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Wendy N. McDougal

Vinemont native earns Miss Wallace State title

Wendy’s word

I am a clean freak, and it drives my 6-year-old crazy. He could live in the woods and not bathe or brush his teeth for days. That would be perfectly fine with him.

It was late the other night as we were trying to get to bed. He absolutely did not want to brush his teeth. We went back and forth: “Yes, you are!” “No, I am not!” I finally decided it was just not a battle worth fighting and simply explained, “OK, but they will rot.”

He just smiled the sweetest, cutest smile and replied, “Not before in the morning.”

What could I possibly say? He is a hoot and brings more joy to my life than I could have ever imagined. Cherish the innocent words of a child every time you have a chance. By the way, he did scrub them the next morning under my supervision!

Now let’s see what the “chatter” is for today …

Miss Wallace State

Jan. 21 was a special day for Ashley Kraft of Vinemont. She was crowned the 2007 Miss Wallace State, earning the right to represent the community college at the 2007 Miss Alabama Pageant in Birmingham in June.

A nursing major who is promoting Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Kraft earned a one-year tuition scholarship to Wallace State and a $300 cash scholarship.

First runner-up was Jessi Anders of Cullman, who also won the talent division with her vocal. Desiree Baird of Gardendale was second runner-up, and Rachel Jones of Spanish Fort was third runner-up. Darenda Mayfield of Holly Pond won the swimsuit competition.

Others rounding out the competition field were Kerah Hyatt of Cullman, Cory Ann Turner of Huntsville, Brook Poe of Birmingham, Kimberly Ellis of Locust Fort, Whitney Hays of Cullman and Brittany Romano of Jasper.

Mistresses of ceremony for this official Miss Alabama/Miss America preliminary were Melinda Toole, Miss Alabama 2006, and Ashlee Maddox, Miss Wallace State 2006.

Kraft is available for appearances and speaking engagements. For more information, call Suzanne Harbin, 352-8144, or Rob Metcalf, 352-8250.

Women’s Connection

Women’s Connection will meet Friday at Decatur Country Club beginning at 11 a.m. Join other ladies in the community for a great time of fellowship and fun.

Guest speaker Martha Frickie describes herself as a “gourmet eater.” Look forward to hearing from this lady who enjoys traveling and eating out. Other highlights of the day will be women’s health screening information provided by Susan Golby, nurse practitioner with Decatur Ob-GYN Associates, and a jewelry display by Phyllis Briley. She will display custom pieces fashioned from glass beads and pendants. For reservations and complimentary nursery, contact Nancy Fortune, 340-0113 or, or Maxine Hall, 773-4978 or

ACS scholarship

Young cancer survivors preparing for higher education may be eligible for scholarships from the Mid-South Division of the American Cancer Society. Applications are due Thursday. For the fourth consecutive year, the Mid-South Division will award $1,000 scholarships to eligible individuals who have fought cancer and are attending an accredited university, college or vocational/technical school.

“Childhood cancer survivors have faced incredible challenges and overcome them,” said Carlette Hines, survivorship director for the Mid-South Division of the American Cancer Society. “Awarding these scholarships is our way of saying congratulations on winning your fight and keep up the good work.” To be eligible, applicants must be under 25, have had a cancer diagnosis before age 21 and be a resident of Alabama or Tennessee. Candidates must also have a GPA of at least 2.5 and have been accepted to an accredited school. Scholarships will be awarded based on financial need, leadership, academic achievement and community service. For more information or to receive an application, call (800) ACS-2345 or visit

That’s all for now. It’s been great “chattin’ ” with ya! 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. I look forward to hearing from you.

Wendy N. McDougal Wendy N. McDougal
DAILY Staff Writer

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