George Smith: A memory is found on page 57
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WEDNESDAY’S LIST ... of beans ’n greens ’n other things:

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A VERY SMALL world ...

The aging paperback has been laying around the house for a number of years. The title is “Images of America Anniston,” and is a collection of how our town looked a long time ago. It was put together by Kimberly O’Dell back in 2000.

It is a wonderful little book, a pictorial time machine of how we were back then; one of those books that is “just there” and you take a look at it every now and then.

In a recent idle moment, I was doing just that and on page 57, beneath a old photo of a 1927 Ford (I think it was a Ford) bus-panel truck, I read ...

“In November 1927, the first Calhoun County Library was founded. The library, under the leadership of Marguerite Edwards, was a traveling library, whereby books were carried throughout the county.”

There is more, but the rest of the story is when Flora Cobb married B. H. Smith back in 1933, a wedding gift from Marguerite Edwards was a very lovely and very old spool table.

The newlyweds were my parents and, along the way, the third of their five children was named Margaret Alice. We lost Margaret, a very lovely brunette, in a car accident when she was 22, but I still have that spool table. It sits out in the sun room with a game of checkers at the ready.

There is a difference in the spelling of Marguerite/Margaret, but the table is a treasure in my life. Anytime I walk through the sun room I am reminded of the loss of a very special sister long ago ... and of the story behind the table.

It is a treasure of a memory ...

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ACCORDING TO Bloomberg Business News, the most miserable state to live in is Mississippi. Rounding out the top five are Louisiana, Alabama, South Carolina and Arkansas.

In case you didn’t notice, all five are “down here” ... in the South.

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YOU CAN play The Anniversary Waltz for Ben and Louise Howell of Saks. As of Nov. 8, Ben and Louise had been as one for 63 years.

In those years, Ben has held forth at Howell Signs in Anniston, Louise has seen to it that he stayed on the straight and narrow. Good pairing and dear friends, too.

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BIRTHDAYS: Nov. 5 – Hoss Waites; Nov. 11 – Eloise Carter; Nov. 14 – Mary Julia Daniel; Nov. 16 – Adam Muns and Sandra McCarty; Nov. 17 – Luther Dennis Daniel Jr.

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QUOTABLE: “A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew.” — Herb Caen

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TOP TEEN: Meet Lauren Lynne Haynes, a senior in the Trinity Baptist Home School Division where she carries a 3.94 GPA and is a member of the American Christian Honor Society.

Lauren has some music in her soul, too. She was a member of the ACA Choir for two years, plays piano, sings and is a founding member of Redeemer Church, established in June of this year.

“Her Christian faith is the most important part of her life,” says school counselor Pam Cason. “She is a hard worker and strives for excellence.”

The lady can play a bit, too.

She was All-State and MVP in volleyball, runs track, and was also a cheerleader for two years.

Somehow, in all of that, young Miss Haynes has found time to do volunteer work at Kitty Stone and Constantine elementary schools, and at Sav-A-Life (crisis pregnancy center).

Lauren plans to enter Pensacola Christian College in the fall of 2013.

Proud parents are David and Carol Haynes of Oxford.

You may now applaud.


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