George Smith: It’s the little things that irk me
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WEDNESDAY’S LIST . . . of beans ‘n greens ‘n other things:


MAILED THE  property taxes to Karen Roper, Revenue Commissioner, a couple of weeks back and I’m not complaining about that. Our property taxes could be doubled and we’d still have a cheap ride compared to a lot of states.

The complaint is the size of the billing card. Unlike some bills due, there is no return envelope addressed. Not complaining about that either. I can still afford a plain white envelope and a stamp, can also spell and write enough to address the envelope.

The complaint is the billing card (which you return) is too large for the standard white envelope. It’s OK in width, but I had to trim a full quarter-inch off top-to-bottom to fit card into envelope.

It seems to me it’s not a stretch for a billing cafrd to fit the standard envelope,. You know, the ones you buy at Wal-Mart.

It’s the little things that irk as well as please . . .


REFLECTIONS IN  the eye of the Tiger is one way of putting this as in . . .

-- Alabama didn’t tackle.

-- Alabama didn’t block.

-- Alabama didn’t catch.

-- Alabama didn’t throw.

-- Alabama got out-coached.

-- Auburn has a bunch of kids who know how to answer a real gut-check.

-- Auburn has one of the best coaches around.

To the victor goes the credit, the accolades, and the admiration earned at Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday night.

And I also think Auburn has a shot at a national championship berth. Florida Sate is a lock and Ohio State is sending Alabama thank you notes.

But the Buckeyes almost pulled off an Alabama against Michigan, still faces Michigan State, and if Auburn gets an impressive win against Missouri in the SEC championship game Saturday, the Tigers just might be on the way to Pasadena.

Whatever happens, it has been the “Loveliest of Seasons for the Loveliest Village on the Plains.”

And yeah, I know I’ve used a few cliches and transposed a phrase or two and wrote like a first grader . . . but what the heck, even first graders understand what happened in an Iron Bowl for the ages (there I go again).


RECENTLY, I gave you a simple recipe for hamburgers; Desert Storm cheese from Wright’s Dairy inside the meat before grilling. Storm is more than a bit warm

Now if you liked that, chip tiny bits of Desert Storm in your eggs and scramble. Top scrambled eggs with mustard and enjoy.


BIRTHDAYS: Nov. 25 – Leigh Anne Monday; Nov. 29 – Tyler Smith; Nov. 30 – Melissa Sturdivant Smith; Dec. 1 – Marty Mangham; Dec. 6 – Kitty Bussey; Dec. 7 – Sandra Triplett.


TOP TEEN: Meet Miranda Chauncey, a senior at Saks High School where her GPA of 4.0 is about as good as it gets. Miranda also has a solid 27 on her ACT and is a member of the National Honor Society.

When she’s not topping the books, young Miss Chauncey finds time for Band, is a varsity cheerleader, in SADD, and Youth Leadership Calhoun County.

Miranda plans to head for Tuscaloosa and the University of Alabama where she will pursue a degree in business.

“Miranda is very ambitious, self-motivated and willing to assist others whenever needed,” says Nikita Sherer, senior counselor. “Because of her strong academic ability, leadership, and generosity, I truly believe she will continue to excel in all of her future aspirations.”

Proud parents are Paul and Sheri Nichols and Greg Chauncey of Anniston.

Take a bow, young lady.


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


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