Marie hit an all-time high on the sublime-to-ridiculous continuum last week. What tipped her over the top of the silly scale was a text inviting several of her weight-conscience girlfriends to join her in a Groupon deal for a fat farm retreat.

Whether true or stretched to the point of absurdity, most fish tales begin after the catch is reeled in. Southern men, storytellers by birthright, tend to stretch their fish tales and associated fish tails longer in direct proportion to the stretch of time between the catching and the telling.  

Springville’s First United Methodist Church Community Blood Drive will be held Monday, June 6, in the CLC from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The theme of this drive is The Heart of a Volunteer.

Ron Gholson of Pine Mountain and Edna King of Cullman announce the engagement and coming marriage of their daughter, Erica Ellen Gholson, to Hunter Waldman, son of Frank Waldman of Redondo Beach, Calif., and Shannon Richardson, of Dothan.

Justin Wilkes, a Gadsden State Community College student from Springville, won a silver medal in carpentry at a recent Alabama SkillsUSA Leadership Conference, Career Expo and State Championship.

Julia Golden and the late Bob Golden Sr. of Coal City announce the engagement of their daughter, Lisa Golden Reaves of Sylacauga, to John Osbourn of Sylacauga, son of the late Houston and Kathleen Osbourn.

Fred occasionally takes a buddy with him to fish at the lake. One of his buds is my Uncle Norbert (Nert for short), a retired preacher from Georgia. Fred had been telling Nert all about the ‘Leven Dollar Store for some time, but Nert remained skeptical.

I got a voicemail last Thursday night when I got home saying there were four serious charges against me and I’d be arrested by the cops if I didn’t call within 24 hours. 

The Springville Community Theater is flying toward auditions for “Mary Poppins” this Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22, at Springville Middle School. Audition times on Saturday will be 2-7 p.m. On Sunday, auditions will be at 2 p.m.

PELL CITY -- For the third consecutive year, the Pell City High School Debate Club captured the first-place trophy in the Birmingham Area Debate League competition.