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Wendy N. McDougal

Members of Decatur High's Class of '97 gathered recently for a 10-year reunion, including, back row, from left, Corey Carter, Stacey Smith, Bry Robbins, Laura Rainaldi, Andi Grisham and Mike Fite in front.
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Members of Decatur High's Class of '97 gathered recently for a 10-year reunion, including, back row, from left, Corey Carter, Stacey Smith, Bry Robbins, Laura Rainaldi, Andi Grisham and Mike Fite in front.

Lake, sunset a good setting for Decatur High reunion

Wendy’s word

It’s fall, but I have been engrossed in some “spring” cleaning. I am not a pack rat, and I don’t do clutter. “When in doubt, throw it out,” that’s been my motto, especially as I have tackled the children’s closets. If you can believe it, I found a stash of those little plastic, colored picks that arrive in your steak in any given restaurant, denoting whether it’s medium or well done. I about died!

My goal is to find a place for everything (well, not the meat picks). When that is accomplished, there will be no excuse for messes because everything will have a place to call “home.” Did I mention I am a clean freak?

Do you have a place — a place to call home where you can put up your feet and feel comfortable? No matter the size, location or furnishings, there is no greater blessing than having that comfort zone to relax and refresh in. There’s no place quite like home. May yours be blessed today.

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

Class of 1997 reunion

With warm temperatures still in the forecast, Andi Grisham’s lakefront home in Rogersville was a great spot for Decatur High School’s Class of 1997 reunion.

Grisham, Laura Yates Joseph and Becki Brellenthin Bates hosted the Oct. 13 get-together with friends and former classmates. Ashley Brown Edmister and Carey Sittason Windham assisted in reunion plans.

With more than 50 in attendance, those on the guest list included Alexis Graham Baker, Kristin Duncan Baldwin, Catherine Penley Belew, Corey Carter, Ankur Doshi, Michael Fite, Jim Greene, Josh Holland, Chesley Hughes, Chris Matthews, Anna Lacy McMains, Sarah Nye Myrick, Stacey White Nelson, Laura Peete Rainaldi, Lee Worthy Reich, Bry Berryman Robbins, Brooke Arsenault Rogers, Stacey Morgan Smith, Christy Mizell Skaggs, Stuart Tubb, Charidy Vinson and Amanda White.

It was a fun time, featuring music, catching up with old friends, a catered dinner — provided by John Grisham and Peggy Perdue — and beautiful sunset on the Tennessee River

For more information on future reunions or to add your name to the existing contact list, please e-mail dhs1997

Glitz, glitter for holidays

It’s time, once again, for a Healthy Woman Seminar. The theme — Glitz and Glitter for the Holidays — will be the feature at this free event sponsored by Parkway Medical Center.

Two times are available to hear guest speaker Ross Railey for J. Ross Florist share some of his holiday decorating secrets by adding sparkle with pre-made and fresh botanicals.

Join the fun Tuesday night at 6 or Wednesday at noon in the Pavilion classroom at Parkway. Light refreshments will be provided Tuesday, with a light lunch Wednesday.

Space is limited. Call Tina Weeks at 301-3370 by Monday for reservations.

Healthy Woman is a free resource of Parkway Medical Center, designed to improve the physical, emotional and financial lives of women and their families.

‘Evening of Inspiration’

The Mental Health Association’s annual meeting, “An Evening of Inspiration,” is Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church.

Highlights of the evening will be the presentation of the Edna Earle Eich Volunteer of the Year Award, along with election of new board members and officers.

A catered dinner will be provided by The Casual Gourmet, with entertainment provided by “Southern Cross,” a gospel quartet with David Woodard, Terry Reburn, C.J. Swann and Ken Looney, accompanied by Sheila Swann. Dr. Ed Nichols, Susan Thompson and Scott Willis will also perform.

Pumpkin/floral table décor will be designed by Willis Gray Floral Design, which will be for sale after dinner.

For ticket information, call 353-1160 by Monday.

Daughters attend
state convention

The Alabama Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy welcomed members throughout the state to the 112th annual convention, Oct. 4-6, in Huntsville. Host chapters were Bankhead, General John H. Forney and Joe Wheeler No. 291 of Decatur, which hosted the Magazine Luncheon.

With local member Kay McCarley as Magazine chairwoman, the luncheon’s theme was honoring Southern women ancestors. Decorations included more than 85 photographs donated by members from across the state. The chapter also helped with the President’s Tea during the weekend’s festivities.

A Memorial Service was held Friday to honor all Daughters who passed away during the past year, including two Joe Wheeler No. 291 members, Christine Vinson and Mildred Compton Matthews. White carnations were placed on a wreath in their honor, as well as at the Confederate monument at the courthouse.

The convention concluded with the presentation of two WWII Cross of Military Service Awards, one Korean Conflict National Defense Medal and one Meritorious Service Award presented by President Lorraine Ennis and Recorder of Crosses of Military Service Sue Stealreath.

Those attending included Glendora James, Rita Birdsong, Judy Blackwell, Betty Dupuy, Kathy Jones, Linda Edwards, Joyce Shumate, Mavis Kimbrell, Bettye Moore, Betty Lovvorn, Sarah Gray and guest Jim Gray. Moore also served as Marshall of the pages and Kimbrell served as a page.

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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