A group of men and women get up early every Friday morning and fill their plates with bacon, eggs and grits at the Ila Restaurant. The coffee is refilled as they talk and laugh. The jokes are frequent from both the podium and the crowd.
But the business is serious. Those in the banquet room of the longtime Madison County restaurant have a common goal — improving Madison County.
They do so through a variety of measures, such as pushing childhood literacy and supporting the food bank. The group has also gained widespread acclaim among regional civic organizations for its ramp-building prowess. The Rotary builds ramps for handicapped or elderly residents with remarkable speed, even competing among themselves at times, with Roy Gandy’s crew racing Pat “Ponytail” Quinn’s squad to see who can build a ramp the fastest. Most every week, a group of Rotarians arrives at someone’s home and constructs a ramp, giving physically challenged citizens a safe way in and out of their home. The heartfelt thank yous and the smiles on the recipients’ faces are hard proof of the importance of the task. The group hits ramp-building milestones with regularity and will soon celebrate its 600th ramp.
But Friday was a celebration of another milestone. The Rotary Club of Madison County enjoyed its 25th anniversary. And the group polished off its Southern-style breakfast with some celebratory cake, after first hearing a humorous and inspirational talk from Madison County High School 2015 valedictorian Sarah Spradlin, who spoke of her home school days with her mom, her early struggles to overcome dyslexia, her dad’s valuable lesson about integrity — of doing what’s right when no one is looking — and her admiration for Madison County teachers, who she said care deeply about their students. [Full Story »]
By Dallas Bordon email@example.com Madison County softball all-stars hit the field in Danielsville this past week. Here’s a recap of what happened: 11-12 ALL-STAR GIRLS HART COUNTY 7 MADISON COUNTY 4 Three crucial errors early in the game proved to be costly for the 11-and-12 Madison County all-star softball team in the championship ...
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Get ready for the flags, the hand-tossed candy and the sirens.
Colbert will celebrate July 4th Independence Day with the parade beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday.
A variety of live entertainment from the stage all afternoon will be hosted by Danny Anthony and Mayor Chris Peck and featuring the BaCuPs, Conner Mack Tribble, C.J. Bidinger and others.
Deena and Emily Parham will present music under the pavilion during lunch, when barbecue will be served for $9 a plate. There will be concessions and vendors on hand with their handcrafted items and arts.
“There will be lots of activities for the adults and children alike,” organizers said.
The horseshoe pitching tournament starts at 11 a.m. next to the Eberhardt Log Cabin.
“You do not need to be a professional to try your pitching skills,” organizers said. “Be sure to visit the museum and travel with Linda Fortson back in time and learn of the history and hear of some of the early residents and how Colbert came to be in existence.”
The Red Caboose has been restored and will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 pm. The Eberhardt Log Cabin will be open for touring as well.
“Be sure to visit Triple B Guns and Ammo, located beside the First Citizens Bank on Hwy. 72, to get your ticket for a chance to win an American Tactical AR15,” organizers said.
The winner will be announced at noon from the stage. To be in the parade, call City Hall 706-788-2311 or to register as a vendor, call Jenny Mason 706-255-7053.
“Mayor Chris Peck, John Waggoner, City Council, and citizens of Colbert welcome you to come celebrate the 46th Annual July 4th Independence Day Celebration,” organizers said.
We see mass killings with alarming frequency, so much so, that news of mall shootings is treated in a rather ho hum matter nationally. It takes unusual treachery to shake us now, like a white man sitting for an hour in a Bible study, then snapping nine black lives away with his trigger finger.
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Marguerite Ward has blown out many birthday candles in her 88 years.
But her birthday wish at a lunch at Cheddars dropped the jaws of her stepdaughter, Jo Rice and Rice’s husband Harry, Madison County’s former Magistrate Judge.
This wasn’t a wish for a book, or a quilt or flowers. No, the Hampton House resident in Colbert wanted to feel the roar of the engine and the wind on her face. She wanted to ride on the back of a motorcycle.
Harry and Jo laughed and looked at each other: “Scott,” they said.
That birthday wish was going to come true.
And so former Madison County Sheriff’s Office investigator Scott Pulliam, who now works with his brother operating a tree service, drove up to the Hampton House on his 2002 Honda BTX 1800 Retro Custom Saturday, June 20, with Ward waiting in a pants suit, blazer, leather gloves and a beret. She was ready to ride.
Pulliam said she could ditch the gloves. It was pretty hot. She also swapped the beret for a helmet and was told to hold on tight.
And off they went.
“She didn’t move her hands the whole time,” said Pulliam. “We went up to Colbert and went around Shoal Creek and just made the big loop and she giggled like a school girl the whole time. She had a ball. And as soon as we got in sight of the Hampton House — and of course, Harry and Jo were standing out front — she started hollering ‘We did it, we did it!’”
Ward said the ride “went by very fast” and was “fun, definitely fun.”
“It was a wish come true,” she said.
Pulliam said the experience was as rewarding for him as it was for Ward.
“The personal satisfaction that I got from watching her face, it’s unmeasurable,” said Pulliam.
The former lawman said he rides with the American Legion Post 123 out of Lexington and that he and fellow members have talked about possibly repeating the experience with others.
“We’ve actually discussed maybe doing this on a more regular basis and trying to go to some of the other homes like this,” said Pulliam. [Full Story »]