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October 19, 2016


VOL. 117, NO. 40

Smith facing child porn charges


A former Tallassee resident was indicted on more than 30 counts of possession of obscene material last Wednesday. Authorities say 35-year-old Matthew Smith was charged with 35 counts of possession of obscene matter on Oct. 10.

“The incident was reported back in July of last year,” said Jimmy Rodgers, Chief of Tallassee Police. “When an individual discovered a cell phone belonging to Matthew Smith.” After discovering the cell phone the individual began looking through the phone and noticed disturbing images on the device.

“When looking through the phone the individual observed what she thought concerned images of young children,” Rodgers said. “At that point the individual contacted our agency.” With the help of other agencies, the alleged obscene material was entered into evidence against Smith. “We have been looking into the case,”

Rodgers said. “We have worked with the Tallapoosa County Sheriffs Office and with ALEA’s sex crime unit. They were able to remove data off of the cell phone that was submitted to them, which supported the indictments on Matthew Smith.” According to Rodgers, Smith was See INDICTED • Page 11

Inaugural Dam Century Ride was a go

Tallassee High School building life skills By CARMEN RODGERS Staff Writer


Jennifer Crain is the Special Education Teacher at Tallassee High School who looks for new and innovative ways to teach her students. While thinking of ways to better prepare her students for life after high school, Crain thought of creating a school coffee shop where teachers could place an order online and have their coffee, complete with the specified amount of sugar and creamer, delivered to their classroom door just a few minutes later. Thanks to some help from donors in the community and around the country, that idea is now reality. Teachers are able to See COFFEE • Page 11

More than 40 cyclists from around the state set their eyes on Tallassee Saturday morning for the inaugural Dam Century Ride. Registration began at 6 a.m. and courses opened at 7 a.m. Cyclist had three courses to choose from: 30-mile, 60-mile or 100-mile. The event was a community affair with local clubs, businesses and organization from around the area joining forces to make this first annual event a success. “It was a tremendous success,” said Michone Roye. “I tried to speak to each and everyone as they returned and everyone I spoke to said they enjoyed it.” Many of the cyclist commented on the up and down hills they encountered along the course and how much they enjoyed them. They scenery was also complemented by many. “It was great,” said Richard Cooney, of Montgomery. “I really enjoyed this course.” Local clubs, businesses and organizations also competed for “Best Rest Stop”. See DAM • Page 2

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Boys Scouts earn Backyard Jungle Badge The Tallassee Tiger Scouts are working on their Backyard Jungle Badge. Planting a tree someplace in the community is one of the five requirements for achieving the badge. The group chose to plant the tree in front of City Hall Saturday morning at 10 a.m. The newly elected Mayor, Johnny Hammock was on hand for the ceremony. Hammock said he looks forward to watching the young sapling grow. (front row) Ace Watts, Austin Spencer, Alex Mehler, Evan Coburn (back row) Eva Mehler, Johnny Hammock and Brandi Watts.

McCraney-Cottle Arts Foundation to kick off 2016-17 season By CARMEN RODGERS Staff Writer

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McCraney-Cottle Arts Council opens its 53rd season of Bringing the Arts to Tallassee on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Tallassee High School Auditorium. Cost is only $10 per person and $5 for students.



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The McCraney-Cottle Arts Council opens its 53rd season of Bringing the Arts to Tallassee on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. inside the Tallassee High School Auditorium. The season opener will be “Spend an Evening with Patsy Cline presented by Emily Herring”. McCraney-Cottle Arts Council strives to provide professional entertainment for Tallassee and surrounding communities, and this promises to be one of its best ever events. See ARTS • Page 2


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Arts “We are very excited about the opportunity to have Ms. Herring perform for our community, it is sure to be a highlight of our season,” said Mona Mills, Executive Director of the McCraney-Cottle Arts Council. Emily Herring, a Mobile native, was last seen as a guest vocalist with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s, “Birmingham Does Broadway”. She has played leading roles on the national tours of “Ragtime,” “Kiss Me, Kate” and “The Sound of Music,” which she earned Best Actress nomination by Nat’l Broadway Theatre Awards in 2001. Herring’s regional credits include: UA Department of Theatre and Dance and Broadway producer, Margot Astrachan (The Countess of Storyville), Red Mountain Theatre Company (Mary Poppins). Paper Mill Playhouse (Ragtime), California Musical Theatre (A Little Night Music), Virginia Samford Theatre (Always…Patsy

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Cline), Totem Pole Playhouse/Arrow Rock (Smoke on the Mountain), and Alabama Shakespeare Festival (Honky Tonk Angels). Herring was a voice instructor at Birmingham Southern College, Rosie’s Broadway Kids and AMDA in New York City, and at her private studio in Birmingham, Tuscaloosa and New York. Emily has earned both a BM and MM in Vocal Performance, and is a member of Actor’s Equity, Musical Theatre Educator’s Alliance, and the National Association of Teacher’s of Singing. She is active as a concert, cabaret, and jazz vocalist throughout the Southeast; singing with numerous AL bands. She was a voice student of the late, Marni Nixon, and is planning a tour of her one-woman tribute concert: “Giving Up the Ghost: A Tribute to Marni Nixon.” Herring currently serves as Assistant Professor in Musical Theatre-Voice, in the

Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Alabama. The McCraney-Cottle Arts Foundation has a full schedule of events lined up for 2016-17 season. According to Mills, upcoming events include Music of the Season on Dec. 8 directed by Mr. Jerry Cunningham with local singers presenting a program of Christmas and seasonal musical selections. Choral, ensemble, and solo pieces will be included. The Annual Missoula Children’s Theatre production will present “Treasure Island” on Jan. 14, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. Closing performance for the 2016-2017 Season on Mar. 14, 2017, will be Tallassee’s Own River City Band founded in July 2014 with a foundation in jazz, which now includes a range of musical styles.

Dam As cyclist returned from the course they were asked to vote on their favorite rest stop. “They said they liked them all,” said Roye. “Fitzpatrick United Methodist Church won first place. “ According to Roye, Fitzpatrick United Methodist Church took first place because of the wonderful food and conversation they provided along the way. “Alabama Power’s Service Department deserves honorable mention,” said Roye. “They had a great rest

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stop set up as well.” Barry Parker, an Event Coordinator for the Dam Century Ride, presented a check in the amount of $500 for their accomplishments. “They were excited,” said Roye, “They said they are ready to do this again next year.” Roye said she is also ready to begin to plan next year’s Dam Century Ride. “As soon as Trade Day is over we will begin again,” she said. Alabama Backroads also participated in the Dam Century Ride by lending coolers and other supplies for the event. Alabama Backroads is an organization dedicated to informing cyclists about century rides across the state. The organization requires that a century ride must have two successful events before Backroads will endorse the course. This means Tallassee needs to hold one more successful Dam Century Rides in order to be added to the Alabama Backroads Century Series. Robert and Bonnie Traphan also helped organize the Dam Century Ride with their advice and guidance. The Traphan’s began the The Glassner Autumn Challenge. This is an annual organized bicycle ride held in memory of Dr. Jim Glassner, a longtime friend and supporter of cycling in central Alabama. A member of the Montgomery Bicycle Club, Jim was killed in a cycling accident on Dec. 16, 2001. According to Roye, the first Dam Century Ride was successful because of the tremendous support from the community. “We had to put out a few calls, and the community answered,” she said. “Everyone went above and beyond. We appreciate all the help and support that we received from everyone in the community.”

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Obituaries James “Jimmy” Holmes Dillard and grandchild, Gatlin Fomby. He is preceded in death by his mother, Mary Dillard Brandt and sister, Tonya R. Dillard. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hope Lodge at The family will receive friends Sunday, October 16, 2016, from 4:00PM until 6:00 p.m. at Jeffcoat Funeral Home. Online condolences are available at:

Morgan Blackmon

Morgan Brooke Blackmon, a resident of Notasulga, Alabama, passed away Sunday, October 16, 2016, at the age of 21. Funeral services will be Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. from First Baptist Church, Reeltown with Rev. Tim Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Carrville Cemetery with Military Honors, Jeffcoat Funeral Home directing. Morgan is survived by her parents, Greg and Leisha Sayers; sister, Jasmine Nicole Blackmon; grandparents, Janice Kelley, Lana Hunter, Pam and Al Mason, Mickey and Marilyn Sayers; great grandparents, Bobby and Dot Sayers; several aunts, uncles and cousins. She is preceded in death by her father, Jason Lloyd Blackmon. Morgan is a graduate of the Reeltown High School Class of 2013. She served as an Airman First Class in the United States Air Force. The family will receive friends Wednesday, October 19th, from 1:00 p.m. until service time at First Baptist Church, Reeltown. Online condolences are available at:

with Rev. Gary Buchanan officiating. Burial will follow in Friendship Cemetery, with military honors, Linville Memorial Funeral Home directing. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Frances; sons, Scott (Cindy) Hornsby and Hal (Lori) Hornsby; daughter, Melinda (Jerry) Skinner; grandchildren, Justin Skinner, Bill (Kim) Holliday, Brooke (Jerry) Motes; great grandchildren Hope Holliday, Hayden Holliday, Daniel Holliday, Chase Motes, Kynlee Motes; sister Jeanette (Austin) Landers of Ozark, AL; and sister-in-law, Barbara Hornsby of Tucker, GA. He is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Ann Heath of Tuscaloosa, AL and Clara (Fred) Heydenreich of Crawfordsville, FL; brotherin-law, Gerald Waites and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jasper and Irene Hornsby and three brothers, Harold (Vesta) Hornsby, Joseph Hornsby and Wayne Hornsby. Online condolences at www.linvillememorial. com.

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Franklin Glass

Franklin Scott Glass, 33, of Notasulga, died Wednesday, October 12, 2016, at his home. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at Corbitt’s Funeral Home in Tuskegee at 11:00 a.m. with Whitley Dykes officiating. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m.prior to the funeral at the funeral home. Mr. Glass is survived by his mother Lisa Worthington; his father Frankie (Cassie) Glass; his sisters Haleigh (Keith) Jones, Jamie (Travis) Bradley, and Keri Worthington; his grandparents Priscilla Godfrey, Betty Glass, and Horace F. Glass, Sr.; his aunts Janet McGill and Marsha Talton; his uncles Scott McGill, David Todd Glass, and Tom Atchley; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandfather Jimmy McGill. Send condolences at

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James Dillard

Mr. James Todd Dillard, a resident of Reeltown, Alabama, passed away Friday, October 14, 2016, at the age of 50. Funeral services will be Monday, October 17, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. from First Baptist Church, Reeltown with Rev. David Hooks officiating. Burial will follow in Reeltown Baptist Cemetery, Jeffcoat Funeral Home directing. Mr. Dillard is survived by his wife, Anna Dillard; sons, Brandon Dillard and Byron Dillard; daughters, Heather Atkinson and Lauren Fomby (Zack); father,

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Tony Grant

Mr. Tony Fletcher Grant, 64, passed away Saturday, October 15, 2016, in Waynesboro, Virginia, after an extended illness. He was born November 06, 1951, in Tallassee, Alabama, the only son of the late Harold and Hilda Fomby Grant. Funeral services will be Saturday, October 22, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. from Jeffcoat Funeral Home Tony Grant Chapel with Rev. Chad Middlebrooks officiating. Burial will follow in Bethlehem East Baptist Cemetery, Jeffcoat Funeral Home directing.

Bennie Hornsby

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Moore, Sue Leonard, age 77, of Birmingham. Passed away peacefully at her home with her family at her side Thursday October 13, 2016. Born November 11, 1938 to the late Earl Frank Leonard and Elizabeth Wilbanks Leonard Coker (E.C.). She is survived by her husband Dr. Ernest G. Moore, Jr. and her children Stephen L. Moore, Sr. (Vicki), and Susan Moore Hammontree (Lee), beloved grandsons Stephen L. Moore, Jr., William Cook Tyndal, Jr., and step grandsons, John Hammontree (Robyn), James Hammontree, and Mark Hammontree. Also survived by sister-in-law,

Maggie Moore Hollabaugh (Bobby) and their family. She is survived by the Wilbanks and Leonard families of Tallassee, Alabama, a large loving extended family. Sue was the secretary of her Tallassee High School class graduating in 1957 and was president of the Glee Club, delegate to Girls State, and was chosen to be “Miss Tallassee” and Elmore County “Maid of Cotton”. She attended the University of Alabama and was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority and is a lifelong Crimson Tide sports fan. Sue was active in PTA, a Brownie Scout leader, member of Discovery Place Guild, active in Charity League serving as brunch chairman, and was a member of the Silhouettes and Vanity Clubs. She was active in The Book Club, Cherokee Rose Garden Club and the Wednesday Bridge Club. Sue and Ernie traveled far and wide with dear friends and she loved being at Pelican Point on Lake Martin and Crimson Tide Football games. Sue is an avid fan of all Crimson Tide sports. In her youth, she played piano and organ at the First Baptist Church of Tallassee and later was a member of Canterbury United Methodist Church and played piano for children’s Sunday school program. Visitation will be Monday, October 17, 2016 from 5-7 p.m. at Canterbury United Methodist Church, Canterbury Hall, in Mountain Brook. Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at Jeffcoat Funeral Home, Tallassee, Alabama with visitation preceding at 10 a.m. Dr. Jim Jackson will officiate. In lieu of flowers, send donations to Children’s Harbor, Alexander City, Alabama and Canterbury United Methodist Church, Mountain Brook. Online condolences are available at: Jeffcoat Funeral Home and Cremations Directing

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David Weldon

Mr. David Weldon, a resident of Tallassee, Alabama, passed away Tuesday, October 11, 2016, at the age of 69. Funeral services will be Thursday, October 13, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. from Jeffcoat Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dric Williford officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery, Jeffcoat Funeral Home directing. Mr. Weldon is survived by his wife, Mrs. Diane H. Weldon; children, Cliff Paschal (Alice), Michael Weldon (Heather) and Layne Weldon; grandchildren, Auburn Harris Weldon, Anslee Brooke Weldon and Audrey Grace Weldon. He is preceded in death by his mother, Mary Frances Burnett and father, James D. Weldon. The family will receive friends Thursday, October 13th, from 2:00 p.m. until service time at Jeffcoat Funeral Home. Online condolences are available at: Jeffcoat Funeral Home Directing Tallassee, Alabama

Olin J. Kimbrough

Mr. Olin J. Kimbrough, a resident of Auburn, Alabama, passed away Thursday, October 6, 2016, at the age of 74. Mr. Kimbrough is survived by his son, Michael Cannon, Notasulga, Alabama; daughter, Sharon L. Kimbrough, Mobile, Alabama and his brother, Roy Kimbrough (Vikki), Notasulga, Alabama. He is preceded in death by his parents, Olin E. Kimbrough and Juanita B. Kimbrough. Online condolences are available at: Jeffcoat Funeral Home Directing Tallassee, Alabama

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Whatever happened to 'user friendly'?


here are times when cartoonist Jeff MacNelly is really missed. The late illustrator, originator of the cartoon strip “Shoe” (about a newspaper staff comprised of birds) and the single-panel presentation “Pluggers,” proffered a down-to-earth, pragmatic, and sensible worldview to which millions of average folks could relate. One definitive installment of “Shoe” was seen in the early ‘90s when “the Wiz” was updating the operating system of the computer system used by digital naif “the Perfessor” so it would run faster. The Perfessor asked “Why do we have to go faster?” but the Wiz didn’t have an answer for him. And that strip was published before the then-highlypublicized introduction of Windows 95. Over 20 years ago. And around the same time, a relatively-new term, “user friendly,” was being heard and marketed. One simplistic and logical example was a “UF” series of occasional tables from a furniture manufacturer that could be assembled by

customers. Now consider how electronic technology has evolved since then, and to what extent “user friendly” is now a viable concept. Y’see, there seems to be a bit of a contradiction between something that offers a lot of options if said options have to be learned and/or installed and/or updated and/ or replaced by a version that works faster; i.e., due to the complexity of cutting-edge (usually-electronic) gizmos and computer programs, there’s a contradiction between “convenience” and “user friendly.” New automobiles are handy, egalitarian examples. A lot of safety advocacy has been seen and heard in recent times about distracted driving, particularly if someone is texting on a portable communication device. Such admonishment is all well and good, but what about driving and being distracted by what’s on the dashboard of your car (and more recently, on the steering wheel as well)? We’re talking more than

The So-Called Column By Willie G. Moseley just glancing over at a radio/ tape/CD player and turning the volume or tuning knob. Most of those functions can now (also) be done at the steering wheel (details momentarily). But the very notion of a TV screen in the center of a dashboard implies that a driver will be taking his/her eyes of the road to peruse numbers, readouts, or other displays. And that’s dangerous, with one exception — if the vehicle has a rear view camera, the TV screen is obviously warranted (and anyway, a vehicle is moving slowly backwards when the camera’s on), but said camera should not be completely trusted due to blind spots. Controls built into steering wheels have been around longer than TV screens in the middle of dashboards, but have

gotten more complex. Many, if not most, vehicles now have controls for lights and/or windshield wipers built into the steering wheel, and a driver can pretty much choose selections on those functions by feel (without looking at them). My late father’s 2002 Ford Explorer also had cruise control switches only on the steering wheel — On and Off tabs on the left side; Resume, Set and Coast on the right. Simple as that. But a new vehicle I recently perused had the TV screen (with rear-view camera display), and the screen also had several images that had to be called up to make adjustments — tone, station presets, etc., some of which were touch-screen functions. While “presets” implies a preliminary work that could be done while the car is stationery, some drivers still might try to recalibrate onscreen something while in motion. Again, that’s dangerous. The steering wheel controls on the 2016 vehicle looked like something out of Star Trek, with a corresponding myriad of

functions—even tire pressure, as well as more audio controls — that could be called up on a readout directly in front of the driver. And the new automobile I checked out was considered a “base model.” Then there was the replacement satellite dish receiver my household was sent when an older model abruptly went out. The new receiver came with a booklet that offered installation instructions that were so complicated that we opted to call in a local video specialist instead of attempting to rig it up ourselves. Contemporary society has all kinds of options concerning working and playing in a more convenient manner. The fact that many times, setting up and/or operating convenienceoriented gizmos means a plethora of complexity seems like a definitive paradox. Willie Moseley is the news editor emeritus of The Tribune and his column appears in this space each Wednesday.

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Utlity trailer rules need to be enforced

Dear Editor, Do utility trailers require tags and functioning lights? Apparently not in Tallassee!

Last Sunday morning at Five Points, within 30-minute period, I observed 19 utility trailers passing by, only two had visible tags and most did not have functioning lights. One without tag or lights was actually followed by a TPD cruiser, which turned off without stopping the offender. Alabama Code defines utility trailers as primar-

ily designed to be drawn behind a passenger car or pickup truck. Under a law passed in 2012 a title for a utility trailer is no longer required, but a license and functioning lights are required. Under a law passed in 2006, the cost of a utility trailer tag is $12.00 per year. Not having a tag or functioning lights can carry a fine of $216.00 plus court cost. Why is this law not enforced? Sincerely, Gregory V. Dubay, D.P.M.

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ave you ever been riding down a lonely road listening to the radio and a certain song comes on? It can carry you away in thought. That happened to me recently, Ronnie Milsap was singing Lost in the Fifties Tonight and I got to thinking about those days which were probably the most exciting in my life. The 50s started on Jan. 1 and ended on Dec. 31, every day was filled to the brim with something new. This was my era, a time of excitement, heroes, songs, heartaches, a magical time. We were getting over World War II, some few things were still rationed when 1950 started but that soon ended. Radio was big but getting ready to fall because TV was coming to this area. Columbus and Montgomery had a television station, antennas sprang up everywhere. Families that had never owned a car were now getting one.

Lost in the 1950s The Coffee Breaker By Ronald Brantley When I was in school, Jive Boots and blue jeans became popular. Girls left their dresses in the closet and wore jeans and oversized shirts with brown and white oxfords. I thought I knew everything! I ran off and got married at 16 years old. If you are young and reading this, I don’t recommend this. I got my first big job in the 50s, I went down and asked for a job in the mill. I decided never to ask for a job again because they gave me everything I asked for. Music hit the fifties big, in the early fifties it was Hank Williams with Lovesick Blues. Everybody was trying to get their voice to go up and down on the word blue in the song. Clean cut Pat Boone became a big hit. Elvis

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took the world by storm and so many other singers made big hits during the fifties. Rocky Marciano was heavyweight champion and Sugar Ray Robinson was middleweight champion in boxing and everybody watched the Wednesday night and Friday night fights on black and white TV, brought to you by Gillette Blue Blade Razors and Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer. Everywhere you looked was an “I like Ike” button. Sputnik flew in outer space and we all went out into our yards to watch the bright light as it went by. We still went to the movies even though TV occupied most of our time. Drive-in theatres drew crowds, especially on the weekends. They brought live movie stars, one movie showed a baby being born so they had live nurses standing by in case anyone fainted. If a person liked baseball this was a great time; Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, and Duke Snider

are just a few of the big stars I recall. People raved over Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and James Dean got killed during this time in a car accident. I got drafted into the army during this period and it turned out to be one of the most exciting times in my life. I went on to put in 27 years of active duty and National Guard combined. We didn’t have any fast food restaurants as we do now but we did have places where we could get a burger and a shake when we could afford it. The average worker in the cotton mill made a little less than ten dollars for an eight-hour shift. You had to pay poll tax in order to vote and all of this area was dry and people had to go past Notasulga or Montgomery for beer or whiskey. Oops, I’m out of space but isn’t it amazing how a simple song can get you Lost in the Fifties. Ronald Brantley is a long-time Tallassee resident and can be reached at

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Inside the Statehouse By Steve Flowers

Recollections of Bill Baxley and the Cuban Missile Crisis


le Bill Baxley has been in the news a lot this year. He was the lead defense counsel for former Speaker Mike Hubbard’s ethics conviction trial over in Opelika. Baxley practices law in Birmingham and is one of the state’s premier and most expensive criminal defense lawyers. Like a good many of the top defense attorneys, Baxley was first a prosecutor and a doggone good one. Baxley was born and raised in Dothan, the heart of the Wiregrass. His family was one of the original settling families in Houston County. His daddy Keener Baxley was the Circuit Judge in Houston and Henry counties. Mr. Keener had been the District Attorney prior to going on the bench. Bill grew up in his daddy’s courtroom. There was no doubt in his mind that he would be a lawyer. Baxley was a child protégé. He also had a meteoric rise in Alabama politics. He finished Dothan High School at 16, the University of Alabama at 20 and Law School at 22. He became the District Attorney in Houston and Henry Counties at the age of 24. He was elected Attorney General of Alabama at the ripe old age of 28 and served eight years as the state’s top prosecutor. Unlike many of the recent attorney generals, who actually know nothing about criminal prosecution, Baxley though young was well qualified and an effective prosecutor. Baxley was elected lieutenant governor in 1982 and ran second for governor twice, once in 1978 and again in 1986. Bill Baxley like most politicians had his favorite stories and jokes. His best that he told repeatedly throughout the years took place in October over 50 years ago. It was during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Most of us thought our world was coming to an end. The story was about an ole guy named Squatlow. I am not sure whether this story is true or not but it could very well be true. Squatlow got his nickname because he would squat down low to the ground whenever he talked with folks. Ole Squatlow would hunker down with a chew of tobacco in his mouth and gossip and swap stories all day. Baxley was a young district attorney for Houston and Henry Counties. Dothan and Houston County has about 90 percent of the people in the Circuit with Henry County being the home to about 10 percent. Baxley was a youthful 25-year-old district attorney and would travel to Court on occasion in Henry County to prosecute the few criminals they had in Henry County. Baxley like most politicians would stop at a country store and drink a coke with the rural folks in the area. Henry County is a very sparsely populated rural county in the Wiregrass with two small towns, Abbeville and Headland. Abbeville happens to be the county seat. Squatlow had a mechanic shop/gas station/ grocery store in the obscure community of Tumbleton in Henry County. His whole world was no bigger than that county. The biggest places he had ever been were Abbeville and Headland with a population of about 1,000 people each. Well, they may have been back in the woods, but they knew about the Cuban Missile Crisis and the standoff between the United States and Russia. It was a scary situation. I think most people were afraid that a nuclear war was imminent. The whole world was on edge. During the week of this crisis, Baxley while traveling to court in Henry County, stopped by Squatlow’s store in Tumbleton. Squatlow and all the folks in the little community were scared. This was obviously the topic of conversation that day. Ole Squatlow sauntered down in his lowest squatting position and just shook his head. “You know, I’ve been thinking about it all night, and I just know those damn Russians are going to bomb Abbeville. Yeah, they gonna drop one of them atom bombs right on Abbeville,” said old Squatlow. Baxley looked at Squatlow and said, “Squatlow, why in the world would the Russians drop a bomb on Abbeville, Alabama?” Squatlow looked at Baxley like he was the most stupid person he had ever seen. He shook his head at how ignorant this young, 25-yearold lawyer was. He looked at Baxley and said, “Boy, don’t you know nothing? Don’t you know that Abbeville is the county seat of Henry County?” See you next week. Steve Flowers is Alabama’s leading political columnist. His weekly column appears in over 60 Alabama newspapers. He served 16 years in the state legislature. Steve may be reached at


October 19, 2016 • Page 5

Superintendent debate was a clean affair

he superintendent debate hosted by the Elmore County Republican Party Monday night was an extremely clean affair. Candidates were asked seven questions and given a range of time from two minutes to five minutes to answer the questions. During each of their answers, the candidates stuck to the questions and issues presented. At no point was there any discussion that devolved into name-calling, insults, discussion of candidates’ sexual proclivities or anything similar. It is interesting how a small superintendent race in a little county in Alabama can be so clean while the race for the most powerful position in the entire world effectively devolves into a grade school mudslinging contest. One would hope that for the highest office in our country we would attract the


ast week, we celebrated Paul Simon’s 75 th birthday in this space. He seemed, to quote one of his songs, “old.” This week, it could be argued that an even greater milestone has been reached for the earliest rock and rollers: Chuck Berry, the pioneering guitarist and songwriter, turned 90 on Tuesday. Chuck Berry! NINETY?! And he’s been married to the same woman since 1948?! AND he has a new album coming out?! George Howell, who went by the name George the DJ on the radio, often says that the first-generation rockers seemed to avoid the pitfalls of those who came after. Fats Domino, Little Richard, and Jerry Lee Lewis are all still alive,


best and brightest, but more often than not it seems these days to attract the dregs of society. In that respect, the superintendent debate between current Superintendent Dr. Andre Harrison and challenger Richard Dennis was an example of how to conduct a proper forum. Personally, I prefer when actual issues are discussed. I’ve never understood campaigns that are short on facts but long on diatribe. Sadly, that is what our politics are in this country, especially on the national level. Obfuscation and misdirection are the tricks of the trade as candidates would rather

fill voters heads with nonsense than sound practical solutions to their problems. Oftentimes voters themselves are to blame, whether conservative or liberal they have decided to listen only to voices that support their own and refuse to listen to any evidence to contradict their opinions. The reality is that none of those in attendance at the debate Monday changed their opinion on who to vote for, but at least they were able to hear each candidate talk about their views on how to properly run a school system and their opinion on a variety of issues. If nothing else voters left the room hearing actual policy solutions, not meaningless platitudes. One can only hope that our national leaders would learn a thing or two about local races. That brings up another interesting

issue. In my experience, local races tend on average to be clean. Sure occasionally candidates sling a little mud and a little dirt, but the fact you have to live around those you speak ill of can have a chilling effect on what you actually say. It seems though that the higher up you go on the electoral ladder the dirtier your campaign needs to be. It seems that as candidates seek to convince more people to vote for them they believe they need to do so by seeking out every sordid detail they can about their opponents. If only they would stick to actual issues, perhaps we could then elect people who actually do what they say they are going to do. William Carroll is the managing editor for the Elmore County publications for Tallapoosa Publishers, inc.

Chuck Berry turns 90 was rocking, a constant presence on then-new TV, joyfully duckwalking while playing his Gibson semi-hollow By Michael body electric guitar. He learned a lot of his Bird riffs and licks from time spent performing still performing, still with bluesmen T-Bone recording. Chuck Berry Walker and Muddy reaching age 90 is a Waters. But Chuck cultural signpost. Berry had a grander Berry was raised in a vision, one with unity upwardly middle-class in mind: he would take family. Chuck’s dad the R&B riffs and marry was a Baptist deacon, them to Nat King Coleand his mom was a style vocals, adding public school principal. a country & western His parents surrounded backbeat, giving his him with good music variation of “rock ‘n’ and literature; to roll” its own distinctive this day, if one were style. to dissect Berry’s The Chuck Berrylyrics, they would see styled leads have been similarities between imitated by, literally, Berry’s words and the everyone. His greatest works of Poe, Dunbar, living disciple might be Tilton, or Shelley. Keith Richards of The From earliest Rolling Stones, who memory, he was a openly admires and performer. And as the reveres Berry so much 1950s rolled on, he that he even made a

Bird’s Eye View

documentary film about him several years ago. And who can imagine the success of the Beach Boys without the noteperfect copies of Berry’s hits? Chuck Berry created, and has lived, a particular rock and roll style and attitude, or stance. In and out of trouble since his youth, he went to reform school (and performed his way out), and has been imprisoned on several occasions, usually for sex or gun-related crimes. Somehow, the charges never seem to stick. Chuck Berry, for all intents and purposes, is “rock and roll” personified. John Lennon of the Beatles said it this way: “if you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry’.” Hail, hail, rock and roll!

There's nothing like performing in a theater


here are pilgrimages that certain groups must make at least once in their lifetime: hippies to San Francisco, baseball fans to Cooperstown, and old people to Branson. I’m not old, but I did a show in Branson in 2009. Old people really dig my humor, and I really dig them. Like them, I dig circus peanuts, too. I’ve performed in a lot of places, including bars, churches, comedy clubs, restaurants, ball rooms, convention halls and arenas, just to name a few—not bad for a stuttering guy. I’ve even performed for troops all around the world, which include a couple of undisclosed locations. You name it, and I’ve probably performed there. I’ve even performed in Tuscaloosa a few times. One of those times was at Bama Theater. While I love performing for troops and other groups who hold a special place in my heart, as far as venues go, there is nothing quite like performing in a theater with my name on the

JODY FULLER Guest Columnist

marquee. Theaters remind me of a simpler time. Several years ago, I was one of four comedians scheduled for a show at the State Theater in Albany, Georgia. The marquee simply read “Four Comedians.” Now, imagine driving by the movies and seeing a marquee that read “Fourteen Movies.” Would that entice you to pull in and check it out? Likely, not. The State Theater had been recently renovated, so people weren’t accustomed to attending events there anyway. The promoter of the show didn’t know what the heck he was doing—bless his heart. There was not only an annual festival that took place the same weekend every year going on at the same time, but Georgia was playing South Carolina under the lights

on ESPN. Like it or not, pigskins trump punchlines in the Peach State. We had four people show up for the show. This past Thursday night, I had a gig at the Princess Theater in Decatur. Boy, was it nice. There cake in the greenroom! It was a fundraising and awareness event for the Decatur Kiwanis Club. They had my name, along with my friend Tim Steed’s name, beautifully displayed on the marquee. By beautiful, I mean in black plastic letters, but it was beautiful to me, although I was kind of hoping for “Two Comedians,” to be honest with you. I sometimes have a weird sense of humor. I actually met Tim at that gig in Branson in 2009. Tim performed for about a half hour, and then I followed him with a full hour. It would’ve been great to have a few more people there, but it was still a really good crowd for a Thursday night and they laughed a lot. The acoustics in the theater were outstanding. I told

a lot of jokes and a lot of stories and they laughed hard when I wanted them to except for three occasions when either I told stories I’d never told before or stories that just needed to be dusted off a bit. I have a dream to see my name on marquees at theaters all across the country. I work hard and have to believe that one day that will come true. If I didn’t believe that, why would I be in this business? What are your realistic dreams and what are you doing to make those dreams become a reality? I even want to see my name on a marquee in Branson, but I got word from Mel Tillis’ people that Branson wasn’t big enough for two stuttering guys. Jody Fuller is a comic, speaker, writer and soldier with three tours of duty in Iraq. He is also a lifetime stutterer. He can be reached at jody@ For more information, please visit


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My Heavenly Father is with me


he’s 91 years old. Just this year (after a fall, a hospital stay and some rehab), she moved from her home to an assisted living facility in Montgomery. She’s still got a good appetite and a sweet tooth. She’s still very much a Southern lady. She doesn’t remember everything so clearly any more and it’s a challenge to get up from her chair sometimes. She has some pain in her shoulder, but is really doing quite well. She moves up and down the halls and around her room on a walker. Her physical stamina is not what it once was, but her faith is strong. When we talked about her long life and good health, she said, “My heavenly Father is with me.” She said it more than once during our visit and over lunch. This daughter of God reminded me of what the Son of God told his disciples the

night he was arrested, the evening before he went to the cross. “Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me” (John 16:32). As she faces the trials of old age, her words and spirit reminded me of Paul’s words and spirit when he was on trial: “At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them! But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me…”(2 Timothy 4:16-17). This is the language of humility. She does not attribute long life and physical condition to her own strength or cleverness. Whatever’s happened and whatever she’s been through, she tells it in the context of God’s enabling grace. It’s like Paul and

MIKE MCELROY East Tallassee Church of Christ

Barnabas reporting to the Antioch church about their missionary journey: “they declared all that God had done with them” (Acts 14:27). This is the language of gratitude. She knows the same secret Samuel knew when the Philistines had been defeated, and he put up the Stone of Help. “Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpeh and Shen and called its name Ebenezer, for he said, ‘Till now the Lord has helped us’” (1 Samuel 7:12). This is the language of trusting faith. This dear lady takes God’s promises seriously. When the Lord says, “I will

never leave you, or forsake you,” she takes him at his word (Hebrews 13:6). She does not know the future, but she knows the One who knows and holds it and her in his gracious hand. She trusts in the Lord. This is the language of confidence. Facing whatever advanced age may bring and even death itself, she believes and therefore says, “My heavenly Father is with me.” David knew that: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4). There is wisdom for living in the words, “My heavenly Father is with me.” Do you say this and believe it? Can you look back over your life and see the difference God has made for you? Are you facing today’s challenges

knowing that you are not alone? As the unknown future looms ahead, are you anxious, or do you know the peace of your Father’s presence? Think of the blessings that you and I would enjoy more if we really believed that our heavenly Father is with us. We could live with far less fear and far more confidence. We would have extra help in facing temptation. We would worry less and worship more. May God grant us the grace to believe that he is with us, and to live as if we believe it. Mike McElroy is the preaching minister of East Tallassee Church of Christ in Tallassee, Alabama. He is the author of The Abiding Companion — A Friendly Guide for Your Journey Through the New Testament, available from

Religion Briefs Jan. 1 - Once Saved, Always Saved?

Episcopal Church of the Epiphany

On Sunday, Oct. 23 at 9:30 a.m. Charlene Rallo will teach the first of two Sunday School lessons on the Protestant Reformation and the Birth of the Anglican Church. At 10:30 a.m. Father Wells Warren will celebrate the Holy Eucharist, with coffee hour to follow. For more information, visit the church website:

at noon. Singing by the Jordan River Band, morning and afternoon.

Salem Macon Baptist

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 334-283-5437 209 Gilmer Ave.

Oct.25 at 6:30 p.m. Forever Young meeting. Arin Howell will talk about his trip to Cleveland, Ohio as a summer missionary this past summer. Arin is the grandson of Ann Howell Owsley, an Auburn University student and a member of the Baptist Campus Ministry. This is for everyone, so come and learn what our Missionaries are doing to tell others about Jesus. Bring a covered dish and bring someone with you. Salem Macon is again collecting Samaritan Purse shoeboxes for children around the world for Christmas gifts. Our goal this year is 100 shoeboxes. Pick up the empty shoeboxes at the church fill them up. A pamphlet will give you information.

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church

Our Life’s Journey is an outreach of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Tallassee, Fr. Mateusz Rudzik, Pastor; and Knights of Columbus Council 15093, Andy Lacey, Grand Knight. It airs on WACQ-AM 580 and FM 101.1 each Sunday from 8-8:30 a.m. Listen online at or on your smart phone using the TuneIn app. Oct. 23 - Holy Days of Obligation Oct. 30 - Faithful Citizenship Nov. 6 - The Last Things Nov. 13 - Are Catholics Really Christians? Nov. 20 - Prison Ministry Nov. 27 - Perpetual Adoration Dec. 4 - Love and Marriage Dec. 11 - Christianity vs. Islam Part 1 Dec. 18 - Christianity vs. Islam Part 2 Dec. 25 - Christ Mass

Elam Baptist

Gene Bridgman first came to Elam as a youth minister serving seven years. He was licensed and ordained by Elam and was called to serve as a pastor in another location in Alabama. He returned to Elam in August 2012, four years ago. Pastor Appreciation Day honoring Pastor Gene and wife, Julie, will be Sunday, Oct. 23 during the 11 a.m. Worship. There will be a guest speaker-musician. A covered dish fellowship meal will follow in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend in recognition of Pastor’s Day. Please bring your favorite dishes and join in. The Annual Hallelujah Harvest will be Saturday, Oct. 29 beginning at 4 p.m. with lots of fun, food, games, and fellowship. Everyone is invited.

Pentecost United Methodist Church

Please join us for Homecoming at Pentecost United Methodist Church on Oct. 23, 11 a.m. Lunch will begin

Rock Springs Baptist

Rock Springs Baptist, 375 Rigsby Rd, Tallassee, will host its annual Community Fall Festival on Sat, Oct 29, beginning at 5 p.m. Program features a free hot dog supper, outside games, a marshmallow roast, hayride, go fish, face painting, and cakewalk. There will be something for all ages and all ages are welcome. Children may come in costume. Please bring a can of beans or corn for ACTS food pantry. All guests are welcome. Come join us for an evening of fun and Christian fellowship.

Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church

You are cordially invited to attend a Recognition Program for Councilman Charles C. Blalock. The program will be Sunday, Oct. 30 at 3 p.m. at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, located at 64 Log Circle Tallassee, AL.This will be an evening of gospel music and comments from city officials and members of the community. Anyone who wishes to participate in this program is asked to contact the coordinators, Carolyn Smith at 334-283-6363 or Sylvia Phillips at 334-415-0458

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 334-312-4913. All proceeds raised by ETUMC will be used for church-sponsored programs.

Area Churches AME ZION Mt. Zion Chapel AME Zion 2340 Crenshaw Rd., Wetumpka 567-4413 Rogers Chapel AME Zion 709 W. Bridge St., Wetumpka 567-8144 Jackson Chapel AME Zion 4885 Coosada Rd., Coosada Jones Chapel AME Zion 2414 Ingram Rd. (Co. Rd. 3), Elmore ABUNDANT LIFE Abundant Life Church 9301 U.S. Hwy 231., Wetumpka 567-9143 ASSEMBLY OF GOD Agape Tabernacle Assembly of God 1076 Kowaliga Rd., Eclectic 541-2006 Bethel Worship Center 11117 U.S. Hwy 231., Wetumpka 5675754 Crossroads Assembly of God 2534 AL Hwy 14., Millbrook 285-5545 First Assembly of God 3511 Shirley Ln., Millbrook New Home Assembly of God 5620 Caesarville Rd., Wetumpka 5692825 BAPTIST Abraham Baptist Church Millbrook

Antioch Baptist Church 1115 Antioch Rd., Titus 567-2917 Beulah Baptist Church 2350 Grier Rd., Wetumpka 514-2881 Blue Ridge Baptist 4471 Jasmine Hill Rd., Wetumpka 5674325 Brookwood Baptist Grandview Rd., Millbrook Calvary Baptist 504 W. Osceola St., Wetumpka 567-4729 Central Baptist 3545 W. Central Rd., Wetumpka 541-2556 Coosada Baptist 20 Kennedy Ave., Coosada Deatsville Baptist 184 Church St., Deatsville Eclectic Baptist Church 203 Claud Rd., Eclectic 541-4444 Faith Baptist 64 Chapel Rd., Wetumpka 567-4417 First Baptist Church 205 W. Bridge St., Wetumpka 567-5191 First Baptist of Elmore Hwy. 14 Co. Rd. 74, Elmore Galilee Baptist 95 Old Georgia Rd., Wetumpka 567-4178 Good Hope Baptist 1766 S. Fleahop Rd., Eclectic Goodship Baptist Hwy. 143, Millbrook

Grace Baptist Old Montgomery Hwy., Wetumpka 567-3255 Grandview Pines Baptist Deatsville Hwy., Deatsville Green Ridge Baptist 288 Turner Rd., Wetumpka 567-2486 Harvest Baptist 2990 Main St., Millbrook Hillside Baptist 405 Old Montgomery Hwy., Wetumpka Holtville Riverside Baptist 7121 Holtville Rd., Wetumpka 514-5922 Lake Elam Baptist 4060 Gober Rd., Millbrook Liberty Hill Baptist 61 Crenshaw Rd., Wetumpka 567-8750 Lighthouse Baptist 2281 Main St., Millbrook Living Water Baptist 1745 Grass Farm Rd. (Co. Rd. 80), Weoka Millbrook Baptist Millbrook 285-4731 Mitts Chapel Baptist 935 Cold Springs Rd., Deatsville 5691952 Mt. Hebron West Baptist 150 Mt. Hebron Rd., Elmore 567-4441 Mt. Herron East Baptist Church 4355 Mt. Herron Rd.

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

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

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Mammo Party at Community Hospital Rashal Brown, owner and operator of Ambience Massage & Wellness, was on hand Thursday during the “Mammo Party” at Community Hospital to offer massage therapy to women who attend the event. Thirty-four mammograms were performed during the event. Terri Gilmore also offered massage therapy. Radiologist Dr. Paul Turner read the mammograms. In addition many, many Community Hospital employees worked hard to put this event together as well as on the day of the Mammo Party.

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Tallassee Trade Day 2016 will be held on historic King Street. The hours will be from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.


The Tallassee Rotary Club will hold the first ever Golf Ball Drop. Cash prizes are available. 1st place wins $500, 2nd place wins $250 and 3rd place wins $150. For tickets, call Stephanie Weldon at 334-415-9372.

tributed to the Tallassee city school system by honoring them with a Hall of Pride service award. Nomination forms may be picked up at Suzannah’s Photography on James Street in downtown Tallassee, or those wishing to nominate someone for the Alumni Hall of Pride or the Service Award may contact alumni president Suzannah Solomon Wilson at 334-283-8172. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 1, 2016.

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There will be a reception honoring Mayor Bobby Payne and Councilman Charles Blalock from 3 to 5:30 p.m. in the council chamber at City Hall. This is a come and go reception but stay as long as you like and visit! The council meeting will start at 6 p.m. This will be the last regularly scheduled council meeting for Mayor Payne and Mr. Blalock after a combined 75 plus years of public service.



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Monster Mash Dash 5K, Oct. 29. Tallassee (King Street—high school parking lot) Sponsored by Neptune Technology Group with proceeds benefiting the Elmore County Food Bank. Registration fee: Adults $25, children (12 & under): 2 canned goods. Registration times: 7-7:45 a.m. Race begins: 8 a.m. Prizes for race winners and for best costume! Please contact Brittony Henderson at 334283-7227 or bhenderson@ for more information or registration.

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Operation Christmas Child announces drop-off locations By CARMEN RODGERS Staff Writer

Hundreds of Tallassee residents will soon transform empty shoeboxes into gifts filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items. On Nov. 14 – 21 Tallassee volunteers are opening a site to serve as a drop-off location for shoebox gifts. The gifts will then be delivered around the world by the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child to children who are living in the midst of poverty, war, disease or natural disaster. Tallassee First Assembly of God will serve as a drop-off location for the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child—the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind.

During National Collection Week, Nov. 14 – 21, Tallassee residents will donate shoeboxes— filled with school supplies, hygiene items, notes of encouragement and fun toys, such as a doll or soccer ball—for Operation Christmas Child to deliver to children in need around the world. This year, Tallassee residents hope to contribute over 2,000 shoebox gifts toward the 2016 global goal of reaching 12 million children. For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, visit samaritanspurse. org/occ. By going online to give the suggested donation of $7 per shoebox gift, participants can follow their box to discover where in the world it will be delivered. They can also pack a shoebox gift online and even upload a photo and note

of encouragement. Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 135 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.


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Mrs. Crain’s Special Education class recently opened the Tiger Coffee Shop. This coffee shop will offer hands-on, real-life learning experiences that students will carry with them long after high school. Front row left to right: Shy’Asia Pace, Alyssa Mulcahy, Destin Kendrick, Chelsey Burgans, Chris King. Back row left to right: Niam Moore, Gaven Ledbetter, Drake Harper.

Coffee order their coffee online. “We created a Google form,” Crain said. “Teachers can go in and fill in their name and how they would like their coffee. When they submit it, it comes to our classroom email.“ Before going forward with this idea, Crain researched the field to see what the teachers at THS wanted. “I asked the teachers, what they would be interested in buying,” Crain said. “I had a lot of people say coffee. We probably had eight teachers ask for coffee.” After determining the market, Crain went to school administrators for approval on this life skills project. “I talked to Mr. Coker to make sure he was all good with it, and he was fine with it,” she said. This left Crain with one last hurdle to overcome, funding the life skills project. A few years ago the special education coordinator told Mrs.


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Crain about a website called Donorschoose. org. This website was designed by Charles Best, a teacher at a Bronx public high school. Best outlined a website where teachers could post classroom project requirements, and donors could choose the ones they wanted to help fund. To begin with, Best had his colleagues post the first 11 requests. Then it spread. Because the Internet has an expansive reach, this website allows anyone in the world to donate to a specific school project. “People in your community and around the country can donate

money for the project,” Crain said. “Most of the donors want to remain anonymous, but I know Audra Malone, Kristina Pendergrass, Catherine Durham, Jake Crain and Lee Anne Butler donated to the project, and I believe the rest are anonymous.” Not only did help fund this project, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation also helped in funding the Tallassee High School Coffee Shop. Gates was a creator of the world’s largest software business, Microsoft. Recently, Gates pledged to “meet donors halfway” and match funds for nearly every

project on Donorschoose. org. “That’s how it was funded so quickly,” she said. “I think we had six donors, but because of their matches it was literally done in two hours.” Now that Crain’s life skills project has come to fruition, her classroom will soon reap the benefits of free market capitalism. Crain says the money raised through this life skills project will go to good use in the classroom. “We want to plant a garden,” Crain said. “We have a kitchen that we cook in. We cook a Thanksgiving feast for our family, and this will help fund all of that.”

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hinking back to my school days, I feel like it’s only appropriate to give out some midterm grades to the SEC. Obviously, these marks won’t necessarily reflect the final grade, but they are based on the body of work to date and give an accurate reflection of each team at the moment. Top of the class… Alabama (7-0; 4-0) A+ The Crimson Tide is the best team in the country and it’s not even close. You can’t win with a true freshman QB. Really? The defense and special teams have scored as many touchdowns as the defense has given up so far this year for cry- Graham ing out loud. Texas A&M (6-0; 4-0) A+ Trevor Knight has been a difference maker and the defense is better than a year ago (although not a lot better). We’ll find out who the real top dog in the SEC is on Saturday when A&M travels to Tuscaloosa. Honor roll… Florida (5-1; 3-1) B The Gators fell in Knoxville with a backup QB, but have been otherwise unfazed behind a strong defense. Florida finds itself in control of its own destiny once again, but a late season make up in Baton Rouge could be problematic. Auburn (4-2; 2-1) B- After a shaky start, Auburn has actually taken some significant strides in the last three weeks. The next two games against Arkansas and Ole Miss will speak volumes about the rest of the season. I would have given AU a solid B, but the minus is for the game plan against Clemson, which still irks me. Arkansas (5-2; 1-2) B- The Hogs two losses are courtesy of the top two teams in the SEC. QB Austin Allen has been terrific, but the defense needs some work. LSU (4-2; 2-1) B- It’s definitely rare for a team to receive a grade this high after firing its coach before midseason. The Tiger offense looks completely different all of a sudden and Leonard Fournette hasn’t even been playing. Giving it the old college try… Tennessee (5-2; 2-2) C The Vols were picked to win the East, but have struggled all year. Injuries and losses are mounting, but the schedule is about to lighten up. Ole Miss (3-3; 1-2) C A brutal schedule has doomed the Rebels. Chad Kelly is still the best passer in the league, but an SEC crown is merely a pipe dream at this point. Kentucky (3-3; 2-2) C- The Wildcats defense is horrid, but UK still has a chance to go bowling if they can find two wins among Miss State, at Missouri and Georgia. Vanderbilt (3-4; 1-3) D+ Vandy has been predictably Vandy up to this point with some close losses and some ugly wins. However, they beat Georgia on homecoming. Remedial classes needed… Georgia (4-3; 2-3) D It’s safe to say the honeymoon is over for Kirby Smart. Growing pains are always expected, but losing to Vandy wasn’t part of the process. Mississippi State (2-4; 1-2) D- Want to know how good Dak Prescott was? Watch the Cowboys on Sunday. Dan Mullen is rebuilding and it may take a while. South Carolina (2-4; 1-4) DThe Gamecocks boast the worst offense in the SEC. Of course, they supplement that with the worst run defense in the SEC as well. Missouri (2-4; 0-3) F QB Drew Lock has thrown for a ton of yards against bad teams, but the Tigers have struggled against real competition. Zero SEC wins = F. Andy Graham writes a regular sports column for Tallapoosa Publishers.

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The SMS football team concluded their 2016 campaign with a 30-8 trouncing of the Panthers from Elmore County. A balanced offensive attack and steady defense proved too much for the visitors in maroon and white.


The Southside Middle School football team concluded their 2016 campaign with a 30-8 trouncing of the Panthers from Elmore County. A balanced offensive attack and steady defense proved too much for the visitors in maroon and white. Southside struck early as Tae Collins took the opening kickoff and weaved his way across the field for an 86-yard touchdown return to put the Purple and Gold on top 6-0. The two-point conversion failed. Using a punishing run game, the Panthers drove their way down the field on their first drive and were able to punch it in to tie the game at six. The visitors added the two-point conversion to take the lead 8-6 midway through the first quarter. Behind the legs of Jalyn Daniels, the Tigers used the run from the spread formation to quickly move the ball into scoring position late in the first quarter. Daniels sliced into

the end zone from two yards out and found his way in for the two-point conversion as well to put the Tigers in the lead for good at 14-8. The Panthers second drive was snuffed out quickly as the Tiger defense produced sacks by Sergio Diego and Zavion Carr, forcing the visitors to punt the ball away midway through the second quarter. Beginning inside their own 20, the Tigers went to the air behind quarterback Gannon Reyes. Reyes connected on passes of 19, 25, and 20 yards to Collins, Daniels, and Jacob Dantro. The drive culminated with a Collins run of 1 yard. Reyes found Will Brooks on a tight end delay for the two-point conversion to push the lead to 22-8 to close out the half. The Panthers opened the second half with a positive drive but the SMS defense turned them over on downs to put the Purple and Gold back on offense midway through the third quarter. After runs of 9 and 14 by Carr, Reyes hit Daniels again for 25 yards to put the ball into

Panther territory. Collins then took a jet sweep handoff from Reyes and scampered around the right side for 36 yards to pay dirt. Dantro powered his way in for the two-point conversion and the Tiger led 30-8 late in the third. The teams traded possessions in the fourth quarter with many of the young Tigers getting quality experience for the future. The Tigers closed the season at 7-1, providing promise for the future of Tallassee Tiger football. For the game, Collins rushed three times for 58 yards, Daniels with seven carries for 57 yards, and Carr with three carries for 37 yards. Daniels had two catches for 45 yards, Collins pulled down two catches for 22 yards, and Dantro had one catch for 25 yards. Reyes was 5 for 7 through the air for 92 yards. Defensively, the Tigers were led by Carr (8 tackles, 1 sack), Mason Bell (5 tackles), Brooks (4 tackles). Jaquavious Lackey also recovered an onside kick for the Tigers.


Tallassee drives for playoff spot


The Tallassee Tigers began their playoff drive last Friday at Leeds. Tallassee knew everything was on the line and Tallassee’s seniors showed tremendous leadership. For the most part the Tigers are healthy again and surely hit playoff mode at Leeds. From the opening kickoff when Leeds fumbled to the final second, the Tigers out played and out hustled the Green Wave. The two-time defending state champions had very good size and skill on both the offensive and defensive line but Tallassee’s athleticism, strength and determination opened gaping holes for backs to run through while harassing the Leeds quarterback constantly and holding the Leeds offense to 279 total yards (38 rushes for 203

yards). Meanwhile the offensive line of Caleb Stewart, Dylan Kidd, Nick Talley, Ethan Pugh and Jake Baker manhandled the Leeds front seven allowing Tallassee to make long drives thus limiting the number of possessions that Leeds had in the game. Tallassee’s offense led by junior quarterback Casey Baynes amassed 330 yards, 245 on the ground with Markevious Mathews leading the way with 102 yards on 19 carries. Baynes added 85 yards passing on 7 of 8 attempts. The Tigers also had their first game with no turnovers breaking free of the burden they had been forced to overcome the last few games. This Friday in Eclectic a strong county rivalry continues when Tallassee (6-3, 4-2) comes calling trying to secure a 3rd place seed

in the area. Elmore County would dearly love to knock Tallassee out of a potential playoff spot. Elmore County enters the Friday night contest with an overall 4-5 record and 2-4 in 4A Area 3 play. It will be senior night for the Panthers as they try to reach the break-even point for the season. Determination will be high on both sides while ball possession and turnovers will be key. Tallassee has been trying to prepare for any possibility from the Panthers who will pull out all the stops to beat Tallassee. Coach Battles has been encouraging his players to be ready to play with a physical style of football while minimizing penalties, preventing big plays with swarming team defense and taking advantage of every scoring opportunity. This should be a real smash-mouth game in Eclectic Friday night.

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