September 12-22 ... CAST of Anniston is presenting the award winning musical stage play, Guys and Dolls. Performances are on Thursdays through Sundays at the McClellan Theater. Tickets are $10 and $15 with Thursdays being “pay what you wish” night. For more information, call 256.820.2278.
September 28 ... The members of the 1963 Cleburne County High School Football team, coaches, and cheerleaders invite all interested individuals to attend a reception at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church from 4-5:30 p.m. This is for the 50th anniversary of the first undefeated team in school history. These ladies and gentlemen would love to see their friends from the past and present. Come by during this appointed time and enjoy the fellowship. More on this event in next weeks paper.
October 4 ... If you graduated from CCHS in 1989, this is the date that you will celebrate your 25th class reunion at the Homecoming football game. I understand that there are some exciting things planned for this group. For more information, contact Beverly Skinner Casey or Carrie Brown McWhorter at 89grad-CCHS@gmail.com.
Speaking of important events ... the next seven days are just that for these friends.
September 12 - Carol James, Randall Jackson, Margaret Mayo, Donald Payne, Mildred Hollis, Jeff Owens, Kala Turner, Trei Jackson and Dylan Gleason. Sept. 13 - T.J. Maloney, Sue Pentacost, Edna Turner, Michael Price, Craig Turner, Abby Clark, Tyler Howle and Chad Alexander. Sept. 14 - Hope Lee, Daniel Cohill, Stephen Wilson, Tina Riddle, Ashley Smith, Annett Edwards and Holly Pitts. Sept. 15 - Brenda Cooley, MIke Altman, Ryan Minter and Jeff Shealy. Sept. 16 - Hope Brackin, Michelle Elkins, Tammy Warren, Evon Bennett, Danny Crawford, Jason Shelton and Nancy Campbell. Nancy will celebrate her 99th birthday on this date. She is our undisputed birthday queen! Sept. 17 - Laura Robertson, Davis Draper, Joe Harlan, Connie Thomas, Rebecca Chambless and Sadee Winfield. Sept. 18 - Jack Wood, Ronald White, Dorothy Cook and Elizabeth Luker-Howell.
I only had one anniversary reported to me this week. that makes this couple very special. Happy anniversary! September 16 - Sean and Donna Thompson.
Richard Smith, Mayfield, Robinson, Jessica Wade, Jimmy Burrows, Horace Perry, Sherry Brown, Terry Benefield, Erin Ventress, Ed Cleveland, Kerry Smith, Andrea Wise Smith, Jimmie Nell Vise, Sara Noland, Rider Bearden, Malene Bowen, Jackie Stovall, Merrill Hayes and Ken Sanders.
Familiar Drum Beat
In the Spring of 1999, I wrote an article about the horrific tragedy at a high school in Columbine, Colorado. I’m sure that most of you remember this dark day in April when two disturbed young men gunned down and killed 12 people and injured 24 others. It was a long piece, but the bottom line (in my way of thinking) was that our children’s actions reflect directly on how they were raised. There are exceptions, I know, but for the most part, it is true. In recent months, we have seen some disturbing events involving young people who have committed some unthinkable act. The media is always pondering and asking, “How could these things happen?” Once these individuals are brought to trial, their lawyers are blaming everything from global warming to artificial sweeteners in sodas. This makes me angry! Now I am not going to get off on another tangent ... I promise! However, I do have a point. It was brought home to me this past week when I was searching for old pictures of my sons. There, among all of the Olan Mills, was a framed poem entitled, “Children Learn What They Live” (by Dorothy Law Nolt). It hunt on my wall during the growing up years of my family. When I found it, I re-read it and the powerful message spoke even louder to me today. It basically states that the actions we display as parents live in our children ... both in a negative and positive way. Please take time to look up this poem and read it carefully. It has a message for those who have a house full of children or those of us who have an empty nest! Maybe some media personalities and defense lawyers should read it. But it is so much easier to put the blame on something or someone else instead of telling it like it is. I’m just saying!
Until next week ... remember ... Going to church does not make you a Christian anymore than standing in a garage makes you a car.