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WEDNESDAY • OCTOBER 19, 2016
VOL. 118, NO.39
Council moves to rent out downtown property
By COREY ARWOOD Staff Writer
The city council voted on a resolution to approve a land swap between the city and the county for a downtown property previously bid
on by a local children’s home, and one council member plus charity employees protested the move. The daughter of the founders of Wetumpka-based Adullam House was at the meeting to speak about the building’s intended and sole
deeded purpose to be used as a charitable facility to help the poor. Hannah Powell had deed in hand and attempted to rationalize with the city, but was shut down twice by Mayor Jerry Willis late in the See COUNCIL • Page A2
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Hannah Powell spoke to the council about the efforts of her families organization to acquire a building that the city also wants.
Local NAACP accuses city of retaliation
MainStreet Wetumpka meets for basic training By COREY ARWOOD Staff Writer
By COREY ARWOOD Staff Writer
The newly formed Main Street Wetumpka organization has scheduled two-days worth of “basic training” this week for its members who want to be part of one its various committees operating under what is called the “Four Point Approach.” The president of the downtown revitalization group, Dennis Fain, said a lot was going on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Fain explained the “Four Point Approach.” It consisted of four areas of the Main Street Alabama Program used when developing a main street area in one of its new locations. They were broken down See MAIN STREET • Page A3
A local NAACP chapter president accused the city of retaliation in demanding pay for the use of the MLK Center after he said attempts were made to speak at a council meeting over issues with the recent formation of a downtown development group. Elmore County NAACP President Bobby Mays said the chapter wanted to use the historic, segregated-school-turned recreation center to organize a supply drive for victims of Hurricane Matthew, and to aide ongoing efforts for flood victims in Louisiana. Typically Mays said he encountered no problem in requesting the keys to the city-owned property free-of-charge; even outside of their traditional two-Tuesday-a-month arrangement, where the NAACP used the location for its county meetings, he said. But this time Mays said he was told by City Administration personnel there was a fee for using the center. He said he believed the issue stemmed from See NAACP • Page A3
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Elmore County Superintendent candidates Richard Dennis (seated left) and Dr. Andre Harrison (standing) spoke during the debate between the two candidates Monday evening.
Superintendent candidates duel in forum By WILLIAM CARROLL Managing Editor
The candidate debate between current Elmore County Schools Superintendent Dr. Andre Harrison and his opponent Richard Dennis was a very civil affair Monday night, with both candidates discussing their qualifications and neither attacking their opponent. Both candidates were asked seven questions and given varying amounts of time to answer depending on the ques-
New development in Millbrook tailored to senior citizens By WILLIAM CARROLL Managing Editor
A residential complex in Millbrook dedicated to the needs of citizens over the age of 55 broke ground last week and work is well underway on the project, one of many in the community. The Village at Mill Creek officially broke
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ground on October 11, but work began on October 1 according to City Engineer Stuart Peters with Landmark Engineering and Construction. The new complex is located at Hwy 14 across the highway from the entrance to New Life Christian Academy. See DEVELOPMENT • Page A8
tion. Times allotted ranged from two to five minutes per question. After a brief opening statement by both candidates they were asked the first of a series of questions aimed to test their knowledge and skills. The first question pertained to whether the candidates supported or opposed legislative efforts to repeal Common Core and how they thought Common Core as it currently exists should be See DEBATE • Page A5
Probate office cleared in jury probe By WILLIAM CARROLL Managing Editor
The Elmore County Probate Office was recently cleared by the grand jury of conduct alleged in a report on the office issued by the state’s Examiner of Public Accounts. The report, originally filed on June 10, 2016, asserts three “charges” with respect to the office. The first is against the office manager at the Millbrook satellite office in the amount of $523.99. The charge asserts: “On April 23, 2013, cash and checks totaling $10,317.59 were collected at the Millbrook Satellite Office, but were not deposited. The failure to deposit the moneys collected was not
discovered until June 2013. Subsequently, replacement checks from taxpayers and a surety company totaling $9,793.60 were received and deposited. The remaining $523.99 was not deposited into the official bank account.” The second charge asserts that during the period of examination by the Examiner (Oct 1, 2010 to September 30, 2015) numerous clerical errors were made by probate office staff which resulted in failure to collect title fees in an amount sufficient to cover title fees which were drafted by the Alabama Department of Revenue resulted in a shortage in the bank account of $705. See JURY • Page A8
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Obituaries Denson “Ferrell” Arant
ARANT, Denson F. “Ferrell” 87, a resident of Wetumpka, AL passed away on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at age 87. Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. at New Home Baptist Cemetery in Titus, with Rev. Gerald Wood and Rev. Brad Chandler officiating. Gassett Funeral Home of Wetumpka directing. Mr. Arant is preceded in death by his parents, Denson & Pauline Peavy Arant and his sister, Willie Mae Parmer. He is survived by his niece, Susan P. Strong and special cousin, Addie Arant Stubbs. He was a Veteran in the U.S. Army and he received a Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals for his service in Korea. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Stubbs Sr., Jimmy Stubbs Jr., Sammy Cooper, Ben Holman, Jamie Strong, and Billy Levins. Visitation will be held Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at Gassett Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the cemetery fund at New Home Baptist Church, 1605 New Home Road, Titus, Alabama 36080 or your favorite charity. Online Guest Book available at www. gassettfuneralhome.net
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Council public comments portion of the meeting who touted the technicalities of council procedures as reason. The city’s intention with the building is for it to act as a source of funding for the newly formed Downtown Redevelopment Board by renting it out. The topic arose in the first agenda item, worded as a property swap between the county for what is known as the Old Board of Education Building and Thames Pharmacy. Willis introduced the agenda item, and City Attorney Regina Edwards read the resolution. The newly founded Downtown Redevelopment Authority (DRA) was at its core. From the resolution she read, the DRA was authorized to assist the city in its “effort” to revitalize it’s commer-
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cial downtown areas. And the county, she stated, had made known it would no longer use the historic property. They had solicited proposals for its repurposing, she read. “And whereas it’s believed that this presents an opportunity for the city to assist in the acquisition of an asset by the Wetumpka DRA which will help the Wetumpka DRA to support its operations, enable it to begin the process of becoming self sustaining and facilitate economic development in the city,” read Masters. She said the city supported the idea of negotiating with the county commission for the potential swap in exchange for the city’s undeveloped lot; located on the east side of Hill Street. Willis asked for approval from the council. Every council member was present, and District 4 and 5 council members Steve Gantt and Greg Jones made the initial motion and the second. However, District 2 council member Percy Gill alone voiced dissent. His opposition seemed directed at the procedure the city took in going to the county, and about Adullam House’s initial proposal and the deeded purpose of the property. “Is there a reason why the council as a whole was not notified prior to this presentation..?” asked Gill. City Planning and Project Director David Robison said not to his
knowledge, and since the idea was just a pitch to the commission to see if they were receptive to the idea, he did not feel all council members needed notification. Gill then asked if they were doing this backward, whereas the council should have been notified before going to the county commission. Edwards responded, and repeated Robison saying it required no official council action at that point. She said they told the county it was not an official action by the council and again said they pitched to commissioners that it would be beneficial to the RDA members. Gill asked who was at that meeting with the county. The reply was multiple council members, city officials and RDA board members. “The obvious problem that I have with this is that apparently there was conversation about this that in my opinion should have came before the council before it was presented to the county commission,” Gill said. He said it was disrespectful he was not included. Gill asked what the purpose was for acquiring the property, and juxtaposed that with its deeded intent to charity. Robison said the idea was it would generate revenue for RDA. The uses he said were limitless and could be reinvested back into the community, but were required to stay within the RDA’s mission. They money Robison said would come later from tenants and he said
the property swap, if approved, would require no city funds up front in the acquisition. Gill then entered into discussion about the previous proposal made to the county by the Adullam House. He said the will, or deed, on the property required any funds acquired from its use go to charitable help for the indigent He asked how would the RDA use that property to support the indigent? Edwards said The Tulane Legacy, of the same Tulane family as the university, set up the will. “When I looked at the will and I looked at the court order, it was my opinion that the property could be conveyed to some other entity, the only thing is any proceeds that the county gets or anything they get in exchange for that would have to be utilized so that it generates funds for this Tulane Legacy,” Edwards said. And at this point she said there was no separate fund for the Legacy, however she said there was nothing in the will that said the property could not be sold and the proceeds used for that purpose. Gill said he still does not understand how the city would generate funds for the indigent, and asked how they would. She said the county did not want to expend its funds to renovate the building and said the county had not come to a decision yet. Gill asked again about the Adullam House’s proposal. “So what’s the problem with the Adullam
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House occupying that space?” asked Gill. Robison said he saw it as an opportunity for the RDA, and he said if the Adullam House wanted to use some portion of the building as a rent-paying tenant in the future that would be fine. Gill said all of that discussion should have taken place before the meeting with the county. Edwards the county had previously approached the city about the property but without the RDA she said they had no use for it. Willis attempted to move on, Gill said he had one more question and stressed once more that the issue should have been brought up before, and he should have been involved. Gantt then said members from Adullam House were present, and would like to address the council in the public comment section. Unsuccessful Mayoral candidate Emmitt Johnson echoed Gill’s points and expressed his concerns about the RDA’s authority. Johnson said he felt the proper procedure was not followed, and then asked how diversity could be included to the RDA. Last to speak was Hannah Powell with the Adullam House. She familiarized the audience with their work with what she said was hundreds of children of incarcerated men and women right inside of Wetumpka. “I have here in my hand the deed for the Old Board of Education Building and the Thames Pharmacy which is the building that we hope to acquire,” said Powell. She was stopped by Willis who said they could not “rehash” actions taking place earlier in the meeting. Powell said she had a question, and read from the deed. “Because the deed that the Tulane family left said that the building’s to be used for the expressed and the singular uses of for charity for the poor and those who are destitute and in absolute need, which we wouldn’t have to reinterpret that for Adullam House, that would fit our purposes,” said Powell. “My question just I guess for the council, how are the destitute and the needy even if this is reinterpreted for city council to be able to use that building, how are those funds going to actually serve the destitute and those in absolute need and be used for no other purpose than that?” asked Powell. Willis reiterated his earlier reply but said she would get an answer. Also, after the meeting a tense situation arose when Tucker Robinson, RDA member, appeared to take issue with Johnson for voicing his concerns over a lack of diversity in the authority. He raised his voice and approached Johnson who was talking to Robison in the council chambers. Robinson made the atmosphere hostile, and then about five Wetumpka Police officers entered the chambers and lined the back of the room. Afterwards the matter was resolved seemingly without issue in discussion among the group.
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Main Street into economic vitality, promotion, organization and design. The program’s areas of focus were going to be divided into specialized committees and led by board members of Main Street Wetumpka, he said. Fain said on Wednesday there would be two threehour classes beginning with “economic vitality,” from 9a.m. to noon, and followed by “promotion,” from 1-4 p.m. Thursday, he said they would open with “organization” and conclude with “design.”
NAACP his recent efforts to address the council at Monday’s meeting about the newly formed Downtown Redevelopment Authority. Email correspondence from Mays to the city appears to date back to Sept. 26, shortly after the DRA was voted on in a series of highly debated council sessions that saw dissent from only one council member, Percy Gill, of District 2. The longstanding argument made by both Gill, Mays and other community leaders has been that there was no option for inclusion to the three-member board voted on by the city, and there was no diversity representative of city demographics and business owners in the authority. The city maintained the three members incorporated themselves. Attempts to expand the authority to five members by Gill were also shot down in the council sessions. Mays’ Sept. 26 letter states: “While the Elmore County NAACP Branch 2056 has no objection to these individuals voicing their desire to serve, we believe action taken by the Wetumpka City Council to formally endorse just these three individuals deprives other residents of due process and serves to limit racial diversity in the composition of the board.” It went on to lay out the chapter’s position in a bullet point list and concluded by saying it was their desire to resolve the issue without having to take legal action “to enjoin the Downtown Redevelopment Authority from further action.” He recounted his numerous communications he said he had with city employees and officials that spanned numerous emails, and phone call attempts over a period of weeks. Mays said he believed he had requested “in the proper fashion” to be allowed to address the council via a formal request made on Oct. 5. Once again he said the subject matter was the DRA. “I asked them specifically, said to them specifically, if my asking you via email is not the right format let me know what is the right format, and I’ll do that,” said Mays. “But let me know in sufficient advance time so that I can still address the body on the 17th.” He said his understanding was if the request was made by the Wednesday prior to that meeting, he could be placed on the agenda. What followed were communications Mays said he had with City Attorney Regina Edwards, who ultimately told him Mayor Jerry Willis had a full schedule and could not meet with him last week. Mays said he had reached out to Willis in an effort to discuss the matter in person and to avoid the council session setting. An attempt, he said, was extended by the city, but that was what he described as a last-minute, day-of meeting with Willis that was relayed to him by City Clerk Candy Masters. However the time conflicted with Mays’ work schedule. In a Thursday phone call to Masters, she laid out what she said were the reasons behind the city’s responses to Mays’ inquiries. “Basically we sent him a note that he was not going to be on the agenda and these were the reasons,” said Masters.
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The full board of the group, he said, would be present in the organizational committee’s meeting. The city of Wetumpka’s economic developer, Lynn Weldon would lead “promotion,” while Troy Stubbs, downtown business owner and incoming county commissioner, would lead “economic vitality,” Fain said. Main Street Wetumpka board members, Pete Powers and Craig Sheldon, would direct the “design” component, he said. “We would love for anyone to come and participate,” said Fain.
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She said there were no “quotas” for any ethnic group on any city board or committee. She said the criteria of concern was where the candidate lived, their willingness to commit, participate and their availability. She pointed heavily to the technicalities of council rules, or Robert’s Rules, and said an issue could not be brought up again that had been voted on, unless it was by a member that voted for the issue, not against. However, Mays said that referred only to council members, not the public. Masters also said Mays did not live within Wetumpka city limits, which would disqualify him from speaking per Willis’ mandate. She also said efforts for public involvement had been made through another downtown economic entity, Main Street Wetumpka. However, as it stands the local NAACP chapter’s newly formed committee to help survivors of both natural disasters would still have to pay to use the MLK Center to organize their efforts. “Why are you going to charge the NAACP for the use of the MLK Center for NAACP business?” Mays said. “Sum it up,” he said. “I think they mistreated me by not allowing me to be on the agenda for tonight, I think they’ve mistreated me by not responding to me in a timely fashion, I think they are certainly being vindictive by wanting to charge me for the use of the facility on those other dates that I asked for.”
He said individuals and businesses alike could join on those days and participate. Individual membership costs are $35, Fain said and new business fees are $100. He said the committees were open to unlimited numbers of people. City Planning and Project Director, David Robison, state coordinators with the Main Street Alabama would be there to give presentations as well. He said this process would get each committee started on their respective projects for 2017.
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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 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.
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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 newspapers for Tallapoosa Publishers, Inc.
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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
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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 www.steveflowers. us.
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implemented in the Elmore County School system. Harrison spoke first on the issue and said that when Common Core was first adopted by the state it was up to local superintendents to determine how the standards would be adopted. Harrison said that the state has its own set of standards, some of which he agrees with, others he said he disagrees with. “What you have to do as a superintendent is make sure that your teachers understand the standards and understand what they are teaching, and make sure that they have appropriate resources,” he said. “Also educating the parents on these standards, because that is very important as well.” Harrison pointed to his experience as a curriculum coordinator to support his knowledge of how to implement statewide standards in the school system. Dennis said he is not in favor of Common Core. “I don’t care for any program that dictates from the top down,” he said. Dennis said he believes in high standards and that local schools should evaluate their standards and train their own personnel. Dennis said he felt there was too much testing of students currently and that more time should be spent on educating students instead of testing them. He said he believes that decisions should come from within the schools. “I don’t wait for the state department to come and answer my questions for me,” he said at one point during his answer. The second question pertained to the Elmore County School District’s budget and how each candidate would respond to issues relating to the budget. Dennis noted that the districts current budget is $98 million, of which just under 70 percent is dedicated to instructional support. He noted that personnel is a huge component of any budget and that he believes it is important to be extremely efficient in evaluating personnel. One area he said he would direct attention to would be the district’s central office. Dennis noted that the office currently spends $2.8 million on personnel. He suggested evaluating the personnel there and perhaps moving them back to the classroom to teach. Harrison touted his experience as a superintendent and assistant superintendent, specifically with respect to the budgeting process. He said that the district works and plans with principals beginning in November for the next budget cycle. He said his goal has always been to use money efficiently and he noted that in 2010, when he was an assistant principal the school district was not meeting the state’s requirement to have one month of budgeted funds in reserve. He said as of 2012 the district met that one-month requirement and is now in excess of that figure with some $10 million in reserves. Harrison also noted that he has trained others at the state level in how to handle their budgeting issues. The third question involved the candidates’ position on the Alabama Department of Education recently tabling a motion to adopt and A to F grading system for districts and individual schools. Harrison said he did not support the measure and
was thrilled when the DOE tabled the motion. Harrison said that issues relating to school performance should be handled at the local level. Dennis said he didn’t have a problem with the grading system and that he was competitive by nature and therefore would put his district against any other district. Both agreed that a grading system could create circumstances of flight from poorly rated schools to higher rated schools and districts. The fourth question pertained to the candidates’ personal philosophy regarding the recruitment, training and evaluation of administrators in the school system. Dennis said that due to his years of experience as a principal he has had quite a few opportunities to practice evaluation techniques. He said he looks for people who show an aptitude in dealing with instructional and management type issues. He noted that modern administrators must deal with a number of issues and have a broad range of knowledge to be successful. Harrison noted that he was instrumental in developing a leadership academy in the district and that the academy created a significant change in the levels of administrators the district hires. The fifth question concerned how to deal with ineffective teachers. Harrison noted that as district curriculum director he created several protocols to evaluate teachers. He noted that if a teacher is not effective there are a number of steps the district must take. “We don’t want to fire teachers, we want to fire them up,” he said. Harrison noted that if a teacher is ineffective, however, he has no problem recommending to the board to remove a teacher from the classroom.
Dennis said that classroom teachers are the most important aspect of any district. He said that he generally sets very high standards for his staff, which effectively causes many who cannot meet the standards to seek other opportunities. He said staff evaluations can be handled a number of ways including walkthroughs and following state based guidelines. He said that those teachers who cannot meet the standards should be removed from the classroom, not simply moved around the district to another location. The sixth question involved the candidates’ position on whether superintendents should be appointed or elected. Not surprisingly, both candidates remained neutral on the issue and noted that performance was paramount, no matter how a superintendent is selected. The final question asked the candidates to disclose whether they had received money from any political action committees or business entities outside of Elmore County. Both candidates denied receiving any such funds.
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What makes America great
wound up unemployed and homeless. At the time, she had a 15year-old son living with her. They wound up on the doorstep of Friendship Mission. Mother and son at a dead end. At Friendship Mission, they found a safe place to rest their heads, but they found much more. They found themselves in the midst of a true helping community. There is no entitlement to anything at Friendship Mission. Everyone must do their part to make the operation work. Tenants are not given hand outs. They are given hands up. If a tenant does not abide by the rules of the mission or do their part, they cannot remain residents. Friendship Mission is not a government agency. It does utilize certain government
reetings from the corner of Bridge and Bridge! I hope all is well with everyone reading this column. Things can be well even when things are not the way we would like for them to be. Last Sunday, I read a feature story in The Montgomery Advertiser about a woman who was able to reclaim her nearly destroyed life through the help of Friendship Mission in Montgomery. I am very familiar with this mission, so the story had a particular appeal to me. The woman’s story is not an uncommon one. She is a single parent who had been using drugs recreationally since she was a preteen. She had a good job and an education, but addiction continued to consume her livelihood. She
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resources available to assist families in need, but dependency is not its mission. Independency and giving back to the community is its mission. Each time I hear someone, and not just Mr. Trump, say we need to make America great again, I shudder a bit. I think I know what they mean, but I do not agree with the sentiment. I think it is somewhat misplaced. First of all, I do not believe our country is on the verge of collapse. We live in trying
times, for certain, and the division present in our society is troubling. Still, Americans have lived in and through much worse. Second, our current political discourse is incapable of making anything great again. Our two party system and the predominant mindset of it does not support collaboration for the greater good. While there are certain exceptions, our present political “establishment” is mainly concerned with self preservation at the expense of others. It will take decades to unravel our present discontent as a nation. This reality does not mean we are not still a great nation. While we struggle and wring our hands over the bigger picture issues facing our country, each and every one of us has the opportunity to assist
with the rebuilding of lives. Get involved in some way with a local mission organization like Friendship Mission. There are a wide variety of options in our community. Look for the ones focusing on helping folks return to a life of making contributions to the greater good. What makes America great is that what we do on a daily basis makes a difference. Having a job, owning or renting a home, and providing for one’s family makes things better for everyone. If you are able to do these things, good for you. Help someone else who wants to do the same. The majority of Americans have a similar vision of greatness. Rev. Jonathan Yarboro is the Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Wetumpka
Religion Briefs 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: http://epiphanytallassee. org/
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.
at www.wacqradio.com 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 Jan. 1 - Once Saved, Always Saved?
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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
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
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goal this year is 100 shoeboxes. Pick up the empty shoeboxes at the church fill them up. A pamphlet will give you information.
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 at noon. Singing by the Jordan River Band, morning
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
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SUNDAY SERVICES SUNDAY SERVICES Sunday School...........9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship.....10:30 School........9:30 a.m. a.m. Morning MorningWorship.......6:00 Worship... 10:30p.m. a.m. Evening Evening Worship..... 6:00 p.m. WEDNESDAY SERVICES WEDNESDAY SERVICES Prayer Meeting...........6:00 p.m. Supper.....................5:30 p.m. Choir PrayerRehearsal.........6:00 Meeting........6:15 p.m. p.m. Calvary Youth.............6:00 p.m. Choir Practice..........7:00 p.m. Calvary Kids.............6:00 p.m.
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B.R. Johnson, Senior Pastor Larry Gore, Adm. & Counseling Randy Godfrey, Education Amy Pugh, Director of Children & Preschool Chad Middlebrooks, Students SUNDAY Sunday School............9 & 10:30 a.m. Worship........................9 & 10:30 a.m. Evening Celebration.................6 p.m. WEDNESDAY/FAMILY NIGHT Programs for every age 6:15 - 7:30 p.m.
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Billy Reinhardt, Min. of Students SUNDAY Morning Worship... ....10:30 SUNDAY School.............9:15 Sunday Morning Worship............10:30 Youth Choir .............. ....5:00 Evening Worship..........6:00 Sunday School.................9:15 WEDNESDAY Evening Worship..............6:00 Fellowship Meal............5:45 WEDNESDAY Preschool/Children’s Choirs.........................6:00 House of Prayer................6:00 House of Prayer............6:30 Preschool/Children’s Preschool/Children’s Missions............................6:00 Missions........................6:30 Youth Bible Youth BibleStudy.............6:00 Study.........6:30
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Area Calendar October 19-20
“Basic Training” for Main Street Wetumpka (new name for Wetumpka Downtown) will be held on Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wallsboro United Methodist Church will be hosting a praise and worship service featuring Julie Smith playing the saxophone. It will be a pot luck dinner followed by the service. Everyone is invited for an evening of food, fellowship, praise and worship.
The Holtville Riverside Baptist Church will be hosting a car and motorcycle show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with an awards ceremony at 2:30 p.m. There will be two classes for cars, best stock and best custom. There will be four classes for the motorcycles, best stock and best custom two wheels and best stock and best custom for three wheels. Judging will be conducted by the crowd. The entry fee for the event is $25, all proceeds go towards the purchase of a church van. For more information contact Pastor Kenneth at 334-315-9504.
Calvary Baptist Church Wetumpka will be having their monthly Men’s Ministry Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Invite a friend, family member or both.
Elmore County Democrats are invited to attend the next Democratic executive committee meeting 6 p.m. The meeting will be held on the 2nd floor of the Elmore County Courthouse in Wetumpka. The Executive Committee is looking to improve and grow the Democratic Party. Your interest and participation will be welcomed.
The Eclectic Cotton Festival Dog Show will be held at
10:30 a.m. in front of Town Hall. All dogs are welcome to enter the contest, owners must bring proof of rabies vaccinations with them. All pets must be on leashes and the contest is free to enter. There will be awards for biggest lap dog, smallest dog, best trick, best costume, ugliest and most unusual dog. A best in show trophy will be provided to the best overall participant. Registration for the event is prior to the commencement of the show.
Rock Springs Baptist at 375 Rigsby Rd, Tallassee, is hosting its annual community Fall Festival on Sat, Oct. 29, beginning at 5 p.m. All guests, all ages, are welcome. Program features a free hot dog supper, hay ride, cake walk, and marshmallow roast, games, face painting, go fish and much more. Children in costume are welcome. Come, bring canned beans or corn for ministry to a food pantry.
Eclectic Youth Football and Cheerleading League is hosting a Halloween Dance and Drive from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Elmore County High School old gym. The event is for children ages 4 to 12 and admission is free with a canned food item or $3 donation. Refreshments and glow sticks will be available for purchase. Canned food and donations will be given to the Eclectic Kindness Ministry. For information contact eyfcleague@gmail. com.
Calvary Baptist Church Wetumpka will be hosting its annual Fall Festival on Oct. 30 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Come on out for a great night of games, candy, fun and fellowship.
Camp Stew and Indoor Yard Sale Cedarwood Community Church, Hwy 231 N. Wallsboro, Wetumpka from 7 a.m.
to noon. Stew is $8 per large container that is microwaveable and reuseable. All proceeds from stew and yard sale go to church building fund. For more information, you may contact Laura Knight at 567-2457; Jo Parker at 514-0242 or church office at 567-0476.
The Wetumpka Church of Christ will host a Gospel meeting beginning Sunday Nov. 6-9 with Mel Futrell. Brother Futrell currently serves as the pulpit minister at the Shades Mountain church in Birmingham. The theme of the meeting is “Christ Above All”. Sunday 6th services begin with Prayer service at 8:30 a.m. Bible study at 9 a.m. Worship assembly at 10 a.m. The sermon title will be “Pictures of Christ”. Immediately after services all are invited to a meal and fellowship. Visitors are encouraged to stay and enjoy good food and fellowship. Monday through Wednesday services begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday 7th “The Uniqueness of Christ” Tuesday 8th - “The Cross of Christ” Wednesday 9th - “Jesus the Human Being” Nursery will be provided at all services. Visitors, family, friends, are cordially invited to come worship with us.
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The Wetumpka Public Library, along with the Elmore County Museum, invites veterans and family members to sign up and participate in a free monthly reading discussion program on the experience of war, beginning September and ending in March. Discussions will be held in the Elmore County Museum from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the following Tuesdays: Nov.r 15, Jan. 10, Feb. 14, and March 14. All books and films will be provided for
Jury each participant in advance of each discussion. Recent veterans of the global war on terror are particularly encouraged to participate.
Eclectic United Methodist Church 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, Eclectic 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, Eclectic residents hope to contribute several hundred shoebox gifts toward the 2016 global goal of reaching 12 million children.
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The third charge asserts a similar allegation to charge two and claims the account was short $875 after ADOR withdrawal of funds. In its report to Circuit Judge John Bush, the grand jury stated: “The grand jury has specifically reviewed the ‘Report on the Office of Judge of Probate, Elmore County, Alabama, October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2015.’ We note particularly the three charges made by the Examiner of Public Accounts on pages 74-75. One of the charges is in the amount of $523.99 and is against Christina Womble, the Office Manager of the Millbrook Tag Office, and is based on a missing bank deposit for which she was not responsible. The other two charges are for $705.00 and $875.00 against Probate Judge Jimmy Stubbs and Probate Judge John E. Enslen respectively, for clerical errors made by tag department clerks covering a period of five years. We find that none of these allegations involve criminal activity on the part of any of the three persons specified. There are no indictable offenses involved in these matters. We further find that none of the three persons acted negligently or unreasonably under the circumstances. It is our recommendation that no further action be taken.”
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According to Peters, the complex will include 56 residential units which will be age restricted, handicapped accessible and tailored to the needs of those 55 and older. Peters said the complex will include apartments, a community center, picnic pavilion and a fitness area all interconnected with parking and community sidewalks. The entire development measures 5.3 acres. Anticipated completion for the project is September 2017. “It (the facility) provides a safe community environment with activities and amenities tailored to active senior citizens in our area,” he said. “It’s a development that will be a popular destination for senior citizens.”
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CONFIDENT Wetumpka stares down high-stakes region game
By CORY DIAZ Sports Editor
Admittedly, the coaches took longer to get over Wetumpka’s heartbreaking, 38-37, loss to No. 4 Opelika last Friday at home. And looking into the team and players’ psyche going forward, that’s a good thing. “I’m really proud of them,” Indian head coach Tim Perry said Tuesday. “They weren’t sulking around; the coaches had a harder time getting over it. I thought the team did a great job, came in yesterday and had a great workout and a spirited practice.” Wetumpka led Opelika for most of the game and had one of Class 6A’s best teams on the ropes. “The big thing, I think we proved Friday night that we could play with any of the top teams in 6A. That’s not arrogant, but if we go out and play as a team and support each other, play with confidence, I think we proved to a lot of people that we’re a team to be taken serious and need to be considered as one of the top tier teams,” Perry said. “Opelika was No. 4 in our class, it was
a one-point game and with us having an opportunity to win the game, it gave our guys a lot of confidence. “In some ways, it was the best game we’ve played to this point.” The Tribe (7-2, 3-2) still has an outside shot of hosting a first-round playoff game. An early season loss to Chelsea (6-2, 3-2) looms large in their bid. The Hornets host Helena (3-5, 2-3), who is still vying for its first postseason bid. Currently sitting third in the Region 3 standings, Wetumpka hosts Benjamin Russell in a high-stakes game of its own Friday. The loser of two straight and struggling for much of this season, the Wildcats (3-5, 3-2) are tied with the Indians and still control their own playoff destiny. “We can’t really concern ourselves with another team with what they do or don’t do. Our focus needs to be on finishing this regular season strong,” Perry said. “We can’t let up right now, based on the level of play in all aspects of the game. We need to stay focused and continue to play at a high level. “We’re now in playoff mode. It’s
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Wetumpka senior running back DeAndre Williams (5) shoves an Opelika defender out of the way Friday night during the Class 6A, Region 3 contest at Hohenberg Field.
a single-game season and we need to count every game as our last game and play with that passion.” Benjamin Russell’s defense has given up an average of 32 points per game and are 1-3 on the road. Despite the Wildcats’ uncharacteristic struggles, Perry knows desperation makes for a dangerous opponent. “The level we’re playing at right
now, the target on our back keeps getting bigger and bigger, and from here on out, we’ll get everybody’s best effort. We expect Benjamin Russell to play its best game of the season against us,” the coach said. “They’re still in the playoff picture and they’ve got a lot to play for.” WHS hosts Ben Russell Friday at 7 p.m. at Hohenberg Field.
Edgewood Academy pounds Patrician in Elite 8, reaches state semis By CORY DIAZ Sports Editor
A prolonged postgame talk after a convincing straightset win in the Elite 8 Monday proved how high the expectations are for Edgewood Academy this year. Closing each game strong, the top-seeded Wildcats (223) pulled away from four-seed Patrician Academy (25-17, 25-19, 25-10) to open the Class A state tournament at home. Despite winning its 16th consecutive match and advancing to the semifinals at Faulkner University Thursday, senior middle hitter Kevi Hansen said the team was not satisfied with its play. “We could’ve come out and played a lot better,” Hansen said. “I think we came into it complacent thinking, ‘we’re higher seed, we can beat them.’ We just got to come out think-
ing this could be our last game.” The Saints kept the first two sets close early, but Edgewood benefited from mixing up its offense with attacks and tips to stretch its lead late in both games, carrying the momentum to a demonstrative, match-clinching third. Hansen led the ‘Cats with 17 kills and fellow senior middle Kaylee Glenn had seven. Senior outside hitter Morgan Brown added four kills, while Peyton Rodie and Sara Grace Ellis both collected three. Setters Anna Barnes and Madison Maddox combined for 48 assists. Sophomore libero Kenzie Johnston paced the team with seven digs. “I think we were real nervous to begin with. Coach (Sellers Dubberley) gave us the best pep talk I’ve ever heard last night – it literally brought the seniors to tears listening to it,” Hansen said. “We came out nervous,
excited, anxious, didn’t really know what to expect. “We mesh with each other, we can read each other on the court. That kind of helps us know what’s going on the other side of the court because we’re always talking, always telling each other what each other’s doing. ‘Hey, go right, go left, deep corner.’ Team chemistry really helps.” When Dubberley came on board at the end of June, he was the program’s fourth coach in as many seasons and admittedly, the girls didn’t know what to expect, Hansen said. From a tough, two-day training camp to four months later, EA’s expectation equals one thing, a state championship. “Stay focused, we can’t lose our focus on what we’re supposed to be doing. We just got to stay focused and do what coach taught us to do,” Hansen said. “He’s given us all the
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Edgewood Academy senior middle Kaylee Glenn (15) braces to receive a tip from a Patrician Academy player during Monday’s Class A Elite 8 match at EA.
tools, all we got to do is use them.” “We started out not knowing what to expect, and then we come into the season going at it hardcore. We worked for it. It’s
ours to take, all we got to do is grab it and run with it.” The ‘Cats will play Autauga Academy Thursday at 2 p.m. at Faulkner.
Dawgs earn two top-10 finishes at AUM meet By CORY DIAZ Sports Editor
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Holtville sophomore runner Rachel LIndsey, front, competes in a cross country meet earlier this season.
Holtville boys and girls cross country teams pieced together top-10 showings Saturday at AUM’s Warhawk Cross Country Challenge. The boys team finished eighth out of 24 teams, while the girls squad came in ninth out of 16. Sophomore Rachel Lindsey (23:46) and seventh-grader Hope Staton (23:49) crossed the line backto-back, three seconds apart to lead the HHS girls. Seventh-grader Ana Segarra ran a 25:00, the Lady Bulldogs third-best time, and senior pair Nicole Tyler and Madison Hill came across next to each other, running 25:21 and 25:22, respectively, to round out the team’s scoring. Just like the season up to this point, junior Colton Autrey and sophomore Ignacio Ruiz de Olano carried the mantle for the Holtville boys squad, placing 32nd and 33rd overall, respectively. Autrey logged a 18:26, while Ruiz de Olano ran a 18:29. The runners came in way ahead of their teammates, as freshman Braden Davis finished for HHS next, clocking in at 19:50, good enough for 70th overall.
Sophomores Daniel Lewis and Hunter Wesson earned times of 20:42 and 20:51, respectively, sealing the Dawgs eighth-place showing ahead of St. James. The Wetumpka boys ran a strong race, ending up sixth in the team standings on the day. Cory Anthony grabbed the 10th-best individual time at 17:09, a full minute behind race winner Joshua Escoe of Auburn and a full minute ahead of the next Wetumpka runner. Cayden Opperman came in 27th overall, logging at 18:15. Sophomore Aaron Foster recorded the Indians’ third scoring time at 19:05 and freshmen Brennan Worrell crossed the line 30 ticks behind him. William Ray rounded out WHS’s top five, coming in at 19:50 and 69th overall. Lindsey Rogers led the Wetumpka girls to a 12th-place finish, posting the 32nd best scoring time at 23:51. Eighth-grader Hanna Bunn finished 63rd overall, running a 24:40. Junior Danielle Rogers came in at 25:46, nine seconds ahead of Lady Indian teammate Hailey Holbert. Kayley Key clocked in at 27:10, WHS’s fifth scoring time and the 75th scoring time overall.
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