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Wendy N. McDougal

The Mighty Might Chief cheerleaders with Decatur's Pop Warner Football Program at an Aug. 27 jamboree. They are some of the young athletes who will benefit from the Music City Bowl's donation to the program. Members of the squad are, from left, Katie Ziak, Talore Jacobs, Maya Parker, Raven Thompson, Brittany Ziak, Adrian Wray, Michaela Jackson and Courtney Barnes.
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The Mighty Might Chief cheerleaders with Decatur's Pop Warner Football Program at an Aug. 27 jamboree. They are some of the young athletes who will benefit from the Music City Bowl's donation to the program. Members of the squad are, from left, Katie Ziak, Talore Jacobs, Maya Parker, Raven Thompson, Brittany Ziak, Adrian Wray, Michaela Jackson and Courtney Barnes.

Music City Bowl aids Decatur Pop Warner

You might look at these little ones in the photo at right and wonder what the future holds for each of them. One may be a doctor, a teacher, a volunteer or a dedicated team mom. Regardless of what lies ahead, right now they are together, a team and cheerleading squad sharing memories of youth sports, like special times with the Decatur's Pop Warner Youth Football Program.

Gaylord Hotel's Music City Bowl helps make programs like this one possible, through annual donations as part of the its youth football program. The bowl's community-outreach campaign, celebrating its third season, has brought the spirit of the bowl to families of more than 22,000 players, cheerleaders and coaches in 20 youth football leagues throughout North Alabama, middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky, including five leagues encompassing 15 communities and 5,000 children in North Alabama. Music City Bowl organizers say they are confident that the 2005 program will have a positive impact on the leagues and will enhance the youth football and cheerleading experience for the kids involved.

One such program that benefits from the Music City Bowl's program is Decatur Pop Warner. Leading this football program are Kelly Wimberley, president; Brenda Burnett, vice president; Stephen Mishalanie, treasurer; Troy Locklin, field coordinator; Joe Dupper, coach coordinator; Jessie Malone, financial assistance coordinator; Linda Wimberley, picture/program coordinator; Amanda Ziak, fund-raising coordinator; Myra Smith, cheerleading coordinator; and Kerra Coldwell, concessions coordinator.

In addition to the $7,000 donated to the five North Alabama leagues, the children will receive numerous benefits during the upcoming season. These "extras" include a bowl patch to wear on jerseys or uniforms, individual team Web sites and a free ticket to the bowl game, where they meet such football "greats" as Rocky Calmus, Tennessee Titans linebacker and honorary spokesman for the Bowl's youth football program.

"What an experience for the children. Whether they are playing football or cheerleading, we are so appreciative to the Music City Bowl's youth football program for making this football season a great time for everyone," said Burnett. "Giving back to the community is a wonderful gesture, but giving back to make a positive difference in the life of a child is truly a gift that will last a lifetime."

Diabetes event

Wal-Mart, along with Abbott's Ross Products Division and the American Association of Diabetes Educators, will have the Diabetes "Aware and Care" event Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Customers will receive free health screenings, including blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure tests.

In addition, they also will receive complimentary product samples and a diabetes resource book that offers helpful information about controlling diabetes through blood sugar monitoring, meal planning and exercise.

Country Cousins

To round out a busy summer, the Country Cousins Club and host Zettie Atkinson welcomed 18 members and guests to the senior center in Jones Chapel. Organizers say the group had a wonderful time visiting with each other and sharing family news.

Attending were Edna White, Inez Borden, Idalene Singleton, Macie McBrayer, Donna Weeks, Zadie Quattlebaum, Johnny Self, Bill Whitten, Edna Earle James, Jimmie Quattlebaum, Diane Caudle, Zettie Wright, Evalene Orr, Dot Maples, Eleanor Garrison, Mize Garrison and Garrison's son, Kenny Gouge from St. Louis.

Children of Confederacy

Since September Skirmish at Point Mallard Park has become an annual event sponsored by the Sons of the Confederate Veterans, the Little Joe Wheeler No. 764 Children of the Confederacy decided to meet recently at Point Mallard Chapel for its monthly meeting.

Flags were presented, and the opening ritual observed, with Judy Blackwell serving as chaplain pro-tem. Director Bettye Moore presented a report on the Alabama Division Convention held Memorial Day weekend at Tannehill State Park. Future plans were discussed to assist the Daughters of the sponsoring Joe Wheeler Chapter No. 291 with Veteran's Day and Alabama Day programs.

Kenneth Jennings of Decatur, a 4th Alabama Reenactor, posed for a photo. Dan Holder of the 54th Alabama Reenactors posed with both Bettye and Judy.

The meeting adjourned and was followed by refreshments before dismissal to tour booths and displays of cannons and weapons.

Cake contest

If you have a sweet tooth, then check this out. Casual Gourmet will sponsor the Valley's Best Cake contest Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at the Morgan County Fairgrounds. Two divisions are featured, and yes, you can enter both. Division I will be for plain cakes. Division II will feature cakes that are frosted or decorated. Prizes in each category will $60 for first place, $40 second and $25 third.

Here are a few rules about the competition: All cakes must be baked from scratch and baked at home. Completed entries must be brought to the fairgrounds ready to be judged no later than 4 p.m. Sunday. Judging criteria is texture/grain, 30 percent; flavor, 30 percent; overall appearance, 20 percent; and originality, 20 percent.

Send your recipe, neatly printed or typed on an 8-by-11 sheet of white paper. Include contestant name, address, e-mail address (if applicable) and phone number. Recipes become the property of the Morgan County Fair, including editing and publishing rights. Mail entries to Morgan County Fair Cake Contest, 3320 Valley Forge Road S.W., Decatur, AL 35603.

The contest is open to residents of Alabama, 18 years of age or older. Only one entry per person per division will be accepted. All entries must be received by Thursday. Contestants will receive free admission to the fair on the day of the contest.

So postmark your entry today, and join in the delicious fun.


Morgan County Chapter No. 234 AARP met at Central United Methodist Church with hostesses Mary Cook, Mary Felkins and Ella Scoggins. Visitors were Louwilla Richardson, Mae Garner and Joshua Newton, grandson of Bill and Beverly Newton. Clara Jenkins was welcomed as a new member.

Marvin Hale of "The Singing Commodores" entertained. Betsy Morris read the devotional, and Calvin White led the pledge and the singing of "America." Wayne Wagnon presided over the business meeting. Char Higgins read minutes. Stella White gave the treasurer's report. Bizzy Piper, community service chairwoman, reminded members to bring personal hygiene items to the September meeting for residents of the North Alabama Regional Hospital.

The next meeting is Tuesday at CUMC. Bill and Beverly Newton will give a slide presentation of their trip to Alaska.

Let me know what is going on in your little corner of the world. Just e-mail me at , or call me at 350-5730.

Wendy N. McDougal Wendy N. McDougal
DAILY Staff Writer

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