George Smith: Put on your bib and go eat pancakes
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WEDNESDAY’S LIST ... of beans ’n greens ’n other things:


PUT ON your bib, load up the family, and head for the Anniston Meeting Center Saturday morning. The Anniston Kiwanis Club is waiting for you with hot pancakes, syrup, sausage, orange juice, and coffee.

You do have to bring your own bib (if you need one), but the Kiwanians will throw in napkins and plastic forks and you can see how often you can clean your plate.

The admission price is $6, and once you’re in it’s a deal of eat ’til you drop ... and I doubt anyone will notice your pig-out ’cause they’re doing the very same thing.

Hours are from 6 in the morning ’til 1 p.m.

The Kiwanis Club’s annual pancake breakfast is one of the more worthy charitable events in our town. Or in any town for that matter.

The proceeds are used to take needy youngsters on the Kiwanians’ “Back To School Shopping Spree” before classes start in the fall. Shoes, clothing, and supplies are on the needy list.

“This is an encouragement for young kids to go to school and stay in school,” says Bill Hagler, spokesman for the K-Club. “It is their best hope for having a successful life.

“All money raised stays in this community and cannot be spent on members or for club operations,” adds Bill.

The Department of Human Resources selects kids who make the shopping spree.


TEE IT UP ... and kick off for the Valley Cubs. That is to introduce you to a recent email:

“Ethan Joe Curvin, who was selected as Top Teen in January, is the fourth generation to play football at Alexandria High School.

“His great-grandfather, C.C. ‘Knot’ Curvin played in 1928. His grandfather, Willie Curvin, Class of ’61 and his father, Class of ‘ 86, also played. T.J. was on Alexandria’s 1958 state championship team. Ethan is a senior.

C.C. Curvin’s two older brothers, Albert and Martin, played in Alexandria’s first-ever game.

That’s homegrown ... and I love stories like that.


QUOTABLE: “I went right home after missing the cut in my first Masters. I didn’t want to hang around if I wasn’t playing. That’s hard. It’s sort of like attending a wedding where your girlfriend is marrying some other guy.” — Jack Nicklaus


BIRTHDAYS: Feb. 24 – Christina Smith, Cleo Cotton, and Louise Fields;  Feb. 27 – Jim Cobb and Tony Woosley; Feb. 28 – Jason Smith, Lodrect McDonald, Bill Ridley, and Mike Hase.


TOP TEEN: Meet Hailee Shell, a junior at Jacksonville Christian Academy, where she is an All-A Honor Student working on an advanced diploma. Hailee is also a member of the National Honor Society and the 4-H Club.

Her smarts can be seen in a 22 on her first ACT attempt, but the young lady has some other talents, too.

She is a member of The Thunder varsity basketball and volleyball teams. And when she’s not playing, Hailee is a varsity cheerleader.

Young Miss Shell plans to follow her mother’s career and become an elementary school teacher, just like Mom.

“Hailee has been at JCA almost her whole life,” says Principal Tommy Miller. “She is really a blessing to the staff and students here. Hailee lives what she professes and I’m sure she will be very successful after she graduates.”

Proud parents are Wendy and Curtis Fleming of Alexandria.

Let’s hear it for one of our finest ...


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

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