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Man killed in Highway 49 crash
Car fleeing traffic stop crashed Wednesday morning, ejecting two from vehicle STAFF REPORT TPI Staff
What started out as an attempt to initiate a traffic stop for speeding ended with a violent crash and one person dead and another in critical condition. According to Cpl. Jesse Thornton of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, a single-vehicle crash at
12:30 a.m. Wednesday claimed the life of Jimmy Lee Dugan, 28, of Daviston. “A Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department deputy turned around to pursue a vehicle that was exceeding the speed limit on Highway 49 North,” Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett said. “Upon entering the intersection with Concord Road, the vehicle crashed resulting in one fatality. The deputy did not see the
City selects Turner, McAlister as interim chiefs
Weather officials see improvements but county’s drought status remains By COREY ARWOOD Staff Writer
Wet conditions have prevailed in the area as of late, with a few reports of flooding from recent weather systems that have moved across the central portion of the state. However, Meteorologist Jason Holmes with the National Weather Service of Birmingham said Tallapoosa and surrounding counties remain under drought classifications. “The good news is the drought has decreased but still we have a deficit from last year,” Holmes said. The decrease in drought conditions has brought with it a reclassification of drought status for a number of counties by the U.S. Drought Monitor as well. Holmes said most of Tallapoosa County remained in D2 or Severe Drought status, while Elmore County is in the D1 category or Moderate Drought conditions. According to the monitor as of late December both counties fell within the D2-D4 ranges, or Severe to Exceptional. Holmes said there were light showers, and chances for light precipitation throughout the area in the forecast over upcoming days. Late Tuesday and into Wednesday trace amounts of rains were present across Tallapoosa and Elmore Counties, after a weekend winter storm brought inches of rain following a wet New Year’s holiday. The Director of Economic and External Affairs with the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, Jennifer Ardis Elmore, said See DROUGHT • Page 3
By MITCH SNEED Editor
Interim leaders were appointed to head the Alexander City Police and Fire Departments Wednesday, as the city council tapped Jerry W. “Jay” Turner to lead the police department and Reese McAlister to lead the fire department on a temporary basis. Both Turner and McAlister had served as deputy chiefs in their departments and will serve in McAlister the interim role of chief until permanent replacements are See CHIEFS • Page 9
Officials discuss progress on Hamp Lyon renovation
Ashton Shepherd to perform at Rodeo Club By CLIFF WILLIAMS Staff Writer
The Lake Martin Event Center at The Rodeo Club is at it again. After the success of bringing in John Conlee in July Kevin Moon of Cheaha Entertainment has partnered with Ed and Marge Shikoski of the Lake Martin Event Center to bring country musician Ashton Shepherd to the legendary stage Jan. 21. “The Conlee show was a great production,” Moon said. “After that was a suc-
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cess, we started to brain storm about who we could bring in next. We have worked with Ashton before with success and thought she would be a good fit.” Shepherd is a native of Coffeeville, Alabama and still lives in Alabama. She has been signing and writing since she was 5 and made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry in Sept. 2007 with “Takin Off This Pain.” Her third single “Look It Up,” made its way to the country File / The Outlook charts in 2011. Country music singer Ashton Shepherd will be performing at The See RODEO • Page 3 Rodeo Club on Jan. 21.
By COREY ARWOOD Staff Writer
City and county officials met with an Alexander City School administrator and Main Street Alexander City Tuesday to discuss Hamp Lyon Stadium renovations, and ultimately grant permission for the project’s first phase to begin. Main Street Director Richard Wagoner said the group, including the mayor, met to clarify details about funding, and
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coordinate with city and county engineers. “We’re going to start soon,” said Wagoner. After the meeting Wagoner said the public works officials started on the plan that was set to begin in April. Alexander City Schools Superintendent Darrel Cooper was at the Tuesday meeting. Cooper said the joint project would begin with some demolition work to existing structures at the See HAMP • Page 3
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accident.” Abbett said that the State Troopers were the lead agency in the crash investigation. Upon arriving at the scene, the deputy found that the 2000 Oldsmobile Alero, in which Dugan was a passenger, had left the road, struck a sign and overturned. Dugan, as well as the driver Amy Clampitt, 30, of See CRASH • Page 3
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Obituaries Mrs. Mary Ethel Shockley 1923 - 2017 Funeral Service for Mrs. Mary Ethel Shockley, 93, of Alexander City, Alabama, will be Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Orr Street Baptist Church. Rev. Turk Holt will officiate. Burial will follow in the Hillview Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Orr Street Baptist Church. Mrs. Shockley passed away on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at her daughter’s residence. She was born on May 2, 1923 in Buttston, Alabama to Henry Cleveland Morgan and Johnnie Lee Morgan. She was a charter member of Orr Street Baptist Church, a choir member for 50 plus years, and loved her church family dearly. Mrs. Shockley was a winder at Russell Corp’s #3 mill for the greater part of her 30 plus years at Russell, and later became a folder at the old #1 mill. She enjoyed cooking and canning, and often prepared meals for the sick and ailing in her neighborhood. Mrs. Shockley loved
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her flowers and shrubs, and enjoyed feeding the birds that flitted among them. She also enjoyed long walks through her neighborhood. She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Ann Baker (Oliver C. “Chris”) of Alexander City; grandchildren, C. Keith Baker of Niota, TN and Kenneth E. Baker of Montgomery; and great-grandchild, David Alexander Baker of Montgomery. She was preceded in death by her husband, J. B. Shockley, her parents, 6 brothers, and 7 sisters. The family wishes to extend a special thanks to the Orr Street family for all the meals, visits, cards and prayers during her illness. They also extend special thanks to American Hospice caregivers, Joney Ramos, Misty Crim RN, Christy Brewer RN, Chaplain C. Tim Teague, and Social Worker Camerin White. The family will accept flowers or contributions may be made to Orr Street Baptist Church, 939 O Street, Alexander City, AL 35010. Memorial messages may be sent to the family at www. radneyfuneralhome.com. Radney Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Mack E. Thomas Funeral service for Mr. Mack E. Thomas 72 of Alexander City, AL; Friday, January 13, 2017; 1 p.m.; Armour’s Memorial Chapel, Alexander City, AL. Burial, Armour’s Memorial Garden, Alexander City, AL. Armour’s Memorial Services in charge.
Ms. Jo Doris Russell Funeral Service for Ms. Jo Doris Russell will be Friday, January 13 at 11:00 a.m. at Haven United Methodist Church with burial following in Alexander City Cemetery. Professional Service provided by Wright’s Funeral Home Staff
DEAR ABBY: My mom wants me to exercise more. Currently, I just walk a lot (in my house and around the block). I know exercise is a good idea, but I’m really self-conscious about it. I never feel like I’m doing it right (because I know you can easily pull a muscle), and I feel like everyone else in the gym is judging me. Now that I’m 17, Mom expects me to be more mature about this. I don’t even feel comfortable swimming in public places anymore. I feel stressed about it, but Mom just thinks I’m being picky. Being in a gym makes me feel unhappy and judged. I wish there was a better way to exercise, but I don’t know what. How can I get my mom to understand how hard this is for me? -- WONDERING IN WICHITA DEAR WONDERING: Going to a gym can be fun if you do it with a buddy. Most of the people there are more concerned with what THEY are doing than what anyone else is. That said, going to the gym isn’t for everyone.
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There are many forms of exercise. Tell your mother you would prefer to exercise on your own rather than go to a gym. Then put on your walking shoes, leave the house and walk for 20 to 30 minutes a day. It’s good for you. Listen to music when you’re doing it and it will make the time go quickly. And on days when you don’t want to go outside, put on some music and dance. It’s good for the circulation, and it’s also good for the soul. DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been married for 44 years. We eloped in high school and still feel like newlyweds. We built a successful business, ran it for 40 years and recently had an opportunity to sell it.
The problem is my mother. We bought a second home in California, but kept our first home. Every time I call to ask how she and Dad are doing, she responds with, “You don’t care how we are. If you did, you would be here.” I love our new life. Our kids are grown, and we are enjoying ourselves to the fullest. We are both in excellent health, and still young at heart. How can we tell her that we have a life we love without her being so resentful? -LOVING LIFE IN CALIFORNIA DEAR LOVING: You can’t, because your mother feels you should be at her beck and call. She has had you close since you were a child, and now she may be feeling deserted. At this point, I don’t advise telling your mother that you “have a life you love” without her. Instead, I suggest that you phrase your greeting to her more carefully. Rather than ask how she and your dad are doing, say that you are “calling to check in.” Say that you were thinking about her. And
if she starts in with “you don’t care,” tell her that you DO care or you wouldn’t be on the phone with her, but if she keeps giving you a guilt trip, she’ll be hearing from you less. DEAR ABBY: If you go to a party and bring something (chips, soda, etc.), what is the rule of etiquette about taking it home when you leave? -PRACTICAL IN IDAHO DEAR PRACTICAL: When someone brings food to a party, it could be considered a host/ hostess gift. Before taking any of it home, first ask your host or hostess if it would be all right. While some people wouldn’t mind, others may, so you shouldn’t assume that because you brought something that the leftovers are yours. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.
2017 Master Gardner Course begins Jan. 27
ver had trouble achieving that perfect lawn? Not sure how or when to prune those fruits trees and landscape plants? Still confused about how much fertilizer to put around growing vegetables? Frustrated by all the weeds that pop up each year in those flower beds and lawn? Determined to win the battle against insect pests and plant diseases this upcoming growing season? Want to learn how to compost garden and yard waste? Tired of wasting time and money on plants and garden products that die or just don’t work? Answers to all of these questions and so much more will be addressed in the 2017 Tallapoosa County Master Gardener Course. Plus, if you have a passion for gardening and volunteering, then you should be a Master Gardener. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, come take the course and
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join the fun; you’ll learn a lot. The Tallapoosa County Extension Office will again offer the Master Gardener Volunteer Program in 2017, with a starting date on Friday, Jan. 27. All classes will be held during the day from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the county Extension office located in Dadeville. Applications are now being accepted and will be accepted through Friday, Jan. 20. The fee associated with this course is $130 per person. Topics to be discussed include soils and plant nutrition; composting; plant physiology; plant diseases; pesticide education; landscape design and plant selection; weed identification and control; entomology and pest management; fruit
culture; plant propagation; home lawn care; vegetable gardening; care and maintenance of landscape plants; herbs; and bedding plants. Classes begin Jan. 27 and will run 13 consecutive weeks until April 21. All classes will be held on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Dadeville. The Alabama Master Gardener training program will consist of 13 weeks of horticulture related classes and training. The course provides more than 50 hours of classroom and hands-on instruction in horticulture and related areas. Classes taught include soils and plant nutrition; composting, plant diseases; landscape design and plant selection; weed identification and control; entomology; pesticide education, fruit culture; plant propagation; home lawn care; vegetable gardening; wildlife control, care and maintenance of landscape plants; bedding plants, and more. Courses are taught by specialists from Auburn University, Extension
agents from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, fellow certified Master Gardeners, and local horticulture professionals. Those interested in participating in the Master Gardener Program are encouraged to call the Tallapoosa County Extension office to sign up or receive more information. Those of you that have put-off taking the MG course the last few years or wish to wait and take it at later date are highly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity this year. There are no guarantees the course will be offered next year. Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity. For more details, please contact the Tallapoosa County Extension office at 256-825-1050 or visit us online at www.aces.edu/ Tallapoosa. Shane Harris is the County Extension Coordinator for Tallapoosa County.
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 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 upstairs in the courthouse 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 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
Mr. Jesse Odene Smith 1938 - 2017 Funeral service for Jesse Odene Smith, 78, of Alexander City, Alabama, will be Friday, January 13, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. at the Radney Funeral Horne. Randy Anderson will officiate. Burial will follow in the Hillview Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Friday, January 13, 2017 from I:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Radney Funeral Horne. Mr. Smith passed away on Tuesday, January I0, 2017 at East Alabama Medical Center. He was born on April 24, 1938 in Clanton, Alabama to Hobson Smith and Sallie Dutton. He is survived by his wife, Billie June Smith of Alexander City; daughters, Letitia Strickland (Dave) of Spanish Fort, Angela S. Brasfield (Martin) of Montgomery, Pamela K. Rogers (Todd) of Auburn; grandchildren, Jason Cole Smith, Kevin Alan Strickland (Kourtney), Joshua King Brasfield, Brian David Strickland, Kelly Savannah Brasfield, Madison J. Rogers. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Buddy Dutton; and sisters, Lois Beatrice Dutton and Pauline Headley. Family will accept flowers or contributions to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or woundedwarriorproject.org, or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Memorial messages may be sent to the family at www. radneyfuneralhome.com. Radney Funeral Horne is in charge of the arrangements.
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 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 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.
Ongoing Events OFFICE CAREERS: The Office Careers Technology program is funded by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and was created to help dislocated workers learn new employable skills. To qualify for the programs be a dislocated worker (layoff) or a low-income family. Anyone interested in the classes should contact the Alexander City Career Center @ 256215-4494 and ask about the WIA program. Most all dislocated workers automatically qualify for financial assistance. The program is 52 weeks and is open entry/open exit. Students learn at their own pace in a non-traditional classroom setting. Classes begin when students are approved and they may leave when they receive
any or all of the certificates offered. Classes are Monday--Thursday, 8:00 a.m.--3:00 p.m. (with a lunch break). All textbooks and class materials are supplied. Certificates available are receptionist, inventory clerk, data entry clerk, administrative assistant, accounting office clerk, medical office clerk, legal office clerk. COMPUTER LAB: The new and improved computer lab at Cooper Community Center is now open to the community Monday thru Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. LaBrawnski Salter is the new lab facilitator. You can check email, browse the internet, build a resume, complete a project or homework, research, job search and some social media.
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Wednesday crash knocks out phones, internet in New Site
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A Wednesday evening crash at about 7 p.m. on Highway 22 East saw a black Ford Ranger run off the roadway and strike a cable relay box that serves as a hub for communications services in the area. While the driver did not suffer any serious injuries, phone and internet services in the area were interrupted for a good portion of the night.
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they were in the process of reassigning their statewide drought classifications. She said after a meeting on Tuesday they had decided to downgrade the drought declaration status for most areas in the state to a warning or watch. Prior to that meeting she said they had only upgraded the levels from watch to warning and ultimately to emergency. Elmore said they met every two weeks and discussed their observations of the state’s water entities like, streams, lakes and ground water. She said streams were still particularly affected by the ongoing drought. Holmes said it would take weeks’ worth of rain to get to that point, however he did say that lately conditions seemed more normal. He said 2016 ended in the Montgomery area 11.57 inches below normal, and the Anniston area was hit hardest at a deficit of 17.54 inches. Drought conditions still remain for all but the southernmost counties according to the monitor.
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Shepherd’s most recent albums “This Is America” and “Out of My Pocket” were released on her own label “Pickn’ Shed Records.” “She will be a great splash with the crowd both old and young,” Moon said. Ed Shikoski is already hearing from people. “I am getting a lot of positive feed back,” Shikoski of the Lake Martin Event Center at The Rodeo Club said. “She is evidently really popular.” Moon hopes to be able to bring more acts like Conlee and Shepherd back to the area. “The Rodeo Club is a great venue for its size,” Moon said. “Ed and Marge are great to work with. It takes a team to put on a show like this. “The more successful we can these, the more often we can bring them to the area. We just need the support of local people to make it happen. Tickets are available for $15 in advance at the Rodeo Club and Kowaliga Country. The will also be available at the door for $20. There are also VIP packages available. “The VIP package includes a meet and greet with Ashton, guaranteed table seating and an autographed 8x10 photograph,” Moon said. Joining Shepherd on the stage at the Lake Martin Event Center are local musicians Rexton Lee and Korey Rose.
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A stop sign remained down Wednesday afternoon after an early morning crash on Highway 49 North at Concord and Lester Road. Two people were ejected from the vehicle, with a Daviston man losing his life.
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tigation, alcohol is believed to be a factor. Charges have not been Dadeville, were ejected from the vehicle. At the time of the crash, Clampitt was refusing to stop for law finalized. Nothing further is available as Alabama State Troopers continue to enforcement, according to Thornton. The crash occurred on Alabama 49 near Lester Road, approximately seven miles north of Dadeville. investigate. Although circumstances surrounding the crash are still under inves-
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stadium, like the bleachers. He said it would also contain the work to the field in order to make it regulation size. Cooper said both the city and county would provide in-kind work, with the county largely covering the demoli-
tion aspects, and the city focusing on the upgrades to the infrastructure and utilities. “I’m thrilled,” said Cooper. “It’s not something we had to have done immediately it certainly provides an aesthetic improvement to the downtown area and plus
it gives us a regulation size field.” Cooper said he expected the construction to continue through the summer. He said the plans for the stadium were around before he began working with the school system roughly three and a half
years ago. “I’m thrilled to see some progress on it,” Cooper said. “But there’s more to be done even after this phase. Cooper said they would continue seeking funds through private fundraising efforts. Wagoner said funds
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any of us like to hole up inside during the winter and whine and moan about the weather and lack of things to do. If you are one those – check out this January holiday weekend forecast. • Friday, sunny and highs in the 70s. • Saturday, sunny and highs in the 70s. • Sunday, sunny highs in the 70s. • Monday, cloudy, highs in the 70s and a slight chance of rain. See… a reason to come out from under the quilt. If the weather is not enough reason to get out and about, there are several events to get you going. There are several events related to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. Saturday there is a prayer breakfast at Stephen’s Elementary School Gym at 8 a.m. Sunday there is a service at the round about at 2:30 p.m. that will dedicate a refurbished bench to the late Thomas “Toot Toot” Marbury. And finally Monday, there is a parade that starts at 9 a.m. and Stephens Elementary School and a program at the Stephens gym at 11 a.m. Also God’s House of Prayer and Holiness Church in Camp Hill is hosting that community’s celebration. Outside of the MLK celebrations, Comer United Methodist Church is hosting a pancake breakfast from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday. And then there is the Lake Martin Young Professionals Polar Plunge at Kowaliga. Last year nearly a hundred were crazy enough to jump into the cold waters of Lake Martin on blustery day with temperatures in the 30s. Surely with the moderate weather this weekend our community will turn out to support great causes. If nothing else, it will give your thumbs a break from checking up on your neighbor down the street on Facebook.
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Let’s make capitalism cool again
nside Barack Obama’s rhetoric of “income inequality” and “attack the rich,” used mainly to sway envy-driven, simple minds, was always a dangerous subtext: Capitalism and entrepreneurs are bad. Trump needs to get us back to our capitalist roots, cut government, and start running government like a business. Now only 3.6 percent of 30-year-olds or younger own stakes in private companies. The figure was 10.6 percent in 1989 when government first started collecting data on this. Gumption atrophies in a generation expecting participation trophies. Lost on this snowflake generation is the hypocrisy of a Hillary Clinton, who vowed to take on the “excesses of capitalism,” demanded $300,000 per speech from corporations. From the Vatican, the Pope railed against capitalism in Prada shoes and a $5,000 robe. And actors, while getting $15 million per movie, call corporations “greedy.” But not all Occupy Wall Street protestors were anti-business; pot dealers made 15 cash deposits a day into their banks. Obama and other liberals presuppose the evils of capitalism and capitalists to sell their statist/socialist agenda. But the facts are clear: Freemarket capitalism is a far more virtuous system than government and has done far more to improve the lot of mankind wherever it is allowed to flourish. To see the abundance that our historically free enterprise system has bestowed on us, compare the U.S. to the rest of the world. Travel to any Third World country with a strong central government and a stranglehold on business, and witness the poverty, crime and misery spawned in places like Venezuela, North Korea and Cuba.
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Politicians are bought and sold. Buying Democrats to vote for Obamacare with the “Louisiana Purchase” and “Cornhusker Kickback,” Obama proved this point. Capitalism did not strap us with $20 trillion – and growing -- in national debt, borrowed from future generations, to advance destructive dependency political agendas and buy votes. Is that “moral and just”? Businesses hire people, help provide health insurance and other benefits, pay taxes, advertise, support local charities and build the character of a community. Look and see who sponsors your town’s Little League teams; those are your town’s heroes. The “evil” oil companies bring the fuel out of the ground and to gas stations, where they make seven cents per gallon. Government takes about 50 cents per gallon for doing nothing, not counting the cost of regulations. Then government taxes the oil companies’ seven cents profit at 35 percent. And liberals call oil companies greedy? Capitalism has the mechanisms to enforce good behavior – quickly. Just ask Tiger Woods. His sponsor, AT&T, withdrew its support when he was caught in multiple affairs, punishing Tiger and thus imposing AT&T’s most expensive roaming charge ever. If you get caught with a prostitute or you fail at your job, a CEO or an employee is fired. There are consequences to bad behavior in business, but not in government. You just get more funding; case in point, the VA.
In Obama’s O-merica, no punishment was meted out to Lois Lerner, his IRS operative who targeted his political opponents and “lost” her emails upon subpoena. He did not fire her; in fact, all the IRS folks involved received their full pay, retirement, etc. During an “investigation,” government workers take the Fifth when called before Congress. Neither Lerner nor anyone else involved in the IRS scandal, Benghazi-gate, the Secret Service prostitute scandal, GSA, the VA mess or the NSA domestic spying revelations has paid much of a price. Capitalism rewards risk-taking, imagination, hard work, intellect and honesty; government does not. Under this petulant president, government only rewards loyalty to him. How, then, is government is more moral than business? Government takes money by force from people who are productive and redistributes it to its allies. Government adds no value and produces no product. 85 percent of federal employee political donations went to Democrats, since they know their cushy jobs will be protected. But there’s a new sheriff in town, bureaucrats. Government employees know Trump is going to start running it like a business. They are scared, and they should be. Billionaire Trump made his daughter, Ivanka, and her family fly coach on Jet Blue; that should send the signal that he means business. Ron Hart is a libertarian op–ed humorist and award–winning author, Ron is a frequent guest on CNN. He can be contacted at Ron@RonaldHart.com or @ RonaldHart on Twitter.
Jim Nabors is mayor of Alexander City. His phone number at city hall is 256-329-6730 and his home number is 256329-1320 His address at city hall is 4 Court Square; Alexander City, AL, 35010. His home address is 1695 Magnolia Street Alexander City, AL, 35010.
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Tommy Spraggins represents District 5. His phone number is 256-234-3609. His address is 1539 College Street, Alexander City, AL 35010. Chairman of Finance committee.
Eric Brown represents District 4. His phone number is 256-3972011. His address is 1421 Parrish Drive, Alexander City, AL 35010. Chairman of the Public Works committee.
Scott Hardy represents District 3. His phone number is 256-4962450. His address is 549 Sleepy Hollow Drive, Alexander City, AL 35010. Chairman of the Parks and Recreation committee.
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Buffy Colvin represents District 2. Her phone number is 256-750-0663. Her address is 786 I Street, Alexander City, AL 35010. Chairman of the Buildings and Property committee.
Bobby Tapley represents District 1. His phone number is 256392-0344. His address is 1821 LaVista Road, Alexander City, AL 35010. Chairman of the Public Safety committee.
Tim Funderburk represents District 6. His phone number is 256-825-2993. His address is 1431 River Oaks, Alexander City, AL 35010. Chairman of Utilities committee.
s most folks in East Alabama know, Jan. 22 will mark the 44th Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court. This anniversary marks a dark day in our country’s history, and I salute all of the folks back home who travel to Washington to march in honor and remembrance of the lives lost to abortion. You may remember the news of videos surfacing of Planned Parenthood officials discussing abortion procedures used to obtain body parts of unborn babies for research in exchange for profits. Those videos are as criminal and sickening. As a Christian and a father of three beautiful children, I understand how precious the gift of life is. I have always and will always continue to make it my mission to be a voice for the unborn. Last year, President
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Obama demonstrated how out of touch he was with East Alabama and all of America when he vetoed legislation that would have defunded Planned Parenthood. Fortunately, we can now look forward to working with the incoming Trump administration that also shares our East Alabama values and respect for the unborn. Nowhere will that be more important than choosing the next Supreme Court justice. And with a Republicancontrolled Congress, we can get back to passing laws that
are in line with the American people’s wishes. This year, pro-life advocates in the 115th Congress have already introduced bills to help protect these rights - all of which I strongly support. The bills include the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2017, and the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, and I am proud to say I will be a cosponsor of each one. I will never stop fighting for the rights of the most innocent in our society – unborn children. I want to hear from you. Please sign up for my e-Newsletter by visiting www.mikerogers.house.gov. Rep. Mike D. Rogers, represents the Third Congressional District, which includes Tallapoosa County, in Congress.
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Crews from Norfolk Southern and its contractor place asphalt at the rail crossing in Alexander City at Third Street off Comer Road Wednesday. The crossing was the final of five in the city to get asphalt in place to smooth the crossing.
MLK PRAYER BREAKFAST: The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Prayer breakfast will be Jan. 14 at 8 a.m. at Stephen’s Elementary School Gym Tickets are $10. PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Comer United Methodist Church is hosting a pancake breakfast Jan. 14 from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. It is all you can eat pancakes, sausage and bacon for dine in for $6. To go plates are available.
MEMORIAL SERVICE: A memorial and dedication service in memory of Thomas “TuTu” Marbury will be held in downtown Alexander City at 2:30 p.m. at the Round-a-bout. Everyone is invited.
MLK PARADE AND PROGRAM: The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration parade and program will be Jan. 16 with the parade at 9 a.m. and program at 11 a.m. at Stephens Elementary School Gym.
MEETING: The Artist Association of Central Alabama will meet Jan. 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church. DIABETES WORKSHOP: The Durbin Clinic will be hosting a workshop on diabetes Jan. 17 at 11 a.m. Call 256-234-4223 to let PATH Lake Martin know you will be attending. RETIREE MEETING: There will be a meeting of the Tallapoosa County Education Retirees Association (TCERA) Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. at the Alexander City Board of Education. The program will be “Elder Law” presented by attorney David Weldon.
OLLI GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Auburn is hosting a winter term 2017 general membership meeting Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. with an information fair from 8:45 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. at Clarion Inn and Suites on South College Street in Auburn. For more information call 334-844-5100 of visit www.olliatauburn.org.
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SPEECH AND HEARING CLINIC: Auburn University NSSLHA and SAA are having a free speech and hearing screening Friday, Jan. 20 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary. All children must be accompanied by parent(s) or legal guardian(s). Services will be provided by the Auburn University Speech and Hearing Clinic Room 1199 Haley Center, Auburn University 36849-5232.
FLEA MARKET: Sistas for a Cause are hosting a flea market Jan. 21 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cooper Community Center. Vendors are needed. Spaces are $20 and include a table. Please call 256-3296799 for more information. TRADE DAY: Bibb Graves School Alumni Monthly Trade Day in Millerville on Highway 9 between Ashland and Goodwater will be held on Jan. 21 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors are inside the school.
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HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The Tallapoosee Historical Society will hold its quarterly meeting on Sunday, Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. The meeting will be held at Beulah Baptist Church, 5891 Lovelady Road, Dadeville, AL. Troy Turner, Editor of Opelika-Auburn News will
be the speaker. There is no admission and the public is invited.
HORIZONS UNLIMITED: Dr. Mark Conversino will be speaking to Horizons Unlimited Jan. 23 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. MINISTERIAL ASSOCIATION: The first meeting in 2017 of the Alexander City Area Ministerial Association will be Monday, Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Marshall Street Church of God. New officers will propose and explain procedures and possible events for the association to sponsor. News from churches will be shared. There will be time for intercessory prayer. All Christian minister are invited. For more information contact Tony Harris at 256794-2969, vice president Rick Levell at 256-234-3180 or interim secretary Bill Middlebrooks at 256-234-3371.
PASTORS MEETING: Take the City Lake Martin is providing a meal to all local pastors, ministry leaders and city leaders Jan. 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the cabin in the Sportsplex. For more information call 256-307-8099.
HORIZONS UNLIMITED: Dr. Dr. Paul Harris will be speaking to Horizons Unlimited Jan. 30 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.
PASTOR’S ANNIVERSARY: New Harmony Missionary Baptist Church is celebrating the 8th pastor’s anniversary of Rev. and Sister Melvin C. Kelley, Jr. Sunday, Feb. 5 at 2:30 p.m. Guest Minister is Rev. Cameron R. Thomas of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Cropwell.
HORIZONS UNLIMITED: Dr. Bill Deutsch will be speaking to Horizons Unlimited Feb. 6 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.
MISS WINTER: The 2017 Miss Winter Pageant will be Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. at the Dadeville High School Auditorium. Rehearsals will take place Friday, Feb. 10 at 5 p.m. Applications may be picked up at Little Lambs and Ivy Day School or by emailing Sherri Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be a Baby Miss, Tiny Miss, Little Miss, Junior Miss, Teen Miss, Miss, Elite Miss and Miss Winter Princess.
HORIZONS UNLIMITED: Frances Robb will be speaking to Horizons Unlimited Feb. 13 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.
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,
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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.
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.
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.
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Ongoing Events RECYCLING: The Alexander City Recycling Facility is located at the Public Works Department at 824 Railey Road. All materials should be dropped off behind the green storage shed on the Public Works lot. The facility is always open for unassisted drop off. Assistance with drop off is available between 7:00 am until 3:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Please call 256-409-2020 for more information. WOMEN’S MEETING: Victory Temple Holiness Church in Dadeville is hosting a women’s meeting the first Sunday of every month. Men are invited too. AWANA: Wayside Baptist Church hosts Awana Sundays from 4:40 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for ages three to high school. For more information contact George Gardin, student minister, at 864-580-0343. VOLUNTEER: Southern Care Hospice is seeking volunteers. Please call Lizz Gillenwaters at 256234-1134 or 256-749-3717 for more information. WOMAN MEETING: Every first Sunday, Victory Temple Holiness Church hosts a women’s meeting, at 237 Aster St. in Dadeville. Everyone is invited. The meeting starts at 2 p.m. READY TO WORK: Ready to Work is a FREE jobs skills training program offered at Central Alabama Community College Career Center. Classes meet Monday through Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Completion of the program depends on the skill level of the individual. For more information contact Elaine Balint, instructor, at 256-215-4496 (leave message) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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PUZZLES & HOROSCOPE ARIES (March 21-April 19) Good news comes via a close associate or partner. You probably will have to make a choice once you give consideration to the diÉˆerent possibilities. Your intuition guides you, whether you admit it or not. Tonight: Get an early start on the weekend. Let the wild child out. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) You need to have an important conversation. Calls Ă…ood your desk during the daylight hours. You could be deciding which way to go with an emotional matter. Youâ€™ll hear news from someone at a distance. How much do you want to add to this conversation? Tonight: Nap Ă„rst. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Let go of immediate concerns. You could feel overwhelmed by an already busy schedule, and you still might need to factor in some last-minute visits. Your sixth sense comes out when dealing with an authority Ă„gure; use your skills well. Tonight: Out and about. CANCER (June 21-July 22) You might feel more rambunctious than you have in a while. While you might take a comment lightly today, recognize what would have happened if you had been in just a so-so mood. Take responsibility for something youâ€™ve said. Tonight: Get into weekend mode already. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Youâ€™ll sense a shift in the wind that turns in your favor, and you will be right. You might have to jump through some hoops today to get where you want to go. You should be able to get through your to-do list. Your sense of humor comes out when confusion hits. Tonight: In the limelight. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Use the daylight hours to the max. You tend to come oÉˆ as bold, direct and eÉ‰cient. What a deadly combo, especially if you are dealing with a serious matter. A new acquaintance might act strangely, which will stimulate the need for some deep thought. Tonight: Be naughty!
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appointed by the council. The need for new leaders emerged Monday night when the council voted not to reappoint ACPD Chief Willie George Robinson and ACFD Chief Kem Jones. Between the two, they had 63 years of service to the city. The present council had extended the appointments for 60 days, saying they needed the time to evaluate the people who were serving. But Wednesday evening, both Turner and McAlister were congratulated by co-workers and residents as well as elected officials following the 5-0 votes by the council. In recommending Turner for the interim chief position, council members cited his professionalism and extensive background in all areas of the department. Councilman Tim Funderburk made another point that seemed to hit home. â€œChief Robinson had enough faith in him to make him deputy chief and I respect his opinion,â€? Funderburk said. â€œI think that makes him the logical choice.â€? Turner, 49, joined the police department in 1992. He served six years in patrol, before being assigned to the Tallapoosa County Narcotics Task Force in 1998. In 2004, he became the commander in charge of the Narcotics Task Force. He became the sergeant in charge of detectives and the burglary task force in 2010 and was promoted to lieutenant in 2011 and added responsibility of being commander of detectives, criminal investigations and the domestic violence task force as well. In 2013, Robinson promoted Turner to deputy chief. â€œI thank the council for trusting me with this responsibility and I appreciate the turnout and all the well-wishes from the people who serve with me here,â€? Turner said. â€œItâ€™s been a tough time for this department and look forward to going to work tomorrow and helping things get back as close to normal as possible until the council decides what is best for the department on a permanent basis.â€? The naming of an interim police chief satisfied the requirement for accreditation by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission. McAlister and fellow Deputy Chief Gary Poe were considered for the interim position. Council member Buffy Colvin said it was an honor to have two deputy chiefs with such extensive qualifications. Councilman Scott Hardy cited McAlisterâ€™s community involvement, while Councilman Eric Brown said his duties heading up administration made him his choice. The council then nominated McAlister. McAlister, 46, has been with the Alexander City Fire Department since 1995 and was a deputy chief who was in charge of administration, EMS, training and HazMat. One of the highlights of his 21-year career included being named Firefighter of the Year in 2007. He too was thankful for the opportunity to serve in the interim leadership role. â€œI am very excited and humbled to be given this opportunity,â€? McAlister said. â€œWeâ€™ve got a lot to do and a lot of healing to do. I appreciate the support and the kind words from all the people here tonight. That really means a lot.â€? No immediate or exact timeline was give for selecting permanent chiefs for either department, but Council President Tommy Spraggins used the term â€œa few weeksâ€? on two different occasions Wednesday night.
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Top, Mayor Jim Nabors congratulates Reese McAlister on his appointment at interim fire chief. Middle, Sean Bland congratulates Jay Turner on his recent appointment as interim police chief. Bottom, Deputy Chief Gary Poe congratulates Interim Fire Chief Reese McAlister after Wednesdayâ€™s council meeting. Left, Interim Police Chief Turner gets a hug from Alexander City Municipal Court Clerk Louise Pritchard.
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BASKETBALL ROUNDUP JOE MCADORY Sports Columnist
Tide has path to 2017 title — but it won’t be easy
onathan Allen, the best college football player in America not named DeShaun Watson. Gone. Reuben Foster. Gone. Dalvin Tomlinson. Gone. Ryan Anderson. Gone. Eddie Jackson. Gone. Tim Williams. Gone. O.J. Howard. Gone. Cam Robinson? Probably gone too. Gloom and despair, right? Not only was Alabama defeated in a championship game (I don’t recall this happening since it lost to Notre Dame in the 1973 Sugar Bowl), but the most talented players from its defense – unquestionably the heart and soul of the program – will be playing on Sundays next fall. A pair of offensive stalwarts will, too. Some pessimists might mumble, “The dynasty is over.” Blah, blah, blah. Whatever. Sure, a less experienced Alabama team next season could certainly slip to 10-2 or, fall to the dreaded depths of a 9-3 season and meet Wisconsin in a meaningless Citrus Bowl. If that’s as far as this program will fall, then count your blessings. But Jalen Hurts is coming back. So is Calvin Ridley. And ArDarius Stewart. And Bo Scarbrough. And Damien Harris. And Joshua Jacobs. And Jonah Williams. And Rashaan Evans. And Minkah Fitzpatrick. And Da’Ron Payne. And Shaun DionHamilton. The cupboard will never be bare in Tuscaloosa as long as Nick Saban is piloting the ship. For Alabama to hoist its 17,000th championship next season, a handful of new starters (former five-stars) must step up their game and complement the talent that’s already in place. Alabama hasn’t won recruiting national championships every February for nothing, so rest assured whoever fills the gaps will have talent. They just won’t have the experience. Therein lies my hesitancy. Down the stretch, offense let this team down. Hurts, just a freshman, finished with 2,751 yards, 22 touchdowns and 9 interceptions, and rushed for another 954 yards and 13 scores. By comparison, Jake Coker passed for 3,513 yards and 25 TDs in the Tide’s 2015 championship season and, with Derrick Henry, was a big reason for Alabama’s success – particularly in its title win over Clemson. In the 2015 playoffs, Coker passed for a combined 621 yards and four touchdowns – torching the Tigers for 335 yards. He also did not throw an interception in his final five games. What about Hurts? He threw for 57 yards against Washington and 131 against Clemson. Those are Jeremy Johnson numbers, folks. With a ton of offensive talent returning for 2017, Hurts needs to step up and become more of a mediumto-deep ball passing threat. He’s got the weapons in Ridley and Stewart. There’s no doubt that he’s already a significant threat with the ball in his hand. I believed Alabama was superior to all other teams this season. But I can’t say that going into next season. At this point, I believe Alabama will be among a handful of national contenders that include Florida State, Ohio State and maybe even Southern Cal or Penn State. I won’t be surprised if the Tide makes the playoffs for a fourthconsecutive season, but it won’t be as easy. A favorable schedule, however, helps. Alabama’s toughest test might be in the opener in Atlanta as it faces FSU. The Iron Bowl in Auburn, or showdown at Texas A&M, could be tricky. Other than those, Alabama gets LSU and Tennessee at home, and doesn’t play Georgia. It really doesn’t matter where Alabama plays Ole Miss or Mississippi State. If Hurts continues to develop — which will create room for Alabama’s uber-talented running backs — and those all-world newbies live up to their potential, Saban could hoist his sixth national championship trophy in Atlanta next January. Joe McAdory is the communications editor at Auburn University’s Harbert College of Business.
Coosa sweeps Randolph County By CATHY HIGGINS Sports Editor
The Central Coosa varsity boys came out on top in Tuesday’s road game as the Cougars defeated region foe Randolph County by a score of 72-46. According to Central Coosa varsity boys basketball head coach Shane Smith, the win was an important one for the Cougars. “It was a big road area win for us,” he said. “We really want to host the area tournament, so the guys knew what needed to be done.” That included getting aggressive as the game progressed. “We really turned up the heat in the second and third quarters as we outscored them 41-15,” Smith said. “I am very proud of my kids and love the mess out of them. They are great kids.” Leading the Cougars in the win was Central Coosa senior guard Tyus Maxwell with 16 points. He had help from senior forward Tyius Evans with 15 points and sophomore guard Omar Gaddis, who had 12. Tuesday’s win brings Central Coosa varsity boys’ season record to 9-6 overall and 3-0 in the region. The Lady Cougars had an equally successful night Tuesday as the Central Coosa varsity girls won over Randolph County 70-24. While Lady Cougars head coach Syreeta McKinney was proud of the win, she used the road game as an opportunity to give more of her team some playing time. “Tuesday’s game was about getting my players other than my starters involved,” she said. That plan enabled junior shooting guard Adrianna Flowers to put up 11 points and make 12 steals and six rebounds. “I was extremely impressed with how Adrianna Flowers stepped up,” McKinney said. While Flowers made a significant contribution to the Lady Cougars’ win, Central Coosa freshman guard Eunique McKinney led in scoring with 18 points, seven steals, 10 rebounds and five assists. “Eunique McKinney shone brightly,” McKinney said. Senior guard Shania Tuck also had 14 points, five steals and six rebounds while sophomore center ShaeLenzia Suttles had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Tuesday’s win brings the Lady Cougars’ season record to 8-4 overall and 4-1 in the region. Central Coosa next hosts Dadeville Friday. Varsity girls tip off at 6 p.m. while varsity girls begin at 7:30 p.m. The Cougars then host LaFayette Saturday, with varsity girls starting at 4 p.m., followed by varsity boys at 5:30 p.m.
Lady Generals fall to LaFayette
The Horseshoe Bend varsity girls basketball team had a disappointing night Tuesday as the Lady Generals lost to LaFayette at home by a score of 65-30. Horseshoe Bend varsity girls basketball head coach Erica Meigs found inconsistencies in her team’s first performance of
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Above, Central Coosa sophomore guard Omar Gaddis goes for a layup at Benjamin Russell earlier in the season. Central Coosa varsity boys and girls defeated Randolph County Tuesday. Below, Horseshoe Bend senior center Kearra Birmingham tries to make a shot while evading the defense of Reeltown junior guard Ashlynn Thomas earlier in the season. Both Horseshoe Bend and Reeltown lost their first games of 2017 Tuesday.
the new year. “We played great in the first quarter and just fell apart in the second quarter,” she said. “We had too many turnovers. “It was the first game back after Christmas break and it’s like starting all over,” Meigs added. “You just have to get back into the swing of things.” Tuesday’s loss drops the Lady Generals’s season record to 7-4 overall and 1-3 in the region. Horseshoe Bend next heads to Ranburne today. Varsity girls tip off at 5:30 p.m. while the varsity boys start at 7:30 p.m. The Generals’ next home game is set for Friday as Horseshoe Bend hosts Holtville. Varsity girls play at 5 p.m. while varsity boys tip off at 7 p.m.
Tigers sweep Holtville on the home hardwood
The Dadeville varsity boys basketball team started the new year successfully this week as the Tigers defeated region foe Holtville at home Tuesday by a score of 60-51. Despite the triumph, Dadeville varsity boys basketball head coach Rodney Taylor saw some inconsistency in his team’s performance Tuesday. “We played up and down throughout the game,” he said. “But we made enough plays to win.” Leading Dadeville in the win was freshman guard Jamarion Wilkerson with 12 points. He had help from junior small forward Qua Tucker and junior forward Luke Walker, who had 11 points each. Senior center Devin Johnson-Moss also had eight points. Tuesday’s win brings Dadeville’s season record to 5-6 overall and 4-2 in the region. The Dadeville varsity girls basketball team also started 2017 on a high note as the Lady Tigers defeated Holtville 69-23 Tuesday.
Dadeville varsity girls basketball head coach Pam Holloway was pleased with how her team performed in the Lady Tigers’ second win of the season. “We showed a lot of improvement as a team,” she said. Leading in the Lady Tigers’ region win was Dadeville junior guard Quanesha Presley with 37 points, 17 rebounds and eight steals. “She was focused and ready to lead and contribute to help her team’s effort,” Holloway said. Also helping Dadeville in the win was sophomore guard Nena Pearson with 10 points and four steals, and sophomore center Jasmine Hill, who had eight points. Junior center Ranika Cox also added 10 rebounds while sophomore guard Jamela Moss had nine rebounds, five steals and three assists. Tuesday’s win brings the Lady Tigers’ season record to 2-6 overall and 2-4 in the region. Dadeville next heads to Central Coosa’s Joe N. Belyeu Gymnasium on Friday to take on the Cougars. Varsity girls tip off at 6 p.m. while varsity boys start at 7:30 p.m.
Reeltown gets swept at Lanett
The Lady Rebels suffered disappointment Tuesday as the varsity girls remain winless after losing a region road game at Lanett by a score of 51-17. Despite the region loss, Reeltown sophomore Mikaya Jones led the Lady Rebels in scoring with seven points. She had help from junior Ashlynn Thomas, who had four points and two assists. Tuesday’s loss drops the Lady Rebels’ season record to 0-6 overall and 0-3 in the region. The Reeltown varsity boys basketball team also started 2017 on a disappointing note Tuesday with a staggering region loss to the Panthers by a score of 105-38. The loss drops the Rebels’ season record to 1-6 overall and 0-2 in the region. Reeltown next hosts LaFayette for a region game Friday. Varsity girls tip off at 5:15 p.m. while varsity boys begin at 7:45 p.m. On Saturday the Rebels host Beulah. Varsity girls play at 3:15 p.m. while the varsity boys tip off at 5:45 p.m.
UPCOMING SPORTS EVENTS Today
Saturday, Jan. 14
• Horseshoe Bend varsity basketball at • Central Coosa basketball at Ranburne, girls 5:30 p.m., boys’ 7:30 p.m. LaFayette, JV boys 3 p.m., varsity girls • BRHS JV boys, varsity girls/boys bas- 4 p.m., varsity boys 5:30 p.m. ketball at Wetumpka, 4:30 p.m. • Reeltown basketball home game against Beulah, varsity girls 3:15 p.m., varsity boys 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 • BRHS basketball at Wetumpka, varsity girls 6 p.m. varsity boys 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16 • Dadeville varsity basketball at Central • BRHS wrestling at Bulldog Brawl at Coosa, girls 6 p.m., boys 7:30 p.m. Opelika, time TBA. • Reeltown basketball home game • Dadeville High Varsity Wrestling against LaFayette, JV boys 4:30 p.m., var- at AHSAA 1A-5A Regional 2 Duals, sity girls 5:15 p.m., varsity boys 7:45 p.m. Prattville Christian Academy gymna• Horseshoe Bend varsity home game sium, 9 a.m. against Holtville, girls 5 p.m., boys 7 p.m. • Reeltown varsity basketball at
LaFayette, girls 5:30 p.m., boys 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 17 • BRHS wrestling home match against Wetumpka, 5 p.m. • Central Coosa home basketball game against Clay Central, varsity boys 4:30 p.m., varsity girls 5:30 p.m. • Dadeville High varsity wrestling tri-match at Beulah in Russell County, 5 p.m. • Horseshoe bend varsity basketball home game against Lanett, boys 4 p.m., girls 5 p.m. • Reeltown home basketball against Loachapoka, 4:30 p.m. JV boys, varsity girls/boys.