George Smith: Of coats and turkey breasts ...
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WEDNESDAY’S LIST ... of beans ’n greens ’n other things:


GOT AN old coat you don’t need, want to get rid of it? Well, get the coat and head for Smith Cleaners at Five Points in Saks.

David and Debbie Young will give your old coat a good cleaning, and then send it to the Calhoun County Baptist Association’s service centers. One is located on Lenlock Lane in Saks, the other in Oxford.

You need a coat, all you got to do is visit one of the service centers, pick one, and head for home, no questions asked.

“Last year 1,190 coats were donated, cleaned, and placed by the Association,” says Debbie. “This year donations are slower. Maybe people gave all they had last year, but I fear the word just isn’t out.”

Thanks, Debbie.


I’M ON A Cleburne County backroad last week when, in the space of  two miles, I have to pull my old white man’s car (four door, white Taurus) sharply to avoid nailing a couple of ambling wild turkey hens.

Next stop was Winn-Dixie in Golden Springs to pick up a couple of turkey breasts for Thanksgiving smoking.


Two breasts and a small bag of “white cheddar” popcorn rang the smoking bill to just over $60.

Made me wish I hadn’t missed those two hens. Road kill would have been cheaper and when the blonde asked how much, she, too, had a


Which meant that she was upset it would cut into a trip to Dillard’s in the Quintard Mall.

Along about Christmas I’ll probably spring for two more turkey breasts if I can’t find a wandering wild one or two, but I’m going to pass on the “white cheddar” popcorn  ... at $1.49 for a small bag.


BIRTHDAYS: Nov. 24 – Arika Blue, Carolyn Hoots and James Poland; Nov. 25 – John Dunn; Nov. 26 – Kelly Smith and Weldon Leonard Sr.; Nov. 27 – Tanner Muns; Nov. 28 – Shelby Magouirk and Kaileen Eden; Nov. 30 – Vance Brown.


TOP TEEN: Say hello to Kirstie Salers, a senior at the Sacred Heart School where she is historian for the Beta Club, a National Honor Society member, and also president of the SHC Life-Guards.

Kirstie is a member of the SHC Writers Bowl Team and a key member in winning, such as the overall winning team in the JSU Writers Bowl 2013 and a first place in the prose division in competition against 72 other teams.

She is a member of the school choir and drama team, on the Liturgy Committee and a member of the Thespian and TRI-M Clubs.

Kirstie has been voted Most Dependable in the school’s Who’s Who and picked up Most Conscientious and Most Studious honors on Awards Day.

She also serves as cantor for Sunday Mass at St. Charles Borromeo.

“Kirstie is hardworking, optimistic, and loved by her teachers and classmates,” says Kelly Abney, senior English teacher at SC. “Her dedication and cheerful attitude have proven invaluable to her writing team and contributed greatly to its overwhelming success at this year’s competition.”

Parents are Carrie Hogan-Salers and the late Curtis Junior Salers.

Take a bow, young lady.


BEFORE WE leave Sacred Heart something else. Charlie Maniscalco is in his ninth year as principal. Seven of Charlie’s 10 grandkids are students at SH.

A couple of ways you can look at that: Granddaddy’s pockets are handy, but he can also carry tales home to parents of misbehavior.

You get the bad with the good, but, Charlie is proud. He and wife Natalie have three others not yet of school age.


George Smith may be reached at 256-239-5286 or email:



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