Wednesday’s list ... of beans ’n greens ’n other things:


BILL HAGLER was sitting at the round table near the fireplace at Jack’s on Quintard. He was into a quiet “grease” fix at a table where I was once a regular ... before The Star moved from West 10th to the “Tee-Pee Village” at Lagarde Park.

I stopped to say hello to an old friend who was my favorite weatherman (old Channel 40) before James Spann showed up in Birmingham in suspenders to let me know there was a big snowstorm in North Dakota, but it wouldn’t get here.

In addition to being “our” weather person, Hagler also co-hosted a noonday show, “By the Way” with Mimi Butler. For those of you who were around back then, Hagler was something of a celebrity in our town. He was, and is, a very nice person who speaks softly and has an unassuming personage.

That was 20 years ago, after a 25-year career at Channel 40.

We talked a bit and then, with the wry humor he’s noted for:

“If I’d known I was going to be this famous I would have tried harder to do a better job.”

Is there a message in all of this?

Not really. I just wanted to mention a man who was a big part of our community in a quiet sort of way without the aid of suspenders.

Just kidding ’bout the suspenders, Bill.


BEFORE LEAVING Mr. Hagler, he also told me that the Anniston Kiwanians are already selling tickets for their annual Pancake Day breakfast.

The date is March 3, less than a month away. Funds go to needy kids in our area, and this is one of the more worthy charities I know about.

I’ll keep you posted as eating time nears, but do make plans to be at the Anniston Meeting Center on March 3.


QUOTABLE: “Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and fat.”

                    — Alex Levine



Q — “What do you call 500 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean?”

A — “A good start.”


BIRTHDAYS: Feb. 1 — Thelma Pinkston; Feb. 4 —  Barbara Tankersley; Feb. 7 —  Bonnie Snead and Vickie Cox.


TOP TEEN: The folks at Faith Christian School would like you to say hello to of their finest, Logan Boyd.

Logan currently carries a 4.06 GPA, which qualifies her for the Beta Club, a national honor society, where she serves as president for her senior year.

She is also the 2017-18 Homecoming Queen and a member of the Double Dozen Club, which does all sorts of volunteer work for the community. One such is the annual Calhoun County Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet each year.

Logan is something of an athlete, too.

During her time on the basketball and softball teams at Faith, she has been named to the Calhoun County and All-Area basketball teams and also has an honorable county mention in the same sport. She was honorable mention All-County softball for two years.

“For Logan Boyd to be the Anniston Star Top Teen is a fitting honor for a very special young lady,” says Headmaster Chip Jones. “She is an outstanding person who uses a strong work ethic and high quality character to be the best she can be in all that she does.”

Logan has been accepted to Auburn University, where she will pursue a degree in pre-med.

Proud parents are Billy and Amber Boyd of Anniston.

Cheers, if you please ...


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