George Smith: A facelift for Sunny King Ford
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WEDNESDAY’S LIST ... of beans ’n greens ’n other things:
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YOU DON’T always find the news in a story or on the tube. A case in point was sort of tucked away in a small ad at the top of page 8A in Sunday’s paper.

In part, the ad read:

Sunny King Ford Welcomes Tim Pruitt Back Home!!

Which told me Mr. Pruitt has worked at King before and he must be a fair car salesman.

But there was more.

For quite a while now the former Sunny King Honda building has sat vacant. A few years ago, the Honda agency moved to the “new motor mile” in Oxford. The Honda building was used — I suppose — as a base for used car sales.

Suddenly it went empty now, for Mr. Pruitt:

Come see him at the Sunny King Ford Temporary location (The Old Sunny King Honda Store) while the Ford Building is being renovated.

Which may say King Ford is doing right well ’cause renovating a huge building isn’t cheap.

That in itself is good news. Other than the new car dealerships, Zandra’s, Haverty’s and Lighting Showroom from the old Downtowner to the top of the hill into Oxford, South Quintard is pretty much a desolate wasteland.

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QUOTABLE: “Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.”P. J. O’Rourke

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IN MY “library” I have just finished re-reading Ernie Pyle’s “Home County.” I first read it in 1948 and a dear aunt left it for me when she moved to California.

Along the way, she sent me all of Pyle’s World War II books and moving into my “library” this week is Pyle’s “Brave Men.”

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CAN YOU tell me about “soakee?”

A hint: If you can you’re country and a child of the Great Depression.

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BIRTHDAYS: Oct. 22 – William McDonald and Gwen Amerson; Oct. 23 – Armond Boubrier, Leroy Gaines, Billy Todd and Mary Willls.

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BIRTHDAY REMINDERS: We run the birthdays (hopefully) on the Wednesday of the calendar week in which they occur. You can submit birthdays two ways, by e-mail or phone. You’ll find both at the bottom of this column. If you call, PLEASE speak slowly, spell the names, and be sure to leave the date.


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TOP TEEN: Anniston High School would like you to meet Joshua Wilson, who carries a 4.07 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta (math honor society).

Joshua is also in the top 100 at Anniston High (25 students each grade), SGA, the Legacy Club, the Spanish Club, and is District 4 vice president of the Alabama FBLA.

That’s the “lite” menu.

Young Mr. Wilson has been taking dual enrollment classes at Gadsden State since his sophomore year and is studying drafting and design technology. Doing just fine, too ... on the dean’s list and in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

A member of Living Faith Ministries, he is director of the Youth Choir and director of the Praise Dance Team.

Georgia Tech, California Poly and NYU are on his list of colleges with plans to study architecture and music.

“Joshua is a go-getter,” says senior counselor Sherry Baxter. “His experiences indicate a broad range of activities and varied commitments. I have no doubt he will continue to contribute much in the future.”

Proud parents are Stanley and Teri Wilson of Anniston.

Let’s hear some applause ...


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