Recently, Calhoun County has had its share of violent crimes...the police officer who was killed recently, the man who died from being shot by Oxford PD after a domestic disturbance call with a gun involved, and then the Papa John's robbery-murder. I get so tired of hearing people say, "What is happening to OUR town?" What is happening to your town has been happening to your town for years now! It's a regular town just like anywhere else in the United States! Crime is everywhere! Just because you may not hear about it or it may not get reported and end up on the 6 o'clock news or in the newspaper, doesn't mean it isn't happening! People think just because they live in Alabama or a small town in Alabama that it is the safest place in the world. People like to hide behind their small-town-naivety and pretend that Christianity is the answer to a crime-free town. If they don't see it, then it is not happening. If they pray and go to church, then it is not happening.
I was born and raised for most of my life in Southern California. My husband was raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Both Riverside (where I'm from) and Milwaukee are big ciites and have higher than usual crime rates. Where we come from, we know violence and crimes happen every day. However, if every crime in these small towns were reported and investigated, people would probably be surprised to realize that small town crimes are just as bad as big city crimes.
People need to wake up and smell reality! Oxford, Anniston, Heflin, Talladega, etc. all have crimes going on! There are drugs in the communities. There are child molesters and rapists in the communities. There are thieves in the communities. There are killers in the communities! Criminals love small towns, by the way. Why? Because they are rarely noticed! Think about that next time you think your small town is safe!
I hope everyone is having a great Labor Day. I am very happy to have today and tomorrow off. I am working full time now and going to college full time, plus maintaining a family and Girl Scout troop. I am so pooped! That is why I have not been getting around to blogging much.
I hope everyone plays it safe today. If you are going to drink alcohol, please do not drive. Have a designated driver set up, or call someone to pick you up, or better yet, just drink at home.
If you are just going to rest and spend time with your family, like I am, have fun!
Have a great day everyone!
Hello everyone! Sorry for the delay. We have been quite busy, as I am sure most of you have too!
I am sure by now, everyone has started back to school, just as we have. Our daughter just started 4th grade. This year she gets to learn the challenges of going to different classrooms for different classes and the organizational skills needed to keep up a student planner. I can't believe that my baby girl has one year (after this school year) left of elementary school, then it's on to middle school. Oh my goodness!
We have one more year of enjoying having our baby boy being a baby, or well toddler. Next year he'll be in preschool! All my babies are not babies anymore. :(
My husband and I are both taking college courses full-time this semester. He's working towards his Pre-Engineering degree for transfer to UAH for Aerospace Engineering. I'm working on taking my 3 science courses I need to get into the RN program. Being a LPN is fun, but being a RN is my true goal. This semester, I'm taking 4 classes and all are online, so I get to stay at home with our 2 year old son and still get to work too.
With the start of the new school year comes Girl Scouts! My Girl Scout Troop is having our first troop meeting of the new school year this evening! Anyone who is interested in finding out more about what my troop has to offer and all the exciting things planned for this year, please attend! It will be at Munford Public Library in Munford (the old Munford High School gym...located behind the new Town Hall building on Lions Road) from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. We hope to see you there!
If interested in setting up to sell, please contact Jami @ 256-521-2075
No fee to set up, however, we are asking for a 10% donation of total sales from each vendor to go to Munford Rec Dept. to help with buying new equipment.
No fee for admission. Please bring your own bags for your purchases. PLEASE BRING CASH ONLY!!! No credit cards, personal or business checks, nor bills larger than $20.
IF YOU LOVE YARDSALES, BUT YOU CAN'T STAND THIS HEAT WAVE, THEN COME TO THE MUNFORD COMMUNITY BACK-TO-SCHOOL INDOOR YARD SALE!!! ENJOY YARD SALE ENVIRONMENT IN AN AIR CONDITIONED BUILDING!!!
WEDNESDAY’S LIST . . . of beans ’n greens ’n other things:
DON’T TELL me I’ve nothing to do.
From the window of my barn I see Ozzie coming through the hedgerow from next door. I like Ozzie a lot, but I’m not sure he feels the same. Efforts to pet and feed over the years have been a flop at best.
What Ozzie likes to do is hunt. I mean really hunt.
You see, Ozzie is a brindle, bob-tailed, three-legged cat and he loves to feed on whatever he can find in the hedgerow across my back yard, including field mice and squirrels.
Ozzie is flat out deadly, too.
Since losing his right front leg to a tumor a couple of years back, he has taught himself a new way to hunt. He keeps stalking to a minimum. But with the patience of Job, he settles down and waits for a meal to come within striking distance.
When the meal does, it’s “Wham” and Ozzie heads for the dinner table.
He’s a wonder to watch ...
IT IS A typical day at the Smith Estate. I am out in my barn kicked back in what I call “Archie’s Recliner.” I am reading a book, listening to Merle Haggard on the stereo, and watching TV (how’s that for multi-tasking, huh?) The blonde is out and about.
The phone rings. It is from the blonde. She is at Sears in the Quintard Mall ...
“Sweetheart, I’m at Sears looking at vacuum cleaners. I can get a small one to go with a regular one. What do you think I should do?”
Recovering from the shock of her asking my permission for anything, I agree to the double dip and then make a mistake with “What’s going on, you asking my permission?”
From the other end, there is a happy laugh with:
“It’d be different if it were shoes and a dress.”
I managed a quiet goodbye (without choking), hung up, and went back to singing along with Merle. It seemed fitting he was in the middle of “I’m Gonna Sit Right Here And Drink” at the time.
JOE ESTEP deserves a standing ovation. Joe runs the Calhoun County Sports Hall of Fame and, this past Saturday night, put together another classic.
Held at the “new” Oxford Civic Center, the 2013 induction played to a near packed house.
Outstanding Joe, outstanding.
FOR THOSE asking, the Peach Man’s tomatoes are a week away, but Ken Easterling will be at Regions in Oxford on Friday morning at 6 with another load of Chilton County peaches.
If no sell-out in Oxford he heads for the Anniston post office along about 8 . . . but don’t bet he gets there.
IF YOU’RE lining up at the Walmart deli at Lenlock, I hope you get lucky and a young lady by the name of Vanesa Durham waits on you. She did for me a few days back and while I’ve had an unpleasant moment or two there, Vanesa left me feeling pretty good.
Walmart could use more like her.
BIRTHDAYS: June 12 – Annette Vice; June 14 – Sage Snow; June 15 – Twins Brettnie and Dakota Smith; June 17 – Aiden Lloyd; 11; June 18 – Don Beabout.
And Jeff Jones, June 17. A member of a vanishing breed (The Great Generation), Jeff drove a “weasel” jeep ashore at Normandy, June 6, 1944.
QUOTABLE: “My doctor tells me I should start slowing it down - but there are more old drunks than there are old doctors so let's all have another round.”
Thanks for visiting ...
George Smith may be reached at 256-239-5286 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.