Heflin Highlights
by Suzanne Payne
Special to The Star
May 16, 2013 | 1374 views |  0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Thoughtful Question

Satchel Paige wisely asked this question, “How old would you be if you did not know how old you were?” Think about it a minute and you will agree that this is a good point. We are about as old as we feel! I hope these people feel young and happy!

May 16-Hubert Benefield, Patricia Green, Clara Pesnell, Fran Sawyer, Steven Trotter, Mary Olivia Ross and Ulysses Alvin Parris. May 17-Jimmy Sue Taylor, Steven Morgan, Kim Bible, Quincy Heard and Terry Bryant. May 18-Jake Littleton, Janice Wise, Josephine Carlton, Eugene Sanders, Vickie Wadarczyk and Malene Ramsey. May 19-Mark Laminack, Stanley Clarke, Sherry Giles, Charlsie Coefield and Sue McFerron. May 20-Cory Cochran, Massey Griffin, Jeannie Rigsby and Kim Payne. May 21-Mack Griffin, Sean Thompson, Lychesa Wood, Bridgett Trotter, Rushton Rigsby and Robert Parris. May 22-Beverly Johnson, Amanda Holmes, Linda Ayers, Grace Coefield, Pam Higgins and Kallie Cheatwood.

Two Things

GIVE and TAKE are the support beams that hold a successful marriage together. These couples know what I am talking about.

May 16-Sam and Julie Capps…Johnny and Kim Bible. May 17-Steven and Megan Hunt…Terry and Debbie Vise. May 18-Jerry and Janie Riddle. May 19-David and Misty Cobb.

Sunshine List

Charles Laminack, Blake Pointer, L.V. Yates, Jean Yates, Glenn Berry, James-Riley Kent, Louie Carlton, Sarah Williamson, Sara Noland, Terry Benefield, KenSanders, Martha Holley, Rider Bearden, Clarence Somers, Gearld Brown, Jackie Stovall, Dorothy Cook, Merrill Hayes, Rhonda O’Harrow and Earnest Roach.

For Our Pleasure

I am very excited about and looking forward to this week-end’s Music In May. The event begins on Friday evening. The Cleburne County High School jazz band will perform at 6:00 at the downtown Ross Park location. Other events will resume on Saturday at 12:00 noon and will continue until 8:00 in the evening. Many outstanding local groups will be performing during this time. The featured band will be Deadfields! Craft and food vendors will be located in the area also. Check the paper for an exact schedule. Music in May is sponsored by The City Of Heflin, Alabama Power Company and The Heflin Arts Council.

More Music Notes

Speaking of an amazing musical event…The CCHS Drama Club deserves a standing ovation for their presentation of Grease this past weekend! One word quickly comes to my mind…WOW! Led by their advisor, Jennifer Dasinger, this group surpassed all expectations with their rendition of the classic musical. Take a bow, folks! You deserve it!

Top Teens

The high school students in our county never cease to amaze us. I speak for every citizen when I con-gratulate the athletes of our area… especially the baseball teams at CCHS and Ranburne, the track teams and the CCHS soft ball team. You awesome young people make us all proud. Hats off to you and your coaches!

Check it Out-Check it Off

One of the greatest treasures that we have in our area is the Tallapoosa River. We sometimes take it for granted.

As most of you know, I am not a Spring Chick! As a matter of fact, I am more like a Retired Old Hen! At my age, I have formed a mental Bucket List. On that list ( number 7) was to float down the Tallapoosa in a canoe. Fat chance of that happening since I don’t own a canoe. That all changed this past week! As a part of a group (Leadership Cleburne County) that I am a member of, I was able to complete number 7! I want to personally thank my friend Mark Laminack for allowing me to share his vessel! He is an excellent captain and made my trip a joy. I had been advised by my husband to sit perfectly still. Any quick move would surely flip us over into the raging waters. After about fifteen minutes in the river, Mark pointed out that I could relax and let go of the sides of the canoe. He noted that my knuckles were totally white. They were! Before long, I HAD become comfortable and was SO enjoying the trip. Mark even let me paddle. I might have made us go too far to the left or right at times, but even that was exciting! Since I was in the front of the vessel, I began to feel like Sacagawea guiding Lewis and Clark down a river in the Northwest during the 1800’s. Of course, it was Mark doing the guiding! LCC is made up of adults and teenagers who made this trip. We had the river full of canoes and kayaks. (Thanks to Tallapoosa River Outfitters) No one had any more fun that I did that day! Mark, you are my new hero! I’m checking off number 7!


Until next week…remember…If you have time to whine and complain about something, then you certainly have time to do something about it!
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