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Two charged with attempted murder after pursuit By AMALIA KORTRIGHT Bureau Chief

A man and a juvenile, both of Eclectic, were taken into custody on Sept. 2 after a manhunt through various parts of Elmore County. Ronald Jason Mann, 32, who lists an address on Ginger Lane, and a 16-yearold juvenile were both charged with two counts of robbery in the first degree and attempted murder in the first degree. According to Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin, Mann and the juvenile picked up a middle-aged couple, who the suspects knew, from the 6000 block of Holtville Road in Wetumpka and drove

Commissioners change procedure for delinquent property tax collection By AMALIA KORTRIGHT Bureau Chief

The Elmore County Commission discussed and unanimously voted to adopt an alternative method of collecting delinquent property taxes during a regularly scheduled work session and business meeting on Monday. According to Elmore County Revenue Commissioner Lee Macon, the resolution will change the sale of property to the sale of tax liens to ensure delinquent property taxes are paid. “We’re going away from a tax sale, which is the sale of property (and) gives certain rights to purchaser, to a lien sale, where we just sell the lien itself,” Macon said. “It helps keep a lot of that property that would rollover to the state every year in the county.” Macon said the resolution will allow people who have a lien placed on their property to retain their property rights. “For example, if my house goes up for lien sale, I will still have all the rights to the property.” Macon said. “This will allow the owner of the property to still have certain rights until due time, under that lien process.” Over the next six months, Macon said additional information about the resolution will be available on Additionally, the commission voted to authorize Elmore County Commission Chair Troy Stubbs to See COMMISSION • Page 2



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them to the “Purple Cow” Chevron gas station on Alabama 143 in the town of Elmore. Franklin said they forced the couple to withdraw money from an ATM, and the couple fled after they gave the money to Mann and the juvenile. Mann and the juvenile drove away and hit an iron Mann guard on a railroad crossing close to 143 in Elmore. According to Franklin, a 47-year-old “good Samaritan” saw their car was incapacitated and stopped to help. Mann allegedly tried to take the man’s cell phone and then stabbed the man seven times. “He actually was leaned over, trying

to look at the battery (in their car) when he was stabbed,” Franklin said. Franklin said Mann’s knife pierced one of the man’s lungs, his liver, his back, his neck and his lower abdomen. The man was transported to a nearby hospital and was reported to be in critical condition as of Tuesday. “We’re concerned about him, because he was in that condition last week. We’re hoping he’ll get better soon,” Franklin said. Franklin said Mann and the juvenile tried to leave in the victim’s car, but could not find the keys and left on foot. While police were searching for

Mann and the juvenile, Franklin said they received information from an area in Coosada that led to the arrest. Both suspects were arrested and booked into the Elmore County Jail on bonds totaling $750,000 each. Attempted murder and first degree robbery are both Class A felonies, which are punishable by a maximum sentence of life in prison. Both cases were assigned to Elmore County Circuit Court Judge Glenn Goggans. Franklin said Mann’s arrest came only days after he bonded out of the Elmore County Jail on previous charges. “Mr. Mann is a frequent flyer here. He’s been in jail several times,” Franklin said.


Eclectic’s annual Cotton Festival approaching By AMALIA KORTRIGHT Bureau Chief


he town of Eclectic is getting ready to celebrate the 26th annual Alabama Cotton Festival, which will be held on Main Street from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13. Assistant Town Clerk Elizabeth Geer said the Cotton Festival serves to celebrate the town’s origins as a cotton growing community while also providing

a plethora of fun activities for the whole family. Geer said the Cotton Festival will feature a variety of vendors, a live DJ, live entertainment, a car show, a dog show, an art and photography show, the Alabama Cotton Queen Pageant and a Kids Zone. “It’s just to get out there and mingle and have fun without technology,” Geer said. See COTTON • Page 5

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The Town of Eclectic is celebrating the 26th annual Alabama Cotton Festival on Main Street Oct. 13 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The festival serves to celebrate the town’s origins as a cotton growing community while also providing fun activities for residents.

County school board holds first budget hearing By AMALIA KORTRIGHT Bureau Chief

The Elmore County Board of Education discussed federal and state allocations, as well as projected expenditures, for the 2018 and 2019 fiscal years during a budget hearing Thursday afternoon. According to Elmore County Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Jason Mann, the majority of the allocations from the state increased from last year. The projected budget for the 2018-19 academic year is more than $106 million. The majority of funding comes from the state and roughly $26 million is expected to come in from local sources. Mann said they were allocated more than $67 million from the state to cover more than 11,000 students enrolled in Elmore County. However, they are expected receive less funding than initially stated due to fluctuating numbers of students at the J.F. Ingram Trade School, which is attended by residents of the Frank Lee Youth Center. He said the decrease will not affect day-to-day business. “I know for a fact the number in this budget is (currently) half a million dollars more than it’s going to be, come October 1,” Mann said. Superintendent Richard See BUDGET • Page 3

Body found at Kowaliga boat ramp on Lake Martin By CLIFF WILLIAMS Staff Writer

Seo Phyo Hong, 57, was found deceased at the Kowaliga boat ramp Tuesday morning at 5:45 a.m. No foul play is suspected in the death, according to ALEA officials.

A South Korean male was found dead at the Kowaliga boat ramp Tuesday morning. Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Marine Patrol Captain Gary Buchanan said authorities were called to the scene at 5:45 a.m. where they found 57-year-old Seo Phyo Hong deceased. Though Hong has a Montgomery address, authorities were unable to locate any family members locally. “We are working through the South Korean consulate to notify any family in South Korea,” Buchanan said in a release Tuesday afternoon. No foul play is suspected in the death.

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Obituaries Elizabeth Ellis Haggerty Elizabeth Ellis Haggerty, of Tallassee, passed away September 6, 2018, at age 98. She was born March 6, 1920. Funeral service will be Monday, September 10, at 2:00 p.m., at Linville Memorial Funeral Home with Rev. Clint McBroom, Pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Tallassee, officiating. Ivy Creek Hospice Chaplain Douglas McKinney will also be assisting. Burial will follow at Oak Valley Station Cemetery, Linville Memorial Funeral Home directing. Friends and family will be received one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Pall bearers are Tim Hickman, Leon Allison, Trenton Allison, Wesley Adkins, Dylan Hickman and Jake Allison. Honorary pall bearers will be Alex Hickman and Bo Tidmore. She is survived by her children, Richard Ellis and Carol Ellis (Bill) Tidmore; grandchildren, Staci (Tim) Hickman and Aimee (Leon) Allison; great grandsons, Wesley Adkins, Dylan Hickman, Jake Allison and Alex Hickman; stepdaughter, Janice Owens; stepson, Kenneth Haggerty; nieces, Martha Ellis Welch, Donna Ellis, Debbie Ellis Neuenschwander, Lynn Hale Barlow and nephews, Johnny Stephens, and Randy, Dan and Brad Hale. She is preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Gladys Templeton Hale; her husbands, Ray Ellis and Joe Haggerty; her brother, Hayward (Bill) Hale; sister, Joyce Hale Stephens; and nephews, Larry and David Stephens. Online condolences at


An Elmore County deputy was transported to a nearby hospital on the morning of Sept. 5, after he made contact with an unknown substance and began experiencing symptoms. Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin said the deputy was on patrol when he made a traffic stop on Highway 111, halfway between Wetumpka and the Holtville community. Franklin said the deputy arrested 50-year-old Anthony Chapman and 47-year-old Scott Bilbo, both of the Birmingham area, and confiscated evidence from their car.

“As he was examining the evidence he was able to seize, some of the liquid substance got on his forearm,” Franklin said. After the wiped the substance off, Franklin said the deputy was looking at his computer when it began to look like it was “100 yards away.” “He felt like he was experiencing tunnel vision, and he started feeling light headed,” Franklin said. “He realized something was obviously wrong.” The deputy was transported to the Baptist Medical Center South in Montgomery, was reported to be in stable condition and has since been discharged. Franklin said he

resumed working the next day. Bilbo and Chapman were each charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, and were booked into the Elmore County Jail on bonds totaling $6,500. Possession of a controlled substance is a Class D felony, which is punishable by up to five years in prison upon conviction. Possession of drug paraphernalia is a Class A misdemeanor. While many believed the substance was fentanyl, Franklin said tests conducted by the Elmore County drug Task Force have indicated that it is methamphetamine based.

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Barnett announced as new EMA director By AMALIA KORTRIGHT Bureau Chief

Elmore County Chief Engineer and Operations Officer Richie Beyer announced the appointment of the county’s new Emergency Management Agency director during the Elmore County Commission’s Monday work session. According to Beyer, Keith Barnett was appointed through an interview committee that consisted of public safety and fire service officials. “I think he’ll be an asset to the county, and strengthen the skill set

in the EMA, altogether,” Beyer said. Beyer said Barnett has more than two decades of public safety experience, and is a longtime Elmore County resident. “He graduated from Edgewood High and lives in the Wetumpka area,” Beyer said. “As soon as we get him on the ground, I’ll make sure we introduce him to everybody.” Barnett is replacing former county EMA director Eric Jones, who resigned in August to accept a position as the Alabama EMA Program Coordinator. A short drive from high prices

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Commission execute an agreement that would allow the county to receive reimbursement from the Alabama Department of Transportation for emergency repairs on a sinkhole that appeared on Redland Road in the summer of 2017. In other business, the commission:

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–Approved the extension of the Association of County Commissions of Alabama Workers Compensation SelfInsurance coverage through the end of the 2021 fiscal year. –Approved an agreement and the Alabama Department of Examiners of Public accounts for

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Federal funds:


Low-income students Professional development ESL students Special education Career tech education

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$2,431,596 $412,105 $21,669 $2,493,961 $149,693

Child nutrition projected to be $7.2 million

State funds projected to be: 67,529,273* Classroom instructional support $1,022 per unit

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$70 per student

School nurses $419,717 Tech coordinator $55,940


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Local funds projected to be: $26,937 Expenses projected to be: $109,388,089

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Dennis said the decrease in funds will be a loss for the system, but will allow for a more accurate accounting process at a state level. “For the greater good, I think it’s in the right direction,” Dennis said. Mann said state allocations for classroom instructional support, pay raises, school nurses, technology coordinators, programs for at-risk students, transportation and career-technical education increased from last year. Elmore County was also awarded grants from the state for the pre-K classrooms at several elementary schools. In federal funding, ECPS Mann said allocations for students from low income households, teacher training special education and career-technical education increased, while funding for English as a Second Language (ESL) students slightly decreased. Mann said the decrease was due to a decline of ESL students in the area. ECPS’s projected expenditures amount to more than $109 million and by the end of 2018, the general fund balance is expected to be about $13 million. Mann said portions of the budget will be used to increase its focus on the system’s alternative education, virtual education, career-technical education programs and professional development for staff. Mann said they are concentrating on expanding the system’s virtual school program, “attacking” construction needs for a new Redland Middle School, a new Elmore County Technical Center, as well as building arts facilities and additional classrooms throughout the area. He also said the system is looking to hire more special education staff. In the future, Mann said ECPS is looking to continue allowances for out-of-district student participation, increase the presence of student resource officers on campuses, expand mental health services and implement new programs for the Elmore County Alternative Program. A second budget hearing is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 17. More information about the budget will be available online at, and questions can be directed toward Mann at

Montgomery teen arrested after shots fired at Millbrook party of a business on the 2100 block of Main Street. The following day, authorities discovered that several rounds struck a vehicle carrying a A Montgomery man was jailed minor. six weeks after a July shooting at “That young man was extremely a party in Millbrook. fortunate that he was not killed According to a press release or seriously injured,” Chief P.K. from the Millbrook Police Johnson said. Department, Roderick Lee Harris, Harris One person suffered a broken 19, was charged with discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle on Sept. jaw, and another had been shot in the leg. Johnson said Harris was a suspect 5. since the night the incident took place, but Police said Harris was charged in police were initially unable to find him. connection to gunshots fired at a party in After police enlisted the help of the U.S. a large field in the Woodview subdivision on July 20 attended by about 300 juveniles Marshal’s Service, Harris turned himself in. and young adults. Authorities arrived “I’d say he made a wise decision, at 11:30 p.m. after receiving reports of because we weren’t going to stop looking multiple gunshots. Reports said a fight for him. You don’t get to commit these broke out at the party, and someone fired types of crimes in our city and run a handgun to break up the fight. But after down the interstate to avoid arrest and the first shot was fired, other people fired prosecution,” Johnson said. multiple rounds as well. After his arrest, Harris was placed in the As cars were leaving the area, police Elmore County Jail on a $15,000 bond. said someone fired from the parking lot By AMALIA KORTRIGHT Bureau Chief

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The 10 Commandments and religious freedom


or years, discussion over the public display of The 10 Commandments has animated Alabama’s political landscape. The issue is so energizing, it seems, that many politicians frame their own races through the lens of this battle — that support for their candidacy is a vote for the Ten Commandments. Even so, Alabamians have never actually gotten a chance to vote directly on the issue. This November, however, a constitutional amendment sponsored by Sen. Gerald Dial provides that opportunity. Statewide Amendment 1, if successful, would enshrine in the state constitution language signifying two things, a) The 10 Commandments are authorized to be displayed on public property, including public schools and b) that no person’s religion can affect his or her political or civil rights. This amendment, as expected, has received its share of support and criticism. Dean Young, Chairman of the Ten Commandments PAC, suggests this to be a vote where Alabama decides if we “want to acknowledge God.” He also remarks that we will be held accountable for our vote on judgment day. Not all Christians agree with Young, however. The Baptist Joint Committee, for example, argues “the government should represent all constituents regardless of religious belief” and not involve itself in “religious favoritism.” The question, of course, is of the real impact of this amendment. Essential to the discussion of impact is one provision within the amendment that will not be included on the ballot: the fact that any 10

PARKER SNIDER Columnist Commandments display must comply with constitutional requirements. This provision explicitly acknowledges 10 Commandments displays in Alabama are subject to the U.S. Constitution, and therefore the U.S. Supreme Court. The U.S. Supreme Court, it is important to note, has largely settled on an understanding of the constitutionality of this issue through three precedentsetting court rulings. In McCreary County v. ACLU, the Supreme Court ruled the display of The 10 Commandments in a Kentucky courthouse was unconstitutional. In Van Orden v. Perry, however, the Court allowed The 10 Commandments to be displayed, provided it was within a larger array of historical monuments and markers. In regard to the display of The 10 Commandments in public schools, the court ruled in Stone v. Graham posting The 10 Commandments in every public school classroom, as required by a Kentucky law, served “no secular purpose” and was therefore unconstitutional. As this amendment is subject to these precedents and already-existing First Amendment protections, the approval or rejection of this amendment will likely have limited immediate impact in Alabama. What, then, is the purpose? In a recent call with the

Alabama Policy Institute, Dial — the sponsor of the amendment — answered that question. He acknowledged, for the amendment to have greatest impact, the U.S. Supreme Court will have to rule differently in the future. Dial also offered another reason to support the amendment. He remarked this amendment would shift liability from the individual or government office displaying The 10 Commandments to the state. The hope of this amendment is to embolden displays of The 10 Commandments under the legal protection of the state constitution, Dial suggests, and let the state deal with any legal ramifications. It is important to mention, however, that the amendment specifies that no public funds can be used to defend its constitutionality. If there are legal challenges, Dial suggests a third party will fund the defense. To be sure, this amendment brings yet again to the public eye an issue that some consider settled. The Supreme Court precedent will — new rulings notwithstanding — supersede any constitutional amendments the people of Alabama pass or fail to pass on the subject. If the U.S. Supreme Court were to, however, overturn past precedent, the success or failure of this amendment could be consequential. Snider is manager of policy relations for the Alabama Policy Institute, an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and educational organization dedicated to strengthening free enterprise, defending limited government, and championing strong families.

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Letter to the Editor

Gubernatorial debate good for Alabama Dear Editor, We are a little more than two months away from Election Day and Gov. Kay Ivey is still dodging candidate Walt Maddox’s debate challenge. The Maddox campaign recently released a video on social media showing an empty debate podium with “Kay Ivey” written on it and a caption that lists the “debate topic” as abortion, guns and the U.S. Supreme Court. Ivey has refused to debate both her primary challengers and Maddox. Governor Ivey needs to remember that she is an “appointed”

incumbent as opposed to an “elected” incumbent and there is a difference. As the Lt. Governor she was appointed governor upon the resignation of Robert Bentley and many of us have questions about her views that would be vetted through actual debates during the election process. In addition to the “debate topics” that were listed in Maddox video, I have more questions that strike closer to home here in Alabama that I would like to hear their view on. These include statewide issues such as economic development in depressed areas, the growing healthcare crisis we

face, Medicaid expansion, and our prison crisis among others. I would also like to hear their views on local issues such as their role in addressing citizen’s concerns regarding possible illegal actions taken by county commissions (an issue I raised in Elmore County this year). The bottom line is straightforward. No candidate running for office should be given a pass on engaging in public debate in order to get fully vetted. Governor Ivey, the ball is in your court. Michael E. Waters Elmore


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Chamber, Wind Creek honor local businesses By JULIANNE PURCELL Contributing Writer

Hundreds of area business people representing nearly 50 local businesses were celebrated recently for their service to the community and their contribution to the local economy from atop the Wind Creek Wetumpka Casino penthouse. Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce, with co-host Wind Creek Hospitality, conducted the inaugural Business Appreciation Reception, and this year’s event honored more than 150 local business owners and key employees. “This was our first time doing this event, and we are very pleased. Our members thoroughly enjoyed it,â€? Chamber Executive Director Gerry Purcell said. “I want to send a big ‘thank you’ to Wind Creek for hosting us. Everything they do is done with excellence.â€? The honored guests at last Thursday’s reception included doctors and dentists, bankers and investment consultants, photographers and art museum curators, and clothing and specialty store owners, mingled with radio advertising executives, flooring and dĂŠcor store owners, lawn equipment repair specialists, and a bait and tackle shop owner, as well as a physical therapist and a fitness center owner. Kristy McGehee, owner of NOW Physical Therapy and board certified orthopedic clinical specialist, was excited to participate in Thursday’s

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Business owners and community leaders mingle at during the Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce’s first Business Appreciation Reception.

event and shared her enthusiasm of helping people return to an active and healthy lifestyle. “I have enjoyed the opportunity to

partner my new business with Impact Fitness,� McGehee said. “They have a top-notch facility with a full range of activities, from individualized

weight training, group classes, massage therapy, all the way to my in-house physical therapy office.� McGehee praised the WACC and Wind Creek for hosting the Business Appreciation Reception. “I enjoy events like the business reception because it gives local business leaders the opportunity to come together in a relaxed environment to meet people they would only see in a work setting, or possibly not ever meet at all,� she said. Getting the word out to help grow local businesses is Cumulus Media, according to Montgomery’s Cumulus Broadcasting executive Darlene Dixon. “I love things like the reception,� Dixon said, “because I always meet new and interesting people, and they often wind up trusting me to help them grow their business through radio and digital advertising.� Radio advertising can offer as much as a 10 to 1 return on investment, and digital advertising, which Cumulus also offers, can further increase the ROI, added Dixon. Cumulus radio has 6 radio stations including WLWI Radio. Wetumpka is home to a growing number and wide diversity of businesses, which serve, treat, clothe, feed and minister locals Since 2010, the Elmore County Food Pantry, also represented at the Business Appreciation Reception, has served over 1.3 million pounds of free food to Elmore County’s most needy families, and currently assists more than 500 families per month.

Cotton This year, she said they are bringing back the Cotton Run 5k and fun run, which has not been a part of the Cotton Festival for about three years. The Cotton Run starts at 7 a.m., and is expected to last about an hour and a half. Geer said the Cotton Festival will also hold the second annual chicken race at noon, where they plan to race live chickens. Because both the University of Alabama and Auburn University’s football teams have home games on the day of the event, Geer said the games may be projected on a wall for people to watch at the Eclectic Warehouse event venue. “We will have an Alabama or Auburn game, if it’s on, projected somewhere,� Geer said. “We’re crossing our fingers that they’re late games. The live DJ will be here, so if there are games going on, he’ll announce touchdowns and scores.� Town Clerk Deborah Rowe, who has been involved with the Cotton Festival in some capacity since its inception, said something new has been added to the event every year. “There have been more vendors and more events, and those have changed over the years, depending on what works, what people want and what people respond to,� Rowe said. “It started out as a yard sale, and then it just kind of grew.� Rowe said the Cotton Festival was initially started by Eclectic the Beautiful as a community-wide flea market, and morphed into an annual festival after local merchants got involved. Typically, Geer said the turnout at the Cotton Festival is high, and people come “from all over� to participate. “Last year, we had about 5,000 people come through. Eclectic’s only got about 1,100-ish people,� Geer said. “We’ve had good attendance for years, but I do believe the last year was the largest we’ve had in a while,� Rowe added. Currently, Geer said she has more than 90 vendors registered to participate in the Cotton Festival, and she is expecting about 20 more to sign up before the event. “A lot of our vendors use this as their first event. It kind of gets their

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The 26th annual Alabama Cotton Festival will be held on Main Street in Eclectic from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 13.

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PUZZLES & HOROSCOPE ARIES (March 21-April 19) You might be in touch with someone whom you Ă„nd to be somewhat aggravating. How you approach this situation could vary from one individual to the next. Get in touch with your anger and frustration, or you could become explosive. Tonight: Be aware of what is being oɈered. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Defer to others, and let them reveal their intentions -- although you might be shocked by an associate’s aggravation. Unfortunately, even if you don’t deserve it, this person’s anger could be directed at you. Stay cool and calm; everything will work out. Tonight: Go with the Ă…ow. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Pace yourself; you have a lot of ground to cover. Don’t forget to schedule an appointment with a doctor for a checkup. One-on-one interactions feel rewarding and point you down a more positive path. You could be unusually tired. Tonight: Make being a couch potato OK. CANCER (June 21-July 22) From moment to moment, your emotions could skyrocket or plunge. The good news is that you know when your mood is likely to change quickly. Understand what is happening with a child or loved one. If you are single, Cupid could be just around the corner. Tonight: Say “yes.â€? LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Your feelings touch another person deeply. You connect with this person as though you have known each other forever. If you can get past a misunderstanding, you will Ă„nd today to be particularly rewarding. Tonight: Once more, recognize the power of your strong foundation. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Return calls early on in the day. A conversation that you have today might need to be repeated in a few days. If the other party spaces out on you, don’t get uptight. This person might be processing a lot. Use your high energy well. Tonight: At a favorite haunt with favorite people.


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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Be aware that each action has a reaction. When you decide to join friends, observe the cost. You might have been less than diligent in dealing with your Ă„nances. Stay on top of your spending. Otherwise, money might be an issue for you. Tonight: Fun doesn’t need to cost anything. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You’ll get past an obstacle that drops on you via someone else. You could be sullen and quiet, but you eventually will emerge smiling and ready to handle whatever comes down the path. Your habit of keeping a lot to yourself works well for you. Tonight: You can do no wrong. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) At the moment, you might want to go out on your own and avoid interacting with others. Your mood might be quieter than usual, and you also might not like the feedback you get from several friends. Do your thing, but keep it low-key. Tonight: Order a favorite type of food. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) You could be overly serious and determined. People who are too playful might irritate you. A friend you cannot contain shares some special news. A child or new friend causes his or her share of uproar. Maintain a sense of humor, and everything will be OK. Tonight: Among the crowds. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Understand how far you can push in order to have things go your way. A boss seems to be hanging on to your words. Understand the possibilities surrounding a situation. Make a point of being a bit more abstract today. Be willing to stand up for yourself. Tonight: In the limelight. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) When a situation becomes too hazy, make a point to detach and look at the issue from a diɈerent point of view. You immediately will understand what you need to do. Surprises head your way. Tonight: Meet up with a friend at a place where you can listen to music.


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Now Hiring for Full-Time Manufacturing Positions in the Alexander City Area. All Shifts Available. Overtime & some Saturdays may be required. Pay rates start at $9.00/hr & increase depending on the company. Your choice of two Health Insurance Plans available. Must pass drug screen & client background requirements. Apply in person at: 207 South Central Avenue Alexander City, AL 35010 or Online at CLASS A CDL OTR DRIVERS Local AL Terminal *UHDW%HQHÂżWV*UHDW3D\ 6LJQ2Q%RQXVHV 5HTXLUHPHQWV \HDUVH[SHULHQFH PXVWSDVVGUXJVFUHHQ PXVWKDYHFOHDQ095 Call (903)569-6960

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Development authority seeking new director By AMALIA KORTRIGHT Bureau Chief

The Elmore County Economic Development Authority is looking to hire a new director, according to ECEDA Board Chairman Art Faulkner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We understand how important this position is. It touches all areas of the county,â&#x20AC;? Faulkner said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working diligently to find the right person.â&#x20AC;? Because of the many economic changes that have happened locally over the past few years,

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Faulkner said they are hoping to find someone with more than seven years of experience for the full-time position. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for someone who has economic development experience, especially with the uptick in the economy,â&#x20AC;? Faulkner said. According to a job profile compiled by Next Move Group, the ideal candidate should be a strategist who makes plans based on research and have well-developed leadership skills. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our eight municipalities are all different,â&#x20AC;? the job outline read. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our ideal candidate will work with them to

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build a customized plan for economic growth for each of them, rather than having a cookie cutter approach to economic development. In addition to recruiting new businesses to Elmore County, Faulkner said the new director will work to maintain and improve the quality of life for residents and existing businesses. He said the director will also place an emphasis on local tourism. Hopefully, Faulkner said the ECEDA should have the position filled before Thanksgiving.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;This will take about a month, and then weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll start the process of narrowing down our search,â&#x20AC;? he said. Faulkner said former director Leisa Finley submitted her resignation in late June and left the position in early July to pursue other opportunities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Leisa worked really hard on a number of projects here,â&#x20AC;? Faulkner said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wish her the best.â&#x20AC;? The ECEDA will be accepting applications until 5 p.m. on Oct. 3. A cover letter, rĂŠsumĂŠ and references can be submitted via email to chad@

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Evil and good, God loves us A couple of years ago, I read an article in an old Newsweek. It was about population problems in China where the population is growing so fast, couples are not allowed to have more than one child. The article told of a Chinese peasant who found out that his wife was pregnant with their second child. The soothsayer told him that the child to be born was a boy. The peasant took his four-year-old daughter, and threw her down a well, as she cried, “Papa, Papa!” That story hit me so hard, on such a deep and primitive level, that I’ve not been able to get it out of my head. I could feel the terror that child must have felt when she realized that her Papa was not playing a game; and the hopelessness she must have felt when she realized that the Papa she loved and trusted was not going to save her. I think that article touched the child in me, the one that is afraid of being abandoned, the one that is afraid that someone I love, someone I trust and depend on, will throw me in the well, and let me drown, It’s the same child that wonders if I’m good enough, if I’m acceptable, if anyone can really love me. I don’t think that inner child

or those feelings are uniquely mine. I think that all of us feel that way, some time or another. And, I think that no matter how much we protest otherwise, most of us fear that God is going to do the same thing to us. We think that sooner or later, we will do something so bad, God will abandon us, throw us down the well, and do nothing as we cry out, “Papa, Abba, Father.” It’s so easy to think that God will abandon us, knowing ourselves as we do, knowing our imperfections and sins, and believing that we must be perfect, sinless, good, to be worthy of God’s love. It’s even easier to think about God abandoning us, when we hear the parable of the Wheat and Tares. When we hear Jesus say the weeds will be bound up and thrown in the fire, we know where we’ll be: we know that it’s the fire for us. All of us have heard too many sermons about how we’d better shape up, or we’ll be thrown in the fire. But that’s not what the parable of the Wheat and Tares is all about. The point is not that God will abandon us and throw us in the fire if we’re not good. The Point of the parable is that Evil and Good exist side by side in us, and that God loves us so

REV. BOB HENDERSON Trinity Episcopal much, He won’t risk hurting us by separating our good and evil. As easy as it is to believe that we are the tares if we don’t keep all 10 Commandments, if we fail to do what is morally or ethically right, or if we just aren’t “good,” the fact of the matter is, that we are neither completely wheat nor completely tares. We are both. As someone once said, “We aren’t good enough to be completely Wheat, we aren’t bad enough to be completely Tares.” Oh, there are times when we are good enough or bad enough to be either, for a while. But, a graph of our lives would show us bouncing back and forth, up and down from evil to good, good to evil, almost Christ-like, then despicably evil. So, what does God do with us, we who are not all good, nor all evil? What does the parable mean for us? At least for me, the parable means this. The good and evil that is in all of us, will remain

there as we grow to maturity, just as the owner of the field let the wheat and weeds ripen together. The evil that is in us all is so intertwined with the good, the roots are twisted together so closely, that if the evil that is in us is rooted out, the good will be damaged. God could do it. But, he loves us so much, that he leaves us free to do it ourselves, knowing in advance, we will never fully succeed. We will never be all good. As we mature and grow toward the harvest, we become more and more sensitive to the evil in ourselves and in the world around us. But, try as we might, we’ll never get rid of it all. Remember what Paul said (Rom. 7:15,19): 151 do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 19I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want. We will never root out all the evil, and that’s OK. Listen again: We will never root out all the evil, and that’s OK. God loves us, good and evil that we are, and God is never

going to throw us into the fire. God judges with mercy, He teaches man to be kind, by being kind. He fills His Daughters and Sons with good hope because God, in Jesus, has forgiven our Sins. When it’s time to be judged, we won’t be thrown into the fire. Not because we are good, not because we deserve it, not because of anything we did, or didn’t do, but because God, in Christ has forgiven us for the evil we had done. When we stand before God at the end of the age and God’s healing love touches our lives and hearts, that which is not good, will be made good; not because God ripped out the evil, but because in God’s love we see ourselves as we are, and want the evil that is in us, to be out. His healing power will enable us to do it. Then, the tares will be thrown into the fire, but it won’t be us, we are too precious. It will be those parts of our lives which we cannot change on our own, those parts that, with God’s healing love, we can change, or cast out. God will never abandon us. He will judge us with kindness and mercy and give us repentance for our sins. That is our hope, our good hope, and that is our joy.

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Abraham Baptist Church Millbrook Antioch Baptist Church 1115 Antioch Rd., Titus 567-2917 Beulah Baptist Church 2350 Grier Rd., Wetumpka 5142881 Blue Ridge Baptist 4471 Jasmine Hill Rd., Wetumpka 567-4325 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 5674417 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

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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 5693006 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 5692851 BAPTIST - MISSIONARY Atkins Hill 565 Atkins Rd., Wetumpka 5671141 Cathmagby Baptist 3074 Mitchell Creek Rd., Wetumpka 567-4787 First Missionary Baptist at Guilfield 412 Company St., Wetumpka 567-7455 Goodhope 1389 Willow Springs Rd. Wetumpka 567-7133 Lebanon

17877 U.S. Hwy. 231, Titus 514-1097 Mount Canaan 1125 Weoka Rd., Wetumpka 567-2141 Mount Pisgah 16621 U.S. Hwy. 231, Titus 567-3668 Mt. Zion 371 AL Hwy. 14, Elmore, 5672613 Mt. Zion #3 1813 Luke Paschal Rd., Eclectic New Home 5130 Elmore Rd., Wetumpka 567-5966 Second Missionary 760 N. Bridge St., Wetumpka 567-8601 Spring Chapel Jasmine Hill Rd., Wetumpka 567-6493 Sweetwater 163 Michael Lane, Wetumpka 334-538-9415 Tabernacle Baptist 1020 W. Tallassee St., Wetumpka 567-0620 BAPTIST - PRIMITIVE Bethel Old School 4625 Jackson Rd. (C.R. 103), Wetumpka Providence 4850 Chana Creek Rd., Wetumpka CATHOLIC Our Lady of Guadalupe 545 White Rd., Wetumpka 5670311 CHURCH OF CHRIST Church of Christ of Elmore 470 Caesarville Rd., Wetumpka 567-6670 Church of Christ Grandview Pines 165 Deatsville Hwy., Millbrook Cold Springs Church of Christ 5920 Alabama Hwy. 143, Deatsville Georgia Road Church of Christ 4003 Georgia Rd., Wetumpka 567-2804 Lightwood Church of Christ 251 New Harmony Rd., Deatsville 569-1510 Redland Road Church of Christ 2480 Redland Rd., Wetumpka 514-3656 Wetumpka Church of Christ W. Bridge St. At W. Main St., Wetumpka 567-6561

CHURCH OF GOD Elmore Church of God 10675 Rucker Road, Elmore Gethsemane Church of God 705 Cotton St., Wetumpka 5679886 Church at the Brook 2890 Hwy. 14, Millbrook Maranatha Church of God 2621 Holtville Rd., Wetumpka 567-6786 Victory Tabernacle AOH Church of God 2080 Main Street, Millbrook Wetumpka Church of God Hwy. 9 N. Wetumpka 215-3091 CONGREGATIONAL CHRISTIAN Cedarwood Congregational Christian 10286 US Hwy 231 N, Wetumpka 567-0476 Seman Congregational Christian 15970 Central Plank Rd., Seman Union Congregational Christian 8188 Lightwood Rd., Marbury 569-2122 EPISCOPAL The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany 2602 Gilmer Ave., Tallassee 2528618 Trinity Episcopal Church 5371 U.S. Hwy. 231, Wetumpka 567-7534 St. Michael & All Angels Church 5941 Main St., Millbrook HOLINESS New Beginnings Holiness 865 Crenshaw Rd., Wetumpka 567-9211 Summit Holiness 2050 Hwy. 14, Millbrook Temple of Deliverance Holiness 620 Alabama St., Wetumpka 514-3114 JEHOVAH’S WITNESS Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses 9235 U.S. Hwy. 231, Wetumpka 567-8100 LATTER DAY SAINTS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 1405 Chapel Rd., Wetumpka 567-8339 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Cobbs Ford Rd., Millbrook



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Observer Elmore County Player of the Week

Patrick explodes for more than 300 yards By CALEB TURRENTINE Sports Writer

During Elmore County’s first ever win over Leeds on Friday night, DJ Patrick burst onto the scene. Patrick’s performance, which got the attention of the high school football community around the state, was capped off with his fifth rushing touchdown of the game in the final minute to give the Panthers a 35-28 victory. “Coach looked at me and I knew it was coming,” said

Patrick, who is the Elmore County Player of the Week. “I didn’t feel any pressure. I had no doubt that I was going to score on that Patrick play.” Patrick started his big night early in the first quarter with a 61-yard touchdown run to give the Panthers the first lead of the game. The senior added two more long

scores before halftime, rushing for another 61-yard touchdown and a 60-yard touchdown. He put Elmore County up 21-0 in the second quarter. “It didn’t feel any different from any other game at the time,” Patrick said. “I just wanted to come out, run hard and beat them.” When Leeds erased the three-touchdown deficit, Patrick said that feeling changed. With the game tied 21-21 in the fourth quarter, he knew it would be a game to

position. On the first offensive play, the senior took the ball 50 yards for the touchdown to retake the lead for the home team. “He plays offense, defense, every special team so it’s pretty impressive,” Elmore County coach Jordan Cantrell said. “He gives credit to the guys up front but he carries the ball really hard as well. He can read those blocks.” Patrick ran out of the wildcat for most of the game. The See PATRICK • Page 10

remember. “When they came back, I knew that I had to step up,” Patrick said. “I saw our guys looking down so I had to do something to be a leader and give us that excitement back.” As expected, Patrick delivered. Throughout the game, Leeds had been avoiding Patrick in special teams. However, on the kickoff after Leeds tied the game, Patrick caught the ball and broke free to midfield to set the Panthers up in a good



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Elmore County’s defensive line will have to be tough Friday night against Talladega, which scored 41 points a week ago.

Elmore County looks for best start since 2015 By CALEB TURRENTINE Sports Writer

With last week’s win over Leeds, the Elmore County football team remains undefeated and matched its win total from last season. The Panthers (2-0, 1-0 Class 4A Region 4) will travel to Talladega on Friday night looking for the program’s best three-game start since 2015. “It’s great being 2-0 and getting our first region win,” ECHS coach Jordan Cantrell said. “You have to enjoy the win but after Friday night, you have to get to work. If you get complacent, we’ll get

beat. As coaches, we have to keep these guys on task and focused all week. The community is excited but we have to stay focused on Talladega now.” Elmore County has never played the Tigers. Talladega (2-1, 1-0) won its region opener at Childersburg a week ago. Tiger quarterback Nigel Scales threw for 241 yards and four touchdowns in the win. The sophomore connected with three different receivers for first-half scores to put the game out of reach. JeQuerius Wilson caught two of those touchdown passes and ran for another score in the victory. He finished with

126 yards of offense. Michael McGregor and Chaztin Tanner also had receiving touchdowns. “Offensively, they are athletic across the field,” Cantrell said. “They like to throw the ball deep and their quarterback is dynamite so we have to keep him in check.” Talladega is the only team to score on Childersburg in the first three weeks of the season and the Tigers made it look easy. The team’s 41 points was its highest point total in a region game since 2013. “We have to make sure we’re lined up right and know our assignments,” See ELMORE COUNTY • Page 10

Panthers earn straight-set victory over Dadeville STAFF REPORT TPI Staff

Elmore County continued its strong start to the season last week with a win at Dadeville. The Lady Panthers pushed their record to 4-1 with the 25-15, 25-23, 25-16 victory. The three-set sweep was led by Madison Traylor who finished the match with a team-high 12 kills to go along with four digs. Katie Pack led the team with seven aces and setter Alexis Esco finished with seven assists. Stanhope Elmore (3-1) had a split result during its tri-match at Park Crossing last week. The

Mustangs lost in three sets to Opelika, 25-19, 25-22, 15-9. Stanhope then rebounded against the hosts, defeating Park Crossing 25-21, 25-9. Lotte Preusser finished the event with 11 kills and seven digs. Senior Allison Evans added four kills and three blocks while Taylor Roland had 15 assists and 13 digs. Wetumpka (3-5) has gotten off to a bit of a slow start with its young squad but the team grabbed two wins during its tri-match at Lee. After falling 25-18 in the opening set, Wetumpka rallied to grab the last two, finishing off the hosts 15-4 in the final See VOLLEYBALL • Page 10

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Elmore County’s Madison Traylor, center, had a strong performance in the Panthers’ victory over Dadeville last week. She finished with 12 kills.

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efore people look away, let’s start with this: You have every right to burn your Nike shoes and never buy anything from the company again. If you believe it has done something wrong, you have the right to do your own form of protest without harming another person. But it seems a little ironic the protest would be about Nike using a player who protested in his own way. However, if you want to make a change, burning shoes is not doing a thing. Neither is buying extra shoes if you’re on Nike’s side. Athletic gear is not what’s on the line here. Colin Kaepernick was the perfect face for Nike’s iconic “Just Do It” campaign. It probably could have happened even sooner. According to Time, the company saw a 31 percent increase in online sales in the wake of the new ad, despite the backlash and protests. Whether this was a pure business decision by Nike or someone just decided to finally pull the trigger, it is good to see the company taking a stance. To be clear, no matter what you think about how he protested, the point of Kaepernick’s stance was to have accountability in a system that allows some police officers to abuse their authority. And that is something every American should support. At this point, it may be difficult to try to explain the protest was not meant to disrespect the United States, the veterans or even the police officers who do a great job working for their community and for true justice. After two years of the protests, many people have already made up his or her mind about Kaepernick and maybe even the NFL as a whole. However, in those two years, there has not been significant change. Racial bias still exists within the justice system. So does police brutality. And when people pretend those things do not happen because they care more about disagreeing with a protest, it is harmful to society. So buy Nike, don’t buy Nike. It may not matter in the long run. If people feel so strongly about an ad campaign they would rather burn some shoes or cut up some socks, that’s their right. It may be becoming rarer to see corporations be on the right side of history. Nike will be, though, as it helps with a stand against injustice and for equality with a face strong enough to use his fame for change. Kaepernick is not a Hall of Fame See TURRENTINE • Page 10


Tallapoosa Publishers is looking for people with a love of sports and a passion for writing and/or photography to help us cover high school sports in Tallapoosa, Coosa & Elmore counties.

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This week’s Alabama Sports Writers Association high school football rankings: CLASS 7A Team (first-place); W-L; Pts 1. Hoover (27); 2-1; 351 2. Central-Phenix City (3); 3-0; 268 3. Thompson; 2-1; 229 4. Auburn; 3-0; 202 5. Hewitt-Trussville; 2-1; 168 6. McGill-Toolen; 2-1; 164 7. Lee-Montgomery; 3-0; 124 8. Mountain Brook; 3-0; 87 9. Bob Jones; 2-1; 41 10. Vestavia Hills; 2-0; 31 Others receiving votes: Prattville (2-0) 20, Austin (2-1) 11, Sparkman (2-0) 4, Theodore (2-1) 4, James Clemens (1-2) 2, Oak Mountain (1-1) 2, Spain Park (1-2) 2. CLASS 6A 1. Wetumpka (24); 3-0; 331 2. Oxford (3); 3-0; 260 3. Pinson Valley (1); 2-1; 243 4. Clay-Chalkville (2); 3-0; 231 5. Spanish Fort; 2-1; 177 6. Saraland; 3-0; 162 7. Hartselle; 3-0; 111 8. Homewood; 2-1; 73 9. Jackson-Olin; 3-0; 31 10. Muscle Shoals; 2-1; 29 Others receiving votes: Hueytown (2-1) 10, Opelika (1-2) 10, HillcrestTuscaloosa (1-2) 9, Bessemer City (2-0) 7, St. Paul’s (2-1) 6, Decatur (2-1) 4,

Turrentine talent and while he still could probably play in the league, he likely isn’t an all-pro quarterback either. But when he had the attention of the largest audience he would ever have, he took a stand. He’s not playing the game he loves because of that stand.

Volleyball set. The Indians added a 25-21, 25-9 win over Sidney Lanier. Yennifer Gomez and Madison Kennedy each had five kills while Caroline Tyler finished with 19 assists and five aces. No. 2 Edgewood defeated No. 4 Lee-Scott in an AISA showdown last week. The Wildcats (8-1)

W.S. Neal (0-2) 6, Williamson (2-0) 6, Cherokee Co. (1-1) 4, Rogers (3-0) 4, Escambia Co. (2-0) 3, Clarke Co. (0-2) 2, St. John Paul II (3-0) 2.

CLASS 5A 1. Briarwood (27); 2-0; 351 2. Etowah (3); 3-0; 274 3. Vigor; 2-0; 239 4. Carroll-Ozark; 2-0; 200 5. Wenonah; 1-0; 177 6. Jackson; 2-0; 147 7. Demopolis; 2-1; 109 8. Sylacauga; 3-0; 92 9. Tallassee; 2-1; 24 10. Madison Aca.; 2-1; 23 Others receiving votes: Greenville (2-1) 19, Boaz (3-0) 12, Pleasant Grove (2-1) 8, Ramsay (2-1) 7, Alexandria (1-1) 6, Scottsboro (2-0) 5, Charles Henderson (1-1) 3, Citronelle (2-0) 3, Hamilton (2-0) 3, Mortimer Jordan (2-1) 2, Valley (2-1) 2, Brewer (2-0) 1, Dora (1-2) 1, FaithMobile (2-1) 1, St. Clair Co. (1-2) 1.

CLASS 3A 1. Randolph Co. (23); 2-0; 338 2. Saks (6); 3-0; 271 3. Piedmont; 2-0; 223 4. Mobile Chr.; 2-1; 200 5. Thomasville (1); 2-0; 195 6. Winfield; 3-0; 136 7. Fultondale; 1-1; 112 8. T.R. Miller; 2-0; 84 9. Gordo; 1-2; 33 10. Wicksburg; 1-1; 22 Others receiving votes: Providence Chr. (3-0) 16, Westminster-Huntsville (3-0) 16, Oakman (1-1) 10, Clements (2-0) 7, Flomaton (2-0) 7, Weaver (2-0) 7, Beulah (3-0) 6, Pike Co. (1-1) 6, Pike Road (3-0) 6, St. James (2-1) 6, Bayside Aca. (2-1) 3, Midfield (2-0) 3, Lamar Co. (2-1) 1, Susan Moore (3-0) 1, Walter Wellborn (2-1) 1.

CLASS 4A 1. UMS-Wright (30); 3-0; 360 2. Hokes Bluff; 2-0; 265 3. Hillcrest-Evergreen; 2-1; 216 4. Fayette Co.; 2-1; 174 5. Catholic-Montgomery; 2-1; 171 6. Brooks; 2-1; 135 7. Jacksonville; 3-0; 119 8. American Chr.; 2-0; 75 9. Andalusia; 1-2; 65 10. Dale Co.; 2-1; 49 Others receiving votes: North Jackson (2-0) 26, Montevallo (3-0) 10, Good Hope (3-0) 9, Headland (3-0) 9,

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dropped the first set but stormed back on the road to win the match in four sets. Madison White finished with 68 assists on the night. Haylee Brown connected on all 29 of her service attempts and added six aces, five kills and five digs in the match. Katie Roberts led the team with 10 kills and 11 blocks.

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Addison (2-1) 7, Cold Springs (3-0) 7, Sulligent (2-1) 6, Cottage Hill (2-0) 5, Ranburne (2-0) 3, Geneva Co. (2-1) 2.

Eufaula (2-1) 4, Benjamin Russell (2-1) 3, McAdory (3-0) 3, Carver-Montgomery (3-0) 2, Stanhope Elmore (2-1) 2, Calera (0-3) 1, Paul Bryant (3-0) 1.

what you feel like you’ll igh school is hard be remembered for. enough. While the quarterback Speaking from or stud running back is someone who had a tough always looked to as the time getting through those star of the game — or daunting four years, high the failure if things don’t school is not easy. There’s work out — there’s a lot pressure to perform in more to it than just one school, there’s pressure person. If the offensive to be popular and there’s LIZI doesn’t block well, pressure from parents to ARBOGAST line there’s no room to run, follow in their footsteps. Add being a studentSports Editor and if the receivers didn’t run their routes well, the athlete on top of that, and quarterback wouldn’t I can only imagine what have anyone to throw the a person goes through in ball to. high school. If the defense wasn’t playing I was talking to Dadeville coach Richard White a few weeks well, it wouldn’t matter how much work the offense was doing. ago, and he said something we And if the coaches, trainers should all remember. and administrators weren’t giving “When you’re dealing with them time and expertise, the team 15-, 16-, 17-year-old boys, you would have no room to learn and never know what you’re going to grow. There’s a whole process get,” White said. “It’s like a box of chocolates; you just go in there involved in football games, or any competitive sport, for that matter. and grab something and hope it’s It’s also key for coaches not something that you like.” to put too much stock into one Think about being the star player; we’ve all seen how one quarterback for your high school injury causes teams to change football team, and your girlfriend their entire outlook for the season. just broke up with you Friday Regardless of wins and losses, after school. Or you bombed on it’s important to remember, at the a test you really needed to ace. end of the day, these players are Or you had a big interview for a kids and they’re playing a game. job or internship that didn’t go so Yes, winning is the ultimate goal. well. Then you have to turn right around and put the weight of your It’s good for morale of the team and the community, and every team on your shoulders. player wants to see their hard Living in the South, I’ve work pay off. learned just how much high But there’s a lot more to learn school football means. White from football than just how to also told me the Tigers’ loss last win. Football teaches kids how week to Reeltown wasn’t just to work hard; it can teach them an embarrassment to the team, never to give up. It helps them it was an embarrassment to learn about adversity and how to the community. That’s a lot of overcome it, and it shows them pressure to bear. how family doesn’t just mean It’s extremely important to blood. remember not to put too much So whenever you’re out there pressure on these kids’ shoulders screaming your head off at a kid and also not to single one person whose done something wrong out. Imaging being a kicker that during a game, try to remember misses a potential game-winning it’s only a game. field goal in the playoffs. Even if you made every field goal and Lizi Arbogast is the sports extra point for three years prior editor of The Observer. to that, somehow the big miss is

CLASS 2A 1. Fyffe (29); 2-0; 357 2. Luverne; 2-0; 258 3. Reeltown; 3-0; 227 4. Ohatchee (1); 2-0; 210 5. Leroy; 1-1; 168 6. Thorsby; 3-0; 149 7. LaFayette; 1-1; 101 8. Cedar Bluff; 2-0; 70 9. Goshen; 1-1; 61 10. Collinsville; 3-0; 37 Others receiving votes: Red Bay (3-0) 17, Ariton (1-2) 13, Abbeville (2-0) 12,

CLASS 1A 1. Lanett (23); 2-1; 337 2. Maplesville (5); 2-0; 255 3. Linden (1); 2-0; 215 4. Marengo; 3-0; 190 5. Brantley (1); 2-0; 166 6. South Lamar; 2-0; 130 7. Elba; 2-0; 117 8. Pickens Co.; 1-1; 70 9. Sweet Water; 0-2; 56 10. St. Luke’s; 2-1; 54 Others receiving votes: Georgiana (2-1) 53, Falkville (3-0) 23, Isabella (2-0) 16, Millry (2-0) 6, Mars Hill Bible (2-0) 5, Ellwood (0-2) 4, Holy Spirit (3-0) 4, R.A. Hubbard (3-0) 3, Decatur Heritage (3-0) 2, Marion Co. (3-0) 2, Wadley (1-1) 2. AISA 1. Tuscaloosa Aca. (25); 3-0; 345 2. Autauga Aca. (3); 2-1; 267 3. Monroe Aca. (2); 4-0; 252 4. Chambers Aca.; 4-0; 196 5. Escambia Aca.; 2-1; 178 6. Pike Liberal Arts; 4-0; 149 7. Bessemer Aca.; 2-2; 113 8. Lakeside; 2-1; 73 9. Morgan Aca.; 3-1; 38 10. Patrician; 3-1; 33 Others receiving votes: Wilcox Aca. (3-0) 19, Kingwood (3-1) 12, Macon-East (3-0) 12, Edgewood (3-1) 9, Pickens Aca. (1-3) 5, Springwood (2-1) 5, Glenwood (1-3) 3, Crenshaw Chr. (3-1) 1.


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Panthers threw only six passes but the one completion made the difference for Patrick’s team. With Patrick off the field, fellow senior Shakwan Bickley caught a 35-yard pass to set the offense up at the 1-yard line. That set up Patrick’s final touchdown run of the night. “We knew who we were giving the ball to at the end,” Cantrell said. Patrick finished the night with career highs in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns in a game. His 305-yard, five-touchdown performance came on just 19 carries. In the two previ-

ous meetings with Leeds, Patrick rushed for just 84 total yards and one touchdown on 33 carries. The game was Patrick’s 17th 100-yard game and third 200-yard game of his career. The senior now has 461 rushing yards and seven touchdowns through two games this season. At his current pace, he could set a new school record for rushing yards in a season and pass his personal goal of 2,000 yards. “I still have that goal so I just have to keep running hard and not go down easily,” Patrick said.

Elmore County Cantrell said. “Then we just have to play hard every snap with 100 percent effort.” On defense, the Tigers have allowed just 18.7 points per game. That number would be even lower without two late scores by Childersburg against the backups last week. Talladega has forced four turnovers this season, including a fumble returned for a touchdown against Childersburg. “Defensively, they’re big and athletic,” Cantrell said. “They go hard every play and don’t get tired easily. We have our work cut out for us but we have to focus on our game plan this week.” The Panthers will counter with an offense that is led by DJ Patrick. The senior running back is coming off of the best week of his career and will hope to continue the success Friday. Talladega

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Elmore County’s Keshawn Benson (7) is brought down by a host of Leeds players last week.

allowed 177 rushing yards in its season-opening loss to Alexandria but the Tigers have not allowed a rusher to go above the century mark in either of the last two weeks.

The Panthers hope to slow the game down to counter Talladega’s air attack. Elmore County will need to get its rushing game going early to have a chance to stay undefeated.

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Childersburg @ Holtville Elmore Co. @ Talladega Tallassee @ Carroll

LSU @ Auburn Ohio State @ TCU Fresno State @ UCLA

September 12, 2018 The Eclectic Observer  
September 12, 2018 The Eclectic Observer