And the long table that holds early morning sessions on all things of little importance (with a good bit of “storying” thrown in), seldom has a vacant seat for latecomers.
I’m talking about the old Citgo station on Alabama 46 just outside town. It has re-opened and, to paraphrase an old line, is a place where “if you don’t know what you’re doing, somebody (at the table) does.”
The new name is “Tidwell’s Bobcat Den,” which of course is a bow to the town’s athletic teams at Woodland High. In early morning there is a steady stream of teen-agers stopping in on their way to school.
The owner is Donald Tidwell. I didn’t get to talk with Mr. Tidwell the morning of “my homecoming,” but H.E. Daniel, assures me “he’s pretty nice fella, I’ll tell you that.”
What I didn’t have for you are the hours, 10-2 Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
One center is at 65 Colton Drive in Friendship, the other on Lenlock Lane in Saks.
The column brought an email from a William Cagle, who lives in West Covina, Calif., some 20 miles from Pasadena. Cagle spent his childhood in Oxford, White Plains and DeArmanville.
“I have some fond memories from there,” writes William, “and I may retire to the South in a couple of years.”
I had suggested “Coats for The Cold” for Debbie’s program, but there is a similar deal where Cagle lives. It’s called “Jackets for Jesus.”
That sounds better than mine.
By “soldiering” on, I’m referring to our annual Christmas Cantata Sunday, a lovely and well-done program scripted and directed by Sandra.
The lady is special ...
Ashton carries a 3.98 GPA toward an advanced with honors diploma. Her ACT is a solid 28 off studies in pre-calculus and English 12 in dual enrollment.
A member of the National Honor Society, Ashton is president of the FCCLA, a member of the Principal’s Club, Christian Club, Key Club, and on the math team. Her math studies have her in that honor society, Mu Alpha Theta.
She has been yearbook editor for two years, is on the school newspaper staff, was a majorette and co-captain for two years, and was the senior class homecoming representative.
Ashton is Eucharistic minister at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and a Relay for Life and Soup Kitchen volunteer.
She has been accepted to the University of Alabama Honors College, and will enter UA in the fall.
“Ashton is an outstanding leader in our school and community,” says counselor Kelli Johnson. “She excels both academically and in extracurricular activities. Our school has been privileged to have such a wonderful young lady in our student body.”
Proud parents are Randal and Gina Reaves of Alexandria.
Let the applause begin ...
George Smith can be reached at 256-239-5286 or email: email@example.com