George Smith - Autumn got here a bit early
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WEDNESDAY’S LIST . . . of beans ’n greens ’n other things: THERE ARE now just 11 days until fall officially arrives in Calhoun County, but I think it got a head start over the weekend.

On my way Monday morning to pick up a sausage ’n egg biscuit at Jack’s, the sky was a Carolina blue, and the temp was at a nippy 55 degrees. I had the heat on the car, first time since, well, way back when we bid winter goodbye.

The actual time, in case you want to light up a firecracker or two in honor of (I hope) a lovely autumn, is 9:49 Saturday morning.

The only fly in all of that is just behind autumn comes winter, which explains the numbness in my toes and fingers early Monday.

Enjoy while you can.

QUOTABLE: “Don't let schooling interfere with your education.” – Mark Twain
AS USUAL, I spent Thursday and Friday nights and all Saturday (’til midnight), watching college football. I love the college game.

Anyway, a few observations from an arm-chair expert:

1. At the moment, Alabama and LSU are clearly the class of the college field. Southern Cal may not be as good as its No. 3 ranking. The Trojans struggled before finally putting away Syracuse.

2. Alabama may not be as good as thought off that mauling of Michigan. The Tide couldn’t run and the “best offensive line in America” gave up six sacks on quarterback A.J. McCarron.

3. It may be a long season on The Plains. Auburn’s 28-10 loss to Mississippi State wasn’t that close. The Tigers can’t pass, can’t run, can’t play defense. That’s coaching as well as recruiting.

4. Even if talented quarterback Tyler Wilson plays Saturday, I’ll be shocked if Arkansas, which lost to Louisiana-Monroe Saturday in overtime, is much of a test for Alabama. Wilson doesn’t play offense and Monroe hung more than 500 yards on the Razorbacks.

5. I reserve the right to change my mind at any time . . .

SEPTEMBER BOYS: Most mornings (six, I’m told) you’ll find them gathered around a table at Jack’s in Ohatchee, telling and re-telling their stories. Some true, some not, doesn’t matter.

Anyway, three will celebrate birthdays this month. They are Charles Ray, Sept. 7; Grubbin Nunnelley, Sept. 13; and Duke Zoet, Sept. 20.

Other regulars are Ed Parton, Tony Nunnelley, Cecil King, Bill Easterwood, and Doug Laney.

They are “my hometowners.” So, guys, keep a seat warm for me and I’ll show up one of these mornings.

ON A SAD note, in case you missed it, is the passing of Mr. Glenn McNeill a week or so back.

Mr. McNeill, one of three surviving members of the attack on Pearl Harbor, died Sept. 3. I told you a bit about him on Aug. 15, his 95th birthday.

BIRTHDAYS: Kinleigh Shaddix and Troy Douthit; Cathy Morgan; George L. Gregory; Nancy Thrasher and Ruth Golden.

TOP TEEN: Say hello to Jacob Adam Whiting, a senior at Alexandria High School where he carries a 4.0 GPA in working toward an Advanced with Honors Diploma in the spring of ’13.

His academic efforts have also produced a 4.0 in Spanish I and II, Pre-calculus Dual Enrollment.

Jacob is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and on the yearbook staff.

He holds a Presidential Physical Fitness Award, a Valley Cub Award, and has been on the baseball team four years.

Young Mr. Whiting heads for the University of Montevallo next fall to major in business.

“Jacob is an outstanding young man,” says math teacher Candace Davis. “His academic achievement, athletic ability, work ethic, and personality make him a great leader in our school and community.”

Proud parents are Greg and Gina Whiting of Wellington.

Let’s hear some applause . . .

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

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