WEDNESDAY’S LIST . . . of beans ‘n greens ‘n other things:


On April 5, 1986, Ronald Young, valedictorian Alexandria High Class of ’86, was the “Teenager of The Week” in this column.

Bill Edwards, who edits Coffee Break for The Star, noted that in his “25 Years Ago” back on, well, April 5, 2011.

So, how’s Mr. Young doing these days?

Right well, thank you.

He got a degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Alabama through the ROTC program. That led him into the United States Air Force flying big cargo planes (C-141s) here, there, ’round the world.

Married with four grown kids, Ronald retired from the Air Force, but is now a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve. He’s still flying the C-5 Galaxy out of Warner Robins, Ga.

The reason I know all that is his parents, Don and June Young, still call Alexandria home, read the “25 Years Ago,” and dropped me an email to let me know “Whatever Happened To . .


THE NEWS from Chilton County is good, very good.

That’s the news from Ken Easterling, who first began bringing peaches to Anniston/Oxford in 1952, riding “shotgun” with his dad.

“Unless we have some bad luck, this looks as if it will be our best crop ever,” says Ken. “We had a good winter and we could have peaches as early as the middle of May.”

A better guess is the last of May. I’ll keep you posted.


JOURNALISTIC ethics forbid accepting bribes in exchange for what we call “good ink” in our stories.

Over the years, I haven’t been offered enough money or paid junkets to “paradise” or say the use of a Rolls Royce for a lifetime to even consider crossing that line.

But ...

After I got through talking with Woodland’s J.C. Rampy for his story in last week’s column, his bride of 62 years handed me a covered dish.

I was sincere in my declining until her son nudged me and said, “It’s fried pies.”

So ... now you know my price. And has been since I grew up wolfing down Hattie Cook Smith’s fried pies, peach and apple. Well, Sue Nell Rampy is right there with my grandma.

So, bring charges, OK?


BIRTHDAYS: April 7 – Richard Cobb; April 8 – Bonnie Rich; April 21 – Greg Rowe; April 17 – Neal Vaughn; April 24 – Jesse “J.C.” Pope; April 25 – Elton Couch and Eva Jane Cole; April 29 – Lois Hipps.


TOP TEEN: This morning’s spotlight moves to Saks High School, where Jasmine Daniel Moten carries a dazzling 4.0 GPA and has a very impressive 28 on her ACT, two very good measures of academic ability.

Jasmine will deliver the salutatorian address for the Class of ’11. She is also a member of the National Honor Society, president of the senior class, and vice-president of the Student Government Association.

With her academics comes big ability in athletics. She is captain of the girls basketball and volleyball teams.

Jasmine will had for Jax State in the fall for basics in pre-dentistry and then move to UAB for her dentistry degree.

“Jasmine is one of the few students who excels in both the classroom and in team sports,” says Nikita Sherer, senior counselor. “Her drive to perform in both areas is commendable.”

Proud parents are Roderick and Jolene Moten, Cheyenne Trail, Anniston.

Take a bow, young lady . . .

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