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After 72 days, rain finally returns By MITCH SNEED Editor

Tallapoosa County residents were treated to an aquatic tap dance on their roofs early Tuesday morning as a heavy, driving rain fell across the area for the first time in 72 days. An average of 2 inches of rain fell across the county, with some areas getting as much as 3.14 inches and others reporting 1.58 inches of rain.

Regardless of the amount it was welcomed by everyone – especially farmers like New Site’s Toby Hanson. “That was just what we needed and it’s going to be a big help,” Hanson said. “I was so excited when I heard it I got up after it started around midnight and sat there watching it come down. “It sure was a welcomed sight.” Hanson said that if the forecast is

correct and another two inches grace the area before the front passes, it means he will be planting this afternoon or Thursday morning. “The ground will soak it up pretty quickly and I have the planters and seed sitting here ready to go,” Hanson said. “We will get the rye grass planted and that will be a big, big help with how much we have to feed through the winter.” See RAIN • Page 11

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PARADE IN THE SEASON Christmas Carols the theme for Hometown Christmas Parade

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‘Oh Come All Ye Faithful’ to ‘Jingle Bells’ to ‘Silent Night’ are likely just a few of the Christmas tunes one will hear Monday night as the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce hosts the Hometown Christmas Parade at 6 p.m. The theme for this year’s parade is Christmas Carols. “We try to pick a theme that everyone will enjoy,” the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce’s Kim Dunn said. “We think that the Christmas Carol theme will draw both the religious and non secular groups.” Dunn said they try to mix up the themes from year to year. “We try to do something a little different each year,” Dunn said. “It has been a little while since we did Christmas Carols.” The theme choice has drawn some new participants to the See PARADE • Page 11

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Adeline Treadwell and Tess Staples perform a scene that they will do at this week’s competition before the Alexander City School Board Tuesday night.

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April Neese named new principal at Stephens “We are excited to have her available to move into the principal’s position at Stephens.” Nathaniel Stephens has a new principal The board also approved Shelena after members of the Alexander City Eldred as the new assistant at Pearson, Board of Education approved the hiring of taking the spot created by Neese’s April Neese to lead the school. promotion. Eldred has an extensive Neese has been with the system for background as a kindergarten teacher and several years and had served as an reading coach. assistant principal at Jim Pearson since The board also approved Karen 2014. Jennings as the new executive director of “Ms. Neese has been a part of our the Alexander City Schools Foundation, system for several years and has done a Shanna Thompson as a paraprofessional great job with at Jim Pearson,” Alexander at Alexander City Middle School, City School Superintendent Dr. Darrell See SCHOOLS • Page 11 Cooper said. By MITCH SNEED Editor

Who would like more than $600 in gift cards to local businesses? Many would but there is only one way to enter and that is to take part in Shop Local Saturday this weekend in Alexander City. All the lucky winner has to do is shop. “You get one entry for every $25 you spend at one of the sponsoring businesses,” the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce Kim Dunn said. “Let’s say you spend $100 at Cloud Nine Saturday, you would get four entries. It takes just a moment to enter.” Dunn said the spending only counts on Saturday and that the Chamber would gather all of the entries. “We will gather all of the entries,” Dunn said. “We will draw at the Chamber of Commerce after the Christmas Parade.” In addition to walking away with a $25 gift card to each of the 26 sponsoring businesses, one lucky winner will walk away with a lot more. “They will also receive a gift from each of the Chamber’s Board of Directors,” Dunn said. “Someone will be extremely happy.” There is set hours for the Shop Local Saturday beyond the businesses normal See BIZ • Page 11

Firefighters contain Hackneyville area blaze By CLIFF WILLIAMS Staff Writer

More than 100 acres burned Monday afternoon just north of Hackneyville. Firefighters from the Hackneyville Volunteer Fire Department responded to a woods fire about 3 p.m. Monday. According to Hackneyville Fire Chief David Jones, the fire stretched from near Pearson Chapel Road to Highway 63 just south of Dillard Road and it is not just forest. “There are several homes in the area,” Jones said. According to firefighters flames reached 10 feet into the air at times

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and the winds of the approaching weather front made things more difficult. HVFD was assisted by Bluff Springs Volunteer Fire Department and the Alabama Forestry Commission responded with two bull dozers to put in fire breaks. By 8 p.m. Monday the fire was contained but still burning. According to HVFD Assistant Chief Paul Mathis, the rain passing through Monday night and Tuesday helped and as of Tuesday afternoon no further response has been needed at the scene. HVFD responded to another woods fire Friday in the same Cliff Williams / The Outlook general area. Hackneyville Volunteer Fire Department Chief David Jones speaks on the See FIRE • Page 11 phone after an evening of fighting a woods fire Monday afternoon.

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Obituaries Jean Lumpkin TUSCALOOSA – Jean Lumpkin, a loving wife, mother and grandmother, died Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016 at her home. She was 83. Jean was the youngest of four daughters born to Mary Lyman Perry and Frederick Eugene Perry, in Birmingham. She grew up in the Norwood community, attended Norwood Grammar Lumpkin School and Phillips High School. Jean earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Alabama, where she served as president of the Pi Beta Phi social sorority. While attending the university she met and fell in love with her future husband of 58 years, Dr. Thomas Riley Lumpkin. The couple lived in Birmingham, Mobile, Tuskegee and Enterprise before moving to Tuscaloosa in 1974, where Dr. Lumpkin served as a professor and interim dean of the College of Community Health Sciences at the University of Alabama. Jean lived a life of service, celebration and prayer. She loved life and loved her family, her friends and her church.

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t is definite. Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions is going to be President Donald Trump’s Attorney General, as well as his closest advisor. Sessions will be confirmed by the Senate. He has been a respected member of the Senate for 20 years. He has an impeccably clean history of integrity. Even though he is and has been one of the Senate’s most ardent right-wing conservatives, the Democratic senators on the left respect him. He has served on the Senate Judiciary Committee his entire tenure in the Senate and he has voted to confirm liberals to the high court even though he disagreed with them philosophically. All 52 Senate Republicans will vote for confirmation and probably most Democrats. Instead, the Democrats will pick on other conservative Trump appointees, if only out of respect for Sessions and Senate deference and courtesy. The liberal eastern media has scrutinized all of Trump’s appointments. Statements supposedly made by Sessions 30 years ago will not stand in the way of his confirmation. Sessions is uniquely qualified for attorney general having been Alabama’s chief law officer along with his 20 years on the Senate Judiciary Committee. He was considered for Secretary of Defense and also would have been qualified for that post given that he has served on the Armed Services Committee for two decades. Defense would have been better for Alabama. The impact that the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Maxwell/Gunter in Montgomery and Ft. Rucker in the Wiregrass have on the economy of Alabama is immense. Speaking of Alabama’s influence in Washington, we do lose a senator with 20 years of seniority. Therefore,

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we will have an open Senate seat in the Heart of Dixie for the first time in two decades. The Sessions vacancy will be coveted by every viable political figure in the state, as well as everybody who ever won a 4-H speaking contest. The Governor gets to nominate a senator for the vacancy, although the label will be interim Senator. Sessions’ current term in the Senate goes through 2020. However, the primary and general election will probably be in 2018. To call a special election prior to that would cost $4 million and get only a 15-20 percent turnout. Besides, the 2018 election is practically already here. The Republican primary is tantamount to election in Alabama. It will be held in June of 2018. Fundraising for state offices will begin this June – one year prior to the primary election. However, federal fundraising can begin immediately. Therefore, the bell has already rung for election to Sessions’ seat. The smart candidates would be best served to ignore and avoid the interim appointment by Gov. Robert Bentley. The appointment is a kiss of death. First of all, Bentley is extremely unpopular and most people think he is totally irrelevant, irrational and distracted by his personal advisor. Whoever is appointed by Bentley may be associated with him. Secondly, history reveals that people in Alabama resent someone getting an appointment. They like elect-

ing their politicians. The last time there was an open Senate seat was a couple of decades ago. We actually had two open at one time. George Wallace had two appointments. Both appointees lost in the next election, and believe me, Wallace was more popular then than Bentley is now. This has happened over and over again in Alabama politics for high-profile posts. Alabama voters resent an appointment, especially if the appointee seeks election to that office. Therefore, my advice to anyone who wants to be a U.S. Senator is start running for it right now. Declare and start shaking hands from Gulf Shores to Huntsville and do not detour by the governor’s office in Montgomery. The appointment will be tainted even if by chance you are the best qualified and Bentley makes a rational appointment, which would be unusual and unlikely. The list of names that have surfaced as potential candidates to run for the seat are 20-year veteran Congressman Robert Aderholt, Attorney General Luther Strange, State Treasurer Young Boozer, Secretary of State John Merrill, Congressman Mike Rogers, Congressman Mo Brooks, Supreme Court Justice Jim Main, State Senators Del Marsh, Trip Pittman, Cam Ward, Greg Reed, Dick Brewbaker, and former State Representative Perry Hooper, Jr., and, finally, Congresswoman Martha Roby may figure if you are going to lose reelection to your current seat in 2018 anyway, you may as well go out running for the Senate. We will keep you posted. Steve Flowers is Alabama’s leading political columnist. Steve may be reached at www.steveflowers.us.

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t may be the season to be jolly, but there are plenty of thieves out there who are capable of taking that joy away quickly As is often said this time of year, “Tis the season.” Each Christmas, we see all kinds of theft increase. Not even small towns like Dadeville, Goodwater or, for that matter, Alexander City are immune. And while recent instances of theft that have appeared in The Outlook aren’t common, theft is theft and there are innumerable ways that a thief can make you his or her victim. Already, we’ve seen the doorto-door frauds that get you because you’re made to believe a person is someone he or she is not. There are pickpockets, pursesnatchers, the more sophisticated thieves like those that skim gas pumps or automatic teller machines. Yes, thieves come in all forms and they are particularly prolific this time of the year. But they all have one thing in common. They all want and – given the opportunity – will take money that doesn’t belong to them. Be diligent this Christmas and don’t let them take yours. While you’re out shopping this Christmas season, make sure your money and purchases are secure. Park in a well-lighted area or, if possible, a garage. Lock your doors all the time, keep your vehicle neat and any items of value out of the vehicle or out of sight. Stash any items before you park so that anyone who may be watching won’t know there are valuables inside the vehicle. At home, keep all doors and windows locked and blinds closed so thieves can’t see your holiday loot. Also, dispose of all empty boxes, which, left outside, are a sign to a thief there are goodies inside. Christmas is a season of joy. It is also the major shopping season of the year. Folks need money and, when desperate will take extreme measures to get it. We all work hard for our money and the things it allows us. Sometimes we must work just as hard to keep it.

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hile we should give thanks every minute of every day, this is the time of year where we really put an emphasis on giving thanks for all that we have. It should also be the time of year when we give thanks for what we don’t have. For example, on Thanksgiving I went to my best friend’s house to have lunch with him and his family. That evening I went to my mama’s house in Tallapoosa County for another festive feast. Both meals were absolutely to die for but something was missing: deviled eggs. I love deviled eggs, but none were to be found but what was found was thankfulness, because I’m the one who usually brings them, which means I didn’t have to go to the grocery store this past hectic holiday week. I’ve been there and done that and want none of it. I worked at a grocery store for over eight years, and during the holidays, it was reminiscent of a Hank Williams Jr. song: You could send me hell or New York City, it’d be about the same to me. I actually have a couple of fancy deviled egg holder plate thin-

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gies, which is absolute proof that I rock the deviled eggs. Back to my mama for a minute. Last week, I was the master of ceremonies for an event recognizing young students for outstanding leadership and other positive attributes. Each child received a Thanksgiving feast from a local charitable foundation with a turkey and all the trimmings that fed 10 to 12 people or four or five of me. There were over 300 kids in attendance. I’m not accustomed to speaking to or trying to entertain kids still in the single digits, but I know how the special little girl in my life thinks, so I looked up some dumb jokes online that I thought they would appreciate. They probably could not have related to my original humor, so I adapted and overcame. “What do you call a pig who knows karate?” I asked. “Yo mama!” one of the kids on the front row shouted out. His answer was, of course, incorrect. The correct answer was a pork chop. Get it? When you act it out like I did, it’s fun-

nier. It’s good to know that some things never change, because when I was that age “Yo mama” was the king of the comebacks. Speaking of ham, I sure do love it. Mama always received one from work during the holidays when we were kids, so ham holds a special place in my heart, as well as in my stomach. Turkey has to be cooked just right for me to really enjoy it. Mama doesn’t care much for it, but she cooked it for us anyway, because that’s what mamas do. The turkey I had on Thanksgiving at both locations was delicious, but the ham at lunch was just that much better. I mean, really though as long as I’m surrounded by family and friends, I’d be fine with a pork chop. It’s really the simple things that make this time of year so special: family, friends, ham and cranberry sauce that comes in the shape of a can. I’m a simple man, and for that, I am very thankful. Jody Fuller is a comic, speaker, writer and soldier with three tours of duty in Iraq. He is also a lifetime stutterer. He can be reached at jody@jodyfuller. com. For more information, please visit www.jodyfuller.com.

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ow that Republicans will be running the White House, the House and the Senate, they’d better succeed in streamlining and simplifying our bloated government. Quotes from some of our greatest minds can guide them. While President Obama sought to make government cool again, many great minds have long been wary of government: “Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” — Ronald Reagan “A government big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take everything you have.” — Barry Goldwater “A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.” — Edward Abbey Ronnie, we miss you, but your spirit guides us still. Barry, you’d roll in your grave if you saw how big our government has gotten. And Eddie, our IRS recently turned against people whose nonprofit organizations promoted the “wrong” political point of view. Being self-employed for many years, I’ve found that high income taxes and complex rules have been the bane of my existence. Republicans had better heed these quotes as they reform our tax system: “Did you ever notice that when you put the words ‘the’ and ‘IRS’ together, it spells ‘THEIRS’”? — unknown “What at first was plunder, assumed the softer name of revenue.” — Thomas Paine “It would be a hard government that should tax its

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people one-tenth part of their income.” — Ben Franklin Hey, guys, too many politicians and bureaucrats think we owe them MORE of our hard-earned dough. Tommy, you’d be shocked at the level of plunder. And Ben, the only Americans who enjoy an income tax around 10 percent these days are the ones who moved to Russia. As Republicans attempt to roll back the massive expansion of government that occurred under Obama’s presidency, here are some points to consider: “The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it’s so rare.” — Daniel Patrick Moynihan “Government is inherently incompetent, and no matter what task it is assigned, it will do it in the most expensive and inefficient way possible.” — Charley Reese “Government is an association of men who do violence to the rest of us.” — Leo Tolstoy Hey, Leo, folks often forget how nasty government can be — particularly the millions of college-age Americans who think socialism is hip and that “the rich” should pay off the thousands they borrowed to get graduate degrees in the dining habits of sub-Saharan crossdressers. Here are more thoughts that had better motivate

Republicans: “The primary function of the government is — and here I am quoting directly from the U.S. Constitution — ‘to spew out paper.’” – Dave Barry “The government is good at one thing: It knows how to break your legs, then hand you a crutch and say, ‘See, if it weren’t for the government you wouldn’t be able to walk.’” — Harry Browne “Government cannot make man richer, but it can make him poorer.” — Ludwig von Mises Hey, Republicans, the American citizens have spoken and we demand a return to the principles of SMALL government. You had better stay on your toes and pay attention to these quotes: “One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation.” — Thomas Reed “That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.” — attributed to Thomas Jefferson, but first appeared in United States Magazine and Democratic Review in 1837 “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government — lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.” — attributed to Patrick Henry, but actual source unknown Tom Purcell is a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review humor columnist and is nationally syndicated exclusively by Cagle Cartoons Inc. Send comments to Tom at Tom@TomPurcell. com.

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benefits. Just enter some basic information and the Estimator will use information on your Social Security record, along with what you input, to give you a benefit estimate on the spot. You can even experiment with different scenarios, such as changing your future earnings and retirement date. Check it out in English at www. socialsecurity.gov/ estimator or in Spanish at www.segurosocial.gov/ calculador. The online Retirement Application is the most convenient way to apply for Social Security retirement benefits. You can apply from the comfort of your home — it’s convenient and secure. In fact, you can apply online in as little as 15 minutes. In most cases, after you submit the application electronically, you’re done. There are no forms to sign and, usually, no documentation is required. Social Security will process your application and contact you if any further information is needed. When you’re ready to retire, apply at www.socialsecurity.gov/ applyonline. Business Services Online is our one-stop shop for small business owners. The site allows organizations and authorized people to conduct business with and submit confidential information to Social Security. Employers can use it to file W-2s for their employees the fast, convenient, and paperless way — online. Visit Business Services Online at www.socialsecurity.gov/bso Kylle’ D. McKinney is a public affairs specialist with Alabama Social Security.

t looks like some rains are in the future forecast for us, after so many prayers. Just hope the trees and other growing things are getting it in time to stay healthy. Last week on our way back from Alex City there was thick smoke in the skies over the Ray Community and a big fire truck at the edge of the highway on watch. People get so careless about the start of fires with trash, and especially throwing stinky, lit cigarettes from cars as they pass. Hopefully everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Ron and I enjoyed our tender brined-roasted turkey and all the trimmings. And we love the leftovers. The Alex City Arts brings “Tennessee Christmas” to the BRHS Auditorium this Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. The show features a variety of pop, country, jazz and intimate acoustic melodies that highlight Meagan Taylor and Jason Coleman in harmony. Meagan’s uncle Chet Atkins, and Jason’s grandfather Floyd Cramer surely had influence on this couple of singing musicians. Begin your Christmas enjoyment early with this show.

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Tickets are available at the door for $15 each. Celebrations in my family on Dec. 6 are plentiful. My Mum’s youngest sister Teresa has her birthday and wedding anniversary with husband Ian Clancy. My Goddaughter Wendy’s eldest son Mark, my brother Maurice’s daughter Rachel is turning 11. And my grandson J.S. Morgan in Opelika will be 15. All this on Dec. 6. We hope this will be a day of luck, as Ron also sees Dr. Howorth to discuss shoulder replacement. The hunters are in the woods around here and the trash is on the roadsides. Wonder why the hunters that come from other places will not take the trash back home. It looks so bad on the right-of-way. Then when the cutters get going next spring, it will all be cut up and spread around. Too bad Coosa’s economy can’t afford to hang cameras up on Coosa 4 close to Highway 9, to catch the perpetrators.

I remember seeing those cameras all over the London area in England and down in the south on small Country Lanes as well. When you are short on people to work, these cameras make people think again. I recall years ago when they first began to use them. My cousin Jeanette got a bill in the mail for running a red-light. She said she did not and the department in charge produced a still camera shot of her tag under the red-light. It’s that thing where everyone thinks the rules are for others and not for them. Seems we all know some folks like that. I had a lovely message from my Mothers next-door neighbor Ashlyn saying she enjoyed sitting in her garden to read on her day off. Which was especially good if my Mum was out cutting flowers and trimming roses because she sang

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the whole time, which Ashlyn loved. These homes were set up like townhouses, sharing a wooden fence between adjoining gardens. My Mum sang a lot while doing her chores, cooking and cleaning. I find myself singing those same old sings from the 1940s while I work outside. Guess that apple didn’t fall far from the Mother tree after all. Closing with a phrase I dearly love, “Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” Albert Einstein. Until next week, keep smiling. Rosie Morgan is a community columnist for The Outlook. She is a resident of Nixburg and writes about the events and people of the Equality and Nixburg areas.

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ACMS FUNDRAISER: The Alexander City Middle School is having a linen fundraiser through Dec. 2. For sale will be Egyptian cotton twin, full, queen and king sheet sets for $35. See any student, parent or teacher at ACMS. Proceeds benefit ACMS. PEANUT FUNDRAISER: The Alex City Kiwanis is holding a peanut fundraiser. 2.5 pound bags of raw shelled peanuts can be purchased for $5 from Kiwanis members or at River Bank and Trust, Jay Hare CPA, Anytime Fitness, Tapley Appliance, Sixth Street Baptist Church, Caldwell Electronics, Alex City Board of Education and Cloud Nine.

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HOLIDAY TREE OF LIGHTS: The Russell Medical Auxiliary is having its annual Holiday Tree of Lights in the lobby of Russell Medical. For $5 anyone can put a car on the Christmas tree in the lobby in honor or memory of a love one. Proceeds go toward student scholarships and items to be donated to much needed departments of the hospital.

December 1

THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY: Faith Christian Academy will present the musical “The Little Drummer Boy” Thursday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. at Faith Temple. The musical features Reid Daughtry, Kylee Stark, John Patrick Stark the 82 voice choir, FCA cheerleaders, dance troupe and the second grade handbell choir. Silent Night will be sung in Russian, Spanish,Korean and English. There is no charge

December 3

Anniversary Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. Rev. G.H. Pulliam is pastor. Guest minister is Rev. C.L. Daniel, pastor of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Notasulga. Dinner will be served.

December 5

CHRISTMAS PARADE: The Alexander City Hometown Christmas Parade will be Dec. 5 and start at 6 p.m. Lineup will start on Comer Street before coming up Cherokee Road to the Round-About and down Tallapoosa Street.

December 6

DRUG PLAN ENROLLMENT ASSISTANCE: Tallapoosa County and The East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission’s Area Agency on Aging will host a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan enrollment assistance event on Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sportplex Cabin. To help develop a plan comparison, Medicare recipients will need to bring their Medicare card,along with a complete list of medications they are taking and the dosages. Volunteers will guide them through the selection process and help them get information on the cost of each plan. People interested in getting a plan comparison will be assisted on a first come, first served basis. Each counseling sessions will last about 40 minutes. There may be a wait time. Contact East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission at (800) 243-5463 ext. 150 with questions.

January 17

MEETING: The Artist Association of Central Alabama will meet Jan. 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church.

CHRISTMAS PARADE: The town of Camp Hill will have a Christmas Parade at noon Dec. 10. CHRISTMAS GALA: New Style Baptist Church is hosting its annual Christmas Gala at the New Style Fellowship Hall Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. Admission is $20 and includes dinner. For more information call 256-4964244 or 256-496-4067.

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CHRISTMAS CANTATA: Liberty United Methodist Church Choir is presenting a Christmas Cantata “The First Noel” Sunday, Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. A fellowship meal will follow. The church is located at 1630 Liberty Road 2.5 miles north of Hackneyville. CHRISTMAS PARADE: The Dadeville Christmas Parade will start at 3 p.m. Dec. 11 and follow travel Lafayette Street before making its way to the courthouse square.

December 17

COMMUNITY PRAYER: The Darian Missionary Baptist Church family and prayer teams are offering prayer to the community the third Saturday of each month through December from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot on the corner of Laurel and E Streets across from Stephens Elementary School.

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SPEECH AND HEARING CLINIC: Auburn University NSSLHA and SAA are having a free speech and hearing screening Friday, Jan. 20 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary. All children must be accompanied by parent(s) or legal guardian(s). Services will be provided by the Auburn University Speech and Hearing Clinic Room 1199 Haley Center, Auburn University 36849-5232.

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HOLIDAY BAKE SALE: The Russell Medical Auxiliary is hosting a holiday bake sale Dec. 9 in the Community Room beginning at 7 a.m. until all items are gone. There will also be poinsettias for sale for $12.

CHURCH ANNIVERSARY: Mt. Zion East Missionary Baptist Church is celebrating its 151st Church Anniversary Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. Guest minister will be Rev. M. A. Moss of Reeltown Baptist Church. Rev. Jimmy Thomas is pastor of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. CHRISTMAS CANTATA: Red Ridge United Methodist Church will present its Christmas cantata “Christmas Music” at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 under the direction of Dr. Kim Walls. The choir composed of church members will sing some of their old favorite selections accompanied by a full orchestra composed of professional, amateur and student musicians from the local area. Featured vocalists will be H.D Price, Toni and Phil Adcock, Diane Miller, P. J. Armour and Susan Grace. Dramatization will feature the Manager Scene, the 3 Wise Men, The Angel Gabriel and the Shepherd Boy. Refreshments and coffee will be served following the concert. Make your plans to attend. Red Ridge is located at 8091 County Road 34, Dadeville, 256-825-9820,redridgeumc.org CHURCH ANNIVERSARY: Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church is celebrating its 153rd Church

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FASHION, HAIR and COMEDY SHOW: There will be a community talent, fashion, hair and comedy show with guest from as far away as Arkansas Jan. 8 at 3 p.m. at Passion Church on Highway 63 North.

December 7

TRASH WALK: The monthly PATH Trash walk will resume Saturday, Dec. 3. It will start at the Elkahatchee Bridge on Highway 63 at 8:30 a.m. where assignment and supplies will be issued. For more information contact John Thompson at 334-399-3289.

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CHRISTMAS PAGEANT: New Popular Spring Missionary Baptist Church in Dadeville is hosting “Oh Come Let Us Adore Him” Christmas Pageant Sunday, Dec. 18 at 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome and there will be fruit bags for everyone.

MISS WINTER: The 2017 Miss Winter Pageant will be Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. at the Dadeville High School Auditorium. Rehearsals will take place Friday, Feb. 10 at 5 p.m. Applications may be picked up at Little Lambs and Ivy Day School or by emailing Sherri Williams at misswinterpageant@gmail. com. There will be a Baby Miss, Tiny Miss, Little Miss, Junior Miss, Teen Miss, Miss, Elite Miss and Miss Winter Princess.

MONTHLY LUNCHEON: The Bibb Graves High School Alumni and Friends Monthly Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Bring a covered dish and a small donation.

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RECYCLING: The Alexander City Recycling Facility is located at the Public Works Department at 824 Railey Road. All materials should be dropped off behind the green storage shed on the Public Works lot. The facility is always open for unassisted drop off. Assistance with drop off is available between 7:00 am until 3:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Please call 256-409-2020 for more information. WOMEN’S MEETING: Victory Temple Holiness Church in Dadeville is hosting a women’s meeting the first Sunday of every month. Men are invited too. AWANA: Wayside Baptist Church hosts Awana Sundays from 4:40 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for ages three to high school. For more information contact George Gardin, student minister, at 864-580-0343. VOLUNTEER: Southern Care Hospice is seeking volunteers. Please call Lizz Gillenwaters at 256-234-1134 or 256-749-3717 for more information. WOMAN MEETING: Every first Sunday, Victory Temple Holiness Church hosts a women’s meeting, at 237 Aster St. in Dadeville. Everyone is invited. The meeting starts at 2 p.m. READY TO WORK: Ready to Work is a FREE jobs skills training program offered at Central Alabama Community College Career Center. Classes meet Monday through Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Completion of the program depends on the skill level of the individual. For more information contact Elaine Balint, instructor, at 256-215-4496 (leave message) or ebalint@cacc.edu.

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Faith Christian Academy presents “The Little Drummer Boy” STAFF REPORT TPI Staff

Faith Christian Academy, a ministry of Faith Temple, will present a Christmas musical, “The Little Drummer Boy” Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Faith Temple sanctuary. This is the story behind “the little drummer boy” Michael, played by Reid Daughtry. Daughtry attends Faith Christian Academy where he is a drummer in the band. The students are getting ready for the Christmas parade under the direction of their new music teacher, Mrs. Newman, played by Kylee Stark. Through her help and the help of the school janitor, Mr. Jenkins, played by John Patrick Stark, Michael realizes that he needs a “tune-up.” He learns that we are God’s instruments of praise, and when we surrender our lives to Him and let Him be the song in our hearts, He will use us for His glory. The musical also features an 82-voice choir, FCA cheerleaders, FCA dance troupe, second grade Handbell Choir and “Silent Night” sung in Russian, Spanish, Korean and English. There is no charge, and the public is cordially invited. FCA has done a Christmas musical every year since it opened 10 years ago except for the year they did a patriotic musical for Veterans Day.

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Main characters,left, for Faith Christian Academy’s “Little Drummer Boy” are Kylee stark as Mrs. Newman, left, Reid Daughtry as Michael the drummer boy and John Patrick stark as Mr. Newman the school janitor. Below, the second graders are in the manger scene. Above the whole cast poses for a photograph.

Holiday Open House at Horseshoe Bend set Dec. 3 STAFF REPORT TPI Staff

Horseshoe Bend National Military Park will host an open house, which will include luminaries and a temporary exhibit opening, next Saturday evening Dec. 3 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served in

the park Visitor Center and the tour road will be lit with luminaries throughout the park. The National Historic Preservation Act celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. Alabama has over 1,300 places recognized on the National Register of Historic Places including several in our area. The park will have photographs and information on

more than 20 places in Alabama, many locally, that have national significance. The event is free to the public. For more information call Horseshoe Bend National Military Park at 256-234-7111 or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/hobe. Horseshoe Bend NMP is located 12 miles north of Dadeville on Alabama Highway 49.

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n Aug. 8th I made my SEC predictions for the Western Division and had the Auburn Tigers finishing the regular season at 8-4. You can look it up. At the time, I thought it was a very reasonable expectation considering the difficulty of the schedule and the talent level of the program. Lo and behold, the Tigers fell to arch rival Alabama 30-12 over the weekend bringing their overall record to 8-4. Auburn achieved the exact level of success I thought it would coming into the season. So, why do I have a nauseating feeling of disappointment in the pit of my stomach? Perhaps, it has a little something to do with Auburn’s offensive performance down the stretch against Georgia and Alabama. If you combine the second half of the Georgia game and the first half of the Alabama game, Auburn produced a grand total of 64 yards and one first down. In the equivalent of an entire game against their two biggest rivals, Gus Malzahn, Rhett Lashlee and company devised a plan that yielded as much production as my 6th grade EdCo Jets team could have mustered. Yeah, I’d say that’s pretty disappointing. I fully realize injuries played an enormous part in Auburn’s decrepit offensive showing, but it is indefensible and unacceptable to be that bad no matter what players are unavailable. It’s even worse to be clueless on how to solve the prevailing issues. If the problem is schematic, it directly reflects on the coaches inability to game plan and make successful adjustments. If the problem is personnel, it directly reflects on the coaches’ inability to recruit and develop talent. Either way, it’s a coaching problem. I also fully understand that Alabama is the best defense in the country and Georgia was a decent defense that was pretty good against the run. I don’t have any doubt Auburn would’ve struggled even if they had been completely healthy. Struggling is not the issue. I long for just struggling. The Tigers have put together two games that belong in the Guinness Book of World Records for lousy offensive performances. Now if it had been like this all season, it’d be easy to just fire Malzahn and look forward to the next coach. It hasn’t looked like this all season. Sean White emerged as a serviceable QB and the Tigers boasted the leading rusher in the SEC with Kamryn Pettway. The offensive line vastly improved and several young receivers showed real talent. The defense also played well enough to win every game and looks to be in good shape next year as well. All that actually happened this season. Auburn just decided to bookend a really nice stretch with two enormous piles of smelly garbage. There’s no question Gus Malzahn will be back in 2017. However, if he does not develop a more sophisticated and successful passing attack it will most likely be his final season. That probably means a new offensive coordinator. Auburn runs the ball more effectively than anyone in the SEC, but it’s also been proven that running game can be shut down. I’ve been a Sean White fan, but I now believe the Tigers need a higher caliber and more reliable QB behind center. Auburn will have a very talented roster next year with most of its production this season coming from underclassmen. It’s now up to Malzahn to make the necessary adjustments. Andy Graham writes a regular sports column for Tallapoosa Publishers.

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Benjamin Russell sophomore quarterback Landon Cotney gets tackled by Opelika senior defensive end Jacques Jones in September. The Wildcats lost to the 6A state championship contender 34-0.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP PREDICTIONS Area coaches look back on experiences with this week’s title contenders White said. “That’s unheard of in most 5A or 6A teams and they’re 4A. They’ve got more seniors than some teams have players.” It’s that combination of coaching and experience on the field that could earn Handley the state championship, White believes.

By CATHY HIGGINS Sports Editor

As November prepares to pass the baton to December this week, high school football state champion titles will be decided in the Alabama High School Athletic Association Championship games at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Aliceville vs Fyffe

Beauregard vs Wenonah

Although the Benjamin Russell Wildcats finished their season in the first week of playoffs, they faced two championship contenders earlier in the season, 12-1 Beauregard and 13-1 Opelika. Ben Russell closed the regular season last month with a 63-35 loss to 5A Beauregard. Wildcats head coach Danny Horn points out that the scoreboard reflects what the Hornets do best. “Offensively they can run or throw the ball,” he said. “And they’ve got the best running back (LaDamian Webb) we played against all year long.” While Horn believes Beauregard’s defense is not quite as strong as its offense, that hasn’t shaken the Hornets’ success. “When you can run and throw the ball like they do it doesn’t matter,” he said. Beauregard faces off with 11-2 Wenonah at 7 p.m. for the championship. “Wenonah has a pretty good defense,” Horn said. “Any time you get to this level, you’ve got to be pretty good.” Still, the Wildcats coach looks for the Hornets to take home the 5A champion title. “I look for Beauregard to win this one,” Horn said.

Opelika vs Ramsay

The Wildcats have also contended with Opelika, which is aiming for the 6A championship this week. In mid-September, Benjamin Russell lost to Opelika 34-0. According to Horn, Opelika’s defense in the Wildcats’ scoreless game was apparent. “Since I’ve been here this is the best defensive team they’ve had,” he said. That defense is part of a well-rounded package. “They’ve got good size, their offense is good and they’re well coached,” Horn said. That well rounded team faces off with 12-2 Ramsay at 7 p.m. Friday for the 6A championship. “Ramsay did beat Minor,” Horn said. “That surprised me.”

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Curing the first week of playoffs earlier this month, Horseshoe Bend’s Cade Worthy attempts a pass as Fyffe’s Daniel Martin defends in the first quarter. The undefeated Red Devils play for the 2A state championship Friday afternoon.

However, the Ben Russell coach doesn’t expect a surprise from Friday’s game. “This is Opelika’s year,” Horn said. “I believe Opelika beats Ramsay by several touchdowns.”

Handley vs Madison Academy

In 4A 12-2 Handley will take on 11-3 Madison at 11 a.m. Friday. Although Dadeville fell shy of making it to the playoffs, the team went toe to toe with Handley in the regular season. “Handley has a really good team,” said Dadeville head football coach Richard White. “We knew that going into the season.” In the middle of October Handley defeated Dadeville in a clash of the Tigers by a score of 50-13. White credits Larry Strain, who’s in his second year as head coach at Handley, with bringing the team so much success this season. “He does a good job and has put his on touch on the program,” White said. While that touch includes ensuring a tight defense, it also makes good use of a staggering number of seasoned athletes. “They have 35 seniors on that team,”

While Horseshoe Bend ended its season in its first week of playoffs earlier this month, the Generals fell to Fyffe, which is still contending for the 2A title championship. The 14-0 Red Devils are set to play 13-1 Aliceville at 3 p.m. Friday. According to Horseshoe Bend head football coach Jason Franklin, Fyffe’s chances of taking the title are pretty good. “They’ve been there for three years straight,” he said. “They’re accustomed to playing at the state championship and I think that gives them the upper hand.” After an undefeated regular season, Northeast Alabama-based Fyffe started its post-season journey by hosting and defeating the Generals 56-7. By racking up eight touchdowns and only allowing Horseshoe Bend one, the Red Devils proved why they’re so unstoppable. “I’ve seen them in three playoff games, including our own,” Franklin said. “They’ve got really sound defense and pound the other team. They don’t turn the football over — they haven’t yet, and they’re sound in special teams.” The Red Devils evidently work like a well-oiled machine, which only unnerves their opponents. “They physically wear you down,” Franklin said. “I think it demoralizes the other team to where they say, ‘I’m tired of taking this beating.’” As the Red Devils ready to face off with West Alabama based Aliceville, the Horseshoe Bend coach believes they can go home as the 2A state champions. “They’ve got a really good chance of taking care of business,” Franklin said.

Other championship games

Additional state championship games include 1A Maplesville (13-0) vs Pickens County (11-3) at 3 p.m. Thursday, 3A Mobile Christian (3-1) vs Piedmont (14-0) at 11 a.m. Thursday and 7A McGill-Toolen (13-0) vs Hoover (11-2) at 7 p.m. today.

BRHS Lady Wildcats win second home game By CATHY HIGGINS Sports Editor

With two wins under their belt, the Lady Wildcats could be in the beginnings of a upward trend as Monday Benjamin Russell defeated Smith Station at home 68-49. The win brought the Lady Wildcats’ season record to 2-2. Leading Ben Russell in scoring was sophomore LaHope Westbrooks with 31

points. She had help from juniors JaTori Leonard with 12 and Shay Johnson, who had 9. The Lady Wildcats next host Central Clay Thursday at 6 p.m.

on such a good note. The Wildcats lost to Smith Station Monday by a score of 77-56. Senior guard Timmy Lawson led Ben Russell’s scoring with 17 points and five steals. He had help from fellow senior Wildcats varsity boys fall guards Shannon Woody with 9 points and eight rebounds and to Smith Station Quen Reese, who had 9 points Unlike its female counterand 7 rebounds. part, the Benjamin Russell According to Benjamin varsity boys basketball team Russell head varsity boys basis not starting off the season

ketball coach Jeff Hines, the Wildcats’ loss boils down to possession. “The difference in the game is we had 28 turnovers,” he said. The loss drops Benjamin Russell to 0-2 while Smith Station remains undefeated at 6-0. The Wildcats next host Central Clay Thursday. Tip off is 7 p.m.


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parade and the parade is shaping up to be as large or larger than in years past. “It will be very similar in size to the last few years,” Dunn said. “It could be larger if we keep getting new groups in. This year we have new participants from MainStreet Family Urgent Care, Camp Fire Girls, Sherman Ready Mix Concrete and some new churches.” If you are still comptemplating an entry, you better hurry. The deadline is Thursday and there is a $45 entry fee and you can register at the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce of Tallapoosa Street.

The Chamber wants to you take part in the parade either as a participant or lining the street. It is the same route as in the past few years with line up starting on Comer Street coming up Cherokee Road to Church Street and down Tallapoosa Street. “It is shaping up to be another great parade,” Dunn said. Alexander City is not the only Christmas parade in town. Dec. 10 Camp Hill have a Christmas Parade at noon and Dec. 11 Dadeville will have one also with new council member Dick Harrellson serving as grand marshall.

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The Dadeville Fire Department responded Thanksgiving Day to a fire at Mott’s Woodyard. The fire consumed timber being sorted from the construction of the Sabal Trail Pipeline and despite two inches of rain Monday night was still burning Tuesday.

Rain Hanson said that the rain is too late to salvage a winter wheat crop, but he is happy with what has come at this point. “It looks like the last time you had rainfall of that amount in your area was overnight Sept. 17 and Sept. 18,” said Gary Goggins, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “There was almost two inches recorded in Alexander City, so that was good news.” The really good news, Goggins said, is that there is the potential for more rain in coming days. “The potential for rain is continuing to increase over the next couple of days,” he said. “There’s a system coming through that might actually bring the potential for some severe weather to your area between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Wednesday. It’s a limited threat and the threat is greater to your north and west, but there is the potential for strong storms, a tornado or small hail. “Most importantly, you could get a half-inch to an inch more rain.” Goggins said it would likely take some months before the area can rebound from drought conditions and that he expects that

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Residents found raindrops on the windshield Tuesday morning as steady showers rolled into Alexander City just after midnight, bringing nearly two inches of rain.

the no-burn order in the state will remain in place until additional rains are received. As for the extended forecast for the area, there is a chance for still more of that recently rare wet stuff. “There could be another round of rainfall this coming weekend,” Goggins said. “So it looks like we’re getting into a more active pattern. That is very good news for the entire state.”

The official NWS forecast as of 4 p.m. Tuesday was predicting a 100 percent rain chance today with the next rain chance coming on Sunday, when there is a 60 percent chance. Even though there were heavy winds that were on the leading edge of the front, local officials reported only minor issues with a few trees and limbs down. Although rainfall amounts varied across the counties of the

state last night, it is expected to give only short-term relief to the wildfires burning recently in Alabama. According to Interim State Forester Gary Cole of the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC), there was not enough rain last night to lift the statewide ‘No Burn’ Order. However, additional rain tonight and tomorrow may allow the situation to be re-assessed later this week. “The precipitation we received should tem-

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operating hours. Businesses taking part in Shop Local Saturday are: Alabama Street Maker’s Market, Caldwell Electronics, Carlisle’s, Catherine’s Market, Cloud Nine, Emporium Wine, Fish Tales Bait and Tackle, For Heaven’s Sake, Grace’s Flowers, Holley’s Home Furnishings, Home Depot, Jackson Drugs, Jake’s, Jim Bob’s Chicken Fingers, JR’s Sports Bar and Grill, Kowaliga Restaurant, Little Black Dress, Longleaf Antique and Flea Mall, Madison House Restorations, Playhouse Cinemas, Russell Do-It Center, Satterfield, Inc., Spring House, Sure Shot, Walgreens and Who’s Diner. While the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce is using this Saturday as Shop Local Saturday, nationally the event occurred this past weekend and the National Federation of Independent Business officials report great results in communities that featured events last weekend. An NFIB survey showed that 72 percent of U.S. consumers were aware of the day and more shoppers reported visiting local independent businesses on Small Business Saturday this year than ever before, according to results from the Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey. The survey showed that an estimated 112 million consumers reported shopping at small businesses on Small Business Saturday, marking a 13 percent

increase from 2015. State-specific data isn’t available, but Rosemary Elebash, Alabama state director of NFIB, said, “It was a good weekend for a lot of small businesses, and we hope people will continue to shop small and dine small throughout the holidays and throughout the year.” More than 480 organizations joined the Small Business Saturday Coalition, a 13 percent increase over last year. The Coalition, a group created in 2011 to help amplify the Shop Small® message, is comprised of national, state and local associations that help coordinate activities for Small Business Saturday with consumers and small business owners. Consumers came together to show their love for small businesses on Small Business Saturday. Among those who shopped on the day, 32 percent reported attending a community event, and 81 percent reported encouraging friends or family to shop or dine at small, independently-owned retailers and restaurants on the day as well, both on par with 2015. Additionally, consumers and small businesses helped rally support for Small Business Saturday and their favorite small businesses on social media channels. So far this month, there were 135 million social media engagements in support of Small Business Saturday, up from 85 million in 2015. “It’s exciting for us to see the record number of

Schools Jake Phillips as a paraprofessional in special education and Prentice Thomas as a science teacher at Benjamin Russell. The board was also treated to three theatrical performances by the the Benjamin Russell High School Drama Team as a preview to what they will do this week at a state competition. About 21 students will perform in the Alabama Conference of Theater’s 2016 State Trumbauer Festival after their individual performance held earlier in the month at Opelika. Director Shannon Culver told the board about the trip to Florence, where students will compete in areas including acting, musical acting, makeup design and

porarily help us with the wildfire situation and hopefully more rain is on the way,” Cole said in a released statement. “This reprieve will allow firefighters some much needed rest, as well as an opportunity to perform equipment repairs and maintenance.” Meanwhile, Monday was a historic day in the number of active wildfires burning in Alabama for one day: 108 fires destroyed 2,742 acres across the state. Cole continued, “Most of us veteran firefighters here don’t remember that many fires in one day. Not only was the number of wildfires higher, but they were also larger in size.” “I cannot thank the men and women with the Alabama Forestry Commission enough for their dedication, tireless efforts and countless hours spent battling fires across the state,” Gov. Robert Bentley said in a released statement. “Because of their efforts, wildfires in Alabama have been prevented from doing extensive damage. Their commitment to protecting life, property and wildlife does not go unnoticed.” (Staff Writer David Granger also contributed to this report)

consumers who came out in support of independently-owned businesses on Small Business Saturday,” said Elizabeth Rutledge, EVP of Global Advertising and Media at American Express. “People across the country are aware of the benefits that small businesses can bring to the community, and the momentum that was started seven years ago with the first Small Business Saturday continues to build.” At a time when an increasing number of consumers are opting to shop online – and are spreading their holiday shopping spending over a longer period of time than they did traditionally – many still prioritize visiting brick and mortar small businesses on Small Business Saturday. According to the survey, among U.S. consumers who went out and shopped in-store, total reported spending reached an estimated $15.4 billion at independent retailers and restaurants on the day, a decrease from the estimated $16.2 billion spent in 2015. “Small businesses across the nation are often run by the friends, family, and neighbors that we know well, so supporting them is not only personal but critical to their success,” said NFIB CEO and President Juanita Duggan. “Partnering with American Express to promote the awareness and importance of shopping small is something we are very proud of, and look forward to continuing the success of Small Business Saturday.”

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playwriting. The students received a standing ovation from the board following the performances and drew high praise from Cooper. “That was outstanding,” Cooper said. “I saw their one-act play “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and it was great. The drama program is doing some great things and it allows the students to be involved in a creative process. I congratulate off of the students and Ms. Culver on all of their success. They certainly represent Benjamin Russell and all of Alexander City well. We wish them the best in their competition later this week.” Students will compete Thursday through Saturday at the festival. The board also heard some

encouraging financial news. There is currently about $1.5 million more in reserves that at the same time last fiscal year. That is partially due to the 1 percent sales tax. Board of Education Treasurer Rhonda Blythe also told the board that a good portion of the sales tax is helping the system purchase new buses, which are due to be delivered soon. It was also announced that the board will hold a work session next week on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. There will not be a regular Mitch Sneed / The Outlook meeting in December, but the next Bejamin Russell students Jackson Tucker and Anna Shaw do a regularly scheduled meeting will scene from the duet “The Marriage Counselor” at Tuesday’s meetbe held Jan. 17 at 5 p.m. ing of the Alexander City School Board. The pair are part of a group that will compete in a state competition this week in Florence.


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