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Former finance director files precursor to lawsuit seeking damages associated with work environment

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Former Alexander City Finance Director Sandra Machen has delivered a “notice of claim” to city officials seeking “lost wages, and other damages” stemming from her tumultuous tenure as the head of the city’s finances. While the notice is not an actual lawsuit, City Attorney Larkin Radney said such notice is an Alabama legal require-

ment prior to a claimant filing suit. The newly elected Alexander City City Council did not reappoint Machen to the post when they took office on Nov. 7, ending a roller-coaster ride that she had been strapped into during her time in the administration of former Mayor Charles Shaw. Shaw made three attempts to remove her from the position in little more than two years. Machen was previously dismissed on Sept. 18, 2015 and See MACHEN • Page 5

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Lake Martin area residents and visitors alike can take the Polar Plunge this Saturday at the Kowaliga Restaurant followed by a lunch, with proceeds set to go to the Lake Martin Area Resource Association. Alexander City Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Business Development Jacob Meacham said he took the plunge at the first event on the coldest day of 2016. He said it was 35-degrees and windy that day. “It was so cold outside I think the hardest part was standing around waiting,” said Meacham. “The before and after was worse than being in the water. It was shocking for sure.” Meacham said this year the temperature would be in the 70s with sunshine throughout the day, which he said might not add to the “polarness” of it, but it would be good for the outdoor setting of the event. “This year’s going to be a little different,” Meacham said. “We’re excited. I think we’ve got a good timeline of fun things going on.” He said there would be open food stations, a bar and a winter scene set up for pictures. See PLUNGE • Page 5

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DEAR ABBY: I need your help in dealing with an old “frenemy.” “Jenny” and I were friends in high school, but she constantly berated me and accused me of taking advantage of her. She would make herself feel better by putting me down. After she went away to college, she got pregnant by a non-boyfriend. When she had an abortion, she swore me to secrecy because she didn’t tell the father. Shortly thereafter, he came to me and tricked me into telling him. To this day, Jenny still blames me and says I was out to get her and ruin her life. Jenny spread rumors about me around our group of friends, on the internet, and told my mom horrible lies about me. She even threatened a lawsuit. Ten years later, she still pops up out of the blue to attack me. A year ago, she sent me a message saying she wished I had died in a tornado that struck my area. She sends taunts about an old boyfriend of mine who got married and had a kid. I never respond because

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

that’s what she wants. She pops up at the worst times and makes me feel worse. How should I deal with her? -- AT A BOILING POINT IN TENNESSEE DEAR BOILING: Continue to ignore this troubled woman. Block her anywhere you can, and delete any messages that leak through so you won’t have to see them. If you have mutual friends who don’t know the whole story, you should have enlightened them years ago -- and the same goes for your mother. Jenny appears to have serious issues. She isn’t a “frenemy.” She is strictly bad news, so recognize it and move on.

it was going to be mailed to a married lesbian couple. Typically, the correct way to address an envelope to a woman would be to Ms., Miss or Mrs. and to a male it’s either Mr. or Master, depending upon his age. What’s the proper way to address a gay couple? Is M/M still used in place of Mr. and Mr. and Mrs. and Mrs.? -- PROPER IN ILLINOIS DEAR PROPER: According to Steven Petrow’s “Complete Gay and Lesbian Manners,” the correct way to address the envelopes of married gay and lesbian couples should be (in alphabetical order): Mr. Bradley Burch and Mr. Mark Foster Ms. Cecelia Carter and Ms. Diane Grant Or, if the couple shares the same last name: Mr. Bradley and Mr. Mark Burch Ms. Cecelia and Ms. Diane Carter

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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 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.

Johnnie Jean Burton Rahm July 30, 1931 - January 8, 2017

ews. Graveside services will be held on January 14th 2017, 2:00 p.m. at Roselawn Cemetery in Decatur, Alabama. Johnnie was a graduate of the University of Alabama. She worked for Brungart Equipment in Decatur for over 24 years. She was a member of Central United Methodist Church from 1964 to 2013, where she was a member of Builders S.S. Class, United Methodist Women’s Society, Hugs Ministry, volunteer secretary, and served on the board. She was a member of the Women’s Chamber of Commerce where she also served as a board member. She also volunteered for Meals on Wheels. Johnnie enjoyed playing bridge and was an avid Alabama football and Atlanta Braves baseball fan. She was a gifted cook who had an endearing laugh and sweet, loving disposition. Johnnie adored her family and cherished her friends. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her name to The Exceptional Foundation of the Gulf Coast P.O. Box 1267 Fairhope, AL 36533 or Central United Methodist Church 616 Jackson St SE Decatur, AL 35601

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( Jamie ) Freeman; one great - grandson Christopher Caleb Freeman ( U.S.M.C.); three granddaughters: Kristin Cobb, Heather Blackburn, and Ireland Mathis; four sisters: Willie Ophelia “Tommi” Patton, Virginia Jo Chastain, Vivian Elizabeth Echols, Frances Geraldine “ Jerri” Durham; and one brother Joseph Voy ( Charlotte ) Baty; and an abundance of nieces, nephews and loved ones. The Freeman Family would like to express their thanks to Gentiva Hospice, especially Julie, Mary, Maurice, and Chaplin Newton. Our love and warm thanks to a special niece Bobbi Parrot, who took care of Tootsie with great love and kindness. Alabama Funeral Homes of Dadeville are handling the arrangements. alabamafuneralhomes@gmail.com

Johnnie Jean Burton Rahm (formerly Commander) passed away January 8, 2017 in Alexander City, Alabama. She was born in Electric Mills, Mississippi, the daughter of Davis Shelton Burton and Amelia Boyd Burton. Johnnie grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, but spent most of her life in Decatur, Alabama. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Rahm and granddaughter, Bethany Commander Berry. Survivors include two sons and a daughter, David Miller Commander (Lynn) of Alexander City, Alabama, Steve Randolph Commander (Lee) of Fairhope, Alabama, Amelia Jean Commander Foley (Bill) of Coppell, Texas, five grandchildren, Lisa Peffer, Daniel Commander, Stephen Commander, Brendan Foley, and Liam Foley, four great grandchildren, Brooklynn Berry, Riley Peffer, Dalton Peffer, and Chase Commander. A cherished brother, Davis S. Burton, Jr (Frankie), of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, as well as nieces and neph-

Funeral Service for Mrs. Delories B. “ Tootsie” Freeman, age 88, of Eagle Creek Community Dadeville, Al. will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday January 13, 2017 at Eagle Creek Baptist Church with Rev. David Johnson officiating. Family will greet friends from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service at the church on Friday. Mrs. Delories “Tootsie” Baty Freeman was born, one of thirteen children, to Ella Elizabeth and Joseph Horace Baty on November 1, 1928. Mrs. Freeman passed away at her residence in Eagle Creek on Wednesday January 11, 2017. She is survived by her husband Floyce D. Freeman; one son Tim ( Melodie ) Freeman; one daughter Dondra Freeman Hendrix; one grandson Christopher Shane

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 pm at the Radney Funeral Home. Randy Anderson will officiate. Burial will follow in the Hillview Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Friday, January 13, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Radney Funeral Home. Mr. Smith passed away on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at East Alabama Medical Center. He was born on April 24, 1938 in Clanton, Alabama to

Hobson Smith and Sallie Dutton. Mr. Smith had 21 years of honorable service with the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a Master Sergeant, followed by 20 years with the City of Alexander City as a Personnel Director and Superintendant of Public Works. 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

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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 Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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remember all the names and amounts of my prescriptions when I visit my various doctors. To help myself, I now carry in my wallet a small copy of a spreadsheet listing all my medication information. That way, I can give accurate details to the physician. I’d like to pass my solution on to other readers who may have the same need to be precise and up-to-date when visiting the doctor. -- IN GOOD HEALTH IN AUSTIN DEAR IN GOOD HEALTH: That’s a suggestion worth sharing. And while you are at it, you should also list for your doctor any vitamins, supplements and over-the-counter meds you take on a regular basis. This information can also be stored in your smartphone, if you have one. 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.

Mrs. Louise Elliott Hodges 1931 - 2017 Funeral Service for Mrs. Louise Elliott Hodges, 86, of Camp Hill, Alabama, will be Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Langley Funeral Home. Rev. Jeff Hardin will officiate. Burial will follow in the Tallapoosa County Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Langley Funeral Home. Mrs. Hodges passed away on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at Chapman Healthcare. She was born on January 2, 1931 in Langdale, Alabama to Joe Elliott and Mary Sanders Elliott. She enjoyed reading the tabloid magazines and ice cream. Mrs. Hodges was a fun lady, always looking for a deal, and had a nickname for everyone. She is survived by her daughters, Tula Webster and Kathy Langley both of Camp Hill, and Lesa Allred of Waverly Hall, GA; son, Scott Hodges of Camp Hill; grandchildren, Myka Hammock, Danielle Parris, Steven Webster, and Heather Allred; sisters, Helen Farr of Opelika, Margie Thompson of Lanett, AL, and Myrtle Statum of FL. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ben Hodges; parents; brothers, James Elliott, William Elliott, and Edward “Red” Elliott. The family will accept flowers or contributions may be made to the ALFA Farmers Foundation. Memorial messages may be sent to the family at www.langleyfuneralhome. com. Langley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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 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 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 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.


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Ballard on Samford’s Dean’s list

Zeigler asks Bentley not to set special U.S. Senate election

Ruth A. Ballard of Alexander City was named to the fall 2016 Dean’s List at Samford University. Samford releases dean’s lists after the close of the fall and spring semesters each academic year. To qualify for the dean’s list, a student must have earned a minimum 3.5 grade point average out of a possible 4.0 while attempting at least 12 credit hours of coursework. Dean’s List is the highest academic recognition given by the school at the end of each semester. Samford University is Alabama’s top-ranked private university and one of the nation’s top Christian universities. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford fourth among regional universities in the South, and the university is widely acknowledged as a leader in liberal arts and professional school education.

Smith, Staples honored at Berry College

Matt Smith of Goodwater and Franklin Staples of Dadeville have been named to the Berry College Fall 2016 Dean’s List The Dean’s List honors students who posted an academic average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale while carrying a class load of at least 12 hours during the semester. Berry College, located in Rome, Georgia, is an independent, coeducational college recognized nationally for the quality and value of its educational experience. College leaders from across the country chose Berry College as the nation’s number one “Up-And-Coming” liberal arts college, according to the 2014 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings.

Local students receive academic honors at Troy

Troy University is pleased to announce students who have been named to the Chancellor’s List for the Fall Semester and Term 2 of the 2016/2017 academic year. Local residents who made the list include: Cody Johnson of Camp Hill, Jeffrey Ransom of Tallassee, Matthew Anderson of Alexander City, Ryan Fuller of Kellyton, Kathryn Gray of Kellyton, Shelley Macon of Alexander City, Forrest Solomon of Tallassee and Brittany Taylor of Wadley. Full-time undergraduate students who are registered for at least 12 semester hours and who earn a grade point average of 4.0 qualify for the Chancellor’s List. The Fall Semester includes students at the Troy campus. Troy University is a public, historic, international university with more than 145,000 alumni. Students choose TROY for its quality academic programs, reasonable costs and availability of financial aid, outstanding faculty, and flexible in-class and online class offerings. +

Gov. Robert Bentley’s plan to set a special election to fill a U.S. Senate seat in the 2018 election cycle would be a “double violation” of state law, according to State Auditor Jim Zeigler. On Wednesday, Zeigler asked Bentley to set the special election “forthwith,” complying with the Alabama Code. A vacancy in the U.S. Senate representing Alabama will occur if Sen. Jeff Sessions is confirmed by the U.S. Senate as U.S. Attorney General. An interim Senator will be appointed by Bentley. He then must call a special election to fill the remainder of Sessions’ term, which ends in January 2021. Bentley said last week he will set the special election the same date as the 2018 election. Zeigler says that violates Section 36-9-8 of the Code of Alabama in two ways.

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Outlook honored for coverage Horseshoe Bend teacher Felicia Williams presents Outlook Editor Mitch Sneed with the Citation Award from the Association of Career and Technical Education, Family and Consumer Science Division Thursday for the paper’s coverage of activities and initiatives in consumer science education.

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his space has previously addressed the fascinating – and to some folks, lamentable – evolution of Destin, Florida, and other areas of the Gulf Coast as viewed by those of us who recall childhood vacations to those then-sparsely populated locales in the ‘50s and ‘60s. And a recent business trip to conduct several interviews in what is now known as the Emerald Coast area validated the stupendous growth along Highway 98 and elsewhere. This time, I went on a straight shot down Highway 331, since two of the interviews were in Santa Rosa Beach, located at the Highway 98/331 intersection. I hadn’t traveled that route in at least 14 years. And a harbinger of what was to come was an erstwhile spot in the road known as Freeport. Located just north of Choctawhatchee Bay, Freeport used to be a community where a vehicle southbound on 331 would turn left at State Highway 20 and go east for less than a mile before turning right to head across the bay. And that was about it. Now, Freeport has modern shopping centers located on both highways. The anchor unit on one is a huge Publix grocery. Several other shopping strips have all sorts of stereotypical retail tenants – a small Chinese restaurant, cell phone/electronic gizmo stores, a vape shop, etc. Heading west into Destin was also, er, impressive. Starting in Miramar Beach, gigantic buildings are encountered pretty much all the way to the bridge that separates Destin and Okaloosa Island. As is the case in other locales such as Gulf Shores, cynics would opine that they look like concrete beehives. There’s a new facet of the

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Sandestin resort called Grand Boulevard that appears to be a city unto itself. The factory outlet shopping center in the same area as Sandestin now appears to be about three times larger than it was about a decade and a half ago. It was the off-season, of course, but traffic was still somewhat sluggish at times. All of the interviewees I had to see are permanent residents of the area. One of them has had a unique life that included a unique career shift. He’s now retired. Originally from Topeka, Kansas, Dave Hope was the original bass player in the legendary rock band that was named after his home state. He was heard on the band’s biggest-selling albums in the ‘70s, including the quintupleplatinum “Leftoverture” (which included the mega-hit “Carry On Wayward Son”) and the quadruple-platinum “Point Of Know Return” (which included hits like “Dust In The Wind” and the title track). Archival photos show the bassist onstage or in a group photo sporting a handlebar mustache and a cigarette dangling from his lips (“I was a chain smoker back then”). But for all of the adulation and success, Hope tired of the temptations and tribulations of being in a rock band, as did Kerry Livgren, one of the guitarists. They formed what most observers would call a “Christian rock” band called AD, but Hope clarified, “We just wanted to be in a band with Christians.”

While that musical initiative didn’t last long, Hope’s quest regarding his faith was ongoing, and he eventually moved from Atlanta to Destin. “My daughter was a couple of years old, and I realized I didn’t want to raise her in a major city,” he said. “We happened to vacation here and found it was a small community and a good place to raise a kid.” Hope found a job with a local church and his involvement in positions such as youth pastor increased to the point that the parishioners encouraged him to pursue a higher position in ministry. He only had a high school diploma, but pursued the appropriate studies and passed the appropriate tests, and was ordained as an Anglican priest. He also still occasionally sat in with Kansas (usually on encores of “Carry On Wayward Son”) and played on two songs on the band’s 2000 album, ‘Somewhere to Elsewhere”. Hope remained at the same church until he retired. Obviously, he’s more astute about the growth of Destin and surrounding area, having been active in that community for many years. And Dave Hope has maintained his personal integrity about his musical career and his spiritual career, and he still participates in local combos as well as continuing to serve at his church. It seems rare and gratifying to encounter someone who’s maintained his values and succeeded in two very different lines of work. Willie Moseley is a former editor and a regular columnist for Tallapoosa Publishers Inc.

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Former Mosses mayor pleads guilty to felony ethics charges

Attorney General Luther Strange announced the filing of an Information and subsequent plea of guilty entered by Walter S. Hill, former mayor of the Town of Mosses in Lowndes County, on a felony ethics violation for using his office for personal gain in the total amount of $25,370. on Jan. 6. Hill resigned the day before he pled guilty to the felony ethics violation in Montgomery County Circuit Court. Hill was previously convicted of misdemeanor ethics charges in 2014, and remained in office. Due to these felony charges he resigned last week rather than being removed automatically from office. “Mr. Hill has committed flagrant abuses of the public trust and taxpayers’ money for too long,” said Attorney General Strange. “It is extremely important that this case has resulted in him no longer being in office.” The Information filed by the Strange’s Special Prosecutions Division charged Hill with unlawfully directing money, in the form of checks drawn on the town’s bank accounts, to himself. Specifically: Hill used Town of Mosses funds to make his child support payments that were processed by the Department of Human Resources in Montgomery County. He then created fraudulent records in an attempt to conceal his theft, issued unauthorized paychecks, reimbursed himself for property lost in a fire. Hill faces a potential penalty of two to 20 years’ imprisonment for his ethics violation, which is a Class B felony. Hill’s sentencing has been set for Feb. 15.

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mementos are all the latest grandchildren’s pictures and colorings. It has gotten so bad that I can hardly find the door! To complete this eclectic décor there are cut out recipes, discount coupons and various newspaper clippings randomly interspersed among this hodgepodge. I think there is an unwritten rule that once an item is attached to the refrigerator door it can never be removed. Some of the newspaper clippings are about the new, durable shag carpet for your home or van. One of the discount coupons is for the latest release of a 78-rpm long play album by Doris Day and the recipes tell you how to use the exciting, new drink sensation Tang. Ugh! These things have added so much weight to the door that I have to put my foot against the wall just to open it. When it closes it has momentum of its own and just pulls you along until it seals itself. It reminds me of a large bank vault door opening and closing. I’m thinking of incorporating a vault’s hydraulic system on

my refrigerator just to open the thing! Pictures, memos and mementos are all apart of our lives. They are the little, tangible scraps of memories that remind us of love, good times and precious people. We locate them on a refrigerator door where they will be in the center of our daily activities and we can relive them at our leisure. These things trigger our minds as reminders that we are not alone. Christian homes reflect this security with the outward displays of this inward commitment. Whether it is a picture on a refrigerator door, or an open Bible on the coffee table, it is a reminder and testimony that love lives in that home. All who enter that committed home immediately feel His presence with His people. I may have overstated that nothing ever comes off the door once it gets put up. Last year I put up some colored pictures of me field dressing a deer. When my wife saw them she said something about it being gross and took them down. I think it may have been picture number four that got to her. So much for my security! Dr. Hallmark is a retired minister and a regular columnist for The Outlook. His column appears in this space every Friday.

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Dear Editor, We hear a cacophony of blaring outcry from the media and the Hillary crowd that she won the popular vote and therefore she should be president: 65,844,610 to 62,979,636. (48.2% to 46.1%) with the remaining going to the other candidates. But here are the facts: Trump won the popular vote in 30 states to her 20 and DC. Hillary won California 7,362,440 to Trump’s 3,916,209, 61.1% to 28.8% exclusive of the other candidates. Thus, California gave Hillary the popular vote for national totals as claimed by the Democrats and much of the media. But deduct her California vote from her national vote leaving her with 58,482,120 and deduct

Trump’s California vote from his national total, leaving him with 59,063,427. He wins in the other 49 states, 51.3% to her 48.7%. (*) So, in effect, Hillary was elected president of California and Trump was elected president of the rest of the country! This exemplifies the wisdom of the Electoral College, to prevent the vote of any one populace state from overriding the vote of the others. Trump’s campaign manager, Kelly Anne Conway, whose expertise is polling saw this early on, devised her strategy of “6 pathways to the White House”. This meant shifting focus away from California with its huge Democrat majority and going after the states that would give him the necessary electoral votes to win, FL, NC, MI, PA,

OH, and WI. At its lowest point since the civil war, could this mean the end of the Democrat Party? On the afternoon of Jan. 20, the Republican Party will dominate The White House, both houses of Congress, own 2/3 of the governorships and state legislatures with an opportunity to control the Supreme Court. Never before in American history! Think about that and let it sink in for a moment. With the demand that we do away with the Electoral College and take the popular vote being pushed by the media, etc, all Americans need to know that the Electoral College is working exactly as our Founding Fathers intended. God Bless them all James W. Anderson Talladega, Al

Monday holiday celebrates ‘America’s greatest general’ Dear Editor, Monday is a State Holiday in honor of Robert E. Lee, America’s greatest general. By April 1863, General Lee had brilliantly defeated four of Lincoln’s invading Generals. In Lincoln’s obsession to collect his 40 percent Federal sales tax for his Wall Street owners, he next selected General Hooker, pitting 134,000 Federals against 57,000 Confederates. Lee sent General Jackson undetected around Hooker’s right flank, while Lee faced the center. Jackson’s surprise attack sent Lincoln’s tax collectors reeling, whereupon Lee charged Hooker’s center,

thereby trouncing Lincoln’s fifth General. Confederate Colonel Charles Marshall recalls: “On the morning of May 3, 1863 the final assault was made upon the Federal lines at Chancellorsville. General Lee accompanied the troops and as they emerged from the fierce combat waged in that tangled wilderness, driving the superior forces of the enemy before them, Lee rode to the front of his advancing battalions. “The white smoke of musketry fringed the front of the line of battle, while the artillery on the hills in the rear of the infantry shook the earth with its

thunder. “The soldiers with their faces blackened with the smoke of battle, the wounded crawling with feeble limbs from the fury of the devouring flames, all seemed possessed with a common impulse. “One long, unbroken cheer, in which the feeble cry of those who lay helpless on the earth blended with the strong voices of those who still fought, rose high above the roar of battle, and hailed the presence of their victorious chief.” Roger K. Broxton President Confederate Heritage Fund Andalusia, Alabama

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again on July 22, 2016, but on each occasion, she was reinstated when the city council was deadlocked at 3-3. When she returned to her position on Aug. 2, 2016, Machen reported to council that her computer access had been limited, that she didn’t have access to some aspects of the financial software used by the city, that she didn’t have keys to city hall and for a time had her phone calls forwarded elsewhere. Then Shaw again sent her home with pay on Aug. 16. But on Sept. 7, when a hearing was to be held, Shaw said that he had her on paid administrative leave. Shaw said in an open meeting that her inability to produce accurate numbers was the reason she was sent home and that he had not terminated her. She again returned to work the following day. Radney said that he has seen the notice of claim, but officials rarely comment on pending legal action. “I will not make any statement about this until it is resolved other than the city will aggressively defend any action filed in court,” Radney said. The four-page document recaps a pattern of activity that alleges was “intentional, calculated to cause severe emotional distress.” The document serves notice to a long list of par-

Plunge Last year Meacham said there were about 300 people who attended and he is expecting at least that this year. “It’s pretty fun to do in the winter when people typically don’t think of the lake to go and have fun,” Meacham said. He said they would “take the plunge” at 12 p.m. Saturday, and the event itself begins at 10 a.m., and runs through 4 p.m. The beach in front of

Dadeville everyone can just get those close to the street. From there our city crews will come by to pick those up.” According to Smith, the council held a brief executive session at the meeting. City offices will also be closed Monday, Jan. 16 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Dadeville City Council also: • learned that a county work crew will be working in the Dadeville are picking up litter on the roadways.

Superstition to say the word. There are numerous theories as to why many view this day and the number 13 as an unlucky number. The fear of the number 13 has an equally terrifying name – triskaidekaphobia. One theory is connected to the Last Supper, where Judas, the disciple who betrayed Jesus, was the said to be the 13th person to arrive. To take this connection one step further, Good Friday is the day that Christians observe as Christ’s crucifixion. A search of Biblical references shows no mention of the order of arrival for participants at the Last Supper. Another reason just comes from the fact that 13 follows 12, which is often considered a complete number. There are 12 months in a year, 12 signs of the zodiac, 12 gods of Olympus, 12 labors of Hercules, 12 tribes of Israel and 12 apostles of Jesus, 12 numbers on a clock. To have to follow all that good juju, has to make 13 unlucky, right? According to Wikipedia, Geoffrey Chaucer referenced in the 14th Century Friday being an unlucky day in his Canterbury Tales, “And on a Friday fell all this mischance.” Thomas W. Lawson’s popular 1907 novel “Friday, the 13th” may have reinforced the superstition. In the novel, an unscrupulous stockbroker takes advantage of the superstition to create a Wall Street panic on a Friday the 13th.

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Kowaliga Restaurant is set to be the location of the plunge. Last year he said they raised about $3,200 for LMRA. Meacham said the group was a natural fit to be the recipient given the work it does maintaining buoys and cleaning trash and debris from the lake and shore. Tickets are $20 and include a meal.

ties stating “I hereby make claims against the City of Alexander City for all costs, damages, losses, and expenses arising from the actions of the Mayor of Alexander City, Charles Shaw, the Mayor of Alexander City, James Nabors, employees of the City of Alexander City and the City Council of the City of Alexander City.” The four-page document lays out specific examples that allege mistreatment, a pattern of being denied the information, access and tools to do her job and several instances of false statements being made at public meetings and on social media by the previous administration. Also claimed in the document is that Machen’s access to financial software “were initially a result of my legally required report to the council of over $100,000 in unauthorized raises given by the Mayor.” When those pay increases were brought to light, the city council stripped the raises after legal opinion showed that council approval was required. The notice claims that Machen was defamed by Shaw. “The Mayor’s (Shaw) statements through the Facebook page, as well as statements to the media, were false, published to the public, made in the Mayor’s offi-

cial capacity, and resulted in harm to my reputation,” the document reads. “The Mayor’s defamatory statements were made with knowledge that the statements were false or with reckless disregard for the truth.” In closing the letter claims that the actions were intentional and seeks “maximum” damages. “I am claiming lost wages, and other damages relating to my employability due to the City’s failure to protect me as an employee from the intentional acts of the mayor and others employed by the City, and the City’s failure to take action to prevent defamation, and emotional distress caused by the City as a result of my employment,” the notice reads. “The City failed to take appropriate action to control and subdue actions of Mayor Shaw. The mayor purposely slandered and defamed me with the absolute indifference of the City, which took no action to control the mayor’s public and false statements about me, despite my repeated notices to the City Council. “The expenses of and arising from the actions of the Mayor and Council are ongoing and the final costs will be calculated, as they are known. I intend to seek the maximum amount of recovery permitted by law.”

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• learned still waiting on letters to go out on the demolition grant and that waiting for good weather for the Lafayette Street paving project. • approved minutes from the last meeting. • approved recreation center rentals. • approved payment of bills. The next meeting of the Dadeville City Council is Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. with a pre-meeting at 5:30 p.m.

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And most importantly, do we need to start taking about Jason Voorhees from the 1980s horror movie series “Friday the 13th?” Let’s not go there. Is it really taking this date so seriously? In many Western countries tall buildings are missing the 13th floor and hotels rarely have a floor assigned that number. In cities all across the country, the street address 13 is not assigned. Thursday afternoon The Outlook took an informal survey of shoppers at the Marketplace Shopping Center. Of the 13 people the staff talked to, only three realized that it was coming up, four admitted that they did anything differently on that day. “My dad used to tell me never buy a car, go to the doctor or sign any legal papers on that day,” said Mike Bridges. “So I don’t do that stuff on Friday the 13th to this day.” One other shopper put it in perspective. “Lucky or not, I still have to get up and go to work,” Jane Waters said. “I’ve had bad things happen at times on dates that were no where close to Friday the 13th. I’m pretty sure the day had nothing to do with it. So put on your big girl panties and deal with it is what I say.” Waters is right. We here at the Outlook are striving to make it a lucky day for our readers. We have this swell story for you to read and if you call our office today, we will give you a year’s subscription for just $100.

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Allegiance Staffing in Alexander City was presented the Easter Seals Alabama Business Award in December. They were also the Large Business of the year award winner from the Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities in November. Over the past five years they have hired 14 consumers from the Achievement Center-Easter Seals. Allegiance Staffing has made numerous accommodations to help our consumers get hired and to retain employment. Allegiance Staffing has been a consistent force in hiring people with disabilities in Tallapoosa and surrounding counties. Allegiance Staffing was nominated by George Dunn, Employment Specialist with the Achievement Center – Easter Seals. Presenting the Easter Seals Alabama Business Award left to right is Leigha Cauthen, Board member, Easter Seals Alabama; Jennifer Gulledge of Allegiance Staffing Alexander City office and April Bagley of Allegiance Staffing – Wetumpka office.

January 14

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.

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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.

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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. MLK CELEBRATION: God’s House of Prayer Holiness Church in Camp Hill is hosting the 10th Annual Community Wide Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Monday, Jan. 16 from 10 a.m. to noon. The guest speaker will be Dr. Bertha H. Hodge. A fellowship lunch will follow at noon.

January 17

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 256234-4223 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.

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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.

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.

January 22

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.

January 23

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.

January 28

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.

January 30

HORIZONS UNLIMITED: 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.

February 5

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.

February 6

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.

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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 256-329-6799 for more information.

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 misswinterpageant@gmail.com. There will

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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.

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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

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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.

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.

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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.

April 22-30

COMMUNITY THEATRE: The Sylacauga Community Playhouse will present “The Miracle Worker” April 21 at 6:30 p.m., April 22 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., April 23 at 2 p.m., April 28 at 6:30 p.m. April 29 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and April 30 at 2. p.m. at the B.B. Comer High School Auditorium. Cost is $15 in advance and $18 at the door. For more information call 256-369-3003.

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LETâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PLAY BALL!

Above, Brett Pitts chases shadows in the foul pole to foul pole runs. Left, a personalized glove rests on the fence at the Sportplex as the BRHS Wildcats run foul poles. Below, Wilson Hays uses the bands before throwing Thursday afternoon. Bottom right, Sonny Wilson helps out with practice Thursday afternoon.

Wildcat baseball getting into the swing of things in pre-season workouts.

Photos by Cliff Williams

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SPORTS CALENDAR Today • BRHS basketball at Wetumpka, varsity girls 6 p.m. varsity boys 7 p.m. • Dadeville varsity basketball at Central Coosa, girls 6 p.m., boys 7:30 p.m. • Reeltown basketball home game against LaFayette, JV boys 4:30 p.m., varsity girls 5:15 p.m. • Horseshoe Bend varsity home game against Holtville, girls 5 p.m., boys 7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 14 • BRHS wrestling at Homewood High for Patriots Duals, time TBA. • Central Coosa basketball at LaFayette, varsity girls 4 p.m., varsity boys 5:30 p.m. • Reeltown basketball home game against Beulah, varsity girls 3:15 p.m., varsity boys 4 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 16 • BRHS wrestling at Bulldog Brawl at Opelika, time TBA. • Dadeville High Varsity Wrestling at AHSAA 1A-5A Regional 2 Duals, location TBA, 8 a.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 trimatch at Beulah in Russell County, 5 p.m. • Dadeville basketball home game against Tallassee, JV 4 p.m., varsity girls 5:30 p.m., varsity boys 7 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.

Wednesday, Jan. 18 • Dadeville High Varsity Wrestling trimatch at Beulah in Russell County, 5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 19 • BRHS basketball at Opelika, varsity girls 6 p.m. varsity boys 7 p.m. • Reeltown home basketball against Lantt, varsity boys 4 p.m., varsity girls 5:15 p.m. • Dadeville varsity basketball at Alabama Christian Academy, girls 5:30 p.m., boys 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 20 • Central Coosa varsity boys basketball at B.T. Washington, 4:45 p.m. • Reeltown basketball at Beulah, JV boys 4:30 p.m., varsity girls 5:15 p.m., varsity boys 7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 21 • Central Coosa varsity basketball at Dadeville, girls 5:30 p.m., boys 7 p.m. • Dadeville High Varsity Wrestling at State Dual Quarter Finals, location TBA, 7 a.m. • Horseshoe Bend junior high girls/boys basketball at Cleburne County for Junior High Tri-County, time TBA.

Monday, Jan. 23 • BRHS basketball at Jefferson Davis, JV boys 4 p.m., varsity girls 5:30 p.m., varsity boys 7 p.m. • Horseshoe Bend basketball JV boys, varsity girls/boys home game against B.B. Comer, 5 p.m.

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Benjamin Russell junior Isaiah Holloway works to pin Dadeville senior Austin Holley during the 170-class wrestling match at Dadeville earlier in the season. The Wildcats swept Wednesday’s tri-match at Opelika.

Benjamin Russell grapplers sweep tri-match Wildcats overtake Opelika, Russell County By CATHY HIGGINS Sports Editor

Benjamin Russell had a successful road trip Wednesday as the Wildcats swept a tri-match at Opelika. The Wildcats defeated Russell County 58-15. Three of those matches were won in the first period. In the 126-pound class, BRHS freshman Peyton Young defeated Wilson in 1 minute, 21 seconds with a pin. In the 182-pound division, BRHS senior Jamie Whitehead overtook Kiser in 1 minute, 19 seconds with a pin. In the 285-pound division, BRHS freshman Curtis Norris defeated Davis in 1 minute, 6 seconds with a pin. Three Wildcats won their matches against Russell County in the third period. In the 152-pound class, BRHS junior Jy Harvey won

over Owens in a technical win. In the 160-pound division, freshman Zay Hunter defeated Gray in 4 minutes, 39 seconds with a pin. In the 220-pound class, eighth grader Damien Lawry won over O’Connor with a pin. Five Wildcats won their matches with forfeits. They include BRHS freshman Kyle Maddox, 106; sophomore Ryan Spradley, 132; freshman Saxon Coker, 138; junior Brooks Parker, 145; and junior Connor Burk, 170. In the 113 division, BRHS freshman Bobby Charsha lost to Ogle in the second period with a pin after 3 minutes, 13 seconds. Benjamin Russell also won against Opelika 52-18 at the tri-match. Four Wildcats won their matches in the first period. In the 106-pound division, Maddox defeated A. Williams

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Coosa boys, girls fall at Talladega By CATHY HIGGINS Sports Editor

Wednesday, Jan. 25 • Horseshoe Bend varsity basketball game at Reeltown, girls 5 p.m., boys 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 26 • Dadeville High Varsity Wrestling home match against Beulah, 2 p.m. • Reeltown basketball at Beauregard, varsity boys 4:30 p.m., varsity girls 5 p.m. • Horseshoe Bend basketball home game against Ranburne, varsity boys 3:30 p.m., varsity girls 5 p.m. • Central Coosa basketball at Beulah, JV boys 4:30 p.m., varsity girls 6 p.m., varsity boys 7:30 p.m.

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defeated C. Williams in a technical win. In 152, Harvey overcame T. Tolbert in a technical win. In the 285-pound class, Norris got a technical win over Nixon. Only two Wildcats lost their matches to Opelika. In the 126-pound division, Young lost to Shannon in the first period in 32 seconds with a pin. In the 132pound class, Spradley lost to Birdsong in a technical loss in the third period. In 220, Lawry lost to Dawson in the third period with a pin. The Benjamin Russell wrestling team next heads to Homewood Saturday for Patriot Duals at a time to be announced. On Monday the Wildcats grapplers return to Opelika for Bulldog Brawl. Benjamin Russell’s next home match is Tuesday at 5 p.m. against Wetumpka.

Cougars get swept in road games

• BRHS basketball at Jeff Davis, varsity girls 5:30 p.m. varsity boys 7 p.m. • Dadeville High Varsity Wrestling State Dual at Semi Finals, location and time TBA. • Dadeville varsity basketball home game against Beauregard, girls 5:30 p.m., boys 7 p.m. • Central Coosa basketball home game against Randolph County, JV boys 4:30 p.m., varsity girls 6 p.m., varsity boys 7:30 p.m.

• BRHS basketball at Clay Central, JV boys 4:30 p.m., varsity girls 6 p.m., varsity boys 7:30 p.m.

in 1 minute, 53 seconds with a pin. In the 160-pound class, Hunter won over Willet in 1 minute, 26 seconds with a pin. In the 170-pound division, Burk overcame Vaughn in 1 minute, 46 seconds with a pin. In the 195-pound class, BRHS junior Kraige Abercrombie defeated R. Martinez in 1 minute, 25 seconds with a pin. Three Wildcats won their matches in the second period. In the 138-pound class, Coker won over K. Davis in 3 minutes, 18 seconds with a pin. In the 145-pound division, Parker defeated R. Smith in three minutes, 8 seconds with a pin. In 182, Whitehead beat B. Williams in 3 minutes, 33 seconds with a pin. Three Wildcats came out on top in their matches in the third period. In the 113pound division, Charsha

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Central Coosa sophomore guard Omar Gaddis fights for control of the ball at Benjamin Russell earlier in the season. The Cougars lost Wednesday’s road game at Talladega.

The Central Coosa varsity boys had a disappointing trip up the road Wednesday as the Cougars lost at 5A Talladega 80-69. According to Central Coosa varsity boys basketball head coach Shane Smith, the loss came down to lack of execution. “We did not come ready to play for some reason,” he said. “We got down 21 points before we decided to play some basketball.” While Central Coosa trailed in the first half, the Cougars narrowed the gap after halftime. But it still wasn’t enough to catch Talladega. “We cut their lead to six in the third quarter but could get no closer,” Smith said. “We were just a little off Wednesday.” Still, Smith believes such games are good for his 3A team to play. “Playing only 5A to 7A schools is only making us better,” the coach said. “But it’s tough.”

The loss drops the Cougars’ season record to 8-6 overall and 3-0 in the region. The Lady Cougars had an equally unpleasant road trip Wednesday as the Central Coosa varsity girls lost to Talladega by a score of 74-59. Central Coosa trailed from the start as the Lady Cougars put 13 points in the first quarter while Talladega had 21. Although the Lady Cougars continued to trail, they added 18 more points in the second quarter. But the Lady Tigers added 22. After halftime both teams added 13 more points in the third quarter. But in the fourth Talladega added 18 final points while Central Coosa added 15. The loss drops the Lady Cougars’ season record to 8-5 overall and 4-1 in the region. Central Coosa next hosts Dadeville Friday. Varsity girls tip off at 6 p.m. while varsity boys 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.


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