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Car buffs pay Tim Wellborn a visit for special inside tour By CLIFF WILLIAMS Staff Writer

Heads were turning as more than 60 cars from throughout the country took a little detour from the main drag of the 24th annual Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour to swing through Alexander City and the Wellborn Muscle Car Museum. Mopar enthusiast Tim Wellborn welcomed the diverse car enthusiast crowd and took a few friendly jabs at the Chevy and Ford fans in attendance admitting there are a couple cars other than Mopars in his collection. “If your dad was a Ford guy, Chevy guy or Mopar guy that is pretty much what you drove,” Wellborn told the crowd at his home garage. “My dad would probably turn over in his gave if he knew there was an LS 6 up there next to his car. Yes, there is one Ford in here. And it is the only Ford I want to keep around. I thought it was pretty cool they retroed back to it like the Challenger did.” Wellborn even took a few jabs at NASCAR and how one American car company tried to answer the success of Mopar’s winged cars on the track. “That was Ford’s answer to the wing car. When it See MUSCLE • Page 9

City schools approve new hires and resignations By DONALD CAMPBELL Staff Writer

Tim Wellborn opened his personal garage at his home, above, to about 100 people taking part in the Power Tour Tuesday. The home garage includes a favorite car of his, that which he and his wife dated in. Bottom, guests take in the museum on Jefferson Street.

Camp Hill honors former firefighters By CLIFF WILLIAMS Staff Writer

Volunteer fire departments are staffed with a special breed. Camp Hill honored several of their former volunteers who have either passed away or have had to give up their duties for medical reasons Monday night.


“Volunteers and first responders, people don’t realize all that you do,” Rev. Craig Guy said at the ceremony in the truck bay of the Camp Hill Fire Department. “People don’t think about the training that you have to go through. They don’t have any consideration Cliff Williams / The Outlook about how dangerous it could Dean Bonner presents Jack Jarrell a proclamation from See HONORS • Page 3 the Town of Camp Hill honoring his service.

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Jurors heard testimony and saw dozens of pieces of evidence including pictures of the scene and the body of Norman Crayton, the alleged murder weapon, shell casings, fired projectiles and other items Tuesday in the murder trial of Clate McDaniel. McDaniel is accused of murder in the Jan. 17, 2016 shooting death of Norman Dean Crayton after hunters had found Crayton’s body in a wooded area off Barron’s Bridge Road south of Dadeville. In all seven witnesses took the stand including hunter Pete Simpson who had leased the land and made the discovery of Crayton’s body. Others included the first See TRIAL • Page 9

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The Alexander City Board of Education held its special board meeting for personnel matters Tuesday morning, approving four resignations, four new hires, five contracts and 10 supplements for the upcoming school year. During the meeting, the board approved the resignation of Benjamin Russell math teacher Chase Horn, Stephens Elementary School special needs teacher Tomoneisha Fredericks, Stephens secretary Roxanne Kelly and Stephens principal April Neese. See CITY • Page 3

County schools update policy, student handbook By DONALD CAMPBELL Staff Writer

During Monday night’s meeting, the Tallapoosa County Board of Education reviewed policy changes and the latest edition of the student handbook, while also recognizing the achievements of several students and hearing from parents and their See COUNTY • Page 3

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DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend and I have been dating for a year and a half. We are planning on moving to California together in a few months. I flew to Monterey to job hunt, and he is supposed to be flying in soon. However, last night I found out he and his buddy went to a strip club. My boyfriend knows I’m uncomfortable with him going to strip clubs, and he assured me that they would not be going when we spoke on the phone earlier in the evening. He says I’m controlling and childish for being angry at him. I told him it’s either me or the strip clubs -- mostly just to see how he would react. His response was that freedom of choice is very important to him. I even went as far as to say if he feels the need to go to strip clubs, then I would start stripping on the side to spite him. I’m tempted to cancel his ticket to California. I don’t want him flying here if we are just going to fight. Is this situation worth the cost of a relationship? How do I

deal with someone so stubborn to the point he can’t see when he’s in the wrong? Abby, he is in the wrong, isn’t he? -- CHOICE IS CLEAR DEAR CHOICE: A wise woman chooses her battles carefully. If your boyfriend spent more than an occasional evening hanging out in strip clubs, I can see why it would be a deal breaker. But unless you left something important out of your letter -- like the fact that he did more than look -- it doesn’t appear that he does. You escalated the situation and you shouldn’t have. However, if you feel so strongly about strip clubs, perhaps you should consider finding another man to spend your life with because it really isn’t possible


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Mr. Brandon Jones Mr. Brandon Jones 22 of Goodwater, AL died in Atlanta, GA. Final arrangements pending. Final Arrangements Entrusted to Armour’s Memorial Funeral Home.

Mr. Osie Grant McNeal Mr. Osie Grant McNeal 68 of Goodwater, AL died on Monday, June 11, 2018 at his residence. Final arrangements pending. Final Arrangements Entrusted to Armour’s Memorial Funeral Home.

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Alexander City Police Department June 11

• Jordan Paige Andrews, 19, of Kellyton was arrested for possession of marijuana. • Brady Ryan Lashley, 20, of Alexander City was arrested for minor in consumption of alcohol. • Discharging a firearm int an occupied dwelling or vehicle and criminal mischief was reported in Alexander City. • Harassment was reported in Alexander City. • Domestic violence was reported in Alexander City. • Theft was reported in Alexander City. • Criminal trespass and disorderly conduct was reported in Alexander City. • Possession of a controlled substance was reported in Alexander City. • Possession of marijuana was reported in Alexander City. • Forgery was reported in Alexander City. • Forgery was reported in Alexander City. • Harassment was reported in Alexander City. • Theft was reported in Alexander City. • Harassment was reported in Alexander City. • Burglary and theft was reported in Alexander City. • Harassment was reported at Catfish Place. • Theft was reported at Hillabee Towers. • Theft was reported on Jefferson Street. • Negotiating worthless instruments was reported in Alexander City. • Harassing communications was reported at Heatherwood Apartments.

DEAR ABBY: My 33-year-old daughter recently moved back home after failing to finish a graduate program. I discovered she was an alcoholic a few years ago and encouraged her to get treatment. She was in an outpatient recovery program and making progress, but recently relapsed. Before her relapse, her dad and I helped her to buy a business, which is not doing well. Her employees quit, and she lost a lot of income. She started going to AA meetings, and hired some people she met who attend and live in a halfway house. I regret helping her, and I now realize I must stop all interactions with her. She has a huge sense of entitlement and does not appreciate my help. I feel I have failed as a parent and hope I can move past this and work through my depression. Any advice you can offer is welcome. -- BEST

• Harassment was reported on Flint Hill Place.

June 10

• Billy Wayne Coleman, 32, of Dadeville was arrested for two counts drug trafficking, possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance. • Theft was reported in Alexander City. • Domestic violence was reported on Peppers Road. • Assault was reported in Alexander City. • Domestic violence was reported on South Road Court. • Criminal trespass and criminal mischief was reported on Hillabee Road. • Domestic violence was reported in Alexander City. • Criminal mischief was reported on S Street. • Criminal trespass was reported in Alexander City.

June 9

• Burglary was reported on Watson Place. • Two counts of drug trafficking was reported in Alexander City. • Unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle was reported in Alexander City. • Theft was reported in Alexander City. • Theft was reported in Alexander City.

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MOM I CAN BE DEAR BEST MOM: You have not “failed” as a parent. Your daughter has an addiction. Her addiction is not your fault. Substance abusers have been known to fall off the wagon on their road to sobriety, and this is what happened to your daughter. It would be helpful for you to talk about your depression with a licensed mental health professional who is familiar with addictions, and to attend some Al-Anon meetings. Because you feel your relationship with your daughter has reached the point that she can no longer live with you, tell her she must make other living arrangements and set a date for her to move out. Do not do it in anger. In fact, it may be better for both of you. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

• Criminal trespass was reported on Parsmith Drive. • Harassment was reported on Midway Circle. • Burglary was reported on Robinson Road. • Possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia was reported. • Possession of a forged instrument was reported in Alexander City. • Theft was reported in Alexander City. • Theft was reported in Alexander City. • Domestic violence was reported on DeJarnette Road. • Domestic violence was reported in Alexander City.

Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department June 11

• Kercelia Watts of Coley Creek Road in Alexander City was arrested on an outstanding warrant for probation violation and possession of marijuana first degree.

June 10

• Jimmy McCain of Center Street in Alexander City was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear domestic violence third harassing communications.

June 9

• Eureka Shardae Thomas, 24, of Alexander City was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and attempting to elude a police officer. • Harassing communications was reported on Walton Road.

• A resident of Monroe Street in Tallassee filed a report in reference to theft.

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town hall at 6:30 p.m., all Jackson’s Gap citizens are encouraged to attend. • Kellyton Town Council meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the community center in Kellyton. • New Site City Council meets the first and third Monday of the month at 5 p.m. in the Conference Room in the Town Hall. • Ray Water Authority meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Ray Water Authority Office. All customers are invited to attend. • Rockford Town Council meets the second Tuesday of each month. Meetings are held in town hall at 7 p.m. • Tallapoosa County Board of Education meets on the second Monday of each month. Meetings are held in the new central office at 679 East Columbus Street, Dadeville, AL 36853. • Tallapoosa County Commission meets the second Monday of the month at 9 a.m. in the courthouse in Dadeville, with a pre-meeting also open to the public 30 minutes before each regular session. • Tallapoosa County 911 Board will meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 5 p.m. in the 911 Administrative office at 240 West Columbus Street, Dadeville. Call 825-8490 for more information. • Walnut Hill Water Authority meets the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited. Call 825-9841 to inquire about the agenda.

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Honors be dangerous. Every time you go to a wreck, it could be dangerous. Every time you go to a fire, it could be dangerous. Every time you go to a home, it could be. Everything you go to could be a dangerous situation.� Guy was thanking those who served and are still serving while explaining most don’t understand what they go through to serve a community they love. “Volunteers go the extra mile,� Guy said. “They have jobs. They go to training. They wake up in the middle of the night to give help. They don’t get a lot of ‘atta boys.’ They are not appreciated like they should be. Volunteers are a

County concerns. Due to recent concerns with the board’s policy on corporal punishment, the board sought to clean up some of the language and make the policy on paddling students clearer. This included, on the section regarding notifying parents corporal punishment had been administered, adding language stating that attempts to notify parents needed to be made within 24 hours, or by the end of the next school day, that a paddling had been administered. After the discussion, the board approved making clarification changes to the policy. The board took the time to recognize Tayler Christian and Jakiyla Gibson, both students at Dadeville High School for their accomplishments in being named state winners of the National School Counselor Association essay contest for high school students. While Christian was absent, Gibson explained a little bit about her essay. “I wrote my essay about Mrs. (Mona) Howard in a creative writing class,� Gibson said, “and talked about what she does for her students.�

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continued from page 1 special type. It is hard to get volunteer. Y’all do go the extra mile. Most will not do that.� Camp Hill Fire Chief David Berry recognized the honorees. First was John Pappion whose son, J.B. and family was in attendance to receive a proclamation from the town honoring the firefighter’s service and also to receive a flag flown over the White House in their honor. “He is a little special to me,� Berry said. “We met in 2000 as we were both working at Lyman Ward. He got to talking about his service and I asked about volunteering. Two days later,

continued from page 1 Along with Gibson, the board honored Derick Oliver, who recently graduated from the sixth-grade at Reeltown Elementary School. Writing a short speech for the ceremony, Superintendent Joe Windle heard the remarks and wanted Oliver to come share them with the rest of the board. “I have made bad decisions, but I realized it was time to grow up,� Oliver said. “Show people that you can be a better person.� “These are two good young students,� Windle said. “These are the kind of students we want to turn out here in Tallapoosa County.� Jennifer Trotman, the parent of several students at Dadeville, came before the board with concerns she has with the way issues are handled at the school. Some of the incidents she recalled included students threatening to kill her daughter, her special needs son having basketballs thrown at his face during PE class, which led him to retaliate and slap the other student and two of her children getting injured on the playground. Explaining that her oldest son has withdrawn and is now homeschooled, Trotman said she does not want to do the

we had a bomb threat at city hall and I said come on. You see, he had EOD (explosive ordinance disposal) experience from his days in the Air Force. We did the building search and from that day he was there every time we had a call. John dedicated a lot of time and effort to the fire department.� Council member Dean Bonner was appreciative of Pappion’s sacrifice. “His sacrifice hurt,� Bonner said. “Every step he took hurt from cutting people out of cars and getting them on a ‘Lifeflight’ to fighting fires to sometimes putting bodies in body bags hurt him.� The hurt came from an injury while in the Air Force where he noticed a truck bomb and got people to an interior stairwell. Pappion was injured in the attack, but

same with her other children, but feels she almost has no other choice but to pull them out and send them elsewhere. “I’m tired of having issues,� Trotman said. “We need to make children aware that calling others a snitch is wrong and is another form of bullying. I would like to see the school improve.� “Can we explore this and see what can be done at the next work session?� board member Betty Carol Graham asked, to which Windle replied in the affirmative. Following several recommendations from a committee made up of school officials along with a handful of parents and students, the most updated version of the code of conduct student handbook was presented to the board for their consideration. Many of the changes were cleaning up the wording of certain portions of the code of conduct and updating certain policies based on the changes of board policy over the past year. The board entered into an executive session for approximately 20 minutes during the meeting to discuss a petition from the parent of a Dadeville High School student. Following the session, the board voted to table the issue until the next board meeting in order to better consider the matter.

did not let it stop him from serving the Camp Hill Fire Department. Pappion passed away Oct. 16, 2017 and finished his career as a lieutenant. “Ronnie Sargent is having medical issues and cannot attend tonight,� Berry said. “He would do anything we needed him to do. He could do it all.� Berry asked for special

Page 3 prayers for Sargent and his wife, who both are suffering from medical conditions. Jack Baker was also remembered and the flag flown in his memory at the White House and proclamation were given to Will York to deliver to Baker’s family. Berry recognized one retired fire fighter in attendance who is lucky to still

be here. “Jack Jarrell had a massive stroke a few months ago,� Berry said. “He is standing on his own now.� Berry explained Monday’s ceremony was well deserved and should have been done a long time ago. “Tonight we are doing something special to honor you all,� Berry said. “It is long overdue.�

City The board also approved hiring Donna Barrett as the bookkeeper at Alexander City Middle School, Duanna Couey as a special needs teacher, Kristin Williams as a special needs paraprofessional and Monica Noles as a system psychometrist. Having been named the new head football coach at BRHS, Kevin Smith was given a change in his contract, while the board approved other contracts with Justin Ward and Tina Knight as contract paraprofessionals, James Mitchell as an in-school suspension paraprofessional at Radney Elementary School and Radney Assistant Principal Dr. Mary Holloway to become the new principal at Stephens. “I am looking forward to going to Stephens,� Holloway said. Lastly, the board approved supplements for Caleb Wyckoff as the track coach at BRHS, Kristi Jordan for summer services in the special needs department and Shona Butcher, Alice Owens, Christale Tuck, Fadra Rogers, Wanda Brooks, Rachel Latham, Kimberly Nickels and Vanessa Norris as teachers for the Jump Start program. Following the personnel matters, Board President Michael Sturdivant showed the other board members a possible timetable in the process of hiring the next superintendent. After talking with representatives from the Alabama Association of School Boards, it was determined that the search could wait to start until after the new school year

continued from page 1 begins. Under this potential timetable, meetings with all involved parties would begin in late August, while interviews with the finalists for the position would take place in early November, and a decision reached around Thanksgiving, all with the hope of having the new superintendent in place by Jan. 1, 2019. Sturdivant said the board did not have to take any action at this point, he just wanted to show a potential timeline for the process. “This timeline is a good one,� Cooper said. In other matters, the board was given a proposed

meeting schedule for the 2018-2019 school year to be voted on at the next board meeting, while Cooper reminded the board members they will be voting on the position of board president at the next meeting as well. The board also approved an out of state field trip request for business tech students at Benjamin Russell to attend the Microsoft Office Specialist National Competition in Atlanta. The next meeting of the Alexander City Board of Education will be Tuesday, June 26 beginning at 5 p.m. at the Board of Education offices.

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here’s a high-profile murder trial going on in Dadeville this week and while testimony began Tuesday a day was taken to pick a jury that will weigh the evidence and arrive at a verdict. There were about 80 folks who answered the call and reported for jury duty for the two-week term, despite having work, family and personal obligations. They sat for hours at a time, not knowing whether they would be picked to serve as jurors during a trial or not. In some cases they may lose a portion of their wages, time with their family or let work or stuff at home wait. We congratulate them and thank them all for their service. The system would not have worked without them. During the time these jurors served, 29 cases were settled by pleas, while two went to jury trials where they had to decide a person’s fate. If all those cases had gone to trial you would have been looking at more than a month of legal wrangling. But having a jury ready convinced many to take their punishment and move on. Comedian Norm Crosby one said, “When you go into court you are putting your fate into the hands of 12 people who weren’t smart enough to get out of jury duty.” We respectfully disagree. The idea that if you’re smart enough, you can get out of jury duty is the oft-used, and seemingly funny, response to anyone facing a jury summons. Most people understand that a fair and impartial jury is a fundamental element of our justice system — they just don’t want to be the fair and impartial juror. But we applaud those citizens who didn’t see it that way and chose to do their civic duty. We would encourage anyone who is called in the future to not look for reasons to avoid this duty, but instead go and serve as a juror. You will be helping you fellow residents get the fair and impartial legal treatment they deserve.

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T.C. Coley represents District 1, including half of Coley Creek, the Andrew Jackson subdivision, the southern part of Indian Hill, North Central Avenue, part of Pearson’s T.C. Coley Chapel Road, the Northside community and portion of Spring Hill community. His phone number is 256-212-9316. His address is 2316 North Central Avenue, Kellyton. Steve Robinson represents District 2, which includes the southern part of Steve Robinson Alexander City, the Cedar Creek area, Ourtown and Willow Point. His phone number is 256-6540047. His address is 300 Heritage Drive Alexander City. John McKelvey represents District 3, which includes Jackson’s Gap, Hackneyville, New Site and Daviston. John McKelvey McKelvey currently serves as chairman. His phone number is 256-794-4405. His address is 1285 Freeman Road, Dadeville. Emma Jean Thweatt represents District 4, which includes Dadeville, Pace’s Point, northern Camp Hill, Buttston, Emma Jean Thweatt Dudleyville and part of Eagle Creek. She can be reached at 825-4207. Her address is 585 Brookwood Circle, Dadeville. George Carleton Jr. represents District 5, which includes southern Camp Hill, Red Ridge, Walnut Hill, Union and Pleasant

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know suicide. I know it well. In 2000, one month to the day after my first daughter was born and one day after my younger brother’s birthday, my father took his own life. In his case there were many precursors. He became addicted to pain medication (opioids) after a serious car accident. The addiction led to his depression – an underestimated mental illness. It was 1978 and my father was a passenger in a car that collided head-on with another vehicle on Graveyard Bridge in Tallassee. Some of you may remember reading about it. I was a year old. From that point on, his life was never the same. His timeline was split into life before the wreck and life after the wreck. It was bad. After the wreck, life became a rigorous schedule of doctors’ visits. He could no longer work and provide for his family. He was not the man he was before. Before the wreck, he was one of the most vibrant men in the world. His charisma preceded him. That’s what the wreck on Graveyard Bridge took from him more than anything. My parents divorced a few years later and my dad moved to Florida where he was able to receive top-notch medical care.

“The norm for us is to dance around the topic.” CARMEN RODGERS Staff Writer And while the first-rate doctors in the Sunshine State were able to treat his physical pain, nothing was done to treat his mental illness. Mental illness is real. Sometimes the sufferer explodes, as in Parkland or Columbine. Sometimes the sufferer implodes, like my father. Mental illness deserves equal recognition to other serious health issues. It is an illness that we have to talk about. Even I, the daughter of a suicide victim, am guilty of not talking about it. Here it

is 18 years later and our family has only discussed it a handful of times, seldom using the word “suicide.” The norm for us is to dance around the topic. That has to change. Thankfully, there are resources out there, such as the nationwide suicide prevention lifeline, and, locally, the S.O.A.R. Inc. crisis line, to help those struggling with thoughts of suicide. However, it is up to the individual to take advantage of these resources. Talk and share information about available resources with others. If you know of someone who may be struggling, please reach out to him or her. Today. Call and say hello. Let that person know that they are loved and the world needs them in it. Empathy and compassion are two things the world cannot have enough of. These are attributes that need to be practiced and strengthened. Yes, it is uncomfortable, but it could save a life. I am challenging all of you to start the conversation. I know it is difficult. But if that conversation helps just one person, it is worth it. Carmen Rodgers is a staff writer for The Herald. She can be reached at carmen.rodgers@

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ow that the dust has settled from last week’s gubernatorial primaries, let’s analyze the outcome. Governor Kay Ivey and Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox won very impressive victories. Ms. Ivey beat three well-financed opponents without a runoff. She trounced them. She garnered 56 percent of the vote to 25 percent for Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle. Evangelist Scott Dawson and Mobile State Senator Bill Hightower brought up the rear with 13 percent and 5 percent respectively. All three men worked hard and raised money. It was a daunting task to defeat a sitting governor. The challenge now goes to youthful, vibrant, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, who captured the Democratic nomination with a brilliant and impressive victory. Maddox’s win may have been more impressive than Ivey’s. He had to defeat a field of five. He did so, like Ivey, without a runoff. He also received 55 percent of his primary vote. His closest challenger was former Alabama Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb, who got 29 percent. Former Cullman State Representative James Fields ran third in the Democratic primary with 9 percent of the vote. Polling revealed three months out that Kay Ivey had an insurmountable lead. Remarkably, the same polls had her with the almost identical 30-point lead three weeks out. Her numbers were 45 to Battle’s 12, Dawson 9, and Hightower 4 in mid-February and again as late as mid-May. The only way to diminish that kind of lead is to go negative. Battle refused to go negative, which negated any chance he had to overtake her. He was the only one of the three with the financial resources to decimate her numbers. He chose to use his campaign

STEVE FLOWERS Columnist largesse to buy name identification. He is probably planning on making another run for governor in 2022. Thus, making this his get acquainted race. Kay will more than likely not be a candidate for reelection in 2022, if indeed she survives the November general election against the Democrat Walt Maddox. All three dawdled with the scheme to go after Kay’s age, cognizance, and health. The first to use the ploy was Hightower. In a veiled way to draw attention to Kay’s health, he released his medical report. Dawson and Battle followed suit with statements from their doctors saying they were fine. The media took the bait and smelled blood. They caught Kay off guard and off script. She first gave some ambiguous, befuddled response. Then when her campaign handlers had time to survey the scenario, they realized that all the three men did was to get a written statement from their primary physician that simply stated they were in generally good health. Well, Kay could do that. The issue was diffused and laid to rest. Presidential candidates cannot get by with broad, benign statements that they are fine. They are made to reveal their medical records and history. This is sometimes pretty private and quite revealing. Every medical problem, procedure, medication, and disease contracted is shown. There is a reason that Bill Clinton did not release his medical records. The gentleman award in the GOP Primary goes to Mayor Tommy Battle and Preacher Scott

Dawson in the governor’s race and State Senator Rusty Glover in the lt. governor’s race. They were vibrant and positive. Their sincerity and candor were refreshing. They gave hope that good people will enter Alabama politics. However, they also gave renewed credence to the old adage, “nice guys finish last.” This maxim is especially true in politics. One of the most interesting stories of this year’s gubernatorial election is that when Ivey was a student at Auburn University 52 years ago, she cut her teeth in politics campaigning for Lurleen Wallace for governor. Lurleen won that race going away. In 1966, Governor Lurleen Wallace defeated 10 male opponents without a runoff. She is our only elected female governor in our state’s history. Ironically, if Kay is elected in November, she will be our second elected female governor. Ivey also made a special friend at Auburn. She and Jimmy Rane met and bonded at the Loveliest Village on the Plains. Rane, better known as the Yellow Man from his commercials, founded Great Southern Wood Company and has forged it into one of America’s great companies. Rane runs his company out of Abbeville and still resides in his native Henry County. Rane and Ivey have remained fast friends over the years. He has been an integral part of her campaign. He has been her largest personal contributor. In addition, she used Rane’s Great Southern jet to fly around the state on her final day of campaigning. 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.


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CAMP: Mt. Vernon Theatre in Tallassee is hosting a theatre camp for kids daily through June 14. VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Wayside Baptist Church is hosting “Game On” Vacation Bible School nightly through June 14 from 5:20 to 8:15 p.m. VBS will have music, art, Bible study, recreation and lots of surprises. A free T-shirt is included. For more information, call 256-749-1102. Pickup will be available upon request. VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Orr Street Baptist Church is hosting Vacation Bible School through June 14 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. each night. A meal will be served. VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Lake Martin Baptist Church is hosting Vacation Bible school nightly through June 15 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The church is located on County Road 34 in Dadeville. RABIES WEEK: Many vet clinics in the area are offering $10 rabies vaccinations this week. In addition, Dr. John Caldwell will take his rabies vaccination services on the road June 16. He will be at the Daviston Fire Department from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. June 16 and from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. at Hall Propane in New Site. The $10 fee only covers the rabies vaccination.

Friday, June 15

CONCERT: Mean Mary will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Sundilla Concert Series at the Auburn United Universalist Fellowship Hall. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

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CLASS REUNION: The Benjamin Russell High School Class of 1978 will celebrate their 40th reunion Friday, June 15 at Willow Point and Saturday June 16 at Queen’s Attic.

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CHURCH SINGING: The First Presbyterian Church Choir is presenting its Annual Concert at 5 p.m. in the sanctuary at 371 Jefferson Street. This year’s program is entitled “The Elders Sing the Oldies,” featuring music from the ‘40s, ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. The guest artists will be former Alexander City residents, Brink and Brinkley Norton from Charleston, South Carolina. Admission is free. COMMUNITY CLEANUP: Clean Community Partnership is encouraging volunteers to meet at Broad Street Plaza at 8:30 a.m. Supplies and assignments will be provided to help clean up Alexander City’s roads. For questions, contact Jacob Meacham at 256-234-3461. YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT: Liberty Life Christian Center on S Street is hosting “You are What You Eat” at 6 p.m. The speaker is Charlene Stone and the pastor of Liberty Life Christian is Apostle W.T. Traylor. RABIES SERVICES ON THE ROAD: Dr. John Caldwell will take his rabies vaccination services on the road giving discounted $10 rabies vaccinations. Caldwell will be at the Daviston Fire Department from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. and at Hall Propane in New Site from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. The $10 fee only covers the rabies vaccination. TRADE DAY: Bibb Graves High School Alumni and Friends Monthly Trade Day in Millerville on Highway 9 between Ashland and Goodwater will be held on June 16 from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Refreshments are also available.

Thursday, June 21

SENIORX: Deborah Jones, SeniorRx coordinator will be available

from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce to see if seniors are eligible for assistance with diabetic supplies, liquid supplements or medications. DAY OF ACTION: The Lake Martin Area United Way Day of Action is from 8 a.m. to noon. The projects this year are at Benjamin Russell High School, Dadeville Elementary School and on Main Street. Interested volunteers can download a registration form from the Lake Martin Area United Way website or contact Courtney Layfield at uw211@ or at 256-3293600.

Saturday, June 23

SAVE OUR YOUTH TOUR: The 2018 Save Our Youth Tour featuring special guest Amari Asad will be from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Cooper Recreational Center located at 625 MLK Jr. Blvd. in Alexander City. The theme is “teach, educate and motivate.” Admission is $20 and advance tickets are available. Vendor spaces are also available for $25. All ages are welcome to attend. For more information, call 256-496-4099. BENEFIT PROGRAM: New Canaan Missionary Baptist Church in Camp Hill is hosting a benefit program for Vikki and Porshia Doss at 5 p.m. It is hosted by the Star Wonders and pastor of New Canaan is Rev. Justin Freeman. YOUTH EXPLOSION: The Word Bible Church is hosting a Youth Explosion Saturday, June 23 at 1 p.m. Everyone is invited. FAMILY GAME NIGHT: Bibb Graves High School Alumni and Friends in Millerville will have Family Game Night Bingo from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday, June 23. Begin with hot dogs, pizza, chips, and soft drinks.

Sunday, June 24

FAMILY, FRIENDS and SINNERS PROGRAM: Corinth Baptist Church in Kellyton is hosting a Family, Friends and Sinners Night Program at 6 p.m. The guest minister will be Rev. Len Wilson, pastor of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Goodwater. Rev. Jimmy Brooks Jr. is pastor of Corinth Baptist Church. FAMILY REUNION: The 101st Mann Family Reunion will be at 11 a.m. at Rocky Mount Primitive Baptist Church. All descendants of John Branch will gather for a covered dish lunch and fellowship. For more information call Judy Burgess at 256-216-6108.

Tuesday, June 26

USHER MEETING: The Early District Usher’s meeting will be at 5 p.m. at the Early Rose District Center.

June 28-30

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Hackneyville God’s House Church is hosting Vacation Bible School for all ages June 28-30. Thursday and Friday’s programs will be held nightly from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday’s programs will be from 3 to 6 p.m. with a commencement to follow. The church is located at 9234 Highway 63 North in Alexander City or downtown Hackneyville.

Saturday, June 30

GREAT OUTDOORS DAY: Wind Creek State Park is hosting a Great Outdoors Day. There will be Dutch oven demonstrations, boat rides, birds of prey programs along with archery and kayak training. There will also be a bounce house for children. A hiking tour and tips on camping will be demonstrated with a tour of an RV and boat.

Park entry fees are charged at $5 for adults and $2 for children and seniors.

Sunday, July 1

CHURCH MEMORIAL: The Almighty God Baptist Church is hosting a church memorial service at 2:30 p.m. The guest minister will be Rev. Roosevelt Gregory of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. Rev. Lorenzo Caldwell is the pastor of Almighty God Baptist Church. FIRST SUNDAY FELLOWSHIP: Duncan United Methodist Church is hosting First Sunday Fellowship starting July 1. There will be a meal filled with friendship, fellowship and lots of fun starting at 5 p.m. at the clubhouse adjoining the church. Rev. Wayne Hicks is the pastor.

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

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, the Camp Hill Town Hall at 309 Holley Ave. and the Union Community Center at 4191 Highway 50. Dumpsters will be available at no charge to residents.

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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.

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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

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lex City Grading Company won the Jazz Fest table decoration contest on Friday evening at Strand Park. I don’t know if there are prizes now, or just recognition. Ron and I won several times when the Festival was under Ralph Froshin, for giving back to his customers. Back then winners received a free weekend in New Orleans, just having to get there, buy your food and pay hotel parking. One of these trips, we spent one night of our two-night getaway, as then Hurricane George was on his way evacuation was recommended and all the windows and doors of businesses were being boarded up. We packed to leave for the safety of home right after breakfast. There was lots of traffic with folks fleeing the forthcoming damage. This year was the 27th annual Jazz Fest which was passed along to Russell Lands to organize and arrange. Strand Park got quite packed by the time the second act came to perform. Jon Cleary, who is a fabulous rhythm and blues artist, formerly from Great Britain, now living in New Orleans. All music styles hit the stage, but the best by far was Jon Cleary. He is also a very nice person,and really worked the audience. Cleary and his Gentlemen Band last came to perform at the Jazz Fest in 2006, after a big tour of Australia. He remains just as good with his music.

ROSIE MORGAN Columnist There were two well behaved dogs at the festival, besides the black lab mascot on the Outlook table. One an English bulldog, he was content to chew on a stick and walk around with his master. The other was a large shaggy black retriever with white feet and happy to be at the dance area down front with his owners – a sweet, gentle dog from Verbena. Children had fun as well, throwing large and small balls and frisbees trying not to hit Festival gown-ups. I was so happy to see Dr. Sony Odom there enjoying the fun again. He is now happily retired from the medical business. Ron and I didn’t go to the festival on Saturday at the amphitheatre, lakeside because the weather at our house was so dark and stormy looking as if it was just waiting to pour down. We didn’t want to leave our seven dogs inside by themselves for the second night in a row. A couple of them are afraid of storms and we would not leave them out in bad weather. It really does pay to have a collar with phone number on your dog. Our new neighbors, the Allen’s are building a home and living across from Mrs. Clark’s place. They own two beautiful

large dogs that we met as they are escape artists. Luckily, the collar had phone numbers. ‘Tucker’ and pal got home safely. So, this is also a good way to meet people as well. Collars with tags of information really work. The Chit-Chatters ladies lunching group will be meeting at the “Must Stop Café” in the old part of Wetumpka on Thursday, June 28. To be a part of this non-denominational ladies group, you just need to come to lunch with us. We always have a few laughs and learn something new. Join us at the Must Stop Caf«, the last Thursday of this month at 11 a.m., go ahead and mark your calendar now so you can save that date. Our landline has been out for about two weeks due to all the rainstorms. Each time thunder and lightening get close, the phone will make one solitary ring saying a call is incoming, but then you just get dial tone. We can dial-out, but unable to receive incoming calls. This is such poor service as it happens with all long-range storms and for years. If we had a call coming in about an emergency, we would not know. Stay safe and until next week, keep smiling. Morgan is a community columnist for The Outlook. She is a resident of Nixburg and writes about the events and people of the Equality and Nixburg areas.

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Social Security establishes Compassionate Allowance conditions using information received at public outreach hearings, from the Social Security and Disability Determination Services communities, from medical and scientific experts, and from data based on our research. For more information about Compassionate Allowances, including the list of eligible conditions, visit www.socialsecurity. gov/compassionateallowances. Some illnesses are more disabling than others and Social Security tries to treat everyone with equal compassion relative to their condition. If you think you qualify for disability benefits based on a Compassionate Allowances condition, please visit www. to apply for benefits. McKinney is a public affairs specialist with Alabama Social Security.

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e rent an older house on the outskirts of town. I still own my house but rent it out to a good friend of mine. We just like it out here in what seems like the country. There’s more room for the garden. There’s more room for the dogs to run around. There’s just more room, period. At night, we can see every star in the sky. We hear every coyote within a five-mile radius. We even have all the bugs show every evening when the sun goes down. All. The. Bugs. I guess since there are fewer house out here, ours is lit up like the Griswold’s home to all the flying pests. They apparently come from thousands of miles away each evening. While we’re not quite at that Griswold level, it doesn’t help matters that the house is lit up like the Fourth of July. The other thing that bugs me about the house is the lack of central heat and air. Don’t get me wrong; we are blessed beyond measure. I’m not complaining. I’m just saying it can get hot out here — not “Iraq hot” but hot nonetheless. We had three window units in the house. A few weeks ago, one of them bit the dust, almost literally. It started spitting stuff out. I called an air conditioner expert who offered to help, but after checking its temperature, I discovered that it was real sick, so we decided to pull the plug. It sat out in the yard for a few days. We had lazy dogs on the porch, so we were only missing the trampoline, the washing machine and the broken-down car. On a side note, Lucy really has her heart set on an above-the-ground pool. Bless her heart. Lucy dragged it to the road, and within an hour, someone had pulled over to pick it up, but that was after we’d used it for directions for a friend trying to find our house. “Now go about a half mile past the curve and look for an A/C unit on the side of the road. Turn right there, and we’ll be on the porch next to the dogs,” I instructed. We weathered through the early stages of the summer without conditioned air in the living room. Wait, you’re telling me it’s not even summer, yet. Are you kidding me? It might get “Iraq hot” around here after all. We’d planned on getting a portable unit that has the hose that attaches to the window, but those things were way out of our price range and would have taken up too much

JODY FULLER Columnist space. We don’t really have that much room. Our house was really hot. The two small 5000 BTU window units in the bedrooms just weren’t getting the job done, so I reached out to a friend of mine who works with air conditioners. He’s really a jack of all trades, but I knew he had one for sale a couple of weeks ago. I didn’t really have the money to pay for it. Newborns are expensive, if you didn’t know. Anyway, he still had it, so I asked if he could hold onto it for a few days. Maybe I could go sell some plasma. I then asked if I could pay half now and the other half next week. The house by now was like a sweatshop. He had no problem with that arrangement, but when I got there, everything changed. He told me to pay the other half whenever I could but to use the first half to take Lucy out to dinner and to use whatever was left over to buy some things we needed. He cared about me that much and said that I was family. I choked up a bit. Man, people are good to me, and promise to be good back to them. The past two or three years have been hard for a number of reasons, but I am almost where I need to be. God has blessed me with so many amazing people in my life, and I don’t know where I’d be without Him, my family, friends and the VA. Faith has always been my flashlight through the darkness. When I got home, I tried installing the unit myself — that is, until I dropped it out the window, destroying everything in its path. It literally bit the dust. Fortunately, the damage to the unit itself was minimal, so with Lucy’s help, I was able to get it installed. Actually, all I did was stand outside, and hold it while she did all the work. The house feels so much better. I still haven’t taken Lucy out to dinner with that money but will do so soon. Thanks to another friend, we are going out to dinner tonight. We are truly blessed in countless ways. Jody Fuller is from Opelika and is a comic, speaker, writer and soldier with three tours of duty in Iraq. He is also a lifetime stutterer. He can be reached at For more information, please visit www.

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The Wellborn Musclecar Museum opened for the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour Tuesday. Most of the cars were Mopars but there were some Chevys and Fords. got to about 160 it would Speedway in Hampton, based on the latest craze do this,” Wellborn said Georgia. in muscle cars. Every as he pointed to one of a The finals three days car here has a story and few non-Mopars in the will have the tour making bought with a passion.” museum, arms showing stops Wednesday at With license plates the front end going into Darlington Raceway in from Wisconsin, Michigan the ground. “It is Ford, South Carolina, PNC and several other far away they could not get out Arena in Raleigh, North states, Wellborn did offer of their own way. They Carolina Thursday and a hint at something that trashed about two or three then on to zMax Dragway might happen. of them. Friday in Concord, North “The thing about these “Bill France said no Carolina. cars is they put smiles on more of these things. The Mopar crowd will your faces when think France said no more wing get to help open another about them, when you cars with a Hemi. So they museum devoted to Mopar crank them up,” Wellborn built one with a 305 and it as Herb McCandless said. was still able to hang with opens up. While opinions might the leaders. It scared him “We are opening our vary about who had the so much that he said no museum in Burlington better car, one thing they more of these.” (North Carolina),” all share is the personal The Hot Rod Magazine McCandless said. “There connection to cars and Power Tour is billed as the are thirty cars there. seeing they are enjoyed. ultimate hot rod road trip Everything we got cranks, “I used to sit in that car and traveling car show. runs and drives.” when I was about 11-12 The seven-day, sevenWellborn was happy to years old and dreamed city excursion across see a good many newer of when I would get the the Southeast is 1,300 Mopars in the crowd and keys to that car,” Wellborn miles for those that make thinks his investment in said of one of his father’s the entire trip. It started older Mopars is safe. Challengers. “Those keys Saturday in Bowling “It is great to see were locked up better Green, Kentucky at the the new Challengers,” than Fort Knox. Every Beech Bend Raceway Wellborn said. “I think car in the museum is Park and headed Sunday you will like the older driven. Only one is a static to Chattanooga. Monday, ones and one day you display and it is the car I the the tour was in guys with the new don’t own. I don’t believe Hoover at the Hoover Challengers will be buying in cars that don’t operate. Metropolitan Stadium and the old ones. The biggest smile I get from there some headed I think these is when that big block to Alexander City on their Challengers and Chargers is cranked up and we go way to Atlanta Motor will live on for long time down the road.”

Trial law enforcement officer on the scene Chance Hunt, Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Win Knight, Sgt. Fred White, Inv. Jason Hilyer, Michael Temple who was the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Office case agent in the investigation and Teddy Benda who was a bartender at Col. Tom’s at the time of the killing. Prosecutors Jeremy Duerr, Michael Weldon and Robbie Trease walked witnesses through their role in the case and defense attorney Davis Whittelsey tried to shoot holes in the testimony. An unspent .45 caliber bullet found inside McDaniel’s truck, an unspent round found inside the patrol car that was used to transport McDaniel to the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Office and an ammunition box found inside McDaniel’s truck were presented and identified by Temple. He explained how each piece of evidence was collected, where it was sent and what it was tested for at the state crime lab. Other items that were admitted into evidence were a do-rag and sticking cap found at the scene, bullets taken from the ground beneath a blood pool at the crime scene, bullets taken from Crayton’s body, swabs from blood found at the scene, swabs of evidence found inside McDaniel’s truck, the clothing and boots worn by McDaniel, a blood-stained business card, a gum wrapper, paper found at the scene and a receipt book that had writing that included Lakeside Excavation. There was no testimony Tuesday showing what the results may have been from tests of those items. Temple did testify about game cameras that were found on the property and told jurors there were no images pertaining to the case captured on the devices. “So talk of some of this being on video were just rumors, is that right?” Whittelsey said. “That’s correct,” Temple answered. One of the most emotional moments of the day came when jurors were shown a crime scene photo that showed Crayton’s body as it was found by investigators on Jan. 17, 2016. From a distance the photos showed Crayton face down and naked except for pants and underwear rolled down to the shoes on his feet. A white T-shirt appeared to be near his buttocks and had coloration consistent with having been burned. The photo caused a member of Crayton’s family to burst into tears and sob loudly, but she was quickly assisted out of the courtroom by other family members. As Knight testified, “the shirt appeared to be burned into his flesh.” Knight testified that he didn’t know who was responsible for setting the clothing on fire, but didn’t think it was Crayton. Whittelsey asked how he was able to determine that. “I don’t think he would have set himself on fire,” Knight said. “I know I wouldn’t set my

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continued from page 1 own butt on fire, would you?” Hunt testified about his role at the scene and how he identified Crayton from a tattoo on his arm that said “YEEK,” a nickname that he knew the victim had from Hunt’s dealing with him in the past. He also said he checked his car before he went to the scene and found no contraband. But after McDaniel rode in the vehicle, he found a unfired .45 caliber shell under the back seat near the spot where McDaniel had been sitting. White testified that he was told to try and locate McDaniel and he and Sgt. Ray Arrington were able to locate him stop him inside a Ford truck near the gate at StillWaters, He testified that he found an unspent bullet inside the truck and noticed blood on McDaniel’s pants and boots. Whittelsey tried to probe White for more information about McDaniel’s stop and questioned his knowledge of an alleged violent nature that Crayton was known for. Whittelsey didn’t seem to get the answers he was hoping for. “In my dealings with him as a law enforcement officer, he never gave me any trouble,” White said. “Every time I had to take him into custody, he was always cooperative.” The final witness of the day was Benda who was a bartender and bouncer at the club. But instead of bolstering the account of Crayton’s behavior inside the club that Whittelsey portrayed in his opening statement, he seemed to contradict it. Benda testified that he didn’t observe any actions by Crayton that concerned him while inside the club, but he initially left because Benda wouldn’t allow him to keep drinking on McDaniel’s tab while the defendant was not in the club. He said that he recalled that Crayton did come back in and say he couldn’t get McDaniel awake inside his truck and they did usher him out after McDaniel came to the door and told Crayton to get out of the club, using obscenities as he screamed across the bar. Benda said he didn’t notice the gun on Crayton until he was outside the door. He did say that one person may have complained about Crayton, but he didn’t consider the person reliable. Benda indicated that most of the night, Crayton appeared to be taking care of McDaniel. The jury also watched a video from the crime scene taken by Temple and a series of four videos of McDaniel and another potential witness entering gates at StillWaters shortly after the time Crayton is believed to have been killed. The start of testimony was delayed by about 90 minutes by a lengthy motion hearing at the start of the day. Five times throughout Tuesday’s proceedings attorneys had to talk with judges at length about various objections. Three of those came outside the presence of the jury. Temple will return to the stand at 9 a.m. today.

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7 Alabama State Parks Earn Total of 9 TripAdvisor Hall of Fame Honors STAFF REPORT TPI Staff

Seven Alabama State Parks earned nine Hall of Fame honors from TripAdvisor and 12 parks in the 22-park system earned Certificates of Excellence, including Wind Creek State Park, from the world’s largest travel website. Wind Creek earned Certificate of Excellence for 2018, the second such award from TripAdvisor in two years. Overall, the parks received 16 Certificates of Excellence for 2018. To earn Hall of Fame recognition, a park, attraction or business must have received a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years. The certificates are awarded based on users’ reviews and opinions on The Hall of Fame winning parks are Cathedral Caverns State Park, Chewacla State Park, DeSoto State Park, Gulf State Park, Joe Wheeler State Park, Monte Sano State Park and Oak Mountain State Park. “The most rewarding facet of this recognition is that it comes from visitors’ opinions and rankings,” said Greg Lein, Alabama State Parks Director. “For seven parks to receive Certificates of Excellence for five straight years is remarkable. We are so proud of our staff and volunteers for the hard work they do that is reflected by the high regard our visitors hold in the parks.” According to

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Wind Creek State Park earned a Certificate of Excellence for the second year in a row from TripAdvisor. The 12 of the Alabama State Parks earned the award. Wind Creek’s award was in the state park/nature and parks category.

TripAdvisor, to qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, a business must “maintain an overall TripAdvisor rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least twelve months.” The awards are announced annually in May. The Hall of Fame recognition for the Alabama State Parks

system totaled nine as Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores was recognized in three areas: Beaches/State Parks/Nature & Parks/ Outdoor Activities; State Parks/Piers & Boardwalks, Nature & Parks, Sights and Landmarks, Outdoor Activities; and the Gulf State Park Campground for Specialty Lodging. The other Hall of Fame designees are Cathedral Caverns

State Park in Woodville (Caverns & Caves/ Nature & Parks), Chewacla State Park in Auburn (State Parks/ Nature & Parks), DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne (State Parks/ Nature & Parks), Joe Wheeler State Park in Rogersville (State Parks/Nature & Parks), Monte Sano State Park in Huntsville (State Parks/Nature & Parks) and Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham (State

Parks/Nature & Parks/ Biking Trails/Outdoor Activities). Four parks – or parks attractions – were back-to-back winners, picking up Certificates of Excellence in 2017 and 2018. Those are Cheaha State Park in Delta (State Parks/Nature & Parks), DeSoto Falls (Mountains/Nature & Wildlife Areas/State Parks/Waterfalls/Nature & Parks), Hugh S.

Branyon Backcountry Trail at Gulf State Park (Hiking Trails/Nature & Parks/Outdoor Activities), Lake Guntersville State Park (State Parks/Nature & Parks) and Wind Creek State Park in Alexander City (State Parks/ Nature & Parks). Two parks were awarded Certificates of Excellence for the first time: Meaher State Park in Spanish Fort (State Parks/Nature & Parks); and Rickwood Caverns State Park in Warrior (State Parks/Nature & Parks). The Alabama State Parks is a division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The division maintains 22 parks encompassing approximately 48,000 acres of land and water. These parks rely on visitor fees and the support of other partners like local communities to fund the majority of their operations. Download the State Parks app at For more information about Alabama State Parks, go online to www. Partners Pay the Way. Many a

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018


Is Jay Jacobs being disloyal to Auburn? I

t came as a pretty big surprise to a lot of Auburn fans this past week when it was announced Jay Jacobs had taken a position as executive associate athletic director at the University of Florida. It’s been well documented Jacobs played football at Auburn in the 1980s for Pat Dye and spent more than 30 years working in the athletic department serving in one capacity or another. His final 13 years were spent overseeing the entire department as the 14th Director of Athletics for Auburn University. Jacobs has dedicated the majority of his adult life to serving his alma mater. In so many ways, he is the epitome of an “Auburn Man.” I think that’s why the news of his sudden employment by a rival university evoked a somewhat negative response by a lot of AU fans. Is Jacobs being disloyal? Is he thumbing his nose at the university? Is he the Benedict Arnold of the Plains? Well, let’s examine the facts and draw our own conclusions. Is Jacobs being disloyal? I’m going to have to say no. While Jay technically resigned or retired (whichever you prefer) from Auburn, we all know it was at the request of the university. So, essentially he was fired. Of course, there were valid reasons that led to his resignation/retirement/ termination like the scandals involving softball and basketball. That is not in dispute, but Auburn was, in fact, the one that severed the relationship. Therefore, Jacobs has every right to carry on with his life in any direction he chooses, even if that means at a different university. Retiring in your late 50s might seem like an ideal situation to many, but for others, the reality of it is not as appealing. I can certainly understand the desire to remain productive for as long as possible. Is Jacobs thumbing his nose at the university? It’s possible. Again, he served Auburn University for more than 30 years. I have no idea what’s in the mind of Jay Jacobs, but it’s not that difficult to guess. He probably feels as if he was extremely loyal to Auburn his whole life, but when things got a little rocky, the Tigers bailed on him pretty quickly. He might feel like he handled the softball and basketball situations the best way possible. I have no doubt Jacobs will always love Auburn, but perhaps this is his way of showing his former bosses he is still in great demand. Is Jacobs the Benedict Arnold of the Plains? This is a definite no. However, if he had taken a job at Alabama, then the answer would’ve obviously been an emphatic yes. He’s not headed to Tuscaloosa. He’s headed to Gainesville. The Gators are still a rival, but it’s not even close. Scott Stricklin worked in the Auburn athletic department years ago, so there was already a prior relationship. Jacobs has a ton of experience and he’s very familiar with the SEC. The final reason a lot of people have a problem with Jacobs’ departure is financial. He’ll be making $540,000 a year in state retirement. I don’t know what Florida is paying him, but I guarantee it will be six figures. Something tells me most people wouldn’t have a problem if the checks were made out to them. I absolutely think it was time for new leadership in the Auburn athletic department and I also wish Jacobs well on his new venture. Andy Graham is a regular columnist for The Outlook.

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Games to Watch

HBS begins with slew of questions Editor’s Note: Throughout the summer, The Outlook will be exploring the top three games to watch for each area football team, followed by a series about the top players to watch in the area. By LIZI ARBOGAST Sports Editor

Graduating more than 20 seniors — most of whom were integral parts of the team — would leave a lot of questions for any football squad. That’s the boat Horseshoe Bend is in this year. Luckily for the Generals, they have an easier schedule on the docket this year, but they’ll be tested early and often.

Week 0: Dadeville Tigers

In lieu of a jamboree game this year, Horseshoe Bend will play host to Dadeville to start the season, and neither team is waiting around. The Generals and Tigers will kick off the county schedule with a Thursday night game on Aug. 23. Horseshoe Bend has gotten a look at Dadeville already this year, as the teams faced off against each other in a spring game. The Tigers upended Horseshoe Bend, 35-6, but it’s certain neither team gave too much away. Dadeville is one of three teams HBS will face this year that it has never beaten. The Tigers have also never defeated Loachapoka (0-2) and Reeltown (0-16). Dadeville has always had Horseshoe Bend’s number; the teams have met eight times with the closest matchup coming in 2010, an 18-12 loss for the Generals. But they

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Grant Taylor, center, will be one of Horseshoe Bend’s few returners this season.

haven’t met since 2011, so it’s hard to judge how these teams will match up seven years later. Because Horseshoe Bend is kicking off with a game in Week 0, it gives the Generals a chance to play two non-region games and get some of their early kinks worked out before really getting things going in Class 2A Region 4.

Week 3: Reeltown Rebels

Obviously this is one Horseshoe Bend has circled on its calendar. As noted above, the Generals have never beaten Reeltown in 16 tries and are certainly going to want to avenge last year’s loss, as it was a game they felt they could’ve won. But it’s going to be no easy

feat. While Horseshoe Bend graduated almost its entire crew, the Rebels bring back a majority of their squad. Despite losing running back Keke Hughley to injury prior to this matchup, Reeltown ran all over the Generals to the tune of 330 rushing yards. Tre Tre Hughley rushed for 181 yards and a touchdown, and Cameron Faison scored twice on the ground and amassed 133 yards. Both return this year.

Week 7: Vincent Yellow Jackets

This game will be a big one for Horseshoe Bend for several reasons. Although it’s only Week 7, it’ll be the Generals’ final home

game of the year, as they take a three-game road trip to end the season. It’s also the week the Generals are coming off a bye, so they should be refreshed and ready to close out the season strong. This game also serves as Horseshoe Bend’s fourth region game of the year and should give the Generals a good idea of where they stand in the hunt for the playoffs. Last season, Vincent got the best of HBS, 32-22, making the Generals’ postseason hopes seem slim. Vincent’s Christopher Hardie returns this year, and the Generals will have to find a way to stop him after surrendering 355 rushing yards to him a year ago.

2018 HORSESHOE BEND GENERALS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE Date Aug. 23 Aug. 31 Sept. 7 Sept. 14 Sept. 21 Sept. 28 Oct. 5 Oct. 12 Oct. 19 Oct. 26 Nov. 1

Opponent Dadeville Donoho Thorsby Reeltown Central Coosa Loachapoka Bye Vincent Fayetteville LaFayette Prattville Christian

Location Home Away Home Home Away Home

Last Year N/A 18-3 W N/A 22-12 L N/A N/A

Home Away Away Away

32-22 L 42-8 W 40-0 L N/A

Curtis Martin named baseball coach at Dadeville By LIZI ARBOGAST Sports Editor

After just two years under the direction of coach Kyle Caldwell, Dadeville is getting a new man in charge of the baseball team. Curtis Martin, who has been the Tigers’ junior high coach for the last two years, is taking over as head coach. “This means a lot to me,” Martin said. “We have something to play for every year. I’m very passionate about the game, and I know these guys are athletes but they’re student-athletes too. I like to have an impact on them not only as far as sports but in life too. I think baseball gives a lot more lessons than just on the field.” According to Dadeville Principal Chris Hand, Caldwell’s contract was not renewed and Martin was the obvious choice for who to take over as the team’s next coach. The Tigers failed to make the playoffs for the last two seasons but are hopeful this year they can fare better with their drop to Class 3A. “I know we’ve been the smallest 4A

“There’s no substitute for hard work and passion and really in general, the love of the game.” — Curtis Martin Dadeville baseball coach

school for the past two years,” Martin said. “I think we should do fairly well in 3A. I’ve been with the junior high the past couple years too, and we have a lot of talent coming up. I’m excited to start this journey because we have a very talented foundation.” Not only did the Tigers drop down a class, they also moved to a much easier area. Instead of having the likes of Holtville and Tallassee to compete with, now Dadeville will be up against Beulah, Randolph County and B.B. Comer. Because Martin has been with the junior high team recently, he’s hoping his transition to varsity will be seamless because of his familiarity with the players.

He’s also quite familiar with baseball in Tallapoosa County. Martin is a 2007 graduate of Horseshoe Bend, where he pitched and played shortstop. He then went on to play two years at Central Alabama Community College before graduating from Auburn with his bachelor’s degree in secondary social studies. He’s been at Dadeville for the past four years. “Curtis has been coaching our junior high and middle school kids for a couple years and has done a good job,” Dadeville athletic director Richard White said. “He’s had some success for those kids, and he’s very positive.” As far as a coaching philosophy or motto he likes to live by, Martin said he just hopes to have players who love the game of baseball as much as he does. “There’s no substitute for hard work and passion and really just in general, the love of the game,” Martin said. “I want guys that love the game and take it seriously and play with everything they’ve got — every pitch, every game, every practice, day in and day out. I’m definitely excited to get after it.”

New Site’s comeback against Wedowee falls short STAFF REPORT TPI Staff

New Site’s All-Star T-ball team came up just short against Wedowee this weekend. New Site fell, 33-29. But it was a hard-fought win for Wedowee, which was ahead 10 runs in the last inning before New Site mustered up a near comeback by scoring seven runs in the final frame. Makenzie Peavy was the top player of the game, according to New Site coach

Blake Sherrer. Peavy had a clutch home run to help start the comeback for New Site and finished the game with four RBIs. Peavy went 4-for-5 on the night, also collecting three singles.

Dixie Sailing Club to host day camp

Dixie Sailing Club’s youth program will be hosting a sailing day camp on June 28 through 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Although previous sailing experience is not required, campers are required to

have swimming skills. Instruction will expose kids ages 7 to 16 to small boat instruction and large boat cruise. The cost is $75 and will include lunches, snacks and refreshments and a sailing T-shirt. Each participant will need a life jacket, sunblock, hat, swimsuit, a change of clothes and closed-toe water shoes. Registration deadline is Saturday, June 16. For more information, contact Jim Simons at 256-414-4708 or

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June 13, 2018 Alex City Outlook  
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