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Tallassee begins search for police chief

By CARMEN RODGERS Staff Writer

Since the departure of police chief, Jimmy Rodgers, the City of Tallassee has officially initiated a national pursuit of the city’s next chief. By posting the position nationally, the scope of potential candidates is broadened. There is a list of qualifications for potential candidates, which include a background in criminal justice and/or at least five years of experience in highly

responsible police management, policy development, budget administration, personnel administration and public relations. According to Mayor Johnny Hammock, there are a few more characteristics needed to fill this position. “I am looking for someone who has strong leadership skills, has extensive experience with budgets, and understands data-driven enforcement,” he said. Although the position is open to a national search, that does not mean the perfect match for this position does not

reside locally. “I think that we have several great police officers who live right here in our area that could do a fine job for us, if selected,” Hammock said. “We will go through all applications and will select the best person for the job no matter where they come from.” There has been some interest in the position; however, Hammock says the position will remain open until the appropriate match is found. “I have about 10 people that have applied so far,” he said. “I expect the

talent pool to reach about 30 applicants and then we will start the resume review process. After that we will interview the top candidates.” Whoever is chosen to fill this position has a big task ahead of them. In recent years, the department has been rocked by scandal. In 2013, former Tallassee Assistant Chief Amy Davis was found guilty of 10 counts of using her position for personal gain, as well as 19 counts of

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The LifeChoice Pregnancy Center in Tallassee has organized a diaper drive to help mothers who find themselves in need of a little extra help during what can be a very taxing time of year. The pregnancy center offers help to mothers who find themselves in a difficult situation. The center will help furnish items such as car seats, bedding, clothing and more to unexpected mothers. “We are in desperate need of diapers and baby supplies,” said Sharon Mason of LifeChoice Pregnancy Center. Currently, LifeChoice serves 14 mothers, some who care for multiple children. A higher number of clientele is the reason that the demand for diapers is on the uptick. With more mothers to serve, the requests for diapers increase. While the center is located at 403 James St., there are several locations to drop off the donated items. These locations include CVS, Apothecary Inc., Trustmark Bank, PrimeSouth Bank (both locations), Super Foods (both locations), A Dash of Fashion Consignment Shop, Dotties Daycare, Cutting Up Salon, WTLS and WACQ. The LifeChoice Pregnancy Center first opened in April 2005 and has served women in the Tallassee area for nearly 12 years. The center offers pregnancy testing, counseling and baby See DIAPER • Page 3

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Now that Thanksgiving has passed, the City of Tallassee is looking forward to the holiday season. Holiday festivities begin with the annual Holiday Market. The market will officially open at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and remain open until 7 p.m. This year’s market will showcase handmade crafts, jewelry, soaps, candles, ornaments, wood-turned pens, essential oils, wood boxes and walking sticks, caricature artistry, live poinsettias, Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, gourmet marshmallows and other holiday treats. Food vendors will be available from lunch until close. This year, vendors will offer grilled chicken wraps, polish sau-

sage, fried fish and shrimp, funnel cakes, baked goods and more. The Holiday Market will be in full swing during the annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Mayor John Hammock, the Tallassee City Council and Santa will lead the annual countdown to the city’s tree lighting. Santa will spend time with children of all ages before and after the tree lighting. The River City Band will provide seasonal music for this fun and festive event. The Holiday Market will reopen Saturday morning at 8 a.m. and close at 1 p.m. Nathan Taunton will provide pre-parade entertainment at the gazebo from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. After the parade, Santa will be on hand to take letters and listen to Christmas wishes. See HOLIDAY • Page 3

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Obituaries Barbara Dianne Cantrell

Cantrell, Barbara Dianne, 62, of Tallassee, died at her home on November 22, 2016. She was born at East Tallassee Hospital on March 22, 1954. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, 2016, at Elam Baptist Church with Rev. Gene Bridgman officiating. She was preceded in death by her father Marvin Booth, her mother Helen Booth (Scruggs), and her step father Ed Scruggs. She is survived by her husband Danny Cantrell; her son Brad Rhodes (Rachel), and step son Chad Cantrell; her grandchildren Christopher Cantrell (Kylie), Bradley Cantrell, BrieAnne Cantrell, Jordan Rhodes, Jackson Rhodes, Kinley Rhodes, and Kailey Rhodes; her great grandson William Cantrell; her brother James Booth (Elaine); her niece Melissa Booth; her nephew Chris Booth; and several great nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Elam Baptist Church in memory of Dianne.

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 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. Jean was very involved with her reunion group and Sunday school class and was a choir member at Forest Lake United Methodist Church. She also volunteered for Hospice of West Alabama and the Good Samaritan Clinic, which was founded by her husband. Jean is survived by her four children, Leah Lumpkin Hobart (Chip) of Birmingham, Thomas Riley Lumpkin Jr. (Janna) of Vance, Mary Lyman Boone (Kenneth) of Alexander City, and Cliff Lumpkin (Angela) of Birmingham; eight grandchildren, Lauren Wise, Brittany Hobart, Thomas Riley Lumpkin III, Reagan Lumpkin, Christopher Boone, Riley Frances Boone, James Boone and Olivia Lumpkin; and a great-grandchild, Kayne Wise. She is also survived by a sister, Polly Perry Marsh Brabham, of Texarkana, Texas. Jean was preceded in death by her husband Riley and two sisters, Mary Alice Perry Brown of Wilmington, Del., and Nancy Perry Abernathy of Columbia, S.C. Visitation will be held Thursday, December 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Forest Lake United Methodist Church followed immediately by the funeral with Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel directing. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Hospice of West Alabama or Forest Lake United Methodist Church.

Ben Milner

Mr. Ben Milner, 82, of Tallassee, passed

away November 22, 2016. He was born December 2, 1933. Visitation will be held from 12 noon – 2 p.m., Friday, November 25, 2016 at Linville Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 2 pm with Elder Durward Hornsby and Elder Jimmy Bass officiating. Burial will follow at Chana Creek Cemetery, Linville Memorial Funeral Home directing. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Shirley; sons Mitch Milner (Elizabeth) and Ken Milner; daughters, Lisa Cowart (Ron) and Cindy Dennis; grandchildren, Mandy Milner, Joshua Milner, Kimberly Milner, Michael Kennedy, Michelle Cowart and Trent Dennis; and great grandchildren, Eric Mendez, Taylor Kennedy, Alex Kennedy, Ryan Kennedy, Kora Wright and Micah Rivas. He is preceded in death by a loving granddaughter, Ashley Dennis; his parents; five brothers and one sister. Ben was a loving husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family and never lost his youthfulness when playing with the grandkids. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and growing prize watermelons for the family. He enjoyed sports and was an Auburn football enthusiast who learned to use the internet so he could keep up with the latest Auburn recruitment news. Online condolences at www.linvillememorial.com. Linville Memorial Funeral Home Eclectic, Alabama

Elizabeth Monahan

Elizabeth Ellen Monahan, born September 11, 1933, “Betty” went to be with Our Lord on November 26, 2016 surrounded by the love of her family. The only child of Mary and William Ryan, Betty grew up in Northeast Philadelphia in the Germantown area. Betty had fond memories of childhood friends and her cousins, Tommy and Ann playing and shopping

in the city, and vacationing in Wildwood, NJ during the summertime. As a young woman, Betty was one of the original IBM keypunch operators and worked in Philadelphia through her early 20’s. She loved reading and journalism and was a self taught quilter. She was an ardent cook and loved trying new recipes. Betty is preceded in death by her parents, William and Mary Ryan, and her husband of 46 years, Michael David Monahan. She is survived by her devoted children, Patricia Stabler (Vernon) of Montgomery, AL, David Monahan (Nati) of Wetumpka, AL, Sister Brenda Monahan, DC of Emmitsburg, Maryland and William Monahan (Kellie) of McDonough, Georgia; four grandchildren, Shannon, John, Mitchell and Alexandra; and one great granddaughter, Lorelei. Special acknowledgement to family friends, Myrna Whetstone and Bea Bruno, both of Tallassee; Richard and Ann Knighton of Wetumpka; Jeannie and Johnnie Newbold of Massachusetts; as well as her church family at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Tallassee. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Daughters of Charity, 4330 Olive St, St. Louis, MO 63108, or a charity of one’s choice. The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to Drs. Rhodes and Williams of Auburn Cardiovascular Associates, as well as to the nurses, aides, and support staff of Comfort Care Hospice. Funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, November 30, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with Rev. Mateus Rudzik officiating. Graveside service will follow at Friendship Cemetery, Linville Memorial Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends at the church prior to the service, beginning at 10 a.m. Online condolences at www. linvillememorial.com. Linville Memorial Funeral Home Eclectic, Alabama

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Tallassee Police Department is looking for Toys for Tots recipients. If you know of a family struggling to provide a Christmas for their children, please contact Officer Clayton the Tallassee Police Department at 283-6586 Annual Kiwanis Club Christmas Ornaments now available. Ornaments can be purchased at WACQ, City Hall, Trustmark Bank and Chamber of Commerce. All proceeds from the sale pro-

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Tallassee annual Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. The parade will run through downtown Tallassee.

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Tallassee Industrial Development Board meeting at 6 p.m. at 1 Twin Creeks Drive.

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The City of Tallassee will hold the annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, Dec. 2, from 5:30 p.m.–7 p.m. at Tallassee Veterans Park (in front of City Hall)

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The annual Holiday Market begins Friday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m. The market will remain open until 7 p.m., coinciding with the city’s tree lighting festivities from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. On Saturday, the market will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Christmas Parade will begin at

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officers. “I would like to see the new police chief be very involved with the community,” Hammock said. “The police chief needs to be accessible to the public and have a clear vision on how to develop community policing.” While change is coming to the department and the community, the process could be a lengthy one. “I do not want to rush the selection process,” Hammock said. “I want to make sure we hire the right candidate for the position. It might be the first of the year before the position is filled.”

unlawfully obtaining the criminal offender record information of multiple individuals. More recently, another former Tallassee assistant police chief, Chris Miles, was convicted for violating the civil rights of a prisoner and for stealing evidence from the department’s evidence locker. Miles is serving a concurrent sentence for theft. In that case, Miles took a gun from the department’s evidence locker. Hammock says he would like to see the new chief have a more active role in the community to help mend the damage caused by these two rogue

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invested in Tallassee’s community. “Anything we can do to further our local businesses and chamber membership is something we strive for,” she said. Additional “Christmas In Tallassee” events and details can be found at tallasseechristmas.com or on the Christmas In Tallassee Facebook page. While there is a weekend packed with holiday festivities, the fun does not end there. The Tallassee Chamber of Commerce will spotlight a yard of the week throughout the month of December. Each yard will be chosen based on holiday décor. These residents will be presented with a yard sign recognizing them as that week’s winner. The Tallassee Tribune will showcase these winners each week as well.

The annual Christmas Parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday morning. The parade will follow the traditional route, beginning at East Tallassee Church of Christ and continuing to the high school along Central and Barnett boulevards. This year’s Grand Marshall will be the 2016 Francis Wagnon Award winner, Jeanna Kervin. There will be an addition to this year’s parade. “We will have a car in parade that will hold the Business of the Year for 2016, Hornsby and Sons Body Shop, LLC.,” said Michone Roye, director of the Tallassee Area Chamber of Commerce. Spotlighting a local business in this year’s parade is a way of showing support to local businesses that have

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Laney Gin pump pipe is higher than the average cost to replace pipe of this size because the pump cannot stop at anytime during the construction process. “It’s critical that line remain in operation,” Robinson said. “These pumps run constantly.” While this is an emergency fix, bypassing the Laney Gin pump pipe will allow for future repair project to this line of piping. “It also allows for a connection for a future replacement for the rest of the force main.” He said. “We don’t know what kind

Since this piece of pipe has been troublesome in the past, plans are already in place for this repair. “We looked into this when it first occurred and had a plan in place to do a bypass of the section of line that’s bad,” Robinson said.” The cost includes the cost of bypass pumping while work is done.” The total cost for this project is $129,425. The council chose to reallocate part of the CBDG Grant funding from the East Tallassee sewage project to the Laney Gin pump project. The cost to replace the

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he recent World Series probably put a number of sports fans in a bit of a quandary about which team to support. Both the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs had usually been cellardwellers for decades, so when those teams participated in the fall classic this year, many folks probably pondered which group of erstwhile lovable losers deserved the title more. Since the Cub had the longer drought (108 years), one would suppose that they might have been a slightlymore-sentimental favorite, but as the Series was cranking up, a friend and I speculated over lunch about how many folks might be dusting off their VHS tapes or DVDs of ‘Major League,’ a raucous, chock-full-ofclichés-and-stereotypes 1989 comedy about the Indians. And Bob Uecker stole that flick in his supporting role as a frustrated wisenheimer radio announcer. One of his typical on-air remarks— most of which were R-rated—described an opposing hitter thusly: “Haywood’s a convicted felon, isn’t he, Monty?... Well, he should be.”

The So-Called Column By Willie G. Moseley Uecker’s patter ultimately reminded me of some memorable real-life commentary from sports announcers and obviously, Howard Cosell’s efforts would probably head most lists for most sports fans. While he did rely on stock phrases a lot (“Shifting tides of fortune! Ebb and flow!”), one of his greatest blowby-blow accounts happened forty years ago last July 31. As far as I know, there’s still a three-inch gash (for which I was responsible) on the stipple ceiling of the living room of a certain apartment in Montgomery. I had just opened a beer and was watching Leon Spinks and Sixto Soria of Cuba battling for the gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the Montreal Olympics. Soria was lankier, had a longer reach and was more experienced than Spinks, a muscular Marine. The first two rounds seemed to favor the American boxer,

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but Soria stormed back in the third and final segment, taking the fight right to Spinks and driving him backwards with a ferocious fusillade as the contest abruptly turned into a flat-out brawl. Cosell was screaming as he described the action: “He’s coming on! He staggered and hurt Spinks! Spinks is without boxing skills! Remarkable to see the way the Cuban is coming back! What a fight!” Backed up against the ropes, Spinks flailed away with both gloves and finally forced the Cuban boxer back. As Soria backpedaled to the other side of the ring, Spinks bounded forward, a fearsome look of abject murder in his eyes. Cosell: “Don’t talk to me about—OH! THE RIGHT!” A hard, straight right to Soria’s face had sent the Cuban crashing to the canvas, face down. It was at this point that I heaved the can upwards. It crashed into the ceiling and fell back, striking my head. Cold liquid drenched my recliner, the carpet, and me. Soria was motionless for a couple of seconds. His arms and legs were so spread out that the image of a spider that had been stepped on came to mind. The Cuban quickly got to his feet, but was so wobbly

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that the referee stopped the contest. The victorious Spinks began bowing to all four sides of the ring, which is customary, then began spinning around with his head back and eyes closed, like an ecstatic dervish. It took a while to clean up the mess I’d made from launching the beer can, but it was worth it. Five U.S. boxers won gold medals at the Montreal Games. The others were Leon’s brother Michael, Sugar Ray Leonard, Howard Davis Jr. and Leo Randolph. Every gold medalist except Davis would ultimately win a professional championship, as well. Davis is now deceased. Michael Spinks retired with a 31-1 record immediately after Mike Tyson knocked him out in a minute and a half. Hel kept his finances stable and his brains intact, never con-

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sidering a comeback. And Michael’s had to care for Leon in recent times. The older brother stayed in the fight game way too long and finally gave it up in December of 1995. Leon’s record was 26-17-3, and sadly, he is now reportedly showing signs of dementia. But Youtube still proffers what was one of the most exciting boxing matches in Olympic

history, and for all of Howard Cosell’s stereotypical bombast, his loud histrionics were absolutely appropriate, because the Leon Spinks-Sixto Soria bout at the Montreal Olympics was one for the ages. Willie Moseley is the news editor emeritus of the Tribune. His column appears each Wednesday in this space.

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don’t think young people dream about what they’re going to be when they grow up as much as they used to. You could ask little girls that question years ago and a huge majority would answer without hesitation a nurse or school teacher. For Christmas, we didn’t get all those hundreds of dollars worth of presents as they do today. Just about all girls got a nurse’s kit and a lot of boys got a doctor’s kit. The lucky girls may get a nurse’s outfit. I don’t think there was such a thing as a school-teacher outfit. Myself, I started out wanting to be a cowboy, I wanted to wear a white hat, have a gun on my side and a rifle on my horse. I wanted to sing “Back in the Saddle” just like Gene Autry did. I was about six years old at the time and I knew exactly what I wanted to be. I asked a boy that question the other day and he said he just wanted to be a kid. I really think young people had more

The Coffee Breaker By Ronald Brantley thoughts of tomorrow in years gone by. When World War II got into full force, I was getting a little older. I was 11 when it ended. During those years, I wanted to be a soldier and shoot Germans and Japs. We fought all over the woods below our house. We dug foxholes, stored up hand grenades (pine cones) and dared the enemy to come near. As far as I can remember no Jap or German ever came through our territory while us boys were on guard. A lot of people laughed at Hank Williams when he was just a local singer, but when he made it big everybody wanted to be a singer or songwriter. Every local radio station had their own wannabe singerwriter. Some did pretty good, but none really got big. How many people

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remember MasseyDraughon Business School in Montgomery that taught girls shorthand, typing, bookkeeping, English, how to put on make-up and how to dress? A lot of our young women took these courses. I asked a group of young boys and girls, “What do you want to be when you grow-up?” “I don’t know” was the big answer, a movie star was an answer, some said rich and two just shrugged their shoulders. Nobody said I want to be a mother or housewife and nobody said to be like my daddy. On the other hand, a lot of things I never dreamed of I got to do. No one gave serious thought to missiles when I was a boy, yet I got to work with and fire off both the Nike and Hercules missiles for two years. As a boy when a plane flew over we looked up and tried to identify them, never dreaming a boy from Herd Street would fly halfway around the world in one. As a boy, I listened

to the radio and later I had a program on two different stations. I didn’t even know what television was and later I had a morning show for 16 years and now I’ve been writing for the newspaper for many years. Did you know that, in 1927, the Tallassee Tribune had the largest subscription and circulation in Alabama (just a little trivia I thought I’d throw in)? I wonder how long it has been since a little girl asked for a dollhouse or a baby that cries for Christmas because she wants to be a housewife like mommy when she grows-up? How many boys want a bat, ball or glove for Christmas instead of getting those during the year? Even though very few of us wind up doing what we wanted to when we were a kid when we grow-up, it was a lot of fun. Brantley is a Tallassee resident a regular columnist for The Tribune.

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Inside the Statehouse By Steve Flowers

Appointment to replace Sessions is the 'Kiss of Death'

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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, 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 electing 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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'The Last Waltz' is highly recommended 40 years later

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orty years ago this week, one of the most inventive filmmakers of the New Hollywood, Martin Scorsese, helped some hardened road warriors bid farewell to their old selves with the biggest Thanksgiving musical feast in history. Two years later, the film of the concert was released as “The Last Waltz.” And, to this day, no other rock and roll movie has touched its elegance. The legendary story of The Band has been retold in a new autobiography, “Testimony,” written by Band guitarist Robbie Robertson. Recently, Rolling Stone magazine excerpted this exceptional memoir. The Band had its origins in the early 1960s in Canada as a backing band for Ronnie Hawkins. Calling themselves The Hawks, they rocked – hard. Later, the four Canadians (keyboardist Richard Manuel, guitarist Robbie

Bird’s Eye View By Michael Bird Robertson, bassist Rick Danko, and multiinstrumentalist Garth Hudson) plus one U.S.born Arkansan (drummer Levon Helm) wound up living in a house in Woodstock, New York, that they called Big Pink. The rootsy, ragged music they recorded in that basement with Bob Dylan became the stuff of legend. They also were the backing band for Dylan when he went electric at the Newport Folk Festival. In other words, The Band had been in the right place at the right time. Years on the road had primed them for their own success, and changing their name from The Hawks to The Band, began releasing one stellar album after another – “Music

From Big Pink,” “The Band,” “Stage Fright,” “Cahoots” and, my personal favorite, “Rock of Ages,” among others. By the mid-1970s, however, The Band had grown tired of the rock lifestyle and hard living on the road. They decided to retire from the road in style, and hosted a Thanksgiving Day concert at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom, decorated with the stage set from La Traviata. It could not have been any more dramatic. Rolling Stone described the band as being “beamed in from another time” in 1968, to “men running out of time” in 1976. With a star-studded lineup of friends, The Band played their own hits just once more while showcasing themselves as perhaps the best backup band ever. In the concert movie, witness Van Morrison’s whirling-dervish version of “Caravan,” one of the best performances

ever captured on film; Bob Dylan laying down “Forever Young” with gravitas; Neil Young singing “Helpless” with as much intensity as he could muster; and The Band themselves doing “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” singing and playing as if it were their last moments on the planet. These guys taught us more about American music, and American history, through their eclectic collection of homeland-and-hillbilly blues, mixed up in an unforgettable stew pot and filtered through their own Great White Northern sensibilities. “The Last Waltz” is streaming on Netflix. Forty years later, it’s still the best, and is therefore highly recommended. Michael Bird is a band director for Tallassee City Schools and co-hosts the “Saturday Morning Show with Michael Bird and Scott Adcock” on WACQAM 580 and FM 101.1.

'In everything give thanks' 1 Thessalonians 5:18 In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

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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.

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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 thingies, 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 funnier. 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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Who Was Nikola Tesla?

Everyday in the United States electricity is used in homes and businesses to turn on the lights. If you think about this process, you may recall the inventor of the light bulb, Thomas Edison, but what about the inventor who made it possible to have the AC power running in our homes? His name is Nikola Tesla. Tesla was born on July 10, 1856, in Smiljan, Croatia. Tesla was known for being a very intelligent student with a photographic memory. +HDWWHQGHGWKH8QLYHUVLW\RI3UDJXHLQWKHHDUO\œVIRFXVLQJRQWKH¿HOGRIHOHFWULFDOHQJLQHHULQJ+LVPRVW widely known invention, the alternating-current (or AC power), was created in 1882 after he left the University. +HFDPHWRWKH8QLWHG6WDWHVLQDQGZRUNHGEULHÀ\IRU7KRPDV(GLVRQ%\7HVODKDGSDWHQWHGKLV invention and sold those rights to a man named George Westinghouse. Westinghouse implemented the AC power system into all American homes and is still a major electric corporation today. This implementation was made possible by another invention of Tesla’s, the Tesla coil. This coil made the transmission of the AC power possible on a large scale. Without these inventions, society as we know it would run on a much-different type of power. In 1956, a new unit of measurement was named after the famous inventor in honor of all of his achievements. Nikola Tesla passed away on January 7, 1943, in New York City.

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Wadsworth tree farmer produces centers of holiday season By DAVID GRANGER Interim Managing Editor

One might think that this is Frank Wadsworth’s busy season. Wadsworth is a Christmas tree farmer and his operation off Wetumpka’s Dexter Road is a popular destination this time of year. Every day when his selling season begins, families, schoolchildren, businesses and others visit Wadsworth’s farm looking for that perfect tree. So, yes, he is busy from the last few days of November through Christmas. But he’s also busy at times he thought he might not be when he got into the Christmas tree business some 37 years ago. Wadsworth’s late father-in-law, Ollie Estes, who owned Wetumpka Wood Products at the time, got the young man started with his own Christmas gift of sorts. “Somebody gave him 2,000 Virginia pines,” Wadsworth said. “He’d heard that they were Christmas trees, that you could plant ‘em and grow Christmas trees. Well, he had a little area and he said, ‘You can plant two acres of them.’ So we planted those 2,000 Virginia pines and then I went back about three years later – I thought you’d just go back and there you’d have a Christmas tree. Well, that’s not quite the way it works.” Seeing that there must be more to the Christmas tree business than just planting the trees and walking away, Wadsworth sought a little professional help. “A lot of people were getting into the tree-planting at that time and the only tree we were planting then was the Virginia pine,” said Wadsworth, who currently grows eastern red cedars, Murray cypress and Arizona cypress trees at his farm in addition to Virginia pines. “People were planting acres and acres and acres of them. We may

have had 15 growers in Elmore County that were planting trees. Lee County probably had close to 30. “Anyway, I was told about this meeting at Auburn. Since everybody was getting into it they had some specialists that were telling everybody what to do. They talked about pruning, mowing the grass between the rows and spraying herbicide and the different types of insects you need to control. I didn’t realize, you gotta do all this? Well the fourth year (1979), I think I sold 40-50 trees after I went in and worked real hard that late summer after I realized you gotta prune ‘em. They’d never been pruned. I was working on ‘em real hard and heavy and they turned out okay.” From those humble, hard-working beginnings Wadsworth learned that the Christmas tree business involved more than just the planting and the selling. He learned well, too. Today, he’s grown from those meager 40-50 trees in that initial year to 1,0001,500 per year. Of course, he needs help with the pruning, spraying and manning the sales operation during the season, so the operation has turned into a family business with his wife Lucie and daughter Carrie, son Jacob and his fiancée Hannah and his son Josh and his wife, Lauren.. “It’s become a family business,” Wadsworth said. “Everybody does a little part.” Wadsworth’s most popular tree is the Murray cypress, one of which will adorn the Alabama Governor’s Mansion this year. “For at least the last 10 years we’ve provided a 12-foot tree for the Governor’s Mansion,” Wadsworth said. “Some years they get an eastern cedar. This year they got a Murray cypress. About a 13-footer. Big tree.” He has other commercial clients that prefer large trees, too – Tuskegee University

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Frank Wadsworth measures one of the Christmas trees on the farm. Left, different trees line the span of the Wadsworth Wood Products farm.

here to the baler and bale it. They can sit around the bonfire, which we haven’t had yet because of the dry weather. Maybe this weekend if we get some more rain, the ban will be lifted where we can burn and enjoy one.” Wadsworth is a member of the Southern Christmas Tree Growers Association, one of about 15 member growers in the state. He is the only member grower in the area. “We work together,” Wadsworth says of his fellow members. “One of us runs out of trees, we call up another member and see if they can help a customer out. It’s a good relationship.” And all in the spirit of Christmas.


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What happens after Thanksgiving? Then all the people left, each for their own home, and David returned home to bless his family. - 1 Chronicles 16:43 NIV

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hat happens after Thanksgiving? Perhaps the obvious answer to you is, “We go Black Friday shopping!” Or maybe you’d reply, “I go on a diet.” While those things are very much part of the post-Thanksgiving experience for many of us, I’d like to suggest something different today. The Ark of the Covenant had arrived in the capital city. It was a day for jubilant celebration. When the ark and tabernacle were set up and the appropriate burnt offerings and peace offerings made, David appointed a large company of priests to make a great thanksgiving service. He wrote a special thanksgiving song for the occasion. After the big celebration, priests and musicians

were appointed to carry on daily offerings and music. But the exhilarating, mountain-top event came to an end, like all such experiences do. And our text for today tells us what the king did next: “Then all the people left, each for their own home, and David returned home to bless his family.” I chose to quote the NIV to include the word “family.” The KJV and NKJV have David going home to bless his house. We know better, but that still sounds a little bit like a dedication service for the building where he lived, doesn’t it? The ESV and NASV say that David went home to bless his household, which is closer to the idea. But the word “family” should help me make and you take the point of today’s meditation. Our community Thanksgiving service was very good last week. We had a very meaningful Thanksgiving ser-

MIKE MCELROY East Tallassee

vice at church, and I hope you did, too. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with loved ones last Thursday. Those are special times that tune our hearts to the key of gratitude, and heighten our sense of being so richly blessed. But what happens to you and me after the service, after the big gathering, after Thanksgiving, when we go home? Do we do what David did? Do we return home to bless our family? Are the people in your most intimate circles of influence blessed because you’ve been to worship God? Are we changed (for the better) from what we’ve heard and done when we go to worship?

If my heart overflows with gratitude to God for his grace and mercy to me, I should be able to show some of that grace and mercy to people around me, especially those closest to me who know me best. They would be blessed if I did. Home and family relationships provide an excellent context for obeying the commands to express thanks, to love, to forgive and bear with one another. Your speech at home is either a blessing or a curse to the people who share your space. We’re supposed to say things that build others up, not tear them down (Ephesians 4:29). Returning home from an edifying worship event, shouldn’t I be better suited to say things that will encourage and help my family and friends? But if I return as a bitter, caustic, fault-finding, cantankerous grouch, my family’s not going to be blessed. Thanksgiving reminds us

of all our blessings and the beauty of the gospel. The messages we’ve heard and our meditations should challenge us to allow the Spirit to rule in our hearts. Shouldn’t we be a blessing to our family by being better husbands, wives, parents or friends? If we are doers and not just hearers of the word, we will be blessed (James 1:22-25). And we will be a blessing to people around us. After Thanksgiving, I ought to be better. We should imitate David and return home to bless our family. What needs to change about you, after Thanksgiving? Mike McElroy is the preaching minister of East Tallassee Church of Christ in Tallassee. He is the author of The Abiding Companion: A Friendly Guide for Your Journey Through the New Testament, available from Amazon.com.

Religion Briefs Episcopal Church of the Epiphany

On Dec. 4 at 9:30 a.m. the “Confirmation and Coffee” Sunday School series continues, running through all the Sundays of Advent. At 10:30 a.m. Father Wells Warren will celebrate the Holy Eucharist marking the second Sunday in Advent, with coffee hour to follow. At 2 p.m. Epiphany will host a performance of Handel’s Messiah, directed by Jerry Cunningham. Information about the event is on the church website: http://epiphanytallassee.org/messiah

East Tallassee United Methodist Church

On Dec. 11, at our service we will present our Cantata “Behold Emmanuel Love is With Us.” The program will include our church choir, a trio of Chris Sergent, Lee Gauntt and Linda Patrick, also a solo by Melanie Baker. We will have a manger scene including our children, Autumn, Steve, Jackson, Haley, A.J. and Matthew. We will also have a dance featuring Courtney Baker. On Dec. 18 at our 11 a.m. service, we will present singing “O’Holy Night.” During our night service, East Tallassee United Methodist Church and Bradford Chapel will present a singing program. The program will start at 6 p.m. We will feature several bands, our church choir and various other

AME ZION Mt. Zion Chapel AME Zion 2340 Crenshaw Rd., Wetumpka 567-4413 Rogers Chapel AME Zion 709 W. Bridge St., Wetumpka 567-8144 Jackson Chapel AME Zion 4885 Coosada Rd., Coosada Jones Chapel AME Zion 2414 Ingram Rd. (Co. Rd. 3), Elmore ABUNDANT LIFE Abundant Life Church 9301 U.S. Hwy 231., Wetumpka 567-9143 ASSEMBLY OF GOD Agape Tabernacle Assembly of God 1076 Kowaliga Rd., Eclectic 541-2006 Bethel Worship Center 11117 U.S. Hwy 231., Wetumpka 567-5754 Crossroads Assembly of God 2534 AL Hwy 14., Millbrook 285-5545 First Assembly of God 3511 Shirley Ln., Millbrook New Home Assembly of God 5620 Caesarville Rd., Wetumpka 5692825 BAPTIST Abraham Baptist Church Millbrook Antioch Baptist Church 1115 Antioch Rd., Titus 567-2917 Beulah Baptist Church

talents. All are welcome to attend and help us celebrate the wonderful birth of our Lord and Savior.

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. 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’s 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 April. We are grateful during this season of thanks for many blessings. May God bless each of you. Pastor, Gene Bridgman Minister of Music, Kevin Lanier.

Tallassee Church of Christ

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 334-2835437 209 Gilmer Ave.

2350 Grier Rd., Wetumpka 514-2881 Blue Ridge Baptist 4471 Jasmine Hill Rd., Wetumpka 5674325 Brookwood Baptist Grandview Rd., Millbrook Calvary Baptist 504 W. Osceola St., Wetumpka 567-4729 Central Baptist 3545 W. Central Rd., Wetumpka 541-2556 Coosada Baptist 20 Kennedy Ave., Coosada Deatsville Baptist 184 Church St., Deatsville Eclectic Baptist Church 203 Claud Rd., Eclectic 541-4444 Faith Baptist 64 Chapel Rd., Wetumpka 567-4417 First Baptist Church 205 W. Bridge St., Wetumpka 567-5191 First Baptist of Elmore Hwy. 14 Co. Rd. 74, Elmore Galilee Baptist 95 Old Georgia Rd., Wetumpka 567-4178 Good Hope Baptist 1766 S. Fleahop Rd., Eclectic Goodship Baptist Hwy. 143, Millbrook Grace Baptist Old Montgomery Hwy., Wetumpka 567-3255 Grandview Pines Baptist Deatsville Hwy., Deatsville

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church

OUR LIFE’S JOURNEY is an outreach of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Tallassee, Fr. Mateusz Rudzik, Pastor; and Knights of Columbus Council 15093, Andy Lacey, Grand Knight. It airs on WACQ-AM 580 and FM 101.1 each Sunday from 8-8:30 a.m. Listen online at www.wacqradio.com OR on your smart phone using the TuneIn app. Dec. 4 - Love and Marriage Dec. 11 - Christianity vs. Islam Part 1 Dec. 18 - Christianity vs. Islam Part 2 Dec. 25 - Christ Mass Jan. 1 - Once Saved, Always Saved?

Salem Macon Baptist

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

Lake Pointe Baptist

Super Sunday Evenings, Revivalthemed services at Lake Pointe Baptist Church, 8352 Highway 50, Dadeville, are the last two Sunday evenings of August and the first two Sunday evenings of September. That’s Aug. 21, Aug. 28, Sept. 4 and Sept. 11 beginning at 6:30 pm each evening. Special guest speaker is Dr. Ray Cummings, pastor of Golden Acres Baptist Church in Phenix City. Everyone is invited and encouraged to come hear the exciting challenge from God’s Word. For answers to your questions, call the church at 256.373.3293 and leave your message or email pastor@lakepointebaptist.com

East Tallassee United Methodist Church

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

Area Churches Green Ridge Baptist 288 Turner Rd., Wetumpka 567-2486 Harvest Baptist 2990 Main St., Millbrook Hillside Baptist 405 Old Montgomery Hwy., Wetumpka Holtville Riverside Baptist 7121 Holtville Rd., Wetumpka 514-5922 Lake Elam Baptist 4060 Gober Rd., Millbrook Liberty Hill Baptist 61 Crenshaw Rd., Wetumpka 567-8750 Lighthouse Baptist 2281 Main St., Millbrook Living Water Baptist 1745 Grass Farm Rd. (Co. Rd. 80), Weoka Millbrook Baptist Millbrook 285-4731 Mitts Chapel Baptist 935 Cold Springs Rd., Deatsville 569-1952 Mt. Hebron West Baptist 150 Mt. Hebron Rd., Elmore 567-4441 Mt. Herron East Baptist Church 4355 Mt. Herron Rd. Eclectic, Al 36024 334-857-3689 Mountain View Baptist 1025 Rifle Range Rd., Wetumpka 5674458 New Harmony Baptist 3094 New Harmony Rd., Marbury 3121878

New Home Baptist 1605 New Home Rd., Titus 567-0923 New Hope Baptist 6191 Lightwood Rd., Deatsville 569-1267 New Lily Green Baptist 6504 Deatsville Hwy., Deatsville New Nazareth Baptist Hwy. 143, Deatsville Pleasant Hill Baptist Pleasant Hill Rd., Eclectic 541-3460 Prospect Baptist Prospect Rd., Eclectic 567-5837 Redland Baptist 1266 Dozier Rd., Wetumpka 567-8649 Refuge Baptist Church 3098 Red Hill Road Tallassee 334-857-2638 Rehoberth Baptist 8110 Rifle Range Rd., Tallassee 567-9801 Rushenville Baptist 10098 Georgia Rd., Eclectic 541-2418 Saint James Baptist 1005 Nobles Rd., Wetumpka 567-6209 Saint James Baptist 101 Gantt Rd., Deatsville 569-3006 Santuck Baptist 7250 Central Plank Rd., Wetumpka 567-2364 Seman Baptist Seman, Alabama Shoal Creek Baptist 13214 Holtville Rd., Deatsville

569-2482 Springfield Baptist Hwy. 7, Millbrook Thelma Baptist 810 Weoka Rd., Wetumpka 567-3665 Titus Baptist 6930 Titus Rd., Wetumpka 334-531-2120 Tunnell Chapel Baptist 210 Central Plank Rd., Wetumpka 567-2589 Victory Baptist 5481 Main St., Millbrook Wadsworth Baptist 2780 Hwy. 143, Deatsville 569-2851 BAPTIST - MISSIONARY Atkins Hill 565 Atkins Rd., Wetumpka 567-1141 Cathmagby Baptist 3074 Mitchell Creek Rd., Wetumpka 567-4787 First Missionary Baptist at Guilfield 412 Company St., Wetumpka 567-7455 Goodhope 1389 Willow Springs Rd. Wetumpka 567-7133 Lebanon 17877 U.S. Hwy. 231, Titus 514-1097 Mount Canaan 1125 Weoka Rd., Wetumpka 567-2141 Mount Pisgah 16621 U.S. Hwy. 231, Titus 567-3668

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Humane Society Volunteer Appreciation set for Friday organizations in need, thank you. Our annual Volunteer e hope everyAppreciation event is this one was able to Friday, Dec. 2, at 6 pm, relax a bit over Trinity Episcopal Church the Thanksgiving holiday (across from McDonalds and reconnect with fami- on Highway 231) in ly and friends. Wetumpka. This is our We are very lucky to chance to recognize our have such a huge extend- active volunteers and ed family of supporters their hard work on behalf who help our shelter in of our shelter and the aniso many ways – direct mals we all want to help. financial donations, food For planning we do need and supplies for our pets an RSVP so if you are an and shelter, items for us active volunteer with our to resell in our Thrift shelter and can attend, Store, as adopters, as pro- please RSVP no later moters of spay and neuter than noon, Wednesday, and responsible pet own- Nov. 30, to our Volunteer ership and so much more. Coordinator, Charline For all who support us Pope at 334-202-1381 or and so many non-profit email her at popecharBy REA CORD HSEC Executive Director

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HUMANE SOCIETY OF ELMORE COUNTY NEWS lie58@yahoo.com. As you are doing your Christmas shopping don’t forget to check out our Tails End Thrift Store (co-located at the shelter) for gifts for yourself and your friends. Our Thrift Store has clothes, linens, Christmas decorations, books, collectibles, small appliances, toys and so much more! The store is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and can also

receive donations during those hours. While at our Thrift Store please thank our volunteers who work so hard receiving, sorting and selling all of the donated items on behalf of all the animals we all work so hard to help. Want a personalized gift for a fellow pet lover? We are also able to make custom engraved pet ID tags in our shelter office and what better gift for any pet lover than a way to help protect their special pet. Easiest way is to simply engrave the owner’s last name and phone number as nothing will get a pet back to a frantic owner faster than an ID tag

with the owner’s contact information. It only takes us a few minutes to make a tag and we have a wide variety of tag sizes, colors and shapes to choose from, including Alabama and Auburn tags. Prices range from $7 - $12 depending on the tag. And – hint, hint – tags can be used for lots of things, such as luggage, pet crate IDs, school book bags, even cool jewelry. Stop by the shelter during our normal adoption hours of 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and we will be thrilled to make tags for many uses.

HSEC Pet of the Week – Max Max is an 8-month old male terrier/ Chihuahua mix, 8-10 lbs. He is a special needs boy because he is deaf, so his adopter will need to be able to learn doggy sign language. Max is housetrained, but a well-fenced yard is an absolute must to keep him safe since he loves to play outside and will chase squirrels and birds. He is good with other dogs, might be too much for small cats though a big cat might be able to put him in his place. Since he loves to grab you with his mouth to get you to do what he wants, best with older children who will understand what he is doing. 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, 36092, go to our website at www.elmorehumane.org for more information, email us at hselco@bellsouth.net or give us a call at 334-567-3377. We are open for adoptions Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.


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Commission leaves open board appointments By COREY ARWOOD Staff Writer

A new Elmore County Commission convened Monday to decide on multiple proposals from Probate Judge John Enslen and approve or deny county board authority appointments to Water and Sewer and Emergency Management Service boards. District 3 County Commissioner and Commission Chair Troy Stubbs led the commission, which is still awaiting the appointment of a fifth member in the absence of resigned District 4 Commissioner Joe Faulk. That appointment is expected to come from the governor’s office, and the absence of the District 4 commissioner and the area it represents in the county played a role in the commission’s decision of board appointees. Ultimately Stubbs proposed the seats remain open until the next commission meeting on Dec. 12. According to the agenda the appointments are due Jan. 9, a point the commissioners referenced in the deliberation of how to select the candidates. Candidates up for EMS board approval are Greg Jones, Lois Pribulick and Steve Dennis. Jones is the District 5 Council member for the City of Wetumpka. Central Elmore Water & Sewer Authority Board candidates were listed as James B. Harris, David F. Law, Thomas L. Macon III and Richard M. Roberts. District 2 Commissioner Mack Daugherty said he agreed on leaving the process open for those that were not aware and Reeves said there was a procedure rule of a 30-day grace period. Stubbs said by the Dec. 12 meeting the commission would have a better idea of the timeframe for the appointment of the new District 4 commissioner.

He said he wanted all five commissioners in place and all Elmore County residents represented before appointing the board members “My thought would be just due to the fact that we have a completely new commission and giving the public the opportunity to learn of these opportunities and express interest that we accept letters of interest and/ or resumes until our next meeting Dec. 12,” said Stubbs. “At which time we’ll take the necessary action as a commission between the Dec. 12 commission meeting and Jan. 9 to consider the names that have been submitted and make a decision.” Probate Judge John Enslen brought up three topics regarding his office. One item would place a new set of qualifications on who could serve as probate judge. In a lengthy appeal, Enslen proposed that the office only be held by a licensed, practicing attorney. “The reason I’m coming to you now, is that if you don’t get local legislation prefiled before the legislature starts in early January you really limit your chances of it ever getting passed through that particular legislative session,” said Enslen. He talked about the various county positions, which required college degrees, and the complexity of his office’s dealing in numerous legal issues and the money he said he had saved the county on litigation issues being an attorney himself. The proposal would later be tabled until a later date by the commission. However there were two other items pertaining to the probate office Enslen proposed. One was in regard to a three-year contract renewal for office equipment such as printers and copiers and was later approved by the commission. But the commission also approved a $49,000 digital archiving project Enslen

said he wanted to undertake to make a portion of the records his office keeps more readily available to his staff and the public online. He said the money would come from the office’s discretionary funds, which are raised from a $3 record fee and also pay an employee’s salary. Enslen said they would a full year’s salary out of the $90,000 that had been amassed in the fund, just to be safe. But out of the $49,000 he said $8,500 would be used to convert 58 county commission minute books covering 1895-2014 and 22 county commission books with attachments from paper to digital. The rest he said he wanted to use to digitize 48 volumes of bound newspapers covering the years 1943 through 1967. The commission approved the request. The commission also approved a list of county depositories, which County Administrator Grace McDuffie said encompassed all banks in the county. The discussion on the vacation of Bellingrath Road was held over until Jan. 23 at 5 p.m. for a public hearing. After the work session and the commissioners had voted on the agenda items, reports to the commission were made. Highway Department County Engineer Richie Beyer talked about an equipment finance program employed by his department. He said the commissioners had a packet of information on items approved in the fiscal year 2017 budget, which had been ordered as part of their equipment rotation program. Beyer said the package would be going out to financial institutions – some local or some in Alabama – who have requested financing proposals from the department. Beyer said every three years they rotate large construction equipment to try to keep ownership costs as low as possible and cut

down on maintenance costs. He asked commissioners with financial background for their input as well, and said he would have proposals in place by the Jan. 23 meeting. Emergency Management Agency Director Eric Jones said they were updating the emergency operation plan for the county, per FEMA regulations and State EMA. Jones said the EMA was working on updating an interoperable communication plan with a number of agencies. He said multiagency coordination group meetings would begin around the beginning of December for fire and volunteer fire departments. Jones also said he had been working with municipalities on how board appointments need to be made or handled. A commissioner asked Jones if the EMA had the capacity to operate its radios across all frequencies and any agency like volunteer fire departments and the sheriff’s department as well. Jones said they had the capability but did not operate on the sheriff’s unless absolutely necessary. District 1 Commissioner Kenny Holt asked Jones about the Elmore County Forestry Commission and talks of it leaving the county. Jones said the ECFC had moved from the fire training facility on Red Eagle Drive about 2 or 3 weeks ago. He said it is now operating out of its Montgomery and Coosa County offices. Holt asked if he thought that was sufficient for the area. “I don’t know that it’s the most efficient way for them to work for us, but they still work very hard to cover the needs that we have,” Jones said. “Certainly I would love to see them right here in the county, as well as I’m sure a lot of other people would, … they needed to make the best decisions that would suit them.”

Santa and a helper wave from the top of a float in last year’s Christmas Parade. File / The Tribune

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An Eclectic Christmas again features presentations through a walking tour dramatization of the Christmas story and featured numerous structures, actors and live animals. Below, among the cast members of last year’s “An Eclectic Christmas” were Jeanne Osborn, left, and Norma Billings, right.

‘TIS THE SEASON Eclectic Christmas Festival planned for Saturday By COREY ARWOOD Staff Writer

Thanksgiving just ended but Santa’s making his rounds early in Eclectic and has plans to drop into town next weekend at the annual Eclectic Christmas Parade. And this year, the town’s tradition has been renewed into a full blown festival. “This year we have brought back our Eclectic Christmas Festival,” said Eclectic Mayor Gary Davenport He said this year’s Christmas celebration would be the first time since roughly 2009 the town has held a full-fledged festival. The parade is scheduled for Saturday at 4 p.m., but Davenport said this year there would be a day’s worth of activity beginning around 11 a.m. He said local merchants had entered the program and would hold an open house from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. with drawings for giveaways and prizes. Davenport said businesses outside of the downtown area would participate as well. “We have merchants on the outskirts that will be setting up vendors along the parade route,” said Davenport. He said the parade route will come down West College by the senior center in front of the high school and would turn on U.S. Highway 63 north to Main Street, past town hall and will turn to go back to the high school and wind up at Panther Palace children’s park. A tree-lighting ceremony is planned at the end of the parade, which Davenport said would be around 5:30 p.m, and a Santa Claus will be posted up across the street at the senior center. He said after the tree lighting the winners of the day’s prizes and giveaways would be announced. Davenport said the parade grand marshal

planned for this year is Elmore County District Two Commissioner Mack Daugherty. He said businesses from outside of Eclectic had planned to participate as well from areas like neighboring Kent and Wetumpka. Others from Eclectic who he said had not normally been able to participate but would this year are Russell Do-It Center, Johnson’s Furniture, First Community Bank, D&R Convenience Store and Kickin’ Chicken. Davenport said the idea for bringing the festival back had been in the works for a few months after the local business leaders had expressed interest in giving the event another try this year.

Eclectic Christmas production set to begin Thursday By COREY ARWOOD Staff Writer

‘An Eclectic Christmas’ is set to begin Thursday marking another year and nearly a decade of bringing hundreds of volunteers from many churches to transport those in search of a much more traditional holiday experience through a production of biblical proportions. Starting Dec. 1, the event will run through Dec. 10. That’s an additional two days this year. It is one of what Jonalan Wright said is many changes to the program for 2016. Wright sits on the Eclectic Ministry board that has overseen ‘An Eclectic Christmas’ since it began roughly nine years ago out of First Baptist Church in Eclectic. Now Wright said it is the result of numerous churches and even more volunteers. He said on any one of the production nights there are about 200 people, representing upwards of 40 to 60 churches, who contribute to the multiscene walk-through of the traditional biblical holiday story, held at the Falk Farm, located at 1733 Claude Road, just south of Eclectic on Alabama Highway 63. Verdie Nummie, who also serves as assistant magistrate of Eclectic Municipal Court, is the secretary to the board of directors of Eclectic Ministry. Nummie said so far this year there were 6,014 persons registered to participate. “We’re at the point now what we did in total last year on confirmed reservations, we’ve already surpassed that and we haven’t even started yet,” said Wright. Wright said people from

surrounding states come to Eclectic to walk through the three-quarter mile, 45-minute dramatization, which takes visitors down an outdoor walking trail through the live drama set during the Roman Empire, from Augustus Caesar’s decree that everyone must be counted in the census through the birth of Jesus. He said he knew of some from Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina who had attended. Wright thanked the volunteers to the program, whether they were individuals or businesses that contributed to the performance. “I need the volunteers to know how much they’re appreciated. If it was not for them, this program could not happen,” Wright said. Nummie said she works on ‘An Eclectic Christmas’ yearround. She said the program would run from 6-9 p.m. on weekdays and on the weekend from 5:15-9 p.m. with walk-ins from 7:30-8:30 p.m. However she recommended making a reservation, due to the crowding that has occurred in the past during those times. Nummie said the tours begin every 15 minutes. Tours for handicapped individuals start at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. She said the tour is free, but donations are welcome. Both Nummie and Wright concurred on the reason behind ‘An Eclectic Christmas.’ “People will come there that will not go to the church,” said Nummie. Wright said a pastor awaits those who finish the program and have questions.


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Iron Bowl loss expected but still disappointing

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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 Graham 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.

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Despite a tough start to the 2016 basketball season, Head Coach Cecil Hollinquest believes with proper training and dedication his team can turn things around moving forward.

TIME TO SHIFT GEARS By CARMEN RODGERS Staff Writer

After a spectacular football season, it’s time to shift the focus to basketball and Tallassee’s Head Basketball Coach Cecil Hollinquest says he and his boys are ready to take it to the court for the 2016-17 season. “The ninth-grade boys will start game number four,” Hollinquest said. “We’re headed to Pike Road. At the moment they are 1-2. We beat Elmore County but we lost against Ben Russell and Pike Road.” Hollinquest hopes to see a fresh team on the court moving forward. “We hope to start again,” he said. “We hope to get back on the winning track.” Some of the Tallassee basketball players are also on the football team. Now that Tallassee’s out of the state football playoffs those players can now focus solely on basketball. “We have some of our football guys back and that will give us a little bit more ammunition as we go up against the completion in the future,” he said. Tallassee’s JV team has not faced an opponent this season, but that will soon

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change. “The JV team hasn’t played a game as of yet,” said Hollinquest. “Montgomery Catholic did not have a JV team, so the first JV game will be tomorrow night when we have our first home game here at the school against Holtville.” The JV team will take the court at 4:30 p.m. Tallassee’s varsity team has seen some completion, but Coach Hollinquest believes the best games are still head of his team. “The varsity boys, right now as it stands we are 0-3,” he said. “We’re still trying to clean up some things. Things like too many turnovers and not enough rebounds. That has been our nemesis during the last three games.” All of the varsity games have been played in Montgomery at Catholic High School and the team faced challenges in each game. “We went into the first game against Montgomery Catholic and we were a little bit outmanned,” Hollinquest said. “Then we played in a tournament last week at Montgomery Catholic. We played against Bullock County and we played against Beulah and both teams beat us on the boards. “When you get beat on the boards it’s

kind of hard to control things, especially when you have turnovers that match that amount as well. Those are two things that we are working on right now but we believe they are fixable.” Hollinquest believes with proper training and dedication, his team can turn things around, especially with the return of one player in particular. “We got Kalvin Levett back from football,” he said. “That should help us in the rebounding area.” Putting together a team that meshes well is the first step to a winning season. “We’re working on getting the right individuals in the game so that we can get five guys going to the board for us,” he said. “We really need to rebound.” Hollinquest says he doesn’t have the tallest team on the court, but in time he will have a team that will give its all. “We’re not blessed with a lot of height this year,” said Hollinquest. “The guys put together a motto, this year the motto is heart over height. We have the heart. We may not have the height, but we have the heart. We’re going to put our heart in it, that will lead to hard work and that hard work, hopefully, will lead to success.”

Southside Middle School baseball and softball field gets new bleachers, press box

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City workers spent much of the day last Wednesday dismantling the bleachers from Southside Middle School’s baseball and softball fields. New bleachers will take their place and new press box is also in the works. These improvements are all part of the Tallassee Board of Education’s Capitol Plan. At the request of Mayor Hammock, city workers relocated the old bleachers to the Dixie Baseball Fields in East Tallassee. The bleachers were a welcomed edition to the Dixie Youth Baseball fields.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYOFF UPDATE FRIDAY’S SEMIFINALS CLASS 6A Opelika 41, Park Crossing 23 Ramsay 25, Austin 14 CLASS 5A Beauregard 45, Jackson 25 Wenonah 14, Briarwood Chr. 8 CLASS 4A Handley 19, Andalusia 0 Madison Acad. 24, Hokes Bluff 21

CLASS 3A Mobile Chr. 21, Gordo 14 Piedmont 53, Ohatchee 26 CLASS 2A Aliceville 28, G.W. Long 21 Fyffe 33, Lanett 20 CLASS 1A Maplesville 36, Linden 14 Pickens Co. 23, Addison 6 AHSAA CHAMPIONSHIPS (at Jordan-Hare Stadium,

Auburn) CLASS 7A McGill-Toolen (13-0)

vs.

Hoover (11-2), 7 p.m. Wednesday CLASS 6A Opelika (13-1) vs. Ramsay (122), 7 p.m. Friday CLASS 5A Beauregard (12-1) vs. Wenonah (11-2), 7 p.m. Thursday CLASS 4A Handley (12-2) vs. Madison Academy (11-3), 11 a.m.

Friday CLASS 3A Mobile Chr. (13-1) vs. Piedmont (14-0), 11 a.m. Thursday CLASS 2A Aliceville (13-1) vs. Fyffe (140), 3 p.m. Friday CLASS 1A Maplesville (13-0) vs. Pickens Co. (11-3), 3 p.m. Thursday

Nov 30, 2016 Tallassee Tribune  
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