LIKE MOST, I was glued to the TV to midnight Friday.
It was a day of highs, lows, then highs as law enforcement officers chased the Boston Marathon bombing to the finish line. The end came with the capture of capture of Dzhokar Tsarnaev, a 19-year old “kid” hiding in a boat behind a house in Watertown, Mass.
His brother, 26-year old Tamerlan, was killed the night before in a gun battle with lawmen. His brother, though wounded, escaped on foot.
But you know the story, all the way from the explosion of two bombs in downtown Boston Monday to
Friday night. It was a drama that seldom left the TV screens, especially those of CNN and Fox News.
What is amazing to me the swiftness of the law in bringing the two fugitives down. It was a stunning accomplishment from a beginning that had NO suspects to an ending in the death of one, capture of the other.
The printed word has been my life, has provided food, shelter, clothing for family. But in no way can newspapers match what TV brings into our living rooms.
It was a job superbly done. Thousands stood along the streets of the small Boston suburb cheering and applauding as law enforcement personnel withdrew, mission accomplished.
MISSING at Blue Mountain Baptist Sunday was Rev. Truman Norred. A hip jumping out of place has sidelined our pastor for a couple of weeks.
Get well, soon, preacher. I miss my Sunday morning naps.
But he is a good guy.
BIRTHDAYS: Apr. 21 – Kenneth Buckhannan; Apr. 22 – Kaitlin Watson; Apr. 23 – Nolen Sims; Apr. 24 – Norm Kelley, J. S. Pope and Sherry Peoples; Apr. 25 – Elton Couch and Eva Jane Cole; Apr. 26 – Harvey Talley; Apr. 27 – Tiffany McFarlane and Bryan “Bubba” Key.
IF YOU see a bunch of cars around 1929 Wilmer Ave. don’t get excited.
On second thought, you should be excited if you know Estelle Yeager.
Sunday is Estelle’s 100th birthday and kids, grandkids, maybe a few greats or even great-greats are gathering for the party.
I happen to have known the lady for years . . . so . . . Happy Birthday, Estelle.
TOP TEEN: The spotlight this morning moves to The Donoho School where Alli Brascho takes center stage.
Young Miss Brascho, who carries a 4.0 GPA, is a member of the National Honor Society, the French National Honor Society and a graduate of Youth Leadership Calhoun County.
She is a staff writer on the school newspaper, president of Tri-M, Girls State and serves on the Knox Concert Service Committee. Along the way she finds time to sing in the Show Choir, is on the Drama Team, and will play Maria in Donoho’s upcoming production of The Sound of Music.
Alli has earned a superior rating in Solo & Ensemble for two consecutive years.
“Working with Alli and knowing her has been one of the greatest pleasures of my career,” says Jacqueline Gaines, school guidance counselor. “She radiates enthusiasm and life and instinctively knows how to engage those around her. Alli is very aware of the social issues in the community and the world. She is a highly motivated person.”
Proud parents are Brad Brascho of Pell City and Lisa Smith of Anniston.
Take a bow, young lady . . .
George Smith can be reached at 256-239-5286 or e-mail: gsmith731