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Graphic details surface in McDaniel trial Family and friends talk with Clate McDaniel’s defense attorney Davis Whittelsey, top left, as spectators and others leave the Tallapoosa County Courthouse after opening statements in a murder trial that began Monday.

State rests case in murder trial; trial continues today

17, 2016 shooting death of Norman Dean Crayton after hunters found Crayton’s body in a wooded area off Barron’s Bridge Road south of The state has rested in Clate Dadeville. McDaniel’s murder trial – a case that Prosecutors called several witnesses prosecutors have painted as a coldto the stand Wednesday morning as blooded killing with an attempt to the trial restarted, trying to paint a destroy evidence and cover up a crime, picture of the mindset of McDaniel while the defense want the jury to McDaniel and Crayton, a timeline of events and believe it was a man who feared for his life after being threatened by a “coked up” the forensics. Tracy Evans was the last to see McDaniel drunk with a gun defending himself, McDaniel is accused of murder in the Jan. See MCDANIEL • Page A8 By CLIFF WILLIAMS and MITCH SNEED Staff Writers

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Commissioners approve bid for Dadeville track

CHANGES TO CITY ORDINANCES? Dadeville City Council talks potential changes at meeting


A bid was awarded to get the track at Dadeville High School paved and the county will not participate in the annual “Back to School Tax Holiday” after votes by the Tallapoosa County Commissioners Monday morning. The commissioners voted 5-0 to approve the award of a bid for paving of the Dadeville track to Gary Ingram Paving and Grading. Ingram came in with the lowest bid of about $177,000 “I know this is something we have been working on for a long time and with the grant and now this, it looks like it is about to get done pretty quickly,” County Administrator Blake Beck said. “We have what I thought was a very good price and we are excited to see it moving forward.” The county traditionally has not participated in the Back To School Sales Tax Holiday after consulting the Tallapoosa County School Board. The commissioners voted 5-0 to again pass on the special weekend that would give residents a tax break on See COMMISSIONERS • Page A5


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Dean Bonner presents Jack Jarrell with a proclamation from the Town of Camp Hill honoring his service to the community as a firefighter.

‘THE EXTRA MILE’ Camp Hill Fire Department honors former volunteers By CLIFF WILLIAMS Staff Writer

Volunteer fire departments are staffed with a special breed of people. The Camp Hill Fire Department honored several of its former volunteers who have either passed away or have had to give up

County school board updates policy and student handbook

• 260,000 acres of corn planted this year, up 4 percent from 2017 • 470,000 acres of cotton planted this year, up 8 percent from 2017 • 160,000 acres of peanuts planted this year, down 18 percent from 2017 • 350,000 acres of soybeans planted this year, no change from 2017 • Winter wheat planted for 2018 is up 27 percent from 2017


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BOE also honors students, hears from parents at meeting 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

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

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New Site’s Toby Hanson is happy with his corn crop so far, despite it getting in the ground some three weeks late due to the unpredictable weather this year.

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As the Dadeville City Council continues to plan for future progress throughout the city, the council members heard from city building inspector Michael Richardson on a number of topics at Tuesday night’s meeting. Richardson reported the city zoning board held a public hearing Monday night to rezone property at 1016 Young’s Ferry Road, allowing for the site to be used for boat storage. The board voted to recommend that the city council approve rezoning the property. After a motion to suspend the rules to vote on the matter was passed, the council voted to go along with the zoning board’s recommendation and approved the rezoning. An adjacent property was also mentioned as a candidate for rezoning in order to clean up any zoning issues in the area, but any action on this property would have to wait until after another public hearing. Richardson briefly talked about how the zoning board discussed adding a lodging tax for the city, especially if new hotel developments came to town. City Attorney Robin Reynolds said this would require having to amend the business license ordinance. See COUNCIL • Page A3

Weather has created issues for area farmers, gardeners this year By CLIFF WILLIAMS Staff Writer

Farming depends on weather and this year’s weather, while good for local farmers currently, has presented challenges. The cold and snow in January, the mild and somewhat dry spring and instant summer created challenges for farmers across Tallapoosa County. “We were dry to start with,” New Site’s Toby Hanson said. “It held us off for three weeks especially with corn and hay.” The unusually cold freezes in January mixed with unusually warm temperatures created another problem for the Southeast Kiwi Farming Cooperative and Clint Hill in Reeltown. See FARMING • Page A5

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Library Notes loved sitting on his porch watching the birds, deer, and other animals. Mr. Hamby was a US Army Veteran. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, India K. Hamby of Dadeville; daughter, Donna Lyn Lukacs (Kenny) of Fort Worth, TX; grandchildren, Kennan, Riley, and Anissa Lukacs; his beloved dog, Angel; and numerous cousins and other family members. He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Patricia H. Johnson. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Alacare Hospice, 33 Aliant Parkway, Alexander City, AL 35010. Memorial messages may be sent to the family at www.

Mr. Robert John “Bob” Hamby 1936 - 2018 Funeral Service for Mr. Robert John “Bob” Hamby, 82, of Dadeville, will be Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Dadeville First United Methodist Church. Rev. Michael Carver will officiate. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at Dadeville First United Methodist Church. Mr. Hamby passed away on Monday, June 11, 2018 at his residence. He was born on June 2, 1936 in Jackson’s Gap, Alabama to James Rex Hamby and Vesta Banks Hamby. Mr. Hamby was a member of Dadeville First United Methodist Church. He enjoyed watching western movies and Sanford & Son, playing golf, and fishing. He

Langley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Hilda Mae Evers 1927 - 2018 Hilda Mae Evers, 91 passed away Friday June 8, 2018. Mrs. Evers was born March 6, 1927 to the late James and Belva (Gunn) Smith. She was preceded in death by her husband James Ray Evers; sisters, Adell Landrum, Louise Harrelson, and Juanita Evers; and brothers, Alvin Smith and Maurice Smith. She is survived by her daughter, Kay (David) Claybrook; son, Tim Evers; grandchildren, Robbie (Janet) and Jennifer Claybrook. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved doing things for her family including baking and cooking delicious food. She enjoyed working outside and growing beautiful flowers. Visitation will be Monday June 11, 2018 at 9:00-10:45 a.m. at Alabama Funeral Homes and Cremation Centers located at 21927 Hwy 280 in Camp Hill, Alabama. Graveside will follow at Eagle Creek Cemetery located at 7734 Horseshoe Bend Road in Dadeville. Brother David Johnson is officiating. Flowers will be accepted or donations to the Eagle Creek Cemetery.

Stop in the library today at 3 p.m. to participate in a craft for summer reading during our “Libraries Rock” program. It is not too late to sign up for the summer reading program. All ages and abilities are welcome to this free library program. Next Thursday June 21 at 3 p.m. Dr. Magical Balloons will be performing at the library. This is a free event and open to all ages. A giant thank you goes to Dolores Hydock for speaking at Red Ridge Methodist Church on Tuesday this week. Thank you to everyone who came and listened to this great storyteller.

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• The Moscow Deception by Karen Robards • The Pharaoh Key by Preston and Child • The Moscow Offensive by Dale Brown

Story Time is a great free program for parents or daycares to bring their children to. This program has a focus of teaching kids to love reading. This is a fun-filled hour of reading, learning, singing and coloring. Stop in on any Tuesday at 10 a.m. for this awesome program. Library Notes are provided by Dadeville Public Library Director Abbi Mangarelli.

Police Reports Dadeville Police Department June 12

• Complaint filed in the 1100 Block of Fulton Street by a 22-yearold woman against her 49-year-old father for third-degree domestic violence. Warrants pending.

June 11

• Minor accident reported by Jacksons Gap woman. Minor damage, no injuries.

June 10

• An arrest of a 22-year-old Dadeville man on a traffic stop on Owen Street for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. • Complaint filed in the 200 Block of Herren Street of thirddegree domestic violence by an 18-year-old female against her 22-year-old boyfriend. Warrants pending.

June 9

• An arrest of a 28-year-old Camp Hill man and a 36-year-old Alex City man on a traffic stop on US 280 for first-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. • Complaint filed by a local business on US 280 for fourth-degree theft of property (shoplifting) against an unknown subject.

June 8

• An arrest of a 35-year-old Alex City man on a traffic stop on US 280 for one count of failure to appear through Dadeville.

ence to criminal mischief.

June 7

• The charge of menacing complaint filed by a subject on US 280 W. against an Alex City man. Warrants pending. • An arrest of a 20-year-old Alex City man for possession of a controlled substance.

Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department June 12

• Terrell Lykes of Jacob Street in Goodwater was arrested on an outstanding warrant for probation violation. • A business on County Road 34 in Dadeville filed a report for theft of property

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

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

June 8

A resident on Highway 49 South in Dadeville filed a report in refer-

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 into 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 report-

ed 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. • 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.

June 8

• 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. • 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 in Alexander City. • 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.

Jones warns of dangers of automotive tariffs By MITCH SNEED Editor

Alabama Sen. Doug Jones is working to head off potential damage that he and others in

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economy. Speaking to group of Alabama journalists last Thursday morning, Jones said that the proposed tariff will cost jobs and threaten the growth Jones of the automotive manufacturing sector in the Southeast. “We’re now looking at imposing tariffs on allies who are not cheating,” he said. “They’re not doing anything wrong. … It really seems to be a lot of political messaging leading up to the midterms.” Jones estimated that 40,000 people in Alabama were employed in the automotive industry last year, many working in parts suppliers that

are scattered all over the state, including several here in Tallapoosa County. Those jobs, when combined with those at plants that assemble Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota and Kia vehicles, the state’s auto-related exports last year alone reached $7.7 billion, according to Jones. If those numbers are not enough, consider that Toyota and Honda announced a joint plant near Huntsville that will employ another 4,000 in January. Hyundai also just announced $388 million expansion of its Montgomery plant. On the surface, with

so many vehicles being made here, it may appear that the tariff may not have that much an impact. But Jones pointed out that while vehicles are assembled here, many of the parts come from overseas and that would mean added expenses to the company that would be passed on to the consumers. When Trump announced the proposed tariff on Wednesday, he called it a national security issues. Jones said that was hard to believe. Jones admitted that he been reluctant to be critical of the administration, but in this case, he said “the sense I’m getting is one of bewilderment.” He said this move is





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in direct contrast the president’s stated mission to support the growth of manufacturing. “The bottom line is I am as mystified as everyone else as to how the automotive industry is affecting national security at this point,” he said. “And it has yet to be explained by the administration.” Jones isn’t just talking about heading this off at the pass. Jones and Lamar Alexander, a Republican from Tennessee, sent a letter to U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross urging his agency to reconsider the move. “I can’t just sit by while the president’s, I believe, shortsighted proposals threaten (jobs) in Alabama,” Jones said. “The proposal is going to hurt Alabama, plain and simple. “In all candor it seems to me to be a lot of political messaging leading up to the midterms. If history is any judge, they are going to walk back a lot of these things. But what troubles me is that they are going to hold a lot of American jobs hostage in doing this, and I don’t think that’s appropriate. There are other ways to do it.” Just by announcing such a potential move has effects on the markets, he said, and it has the potential to freeze the automotive industry because they don’t know whether to expand or lay off workers. Consumers may not buy cars wondering about the impact on prices, Jones said.

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Another amendment to the city zoning ordinance was brought before the council, changing the ordinance on the percentage of a development required to be a green space. Currently, this amount stands at 60 percent green space and 40 percent impervious surface. It was recommended going to 80 percent impervious surface and 20 percent green space. During this discussion, resident Raphord Farrington said, to avoid drainage problems, some places would need to differ from this and be determined on a caseby-case basis, which Richardson and the council agreed with. Lastly, in reference to the weed and nuisance abatement ordinance, Richardson said there is a spot in Cedar Hill he has been trying to contact the owner about the issue with no success so far. Richardson said he will continue to make an effort in reaching the owner.

As the city council conducted its business Tuesday night, Mayor Wayne Smith wanted to thank all those who turned out to observe the proceedings. “What a good crowd we have here tonight,� Smith said. “At our last meeting, we only had about eight people here. “This shows an interest in your city. We have got to have your input. We don’t just want your input, we have got to have it.�

The council also took action on the following items: • Minutes from May 22 meeting approved. • Following the presentation of a historical marker recognizing the role Alabama Mills played in the history of Dadeville, Smith said it was looking as if the marker and photographs from the mill’s history could go in the Chamber of Commerce building. • With more preliminary information having come in from some of the parties involved, Smith said the courthouse square project

could be ready for bidding very soon. • On the project of relocating power poles in conjunction with the courthouse square project, estimates have been received. • It was announced that the city is still working to obtain evidence tracking software for use by the police department and other city agencies. • Scott Baker with the parks department reported he received an application from an individual wanting a summer job. He said the individual was hard working and ready to go to work, and while Smith said Wednesday he will be interviewing the individual, it was recommended Baker begin the process of bringing the individual on board. • Councilman Dick Harrelson said renovation work at the police department was coming along nicely. • Councilwoman Teneeshia GoodmanJohnson said the upgrades at the sewer plant had been completed and inspected. She also said there will be a beautification

meeting tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the recreation center. “We’re looking for good things from you all,â€? Smith said. • Councilwoman Betty Adams said she received a complaint from a resident about grass along the right-of-way needing cut. It was reported the city handles grass cutting in a regular cycle and the spot in question will be gotten to. • Councilman Roy Mathis said a resident had asked him about when the 40 mph speed limit sign on Miller’s Ferry Road would be changed. Police Chief David Barbour recommended lowering the speed limit to 30 mph, but that the final decision rested with the council. • A motion to pay the city’s bills passed. • Five requests to rent the recreation center were approved.

The next meeting of the Dadeville City Council will be Tuesday, June 26, beginning with a pre-council meeting at 5:30 p.m., with the regular council meeting to follow at 6.


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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.� 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 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

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the issue until the next board meeting in order to better consider the matter. The Tallapoosa County Board of Education also addressed the following items: • Minutes from the May 14 regular meeting and May 21 special call meeting were approved. • The board recognized retiring Child Nutrition Program Director Nina Hollingsworth, wishing her well in her retirement while also noting the hard work she has done in order to grow the county schools summer feeding program and make it more available for all. Hollingsworth was also recognized for being a nominee for the 2018 Clas Leadership Award. • Child Nutrition Program renewal bids from Quality Produce Company and Chillys’ Ice Cream were approved. • The board approved motions to pay the bills, accept the monthly financial report and amend the budget due to carryover of funds. • A request from the Tallapoosa County Extension Office to use the gym at the former Councill Middle School for the 4-H Good Dog program was approved. • The board approved the retirement of Dadeville Elementary School custodian Michael Jones. “He not only has done a good job as a custodian, but he does a lot of good. We appreciate the work he has done and he will be missed,â€? Windle said. • The board approved hiring Phillip Climer as a computer tech specialist, Shelby Saxon as a teacher at

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his guest column responds to the excellent “Letter to the Editor” from M. Dean Martin concerning the recent Fish Consumption Advisory from the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) that lists the Sugar Creek embayment of Lake Martin (Elkahatchee Creek Basin) and advises no consumption of Largemouth Bass. Dean paints an accurate picture of the horrendous conditions in the embayment that existed there for many years. Some history of the Sugar Creek issue is in order. As Dean pointed out, the vast amounts of pollutants being deposited into the Sugar Creek embayment were the catalyst for the formation of Lake Watch in 1992. I still have videos of burgundy and purple colored water coming from the city’s Sugar Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant into the embayment, and approximately 40 acres of sewage sludge lying on the bottom of the embayment during winter drawdown periods. In some places, the sludge measured 8 feet deep! The sludge material contained huge amounts of partially treated municipal waste and textile dyes from both Avondale and Russell Mills. Those dyes included a large number of chemical compounds and many elements such as chlorine, copper, iron and…you guessed it, mercury. Several scientific studies were done by Lake Watch, the city of Alexander City, Alabama Power Company and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management to determine the effects of the contaminants on water quality and to arrive at a solution in the

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in the environment. Always has and always will. But, like “atmospheric sources”, why is it especially prevalent in the Sugar Creek embayment? So after all of the above, what’s my take on the issue? I believe the source of mercury in the Sugar Creek embayment could be at least partially the result of discharges from textile mills over many years. Nothing else makes sense to me. But I also believe the issue is best left as it is, with fish advisories posted as long as ADPH deems it necessary. The contaminants will eventually degrade to a safe level…it’s already happening. Let good old Mother Nature take care of it…she’s done pretty well in the past. Some have expressed interest in having Public Notice signs posted in the Sugar Creek embayment area of the lake. While that might be appropriate, it would likely have to be done at the direction of the ADPH. Lake Watch is preparing a letter to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management and ADPH asking for an update on the fish advisory. Any response will be shared with the Outlook. For those who didn’t have the privilege of knowing Dean’s father, Woodfin Martin, he was a wonderful man who cared deeply about the lake. I can still picture him sitting in the back of the room with his buddy Leon Runnells during early meetings of Lake Watch way back in 1992. Thanks Dean for your concerns and for reminding me of your Dad.

best interests of the lake and the lake community. Clearly there was plenty of blame to go around, and the issue prompted several lawsuits that resulted in settlements, large fines, and expensive upgrades to the city’s sewage treatment plant. Ultimately, the discharge point for the plant was moved to the main Tallapoosa River channel in the Piney Woods area of the lake to obtain proper dilution. Most agencies and people, including Lake Watch, were satisfied with the solution. Now to the question of the source of the mercury in the waters of Sugar Creek embayment ... The ADPH report lists “atmospheric sources” as the reason for the fish consumption advisory, and that can certainly be a contributor. Industrial smoke stacks such as coalburning electricity generating plants usually contain mercury. But that doesn’t explain why the Sugar Creek embayment is the only area of the lake affected. There were some concerns several years ago when leaking fuel tanks at the Exxon Station on Highway 280 across from the large flagpole might have affected Sugar Creek that flows into the lake and is located 100 yards downhill from the station. However, my research has found no connection to mercury in gasoline or in its manufacture. Dick Bronson is the founder We should also understand of Lake Watch and now resides that mercury occurs naturally in Montgomery.

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Thanks to T jurors doing their civic duty T 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 once 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 often-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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Betty Adams

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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.

CARMEN RODGERS Staff Writer My parents divorced a few years later and my dad moved to Florida where he was able to receive top-notch medical care. 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 Tallassee-based 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 Record. She can be reached at carmen.rodgers@

Brownie Caldwell represents District 2. Her phone number is 256-825-4749. Her address is 480 East LaFayette St., Dadeville.

Brownie Caldwell

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.


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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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think about the training that you have to go through. They don’t have any consideration about how dangerous it could be. 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 dangerous. 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 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, 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 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 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.”


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“The sap started moving in the vines,” Hill said when the warmer temperatures came for a brief time in winter. “Then it went below freezing at times. It has created challenges for us.” Hill said they like to see cold weather when timed normally for the kiwi plants to thrive later in the year, but the way the cold came and went and came again created work for Hill and his crews. “When we had those snows, we had young vines die,” Hill said. “ We had a 12 percent vine mortality. That was from freeze damage.” Hill explained they could still salvage many of the root systems from those vines with summer grafting, which they are currently doing. “We have had to grow new plants with new grafts,” Hill said. “We are now re-grafting winter damage.” The vines that survived are not producing as well either. “We have plenty of leaf and canopy,” Hill said. “But we had poor flowering, not what I was hoping for.” Hill said in one variety the flowering was down 50 percent and in another variety it was down 30 percent leading to lower production. “I wanted to see a lot more flowering,”

he said. “It just got knocked back.” While the damage is temporary for Hill as they are figuring out how kiwis will produce in the Southeast, they did learn something. “We used the irrigation system for freeze prevention,” Hill said. “We cut it on at 34 degrees when the temperature was going to drop below freezing. Next time, we will cut it on at 36 degrees.” The cool spring presented challenges for those who like to grow vegetables at home. “The ground was too cool for seeds to germinate,” Jim Ed Abernathy said. “The ground has to be about 65 degrees for that to happen. So things were late coming up.” While the cold hampered Southeast Kiwi Farming Cooperative and gardeners, mostly rain – or a lack of – affected Hanson but not as bad. “It was dry,” Hanson said. “All in all, we are OK. It looks promising going forward. The corn is in the ground and we will be running wheat in a few weeks with soybeans.” Statewide it is estimated that 260,000 acres of corn have been planted this year, up 4 percent from 2017. Cotton planted is forecast up 8 percent at 470,000 acres. Peanuts at 160,000 acres are down 18 percent from the 2017 planted acres.

Commissioners on items like clothes, books, school supplies and computers. The commissioners also approved a proclamation recognizing June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. “We are thankful to the commissioners for the proclamation,” said Brenda Floyd of the Department of Human Resources. “We feel like it helps bring awareness to the issue of abuse and neglect of the elderly.” Resident Lloyd Bryant also addressed the commissioners on an issue with rate changes for trash pickup. She said it appeared Advance Disposal had raised the rates without giving the proper notice that is required in its contract with the county. She asked the commissioners to check on it because it was an issue that could impact people of fixed incomes.

The commissioners also: • Approved minutes of May 14 meeting. • Approved warrants and purchase orders. • Approved a special retail liquor license for Creekside Lodge more than 30 days alcohol license. • Approved insolvents, errors and litigations to clear up all residual issues following the property tax auction and sale. • Approved appointment of Ann Freeman to the Horseshoe Bend Regional Library Board. • Approved appointment of Blake Beck and Al Jones to the Lake Martin Industrial Development Authority. • Approved the appointment of Wayne Reaves to fill the vacated position on the Jacksons Gap Water Authority Board. • Approved a resolution authorizing beginning

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procurement process for professional services related to a CDBG application that will be used to get water service to residents in a part of the Barron’s Bridge Road community. • Approved posting of 15 mph speed limit on Ice Plant Road. County Engineer David Moore said the road had several bad curves and limited sight lines.

Soybeans planted are 350,000 acres with no change from the 2017 planted acres. Winter wheat planted for 2018 is up 27 percent from last year. For the most part, Hanson doesn’t run the big plows but not just to help keep water in the ground. “We are about 90 percent no-till,” he said. “We try not to plow. It costs too much.” Getting everything in the ground has meant Hanson had to put off baling hay, but it has worked out. “Others got their first cuttings earlier,” he

said. “But they were getting a lot of stem. We are just now starting. It is going to be a big cutting. We are producing eight to nine bales an acre. If it continues like this, we will be OK with hay.” Last year the weather hurt production. “Last fall the hurricanes blew a lot of corn down,” Hanson said. “We couldn’t harvest much of it. It really hurt.” Looking forward into the summer, Hanson says things look promising. “The next several weeks should be good,” he said. “The predictions have the rains spread out enough to do us some good.”

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This year we will celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday, June 17. The origins of Father’s Day go back to June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington. Each player takes a turn to draw a Sonora Dodd was the daughter of William Smart. Sonora’s Mother died line from one dot to another. When during childbirth, so Mr. Smart was a single Father to six children, as well a player completes a box, such as a Civil War veteran. Dodd was honored by her Father’s love, hard as the one below, he is allowed work, and dedication to raising his family alone, so she campaigned to another turn. If a player’s turn FUHDWHWKH¿UVW)DWKHUœV'D\7KHKROLGD\œVSRSXODULW\FDXJKWRQDQGLQ allows him to make several boxes 1966 President Lyndon B. Johnson made the third Sunday in June an ofin a row, he can keep playing until ¿FLDOKROLGD\3UHVLGHQW1L[RQPDGHLWDSHUPDQHQWSDUWRIRXU&RXQWU\œV he cannot complete another box. annual festivities in 1977, and it has been observed and celebrated ever Initial each box you create. The since. The holiday now occurs every year on the third Sunday in June. It person with the most boxes wins. is a day that has been set aside to show the Fathers, Grandfathers, and other men in our lives how much we appreciate all that they have done Dad for us. Most people celebrate Father’s Day by giving their Dad a gift or card. Children make cards and presents for their Dads and treat them extra special that day.


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His word teaches us to honor fathers


me to drive a car with a manual n June 19, 1910, shift. He taught me to drive a Sonora Smart Dodd, motorcycle and even attempted to a Christian woman teach me to fly airplanes. He was and daughter of American there when Jesus saved me and he Civil War veteran William came to see me baptized. Not until Jackson Smart, made the first years later did I return the honor of effort to observe Father’s Day. being there when he was baptized. Sonora’s mother died when she was only 16. She wanted God recognizes the importance JACKIE a day to commemorate and of fathers in His word. Genesis WILBOURN 4:20-21 tells honor fathers like her own of Jabal who was Faith columnist who had raised her with 5 recognized as a leader and other siblings. Even with example of excellence in certain support of President Woodrow Wilson skills. He was “the father of those who and President Calvin Coolidge, Congress lived in tents and raised livestock.” failed to set aside a day to honor fathers. His brother Jubal was “the father of all In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson made who play the harp and flute.” God told a proclamation for the third Sunday of Abraham in Genesis 17:5, “I have made June as Father’s Day. It was not made an you a father of many nations.” The official national holiday until 1972 when apostle Paul taught to honor one’s earthly President Richard Nixon signed a similar father is not only a commandment, proclamation. but the first commandment that, when obeyed, has a promise of things going As a little girl, my dad would hold a well and living long on the earth. bicycle upright and steady it until I sat down and placed my feet on the pedals and My dad has been in the presence of then he would give me a push so strong the Lord since 2010. I can’t say Happy I thought a cannon had blasted me into Father’s Day to J.R. Brown, but I can space. He never showed me how to use make a promise to spend eternity with him. the brakes because he was always there to hang on tight to the back of the seat if I Jackie Wilbourn is a member of Bethel got too fast or started to tip over. My dad Baptist Church, a chaplain with the was there to put the first worm on my hook Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief Team and to get the first fish off. He was there and a regular faith columnist for The to bounce around in the car as he taught Record.

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Rocky Mt. Baptist New Site community

New Beginnings Baptist 1076 Coley Creek Rd.

Seleeta Baptist Booker St., Alex City 256-329-2685

New Concord Baptist Off hwy. 49, Dadeville, 256-825-5390

Shady Grove Baptist Jackson’s Gap Community

New Elkahatchee Baptist Elkahatchee Rd., Alex City 256-329-9942

Faith Assembly of God 590 Horseshoe Bend Rd., Dadeville 256-825-7741 River of Life Worship Center 407 Hillabee St., Alex City, 256-329-9593 INDEPENDENT BAPTIST Liberty Baptist 1365 Hillabee St., Alex City 256-329-8830 New Life Baptist County Road 14, Alex City, 256-329-2635 Victory Baptist 280 By-Pass, Alex City West End Baptist Off 280 West, 256-234-2130 BAPTIST – MISSIONARY Bethlehem Baptist New Site

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Zion Hill Missionary Baptist 583 S. Broadnax St., Dadeville BAPTIST – SOUTHERN Bay Pine Baptist 1480 Bay Pine Rd. Jackson’s Gap, 256-825-4433

Cedar Street Church of God 711 Martin Luther King Blvd. Alex City

New Hope Baptist Lake Martin, off Hwy. 63 256-329-2510

Dadeville Church of God 425 Horseshoe Bend Rd. (Hwy. 49 N.) Dadeville 256-825-8820

New Life Baptist Jackson’s Gap, 256-825-6190 / 256-329-2635

Marshall Street Church of God 428 Marshall Street, Alex City 256-234-3180

New Pine Grove Baptist Off Hwy. 22, Perryville

New Faith Tabernacle A.C.O.P. Church of God “J” Street

New Providence Baptist Pearson Chapel Rd., Alex City

New Harvest Ministries Church of God Hwy 280 & Coosa 28 256-329-2331

Flint Hill U.M., Alex City 256-234-5047 Goodwater U.M. Main St., Goodwater, 256-839-6661 Haven United Methodist 354 Christian St., Alex City 256-329-8394 Hillabee Campground UMC 120 CC Road, Alex City Sunday School 10am Sunday Service 11am Kellyton U.M., Kellyton, 256-329-1681


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Liberty United Methodist Liberty Rd., Hackneyville Mt. Godfrey New Site New Site U.M. New Site, 256-234-7834

Red Ridge United Methodist 8091 County Road 34, Dadeville 256-825-9820

Old Providence Baptist Off Hwy. 63 N., near Hackneyville

The Church of God 13th Ave. N., Alex City 256-329-1696

Sardis United Medthodist Church 10367 Hwy 50 Dadeville, AL

Calvary Baptist 819 Main St., Dadeville, 256-825-5989

Old Union Baptist 1106 Davis Circle Jackson’s Gap 256-596-1873

Washington Street A.C.O.P. Church of God Washington Street

Sunnylevel United Methodist 3202 Hwy. 63N, Alex City 256-234-6877

Flint Hill Baptist Hwy. 280, Dadeville

Calvary Heights Baptist Elkahatchee, Rd., Alex City 256-234-7224

Orr Street Baptist 1000 “O” Street (Hwy. 63N) Alex City, 256-234-3171

Trinity United Methodist 280 By-pass, Alex City, 256-234-2455

Friendship Baptist Our Town Community, 256-329-5243

Camp Hill Baptist Downtown Camp Hill, 256-896-2811

Perryville Baptist Perryville, 256-234-3588

CHURCH OF GOD OF PROPHECY Church of God of Prophecy 303 Poplar Rd., Alex City, 256-234-6941

Hollins Springs Baptist Hwy. 280, Goodwater

Comer Memorial 941 E. Church St., Alex City 256-234-2236

Early Rose Baptist 201 E Street, Alexander City

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McDaniel and Crayton together and alive. She testified she once dated McDaniel and still considered herself a friend of McDaniel at the time even though the relationship ended. “I met him coming to the lake,” Evans said. “I guess you could call it that (a dating relationship).” Evans’ statements from the witness stand had her knowing Crayton worked with McDaniel and his family with the knowledge coming as she would rent jet skis from Lakeside Marina stating she met Crayton about the same time as McDaniel in 2014. Evans’ last encounter at Col. Tom’s with Crayton on the morning he died, left her uneasy. Evans had come to listen to Blackberry Breeze and had driven herself but was with two friends and recalled the night. “Norman was just standing around,” Evans testified. “Clate was dancing with a girl.” Col. Tom’s owner Lorena Bess, whom patrons call Ms. Lou, recalled McDaniel leaving before the band quit playing with his dog to go sleep in his truck. After a while, Crayton approached Evans. “He came and sat to the left side of me, Evans said. “He was sitting real close. He said ‘You know you want me. You know I am better than Clate.’” Evans said one of her friends stood up to defend her and she chose to leave. On her way out, Evans said she found McDaniel asleep. “I saw Clate’s truck and his lights were on,” Evans said. “I knocked on the window and woke him up and told him he needed to go get his

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friend.” That is when Ms. Lou came into action eyeing one of her bartenders. “Norman went up to the bar,” Bess said. “Tracy and Julie were sitting there. I saw some of them getting up and motioned for Teddy.” Bess said they escorted Crayton from the bar. “He (Crayton) went willingly,” Bess said. “He was apologizing.” Bess explained she told Crayton he was done tonight but could come back another night. Before McDaniel could go inside, Evans said Crayton had made it to the truck. “Norman was looking for Clate’s gun,” Evans said. “He was looking around the back seat. Clate put it under his leg.” When McDaniel’s truck would not start because the battery was dead, Evans pulled her car around to help jumpstart it but she had to finish the job as McDaniel went back inside Col. Tom’s to retrieve Crayton. “I unhooked the cables and closed the hoods,” Evans said. “I drove the truck around to the front door.” Ms. Lou recounted escorting Crayton out for the second time that evening. “When he walked back in, he walked over with his arms crossed looking around,” Bess said. “I eyed Teddy. I told you (Crayton) to go home. Clate came to the door and said to get your ass out. He was apologizing. Nobody had to force him. Clate, Norman and myself walked to the passenger side of the truck. I open the door. He had a pistol in his pants.

I slammed the door. I said to Clate he has a gun. He (McDaniel) said yes I know it is mine.” McDaniel and Crayton left Col. Tom’s with McDaniel’s dog in the cab heading towards Highway 49. Bess said it was likely between 3 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. Evans followed after she realized she left something in the cab of McDaniel’s truck. “I left my phone on the dash of the truck,” Evans said. “I followed and pulled into the lot with the trailer (on Highway 34).” Evans said Crayton got out of the truck and was wandering around as she talked to McDaniel through the driver’s side window before getting in the truck. “I went and got in the truck on the passenger side,” Evans said. “We talked for a bit more.” Evans said Crayton came up to the driver side reaching inside as McDaniel moved a gun closer to her over the dog. Evans’ testimony had both being calm and her testimony was slightly different from Ms. Lou’s. “I never seen either mad,” Evans said. “I never saw Norman in possession of a handgun.” Evans said Crayton had asked her for a ride home. She said she would but not alone. “I didn’t feel safe going anywhere with Norman by myself with what Norman said to me earlier,” Evans said. She continued to testify that McDaniel said he would take Crayton home. “I backed out the driveway and went left towards the back gate of

StillWaters,” Evans said. “They backed out and went towards Highway 49.” The trial restarted Wednesday morning with case agent Tallapoosa County Sheriff Investigator Michael Temple on the stand whose testimony was paused Tuesday afternoon to allow the testimony of another witness. Whittelsey continued his cross examination and was trying to make sense of the time frame of the last hours of Crayton with him working with McDaniel to them eating together at Niffer’s to getting to Col. Tom’s, leaving Col. Tom’s and ultimately Crayton’s body being found. Temple said the investigation led them to believe the pair left Niffers at about 8:30 p.m. and going to Col. Tom’s and at some point McDaniel left the club to sleep in his truck, something he had done previously at Col. Tom’s. He also explained the investigation led him to believe that Crayton was helped into McDaniel’s green F-150 between 2:30 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. and that Crayton’s body was discovered by hunters in a field about 4 miles away on Barron’s Bridge Road at 4:20 am. Whittelsey was questioning the behavior of Crayton and the timing presented by Temple. “Within an hour you had Norman Crayton with a .45 caliber handgun, being drunk and on cocaine (at Col. Tom’s) being shot and killed on the property on Barron’s Bridge Road?” Whittelsey asked.

Under redirect, Weldon asked Temple if any calls to law enforcement were made in that timeframe from Col. Tom’s. “There are no calls to 911 in that timeframe from Col. Tom’s,” Temple said. Alabama State Department of Forensic Sciences Medical Examiner Dr. Stephen Boudreau testified Crayton was shot three times. He sustained one shot to the face at a downward angle with the bullet breaking the jaw and neck and severing the spinal cord. Another round entered Crayton’s left arm breaking a bone before entering a lung between the ribs in the arm pit. The third round entered Crayton’s chest from under the arm rupturing the spleen, hitting bowels and finally lodging in his back after breaking it and severing the spinal cord. Boudreau did make reference to Crayton’s body being burned. “Those were postmortem,” he said. “It was determined from his no reactions. He did not inhale smoke or soot.” Whittelsey asked about collaboration with prosecutors to which Boudreau said he spoke with them about two weeks ago. Whittelsey asked about not speaking to the defense. “They called and asked for a meeting,” Boudreau said. “I met with them and went over the autopsy. If you would have called and asked for a meeting I would have met with you.” Boudreau confirmed toxicology reports that alcohol and cocaine were in Crayton’s body with his blood alcohol content over .28.

Samuel Fredrick from the biological division of the Department of Forensic Sciences confirmed blood found on the jeans of McDaniel after his arrest along with blood on a hat, do-rag and the gas pedal of McDaniel’s truck contained Crayton’s DNA. Frederick confirmed speaking with the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department about the samples he tested for DNA to which Whittelsey took offense and asked several questions with objections by Treese and Young sustaining. Whittelsey was able to ask one question amongst a line of objections. “Did y’all talk about the weather?” Whittelsey asked. “We didn’t talk about the weather,” Frederick responded. Prosecutors did allow another question without objection. “Did you call me?” Whittelsey asked Frederick. “No,” Frederick said. “I didn’t know you at the time.” After the lunch break, Department of Forensic Science employee Michell Cuenco testified the gun she received from investigators fired the three rounds recovered from Crayton’s body and the two rounds recovered at the crime scene. Testimony resumes today at 10 a.m. at the Tallapoosa County Courthouse. Young said at the start of the trial that he expected it to last through today, but noted that Friday was the last day of this trial term in Dadeville.

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ometimes I have a hard time writing this weekly column because I just have no motivation. There’s no controversial topic or burning subject matter I want to talk about. This week, this column is hard to write for a much different reason. I thought when the Washington Capitals finally — finally, finally, finally — managed to win the Stanley Cup, I would be running toward the keyboard, ready to gush, prepared to explain how it felt, more than willing to talk about how the curse has been broken. When I woke up Friday morning after about three hours of sleep, I re-lived the victory with writers I’ve been reading for years. I re-listened to the call of those final minutes from the Caps radio announcer, who has been calling this team for two decades. I watched videos of fans who have been dreaming of this day for what seems like forever. I thought when I came into work Friday, it would be easy to put pen to paper and just write about those emotions and those fans and those journalists who have been wanting this as much as I have. I thought I could simply write about the look on the faces of my father and my brother when I called them during the aftermath of the game. I thought it would be effortless to compose words about the outpouring of support I felt from former coworkers to ex-boyfriends to old friends. Usually when I write a column — especially a column I have a real passion for — the words come flying off the keyboard. I don’t have to think, I just write and shortly thereafter, I’ve hit my 600-word limit. This column — despite it being the column I’ll always be most passionate about — seems to be the hardest. The Washington Capitals are Stanley Cup champions. Those are words I never thought I’d type. Maybe that’s why this is so hard. This is a column I never thought I’d get the opportunity to write. I truly believed this would never happen. No column could ever do this moment justice because I simply can’t explain. I can’t explain the joy I felt when there was 0.6 seconds remaining on the clock and a formality faceoff was all that separated us from the Cup. I can’t explain the euphoria I experienced when Alexander Ovechkin, who has been guiding this team for 13 years, finally — finally, finally, finally — lifted the Cup and let out a scream that can be described only as primal. I can’t explain how hard it was to hold back the tears when T.J. Oshie described how his father, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, would remember this moment or when Nicklas Backstrom was greeted by his family and proceeded to put his 1-year-old son into the Cup. I’ve been a professional writer for more than seven years, and I feel qualified to say there are no words that could ever describe the grins on my brother and father’s faces or the feeling of knowing despite us being states and countries apart, in that moment, we were together. We were Stanley Cup champions. Finally, finally, finally. Lizi Arbogast is the sports editor of The Record.

Summer workouts are officially underway By LIZI ARBOGAST Sports Editor

With the weather heating up, there’s no better time than the present for summer workouts to begin for area football teams. Benjamin Russell, Reeltown and Dadeville all got started this week, while Horseshoe Bend will kick off June 18. Benjamin Russell’s summer workouts will take place Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., and this year, the Wildcats are doing it a little bit differently. The offense will begin on the hill with individual and skill groups while the defense is hitting the weight room. After that, the groups will switch before everyone comes together for some 7-on-7 and 1-on-1 drills. They’ll end every day with 40-yard dashes. “We want to have everything installed by the time practice starts,” BRHS coach Kevin Smith said. Although the practices will be stripped down, a big focus will be installing the offense and defense so the Wildcats can hit the ground running as soon as training camp starts in the fall. There’s also another focus, though. “The main thing is we’ve gotta get ourselves conditioned into playing condition,” Smith said. “We have six good weeks with three days a week See SUMMER • Page B2

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Top: Dadeville coach Richard White meets with his team during last offseason. On Monday, the Tigers kicked off summer workouts for this year. Above: Alex Walker should compete for the starting quarterback job this year.

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

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

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 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, See BASEBALL • Page B2

Reeltown lands pair on all-state squads Hilyer named 2A Coach of the Year By LIZI ARBOGAST Sports Editor File / The Record

Reeltown’s Ayriana Stoneback was named to the Class 2A ASWA All-State first team.

Reeltown’s softball team had its best season in history, advancing to state for the first time ever and eventually earning third overall in Class 2A.

The Rebels were awarded for their hard work with a trio of accolades on the Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State teams. The highest honor of all came for Reeltown coach Kelli Hilyer, who earned the title of the Class 2A Coach of the Year. Hilyer led the Rebels to a 38-141 record this season. Rebels ace pitcher Ayriana Stoneback was given a nod on the 2A first team, and Morgan McGuire was named to the See STATE • Page B2

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before we really get into practice. We want to have everybody not necessarily into game shape but into practice shape, so we can get through practices as intensely as we can.” Dadeville and Reeltown were the first to officially kick off the summer, as they both are practicing Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Dadeville will mostly be conditioning those three days and will add in a Wednesday practice for individual position workouts. Reeltown has a good problem of a ton of numbers. The Rebels had 56 players during the fall, so this year, they’ll have to change things up for summer workouts. Similar to BRHS, they’ll have half outside and half inside before switching it up then coming together for a little bit of football each day. “We had a great offseason winter program with our kids getting a lot stronger, and we had a great spring,” Reeltown coach Matt Johnson said. “Right now, it’s about taking the momentum we had in the spring and building team chemistry. We want to set back in and get our team character set and have our team leaders stepping back up. We’ll put them in situations where they have to lean on each other.” Horseshoe Bend will begin the morning of June 18 and will work out Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. All four teams also have at least one 7-on7 or OTA scheduled for this summer.

TYKES IN TRAINING Photos by Lizi Arbogast / The Record

Dadeville’s third annual free youth sports training camp kicked off this week and finally hit the outdoors Tuesday evening. A myriad of sports will be offered throughout the course of the summer, but Tuesday night focused on drills such as running, footwork and agility, soccer drills and football skills. The camp is held every Monday and Tuesday night during the summer at Dadeville Elementary School from 5:30 p.m. until dusk.


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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.”


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second team as an outfielder. Benjamin Russell also got a little bit of recognition, as pitcher Asia McWaters was named an honorable mention.

2018 ASWA All-State Softball Team CLASS 6A

First Team P — Makenna Pierce, Daphne, Sr.; Jaala Torrence Northview, So.; McKenzie Newcomb, Hazel Green, Fr.; Morgyn Sparkman, Hartselle, Jr. C — Sarah Howell, Oxford, So. 1B — Kelsey McPeters, Hazel Green, So. 2B — Olivia Coaker, Gulf Shores, Jr. 3B — Karsen Mosley, Saraland, Sr. SS — Kennedy Cronan, Daphne, Sr. OF — Katie Head, Saraland, Jr.; Felicity Frame, Brookwood, So.; Katie Lively, Helena, Sr. DH — Maddie Cartron, Hazel Green, So.; Kylie Winton, Hartselle, Jr. UTL — Carlee McCondichie, Gardendale, Jr.; Karsen Pierce,

Daphne, So. Pitcher of the Year: Makenna Pierce, Daphne Hitter of the Year: Kennedy Cronan, Daphne Player of the Year: Kylie Winton, Hartselle Coach of the Year: Christy Ferguson, Hartselle Second Team P — Brinkley Goff, Saraland, Jr.; Kaitlyn Clark, Gardendale, Jr.; Avery Barnett, Helena, Jr.; Sarah Cespedes, Chelsea, Sr. C — Brooke Burback, Chelsea, So. 1B — Skylar Birdyshaw, Jasper, Sr. 2B — Olivia Wilborn, Decatur, So. 3B — Brianna Short, Brookwood, Fr. SS — Katelyn Braswell, Northview, So. OF — Mackenzie Brasher, Gulf Shores, Jr.; Savannah Pennington, Gardendale, Jr.; Brantley Palmer, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, Jr. DH — Jaida Choice, HillcrestTuscaloosa, Jr.; Elizabeth Franklin, Saraland, Sr. UTL — Emily Butts, Pell City, Jr.; Chaney Phillips, Gardendale, Sr. Honorable Mention


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Pitcher: Taylor Heaton, Saraland, So.; Asia McWaters, Benjamin Russell, Jr. Catcher: Bailee Butler, Brookwood, Jr.; Devon Grace Boyd, John Carroll, Sr. First base: Brentli Champion, Oxford, Jr.; Mackenzie Jackson, Hartselle, Jr. Second base: Hannah Hayes, Hazel Green, Sr.; Brooklyn Wallace, Hartselle, Sr. Third base: Anna Poland, Northview, Sr.; Ashlyn Holland, Fort Payne, Sr. Shortstop: Camryn McLemore, Saraland, Jr.; Alexis Austin, Wetumpka, Sr. Outfield: Mary Greg Anderson, Athens, Jr.; Maris Stinchcomb, Stanhope Elmore, Sr. Designated hitter: Anna McElrath, Fort Payne, Jr.; Alexis Rice, Albertville, Jr. Utility: Raven Hudson, Stanhope Elmore, So.; Collier Peaden, Northview, Fr.


First Team P — Olivia Sarley, Hatton, Sr.; Riley Vaughn, Mars Hill Bible, 8th; Calee Tarver, Leroy, Sr.; Ayriana Stoneback, Reeltown, Sr. C — Annah Steadman, Mars Hill Bible, Sr.

1B — Cloey Lovelady, Hatton, Jr. 2B — Paige Norris, Sand Rock, Sr. 3B — Erika Mitchell, Mars Hill Bible, So. SS — Savannah Sudduth, Lamar County, Sr. OF — Lanie Page, Leroy, Sr.; Brylie St. Clair, Sand Rock, Jr.; Brittany Carroll, Ariton, Sr. DH — Brooklyn Pennington, Lamar County, So.; Emma Latham, Hatton, Jr. UTL — Sophie Page, Washington County, Fr.; Olivia Baker, G.W. Long, Jr. Pitcher of the Year: Riley Vaughn, Mars Hill Bible Hitter of the Year: Emma Latham, Hatton Player of the Year: Olivia Baker, G.W. Long Coach of the Year: Kelli Hilyer, Reeltown Second Team P — Savanna Wood, G.W. Long, Jr.; Drew Sanders, Cold Springs, Sr.; Hannah Calhoun, Goshen, Jr.; Kameryn Scales, Falkville, Fr. C — Abbigale Ford, Collinsville, Sr. 1B — Kelsey Williams, Geneva County, Sr. 2B — Allie Smith, Leroy, Jr.


Honorable Mention Catcher: Savannah Hood, Ider, Sr.; Madison Motley, Billingsley, Sr. First base: Anna Kate McDaniel, Lamar County, Sr. Second base: Lexus Collins, West End, Fr. Third base: Brenna Wakefield, Winston County, 8th; Caroline Brannon, Collinsville, Fr. Shortstop: Abby Land, Geneva County, So.; Jadyn Foster, Sand Rock, 7th Outfield: Kate Warrick, Goshen, Jr.; Audrey Henderson, Tanner, Jr. Designated hitter: Abby Stephens, Lamar County, Jr. Utility: Ashton Land, Geneva County, Sr.

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3B — Cassie Aspenwall, Leroy, Sr. SS — Anna Kate Voce, Cold Springs, Fr. OF — Morgan McGuire, Reeltown, Jr.; Natalie Ritchey, Fayetteville, Jr.; Ashley Berryman, Hatton, So. DH — Hanna Segars, G.W. Long, Jr.; Brittany Rivera, Collinsville, So. UTL — Abby Tindol, Billingsley, Sr.; Asia Jones, Cottonwood, Sr.

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Martin, Oliver discuss what makes them qualified

House 81 candidates also explain what they want to accomplish background to do the job,� Oliver said. “I have served in the military. I have owned a retail business and I have been a first responder.� With the dust having settled on the While in Montgomery, both GOP June 5 primary elections, there are some candidates want to see the district become candidates looking ahead to the general stronger economically, agreeing that election in November, but there are also education plays an important role in those who are planning a strategy for the achieving that end. July 17 runoff. Among these heading for “I want to see Alexander City become the second round are Terry Martin and Ed Oliver, the top two Republican vote getters an incubator for business,� Oliver said. “Being able to do that starts in the school. in the race for District 81 of the Alabama I want to see our schools improve.� House of Representatives. “I want to take and have our vocational Martin and Oliver both explained what schools become even more integrated with they feel sets them apart from each other, our high schools,� Martin said. “This way, along with what they want to accomplish students who are interested in pursuing in Montgomery should they clear the that kind of career, when they graduate hurdle of defeating Democrat Jeremy Jeffcoat in the November general election. high school, they’ll be sitting on a trade skill as well.� “I have been active in the community Along with these plans for improving and participated in a multitude of civic the educational sector, both candidates groups,� Martin said. “I have proven leadership abilities and I am very challenge have other things on their radar to try and accomplish in the capital. oriented. I have a lot of resources I’ll be “I want to see Medicaid get straightened able to pull on while in Montgomery.� out and see it expand to help hospitals “I have the experience and the By DONALD CAMPBELL Staff Writer

across the state,� Martin said. “The VA is important, and I want to work to improve their situation here, where veterans can go to a local physician rather than having to travel to see their specialists.� Martin also wants to see the fuel tax go through to ensure that local roads are taken care of, find ways for volunteer fire departments in the district and around the state are able to apply for more grants, giving them much-needed funding to maintain operations and obtain valuable equipment they might not otherwise be able to afford and will also work diligently to make sure the state budget is balanced every year. “Our hospitals and medical care are struggling,� Oliver said. “I would like to see our rural healthcare improved and made more viable. I want to see a general embracing of our rural populations. “I am very passionate about our roads and highways. Highway deaths due to road conditions are unacceptable.� In order to help find the funding for these projects, Oliver said he feels

much of the money will come from the infrastructure bill President Trump is pushing Congress to pass, while Martin is looking for money from several different sources, including a four-cent increase in the gasoline tax through the infrastructure bill and potentially even a lottery. “If citizens from our district came to me and asked for us to have a referendum on the lottery, I would not have a problem with that,� Martin said. “The people elected me, so I’m supposed to listen to them.� Trying to sum up their campaigns and ideas in a nutshell, both candidates had some parting words they wanted voters to remember. “I have lead a life of service to others,� Oliver said. “I am doing this because I want to.� “I plan on working with community leaders and others to pull in the resources we need to make District 81 flourish,� Martin said. “I want to encourage everyone to remember to get out and vote.�

Wind Creek State Park receives TripAdvisor honor 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 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

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Wind Creek State Park is among 12 parks in the Alabama State Park System that received a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website.

& 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 Ěžor parks attractions Ěžwere 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

Camp Hill man convicted of attempted murder “I would like after he allegedly to thank assistant tried to grab a gun district attorneys in a courtroom. In a trial that took place Mike Weldon and District in Dadeville Thursday and Kevin Hall for all Attorney Jeremy Friday, a Tallapoosa County Duerr said that of their hard work jury found Bryant Keith in prosecuting this Ford will be Ford of Camp Hill guilty case,â€? Duerr said. sentenced by of attempted murder and “They did a great Judge Tom Young Ford being a felon in possession on June 28 and job of presenting the of a firearm and not guilty evidence and making the that his staff will ask for of shooting into an occupied punishment outside the jury understand that mindset vehicle. behind the act.â€? normal guidelines. Ford was on trial on charges stemming from an April 2, 2017 incident where he fired multiple shots into a Camp Hill residence that was occupied at the time. Ford is no stranger to Public notices from area law enforcement. Alabama newspapers Court records show that Ford has been arrested on ‡$FFHVVSXEOLFQRWLFHVVWDWHZLGH 42 criminal charges dating ‡)5((PDQXDOVHDUFKHV back to 2003 that range ‡6HDUFKE\NH\ZRUGFRXQW\RUSDSHU from another attempted ‡0XOWLFRXQW\RUFURVVUHIHUHQFHVHDUFKHV murder, burglary, robbery, kidnapping, aggravated stalking, menacing and resisting arrest. Ford was also shot by a Goodwater public notice affects you Police Department officer

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

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Collari, Gunn report ‘tremendous’ turnout for Sun Festival, Jazz Fest


aturday night marked the culmination of the 28th annual Jazz Fest celebration in Alexander City, along with the 6th annual Sun Festival. With this year’s Sun Festival providing a week full of events leading into Jazz Fest, there was plenty of excitement in the air around town as locals got a thrill out of their favorite activities. “This past week was a tremendous success,” Alexander City Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ed Collari said. “Mother Nature gave us a great week of weather and the support we got from the community, it was huge.” The weeklong series of events began June 1 with Friday on the Green at Russell Crossroads. Between Friday on the Green and Taylor Hicks at Jazz Fest, there were activities spread throughout town, offering up a little something for everyone. There were those scouring locations around Alexander City looking for the Pie in the Sky Treasure Hunt medallion every day, spending time visiting with residents at area nursing homes and taking part in a cornhole tournament. Making sure area children had plenty of excitement of their own, KidsFest offered up fun times with a magic show at Mamie’s Place, water slides at the airport pavilion and expressing their artistic talents, among other things. “Thursday night’s Strand Sessions was probably the largest crowd I’ve ever seen for a Strand Sessions event,” Collari said. “We had a great turnout for bingo Wednesday afternoon and Faith Night Wednesday evening. The glow golf tournament sold out again, and we had about 10 to 12 teams on the waiting list. There were about 40 dogs in the dog parade. Overall, I thought everything had a great turnout.” The fun continued Friday night in Strand Park with the first night of Jazz Fest followed by Saturday’s lineup at The AMP on Lake Martin. Crowds packed both venues to hear a host of top-notch musicians performing at no cost. “I would say it was a great success,”

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Fifth season ‘American Idol’ winner Taylor Hicks performs at The Amp on Lake Martin Saturday night to close out the 28th annual Jazz Fest.

Robert Gunn with the Jazz Fest Committee said. “Friday and Saturday were both very well attended. People came out in numbers. Everything was great, and everyone seemed to be having a good time.”

Along with people coming early and staying late to take in their favorite acts, Gunn said it has been great being able to pull in some of the artists Jazz Fest has in the past, but also amazing to have some Grammy award winning

CommunityCalendar Today is

Today’s Birthdays

June 14, 2018 This week

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 256749-1102. 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.

June 15 - 16

CLASS REUNION: The Benjamin Russell High School

Saturday, June 16

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 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 256496-4099. 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.

Churches and non-profits can submit items to the calendar at editor@thedadevillerecord. com and Today’s Anniversaries

Hugh Murray, Tanya Yates, Nicole Stevens, Jeff Roberts, Jordan Chapman, Genell Jackson and Tommy Hood are celebrating their birthdays today.

Class of 1978 will celebrate their 40th reunion Friday, June 15 at Willow Point and Saturday June 16 at Queen’s Attic.

performers take the stage this year. Collari added it was great to see Hicks be patient with the fans after his performance with a fairly lengthy line of people wanting to meet him, shake his hand and get a photo with the fifth season “American Idol” winner. While he was backstage much of the time both nights, Gunn said he heard a multitude of positive remarks from those in the audience. “From my vantage point, I could see a lot of happy people in the crowd,” he said. “I can’t recall hearing anything negative from anyone either night.” Now that another Sun Festival is in the books, Collari said he and his staff will be taking some time to regroup before reviewing everything, figuring out the things that worked and those that didn’t in order to begin planning for next year’s event. “We want to find what we can do to make it better next year,” Collari said. “The initial feedback is dictated by attendance. Everybody seemed to be having a good time and enjoying themselves.” Gunn said he and the others in the Jazz Fest Committee will also be coming together for a post-event meeting in the near future to figure out the good and the bad from the event, as well as forming sub-committees to begin piecing together a plan for next year’s Jazz Fest. While the group does not book acts until around February, committee members will begin listening and compiling together a list of potential artists to look at booking soon. In the future, Collari said he feels having Sun Festival and Jazz Fest coincide might be the way to go, though this has not been set in stone at the moment. At the same time, he wanted to thank all those who helped make this past week such a phenomenal success. “I can’t thank our staff and the community enough,” Collari said. “We can’t do all that we do without our sponsors. People see this and think it’s a Chamber event, but really, it takes everyone. “We heard nothing but positive comments from everybody. We can’t thank the community enough for supporting this. This year was hugely successful.”

Ed and Angelia Windsor celebrate their anniversary today.

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.

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.

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

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.


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