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


GET OUT your billfold, tie a bib around your neck, and head for the Anniston Meeting Center on Saturday.

A translation is Saturday, beginning along about the crack of dawn (OK, 6 a.m.), the curtain goes up on the Anniston Kiwanis Club’s annual pancake breakfast.

This is one of the very best charity fundraisers between the oceans. All the proceeds go toward helping underprivileged kids with the big show: a pre-school shopping spree just before schools open in the fall.

This will be number 34 for an effort that started out really small and now has grown into a day of pride and good feeling.

To date, the Kiwanians have raised more than $1 MILLION. This year’s goal is another $60,000 and that means long lines for pancakes, sausage, syrup, and drink. The price is just $6 for ALL you can eat.

“This is our only fundraiser,” says Bill Hagler. “From it we finance our back-to-school shopping spree. That’s our big one. But we also donate funds to Adopt a School, the Coldwater Bike Trail, Key Club Scholarships, Young Child Priority one, and Reading is Fundamental.”

One other thing: “Take Out” is available and welcome.

So, Saturday could be called a “Bib and Tucker Day” as well as Anniston Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast.

As the late Hank Williams used to say: “If the Good Lord’s willing and the creeks don’t rise,” I’ll see you there.


QUOTABLE: “I’m told that 99 percent of the lawyers give the rest of them a bad name.” — Unknown


   BIRTHDAYS: Feb. 27 —  Colt Quinn; Feb. 28 — Billy Ridley and Jason Smith; March 2 — Rob Broom; March 3 — Brandy Hamilton and Jonathan Todd.


TOP TEEN: Say hello to Carson Hughes Freeman, a senior at Oxford High School where his 4.0 (cumulative weighted) GPA and a 30 ACT makes him one of the shining stars in the Class of 2018.

Carson has been a member of the National Honor Society since his sophomore year and has nailed all sorts of academic letters and bars each year for his accomplishments. Such includes an Academic Excellence Award for dual-enrollment history and for physics this year. He has also been selected for membership in the Jacksonville State Honor Society.

Young Mr. Freeman has been captain of the Scholars Bowl Team for the last three years and is co-president of the Future Business Leaders of America.

Another honor was his selection by the Anniston Civitan Club as a representative for its 2017 National Leadership Forum held at Harding University in Searcy, Ark.

Carson has been captain of the Oxford High swim team for the past three seasons.

Volunteer activities are too much for a complete listing here, but one thing that catches the eye is that for one week each year he and his church group go to impoverished parts of America to roof homes.

“Carson is an academically superior student who will graduate in May with an Honors Endorsement in the Business Technologies Academy,” says Glenda Knight, senior counselor. “He exhibits excellent problem-solving and critical-thinking skills and has the talent and the drive to take on and solve any task before him.”

Proud parents are Brandon and Laurie Freeman of Oxford.

Applause is in order ...


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