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Now that the state’s gas tax will be raised 10 cents a gallon during the next three years, more difficult decisions remain and first-term Rep. Ed Oliver (R-Dadeville) said Gov. Kay Ivey and the Alabama Legislature have proven they possess the political willpower to make them. “The governor is leading our state,” Oliver said. “She has four or five things she wants to do and she’s doing what she feels is right. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. We’ve got gambling and prisons and Medicaid to come. This is a tough legislative quadrennium and I am proud to be a part of a legislature that is moving the state forward. I’m 62 years old and all I’ve heard for years is, ‘They’re a bunch of crooks and they’re lining their pockets.’ I have four children and six cars — I’m the last person who wants to pay more for gas and the state doesn’t reimburse me for driving around in my district.” Before Ivey called a special session, Oliver said he would not commit to the gas tax increase until he saw the formal legislation. “Initially I was not committed to the governor,” he said. “I thought the counties, the rural areas, would not get a fair shake and I was holding out for that.” But Oliver said he quickly realized many legislators were willing to risk evoking the ire of voters to raise the estimated $320 million in additional yearly revenue to modernize Alabama’s disintegrating infrastructure and help ensure future economic development. “Business leaders in this state have been asking for a long time why they should be willing to invest in this state and expand their businesses when we weren’t willing to improve infrastructure,” Oliver said. “We should be willing to step up. For our children and grandchildren, this is huge. I’m See TAX • Page 3
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The Lake Martin Area United Way celebrated last year’s achievements and looked forward to its 2020 campaign Tuesday night at The Mill Two Eighty. The organization received $569,023 last year in corporate giving, employee giving, individual giving, non-corporate giving and fundraising events. United Way marketing and initiatives director Courtney Layfield presented last year’s initiatives the nonprofit participated in, which included summer reading, the 2018 Day of Action, 211, Prosperity Again Thru Health (PATH) and its veterans project. Layfield said 1,005 children attended United See UNITED WAY • Page 9
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Dadeville’s courthouse square project not dead yet By CLIFF WILLIAMS Staff Writer
Despite bids coming in $700,000 over budget for the courthouse square renovation in Dadeville, county and city leaders may still see the project come to fruition after four years of work. The extra funding might come from the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) thanks to a meeting with director John Cooper set up by the local legislative delegation of Rep. Ed Oliver and Sen. Tom Whatley. “A contingent from the city including myself, Debbie Minor, Dick Harrelson, county commissioner Emma Jean Thweatt and county administrator Blake Beck visited with ALDOT director Cooper last Thursday,” Dadeville Mayor Wayne Smith said. “As you know the bids came in high on the courthouse streetscape enhancement project. We went to Mr. Cooper to ask about more funding.” Tallapoosa County and the City of Dadeville partnered in applying in 2015 and 2016 for See COURTHOUSE • Page 9
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asking people to look a little beyond their front porch. “Previous legislatures have kicked the can down the road but now we have a legislature and a governor willing to step up and do what has to be done. I’m sorry it’s going to cost money but not doing anything would cost us more.”
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Oliver praised Rep. Bill Poole (R-Tuscaloosa), the author of the bill, for making sure rural areas are given more than a token share of the extra money. “He did an excellent job of making sure of having the rural people all in,” Oliver said. “To give it teeth and motivate you, we will get a 43-percent increase in Tallapoosa County. No more than 50 percent of it can go to a bond so it’s more like pay as you go.” Oliver said the money Tallapoosa County will receive can also be used to help secure grants from a $50 million pool the Alabama Department of Transportation will oversee. “Once this takes effect, Tallapoosa County will have nearly a million dollars we can leverage,” Oliver said. The new tax will be split among ALDOT (66.67 percent), counties (25 percent) and municipalities (8.33 percent). Of the counties’ 25 percent, 45 percent will be distributed equally and 55 percent will be based on population. None of the new revenue will pay for salaries and benefits of state employees or to buy, lease or maintain equipment. “Bill Poole gets an A-plus and (Sen.) Clyde Chambliss (R-Prattville) wrote the oversight piece of this in the Senate,” Oliver said. “I would have been very reluctant to support the bill without that. It will track the money from collection to the road and it can’t
be co-mingled with any other money.”
Oliver said Shelby stressed deepening the Mobile Ship Channel and modernizing the Alabama State Docks ‘Not intimidated by Facebook’ would pay enormous dividends for Oliver has had a tougher time conyears to come because major manufacvincing voters skeptical of how state turers statewide can use Mobile to ship government handles money the new law ensures transparency and account- and receive products and materials. “We will never have someone like ability. “I’ve gotten a lot of blowback from Sen. Shelby in this position again,” people who don’t understand the facts Oliver said. “He sent a video to the legislature last week and he explained surrounding the situation,” he said. in no uncertain terms why it’s so “It would have been easy to save my political skin but a show of cowardice important to do this now. Shelby said we would get 75 percent matching would not have served my constitufunds for the Port of Mobile. He said ents. It would have been easy to vote we would put up $150 million and no and get a lot of hearts and likes the feds would put up $300 million. on Facebook but I wasn’t going to do That will be an economic boost for the that.” entire state. It will be the premier port The former air ambulance helicopon the Gulf of Mexico. ter pilot and Army aviator said he “He told us why the Alabama State has transported many accident vicDocks is so important. We have three tims to hospitals from what he called car plants in this state. We will be the Alabama’s “dangerous” roads. only port on the Gulf of Mexico that “I used to be in a line of work can take these large super-transport where the result of making a mistake ships. There will be no need for would be a fiery death so I’m not intimidated by Facebook,” Oliver said. Mercedes-Benz to send their parts to Savannah, (Georgia). We’ve got timber Oliver said Ivey was heavily engaged in the legislative process and being exported, we’ve got coal. How many spinoff car plants do we have in called each representative before the Tallapoosa County? It’s all tied togethHouse voted on the bill Friday. er … There are 28 other states that “Last Thursday I had breakfast and have raised their gas tax in anticipalunch with the governor,” he said. “She called me that afternoon and she tion of getting matching federal funds. did her own poll. She asked me, ‘You It was not an option to not do this.” in or you out?’ … I believe the people who voted for it will probably be Charging up Coosa County rewarded.” Oliver said the registration fees for battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles are high but will provide A rewarding coincidence charging stations across the state. The The state will also be rewarded fees will be scaled back when more of because of the rare happenstance of those cars reach the roads and Coosa Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) serving County may eventually benefit from as the chairman of the U.S. Senate the manufacture of batteries. Appropriations Committee, a fact “This is so much more than a road Oliver said puts the state in a strong bill,” Oliver said. “It will build infraposition to draw millions of dollars structure for years to come and bring in matching federal funds for roads, with it the economic development we bridges and docks.
need.” Oliver said registration fees of $200 for battery-electric cars and $150 for plug-in hybrids will help build charging stations, some of which could cost as much as $15,000. “The electric cars, yes, it looks obnoxiously high but it will drop over time,” Oliver said. Once battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles exceed 4 percent of annual registrations, the fees will fall to $150 for battery-electric cars and $75 for plug-in hybrids. It’s also possible Coosa County may benefit from the Mercedes-Benz battery plant being built in Bibb County. “I am hoping the carbon they use for those batteries will come from Coosa County,” Oliver said. “I’m sitting here with my fingers crossed for that. They have a graphite quarry over there.”
Revisiting grocery tax
Oliver said the legislature wants to help those who will be affected most by the higher cost of gasoline, perhaps by eliminating the state’s sales tax on groceries, and said earmarking must be drastically curtailed. “I can almost guarantee we will go back in the regular session and revisit people who would be the hardest hit by the gas tax and that includes looking at the grocery tax,” he said. “We earmark 93 percent of our monies. Most folks who study state governments will tell you 25 percent for earmarks is optimal. The legislature meets annually and the department heads are supposed to come in and make their case for funding and the legislature has to produce a budget. That’s the way it should be. For agencies to automatically get a certain percentage of the budget is not responsible and this is the legislature to tackle that.”
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f you have higher income, the law requires an upward adjustment to your monthly Medicare Part B (medical insurance) and Medicare prescription drug coverage premiums. But, if your income has gone down, you may use form SSA44 to request a reduction in your Medicare incomerelated monthly adjustment amount. Medicare Part B helps pay for your doctors’ services and outpatient care. It also covers other medical services, such as physical and occupational therapy, and some home health care. For most beneficiaries, the government pays a substantial portion ̾ about 75 percent ̾of the Part B premium, and the beneficiary pays the remaining 25 percent. If you’re a higherincome beneficiary, you’ll pay a larger percentage of the total cost of Medicare Part B, based on the income you report to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). You’ll pay monthly Part B premiums equal to 35, 50, 65, 80, or 85 percent of the total cost, depending on the income you report to the IRS. Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage helps pay for your prescription drugs. For most beneficiaries, the government pays a major portion of the total costs for this coverage, and
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from Social Security, or you don’t get monthly payments, you’ll get a separate bill from another federal agency, such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services or the Railroad Retirement
Board. You can find Form SSA-44 online at www. socialsecurity.gov/forms/ ssa-44.pdf. You can also read more in the publication “Medicare Premiums: Rules
For Higher-Income Beneficiaries” at: www. socialsecurity.gov/pubs/ EN-05-10536.pdf. McKinney is a public affairs specialist with Alabama Social Security.
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When it comes to hate crimes, go beyond stats
On the road M to 21st century tate Rep. Ed Oliver (R-Dadeville) says he is as conservative as they come but the first-term Alabama House member joined many other tax-averse lawmakers to pass the state’s first increase in the gas tax since 1992. Before Gov. Kay Ivey called a special session of the legislature just to deal with the gas tax — designed to provide an estimated $320 million annually to upgrade roads, bridges and docks, as well as build a network of charging stations for electric and hybrid cars — Oliver sounded like he would be hard to sell. But once he got seated in the Statehouse, Oliver said he felt a sense of purpose to do the right thing. He also said he feels his district will be rewarded. A surprising amount of bipartisan support fueled the gas tax’s rapid journey through the legislature. It will go up 10 cents a gallon during the next three years. Oliver praised Gov. Kay Ivey and the legislature as a whole for making the tough decision to raise the gas tax despite its unpopularity in some quarters. “The governor is leading our state,” Oliver said. “She has four or five things she wants to do and she’s doing what she feels is right. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. We’ve got gambling and prisons and Medicaid to come.” He asked constituents who hate taxes to “look a little beyond their front porch.” Oliver said he was convinced to support the bill when he felt rural areas such as Tallapoosa and Coosa counties would not be undervalued, plus he felt reassurance the necessary oversight of the funds would be in place. And Coosa County could benefit from Mercedes-Benz’s battery factory in Bibb County, as carbon for the batteries could come from Coosa’s graphite quarry. Everyone won’t like this law but it has a chance to put Alabama on the road to the 21st century before the century is over.
y state of Georgia is one of the only states that doesn’t have a hate crimes law. Should the state join the rest of the country in developing such a statute? Should states with such laws toughen them? Normally, when there’s a problem, I like to take the analytical approach and dive into the statistics to study the evidence. But this is a case where we need to go beyond the numbers when deciding an issue that may be one more based on morality than science. So why is Georgia one of only a few without a hate crimes law? In fact, the Peach State used to have one but the courts struck it down as being too vague. While other states across the country sought to craft their own bills, a response to a series of horrible torture-killings from Wyoming to Texas where human beings were targeted by virtue of being someone different, Georgia stalled. More than a year ago, my students and I took on the project, at the suggestion of Georgia Sen. Matt Brass, a Republican whose district stretches from my small college town to the outskirts of Atlanta. There are plenty of Democrats who go all out on this issue but some Republicans have also stepped up to introduce and vote for reform. The Hate Crimes Bill (HB 426) passed the Georgia House 96-64 and is headed to the Georgia Senate. As GOP House member Chuck Efstration of Dacula said, district attorneys (of both parties) have been pressing for this law. If the Senate also passes it, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp could make some good history,
But there’s always the politician and segment of the community who JOHN won’t budge. Just treat a TURES “hate crime” like any other crime, they say. These Columnist targets need no “special” law or protection. It’s and erase some bad history, assumed it’s only about protecting “liberal” groups, with the stroke of a pen. not realizing organizations There are always such as the Nation of Islam challenges too with are also classified as hate counting crimes and groups. comparing them to laws. Critics also don’t If you don’t have a hate crimes law, you don’t have realize how hate crimes are different from other a “hate crime.” States crimes, the same way that protect more groups may well report more hate terrorism is different from crimes, possibly giving the traditional crimes. The goals of the perpetrators of false impression the law hate crimes committed by isn’t working. these domestic terrorists Even with these are twofold. They are obstacles there’s still designed to intimidate part evidence such laws are of the population. But they needed. A year ago, I are also about encouraging reported the following that targeted group to finding our students retaliate against another generated. “Dividing the group. Dylann Roof’s plan number of hate groups in wasn’t only to kill blacks each state by that state’s at a traditional Africanpopulation in the 2010 census gives us 3.05479E- American Church in Charleston, South Carolina, 06 hate groups per capita in states with a hate crimes another of the five states law, and 5.34659E-06 hate without a hate crimes law. groups per capita in states It was about encouraging without a hate crimes law. blacks to slaughter whites, A difference of means test to create a race war. The goal of these hate crimes shows that the averages perpetrators is to put you, are significantly different, not just the minority, at meaning that hate groups are more likely on average risk. Let’s take a stand, to reside in a state without instead of putting our heads in the sand. a hate crimes law.” Contact your elected There’s a risk in making officials in Alabama here this only about numbers. to support strengthening “A single death is a Alabama’s hate crimes tragedy,” brutal Soviet law (http://www.politics1. dictator Josef Stalin said. com/al.htm), and get your “A million deaths is a friends to do so. Even a statistic.” few emails can make a He would know. If the difference. only thing we did was reduce these tragedies to John A. Tures is a numbers, we would lose professor of political the religious, ethical, science at LaGrange and moral rationale for College in Georgia. He targeting these hate can be reached at jtures@ crime perpetrators. These lagrange.edu. His Twitter are crimes against all account is @JohnTures2. humanity.
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Buffy Colvin represents District 2. Her phone number is 256-750-0663. Her address is 786 I Street, Alexander City, AL 35010. Chairman of the Buildings and Property committee.
Eric Brown represents District 4. His phone number is 256-3972011. His address is 1421 Parrish Drive, Alexander City, AL 35010. Chairman of the Public Works committee.
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Dadeville City Council looks to rectify litter situation Fling in Keebler Park is April 13, Easter is April 21 and the opening of the Alabama Bicentennial display and celebration is April 27. The Dadeville City Council • Tabled a zoning ordinance as and Mayor Wayne Smith want to no one from the planning comdo something about trash on the mission was at the meeting. streets in Dadeville. • Voted down truck restricAt Tuesday’s council meettions on North Loop Road as ing, Smith reminded everyone of councilmembers said a garbage a community wide cleanup this truck would not meet the six tire Saturday. restriction the council was look“This city has declared war Cliff Williams / The Outlook ing at. on litter,” Smith said. “ We’ve • Learned the weather siren got our citywide cleanup this No dumping signs have not prevented littering along Herren Street in Dadeville, would soon be coming down. Saturday. We are meeting here as beer cans, water bottles and other litter are spread throughout the area. • Was informed one nuisance at city hall at 8 a.m. Waste property on Lafayette Street had Smith said employees in the elsewhere and come back to Management has donated a been cleaned up and another was Dadeville not eliminating the lit- department have been quick to dumpster.” being put on the next demolition check on problem areas correctter problem. Smith and the council hope grant project. ing blocked drains and making Smith said the Dadeville more than just city officials will • Learned the Dadeville quick fixes. Volunteer Fire Department has come out. Beautification Committee will In other action the Dadeville already started the weekend “I’m looking for a good turnfinish decorating the gazebo for City Council also: cleanup. out,” Smith said. “I am challengEaster on Tuesday and following • Approved paying $100 “A lot of our volunteers work ing the schools and churches to Easter the gazebo will be decoa month for port-a-potties at at another department and won’t come out and help. The weather rated in a patriotic theme. Keebler Park and the demolition be available,” Smith said. “They will be good but a little bit cool • Heard Dadeville fire chief of the current bathrooms. have already gone out a couple early.” Anthony Wilkerson say the “Those existing restrooms have days picking up setting an examCouncilmember Roy Mathis been an ongoing problem,” Smith department sent personnel to said he has a solution to the city’s ple for the rest of us.” help in the aftermath of the EF4 said. Scott Henderson with CDG litter problem after picking up The issue in the restrooms has tornado in Lee County. He also gave the council an update on trash along a three-quarter mile said the department has already the courthouse square renovation been vandalism. Smith said the stretch of North Loop Road. vendor will take care of the main- answered 42 calls this year. Last “We have to go to the source,” project. Henderson said there tenance of the port-a-potties year year the department responded was a meeting with Alabama Mathis said. “I picked up two to about 100 calls all year long. around. Department of Transportation wine bottles, a whiskey bottle, Wilkerson also stated 12 mem• Heard building inspector officials and it seems likely nine beer bottles and 11 beer ALDOT will take on the paving, Michael Richardson say he could bers of the department have comcans. I picked up a Mellow find no ordinance governing how pleted more than 400 hours of drainage and utility-moving part Yellow bottle and a Coke can. timber companies are supposed to training this year. of the project to help with project People are driving under the • Approved payment of bills. leave property after they cut the influence. If we went to a dry city costs. • Approved four recreation timber from it. Smith said the city’s street it would fix it.” center rentals. “The complaint I had was department has been working Mathis acknowledged he The next meeting of the the extra noise from Highway hard with drainage. would get no support for makDadeville City Council is March 280 because the trees are gone,” “We have had a tremendous ing it illegal to sell alcohol in the 26 at 5:30 p.m. There is a preamount of rain this winter,” Smith Richardson said. city limits. Other councilmemcouncil discussion starting at 5 • Were reminded Dixie Youth said. “We have had a few drainbers said residents and guests p.m. would just purchase their alcohol age problems but nothing major.” opening day is April 6, Spring By CLIFF WILLIAMS Staff Writer
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TAX ASSISTANCE: Volunteer Connections of Central Alabama is providing free tax and electronic filing assistance Jan. 28 to April 15. The program is to assist seniors 60 and over with no income limit, taxpayers under 60 with incomes less than $54,000 and disabled taxpayers. Taxpayers will be assisted in the order they are registered. From Jan. 28 through February, assistance will be available Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. March assistance will be available Mondays and Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 1 to April 15 Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The following information is required by the IRS: last year’s tax return, photo ID/drivers license for taxpayer and spouse, Social Security cards, W2s, 1099s, SSA 1099 and 1095A if you have health insurance through the government marketplace. For more information call 256-2340347.
Today - March 17
MINISTERS COUNCIL: New Covenant Ministries of the World Inc. is hosting its annual ministers council at the Liberty Life Christian Center March 13-17. There will be a daily prayer at 9 a.m., worship and praise at 11:30 a.m. and a keynote speaker will be Pastor Dwight Hunt of Bethel Church of God in Christ in Poughkeepsie, New York at 7 p.m. nightly. Chief Apostle W.T. Traylor will be the speaker Sunday, March 17.
Saturday, March 16
COMMUNITY CLEANUP: Please join members of the Clean Community Partnership to volunteer cleaning up the streets of Alexander City Saturday morning March 16. Meet at Broad Street Plaza at 8:30 a.m. for supplies and assignments. For more information, contact Jacob Meacham at email@example.com. TRADE DAY: Bibb Graves High School Alumni and Friends Association is hosting a trade day March 16. There will be free outside setup for vendors, yard sale, flea market, swap meet items but no food vendors. A small donation to the BGHS Alumni and Friends Association would be appreciated. For more information contact Bruce Lowery at 205-522-5794. SPRING BREAK CAMP: There will be a cheer, majorette and praise dance camp Saturday, March 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cooper Recreation Center. The camp is for children 4-18 years old and is free. Camp participants will perform at the “Show What Ya Know” event at 4 p.m. All participants will receive a camp T-shirt, snacks, lunch and a bag with goodies. Deadline to register is Wednesday, March 13. Forms can be picked up at the Cooper Recreation Center or at “The Studio” from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 17
MEN AND WOMEN PROGRAM: New Adka Missionary Baptist Church on Thornton Road is holding its annual Men and Women Day Program 11 a.m. Sunday, March 17. Guest speaker is Sis. Becky Lawson of Great Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. ENCORE ACT PERFORMANCE
RESERVATION DEADLINE: Alexander City Theatre II will present an encore performance of A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” with Jan and John Jung on March 24 at the Willow Point Country Club. The event will include a cash bar and buffet dinner and is open to non-members. Tickets are $50 per person. Call 256-2121452 on or before March 17 for reservations.
SPRING REVIVAL SERVICES: GAP Fellowship Church will hold its spring revival services March 20-22 nightly at 7 p.m. Wednesday the speaker will be Pastor Michael McCain of New Elam #1; Thursday Pastor Douglas Varner of True Light; Friday Pastor Tommy Carwell of Macedonia. Pastor Lou and Marilyn Benson are of GAP Fellowship Church, which is located at 721 Robinson Court.
Thursday, March 21
SENIORRX: Debroah Jones with SeniorRx will be at the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce March 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to help seniors determine if they are eligible for assistance with diabetic supplies, liquid supplements and medications.
Saturday, March 23
ANNUAL ANNIVERSARY: Horseshoe Bend National Military Park will host the 20th anniversary of the Battle of the Horseshoe on Saturday, March 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All demonstrations, which will be both entertaining and educational, will be presented multiple times throughout the day. Guests can visit traditional hunting camps and watch demos of cultural skills such as hide tanning, cooking and finger weaving. Children will have the opportunity to participate in an authentic Creek stickball game throughout the day. Guests can also watch Tennessee militia fire smoothbore cannon and flintlock muskets, learn how soldiers cooked their meals, see displays in the museum, see wool being dyed and learn to spin wool and more. The program is free to the public and there will be refreshments.
Sunday, March 24
GOSPEL SINGING: First Presbyterian Church in Dadeville is hosting gospel artist Harlan Burton Sunday, March 24 at 11 a.m. The public is invited and lunch will be served following the service. FAMILY AND FRIENDS DAY: Centerview Missionary Baptist Church in Camp Hill is celebrating family and friends day Sunday, March 24 at 2 p.m. The special guest is Dr. George c. McCulloh of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Opellika. Rev. Jimmial Harrison Sr. is pastor of Center view Missionary Baptist Church. ENCORE ACT PERFORMANCE: Alexander City Theatre II will present an encore performance of A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” with Jan and John Jung on March 24 at the Willow Point Country Club. The event will include a cash bar and buffet dinner and is open to non-members. Tickets are $50 per person.
SPRING REVIVAL: Haven Memorial United Methodist Church is hosting a spring revival March 25-27.
Prayer will start at 6 p.m. and the service at 6:30 p.m. nightly. Rev. Clifford Spradley will preach March 25, Rev. Jason Whetstone on March 26 and Rev. Jimmy Brooks on March 27.
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HISTORY OF LAKE AND DAM: The Dadeville Public Library will host a presentation on Lake Martin and Martin Dam by Alabama Power. The event begins at 2 p.m. in the lower level of the library, which is located at 205 N. West St. in Dadeville. For more information, call 256-825-7820. A DATE WITH DOLLY: The Alexander City Rotary Foundation’s annual benefit in support of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library will begins at 5:30 p.m. at the T.C. Russell Airport Hangar, located at 965 T.C. Russell Dr., Alexander City. There will be hors d’oeuvres, drinks and a live performance by Dolly Parton impersonator Melody Knighton. Donations are requested. For more information, contact Dana Rickman at dana@ campascca.org or 256-825-9226.
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Thursday, March 28
CONCERT: Alexander City Arts is hosting “The Charlestones in concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28 at the BRHS Auditorium. “The Charlestones” are a professional male a cappella quartet.
Saturday, March 30
PANCAKE BREAKFAST: The Kiwanis Club of Alexander City is hosting an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, Saturday, March 30 from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Benjamin Russell High School cafeteria. Tickets are $6 each and take-out meals are available. There will be pancakes, Conecuh sausage, hot coffee, juice and milk.
Tuesday, April 2
USHER MEETING: The Early Rose District Usher meeting will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 2 at the Cooper Recreation Center.
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Saturday, April 6
BIKE RIDE: There will be a “Ride for the Children” charity event Saturday, April 6. It is a Bike ride around Lake Martin to support the children of the Brantwood Children’s home in Montgomery. There will be a car and motorcycle show, silent auction, music, prizes and awards. There is a free lunch for all registered participants. it is $20 per rider and $5 per passenger The ride begins at the Alexander City Walmart. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. The ride leaves at 10:30 a.m. and the show judging starts at 1 p.m. For more information call 256-827-9857. 4TH ANNUAL UNITED WAY QUAIL FRY: The Lake Martin Area United Way will host its annual quail fry at The Stables at Russell Crossroads at 5 p.m. Tickets are $35, which include food, drinks and music. There also will be a baked goods sale and auction. All the proceeds benefit the Lake Martin Area United Way and will be the first event toward its 2020 fundraising campaign. Tickets are available at the United Way Office at 17 Main St., Alexander City; from United Way board members and staff; or at the Dadeville Valley National Bank located at 391 N. Broadnax St. For more information or to donate baked goods, call the United Way office at 256-329-3600.
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Wayâ€™s summer reading program last June and children read for more than 48,000 minutes within three weeks. Layfield said volunteers cleaned, painted, landscaped and cleared trash at Benjamin Russell, Dadeville Elementary and around Main Street in Alexander City for its Day of Action. â€œNormally we do three schools but Coosa County was undergoing their consolidation so we did Main Street cleanup which turned out really fun,â€? Layfield said. â€œPeople took a lot of investment in their community which was great to see.â€? Layfield said 211 is the statewide referral system that sends out disaster alerts. Layfield said 211 received 660 calls from Tallapoosa and Coosa counties last year.
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County Red Cross executive director Sandra Harris. â€œThank you so much,â€? Harris said. â€œThis is a shock. I miss the Red Cross. I miss the people. I miss the United Way. I always loved everything about the United Way.â€? Harris was presented a framed resolution from the Alabama House of Representatives in her honor. â€œ(Harris) is invincible and she is indefatigable,â€? United Way member Eric Tyler said. â€œSo, folks, Iâ€™ve got to tell you this lady has inspired me. So much. Our community owes you so much, (Harris), and itâ€™s tonight that we honor you. We honor you. We thank you so much.â€? Fuller said almost 200 people attended the event Tuesday.
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Alexander City Outlook: Mar. 14, 21 and 28, 2019 STPAA-HSIP-0022(530) PUBLIC NOTICE MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Kenneth W. Spano and wife, Alice F. Spano, originally in favor of Bank of America, N.A., on the 21st day of January, 2011, said mortgage recorded in WKH2IÂżFHRIWKH-XGJHRI3URbate of Tallapoosa County, Alabama, in Document Number 262962; the undersigned Bank of America, N.A , as Mortgagee/Transferee, under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in said mortgage, will sell at public outcry to the highest bidder for cash, in front of the main entrance of the Courthouse at Dadeville, Tallapoosa County, Alabama, on April 25, 2019, during the legal hours of sale, all of its right, title, and interest in and to the following described real estate, situated in Tallapoosa County, Alabama, to-wit: Lot E-30, according to the survey of North Blue Creek SubdiviVLRQ3ODW1RDVUHFRUGHGLQ 3ODW%RRN3DJHV$% & 'LQWKH3UREDWH2IÂżFHRI Tallapoosa County, Alabama. 3URSHUW\ VWUHHW DGGUHVV IRU informational purposes: 1015 S Holiday Drive, Dadeville, $/ 7+,6 3523(5TY WILL BE SOLD ON AN Âł$6 ,6 :+(5( ,6Â´ %$6,6 :,7+287 :$55$17< 25 5(&2856( (;35(66('
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USHERING IN A NEW ERA File / The Outlook
Horseshoe Bend’s search for a new football coach is down to five finalists.
Search winding down for HBS football coach coach down to five people and are finishing the interview process this month. Rumors have been Windle is expecting to make circulating recently about a recommendation to the the fate of Horseshoe Bend’s Tallapoosa County Board football program, and it of Education during its next seems the Generals are meeting April 8. inching closer and closer to a “We completed the solution. assessment of not just According to Tallapoosa football but wanted to look County Schools at the entire sports program superintendent Joe Windle, (at Horseshoe Bend),” the Generals have narrowed Windle said. “We completed their search for a football that assessment about a By LIZI ARBOGAST Sports Editor
month ago and we decided to go in a different direction, so we posted the job for the football coach.” Josh Averett led the General football team for two seasons, during which Horseshoe Bend was 5-15. It missed the playoffs both seasons. Since posting the job opening about a month ago, Windle said he received about 30 applicants through the state job board and
also had an additional four resumes submitted to him from people who wanted to remain private. While Windle did tell The Outlook there were five finalists in the running for the head coaching position, he would not reveal those people’s names. He said one of them was one of the four who did not want his application to be public. “We have some good See GENERALS • Page 11
4 BRHS players sign to continue football careers a visit after the season, and I just felt like it was a very comfortable place,” Cotney said. “I liked it a In a fairly small senior class, lot. It just felt more like home. It Benjamin Russell’s football team was a comfortable place. When you is still going to be well-represented step into their athletic facilities, at the next level, as four Wildcats it feels like a winning program. signed their letters of intent to play That’s what I liked about it.” at the collegiate level. Quarterback Ross and Jackson were both Landon Cotney signed with the recruited as defensive ends, while Huntingdon Hawks, while Jaikobee Gamble will head to the Skyhawks Gamble, Kashari Ross and Marquel as a tight end. Point University is Jackson are all headed to Point an NAIA school. University in West Point, Georgia. Like Cotney, Ross said Point had “It just shows the kind of kids a comfortable feeling to it. that we have here,” BRHS coach “When I went on a visit, it just Kevin Smith said. “Most of these felt like family and felt like I was at kids, their biggest character trait home,” Ross said. “I really liked it that’s getting them to this next down there.” level is their work ethic and their Ross was also invited to selflessness. They’ve worked really Huntingdon, and Gamble had a hard to get where they are, and they full scholarship to Garden City have some talent.” Community College in Kansas, but Cotney was a three-year starter he elected Point in the end. for the Wildcats and grew into “It was hard because I had to his own, culminating in his best choose between two schools,” season as a senior. He had a 52.5 Gamble said. “But I’m a family completion percentage and finished guy and (Point) is closer to home. with 1,512 passing yards. He threw On the visit, I really liked the eight touchdowns. program, and it should be fun Cotney said he was also having (my teammates) there too.” recruited by LaGrange, but Jackson always had his mind set ultimately settled on Huntingdon, a on going to Point and said Ross and Division III program. Gamble’s decision to also become “I went up there and scheduled See SIGNING • Page 11 By LIZI ARBOGAST Sports Editor
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Benjamin Russell’s Taylor Harris fired 15 strikeouts en route to a 7-2 victory over Opelika on Tuesday night.
Harris throws gem in victory over Opelika STAFF REPORT TPI Staff
Fifteen strikeouts were more than enough for Benjamin Russell’s Taylor Harris, who helped the Wildcats’ softball team to a 7-2 victory over Opelika on Tuesday night. Harris allowed only two hits in the complete-game victory, and although she walked three, just one of the two runs she gave up was earned. Benjamin Russell (9-7) immediately got to work offensively, as Baylee Adkins drew a walk to lead off the top of the first. Harris then helped her own cause with a single. After Opelika got two outs on the board, Asia McWaters got the scoring going for the Wildcats with a two-run single before being driven home by a Haylee Hunter single. Harris struck out seven over the course of the next three innings, and the Wildcats backed her by adding to their lead in the top of the fourth. Chloe Davis drew a walk followed by a Bailey Underwood single. Adkins then did the damage by smashing a double and scoring them both. The Wildcats totaled nine hits in the win, See WILDCATS • Page 11
SPORTS CALENDAR Thursday, March 14 High school baseball Dadeville at Randolph County (2), 4 p.m. Reeltown at Beauregard, 4:30 High school softball Benjamin Russell at Alabama Christian, 4 p.m. Beauregard at Dadeville, 4:30 Elmore County at Horseshoe Bend, 4:30 p.m. Reeltown at Sylacauga, 4:30 Shelby County at Central Coosa, 4:30 p.m. High school boys soccer Russell County at Benjamin Russell, 6 p.m. High school girls soccer Russell County at Benjamin Russell, 4 p.m. High school track and field Benjamin Russell, Reeltown at Sylacauga, 3 p.m. High school tennis Benjamin Russell at Pelham, 4
College baseball Central Alabama at Bevil State (2), noon College softball Coastal Alabama East at Central Alabama (2), 2 p.m. Friday, March 15 High school baseball Benjamin Russell at Etowah, 1 Horseshoe Bend at Ranburne (2), 4 p.m. B.B. Comer at Central Coosa, 4:30 p.m. High school softball Horseshoe Bend at Prattville Christian Tournament Reeltown Tournament Central Coosa at Fayetteville High school tennis Shades Valley at Benjamin Russell, 3:30 p.m. College golf Central Alabama in Friendship Cup at Montgomery
Taking a break from a bad time in sports
he world can be a scary, depressing place. Social unrest at home and abroad, political polarization and uncertain economies can leave us all feeling rather … existential. The sports world is no different. A “Kick Six” here or a “Van Tiffin field goal” there can have fans wondering, “What does it all matter anyway?” And is there any worse feeling than when football season finally ends? Well, that’s why I am going to something different for today’s column. In lieu of my typical sarcastic (and very often misunderstood) articles, I am going to tell you a few stories — quotes, actually. These are all true and come straight from my 12- and 2-year-old daughters, respectively. Hopefully, they will put a smile on your face during these troubling times. Let’s start with the older of the two, Mary Sanford. I have written about this firecracker of mine before. Mary Sanford is a spunky, energetic, athletic beauty. Mary Sanford can also be the bane of her brothers’ existences. She does her best to go toe-to-toe with the older one while simultaneously bossing around the younger. She stays pretty dang busy doing both. Anyway, one of her favorite past times is to engage in cut down wars with either sibling. Preferably, the older brother, Truitt. Whereas Truitt is a humble, quiet, well-mannered, old soul, Mary Sanford is, well, not those things. All three have their strengths, but in a verbal cage match, MSR is going to win. Handily. Case in point, on my recent trip to visit Truitt, Mary Sanford and their younger brother Walker all had strong opinions about where the family should go to dinner. Truitt wanted something easy and calm. Walker wanted McDonald’s. Mary Sanford wanted a local upscale sports bar known for its commotion, BJ’s. Truitt immediately tried to nix that idea by saying, “Mary Sanford! That place is way too packed! We will be there forever waiting!” Mary Sanford came back with, “Well, you should know about being packed since your mouth is full of negativity today.” Yes, I laughed. Mary Sanford also had another great moment when, after being served an ages-old, worn-out cut down by Truitt, she replied, “Well, did you know when Mom dropped you off at school she got picked up by the cops for littering?” I laughed again. Maybe you have heard that one before, but I hadn’t. Then there’s Sela, the 2-year-old. Sela was talking people’s ears off well before her words made sense. She literally sings herself to sleep and sings herself awake. To paraphrase Alexander City’s own Terrell Owens, “Sela loves her some Sela.” So, when Sela’s mom and I went to dinner last Saturday, we got her a babysitter. Those can always be hit or miss because Sela also loves her momma. A lot. Therefore, she doesn’t want momma leaving for a night on the town. But things went well and the next morning her mom and I asked how the night was with the new babysitter. Sela, in her drawly, 2-year-old voice said, “We had fun… We played with kitchen toyzzzzz and den we played blocks and den she read me a books and den she told me a stowree and den she put me in bed and den I cried and den I screamed for help…. And den I went to sleeps!” A little more info than we had hoped for, but her description sounded spot on. Here’s hoping this hiatus from discussing sports heartbreak made you smile (or at least, smirk). Next week I promise to continue to disappoint my readers as per usual. Luke Robinson is a regular columnist, contributor to BMetro, AHSAA Radio Network Broadcaster and Sportzblitz Team Member.
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Left: Benjamin Russell defensive end Marquel Jackson, seated center, signed his National Letter of Intent to play football at Point University on Wednesday. At his signing, he was joined by, front row, from left, brother Kadarious Marbury, mother Clarissia Jackson; back row, BRHS assistant principal Tracy McGhee, BRHS athletic director Pam Robinson, uncle Joe Jackson Jr., brother Aquavious Marbury, uncle Herman Evans, cousin Theodis Evans and BRHS football coach Kevin Smith. Middle left: Benjamin Russell tight end Jaikobee Gamble, seated left, signed to play at Point. He was joined by, front row, father Brian Kelley; back row, from left, Robinson, Smith and McGhee. Middle right: Benjamin Russell defensive end Kashari Ross, seated center, signed to play at Point. He was joined by, front row, from left, grandmother Betty Farley, mother Nekole Kennedy; back row, Robinson, sister Deandrea Salter, Smith, Rev. Jimmial Harrison and McGhee. Bottom: Benjamin Russell quarterback Landon Cotney, seated center, signed to play at Huntingdon College. He was joined by, front row, from left, mother Sherry Kosier, sister Rebecca Cotney; back row, Robinson, Smith, father Steve Cotney and McGhee.
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Hawks was just icing on the cake. “I’m excited to be up there and signing with a college,” Jackson said. “It’s fulfilling one of my dreams. I’m glad I’m going to college knowing that I already have two people I know and I’ve played with. We’re already going to have a brotherhood going in.” Smith is hoping the four Wildcat signees will have success at the next level and open even more doors for future Benjamin Russell players. “I think it’s always cool when they have these signings, you have the younger guys
who want to come see them,” Smith said. “They get to witness it and see someone’s dream come to fruition and realize, ‘If I keep plugging along, maybe I can get there too.’” Although the four Wildcats achieved one of their goals by signing at the next level during Wednesday’s ceremonies, the work doesn’t end there. “I just have to continue to grow as an athlete and be the best that I can be,” Cotney said. “The biggest difference is going to be my competition I’ll be going up against, but hopefully that’ll raise my level of playing too.”
Wildcats over Randolph County on Tuesday night. Both of Outlaw’s hits were doubles. Horseshoe Bend Tripp McKinley, Walker blanks LaFayette Spraggins and Alex Walker In just three innings, each recorded a single for Horseshoe Bend took down the Tigers (6-4). LaFayette in softball action McKinley and Outlaw Tuesday night. The Generals combined for the win on the needed only six hits to score mound. a 13-0 victory, as they took advantage of six Bulldog Coosa explodes for 8 errors and nine walks. runs in final inning Horseshoe Bend (4-3) After B.B. Comer had racked up nine runs in the slowly but surely built up first inning and never looked a six-run lead through four back. innings, Central Coosa’s Ivy Vickers led the baseball team finally started General attack with two hits, to put some offense together. while Reagan Taylor and The Cougars scored six Jessie Eason both drove in runs in the fifth inning but two runs. still trailed by four runs In the circle, Leighann going into the final frame. McWhorter was one walk They turned the tide in the shy of a three-inning perfect final frame, though, racking game. She struck out seven up eight runs in the seventh in the no-hitter. inning to claim a 14-10 win Tuesday night. Dadeville suffers 7-0 Cruz Godoy and Evan loss at hands of Beulah Murray were both walked, Dadeville’s softball team sandwiching a hit batter, to couldn’t get its offense start the inning. Ryan Payne going in a 7-0 loss to Beulah then hit a two-run single, on Tuesday night. and the Cougars (3-4) Zoe Veres had the only quickly reloaded the bases hit of the game for the as Landon Meadows drew Tigers (4-7). another walk. With the bases Malorie Meadors pitched loaded, TD Parker plated a the full game for Dadeville. run with a walk of his own, She allowed 13 hits and and the Cougars tied it up gave up seven earned runs. when Payne scored on a But she also struck out four passed ball. and didn’t walk any. Coosa didn’t stop there, though. Donta Daniel BASEBALL smashed a two-run single, Dadeville defeats and he was followed by a Randolph County Steven Hardy single that Slade McCullers, Cooper drove in another run. With Childers and Jake Outlaw two outs, the Cougars each had a pair of hits scored one more run on an en route to a 9-4 victory error, more than ensuring led by McWaters’ two singles.
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Horseshoe Bend is hoping to be more competitive on the football field moving forward.
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candidates,” Windle said. “I expected around 25 to 30 (applicants) and that’s about what we got, but I’ve been impressed with the quality. It’s been good. I think we’ve got a chance to improve ourselves.” As far as qualifications go, Windle said he was not requiring someone with head coaching experience, but four of the final five candidates do have it. Instead, he was looking for someone who had been at least an offensive or defensive coordinator, and he was hoping for someone who had been with a good, winning program and around good coaches. More than just quantifiable qualifications, Windle said his big focus in a new coach who would be someone who had a strong work ethic and wasn’t afraid to set a high standard for the Generals. “The main thing is we gotta have a coach with a work ethic second to none that leads by example and is the face of that program up there,” Windle said. “We want a coach who will work all the kids hard, a coach who will be a good disciplinarian and a coach who will set the groundwork up front for what the expectations are for not only students but for other coaches on the staff. “Really, we want a coach that says we’re not going to be outworked. We’re going to do what we need to do to be a physical football team. We’re going to be competitive with those that we play against. We’re going to run the football and we’re going to be technically sound.”
continued from Page 10 the win. Payne, Meadows and Daniel all had a pair of hits, and Daniel drove in a total of four runs. Payne racked up three RBIs, while Hardy had two. On the mound, Godoy and Hardy combined for the win. Godoy threw the first five innings, allowing eight hits but only five earned runs. He walked six but struck out three. Hardy scattered two hits in the final two innings and gave up a pair of runs. He walked two.
section play, but the Wildcats have to quickly more forward as they host Russell County tonight. On the girls side, BRHS scored a 4-3 victory over the Bulldogs.
GOLF Wildcat boys sweep tri-meet
Benjamin Russell’s boys golf team took a pair of victories on Tuesday afternoon, edging Sylacauga, 157-161, and Clay Central, which had a final score of 204. The boys were led by BOYS SOCCER BRHS falls to Opelika in Matthew Cush and Jacob Scott, who both carded final 12 minutes 38s. Kyle Mattox followed With just 12 minutes closely behind with a 39. remaining in regulation, “We are really playing a Opelika’s boys soccer team scored a goal and Benjamin little better as a group but still need to keep working to Russell couldn’t answer, falling 2-1 on Tuesday night. get where we want to be,” BRHS boys coach Wes Tate The Bulldogs came out said. strong, scoring a goal in Also competing for the the opening few minutes of the game, before Benjamin Wildcat boys were Sawyer Russell tied it up just before Parks, Caziah Gilmore and Harrison Kelly. halftime on a finish from a On the girls side, corner kick. But that final Benjamin Russell was goal for Opelika wasn’t defeated by Sylacauga, answered. 102-107, as only Keegan “The two goals we Wendling and Lainey Peters gave up were just mental competed. errors, but that’s what can “The girls are continuing cost you,” BRHS coach Austin Teel said. “You gotta to improve as the year goes on,” Tate said. “They are play the full 80 minutes; working extremely hard and you gotta be focused the it is showing.” whole time. The second Benjamin Russell’s boys half, we played really team also competed in well; we just couldn’t get the Helena Invitational on the opportunities that we wanted and put them in the Monday and finished fifth out of 15 teams. Cush had a back of the net.” It was the way Benjamin strong day, turning in a 74. Mattox shot a 79. Russell wanted to start
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ALABAMA SPORTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION SOFTBALL, BASEBALL RANKINGS SOFTBALL CLASS 7A 1. Fairhope (13-1) 2. Spain Park (13-1) 3. Bob Jones (15-1) 4. Hewitt-Trussville (7-1) 5. James Clemens (6-4-1) 6. Hoover (8-3) 7. Sparkman (8-2) 8. Vestavia Hills (8-4) 9. Thompson (10-1) 10. Baker (9-4) Others nominated: Auburn (7-5), Central-Phenix City (8-5), Huntsville (5-2), Oak Mountain (2-4), Prattville (116-2), Tuscaloosa County (9-3), Austin (3-5).
Russellville (4-4), SouthsideGadsden (8-6).
CLASS 6A 1. Northview (10-1) 2. Hartselle (9-2) 3. Buckhorn (6-1) 4. Gardendale (14-2-1) 5. Hazel Green (5-2) 6. Daphne (8-6) 7. Saraland (10-3) 8. Stanhope Elmore (9-6) 9. Helena (5-5) 10. Spanish Fort (9-4) Others nominated: Albertville (6-2), Baldwin County (9-8), Brookwood (5-2), Chelsea (5-3), Dothan (7-8), Eufaula (8-5), Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (8-5), Pell City (12-4).
CLASS 3A 1. Pisgah (3-0) 2. Prattville Christian (10-2) 3. Plainview (4-1) 4. J.B. Pennington (6-0) 5. Pleasant Valley (8-4) 6. Winfield (8-0-1) 7. Geneva (12-9) 8. Carbon Hill (5-4) 9. Wicksburg (12-2) 10. Oakman (7-5) Others nominated: Colbert Heights (2-0), Lauderdale County (3-1), Locust Fork (9-1), Mobile Christian (6-10), Piedmont (6-1), Providence Christian (5-5), St. James (143), Walter Wellborn (3-1).
CLASS 5A 1. Springville (5-3) 2. Hayden (6-1) 3. Alexandria (3-2) 4. Corner (3-1) 5. Mortimer Jordan (10-4) 6. Rehobeth (9-5) 7. Ardmore (3-2) 8. Tallassee (11-2) 9. Satsuma (18-3) 10. Brewbaker Tech (13-6) Others nominated: Boaz (6-7-1), Faith Academy (5-3), Lawrence County (7-6), Madison County (3-3), Moody (8-8), East Limestone (5-3),
CLASS 2A 1. G.W. Long (8-0) 2. Sumiton Christian (7-6-1) 3. Hatton (9-7) 4. Section (2-0) 5. Leroy (7-2) 6. Sand Rock (3-0) 7. Lamar County (3-3) 8. Collinsville (4-2-1) 9. Ider (2-2) 10. Cedar Bluff (3-3) Others nominated: Fyffe (1-1), Horseshoe Bend (4-3), Vincent (6-1), Reeltown (4-10), Woodland (6-8).
CLASS 4A 1. Alabama Christian (11-3) 2. Holtville (13-3) 3. White Plains (14-3) 4. American Christian (10-3) 5. LAMP (9-1) 6. Wilson (7-0) 7. Madison Academy (7-0) 8. North Jackson (3-0-1) 9. Leeds (7-3-1) 10. Lincoln (13-5-1) Others nominated: Andalusia (5-3), Central-Florence (5-3), Cherokee County (4-1), Danville (2-2), Northside (3-6).
CLASS 1A 1. Brantley (8-4) 2. Mars Hill Bible (7-3) 3. Appalachian (5-2) 4. South Lamar (2-1) 5. Spring Garden (1-2) 6. Kinston (8-5) 7. Falkville (6-1) 8. Belgreen (5-3) 9. Meek (4-4) 10. Waterloo (5-3) Others nominated: Skyline (0-4). AISA 1. Autauga Academy (16-7) 2. Macon-East (20-7) 3. Glenwood (13-6-1) 4. Edgewood (14-6) 5. Pickens Academy (5-4) 6. South Choctaw (3-0) 7. Clarke Prep (8-2-1) 8. Bessemer Academy (12-8) 9. Pike Liberal Arts (12-7) 10. Abbeville Christian (9-3) Others nominated: Cornerstone Christian (6-1), Patrician Academy (2-6), Tuscaloosa Academy (3-3). CLASS 7A 1. Smiths Station (11-1) 2. Bob Jones (11-3) 3. Hoover (11-4) 4. Vestavia Hills (11-1) 5. Auburn (7-2) 6. McGill-Toolen (6-3-1) 7. Hewitt-Trussville (11-1) 8. Mountain Brook (11-5) 9. Huntsville (8-1) 10. Oak Mountain (11-2) Others nominated: James Clemens (9-4), Spain Park (9-4), Fairhope (8-5), Mary G. Montgomery (5-2), Austin (8-2), Florence (5-6) CLASS 6A 1. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (9-2) 2. Russell County (15-1) 3. Faith Academy (7-3) 4. Cullman (6-4) 5. Saraland (9-3)
6. Hazel Green (4-7) 7. Oxford (8-2) 8. Buckhorn (6-2) 9. Spanish Fort (8-5) 10. Hartselle (5-6) Others nominated: Wetumpka (11-3), Daphne (7-4), Hueytown (5-4), Homewood (7-2), Helena (7-7), Chelsea (6-6), Gulf Shores (10-3), Athens (8-3), Albertville (9-3), Decatur (5-3) CLASS 5A 1. St. Paul’s (11-1) 2. Etowah (10-2) 3. Charles Henderson (11-3) 4. Satsuma (9-1) 5. Shelby County (9-2) 6. Corner (6-4) 7. Jackson (7-2) 8. Jasper (9-3) 9. Lawrence County (5-3) 10. Mortimer Jordan (8-5) Others nominated: Ardmore (4-3), Carroll (9-5), East Lawrence (4-3), Headland (5-4), Ramsay (6-0), Scottsboro (5-3), UMS-Wright (5-5) CLASS 4A 1. Hokes Bluff (5-1) 2. Mobile Christian (6-5-1) 3. Trinity (8-3) 4. LAMP (9-3) 5. Wilson (4-3-1) 6. North Jackson (6-1) 7. Haleyville (6-2) 8. Oak Grove (5-3) 9. Montevallo (9-2) 10. West Morgan (5-1) Others nominated: Andalusia (5-7), Elmore County (6-1) CLASS 3A 1. Providence Christian (9-3) 2. St. James (6-5) 3. Gordo (7-1) 4. Winfield (11-4) 5. Houston Academy (11-2) 6. Bayside (6-3) 7. Hale County (5-1)
By RON COLQUITT For The Outlook
Volunteers and desserts are being sought for Lake Martin Area United Way’s fourth annual quail fry April 6. The event will be held at the Stables at Russell Crossroads at 5 p.m. The annual quail fry is first event the organization will hold for its 2020 campaign. Lake Martin Area United Way executive director Sharon Fuller said in addition to quail, there will also be a shrimp boil and gumbo. “We have traditionally raised around $15,000, and what we do is along with the food is we have something very unusual,” Fuller said. “It’s a baked goods sale and auction.” Fuller said the United Way accepts desserts such as cookies and brownies for its bake sale and cakes and pies for the auction. “We ask anybody in the community if they would like to donate a baked good, preferably (to make) cakes, pies, something a little more substantial, but cookies sell,” Fuller said. “Everything
CLASS 1A 1. Brantley (7-3) 2. Millry (7-4) 3. Athens Bible (5-2) 4. Sweet Water (4-4) 5. Mars Hill (4-2) 6. Winterboro (8-2) 7. Covenant Christian (5-0) 8. Spring Garden (5-2) 9. Red Level (6-2) 10. Ragland (5-3) Others nominated: Gaylesville (4-4), Heritage Christian (4-4), Victory Christian (7-2) AISA 1. Morgan Academy (8-0) 2. Bessemer Academy (14-3) 3. Pike Liberal Arts (13-3) 4. Lee-Scott Academy (8-4) 5. Macon-East (13-4) 6. Coosa Valley Academy (106) 7. Autauga Academy (13-6) 8. Hooper Academy (13-5) 9. Lakeside Academy (10-2) 10. Patrician (5-2) Others nominated: Glenwood (5-4), Jackson Academy (6-3), Monroe Academy (5-2)
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A cross erected in memory of the oldest victim of the Beauregard tornado, Jimmy Lee Jones, 89, features messages written by family and friends and a designation as the 26,371st cross built by Greg Zanis, who personally delivered them from Illinois.
ting word of the 23 tornado deaths. Upon arriving in Beauregard, he met with officials from the Red Cross, Samaritan’s Purse and Billy Graham Ministries. He said the Lee County death count was the largest number of tornado fatalities he has responded to so far. “I put them up for every type of situation,” he said, “whether it’s a fire, airplane crash, car crash and a lot of homicides of course. Just any type of disaster.” Zanis, who is a skilled carpenter, said he and his team have built and delivered more than 20,000 of the crosses all over the United States. According to Zanis, he had just delivered 67 crosses to Chicago as memorials to the 67 homicides in that city within a year when he got word of the 23 deaths in Alabama. The 23 crosses with the names of the victims are on display at Providence
Baptist Church in Beauregard. Officials said a steady stream of people have visited the crosses and been emotionally moved especially after Trump brought attention to them. “All these families, it’s so heartbreaking,” Rhonda Campbell of Smiths Station said as she looked at the crosses and wept after Trump departed. Zanis said with death and destruction constantly breaking out, he and his team stay busy. “I have never solicited donations in the past but donations of any amount would be appreciated so that I may continue my mission to place crosses and/or other memorials to anyone and everyone who requests one anywhere,” he said. “I am just trying to show folks that we are all watching this all over the country. For me coming to an area, it’s just a simple way of saying we all love you.”
Lake Martin Area United Way to host annual quail fry By GABRIELLE JANSEN Staff Writer
CLASS 2A 1. G.W. Long (10-1) 2. Fayetteville (7-4) 3. Thorsby (7-1) 4. Fyffe (7-1) 5. Leroy (7-3) 6. Ariton (11-4) 7. Highland Home (7-2) 8. Southeastern (7-1) 9. Cleveland (5-3) 10. Decatur Heritage (3-2) Others nominated: Cedar Bluff (3-1), Goshen (8-2), New Brockton (7-3), Westbrook Christian (5-3)
Fiat Chrysler recalls vehicles for emissions problem
Illinois man built, delivered 23 crosses for tornado victims People nationwide have seen images of the 23 white, wooden crosses on display in Beauregard to memorialize those killed by a monster tornado. President Donald Trump even made a point to view them when he visited the area last week. But who put them there? It was a simple act of love to handcraft the crosses, paint them white and drive from Aurora, Illinois, to Beauregard to present them as memorials, the builder said. “I build them with my hands and paint them,” said Greg Zanis, 68, who has built more than 20,000 of the crosses after disasters. “I’m trying to do something that’s from me to you, something personal.” Children as young as 6 to adults in their late 80s were killed by the EF4 tornado that swept through Lee County on March 3, and Zanis said tornado deaths and destruction became personal for him 30 years ago when his wife was nearly killed in one in Plainfield, Illinois, where 17 people died. Zanis, who is retired, said he founded his nonprofit organization Crosses for Losses in 1996. When he hears of mass disasters, mass shootings, fires and other deadly horrors, he and his team get busy building and painting crosses. Zanis personally delivers them and came to Beauregard three days after get-
8. Geneva (9-4) 9. T.R. Miller (7-1) 10. Piedmont (6-3) Others nominated: Beulah (7-1), Lexington (3-2), Sylvania (5-3)
always sells. Last year we had more than 100 items that were donated. … We don’t provide desserts for everybody who comes, so that’s their option to buy something from the baked goods to share with their table or to take home, but it is amazing (because) half of the proceeds come from the auctions.” Fuller said the event once had a cake sell for $850. “We’ll probably have 20 different pound cakes and not one will (sell for less than) $100,” Fuller said. Fuller said volunteers help the day before the fry with preparing the bake sale. “We love to have volunteers come and help us because it takes a lot the day before, and we ask all the baked goods to be at our office on Friday April 5 by 5 p.m.,” Fuller said. Fuller said all of the event’s food is donated and organizers hope for 300 people to attend this year. “The venue is amazing,” Fuller said. “(The Stables at Russell Crossroads) will have horses. It’s just a beautiful
day. Last year, it was cold; however we were able to have it all upstairs in the stables. If we can have it outside, we do. A hundred percent of the profit goes to United Way, which helps our campaign.” Fuller said area residents should attend because the event is a great way to give back and have fun. “The people who buy those $850 pound cakes are loyal contributors who come every year and they love giving back,” Fuller said. Tickets are $35, and are available at the United Way office, Valley Bank in Dadeville, The Alexander City Outlook office, from United Way board members and staff and at the door. Fuller said anyone interested in volunteering should call the United Way office at 256-329-3600, email uw211@ unitedwaylakemartin.org or visit 17 Main St. in Alexander City. According to a press release from United Way, desserts should be donated with a description and who made it at the office’s conference room from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 5.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has agreed to voluntarily recall 862,520 vehicles in the United States due to emissions violations, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The recall includes 2011-16 Dodge Journeys, 2011-14 Chrysler 200s, 2011-12 Dodge Calibers and 2011-16 Jeep Compasses and Patriots, the EPA said in a release. Owners of affected vehicles will receive a notification from FCA when parts are available for them to bring their vehicle in to a dealership to be repaired. In the meantime, owners can continue to drive their vehicles. Due to the large number of vehicles involved and the need to supply replacement components, specifically to the vehicle’s catalytic converter, the recall will be implemented in phases this year beginning with the oldest vehicles first. Below is the schedule for each phase of the recall by model year (MY): • MY 2011, first quarter of 2019. • MY 2012, second quarter of 2019. • MY 2013-2014, third quarter of 2019. • MY 2015-2016, fourth quarter of 2019. The recall is the result of in-use emissions investigations conducted by the EPA and in-use testing conducted by FCA as required by EPA regulations. “EPA welcomes the action by Fiat Chrysler to voluntarily recall its vehicles that do not meet U.S. emissions standards,” EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler said. “We will provide assistance to consumers navigating the recall and continue to ensure that auto manufacturers abide by our nation’s laws designed to protect human health and the environment.” EPA will continue to investigate other FCA vehicles which are potentially non-compliant and may become the subject of future recalls. For more information regarding the recall, visit www.epa.gov/ recall/fiat-chrysler-automobilesvoluntary-recall.