George Smith: Life takes a wrong turn out our way
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WEDNESDAY’S LIST . . . of beans ‘n greens ‘n other things:


IF YOU CAN remember when you didn’t even know if it was raining on the other side of the mountain, well you’re a lot older than James Spann (ABC 33/40 meteorologist) who can tell you if it’s raining in Paris, let alone the other side of the mountain.

What that’s all about is a “hook” to report on the weather out on Arrow Avenue where nothing ever happens until something happens. But this past week there   were two “happenings” and I was in the middle of both.

First was the Great Freeze of ’14 and a busted pipe, first one ever at my house. It cost $115 and Dan’s Plumbing got the check. I use Dan’s a lot. They do good work, come when they say they’re coming, and don’t bring a shotgun for a holdup.

Michael Goodwin, who did my repairs, said that as of late Wednesday “We were 40 calls behind.”

He got to me early Thursday and I got off light, others didn’t.

A good friend, local attorney Wilford Lane (he of pecan pie mastery) had a bunch of damage at his office on Wilmer.

 “The pipes in our attic froze,” says Wilford’s wife Amy. “I was here when they thawed. Half the ceiling in our conference room and in our storage room fell. There was water everywhere. The bill will be thousands of dollars.”

That’s just a snippet of what happened all across the country.

Then a terrible storm early Saturday morning knocked two big trees across the power lines a couple of blocks north of the house. The lightning bolt that did all the damage just about knocked me out of bed.

That was along about 5 a.m. Power came back around three that afternoon, the cable around 6:30.

The people at Alabama and Cable One who did the “fixing” really are special . . . and heroes to me.


QUOTABLE: “Memories are the soft cushion of life.” – Gary Player, pro golfer


HORACE YOUNGBLOOD didn’t show up for choir practice at Blue Mountain Baptist back on Jan. 8, but he had a really good excuse.

It was a 65th anniversary of holding hands with wife Eleanor.

In his own words to choir director Sandra Triplett:

“It was our 65th wedding anniversary and I had to take my wife to dinner.”

Betcha it didn’t take Horace 65 years to know when to step up to the plate, huh.

Seriously, Horace and Eleanor are good people and he can sing . . . just a wee bit.


BIRTHDAYS: Jan. 12 – Jessie Rhodes; Jan. 13 – Laura Martin Vice.


TOP TEEN: The people at Walter Wellborn High School would like for you to meet Rebekah Williams, who has a 4.0 GPA and  has been named the school’s “Most Intellectual” for five consecutive years.

Rebekah’s 4.0 has her in the running for valedictorian honors for the class of 2014.

Young Miss Williams is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars and the school’s High Honor Society. She has been on the Scholars Bowl since seventh grade and a member of the math team in grades 8-11. She was also a member of the softball team from seventh through 10th grade.

Along the way Rebekah has been a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.

She plans to enter Jacksonville State University this fall and major in Archeology

“Rebekah is a very self driven and determined young lady that will strive to work hard to be very successful in the future,” says Shaa Bolt, senior counselor.

Proud parents are Lynne and George Williams of Anniston.

Let’s hear some applause . . .


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

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