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Wendy N. McDougal

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Dr. Chris Teichmiller

Teichmiller is Optometrist of the Year

Wendy’s word

Drop everything you are doing, and go see the movie “Facing the Giants.” My goodness, what a message. The acting is lacking, but this film done completely by a South Georgia church has touched more lives than you could ever imagine.

This flick about a struggling high school football team eventually playing a team twice its size, appropriately called the Giants, teaches a smart lesson in facing our own giants in life.

What are the giants you face today? Is it a personal and unwarranted attack, an illness that could be life-threatening or a job situation you simply cannot deal with another day?

Oftentimes, in the newspaper business we guard our personal beliefs for fear of stepping on toes and becoming too editorial. However, I do not want another day to pass that I don’t publicly profess my belief in Jesus Christ. More than anything else, as is the central theme of this movie, I trust that if you lay down your transgressions and troubles at the foot of the cross, our God will carry us through, and all things will work together for his good. We may not always understand, but God sees the big and perfect picture when we don’t.

Hoping you find comfort in those words, let’s see what the “chatter” is for today. . .

State optometry award

Decatur optometrist Chris Teichmiller, O.D., MPH, has received an outstanding honor — Optometrist of the Year by the Alabama Optometric Association. The award was presented during the association’s annual convention recently in Birmingham.

Teichmiller, a 1990 graduate of The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry, is in private practice in Decatur.

As an active ALOA member, he served on the association’s board of directors from 1998-2003 and was ALOA president in 2003. He also served on the ALOA’s Eye Care Benefits Committee, Government Relations Committee and several American Optometric Association committees.

Teichmiller attended the Special Olympics Opening Eyes Train the Trainer in San Diego in February 2002 and was appointed clinical director for the Alabama Special Olympics Lions Club International Opening Eyes Program. He has organized Special Olympics Opening Eyes Screenings in Alabama since 2002. He is a member of Decatur Rotary Club, Decatur/Morgan County Chamber of Commerce and Beautification Board for the city of Decatur. He is immediate past chairman of the Church Council at Central United Methodist Church.

“I am certainly not surprised he won the award,” said Dr. Brad Drake of Hartselle. “I had the privilege of observing Dr.
Teichmiller during my time at UAB and learned more than I could have imagined. He is always on the cutting edge with the latest in optometry technology, which puts his practice in the forefront of evaluating, diagnosing and treating his patients. He is most deserving of this honor.”

The Optometrist of the Year award is presented annually to a worthy Alabama Doctor of Optometry in recognition of distinguished service to the Alabama Optometric Association and to the profession of optometry on behalf of the visual welfare of the public, and/or their community.

The Alabama Optometric Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the eye health and vision care of Alabamians through the practice of optometry. Its membership includes more than 400 optometrists from across the state.

Nutcracker tickets

Tickets go on sale Monday for the third annual Nutcracker performance sponsored by Dancer’s Inc. This outstanding show features all the traditions of the holiday classic we know and love, showcasing local and professional talents.

Shows are Dec. 16 at 2 and 7 p.m. at Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $10 for children 10 and younger, and senior citizens. Adults are $12. Tickets are available at the Dancer’s Inc., 1130 Fourth Ave. S.E., beginning at noon.

For more information, call 355-2996.

At Princess

Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts will continue its lecture series Monday night at 7 with Athens author Bill Hunt.

He will discuss his latest novel “The Last Witness from a Dirt Road.”It is based on a series of vignettes he wrote about his childhood growing up on a sugar plantation in Louisiana.

General admission tickets are $10 and $5 for students and teachers. These are available at the door or in advance at the box office, open weekdays 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., or by calling 340-1778.

For more information, visit the Web site at

Hartselle Newcomers

Hartselle Newcomers will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Beehive to make soap, go to the Fudge Shop for candymaking and have lunch at Chadwick’s. The day of fun also will include shopping in the downtown area.

For more information contact Sue Kalber at 751-0295 or Sandy Johnson at 751-4540.

Women’s Connection

Women’s Connection, formerly Decatur Christian Women’s Club, will meet Friday at 11 a.m. at Decatur Country Club for its annual Christmas celebration.

Austin High’s chorus, under the direction of Terry Moore, will open the day with musical selections. Pennie Jordan of Enterprise will share her message of “Finding treasure at the end of the rainbow.”

Carroll Lane Parsons will display hand-drawn, custom-designed stationery, baby books and gift/name tags.

The cost is $13, with complimentary nursery care provided. Reservations are requested by calling Nancy Fortune at 340-0013 or or Maxine Hall at 773-4978 or

Holiday gathering

Family festivities, supper clubs and cookie parties are going on all over town during the next several weeks, and we would love to hear about them. Let me know who takes part in your memorable time.

Give me a call or e-mail me, and I will be happy to include you and your guests in an upcoming column. It makes a great scrapbook memento. I will look forward to hearing from you.

E-mail me at or call me at 350-5730.

Wendy N. McDougal Wendy N. McDougal
DAILY Staff Writer

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