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Man fighting for his life after shooting Another round of shots fired in Spring Hill community leaves victim on ventilator, in critical condition at UAB By MITCH SNEED Editor

For the fourth time in two weeks, the Alexander City Police Department was called to the Spring Hill community on reports of shots fired and this time, a man is fighting for his life at the University of Alabama-Birmingham Medical Center. Deputy Chief James Easterwood said the initial call came in at about 10:30 Friday night and the

reports indicated the shots were heard in an area along County Road. “There was a shots fired call, but officers did not locate anything,” Easterwood said. “Later we responded to Russell Medical due to a subject with no identification that had been left in the emergency room parking lot.” Easterwood said that the victim had lost a lot of blood and is in critical condition at UAB. He indicated that the victim had severe damage to his leg.

“We have been able to identify some people of interest and will work to talk with them,” Easterwood said. “The victim is still on a ventilator and has had surgery on his leg. Obviously, we haven’t been able to talk to him yet, but we hope to have something additional on this one very soon.” Even though this incident was reported to be in the area of a private residence about a quarter of a mile away from the previous calls in the area, Easterwood said it does appear that they are all related.

Commissioners clear way for probate judge appointment

Rockford center of the world for state politics for a brief time By CLIFF WILLIAMS Staff Writer

Rockford – it is at the intersection of U.S. Highway 231 and Alabama State Highway 22. Some consider it a small blip on the radar traveling between Montgomery and north central Alabama with its four way stop in the middle of town. But Rockford was the center of Alabama politics Saturday as area residents had a chance to visit with candidates from more than 30 local and statewide Republican races. The number of candidates showing up surprised the executive committee of the Coosa County Republican who hosted the meet and greet event at the Rockford Event Center. “The turnout here has been better than we expected,” Coosa County Sheriff Terry Wilson said who is the chairman of the Coosa County Republican executive committee. “I am so appreciative of the candidates that have come out or who have sent representatives to this event.” Almost all of the Coosa County races that opposition had most of the candidates and many of the statewide candidates were either there or had a campaign representative there. The event allowed Coosa County residents a onestop shop to mingle with See ROCKFORD • Page 10


BLOWOUT BLUES BASH Strand Park filled with love for Blues in the Park concert


Start with a picture-perfect day without a cloud in the sky, add 2,000 fun-loving people in an incredible downtown setting under tents, in lawn chairs and on their feet dancing and mix in incredible music from five acts and you have a recipe for a blowout blues bash that will be remembered for years to come. That’s exactly what the Second See BLUES • Page 11

MainStreet Alexander City hosted its first-ever Junque Jubilee event in downtown Alexander City Saturday with things getting started at 8 a.m. and area shops opening at 10 a.m. There were a variety of vendors present, from those with fresh fruit and vegetables to those with specially-made crafts. Many residents came out to see what vendors had to offer and enjoy the sunny, warm weather at this “upscale yard sale” event.

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Everyone wants to take a break come summer but some needs never go away. Alexander City Meals on Wheels serves 70 elderly residents in the Alexander City city limits Monday through Friday with a nutritious meal and is in need of help getting those meals to clients. And with summer approaching, the agency is needing more See VOLUNTEERS • Page 3

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Top, Nelson Curry performs and interacts with the crowd as a fan takes a photo. Above, Blues in the Park concert organizer Tyrone Oliver poses for a photo and gives the camera a thumbs up as gospel-soul singer Corey Rudolph & The 45 Band perform on stage behind him. The event was a success as it had about 2,000 guests in attendance, Oliver said.

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When Leon Archer took medical retirement with several months remaining on his term as Tallapoosa County Probate Court Judge, Circuit Court Judge Tom Young agreed to fill in temporarily. But his duties will take him to other parts of the Fifth Judicial Circuit in the coming months, meaning it would have been tough for him to be in Dadeville to handle all the things that need attention in the probate office. The Tallapoosa County Commissioners approved an arrangement approved by the state that will appoint Tallassee attorney Bonita Caldwell to fill the position until the end of the term next January. “I was glad to fill in as I had previously and it had worked out that my Circuit Court duties had me here in Dadeville anyway,” Young said. “But that was about to change. With that in mind, I had been working with the Supreme Court to find a solution. Rather than it become political, we came up with Bonita Caldwell and she has agreed to take it on. “She’s an attorney and is great with people and 5295 Highway 280, Alex City, AL

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DEAR ABBY: I’m a mother of two boys, 13 and 12. My oldest son has become very abusive, both physically and emotionally. He has been arrested for hitting me and hitting his little brother. He was recently kicked off the bus for hitting another student and has also been locked out of school. I have tried therapy and medications for him, but he hasn’t changed. I’m at my wits’ end, ready to give up and hand him over to the court. He has both parents and a loving home. I don’t know what to do anymore. I love my son, but can no longer do this. Please tell me how to help him! -- LOVING MOTHER IN TENNESSEE DEAR LOVING MOTHER: Much information is missing from your letter. What triggers your son’s violent episodes? Could he have a learning disability? Is he being teased or bullied, which might explain why he hit another student? Has he


been ill, or could he have sensory integration difficulties? At 13, it’s too soon to throw up your hands and give up. Because therapy and medication haven’t helped your son, I would have to ask what kind of therapist has been seeing him. When treatment doesn’t work, a patient may need a more comprehensive assessment -- a second opinion or even a third. My suggestion would be to take him to a teaching hospital. And while you’re there, please consider asking about some support for yourself because you have a lot on your shoulders. DEAR ABBY: I’m in my late 30s and moved away from my

parents when I was 17. My husband doesn’t make a lot of money, but he gives me his whole paycheck for the household expenses every week. Because we live paycheck to paycheck, we rarely have much money left at the end of the month. But we make it. The issue is my parents. They are retired now and received a nice inheritance when my grandparents passed. They used the money to pay off every debt they had, and now they won’t stop telling me how to save money or how to spend it. Now that they’re financially stable, they seem to have forgotten they lived paycheck to paycheck when they were my age. I rarely speak to them anymore because of it. How can I get them to back off without starting a war? They’re retired and bored, and they love drama. The slightest thing starts a battle they drag other family into. -- PAYCHECK

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Obituaries Mr. William Edward Penton Sr. 1930 - 2018

Mr. Fred Cooper

Graveside Service for Mr. William Edward Penton Sr., 87, of Alexander City, will be Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. at the Hillview Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Radney Funeral Home. Mr. Penton passed away on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at his residence. He was born on November 22, 1930 in Coosa County to John Joe Penton and Roxie Ann Penton. Mr. Penton was a very active member of Wayside Baptist Church and served as deacon for many years. Edd owned and operated Edd Penton Construction. He was known for his ability to produce high quality built homes and buildings in our area. Mr. Penton was very passionate about his family and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren on the farm in Nixburg where they tended cows and worked the farm. He is survived by his daughters, Kathy P. Johnson (Jeffery) of Alexander City, Sybil P. Kellum (Tim) of Alexander City; son, William E. Penton Jr. (Sharron) of Alexander City; sisters, Betty Ann Estes, Joyce “Polly” Cattrett; brother, Joe Penton; grandchildren, Hollie Gilbreath (Joseph), Travis Smith (Lowery), Sean Penton (Lauren), Michael Johnson (Jessica), Troy Smith (Breanna), Roman Kellum, Austin Kellum, Samantha Kellum and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Marline Elizabeth Penton; daughter, Jennifer Ann Penton; parents; brothers, Bennett Penton, John EM Penton, Elzie Penton and sister, Maggie Dean. Our family would like to extend a special “Thank You” to Ben and Megan Blake, Jamie Hall and Pat Machen for their unselfish acts of love to our father. Also a “Thank You” to Alacare Hospice for their kindness and support. The family will accept flowers or memorial contributions may be made to the Children’s Harbor, 1 Our Children’s Highway, Alexander City, Al, 35010 and Wayside Baptist Church, 21 Wayside Circle, Alexander City, Al, 35010. Memorial messages may be sent to the family at www.

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Oliver seeks House District 81 seat

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Retired pilot, Ed Oliver has announced that he is running for the Republican nomination for the District 81 seat in the Alabama House of Representatives. Oliver said that his campaign will focus on education, economic growth and quality of life for all of the citizens of District 81 including our children, families and seniors. “In the last few years, Alabama has had unprecedented economic growth in many parts of the state. In the more rural Oliver areas of the state, like ours, it is now more important than ever that we educate our children so they are ready to compete for opportunity and success. Education and economic growth must be our priorities to give our children the ability to stay and thrive in our district.” Oliver said. Oliver has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama and graduated from U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. A veteran, Oliver served on active duty and in the USAR for nearly thirty years. An Army pilot, Oliver was able to transfer his skills to civilian use and, for the past fifteen years, he has served Alabama and District 81 as an air ambulance helicopter pilot. He has been retired for the past year. Oliver is the son of the late Judge John Oliver and the late Julia Oliver. He has four children. Allison Oliver Thomas 23, Abigail Oliver 21, Amelia Oliver 18 and Adam Oliver 15. “I look forward to meeting and listening to the people of this district.” Oliver said.

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way to volunteer. “We need help with fundraisers,” Boone said. “We do quarterly sales of Chick-fil-A sandwich meals. We sell between 1,100 and 1,300 and always need help delivering to businesses and schools.” Boone explained no one should say no to helping Meals on Wheels. “I think everyone should try it,” Boone said. “It will leave you feeling all better.” To volunteer, call Boone at 256329-7382 and leave a message if necessary.


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I think she will be able to see the office through in the interim. The state has signed off on it and all they were waiting on was to get this memorandum of understanding done with the commissioners before it was finalized.” Young said that Caldwell could be sworn in as soon as the first of next week and the commissioners agreed to a payment of $100 per day as compensation for Caldwell while she serves. Caldwell, an attorney with 22 years of experience, said she was honored to be asked to serve. “I have lived in Tallapoosa County

all my life and when I was asked I was honored to be able to help out,” Caldwell said. “I have worked extensively in probate as an attorney so I am familiar with a lot of what it entails. The election side will be new to me, but I know they have great people there and I’m looking forward to getting to know them and work alongside them through the next several months.” The commissioners also voted to approve the final plats for two residential developments. County Engineer David Moore said that Villa on the Green in StillWaters had gotten the thumbs up from the homeowners

purchase orders. • Approval of designation for ARISE to provide transportation services within the county. • A letter of concurrence for the ACTS program which will allow public transportation from outside the county. • FMLA leave for a county employee. • Changes in the job description for the community corrections director position. The position is open and this will allow for hiring to be complete. • Announced that the courthouse will be closed May 28 for Memorial Day and June 4 for Jefferson Davis’ birthday.

association and he was fine with the plans. Kennebec is a LakeTown Community that is a collaboration among Alabama Power, Daniel Communities and Nequette Architecture & Design. Moore said that the plan has his approval provided the roads are complete by the June meeting. Kennebec will consist of 41 private wooded homesites adjacent to 74 acres of nature preserve along the south side of the lake near The Ridge. In other action, the commissioners approved: • Minutes of the April 9 meeting. • A motion to pay warrants and

Police Reports Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department May 9

• Angela Hawkins of Booker Street in Alexander City was arrested on an outstanding warrant for grand jury indictment burglary third degree. • Robert Watkins of Freeman Avenue in Tallassee was arrested on an outstanding warrant for theft of property third.

May 8

• Shane Vernon of Coosa County Road 40 was arrested on a grand jury indictment for robbery first and assault second and transported to the county jail. • A resident on Sen Claude Pepper Drive filed a report in reference to criminal mischief.

May 7

• A complainant on Notasulga Road filed a report in reference to theft. • Ramiro Ibarra of Coosa Road 98 in Equality was arrested on a grand jury

indictment for possession of marijuana first degree while incarcerated at the Tallapoosa County Jail.

May 6

• Teresa Fuller of County Road 40 in Jacksons Gap was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear possession of marijuana second. • Jamie Crayton of East Lafayette Street in Dadeville was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear child support.

May 5

• Teresa Fuller of County Road 40 in Jacksons Gap was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear possession of marijuana second and attempting to elude police.

May 4

• David Glass of Indian Trail in Tallassee was arrested for failure to appear possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and operating a vehicle without insurance.

Dadeville Police Department May 8

• A Dadeville man, age 31, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear. • A Trussville man, age 44, was arrested for driving under the influence on Laredo Circle.

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• A Dadeville man, age 44, was arrested for public intoxication on Freeman Drive. • A Dadeville man, age 63, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear. • A report was filed for

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• A one motor vehicle accident occurred on Lafayette Street resulting minor property damage and no injuries. • A Camp Hill woman, age 35, was arrested on a warrant for giving false information to law enforcement. • An Alexander City woman, age 33, was arrested on a warrant for assault third.

May 6

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e are only three weeks away from the June 5 primary elections in Alabama. It’s important for voters to get to know the candidates in advance of going to the polls. Voters have a chance tonight to meet the candidates in one of the most contested races on this year’s GOP Primary ballot. Four Republican candidates are on the ballot to follow Rep. Mark Tuggle in the District 81 seat in the Alabama State House of Representatives. Four candidates have officially qualified to run for the GOP nomination – Derrick Blythe, Joyful “Joy” Johns, Terry Martin and Ed Oliver. Last year, Tuggle announced he would not be running for re-election, leaving the field wide open. The Tallapoosa County Republican Party will hold a forum for the GOP candidates tonight at the Tallapoosa County Board of Realtors office on Church Street in Alexander City. The forum is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m., according to GOP Chairman Denise Bates. The public is invited to attend. Take advantage of any chance to get to learn more about these and the candidates for all of the offices. The most basic improvement that can be made to modern American democracy is the development of an educated voting population. Being informed and then exercising the right to vote is an important way to help preserve our precious democratic system. With that in mind, we would ask voters to spend time in the coming days before the June 5 primary reading about the candidates. Get to know what they believe by meeting them when possible. Particularly in local races, there are sufficient opportunities to see candidates face to face. This newspaper will feature previews on the races in upcoming editions as a way to help voters form an opinion. We urge voters to do their homework. Our area and our state are facing issues that will shape our future. It is important that we find people who have our best interest at heart to serve us in elected office. Don’t let cute commercials, sound bites or the letter beside a candidate’s name be the deciding factor for you. Knowledge is much more reliable.


rump’s favorable poll numbers went up last week. Contrary to what you hear from the mainstream media, his numbers are higher than Obama’s were at the same point in his presidency. Trump has disrupted Washington, which is what he was sent there to do. Tax and regulation cuts have ignited the economy, unemployment is at a 17-year low, and the stock market is rolling. Trump may even bring peace to the Korean Peninsula. There is talk of a Nobel Peace Prize; I bet Trump would kill for a Peace Prize. Yet with all the revelations of Playboy Bunnies and porn stars in his past, his biggest challenge will be if he can make peace with Melania. In the tradition of the great peacemakers of our time, JFK (brokered the Soviet Union’s removal of nukes from Cuba) and Bill Clinton (stopped “ethnic cleansing” in Bosnia), now Trump fixes North Korea’s nuclear buildup. I guess accomplished womanizers hate to see the earth blown to smithereens until they are done bedding as many women as they can. His personal attorney and “fixer,” Michael Cohen, has been the one paying these women for their silence. $130,000 seems to be the number they arrived at for a one-nighter with Trump. So he is also bringing highpaying jobs to women. Winning! Cohen’s payment was the first time a prostitute was paid money not to make a loud noise. If Michael Cohen made a $130K illegal “payment in kind” to Trump, then how about formally prosecuting the media for their billions

RON HART Columnist of dollars worth of “in kind,” always favorable coverage for Democrats over the years? Absent any workable ideas of their own, the left and their puppets in the media continue trying to destroy Trump with his base, the religious middleincome working class. It’s not working. Midwesterners and we Southerners seem unfazed by Trump’s past. In fact, it was pretty much in his brochure when he was elected. We seem to be saying, “Yeah he’s a cad, but he’s our cad.” Secular coastal elitists who drive the liberal narrative do not understand middle America. We have a unique relationship with religion, and we don’t like to be told what to do by command-andcontrol Democrats. “God is my co-pilot” stickers are on a lot of our cars. I am not a church every Sunday guy. But I do believe God is always with me, a position I maintain when I am pulled over alone in the carpool lanes in Atlanta. So if the left’s game plan is to “get” Trump on his personal conduct, it ain’t working. Transformative leaders have always had messy personal lives. Apple’s Steve Jobs was a total ass, Winston Churchill a huge drinker and womanizer. Ditto for Ben Franklin and our other Founding Fathers. No great man was ever a good man. We look beyond that and often even enjoy hearing about their foibles. It makes us all feel better about

ourselves when flaws in our leaders are laid bare. These 8- and 12-year-old allegations of groping or sexual advances are seen by Americans for what they are: money grubbing by opportunistic women, spurred on by the media. Under what other circumstance would Stormy Daniels appear on “Saturday Night Live,” or triple her appearance fees? The left is trying to promote a porno actress who slept with a much older and rich married man, got money for it, and then violated a legal non-disclosure contract as some paragon of virtue. “Virtue” in the porn business is keeping your clothes on for more than two minutes after the pizza delivery guy arrives at your house. The petty and bureaucratic “deep state” attempts to destroy Trump and his supporters reinforce why he was sent to Washington to change the place. They just make him stronger. America sees the situation for what it is: the mean and dirty politics the Democrats have always used. To demonstrate how partisan political leftists are, they are suddenly McCarthy-like anti-Russian. They see Russian collusion in everything. While their socialist views are mirrored in the Soviet Union’s doctrines, they now are hawks on Russia. Politics makes strange bedfellows. I remember a time, not a decade ago, when Democrats had sex scandals and the GOP demonized Russia. A syndicated op-ed humorist, award winning author and TV/radio commentator, you can reach him at or Twitter @RonaldHart.

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Reader: ‘Get off the phone and drive’ Dear Editor, Steve Marshall

Mark Tuggle

On the way to church, a young lady ran a red light, crossed right in front of us and, by the grace of God, we barely missed t-boning her right on the driver’s door. She had her cell phone up in front of her face and wasn’t even aware of what

care of it, but don’t endanger my life and yours and no telling who else. I don’t want my life to end early or spend weeks in recovery due to your ignorance. GET OFF THE PHONE AND DRIVE. Pat Twyman Alexander City

Show of respect by workers was touching Dear Editor,

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was going on. It has gotten to the point where almost every time we go out we are almost hit head on or side swiped because of folks on cell phones. Can you not leave that cell phone on the console or in your purse ‘til you get where you are going? If not, then pull off the road and take

I would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to the three gentlemen who were working on the roof of the Bud Porch Center Friday afternoon. I do not know who they are but I was touched by their gesture of

respect. I was riding in the funeral procession of Mr. Austin Holley. When we approached the roundabout, I noticed three men working atop the building. They must have seen the large Holley’s Home Furnishings delivery truck, lights flashing, leading the procession. When

they realized we were a funeral, all three took off their hats and stood with respect until we had passed by. It was such a simple gesture but one that touched me deeply. Again, I thank you. Leeanne George Alexander City

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During the Jim Pearson Talent Show Thursday, students from Mary Boudreaux’s and Deanna Marable’s second grade classes represented some of the “angels” on earth while their classmates sang “Angels Among Us.” Students performed a variety of acts and teachers even hit the stage for a teacher dance, wearing oversized cutout faces of Jim Pearson faculty and dancing to a medley of music.


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LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL: The Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department and the Alexander City Police Department are hosting the 22nd Annual Law Enforcement Memorial at 11 a.m. at the police department. The key note speaker will be Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall. Lunch will be served afterwards in the Alexander City Police Department.

Thursday, May 17

WINE AND WORDS: Chuck’s Marina is hosting a “Crawfish Boil, Wine and Words” fundraiser for the Friends of the Dadeville Public Library. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door if available. It includes all-you-can-eat crawfish boil dinner prepared by Chef Raymond LeBlanc, music by the Murray Brown Band, a wine tasting and used book sale. Advance tickets are available at Chuck’s and the Dadeville Public Library.

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PERFORMANCE: The Mt. Vernon Theatre in Tallassee is hosting the Central Alabama Youth Wind Symphony at 7 p.m. The Central Alabama Youth Wind Symphony is a youth organization for youths by youths. Directed by Tyler Rodgers, CAYWS has a lot to offer the community, especially in the form of music. The project was started in November as a means to bring the community and others together through music and allow area youth to express themselves freely and openly. CAYWS believes in a warm, friendly environment for all teenagers looking to continue their exploration in the field of music. Tickets to the show are $5 and are available at ARMED FORCES DAY PICNIC: The Bill Nichols Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans will be holding a Picnic in the Park from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in Strand Park to celebrate Armed Forces Day. Veteran service organizations like the DAV and American Legion will be on hand to pass out information, and the Alabama National Guard will also have a display set up. There will be a military vehicle show, kids activities and food vendors set up in the park as well. The event is open to the public and there is no cost to attend. SINGING: The Kellyton Revival Center is hosting “Singing with The Exhorters” at 5 p.m. Refreshments will be provided afterwards and a love offering will be taken. TRADE DAY: The Bibb Graves High School Alumni and Friends are hosting the monthly trade day in Millerville on Highway 9 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Refreshments will be available. MUSIC FESTIVAL: The Weogufka Center for the Arts is hosting the Muddy Water Music Festival and Fish Fry Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m. until. Admission is $5 a person and free for children 12 and under. Scheduled to perform are Ryan Shurette, Josh Baxley, Matt Hardy, Judy Stocks, Brian Voss, Back Street, Cara Adams, Matt Stevens, Elvis Jake Stevens, Anna Brooke Parrett, Drake Jennings, Jackie Rayfield, Chris Turney, Amber Fountain, Brackie Gaither, Austin Culberson, Emily Baxley, Dazed and Confused, Frank Daugherty, Sybil Kirkpartrick and The Renfroe Mountain Medicine Show. Catfish plates are $12 for adults and $6 for children.

Sunday, May 20

BACCALAUREATE SERVICE: The Benjamin Russell Baccalaureate

Service is at 7 p.m. at the BRHS auditorium. CHURCH HOMECOMING: Holly Springs Baptist Church in Coosa County is hosting homecoming at 11 a.m. Bro. Donnie Blackmon will be preaching. Everyone is welcome to eat after the service, just bring a chair and some food to share. All former members and family of those buried in the church cemetery are welcome. SINGING: A singing will be held at the Midway Historical School from noon to 2 p.m. at East Mill Drive in Hollins. SOLIDARITY DAY: New Adka Missionary Baptist Church is hosting Solidarity Day at 11 a.m. The theme is “How to talk about Relationship Problems.” Edward Milner is pastor. COOKING CLASS: The Beacon of Joy Mission is presenting a healthy cooking class from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at 369 Scott Road. There will be food tasting and recipes will be provided. You must have an invitation to attend to know how much food to prepare. Please contact Renee Jackson at 256-749-5943. CHURCH HOMECOMING: Darien Church on Highway 22 between Daviston and Wadley at Cotney’s old store is hosting homecoming starting at 10:30 a.m. Elder Jonathan Blakeley of Wetumpka will be the guest minister. A covered dish lunch will follow the morning service. All friends and descendants of former members are cordially invited to attend this service. CHURCH HOMECOMING: Bethel Baptist Church South in Clay County is holding homecoming services with the program beginning at 10 a.m. and lunch at noon.

Monday, May 21

SPEECH AND HEARING SCREENING: Auburn University NSSLHA & SAA are proud to offer a free speech, language and hearing screening that will access the following for children and adults: articulation (pronouncing sounds), receptive language (understanding concepts and spoken language), expressive language (ability to verbally express self), cognition (attention, memory, problem solving), voice quality, fluency and hearing. The screening will be from 1 to 4 p.m. at 1199 Haley Center in Auburn. For further information, please call 334-844-9600. COOKING CLASS: The Beacon of Joy Mission is presenting a vegetarian cooking class from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at 369 Scott Road. There will be food tasting and recipes. You must have an invitation to attend so enough food can be prepared. Please contact Renee Jackson at 256-749-5943. MEETING: The Lake Martin Area Industrial Development Authority will hold a called meeting on Monday, May 21 at 1 p.m. at the offices of Charter HR in Kellyton, AL.

May 21-22

JEWELRY SALE: The Russell Medical Auxiliary will have its $5 Masquerade Jewelry Sale May 21 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and May 22 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds go toward student scholarships.

Tuesday, May 22

OPEN HOUSE: The Achievement Center – Easter Seals is holding an “Open House” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. There will be tours of the newly renovated facility. Refreshments will be served and the public is invited.

Wednesday, May 23

SENIORX: Deborah Jones will be at the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce 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.

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CONCERT: The Mt. Vernon Theatre in Tallassee is hosting Bama Breeze in concert, Jimmy Buffet style with a food truck.

CELEBRATION TRIBUTE: A celebration tribute in memory of Mr. Thomas “Toot Toot” Marbury will be held at 6 p.m. in Strand Park in downtown Alexander City. MISSION DAY PROGRAM: Friendship Missionary Baptist Church will host its Mission Day Program at 2 p.m. The guest speaker will be Rev. Lorenzo Caldwell, pastor of Almighty God Baptist Church in Goodwater. Rev. Roosevelt Gregory is pastor. Everyone is invited to attend.

Tuesday, May 29

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

Friday, June 1

RUMMAGE SALE: The First Presbyterian Church is hosting a rummage sale to clear out the youth house at 371 Jefferson Street from 2 to 6 p.m. There will be furniture, appliances, crafts, Bible study kits and more. CAMP HIDDEN LAKE: Applications for the Salvation Army’s Camp Hidden Lake from June 18-23 are due by June 1. The camp is free to those who qualify. Register online at CampHiddenLake. CHURCH SINGING: Family Worship Center is hosting a Friday Night Singing with Eternal Vision June 1 at 7 p.m. The church is located at 1676 Sewell Street in Alexander City. Everyone is welcome.

Saturday, June 2

LEAVE NO TRACE: Wind Creek State Park is hosting National Trails Day Leave No Trace in the Park at 9 a.m. The hiking event will educate hikers on how to “leave no trace” when hiking. PASTORAL ANNIVERSARY: New Adka Missionary Baptist Church in Dadeville is celebrating the pastoral anniversary of Rev. Edward Milner and and First Lady Emily Milner June 2 at 5 p.m. in the New Adka Education Building at 21 North Thornton Road in Dadeville. BOOK SIGNING: Lakesha Denise will have a book signing for her new book “Powerful Women of Faith” Saturday, June 2 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m at the Lake Martin Innovation Center.

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VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: First Baptist Church of Alexander City is hosting Vacation Bible School June 3 through June 7. Family night will be Sunday, June 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. and Monday through Thursday will be from 8 a.m. to noon. “Game On: Gearing Up for Life’s Big Game” is open for ages completing Pre K4 through 6th grade. Register at

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SUMMER READING PROGRAM: Adelia Russell and Mamie’s Place libraries will have its summer reading program kickoff event at the Alexander City Sportplex Gym. Registration for both the summer reading program and the children’s talent show will be open until June 8.

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Area school systems holding annual summer feeding program By DONALD CAMPBELL Staff Writer

As local schoolchildren prepare for the freedom that the summertime brings, the Alexander City and Tallapoosa County school systems are gearing up for their annual summer feeding programs, helping ensure students receive the nutrition they need even while they may be out for the summer. Both the Alexander City and Tallapoosa County schools summer feeding programs begin Monday, June 4. The county program will conclude on Friday, June 29, while the city schools will continue to feed students until July 27, with a one-week break during the first week of July for the Independence Day holiday. “Our program will be held at Stephens Elementary, and we will also have mobile sites at Cornerstone Apartments and 6th Street Park,” Alexander City Schools Child Nutrition Office Manager Nancey Skipper said. “Students will be able to eat for free and adults will be able to purchase meals. The cost is $1.75 for breakfast and $3.50 for lunch.” Alexander City Schools Chief Schools Financial Officer Rhonda Blythe added there will be a third mobile feeding site at Spring Hill. While adults are welcome to purchase meals and eat with their children, the mobile sites are not set up to take payments, so all adults would have to come to Stephens in order to purchase meals. In addition, no matter where the students are being fed, Blythe said all meals have to be eaten on site. “We’ve been offering this program for I would say at least 20 years,” Tallapoosa County Schools Child Nutrition Program Director Nina Hollingsworth said. “This is the first year we’ve offered it at Horseshoe Bend, and we’re watching it to see how well it goes.” While this is the first year the county

schools will be offering a summer feeding spot at Horseshoe Bend, the stations at Dadeville Elementary and Reeltown High School will be running along just as they have been since the program started. Hollingsworth said students will be able to eat free, while parents will be able to purchase breakfast for $3 and lunch for $3.50. Just like the program in Alexander City, Hollingsworth said all meals will have to be eaten on site. Open to any student, both the city and county programs will be offering hot meals on a regular basis to those eating at the schools. “We will occasionally offer food like sandwiches, but on those days, we try to have something hot to go with it,” Hollingsworth said. “There will be plenty of milk choices —chocolate, strawberry, whole, low-fat. We will also be including fruit, which may sometimes be available as a juice option.” “The first week, we’ll have things like chicken nuggets, chicken stir fry, hamburgers, pulled pork barbecue sandwiches, things like that,” Blythe said. “We will be serving a hot meal every day.” For those participating with the city school system, breakfast will be served between 7 and 8 a.m., while lunch will be available from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. The county schools feeding program is also available five days a week, with breakfast open from 7 to 8 a.m., and lunch being served from 11 a.m. to noon. “We’re excited to be able to add Horseshoe Bend this year,” Hollingsworth said. “All of the principals are lined up and everything is ready to go.” “We are fortunate that we are able to do this,” Blythe said. “This is a great program, and we’re fortunate and thankful that the board allows us to do this.”

FFA has ‘Fun on the Farm’ Donald Campbell / The Outlook

Above, FFA members John Dylan Railey, Gage Whetstone, Thomas Grant and Colby Giddons take a rest on a John Deere tractor Friday during Horseshoe Bend’s Fun on the Farm Day. Left, Alyssa Whiteard holds up a baby pig she helped elementary students pet. Below, Kinsley Bates poses with a sheep Friday.

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Dr. Susan Burrow, president of Central Alabama Community College announced the retirement Friday of Associate Dean of Health Science Dr. Melenie Bolton. Dr. Bolton joined the college in September of 1995 and held various positions of leadership during her tenure. “We appreciate the service Dr. Bolton provided to Central Alabama over the last 23 years,“ Burrow said. “Since 1995 the nursing program has played an essential role in meeting the workforce needs of our community hospitals and local health care providers.” Alabama Community College System Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker emphasized the importance of CACC’s Health Science programs in the community. “It is projected in the next five years, the state of Alabama will need more than 9,000 nurses to meet the state’s

Head Start students have a ball Mitch Sneed / The Outlook

Head Start students participate at the school’s Fun Day Friday morning. Children enjoyed taking part in a sack race among other activities at the school’s event.

healthcare needs. Health science programs, like those at CACC, are vital in helping the state fill this demand now and in the future.” To ensure that CACC continues to meet local health care workforce needs the college, it was also announced Friday that Dr. Jennifer Steele was hired as CACC’s Health Science Program Administrator. Dr. Steele brings to the College a wealth of professional nursing education experience, a depth of clinical knowledge and supervision of nursing practice. Steele joins CACC following a successful nurse educator career at Samford University where she served as an assistant professor of nursing. She has a combined 20 plus years of service and experience as an educator and nurse clinician. Burrow indicated that, “We look forward to Dr. Steele’s excellent visionary leadership and growth of Health Science programs at CACC.” Steele will begin her new position on May 17.


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candidates in a relaxed atmosphere to help make a decision of who to vote for in the June 5 primary. “I am truly grateful the candidates have come out to meet voters,” Wilson said. “I truly hope it helps voters educate themselves on who would best serve them and their interests.” Those candidates who were in attendance or were had representatives there were:

• Terry D. Martin • Ed Oliver

Public Service Commission Place No. 2 • Robin Litaker

Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries • Rick Pate

State Auditor

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State Treasurer

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Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Place No. 3

Coosa County Sheriff

• Donna Beaulieu • Bill Cole

• Eddie Burke • Joseph W. Davidson • James “Jimmy” Hale • Michael Howell • Mike Rudd

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Place No. 4 • John Bahakel

Coosa County Probate Judge

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Place No. 1

• Richard Dean

Coosa County Coroner

• Jake Brewer

Coosa County Commission District 5 • Dennis Hill

Coosa County Commission District 4 • Ronnie Joiner • Jodi McDade • Carey D. Phillips

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Candidates visit amongst themselves and with residents at the Coosa County Republican Meet and Greet at the Rockford Event Center Saturday. • Scott White

Circuit Court Judge 40th Judicial Circuit Place No. 1 • David Law

• John Keith Warren

State Representative District 33 • Ben Robbins

State Representative District 81 • Derrick Blythe • Joyful “Joy” Johns

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Attorney General

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Lieutenant Governor

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Blues Annual Blues in the Park Saturday turned out to be as people came early and stayed late, dancing to the beat, hanging with family and friends and enjoying what turned out to be an incredible event at Strand Park in downtown Alexander City. “It’s hard to say exactly how many people were there, but talking to police and just counting by hand, I had it at about 2,000 people,” event organizer Tyrone “Iceberg Slim” Oliver said. “Most of that whole hill was covered with tents and when those last two acts came on they flocked to the stage and were just into it. I mean, it was on. “It was a diverse crowd too. It was what I expected and more.” From kids playing football on the hill, to five-generational family groups eating massive meals under tents to people dancing with total strangers, there was just an incredible atmosphere, according to Alexander City Council Member Buffy Colvin who was there all day. “It was just awesome,” Colvin said. “I’ve had total strangers come up and thank me and tell me how much fun they had. I’ve had police officers tell me it was the best event they’ve ever seen in Alexander City. There was nothing but love in that park Saturday. Kids had a blast, teens came up and talked about how much fun they had. It just did my heart so much good to see an event with so many moving parts where things could have went wrong, but everything was all good. “Iceberg and all the folks who worked so hard, they deserve to be recognized. Just one of those events that you can’t draw up any better. I keep using the same words, like wow and awesome, but that is exactly what it was.” Lee County’s Cadillac Man, Mz. Connie from Dallas, Texas, Lowndes County gospel-soul singer Corey Rudolph & The 45 Band, Bonaire, Georgia’s Stan Butler and the Klass Band Brotherhood featuring Nelson Curry had the crowd on their feet. Headline act front man Nelson Curry said the crowd was incredible. “They had so much energy, you could just feel it up there,” Curry said. “We feed off that. We’ve played a lot of places and but that was right up there with one of the best atmospheres we’ve experienced.” Butler dropped down from the stage in the middle of his set and wandered through the crowd singing “Preacher Was A Home Wrecker.” The crowd went nuts and Butler said it was a moment he will always remember. “The crowd was incredible,” Butler said. “I was here last year in all that rain and you just knew that it could have been special, but Saturday just showed it. So much energy and love in that crowd you could just feel it. If they ever want me back in Alexander City, just holler and I’m there.” Alexander City Police Department Deputy Chief James Easterwood said the officers handling security reported no incidents, no arrests and “a crowd that was there to have a good time.” “We had absolutely nothing that was related to that event,” Easterwood said. “It pretty much started on time, ended on time and everyone there said the people were great. It was no different than what we see with Jazz Fest.” Oliver thanked the city for their support and sponsorship and all those who played a hand in making the event possible. He said at the end of the night he got another sign of how perfect the day had been. “At the end of the night I got on the mic and thanked everyone for coming and asked that they be sure to take look around their area and leave it like they found it. They picked up all the trash and cleaned up the park before they left. That’s how appreciative they were. What a perfect end to a perfect day.”

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Above, members of the crowd at Saturday’s Blues in the Park play a round of checkers as they listen to the music and enjoy the concert. Right, a man dances and enjoys the tunes at the park.

A couple, left, and two ladies get down to the beat at Saturday’s concert in downtown Alexander City’s Strand Park.

Left, members of the crowd dance and sing to the music. Concert organizer Tyrone Oliver said there were about 2,000 people in attendance. Right, Stan Butler performs as one of the five entertaining acts at the concert.

Mz. Connie, left, Corey Rudolph, middle, and Cadillac Man, right, perform at the concert. Below, members of the crowd pose for a photo while enjoying the music.


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Sports Outlook The Tuesday, May 15, 2018


Early picks for next year’s College Football Playoff


or the last decade, I have told Alabama fans to abide by one rule: Appreciate the moment. When a championship is won, revel in that accomplishment. Bathe in it. Soak it in like a fleshy houndstooth sponge. Be in the present celebrating the recent past without concern for the future! Well, in the grand tradition of breaking my own rule, I am officially looking ahead to 2018 while you are over there bathing (or reveling or dancing or whatever it is you doing) by giving you my extraordinarily early predictions for the four participants in next season’s College Football Playoff. Clemson: Yeah, I know; I am kinda tired of them too. However, like it or not, Clemson is here to stay. In fact, this Tiger team may be the best of the last four years. Even if they weren’t bringing back their starting quarterback (they are), the school signed the nation’s best high school QB who may actually win the job. Coach Dabo Swinney also somehow convinced a passel of prodigious and productive defensive linemen to forgo their respective NFL eligibilities and return to Clemson for another year. Factor in a schedule which should be manageable — if not downright easy — and Clemson should find itself in football’s Final Four for the fourth straight season. I should note Clemson does travel to Texas A&M early in the year which means a reunion on the field of Dabo and new Aggie coach Jimbo Fisher. I doubt A&M has the horses to run with the Tigers yet, but it is a noteworthy matchup for sure. Washington: What is it with teams that play Auburn in the regular season making the Playoffs? In 2017, three of AU’s opponents made it. In 2016 and 2015, two did. Of course, the local Tigers take on the Huskies in the first week in Atlanta next year as part of the Kickoff Classic. Washington got some great news recently when its top running back and quarterback, respectively, decided to come back to school. UW will also have one of the best defensive lines in the country and schedule that avoids Southern Cal in the regular season. Besides the returning talent and navigable slate, Washington has CFP experience. I like this team a lot. Wisconsin: Are the Badgers the least appreciated team in college football? I mean, historically? It’s a solid program even if people don’t want to acknowledge it. Wisconsin wins a lot of games every single year! But there is always something standing in the team’s way. That “something” is usually Ohio State. Fortunately, the Buckeyes are not on the Badger’s schedule this year, but smart money says they will meet in the Big Ten Championship. If that happens, unlike 2017, I think Wisconsin finally makes the move to become one of the nation’s elite programs. The players are there. The coach is there. All that’s left is to make the magic happen. Alabama: Shocker! But what am I supposed to do? Pick against the defending champs who have an easier path to the title than last year (they are supposed to be double digit favorites in all regular season contests)? With a better situation at quarterback? With four fantastic running backs? And another incredible defense? Barring a gargantuan collapse, ’Bama is making the Playoffs again. Things may change in 2019 or 2020 or something, but not 2018. OK, so this quartet isn’t all that enticing. You would probably like to see some new blood or a squad who throws offensive inhibitions into the wind. Meanwhile, Alabama and Clemson make the playoffs more than the New England Patriots, the University of Washington usually kicks off well after we have all gone to bed so we don’t know much about it and Wisconsin doesn’t carry the cachet of some of its conference’s counterparts. That said, this will be the playoff teams next year… The Outlook guarantees it! (Editor’s note: Nope. No, we don’t. As per always, Luke’s views don’t reflect ours. Ever.) Luke Robinson is a regular columnist and contributor to Lake Martin Living and BMetro.

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Horseshoe Bend fell to Dadeville in its spring game on Friday and is looking to replace a slew of starters after graduating more than 20 seniors.

Horseshoe Bend may struggle despite weak schedule to meet in a spring game, so they’ll be somewhat familiar with each other. But Horseshoe Bend has never beaten Dadeville in eight meetings, so look for the Generals to try to open the season on a high note. In Week 1, Horseshoe Bend will hit the road for the first time with a game at Donoho, which won only two games last year. The Generals are 2-0 against the Falcons, who are a Class 1A team. The Generals then have three consecutive region games, kicking off with Thorsby. Horseshoe Bend has never lost to Thorsby, but that’s a bit deceiving as they haven’t played each other since 2013 and the Rebels have come on strong in that time. Thorsby went 7-2 last year and made it to the second round. In Week 3, Horseshoe Bend will visit another set of Rebels when it takes

By LIZI ARBOGAST Sports Editor

With the graduation of more than 20 seniors, a less-than-impressive schedule couldn’t have come at a better time for Horseshoe Bend’s football team. On the docket in 2018 is a schedule with only three teams having winning records last year. None of HBS’ opponents made it past the second round in 2017. Horseshoe Bend will now be in Class 2A Region 4 and will face off against Reeltown, Central Coosa, LaFayette, Fayetteville, Thorsby and Vincent in region play. But the Generals will have a pair of warmup games before getting into the meat of the schedule. Forgoing a jamboree game this year, Horseshoe Bend will host Dadeville in Week 0 to kick off. The Generals and Tigers are set

Generals in Week 8. Horseshoe Bend has won both its meetings against the Wolves, and the third time should be the charm, as Fayetteville won only one game last year. The Generals will then visit LaFayette, which has beaten them three times in a row. LaFayette should challenge for the region title after the loss of Lanett, which jumped down to 1A. The regular season finale will be at Prattville Christian, which hasn’t played Horseshoe Bend since 2013. PCA made it to the playoffs last year despite going 3-7 due to the weakness of its division. Outlook early prediction: Horseshoe Bend will go through some growing pains this year and win only three games. It’ll beat Donoho, Central Coosa and Fayetteville for a 3-7 record.

on Reeltown in a rivalry match. The Generals are still searching for their first win against Reeltown in 16 meetings, but with the cast of characters Reeltown has coming back, it could be a long night for the Generals. Horseshoe Bend is back on the road for Central Coosa, another region matchup. The teams have split four games evenly, but HBS will be wanting this one as the Cougars went 0-10 a year ago. Prior to its bye week, Horseshoe Bend will host Loachapoka in Week 5. The Indians won just two games last year. With a three-game road stand to end the regular season, Horseshoe Bend will host its final game in Week 7 against Vincent, a team that’s familiar to the region and went 5-5 last year, missing the playoffs. Fayetteville joins the region and will host the

Stewart signs with CACC baseball Benjamin Russell’s Bradley Stewart, seated center, signed his letter of intent to play baseball at Central Alabama Community College on Monday. “They showed interest, and I’ve always wanted to go to CACC,” Stewart said. “Plus, it’s close to home. The biggest difference is going to be the everyday type practices. I’ve talked to some players and they said they go two times a day, so it’s going to be more of a grind than high school baseball.” At his signing ceremony, Stewart was joined by, front row, from left, his mother Kim Herring, his father Brandon Stewart and, back row, BRHS coach Richy Brooks. Lizi Arbogast / The Outlook

AHSAA BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE All games will be played at Paterson Field in Montgomery and will be broadcast live on the NFHS Network CLASS 1A Spring Garden vs. Sweet Water Game 1: Wednesday, 4 p.m. Game 2: Thursday, 10 a.m. Game 3: Thursday, 1 p.m., if necessary

CLASS 2A Mars Hill vs. G.W. Long Game 1: Monday, 6 p.m. Game 2: Tuesday, 10 a.m. Game 3: Tuesday, 1 p.m., if necessary

CLASS 4A Hokes Bluff vs. Andalusia Game 1: Tuesday, 6 p.m. Game 2: Wednesday, 4 p.m. Game 3: Wednesday, 7 p.m., if necessary

CLASS 6A Hazel Green vs. Helena Game 1: Thursday, 7 p.m. Game 2: Friday, 4 p.m. Game 3: Friday, 7 p.m., if necessary

CLASS 3A Lauderdale County vs. Mobile Christian Game 1: Wednesday, 7 p.m. Game 2: Thursday, 4 p.m. Game 3: Thursday, 7 p.m., if necessary

CLASS 5A Russellville vs. Faith Academy Game 1: Thursday, 4 p.m. Game 2: Friday, 10 a.m. Game 3: Friday, 1 p.m., if necessary

CLASS 7A Hewitt-Trussville vs. Auburn Game 1: Friday, 6 p.m. Game 2: Saturday, 10 a.m. Game 3: Saturday, 1 p.m., if necessary

May 15, 2018 Alex City Outlook  
May 15, 2018 Alex City Outlook