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


IF A TORNADO takes off in Roswell, N.M., and heads for Wilkesboro, N.C., it’ll make Tuscaloosa a rest stop.

That may be stretching the point, but the one that hit Tuscaloosa Monday late was more than a little personal. My number three grandson, Cody Smith, was right in the middle of its path.

He and cousin Jackson Fields huddled in a closet while the winds tore at their home, causing extensive damage. The two, both students at the University of Alabama, escaped without a scratch, but their nerves will be a while settling down.

The storm did take the life of John Servati, a member of the Alabama swim team.

Monday’s tornado hit three years and one day from the 2011 tornado that killed 50 people in Tuscaloosa. Across Alabama, 238 people were killed back then. In three days, 348 deaths were recorded across six states.


QUOTABLE:Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

— Winston Churchill


DOES THE name Ken Mangum ring a bell with you?

If golf is your game and you were teeing it up at Indian Oaks back in the 1970s it should. Ken, a graduate of Alexandria High School, was just a kid and working part-time at The Oaks.

His future was in his mind even then. Nurturing grass and sand into manicured golf courses was a dream. It was a dream that he lived, reaching the top of golf when he joined the Atlanta Athletic Club in 1988.

In the years since, he has nursed the AAC into one of the nation’s premier courses. A testimonial to that is that the AAC, under Ken, has hosted the 1990 U.S. Women’s Open, the 2001 PGA Championship, the 2002 Junior Amateur Championship, the 2011 PGA, and will host the 2014 U.S. Amateur later this summer.

Need one more thing to tell you Ken Mangum is as good as they come in his profession?

Jan. 18, 2015, Mangum will be inducted into the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame. It is fitting that induction ceremonies will be held at the AAC where he is director of golf courses and grounds.

Take a bow, Mr. Mangum.


COMING: Verizon cell phones next to Jack’s on Quintard.


GONE: Church’s Fried Chicken, 22nd and Quintard; and Burke’s Outlet, Anniston Plaza.


BIRTHDAYS: April 24 – Eddie Vice; April 27 – Bryan “Bubba” Ken; April 29 – Lois Hipps, Cotton Reid and Lacey Ward; May 1 – Amerlia Tuck; May 5 – Henry Baugh and Derrick Smith.


TOP TEEN: The people at Trinity Christian Academy would like you to meet Kolby Ingram of Munford. For beginners, Kolby is  valedictorian for the Class of 2014.

He is a member of the National Christian Honor Society, the National Honor Roll, and was a member of Youth Leadership of Calhoun County his junior year.

A member of the football and basketball teams for several years, he is also working on a pilot’s license.

Kolby will head for the University of South Alabama in the fall where a Presidential Scholarship and a Bryan Ingram (his late father) Memorial Scholarship will help foot the bill.

A very proud mom is Stephanie Hurst.

“Kolby is a great student and a joy to teach,” says Brina Hart, senior counselor. “His Christian foundation will help guide him as he journeys through life.”

Let’s hear some applause.


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