Caleb Pope was 17 when he joined the Alabama Army National Guard. His parents had to sign for him. He was about to graduate from Spring Garden High and didn’t know what career path he wanted to take. His father had served in the Navy, and his grandfather served in the Army during WWII, so he thought he’d follow them into the military.

Baseball at Spring Garden is off to a solid start. The Panthers were 5-2 entering Tuesday’s game at Sand Rock and held leads in their losses at Cherokee County on Mar. 2 and at Glencoe on Mar. 9. Early wins included an 11-4 victory over archrival Cedar Bluff, a 6-1 win against Sand Rock and a 16-6 win over Gaylesville to make the Panthers 3-1 against opponents from Cherokee County. Spring Garden opened with a 4-3 victory over Class 4A Saks on the road and followed that with a 10-0 shutout of Collinsville. 

Two of the most important persons in Amy Pike’s life have been her mother, Cynthia Baker, and her grandmother, the late Patricia Gillespie. They were teachers. Their love of their jobs rubbed off on young Amy. When she graduated from Piedmont High in 1999, she enrolled at Jacksonville State University where she earned her degree in elementary education.

Lately, within a period of only a couple of weeks, I have been reminded of the importance of civic groups. While attending the recent auction of the Habitat for Humanity program, I became re-acquainted with several friends and made new ones. I placed a modest bid on an item and actually won …