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Citizens press council on Boys & Girls Club Airport grant pre-application, athletic field lighting bid approved By DAVID GRANGER Staff Writer

It was a quick meeting of the Wetumpka City Council on Monday night, but not quick enough to prevent the resurfacing of the city’s decision to defund the local Boys & Girls Club. Last week, the city passed a fiscal year

2017 budget that included no funding for the Boys & Girls Club, which the city had appropriated $40,000 to in the previous year. That decision was met with opposition from Percy Gill, council member from District 2. After the city worked through last night’s agenda, the question of the Boys

& Girls Club’s funding was raised once again in citizens’ comments. Cheryl Tucker expressed her concern that the Boys & Girls Club had served as a safe-haven for children who might not otherwise have one. Tucker addressed a question to the council: “Have you all come up with an alternative for these

County’s jobless numbers up slightly in Oct.

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By WILLIAM CARROLL Managing Editor

Elmore County’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 5.2 percent was the state’s third-lowest for October, according to figures released today by the Alabama Department of Labor. The Elmore County rate is up from 4.8 percent in September and 4.9 percent from last October. The county’s increase in unemployment is largely the result of a larger number of people looking for work. The county’s civilian labor force increased from 36,570 in September to 37,057 in October. The same factors are at work throughout the state, which saw its unemployment rate rise from September’s 5.4 percent to 5.7 percent in October. October’s rate represents 123,892 unemployed persons, compared to 117,100 in September and 131,421 in October 2015. “An extremely large increase in the number of people who are looking for work combined with an increase in the number of people working in October led to an increase in our unemployment rate,” said Fitzgerald Washington, secretary of the Alabama Department of Labor. “More than 16,000 people entered See UNEMPLOYMENT • Page 3



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kids that go to the Boys & Girls Club?” The question appeared to perhaps be rhetorical, but council member Greg Jones of District 5 provided Tucker with an answer. “I’m working on a plan, an alternative plan,” Jones said. “It’s in the discussion See COUNCIL • Page 5



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Wetumpka Mayor Jerry Willis (center right) cuts the ribbon at the front steps of Aldridge Borden and Company, Wetumpka’s newest accounting firm. Office manager and Aldridge Borden partner Scott Grier (center-left) and Aldridge Borden partner Dane Floyd (center) said they were excited to bring the nearly 100-year-old firm to Wetumpka.

PLANNING AHEAD Aldridge Borden opens satellite office in Wetumpka By WILLIAM CARROLL Managing Editor

A nearly one hundred year old firm has expanded recently into Wetumpka as Aldridge Borden and Company brings its accounting services to a new location at 116 Company Street downtown. Wetumpka native and longtime Aldridge Borden employee Scott Grier runs the local office and said that the decision to open a satellite office in the city had been discussed by the partners at Aldridge Borden for some time. “We (the partners) were talking about growth in general,” he said. “With modern technology there is a lot you can do from one office, but we talked about expanding our reach into other offices, so that we could be in the communities we serve.” Grier said that his firm has clients all


over, not only Alabama but in other states and regions of the country. He said the idea to open a specifically Wetumpka office was his and was in part due to his growing up in the city, but also because of the opportunities he saw here. “I kind of threw it out there (the idea to come to Wetumpka),” he said. “We knew Wetumpka was going into its streetscape project and I wanted to have that downtown community experience.” Grier said that while he has clients all over the state it is easier to attract new clients when you are actually in the community working closely with people every day. “It was just a natural fit for me to be here and a good fit for the firm as well,” he said. The firm has been at its current location on Company Street since September 1, Grier See BORDEN • Page 5

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Deatsville man drowns in Lake Jordan By DAVID GRANGER Staff Writer

The body of a Deatsville man was discovered Monday evening in the waters in the Blackberry Cove area of Lake Jordan, according to Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin. Richard Harris, 58, was discovered dead by a Holtville-area woman who spotted his body floating in the water, Franklin said. Franklin said the Alabama Marine Police is investigating the death, but that the initial theory is that Harris fell from a fishing boat into the lake. Attempts by the Herald to reach Marine Police for more details were unsuccessful.


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Wetumpka Chamber takes pause on Craterfest

Mrs. Barbara Ann “Bobbie” Jones Moore MOORE, Mrs. Barbara Ann “Bobbie” Jones; a resident of Wetumpka, Alabama was born on June 30, 1937 in Tallapoosa County. She finally received her wish on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at the age of 79; and is now rejoicing with God and our family in heaven. Mrs. Moore was preceded in death by her parents, James Allen Jones and Jewel Moncrief Jones; beloved husband, Clarence Weil Moore; loving son, Lesley Allen Hutcherson; and grandson, Zachariah Allen Moore. She is survived by her children, Jeffrey Moore and Joy Kilpatrick (Kenny); grandchildren, Kandi Leah Hutcherson, Jon Wesley Hutcherson, Barbara Evelena Moore, Kasey Jefferson Kilpatrick, and Jacob Weil Kilpatrick; great-grandchildren, Devyn Hutcherson and Trinity Hutcherson; sister, Faye Ball (Gary); brother, Roger Jones; and a multitude of relatives, friends, and a wonderful church family at Santuck Baptist Church; where she served as a member until stricken by her illness. Many thanks and gratitude is expressed to Lake Martin Hospice for their continued care, support, assistance, and love. Without Lake Martin Hospice and the families of Santuck Baptist Church, we could not have made it through this. Graveside services are Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Moore Family Cemetery, 3780 Balm Road, Wetumpka, AL 36092 with Rev. Larry Gore and Pastor D.L. McKinney officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jeff Moore, Wesley Hutcherson, Devyn Hutcherson, Mack Bailey, Stanley Baker, Mike Attaway, James Jones, and John Jones. Online guestbook available at

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The Wetumpka Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted unanimously Thursday to cease, at least for one year, being the primary organizer of Wetumpka’s popular Craterfest event in the spring. The move will require that another entity, possibly the city of Wetumpka, step in to take over organizing the event. The city recently cut the funds it provides to the Chamber of Commerce by $15,000 as part of its new budget package for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Chamber Director Gerry Purcell said that a variety of factors contributed to the board’s decision to end its role as the event’s primary organiz-

er. These factors included an unproven return on investment as well as the drain on resources during the Chamber’s critical first quarter period. Purcell said that the event is extremely time consuming to put on as well as expensive, especially when one considers booking entertainment acts for the festival. He noted that the first quarter is when Chamber members pay their dues and when the entity hosts drives for bringing in new members. “As the chamber director, I have to look at events that benefit our members,” he said. Purcell noted that the Chamber’s plan is to redirect resources into several new events that he felt would be more inline with the entity’s mission to assist and promote

its members. Purcell noted that Craterfest is a wonderful event and that the Chamber was not simply walking away from the festival. “If the city picks the event up we will support them to the fullest extent we can,” he said. “We will provide whatever assistance they need to help support the festival including volunteer work, marketing or our expertise.” While it is not clear that the city has taken up the mantle of organizer of the event, Wetumpka Special Events/ Tourism Manager and Assistant to the Mayor Tiffany Robinson had this to say in a written statement to the Herald, “we look forward to exploring all opportunities that a new CraterFest event could bring to the City.

We will look at all options in the future, including partnering with other entities.” Chamber Board President Joel Hunt did not rule out the possibility of the Chamber organizing the event in the future. “Craterfest has been a popular festival that highlights the Wetumpka area’s Marine Impact Crater,” said Hunt in a written statement. “However, the Chamber Board has decided to take a pause from being the primary organizer of the festival in order to focus its resources on several new programs/events that are more member-focused. The Chamber would welcome the opportunity to serve in a support role for a Craterfest event in years to come.”

Readers reminded to practice safe eating habits this week STAFF REPORT TPI Staff

This week millions of Americans will gather family and friends around the dinner table to give thanks. But for those preparing the meal, it can be a stressful time. Not to mention, for many it is the largest meal they have cooked all year, leaving plenty of room for mistakes that could cause foodborne illness. “Unsafe handling and undercooking of food can lead to serious foodborne illness,” said Al Almanza, deputy undersecretary for Food Safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). “Turkeys may contain Salmonella and Campylobacter, harmful pathogens that are only destroyed by properly preparing and cooking the tur-

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key. Similarly, leaving leftovers out for too long, or not taking care to properly clean cooking and serving surfaces, can lead to other types of illness. We want to be sure that all consumers know the steps they can take and resources that are available to them to help prepare a safe and enjoyable holiday meal. “ To avoid making everyone at the table sick, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) offers five tips for a food safe Thanksgiving: • Don’t wash that turkey: According to the most recent food safety survey, conducted by the Food and Drug Administration, 68 percent of the public washes whole turkey before cooking it. USDA does not recommend washing raw meat and poultry before cooking. Washing raw meat and poultry can cause

bacteria to spread up to three feet away. Cooking (baking, broiling, boiling, frying or grilling) meat and poultry to the right temperature kills any bacteria that may be present, so washing meat and poultry is not necessary. • Use the refrigerator, the cold-water method or the microwave to defrost a frozen turkey: There are three safe ways to defrost a turkey: in the refrigerator, in cold water and in the microwave oven. Thawing food in the refrigerator is the safest method because the turkey will defrost at a consistent, safe temperature. It will take 24 hours for every 5 pounds of weight for a turkey to thaw in the refrigerator. To thaw in cold water, submerge the bird in its original wrapper in cold tap water, changing the water every 30 minutes. For instructions on microwave defrosting, refer to your microwave’s owner’s manual. Cold

water and microwave thawing can also be used if your bird did not entirely defrost in the refrigerator. • Use a meat thermometer: The only way to determine if a turkey (or any meat, poultry or seafood) is cooked is to check its internal temperature with a food thermometer. A whole turkey should be checked in three locations: the innermost part of the thigh, the innermost part of the wing and the thickest part of the breast. Your thermometer should register 165°F in all three of these places. The juices rarely run clear at this temperature, and when they do the bird is often overcooked. Using the food thermometer is the best way to ensure your turkey is cooked, but not overdone. • Don’t store food outside, even if it’s cold: Storing food outside is not food safe for two reasons. The first is that animals, both wild and domesticated, can get into food stored outside, consuming it or contaminating it. The second is temperature variation. Just like your car gets warm in the summer, a plastic food storage container in the sun can heat up and climb into the danger zone (above 40°F). The best way to keep that extra Thanksgiving food at a safe temperature (below 40°F) is in a cooler with ice. • Leftovers are good in the refrigerator for up to four days: Cut the turkey off the bone

and refrigerate it as soon as you can, within 2 hours of the turkey coming out of the oven. Leftovers will last for four days in the refrigerator, so if you know you won’t use them right away, pack them into freezer bags or airtight containers and freeze. For best quality, use your leftover turkey within four months. After that, the leftovers will still be safe, but can dry out or lose flavor. If you have questions about your Thanksgiving dinner, you can call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) to talk to a food safety expert. Last November they answered more than 3,000 calls about Thanksgiving dinner. You can also chat live with a food safety expert at AskKaren. gov, available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday, in English and Spanish. If you need help on Thanksgiving Day, the Meat and Poultry Hotline is available from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. CT. Consumers with food safety questions can visit to learn more about how to safely select, thaw and prepare a turkey. For more Thanksgiving food safety tips, follow FSIS on Twitter, @USDAFoodSafety, or on Facebook, at

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Commission 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,” 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.

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“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 $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.

Unemployment the workforce in October, and nearly 10,000 more people found work. Compared to last year, nearly 40,000 more people are in the work force and almost 50,000 more people are working. This shows a marked increase in the confidence level of jobseekers.” The number of people in the state’s civilian labor force increased in October to 2,182,384, representing an increase of 16,755 over the month. Over the year, the civilian labor force increased by 39,805. The number of people who were counted as employed increased 9,963 over the month. Over the year, the number of people counted as employed increased 47,334. “Our other measure of employment, the establishment survey, is also at its highest point of the year,” continued Washington. “This survey tells us that Alabama’s employers have more people on the payroll than they have at any time since September 2008.” Wage and salary employment measured 1,982,400 in October, representing an increase of 11,900 over the month. Monthly gains were seen in the government sector (+5,000), the trade, transportation, and utilities sector (+4,100), and the professional and business services sector (+2,300), among others. Over the year, wage and salary employment increased 24,500, with gains in the trade, transportation, and utilities

“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.” 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 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.” 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 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. 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@elmoreco. org or 334-306-3101, Mack Daugherty daugherty001@windstream. net or 256-234-9216, Troy Stubbs or 334-451-4589, Earl Reeves ereeves2@att. net or 334-399-5914.


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sector (+8,200), the manufacturing sector (+6,500), and the government sector (+5,300), among others. Shelby County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate for October at 4.5 percent, followed by Lee County at 5.1 percent. Cullman and Madison counties’ rates were equal to Elmore County’s at 5.2 percent. Wilcox County had the state’s highest October unemployment rate at

13.8 percent, followed by Clarke County at 10.9 percent and Lowndes County at 10.4 percent. Major cities with the lowest unemployment rates are: Vestavia Hills at 4.0 percent, Homewood at 4.1 percent and Hoover at 4.4 percent. Major cities with the highest unemployment rates are: Selma at 10.3 percent, Bessemer at 10.2 percent and Prichard at 9.5 percent.


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Don't let fire ruin your Thanksgiving holiday


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.

Traditional column for a traditional season


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 timehonored 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 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 recent election of our next 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 it’s 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.

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Richard Shelby starts sixth six-year term O ur Senior U.S. Senator Richard Shelby will begin his sixth sixyear 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

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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 re-elected 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


Council phase at this time.” Jones invited Tucker to speak with him about his efforts after the meeting. “Ms. Tucker was very polite and I hope that she feels the same way about me,” Jones said. “I told her that if she came up with any ideas to please pass them along and we would consider them. But the fact is the city just did not have the money to fund the Boys & Girls Club this year. We had other cuts that we had to make to the police department and other things that our citizens depend on us for. “I have talked with some other people in the community about the possibility of getting the YMCA involved. They have facilities – a swimming pool, for example – for kids that the Boys & Girls Club doesn’t. I hope that’s a possibility. I haven’t talked with the YMCA people directly about it, but I have talked with others in the community.” Mike Waters, a member of the Boys & Girls Club advisory board, also spoke to the issue of the city’s failure to fund the club, saying that the council showed “a limited vision” with its decision last week. “Scripture tells us in Proverbs 29:18, ‘Where there is no vision,

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people perish,’ and I believe that is an issue that we face with current city government leadership having that kind of vision,” Waters said. “The decision not to fund the Boys & Girls Club demonstrates a lack of – a limited – vision. “So what do we as citizens do, citizens of the city? We’re left with trying to change minds and doing that by exercising the power of the pen and the power of the purse to affect change. I encourage citizens to reach out to you, to express their opinions through media, both print, electronic, whether it’s Facebook, whatever. To bring others into the conversation so that you see what we’re trying to do and what we have accomplished with this that hopefully can influence you to make a change.” Prior to the public comments, the council moved rapidly through its work session and meeting agenda with Kevin Robbins, council member for District 1 and mayor pro tempore, presiding in lieu of Mayor Jerry Willis, who was absent on vacation with family. The council voted unanimously to submit grant pre-applications for the city’s 2017 airport improvement plan which would pay for

Borden said the firm currently consists of himself and one support staff member but that the plan eventually is to bring in more staff and continue expanding the firm. Grier said the firm provides “typical C.P.A” work including individual and corporate tax preparations, work on client financial statements, audits etc. He said that the firm also has a large number of contractor clients and that the firm also does quite a bit of litigation support work including acting as expert witnesses on a variety of different types of cases. Grier said that perhaps the most unique service the company offers is its one-source cloud based accounting and back office functions. Grier said he felt the firm was on the cutting edge of cloud based accounting and said that the firm’s services take the place of having an account manager or bookkeeper for a fraction of the cost of having a full time employee. “We can do everything from accounts payable and

a seal coat for the Wetumpka Municipal Airport’s runway, taxiway and fueling apron. The $305,000 grant would require a five percent match from the city ($15,250), but that match would not be due until the funds begin to be received, according to Lynn Weldon, the city’s airport/economic development director. The council also voted unanimously to award the bid for lighting for the city’s soccer and football fields to S&G Waldrop Electric of Bessemer, whose winning bid was $38,500. Public Works Director Tex Grier said the city anticipated a cost of $44,800 for the work but the winning bid and another of $41,200 came in below what had been estimated. In other action, the council: • Passed a resolution requesting an attorney general’s opinion regarding the relocation of utilities in relation to its downtown streetscapes project; • Approved an ordinance to provide for an order of procedure for the council’s meetings; and • Heard a first reading of an ordinance to provide for citizens’ oral and written comments to the council.

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receivable to payroll, to really whatever your office would need,” he said. The benefit of the cloud based system is that clients have access to all of their accounting and financial information whenever they want it giving them up to the minute control over their finances. During a ribbon cutting/open house of the business held on Thursday afternoon, several city leaders spoke about the firm coming to Wetumpka. Wetumpka Mayor Jerry Willis recounted stories of Grier as a boy and said that the firm had already been a great help to the city as Grier had helped Willis with the city’s recent budget process. City Councilman Steve Gantt also thanked Grier and Aldridge Borden for coming to Wetumpka and Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce Director Gerry Purcell said that the chamber was really excited that the firm had chosen Wetumpka.

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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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Ancestors, journeys and Thanksgiving


n the 1730s, Sampson Bobo came to the Virginia colonies from France. He was a French Huguenot – and a pilgrim, a person on a journey fleeing religious persecution. In 1762, he married Sarah Simpson. In 1763, George III granted him “450 acres of land along the Tyger (River)” in South Carolina. In 1824, his son, Barham Bobo built a house on that land, known as Cross Keys – now an historic landmark in upper South Carolina. In 1838, his son, Fincher Gist Bobo, moved to Coahoma County, Mississippi, married and raised a family. Five generations later I was born, grew and ultimately moved to Wetumpka, to continue the journey. It is good for us to remember these people, these ancestors of ours, these people

whose journeys from far places not only gave us life, but in many ways, shaped who and what we are today. Yet, seldom do we, as families, remember our ancestors or celebrate our heritage, except, maybe, on Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate and give thanks to God for the bounty of this land of ours, a land that keeps us filled, overfilled with food, in a world where three out of four people will go to bed tonight, hungry. A land of freedom, unique in the world, a land of true riches. So, this Thanksgiving, we give thanks for the harvest, the food and the riches of the land, this current harvest of people, us and our way of life: all given to us, through the grace of God, by those who have gone before. Harvest festivals are not

REV. BOB HENDERSON Trinity Episcopal

unique or new. For at least 2,500 years, Hebrew people have celebrated Passover, Pentecost, the Feast of Tabernacles, three feasts on which thanks is given for the harvest of lambs, new grain and new wine, respectively. Harvest feasts with special masses and thanksgivings were common in the Middle- Ages, and we find their remnants in German Octoberfests and English Harvest Home festivals. In 1621, our pilgrim forefathers began a feast with a prayer of thanksgiving for

another year of life in their journey in the new world and in 1863, President Lincoln proclaimed that the nation would celebrate a national day of thanksgiving. We need these reminders, for we are a species that remembers, that finds who and what we are, at least in part, by remembering who and what we came from. And, we celebrate ourselves, by remembering those who came before. The danger is that in remembering those ancestors, we’ll forget that we remain pilgrims, that we are on a journey. It certainly is a very different journey than our forebears were on, and it may become, for us, a very different journey to a very different place than where we are now. However, we are all called on a journey through life by a God who calls us to love each

other, to give thanks for those around us, what we are and what we have been given; but, at the same time, to be ever ready and ever able to let it go, to give it up, for God’s sake and for our own. When we hold on to things too tightly, whether it’s our house, our status, our traditions, our needs – when we make idols of them, we can’t continue the journey, we are held fast, stopped in our tracks. So, on this Thanksgiving, let’s remember and give thanks for all those who have gone before us, give thanks for the harvest God has given us – what we have in food, riches and people; and, be always ready to give it up so we can continue our pilgrimage, with thanks. Rev. Henderson is a rector at Trinity Episcopal Church in Wetumpka.

Religion Briefs Episcopal Church of the Epiphany

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:

Elam Baptist Church

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

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?

Tallassee Church of Christ

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 November and December; our next

Announces our new minister, Charlie Boddy. Sunday school begins at 10 a.m. Worship service begins at 11 a.m. Sunday evening service begins at 5 p.m. Wednesday night services begin at 6 p.m. Visitor’s welcome at all services 334-283-5437 209 Gilmer Ave.

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meeting will be Jan. 24. 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.


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Elam Baptist Church

Elam Baptist Church invites everyone 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 Fifth 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.

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Experts offer tips for shopping Black Friday, Cyber Monday deals By DAVID GRANGER Staff Writer

The holiday shopping season is here and it kicks into a manic (for some) overdrive on Friday, better known over the past several years as “Black Friday,” a day when deals are plenty and with frenzied shoppers, too. So what are some things the Black Friday shopper – and perhaps the shopper of the more newly named prime shopping day, Cyber Monday, too – should know before they brave the crazed crowds or sit down at their keyboards to shop for those holiday treasures? WalletHub, a website “dedicated to helping people efficiently attain top WalletFitness™ so they may enjoy life instead of worrying about money,” asked several experts for their opinions and tips on holiday shopping, particularly on Black Friday and Cyber Monday dos and don’ts. So what is the best way to tell the difference between a legitimate Black Friday deal and a marketing gimmick? “Unfortunately, most customers can’t, and there are so many phony sales, false reference prices, etc.,” said Michael Joseph Tesler, a lecturer of marketing at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. “There are also legit sales and loss leaders, but to succeed, a consumer must comparison shop, Internet check all prices and must know the brands involved.” Other experts say a one-product lure to a particular retailer can lead to paying higher prices for your entire purchase. “Retailers use several techniques to draw customers to their stores on Black Friday,” said Saravanan Kesavan, an associate professor of operations in the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina. “One of them is to advertise some products at give-away prices for the first few customers. This drives customers to queue up outside the stores and get the bargain. Unfortunately, not everybody gets those products at the lowest price. Even if they do, they may end up paying higher prices for the other products they purchase in the store. So while they get a deep discount on one product, they lost out on the others. “My advice would be to think of the overall basket of goods they wish to price and find the retailer who would offer the lowest price for the entire purchase rather than to be lured by a very low price for just one of the items.” When it comes to preventing overspending, several of the experts boiled the ways to do so down to three – budgets, lists and, surprisingly, the shoppers physical well-being. Make budgets and lists as specific as possible. Also, stay as calm as possible when

shopping, as hormones and adrenaline can adversely impact decision-making, and make sure you have eaten well and are well-hydrated as impulse or “hedonic” purchases may increase when shoppers are tired, hungry, etc. Devon Delvecchio, the Raymond E. Gloss professor of marketing in the Farmer School of Business at Miami University, encourages a team approach to Black Friday shopping – as long as everyone on the team is a team player. “Know what you are looking for, team shop, use technology, divide and conquer,” DelVecchio said. “The hectic nature of Black Friday turns the day into a competitive race rather than a forum for casual bonding with friends and relatives. Embrace the competition. Form your team. Develop the target list. Use a registry app to digitally share the list among the team and to track purchases. Just make sure you get team players so you don’t end up empty-handed as you buy for everyone else on the team.” So if all the rules are followed and the expert advice heeded, which day offers the better shopping opportunities? Black Friday? Cyber Monday? Other days? The experts say it might depend on your likes and lifestyle. “Some recent analysis suggests that Black Friday deals may be better than Cyber Monday deals, but also suggests that Thanksgiving Day may offer even better deals for some categories,” said Priyali Rajagopal, an associate professor of marketing in the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. “So the best deals depend on what one product is being sought. It may also vary depending on the consumer segment, with older consumers willing to go to the stores on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, but younger consumers preferring the convenience of shopping online on Cyber Monday. “Finally, one trend that we are seeing is the expansion of the holiday shopping season beyond these three days to even earlier, the end of October or the beginning of November. So the best deals may not be on any of these three days.” Jane Thomas, a professor of marketing at Winthrop University, says Black Friday and Cyber Monday hold the best deals for some items at larger retailers, but don’t forget your local merchants, either. “The best deals are still on Black Friday and Cyber Monday (for technology and toys),” Thomas said. “Of course, deals are available online and in-store for Black Friday. Many local retailers are participating in Shop Local Saturday and this is a good day to support local retailers.”

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Enjoy Depot’s ‘Cinnamon GRITS’ for Christmas STAFF REPORT TPI Staff

While the turkey is defrosting and places are being set for Thanksgiving dinner, the Wetumpka Depot Players are preparing “Cinnamon GRITS” for your holiday enjoyment. The Christmas musical inspired by the “Girls Raised in the South” writings of Erica McGhee, the show celebrates holiday traditions both old and new. Playing Tuesday, Dec. 13, through Sunday, Dec.18, on the Depot stage the musical is a season extra on the Depot’s 36th season. “Cinnamon GRITS isn’t the latest recipe floating around social media,” said Kristy Meanor,

Wetumpka Depot executive director. “Depot audiences may remember our production of ‘GRITS the Musical’ a while back. Audiences enjoyed the show so much, we decided to bring them back for this Christmas show that celebrates Christmas Southern style.” Audiences will be tapping their toes to delightful holiday songs including, “Do the ReGift”, “The Crazy Aunt Blues” and “What the River May Hold.” Tickets are available by calling the Depot box office at 334-868-1440 or by visiting the Depot’s website at The award-winning community theatre is located at 300 S. Main Street in historic downtown Wetumpka.

Find a reason to be thankful and slow down 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 nonprofit, 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 and 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

Bancroft – Pet of the Week Bancroft is a 6-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.

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!


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Area Calendar December 1-3

Millbrook’s Spirit of Christmas 2016 begins on Thursday Dec. 1 with the annual tree lighting ceremony from 6 to 7 p.m. on the Village Green. There will be a live Nativity, choral entertainment and refreshments for sale. On Dec. 3 the Spirit of Christmas Parade begins at 2 p.m. Arts and crafts, food vendors and entertainment will also be present from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in the gazebo and available for pictures from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

December 3

Camp Stew and Indoor Yard Sale at Cedarwood Community Church, Hwy. 231 N Wallsboro, Wetumpka. Saturday Dec. 3 from 7 a.m. until noon. Stew is $8.00 for large microwaveable container. All proceeds from stew and yard sale go to the building fund to help complete the church building and upkeep. For more information, call Laura Knight at 567-2457 or Jo Parker at 514-0242.

December 6-15

Christmas on the Coosa returns to Wetumpka with events throughout the month of December. On Dec. 6 there will be a decorations contest. Entries for the contest must be received by Dec. 2 and decorations must be on or working on Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. The annual tree lighting ceremony will be held at Gold Star Park on Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. Prior to the ceremony kids will have an opportunity to get their picture made with Santa. On Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. will be Nativity/Luminary Night and the Downtown Open House. Christmas on the Coosa will be held Dec. 10 starting at 7:30 and 9 a.m. with the character breakfast followed by the car show running from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and arts and crafts vendors from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The street parade will begin at 2 p.m. and the Wakeboarding Santa Show will start at 6 p.m. Fireworks will follow at 6 p.m. On Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. The LeFevre Quartet and Wilburn & Wilburn will participate in a Christmas Concert at the Wetumpka Civic Center.

December 11

Hillside Baptist Church (405 Old Montgomery Highway, Wetumpka, AL) invites you to enjoy a traditional “home” celebration of Christmas at 11 a.m. The program will explain the Christmas Story through both dialogue and your favorite Christmas carols! For more information please contact the church at 567-9695.

December 13

Calvary Baptist Church Wetumpka will be offering Grief Share “Surviving the Holidays” from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. They will be meeting in the fellowship hall. Please contact the church office at 567-4729 or visit our website at www. for any questions concerning this matter.

January 10, February 4 and March 14

The Wetumpka Public Library, along with the Elmore County Museum, invites veterans and family members to sign up and participate in a free monthly reading discussion program on the experience of war, beginning September and ending in March. Discussions will be held in the Elmore County Museum from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the following Tuesdays: January 10th, February 14th, and March 14th. All books and films will be provided for each participant in advance of each discussion. Recent veterans of the global war on terror are particularly encouraged to participate.

ONGOING EVENTS CHILD FIND: The Tallassee City School System is launching its annual campaign to assist children—birth to age 21—who have disabilities and may need special services. The campaign urges parents, service providers, and concerned citizens to contact Child Find, a program to locate, identify and evaluate children with disabilities or children who are believed to have disabilities. The Tallassee City School System wishes to notify you of the availability of special education services in our public schools. If you have questions regarding our programs, or if you wish to refer a student, please contact Lynell Carr at (334) 283-5675 or Child Find (Alabama Department of Education) at 1-800-548-2547.” AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL: A Photographic Celebration of Places, Faces and Activities is the new exhibit featuring Libby Christensen, John Jacobs, Wayne Atchison, Mit Fontaine, Kay Brummal, Sue Mehearg and Barbara Bryan. The gallery is opened from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday at the Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery 408 South Main Street in Wetumpka. The exhibit will close on January 20, 2017. SATURDAY NIGHT JAMBOREE: Every second and fourth Saturday of the month is the Highway 231 Saturday Night Jamboree at the Alabama League of the South Cultural Center Building at 12814 Highway 231 North in Wetumpka. There will be country, gospel, and rock and roll music in a good atmosphere. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be line dancing, no alcohol, no smoking and no charge. Donations accepted for upkeep of the building. Contact Ray Funderburk at R&R Music and things at 334-991-4682 or 224-850-9804 with questions. SANTUCK FLEA MARKET: First Saturday, MarchDecember, dawn to 2 p.m. in the area surrounding Santuck Baptist Church. An outdoor flea market with booths featuring arts, crafts, antiques, novelties, imports, food and more. Free admission to the public with free parking available. For info, call 334-567-7400. BLUEGRASS JAM: First Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Alabama River Region Arts Center, Wetumpka. All acoustic instruments welcome - guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, bass, singers. Beginner, intermediate, advanced and listeners. For info, call 334-578-9485. SIT AND SEW: First Saturday of each month, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Alabama River Region Arts Center, Wetumpka. All sewers and knitters welcome. Bring your own sewing machine or hand-sewing project. Assistance and encouragement to help you through your project. Ironing board and iron provided. Free. For info, call 334578-9485 or visit ART CLASS/ DRAWING AND PAINTING WORKSHOP: Saturdays, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Alabama River Region Arts Center, Wetumpka For age 11 and older. $32 for four classes or $10 per week. Taught every Saturday by Theresa Wayne. Bring your own tools or use art center tools. Center provides other supplies. For info, call 334-300-9394. MASTER GARDENERS LUNCH AND LEARN: Second Tuesday of each month, 12 to 1 p.m. at the Elmore County Extension Office, Wetumpka. Hosted by the Central Alabama Master Gardeners Association. Free and open to the public. Bring a sack lunch, drinks

provided. For info, call 334-567-6301 or visit www.aces. edu/counties/Elmore/. NAACP MEETINGS: Elmore County Branch NAACP Executive Committee meeting every 3rd Tuesday 6:30pm at MLK Center 200 Lancaster St, Wetumpka Elmore County Branch NAACP regular monthly meeting every 4th Tuesday 6:30pm at MLK Center 200 Lancaster St, Wetumpka. HHS 50’s AND 60’s CLASS REUNION: Several members of Holtville High School Alumni are planning a reunion that will span two decades - the 1950’s and 1960’s. This first-time reunion will be held on November 11, 2016 at the Holtville Gymnasium beginning at 1:00 in the afternoon. Each class that has a reunion planning committee is asked to contact their classmates to relay this information so that “HHS 50’s and 60’s Reunion” will be a great success. SENIOR ACTIVITIES: “Prime Time” activities at the Wetumpka Senior Center, held at the Fain Center, 120 Cotton Street for those 55 and older: Regularly Scheduled Activities Monday-Friday - Lunch, 11:30 a.m. Cost is $1.60 donation if possible. SilverSneakers Classic Exercise Class - M, W, F at 9:30 a.m. - total body toning and muscular strength SilverSneakers Circuit Exercise Class - Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. - cardio workout SilverSneakers Yoga Class - Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. deep breathing, stretching, muscle relaxation Bridge Club - Wednesdays, Noon to 3 p.m. Audio Book Club- second and fourth Monday of every month at 1 p.m. - enjoy listening to a book on tape while knitting, crocheting, sewing, etc. NEW REGULARLY SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES DIY Classes - Every first and third Monday at 1 p.m. Do It Yourself Classes to learn to make things you can use around the house, including soap, lotions, crafts and decorations. Uno Wednesdays - 1 p.m. every Wednesday take part in a rousing game or two of Uno. Sock Sisters - 1 p.m. every Thursday come and make non-slip socks to give to nursing home residents. Volleyball - Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Join us for an intense game of volleyball, using a beach ball! Bridge - Wanted: Bridge players for afternoon Bridge Club. Meets Wednesday afternoons Noon to 3 p.m. NOTE: For info on any Prime Time event, call 334-5671335. ECLECTIC: The Eclectic Senior Center is open every weekday until noon. For more info, call Deborah Rowe at 334-541-3581. Tallassee Recreation Center Community Announcements Funtastic Fort reservations for the pavilion or gazebo are made by calling the Recreation Department office at 2834726. The fee for the pavilion is $40 for a two-hour period and the fee for the gazebo is $15 for a two-hour period, fees must be paid prior to the reservation date. SSI INFO: Social Security will no longer be coming to Tallassee; their website is or 800-772-1213.

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2016 ALL-AREA VOLLEYBALL TEAM HITTERS Hannah Traylor, Elmore County, Sr. – Pacing the playoff stalwart Panthers in kills (178) for the second straight season led to the senior hitter sealing her second All-Area bid while throwing 54 aces and 67 digs as an all-around player. Kasie Thomas, Wetumpka, Jr. – Thomas collected the most successful attacks of any outside hitter

in the area with 227 kills, and second-highest amongst all players. Another all-around standout, the junior had 123 digs, 43 aces and 27 blocks to lead the Lady Indians. SECOND TEAM – Jordan Stewart, Wetumpka, Jr.; Madison Traylor, Elmore County, So. THIRD TEAM -- Morgan Brown, Edgewood Academy, Sr.; Kaylyn Dismukes, Holtville, So.

LIBERO McKayla Wilson, Stanhope Elmore, So. – In her first season starting, the sophomore keeps the Lady Mustang streak alive for producing First-Team liberos. Along with pacing all defensive specialists with 208 digs, Wilson added a Stanhope-best 54 aces. SECOND TEAM – Megan Wadsworth, Holtville, Jr.

THIRD TEAM – Madeline Taylor, Elmore County, Sr.

MIDDLES Kevi Hansen, Edgewood Academy, Sr. – The senior and multi-position star finally guided the Wildcats to a state championship in her final season, topping the area with 293 kills, along with 37 aces. Jayla Thomas, Stanhope Elmore, Jr. – The Lady

Mustangs’ best and most consistent player, the middle hitter was a force defending the net, leading all at her position in blocks (72), while helping SEHS back to regionals with 167 kills. SECOND TEAM – Kaylee Glenn, Edgewood Academy, Sr.; Hannah Hughes, Elmore County, Jr. THIRD TEAM – Anaya McCullum, Wetumpka, Jr.; Ta’Maria Merritt, Holtville, Jr.

SETTER Anna Barnes, Edgewood Academy, Sr. – Patiently waiting her turn to start at setter, Barnes did not disappoint in her first full season running the Lady Wildcats’ offense, collecting a staggering 386 assists along with an area-best 84 aces. SECOND TEAM – Nicole Ferpes, Elmore County, Jr. THIRD TEAM – Amber Sprayberry, Wetumpka, So.

Bulldogs off to best start in 11 seasons By CORY DIAZ Sports Editor

Holtville boys basketball already has half as many wins as it got all of last season in just two games this year. Despite Verbena dealing the Bulldogs (2-1) its first loss on the 2016-17 campaign Friday, 79-72, the team has gotten off to its best start since 2006 (3-1). HHS opened the season with wins at Fayetteville, 69-38, and versus Indian Springs, 39-32. Senior point guard Brant Evans has helped the Dawgs off to the fast start, averaging 23 points per game. And when Holtville fell behind against Verbena, Evans willed his team back. Trailing 29-12 early second quarter, the senior guard took over the game, scoring 13 of 17 points stretching the length of the period as the Dawgs bit

the Red Devil lead down to 32-29 with 43 seconds left in the half. Sophomore Dajon Reeves led Holtville to its first lead of the game in the third, tallying the first seven points of the quarter, putting HHS up, 38-35. Evans, Reeves and freshman forward Dre Baker extended the Bulldogs’ lead, 42-35, with an 11-0 run to open the second half, before Verbena, led by 6-foot-4 forward Juwan Tyus, stormed back to tie the game at 48 heading to the fourth. The Dawgs had no answer for Tyus or point guard Anthony Miller, combining for 58 points for the game, as the Red Devils scored the first six points of the period and pulled away for the 79-72 victory. Evans notched a team-high 29 points, while Baker had 12 points and Reeves added 11. HHS opens Class 4A, Area 5 play at Tallassee Tuesday, Nov. 29.

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Holtville senior point guard Brant Evans (3) drives past a Verbena defender for a layup during Friday night’s contets at HHS.

Stanhope holds on, advances to Eclectic Tourney game By CORY DIAZ Sports Editor

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Stanhope Elmore junior small forward K.J. Stokes (11) puts up a floater over two Booker T. Washington-Magnet defenders Monday during a first round game of the Eclectic Holiday Hoop-Fest Tournament at Elmore County High School.

Stanhope Elmore watched its 25-point, fourth-quarter lead over Booker T. Washington-Magnet fade quicker than it built it Monday. The Yellow Jackets pulled to within 78-71, but the Mustangs (2-1) made enough plays on defense the final 1:30 hold on for an 83-73 victory in the first round of the Eclectic Holiday HoopsFest Basketball Tournament at Elmore County High School. SEHS advanced to the championship game Tuesday night. “We’re learning,” first-year Stanhope boys basketball coach Kelvin Stokes said after the game. “We’re learning how to play the uptempo game. This is our third game of the season, and learning to play with that type of tempo, they just got to realize we’re not there yet and to not take our foot off the gas.” Both teams spent the majority of the first half trading the advantage as the Mustangs’ 33-28 halftime lead was the largest. Senior power forward Zech Byrd had 10 first-half points and junior small forward K.J. Stokes had 8. Behind a swifter and stretched

defense, Stanhope ballooned its lead to 20 by the end of the third period and at the 5:20 mark in the fourth, a Jamal Williams layup extended the advantage to 71-46. Then the Jackets went on a run countering with defensive pressure of its own on SEHS subs. BTW outscored the Mustangs, 25-7, in a quick, 3:50 span, cutting its deficit to single digits before Stanhope free throws stifled the Jackets’ late game push. “I wasn’t mad about the substitutions, I was mad about the energy level. My subs when they came in off the bench, didn’t give me that energy level I was looking for,” Stokes said. “Our starters thought the game was in hand. Mentally, the kids aren’t there yet.” SEHS was led by Byrd, Williams and senior Alex McNeil each with 16 points. K.J. Stokes added 13 and Jahsan Upshaw had 9. “That’s the name of the game, when everybody’s scoring and sharing the basketball, they’re playing together, not playing selfish basketball, we’ll do great things,” the coach said. “We just got to keep playing together, more guys will get points.”


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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

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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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