Wendy N. McDougal
The Keith family, owners and operators of Decatur’s Chick-fil-A, at the restaurant’s demolition Tuesday. Back row, from left, are Mackenzie, Barry and Karen, with Colton, Madison and Jackson in front. Smoke and fire damage to the restaurant on Beltline Road, adjacent to the mall, was so extensive that it has to be rebuilt. The new restaurant should be open by mid-December.
Family excited about Chick-fil-A’s fresh start
A random act of kindness — I truly believe that’s what it was. It wasn’t much, only a few cents, but it was enough to make me smile, realizing there are still some good people in the world.
I had run into the grocery store, needing a box of instant mashed potatoes. No, this would not be my typical home-cooked, from-scratch meal, but oh, well. As I looked down, there was the coupon. It was a mere 35 cents, but someone had left it right there on top of the box of potatoes.
I smiled as I picked it up and said a simple word of thanks in my heart for whoever had left it. Who knows — maybe they put it down and forgot it. Regardless, it made a joyful moment for me, and for that I am grateful.
Have a blessed and safe Labor Day.
Let’s see what the “chatter” is for today ...
Now you see it. Now you don’t. If you drove down Beltline Road on Tuesday afternoon, you saw one of Decatur’s beloved fast food restaurants under destruction, but don’t fret. The restaurant suffered heavy smoke damage from a grease fire Aug. 1. Rebuilding is step one on the road to a new Chick-fil-A.
“This really was not a sad time,” said Karen Keith, wife of owner/operator Barry Keith, “but a new beginning for us.”
The Keith family with children Mackenzie, Madison, Jackson and Colton, along with many friends, watched in the rain as the building was torn to pieces. Others watching included Susie Schoel with girls Murphy, Jessi, Julia and Georgia; Sonya and Jeff Hodge with children Drew, Ben and Katie Lin; Phil and Mary Gail Olinger with girls Hannah and Kristin; and Traci Gladdish with daughter Hope.
“It was actually an exciting afternoon, in anticipation of the new restaurant,” said Sonya Hodge.
Cleanup crews now have it completely leveled and ready for construction to begin. A grand opening dinner, dedication and celebration are expected in mid-December.
Proudly displaying a rendering of the restaurant, Barry Keith says, “The new building will be state-of-the-art and operationally will allow better service to our customers. The upscale design is one that Decatur is sure to love, and yes, it does have a beautiful new playground area.”
I am marking my calendar today when I can grab my favorite chicken sandwich once again with, what I believe, is the world’s best lemonade. Yummy!
Hartselle Newcomers ushered in a new year and welcomed new officers with a tea at Booth Meadows clubhouse. Co-presidents Ruth Carlin and Sandy Johnson introduced members and guests, including Shirley Hollis. Other new officers are Charlotte Malone, secretary; Duaine Heart, treasurer; Michelle Duryea, activities and field trip coordinator; and Donna Pearce, head caller for notice and reminder of meeting dates.
Local businesses taking part in this year’s programs are BNI Group; Hartselle Chiefs of Police and Fire Departments; Kathy Goodwin with Hartselle Medical Center; Dr. Jason Stephenson, chiropractor; Hartselle Historical and Fine Arts Center; Susan Hinds with the Chamber of Commerce; Brad Travis, chief meteorologist with WAFF 48; and Donna Bennett with Digital Reflections Studio.
The club promises a fun and informative year ahead and welcomes anyone who is new to the community. Newcomers meet on the second Thursday of each month, with the next meeting on Sept. 13 at 10:30 a.m. at the Cabin Grill in Hartselle.
Dues are $18. For more information, call Carlin at 773-8802 or Johnson at 751-4540.
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