George Smith: Forgive me for a bit of arrogance ...
Aug 20, 2013 | 2814 views |  0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print


WEDNESDAY’S LIST . . . of beans ’n greens ’n other things:


EXCUSE MY arrogance, but I told you so.

From a recent story in The Star:

“A program to streamline the intersection of Henry Road and the southbound lane of Veterans Memorial Parkway may make commutes safer for many Anniston residents.”

Drop “may” and make it read “will.”

When the finished portion of the parkway was opened, I used Henry Road to get to Interstate 20. There was, as commuters know, no “feed” into the parkway, simply a very inadequate merge. You could snap a crick in your neck checking traffic headed south toward I-20.

I mentioned that ... several months back.

Thankfully, it will be solved at some point with an extended on-ramp. That will allow an easy feed as you check on-coming traffic in your side mirror.

Thing is, how much extra cost comes out of your wallet simply because a really dumb intersection was approved by  someone, somewhere?

And further, I never charge for solving traffic problems created by “someone, somewhere.”



I  am a small boy and I am standing with my grandfather in front of an  old farmhouse in Pleasant Ridge. My grandfather’s name is George D. Cobb Sr., and he spends a lot of time in the pulpits of small country churches.

He also spends a lot of time with his only grandson, talking about all things wonderful to a little boy.

On this day, high in a blue spring sky, a long V-flight of wild geese are honking their way north over Choccolocco Valley.

“They’re heading north for the summer,” explains my grandfather. “They’ll be back in the fall, going south before it gets really cold.”

That memory kicked in this past week when not one, but two flocks of Canada geese came across my yard just above the treetops, honking all the way. The melody of their passing, in sound and flight, was as lovely as in earlier years.

I watched and listened and remembered ...


SOMETHING pretty special took place a couple of Sundays back at Rabbittown Baptist Church.

The congregation and friends of the Rev. Bill Murray celebrated their pastor’s 50 years as a minister. People, that’s a half-century of leading sinners to salvation and is worthy of honor.

The Rev. Murray is 78, calls Heflin home.

It’s another example of preachers seeming never to retire ... they just keep going.


SING A couple of songs for Piedmont’s J.T. and Janis Smith. First do “Happy Birthday” for J.T. who notched his 82nd birthday Friday. When you’ve finished that, do “The Anniversary Waltz.” As of Sunday, J.T. and Janis had been married 60 years.

That, people, is very special in this day and time.


LAST CALL for Chilton County peaches is this Friday.

“We’ll be there at Regions Bank in Oxford at the usual time,” says the peach man, Ken Easterling.

“If we don’t sell out there, we’ll head for the Anniston post office around 8 and be there ’til all gone.

“It’s been another good year and we’d really like to thank all the people up there for that,” he adds.

See you next year, Ken.


QUOTABLE: “Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.” – Jim Carrey


BIRTHDAYS: Aug. 18 – Wayne Green and Teresa Talley; Aug. 19 – Sandra Broughton and Lurlene Landers; Aug. 21 – Perlie West; Aug. 22 – Ruby Ann Hartley and Howard Sanderson; Aug. 24 – Betty Sims and Breanna Watson.


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


Comments must be made through Facebook
No personal attacks
No name-calling
No offensive language
Comments must stay on topic
No infringement of copyrighted material

Friends to Follow

Today's Events

event calendar

post a new event

Wednesday, April 16, 2014