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Council talks cityâ€™s growth By DONALD CAMPBELL Staff Writer
The Dadeville City Council took a moment to recognize good things happening around town during Tuesday nightâ€™s meeting, while also encouraging local residents to continue to get involved so more progress can be made moving forward. â€œWe have a good crowd out here tonight,â€? Mayor Wayne Smith said. â€œWe like to see you all here.â€? See COUNCIL â€˘ Page A8
County commission awards contracts, bids
Neill Trotman, 14, of Dadeville poses for a photo with Joshua Bartlett, who built his dream treehouse with the help of Make-A-Wish Alabama. The treehouse was revealed to Trotman Wednesday evening. Cli Cliff liff f Wil ff Willi Willia Williams liams ms s / Th The R Record ecordd
By CLIFF WILLIAMS Staff Writer
Daviston will soon receive the first countybuilt storm shelter thanks to the approval of a bid at Mondayâ€™s Tallapoosa County Commission meeting. Tallapoosa County EMA Director Jason Moran informed the commission they had received two bids on the project and he recommended accepting the low bid of $84,895 from Aquamarine Enterprises. The county received a FEMA grant for the shelter but it requires a 25-percent match. The commission approved contracts with a grant writer and engineering service to help with a Community Block Development Grant for water project for the Walnut Hill Water Authority. â€œThis is to help provide water to residents in the Barronâ€™s Bridge area,â€? County See COMMISSION â€˘ Page A8
â€˜IS THIS REAL?â€™ Wish comes true for local boy as special treehouse revealed By CLIFF WILLIAMS Staff Writer
eill Trotman finally took the helm of his dream, a pirate-themed treehouse Wednesday thanks to Make-A-Wish. Trotmanâ€™s pirate ship set sail from far away seas three years ago not knowing if it would ever see land again. His
red cedar ship made it up the Alabama River into the Tallapoosa River and through three dams before crashing on the rocks of Birch Shoals in Sandy Creek. Today, the remains of that ship are a pirate-themed treehouse escape for the 14-year-old of Dadeville who was given his wish Wednesday. â€œThis is great,â€? Neill said with a smile as his mother removed a blindfold Wednesday evening. â€œThis is cool.â€? See TREEHOUSE â€˘ Page A5
School maintenance staff hard at work over summer months
AutoZone is now open in Dadeville
By DONALD CAMPBELL Staff Writer
Summer is a busy time for local school systems. Though students may not be walking the halls and learning in the classrooms, there is a lot of what could be considered â€œbehind the scenesâ€? work taking place throughout the system. This includes the school bus fleet and maintenance inside the school buildings themselves. â€œWe had several large projects we have been working on this summer,â€? Alexander City Schools maintenance supervisor Mark Simmons said. â€œWe choose our projects based on preplanned budgets.â€? In addition to routine maintenance at each of the schools, including submitting water samples See MAINTENANCE â€˘ Page A3
By DONALD CAMPBELL Staff Writer
Dadeville residents no longer have to go out of town to get many of the parts they need to make minor repairs to their vehicles and keep them running as smoothly as possible. AutoZone officially opened its doors to the See AUTOZONE â€˘ Page A3
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James Marvin Greer June 7, 1927 - July 9, 2018 Funeral Service for James Marvin “Big Daddy” Greer, 91, of Dadeville, Alabama, will be Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 3:00 pm at the Calvary Baptist Church. Rev. Johnny Pritchard and Rev. Dennis Floyd will officiate. Burial will follow in the Dadeville City Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church. James Marvin Greer passed away Monday, July 9, 2018 after living a full and rewarding life of more than nine decades -- a time still much too short for those who loved him and miss him. Marvin passed away peacefully in his home, with his beloved wife Lily Mae at his side. Marvin and Lily Mae were part of each other’s life since they attended first grade together at Dadeville Elementary. They would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this Fall on October 9. Marvin’s passing is mourned by his family and friends who knew him as a courageous, generous and honest man with a fantastic sense of humor. He lived a good life of service to God, his Country, his church, his community, and his family. Born on June 7, 1927 in Fairfax, Alabama, Marvin called Dadeville his home from the time he moved here at age 6 until his death at 91 years of age. From his earliest childhood, Marvin was a hard working and dedicated person. As a boy as young as eight years old, he took responsibility for plowing fields and taking corn to the grist mill on the back of an ox. He left school when he was 17 to work full time as a carpenter and joined the Navy in 1945, serving in the Philippines. After his return, he and his brothers opened two successful grocery stores in Dadeville. Marvin used his carpentry skills to build a “rolling store” and he drove all through the back roads of Tallapoosa County, bringing groceries to the rural people, many of whom didn’t have vehicles or convenient ways to get to town. It was during this time that Marvin and Lily Mae fell in love. Lily Mae claims she can’t remember the details, but more than 70 years later the events were still clear to Marvin. He recalled getting a shoe shine downtown when he saw a pretty girl walk past him. He liked the way she looked and the way she walked, so he followed her into the movie theatre and sat behind her. The rest was a blur for them both. In October of 1948, Lily Mae and Marvin were married in the backyard of a rented house on the Mill Village and had lived their married life together as part of the Mill Village and Calvary Baptist Church community ever since. In 1954, when their daughter Charlotte was three years old, they bought their first and only home on Hatcher Street and looked toward a bright future. But despite being so happy with their young family, an easy life was not meant for them. Just when the grocery business was becoming successful, Marvin had to give it up because of increasing complications from multiple sclerosis. By 1953, he was confined to a wheelchair with complete paralysis from the waist down. At that time, the diagnosis was a death sentence. He was just in his mid-twenties, with a young child and a promising career when the doctors told him that he would probably become an invalid who wouldn’t live to see 30. Always the fighters, Marvin and Lily Mae refused to give up. With so few jobs available to a disabled person at that time, Marvin decided to run for tax collector of Tallapoosa County. Marvin thought his chances of winning were slim -- he wasn’t wealthy or well connected. But he had the support of the rural people who knew him so well from his rolling store. They rallied around him and elected him to serve two terms as tax collector from 1955-67. Marvin quickly taught himself everything he needed to know to do the job well. He was the youngest tax collector in the state and the first to get his accounts in every year, always perfectly balanced. The voters of Tallapoosa County got a two-for-one because Lily Mae was right by his side the whole way, serving as his unpaid assistant and making sure Marvin was healthy and successful. Although he had been officially “retired” since the late 1960s, Marvin never stopped working or learning. Marvin farmed as a hobby and kept a large home garden until he was well into his 80s. He also pursued his great love for checkers, teaching himself the winning secrets and practicing in all his spare time. At age 91, he unofficially ranked as a “master” player through his favorite online checkers organization. He was happily playing checkers the morning he died. Marvin also served as a deacon at Calvary Baptist church for more than 60 years. In his later years, many people in the church and community were inspired by the site of Marvin riding his wheelchair from his home to his church on Sunday mornings. He first attended the church with his family when he was just six years old, and he was faithfully there in church the day before he died. Marvin, affectionately known as Big Daddy by his granddaughters and great-grandsons, was loved by his family, friends, community and all who know him. He leaves behind his wife of 70 years, Lily Mae Greer; grandchildren, Misty Speake (Ferrol Blackmon) and Nikki Speake; great-grandchildren, Rawson Blackmon and Grady Bleu Blackmon; and a brother, Martin Greer (Elizabeth). He was preceded in death by his daughter, Charlotte Speake; father, W.B. Greer; mother, Mae Jule Martin Greer; sister, Dot LeVan; brothers, Robert Greer, Banks Greer, and Clyde Greer. Memorial messages may be sent to the family at www.langleyfuneralhome.com. Langley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Dadeville Police Department July 10
• A Notasulga woman, age 30, was arrested on two warrants for failure to appear. • A Waverly man, age 49, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear.
• A Montgomery man, age 51, was arrested for public intoxication on East South Street.
• A one motor vehicle accident occurred on Mariarden Road resulting in minor property damage and minor injuries.
• A Jacksons Gap man, age 25, was arrested on a warrant for distributing an image with the intent to harass. • A report was filed for harassing communications and criminal trespass first that occurred on Herren Street.
• A Jacksons Gap man, age 46, was arrested for using false identity to obstruct justice on Highway 280. • A Dadeville woman, age 40, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear. • A Dadeville woman, age 39, was arrested for theft of property fourth on Highway 280.
• A Jacksons Gap man, age 32, was arrested on four warrants for failure to appear. • An Alexander City woman, age 22, was arrested on a warrant for Harassment. • A Dadeville man, age 19, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and on a warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia on Highway 280.
Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department July 9
• 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.
• 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 assault second. • Jeffery Ethridge of Scott Road in Alexander City was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear child support.
• Thomas Foster of Manoy Drive in Jacksons Gap was arrested on an failure to appear warrant for possession of marijuana second.
• 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.
• 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.
• A resident of Highway 280 in Dadeville filed a report for theft. • Johnnie Jasper of Grier Road in Wetumpka was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear minor in possession of alcohol and bail jumping second degree.
Alexander City Police Department July 10
• Theft was reported in Alexander City. • Theft was reported in Alexander City.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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 report-
ed on East Pine Street.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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. • Menacing was reported in Alexander City.
• 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.
Library Notes There will not be a Friends of the Library meeting today. The FOL meeting has been rescheduled for next week, Thursday, July 19 at 1 p.m. This week during “Libraries Rock,” the library is hosting a local musician. Learn about being a musician, playing
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Maintenance to test for lead and other contaminants and holding an annual safety equipment review with members of the Alexander City Fire Department, the city schools maintenance department has been taking on major projects at each facility around town. At Jim Pearson, workers painted the kitchen, cleaned out overgrowth from the fishpond, put down new flooring in the office and installed new blinds in several windows. The lunchroom received a new coat of paint and the freezer was rebuilt at Stephens, while the principal’s office will be getting a fresh paint job this summer as well. Plenty of painting took place at Radney as well, with new paint in the office and hallways, while the office also got new flooring. The exterior doors and hallways at ACMS received fresh paint, and new lockers are currently being installed in the eighthgrade hallway. Lastly at Benjamin Russell, new carpeting has been put down in the library, new tile flooring has been installed in the librarian’s office and library conference rooms, televisions have replaced projectors in many classrooms, new art tables occupy the art room and two new pedicure spa centers have been placed in the cosmetology department. “These lockers are fairly easy to put together,” David Praylou said Thursday as he put doors on the new lockers at ACMS. “It’s not really that difficult. They come ready to assemble.” Along with all of these items, Simmons said the maintenance staff has been working on the same types of projects tackled every summer, changing out air conditioning units and refinishing the floors. “We’ve been doing pretty much the same thing we do on a monthly basis,” Tallapoosa County Schools bus maintenance supervisor Len Carter said. “We keep a sheet we check regularly with the mileage of all the buses. The ones closest to service maintenance mileage get focused on first.” While the county buses are receiving the same kind of
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maintenance they get during the school year, Carter said transportation staff are going over everything with a finetooth comb and replacing things like seat covers and seat cushions — things that are not always able to be dealt with during the school year. Things have also been fairly routine for maintenance staff at all three county school facilities, with tile floors having the old wax coating stripped off and a new finish laid down. However, that is not to say larger things have been receiving attention this summer. “There was no new construction taking place this summer,” Tallapoosa County Schools maintenance supervisor Dwayne Johnson said. “We did finish replacing the carpeting at Horseshoe Bend, which we’ve been working on for the past couple of summers.” This summer, the final 11 classrooms that still had carpeting dating back to when the school building was first built had their floors redone. Once the 8,000 square feet of carpeting was removed from the rooms, maintenance staff went in and prepped the floors before putting down a new tile floor and giving it a wax coating finish. While the maintenance staff was busy removing carpeting, the Horseshoe Bend gym also had its floor redone, though Johnson said this was taken on by an outside source. “It took us about four weeks to get the carpeting done,” Johnson said. “It was pretty intensive. We finished it all up about two weeks ago. “Other than that, it’s been a pretty normal summer otherwise. It’s been pretty much business as usual, like stripping and waxing the floors.” When students return to their classrooms in early August, they will be heading back to facilities that have been given a lot of special attention over the summer months and riding on buses which have been checked and re-checked to make sure they are operating as smoothly as possible. Without the many hours of dedication the maintenance staff for both the city and county schools put into their work, this would not be possible.
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Top, Dwayne Webb and Willy Taylor work together to put brand new lockers together in the eighthgrade hallway at ACMS while David Praylou prepares to put another set of locker doors in place. Above, brand new tables occupy an art classroom at Benjamin Russell High School. New furniture in classrooms and the library were among the top maintenance items to be addressed at the high school over the summer.
AutoZone public Friday, June 29 and was well received by all parties involved. Situated on Highway 280 next to the Dollar General, the new store offers up the same products and services customers at other AutoZone locations can expect. “We are glad to have them here in town and on the Highway 280 corridor,” Dadeville Mayor Wayne Smith said, “We are happy to welcome them to our
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community.” When the store officially opened, Smith stopped by the store to meet and speak with the manager and some of the employees, welcoming them to town and presenting them with a few small tokens, such as City of Dadeville ink pens. While the store has officially opened, Smith said the store was working with the Dadeville Area Chamber of
Commerce to have a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the near future. In the meantime, the brand new AutoZone will continue to provide the service the company is known for to its Dadeville clientele. “The building is really well-built, and it’s really something,” Smith said. “We’re thrilled they’re open and serving the community now.”
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ast week, The Record 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 have 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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here’s a recent warming to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the ex-KGB agent from the Soviet Union who stood against prodemocracy demonstrators in the waning days of the USSR. Now he’s looking to undo economic sanctions imposed several years ago, which have frozen his territorial conquests. Ending the sanctions will embolden this ex-Communist leader to not only remake the Soviet empire of Cold War days, but to do something his former masters couldn’t do: destroy the NATO alliance that stood up to the USSR, and America’s freedoms if they can. In President George W. Bush’s final year of office, Russia attacked the Republic of Georgia, taking territory away from our former ally. A Georgian student of mine who served to help evacuate the wounded documented the horrors from this invasion. The United States did not respond to this aggression very effectively. I know it was a bad year (elections, The Great Recession, etc.) but letting Putin get away with his actions would come back to haunt us. After the Ukrainian people ousted their corrupt proRussian dictator who had fixed elections and attacked peaceful demonstrators, Putin responded by annexing The Crimea from Ukraine and backing proRussian rebels in Ukraine (who also shot down a Malaysian airliner that flew over the country). The United States, Canada and the European Union responded with stinging sanctions that continue to plague the Russian economy today.
are recognizing Russia’s role in controlling our politics, others JOHN remain skeptical, or even see Putin as an American ally, instead TURES of our friends from free countries Columnist who have stood by us during the Cold War and War on Terrorism. So let me tell you what Evidence shows that the Russians leaders really think Russian economy lost nearly of President Trump and the half its value, falling by nearly GOP. Last year, I was invited a trillion in value from where to appear on RT, the Russian it was in 2013. Russia’s Ruble government mouthpiece, to talk lost more than 75 percent of about Trump’s policies on the its value. But it hasn’t hurt Middle East and Turkey. Since the Russian people, given that these are areas I agree with our goods and services still flow president, I touted the benefits across borders. But the bank of these policies. Imagine my sanctions, technology sanctions, surprise when the RT hosts and oil sanctions, have hit the spent all of their time trashing Russian rich, beholden to Putin Trump’s strategy in the region, more than the dictates of any showing their true colors, while truly free market system. I defended Trump. It was a This explains why Putin and similar story when Russian his Russian agents have sought media mocked the Republican to meddle in nearly every senators who flew to Moscow European election, from Brexit on July 4 to try and find some to the rise of populists with common ground. authoritarian streaks in both Russia played us all for West and East Europe. And fools in the last election, and yes, the evidence clearly shows will do so again, manipulating Russia meddled as well as the our ballot boxes and not just United States election. The our news feeds. Ending the Senate Intelligence Committee, sanctions will lead to more chaired by a Republican, has Russian military conquests, now concluded that not only did destabilizing Europe and Putin’s regime directly interfere America, while their leaders in the 2016 election, but will laugh at Trump, his supporters do so again in 2018 and 2020, and his opponents behind our seeing as they got away with backs. If you care for Truman’s their manipulation last time. Eisenhower’s, JFK’s, and Democrats and liberals were Reagan’s legacy, don’t let these duped by Russian social media ex-Soviets succeed where they accounts claiming to promote failed during the Cold War. LGBT causes, Muslim, Bernie Sanders supporters, and Green John A. Tures is a Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein. professor of political science Republicans were fooled at LaGrange College in by social media claiming to LaGrange, Georgia. He can be represent Texan secession, the reached at jtures@lagrange. TEA Party, gun rights, veterans, edu. His Twitter account is etc. While some Republicans JohnTures2.
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rticle II, section 2 of the Constitution grants the president power to appoint justices to the Supreme Court “by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate…” Now that Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy has resigned from the Court, President Trump has the opportunity to appoint a second justice. Of all the powers invested in a president, appointing judges may have the most enduring impact of any of a president’s powers. Clarence Thomas is the longest serving justice, having been appointed by President H. W. Bush in 1991. The Senate approved Thomas by a vote of 52-48. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the second longest serving justice, and was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993. The Senate approved Ginsburg by a vote of 96-3. In 1994, President Clinton appointed his second justice to the Court, Stephen Breyer who was approved by the Senate by a vote of 87-9. Eleven years later, President George W. Bush appointed John Roberts Chief Justice in 2005. The Senate Judiciary Committee reviewed Roberts’ record and approved his nomination with a 13-5 vote. Democratic Senators Ted Kennedy, Richard Durbin, Charles Schumer, Joe Biden and Dianne Feinstein voted in committee against Roberts. The Senate approved Roberts by a 78-22 vote. Months later in January
DANIEL L. GARDNER Columnist 2006, President Bush nominated Samuel Alito to fill the vacancy left by Sandra Day O’Connor’s retirement. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Alito’s nomination on a party-line vote of 10-8. The political left waged a huge campaign to thwart Alito’s approval by the Senate. Senator John Kerry failed in his attempt to filibuster the nomination, and the Senate confirmed Alito by a vote of 58-42. Six years later in 2009, President Barack Obama nominated his first justice to the Court, Sonia Sotomayor, who was easily confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 68-31. The next year, 2010, President Obama nominated another woman to the Court, Elena Kagan, and the Senate easily confirmed her with a vote of 63-37. President Donald Trump nominated the newest justice on the Court, Neil Gorsuch, in 2017, following the untimely death of Antonin Scalia, and failure of the Senate to consider Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee, before the end of Obama’s presidency. Again, the political left waged a fierce campaign against Gorsuch. The Senate Judiciary committee approved
his nomination along a partyline vote of 11-9. This time Democrats were successful in using the filibuster to prevent a vote by the Senate. Nevertheless, Republican senators invoked the so-called “nuclear option,” first used by Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid, to end the filibuster by a simple majority vote. April 7, 2017, the Senate approved Gorsuch by a 54-45 vote. Monday night, July 9, President Trumpannounced Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee to the Supreme Court. Before knowing who Trump would nominate, the political left announced they oppose and are already waging a political campaign against “anyone” nominated. Opposition by the political left has nothing to do with jurisprudence or qualifications of any of the nominees Trump is considering. The left’s opposition is purely politically ideological. Why is America so divided? The extreme ideological left, aka socialists, have been waging a political war against the traditional middle class for decades to transform America into a socialist nation. Hopefully, the Senate will confirm Trump’s nominee, and America can resume her exceptional historic narrative. Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Starkville, MS. You may contact him at PJandMe2@gmail.com.
Betty Adams represents District 1. Her phone number is 256-8256211. Her address is 268 Adams Street, Dadeville.
Betty Adams Brownie Caldwell represents District 2. Her phone number is 256-825-4749. Her address is 480 East LaFayette St., Dadeville.
Teneeshia GoodmanJohnson represents District 3. Her phone number is 256-825-9749. Her address is 1191 Fulton Teneeshia Street, Dadeville. GoodmanRoy Mathis represents District 4. His phone number is 256-825-4369. His address is 181 Cedar Hill Drive, Dadeville.
H.A ‘Dick’ Harrelson represents District 5. His phone number is 256-307-3880. His address is 333 West Columbus Street., Dadeville.
H.A. ‘Dick’ Harrelson
Wayne Smith is mayor of Dadeville. His phone number is 256-8256820. His address is 156 Oliver Grove, Dadeville.
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Neill’s mother Jennifer said the tree house has been a dream of Neill’s for a while and got the idea from his two favorite things – the Animal Planet show “Treehouse Masters” and the movie series “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Neill actually met the reality star Pete Nelson of “Treehouse Masters.” “He was in Montgomery and we met him,” Jennifer said. Neill now takes the helm thanks to Make-A-Wish and Joshua Bartlett of Imagine That Playhouses. Bartlett showed Neill around his treehouse created from those pirate ship remains. “The door has a secret code,” Bartlett told Neill. “Only you and I know it.” Terri Floyd and Coleen Humphries of Make-A-Wish Alabama joined Bartlett to give Neill a tour of the treehouse complete with a finger print kit. “Is this real?” Neill asked. “Yes it is,” Floyd said. “Now I will know who gets into to my stuff,” Neill said grinning while clutching the key to his new treehouse. Jennifer knows Neill will enjoy the freedom the space will give him as he has an older brother and younger sister sharing a home with him. Neill also has an older sister that lives in Auburn. “He has an older brother that he says aggravates him all the time,” Jennifer said. “They are all teenagers.” The treehouse looks like a pirate ship that has been in the woods in the edge of his yard for years. Instead of a plank, it has a spiral slide to the ground. The journey for Make-AWish Alabama to help Neill and his family has been three years in the making. Neill had a stroke at birth and has hydrocephalus which requires a shunt. He has cerebral palsy on the left side and epilepsy. But Neill has not let health issues slow him down. He is active in school and is in the Dadeville High School Marching Band performing in the pit
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Neill Trotman tries on a science coat with his name with the help of Make-A-Wish’s Terri Floyd insinde Neill’s new tree house. The treehouse is equipped with listening devices, food and maps incase the ship sets sail again. The treehouse is tucked away in the trees at the edge of the yard.
percussion. Floyd said Neill’s wish is one of about 40 Make-A-Wish Alabama has been able to grant this quarter. “It depends on the wish,” she said. “It also depends on funding.” One of the reasons that took Make-A-Wish Alabama so long to make Neill’s wish come to be was trying to find a builder. “We had never had a request like that,” Floyd said. “We kept looking around.” Finally Bartlett’s talents were showcased on the MakeA-Wish Georgia Facebook page. “They contacted me,” Bartlett said. “I was happy to do it.” Bartlett’s company Imagine That Playhouses near Chattanooga has built about
seven playhouses for Make-AWish in Georgia but Bartlett has traveled the country building his imaginative creations. The treehouse also comes complete with science kits, a microscope and a listening device – all part of something Neill loves, science experiments. “He loves to make concoctions,” Jennifer said. “You can open the freezer and there will be a bowl of something another that he stuck there in the freezer. It is all the time. I knew who to go straight to.” Neill showed true character before devouring a meal donated by Lake Martin Pizza Company for the reveal party. “Can it be moved?” Neill asked Bartlett. “I want to be able to move it someday to share with my children.”
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temperatures for extended he summer of 2018 periods of time. will be remembered for The modern-day purpose of many things. On each air-conditioning is for comfort. of our minds are the trapped It keeps us cool as we relax at soccer players in a Thailand home, as we work each day cave. Our judicial system has and as we attend most events. seen the nomination of a U.S. Would life be different if we Supreme Court judge whose did not have the ability to stay confirmation could influence JACKIE It might seem strange to our court system and affect WILBOURN cool? some people but life is not over our lives for decades. We Faith columnist with our earthly death. At death, have witnessed inexcusable each of us will have chosen behavior of men and women where we spend eternity. I don’t know if in powerful positions. The common thread of all these events is being able to Heaven has an air-conditioner as scripture watch these events unfold on television or does not say but I know it is a place of by reading the written print in the comfort comfort, peace and rest. Hell is a place where those who are of our homes. not saved will spend eternity. 2 Peter 2:4 We get upset when the media report says even angels were not spared but too much news and we get upset when the media report too little news. The real were cast “down to hell.” Hell is eternal. villain is not the media; the real villain is Hell is irreversible. Revelation 14:10 you and I. In 1902, a young Willis Carrier reads, in hell, one will be tormented with set out to invent a device that would keep fire and brimstone. Brimstone is often the printing presses efficient by lowering referred to as “stones that burn” and is also synonymous with sulphur, which the humidity in the printing rooms so only ignites when it reaches 478-511 the paper would not curl. The invention degrees Fahrenheit. Which destination led to a young Mr. Carrier being called will be your comfort zone? the inventor of the modern-day air conditioning. Could the comfort of an Jackie Wilbourn is a member of Bethel air conditioner contribute to the hours Baptist Church, a chaplain with the we choose to stay indoors and saturate Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief Team our minds with all these facts we read and a regular faith columnist for The and see? My guess would be that few would choose to sit outdoors in 95-degree Record.
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Celebrating some of the progress taking place throughout town, Smith was proud to announce the new AutoZone store in town has officially opened and the final inspection on the new Tallapoosa County Department of Human Resources building will be taking place next week. Along with this, City Attorney Robin Reynolds suggested getting in touch with the parties involved with the expansion of the truck stop on Highway 280 that a variance was granted for expanding the property. Along with this, resident Raphord Farrington wanted to commend the police department for their work dealing with cars speeding down East South Street, while Smith commended the street, police and fire departments for their hard work during the storm system that came through on June 28. In the pre-council meeting, resident Jerry McGukin brought up issues with the current city zoning ordinance. Mentioning there have been a handful of times the city has faced concerns with the ordinance, and with the possibility of locations around town that could be zoned for mixed use, these issues could continue to arise until a solution is found. Smith suggested the city look into possible adjustments for the ordinance. Farrington mentioned how the beautification committee was meeting today at 5:30 p.m. at the recreation center, which is open to anyone. Smith added there are positions open on the board for any interested individuals, encouraging anyone interested to become a part of the committee. Farrington also said spraying to control kudzu on the city right of way will begin within a week. The Dadeville City Council also handled the following items: â€˘ Minutes from the June 24 meeting were approved. â€˘ Resident Tracy Pike asked the
council to take action, creating an ordinance to prohibit dogs from walking around freely around town, believing this to be a personal safety issue, a public safety issue and a property issue. Smith said the council has been working to try and find an effective solution to this situation. â€˘ Police Chief David Barbour mentioned he and the police department were looking to hire a new officer within the next few weeks in order to get the new hire into the next police academy class starting in August. Not only would hiring this person give the Dadeville Police Department an additional officer, but this also allows the department to assign an officer to the Tallapoosa County Narcotics Task Force. A motion to allow the department to hire a new officer passed. â€˘ Councilwoman Brownie Caldwell said there continues to be issues with trash on Young Street and in the Dollar General parking lot, and that the city needs to find something that can be done to take care of the problem. It was suggested Barbour talk to the property owners and address the situation. â€˘ Eugene Collum said, after speaking with representatives from the Alabama Department of Transportation, it was not recommended to put up children playing signs along city streets, believing them to be more of a liability than an asset. â€œALDOT isnâ€™t putting up these signs any more, and they are taking them down where they can,â€? Smith said after the meeting. At the same time, Collum said a property owner was asking about a drainage issue in a ditch. It was announced that, if the issue was caused by water from a city right-of-way, the city could work on the issue as long as easements were obtained from all of
the property owners in the location. â€˘ Abbi Mangarelli said June was a busy month for the library, while also saying the library was hopeful local musician Trey Foshee would be at the library today as part of the summer reading program. â€˘ Now that contributions have been received from several of the city departments to help purchase the evidence tracking software that will also allow other departments to keep track of inventory, the council approved a motion to purchase the software. â€˘ Smith said the city will be letting bids out on the courthouse square project within the next few days. â€˘ Reynolds said certified letters have been sent out to property owners around town regarding locations that are in violation of the weed and nuisance abatement ordinance. â€˘ Reynolds also brought two rough drafts of a new lodging tax for the city before the council. One was more detailed, while the other was broader in scope. After deciding some aspects can be combined and make a hybrid version, the council approved a motion to empower Reynolds to continue with this work. â€˘ With an entity in town working on a paving project and holding on to specific funds for the project, the council approved a motion, passing a resolution to open up a new bank account where these funds can be deposited. â€˘ It was agreed blown up photos showing the history of Alabama Mills would be put on temporary display in city hall. â€˘ A motion to pay the cityâ€™s bills passed. The next meeting of the Dadeville City Council will be Tuesday, July 24 with a pre-council meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by the regular council meeting at 6 p.m.
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2018 All-Area Softball Team Player of the Year
Coach of the Year Hilyer was big part of Rebels’ success
Stoneback guides Rebels on historical journey
By LIZI ARBOGAST Sports Editor
By LIZI ARBOGAST Sports Editor
Every part of Reeltown’s softball season was historical. From the senior class being members of the first youth softball team in Reeltown to the Rebels’ varsity squad advancing to state for the first time ever, it was certainly a season to remember. And there’s absolutely no way it could’ve been possible without ace pitcher Ayriana Stoneback, who is the Record Softball Player of the Year. “She did awesome,” Reeltown coach Kelli Hilyer said. “I didn’t really plan to just pitch her basically the whole season, and she did get a little help here and there but she was the go-to. She wanted the ball and
she took control when she was on the mound.” An Alabama Sports Writers Association first-team selection, Stoneback’s statistics speak for themselves. Stoneback threw 271 2/3 innings for the Rebels this year, accounting for all but 18 innings during the 2018 season. Over the course of those innings, Stoneback boasted an ERA of 1.598, allowing just 62 earned runs in all
that time. She averaged more than a strikeout per inning, totaling 344 on the season. She gave up 206 hits, 76 walks and 20 hit batters. “I just knew the whole season I had my team behind me both offensively and defensively,” Stoneback said. “So it was easy to be productive and confident behind them.” After starting softball at the age of 5, See PLAYER • Page B2
When softball coach Kelli Hilyer stepped onto campus at Reeltown three years ago, she knew she had something special. Her team got better and better every season, and it all culminated in the best year for the softball program in Rebels’ history in 2018. But Reeltown wasn’t just a team; it was a family. “This group of seniors and juniors, they were the first team foor the Reeltown youth softball league so they’ve played together for a very long time,” Hilyer said. “We just loved each other like a family, and they accepted me when I first came to Reeltown. We were just a family.” Hilyer is the Record Softball Coach of the Year. One of the biggest things Hilyer tried to express to her team this year was a mental toughness. The Rebels had an ease about letting one error slide off their shoulders and focus immediately on the next task at hand. They got that from Hilyer’s ultimate sense of calm. “We were so close as a team and as a coaching staff, we could feel each other’s emotions,” Hilyer said. “Actually before the game against Billingsley (in the regional tournament), I went up to the tower because I could feel my nerves and I
didn’t want the girls to feel it from me. They like to dance and cut up before the games, and I think that really helped them keep their calm nerves throughout the year.” Hilyer also made it her mission for Reeltown to become a tournament team this season. With the postseason being filled with long days and back-toback outings, getting in regular-season tournaments helped prep the Rebels for the playoffs. The Rebels played in six tournaments throughout the regular season. “Postseason is tournament play, so you’ve got to be able to be prepared for that,” Hilyer said. “I think that helped us as well to become closer because we did a lot of bonding on the trips. We See COACH • Page B2
First Team Morgan McGuire
Benjamin Russell pitcher/first baseman
As the leadoff batter all season long, McGuire lived up to expectations for the Rebels, finishing with the highest batting average of the team. She batted .441 to go along with an on-base percentage of .558. “She definitely rose to the occasion,” Reeltown coach Kelli Hilyer said. “That’s a lot on somebody’s shoulders to be leadoff all season long. She also did a great job in the outfield; there were a couple tournaments that she robbed people of home runs at the fence.” McGuire also scored 58 runs and drove in 26 others, while committing only three errors all year.
Despite being only in eighth grade, Harris was a big part of the Wildcats’ success with both her pitching and hitting. She fired 114 innings this year, compiling an ERA of 4.237. She struck out 65, and at the plate, she finished third on the team with a batting average of .330. She drove in 14 runs, scored 26 and led the team with 13 doubles. “With her being in seventh grade last year, she was coming into something new,” BRHS coach Jessica Johnson said. “It was her bar to set, but this year, people figured her out a little bit. She had a few tougher games, but she got better for it. She did her job when she needed to, and I’m looking forward to several more years with her.”
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Although her batting average was a bit lower than last year, Presley was the power hitter for the Tigers this year. She still managed a fine batting average of .329 and also led the team with 26 RBIs and was second for the Tigers in runs with 22. “She played both third and short for us and still played at a high level while battling through injuries,” Dadeville coach C.J. Ford said. “She had several big hits throughout the season and was also our best defender.” Presley smacked a team-leading five home runs this year.
Earning a spot as an Alabama Sports Writers Association honorable mention, McWaters was a threat both in the circle and on the infield this year. She threw 124 1/3 innings this year and finished with 114 strikeouts and an ERA of 2.365. She walked only 20 batters. Defensively, McWaters boasted a fielding percentage of .942. “I think she contributed all the way across everything — in the box, on the mound and defensively,” Wildcats coach Jessica Johnson said. “She played a big role in helping our younger kids developing. Taylor (Harris) really looked up to her, and she what was best for the team.”
Kayli Hornsby Reeltown shortstop
Hornsby was a calming presence for the Rebels’ defense this season. At shortstop, Hornsby finished with a fielding percentage of .852. “She seemed to be more like a calming force out there on the field,” Reeltown coach Kelli Hilyer said. “She was confident as well. For the whole season, everybody out there was very confident, so that helped for them to be able to accomplish their goals.” Hornsby was also a force at the plate with a batting average of .397. She drove in a teamleading 39 runs and scored 38 of her own. She had 15 doubles, a triple and three home runs. Although she played both third and second base for the Tigers this season, Huff was solid at both positions. As a senior, she was the vocal leader on the field as well. “She was one of our top hitters, and she was a big senior leader for us,” Dadeville coach C.J. Ford said. Huff finished with a team-leading batting As one of Horseshoe average of .349 and had a stellar slugging Bend’s most improved percentage of .639. She scored 31 runs, players, Combs came on good enough for top on the team, and strong this year. She finished was second in RBIs with 23. Huff with a batting average of smacked eight doubles, two triples and .429, which tied for best on four home runs this season. the team, to go along with an on-base percentage of .506 and a slugging percentage of .543. “She really did come alive and she is a very versatile player,” HBS coach Due to her chemistry with pitcher Ayriana Stoneback, Hagen Vickers said. “She was Jaye became an integral part of the Rebels’ success this year. really good at putting down “Last year, she split time with another catcher but this year, a bunt for us if we needed she pretty much played every out,” Rebels coach Kelli Hilyer her too, but she also hit the said. “KK really stepped up, and her and Ayriana called the ball very well at times. She pitches for the majority of the season. They’ve played together is also just a very aggressive for a very long time, and that helped her as a catcher because defensive player. When a she felt confident behind there.” Jaye finished with a fielding player hustles and gives you percentage of .977 and also boasted a batting average of .364. that effort, it’s hard to beat.” She drove in 38 runs, good enough for third on the team.
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Shay Johnson Benjamin Russell second baseman Johnson was the Wildcats’ biggest offensive weapon this season. “She has been an asset for us since she was in seventh grade,” BRHS coach Jessica Johnson said. “She’ll definitely be hard to replace. When she was up, we were up and when she was down, we were down. She has that natural leadership skill, and she was our little spark. She wasn’t always vocal on the field defensively, but she always knew where the play was and she was just a constant there.” Johnson finished with a batting average of .369, including 18 RBIs and 26 runs scored. She was tied for first with 14 stolen bases.
Honorable Mention: Benjamin Russell — Taylor McVey (Jr., 1B/C); Baylee Adkins (Jr., SS); Tayla Stowes (Sr., OF); Dadeville — Makya Johnson (So., DP); Zoe Veres (Fr., C); Tiffany Rice (Jr., CF); Isis Johnson (Jr., P); Horseshoe Bend — Leighann McWhorter (Jr., 3B); Danielle Mitchell (Jr., P/CF); Hannah Adcock (Sr., RF); Reeltown — Kelsey Jaye (Sr., 2B); Kyndel Lee (Sr., 1B); Central Coosa — Kera Dunham (8th, P)
Thursday, July 12, 2018
The Dadeville Record
LIZI ARBOGAST Sports Editor
Special Olympics should give everyone hope
ometimes the odds seem to be against you — especially in a world where everything is divided by the haves and the have nots. Maybe your socioeconomic status isn’t the greatest or you have racial or religious biases working against you. Maybe you have a physical or mental disability that makes everyone look at you differently. But, especially in the world of sports, there have been countless examples of athletes rising above their circumstances and coming out on top. There have been so many athletes, even local guys like Justin Tuck and Adalius Thomas, who competed for the never-heard-ofbefore Central Coosa, who became superstars. Circumstances shouldn’t decide outcomes, and sports can be an outlet for that. This week’s Special Olympics USA Games have been an obvious example of that. If you haven’t seen the interview with Victoria Smith on ESPN.com after she won the gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle, I encourage you to go watch it. “No matter what your disability is, you can compete,” Smith said. “If you train as hard as you have, you can compete and you can win gold just like I have.” The Special Olympics is full of stories proving you can do anything if you put your mind to it — from Andrew Peterson, who was born with fetal alcohol syndrome, needed nearly a decade of physical therapy just to learn how to walk and talk functionally and now is a marathon runner; to Seth Hanchey, who cannot speak after a traumatic brain injury in 2011 but competed this week as a powerlifter; to Tyler Lagasse, who is autistic but wrote he has learned to excel in many aspects of his life due to competing as a Special Olympic golfer. And it’s more than just the Special Olympics that are giving student-athlete chances. There’s all kinds of outlets in the world of sports for people who struggle with physical disabilities to compete, and there’s plenty of stories showing no matter what, you can do it. Last summer, I had the pleasure of writing a story about Ranley Clayton, a New Site native who was paralyzed from the waist down after an ATV accident. But she didn’t let that squander her competitive spirit; instead, she found wheelchair basketball. There are plenty of adaptive sports, and people around the Lake Martin community are doing things to bring awareness to this need. Camp ASCCA holds an annual camp for the physically disabled in conjunction with its Teen Week; several groups have been raising money for a Dream Field — a multi-use field designed for athletes with disabilities — in Alexander City; and even the folks at Dixie Sailing Club have looked into purchasing an adaptive sail boat. The point is, don’t let anything hold you back. There’s that old saying about getting back on the horse and trying again. If you set your mind to something and you’re willing to put in the hard work, you can achieve it — regardless of any preconceived notions of what people think you should and shouldn’t be able to do. Lizi Arbogast is the sports editor of The Record.
Player Stoneback became a pitcher at 8 years old when the Reeltown youth league needed another girl in the circle. Stoneback’s father, Jason, played baseball, and although they both started out as catchers, Jason quickly learned how to help his daughter by watching YouTube videos. “He’s actually become my pitching coach,” Ayriana said. “He taught himself how to teach me how to pitch through YouTube, and we just stuck with it through the years.” Stoneback, who is committed to Northeast Mississippi Community College, topped out at 67 miles per hour this season, which she said was the fastest in her career. But unlike a lot of great high school pitchers, her biggest strength is not really her speed. “My screwball and my knuckleball are probably my best pitches,” she said. “My screwball because it eats up the hands of right handed batters and it really affected batters, and my knuckleball comes in a lot slower than my other pitches. It comes in about 45, and batters get thrown off by that speed.” Another big factor in Stoneback’s success is her pure strength. While a lot of pitchers tire out throughout a game, Stoneback seemed to get
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Dadeville takes on Tallassee in a 7-on-7 on Tuesday evening.
Tigers face off in 7-on-7 going to get a lot of competition. And Dadeville is in the same situation that we are in, so both teams are really With the start of the 2018 high going to benefit from this.” school football season less than two The two squads made the most months away, teams begin to hit a of their time together, splitting the wall. Hot O’Brien turf into two separate “You can only whip up on the 50-yard camps. On one end of the same guy for so long before you start field, the quarterbacks threw different thinking you are better than you are,” patterns while the receivers battled in Dadeville coach Richard White said one-on-one situations. Tuesday afternoon, “until you line up “It’s a chance to compete,” White against somebody else.” said. “We’ve been doing some stuff White’s Tigers traveled to against each other and that gets Tallassee for a 7-on-7 tangle with the monotonous after a while.” Tallassee Tigers. The other end was a crash course “It’s a chance to get out here and in reading the run as it was the a chance to go against somebody Dadeville read-option versus the different,” Tallassee coach Mike smash mouth Tallassee attack. Battles said. “Our No. 1 group is “Everybody is getting some By GRIFFIN PRITCHARD For The Record
work,” Battles said. “And at this point in the summer, everybody is tired of going against each other. So it’s good to get (Dadeville) over here. It‘s (a chance) to see some different people.” For the hometown Tigers, it’s a chance to see the two competing quarterbacks in head to head competition. Kalvin Levett and Dylan Turner are battling for the starting job. “Those are the two working right now and we’ll make a decision probably when we start fall practice,” Battles said. “We’ll know who’s going to bet the starter.” According to White, Dadeville has two more camps set for this summer, including hosting a 7-on-7 tonight.
Elliott hopes to bring stability to Lyman Ward By LIZI ARBOGAST Sports Editor
Like many private schools, Lyman Ward Military Academy faces its own set of challenges when it comes to keeping coaches and athletic directors for the long haul. But Keith Elliott, who has joined the LWMA staff as AD and head basketball coach, is hoping to change all that. “The process that we’re trying to do here is bring some stability into the athletic program,” Elliott said. “There has been a lot of turnover, and not necessarily just at Lyman Ward, but it’s at a lot of schools. It’s a battle sometimes, but it’s a challenge that I’m up to and I’m excited to take on.” Elliott is a native of Cullman but moved to the Auburn area in 1999. Although he’s not an educator by trade — Elliott spent more than two decades as a supply chain manager for Walmart — he’s spent a lot of time around the basketball court. Since moving to Auburn, Elliott has helped coach the Auburn Raptors, a travel basketball team, and has also been a high school official. He began his work at Lyman Ward in the mid 2000s, serving as the offensive coordinator for the football team. In 2016, Elliott was the head
“The process that we’re trying to do here is bring some stability into the athletic program. It’s a battle sometimes, but it’s a challenge that I’m up to and I’m excited to take on.” — Keith Elliott, Lyman Ward athletic director football coach, and he was asked in February by Lt. Col. Doug Reynolds if he’d be interested in the athletic director’s job. Becoming the head basketball coach seemed like the obvious next step after being named AD. “Basketball is something that has really always been a passion of mine,” Elliott said. “It was also an opportunity where I could take on two roles, so it really helps the school out.” Elliott’s coaching philosophy for basketball is living by the mantra, “Defense wins championships.” “Basketball is a team sport, and you win games by playing defense,” Elliott said. “My philosophy is that we’ll press a lot and we’ll run a lot of traps and half-court traps. Offensively, I tend to like to run the flex offense for the most part. I’m not against pushing the ball down the court if we can get out. I think
people enjoy a fast-paced game, so that’s what I want to bring in my basketball philosophy. But if you can’t stop anybody, you won’t win many games.” Elliott’s first big task as athletic director is to hire a new football coach, as the season is just around the corner. He is hoping to fill those shoes in the next few weeks. But being a military boarding school poses a distinct challenge of not really knowing much about the team until the players arrive on campus in August. “The biggest thing from year to year is trying to establish some rapport with students and even with the parents,” Elliott said. “That’s one thing our new president is big on is communication, and I think that goes a long, long way. And we have made some changes to help us be more successful from an athletic standpoint.”
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stronger and stronger with each inning she pitched. Because the Rebels spent so much time on the tournament trail this year, Stoneback’s steady improvement really worked to their advantage. “She does get stronger throughout the game, and with all those tournaments we played, she’d rather play back to back,” Hilyer said. “It was during those long breaks that she would get stiff, but if we play and have only like a 20- or 30-minute break, that keeps her loose.” Stoneback had a litany of success stories to choose from this year, but she felt her best personal game of the year was the Rebels’ second game of the season — a 3-0, five-inning victory over Tallassee. “I threw a perfect game against them and it was the first perfect game I’ve ever thrown,” Stoneback said. “We are rivals with them but we don’t get to play them a lot, so I knew I had to pitch really good that day and my team had my back.” It wasn’t just Stoneback’s pitching that helped the Rebels, either. She was a force to be reckoned with at the plate, finishing with a .346 batting File / The Record average. She drove in 23 runs Reeltown’s Ayriana Stoneback wasn’t just the best pitcher in the area; she with 30 singles and seven doubles. was also a top hitter. She is the Record Softball Player of the Year.
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would spend the night away at most of those, so I can pull from a lot of memories. Everybody just respected and loved each other.” Hilyer is a longtime coach and got her first head coaching stint at Central Coosa, where she spent one season before coming to Reeltown in 2016. Not only was the team advancing to state a big team accomplishment, but it was also a notch in Hilyer’s belt. “I’m very proud of the girls and I’m very happy for the community,” she said. “I’m excited to because this was my first time going to state as a coach. On a personal note, that was exciting for me. This team also had the most wins at Reeltown for a fast-pitch softball team, so they accomplished a lot this season.” Forever humble though, Hilyer didn’t want to take sole credit for the Rebels’ success, saying “it takes a village,” and her village included assistant coaches Gary Baker, Lisa Langford and Jason Cowart.
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Jones introduces civil rights cold case bill STAFF REPORT TPI Staff
Senator Doug Jones introduced a piece of legislation in the U.S. Senate Tuesday mandating the review, declassification and release of government records related to unsolved criminal civil rights cases. The Civil Rights Cold Case Records Collection Act of 2018 is necessary, Jones argued, because the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) as currently written has prevented the timely and adequate disclosure of executive branch records, and congressional records are not subject to public disclosure under FOIA. In addition, some of these records, although almost 50 years old, remain unnecessarily classified or shielded from public view. Jones’ bill will require the National Archives and Records Administration to create a collection of government documents related to civil rights cold cases and to make those documents available to the public. Specifically, Jones’ bill requires the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to establish a collection of cold case records about unsolved
criminal civil rights cases that government offices must publicly disclose in the collection without redaction or withholding. It also calls for the establishment of a Civil Rights Cold Case Records Review Board as an independent agency of impartial private citizens to facilitate the review, transmission to NARA and public disclosure of government records related to such cases. Joining Jones as an original co-sponsor to this bill is Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). “Having prosecuted two civil rights cold cases in Alabama, I know firsthand the importance of having every available piece of information at your disposal,” Jones said in a press release. “This bill will ensure public access to records relating to these cases and will expand the universe of people who can help investigate these crimes, including journalists, historians, private investigators, local law enforcement and others. “We might not solve every one of these cold cases, but my hope is that this legislation will help us find some long-overdue healing and understanding of the truth in the more than 100 unsolved civil rights criminal cases that
exist today.” Jones, who successfully prosecuted two of the former Ku Klux Klan members involved in the 1963 bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, has long been an advocate for greater access to civil rights cold case records. In 2007, Jones testified before the House Judiciary Committee in support of the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Act that established a special initiative in the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate civil rights cold cases. He spoke about the difficulty of prosecuting these cases so many years after the crimes were committed and pointed to the importance of sharing information in order to find the truth. “We’ve made progress ensuring these heinous acts of violence and hatred are able to be brought to justice — but we have more work to do,” McCaskill, who served as a prosecutor in Jackson County, Missouri before being elected to the Senate, said in the release. “Helping families and advocates get access to these documents could help their push towards justice for these long unsolved cold cases.” Hank Klibanoff, the director of the
Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases Project at Emory University, said in the release, “It is hard to overstate the positive impact that Sen. Jones’s proposed Civil Rights Cold Case Records Collection Act would have on thousands of families who, 40 to 60 years later, have no idea how a father, grandfather, aunt or brother came to a violent death in the modern civil rights era. As a journalist and historian who relies on government-held records in these civil rights cold cases, it’s important to know that our purposes are simple: To learn the truth, to seek justice where there may be a living perpetrator, to tell the untold stories, to bring closure to the families of victims and find opportunities for racial reconciliation.” Jones modeled his bill after the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992, which created an orderly and effective process for reviewing, declassifying and releasing thousands of documents related to the 1963 assassination of President Kennedy. The legislation was also envisioned by schoolteacher Stuart Wexler and his students from Hightstown High School in New Jersey.
New Site Senior Center hosting game night Friday By DONALD CAMPBELL Staff Writer
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A crowd left behind a lot of trash including T-shirts, beer bottles and cans, shoes and other litter at the Land Between the Lakes over the holiday week.
Crowd leaves trash behind on lake By CLIFF WILLIAMS Staff Writer
A party got out of control on Lake Martin in the Land Between the Lakes area over the July 4 holiday week. Enjoying the private property owned by Russell Lands is not the problem, but the trash left behind is. “It just makes me sick,” John Thompson of the Lake Martin Resource Association said. “They had to have left behind at least 1,000 beer cans and bottles. There is all sorts of shoes, flip flops and T-shirts. There is even a life jacket.” Based on the condition and items left behind, Thompson believes the destructive behavior had to have happened in the last few days. “It looks like a Fourth of July thing,” he said. “There are some patriotic things like a tiara with flags and just the condition of the trash left behind. It just looks like it is very recent.” Thompson and other volunteers did not clean it up after finding it Thursday morning in hopes the perpetrator can be found to allow them to clean up the mess. “We wanted to see if some of the items could be identified,” Thompson said. “They left behind what we think are some unique items, the T-shirts appear to be rare and the shoes and flip flops are expensive. Maybe some mother or sibling will recognize some of this stuff.” Similar issues have caused landowners to not allow access on other parts of the lake. The partygoers did not make it easy. “They started to bag some of it,” Thompson said. “Then the bags started to split, but they didn’t even pile it up. They threw some up in the woods.” Thompson explained many who know the Land Between the Lakes will know the spot. “There is an old pier that has been there forever,” he said. “They like to hang out on the pier.” Thompson is also familiar with the Land Between the Lakes. “I paddle my kayak around there a lot,” he said. “It is undeveloped and pristine. It really is a nice place.” Thompson was caught off guard by the vastness of the mess. “It really surprised me,” he said. “It is just awful. We thought we had some good controls in place like the Treasured Mile program and the awareness of the Treasured Lake status.
Adding new events to the activity calendar, the New Site Senior Activity Center will be hosting its first-ever game night event Friday beginning at 5 p.m. Running from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday’s game night gives area seniors the chance to come together when those who may work during the day can join in and have some fun with their neighbors and friends, 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
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The New Site Senior Activity Center will be hosting its first-ever game night event Friday night beginning at 5 and running until 8 p.m.
these will 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.”
Young dismisses suit claiming negligence against multiple parties and the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department allowed an off-duty deputy to transport the man to a Judge Tom Young dismissed a home without proper paperwork. suit filed earlier this year by a local DHR, which is represented by man and his siblings against the Kimberly Dobbs, argued the statute Alabama Department of Human of limitations has run out and the Resources, one of its employees, State of Alabama cannot be sued in the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s this case. Department and Coosa Valley “We think there is a big problem Medical Center alleging their late with time lag,” Dobbs said last father’s rights were violated when month in a hearing. “They sued a he was committed to a home in worker individually. She is protect2013. ed and the state has sovereignty.” Young said in his ruling earlier Thomas Radney represents this week, “Having considered Tallapoosa County and the sheriff’s the above-referenced motions, the department and argued the departpleadings on file, and the statements ment was never served in the suit so made in open court, the Court finds a default judgment seeking $5 milthat these motions are well-taken. lion is not in order and also argued The Plaintiff’s claims arise from deadline for statute of limitations acts and omissions that are alleged had passed. to have occurred in 2013. As a The new suit filed in March of result, the Plaintiff’s claims are this year also names Coosa Valley untimely.” Medical Center. The hospital was Gregory A. Pulliam, Melvin represented by Phillip Sellers, who D. Ross, Sandra Taylor, James A. also argued the statute of limitations Pulliam and Larry Pulliam filed a had passed. complaint in March on behalf of the “The tort claims passed with Mr. estate of the late Larry A. Pulliam, Pulliam,” Sellers said at the hearing. alleging Pulliam was not properly “He would have to had to filed the evaluated before being committed malpractice before his death.”
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The Pulliams argued at the hearing they had filed suit May 3, 2016 with the Alabama Supreme Court which declined to take it, stating it needed to be filed with circuit court, which the Pulliams did May 26, 2016 but also filed an affidavit of substantial hardship to avoid prepayment of court costs and that this is a consolidated case from then. Judge Steve Perryman denied the hardship, so, technically the suit was never filed in 2016. “The 2016 filing was never recognized by the clerk’s office because the filing fee was not paid,” Radney said. “This is a new 2018 case number alleging facts and circumstances of 2015 and earlier.” Young said he had some familiarity with the situation and agreed the old case was never filed. “I have had some dealing with this case as a special probate judge,” Young said. “There was never really an old case because the court never recognized the affidavit of substantial hardship.” Young’s order dismissed the case with prejudice basically meaning the lawsuit is over. It is open for appeal for a limited time.
Two boat crashes over the holiday week week starting with Friday, June 29 through Sunday, July 8. Buchanan said Marine Patrol With a long holiday week one responded to two accidents with would think there would be a lot property damage. of accidents and other incidents on “One was a hit and run type Lake Martin, but things were relacrash that occurred in the Willow tively safe on Lake Martin for the Point area,” Capt. Gary Buchanan Fourth of July. said in a statement. “We are still The Alabama Law Enforcement searching for the personal waterAgency (ALEA) defined the holicraft that left the scene.” day as ending July 5 at midnight, On social media, the hit-and-run but with the holiday falling in the incident was related to the major middle of the week, many took the littering incident in the vicinity of entire week to enjoy the waters and Land Between the Lakes. shorelines of Lake Martin. ALEA “As I understand it, those two Marine Patrol Capt. Gary Buchanan things became related due to reported numbers for the long Facebook posts,” Capt. Buchanan
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said. “We don’t have any information that the two things are related.” Buchanan explained the other accident happened on the other side of the lake. “The other accident happened in the Wind Creek Farms area,” he said. “A bass boat lost control after hitting the wake of another boat and ran aground.” No serious injures were reported in either incident. Buchanan reported that Marine Patrol Troopers did arrest one boater for boating under the influence. They also wrote 34 citations and issued 142 warnings over the long week.
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Heat and weather has slowed the bite but fishing still remains good on Lake Martin.
Fishing still good this summer, officials say stripers are spooked a little.” Hare said he has been 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
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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
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
CommunityCalendar Today is
Today - July 13
EARLY ROSE DISTRICT CONGRESS: The 59th Annual Session of the Early Rose District Congress of Christian Education is July 9-13 at 9 a.m. daily at Miracle Missionary Baptist Church.
Today - July 31
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM: Registration for Faith Christian Academy’s After School program 2018-2019 will be July 9-31 for school-aged 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. 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, eatin 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 preregistered vendors are eligible to receive a $100 Hobby Lobby gift card. For more information call 256-
827-9857 or email at frslatter@ gmail.com 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. 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 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
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Xan Sanford, Sarah Arnold, Leon Davidson, Twila Gordon, Howard L. Mattox, Harold Turner, Clay Tharpe, Becky Jones and Jimmy Frank Goodman are celebrating their birthdays today.
Sunday, July 15
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House of Prayer. Rev. Michael McCain Sr. is pastor of New Elam #1 Missionary Baptist Church. CHURCH HOMECOMING: New Hope Baptist Church is hosting homecoming services Sunday, July 15 at 10:30 a.m. Covered dish dinner to follow at noon. The Mike Lowery Trio will be singing. Everyone is welcome.
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.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Comer Baptist Church is hosting “Game On” Vacation Bible School July 15 - 19 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for ages 4 through sixth grade. The church is located at 341 East Church Street. Call 256-234-2236 for van pickup.
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.
CHURCH REVIVAL: Haven Memorial United Methodist Church is hosting revival services July
trip,” Hare said. “We are catching them during the day. People are catching big, big 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.”
Jayson and Heidi Reynolds and Bennie and Sonja Yates celebrate their anniversaries today.
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.
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 Church.
Tuesday, July 17
CITY CLEANUP: Please join members of the community, in association with Clean Community Partnership, to help clean up the streets of Alexander City on July 21. Meet in Broad Street Plaza at 8:30 a.m. for supplies and assignments. Contact Jacob Meacham at jacob.meacham@ alexandercitychamber.com for more information.
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. TOUCH-A-TRUCK: First Baptist Church of Alexander City Daycare is holding a touch-a-truck event 9 a.m. July 19. There will be fire trucks, police cars and other vehicles.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Kellyton Chapel United Methodist Church is hosting vacation Bible school July 20 from 5:30 p.m. to
Saturday, July 21
Sunday, July 22
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.
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 GibsonYoung at email@example.com. or call at 334-844-5601.
Saturday, July 28
FAMILY REUNION: The Mahan-Yates-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.
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