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Anna Marie Patterson is in custody and law enforcement is looking for Marcus Derall Smith after a Friday incident in Goodwater. “Ms. Patterson had reported into our office,” State Parole Officer Ray Burnham said. “We asked her if she had been on drugs and she told us she had a pipe in the car.” Burnham explained they took Patterson to booking at the Coosa

County Jail for a drug test and went to search the car she traveled in. “Marcus Smith was in the car on phone,” Burnham said. “He got out and casually left in another car. He left before he was Patterson told he was being detained.” Burnham said they searched the car finding various things related to

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Could ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft be coming to Alexander City and Tallapoosa County in the near future? The possibility remains open after actions taken by the Alabama Legislature. During the spring 2018 session of the state legislature, a bill was passed allowing ridesharing companies to begin setting up shop across Alabama. In the past, companies like Uber and Lyft have mainly been restricted to major metropolitan areas in the state, but the legislation removed that barrier after being signed by Gov. Kay Ivey on March 1 and took effect July 1. “Alabamians in all areas of our state now have the option to enjoy the many benefits of ridesharing, including opportunities for those looking to make extra income; increased economic activity for local businesses, cities and towns; and the expansion of safe, affordable transportation options,” Ivey said in a prepared statement. See RIDESHARING • Page 3

County Sheriff Terry Wilson said. “It didn’t have anything to do with us initially.” Patterson, 31, of Goodwater is being held in the Coosa County Jail for possession of dangerous drugs, drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell/ distribute. Smith, 33, of Goodwater is wanted on the same charges. Patterson was out of prison on probation after being sentenced in See PROBATION • Page 3

drugs. “We found 13 grams of meth, four grams of marijuana, one gram of cocaine and a glass pipe,” Burnham said. “They left it next to his driver’s license.” Smith The Coosa County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the call Friday. “It is a case where a couple came to report into probation,” Coosa



lmost every weekend evening since Memorial Day Alabama Street has been closed at the intersection with Main Street as The Coffee Corner hosts events. The new events have drawn visitors to downtown Alexander City, something Tony Blanco of The Coffee Corner hopes to do more of. “We are just trying to create things that will draw people to downtown,” Blanco said. “We believe if you give people something to do, they will come.” Blanco and The Coffee Corner have been hosting events like music, games and movies on Friday and Saturday evenings, but it has not been without growing pains. The events are allowed as they are Main Street Alexander City events in the arts and entertainment district and as such, they can then ask the police chief to close the street. “The events have been approved by See EVENTS • Page 3 Submitted / The Outlook

Events held by The Coffee Corner on Alabama Street have drawn attention and a bit of controversy after city officials turned power off to their string lights last week. Main Street Alexander City has approved the business to have outdoor events there and the police chief has signed off on closing the streets for single events, but the city does not allow the business to use city power outlets for their lights.

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Fishing still good this summer, officials say It might be hot, but it’s not too hot to fish. According to local fishing guide David Hare of Alex City Guide Service, the bite has been on for most of the summer. “The fishing has been good all summer except for the last week,” Hare said. “Between the boat traffic and thunder and lighting from storms, the File / The Outlook stripers are spooked a little.” Heat and weather has slowed the bite but fishing still remains good on Lake Hare said he has been See FISHING • Page 3 Martin.

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Obituaries Mrs. Annie Sue McGill 1926 - 2018 Funeral Service for Mrs. Annie Sue McGill, 92, of Alexander City, will be Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Radney Funeral Home. Elder Jonathan Blakely will officiate. Burial will follow in the Ephesus Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Radney Funeral Home. Mrs. McGill passed away on Monday, July 9, 2018 at her residence. She was born on June 8, 1926 in Tallapoosa County to Thomas Jefferson Gamble and Claudie Bennett Gamble. She was a member

of Ephesus Primitive Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening, her flowers, quilting and reading. She also loved music and enjoyed singing and playing the piano, guitar and harmonica. She loved her family very much, especially her grandchildren and will be missed greatly. She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Lewis Harold McGill of Alexander City; daughter, Susan De’Layne McGill of New Site; sons, Donald H. McGill (Nancy) of New Site and David C. McGill (Rebecca) of Alexander City; grandchildren, Stephanie Gregg, Amanda Claybrook, Emily Stephens Duerr and Amy Gibson; great-grandchildren, Haleigh Gregg, Lauryn Gregg, Annie Cate Claybrook, Eli Claybrook, Marley

Woodruff, Stephen Duerr and Ransom Gibson; great great grandson, Hudson Claybrook; sister, Thelma Champion of Alexander City; and sister-in-law, Maxine Gamble of Alexander City. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Grace Harry; and brothers, Lavon Gamble, David Gamble, Hazel Gamble and Jeff Gamble. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be given to Ephesus Primitive Baptist Church, 152 Oliver Street, Daviston, AL 36256. Memorial messages may be sent to the family at Radney Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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• Theft was reported in Alexander City. • Theft was reported in Alexander City.

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• Jackari Taylor, 33, of Alexander City was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, carrying a pistol unlawfully, fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement and resisting arrest. • Nicholas Ontario Heard, 36, of Dadeville was arrested for reckless endangerment and fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement. • Johnny Monroe Fincher, 56, of Alexander City was arrested for fraudulent use of a credit or debit card. • Jameuon Earl Maxwell, 36, of Alexander City was arrested for domestic violence third and resisting arrest. • Assault was reported in Alexander City. • Possession of a controlled substance and carrying a pistol unlawfully was reported in Alexander City. • Burglary was reported in Alexander City. • Reckless endangerment was reported in Alexander City. • Theft was reported on Young Street.

July 8

• Sherrita Nicole Williams, 32, of Alexander City was arrested for theft of property. • Sykethrius Quentez Goggans, 28, of Alexander City was arrested for failure to appear. • Domestic violence and resisting arrest was reported on Carolyn Road. • Possession of a controlled substance was reported on Pearson Chapel Road. • Domestic violence was reported on Booker Street. • Theft was reported in Alexander City.

July 7

• Johnny Darryl Guy, 55, of Alexander City was arrested for domestic violence. • Billy James Lawson, 47, of Alexander City was arrested for harassment. • Domestic violence was reported on Young Street. • Burglary was reported on Springhill Road. • Domestic violence was reported on East Pine Street.

July 6

• Jamar Ramond Marbury, 28, of Alexander City was arrested for

domestic violence and attempting to elude a police officer. • Teresa Shurumeka David, 31, of Dadeville was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, open possession of alcohol in a vehicle and disorderly conduct. • Paul Leono Brooks, 51, of Alexander City was arrested for bail jumping. • Criminal mischief was reported on Lake Circle. • Theft by deception was reported on Clay Street. • Reckless endangerment was reported in Alexander City. • Assault was reported in Alexander City. • Domestic violence was reported on Pearson Chapel Road. • Domestic violence was reported on J Street. • Harassment was reported in Alexander City. • Domestic violence was reported on University Circle. • Theft was reported in Alexander City. • Domestic violence was reported on I Street.

July 5

• Simone Necole Hutchins, 22, of Alexander City was arrested for harassment. • Jesse James Brooks, 33, of Alexander City was arrested for public intoxication. • Carl Price, 51, of Dadeville was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. • Criminal littering was reported in Alexander City. • Criminal trespass was reported on I Street. • Public intoxication was reported in Alexander City. • Domestic violence was reported on Old Dark Road. • Criminal trespass was reported on Popular Road.

July 4

• Theft was reported on Moose Road. • Domestic violence was reported in Alexander City. • Theft was reported in Alexander City. • Driving under the influence and resisting arrest was reported in Alexander City. • Criminal trespass was reported in Alexander City. • Theft was reported in Alexander City. • Assault was reported in Alexander City. • Possession of marijuana was reported on Commerce Drive. • Domestic violence was reported on Young Street. • Criminal mischief was reported in Alexander City.

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July 3

• Domestic violence and violation of a protection order was reported on 13th Avenue. • Burglary and theft was reported in Alexander City. • Domestic violence was reported in Alexander City. • Harassment was reported in Alexander City. • Reckless endangerment was reported on Springhill Road. • Theft was reported in Alexander City.

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• A resident of Jackson Lane in Tallassee filed a report for burglary of a residence. • Tiffany Chamblee of Hills Drive in Opelika was arrested on an outstanding warrant for public intoxication. • Randall Williams of Williams Drive was arrested on an outstanding warrant for domestic violence third.

July 8

• A resident of Main Street in Jackson’s Gap filed a report for unauthorized use of a vehicle. • A business of Lovelady Road in Dadeville filed a report for theft of property. • Anthony Beatty of Martin Luther King Street in Camp Hill was arrested on two outstanding warrants for failure to appear possession of burglars tools and assault second. • Jeffery Ethridge of Scott Road in Alexander City was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear child support.

July 7

• Thomas Foster of Manoy Drive in Jacksons Gap was arrested on an failure to appear warrant for possession of marijuana second.

July 6

• A resident of Highway 50 in Dadeville filed a report for vandalism. • A resident of Friday Point in Alexander City filed a report for suspicious activity.

July 5

• A resident of Ridge Road in Dadeville filed a report for theft. • A resident of Camp Alamisco Road in Dadeville filed a report for theft. • A business on Churchill Road in Camp Hill filed a report for theft. • A resident of Winding Road in Dadeville filed a report for domestic violence.


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Ridesharing “I was pleased to have a part in bringing this much-needed service statewide and look forward to watching these platforms grow in the years to come.” “This is a great day for individuals around the state of Alabama — for drivers and passengers — as they can now experience the various benefits of ridesharing, including having access to responsible and reliable transportation statewide,” Lyft General Manager Jake Darby said in a prepared statement. “Gov. Ivey played an instrumental role in bringing this law to fruition, as did our regulator the Alabama Public Service Commission, and we are excited that a new chapter officially begins today.” Alabama is the 45th state in the country to introduce ridesharing on a wider basis. The bill was introduced to the state legislature with bipartisan support, passed the state Senate unanimously and the Alabama House of Representatives, 97-3, and was signed into law by Gov. Ivey in just under two weeks. While it was making its way through the state government, a number of groups and

organizations voiced their support for the bill, including the Ride for Alabama coalition, multiple Chambers of Commerce, the Alabama Hospitality and Restaurant Association, the Alabama Association for the Deaf and many more. While the Lake Martin area may not have the population numbers a city like Birmingham, Montgomery, Mobile or Huntsville has, there are those who still feel this change in state law will be a good thing for the community. “I think it would be a huge asset to our community,” Alexander City Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ed Collari said. “I am a big proponent of companies like Lyft or Uber. I have used them in other cities and found them to be a good thing.” Collari said it is hard to measure how much of an impact these services coming to town will have on the local economy, but he feels it will be a positive addition to the community. From making sure those who might have had a little too much to drink while out on the lake get home safely to giving people the

Games enjoying some social time and all the fun playing these games entails. “Anybody age 50 and up is welcome to attend,” New Site Senior Activity Center Director Jan Kennedy said. “Our seniors will be able to play any of the games we have here.” With a set of dominoes, a deck of Rook and Uno cards and many other options available to play, Friday’s game night will have a little something for everyone in attendance. Though there will not be any prizes awarded to the winners of any of the games, there will be light refreshments available for attendees. Kennedy said game nights like these will

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be held on a somewhat regular basis, taking place every now and then for any seniors interested in being a part. Kennedy said she will be placing information about this and future game nights at the senior center on the activity calendar and the sign outside the facility, encouraging the seniors to be watching out for these announcements. “I thought, for the seniors who work during the day, this would give them the chance to come out and have a little fun at the senior center,” Kennedy said. “I felt this would be a good outlet for our seniors during the evening. I want everyone to come out, have fun and enjoy themselves.”


continued from page 1 chance to earn a little money with a part-time job on their schedule, Collari felt this will be a good thing for everybody involved. “This gives people an affordable way to get around and an opportunity for everyone to have a part-time job and make some additional income,” he said. In a recent post on the Outlook Facebook page asking locals for their thoughts on companies like Lyft and Uber coming to Alexander City and Tallapoosa County, the handful of comments received were overwhelmingly positive, with many saying they would love to see it come to town and a few adding they would be interested in driving for one of these ride-sharing companies should one set up in the area. While there may be concerns that will have to be addressed before such companies set up shop in Alexander City, the future for Lyft and Uber in the area is looking brighter than ever before. “I do see it coming to town,” Collari said. “It’s just a matter of people signing up who want to be a driver.”

Main Street,” Alexander City Police Chief Jay Turner said. “They have been asking me for permission to close the street.” Turner said the city provides barricades and only once has there been a police car stationed there. “They did not have enough people to keep the car there,” Turner said. “We now have supervisors that provide extra patrols of the area.” The arts and entertainment district allows for patrons who purchase an alcoholic beverage to leave an establishment with their drink in an approved container to walk and take in events in the district. Turner said there had only been one issue in regards to the way the events have been held near The Coffee Corner. “They did not have the street clear after Jazz Fest,” Turner said. “On Monday morning, they still had chairs and tables out, but that was taken care of after one phone call.” While the events have mostly gone off without a hitch, trying to improve the atmosphere has created some controversy. Blanco and Tim Evans, who owns both buildings on either side of Alabama Street at The Coffee Corner, installed outdoor lighting to create a more welcoming atmosphere. “We were trying to make it more inviting,” Blanco said. “We did not realize they had to be at certain height.” The lights were first installed too low.



2011 to 10 years following pleading guilty to unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance. She also has numerous traffic violations, some of which occurred while out on probation. Smith was most recently out on bond from incidents earlier this year where he was charged with harassment, reckless driving and criminal trespass. Smith plead guilty to theft and was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2008. He also plead guilty to escape in 2005. Authorities ask if anyone spots Smith to call law enforcement.

catching stripers on live bait in 60 to 100 feet of water. “The best bite is at night,” he said. “If you go in daylight, you have to go early from day break to about 8:30 a.m. After that it is over.” Hare suspects water temperature has something to with the striper bite. “Right now water temperature is about 88 degrees at night,” Hare said. “It’s between 89 and 90 in the daylight at the surface.” Hare explained bass are being caught under pier lights at night with swim baits and top water. Crappie are being caught at night under the Elkhatchee Creek bridge, under the railroad trestle and at the River Bridge. Catfish are being caught on the bottom in the river with cut bait. Hare said the most fun fishing at the moment on Lake Martin is fishing for bream. “If you can stand the heat, it’s a fun trip,” Hare said. “We are catching them during the day. People are catching big, big

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continued from page 1 Blanco and Evans raised the lights when the issue was made known to them, but another issue arose. Some of the lights are installed on light poles belonging to the City of Alexander City and some of those same lights were plugged into the light poles using city power. City officials asked Blanco to unplug the lights from the city light pole and Blanco explained he didn’t have the tools at the moment to do it. That is when Blanco made a post on Instagram that he has since taken down. “I saw them bring the bucket truck,” Blanco said. “I thought they were about to cut down the lights. I made a post and went home. I came back the next day and saw they did not cut them down. I saw the reaction to the post and that is not what I wanted so I took it down.” Blanco explained he is trying to help bring downtown Alexander City alive. The issue of lights across the street or the idea of closing Alabama Street or Main Street have not been brought before the city council. “We have had a few conversations about it,” Alexander City Mayor Jim Nabors said. “But nothing has been brought to the city formally.” The Alexander City City Council voted against closing the other alley between 33 Main Street and 41 Main Street to pedestrians only in Dec. 2016. The Coffee Corner has scheduled several events in the alley for the rest of July.

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fish for bream. We are talking one pound bream.” And they are catching them in numbers. “We had one guide catch 22 in about 45 minutes,” Hare said. Hare said a bream trip is perfect for ultra light tackle and children. “It is a lot of fun with kids if they can take the heat,” Hare said. “It is just a real fun trip.”

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ast week, The Outlook published a story covering the finale events of the Tallapoosa County Schools summer arts enrichment camps. Open to any of the county school students in grades kindergarten through 6, the program gave these children the chance to explore their artistic and creative side, showcasing their talents in front of their parents and school officials following a month of studying art, drama and music. Over the course of the program, participants expressed their artistic talents in a multitude of styles. Whether it was playing the ukulele, learning about perspective drawings or making self-portraits, there was a little something there for everyone involved. It all culminated with performances at each of the three county schools, a big show that tied the month of work together. In some regard, the students themselves helped prepare the costumes they wore while on stage and worked to paint the background sets, making the stage come alive that much more with bright colors and well designed scenery. Dadeville put on a performance of “Annie,” Reeltown did “Grease” with a twist, and Horseshoe Bend performed a show created by the program staff, “Songs and Legends of the American Frontier.” No matter which camp the students were involved in, all performed admirably, showing they had a good staff engaging them in the arts, but also had an innate ability for being on stage and being a part of such an excellent program. Following the programs, Tallapoosa County Schools superintendent Joe Windle described the money spent on the camps as funding well spent. For anyone who saw the performances of “The ‘Reel’ Grease,” “Annie” or “Songs and Legends of the American Frontier,” it is hard to disagree with this sentiment. Whether participants in these programs grow up and obtain a career in the artistic world or follow a completely different course, these children had a valuable opportunity to gain a new love for art, music and drama that may not be obtainable elsewhere. We applaud the Tallapoosa County Board of Education for continuing to fund this program and allow these students to engage in such exploration. Having a love and appreciation for art, music and drama is something these students will be able to carry with them for the rest of their lives.

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aturday dawned a beautiful day. The sun was shining. The heat didn’t feel quite as oppressive as it did the few days before. But I knew it wouldn’t get better. I had photos to take in the morning, then a funeral to attend and, finally – I thought – a vigil to cover for a young man taken by the Coosa River in the prime of his life. I got my morning work done, then went home to change for the memorial. The memorial was for my editor, Mitch Sneed. Though the event, in a sense, made the loss of Mitch – a great editor and a better man – more real, it wasn’t a particularly sad event. Mitch was a funny, fun-loving guy and it shone through in his memorial service. There seemed far more laughter than tears, though there were tears aplenty, including those I shed. When I left the memorial, I had to hurry to make the vigil for Rantavious Love, the 16-year-old Wetumpka boy who drowned in the Coosa River just less than two weeks prior to this writing. It, too, was filled with a mixture of love, laughter and sadness. It, too, must have had the young man smiling from above, but failed to take away the pain and sorrow of those friends and family he left behind. So, at the end of a day when the tragedies that often befall us mortal humans were made so evident to me, I headed home. I was watching television with my wife, something senseless to

DAVID GRANGER Staff Writer get my mind off the day, when I heard about something going on in Redland. I immediately called Sheriff Bill Franklin, who said he had “a million things going on” and he would have to call me back. Franklin, a man of his word, called back sooner than I expected and gave me the details on the tragedy that took place in Redland’s Stonegate subdivision Saturday night – three dead, including a school teacher and her daughter, shot by the teacher’s husband, who, authorities believe, then turned the gun on himself. And in the midst of his rampage, Robert James “Bob” Orsi set a fire that destroyed his home. I was stunned. And in the time since then, I’ve discovered the city where I work has been shaken to its core. “This kind of thing doesn’t happen here,” I’ve heard so many say. But it does. It did. In fact, this is the second time in the short span of three weeks that Elmore County has been the site of a violent episode of domestic violence. Both incidents – the one in Tallassee and the one in Redland – resulted in three deaths. Both incidents resulted in

the perpetrator of the violence, in each case an emotionally unstable husband, taking his own life. Domestic violence is scary. If a perpetrator involved in a divorce or some other kind of unsettling situation wants to do harm to another person, it seems there is little anyone can do. That disturbed person can track someone down at a Walmart or take advantage of an estranged spouse’s visit to a home. What’s more, some of these individuals who do these types of things show little or no signs of being prone to such violence. With those people, it seems only to take the tiniest spark to ignite an explosion. We must do a better job of being honest with each other, communicating openly and frankly with one another, showing understanding to each other, particularly in our homes. That’s still not likely to stop the epidemic of domestic violence in our country, but it’s a start. And if the events of this week have shown us anything, it is that a start, a tiny first step toward ending the violence, is needed. We need it in our individual homes. We need it in our society. What we don’t need are more horrific episodes like Tallassee and Redland. David Granger is the managing editor of Tallapoosa Publishers’ Elmore County newspapers. He can be reached at david.granger@alexcityoutlook. com

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hat a great July 4. The skies over America the Beautiful were filled with fireworks, and the Twittersphere was filled with three Democratic senators blowing themselves up. My U.S. senator Kamal Harris, Massachusetts’ Elizabeth Warren and New York’s Kirsten Gillibrand spent their holiday week attacking President Trump in speeches and tweets. It was rough stuff from three lefties who think they’re going to be the next president and apparently think that tweeting like Trump is going to make their delusion come true. Sen. Harris of California warned her followers that Trump is planning to nominate someone who’ll over-turn Roe v. Wade because she’s certain he wants to punish women “for wanting to control their bodies, their lives, and their futures.” Sen. Warren tweeted to her followers and fellow Native Americans that Trump’s short list of Supreme Court nominees “was hand-picked by right-wing extremists who want to criminalize abortions.” And Sen. Gillibrand echoed socialist Bernie Sanders, hitting the president for strictly enforcing immigration laws that separated illegal immigrants from their children at the Mexican border. No word on what CNN punditin-training Stormy Daniels tweeted, probably because she’s still touring the senior strip-club circuit. The Democrats are in deep trouble and they know it. As Trump is only getting stronger, wilier and more popular, Democrats only get

MICHAEL REAGAN Columnist more desperate and stupid. When Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement last week, the thought of President Trump naming his successor sent Democrats into a complete meltdown. The mental state of the typical diehard Democrat or MSNBC host is now somewhere between terrified and my congresswoman Maxine Waters. Somehow the bosses of the desperate Democrat Party have concluded that the only way they’re going to capture the House this fall and take the White House away from President Trump in 2020 is to out-Bernie Bernie. Good luck with that plan in Texas, Florida and Pennsylvania, comrades. But I’m a kinder and gentler Republican. I like to help the less fortunate when if I can. I’d like to offer the Democratic leadership a free TV or radio spot to help them. It’s not perfect, and it hasn’t been cleared yet by the Russians. But maybe they can use it in their fall media campaign. Here goes: “IF YOU WANT TO SEE TRUMP IMPEACHED, VOTE FOR US ON NOVEMBER 6. “IF YOU WANT NANCY PELOSI IN CHARGE OF THE HOUSE AGAIN, VOTE FOR US. “IF YOU WANT SOCIALISM

FOR AMERICA LIKE THEY JUST VOTED FOR IN NEW YORK, VOTE FOR US. “IF YOU WANT TO ELIMINATE BORDER PROTECTION, VOTE FOR US. “IF YOU WANT A WEAK MILITARY, VOTE FOR US. “IF YOU DON’T LIKE YOUR FEDERAL INCOME TAX CUT, VOTE FOR US. “IF YOU WANT MORE ABORTIONS, VOTE FOR US. “IF YOU WANT TO TURN THE USA INTO CALIFORNIA, VOTE FOR US. “IF YOU DON’T LIKE AMERICA’S OIL AND GAS BOOM, VOTE FOR US.” I’ll leave a dozen other easy examples for desperate Democrats to think up. It’ll be easy for them, now that they’ve dropped their masks and are showing us their true socialist faces. Maybe they can get help from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the socialist from the Bronx who knocked off 10-term incumbent House member Joe Crowley in a Democrat primary last week. She’s only 28, but I hear some people think she’s the future of the Democratic Party. If that’s true, that’s good news for Republicans. The only thing we’ll have to worry about now is who we should pick to succeed President Trump in 2024. Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan, a political consultant, and the author of “Lessons My Father Taught Me: The Strength, Integrity, and Faith of Ronald Reagan.” Send comments to Follow @reaganworld on Twitter.

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AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM: Registration for Faith Christian Academy’s After School program 2018-2019 will be July 9-31 for schoolaged children K4 and up. The program provides snack and help with daily homework. Pick-up from schools is available. Faith Christian Academy is a ministry of Faith Temple Church and is located at the corner of Franklin and Gorgas Streets in Alexander City. For more information please contact Vickie Waters at 256-397-4130.

Life. MENS AND WOMENS DAY: New Elam #1 Missionary Baptist Church is hosting Men’s and Women’s Day Sunday, July 15 at 2 p.m. Guest speaker will be Rev. Michael McCain Sr. of Cornerstone House of Prayer. Rev. Michael McCain Sr. is pastor of New Elam #1 Missionary Baptist Church.

July 15-17

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Duncan United Methodist Church is hosting Vacation Bible School July 15-17 at 5 p.m. daily. The theme is “God First” and a closing ceremony will be Sunday, July 22 at 5 p.m. with a program presented by the children of activities, games and music they enjoyed. Rev. Wayne Hicks is pastor.

July 16-17

July 12-14

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Family Worship Center is hosting Game On, Vacation Bible School July 12-14 for ages 3 through teens. July 12 and 13 will be from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and July 14 will be from 9 a.m. to noon. Tony Harris is pastor of Family Worship Center.

Saturday, July 14

PANCAKE BREAKFAST: The Comer Methodist Men’s Club pancake breakfast is July 14 from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. It is $6 a plate, eat-in or carry out. MARKET ON THE HILL: Artisans will display and sell their handmade items at Market on the Hill next to the Good News Baptist Church on Highway 280 in Jacksons Gap. There will also be face painting, prizes and awards. All pre-registered vendors are eligible to receive a $100 Hobby Lobby gift card. For more information call 256-8279857 or email at MARRIAGE WORKSHOP: Calvary Heights Baptist Church in Ashland is hosting a marriage workshop on communication Saturday, July 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There will be a discussion and video on how to improve communication with your spouse. Childcare is provided.

Sunday, July 15

CHURCH HOMECOMING: Mt. Carmel Baptist Church is hosting homecoming services July 15 at 11 a.m. with a covered dish to follow. The church is located at 3610 Dudleyville Road in Dadeville. Rev. John Marks will deliver the message. CHURCH HOMECOMING: Haven Memorial United Methodist Church is hosting homecoming services July 15 at 2 p.m. Pastor John Leonard Sr. of St. James AME Church is the guest speaker. HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Joyce Cauthen, a member of the Alabama Humanities Foundation’s Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, will present “Way Down in Alabam: Finding Old-Time Fiddlers and their Tunes” on Sunday, July 15, 2 p.m. at Tallapoosee Historical Society Museum on the square at 214 N. Broadnax Street. The public is invited, and refreshments will be served. WOMEN’S DAY PROGRAM: Bread of Life Apostolic of Promise on Highway 280 West in Kellyton is hosting a Women’s Day Program Sunday, July 15 at 3 p.m. Guest Speaker will be Elder Brenda Mock, pastor of Sylacauga. Elder Netherland Tuck is pastor of Bread of

THROW AWAY DAYS: The Middle Tallapoosa Clean Water Partnership and the Tallapoosa County Commission are holding Throw Away Days July 16-17. Dumpsters will be located at the Alex City Annex at 395 Lee Street, Double Bridges on Highway 63, the Old Daviston School on Highway 22, Youngs Ferry Road at Mullican and Gibson roads and the Union Community Center at 4191 Highway 50. Dumpsters will be available at no charge to residents.

July 16-18

CHURCH REVIVAL: Haven Memorial United Methodist Church is hosting revival services July 16-18 at 6 p.m. Guest speakers are Pastor James Grasham of Haven Chapel, Pastor Lou Benson of GAP Fellowship and Associate Pastor Joann Finley of Haven Memorial United Methodist Church.

Tuesday, July 17

ELECTION: The primary election runoff will be held July 7 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. IF YOU VOTE AT THE NATIONAL GUARD ARMORY IN ALEXANDER CITY, THE POLLING PLACE HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE MILL 280 JUST UP THE STREET ON HIGHWAY 280 AT ELKAHATCHEE ROAD. BOARD OF EDUCATION: The July meeting of the Tallapoosa County Board of Education will be July 17. A work session will be held at 3 p.m. and the board meeting will be at 5 p.m.

Thursday, July 19

DEMOCRATIC PARTY MEETING: Jeremy Jeffcoat, candidate for Alabama House of Representatives District 81 will be the speaker at the monthly meeting of the Tallapoosa County Democratic Party. SENIORX: Deborah Jones, SeniorRx coordinator will be at the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce July 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to help seniors determine if they are eligible for assistance with diabetic supplies, liquid supplements and medications.

July 20-21

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Kellyton Chapel United Methodist Church is hosting vacation Bible school July 20 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and July 21 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. The church is located at 50 County Road 87, Kellyton. Rev. Michael Strong is pastor of Kellyton Chapel United Methodist

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VBS CLOSING CEREMONY: Duncan United Methodist Church is hosting a VBS closing ceremony at 5 p.m. with a program presented by the children of activities, games and music they enjoyed during the recent VBS program. Rev. Wayne Hicks is pastor.

July 23-26

ASTHMA CAMP: The Auburn University School of Nursing is holding the first Asthma Camp Eagle (ACE) in partnership with the Morris family and Children’s Harbor from July 23-26 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lake Martin. The camp is for children 7-12 years old. Most of the campers will be from Tallapoosa County. The camp is free and parents of possible campers are asked to contact Linda Gibson-Young at gibsolm@ or call at 334-844-5601.

Saturday, July 28

FAMILY REUNION: The MahanYates-Jarvis Family Reunion will be July 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rocky Creek Fellowship Hall. Bring covered dishes and enjoy the fellowship and food.

Sunday, July 29

OPEN HOUSE: Living Word Eclectic is hosting an open house July 29 at 3 p.m. Everyone is invited to come and learn about the church, facility and programs offered. The message will be delivered by Rev. Stan Davidson. The church is located at 1826 Kowaliga Road. Call 334-399-1486 for more information.

August 3-4

CONFERENCE: The Mt. Vernon Theatre in Tallassee is hosting the LIFT Ministries Women’s Conference “Restoration” August 3-4. Tajuan McCarty will be the special guest speaker and there will be worship, fellowship and communing together in the name of Jesus. Tickets are currently available at for $50 each and include seats for the two-day event, a T-shirt, notebook, movie, night of worship, light breakfast, refreshments and a catered lunch. Friday, doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the event beginning at 6 p.m. and movie following at 8 p.m. Saturday, doors open at 9 a.m. with coffee and donuts provided, the event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a worship rally to follow. Vendors may also purchase a ticket online for $70, which includes a general admission ticket as well as the vendor fee. Vendors may have tables set up for both days until the end of the night of worship. For more information, contact

Sunday, August 5

CHURCH SINGING: Old Providence Baptist Church in Hackneyville is hosting an all day singing starting at 10:30 a.m. with guest singers Kingsland Quartet from Arab.

Saturday, August 11

GOSPEL SINGING: The Mt. Vernon Theatre in Tallassee is hosting a Gospel Homecoming at 7 p.m.

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ell folks, if you voted in the Republican primary, you may want to go back to the polls next week and finish selecting the GOP nominees for several important state offices. If you are a Democrat the only reason you will need to vote on Tuesday is if you have a runoff in a local race and there are very few of those around. We are still a very red Republican state. There are 29 elected statewide officials in Alabama. All 29 are held by Republicans. When all the votes are counted in November, that 29 out of 29 figures will more than likely be the same in the Heart of Dixie. The Blue wave has not reached here. There were twice as many Republican voters, 590,000 to 283,000, as Democratic voters on June 5. In addition to having all 29 state offices held by Republicans, six out of seven of our members of Congress are members of the GOP. That will also remain the same when the dust settles in the fall. The only contested Congressional race is for the Second District, which encompasses most of the Montgomery River Region, including Elmore and Autauga Counties, coupled with the Wiregrass. It is a very conservative district. Therefore, it is a Republican seat. The winner of the GOP runoff between Martha Roby and Bobby Bright will be the Congressman. Whichever one is elected will vote consistently conservative with the GOP leadership in Congress. Roby is on the ropes because she vowed openly, two years ago, that she would not vote for Donald Trump for President. That unnecessary display of

STEVE FLOWERS Columnist disloyalty has made her very unpopular in the district. Trump has a 90 percent approval rating among Republican primary voters in southeast Alabama. She would have lost two years ago if the primary had been held after her statement. There was an unprecedented number of write in votes against her. She has been considered very vulnerable since that time. National special interests stuck to their script and stayed loyal to the incumbent and loaded her up with Washington money. She was able to outspend her four male opponents by an over 2 to 1 margin. However, she fell short in the primary garnering about 38 percent. Bobby Bright received 27 percent and is well known and liked in the district. However, President Trump’s endorsement of Roby three weeks ago may have wiped the slate clean for Roby and given her a clear path to reelection. Winning the Republican nomination for attorney general and lt. governor in Alabama is still pretty much tantamount to election in Alabama, although the Democrats have a viable candidate for attorney general in young Joseph Siegelman in November. Don Siegelman’s son Joseph along with youthful Tuscaloosa mayor, Walt Maddox, have viable chances of winning as a Democrat in November. The GOP race for attorney general has been the best contest in the primary season. Troy King began the race as

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the favorite and will probably prevail next Tuesday. There were four formidable horses in this race. King has previously served as attorney general and therefore was perceived as the incumbent. Bentley appointee Steve Marshall had been a Democratic DA for a while. This one will boil down to who votes. In a GOP runoff, only the hardcore Republican base will vote. Those voters will not be excited about Steve Marshall who was appointed by Robert Bentley and as late as a few years ago was expediently a Democrat who was appointed by Don Siegelman. In fact, he voted for and contributed to Barack Obama. My guess is that folks will vote for Troy King, a lifelong Republican. The race for lt. governor will be close between Twinkle Cavanaugh and Will Ainsworth. This contest has attracted more attention and money than ever. The odds say that there is a 50-50 chance that whoever wins this contest next Tuesday will ascend to governor over the next few years. Our current governor moved from lt. governor to governor without being elected. It has happened more than once over the past few decades. If you vote on Tuesday, you will be in a pool of about 10 to 12 percent of voters. Therefore, if you show up, your vote will be enhanced exponentially. See you next week. Steve Flowers is Alabama’s leading political columnist. His weekly column appears in over 60 Alabama newspapers. He served 16 years in the state legislature. Steve may be reached at www.


hat a shock it was to see Wednesday’s Outlook headline that my editor, the super man of his job at Tallapoosa Publishers had needlessly died from injuries sustained during a car accident on June 30. Mitch was stopped in his truck at a light at Highways 63 and 280 when an inattentive driver just plowed into the rear of the truck. Emergency care was taken, but it was time for Mitch to be in Heaven. He was lost to us the day after the crash. He was a special man and from attending his funeral at Faith Temple in Alex City Saturday, one learned that he had a lighter funny side, was always up for a joke, loved his wife and extended family, his job, baseball, fishing, and his dear animals. A Chihuahua and Great Pyrenees showed his range of loving animals, one extreme to the other having a true ‘Mutt and Jeff.’ He had a huge heart. The funeral service was well attended. Many came from Atlanta, as did the pastor. Some came from Birmingham. Mitch will be sadly missed by so many, at just 57. Sincere, blessings, sympathies, and wishes for healing to the extended family and friends. We just never know when our last days are near, let’s always count our blessings and tell the ones we love they can count on us always leaving a lovely memory of times together. We continue to work life around the storms that still move across our area, giving those grasses and weeds just what they need to grow taller. Lots of tree limbs down also, all around our place. Some should have been trimmed but the storm did that work. Now they will be have to be collected. Special birthday wishes go out to Harold Turner of Kellyton July 12th. Then July 13th is the day Cody and Kate Ott celebrate five years of marriage. Cody, formerly from Alexander City, is the beloved grandson of Pete and Peggie Sue Ott of Nixburg. They truly love Cody, Kate and greatgrandson Rowan in a big way. That’s the only way they know. They are very good folks.

ROSIE MORGAN Columnist July 16th Luis Sanchez at the Cozumel Mexican Grill in Eclectic will be turning 39 and be holding there if possible. Hopefully everyone enjoyed the extended July 4th/ Independence Holiday week including, fun, good food and good company. We had delicious pork ribs, corn on the grill and some good potato salad made with those small and different colors of buttery taters in purple, red and yellow. EPAC had a full house for the special entertainment in Equality June 29th with plenty of newcomers. Be attentive to your telephone calls for scams. For many months, we have been getting the same calls about twice weekly saying they will give us a refund of a cost we incurred years ago, paid to eliminate a computer virus. They want to give us double our money back. We told them to give the refund to our credit card, but they want the checking account number. You know it’s a scam. Give nothing to anyone you don’t know by phone. When you answer the call, you hear lots of foreign voices in the background. Then they ‘click’ onto your line. The last two calls I answered, one was a Spanish accent and one sounded as if it came from India. We should always be on-guard these days. Things aren’t what they used to be before cell phones and the advent of the internet and electronic mail. True wealth is what you are, not what you have. Remember, the great man shows his greatness by the way he treats the little man. Stay cool, and water dogs often and until next week, keep smiling. Rosie Morgan is a community columnist for The Outlook. She is a resident of Nixburg and writes about the people and events of the Equality and Nixburg areas.

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C. Orsi Richard Dennis lost an employee that he admits he’d met only briefly in the hallway at Redland Elementary School. Still, the Elmore County Schools superintendent’s reaction to what took place at 135 Granite Way in the Stonegate subdivision in Redland was typical of how so many in the small close-knit town of Wetumpka reacted. “It’s so shocking, such a tragedy,” Dennis said. “I don’t know what to say. When I look at Facebook … Unbelievable. It’s just crushing. “I only met Ms. Orsi in the hall at Redland once, but I’ve heard everyone say she was always real positive, always had a big smile on her face. Over here in Redland, they’re just shell-shocked, losing a teacher and a student.” Three people were killed in Redland Saturday night. Forty-four-year-old Charlene Orsi, known at the school as Charley, was the teacher of whom Dennis spoke. She died along with one of her 12-year-old triplet daughters, Cadence, and her estranged husband, Robert James Orsi, known as Bob, who took his own life after killing his wife and daughter and setting fire to the couple’s home, according to Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin. The couple’s two surviving 12-year-old triplets, Katherine and Patricia, were transported to a Montgomery hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. Franklin said Sunday morning that the injured girls were in stable condition and were alert and talking to grandparents. One of the two, he said, may need additional surgery due to a round having rested near her spine. Franklin said the sheriff’s office received a 911 call from a neighbor at approximately 5 p.m. Saturday of gunshots. When deputies arrived they found the adult female, later identified as Charley Orsi, lying dead in the front door of the home, which was fully engulfed in flames. Soon after, Katherine and Patricia Orsi,both having suffered multiple gunshot wounds, appeared in the doorway of the home and the deputies helped them escape. Later, Franklin said Charley’s husband, Bob, 51, was found dead from the fire or, Franklin said, “most likely from a self- inflicted gunshot wound.” He said Monday that the surviving triplet girls had told investigators their father had lined them up on the floor before shooting them. Charley Orsi was a third-grade teacher at Redland Elementary School. Bob Orsi was retired from the U.S. Air Force. Franklin said the couple’s oldest daughter, Adrianna, 13, was uninjured and escaped to a neighbor’s house. Deputies were initially unable to locate Cadence Orsi, but found her dead when they were able to search the rubble. Franklin said apparently Charley Orsi had filed for divorce from her husband. Court records show that Charley Orsi’s petition for divorce was filed by her attorney, Clyde Bailey, on June 28. In it, she sought sole custody of the couple’s four children, child support, alimony and an

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These charred remains are what’s left of the Orsi home at 135 Granite Way in the Stonegate subdivision in the Redland community, where Robert Orsi took the lives of his wife, one of his triplet daughters and himself Saturday night.

“equitable division” of the parties’ property. On July 2, court records show, Bob Orsi’s attorney, Dana Delk, filed an answer to Charlene Orsi’s divorce petition, denying her contention the couple had “such a complete incompatibility of temperament” that they could “no longer live together as husband and wife.” Bob Orsi’s answer also denied that there had been “an irretrievable breakdown” of the Orsis’ marriage and that “further attempts at reconciliation (were) futile and/or impractical.” The couple would have been married 24 years in August. Franklin said that sources had told sheriff’s investigators that Bob Orsi’s alleged use of illegal narcotics may have been a factor that led to the

divorce proceedings. Franklin said Sunday morning that his office must now wait on the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences. “We are certain that the wife died from her gunshot wounds,” Franklin said. “We feel pretty sure that the husband killed his daughter and shot himself, but with the smoke and heat of a fire involved, we have to wait on Forensic Sciences to be certain.” Franklin also said that Bob Orsi appeared to have shot himself with a large-caliber handgun. He said it did not appear that the girls’ wounds came from a gun that large and that Bob Orsi may have used two different weapons. This is a developing story. The Outlook will have further details as they become available.

Elmore County community reaches out to Orsi family By DAVID GRANGER Staff Writer

Hayden Hudson sold Bob and Charlene Orsi their home at 135 Granite Way when they moved to the Redland area from Las Vegas in 2006. Hudson got to know Charley Orsi still better when Hudson moved into Stonegate subdivision off Dozier Road herself. “We became best friends because we were neighbors,” said Hudson, a real estate agent with Builder New Homes Inc. “She had her triplets and then I ended up having twin boys in 2010. So she had four girls and I have four boys. “(Charley) was supermom. She lived for those four girls. She could bake, she could sew. She was incredible.” On Saturday, a nightmare took place in the home Hudson sold the Orsis. Authorities say Robert Orsi shot and killed his wife and one of his 12-year-old triplet daughters, left his other two daughters with multiple gunshot wounds, set fire to the house and then either died in the fire or turned the gun on himself. In the wake of the tragedy, a griefstricken Hudson is now working to see that the surviving Orsi girls have what they need after their home was destroyed by fire. “We took Adrianna shopping on Sunday and she got some things she needed, some things she wanted,” Hudson said. “We want them both to be able to pick out their own clothes.” As a result, Hudson is leading a drive to collect gift cards to be used by the girls to replace the clothes lost in the Saturday night fire. Hudson said that those interested in donating a gift card to help the girls buy clothes or school supplies could bring them by or mail them to Builder New Homes, 240 Peace Church Road

in Wetumpka. The zip code is 36093. Hudson said that Redland Elementary School requested that she and others working to help the two surviving Orsi girls assist them in making sure the girls have needed school supplies for the coming year. Hudson is also looking to find a house for Charlene Orsi’s parents, Al and Veronica Aurelio, in the Redland area. “They were in the process of moving here,” Hudson said of the Aurelios. “They were going to build a house in the subdivision next door (The Village at Stonegate). Now, that’s not feasible, but we’re going to find them a house in the Redland area. Those girls have lost so much and they don’t want to lose their

friends and where they grew up.” There are others in the community who are looking to help the Orsi girls, as well. • The Redland Parent Teacher Organization is accepting donations for the Orsis. They will accept cash or checks which will be deposited in a local bank. Checks should be made payable to Orsi Fund. Donations may be mailed or dropped off at the Redland Elementary School Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. They are also accepting both gift cards and clothes. Both Patricia and Katherine Orsi – the two surviving triplets – wear size 4 shoes , 7/8 in tops or blouses and size 10 pants/shorts. Adrianna wears an adult medium top.

• The Redland PTO is also ordering bracelets that read “#REDLANDSTRONG.” They are seeking a minimum $2 donation for each of the bracelets with all the proceeds going to the Orsi family. The bracelets will be available to be picked up between 9 a.m. and noon on July 16-18. • A GoFundMe site for the family has been set up at www.gofundme. com/8ryq5-loving-the-orsis by Annette Smallwood, Charlene Orsi’s stepsister. “The money raised will be given to Charlene’s parents, Veronica and Al Aurelio, who will make sure the girls have what they need to rebuild and heal from this horrible tragedy,” according to the site.


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Sports Outlook




COMPETITION IS HEATING UP Benjamin Russell hits the gridiron with Auburn, Valley By LIZI ARBOGAST Sports Editor

After an already-long summer of practice, area football teams are ready to start seeing where they stack up against the local competition. But with still another six weeks left before the season begins, the best way to compete against other teams in Organized Team Activities and 7-on-7s. Benjamin Russell was the first of the county schools to take part in an OTA, as it hit the road for Auburn on Tuesday morning for a full day of practice and 7-on-7s with the Tigers and the Valley Rams. “Any time whether it’s a 7-on7 or one of these OTAs, any time we can put the kids on a bus as a family and go somewhere, that builds up a bond,” BRHS coach Kevin Smith said. The Wildcats’ practice at Auburn was also a good way to break up the monotony of summer workouts and an even better way for the Wildcats to get back in shape after a week-long break for July 4. Hitting the gridiron at 8 a.m., Benjamin Russell, Auburn and Valley began in one-on-one drills with specific positions, then it progressed into a 5-on-4 with the offensive and defensive linemen. While that was going on, they had what they called “half-field drills” with one side of the secondary versus one side of the offense.

Lizi Arbogast / The Outlook

Above: Benjamin Russell quarterback Landon Cotney (6) fakes a handoff to Keedon Young during Tuesday morning’s 7-on-7 against Auburn. Right: Benjamin Russell’s Jaikobee Gamble makes a catch.

From there, they went to a 7-on-7 followed by an 11-on-11. “It was really just a progression,” Smith said. “What you’re doing with 11-on-11s is the first three steps are live, so they can get competitive because even though we weren’t allowed to touch the quarterbacks, you can do any kind of formation that you want to without tackling.” The biggest benefit of Tuesday’s OTAs though was the learning experience of seeing how the team has progressed through the summer and what work needs to be done for the final month of the offseason. Returning quarterback Landon Cotney did well in a throwing-

first atmosphere and had the help of some strong catches by receivers Za Stowes and Jaikobee Gamble. “We still gotta work on routes and releases off the line,” Smith said. “We’ve gotta figure out an exit strategy when someone is in our face.” Smith also said he was pleased with how well the Wildcats worked together as a team and was enjoying seeing that team chemistry develop. But because Smith is a first-year head coach and Benjamin Russell is trying to work more toward its personnel, there is still a lot to install, which seemed to be the biggest struggle for the Wildcats on Tuesday.

“We were trying to build on concepts,” Smith said. “With the 11-on-11s, we were getting five plays then rotating, so what we would do is we’d go out for five plays and run one concept over and over. There were some times where they got the deer-

in-headlights look when we said a certain formation, but we’re getting there. We just have a ways to go.” The Wildcats will compete in a 7-on-7 tournament at Samford University on Thursday beginning at 9 a.m.

Previewing Auburn’s schedule: Part II


country. The Tigers ith SEC hammered MSU last Media season 49-10, but Days set this game could be a to begin next week tester if the pundits in Atlanta, we’re are correct. going to continue Oct 13 vs. with our look at Tennessee: The the 2018 football Volunteers didn’t win schedule for the ANDY a single game in the Auburn Tigers. In this week’s edition, GRAHAM SEC last season and lost by double figures I’ll break down Columnist to Georgia, Alabama, the four games in Missouri, LSU and the heart of the Vanderbilt. Ouch! schedule from Their offense Sept. 29 to Oct. struggled mightily, finishing 20th. the year ranked No. 124 in Sept. 29 vs. Southern the country. Their defense Miss: The Golden Eagles was also quite generous, went 6-2 in Conference finishing the year ranked USA last year finishing the No. 125 against the run. season 8-5 overall with a loss to Florida State (42-13) Butch Jones was obviously fired for good reason, but in the Independence Bowl. that also means new head Jay Hopson enters his coach Jeremy Pruitt has his third year as head coach work cut out for him. with a record of 15-11. The Pruitt has openly Eagles lost five starters on admitted he is trying to offense including 1,413change the culture in yard rusher Ito Smith and Knoxville. That usually seven starters on defense. indicates a rough transition However, quarterback year. UT does have an Kwadra Griggs does return. off week before traveling He threw for 1,879 yards to Jordan Hare, but the with 16 touchdowns and only two interceptions in ten Tigers should continue their dominance of Ole Smokey games. (six straight wins). The Tigers will be heavy Oct 20 at Ole Miss: favorites on the Plains, but Matt Luke took over the Southern Miss has certainly Rebels in an interim role taken down its share of Power-5 opponents over the last season amidst chaos, confusion and call girls. years. He inherited an untenable Oct. 6 at Miss State: situation and managed to Auburn has a great opportunity to be undefeated squeeze six wins out of it. That was enough to remove or at worst have one loss the interim tag and give the heading into the first true Ole Miss alum a chance. road game of the season. Quarterback Jordan Mississippi State Ta’amu returns after taking won nine games in 2017 over for an injured Shea including a 37-7 beat down Patterson and throwing of LSU. The Bulldogs also had Alabama on the ropes in for 1,682 yards and 11 touchdowns in only seven Starkville, but fell 31-24 on games. He’ll be throwing to a late score by the Tide. one of the best receivers in Former Penn State the country in AJ Brown. offensive coordinator Joe The defense was awful Morehead replaces Dan last year ranked No. 109 in Mullen as head coach scoring defense. It doesn’t and is already facing high project to be a lot better this expectations. season. The Tigers may give Quarterback Nick up some points in this game, Fitzgerald, who threw for but there’s no excuse not to 1,782 yards and rushed for win by three touchdowns. 984 yards, returns after a gruesome leg injury late Andy Graham is a in the year. The Bulldogs regular columnist for The also return seven starters to Outlook. the No. 10 defense in the

Carmen Rodgers / The Outlook

Sharron Johnson and Fran Brown listen to Jodie McGirt during the Friday evening meet-and-greet at Lake Martin Machine Gun for A Girl and A Gun Women’s Shooting League.

New women-only shooting league in area By CARMEN RODGERS Staff Writer

Are you a girl who owns a gun and is interested in meeting likeminded women who share the same likes and interests? If so, A Girl and A Gun women’s shooting league may be just what you are looking for. AG&AG women’s shooting league is a female-only organization founded by female shooters for women pistol, rifle and shotgun shooters. The league is designed to take beginners to whatever skill level they wish to achieve and provide experienced shooters with more opportunities. “This is for every skill level and every age group,” said Jodie McGirt, certified National Rifle Association range safety officer and facilitator of the Lake Martin Chapter of A Girl and A Gun Women’s Shooting League. “We want to introduce women to firearms, firearm safety, the community, camaraderie and developing relationships through that.” McGirt was introduced to the league during a trip to a threegun match in Phenix City that was part of the league’s annual Fall Fest. It was the friendship offered from the women in the local chapter of AG&AG shooting league that most appealed to

McGirt. “I didn’t have all my gear, but I had one lady who let me use her shotgun,” McGirt said. “She gave it to me for the whole weekend.” The closest chapter of AG&AG is located in Rainbow City, which is more than 100 miles away. However, with the creation of the Lake Martin Chapter of AG&AG, women from Lake Martin and surrounding areas now have an opportunity to be a part of this nationally-recognized shooting league designed specifically for women. According to McGirt, this league was created to introduce like-minded women to others who share the same interest. “It’s more than just shooting,” she said. “We do a lot of women’s empowerment, sisterhood, building each other up and supporting each other, not only with this but with life in general. We also do a lot of leadership development.” A Girl and A Gun Shooting League also meets regularly, away from the range. “We have girl’s night out, tea time and breakfast and bullets,” she said. “There are a lot of social aspects to the league.” This women’s league is meant to help ladies feel more comfortable when talking to instructors and handling a firearm.

“A lot of women will not shoot because of their environment. They are nervous and often afraid to ask questions,” McGirt said. Not only does this newly formed league offer women in the area an opportunity to come together in a social environment and learn more about firearms and firearm safety, it’s also about self improvement and it’s just plain fun. “It is a lot of fun,” said McGirt. “It’s about bettering everybody.” McGirt expanded her scope of shooting in 2016 from one of shooting for fun to include NRA certification as a pistol instructor and range safety officer as well as being an active member of AG&AG national events and a three-gun competitive shooter. AG&AG will meet primarily at Lake Martin Machine Gun Range on Alabama Highway 229 in Eclectic on the second Thursday of each month and hosts several members-only events and clinics throughout the year. Chapter members are also encouraged to pursue training opportunities and many are certified NRA Range Safety Officers who help with chapter events. To learn more about A Girl and A Gun Lake Martin, join the group on Facebook at AGAGLakeMartinAL.

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