George Smith: A bolt of lightning and Bynum
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WEDNESDAY’S LIST . . . of beans ‘n greens ‘n other things:


WILFORD LANE, a local attorney who grew  up in Bynum  and wrote a book about it, has enlightened me on how Bynum got its name.

It was named for a Tapley Bynum, who ran a grocery store in the area around the coming of the 1900s or thereabouts.

According to a handwritten letter from a Florence Burns, a black teacher in a one-room schoolhouse in Bynum, there is this:

“Mr. Bynum was a great civic and Christian citizen. He and his horse were killed by lightning on his way home from (a) camp meeting in 1907. The camp meeting was held at White Plains, Ala., in Calhoun County.”

Wilford isn’t sure 1907 is correct on the death. He writes:

“My recollection is that Tapley’s year of death was 1912 or ’13 and not 1907 as Ms. Burns wrote.

“This could be a mistake on her part; however, grave markers have also been known to be wrong as well. This would happen when the families didn’t have the money to buy a grave marker until several years after the death, and they would get the date of death wrong.”

And that, friends, is your history lesson for today.

Thanks, Wilford . . .


DID YOU know that each king in a deck of cards represents a king in history?

I didn’t until someone e-mailed me:

Spades – King David

Hearts – Charlemagne

Clubs – Alexander The Great

Diamonds – Julius Caesar


DID YOU say you like ribs?

Well, you might give Christian Corner in Saks a shot.

The Corner has added a smoker and their baby backs are to die for. All you have to do is take ‘em home and put ‘em in the oven . . . and enjoy.

A quote from Son-and-Heir:

“Dad, they’re the only ribs I don’t want to put sauce on.”

I’m going to regret telling you that because there are times the baby backs are not to be had . . . as in sold out.


QUOTABLE: It's useless to hold a person to anything he says while he's in love, drunk, or running for office.” – Shirley Maclaine


BIRTHDAYS:  Nov. 17 – Dennis Daniel Jr.; Nov. 20 – Jake Daniel; Nov. 21 Teresa White; Nov. 22 – Wendy Woosley; Nov. 23 – Jimmy Sides.


TOP TEEN: The spotlight this morning shines on Sam Prickett, a senior at Pleasant Valley High School where a 4.0 GPA puts him at the top of his class. Throw in a very solid 31 on his ACT and you have some “smarts.”

He uses those “smarts” as captain of the Scholars Bowl Team, the envirobowl team, and is a member of the National Beta Club.

All of that adds up to a presidential scholarship that covers all tuition at the University of Alabama where he plans to “follow the Science Technology Engineering path to the MBA.”

Sam is also president of the Student Government Association, senior class secretary, and a member of the FBLA.

Young Mr. Prickett can play a bit, too. He is on the varsity basketball and golf teams.

“Sam Prickett is an outstanding representative for Pleasant Valley High School,” says Mylane Wigley, guidance counselor. “He is very active in all school activities, both social and academic. Sam challenges himself and is an excellent role model for other students.  He sets a goal and goes beyond to achieve it.  We are proud to have Sam as a leader in the Raider Family.”

Proud parents are Mona and Richard Prickett of Wellington.

Take a bow, young man . . .


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


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