George Smith: Well, maybe it really isn’t a deer world
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WEDNESDAY’S LIST ... of beans ’n greens ’n other things:


IT’S A DEER WORLD ... and I am using the correct word there.

A couple of weeks back, I hit a deer on U. S. 431 just north of Hollis Crossroads. It was 5:15 a.m. and dark. I didn’t see the deer I hit – more aptly the one that hit me – and he/she vanished off the road to somewhere.

But he/she sure did mess up the front of my old man’s car, a white four-door Taurus.

Now, fast forward to a recent Sunday evening and my niece, Anna Laurie Cotton, and cousin, Ruston Riggsby, are on their way to a birthday party. On Alabama 9 near Heflin, a big buck slams into the side of Anna Laurie’s SUV. The SUV needs repair and the deer is in a freezer for future use.

What happened is they got the deer in the back of the SUV and continued on to the party. Had a good time, too, especially when Anna Laura asked birthday girl Brooke Brachor out to her SUV to see “a special present I brought you.”

Three things here:

My niece is drop-dead beautiful, she’s an A student at Donoho, and the guy who winds up with her won’t have a handful. He’ll have a bunch of handfuls.

She’s 16 going on 30 and a real piece of work.


QUOTABLE: “They can’t beat me if they can’t score.” – Bear Bryant


THAT ONE came to mind late Sunday watching Seattle’s defense turn Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos’ Super Bowl into a nightmare. Bryant won six national championships at Alabama with defense. His best players were always on defense.

While I was pulling for Manning to win his second Super Bowl, watching a bunch of mostly no-names line up and win the old-fashioned way in a pass-happy league was refreshing.


THIS ONE is personal, but there was a gathering of our clan Friday night to celebrate a 50th wedding anniversary for my little sister Avis and husband Gary Cotton.

Baby sister came with brains as well as beauty. A bit of proof is she’s the very first valedictorian ever at Saks High School, Class of ’62.

And I still love her in spite of the fact I was her babysitter when she was in diapers ... not a lot of fun.

She also got a good one in Gary. You can ask anybody in the family about that ... anybody.


BIRTHDAYS: Feb. 2 – Ben Howell and Jerrod Brown; Feb. 4 – Phil Cornelison and Barbara Tankersley; Feb. 7 – Vickie Cox.


TOP TEEN:  Meet Ashley Smith, a senior at Anniston High School, where her academic excellence means the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, a math honor society.

Ashley has been on the Honor Roll for four years, has been Student of The Month four times, and in the top 100 Scholars for three years.

I’m not sure about this, but the young lady may be thinking of a military career. She has an SAI Ribbon in JROTC and a Superior Cadet Award as well, and she is currently a battalion commander.

Truth is, her resume would make a book and a few that catch the attention is a first place in FBLA word processing competition, a JROTC Community Service Award, and an Association of the United States Army Award. There’s more, space short.

Her list of community involvement is too long to list.

“Ashley is a very exceptional student and person,” says school counselor Sherry Baxter. “She is a real go-getter.”

Proud parents are Robert and Aliceleena Smith, Ridgley Court, Anniston.

Cheers for one of our finest ...


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


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