Wednesday’s bean ’n greens ’n other things:


LEATHERWOOD BAPTIST Church has a new associate pastor. His name is Terry Smith and another example that preachers never retire. It’s like their sermons on Sunday. They don’t know when to quit.

Some evidence of that is the Rev. Smith, a few months back, gave up the pulpit at Clairmont Springs Baptist Church in announcing his retirement. I think that was at least his second retirement.

Oh, one other thing. The Rev. William Terry Smith is my baby brother and I’ll betcha he didn’t let the good brethren at Leatherwood know that before voting this past Sunday.

I know he didn’t give big brother as a reference, in part because he was once my pastor at Blue Mountain Baptist and I don’t think either one of us enjoyed that five years or so.

I would also like to thank the Rev. Mike Owen, Leatherwood’s pastor, for his help in getting baby brother out of my hair ... idle preachers are not always good news.

But I am a bit proud of the Rev. William Terry Smith ... really I am ... cross my heart and hope to die ... if I’m not.


QUOTABLE: “I never drink water because of the disgusting things fish do in it.”

— W. C. Fields


REMEMBER THAT old radio show Queen for a Day?

Well, if we had a “Liar For A Day” our president, Donald Trump, would be undefeated since taking office on Jan. 20. That’s 328 days and counting.

And it’s not just one a day either.

According to a story I read in The Washington Post:

“For some reason, our year-long project analyzing, categorizing and tracking every false or misleading claim by President Trump had seemed like quite a burden in the past month. Well, the numbers are in and now we know why: In the past 35 days, Trump has averaged an astonishing nine claims a day.

“The total now stands at 1,628 claims in 298 days, or an average of 5.5 claims a day. That puts the president on track to reach 1,999 claims by the end of his first year in office.”

 The Donald will never be listed in the top 43 presidents we’ve had, but he will forever be our No. 1 Presidential Liar. Applause is in order ... no, make that boo’s.


BIRTHDAYS: Dec. 9 — Ron “Shorty” Ashley; Dec. 11 — Eddie Tankersley, Leigh Wadkins and Richard Stubbs; Dec. 12 — Anne Craft; Dec. 13 — Banks Cotton; Dec. 14 — Steve Hayes, Emily Upton and Dallas Johns; Dec. 15 — Anna Laurie Cotton; Dec. 16 — Jacob Hafley.


TOP TEEN: Say hello to Sydney Parker, a senior a Faith Christian School where she carries a 3.8 GPA and has a solid 24 on her ACT.

Sydney is a member of the National Beta Club, Key Club, Faith Friends and is president of the Student Government Association.

She is a  member of the girls basketball team at Faith and has been captain of the swim team for the past three years. She is also involved in the Double Dozen Club  and the Talladega Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Program.

In the fall, Sydney heads for the University of South Alabama where she plans to major in speech hearing sciences.

“Sydney is an exceptional student,” says Amelia Foshee, guidance counselor. “She is the most driven student in our senior class and is always looking to help others.”

Proud parents are Greg and Nicole Parker of Talladega.

Take bow, young lady.


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