George Smith: Wellborn kids deserve a standing ovation ...
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WEDNESDAY’S LIST ... of beans ‘n greens ‘n other things:

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1. The kids out at Walter Wellborn deserve a standing ovation.

2. “Bald” may be the coming thing at WWHS.

The rest of the story is wrapped around the school’s annual Christmas drive to feed “hard times” families.

In past years, the highest number of food boxes raised was 20 or so. This year, the goal was food for 50 families.

To spur things along, Principal Rick Carter and junior high counselor Todd Ford announced they would shave their heads if the goal was reached.

It was – 145 food boxes – and Carter and Ford “manned up” by keeping their promises. So if you’re that way, let the Wellborn people know they really are special.

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YOU SAY you’re getting old?

Forget the years. A better way of determining your advancing years is the number of “rocks” it takes to get out of your recliner. I’m into my “two-rock” years.

Truth is, my goal is to become at “four-rocker” before I go away. To steal an old line, “Getting old sure beats the alternative.”

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JUST FOR FUN, a few newspaper headlines a buddy of mine found on the Internet:

“Diana was still alive hours before she died.”

Two more:

“Statistics show that teen pregnancy drops off significantly after age 25.”


“Study shows frequent sex enhances pregnancy chances.”

Now tell me you’re not impressed with the sterling work we journalists do on a daily basis.

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BIRTHDAYS: Dec. 10 – Alton Epperson; Dec. 17 – Rodney Gunn and Doris McWhorter; Dec. 18 – Layna Elizabeth Wise, Bill Clemment and Bonnie Dobbs; Dec. 19 – Don Craft and Braiden Key; Dec. 20 – Veronica Ferguson; Dec. 21 – Larry Ford; Dec. 22 – Eleanor Thompson.

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SPECIAL: Harsel Durham celebrates 91 years Thursday, Dec. 20. Durham served aboard a Navy destroyer and is a regular at Trinity Baptist in Oxford come church time.

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PERSONAL: When Riley Stephen Smith checked in at Regional Medical Center on Dec. 19, 1981, he became two things, a very first grandson for me 'n the blonde, and the pride of our lives ... until a couple of brothers joined the crowd.

A graduate of the University of Alabama, Riley is a mechanical engineer with the state ... and has never embarrassed the family. Have a good one, kid.

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TOP TEEN: Meet Samone Thompson, a senior at Anniston High School where her GPA is a lift into the upper echelons of the Class of ’13.

Samone is working toward an advanced academic diploma with a technical endorsement and is taking Advanced Placement courses. She is also attending Alabama’s Early College Program.

She is a member of the National Honor Society, president of Mu Alpha Theta (math honor society), president of the senior class, and secretary of the FBLA.

Samone is active in the Anniston High marching band and attends Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church where she is secretary and assistant superintendent of Sunday school.

Future plans call for enrollment at the University of Alabama where she will study psychology.

“Samone is a joy to work with,” says Sherry Baxter, counselor. “Her positive outlook, compassion for others, and attitude inspires others to set standards of excellence.”

A very proud mom is Robbie Thompson of Anniston.

This one merits a standing ovation ...


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