George Smith: Let ‘Prince’ out of his can …
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WEDNESDAY’S LIST . . . of beans ’n greens ’n other things:
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THE MENTION of Prince Albert tobacco cans in a recent column brought back memories for several readers, this from Chief Anderson of Ohatchee:

“Pranksters would call my dad’s store, S. C. Anderson Grocery in the cotton mill village in Albertville, and ask if we had Prince Albert in a can. After a couple of times of telling them yes, we knew what the response would be:

“‘You better let him out or he will smother.’”
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FINALLY, I found the John Looney Pioneer House.

For years, in traveling to I-59 through Ragland and Ashville, I’ve been looking. Turning right off U. S. 231 at the Looney sign in Ashville was a beginning of, frankly, getting lost.

A week ago, there it was, on Greensport Road/County 24, sitting on a small hill just off the road.

The house dates to 1820 and is a two-story log with a dog trot on the second floor as well as the first.

You can google “John Looney Pioneer House” and take a look at home. Or go for a drive and look in person. It’s worth it.

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Tuesday (March 12) was a 70th for Lee Griff and Martha Perry. And they’re still holding hands … when they’re not having Sunday lunch at Jack’s on Quintard with good friends Sam and Jane Ledbetter.

Along in years (he’s 96, she’s 99) with driving no longer an option, it is Sam and Jane who take the Perrys to Sunday lunch each week.

Lee was organist at Parker Memorial for 30-plus years.

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MOVING ALONG … to Bill and Barbara Saxon who will celebrate number 60 today at their home in Choccolocco Valley.

A part of the courtship story comes from Bill:

“It all started when I first saw her and tried to talk to her, but she would not even look my way … The next day I pestered her all day for a date and she finally said she would if we would double date with her friends.

“Two days later, I asked her hand in marriage … and 21 days from the night I first saw her we were married. Who says ‘quickie’ marriages don’t work? It just takes LOVE and knowing our Lord Jesus Christ.”

So … Happy Trails to both couples.

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IN COUNTRY SONG: “Arms are for holding

“What you want most.”
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BIRTHDAYS: Mar. 11 – John Triplett; Mar. 14 – Denese Hase and Patrick Bussey; Mar. 15 – Rev. James Cohorn, David McCarty, Millard Hale; Kenneth Picton and Elizabeth Wise (father/daughter); Mar. 16 – Jack Wells; Mar. 18 – Lloyd Brimer.

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RUTH GOLDEN, please give me a call … thanks.

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TOP TEEN: Say hello to Timothy Seth Clay, a senior at Saks High School where he carries a 4.0 GPA and has a really neat 28 on his ACT. Timothy is a member of the National Honor Society, Scholars Bowl, SADD and is drum major of the Saks Wildcat Sound.

This fall Timothy takes another step toward a career in music. He will enter the University of Alabama where he will major in Music Theory or Music Education.

“Timothy is a natural born leader and scholar full of ambition who will continue to soar in all that he pursues in years to come,” says Saks Counselor Nikita Sherer.

Proud parents are Donald and Kathy Clay, W. 55 St., Anniston.

Take a bow, young man.


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

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