George Smith: Ken Easterling peaches are June peaches
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WEDNESDAY’S LIST ... of beans ’n greens ’n other things:
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PEACH REPORT: At the moment, you can circle Tuesday, June 4, as the first trip for Ken Easterling and his Chilton County peaches.

“It’s a good crop,” says Ken. “Maybe not the best ever, but a good one. They’re beautiful, too.”

So you might save a few bucks to buy some Blue Bell vanilla ice cream to go with the peaches. Blue Bell vanilla is the best ice cream on the continent. I’ve said that before so don’t bother trying to convince me otherwise.

And in the peach world, Easterling peaches stack up rather well, too.

Easterling peaches have long been a rite of the season since Ken’s dad, Leon, made his first trip here in 1952. Ken was his dad’s co-pilot and when you count, he’s been coming here 61 years. For a couple of months each year, the Easterlings are “family” around here.

I’ll keep you posted, but at the moment June 4 looks good.

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QUOTABLE: “If your mouth is out of order so is your life.”

I saw that on the Liberty Grove Methodist Church marquee. I’m not sure just where I was traveling when I read that.

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CHIEF ANDERSON, who lives at Ohatchee, responded to my line of feeling “unnecessary” with this:

“You aren’t useless if you can still be used as a bad example.”

That sort of made my day as I’ve often said that I am my son-and-heir’s inspiration.

He looks at Dad and says, “Man, I don’t want to be like him.”

I’m not sure he’s thinking looks are my persona, but it does give me something of a purpose in life ... I think.

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ETHEL BRIGHT is a really neat lady from my past to whom I owe a debt or two in keeping me from looking full dumb in print.

Ethel was a proofreader at The Star for many, many years. She now lives with a daughter in Tennessee, but Saturday is a homecoming for her birthday. And no, I’m not mentioning the years.

I tell you that to let you know there will be a party for Ethel Saturday at Wellborn Christian Church. Friends are invited to drop by and say hello and get a hug. That’s from 2 p.m. ’til done.

Happy birthday, Ethel ... and I still sort of like you.

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BIRTHDAYS: May 17 – Landon Noah Wise; May 24 – Sherry Peoples; May 25 – Jack Harris.

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TOP TEEN: Meet Jacob T. Hogue, a senior at Ohatchee High School, where his 3.9 GPA has him ranked fifth in a class of 65. He has been on the A or A-B Honor Roll since 2005 and in the Principal’s Club three years. That, friends, is high stuff.

And he got there with a few challenges along the way. Since ninth grade he has studied honors English, advanced math, and advanced science. He is president of Mu Alpha Theta and vice-president of his class. All of that has earned Jacob some college aid, the Bill Miller Scholarship, a JSU Gamecock Scholarship, and a Coosa Valley Electric Scholarship.

Young Mr. Hogue has letters in baseball and basketball, was named “Mr. Warrior” of the school, and was homecoming king this past fall.

A member of Ohatchee United Methodist Church, Jacob will enter JSU this fall. His goal is to teach math and become a basketball coach.

A really proud mom is Jill Hogue, Cherokee Trail, Ohatchee.

Take a bow, Jacob ...

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

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