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Wendy N. McDougal

Local women go Greek at UA, AU

Wendy’s word

My aunt shared this true story, and it will tug at your heart. A rising senior in their South Alabama town would enter his fourth year at the local high school this fall. However, he had dreamed for years of attending a local private school to be with countless friends in the classroom and on the football field.

Because of family issues and financial restraints, his mom had said it would never happen. Just last week, before the first day of school, he went to his mom and asked again, only to hear there was no way they could afford the tuition.

To his mom’s surprise, she soon learned her son had worked for three summers, before and after school, saving more than enough to pay his tuition and extracurricular fees. All he needed was for her to sign the admission papers.

He started his senior year Monday right where he wanted to be. Now, that’s a senior who will be somebody one day. Pass it on.

Let’s see what the “chatter” is …

UA and AU pledges

Local girls are already making their marks at The University of Alabama and Auburn University, going Greek as part of this new journey of life.

At The University of Alabama, Hailey Sandlin of Moulton pledged Alpha Chi Omega; Jordan Hardy of Athens went Alpha Omicron Pi; Lindsey Holland of Elkmont pledged Alpha Delta Pi; Meredith Gray and Jennifer Neill, both of Decatur, pledged Chi Omega; Sarah Suggs of Decatur went Kappa Delta; Elle Briscoe of Decatur pledged Delta Delta Delta; Jill Higginbotham of Athens, Laura Summerford from Hartselle, along with Shannon Fogg and Lauren Graviet, both from Ardmore, went Alpha Chi Omega; Courtney Medlen of Athens and Cassidy Shelton from Trinity pledged Phi Mu; Jordan Brown from Decatur went Zeta Tau Alpha; Ashlee McMillian and Jordan Brown, both of Decatur, and Catherine Taylor of Ardmore went Zeta Tau Alpha; Caitlin Vest from Hartselle pledged Pi Beta Phi; Leslie Smith of Hartselle, and Ruby Panter and Sarah Patterson, both of Decatur, all went Kappa Alpha Theta; and Clara Gregory from Athens and Ali Hampton from Hartselle pledged Gamma Phi Beta.

Auburn University welcomed pledges Anna Curl and Katy Mac Tweedy, both of Decatur, to Chi Omega; Ginny Tyler Godwin of Decatur to Kappa Delta; Rachael Dishman of Decatur and Lauren Drake of Hartselle to Alpha Gamma Delta; Haley Jordan of Decatur and Shannon Coots of Hartselle to Phi Mu; Christen Holmes of Decatur and Maggie Daley of Athens to Alpha Chi Omega; Betsy Butler, Kata Gregg and Amy Hays, all of Athens, to Delta Gamma; and Lauren Sampson of Athens to Alpha Xi Delta.

Congrats to all the new Greek girls. Both Alabama and Auburn post lists of sorority pledges, but no other Alabama schools release names. Also, schools in Alabama don’t post lists of fraternity members.

So if your son or daughter has pledged a college group anywhere, please let us know by e-mailing

Healthy Woman

Parkway Medical Center will host another Healthy Woman seminar on Wednesday at noon in the hospital’s pavilion classroom. Special guest Dee Meyer, weight loss counselor, will speak about “Healthy Eating on the Run.”

Features of the presentation will include “How hard is it to eat healthy?” and “Can you make small changes and really get big results?”

Learn tips on how to balance healthy eating with a hectic schedule, and take home a goody bag. This seminar is free and open to the public. For questions or to register, contact Tina Weeks at Parkway Medical Center,

DHS reunion

It’s time for another reunion. Decatur High School’s Class of ’97 will hold a 10-year reunion celebration Oct. 13. Organizers are still trying to get in touch with former classmates. If you or someone you know graduated from Decatur High in ’97, email your contact information to For more information, contact Ashley Brown Edmister at (919) 259-0175 or

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 350-5730.

Wendy N. McDougal Wendy N. McDougal
DAILY Staff Writer

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