George Smith: It really is the little things ...
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WEDNESDAY’S LIST ... of beans ’n greens ’n other things:


REMEMBER when tag-buying time was one of the worst deals around? You stood in line longer than two Baptist preachers in a Sunday pulpit do. Once purchased and back home, you had to actually change out the tags.

First it was “Where are my pliers?” Then it was “Bleep, I’ve got the wrong screwdriver.” And then it was “bust the rust” and “where did that washer go?”

Now you get a letter from Barry Robertson, our license commissioner, and you mail a check. The second letter from Barry has your tag receipt and a little sticker to put over last year’s sticker.

It took me less than two minutes to make that change.

Hey, I know that deal has been around for a while, but it is also one of those little things that make our lives a bit easier.


MEMORIES are of other times and other places ... such as the 1963 football season at Cleburne County High in Heflin.

It was an undefeated season and it’s been 50 years since. A reunion and celebration of that team is set for Saturday evening at the First Methodist Church in Heflin.

Memories will be played, but there is a note of sadness, too.

Charles Ed White, a member of that team, had been planning the reunion for quite a while. Sadly, Charles Ed, who wore No. 80, passed away in August.

Old glories will be re-lived, a teammate will be missed ...



Breakfast with my Woodland pals brought a special bonus this past week. Filled the tank for $3.08 per gallon at the Woodland One Stop, which is where the crowd gathers each weekday morning along about daylight. It’s the old Citgo station.

— But the blonde takes great pride in always topping me. She and a best friend are on the road visiting another best friend in Myrtle Beach. By phone, she says that in South Carolina they saw gas at $2.97.

— If you’re troubled about your destination when you leave this world, there’s a church at Micaville you might want to visit. The name  is “Hevenbound Church.” Ricky Sullivan is the pastor.

— That’s the good news from Micaville. The bad news is a sign on the door of the Soft Rock Café: “Closed until further notice.”


A FEW days back, I was bemoaning the availability of those old-fashioned fly swatters; the ones with a long handle and a screened “swatter.”

The “Fly Season” is dwindling, but you might want to stock up for next year by visiting Piedmont Hardware and Lumber Company.

They have bunches and bunches and Dorothy Hansard sent me no less than three photos as proof.


BIRTHDAYS: Sept. 23 – Horace Williams and Mary Ann Burnett; Sept. 27 – Wanda Edwards; Sept. 28 – Danny Albright.


TOP TEEN: Meet Schuyler Buckner, a junior at the Donoho School who carries a 3.8 GPA and has the “Highest academic average in (his) courses multiple times,” according to Jacqueline Gaines, school counselor.

In addition to all of that, Schuyler is in the French Honor Society and club treasurer/publicity coordinator. He is also in the Science Club, Youth Leadership Calhoun County (2013-14), and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Students.

“Schuyler has been a vital part of the spirit of Donoho as the school’s mascot,” says Gaines. “His positive attitude, maturity, integrity, ambitions and energy are evident in all facets of his life, his talents, and participation in the various groups at our school is not unnoticed by our faculty.”

Proud parents are Clyde and Dr. Kelle Edwards of Anniston and Dr. Herbert Buckner of Madison.

Some applause, if you please.


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


Editor's note: This column has been edited to correct the date of the Cleburne County football reunion. The reunion is Saturday.
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