Wednesday’s bean ’n greens ’n other things:


THE RECENT bit I threw in on Ohatchee’s 6-0 win in 1961 and the brawl that followed when a wreath was placed on the field at game’s end got more than a little attention.

Some of it came due to a bad wire in my memory. Grover Whaley was NOT the principal, but the coach. The late Bill Cassidy, who became superintendent of Oxford City Schools, was the principal.

There were several “memories” in the email, each a bit different, but not much. With that, the best came from Grover Whaley’s daughter.

“I enjoyed your article on the Ohatchee vs Wellborn game of 1961.  My name is Jenny Howle, and I am the youngest child of Grover and Emily Whaley.  

“My dad did not discuss the Wellborn game of 1961 with me often until his last years on earth. One thing he did tell me is that he didn't throw a punch until an opposing coach kicked one of his players. Every member of that team was dear to him. During his final days when doctors would test his cognitive awareness with questions that he could not answer (such as my name), he could tell the doctors how many times Coon Magouirk ran the ball in every game.

“My family has found it amusing over the years when people have taken credit for sending the wreath.  As for as who sent the wreath ... well The Whaleys take that one to the grave.

“Thank you for keeping alive the memory of the OHS team of '61.”

Even if Whaley was the coach and not the principal, even if the Whaleys are taking it to the grave, I can still see the sort-of-smirk on his face when I asked.

I’ll go to my own grave believing Grover did have something to do with the wreath.


QUOTABLE: “Sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the bug.”

I have no idea who came up with that one, but it says a lot about the lives we lead.


IF YOU love the old country music (before Garth Brooks) and have Netflix, pull up “Winding Stream”and enjoy a fine documentary on the Carter Family.

It tells the story the music the Carters brought out of the Virginia mountains in the 1920s. The music is raw and simple, but is the roots that gave birth to country music as an entity of its own.

You can thank me later.


BIRTHDAYS: Oct. 19 — Patti Liles and Jerry Porter; Oct. 21 —  Gwen Amerson and Judy Parker.


TOP TEEN: Meet Coleman Teaford, a senior at Ohatchee High School, where he is something of a leader. Coleman is president of his senior class, the SGA and the FBLA.

Academically, he is a leader there, too. Young Mr. Teaford carries a perfect 4.0 GPA and has a lofty 33 on his ACT. He is also a member of the Key Club and Mu Alpha Theta, the national math honor society.

Want to year some music?

Coleman can oblige you there, too. He is a member of the school’s marching band, concert band, and jazz band.

He has  been accepted to the Honors Program at the University of Alabama and has been tendered a Presidential Scholarship to the school. He goes there in the fall and plans to join Alabama’s Million Dollar Band.

Proud parents are Jason and Kina Teaford, Mark Green Road, Jacksonville.

Take a bow, Mr. Coleman.

Thanks for visiting ...


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