George Smith: I know I’ve told you this before
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WEDNESDAY’S LIST ... of beans ’n greens ’n other things:


I HAVE met Ellison Kate Smith.

In case you came in late, in a recent column I proudly announced that Ellison Kate Smith, my first great-grandchild is on her way and due to leave the hangar sometime in June.

The “early” meeting came thanks to modern technology, something called a sonogram.

With that said, proud parents James Tyler and Melissa Sturdivant Smith walked in recently waving a CD. The dad-to-be headed straight to the CD player with “All y’all sit and watch.”

And I was right in my first announcement. Ellison Kate will be the loveliest baby in 2014 years, will be a Rhodes Scholar, a Miss Universe, and the first woman president of the United States. Along the way she will be Miss Homecoming three straight  years, will be a head cheerleader in high school and college, and will be voted “Most Likely to Succeed”  by her classmates.

Don’t believe me? Hang around.

Anyway, not only did we watch Ellison Kate do a lot of squirming and kicking, but Melissa presented me with a framed photo “First Girl.” It sits by my desk out in my barn.

I have been told she will be called Ellison, but when we talk now it is Ellie ... so we’ll see.


MIKE MONDAY showed up at the house a few days back, tank and sprayer in hand with:

“I’ve heard I am no longer your pest control man.”

For the rest of that I have to go back to what I thought was a cute line in a Dec. 27 column. Referring to a sign for Sand Mountain Pest Control alongside U.S. 431 in Alexandria, I typed:

Next time the blonde screams there’s a roach in the kitchen I know who to call.

After I hugged Mike three times and he sprayed the house twice, I wrote a check for three times the bill to Monday’s Pest Control. Mike left smiling.

He will be back. Old habits are hard to break and he’s been “MY PEST CONTROL MAN” for 25 years or more.



“He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.”

– Winston Churchill


BIRTHDAYS: Jan. 10 – Jason Murphy; Jan 11 – Mylane Wigley; Jan. 14 – Addie Grace Shaw and Bobbi Kemp; Jan. 20 – Richard Doss.


TOP TEEN: Meet Joseph Dothard, a senior at White Plains High School where his 4.0 GPA and ACT score of 27 has him among the Class of 2014’s elite.

Joseph has received an academic letter four consecutive years and was captain of the football team the last two seasons. A defensive back, he was voted all-Calhoun County both years.

A three-sport athlete, Joseph also plays basketball and baseball.

All of that along with his popularity had his  peers electing him their 2013 homecoming king. That’s good stuff.

He is president of the SGA at Whit Plains High and an officer in the National Beta Club (honor society).

A member of Nances Creek Baptist Church, Joseph finds time to sing in the school choir and volunteer with the White Plains Youth Athletic Organization.

“Joseph treats all students with respect and in turn is respected by his classmates,” says Angela Forbus, school guidance counselor. “Joseph Dothard is the complete package. He is the All-America young man.”

Proud parents are Scott and Jenny Dothard, Old Rocky Ridge Road, Jacksonville.

Take a bow, Joseph ...


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



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