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Suspect arrested for BB&T bank robbery By CARMEN RODGERS Staff Writer

An early Monday morning carjacking in Elmore County lead to the arrest of Joseph Mark Colley, 33 of Goodwater, for the robbery of the BB&T Bank on Gilmer Ave in Tallassee. Colley and another suspect, Christopher Adam Horsley, 32 of Tennessee, were arrested Monday after an early morning carjacking of a van traveling North on Highway 111 in Elmore County. The strange sequence of events that

led to Colley’s arrest began with a couple from Birmingham who were leaving Wind Creek Casino in Wetumpka in their van. The vehicle was bumped from behind and they stopped to assess the damage to their vehicle. That’s when they were robbed by the two suspects. The suspects made off with a purse, a cell phone and an undisclosed amount of cash. After leaving the scene of the carjacking Elmore County Sheriff’s Department apprehended the suspects around the Mike Marker 5 on Highway 111.

Once in custody, investigators noticed similarities between Colley and the BB&T Bank robbery suspect. “We picked him on the carjacking,” said Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin. “When we brought him in, we noticed that there were certain traits and characteristics that matched the MO of the crime that took place at the bank in Tallassee.” Tallassee Police Department investigators had been searching for a suspect since the robbery just before noon on Nov. 7.

On that day, Tallassee Police officers responded to BB&T Bank located on Gilmer Avenue due to reported robbery. Upon arrival it was determined that an unidentified white male entered the business, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, cam- Colley ouflage pants or overalls and dark gloves.

Kiwanis Club ornament features former First Baptist Church

Commissioners talk future plans for county By WILLIAM CARROLL Managing Editor

Four Elmore County Commissioners took their seats on Wednesday of last week. Monday the Herald interviewed each of the four commissioners about their goals for the county and their plans for the future. Each of the commissioners were asked the same five questions. Their answers are presented here and have been edited for length and clarity. Tell me your plans for the next four years. Do you have any specific goals that you would like to accomplish during your term in office? District 1 Commissioner Kenny Holt said that he had several goals for his term in office. “One of the things I would like to do is review the employee classifications,” See COMMISSION • Page 3

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Four new Elmore County Commissioners were sworn in last week during a special ceremony prior to the commission’s first meeting of the new term. They are (from left to right) District 5 Commissioner Earl Reeves, District 3 Commissioner Troy Stubbs, District 2 Commissioner Cecil “Mack” Daugherty and District 1 Commissioner Kenny Holt.


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Nellie Ruth Cullars celebrated her 100th birthday Saturday with friends and family, such as her 2 year-old great-nieces, McKenzie and McKynlee Holleman.

BETTER WITH TIME Nellie Ruth Cullars celebrates 100 years of life


Anyone traveling on Hwy 14 near Liberty City Saturday probably noticed all the vehicles parked along the roadside and neatly arranged in the driveway surrounding the picturesque white house just before Herring Crossroads. There were cars from Florida, Georgia and North Carolina. All the occupants traveled to see one lady, Nellie Ruth Cullars. Cullars celebrated her 100th birthday Saturday with several friends and family. Among those in attendance was Vivian Lucille Anderson, Nellie Ruth’s sister, who made the trip from Pensacola, FL along with her immediate family to celebrate her sister’s century mark. The sisters were born just outside of Tallassee, in Friendship, and were two of five children of the late Irving Clinton McCain and Mattie Isabel Oliver.



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Cullars married at young age. She married “Doc” Cullars, but their marriage was cut short after Doc passed away in 1958. It was after her husband passed that Cullars decided to dedicate her life to teaching children. She became third grade math at Reeltown Elementary School and went on teach for 28 years. “She still remembers many of her students,” said Dianne Wright, of Tallassee. Wright is a caretaker to Cullars, but she says the bond between the two goes much deeper. Many love Nellie Ruth, which was apparent Saturday. However, she seems to touch the heart of everyone she meets. “I love Ms. Nellie,” she said. “I spend a lot of time with her. She is so sweet.” Nellie Ruth was also known for her antiques. For years she ran the self-titled, Nellie’s Antique’s, a long-running antique store in the heart of downtown Tallassee.




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The annual Kiwanis Club Christmas ornaments are now available for purchase. This year the club’s ornament features the former First Baptist Church building on James Street in Tallassee. Proceeds benefit scholarships for Tallassee and Reeltown students. “We try to do an ornament every year to fund scholarships for Tallassee and Reeltown high schools,” said Abe Rigsby, with the Tallassee Kiwanis Club. “The scholarships go to the Key Club students at those two schools.” The Kiwanis Club began creating these hanging tributes years ago. Local landmarks such as the Mills and the House of Seven Gables have been ornaments of Christmas’ past. “Each year we get together as a club and think about buildings and structures in Tallassee that have been around for a long time.” According to Rigsby, this idea has been brewing for a while and the club decided this was year to bring the ornament to fruition. “This is one that has been on our list for a while and we decided to try to put it together,” See ORNAMENT • Page 7

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Obituaries Alice Loomis

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Tallassee Elementary enters contest, does good deed Students, faculty and staff at Tallassee Elementary School collected 1,100 nonperishable foot items for ACTS. In addition to collecting cans, Deborah Mason’s class (pictured above) participated in a Can Do Competition. Her students had to build a structure out of the cans. The students experienced a hands on learning experience along with emphasizing the importance of giving back. This is another way we are able to show our students being great citizens.

Tis the season to remember safety first By CARMEN RODGERS Staff Writer

It’s that time of year again. Time to pull out the holiday decorations, hang the stockings and light up the tree. It’s also the time when most people begin buying gifts for loved ones, both in store and online. While technology now allows the option to shop from the comfort of our homes, shoppers must remember to safeguard these purchases and our home during this time of year. According to Ken Smith, Assistant Chief of Police with the Tallassee Police Department, there are several things shoppers can do to protect themselves, beginning with, watching your belongings. “When shopping keep your wallet on you or your purse shut,” he said. Once those high-ticket items arrive home, there are further precautions that should be taken to safeguard these items. “Do not put packages like TV boxes or other items out at curb for garbage collection,” Smith said. “It’s an advertisement to thieves.”

Furthermore, inventory of your items and write down any information that would be helpful in tracking down the items should they be stolen. “Make sure you have serial numbers of any items or they cannot be returned if found on a burglary,” Smith said. “Take pictures or video of all you items for safekeeping.” Placing remnants of recent purchases on the curb in front of the home can be a blinking sign that reads, “rob me” to a thief, and this same notion applies to items left in vehicles. Holiday shoppers should also be cautious of what is visible inside of their vehicle. “Do not leave gifts or other items inside your vehicle where people can see them,” Smith said. This is also the time of year when many kickoff the travel season. This is why there are measures that should be taken before heading out of town. Smith says; if you are going to travel this season do not advertise that you are away. Leave the house so that a suspecting thief will believe you are home and see no opportunity. “If going out of town, leave a radio on and a light,” he said. “You can purchase a cheap auto devise to turn lights on and off at certain hours.” According to Smith, communication with law enforcement is always important and could be essential during the holiday season. “Remember if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” Smith said. “Always call the Police department and ask.

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Mrs. Alice S. Loomis, a resident of Tallassee, Alabama, passed away Friday, November 18, 2016, at the age of 77. Funeral Services will be Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. from Heritage Baptist Church with Dr. Teman Knight officiating. Burial will Loomis follow at 1:00 p.m. in Rock Springs Baptist Church Cemetery, 375 Rigsby Road, Tallassee, Alabama, Jeffcoat Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Loomis was a Class of ’57 graduate of Tallassee High School and a dedicated employee of PrimeSouth Bank in Tallassee for 28 years upon her retirement. Mrs. Loomis was an active member of Heritage Baptist Church in Montgomery. She was blessed by so many friends in the church and community, and in turn, was a blessing to so many others. She will be remembered by her family and friends as a godly woman with a strong, enduring faith in God, as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother with an unconditional and sacrificial love, and as a dear friend with a kind and joyful heart. She was truly a Proverbs 31 woman and her children rise up now and call her blessed. Mrs. Loomis is survived by her son, Kenneth Charles Loomis and his wife and her daughter-in-law, Ashley Whitman Loomis; her daughter-in-law, Kathy Atkins Loomis; seven grandchildren, Kyle Benton Loomis (Jessica), Kaleb Russell Loomis, Karson Andrew Loomis, Maegan Loomis Mott (Michael), Whitman Curtis Loomis, Ryan Stanley Loomis and Jacob Charles Loomis; several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Mr. Stanley G. Loomis, Jr.; son, Keith Stanley Loomis; parents, Walter and Lela Mae Singleton; brother, Walter Charles Singleton, Sr. and an infant sister, Margaret Singleton. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Heritage Baptist Church Legacy Fund, 1849 Perry Hill Road, Montgomery, Alabama 36106. The family will receive friends Monday evening, November 21, 2016, from 4:00 p.m . until 6:00 p.m. at Jeffcoat Funeral Home and one hour prior to services at Heritage Baptist Church. Online condolences are available at: Jeffcoat Funeral Home Directing Tallassee, Alabama

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“Jacky” Oris Windell Mowery, 55, of Notasulga, died Sunday, November 20, 2016. Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 23, 2016, at Elam Baptist Church at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Gene Bridgman officiating. Burial will follow in Macedonia Christian Church Cemetery. Visitation will be prior to the service beginning at 10:00 a.m. Mr. Mowery is survived by his wife of 13 years Kimberley Hammonds Mowery, his daughter Amanda Mowery Berry (Russ), his grandson Walden Berry, his mother Faye Baggott (David Wiggins), his father Edward (Fala) Mowery, his sister Sue Holt (Harlan), several nieces and nephews, and lots of friends. Jacky was an outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, gardening and being outside. He loved spending time with his grandson and his family. In lieu of flowers, any donations would be appreciated. Send condolences at www.corbittsfuneralhome. com.

Mr. Donald Robert Martin 1959- 2016 Mr. Donald Robert Martin, 57, passed away on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at his residence. He was born on April 24, 1959 to Mack and Merle Harvell Martin. He loved to talk and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was good at repairing small engines. Mr. Martin was a loving father. He is survived by his wife, Cindy Martin of Alexander City; his children Andrew Martin and Anna Martin both of Alexander City and Chris Martin; two grandsons; sisters, Diane, Patsy, and Phyllis; and several nieces and nephews He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ricky Martin. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial messages may be sent to the family at Radney Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


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Commission Holt said. I would like to see all of the salary ranges and classifications. I don’t think that has been done in some time.” Holt said he also wants to do whatever he and the commission can to promote economic growth. Holt believes that part of that includes ensuring the citizens of Elmore County are safe. “I am going to be a strong advocate for law enforcement,” he said. “We can’t have the growth we need without a county that is secure.” Holt said he also wants to be a good steward of tax dollars and is interesting in reviewing all of the county’s contractual and financial arrangements to ensure that the county is getting the best deal it possibly can for its citizens. District 2 Commissioner Cecil “Mack” Daugherty said that his first priority as a commissioner is to be fiscally responsible. “People are entrusting us to make fiscally responsible decisions,” he said. “Over the last several years there has been zero growth in the county’s general fund budget. I think we need to look at every penny to make sure it is serving a purpose.” Daugherty said the commission’s first responsibility is to ensure that county departments are properly funded. District 3 Commissioner Troy Stubbs said that he is looking forward to building on the good things going on in the county. “We as a county commission have a unique opportunity to press the reset button,” he said. “There are good things happening here in Elmore County, we can build on these good things and bring prosperity to our citizens.” District 5 Commissioner Earl Reeves said that he would like to look at the county’s personnel policy and update the policy. Reeves was a commissioner when the county’s current policy was put in place and he said the policy has not been reviewed in many years. Reeves also stated that he would like to look into doing more for the areas senior citizens. “I would like to work with the cities to develop programs for the senior citizens in our community,” Reeves said. Reeves also wanted to review the dirt roads in the county to see about converting them all to paved roads. He also wants to work hard to bring jobs into the county but warned that he does not want to give away taxpayer dollars. “They (companies) always want abatements but without giving us something for the people of Elmore County,” he said noting that he wants to look more closely at economic development deals to ensure citizens are gaining something for any abatements the county may provide to attract businesses. What are the issues/ problems you see that Elmore County is currently facing? Do you have a strategy for resolving those issues? Daugherty said that the county is currently facing a $350,000 to

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$400,000 deficit. “My main goal is to plug the hole in the deficit and look at every line item in the budget to see where we can make up that deficit,” he said. Stubbs said that he felt that there is a sense of distrust in politicians in general from the national level on down. “I want to establish good leadership and trust among the people in Elmore County,” Stubbs. He said he thought one of the ways to accomplish that would be to keep a close eye on current county projects. “There are a number of projects in the process of being competed right now,” he said. “I want to make sure those stay on budget. There has been a challenge it seems on recent projects to make sure they stay on budget.” Holt reiterated his focus on economic development and growth. “I would like to see us get more active in doing what we have to do to get more growth in the county,” he said, adding that he wants to see more homes and businesses spring up in the county. Reeves said he wanted to ensure the safety of the citizens of Elmore County. “I support our sheriff’s office and I want to give them what they need to keep our citizens out of harms way,” he said. You and your fellow commissioners are a completely new group from the commission that preceded you. Knowing that it is early in your

term, how do you feel this new group will work together for the citizens of Elmore County? “I think what you saw in our first meeting shows that we will work well together,” Holt said. “We are going to be transparent. We want the citizens to be proud of what we are doing.” “We all come from diverse backgrounds,” Reeves said. “I want to see my county grow and I want to see us all come together and work together.” “I think we are going to work in harmony,” Daugherty said. “We aren’t going to agree on every issue. I am convinced without a doubt we will be able to talk. I don’t see competing factions on this commission.” “I feel like they (fellow commissioners) are all honest contributors to our county. We all recognize nothing will be accomplished if we don’t work together.”

stewards of taxpayer money,” Stubbs said. “I believe in fiscal responsibility and transparency.” Stubbs added that he didn’t want the commission’s service to be entire focused on money noting that he would like to encourage all of the county’s citizens to work together to do the things that will improve the county. Holt said that he thinks the commission’s first responsibility is to use taxpayer dollars for necessary services first and only after county departments have been funded should the county provide money to outside entities. Daugherty said that fiscal responsibility will be his number one priority. He also lauded Elmore County Engineer Richie Beyer. “Having good people I think is key,” he said. “I don’t know anyone better at procuring grant money for our county than Richie Beyer.”

In past meetings it has been said that Elmore County does more with less than possibly any other county in the state. What is your position on fiscal stewardship and the commission’s duty to taxpayers? “I think we should be real good stewards of taxpayer dollars,” Reeves said. “We should be open with how we interact and how we spend the county’s money. I do not want hidden agendas. I want to hear open discussions in our meetings so that everyone can know what we are doing.” “We have a responsibility to be good

Anything else you would like the citizens of Elmore County to know about the upcoming commission term? Holt said he wanted citizens to know that his door is always open and that he can be reached by phone anytime. He said he wanted to hear from citizens, especially those who want to provide constructive criticism. Stubbs said that he is committed to being a leader that listens to the citizens and that his goal is to serve the citizens with integrity and passion. Daugherty said that public officials should have an open door policy. He said he wanted

According to county officials it is anticipated that a list of nominees will be submitted to the governor’s office by December 8 with a selection to come by Christmas. To reach your commissioners you may contact them via the following methods: Kenny Holt k.holt@ or 334-306-3101, Mack Daugherty daugherty001@windstream. net or 256-234-9216, Troy Stubbs t.stubbs@ or 334451-4589, Earl Reeves or 334-399-5914.

citizens to not only contact their commissioners but to also attend commission meetings. “I want them to know this commission is working for them,” he said. Reeves said he wanted citizens to know that he would also be reviewing all of the provider contracts the county currently has. “I want to look into every aspect of county government,” he said. “I want to look at what we need to improve on and what we need to get rid of.” The District 4 commission spot is currently vacant with the resignation of Joe Faulk.

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Swimming with giant baked potatoes T

he idea of traveling to west central Florida to swim with manatees began as a personal “bucket list” idea. As it turned out, my wife and our daughter wanted to participate as well, so the recent brief trip to Crystal River was a family affair. The staff members of the particular business we patronized were knowledgeable and professional. There were about 20 people booked for our outing. As expected, we were received very specific instructions about rules, regulations and federal laws regarding manatees, including the advisory that any interaction should be initiated by the animals, not humans—no petting, grabbing, etc. We were also told to keep our voices quiet, and to swim in an easygoing manner (no splashing or quick movements). We were outfitted with rubber wet suits. I had a brief time-warp flashback to my childhood about Lloyd Bridges portraying Mike Nelson in “Sea Hunt” as I struggled into the skin-tight one-piece garment. On the trip out into the bay (at a requisite idling speed), the boat captain and our in-water guide re-emphasized that we were expected to exhibit passive behavior in any encounters with the slow-moving creatures,

The So-Called Column By Willie G. Moseley which the in-water guide described as resembling giant baked potatoes. The sky was overcast but occasional sunshine peeked through the clouds. We headed up a small estuary and soon came upon an area where a couple of other boats were anchored. A few individuals, dressed like us, were already in the water and our pilot carefully bypassed one manatee, its grayish-brown, oval-shaped form floating serenely near the surface. We were instructed to float on our stomachs, looking downward while breathing through a snorkel mask. Plastic “noodles” were available for extra flotation. One by one, we slipped into the brackish water and dogpaddled away from the craft. After a couple of minutes I still hadn’t seen anything. The water was a greenish color, and abruptly brightened when a shaft of sunlight broke through. And at the same time, a trio of manatees swooped into my field of vision from the left. Swimming parallel to each other, two huge


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adults and a calf banked to the right directly in front of me, in a smooth glide that looked like a maneuver by a military aircraft acrobatic team…but these animals looked like plump guided missiles with blunt snouts. We’d been told to remain motionless if in the proximity of a manatee, but that admonishment would have been unnecessary in this initial encounter—I was immobilized anyway, awestruck by the underwater agility of the corpulent beasts. Subsequent observations over the next hour and a half included a calf nursing (the same calf I’d seen?). The calf had a face that only its mother could love, but it would still be considered “cute” by most tourists. The point is, there’s a legend that ancient sailors used to mistake manatees for mermaids…which seems to indicate that ancient seafaring could have been an extremely lonely lifestyle. We spotted one manatee that was apparently migrating back to warmer waters from an ocean-going sojourn. Its back was covered with barnacles, which confirmed that it had been in salt water for an extended time. Many of the animals we observed were casually grazing on the bottom. Several appeared to be sleeping. Every few minutes,

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Elizabeth Moseley watches as a manatee surfaces to breathe (its snout is visible above the water at right).

a manatee would slowly drift up to the surface and poke its nose out of the water, taking a quick breath of fresh air with a resounding snort. A tree that had toppled into the estuary a few months earlier (according to our in-water guide) had not sunk all the way to the bottom, and one manatee was observed going back and forth on the underside of the trunk, scratching its back. Both the in-water guide and skipper were courteous and firm regarding the behavior of tourists like us. Thanks to appropriate adjustments in human behavior, manatees have made a dramatic comeback in recent years, and earlier this year the U.S. Fish and

Wildlife Service announced its intention to re-classify the species as “threatened” instead of “endangered”— still a cautionary designation, but an encouraging transition. The swim-with-manatees phenomenon is a large part of the tourism facet of that area of Florida (travelers spent $109 million in Citrus County in 2015), and such an excursion is the antithesis of Disney World. To mingle briefly with such gentle giants in their natural habitat was a unique and unforgettable experience. Willie Moseley is the news editor emeritus of the Tribune who writes a weekly column.

Forgotten history that took place here W e have all heard of the famous people of Tennessee, great frontiersmen, singers and athletes. One of the most famous of these people was a man that died in or near Tallassee. This took place in 1815 at Fort Decatur across from Tuckabatchee. Keep in mind that the first town of Tallassee was at the mouth of Euphabee Creek, which was just a short distance from Fort Decatur. John Sevier was born in 1745 in Virginia, his parents came to Tennessee when he was a small boy. His daddy was a bar owner, salesman, rancher and trader. John wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps. John married when he was only 16 years old and over the next few years gave him ten children. During this time, he was growing famous in Tennessee, working his way into politics until he became the first governor of Tennessee. Now, he became at odds with Andrew Jackson and at one time a duel between the two was scheduled but then canceled. Many said it was all politics.

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By Ronald Brantley John served six twoyear terms, which was as much as the law allowed then he served in the Legislature. Andrew Jackson sent John Sevier to the Tuckabatchee area to survey some property that Jackson acquired from the Creek Indians. John and a group of military men set up at Fort Decatur which overlooked Tuckabatchee. Then John Sevier died, I have not discovered the cause of his death. He was buried there leaving his second wife and eight more children back in Tennessee. In 1899 his body was carried back to Knoxville, Tennessee and buried on the courthouse lawn. In 1922 the body of his second wife was placed beside him. His first wife was buried in an unmarked grave and in 1946 a marker was placed on the courthouse lawn in her honor. Together the two women gave him a

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total of 18 children. John Sevier had the nickname “Nolichucky Jack” a name he acquired during the time he had a plantation on the Nolichucky River. There is so much to tell about John Sevier that you will miss some if you are not careful, he worked his way up through the military ranks to the rank of Brigadier General of the Territorial Militia, and somewhere along the line became Sevier. Most people reading this article have been to Sevierville, Tennessee. If you have ever been to Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, or Gatlinburg I’m sure you have been to Sevierville because it is right in the middle of these towns. If you ever go to Knoxville, Tennessee not only can you visit John Sevier’s gravesite but there are huge bronze monuments in his honor located there. Let us talk a little bit about the area he was surveying. Andrew Jackson doesn’t own it anymore. The land belongs to Auburn University; the land is not accessible to the public anymore. When I was a boy and young man

the land belonged to Mr. Ben Walker and he and his two sons welcomed people to visit Fort Decatur. As a scoutmaster, I carried my scout troop there. I have visited many historical places of this nature and this was at that time the most natural and preserved fort I had ever visited. Auburn has not only left it abandoned but now trees are and have covered it to the point it is hardly recognizable. The public is not allowed to visit and it is almost completely hidden from the world. No historical association seems interested. I can remember when up to the 1950’s that Fort Toulouse was in the same condition. It is a shame that our citizens have never had the opportunity to visit Fort Decatur, named after Stephen Decatur. That is another story that our local schools don’t teach about that’s historical. Ronald Brantley is a Tallassee resident and a regular columnist for The Tribune. He can be reached at Rbrantley1@elmore.

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Richard Shelby starts sixth six-year term


ur Senior U.S. Senator Richard Shelby will begin his sixth six-year term in January. He is an Alabama treasure. Over the past 30 years as our Senator he has brought millions of federal dollars home to Alabama. Richard Shelby currently reigns as Alabama’s most prominent political figure. He is one of Alabama’s three greatest Senators in history along with Lister Hill and John Sparkman. Shelby is easily one of the most influential political figures in the nation. Shelby has had a perfectly scripted rise to political power and acclaim. In 1970 at age 35, he entered politics and was elected to the State Senate from Tuscaloosa. He ran for an open seat in Congress in 1978 and won. In 1986 he rolled the dice, gave up his safe congressional seat and took on an incumbent Senator. In 1986, Shelby was a 50-year-old Congressman a Democrat who had a stellar conservative voting record. He was safe in his U. S. House seat. Therefore, his decision to challenge an incumbent U. S. Senator was a gamble. His friends cautioned him that it was an uphill battle and he should not risk his safe House seat. His basic reply was, “I’m one of 435 in congress, given the rules of seniority, it will be 20 more years before I can chair a committee or subcommittee. They don’t even know my name up here. I’m either going to the Senate and be somebody, or I’m going home and make money.” One factor that the average political observer was not aware of that Shelby probably sensed was that his congressional district was destined to be the first African American district after reapportionment in 1990. That is what happened to Shelby’s 7th District. Although it would be a daunting task to upset an incumbent, U. S. Senator, Jeremiah Denton had written a textbook on how to lose a Senate seat during his six-year term. Denton was elected as Alabama’s first Republican Senator since Reconstruction in 1980. He was swept into office on the coattails of Ronald Reagan who carried Alabama in a landslide. Alabamians knew very little about Denton except that he had been a naval officer and a well-known national POW in the Vietnam War. His patriotic hero position sold well in Alabama, especially with Reagan headed to the White House. Yet Shelby beat Denton. It was close and Shelby had to spend some of his personal money the last week of the campaign to carry out the upset, but Alabama has been the better for Richard Shelby’s 1986 gamble. He was been reelected in 1992, 1998, 2004, 2010 and now in 2016. I had the opportunity to fly back from Washington with and visit with Shelby a few years after his 1986 victory. He told me the inside story of the last six days of that campaign that illustrates how important money and media are in today’s modern politics. When he decided to run against Denton, he knew the importance of money to a campaign. He also knew that it was essential to get the best media guru regardless of the price. Therefore, he spared no expense and got the best pollster and media people in America. About six days out, he was six points behind. The pollster told him to put $100,000 of TV ads in the Birmingham market using a certain ad and it would raise him two points. He did and it did. The next day the media man and the pollster told him to spend $50,000 on TV ads in the Mobile market using a certain ad and it would give him a one point boost. He did and it did. The next day the pollster told him to run a certain ad in the Huntsville market and spend $60,000 and it would raise him a point. He did and it did. Two days out the pollster told him to run a certain ad in both Birmingham and Montgomery and it would raise him by three points. He did and it did. He won by one point. I suspect the ad most suggested by the pollster and the media guys was the one where Denton was saying he didn’t have time to come home and kiss babies’ butts. See you next week. Steve Flowers is Alabama’s leading political columnist. His weekly column appears in over 60 Alabama newspapers. He served 16 years in the state legislature. Steve may be reached at www.steveflowers. us.


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Plenty to be thankful for this thanksgiving

choolchildren all over the United States know the story: the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock and shared in the bountiful harvest of the Wompanoag Native Americans back in 1621. Since then, Americans have been giving thanks at this time of year. And since President Roosevelt moved the holiday to the fourth Thursday in November in 1941 (the holiday itself being proclaimed by President Lincoln nearly 80 years prior), we have celebrated Thanksgiving on this day. We are living in challenging economic times, certainly, and our country is involved in

Bird’s Eye View By Michael Bird conflicts across the globe. We could fault China or Congress, but blaming others will not make our situation any better. Americans have always improved themselves through hard work and determination. Tough times demand these traits. God made these golden autumn days so glorious, so beautiful, so that our eyes can see the changing colors of the leaves against a deep blue sky. And

He did it just for us. We experience the highs and lows of a football season (for some of us, a marching band season) that coincides with these special days and nights, taking on importance and meaning that only Southerners understand. Everyone reading this newspaper has a family to be thankful for, as well. I tell my music students all the time that when their mom and dad look at them, they silently say to themselves, “this is the best part of us.” Every single one of us is the best part of our collective raising – our parents, siblings, teachers, co-workers, and other influences. And it all

happens, every day, in the greatest nation on Earth. And so, let us pause before we graze at the Thanksgiving trough to be grateful to an allpowerful and ever-living God who has allowed us to live in such a beautiful place; who has granted us the grace to get by under sometimes difficult circumstances; and whose Master Plan our lives are but a part. Michael Bird is a band director for Tallassee City Schools and co-hosts the “Saturday Morning Show with Michael Bird and Scott Adcock” on WACQAM 580 and FM 101.1.

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nce again Thanksgiving is upon us. As with all events during the holiday season we have our loved traditions that we stick to. For newspaper editors it means it is time to write the “I am thankful for column.” Every year editors of small newspapers across the country participate in this time honored tradition. Sometimes it is hard to write the column, not because you aren’t thankful but because after writing the column year after year you tend to type the same things. I suppose that is true for all of us. We all have many things to be thankful for and if our lives continue to go well from year to year we have many of the same types of things to be thankful for. For instance, we all should be thankful for our families and friends. They are the glue that helps to hold our lives together, to give them meaning. Also, most of us have a job to be thankful for. A job that helps to put food on the table this holiday season and provide security for us in our time of need. Also, even with all of the political fighting that has gone on nationwide in the last several months, I think we can all agree that we live in great country, which provides us with many freedoms that our brave men and women of the U.S. armed forces have


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fought hard to protect. While many folks of a more liberal persuasion have voiced their desire to move to some other country due to the election of our recent president, I still think this is the best place to live in the entire world. I could go on and on about those things I am thankful for, but I think that honestly I am just thankful we can have a season and a holiday to celebrate. Fall has always been my favorite time of the year and one of the primary reasons that I enjoy the season so much is because of all the holidays. October, November and December have always been happy times for myself and my family. Whether its football, or chilly nights or family dinners, I have always been thankful for this time of year. So this holiday season take time, not only to recognize what you are thankful for, but just to live in and enjoy the moment. In the short time we are given on this planet every moment counts. William Carroll is the managing editor for the Elmore County publications for Tallapoosa Publishers.

hanksgiving is a time that is supposed to be about appreciation, family and building lasting positive memories. But this week the Alabama State Fire Marshal’s Office reminded us that for many reasons, Thanksgiving can be a time that is ripe for tragedy as well. Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires, with three times as many fires occurring on that day. Fire officials say it is easy to get distracted or lose track of what’s going on in the kitchen when busy or inexperienced cooks are trying to prepare several dishes while entertaining family and friends. The Alabama Department of Insurance State Fire Marshal’s Division offers these tips for a safer Thanksgiving Day: • Always stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling or broiling food. If you have to leave the kitchen for even a short time, turn off the stove. • Keep anything that can catch fire such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains away from the stovetop. • Turn pot handles toward the center of the stove. • Keep the number of people in your kitchen to a minimum, especially children. Crowded kitchens cause confusion and often result in burns. • In the event of a stovetop fire, carefully slide a cookie sheet or lid over the pan and turn off the stove. Never attempt to carry a hot pan to the sink. • If you have a fire in the oven, close the oven door and turn off the heat. Once the oxygen is depleted, the fire will go out. Wait until the oven is completely cooled before opening the door again. This applies to microwave ovens, too. Many of these ideas are common sense, but it never hurts to have a gentle reminder as we prepare our massive holiday meal. Have a happy, safe Thanksgiving.

A trip to Jordan for our troops

’m writing this column from 38,000 feet in the air somewhere over the Atlantic. I’m sitting in coach, so I feel like a T-Rex trying to write this thing. It’s not the most pleasant of writing conditions, but the show must go on, as did our show when we all of a sudden found ourselves a man down. The GIs of Comedy were booked to entertain troops at an undisclosed location in Jordan. We usually hit multiple countries and installations on our overseas tours, but this one was different. We had just one stop, so it was going to be a turn and burn. I met P.J. and Walter, the other two guys on the tour, at the airport in Atlanta. Walter texted me to ask how far out I was. I don’t think he realized I only lived 90 minutes from the airport. I think I’d just rolled out of bed when I texted him back. P.J. and Walter had been traveling all day. They were tired before I even got started. The itinerary had us

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traveling from Atlanta to Philadelphia to Paris to Amman. For me, that was around 24 hours of travel time. For P.J., it was around 36. Walter, well, Walter got stuck in Philadelphia due to a passport issue. It expires in February, but in order to enter Jordan, there must be at least six months remaining on the passport. We sure hated to lose him, but at the same time, we are glad the snafu happened in Philly rather than the other side of the world. When we landed in Jordan, we had to pay the equivalent of $60.00 for a visa. Those guys at immigration control are always a little sketchy and are never in a hurry. The fastest he moved throughout our encounter involved his finger and his

nose, but I’ll just stop right there. Speaking of picking, it was too late in the evening for U.S. personnel to pick us up, so we had to take a taxi to our hotel. The taxi drivers were on us like seagulls on a clumsy kid with crackers. If you’ve ever driven in that part of the world, then you know it is absolute chaos. If you have yet to experience the phenomenon, just think of the worst high-speed traffic you have ever seen and multiply it by infinity and you’ll be half way there. It’s not for the faint of heart, but the babies riding on the dashboards don’t seem to be fazed by it a bit. We were picked up the next morning at 11 by our people. They took us out for lunch, and I have to be honest. The lamb patty covered in caramelized onions and caulk may have been the worst thing I’ve ever put in my mouth. Fortunately, I filled up on bread and hummus. They took good care of us. The show itself went

amazingly well. P.J. and I did this same base two years ago, so we knew it would be a good time. The venue is just too cool. Instead of doing 35 minutes apiece had we had Walter, each of us did almost an hour before coming back up together for story time. By all accounts, it was a great show. There’s nothing more special than entertaining troops who are so far from home. It will never get old, and I will never take it for granted. I’m just a kid from Alabama who had a dream, but per the usual, I’m ready to get home. One day, maybe we’ll have all our troops home, too. Until then, we’ll keep on going over to see them. Jody Fuller is a comic, speaker, writer and soldier with three tours of duty in Iraq. He is also a lifetime stutterer. He can be reached at jody@ For more information, please visit

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Every year in the United States on the fourth Thursday of November families gather for a day of giving thanks, feasting, and family time. Thanksgiving is a National holiday which is set aside to give thanks for the many blessings you have received in the past year and the ones you have to look forward to in the year to come. The history of Thanksgiving Day dates all the way back to 1621 when a group known as the Pilgrims sailed from Europe to America on a ship named the 0D\Ă€RZHU WKH\ ZHUH VHHNLQJ UHOLJLRXV IUHHGRP :KLOH WKH QHZ$PHULFDQ VHWtlers in Plymouth, Massachusetts, tried to establish colonies, they endured great KDUGVKLSV7KHORFDO,QGLDQVWKH:DPSDQRDJ7ULEHVDZWKH3LOJULPVLQGHVSHUate need of food and shelter. Being a friendly and gracious tribe, they aided the colonists by teaching them how to harvest the local lands and build shelters from local materials. Because of the generosity of the Indians, the settlers were able to VXUYLYHWKH:LQWHU7KH:DPSDQRDJ7ULEHKDGDULWXDOZKLFKWKH\SHUIRUPHGÂżYH times a year. They would gather together over a large feast to celebrate and give thanks for their many blessings. To thank the tribe for all their help, the Pilgrims SUHSDUHGDIHDVWLQWKH:DPSDQRDJ7ULEHÂśVKRQRU7KH3LOJULPVDQGWKH,QGLDQV GLQHGWRJHWKHU7KLVZDVWKHYHU\ÂżUVW7KDQNVJLYLQJGLQQHUDQGLWKDVEHFRPHDQ American tradition. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving Day a National holiday. Follow the directions to make your own no-bake pumpkin pie. You will need: Graham crackers, Using the Thanksgiving symbols shown FDQQHGSXPSNLQSLHÂżOOLQJ below, complete the puzzle. You are to have marshmallow creme, whipped one of each of the six symbols in each vercream, cinnamon, small bowls, tical and horizontal row, as well as only one spoons. of each of the symbols in each of the six Step One: Take the graham crackers bold box areas. Check your answers. and line the bottom of the bowls with them. You may also use mini storebought graham cracker pie shells. Step Two: Mix 1 cup of pumpkin SLHÂżOOLQJZLWKFXSPDUVKPDOORZ creme. Add a sprinkle of the cinnamon. Step Three: Place mixture on top of the graham crackers. Step Four: If desired, ask an adult to microwave your pie for 10-15 seconds until warm. Then add whipped cream and enjoy! Be sure to place Cornucopia, Dressing, Friendship, any leftovers in the refrigerator. Gravy, Indians, Massachusetts,







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Ornament he said. Rigby believes this ornament will appeal to many Tallassee residents because most people who are from Tallassee have or have had a connection to the historic church. “If you have a connection to the old First Baptist Church, it would be a good memory to put on a shelf to remember the good ole days,” Risgby said. “There have been several that bought an ornament each year and they are collecting them.” These ornaments are in great demand with a limited supply. “We only order a small quality and if you are interested, you definitely want to get one as soon as you can because we will not place another order,” he said. “Once there gone, we are sold out.” Ornaments can be purchased at WACQ, City Hall, Trustmark Bank, and Chamber of Commerce.

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The annual Kiwanis Club Christmas ornaments are now available for purchase. This year the club’s ornament features the former First Baptist Church building on James Street in Tallassee.


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The suspect then made gestures to the clerk as he removed his hands from his coat pockets and leaned over the counter. He removed an undisclosed amount of currency from the drawer and fled out on foot. The suspect had last been seen traveling west on Gilmer Avenue in a green possible Toyota Camry or a Lexus sedan. The vehicle appeared to have reddish dirt all over the vehicle. From the surveillance video, investigators knew the suspect was a white male who was described as having a muscular or stocky build. Once investigators had Colley in custody, they began to connect him with the robbery. “Our investigators confirmed and began to work hand-in-hand with those investigators to put everything together,” Franklin said. According to Ken Smith with Tallassee Police

Department, investigators do not believe Horsley was involved in the BB&T Bank robbery. “From what we can tell, he had no involvement at all,” said Smith. “We know from the video there was only one person in the vehicle” Colley was identified following a detailed investigation involving officers, deputies and agents from the Tallassee Police Department, Elmore County Sheriff’s Office, Alexander City Police Department, Coosa County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigations. “That’s what it takes,” Smith said. “Team work from all of the departments.” Colley has been released from custody on a $15,000 bond.

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Can your faith survive persecution?


t. Francis Xavier, along with other Jesuit missionaries, brought the Christian faith to Japan in the early 17th century. The Church flourished, and soon reached over 100,000 converts! It did not take long for severe and deep persecution to affect the Church, and Christians were attacked and driven underground by the government. Many leaders were martyred, or killed for their faith. The Christians who remained became known as “the hidden Christians” (Kakure Kirishitan). Over the next 250 years, without any priests to lead them, the laypeople kept their faith alive in secret. They found ways to disguise their devotion and dedication, keeping many aspects of Christianity hidden. In 1853 Japanese isolation ended, and the country once again began to engage in trade and contact with the world.

Christian missionaries arrived once again in Japan. It was to their great surprise that they met Christians who had survived 250 years of persecutions by maintaining elements of faith only by the domestic church, in peoples’ homes. It is vitally important that we remember that the family should be treated as a domestic church. It is a place where we all should learn how to pray, how to be thankful, and how to trust. Without being fed in the home, faith does not have much of a chance to survive. It has to be maintained. I think most families do a great job supporting their children and equipping them with needed skills: values, good self-esteem, love and other virtues that are crucial for every adult. But I will dare to say that we still don’t do enough in the growing of faith, equipping our children to live lives of


faith as mature Christians – modern day disciples. Praying before meals, sending kids to Sunday school and coming to church on Sunday -- as much as it can be -- is still not enough. Would those things help your family to survive if our Christian faith were suddenly plunged into persecution? We need to face our transition into faith journeys as a family, together. Not separate. This is how it was in Jesus’ time. Fathers were introducing and guiding their sons in the faith journey which culminated with rituals in the Temple; mothers were leading their daughters in the faith journey,

sharing their faith experiences which were celebrated with different festive gatherings in the Temple. I would like for you to see the need to spend more time with your children talking about faith. Read and discuss scripture together. Pray together, not just saying grace before meals but true, honest prayer time as a family. It will make a difference. At St. Vincent de Paul, I have the parishioners turn to their neighbor and tell them they will be praying for them this week. The neighbor says the same to them. Prayer is powerful. To begin with, what about having at least one night when everyone gets together and prays? Maybe a decade of the Holy Rosary, singing songs together, sharing your petitions for prayer for others, or saying aloud what are you thankful for.

If we as a family don’t do it in our own homes, and reduce faith formation to just Sunday School, prayer before meals, and Sunday church than this is when Jesus words are fulfilled: that parents are against their children and children are against their parents. Because by not giving to each other what we need we hurt each other. We leave the vessels of our hearts empty and not filled with God, which leads to filling the hearts of our young people with everything but what is good. As it is often said, the family that prays together stays together. Father Mateusz Rudzik is a 32-year-old adventurer, motorcyclist, skateboarder, and skydiver. He is also the pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Tallassee.

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On Nov. 27 at 9:30 a.m. the “Confirmation and Coffee” Sunday School series will begin, running through all the Sundays of Advent. At 10:30 a.m. Father Wells Warren will celebrate the Holy Eucharist marking the first Sunday in Advent, with coffee hour to follow. Musicians and music lovers in the community should mark their calendars for Dec. 4 at 2 p.m., when Epiphany will host a performance of Handel’s Messiah; there will be no advance group rehearsal, although singers will gather to warm up and go over portions of the music immediately prior to the performance. Information about the event is on the church website:

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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Elam Baptist Church, Hwy 14, Notasulga Road, Tallassee, invites everyone to worship each Sunday at 11 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. Each Wednesday mid week renewal begins at 7 p.m. following the Sanctuary Choir practice ministry at 6 p.m. There will be no Wednesday services Nov. 23. Dec. 4 will be Poinsettia Sunday. Poinsettias are sponsored and presented in honor or in memory of loved ones, family or friends

and in honor of Christ birth as they adorn the sanctuary during the Christmas season. Visitors are always welcome at Elam. Make your contacts, calls, cards, and visits this week. The Sunny Seniors are on winter break and will meet again in the spring (April). We are grateful during this season of thanks for many blessings. May God bless each of you. Elam Baptist Church 4686 Notasulga Rd Tallassee, AL 36078 Pastor, Gene Bridgman Minister of Music, Kevin Lanier

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St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church

Our Life’s Journey is an outreach of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Tallassee, Fr. Mateusz Rudzik, Pastor; and Knights of Columbus Council 15093, Andy Lacey, Grand Knight. It airs on WACQ-AM 580 and FM 101.1 each Sunday from 8-8:30 a.m. Listen online at OR on your

smart phone using the TuneIn app. • Nov. 27 - Perpetual Adoration • Dec. 4 - Love and Marriage • Dec.11 - Christianity vs. Islam Part 1 • Dec. 18 - Christianity vs. Islam Part 2 • Dec. 25 - Christ Mass • Jan. 1 - Once Saved, Always Saved?

Salem Macon Baptist

We reached our goal of Samaritan’s Purse shoeboxes for children of the world. We made 137 boxes! Thanks to all who fixed a box. If you would like to give a poinsettia in memory or in honor of a loved one, see Nancy Stephens by Dec. 4. They are $12 each and will be used to decorate the church for Christmas. We do not have our Forever Young meeting in Nov and Dec; our next meeting will be January 24th. Salem Macon is located at 4647 Tallapoosa St, Notasulga, AL on Hwy 14 five miles west of Notasulga and 9 miles east of Tallassee. We would be happy to have you join us for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m worship service. Mike Stephens is our pastor.

Elam Baptist Church

Elam Baptist Church invites every-

one to Worship each Sunday at 11 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. Visitors are always welcome. Wednesday Mid Week Renewal begins at 7 p.m. following choir practice at 6 p.m. Elam has been blessed with great participation in Pastor Appreciation Day and Fellowship Meal. The Hallelujah Harvest was greatly attended and a big success sharing in the outreach ministry of Elam. Everyone attending had a fun time. The 5th Sunday Night Singing was a blessing with the Elam Baptist Church Choir led by Kevin Lanier, A Trio (Barbara Hornsby, Linda Hammonds and Dianne Barker) and Conner Teague. A full covered dish fellowship was enjoyed afterward.

East Tallassee United Methodist Church

The “River’s Edge Flea Market” is open every Saturday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. All vendors are welcome: new items, old items, crafts, youth groups, ball teams, baked goods, produce and food. The flea market is sponsored by the East Tallassee UMC and is located across from City Hall. We will offer various priced booths. To reserve a space call Joan Wood at 334312-4913. All proceeds raised by ETUMC will be used for church-sponsored programs.

Area Churches AME ZION Mt. Zion Chapel AME Zion 2340 Crenshaw Rd., Wetumpka 567-4413 Rogers Chapel AME Zion 709 W. Bridge St., Wetumpka 567-8144 Jackson Chapel AME Zion 4885 Coosada Rd., Coosada Jones Chapel AME Zion 2414 Ingram Rd. (Co. Rd. 3), Elmore ABUNDANT LIFE Abundant Life Church 9301 U.S. Hwy 231., Wetumpka 567-9143 ASSEMBLY OF GOD Agape Tabernacle Assembly of God 1076 Kowaliga Rd., Eclectic 541-2006 Bethel Worship Center 11117 U.S. Hwy 231., Wetumpka 567-5754 Crossroads Assembly of God 2534 AL Hwy 14., Millbrook 285-5545 First Assembly of God 3511 Shirley Ln., Millbrook New Home Assembly of God 5620 Caesarville Rd., Wetumpka 5692825 BAPTIST Abraham Baptist Church Millbrook

Antioch Baptist Church 1115 Antioch Rd., Titus 567-2917 Beulah Baptist Church 2350 Grier Rd., Wetumpka 514-2881 Blue Ridge Baptist 4471 Jasmine Hill Rd., Wetumpka 5674325 Brookwood Baptist Grandview Rd., Millbrook Calvary Baptist 504 W. Osceola St., Wetumpka 567-4729 Central Baptist 3545 W. Central Rd., Wetumpka 541-2556 Coosada Baptist 20 Kennedy Ave., Coosada Deatsville Baptist 184 Church St., Deatsville Eclectic Baptist Church 203 Claud Rd., Eclectic 541-4444 Faith Baptist 64 Chapel Rd., Wetumpka 567-4417 First Baptist Church 205 W. Bridge St., Wetumpka 567-5191 First Baptist of Elmore Hwy. 14 Co. Rd. 74, Elmore Galilee Baptist 95 Old Georgia Rd., Wetumpka 567-4178 Good Hope Baptist 1766 S. Fleahop Rd., Eclectic Goodship Baptist

Hwy. 143, Millbrook Grace Baptist Old Montgomery Hwy., Wetumpka 567-3255 Grandview Pines Baptist Deatsville Hwy., Deatsville Green Ridge Baptist 288 Turner Rd., Wetumpka 567-2486 Harvest Baptist 2990 Main St., Millbrook Hillside Baptist 405 Old Montgomery Hwy., Wetumpka Holtville Riverside Baptist 7121 Holtville Rd., Wetumpka 514-5922 Lake Elam Baptist 4060 Gober Rd., Millbrook Liberty Hill Baptist 61 Crenshaw Rd., Wetumpka 567-8750 Lighthouse Baptist 2281 Main St., Millbrook Living Water Baptist 1745 Grass Farm Rd. (Co. Rd. 80), Weoka Millbrook Baptist Millbrook 285-4731 Mitts Chapel Baptist 935 Cold Springs Rd., Deatsville 569-1952 Mt. Hebron West Baptist 150 Mt. Hebron Rd., Elmore 567-4441 Mt. Herron East Baptist Church 4355 Mt. Herron Rd.

Eclectic, Al 36024 334-857-3689 Mountain View Baptist 1025 Rifle Range Rd., Wetumpka 5674458 New Harmony Baptist 3094 New Harmony Rd., Marbury 3121878 New Home Baptist 1605 New Home Rd., Titus 567-0923 New Hope Baptist 6191 Lightwood Rd., Deatsville 569-1267 New Lily Green Baptist 6504 Deatsville Hwy., Deatsville New Nazareth Baptist Hwy. 143, Deatsville Pleasant Hill Baptist Pleasant Hill Rd., Eclectic 541-3460 Prospect Baptist Prospect Rd., Eclectic 567-5837 Redland Baptist 1266 Dozier Rd., Wetumpka 567-8649 Refuge Baptist Church 3098 Red Hill Road Tallassee 334-857-2638 Rehoberth Baptist 8110 Rifle Range Rd., Tallassee 567-9801 Rushenville Baptist 10098 Georgia Rd., Eclectic 541-2418 Saint James Baptist 1005 Nobles Rd., Wetumpka

567-6209 Saint James Baptist 101 Gantt Rd., Deatsville 569-3006 Santuck Baptist 7250 Central Plank Rd., Wetumpka 567-2364 Seman Baptist Seman, Alabama Shoal Creek Baptist 13214 Holtville Rd., Deatsville 569-2482 Springfield Baptist Hwy. 7, Millbrook Thelma Baptist 810 Weoka Rd., Wetumpka 567-3665 Titus Baptist 6930 Titus Rd., Wetumpka 334-531-2120 Tunnell Chapel Baptist 210 Central Plank Rd., Wetumpka 567-2589 Victory Baptist 5481 Main St., Millbrook Wadsworth Baptist 2780 Hwy. 143, Deatsville 569-2851 BAPTIST - MISSIONARY Atkins Hill 565 Atkins Rd., Wetumpka 567-1141 Cathmagby Baptist 3074 Mitchell Creek Rd., Wetumpka 567-4787

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Womanless beauty pageant raises funds for family Christmas By CARMEN RODGERS Tallassee Tribune

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Megan Morrow poses with 2016 Womanless Beauty Pageant winner, Richard Gagnon. This year’s pageant raised $1,256 for the single mother of two who is battling medullary thyroid cancer.

Community members came together this weekend to show support to Megan Morrow. Morrow was diagnosed with medullary thyroid cancer in 2011. She is also a 34-yearold single mother of two little girls. “Because of the medical circumstances, she’s unable to work and unable to provide Christmas gifts for her kids,” said Tiffany Baker, coordinator of the event and friend to Morrow, “Treatment at this point is to only slow it down. She chose not to continue chemo. She would rather have quality of life over quantity.” The purpose of this year’s Womanless Beauty Pageant is to raise money to help Megan and her girls have a wonderful Christmas. “The reality is, this is possibly her last Christmas with her girls,” Baker said. “We simply want to make it special and stress free.” According to Baker, not only did the Tallassee community step-up to the plate, they knocked it out of the park. “You all made a difference for Megan,” she said. “Tallassee showed up and showed out once again.” “Not only did we raise $1256 in one night,” Baker said. “We made some lasting memories and Megan experienced the love that the Tallassee community gives.” A few “good gals” hosted this year’s Womanless Beauty Pageant. “We’re just a group of friends working to raise money for those we love,” Baker said. Sunday’s Womanless Beauty Pageant was

a group effort, and while the event was fun, competitions were fierce. “We had 16 beautiful participants and 20 volunteers that made this pageant a success,” Baker said. “It was an amazing night as we crowned our new Queen, Miss Daisy (Richard Gagnon). The 1st runner up being Miss Juicy (Anthony Giosi) followed by the 2nd runner up Glenn Cocoa (Hunter Smith). We gave out many other awards as well.” According to Baker, she and other event sponsors and coordinators are very grateful for the outpouring of support shown by the community. “There is no way to show exactly how appreciative we are to all that came to the event, all the prayers, all the donations, participation, volunteers and help,” she said. “Megan was exhausted by the end of the pageant but it was from laughter.” A Gofundme account has been setup for Morrow and there she writes, “Statistically I should be dead. They say it’s slow growing but in my case it’s advanced because of my age. The cancer is now in my lungs, liver, bones, all lymph nodes and in my blood….pretty much all over. But thank God it’s not in my brain yet. I am terminal stage 4 and there is not a cure for me” Megan Donations and gifts for Megan and her daughters are still being accepted. To donate to this cause, contact Tiffany Baker at 334415-9034 or Anita Gail 334-415-9559 GoFundme @ MakingADifferenceForMegan You can follow Megan on Tallassee’s Annual Womanless Beauty Pageant Facebook Page.


Find a reason to be thankful and slow down this week By REA CORD HSEC Executive Director


his is a week to slow down and give thanks for all that is good in our lives. As a non-profit, and as a group of animal loving people, we are incredibly grateful to so many who help us be here for the animals that need us day in and day out. Our shelter is truly blessed to have such a dedicated staff and board of directors who have only the best interest of our pets in the forefront at all times. The pets in our care need us 365 days/year so rest assured they are being well cared for every single day, even on Thanksgiving! And our board exemplifies dedication at all times as they work tirelessly to ensure our shelter is the best it can be now and into the future. As a member organization we are grateful to all

of our members as they help us chart the course of our shelter and support our work. Volunteers are truly the lifeblood of our shelter family and we want each and every volunteer to know how very much we appreciate your selfless service. Our volunteers help in so many ways such at our Tail’s End Thrift Store (100% volunteer run); in our shelter exercising/bathing/caring for our pets; at our off-site adoption events; helping man our table/booth at numerous area events; helping us with our fund-raising events; fostering pets; as photographers so that our pets can be seen; and so much more! We are also grateful to everyone who shares our adoptable pets to help them find homes; who tell others about us to grow our ‘family’’ and all who simply provide moral support as we are a better shelter with your help. We ask everyone to please

thank their area Animal Control Officers who work tirelessly and with little fanfare to protect the public & help animals in need. To all of the Veterinarians who help pets every single day – thank you so much for working hard to educate pet owners and help pets live better and longer lives. Our shelter enjoys incredible support from so many individuals, businesses, civic groups and the media who donate money, supplies, pet food, services; who invite us to join in on their events and who help get the word out about our work. We just cannot thank everyone enough for all you to do help us remain a viable service for people and pets alike. Special thanks to those who give wonderful homes to our adopted pets and those who rescue pets in need. We are indebted to the public who supports our mission directly and indirectly – your

moral support for the welfare of animals is important to all of us in the sheltering community and helps keep us going on the down days. A group that we also want to thank is those we may never meet. Thank you to all those who love and care for your pets, keep them safe at home, make sure they are a part of your family and cherish them always. Our final and most heartfelt thanks go to all the wonderful animals that ask so little of us but give so much in return. Our pets truly epitomize selfless love and we are grateful for the love, joy and companionship they bring to our homes and families. We hope everyone has a family filled Thanksgiving and so that our staff can also enjoy some time with family, the shelter and Tail’s End Thrift Store will be closed Nov. 24-25, but will be back open on Nov. 26. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Bancroft – Pet of the Week Bancroft is a six-month old, male, Airedale/Walker mix, about 40 lbs. He loves being a part of the family, is great with other dogs, loves the water and will retrieve balls. Bancroft is in a foster home (meaning not in our shelter), so please contact us for our adoption application and to arrange for a meeting. Our adoption fees are $100 for dogs and $50 for cats under one-year-old; cats over one-year-old can be adopted by approved adopters for a fee of their choosing. This adoption fee completely covers the mandatory spay or neuter, basic immunizations, de-worming, microchip, heartworm check for dogs, rabies vaccination if old enough, free health exam with your participating veterinarian. To meet all the great pets at our shelter come to 255 Central Plank Road, Wetumpka, AL, 36092, go to our website at for more information, email us at or give us a call at 334-567-3377. We are open for adoptions this week Mon–Wed 10-5 and Sat 9-3.

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Sheriff office warns of phone scam By DAVID GRANGER Staff Writer

Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin warned Friday morning of a scam where individuals identifying themselves as representatives of the sheriff’s department – sometimes claiming to be Franklin himself – are falsely soliciting donations by phone. “We are seeking help from other law enforcement entities to help us identify these people,” Franklin said. The sheriff said the callers are claiming to be soliciting funds for the sheriff’s department to buy new equipment. “We want everyone in Elmore County to know that we do not solicit funds in that manner,” Franklin said. “We get our funds from the general fund of Elmore County. We are not soliciting funds by phone, we have never solicited funds by phone and we will not ever solicit funds by phone.” Franklin said some of the callers are even impersonating him. “One of them called someone that I know and he told them, ‘I know Sheriff Franklin and you don’t sound like Sheriff Franklin,’ and (the caller) hung up. “We just want people to be aware that this is going on, not to fall for it and that we’re working to find out who is responsible.”



The Tallassee Tribune • November 23, 2016

Five reasons Auburn can upset Alabama

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ANDY GRAHAM Sports Columnist


his Saturday the Auburn Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide will get together for the 82nd time to renew a blood feud that dates back generations. It’s a game that divides families and turns friends into enemies… well, at least for about three hours anyway. What’s at stake? The Foy-ODK Sportsmanship Trophy, 364 days of feeling unashamedly superior to your rival and informing them of said superiority at every opportunity (this mostly applies to Tide fans) and a supreme guttural satisfaction that only those long time residents of the state of Alabama can truly understand. The Crimson Tide has won six of the last eight Iron Bowls and has already secured a spot in the 2016 SEC Championship game. Auburn has been severely banged up in the last several weeks and might not be fully healthy by game time. Alabama opened as an 18.5 point favorite. Most people aren’t giving the Tigers much of a chance. It looks like I’ve arrived just in time. Here are 5 reasons why Auburn can most certainly upset the mighty Crimson Tide. Happy Thanksgiving. 1. Defense – The AU defense hasn’t allowed a rushing TD in the last eight games. No opponent has scored 30 points on the Tigers all season. Only two teams have even scored 20 points. Auburn ranks top five in the SEC in defensive categories like total, rushing, scoring, third-down conversion and sacks. Kevin Steele has relied upon depth and talent across the defensive line all season. The defense has kept the Tigers in every game and given them an opportunity to win. To pull the upset, the D-line must play its best game and contain Jalen Hurts. 2. Turnovers – If Auburn’s defense can show up big and keep the game close early, turnovers could play a huge part in the outcome. Alabama is well-known for their defensive touchdowns (which absolutely cannot happen Saturday), but the Tide offense and special teams have turned the ball over 17 times (10 fumbles, 7 INT) so far this year. To pull the upset, Auburn will need to take advantage of multiple turnovers and put points on the board. 3. Special Teams – Daniel Carlson might be the best kicker in college football. He has an extremely strong leg and is deadly accurate. He also grew up an Alabama fan in a rabid Alabama family. Saban would not offer him a scholarship, so he came to Auburn (much to his family’s chagrin). That story almost writes itself. Carlson nails a 55-yard field goal to ruin Bama’s perfect season and is no longer welcome home for the holidays. To pull the upset, Carlson might have a chance to become a legend. 4. Nothing to lose – All the pressure in this game is on Alabama. Auburn has everything to gain and nothing to lose. While the Tide wouldn’t necessarily lose anything from a defeat, we all know it would haunt Nick for the rest of his days. To pull the upset, Auburn will need to play loose and make ‘Bama feel the pressure. 5. Tuscaloosa – Auburn is 7-3 in Iron Bowls played in Tuscaloosa. I realize the first two were in 1895 and 1901, but they still count. I also realize that Alabama has won the last two matchups in Bryant Denny Stadium. It doesn’t matter. I’m going to continue to use this stat as long as Auburn owns the advantage. Deal with it. Andy Graham writes a regular sports column for Tallapoosa Publishers.

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The Tallassee Tigers were chasing the Andalusia Bulldogs all night in route to a season ending 51-7 loss in the AHSAA Class 4A quarterfinals in Tallassee Friday night.


No. 1 Andalusia ends Tigers’ season with 51-7 rout By DAVID GRANGER Staff Writer

The Andalusia Bulldogs came into Tallassee’s J.E. “Hot” O’Brien Stadium on Friday night and brought with them a demoralizing end to what had been a dream season for the Tallassee Tigers with a 51-7 quarterfinal blowout of the homestanding team in the Class 4A Alabama High School Athletic Association football playoffs. The Bulldogs used 27 second-quarter points to vault to a 41-0 halftime lead and never looked back. Senior running back Jamal Hourel rushed 10 times for 112 yards – including 100 in the game’s first half – and two touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs (12-1), who advanced to play Handley in the semifinals. Handley stopped Thomasville 36-16 Friday night. Tallassee ended its season at 9-4, recording its most wins since the 2012 season, when it also won nine games. Tallassee’s run to the playoffs’ third round was the deepest the Tigers had gone since 1999, when a 13-1 Tigers squad advanced to the state semifinals before losing 28-14 to Jemison. Tallassee head coach Mike Battles Jr. said his team would look back on the year with pride at what the team had accomplished. “Our kids are going to be upset that the season’s over,” Battles said. “But they’re going to look back and realize that the better team won tonight, but the fact that we got to practice three extra weeks and spend more time together

and you saw the atmosphere and the excitement here, that’s all a tribute to the way they’ve played and the things they’ve done. I’m sure they’re upset right now, but they’ll look back on – what’s that term everybody uses? – their whole body of work and they’ll look back on this season and they’ll be proud of it and be proud of what they accomplished. “And so will I. I’m proud of what they’ve accomplished.” Even though upset that his team’s season was over, Battles was duly impressed by the quality of football played by the victorious visitors from Covington County. “They’ve got a fine football team,” Battles said. “Coach (Trent) Taylor, I’ve known him for several years and they’ve got a tremendous football team. They’re the best team we’ve played this year, so they really took it to us. I thought our kids fought as hard as they could but that (Andalusia) is one heck of a 4A football team.” Andalusia began its scoring onslaught in the first quarter. After Darian George returned a Casey Baynes punt to the Tallassee 35-yard line, Hourel ran for 13 on first down and the Bulldogs scored on the next on a 22-yard run by quarterback Ethan Wilson with 4:48 left in the first quarter. After holding Tallassee on the Tigers’ next possession, the Bulldogs began a 5-play, 61-yard drive that was capped by a 38-yard run by Antonio Gurley and, with Tre’Mayne Stoudemire’s extra points, the Bulldogs led 14-0 after the first quarter.

Then came the second-quarter explosion. Hourel capped a five-play Bulldogs drive with a 51-yard touchdown run with 6:31 left in the half and scored again on a 17-yard run on Andalusia’s next offensive play, set up by Wilson’s interception of a Baynes pass. As the half approached its end, John Graham powered over from two yards out for another Bulldogs score after Tallassee turned the ball over on downs at its own 46. Three plays later, Baynes threw his second interception of the night, this one picked off by William Clark, and it took the Bulldogs only three plays to reach the end zone again, with Graham scoring from three yards out this time and Andalusia taking a 41-0 lead into halftime. Andalusia got its final 10 points in the third quarter on a 40-yard field goal by Wain Yongkuma on the Bulldogs’ first second-half possession and on a 54-yard pass from Wilson to Derrick McQueen on their second possession. Stoudemire was good on both extra points and Andalusia’s lead was 51-0 after three quarters. Tallassee got its lone touchdown on a 23-yard pass from Casey Baynes to Kelvin Levett with 2:53 left in the game to cap a 76-yard, six-play drive. Baynes finished 12-of-27 passing for 141 yards and a touchdown for Tallassee. Wilson finished 6-of-12 passing for 130 yards and a touchdown on the night for Andalusia.

Young Tigers let one slip away at second road test By COACH HOLLINQUEST Tallassee City Schools

The Tallassee Tigers 9th grade boys encountered their second road test Tuesday by traveling to Alexander City. However, the ride home would prove to be long for the visitors as they came up short to the Wildcats of Benjamin Russell 39 – 37. “You just can’t win a ball game and miss eight plus layups. There is no doubt about it. We led mostly the entire second half, but turnovers and missed layups were the nemesis,” stated Tigers boys coach Cecil Hollinquest. “Our hats are off to Coach Shannon Benefield (Tallassee alum) and the BRHS program. They were prepared for this game and it showed through their hard work and effort. They sort of jumped out on us from the beginning, but we were able to retain the tempo

of the game, gather a small lead, and control the ball. Those missed layups hurt us though,” said Hollinquest. The Tigers had many bright spots throughout the game, especially with the play of Sandarious Hughley. His three pointer with .47 seconds to go in the game was huge. It gave the Tigers the lead again, but wasn’t enough as the Wildcats came down and scored to regain the lead. “He is making everyone around him better and he is realizing the responsibility that has been placed upon him,” replied his coach. Hughley finished the game with 15 points. D. Bishop and Z. Stowes led Benjamin Russell, as the two scored 13 and 10 points respectively. The Tigers finally opens up the season at home on Thursday against Pike Road. The tipoff time for the first game is at 5 p.m.

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The Tallassee Tigers 9th grade boys encountered their second road test Tuesday by traveling to Alexander City. However, the ride home would prove to be long for the visitors as they came up short to the Wildcats of Benjamin Russell 39 – 37.

How do you cook a turkey? Second Graders from Tallassee, Wetumpka & Eclectic Schools help all of us this year with their tips on preparing the perfect turkey and what they are thankful for. (Use caution when following the recipes.)

Mrs. Nicholson’s Class Tallassee Elementary

Mrs. Brantley’s Class Tallassee Elementary

Ms. Preskitt’s Class Eclectic Elementary

Mrs. Gantt’s Class Eclectic Elementary

Mrs. Brodie’s Class Wetumpka Elementary

Mrs. Deem’s Class Wetumpka Elementary

November 23, 2016 | A special publication of The Wetumpka Herald, The Tallassee Tribune and The Eclectic Observer

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Eclectic, Tallassee and Wetumpka Elementary second graders give thanks this holiday season “First you get a turkey from the store. Take it home and get it out of the car. Take it in the house and put it in. the sink and thaw it out. Then you take the wrapper off of the turkey. You put the seasoning on the turkey. Next you put the turkey in the oven. When it is done cooked you take it out. You let it cool off. Next you put it on the dinner table. Then you eat the turkey.” Autumn Speake

Mrs. Gantt’s Second Grade Class Eclectic Elementary School “First thing to do in making a turkey is to buy it. Once you one then you hammer it. Then you mix stuffing to put in your turkey. Heat oven up then put turkey in and cook it. After it’s cooked then put on a plate. Put turkey on the table and get people to sit down and eat it.” Grayson Olivia Gober

“First go buy turkey. Next go home and peel the wrapper off. Then put the turkey in the oven for 4:00 hours. When it is done put it on the table with the others food. Then you can eat it now.” Claire Blakely

“First you go buy a turkey and go home and take off the wrapper. Then you stuff it and get the oven ready. You put the turkey in the oven and make all the cranberryies and stuff. You get the table ready. Put the plates, the spoons, and forks on the table. Ding! Ding! Oh the turley is ready! Mom, Dad, Brother, Big sis it’s ready. We all eat but we don’t’ eat until we pray first we cook a back-up turkey and we pray on that one too. We all begin to eat it up.” Myah Elizabeth Bowden “First you buy a turkey from the store. When you get home take it in the house. And put it in the sink. Let it thaw out. Then you put seasoning on it. Next you put it in the oven for 90 minutes. Best you take it out of the oven and let it cool. Next take it to the table and you pray and then eat.” Aiden Owens “When your at the store you want to pick a nice plump turkey. When you get home you want to clean the turkey first. find a pan that your turkey will fit into with your veggies. Now you want to season your turkey. Put the veggies in and around your turkey. Now put your turkey in the oven. Cook the turkey for at least for four hours. When it’s done take it out of the oven. Let it cool off. When it’s cone cooling off put it on the table with the other food and say a prayer. Then eat the food.” Katelyn Frazier “First you buy a turkey then you go home and take the wrapper off. Then you cook it in oven until it is ready. Then you add some toppings like salt and pepper. Then you put the turkey on the table. Then you pray. And then your family can eat it. When you get done your family can go play a game.” Baylee King

“First you buy a turkey. The w it out. Take the bad stuff out. Next you cook it on 200 20 minutes. Take it out. Put it on the table. Wash hands. Sayd prayer. Next you eat.” Dustin Woods “you go to the store to get a turkey take wrapper off. Put salt and pepper on it. put it in the oven and cook it put it on a plate and let it cool down then eat it” Savanna Burch “First I go to the markit to get a turkey. Then I let it thaw out. Next I prach eat the turkey. Next I preaheat the oven while the oven is preheating. Then I put in apples and onions and other veges. Then I put broth and honey on it. Then I put it in the oven I cook it. Then I let it cook until it is done and then I let it cool doune. Then I take it to table. Finly we eat it.” Jordyn Smith “First go to the store and buy a turkey. Take it home and thow it out. Next take the plastic off. Then pull the gizzards and stuff out of the inside. Next you season the turkey. Put the turkey in a pan. Next put it in the oven. Turn

on the oven and cook it. Cook it all day. Next you take it out of the oven. Then put the turkey on a big plate. Take the turkey to the table. Cut the turkey and eat the turkey. And have a Happy Thanksgiving.” Lucas Drost “You buy a turkey was and take out guts and stuff inside. dry the turkey off with paper towees. You stuff it with stuff you put slat and pepper and some lemon pepper that grandma puts on her turkey put the turkey on a pan and put the turkey in the stove cook at 280 degrees for about an 2 hour set dinner tubte and tell everyone dinner is ready suy your thankful for femley then you eat” Miley Goggins “First you have to buy it. Next you have to go home. Then have to get all the gizzards and guts out. You have to wash it. You have to thaw it out so it will not be frozen. You wash it again. You have to turn on the oven. You have to put it in the oven so it cancook. When it is done take it out of the oven. Let it cool down. When it’s time to eat we say a prayer. You eat.” Chris Carter

“Look for a turkey that’s the right size in the store. Take it home. When you get home let it thaw out. When it’s done take the wrapper off. Take the neckbone and yucky stuff out. Put it aside. Put the seasoning on like salt and pepper. Put the turkey in the oven. When it’s done let it cool down. Take it out of the oven and put it on the table. Enjoy thanksgiving dinner.” Zach Green By Ms. Preskitt’s Second Grade Class Eclectic Elementary “I am thankfal for mom. I am thankfal for dogs. I am thankfal for football. I am thankfal for lunch. There are many things I am thankful for in my life.” Junior Pace “There are many things I’m thankful for in my life. I’m thankful for my mom because she is so sweet and gives me hugs. I love Alabama because it is peaceful. I’m thankful for running the track. I’m thankful for my friends at school because they’re so sweet. They play with me.” Tony Mask “There are many things I am thankful for in my life. I am thankful for my mom because she loves me and she take me places and she takes care of me. I am thankful for my house because I got a lot of stuff outside. I am thankful to play and run and play football. I like school because I like PE and lunch and snack and fun Friday and points.” Jaylyn Hill

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“There are many things I am thankful for in my life. I am thank for my sister Sadie because I love her and she’s nice. I am thankful for my house because part of my family built it. I am thankful that I can play volleyball. I am thankful for fun Friday because we can bring toys.” Scarlett Thompson “There are many things I’m thankful for in my life. I’m thankful for my family because theyre nice to me. I’m thankful for my house because my grampa built it and then he died. I’m thankful for basketball because I like it. I’m thankful for Ms. Preskitt because she is the best teacher.” Elizabeth Brabham “There are many things I am thankful for in my life. I am thankful for my family because they cook for me. I am thankful for my house because it has good toys in it. I am thankful for my big toy car that I can ride in. I am thankful for all the classes because we have fun Friday.” Haleigh Grace Sanford “There are many things I am thankful for in my life. My mom and Dad because they are the mom and Dad. I live in the conty because my mom like the county. I like jumping on the trampoline because it is fun. School is cool because it is the coolest school ever.” Ashlynd Grace Norrell “There are many things I am thankful for in my life. I am thankful for people that are in the army and people that are police, docters and nurses because they help me. I am thankful for my garage because my dad and his friends built it. I am thankful for gymnastics because it helps me boost my confidence. I am thankful for school because you can make friends.” Libby Powell “There are many things I am thankful for in my life. I am thankful for my parents because they are the greatest parents because I love them so much. I live in the country. I’d like to be a vet to take care of animals I am thankful for the library because there are tons of books.”

I’m Thankful 2016

Brock Hragyil “I’m thankful for God because he built the earth, animals, and us. I’m thankful that I live in the world because the world give me plenty of food and water. I’m thankful that I get to run because, it gives me exercise and get skinnier. I’m also thankful for P.E. because I get exercise and run the track.” Keegan Lett “There are many things I’m thankful for in my life. I’m thankful for Ms. Preskitt because she is nice and sweet. She is my best teacher. I love my state because it is sweet. I’m glad that I like basketball it is cool. And fun. I lean when Ms. Preskitt teach.” Rebeca Diego-Mateo “There are many things I am thankful for in my life. I am thagful for my mom because she is my mom. I live in Alabama. I am thagful because I get to ride the four wheeler. I am thagful for the teacher.” Etam Reeves. “There are many things I am thankful for in my life. I am thankful for Ms. Preskitt because she is sweet and pretty. I live in Eclectic because it’s where my friends are. I like to collect sea shells at the beach. School is fun for me. We watch stories while we eat snack. I’m thankful I have lots of friends at school.” Kate Harrell “There are many things I am thankful for in my life. I am thankful for my parents because they are sweet. I am thankful for my home because I like it and it is nice. I am thankful to watch t.v. in my room. I am thankful for the library because when I take a test I get to go to the library.” Tyce Maynard “There are many things I am thankful for in my life. I’m thankful for my family because they are special to my heart. I’m thankful for where I live because there is lot’s of beautiful flowers. I’m thankful for my hobby because I get cheer the football players on. I’m thankful for school because I have the best teacher ever.” Addi Stephenson

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Page 4 “There are many things I’m thankful for in my life. I’m thankful for Miss. Preskit because she helps us and teaches us. I’m thankful for Alabama because that’s were the pilgrims hade there first meal. I’m thankful for my best hobby it is giving! I’m thankful for every thing I do at school. My favorite part is centers.” Rylan Watkins “There are many things I am thankful for in life. I am thankful for my mom and dad because they take care of me. I am thankful for my hometown Eclectic because it has many stores for food. I am thankful for gymnastics because they make me flexible. And I can do my backhand spring. I am thankful for my school because it makes me do math.” Stran Webb “There are many things I am thankful for in my life. I am thankful for Ms. Preskitt because she lets us play on Friday and pig math. I am thankful for living in a huge house because it is more room. I like to stay at home and watch TV. I am thankful for playing at PE and doing exercise in the gym.” Jaequez Wells “There are many things I’m thingful for life. I am thankful for my fiend because Nick is my first friend. The best plase of my house is the whole house. My faoie hobby is basketball. I like the whole school.” Brody Willis “There are many things im thankful for in my life. I’m thankful for my teacher because my teacher teaches me. I’m thakful for the USA because its my contry. I’m thakful for my games

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I’M THANKFUL 2016 because the games are very fun. I’m thakful fun Friday because it is fun.” Matthew McKinnon

By Mrs. Deem’s Second Grade Class Wetumpka Elementary School “First I would run and chase it all over the yard. Next I would fight it until it dies. Then I would set up the table. Last I would cook it and the other stuff. The end!” Hayley “First you have to choose a turkey. Next you have to chop off his head. Then you have to put him in the sink to clean him and then you have to put him in the oven for 3 minutes then you can eat him!” Jamiya “First I will get it at Winn Dixie. Next put things on the tlabe then I will cook it for 35 mitines Last I will eat it. THE END” Hayden “First I go in the woods and shoot a turkey. Next I bring back the turkey and put it on the grill. Then I bring the turkey into the kitchen and put it in a pot. Last I make patatos, green beans, corn, salad, and tator tots. The End!!!” Alexis “first I ran after the turkey. It is very crazy nest I pluck the turkey feather of Then I will fite the will go loco and I will go tell mom save me. Last I will Eat it and be like yummy.” Messiah

“First I would buy the flour. Next I would chase the turkey around. Then I would set the table. And the other stuff. Last I would eat the turkey.” Zykira “First I will buy the turkey. Next I will put it in the sink. Then I will cook it then I will call my family. And we will have a feast.” McKenzie Russell “Faist I hunt the turkey next I blow it up with a tank then I cook it Last I eat it with my fam-

ily” Conner “First, go to Walmart. Next, put the turkey on the pan. Then, put it in the oven. Last, take it out of the oven then your family eat it.” Chancellor Holt “I love cooking turkeys because we are family” Loria “First, I will cach a turkey. Next, I will kill it. Then, I will cook it. Last, I will eat it.” Austin “First you get a turcke. Next you cook the turcke. Then you put the topping. Last you get et awt uv the oven.” Drew Gaskins “First you go to Walmart. Next you buy a turkey. Then you stuff it and then you put it in the oven. Last you eat the turkey.” Wes Walker “Today is Thanksgiving and I’m going to cook a turkey, but I have to get my ingredients first. First, I go to the farm. Next I will catch the turkey. When I get it I will squeeze it’s neck until it dies. Then, I will take it home and cut it.” Hayden By Mrs. Brodies’s Second Grade Class Wetumpka Elementary “I am thankful for my x-box 360. Another thing I am thankful for is my perints. I am also thankful thankful for my toy. I am thankful for Romans 8:28 it halp me thak about God.” Brodie Peterson “I am thankful for God. I am also thankful for my sibling. Another thing I am thankful for is Mrs. Brodie.” Lisa Lopez “I am thankful for my food. I am thankful for my room. I am thankful for my parnter. I am thankful for my dogs. I am thankful for my sister. I am thankful for my friends. I am thankful for trees.” Rhett Owens

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I’m Thankful 2016

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“My parents for taking me to the park. I am also thankful for my parents because for my food.” Tyree McGriff “I am thankful for my teacher because she helps us teach. I am also thankful for my parents for taking care of us. Another thing I am thank for is that my brother lets me play his xbox.” Kelya Coronado “I am thankful for Jesus because he deid on the cross. Another thing I am thankful for is light because if we never had light we would not be adle to see. Last I am thankful for a house because we couldn’t eat sleep or live. Thank you.” Ellah Ingram “I am thankful for game. I am also thankful for my pupy. Aonther thing I am thankful for is my car because he is so cute.” Jeremiah Knighten “I am thankful for my ipad because I like playing with it. I am also thankful for my mom because I love her. Another thing I am thankful for is my dog because I like playing with her.” Adriel B. Smith “I’m is thankful because my nana. She let me play my play station 4. I’m is thankful because my nana play with me all the time. The reason I’m is thankfull is that I play with my cuzens. And another thing I did is me and my cozening ride the bike all the time because my nana let me and my cuzing ride the bikes. And I be diveing my goat car ever day long.” Marcus Marshall “I am thankful for cresmes. I am also thankful for my dad and my mom becus they tace cer me. Another thing I am thankful for is Got.” Criz Ramirez “I am thankful for my mom and dad because they help me. I am thankful for y brother because he let’s me play his phone. Another thing I am thankful for is my friends.” Cooper Shaw “I am the thankful for my mom an dad for putting a ruf over my head. And I am thankful giving me sumthng to eat. I am thankful fore my teater teaching me stuff.” Colin Bowden I am thankful for food I have to eat. I am so thankful for my mom my dad my brother and my two dogs. I am also thankful for my school to learn at. Another thing I am thankful for is my teacher to help me learn. I am verey thankful for a roof to live under.” Pearson Davis “I am thankful for the teacher who helps me learn. I am also thankful for my momey because win I am scared she helps me not be scared. Another thing I am thankful for is the doctors who helps other people.”

Savanna Hilyer “I am thankful that my dad is nise. Another thing I a thankful I am alive. I am thankful because my dad and mom are aroud me. I am thankful because my mom and dad are alive. I an thankful because of trees.” Ana Jones “I am thankful for my mom for take me to the fair. Because my mom take me to the beach because my mom take me to the pool.” Hannah Tippins “I am thankful for my city that I live in. I am also thankful for my people. ANtoher thing I am thankful for is my mom is what she doese. I am also thankful for god made me.” Jaycee Alexander “I am thankful for my mom. I am also thankful for my sisters. Another thing I am thankful for is my house. I am raly thankful for my family.” Jailie Withey “I am thankful for my food because when I get my food I pray. I am also thankful for my baby brother becaus I like to play with him. Another things I am thankful for is my family becaus I hill have somone to be with. By: Mrs. Nicholson’s Second Grade Class Tallassee Elementary School “First, you defrost. Cover the turkey with foil. Next, place the turkey in the over. Heat the oven to 325 degrees. Let the turkey cool for 20 minutes. Now, eat.” Donavan Aldridge “First, buy it and unwrap the turkey and


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put the turkey it the sink. Next, take it out of the sink and put the turkey in a roasting pan. Fill the cavity with a half lemon, onion, fresh parsley, and a couple of bay leaves. Then, keep the oven of 50 degrees. Heat the oven on 325 degrees. Finally, let the turkey for 20 minutes.” Izaiah Anderson “First, you take the turkey out of the fridge. You unwrap the turkey. You let it defrost. Next, you fill the cavity with lemon, onion, fresh parsley, and a couple of bay leaves. You can tuck the turkey’s legs. Then you put it in the oven. You put it on 325 degrees and place your turkey in a roasting pan. Finally, let it rest for 20 minutes before carving, and then you eat it.” Kaylee Avila “First, defrost it. Next, pull the paper out. Then, heat the oven for 325 degrees. Last, let the turkey rest for 20 minutes.” Caleb Blankenship “First start with a turkey. Defrost the turkey. Next, fill the cavity with lemon, parsley, and onion. Make sure you tuck the turkey’s wings back. Then, make sure the oven is on 325 degrees. You can add more flavor to your turkey. Finally, let it cool off. You can do all kinds of things while you wait. When it cools off, you can take it and enjoy.” Victoria Correo “First, let it unfreeze in hot water then take off the paper. Next, fill the cavity with onion and put lemons in it. It will give it flavor. Turn the oven on and place the turkey in a deep roasting pan. Then, place it in the oven and let it heat then take it out and cover it with foil, and if it has blook coming out of it, that means it is not ready. Finally, it is done now you can eat it.” Angelina Francisco

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I’m Thankful 2016

I am thankful . . . “First, defrost it, unwrap it, and pat it dry. Next, fill the cavity with lemon, onion, and bay leaves. Then, turn the oven on, and place the turkey on a cooking pan. Finally, let it rest for 20 minutes. Carve the turkey.” Jayden Griggs “First, defrost it and unwrap it. Remove the giblets. And then pat the turkey with a napkin. Next, fill the cavity with lemons and spices. And then tuck the legs into the cavity and make sure the wings get inside. Then, place the turkey in a large roasting pan. And then turn the oven for 325 degrees. And cover it with a cookie sheet. Finally, let it rest for 20 minutes or so. Carve it and enjoy.” Adyson Hathcock “Start with a frosted turky. Fill the turky with flavoring. Heat the oven to 325 degrees. Put the turkey in the oven. Let the turkey rest.” Hayden Lassiter “First you need a turkey and when you get the turkey you need to let the turkey defrost. Next, feel the turkey white cavity like half lemon. Then, turn the oven to 325 degrees and then you can put vegetable oil. Finally, let it cool down for 20 minutes.” Trenton Morris “First, defrost it, hot water. Unwrap it. Dry it! Next, fill in the cavity with lemon and onion, parsley, and bay leaves! Then, heat the oven to 325. Put it into a pan. Put foil over it! Add stuff like juice on the bottom of the pan! Finally, let it rest- 20 minutes! Eat it!!!” Addison Nabors “First, let it defrost and unwrap it. Next, you can fill the cavity with lemon, bay leaves, and other seasonings. Then, heat the oven up to 325 degrees. Rub it and check it. Finally, let it cool for 20 minutes before you eat it and carve it.” Marlee Osborne “First, start with a frosted turkey. Then let it defrost. Take the wrapper off. Take the bags out of the turkey. Pat the turkey dry. Next, fill the cavity with seasoning. Tuck legs and wings. Then, turn the oven on for at least 325 degrees and let it get hot. Add more flavor. Put the turkey in a roast pan. Then cover it foil. Finally, put the turkey in the oven. After that, let it rest for 20 minutes before you carve it and eat it.” Addison Grace Patterson “First defrost – put in hot water. Unwrap it. Pat it with a paper towel. Next, fill the cavity with onions. Tuck in legs and wings. Then, put the oven on 325 degrees and place it in a roasting pan. Rub the whole bird with vegetable oil prevent the skin from drying. Last check for doneness. Finally eat it up!” Santoria Roanoakes “First let it defrost. Unwrap it. Take the bags out. Next, fill the cavity with lemons

and sweet flavors. Then, turn on the oven. Add more flavor. Then put it in the oven. Then take it out. Finally, let it rest before carving it. After it rest then carve it and then you can eat it and start inviting people and you will be happy.” Ariana Smith “First you take it out the fridge and defrost it. Next, you fill the cavity with flavor and add good flavor. Then you put it in the oven on 325 degrees. Last, when it’s done you take it out and test it to see if it’s done if it’s bleeding you put it back in the oven and if it’s juicey and white don’t put it back. Finally, you let it cool for twenty minutes and eat. But say your prayers before you do, and have a safe Thanksgiving.” Tyraine Vaughn “First, make sure it is completely defrosted. Next, fill in the cavity with some flavor like lemons, bay leafs, and more sweet flavors. Then, put the oven on 325 degrese. Finally, let it rest for about 20 minutes, carve it, and eat it. Now you know how to cook a turkey!” Haylee Veasey

Tallassee Elementary School “I am thankful for having a life because it is good and happy. I am also thankful for having the best teacher in the world and her name is Ms. Brantley because she is nice. Another thing that I am thankful for is my family because they are fun to have and my brother is too and he is really nice.” Erin Sears “I am thankful for my family because they are very close to me. I am also thankful for my friends because they are nice to me and never will give up on me.” Daniel Butler “I am thankful for cops because they help you. Cops help you when somebody breaks into your home. Cops are cool. Cops have guns. Cops like donuts and coffie. Cops handcuff people.” Bradlee Waldrep “I am thankful for my family because they help me and I help them too I am also thankful for my pet cat because I feed hem.” Vicente Diego

“First, start with a frosted turkey. There is a bag around the turkey and there is two bags in front of it and in the back. Next, fill the cavity with parsley, black peper, onion, lemon and seasoning. Then, heat the oven to 350 and let it cook for a couple hours. Last, let it cool off for 20 minutes.” Keegan Andrue Whaley

“I am thankful for my friends because they are very nice to me and when we play games they cheer for me when I win. I am also thankful for my family because they adore me so much and they love me so much. They are the best family that I ever had.” Cheyann Easterling

“First, unwrap the turkey. Next, fill the cavity wit peppers, onion, lemon, and other flavor. Then, heat the oven for 325 degrees and put the turkey inside for one hour. Finally, let the turkey rest for 20 minutes.” Abram Whittington

“I am thankful for my mom and dad because they feed me and buy me things. They bought me puppies from the shelter. There names are Rimy and Roman I like my puppies they are sweet. My mom and dad are sweet also. I have a big dog that’s named Jen.” Addison Phillips

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Page 8 “I am thankful for my family because they help me with my homework and they help me when I am confused. I am also thankful for my pets because they make me happy.” Luke Weldon “I am thankful for my mom because she feeds me anyday. I am also thankful for my granddad because he buys me toys.” Daelon Morgan “I am thankful for my grandma’s turkey and I am also thankful for my mama helping me with homework and giving me stuff.” Jadrian Davis “I am thankful for my family and my brother’s name is Jordan. My mom’s name is Phat. I am thankful for my country and my state and Obama. I am thankful for my school and thankful for my 2016 class. I love Ms.Brantley I love my whole family and I kiss my mom. I love my mom’s brother and I love Jaman and Jaly and my TT and my gradad and my two gramoms and I love myself and tae and I love Jack. I just love my mom so so so much because she does stuff for me. I love my brother so so much and I love football. The End.” Traylen Roberts “I am thankful for my teacher because she get us on time at lunch, snack, and p.e. I am also thankful for my mom because she gets me up on time. I am thankful for my friends because they are always there for me. I am

I’M THANKFUL 2016 thankful for God because he made us all. I am thankful for my dad because he buys me presents. I am thankful for the army because they save our lives. I am thankful for Santa because he gives us presents. I am thankful for everyone because they are their self.” Kamille Tate “I am thankful for my mom because she helps me on my homework. I am also thankful for my mom because she helps me with words.” Whit Creswell “I am thankful for turkey because it is delicious. I am also thankful for my dogs, fish, and crab, because when I am sad they make me proud.” Chris Chadwick “I am thankful for God because he made us. I am thankful for my family because they help me. I am thankful for my brother and sister.” Jordan Bennett “I am thankful for my family because they take care of me. I am also thankful for my school because they teach me.” Trinity Franklin “I am thankful for nice people.” Nevaeh Magee “I am thankful for my family because they love me and I have them too and that’s all that matters. I am also thankful for my softball team because they help me when I am hurt.” Lila Kate Fulghum

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