George Smith: Sometimes, I just can’t help myself ...
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WEDNESDAY’S LIST ... of beans ’n greens ’n other things:


I PROMISED I wouldn’t tell anybody this, but I just can’t help myself.

Go with me a week or so back and it’s 5 a.m. I’m picking up Ted Hooks at the Winn-Dixie parking lot in Golden Springs.

He’s there, he’s a good friend and a good traveling buddy. We’re on our way to the Abanda Bake Shop and Café near Wadley for breakfast.

We’re back in like four hours, I let Ted out, go home and crawl back in bed.

The phone rings. It is Ted:

“Guess what? I not only left my lights on when I met you, but I left the motor running, too.”

Ted said the good news is the mileage. “Used just a quarter of a tank.”

After a lifetime as Calhoun County Circuit Court Clerk, Ted elected to retire, did not run this past election.

And he hung up on me when I suggested his retirement apparently had been in the interest of our county.

I apologize, Ted, but I just couldn’t keep that one to myself.



1. Muslims do not recognize Jews as God's Chosen People.

2. Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah.

3. Protestants do not recognize the Pope as the leader of the Christian world.

4. Baptists and none of the folks on this list recognize each other in line at the liquor store.

That from the email and therefore I’m not guilty. But an added note is a similar one I heard years ago:

Baptists do not recognize each other at the liquor store or at a Hooters Restaurant.

Oh, well ...


BIRTHDAYS: Oct. 7 – Sam Mellon II; Oct. 9 – Michelle Hase; Oct. 12 – Brent McCarty.


A CENTURY of living goes on the calendar Oct. 17, when Martha Perry hits her 100th birthday.

Friends and kin are celebrating her birthday Sunday at Parker Memorial Church. No surprise there. Martha joined Parker when she was nine, which means that 91 of her 100 years were at one church.

One other thing: For many years her husband, Griff, was the Parker organist.

Deep roots, huh?


I HAVE this feeling I’ve misplaced a birthday or two. If so, get them to me again ... please.


TOP TEEN: Say hello to Rebecca Harvey, a senior at Faith Christian School where her 4.0 GPA has her in the running for valedictorian honors come spring graduation. There is also a solid 26 on her ACT.

Rebecca is a member of the National Beta Club, is the yearbook editor, and is on the math team.

There is also a solid touch of athletic ability in Miss Harvey. A member of the basketball team, she is also captain of the cross-country team.

She has attended the Alabama Governor’s School and the HOBY Leadership Conference.

Somehow she also finds time to do summer missionary work with the Calhoun County Baptist Association and does volunteer work for Meals of Mercy, the local soup kitchen, Read Across America and the Alabama Baptist Service Center.

She’s a member of Greenbrier Baptist Church, where she works in the children’s ministry.

Her goal is to become a math teacher.

“Rebecca is an extraordinarily motivated student,” says Headmaster Bob Phillips. “She is completely focused on being the absolute best she can be. She has remarkable leadership skills and a love of learning the virtually guarantees her future success.”

Proud parents are Tim and Susan Harvey of Anniston.

Take a bow, young lady ...  


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



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