your

friends. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) You could be out of control right now. Share more of what is on your mind. Someone close to you might push to have his or her way. Opt for clear communication. Unless you are dealing with a life-or-death issue, let this person take the lead. Tonight: In the limelight. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Your willingness to verbalize an internal issue indicates the importance of you wanting and needing to resolve it. Others seem drawn to you, and they are more than willing to work out a problem. Use your charisma and insightfulness. Tonight: Be where the action is. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll sense that something is going on behind the scenes. You might want to open up this matter for discussion. The wise move is to say and do nothing for now. What you believe is happening might not be the correct scenario. Tonight: Keep your own counsel. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) You might believe that you have everything under control, but know that you could experience some discomfort on a personal level. An issue involving real estate is likely to emerge. Know that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to handle it with ease. Tonight: Ready to take off. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You are a great source of information, but when someone hears too many facts, he or she might feel overloaded and get upset. Take this reaction as your cue to walk away from the situation. Be gracious and just subtly take a step back. Tonight: At a favorite haunt. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) You could have a lot of chatter inside your head that keeps popping up at random times. You might not be sure which way to go. Understand what you want to do, and then decide if it seems possible. Open up to new ideas and start planning. Tonight: Think â&#x20AC;&#x153;spring getaway.â&#x20AC;?

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Citywide cleanup, pancake day and updates on historical markers

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ancakes Are Coming: Put Saturday on your calendars! Get ready for our Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at the DHS cafeteria, starting at 7 a.m. As you know, we have delicious food, friends galore, kids, balloons, and a grand old time for everyone. I hope most of you will buy tickets. They’re for sale all over town. Or you can buy them at the door when you arrive for breakfast on the 18th. Only $6 each! For questions, call Peggy Bullard at 256-825-9415. Hope to see you at the breakfast! News of Historical Markers in Our Area: Three Historical Markers in the Dadeville area have been temporarily removed to be refurbished by the Alabama Department of Archives and History. These markers are: Johnson J. Hooper, Okfuskee and Grafenberg Medical Institute. The Department of Archives and History is refurbishing markers throughout the state in preparation for the celebration of Alabama Bicentennial. Tallapoosa County was allocated three markers to be reconditioned. Archives and History will provide these services made possible by a grant from the Tourism Department. Our own Bill

Ponder has been responsible for the selection, removal and transportation of these markers. Thank you Bill for keeping us on the map and in good condition! Dadeville Library News: Don’t know if you are members of our terrific library (205 N. West Street) but you should be! When I moved here, that was the first place I joined, since my family have always been active members. Elaine sent me a copy of the library’s “Invitation to Join” which was covered in Valentines. It listed the library’s programs, event and services. The Friends need your help to continue to develop, expand and bring new programs, services and events to our community. Please join the Friends of the Dadeville Public Library today. Stop by the library, explore, meet the staff and JOIN! Wellness Center News: New Year Resolutions are under way here at the Wellness Center! We are so proud of all of those who have committed to a healthier lifestyle for this year! We can help you reach your goals, whether it be a short term or long term goal. We have a wonderful staff who can help you with your fitness needs. Call us today for more

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information at (256) 825 – 2304 or come by and visit! We are open Monday – Friday 5 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. Line Dancing News: Betsy Keown’s line dancing class is happening at the Dadeville Recreation Center, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. until noon for a fee of $1 per class. For questions, call Betsy at 256-825-3985. First Presbyterian Church News: I was delighted to attend services at the Presbyterian last Sunday morn! Rev. Ben’s sermon was “God’s Promise of Freedom”, with scriptures from Deuteronomy 30; Psalm 119; 1 Corinthians 3; and Matthew 5. (We continue with the “Sermon on the Mount”). Choose life that you and your descendants may live. We’re free to choose but there are consequences if we choose badly. Our personal choices indeed have consequences. We either try to get around the Commandments, or we comply with them!

Rev. Ben often talks about his military experiences and we enjoy hearing about them. He served with a Sgt. Major in the Army named Sgt. Major Mathis, NCO, one of the finest men Ben had served with. He would assign the young soldiers many tasks, when they were preparing for a big general inspection. When another officer suggested that this group of soldiers could learn how NOT to comply, Major Mathis wouldn’t hear of it! His men would work hard, do the job right, and learn from it. We had a full choir Sunday morn, and they sounded great! “It’s Beginning to Rain” was lovely, as well as the choir’s anthem “I’ll Be Somewhere Listening” (happy and lots of fun). Choir Director Dale and his lovely wife, pianist Dawn, are most talented and they belong to us! Hooray! Come visit us at the Presbyterian Church and Rev. Ben Arellano will make you feel welcome. Red Ridge Methodist Church News: Welcome to Red Ridge. Sunday School starts at 8:30 a.m. and worship service 9:30 a.m. leaving plenty of time to check the lake and get ready for the plentiful summer time weather.

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FREE TAX ASSISTANCE: Beginning Jan. 30, free tax and electronic tax filing assistance at Volunteer Connections of Central Alabama, Inc., 5030 Hwy 280, Alex City, AL IRS certified volunteers will provide the free tax assistance and electronically file federal and state income tax forms. The free tax sites are designed to assist seniors 60+ (with no income limit), taxpayers under age 60 with incomes less than $54,000, and disabled taxpayers. Taxpayers will be assisted in the order they are registered. Please do not bring people to the site not involved in the filing of your taxes due to the limited space. Waiting may be necessary. Volunteers will provide free tax assistance and electronically file federal and state income tax forms at Volunteer Connections of Central Alabama, Inc. beginning Jan. 25. Please arrive and register for assistance at least one hour before closing time. Jan. 30, 31 and February – Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays – 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. March – Mondays and Tuesdays – 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Thursdays – 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. April 1 to April 15 - Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays --- 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Information You Must Bring To The Tax Site: The following information is required by the IRS: last year’s tax return; photo ID-driver’s license-for taxpayer and spouse; social security cards for taxpayers and dependants; W-2’s; and 1099’s B, R, and SSA 1099. If you have health insurance through the government marketplace, bring your 1095-A. ALL employed taxpayers should bring a copy of their year-end pay stub. In regards to the itemized deduction list, you should bring all the documentation that applies to you. Even if you do not itemize on your Federal taxes you may be able to do so on your State return. For more info call (256) 234-0347. ENROLLMENT APPLICATIONS: Faith Christian Academy is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. Applications may be picked up at Faith Temple Church on the corner of Franklin and Gorgas Streets. For more information call 256-2346421.

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CLAY CLASSIC: The Ronald E Koon Sporting Clay Classic is in its 11th year of providing a fun filled day for avid shooters to help support our local Boys and Girls Club of the Lake Martin Area. The event will be held at the Lower Wetumpka Shotgun Club in Montgomery, Alabama starting at9 a.m. on Feb. 18, 2017. Team of four is $600. Team of two is $300 and a one-man team $100. Lunch, shells, goodie bags and door prizes given to each participant Call 256-234-4757 to sign up today or email bgcreynolds@gmail.com NORRIS, HOLLEY AND EDWARDS FAMILY GATHERING: The 10th Annual Family Gathering of the Norris, Holley and Edwards family will be Feb. 18 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bud Porch Building. Bring a dish. COMMUNITY PRAYER: The Darian Missionary Baptist Church family and prayer team are offering prayer to the community Feb. 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot on the corner of Laurel and E streets across from Stephens School. PANCAKE BREAKFAST: The Dadeville Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast will be Feb. 18 starting at 7 a.m. at the Dadeville High School cafeteria. Tickets are available almost every where in Dadeville for $6. For questions call Peggy Bullard at 256-825-9415. POLAR PLUNGE: Wind Creek State Park is hosting its Second Annual Polar Plunge Feb. 18 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Park entrance fees apply to non-campers. PANCAKES FOR ROBOTICS: Faith Christian Academy will host a Pancake Breakfast with sausage, juice and coffee at the upper level gym of Faith Temple Church on the corner of Franklin and Gorgas Streets on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 6 a.m. until 11 a.m. All you can eat in-house. Carry out is available. You may purchase tickets from FCA students or by calling the church office at 256-234-6421. Tickets are also available at the door. The proceeds will go to send the FCA Robotics teams which consist of 4th grade thru 8th grade students to the National WWII Museum Robotics Challenge in New Orleans in May. PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Bibb Graves School in Millerville will have a pancake breakfast Saturday Feb. 18, serving from 7

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Beth and Bruce Holley and Michelle and Chris Collum are celebrating their anniversaries.

a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Eat-in or carry out. Plate includes all you can eat pancakes, sausage, orange juice, and coffee. Cost is $6. All profit is used for renovation of the old High School section of the Community Center. Trade Day will be from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. Hot dogs, chips, candy bars, and soft drinks will be available at lunch time. PRAYER BREAKFAST: Great Bethel Baptist Church is hosting a prayer breakfast and book signing with Rev. Sondrea L. Tolbert and her book “On the Bright Side – Morning Joy” Feb. 18 at 8:30 a:m. PANCAKE BREAKFAST: A pancake breakfast benefiting the New Site Volunteer Fire and Ambulance will be held Saturday, Feb. 18 from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the New Site Town Hall.

February 19

LAKE WATCH ANNUAL MEETING: The Lake Watch of Lake Martin Annual Meeting will be Sunday, Feb. 19 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the StillWaters Residential Association Building. Along with a business meeting, Jimmy Lanier, founder of CRATA will be the guest speaker. FRIENDS AND FAMILY DAY: Mt. Lovely Baptist Church is hosting friends and family day Sunday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. with guest pastor Rev. Anthony Pogue and the Bethesda Baptist Church. Pastor of Mt. Lovely is Rev. Bernard Harris.

February 20

HORIZONS UNLIMITED: Daphne Simpkins will be speaking to Horizons Unlimited Feb. 20 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Alexander City Board of Education. The winter program runs through Feb. 27. Membership is $20 per person or $30 per couple each semester.

February 20-24

BLACK HISTORY PROGRAM: Bread of Life ACOP in Kellyton will host a Black History Program Feb. 20-24 at 7 p.m. nightly with pastor Elder Neverland Tuck. Speakers will be Pastor James Blackmon, Rev. William Russell, Rev. Jimmy Brook, Pastor Ken Matthew and Minister Frankie Cousin.

February 23

BOOK SIGNING: Mary Helen Brown will visit the Adelia M. Russell Library Thursday, Feb.

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23 at 2 p.m. to discuss her newly published book “Headed for Home.” Books will be available for purchase by cash or check for $15 and Brown will be available to autograph books.

February 24-26

COMMUNITY THEATRE: The Sylacauga Community Playhouse will present “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. and Feb. 25 and 26 at 2 p.m. at the Sylacauga High School Auditorium. Cost is $15 in advance and $18 at the door. For more information call 256-369-3003.

February 25

ART WORKSHOP: The Artists Association of Central Alabama is hosting a workshop on basic gourd art with Kay Fincher Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sportplex Senior Activity Center. Cost is $45 and includes all materials. To register call 256-377-4918. 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. 25. Begin with hot dogs, pizza, chips, and soft drinks.

February 27

HORIZONS UNLIMITED: Katie Simpkins will be speaking to Horizons Unlimited Feb. 27 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Alexander City Board of Education. The winter program runs through Feb. 27. Membership is $20 per person or $30 per couple each semester.

February 28

PANCAKES: Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church is serving up free all you can eat pancakes Feb. 28 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

March 1

LUNCHEON: Bibb Graves High School Alumni and Friends in Millerville will have their Monthly Luncheon on Wednesday, March 1 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Please bring a covered dish and a small donation.

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RECORD SHOW: The Alabama Record Collectors Association are hosting their 36th annual record and cd show March 3 and 4 at

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February 16

ARTS ASSOCIATION: The Arts Association of Central Alabama will meet Feb. 16 at 11:30 a.m. at the Senior Activity Center at the Sportplex. Diane Hough will give a demonstra-

The Choir ‘s anthem will be 10,000 reasons. The choir welcomes two new members for the choir, but long time members of the church, Rap & Charlotte McBurney. Choir rehearsal is Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. Practice will begin soon for the Easter Cantata. Bible study for men 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday and women 9:30 a.m. Set aside the date Feb. 24, for Mardi Gras at Red Ridge. Beginning time is 5:30 p.m in the church Fellowship Hall. Come and enjoy and bring your favorite finger foods. You may pick up a mask presently in the Fellowship Hall to decorate so you may enter the contest for the most creative and beautiful mask. No store bought masks permitted. RR is located at 8091 County Road 34, Dadeville, 256-825-9820, redridgeumc. org. Paul Messer is pastor. THOUGHT FOR TODAY: One of the hardest decisions you’ll ever face in life is choosing whether to walk away or try harder.

the Bessemer Civic Center East Meeting Room.

March 4

MISS WINTER: The 2017 Miss Winter Pageant will be March 4 at 2 p.m. at the New Covenant Church. Tickets to watch the pageant are $10 at the door or $8 if purchased by Friday, March 3. Please email Sherri Williams at misswinterpageant@gmail.com. DIVORCE RECOVERY WORKSHOP: A workshop to help separated and divorced persons affirm themselves as whole, worthwhile persons, heal past wounds and discover new doors opening to the future. The workshop will be held on the Trinity Campus of the Alex. City First United Methodist Church on Highway 280 in Alexander City March 4 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please call 256487-2115 to register.

March 5

PASTOR APPRECIATION: Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Dadeville is hosting the 36th Appreciation of Rev. G.H. Pulliam Sunday, March 5 at 2 p.m. Guest minister will be Rev. Justin Freeman of New Canaan Baptist Church. PASTOR ANNIVERSARY: New Style Baptist Church in Nixburg is hosting the 2nd Pastoral Anniversary of Rev. Richard Ellis Taylor Sunday, March 5 at 2:30 p.m. Rev. Robert Hargrove and the Mt. Sinai Baptist Church will be the guest.

March 7

USHERS MEETING: The Early Rose District is holding an ushers meeting March 7 at 5 p.m. at the Early Rose District Center. Gerealdene Russell is president.

March 11

JOHNNY APPLESEED CELEBRATION: Wind Creek State Park is hosting a Johnny Appleseed Celebration March 11 at 10 a.m. with fun activities for kids. Children 5 and under should be accompanied by an adult and will be at the clubhouse near the playground. LAUREL REUNION MEETING: There will be a meeting for the 50th Reunion of the Laurel High School Class of 1969 Saturday, March 11 at 10 a.m. at the Cooper Recreation Center.

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SPORTS CALENDAR Today • Dadeville varsity tennis home match against Valley, boys 3:15 p.m., girls 5 p.m. • Dadeville Dixie Youth Baseball and Softball registration for ages 3-12 at Dadeville Recreation Center, $50 for ages 3-4, $65 for 5-12, 3 p.m.-7 p.m. • BRHS and Dadeville varsity wrestling at AHSAA State Championship at Von Braun Center in Huntsville, times TBA.

Friday, Feb. 17 • CACC baseball home game against West Georgia Tech, 1 p.m. • CACC tennis home match against Wallace State, 2:30 p.m. • BRHS and Dadeville varsity wrestling at AHSAA State Championship at Von Braun Center in Huntsville, times TBA.

Saturday, Feb. 18 • Dadeville Dixie Youth Baseball and Softball registration for ages 3-12 at Dadeville Recreation Center, $50 for ages 3-4, $65 for 5-12, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. • Dadeville varsity wrestling at AHSAA State Championship at Von Braun Center in Huntsville, times TBA.

Sunday, Feb. 19 • Dadeville Dixie Youth umpires hands-on clinic at McKelvey Park, 1:30 p.m., $10 with onsite registration.

Monday, Feb. 20

• BRHS JV baseball at Dadeville at McKelvey Park in Dadeville, 3 p.m. • Dadeville varsity baseball vs Valley at Charles E. Bailey Sportplex, 1:15 p.m. • BRHS varsity baseball home game against Dadeville at Charles E. Bailey Sportplex, 3:30 p.m. • Reeltown varsity baseball home game double header against Alabama Christian Academy, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 21 • BRHS varsity tennis at Dadeville, boys 3:15 p.m., girls 5 p.m. • Reeltown middle softball home game against Pike Road, 4 p.m. • Reeltown middle baseball double header at Prattville Christian Academy, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 22 • Dadeville baseball at B.B. Comer, varsity 4 p.m., J.V. 6:30 p.m. • Reeltown middle softball home game double header against Smiths Station, 4:30 p.m. • Reeltown JV baseball at Sidney Lanier, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 23 • Dadeville varsity girls tennis home match against Trinity Presbyterian, 3:30 p.m. • Dadeville varsity softball home game against Saint James, 5 p.m. • Reeltown softball at Central Coosa, JV 4:30 p.m., varsity 6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 24Saturday, Feb. 25 • BRHS, Dadeville and Reeltown softball at Central Alabama Classic at Charles E. Bailey Sportplex, time TBA.

Friday, Feb. 24Sunday, Feb. 26 • CACC golf home match against Wallace State Community College in Friendship Cup at Farm Links and Willow Point.

Friday, Feb. 24 • Dadeville JV baseball home game double header against Central Coosa, 4 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 25 • Dadeville JV baseball home game double header against Beauregard at McKelvey Park, 11 a.m. • Dadeville varsity baseball double header at Beauregard, 11 a.m.

Sunday, Feb. 26 • Lake Winds Early Spring Junior Golf League begins for ages 8-12 and 13-18, (first of four Sundays), $40 registration includes instruction, chip play with teams selected from attendees and prizes , 1:30 p.m. Register at Lake Winds or call 256-825-9860 for more information.

Abernathy earns spot in AHSAA Wrestling Championship By CATHY HIGGINS Sports Editor

Dadeville senior grappler Kenneth “Ab” Abernathy is headed to the Alabama High School Athletic Association Wrestling Championship at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville today. He earned that opportunity this past weekend in Montgomery at the 1A-5A South Super Section after taking seventh seed Friday and then coming out on top in three of six rounds in the 220-pound division Saturday, where he bested Will Stags of Prattville Christian and William Hacker of Holtville in the second period and James Hurley of Thomasville 4-3. “Kenneth Abernathy was fortunate to place sixth overall in the South and will represent Dadeville,” said Dadeville varsity wrestling head coach George Richardson. Two more Tigers fell just shy of earning the Huntsville trip. “R.J. Ford and Tyler Muniz were both one win away from punching their tickets to the state tournament,” Richardson said. Ford took eighth seed in the 138-pound division and went on to defeat Brandon Billington of Satsuma in 54 seconds with a fall

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Dadeville varsity wrestling head coach George Richardson (front) poses with (from left) Kenneth “Ab” Abernathy, R.J. Ford and Tyler Muniz. The three wrestlers made it to the second day at the Alabama High School Athletic Association 1A-5A South Super Section in Montgomery this past weekend.

in the first round of the match, which was round three of his competition. Muniz also won round three of his class after taking ninth seed. In the 152-pound division he defeated Conner Hall of Alexandria in the third period. After a season of seeing his

team struggle due to team members dropping out, Richardson is extremely pleased with the Tigers’ accomplishment in Montgomery. “Proud is not the word I’m feeling,” he said. “I think excited is more of the word. Our guys did an awesome job competing

against the best in the south. “To have three of our wrestlers enter the South Sectional seeded in the top nine is an accomplishment in itself,” he added. “These guys worked hard all season long and deserve to be acknowledged for their accomplishments.”

Young Lady Tigers ready to roar into season Dadeville softball team infused with new blood By CATHY HIGGINS Sports Editor The Dadeville varsity girls are all set to hit the softball diamond as the Lady Tigers’ season starts next week. “We’re really excited to get out there and see what the girls have to offer,” said Lady Tigers head coach Magan Martin. If preseason practice, which started in January, is any indication, the Lady Tigers have quite a bit to offer this year. “This is a hard working bunch,” Martin said. “It’s the best group of girls I think I’ve ever been around.” Despite their dedicated work ethic, the team does come into the season with less experience this year. “We’re still fairly young,” Martin said. “We only have three seniors, Amber Johnson, Jaylen Johnson and Tiana Alvez.” That’s only half the team’s returning starters. “We’re going to have six returning starters,” Martin said. “But those are mostly ninth and 10th graders.” Those starters include juniors Pearl Huff and Autumn Davis, Mallory Medders, Tamera Tinsley and Zoe Veras. “They played some on varsity last year,” Martin said. The Lady Tigers also has some new faces this year. “We have several girls who tried out for the first time this year and this is their first year with us,” Martin said. “So it’s given us a new dynamic that we can play with and move people around with.” One familiar athlete in the lineup is Callie Jones, who was prevented from playing last year because of an injury. “We expected her to be a big pitcher last year,” Martin said. “But she suffered a foot injury and didn’t get to play an inning. So we’re excited to see her get out there and play this year.” For the most part, the Lady Tigers are coming into the season pretty healthy. However, some team members have been working through routine soreness that comes with getting back into a dedicated routine. “We’re just having to work that out,” Martin said. Being game-day ready is

vital, especially since the Lady Tigers are heading into a challenging season. “We’re playing a bunch of bigger schools,” Martin said, “because if they’re better than you, you want to beat them.” Those tough opponents include Saint James, Benjamin Russell, Opelika and Beauregard. “We’re playing schools that are bigger than us because we want to get better,” Martin said. “Our goal is to be better at the end of the season than we were at the beginning.” Facing one foe hits especially close to home. “My sister is the head coach of Benjamin Russell,” Martin said. “So that’s always an interesting family rivalry.” Facing those giants won’t be easy. But the Dadeville varsity girls are ready for what comes. “We’re going to take our bumps and bruises at the beginning and try to be the best ball team we can at the end,” Martin said. That journey begins at home on Thursday, Feb. 23, when the Lady Tigers host Cathy Higgins / The Record Saint James at 5 p.m. “We just want to get out Dadeville sophomore Tulsa Cabaniss works on her throws during the there and play,” Martin said. Lady Tigers’ recent preseason practice. “It’s going to be exciting.”

DADEVILLE VARSITY SOFTBALL ROSTER NAME T’yana Alvies Tulsa Cabiniss Brittany Claybrook Autumn Davis Madison Huff Amber Johnson Isis Johnson Jalyn Johnson

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LADY TIGERS GAME SCHEDULE DATE Feb. 23 Feb. 24 Feb. 28 March 2 March 6 March9 March 11 March 14 March 16 March 20 March 27 March 28 March 30 April 3 April 4 April 6 April 11 April 13 April 17 April 18 April 21

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OPPONENT Saint James at Central Ala, Classic at Reeltown at Benjamin Russell Opelika at Saint James at Lady Rebels Invitational at Tallassee Holtville at Sylacauga at Opelika Reeltown Elmore County Bullock County Benjamin Russell Tallassee Sylacauga at Holtville at Bullock County at Elmore County at Ldy Hornets Invit Tourn.

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olunteering is all about heart health; it’s about thanking veterans with helping hands, not ones that just wave as soldiers march past in Veterans Day parades; it’s about digging into the dirt to build a community garden just as deeply as digging into the wallet to pay for it. Volunteering is about people donating time and talent to grow strong, healthy communities. From picking up litter on area roadsides at the local PATH Trash Walks to delivering Meals on Wheels to the elderly, hands-on help makes a difference. It mends fences at the Sheriff ’s Girls Ranch while it restores trust in relationships, and it offers instruction in self-control at the same time that it teaches a child to swing a bat or kick a ball. Volunteering keeps the community connected. Volunteers in the Lake Martin Living area hold hands, fight fires, sell tickets, walk dogs, build trails, read books, paint schools, make costumes, serve snacks, gather supplies, wash clothes, stock shelves, clear storm debris and bake cakes. They do it because volunteering connects their passions to progress. In the process, they make friends, impart wisdom, share smiles, feel useful and make their communities – our communities – better places to live and work and play. February is heart health month, and while Susan Foy talks about the health of our physical hearts in her column on page 32, here at Tallapoosa Publishers, we took advantage of the play on words in this issue to encourage our readers to volunteer in 2017. As Lonna Upton notes in her article on page 26, as a volunteer, you could work as few or as many hours as you want. You could lend an organization the expertise of your career or venture into a whole new endeavor; work with kids, adults, animals. The possibilities are endless. And to help you get started, we’ve listed just a few of the organizations in Tallapoosa County that could use your helping hands. Get connected. Volunteer!

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Lake Martin Living Chairman Kenneth Boone Publisher Steve Baker Managing Editor Betsy Iler Assistant Magazine Editor Lonna Upton Contributors Dave Jennings Luke Robinson Jordan Graves Fred Muenzmay Cliff Williams Susan Foy Mitch Sneed Jim Littman Magazine Distribution Manager David Kendrick Creative Services Audra Spears Darlene Johnson Hallie Holloway Marketing/Advertising Sales Tippy Hunter Emily Gregg Donna Jones Tabby Edwards Scott Hardy Lake Martin Living P.O. Box 999 Alexander City, AL 35011 256-234-4281 www.lakemartinmagazine.com

Lake Martin Living is published monthly by Tallapoosa Publishers Inc. All contents are copyrighted and may not be reproduced without written consent of the publisher. Reader correspondence and submissions are welcome. Please address all correspondence, including story ideas, letters, pictures and requests, to: Editor, Lake Martin Living, P.O. Box 999, Alexander City, AL 35011 or email editor@lakemartinmagazine.com. Advertising inquiries may be made by calling 256-234-4281. A limited number of free copies are available at local businesses and subscriptions are $25 annually.


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Chinese magnolia has burst upon the winter scene early this year, along with daffodil, flowering quince, forsythia and more. Photo by Audra Spears.

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Director of the Lake Martin Animal Shelter, Mia Chandler loves on a couple of the puppies that could benefit from volunteer dog walkers. Numerous organizations, including the shelter, need volunteers every day to continue providing important services. Photo by Kenneth Boone.

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SL Alabama celebrates New Year

Honoring the Ancestors with Charye

SL Alabama's S.C. Kim performs a charye ceremony for guests at the annual New Year's celebration.

SL Alabama welcomed local dignitaries to their Alexander City plant Jan. 27 to honor its Korean heritage in celebration of the 12th Annual Korean Lunar New Year – Seollal. During the visit, SL Alabama President S.C. Kim demonstrated the charye in front of food that was meant to be shared with ancestors. “This is a personal celebration in Korean culture,” Kim explained. “This is a time to pay respect to our ancestors and celebrate with our family members.” Afterwards, everyone enjoyed a meal of bulgogi - a beef and vegetable dish - chicken, tteok (a rice cake), along with a Korean game of Yutnori. The celebration is the biggest holiday in Korean culture and is traditionally held over three days in which families not only have the formal charye ceremony but also enjoy time with each other by sharing gifts and traveling together. ~ Mitch Sneed

National Recognition for Teacher Horseshoe Bend teacher Felicia Williams has been honored nationally for her work with the Association of Career and Technical Education. Williams received the 2016 Outstanding Contributions Award at the organization’s VISION Conference in Las Vegas by the Family and Consumer Sciences Education Division.

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Looking Good Downtown

Tim Rape and Ernie Luster of Sign Source last month restored another of the vintage signs painted on the exterior of Alexander City's Carlisle's. Ross Barton's Wholesale and Retail was once located in the store that now holds a clothing and gift boutique, along with a 100-yearold soda fountain. Owners Daniel and Lisa Champion have restored the vintage signage, which lends character to the downtown area. Additional changes to the historic downtown include Bonnie Luckie's art gallery in Broad Street Plaza, where Lake Martin Pizza Company also will open later this year. Photo by Mitch Sneed

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y fall, there will be another Missing Piece startup in downtown Alexander City. MainStreet Alexander City last month launched an updated version of the business development competition that two years ago brought The Coffee Corner, Alabama Street Makers Market and Alexander City Theatre II to the center of town. Proposals for the revitalization project are due Feb. 20, and the contest will include a prize package that will assist the winner in opening its doors later this year. To enter, applicants will need to submit a written business plan and description of the concept. “There is something about writing it down that makes it more real,” said Stephanie Smith, chair of MainStreet’s economic revitalization committee. In addition to the business plan, entrants should include an executive summary, an example of a business model, a financial plan, management plan, marketing plan, startup timeline and value proposition, as well as a signed copy of the contest rules, a participation release, the business owner’s resume and a video pitch. MainStreet Executive Director Richard Wagoner said there is a lot to it, but it is a great way to take a shot at making a go of it downtown. Semi-finalists will be announced on Feb. 24, and by April 3, the finalists will be named. Three weeks later, the winner will be selected. The schedule was set up so that, ideally, the winner could be open downtown by this fall. In this second rendition of the project, the committee will make some changes to the selection process. “We learned a lot from the first time we did the contest, and we have made just a few changes to make it better,” Smith said. Like the first contest, this year’s endeavor will include a public voting portion, but the committee will offer more guidance to entrants and will maintain more control in the selection process. “We will spend more time talking with the applicants and give them more advocate support,” she explained. Smith noted that downtown Alexander City has some good things happening. The Broad Street Plaza project is nearing completion. Several new businesses have come to the area, and others are nearing their completion and opening days. “We are looking for businesses that will give people who come to Alexander City an incredible variety,” Smith said. “We want the downtown area to be the kind of place where people will come here not sure what they will eat or do when they get here. Imagine if there were so many great choices that they could just park and walk to one of several great restaurants or shop in a wide variety of stores and find all sorts of things to do. “That’s what we are looking for, that business that will add something special to downtown.” To learn more and complete an application package, visit mainstreetmissingpiece@gmail.com or call MainStreet Alexander City Director Richard Wagoner at 256-329-9226 or email him at rwagoner@mainstreetac.org. Looking for the Next New Downtown Business

The winner of the Missing Piece contest will receive a startup package to help launch a new MainStreet business.

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his winter’s mild temperatures have fooled a number of spring blossoms into putting on their show of color early. Take a stroll around the garden and enjoy them before more seasonal temperatures steal them with a frost.

Narcissus

Narcissus, another name for the Daffodil, meaning “narcissism,” which comes from “narke,” the Ancient Greek word for deep sleep, stupor or numbness. Narke is also the root of the word “narcotic.” 

The name is probably a reference to a toxic paralyzing alkaloid contained within narcissi bulbs. The good news is the bulbs taste just awful, making it highly unlikely that anyone could even keep down one bite. The daffodil is associated with Lent, the 40 days of fasting and penitence before Easter Sunday in most Christian churches. This flower is known as the “Lenten Lilly” in England. There is a legend that the daffodil first appeared on the night of The Last Supper in the Garden of Gethsemane to comfort Jesus in his last days. The daffodil is the American Cancer Society symbol of new life and hope that a cure for cancer will be found. “You see a daffodil and know there’s hope,” said Debbie Jaramillo, volunteer chair of California Division Daffodil Days. “And with hope, there’s a cure. There is a burst of sunshine, a ray of hope. Even if it is still cold outside, you know there’s warmth and light ahead.”

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Camellia, Double Pink

Flowering Quince

The genus name, Chaenomeles, derives from the Greek words “chaino,” which means “to split,” and “meles” for “apple,” a reference to the shape of the fruit. The seeming incongruity between the plant and its name is explained by the fact that it was mistakenly believed that the fruit was split. The species name, speciosa, means “showy.” While flowering quince bears fruit, the plant should not be confused with the quince tree, Cydonia oblonga, which bears fruits commonly used for making jelly and which, although a member of the same family, belongs to a different genus. Aside from being hardy and growing easily in ordinary soil, flowering quince offers many new and choice varieties. I love flowering quince for many reasons but admit the flowers are the real hook for me. It’s always a thrill to spy that first splash of color; a signal that winter is nearing its end. Right when I need it most, this plant brightens the garden and gets me excited about the season ahead. Easy to grow and pretty, flowering quince can be found in garden centers now. Although all quince species have flowers, gardeners in the West often refer to these species as “flowering quince,” as Chaenomeles are grown ornamentally for their flowers, not for their fruits.

Forsythia

Forsythia suspensa, the first to be noticed by a Westerner, was seen in a Japanese garden by the botanist-surgeon Carl Peter Thunberg, who included it (as a lilac) in his Flora Japonica 1784. Thunberg’s professional connections lay with the Dutch East Trading Company, and F. suspensa reached Holland first, by 1833. Forsythia viridissma, meanwhile, had overtaken it in European gardens. The Scottish plant-hunter Robert Fortune discovered it in a mandarin’s garden of the coastal city of Zhou Shan before Thunberg ever saw it growing wild in the mountains in Chusans province, Zhejiang. Forsythia is one of the hardiest shrubs known and blooms from sea to sea. A twig placed in water can be planted in any loose soil and will herald the season of spring for many years.

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Carl Linnaeus named the camellia in honor of Father George Joseph Kamel, a Jesuit missionary who worked in the Philippines. Although Kamel did extensive research in botany, he did not have anything to do with the camellia. It was inevitable that the camellia would arrive in the United States. But its arrival here is surrounded with controversy. Some say that John Stevens introduced the camellia to the United States in Hoboken, New Jersey, in 1797. Others believe — and can prove — that a French plant explorer by the name of Andre Michaux brought the first camellia to this country when he gave his friend Henry Middletown four camellias for his plantation, Middletown Place, in Charleston, South Carolina. That plantation, established in 1741, still exists, and one of the four camellias still survives: ‘Reine des Fleurs.’ Michaux, who traveled the world in search of plants for France at the request of King Louis XVI, established a botanical garden in Charleston in 1786. Camellias are evergreen shrubs or small trees that grow up to 66 feet tall. Their leaves are alternately arranged, simple, thick, serrated and usually glossy. Their flowers are usually large and conspicuous, measuring from 1 to 6 inches in diameter, with five to nine petals in naturally occurring species of camellias. The colors of the flowers vary from white through pink colors to red; truly yellow flowers are found only in South China and Vietnam. Camellia flowers throughout the genus are characterized by a dense bouquet of conspicuous yellow stamens, often contrasting with the petal colors. The so-called “fruit” of camellia plants is a dry capsule that is sometimes subdivided in up to five compartments, each compartment containing up to eight seeds. The various species of camellia plants are generally well adapted to acidic soils rich in humus, and most species do not grow well on chalky soil or other calcium-rich soils. Most species of camellias also require a large amount of water, either from natural rainfall or from irrigation, and the plants will not tolerate droughts; however, some of the more unusual camellias – typically species from Karst soils in Vietnam - can grow without too much water.


Azalea

Chinese Magnolia, Purple Lily Magnolia Shrub

Many folks think this is a pink Tulip tree, but it is not. This may be one of the largest shrubs that resemble a tree. The Lily Magnolia ushers in spring along with the Forsythia, Daffodil, Spirea (Bridal Wreath) and flowering Quince. This magnolia grows very well in Alabama climates and can be started from cuttings rooted in a growing medium or water.

Spirea

Spirea is one of those old-fashioned, heirloom shrubs that folks prized, especially when paired with spring bulbs. It’s also one of the easiest flowering shrubs to grow, perfect for mixed borders, as well as foundation plantings. Most spireas bloom in late spring to midsummer in red, pink and yellow varieties, in addition to the well-known white. And while their foliage is pretty nondescript, some types offer light green or gold leaves, while others produce fall color. Some spireas can grow as large as 10 feet tall and wide. The classic Bridal Wreath, Spirea vanhouettei, is known to spread as much as 20 feet, so leave plenty of room for it when planting. Like most flowering shrubs, these prefer full sun. Bridal Wreath is just one of many types of spirea, though it probably is the best known. That’s thanks to the cascading branches of clustered white blossoms that spill from this small to medium-sized deciduous shrub every spring.

No plant has shaped the Southern garden more than an evergreen shrub called the Indica azalea. Native to Japan, it got its name because, at the time it was discovered, Asia was known as the East Indies. Growing 8 to 12 feet tall and wide, it smothers itself in spring with mind-boggling blossoms of red, pink, white, purple and salmon. First-time onlookers were stunned. By 1845, the largest and oldest collection flourished at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens up the Ashley River from Charleston. According to azalea historian Fred Galle, in the United States, Azalea indica (in this case, the group of plants called Southern indicas) was first introduced to the outdoor landscape in the 1830s at the rice plantation Magnolia-onthe-Ashley in Charleston, South Carolina. Magnolia’s owner, John Grimke Drayton, imported the plants for use in his estate garden from Philadelphia, where they were grown only in greenhouses. With encouragement from Charles Sprague Sargent from Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum, Magnolia Gardens was opened to the public in 1871. In Chinese culture, the azalea is known as “thinking of home bush” (sixiang shu) and is immortalized in the poetry of DuFu. In addition to being renowned for its beauty, the azalea is also highly toxic; it contains andromedotoxins in both its leaves and nectar, including honey from the nectar. Azaleas and rhododendrons were once so infamous for their toxicity that to receive a bouquet of their flowers in a black vase was a well-known death threat. ~ Fred Muenzmay of Eagle's Roost Herb Farms is a Master Gardener and has been in the business of growing organic herbs, vegetables and blueberries for regional and local farmers markets for 26 years. Contact him at fmuenzmay@earthlink.net.

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How relaxing could help you turn farther, add distance and play better and longer

don’t think anyone enjoys speaking with people who use terms from their profession that mean little to nothing to their audience. Most of those people who talk over our heads have their own personal egos or social issues. I believe that in golf if we bring instruction terminology down to the easiest understandable terms, the student will grasp more of this information, and positive results may be more quickly realized. Some instructors are too vague, thinking that a golfer automatically will understand what they mean when they say something, as if the player had experienced everything in the game or swing as the instructors had. This is equally as bad as the teacher with the big or misunderstood words and terms. It’s like having a jigsaw puzzle without all the pieces; a player will never be able to have a full understanding of what the instructor is attempting to convey. In watching most people on the practice tee hit balls, I notice that so many of these aspiring golfers stand extremely rigid as they are attempting to keep their left arms straight, their postures (spine angles) consistent and their heads still. These people are just confused on the terms that they heard that would improve their swings. Yes, it is important to maintain a straight or, better

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From the Tee

Dave Jennings

yet, an extended left arm (for right-handers), and yes, it’s important to maintain that good athletic posture throughout the entire golf swing – like Dustin Johnson – and the head should stay relatively still. But a golfer cannot do these things if his muscles are tight. Sam Snead was well known in making the statement about grip pressure by saying: “Hold the golf club with the same pressure as if you were to hold a small bird in your hands.” What this lighter grip pressure does is lessen the stress in the arms, shoulders and neck, which will allow the arms to extend farther; and this will ultimately create more speed with the clubhead at the impact area. Try this: Tighten your shoulders and your arms. Notice how your shoulders draw up higher towards your neck? This tightness lessens your extension. While you are still tight with your shoulders, try to turn your torso; see how much your head moves in doing this? There’s nothing good that comes from tight muscles in and during a golf swing. Why did I bring up the word “extension” in that last paragraph? Go on a mental trip with me. Imagine the golf swing as a circle. The center of the circle is your Rough Relaxation

Letting the tension out of hands, arms and shoulders allows the arms to extend, creating more speed with less effort at impact.


body. The circumference is the clubhead, and the radius will be your arms. While turning the center of the circle with the same speed, a longer radius and bigger circle will be faster in its circumference than a smaller circle’s circumference. So if your arms, shoulder and neck muscles are relaxed and they create a longer swing, you have a great opportunity to create more clubhead speed at impact without swinging harder. The muscles you should use in your golf swing should be relaxed so that they act and react. In relaxation, they will perform so much better if they are relatively strong with elasticity. To prove this, put a writing pen in your hand; squeeze the pen as tight as you can while trying to sign your name. Chances are, what you see doesn’t look much like your normal signature. If you write a few paragraphs with this clinched fist, you will quickly get writer’s cramp, and you’ll surely get tired and frustrated in writing. Should you hold the pen with just enough strength to keep it from falling out of your hand, you could write nearly all day long. The same thing happens in the golf swing. If you are tight, you will get worn out quickly hitting golf balls, but if you are relaxed, bring out a wagon full of balls; you’ll hit ’em all with energy to spare. When you hear the instruction, “Straight left arm,” think: extended left arm. At “Keep your head still,” think: relaxed neck and shoulders, so your noggin can stay in that general spot. For “Maintain posture or spine angle,” think: relax the muscles in your torso, shoulders, hips and neck so that your turning motion does not cause you to sway, and you will actually be able to turn farther and more efficiently. Do not become confused by the terms used by instructors during a lesson, in reading a golf magazine or watching the Golf Channel on television. During your personal lesson, stop the instructor if you need clarification; ask the questions and understand what he is telling you. If you learn well through visual examples, watch David Toms or Ernie Els swing a golf club – you won’t see much tension in their swings. Have someone video your swing, and notice the differences without referring to the mechanical differences, but rather, to the rhythmic differences between these two Tour players’ swings and yours. If you can or will focus on relaxing and simulating the tempo and rhythm of these two great golfers, I think you would become a better ball striker and increase your distance with all of your clubs. Relax, enjoy and take advantage of this mild winter. Go play golf! ~ Dave Jennings is the men's golf coach at Central Alabama Community College. Lake Martin Living 19


Vast and Diverse Course opens classmates’ eyes to scope of the state’s ecosystems STORY BY JORDAN GRAVES PHOTOS BY KENNETH BOONE & CLIFF WILLIAMS

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uses of many of these plants. Participants labama is a beautiful state with no familiarized themselves with the use of a shortage of natural resources. Many folks dichotomous key; they ever so carefully lookedat from other parts of the country may not each characteristic of individual plants and realize what a treasure we have here; however, systematically used the key to identify specific Alabamians are not immune to recognizing species. the wonderful flora and fauna that span our During the second session with the Master diverse state. Though most acknowledge we have Naturalist group, we discussed aquatic resources. a beautiful landscape, from the mountains of Few realize how great Alabama’s water resources the northeast to the shores of the southwest, a truly are. There are 14 river basins that form the dedicated few have embarked on an educational waterways of Alabama, and there are more than journey to expand their understanding of the 132,000 miles of rivers and streams across the great natural diversity found in Alabama. state. The journey to which I refer is the Master Although we are only one state, 10 percent Naturalist Program. Through Alabama Master of freshwater resources in the lower 48 states Naturalist, adults can participate in a multi-week either flow through or originate in Alabama. class covering a multitude of interesting topics Jordan Graves Participants in our group were within the scope of Natural shocked to find out that we Resources. This program have the highest biodiversity had been popular in the past of freshwater fish of any state but has not been hosted in – 332 species to be exact. central Alabama in several Not only does Alabama lead years. Recently, Tallapoosa in fish diversity but also our County Extension Coordinator state ranks No. 1 in number Shane Harris re-launched the of crayfish, snails, turtles and program locally. The wonderful mussels. This is why it is so staff at Wind Creek State Park important to monitor and has been instrumental in protect Alabama’s waterways. providing a suitable facility and The Alabama Water Watch beautiful backdrop to those Program is a great way for any enrolled in the program. citizen to volunteer and help The first class was held monitor local streams, creeks in early October, as the and reservoirs. leaves began to change color. At the third meeting, Alabama Co-op Extension/4-H participants discussed the Natural Resource State Secrets of the Forest vast forestlands of Alabama. Specialist Doyle Keasel led Above: A young longleaf pine gains a foothold on the forest floor; Opposite: Housefinch eggs are hidden in a Attendees learned that almost the program off with some nest among the greens. 70 percent of the state is basics in botany, specifically covered in forested land, looking at grasses, forbs and other plants native to the East Central Alabama area. Keasal approximately 23 million acres. This ranks Alabama as the provided course participants some insight into the historical third most forested state in the contiguous United States. 20 Lake Martin Living


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Among the Nation's Top Three Most Diverse States

Clockwise from top left: The Deadening Trail offers hikers a view of a wide variety of moss, rocks, lichen and shrubs; kayakers pause to admire Cahaba lilies in a river wetlands; a green tree frog was among the specimens herpetologist David Laurencio brought to the fifth class session; the author made a presentation on the waterfowl that use the state's rivers and lakes, including the wood duck; painted turtles are among the wildlife that ranks Alabama as one of the most environmentally diverse of all the U.S. states.

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Even more impressive is that nearly 87 percent of that land is privately owned. Alabama also exhibits great diversity of soil types and topography across the state. This diversity of geography leads to a mixture of both hardwood and pine forests. The most prevalent forest type is that of loblolly pine, due primarily to the use of this species in timber production. Mixed upland and oak-hickory forests are the next most common forest types in our state. Class four of the program took place in early December. Keasel led the morning session with a presentation on the diversity of mammals found in Alabama, covering everything from Odocoileus virginianus (white-tailed deer)

to Myotis grisescens (gray bat) and all others in between. The afternoon session included a lesson in ornithology (the study of birds). Anna Tucker, a graduate Ph.D. student from Auburn University, graciously came and gave the class a crash course in bird watching and basic ornithology. She introduced many in the class to a birding field guide, which shows key characteristics of individual species, as well as their native range. She also went in depth on how to identify by sight and sound several of the songbirds and raptors that we have in the state. This required teaching the class the different parts of the birds for visual identification using field guides. Following Tuckerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presentation, I made a presentation on the variety of waterfowl species that use the rivers, lakes and wetlands across the state. The class was educated on over 20 different species of waterfowl, learning their diets, migration patterns and, most importantly, how to identify each of the species through visual characteristics. Many of the folks were intrigued with specimens brought in by herpetologist David Laurencio during the fifth class. Laurencio showed the class a plethora of amphibians and reptiles for participants to examine closely. He provided an in-depth presentation on the diversity of herpetofauna found across the state. Marbled salamanders and green tree frogs were just two of the species that class participants were able to inspect in person. In addition, Laurencio Lake Martin Living 23


Alabama's Unique Natural Beauty

Clockwise from above: Mountain laurel teacups bloom in the spring on Smith Mountain; Alabama offers wildlife, like this fox squirrel, the variety of ecosystems they need to survive; the bluegill is one of the state's 332 fish species.

presented information on the population ranges, habitat requirements and even identification of amphibians by their appearance and mating calls. The master naturalists were intrigued by volunteer opportunities to assist biologists in documenting species occurrence and abundance through projects such as the Alabama Herpetological Atlas Project and FrogWatch USA. Laurencio, who works at the Auburn University Museum of Natural History, is strongly involved in connecting Alabama citizens to each of these programs. Without the help of volunteers from across the state and country, biologists would have greater difficulty mapping out where all of these neat little creatures pop up. The help of volunteers also allows biologists to see if any species are disappearing from areas in which they once occurred, thus aiding in the 24 Lake Martin Living

conservation of several important species. This journey through the Master Naturalist Program is nearing an end in Tallapoosa County. Participants have enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to the final three classes. The remaining topics to be covered include geology and climate; Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic cultural landscape; and a study of invertebrates and the roles they play in the ecosystems. Over the duration of six months, participants in this program will have had an in-depth learning experience, resulting in an increase in their knowledge and understanding of the natural world around them. Anyone interested in being part of this program in the future should contact the local Alabama Extension Office. ~ Jordan Graves is Regional Extension Agent in Forestry, Wildlife and Natural Resource Management for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Contact him at 334-749-3353.


Family research leads to published work for library’s associate director

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STORY BY LONNA UPTON

lexander City native John Taylor labored for more than six years to deliver a book that would combine his love of American history with his own ancestry. From 2010 until 2016, Taylor blended magazine articles he had written from 1992 to 2000 with additional research and family history to create Union at All Costs: From Confederation to Consolidation, a 366-page volume with 700 footnotes. The book, which is now available at commercial book outlets, offers readers a unique perspective of the South. “Over the years of research to educate other people, I really educated myself on a lot of things I never knew,” Taylor said. A graduate of Benjamin Russell High School, Taylor attended Central Alabama Community College and then graduated Auburn University with a degree in Transportation (now generally called logistics). That degree led him to a job with Russell Corporation until he transitioned to Fruit of the Loom for a short period of time. After leaving his work in transportation, he decided it was time to write the book he had been thinking about for years. “My great-great-grandfather, Henry Hodnett, was a Confederate soldier. My mother knew him and held him in high regard, remembering him as a quiet, gentle and caring man. Her father was named after Henry. I had heard the stories my whole life about Henry walking home to Alabama from Camp Chase, a Union prison camp in Columbus, Ohio. I had lots of information, but I wanted more, and I needed it all in one place,” Taylor explained. Union at All Costs takes readers on a journey to explain another perspective on the Civil War, one that has little to do with slavery. The 70 to 75 percent of Southerners who did not own slaves were motivated to fight to defend their homes, Taylor said. “This book may ruffle some feathers, but I think mature, intelligent people should be willing to hear another position, to remain open-minded and see that there was some level of fault

on both sides – to see the whole picture and not just a broad brush look at history,” Taylor explained. The book covers history, Jeffersonian agrarian versus Hamiltonian industrial economics, free market economics, transportation and the United States Constitution, Taylor explained. In it, the author is critical of the South’s economic and strategic missteps, but he levels most of his criticism against Lincoln and the Radical Republicans whose main concerns included the industrial and economic interests of the Northeast and Upper Midwest. Taylor reviewed thousands of sources, letters and documents, to clarify Lincoln’s ideology in line with Alexander Hamilton’s, which was a strong belief in centralized government, deficit spending, corporate welfare and protective tariffs, greatly affecting Lincoln’s decision to go to war. “Slavery was not just a Southern issue. Four states in the North would not even allow freed slaves to live within their boundaries, and many people in the North opposed the war. Lincoln repeatedly said he could not let the South go since tariff revenue made up the bulk of funding for the U.S. Treasury, and his revenue would have dried up,” Taylor said. “We should never block off another person’s point of view. Throughout our lives we learn new things and change our minds about subjects we thought we knew everything about. We should never stop learning,” Taylor said. Taylor, who has worked at the Adelia M. Russell Library in Alexander City for the last four years, said he loves being surrounded by so many books of knowledge. As the associate director of the library, he has a new appreciation for all the work that librarians do to maintain written works and to keep them organized. Union at All Costs: From Confederation to Consolidation, which Taylor self-published through BookLocker, is also available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million and Kobo. Lake Martin Living 25


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he fabric of a strong, vibrant community requires more than visionary leaders, great schools and faithful churches. Vibrancy comes also from individuals working together to weave a strong community - shopping local businesses, attending citywide celebrations and volunteering to help make Tallapoosa County’s communities better places to live, work and play. “It takes a community to support a community, not just with giving money but with offering time,” explained Sharon Fuller, Executive Director of the Lake Martin Area United Way (LMAUW). Putting on an apron, a tool belt, yard gloves, or even reading glasses to serve someone in need of assistance allows volunteers an intrinsic reward, one that is personal and felt by

Lake Martin Area United Way

the heart, sometimes a reward much greater than the giver can imagine, Fuller said. Tallapoosa County offers dozens of ways to give the gift of time. Volunteers can choose one event a year, one event a month, a few hours here and there, or a regularly scheduled time to help. “Every non-profit organization needs assistance, and it may be as simple as being in the office to answer the phone,” Fuller said. Volunteers can select organizations from those named in this article or check with local churches to find how they can help build community through serving others. Also, LMAUW can match volunteers with the right organizations. The best way to find a good fit may be to fill out the volunteer form at unitedwaylakemartin.org and let the staff handle it from there.

LMAUW helps to fund 28 agencies across Tallapoosa County. Just last year alone, UWLM utilized 685 volunteers, and they could have used even more, said Fuller. “I cannot imagine how we could help such a large number of people without volunteers,” she said. LMAUW is an umbrella organization supporting other agencies, but the organization also holds fundraising events that require hands-on help. Among those events are the annual Rally in the Alley fashion show, a quail fry and silent auction, the summer reading program for children and an annual Day of Action during which volunteers spruce up local schools. To volunteer with LMAUW, visit unitedwaylakemartin.org.

Red Cross Red Cross Volunteer Specialist Kelly Ford said volunteers make up 90 percent of the work force in the Central Alabama Chapter of the American Red Cross. “Just last year, Alabama’s nearly 3,000 volunteers contributed over a half million hours of service to their communities, ranging from disaster relief to supporting blood drives,” Ford said. The organization is currently seeking volunteers who could join the Disaster Response Team. These volunteers are trained to respond to local disasters, such as house fires. Also, the American Red Cross needs volunteers to support veterans through regularly scheduled events at Bill Nichols State Veterans Home. To volunteer with the Red Cross, apply online at volunteerconnection.redcross.org or email kelly.ford@ redcross.org. 26 Lake Martin Living


Camp ASCCA Alabama’s Special Camp for Children and Adults (ASCCA) provides weekend and weeklong sessions year-round for children and adults with developmental disabilities. “Camp ASCCA would not exist without the generous support of donors, volunteers and our amazing summer staff,” said Matt Rickman, Camp Director. The next volunteer opportunity for Camp ASCCA is Fun Fish Weekend, March 24-26. Rickman said the camp needs volunteer boaters for this camper tournament that takes campers and counselors fishing on beautiful Lake Martin. The camp also needs additional male counselors/caregivers for the weekend. Counselors must be at least 18 years old and be able to pass a background check. Anyone interested can email Cody Graham, Outdoor Education Director, at cody@campascca. org. Throughout the year, ASCCA needs individuals or groups of volunteers who can wash windows and power wash to keep the camp facilities looking and functioning at its best. Volunteers ages 15-17 can spend a week in the summer at a Counselor-in-Training program.  Also in the summer, ASCCA needs groups of volunteers to provide ice cream sundae ingredients and sponsor Bingo nights or snack parties. Luggage handlers are needed on check-in days in July and August. “We are here to have a positive impact on our campers, and we do a great job at accomplishing that goal. The other reality is that our campers change the lives of those of us blessed enough to work with them,” Rickman said. To check on any of these volunteer opportunities, visit campascca.org.

Bill Nichols State Veterans Hospital Shonda Young, Director of Recreational Services for the Bill Nichols State Veterans Hospital in Alexander City, said she enjoys talking with volunteers about what they would like to do for veterans. “Volunteers can decide if they want to be one-on-one with a veteran or if they would like to read with a group, paint, sing – anything that they have to offer can be considered,” Young explained. Individuals are required to complete an information packet, pass a TB test and provide consent for a background check before they can volunteer, but once that is done, they are on their way to brightening the days of men and women who served in our nation’s military. Anyone interested in volunteering at Bill Nichols should email Young at syoung@ hmrvsi.com or call her at 256-329-3311. Lake Martin Living 27


Alexander City Chamber of Commerce The Alexander City Chamber of Commerce volunteer ambassadors meet monthly to discuss upcoming city events and how they could lend their hands to the effort. The events range from setting up a luncheon for a few attendants to Sun Festival, the city’s largest summer event, which requires hundreds of helping hands. The chamber offers a link to Sun Festival events and allows volunteers to choose from a list of all opportunities and time slots when help is needed. “There are always ways to volunteer and help those in the community. Whatever your interests are, there is a fit for you,” said Kim Dunn, Director of Marketing and Special Events. Dunn said the best way to find out about volunteer opportunities with the chamber is to follow the chamber at facebook.com/alexcitychamber, so you will know what’s coming up. Then, select how you might want to help and the amount of time that you have to give.

Outdoor Friends Forever Outdoor Friends Forever (OFF) hosts several outdoor events throughout the year for people with special needs and their families. OFF offers children a chance to learn more about the outdoors and the skill of hunting. Each weekend includes lodging, meals, snacks and many other activities, such as hunter education; skeet shooting; target practice; and a deer hunt for a chance at a trophy whitetail. OFF Family Fishing Weekends are unique in that they allow the whole family to learn to fish, so they can find a place to fish as a family when they get back home. Each fishing weekend includes lodging, meals, snacks, fish education, lure making, cooking the fish that are caught and lots of hours for kids only to fish in a stocked lake. Volunteers are needed for everything from help in the kitchen to baiting hooks, making s’mores around the campfire and volunteering land on which the hunting events can be held. For information, contact Jim Hardy at 334-233-5399.

City Parks and Recreation Parks and Recreation departments for local towns need volunteers for youth sports, senior activities, Boys and Girls Club after-school and summer programs and more. Volunteers can help supervise children, chaperone field trips, serve snacks and help with numerous other activities. Alexander City Parks and Recreation offers opportunities for volunteers to assist in the dugouts, coach team sports and help with swimming lessons. “We have tons of opportunities for people, just have them call me or Tammy Lumpkin, and we can get them set up,” said Sonny Wilson, Director of Parks and Recreation. Volunteers can reach Wilson or Lumpkin in the Alexander City department at 256-329-6736. To find out how to help in Dadeville, contact Scott Baker at 256-825-7455. 28 Lake Martin Living


Lake Martin Animal Shelter Shelter Director Mia Chandler welcomes volunteers at the animal shelter, which offers a clean and stress-free temporary home for abandoned dogs and cats, as well as provides education on responsible pet ownership. “We welcome anyone who has 15 minutes or several hours to call or just pop in. We always need dog walkers,” Chandler said. Volunteers may also assist with light cleaning and laundry. Volunteering at the shelter would be great for anyone who might need a canine fix but isn’t ready for a full commitment through adoption, Chandler said. To volunteer, stop by the shelter at 2502 Sugar Creek Rd. in Alexander City or call 256-234-5533.

Lake Watch of Lake Martin With a goal of keeping Lake Martin the cleanest lake in Alabama, Lake Watch is dedicated to preserving and improving the water quality of Lake Martin and the surrounding watershed. The organization takes a proactive approach to protecting and enhancing the lake. Lake Watch is an all-volunteer non-profit organization, and volunteers are trained to test and evaluate water quality and monitor legislation that could affect Lake Martin. Lake Watch also has an education arm that works with gifted students in local schools and offers education to local residents. Information can be obtained by emailing info@lakewatch.org.

Area Hospitals Lake Martin Community Hospital in Dadeville welcomes volunteers to help with visitor information and simple tasks. Anyone interested in volunteering should stop by the hospital and complete a volunteer application. At Russell Medical in Alexander City, the Auxiliary has a membership of more than 100 volunteers who assist at the information desk, surgery waiting, outpatient registration, the emergency department and The UAB Cancer Center - Russell Medical. The community relations department also needs volunteers at health fairs, hospital tours and other special events. The Auxiliary also owns and operates the Russell Medical Gift Shop. In addition, volunteers stitch and decorate Christmas stockings for all the babies born at Russell Medical in December. Area high school students are exposed to volunteer opportunities through the student volunteer program. These summer sessions are designed to introduce youth to various health occupations. To learn more about the many volunteer opportunities available at Russell Medical, contact the Volunteer Services Coordinator, 256-329-7177. Lake Martin Living 29


Feast of Sharing Feast of Sharing (FOS) is a food ministry started by the First United Methodist Church (FUMC) to serve dinner for the local community every Thursday night. St. James Episcopal Church joined in the cause to serve dinner on Tuesday nights, as well. The FOS provides food, as well as Christian fellowship, on those nights at FUMC fellowship hall. Volunteers do not have to be church members to help prepare simple meals, greet people, serve and clean up. Typically, volunteers serve from about one and one-half to four hours every seven weeks. To help with FOS on Thursday nights, contact Barbara Denney at 256-307-8175. To volunteer to help with FOS on Tuesday nights, contact Peggy Clayton at 334-663-2732.

Tallapoosa County Sheriff Girl’s Ranch More than 1,000 Tallapoosa County Sheriff ’s Girls Ranch volunteers logged 8,000 hours of service last year as they rebuilt fences, repaired and reworked decks at the pond, painted homes inside and out, laid flooring and organized the food pantry, said Jimmy Harmon, Director. “We routinely need help around the Ranch in lawn care, maintenance and on our farm. Another way we love volunteers to get involved is by using their skills. We always have need of both small engine and vehicle mechanics, and right now, we could really use someone who has a bulldozer and backhoe to help us clear some pasture,” Harmon explained. No special training is required, as most of the time volunteers will be working with Ranch staff. If someone would like to volunteer, Harmon said, a great way to get started is to come out to the Ranch on the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. when the Church of the Highlands has a regularly scheduled group of volunteers assisting. Volunteers can also email Harmon at jimmy@ sheriffsranch.org for information.

Food Bank of East Alabama Volunteers at the Food Bank of East Alabama join a coordinated effort to alleviate hunger through a coordinated system for collecting and distributing food. The food bank needs individuals and groups to repack bulk foods in the warehouse, pack boxes for programs, perform office tasks, sort product and stock shelves. Most volunteer opportunities are available during regular weekday hours (Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Monday through Thursday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.). To sign up for specific dates, check the volunteer calendar at foodbankofeastalabama. Occasionally, organizations and groups may schedule an evening or Saturday for volunteering by emailing Michelle Held, Programs & Volunteer Coordinator, at mheld@ foodbankofeastalabama.com or calling 334-821-9006. 30 Lake Martin Living


Libraries Our area libraries are always on the lookout for volunteers who love to read and want to share that love by reading to groups of children during designated story times; the Friends of the Library organizations assist with special events and book sales. To volunteer to read during story time at the Dadeville Public Library or learn more about opportunities for the Friends organization there, call 256825-7820. To volunteer for story time at Mamie’s Place Children’s Library in Alexander City or learn about the Friends, call 256-234-4644.

Tallapoosa County Historical Museum The Tallapoosa County Historical Museum, owned and operated by the Tallapoosee Historical Society, is located in downtown Dadeville and maintains 3,600 square feet of donated memorabilia exhibits for local visitors and others from out-of-town and out-of-state. The museum is open Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help maintain the exhibits and to guide visitors through the museum. “People have a super interest in our museum, and we always need help. We do not receive any funding from any government source, so we rely on donations, dues and volunteers,” said Danny Hayes, Tallapoosee Historical Society President. Training is available for anyone who would like to volunteer as a docent or to help with general tasks. For information, contact Hayes at 256-215-0035.

These local organizations also use volunteers. Contact your favorite non-profit organization to see if your help is needed. Alex City Horse Riding Club, Jimmy Avery, 256-234-2925 Alex City Modelers RC Club, 256-749-5150, www.acmodelers.org Alex City Rescue Squad, 256-397-4532 or 256-329-8023 Alexander City Arts Council, 256-825-2140 Alexander City Photographic Society, The tacpsadmin@tacps.org Alexander City Shooting Club, 256-329-0080 American Legion Post 107, allegion@gmail.com Boy Scouts of America, 1-334-262-2697 www.tuckabatcheebsa.org Boys & Girls Clubs of America, 256-234-4757 Camp Fire, 256-496-3888 Central Alabama Artist’s Association, 256-377-4918 Civitan, 256-329-9872 Dixie Sailing Club, www.dixiesailingclub.com Elks Lodge #1878, 256-329-9152 Girl Scouts of America, 800-677-2247 Gateway to Education Scholarship Program, 256-234-3461 Habitat for Humanity, 256-329-7180 Kiwanis, Randy Dawkins, 256-263-6917 Lake Martin Amateur Radio Club, 145.330 MHz (-) tone 179.9 Goodwater

Lake Martin Amateur Radio Club, 146.960 MHz (-) tone 179.9 Wind Creek Lake Martin Archery Club, Chris Mann, 256-794-5541 Lake Martin Area Economic Development Alliance, 256-215-4411 Lake Martin Collector’s Club, Renee Wall, 256-234-6991 Lake Martin Young Professionals, www.lakemartinyp.com LifeSouth Blood Center, 334-705-0884 Lions (Alexander City), Billy Ray Walls, 256-329-8060 MainStreet Alexander City, Richard Wagoner, 256-329-9227 Meals on Wheels, 256-329-7382 Memory Makers Quilting Guild, Bonita Brooks, 256-329-3519 PATH Lake Martin, 256-825-2329 Quarterback Club, Tim Rape, 256-827-9658 Rotary Club, Abby Guy, 256-329-7502, http://www.rotary6860.org Salvation Army, 256-215-3730 Tallapoosa Christian Crisis Center, 256-329-3327 VCCA, 256-234-0347 VFW #1701, http://www.vfwwebcom.org/al/post1701 Waterwings Sea Plane School, 888-I-FLY-WET, www.waterwings.com

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ussell Medical unveiled the newest imaging modality - a GE Revolution CT machine during a ribbon cutting and open house at the end of last month. “This new scanner provides uncompromised image quality and clinical capabilities across all clinical areas,” said Dr. Mathieu Nader, Radiologist at Russell Medical. “We are excited to provide this sophisticated technology to our physicians and their patients.” Attributes of the Revolution CT include: n Whole organ coverage, including 4-D imaging n Reduced radiation dose to sensitive organs n Low-dose head imaging in under one second n Provides 512 image slices while reducing radiation

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Russell Medical Board Member Scotty Howell (center) prepares to cut the ribbon at the hospital's unveiling of the new GE Revolution CT machine, along with (from left) Matt Fisher, Tommy Spraggins, Buffy Colvin, Hugh Neighbors, Dr. Mathieu Nader, Shelley James, Alexander City Mayor Jim Nabors and Russell Medical CEO Jim Peace.

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dose up to 80 percent n Captures entire heart in a single beat for comprehensive assessment n Can accommodate patient up to 675 pounds n Contrast exams require half the volume of IV contrast per patient n High definition bone imaging with reduced artifacts from screws and metal n Pediatric abdomen scanning Susan Foy in less than a second, reducing the need for sedation. During the month of February, Russell Medical is offering three important heart screenings at special reduced rates. If you or someone you love has known risk factors for heart disease, such as family history, obesity, stressed lifestyle, history of smoking or diabetes,


consider these potentially life-saving screenings. The calcium-score CT heart scan is a non-invasive way of obtaining information about the presence, location and extent of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries, the vessels that supply oxygen-containing blood to the heart wall. CT methods, such as this one, are the most sensitive approaches to early detection of coronary artery disease before symptoms develop. Screening cost is $90, and screenings are recommended no more than once every five years. The Stroke Prevention Ultrasound is a non-invasive procedure that can spot subtle thickening due to plaque on the carotid artery walls that can lead to stroke. Plaque build-up is an abnormal collection of calcium and cholesterol on the artery walls. This build-up can restrict blood flow to the brain or break off and lodge in a blood vessel, causing a stroke. Early detection allows personal physicians to advise patients on appropriate courses of action that could save lives. Screening cost is $75 for this important, quick test. The third heart screening is a limited echocardiogram, using sound waves (ultrasound) to generate 3-D moving images. This machine can assess the chambers and valves of the heart and help to determine how well the heart muscle and heart valves are functioning. This non-invasive screening is $125. These screenings are not covered by insurance. Appointments may be made by calling 256-329-7826, and payment must be made prior to the test. Results will be sent to the designated primary care physician and a Russell Medical cardiologist. Ladies, mark your calendars and plan to join us Thursday, Feb. 23, from noon to 1 p.m. for an informative luncheon at the Chamber’s new Innovation Center located in USAmeribank’s corporate park. “Get the Scoop on Heart Disease” will focus on pertinent health information for women of all ages. Guests will enjoy a yummy lunch from Chicken Salad Chick. This event will be held at the Betty Carol Graham Multi-Media Room, so come for a nice lunch and ‘girl talk’ as we learn important information regarding heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women. Reservations are $5 and may be made by calling Jessica Sanford, Community Relations at Russell Medical, at 256-3297145.

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Alex City Arts events host Johnny Cash and The Eagles STORY BY BETSY ILER

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lex City Arts will celebrate two musical phenoms of the 20th century when they bring two shows to the Benjamin Russell High School Auditorium in the next six weeks. Ring of Fire: The Johnny Cash Story this month will review the career of groundbreaking country music icon Johnny Cash through the story of his life and music. The production will paint a portrait of “The Man in Black” that promises a foot-stompin’, crowd-pleasin’ salute to this unique American legend. This Wetumpka Depot Players musical production on Feb. 21 will feature more than two dozen classic hits from the 50-year career of one of the country’s most influential musicians of the 20th century, including I Walk the Line, A Boy Named Sue, Folsom Prison Blues and more. The play illustrates how the home and family life, struggles and success of this American singer/songwriter influenced the rich lyrics and emotion evident in his more than 100 hits across the rock and roll, rockabilly, blues, folk, country and gospel genres. And on March 17, 7 Bridges Band of Nashville, Tennessee, will recreate the experience of an Eagles 34 Lake Martin Living

concert from the band’s most prolific period. The stunningly accurate tribute will be a faithful production that combines musicianship, vocal precision and stage presence to replicate the music of one of the most successful bands of the 1970s without using backing tracks or harmonizers. The Eagles hit the American rock scene in 1971 and sold more than 150 million records with hits like Take It Easy, Hotel California, Already Gone, One of These Nights, Lyin’ Eyes and Heartache Tonight. After disbanding in 1980, the Eagles reunited three times over the next 36 years and performed a final farewell tribute at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards in March of last year. These Alex City Arts-sponsored performances will open at 7 p.m. at the BRHS Auditorium. Tickets, at $15 each, are available through Alex City Arts board members or at the door on the night of the event. Student tickets are available for $5 each for age 13 and older with a valid student ID; ages 12 and under admitted free. For more information about Alex City Arts, visit the website at www.alexcityarts.org.


Reverse mortgage explained How it works when seniors choose to borrow against the equity in their homes We have seen the advertisements on TV in which Tom Selleck, Henry Winkler and the late Fred Thompson have told us about the benefits of obtaining a reverse mortgage; however, these advertisements sometimes leave us with more questions than answers about how reverse mortgages work.

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What is a reverse mortgage? How is a reverse mortgage paid back? A reverse mortgage is an FHA mortgage Although no payment is required, the that allows a homeowner to convert a homeowner must continue to live in the portion of the equity in his or her home into home, keep the taxes and insurance current cash. The equity that has built up over years Jim Littmann and maintain the property. The homeowner of making mortgage payments can be paid retains title and ownership of the home. to the homeowner. Unlike traditional equity The reverse mortgage is repaid when the home is sold loans, with a reverse mortgage, the homeowner receives or no longer used as the primary residence of the payments instead of making them. A reverse mortgage also could be used to purchase a primary residence if the homeowner. The property must be sold or refinanced when the homeowner dies, moves out permanently or buyer has cash on hand to pay the difference between lives somewhere else for more than 12 months, and the reverse mortgage proceeds and the sales price of the all proceeds beyond the amount owed belong to the home being purchased. homeownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heirs or estate. No debt is ever passed along to the heirs or estate. Who is eligible for a reverse mortgage? A homeowner must be at least 62 years of age and Is a reverse mortgage safe? occupy the property as a primary residence. The home Numerous safeguards have been built into the must be owned free and clear or have a small remaining program, including mandatory HUD-approved balance that could be paid off with the reverse mortgage counseling, capped interest rates, advanced disclosures, proceeds. The homeowner must have the financial a three-day right-to-cancel period and no-recourse resources to pay ongoing property charges, including protection for the heirs. taxes and insurance. In addition, the homeowner must Many of todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s baby boomers are approaching complete reverse mortgage counseling with a Housing retirement with their homes, minimal liquid assets and and Urban Development (HUD) approved counselor. the prospects of Social Security income. The recent Borrowers who live in rural areas may complete the Great Recession resulted in the loss of personal wealth, counseling session by telephone. and fewer individuals have employer-paid pension plans. A reverse mortgage could be a financial planning tool to How much money can a homeowner get? improve the quality of life for an increasing number of The amount that can be borrowed is based on a HUD new retirees. formula that factors in the age of the youngest borrower or eligible non-borrowing spouse, the interest rate, ~ Jim Littman is a mortgage loan originator with Home appraised value and the county where the property is Place Mortgage in Alexander City. He has 33 years of located. Loan proceeds are tax free and can be used for banking experience and can be reached at 256-329-1410. a number of purposes, including paying off an existing mortgage, setting up a line of credit or increasing retirement income. Lake Martin Living 35


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Run for education includes first class after-party This year’s Russell Forest Run to benefit Alexander City Schools Education Foundation will hit the beautiful trails in The Russell Forest at 7:45 a.m. on Feb. 25, but one of the best parts of the event happens after the race is over. That's when The Stables at Russell Crossroads hosts the after-party, said Race Director Robert Gunn. As race after-parties go, the Russell Forest Run event is first class. Held upstairs at The Stables, runners carb up on fare from lake area restaurants, including SpringHouse Restaurant’s signature soup, the famous grits bar and other savory treats and beer. While officials wait for the final runners to arrive, music is provided by The Bank Walkers, a favorite local band that plays classic Rock, classic Country and a little outlaw Country - great running music - and then prizes are awarded. To get an invite to the party, you have to run - or at least walk - in the 5K or 10K race that raises money for local schools through the Alexander City Schools Education Foundation. The foundation supplements local programming with equipment and funding for special projects. 40 Lake Martin Living

Race entry fees are $20 for the 5K race and $40 for the 10K. Enter at www.russellforestrun.com. Race packets can be picked up on Friday, Feb. 24, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on race day from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. at the Discovery Center at Russell Crossroads. 10K participants will receive high-performance running shirts, and 5K entrants will receive cotton T-shirts. The 10K course winds through some of the prettiest portions of Russell Forest, and it’s USATF certified, so you can compare your race time to other courses and national rankings. Prizes will be awarded in 10-year age groups from zero to 70, and then 70 and over, and race results will be posted on the website. In addition to race host Russell Lands and The Stables, the race is sponsored by Russell Medical, Russell Do it Center, Southern Food Services, SpringHouse, Lake Martin Dock Company, USAmeriBank, Catherine’s Market, Russell Marine, Kowaliga Restaurant, Sigma, LMG, Coca-Cola and The Bank Walkers. Come for the scenery; come for the exercise; come for the kids; but don’t miss the after-party. For more information, call Gunn at 256-397-1019.


LAKE REGION EVENTS Feb. 16

Arts Association of Central Alabama

Diane Hough will give a demonstration on pencil drawing at this month’s meeting, which will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Senior Activity Center at the Charles E. Bailey Sportplex in Alexander City.

Feb. 18

Pancake Breakfast

Bibb Graves Community Center on Highway 9 at Millerville will serve breakfast from 7 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Buy a plate of pancakes with sausage, orange juice and coffee for $6. Proceeds benefit renovation of the old high school section of the community center.

Feb. 18

Ronald E. Koon Sporting Clay Classic

Shoot at the Lower Wetumpka Shotgun Club in Montgomery to benefit Boys and Girls Club of the Lake Martin Area. Entry fee is $600 for a team of four; $300 for a team of two; $100 for individuals. Sign sponsorships available for $50. Practice shoots on Friday and Saturday mornings. Biscuits, doughnuts and coffee at 8 a.m. on shoot day; shoot starts at 9 a.m. Lunch and shells included. Call 256-234-4757 for information.

Feb. 18

Storybook Ball

Russell Medical Foundation will host a Storybook Ball from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Willow Point Golf and Country Club to benefit the Russell Medical Pediatric Unit. The event will include dinner prepared by Willow Point Executive Chef Chris Doggett, dancing to the music of The Sweet Young Uns and three bar tickets. Onsite childcare will be provided with a children’s party that will include storybook characters in costume, dinner and entertainment. RSVP by Feb. 9 to reserve space at the children’s party. Event tickets are

$150 each. Attire is formal. Gold ticket sponsors will receive six tickets for dinner and dance and six tickets to the pre-ball reception in the Willow Room with open bar, as well as acknowledgment on the event sponsor board.

Feb. 18

2nd Annual Polar Bear Plunge

Meet at the Wind Creek State Park Beach at 2 p.m. for the refreshing plunge into the winter water. Day use fees apply for non-campers. For information, call 256-329-0845.

Feb. 19

Lake Watch of Lake Martin Annual Meeting

CRATA founder Jimmy Lanier will discuss the latest development on the new trails and interpretive improvements at Smith Mountain Park at this year’s annual meeting. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. with a business meeting to follow. Donation of $8 is requested to cover the cost of food and drinks. Register at www.lakewatch.org.

Feb. 20

Horizons Unlimited

Daphne Simpkins, who has written about life in the South through essays and books for the past 20 years and teaches writing at Auburn University - Montgomery, will present W.C. Handy and Friends. The meeting will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Alexander City Board of Education building at 375 Lee St. in Alexander City. Horizons Unlimited membership is $20 per person or $30 per couple each semester.

Feb. 21

Ring of Fire: The Johnny Cash Story

From the iconic songbook of Johnny Cash comes this unique musical about love, faith and family. More than two dozen of his classic hits, including the title tune, are performed by a multi-

talented cast, painting a portrait of “The Man in Black” that promises to be a foot-stompin’, crowd-pleasin’ salute to a unique American legend. Johnny Cash’s remarkable life story is told through his music, climaxing in a concert that will both move and exhilarate. Benjamin Russell High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door; $5 for students 13 and up with valid student ID; and ages 12 and under admitted free.

Feb. 23-26 and March 2-5 Leading Ladies

Millbrook Community Players presents this hilarious comedy in which author Ken Ludwig plants two down-on-their-luck English Shakespearean actors on the Moose Lodge circuit in Amish country. When they hear that an old lady is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long-lost English nephews, they decide to pass themselves off as her relatives to get the cash - except that the nephews are actually nieces. Call 334782-7317 for performance times and ticket prices.

Feb. 24-26

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

The Sylacauga Community Playhouse will present this lightspirited musical based on the Peanuts Gang cartoons by the late Charles Schultz. Performances will be Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. and Feb. 25 and 26 at 2 p.m. at the Sylacauga High School Auditorium. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. For more information, call 256-369-3003.

Feb. 25

Wetumpka Mardi Gras

Let the good times roll at Wetumpka’s annual Mardi Gras party, hosted by The Order of the Cimarron. Vendor booths will be open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. with the parade start at 1 p.m. To rent a booth, contact Leeann Rouse at 334-324-8667; for Lake Martin Living 41


parade entries, contact Grif Pritchard at 256-496-0032.

Feb. 25

5th Annual Continental Pheasant Shoot

This annual event at the Shelby County property of Garry Ard benefits New Water Ministries in Tallapoosa County. Donation of $150 to enter. Register at newwater.com or contact Robert Brandon at rbrandon@ surgicaldermatology.com.

Feb. 27

Horizons Unlimited

Katie Simpkins, a former Miss Sylacauga and gifted vocalist with extensive training and experience, will present Music and Songs from WWII. The meeting will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Alexander City Board of Education building at 375 Lee St. in Alexander City. Horizons Unlimited membership is $20 per person or $30 per couple each semester.

March 2-4

Crater Tours and Lecture

Learn about the biggest star that ever fell on Alabama and see the impact crater it left 85 million years ago at this annual lecture and tour event hosted by the City of Wetumpka and the Wetumpka Impact Crater Commission. Dr. David King, the Auburn University geologist whose research confirmed the impact of a meteor at the site, will present his most recent findings at a lecture March 2 at 7 p.m. at the Wetumpka Civic Center. The lecture is open to the public and free of charge. Teachers can reserve tours of the crater area for students on March 3 by calling Marilee Tankersley at 334-567-4637, and the public can take 1-1/2 hour tours of the crater, starting at 9 a.m., on Saturday. Cost for the public tours is $20 for adults, $10 for children up to age 12 if accompanied by an adult. For additional information and to make reservations, contact Valencia at 334-567-5147 or email her at vsmith@ 42 Lake Martin Living

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March 11

Johnny Appleseed Celebration

Wind Creek State Park will host a celebration of fun activities for kids at the campground pavilion at 10 a.m. Children under age 5 should be accompanied by an adult. For information, call 256-329-0845.

March 12

Bridal Extravaganza

Find everything for a dream wedding all in one place as florists, caterers, decorators and venue representatives gather at the Wetumpka Civic Center from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for this inaugural bridal fair. Live entertainment by Eric Nettles. A fashion show at 3:30 p.m. There will be giveaways and food. Tickets are $5 and are available at the City Administration Office or on site the day of the event. For vendor information, contact LaToya King at 334-580-9770.

March 17

Tribute to the Music of the Eagles

In a stunningly accurate tribute to the music of the Eagles, 7 Bridges Band will perform at 7 p.m. in the Benjamin Russell High School Auditorium. Using no backing tracks or harmonizers, 7 Bridges Band faithfully recreates the experience of an Eagles concert from the band’s most prolific period. 7 Bridges Band is a tour de force of talent, combining incredible musicianship, vocal precision and a stage presence that has garnered them national attention.

March 18

Lake Martin Ultra 100

No walk in the park, Lake Martin’s endurance trail race at Russell Crossroads includes distance options at 100, 50 and 27 miles. Registration for all races is now open at lakemartin100mile.homestead.com.

Racers arrive from across the country for this uniquely beautiful trail on the ultra circuit. The entire race is run in Russell Forest on carriage paths and gravel roads that are not accessible to automobile traffic. Aid stations will be set up along the trail and this year will include sandwiches, hot soup, hot chocolate, coffee and more. A great race for a beginner ultra runner. Entry fee for the 100-mile race is $220; the 50-mile race fee is $100 after; and the entry fee for the 27-mile race is $55. See the website for details, schedule and contact information for race organizer David Tosch.

Season-Long Events Millerville Trade Day

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

Children’s Library in Alexander City

Mamie’s Place Children’s Library holds themed storytime every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and offers kidfriendly movies on the first Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m.

Gamers’ Club

Adelia M. Russell Library hosts kids ages 12 to 17 in the conference room on Fridays after school until 4:30 p.m. Bring handheld games or games from home (no games rated M allowed). Participants should be picked up by 4:30 p.m. For information, call 256329-6796.

Ladies’ Book Club

Ladies 18 and older are invited to participate in the club at Adelia M. Russell Library on the last Thursday of every month. Meet in the conference room at 4 p.m. Call the library at 256234-4644 for each month’s book title.


Electronics Recycling

The City of Alexander City Public Works Department hosts an electronics recycling event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. Items accepted include computers, computer mouse, keyboards, modems or routers, CD and DVD players, power supplies, PC mix systems, home or cell phones, printers or copiers, mainframe servers, audio/video adapters, laptop chargers, cable boxes, nickel cadmium or lithium ion batteries and flat screen monitors and televisions. CRT monitors and televisions are no longer accepted. For more information, call the Alexander City Public Works Department at 256409-2020.

Santuck Flea Market

The Santuck Flea Market is held the first Saturday of each month except January and February. The Santuck Flea Market is located at 7300 Central Plank Road, Highway 9 in Wetumpka.

Sarah Carlisle Towery Art Colony Exhibit

between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. with a business meeting at 5 p.m., followed by show-and-tell. Bring sewing projects, machines and questions.

Real Island Supper

The Real Island community hosts a covered dish supper every third Friday of the month at the Real Island Volunteer Fire Department and Community Room, 1495 Real Island Rd., Equality. Everyone is welcome. Admission is $3 per adult; bring a covered dish to share. Some nights are “themed,” so call ahead to find out if costumes or certain types of food are in order. For more information, contact Dianne Perrett at 256-3298724.

Antique Car Cruise-in

On the first Saturday of each month, car enthusiasts cruise into Arby’s parking lot on Highway 280 in Alexander City from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Join the fun and enjoy an era of classic cars and classic music.

Charity Bingo

The Sarah Carlisle Towery Art Colony on Lake Martin exhibit is on display at the Alexander City Board of Education building all year long. The BOE is located at 375 Lee St.

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

Children’s Harbor Treasures and Thrift Store

Naturalist Presentations and Guided Nature Tours

Located on Highway 63 just south of Lake Martin Amphitheater, the Children’s Harbor Thrift Store is open Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds are used to help fund the activities at the Lake Martin campus of Children’s Harbor and the Family Center at Children’s Hospital. Call 334-857-2008 for more information.

Memory Makers Quilt Guild

Meets the second and fourth Mondays at the Senior Center on the Charles E. Bailey Jr. Sportplex campus. Participants come and go

Naturalist Marianne Hudson fills the Naturalist Cabin at Russell Crossroads with children and adults to see and listen to her lively nature presentations

with critters, insects, snakes and fowl, just to mention a few. There is never a dull moment with this wildlife biologist as she educates on the beauty of nature in the wild and the outdoor classroom. Your children will love every minute. Check the calendar at Calendar.RussellLandsOnLakeMartin. com for scheduled subjects, dates and times.

$20 on the 20th

The Dadeville Area Chamber of Commerce is asking our community to “Spend $20 on the 20th” of each month to help our local economy.

Amateur Radio Club

The Lake Martin Area Amateur Radio Club meets the second Thursday of every month at the Alexander City Church of Christ. Dinner and fellowship follow at a local area restaurant. Interested persons may contact Club President Tim Mayfield at 256-329-1172 or Secretary John Philips at 256-212-4063.

Music at The Equality Performing Arts Center

The Equality Performing Arts Center hosts music and other events on the second and fourth Friday nights of each month at 6:30 p.m. on Alabama Highway 9 in Equality. Country/ Western, bluegrass, Southern gospel and instrumental music featured. For more information, contact Wayne Glenn at 334-541-3302.

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

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6 Blue Creek Marina 256-825-8888 7280 Hwy 49 S., Dadeville, AL 36853 7 Parker Creek Marina 256-329-8550 486 Parker Creek Marina Rd., Equality, AL 36026

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11 Harbor Docks Restaurant at Anchor Bay Marina 334-639-4723 2001 Castaway Island Rd., Eclectic, AL 36024 12 Oskar's Cafe 6684 Hwy 49 S., Dadeville, AL 36853 13 Kowaliga Restaurant 256-215-7035 295 Kowaliga Marina Rd., Alex City, AL 35010

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14 Karen Channell State Farm Financial Services 256-234-3481 5030 Hwy. 280, Alex City, Al 35010 15 Hodges Vineyards and Winery 256-896-4036 230 Lee Rd. 71, Camp Hill, AL 36850

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

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18 Lake Martin Mini Mall 334-857-3900 7995 Kowaliga Rd., Eclectic, AL 36024

22 The Stables at Russell Crossroads 256-794-1333 288 Stables Road, Alex City, AL 35010 23 Dark Insurance 256-234-5026 www.darkinsuranceagency.com 410 Hillabee Street, Alex City, AL 35010 24 McDaniels Storage Center 256-234-4583 1040 Highway 280, Alex City, AL 35010 25 Kowaliga Whole Health & Pet Care Resort 334-857-1816 8610 Kowaliga Rd., Eclectic, AL 36024 26 Aronov Realty Lake Martin 256-825-4133 6928 AL-49 S Stillwaters Hwy, Dadeville, AL 36853 27 Centry 21 Lake Area Realty 256-825-4800 440 N Broadnax St., Dadeville, AL 36853 28 Nail's Convenient Store 334-857-3454 8394 Kowaliga Rd., Eclectic, AL 36024 29 Bodyworks Massage & Spa 256-395-0442 282 Dadeville Rd., Alex City, AL 35010 30 Foshee What's, LLC 256-234-3298 2802 Dadeville Rd., Alex City, AL 35010 31 Shipwreck Sam's Yogurt@ Smith's Marina 256-444-8793

Hotels & Lodges 32 Creekside Lodge 256-307-1440 6993 Hwy 49 S., Dadeville, AL 36853 33 Creekside Event Center 256-307-1441 7051 Hwy 49 S., Dadeville, AL 36853

Churches 34 Red Ridge United Methodist Church 256-825-9820 8091 County Rd. 34, Dadeville, AL 36853 35 Episcopal Church of the Epiphany 334-252-8618 2602 Gilmer Avenue, Tallassee, AL 36078

Dock Builders 36 Lake Martin Dock Company, Inc Marine Contractor License #49146 334-857-2443 180 Birmingham Rd., Eclectic, AL 36024

19 Lakeside Mercantile 334-850-6357 8246 County Rd. 34, Dadeville, AL 36853

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20 EastLake Coffee @ Lakeside Mercantile 334-850-6357 8246 County Rd. 34, Dadeville, AL 36853

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Bubbly Monster

Whatever happened to Lake Martin’s floating hot tub?

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infamous floater at least once.   very region of the world has its You have my word: This gigantic, own urban legend; New Jersey has buoyant hot tub was very real. It was its Devil; the Pacific Northwest like a capsized Atlantic City Merry-Gohas its Bigfoot; Loch Ness has its Round full of partyin’ people (Don’t Monster.  worry; I am not revealing names here. But did you know Lake Martin once For those who used to take that plunge, had a “monster” of its own? It was huge! your secret is safe with me). This floating It was scary! It was hot and nasty and tub of bubbles was a bona fide Center for round and, at times, a little bubbly.  Disease Control nightmare.  That’s right: Bubbly.  Can you even imagine such a thing? This was no real monster like a The contagions alone should have been giant catfish, freshwater alligator Luke Robinson un-countable.  or Chupacabra; no, this was even more How is it that all of those people frightening: A 20-foot wide floating hot who were submerged in this hovering Petri tub that prowled the sloughs of Lake Martin.  dish are not sick right now? I can only assume Terrifying, right?  that mankind hadn’t cut down enough of the Before I explain, let’s just discuss hot tubs in Brazilian Rain Forest to unleash many of the more general for a moment. In theory, they are awesome. powerful diseases with which we now contend.  Warm, soothing water melting your stresses away Well, I guess this was the late 1970s; the only and pulsating bubbles easing your worries while illness that was sweeping the country then was you sip a chilled Chardonnay.  In reality, they are lukewarm outdoor community “Boogie Fever.”  The real question here is where is that thing bathtubs that are somehow both over-chlorinated now? What does one do with a humongous floating and under-cleaned. The bubbles are less relaxing hot tub once its run its course? Tow it to a watery and provide an unwilling disguise for the chatty, dump? Yard sale? Craigslist?  gassy stranger from Des Moines who joined you in I bet the eBay “Buy It Now” price would be the pool area after checking in at the hotel.  “Whenever you can come get this nasty thing it’s Even Jerry Seinfeld was anti-hot-tub when yours: No questions asked.” Kramer invited him for a “soak.” Seinfeld replied to In the end, we may never know what happened to Kramer’s invitation with, “I am not taking a soak in this Jacuzzi of Death. For all I know, it still silently that human bacteria frappe you have going on.” patrols the murky depths of Lake Martin, waiting Of course, we all dig hot tubs. Maybe more for for unsuspecting prey.  the idea of what they are than what they actually More likely, though, it drifted down some are. But if they are so awesome, why do we always backwater and is covered by pine straw and beer want to take a shower after being in one?  But back to the floating monstrosity that haunted cans. our lake back in the late 1970s or perhaps early 80s; ~ Luke Robinson is an Alexander City native who it should be noted that I did little to no (mostly also writes a weekly column for The Alexander City “no”) research prior to writing this column. I am Outlook. strictly going off of my really bad memory here, but I could swear under oath that I did see the

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LAKE REGION EVENTS Feb. 16

Arts Association of Central Alabama

Diane Hough will give a demonstration on pencil drawing at this month’s meeting, which will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Senior Activity Center at the Charles E. Bailey Sportplex in Alexander City.

Feb. 18

Pancake Breakfast

Bibb Graves Community Center on Highway 9 at Millerville will serve breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Buy a plate of pancakes with sausage, orange juice and coffee for $6. Proceeds benefit renovation of the community center.

Feb. 18

Ronald E. Koon Sporting Clay Classic

Shoot at the Lower Wetumpka Shotgun Club in Montgomery to benefit Boys and Girls Club of the Lake Martin Area. Entry fee is $600 for a team of four; $300 for a team of two; $100 for individuals. Sign sponsorships available for $50. Practice shoots on Friday and Saturday mornings. Biscuits, doughnuts and coffee at 8 a.m. on shoot day; shoot starts at 9 a.m. Lunch and shells included. Call 256-234-4757 for information.

Feb. 18

Storybook Ball

Russell Medical Foundation will host a Storybook Ball from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Willow Point Golf and Country Club to benefit the Russell Medical Pediatric Unit. The event will include dinner prepared by Willow Point Executive Chef Chris Doggett, dancing to the music of The Sweet Young Uns and three bar tickets. Onsite childcare will be provided with a children’s party that will include storybook characters in costume, dinner and entertainment. RSVP by Feb. 9 to reserve space at the children’s party. Event tickets are $150 each. Attire is formal. Gold ticket

sponsors will receive six dinner tickets and six tickets to the pre-ball reception in the Willow Room with open bar, as well as acknowledgment on the event sponsor board.

Feb. 18

2nd Annual Polar Bear Plunge

Meet at the Wind Creek State Park Beach at 2 p.m. for the refreshing plunge into the winter water. Day use fees apply for non-campers. For information, call 256-329-0845.

Feb. 19

Lake Watch of Lake Martin Annual Meeting

CRATA founder Jimmy Lanier will discuss the latest development on the new trails and interpretive improvements at Smith Mountain Park at this year’s annual meeting. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. with a business meeting to follow. Donation of $8 is requested to cover the cost of food and drinks. Register at www.lakewatch.org.

Feb. 20

Horizons Unlimited

Daphne Simpkins, who has written about life in the South through essays and books for the past 20 years and teaches writing at Auburn University - Montgomery, will present W.C. Handy and Friends. The meeting will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Alexander City Board of Education building at 375 Lee St. in Alexander City. Horizons Unlimited membership is $20 per person or $30 per couple each semester.

Feb. 21

Ring of Fire: The Johnny Cash Story

From the iconic songbook of Johnny Cash comes this unique musical about love, faith and family. More than two dozen of his classic hits, including the title tune, are performed by a multitalented cast, painting a portrait of “The Man in Black” that promises to

be a foot-stompin’, crowd-pleasin’ salute to a unique American legend. Johnny Cash’s remarkable life story is told through his music, climaxing in a concert that will both move and exhilarate. Benjamin Russell High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door; $5 for students 13 and up with valid student ID; and ages 12 and under admitted free.

Feb. 23-26 and March 2-5 Leading Ladies

Millbrook Community Players presents this hilarious comedy in which author Ken Ludwig plants two down-on-their-luck English Shakespearean actors on the Moose Lodge circuit in Amish country. When they hear that an old lady is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long-lost English nephews, they decide to pass themselves off as her relatives to get the cash - except that the nephews are actually nieces. Call 334782-7317 for performance times and ticket prices.

Feb. 24-26

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

The Sylacauga Community Playhouse will present this lightspirited musical based on the Peanuts Gang cartoons by the late Charles Schultz. Performances will be Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. and Feb. 25 and 26 at 2 p.m. at the Sylacauga High School Auditorium. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. For more information, call 256-369-3003.

Feb. 25

Wetumpka Mardi Gras

Let the good times roll at Wetumpka’s annual Mardi Gras party, hosted by The Order of the Cimarron. Vendor booths will be open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. with the parade start at 1 p.m. To rent a booth, contact Leeann Rouse at 334-324-8667; for parade entries, contact Grif Pritchard at 256-496-0032. Lake Martin Living 41


Feb. 25

5th Annual Continental Pheasant Shoot

This annual event at the Shelby County property of Garry Ard benefits New Water Ministries in Tallapoosa County. Donation of $150 to enter. Register at newwater.com or contact Robert Brandon at rbrandon@ surgicaldermatology.com.

Feb. 27

Horizons Unlimited

Katie Simpkins, a former Miss Sylacauga and gifted vocalist with extensive training and experience, will present Music and Songs from WWII. The meeting will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Alexander City Board of Education building at 375 Lee St. in Alexander City. Horizons Unlimited membership is $20 per person or $30 per couple each semester.

March 2-4

Crater Tours and Lecture

Learn about the biggest star that ever fell on Alabama and see the impact crater it left 85 million years ago at this annual lecture and tour event hosted by the City of Wetumpka and the Wetumpka Impact Crater Commission. Dr. David King, the Auburn University geologist whose research confirmed the impact of a meteor at the site, will present his most recent findings at a lecture March 2 at 7 p.m. at the Wetumpka Civic Center. The lecture is open to the public and free of charge. Teachers can reserve tours of the crater area for students on March 3 by calling Marilee Tankersley at 334-567-4637, and the public can take 1-1/2 hour tours of the crater, starting at 9 a.m., on Saturday. Cost for the public tours is $20 for adults, $10 for children up to age 12 if accompanied by an adult. For additional information and to make reservations, contact Valencia at 334-567-5147 or email her at vsmith@ cityofwetumpka.com.

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March 11

Johnny Appleseed Celebration

Wind Creek State Park will host a celebration of fun activities for kids at the campground pavilion at 10 a.m. Children under age 5 should be accompanied by an adult. For information, call 256-329-0845.

March 12

Bridal Extravaganza

Find everything for a dream wedding all in one place as florists, caterers, decorators and venue representatives gather at the Wetumpka Civic Center from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for this inaugural bridal fair. Live entertainment by Eric Nettles. A fashion show at 3:30 p.m. There will be giveaways and food. Tickets are $5 and are available at the City Administration Office or on site the day of the event. For vendor information, contact LaToya King at 334-580-9770.

March 17

Tribute to the Music of the Eagles

In a stunningly accurate tribute to the music of the Eagles, 7 Bridges Band will perform at 7 p.m. in the Benjamin Russell High School Auditorium. Using no backing tracks or harmonizers, 7 Bridges Band faithfully recreates the experience of an Eagles concert from the band’s most prolific period. 7 Bridges Band is a tour de force of talent, combining incredible musicianship, vocal precision and a stage presence that has garnered them national attention.

March 18

Lake Martin Ultra 100

No walk in the park, Lake Martin’s endurance trail race at Russell Crossroads includes distance options at 100, 50 and 27 miles. Registration for all races is now open at lakemartin100mile.homestead.com. Racers arrive from across the country for this uniquely beautiful trail on the ultra circuit. The entire race is run in

Russell Forest on carriage paths and gravel roads that are not accessible to automobile traffic. Aid stations will be set up along the trail and this year will include sandwiches, hot soup, hot chocolate, coffee and more. A great race for a beginner ultra runner. Entry fee for the 100-mile race is $220; the 50-mile race fee is $100 after; and the entry fee for the 27-mile race is $55. See the website for details, schedule and contact information for race organizer David Tosch.

Season-Long Events Millerville Trade Day

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

Children’s Library in Alexander City

Mamie’s Place Children’s Library holds themed storytime every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and offers kidfriendly movies on the first Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m.

Gamers’ Club

Adelia M. Russell Library hosts kids ages 12 to 17 in the conference room on Fridays after school until 4:30 p.m. Bring handheld games or games from home (no games rated M allowed). Participants should be picked up by 4:30 p.m. For information, call 256329-6796.

Ladies’ Book Club

Ladies 18 and older are invited to participate in the club at Adelia M. Russell Library on the last Thursday of every month. Meet in the conference room at 4 p.m. Call the library at 256234-4644 for each month’s book title.


Electronics Recycling

The City of Alexander City Public Works Department hosts an electronics recycling event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. Items accepted include computers, computer mouse, keyboards, modems or routers, CD and DVD players, power supplies, PC mix systems, home or cell phones, printers or copiers, mainframe servers, audio/video adapters, laptop chargers, cable boxes, nickel cadmium or lithium ion batteries and flat screen monitors and televisions. CRT monitors and televisions are no longer accepted. For more information, call the Alexander City Public Works Department at 256409-2020.

Santuck Flea Market

The Santuck Flea Market is held the first Saturday of each month except January and February. The Santuck Flea Market is located at 7300 Central Plank Road, Highway 9 in Wetumpka.

Sarah Carlisle Towery Art Colony Exhibit

between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. with a business meeting at 5 p.m., followed by show-and-tell. Bring sewing projects, machines and questions.

Real Island Supper

The Real Island community hosts a covered dish supper every third Friday of the month at the Real Island Volunteer Fire Department and Community Room, 1495 Real Island Rd., Equality. Everyone is welcome. Admission is $3 per adult; bring a covered dish to share. Some nights are “themed,” so call ahead to find out if costumes or certain types of food are in order. For more information, contact Dianne Perrett at 256-3298724.

Antique Car Cruise-in

On the first Saturday of each month, car enthusiasts cruise into Arby’s parking lot on Highway 280 in Alexander City from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Join the fun and enjoy an era of classic cars and classic music.

Charity Bingo

The Sarah Carlisle Towery Art Colony on Lake Martin exhibit is on display at the Alexander City Board of Education building all year long. The BOE is located at 375 Lee St.

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

Children’s Harbor Treasures and Thrift Store

Naturalist Presentations and Guided Nature Tours

Located on Highway 63 just south of Lake Martin Amphitheater, the Children’s Harbor Thrift Store is open Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds are used to help fund the activities at the Lake Martin campus of Children’s Harbor and the Family Center at Children’s Hospital. Call 334-857-2008 for more information.

Memory Makers Quilt Guild

Meets the second and fourth Mondays at the Senior Center on the Charles E. Bailey Jr. Sportplex campus. Participants come and go

Naturalist Marianne Hudson fills the Naturalist Cabin at Russell Crossroads with children and adults to see and listen to her lively nature presentations

with critters, insects, snakes and fowl, just to mention a few. There is never a dull moment with this wildlife biologist as she educates on the beauty of nature in the wild and the outdoor classroom. Your children will love every minute. Check the calendar at Calendar.RussellLandsOnLakeMartin. com for scheduled subjects, dates and times.

$20 on the 20th

The Dadeville Area Chamber of Commerce is asking our community to “Spend $20 on the 20th” of each month to help our local economy.

Amateur Radio Club

The Lake Martin Area Amateur Radio Club meets the second Thursday of every month at the Alexander City Church of Christ. Dinner and fellowship follow at a local area restaurant. Interested persons may contact Club President Tim Mayfield at 256-329-1172 or Secretary John Philips at 256-212-4063.

Music at The Equality Performing Arts Center

The Equality Performing Arts Center hosts music and other events on the second and fourth Friday nights of each month at 6:30 p.m. on Alabama Highway 9 in Equality. Country/ Western, bluegrass, Southern gospel and instrumental music featured. For more information, contact Wayne Glenn at 334-541-3302.

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

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6 Blue Creek Marina 256-825-8888 7280 Hwy 49 S., Dadeville, AL 36853 7 Parker Creek Marina 256-329-8550 486 Parker Creek Marina Rd., Equality, AL 36026

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9 Catherineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market 256-215-7070 17 Russell Farms Rd., Alex City, AL 35010 10 Homeplate Cafe 256-825-0583 191 East South St., Dadeville, AL 36853

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11 Oskar's Cafe 6684 Hwy 49 S., Dadeville, AL 36853 12 Kowaliga Restaurant 256-215-7035 295 Kowaliga Marina Rd., Alex City, AL 35010

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14 Hodges Vineyards and Winery 256-896-4036 230 Lee Rd. 71, Camp Hill, AL 36850 15 Russell Do It Center (Alex City) 256-234-2567 1750 Alabama 22, Alex City, AL 35010

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

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17 Lake Martin Mini Mall 334-857-3900 7995 Kowaliga Rd., Eclectic, AL 36024

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22 McDaniels Storage Center 256-234-4583 1040 Highway 280, Alex City, AL 35010 23 Kowaliga Whole Health & Pet Care Resort 334-857-1816 8610 Kowaliga Rd., Eclectic, AL 36024 24 Aronov Realty Lake Martin 256-825-4133 6928 AL-49 S Stillwaters Hwy, Dadeville, AL 36853 25 Centry 21 Lake Area Realty 256-825-4800 440 N Broadnax St., Dadeville, AL 36853 26 Nail's Convenient Store 334-857-3454 8394 Kowaliga Rd., Eclectic, AL 36024 27 Bodyworks Massage & Spa 256-395-0442 282 Dadeville Rd., Alex City, AL 35010 28 Foshee What's, LLC 256-234-3298 2802 Dadeville Rd., Alex City, AL 35010 29 Shipwreck Sam's Yogurt@ Smith's Marina 256-444-8793

Hotels & Lodges 30 Creekside Lodge 256-307-1440 6993 Hwy 49 S., Dadeville, AL 36853 31 Creekside Event Center 256-307-1441 7051 Hwy 49 S., Dadeville, AL 36853

Churches 32 Red Ridge United Methodist Church 256-825-9820 8091 County Rd. 34, Dadeville, AL 36853 33 Episcopal Church of the Epiphany 334-252-8618 2602 Gilmer Avenue, Tallassee, AL 36078

Dock Builders 34 Lake Martin Dock Company, Inc Marine Contractor License #49146 334-857-2443 180 Birmingham Rd., Eclectic, AL 36024

18 Lakeside Mercantile 334-850-6357 8246 County Rd. 34, Dadeville, AL 36853 19 EastLake Coffee @ Lakeside Mercantile 334-850-6357 8246 County Rd. 34, Dadeville, AL 36853

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

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21 Dark Insurance 256-234-5026 www.darkinsuranceagency.com 410 Hillabee Street, Alex City, AL 35010

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

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