George Smith: The lights go on this evening ...
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WEDNESDAY’S LIST . . . of beans ’n greens ’n other things:
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TURN ON the lights...

For that story, get in the family car this evening and take a drive along Quintard and then up Noble Street. The Christmas lights go on tonight, turning the “Model City” into a model for the holiday celebration.

Joyce Shockley, director of programs for the Anniston Parks and Recreation Department, is the person responsible for the lighting of Quintard, the Public Works department does Noble.

Joyce gets a bit ticked when I say Noble is lovelier, but there’s something of an old-timey look when you drive from 8th up Noble. It’s a picture right out of a Norman Rockwell painting.

I also have to admit that it takes a bit of courage to go against Joyce in anything. I can’t remember when I didn’t know her and the lady is a piece of work.

She’s more fun to be around than Noble Street, I’ll guarantee you that. And don’t match “smart mouth” with her, either, ’cause you’re going to lose ... big time.

And yes, Joyce, I also think Quintard in lights is a fairyland, too.

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IN A RECENT column, I asked if any of you knew about “soakee.”

I got just two replies, all of which means most of you did not grow up out on the rural route during The Great Depression.

There are several recipes for soakee, but the only one I know was my dad’s ... an open-faced biscuit soaked in coffee with a liberal dose of sugar on the biscuit. My dad loved it, I hated it.

He also loved an open slice of cornbread, buttered, smothered in molasses. I hated that and it may be one of the reasons I left home when I was 19 or so (’Course that could have been ’cause he told me it was time to “man up” and “git going.”)

One other thing from those years were leftover black-eyed peas fried in patties for breakfast . . . no meat in the house, but YUK! And I happen to love black-eyed peas.

Hey ... now go enjoy your breakfast, huh?

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I’VE JUST finished reading Ernie Pyle’s “Home Country” for the first time in 40 years or so. It has been a companion in the home “library” and it is still a comfortable and enjoyable read.

At the moment, I’m looking for my copy of “Brave Men,” a collection of Pyle’s columns from World War II.

I’ve mentioned this before, but if you’d like to read column writing at its best, go on line and Google “Captain Waskow.”

Pyle was a syndicated columnist who first showed up back in the 1930s. He was killed in the South Pacific in the waning days of World War II.

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BIRTHDAYS: Nov. 15 — Cheryl Norred; Nov. 20 — William Jacob Daniel; Nov. 19 — James Ray Kirby; Nov. 21 — Teresa White and Larry Fleming; Nov. 22 — Wendy Woosley; Nov. 25 — Jimmy Sides.

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TOP TEEN: The spotlight this morning shines on Saks High School where Nicholas Allen Ogle is president of the SCA, a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish Club and the A-Honor Roll.

His 4.0 GPA and a 30 on his ACT puts young Mr. Ogle in the upper echelon of students at any school.

Nicholas is captain of the varsity football team and a Youth Pastoral Assistant at the Church of The Rock.

Following graduation in the spring, Nicholas plans to enlist in the U.S. Marines, get in a force recon unit, and become a Navy SEAL.

“Nicholas is very self-motivated, ambitious and excels in the classroom and in team sports,” says counselor Nikita Sherer. “His drive to perform in both areas is commendable. Because of his commitment to excellence, I believe he will attain all that he aspires.”

Proud parents are Vernon and Pam Ogle, Linda Lane, Anniston.

Take a bow, young man ... big one.


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