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Wendy N. McDougal

Hit the jackpot at casino night to help Carnegie

Wendy’s word

A life lived is a life sacrificed. These were my son’s unbelievable words of wisdom Monday as we made the incredibly difficult decision to put our 13-year-old Labrador retriever to sleep.

Watching her struggle during the past few years with arthritis and a loss of hearing had become so hard for our family, so following a check-up from our veterinarian that showed multiple, and in some cases, irreversible health issues, we believed this was the best decision for our Morgan.

Rescued from a shelter in Columbia, S.C., at 9 weeks old, she was a cherished member of our family and one that, in some sense of the words, had helped raise our two children. A beloved friend, companion and “big sister,” countless memories have flooded our hearts these past few days.

My precious “Bubba Girl,” my prayer today is that you are at peace and no longer in pain, running free and chasing your ball in a beautiful field up above. I miss you.

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

Casino Carnegie

No, gambling has not been legalized in Alabama, but this weekend you may feel otherwise. Join the fun Saturday night at Casino Carnegie with a chance to win great prizes. Festivities begin at 7 at Decatur Country Club.

Monopoly-style money will be used to play games of blackjack, poker, roulette and craps.

You could win trips, special interest items, such as NASCAR tickets to Talledega, and even a chance to bid on silent auction from original art to jewelry.

Tickets are $50, with all proceeds benefiting the Carnegie.

For another $25, you can participate in the High Rollers VIP Party at 6 p.m., with party pro pit boss Rudy Greer giving tips for successful gaming during the open bar and appetizers.

For more information, call Laura Phillips at 341-0562.

Roberts to lead PACT

The PACT Board of Directors and staff announce the appointment of Susan Roberts as the new executive director.

Roberts earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in business administration from Tennessee Tech University. Her husband is Jeff Roberts, and the couple has two children, Katy and Logan.

Roberts, who has been with PACTfor more than five years, previously served as the parenting manager.

Daughters kick off a new season

Joe Wheeler Chapter No. 291 of the United Daughters of Confederacy got things kicked off for the fall as members gathered for the first meeting of the new year with President Glendora James welcoming members and guests Dr. Angie Nazaretian, honorary member; and Addie Thomas, Rhonda Dunlap and Betsy Cameron, potential new members.

James and Chaplain Dorris Chitwood led the salute to the flags and rituals.

A short program observed the September birthdays of Confederate officers John Pelham, Frank Buchanan, Joe Wheeler and Raphael Semmes.

Vice President Kay McCarley read the president general’s message from the UDC magazine.

On behalf of the chapter, Sarah Gray will give a donation to the Austin High Junior ROTC. Members also donated to the Calling Card Project, benefiting soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families.

James presented Laverne Foster, accepting on her daughters’ behalf, new member certificates for Heather Thomas Vest and Tracey Thomas Wallace.

Virginia Morton offered an informative program on CSA National Flags and Protocol, followed by Rita Birdsong giving details of the CSS Alabama Unknown Sailor Funeral held in Mobile in July that she, along with James and Kathy Jones attended. She gave details of a marker dedication to be held for Col. Calvin Clack on Nov. 4 at Maplewood Cemetery in Pulaski, Tenn.

Betty Dupuy and her sister, Marilyn Fuquay, hosted a 90th birthday tea for their father Henry Allred on Sept. 16 at Highland Baptist Church in Laurel, Miss. Allred is a WWII Veteran and recipient of the UDC Military Cross of Honor.

The Chapter has submitted 61 Confederate soldier grave location forms to the general business office in Richmond, Va., and to the Alabama Division Committee. James said volunteers were needed to input the information into a reference database.

The Alabama Division Convention will be in Huntsville, Oct. 4-6. The Chapter will be responsible for the Magazine Luncheon. This year’s theme “Honoring our Southern Women” will feature more than 60 photographs and biographies.

Chitwood closed the meeting with the poem “CSA.”

Judy Blackwell and McCarley served refreshments, while Southern music played during the social hour.

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. If it’s special to you and features any of the great people who live in our community, then it will make a great Chatterbox item. 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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