George Smith: Is there a bit of 'slippage'?
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WEDNESDAY’S LIST . . . of beans ’n greens ’n other things:

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WITHOUT being all that critical of my favorite “general store,” Walmart at Lenlock, one question:

Why no longer senior greeters at the entrance?

I miss that, the friendly smiles, the warm hellos, the push of a shopping cart for me to sort of lean on while shopping.

Which brings up one other thing.

There seems to be a bit of slippage. On one recent trip, there wasn’t a single cart inside the entrance. I had to return to the parking lot and get one.

You also see a bit of trash here and there on your way in. You never saw that before.

Whatever, I do “hang” there quite a bit. It’s a great place to visit with friends ... and strangers.

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MARK MCCARTER, sports columnist for the Huntsville Times, devoted his Sunday piece to what’s wrong in NASCAR. Sunday’s race at Talladega drew an estimated 88,000. It hasn’t been that many years since 180,000 and up were the norm.

All the tracks are suffering. The economy hurts, for sure. Mark agrees with that. But he also writes that NASCAR’s drive for parity, which produced “cookie cutter” cars, is another reason.

I agree with that, too. The old axiom of “Win on Sunday, sell on Monday” no longer applies. If you can’t read the nameplate, you have no idea what make is winning.

There is also another little deal that irks me.

A driver doing an interview who isn’t wearing large, dark sunshades is rare. The drivers, like the cars, all look alike.

Maybe I’m hooked in the past here, but you didn’t need a program to know a Richard Petty or Cale Yarbrough or Bobby Allison.

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QUOTABLE: I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.Harry S. Truman

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BIRTHDAYS: Oct. 6 – Cohen Zane Picton; Oct. 7 – Sam Mellon III; Oct. 9 – Michelle Hase; Oct. 11 – Crystal Waters; Oct. 12 – Brent McCarty.

A SPECIAL high five to Ruth Sprayberry, who notches her 89th birthday Thursday (Oct. 11). If that rings a bell, she’s the lady who ran the old Jeff Davis Beauty Salon for years.

ALSO, there was a birthday party for Inez Jones on Tuesday at Family and Friends Care in Oxford. It was her 90th.

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TOP TEEN: The spotlight this morning shines on Allison Kay Judge, a senior at Jacksonville High School where she is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta (math honor society), and the Key Club.

Allison has been on the JHS Honor Roll for the last three years, has been recognized as “Distinguished Young Woman of Calhoun County” by the American Junior Miss Organization. She also holds a “Northeast Alabama Cinderella Teen” based on her singing and an interview.

Her big love may be the theater.

At JHS, she has held major roles in “Alice in Wonderland” (she was Alice), “Lucy,” and as Lady Merle in “Robin Hood,” just to name a few. She has also served as drama director for two years.

Young Miss Judge is something of an athlete, too. She is on the girls’ varsity soccer team and was elected team captain for the past two seasons.

An active member of Jacksonville First United Methodist, she has been involved there in drama productions, the praise band, and the youth group.

“Allison has a cheerful attitude, wonderful leadership ability and a willingness to help others,” says Senior Counselor Marcia Stallings. “She possesses great character, integrity, and a strong work ethic.”

Proud parents are David and Cynthia Judge of Anniston.

Take a bow, young lady ...


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