DANIELSVILLE - George Donald Williams, 72, passed away on Monday, September 29, 2014, at his residence. Mr. Williams was born in Jacksonville, Ala., on August 29 ,1942, the son of the late Clifford Lynn Williams and Bertie Williams. He was a retired card mechanic in the textile industry. Mr. Williams was preceded in death by a son, Bruce ...
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For as long as she can remember, Amy Lester has had a heart for children.
“My goal in life was not to be a doctor or an astronaut,” she said. “I wanted to be a babysitter, and with all the money I would make as a babysitter, I would build an enormous mansion to house the hundreds of needy children I would one day adopt…clearly my heart and mind were already being prepared for the path I would take later in life.”
Lester was selected last spring, first as Comer Elementary’s Teacher of the Year, and then as Madison County’s Teacher of the Year.
She is beginning her 13th year at Comer (she spent her first year in Barrow County), where she taught art for the first eight years before obtaining her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and her RESA gifted endorsement, and then taking on the job of second grade teacher. This fall, she became the gifted resource teacher and also the school’s first ESOL (English Spoken as a Second Language) teacher. She said she enjoys challenging herself and was anxious to serve the Burmese children who have come from refugee camps to the Comer area with their families.
Lester was born and reared in Madison County and still makes this county her home. She and her husband, Scott, have two sons, Gavin, who is a sixth grader at Athens Christian School and Grayson, who is a fourth grader at Comer.
“Being a mother myself has given me a great perspective – I treat these babies (students) like I would want my own babies treated,” she said.
She credits her grandmother, Bonnie Kincaid, with giving her the inspiration and desire to model what she saw in her as she served first as a paraprofessional for many years at Colbert Elementary and then later as a substitute teacher there, while Lester was a student there herself. It was during this time that she says she got to see firsthand how her grandmother gave her full heart and soul to the children she taught. [Full Story »]
Madison County’s industrial authority was asked to help a barbecue business get started off Hwy. 29 in Hull Sept. 15, but group leaders said the authority is limited by law on what aid it can offer.
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A day clouded with controversy surrounding the newly constructed Red Raider monument at the football field house ended in victory on the gridiron as the Madison County defeated Monroe Area 19-6 Friday.
The Madison County school system has been asked by two secular organizations to take down the new monument because of Bible verses engraved on the structure. Quarterback Ethan South summed up the day of controversy following the win.
“Coach (Chris) Smith talked about it before the game and said there’s really nothing we can do about it right now,” South said. “We just came out and played our type of football and no matter what happens we give God glory. Statue or not, he’s still God.”
South was instrumental in several drives deep into Hurricane territory and used a pitch play to set up the Raiders’ final score. South hit Dylan Gentry on a pitch play inside the Monroe 25 yard line. Gentry raced to the five before being pushed out of bounds.
“We ran pretty much the same play all night and on that play I had the keep-read and when the corner stepped up and I pitched to Dylan and he did what he could do to get down field,” said South.
KJ Burton, who scored twice on the night and dragged a pile of defenders with him on several runs, capped off the drive by scoring on the next play from five yards out giving the Raiders a 19-0 lead. The drive was also made possible after Brandon Fagan fell on an onsides kick near midfield to give the Raiders possession. Burton’s first touchdown came in the first quarter on a two-yard run for the game’s first points.
ReShawn Gresham accounted for the Raiders second touchdown after he outran the defense on a 78-yard touchdown with 36 seconds left in the third quarter.
“All I got to say is my blocks were there and speed kills, man,” said Gresham after the game. He added that the Raiders are looking to go far in 2014. “We’re trying to make it to the playoffs, man. Just take it one game at a time.”
The shutout was lost after Monroe finally found the end zone on a 14-yard pass play late in the fourth quarter for the final 19-6 score.
Coach Smith told his team in a post-game huddle that people will continue to talk about the monument controversy. But he said the squad gave them plenty more to talk about.
“Let them talk all they want to about it,” he said. “The story here tonight is these Red Raiders here on this field.”
The Raiders will travel to Cleveland next Friday night to face White County at 7:30.
Postseason nailbiters against some of the state’s top squads may still lie ahead for the Red Raider softball squad, but Madison County will get a heavy dose of top-flight competition Thursday when perennial power Buford comes to town. “Our eyes have been on Buford since the first of the year,” said Red Raider head coach Ken Morgan. “We ...
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A Hull woman was arrested at Country Living Mobile Home Park last week after she allegedly assaulted another woman when that woman told her that her 5-day old infant looked like someone other than the child’s father.
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There’s almost something ritualistic in handing over tickets to a kind of rough-faced fellow and stepping into an open cart with a loved one. You’re wheeled high into a fall night and the two of you rise above noises where it’s quiet and stare out at lights and down on people suddenly small in your eyes.
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