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Wendy N. McDougal

Margie Thompson, left, Adele Slaton and Carol Godwin at Decatur Heritage Christian Academy’s Heritage Hoedown.
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Margie Thompson, left, Adele Slaton and Carol Godwin at Decatur Heritage Christian Academy’s Heritage Hoedown.

Heritage Hoedown raises $20,000

Wendy’s word

Thank goodness for the tree. It was just another day, pulling into the driveway after getting the children at school, but the car would not stop. I ran right past my usual parking spot, tapping frantically on the brake, bypassing the pansies. If not for the tree I would have gone right into the house.

The aftermath could have been worse. No one was hurt, fortunately, but the car was a different story, and my flowerbed is now a wreck. My husband told me the only blessing was it tore up the Auburn tag on the front of the car.

When we are on a road, what stops us in our tracks? What makes us pause in assurance that we are traveling on the path we should be? This minor fender bender made me thankful for a tree and thankful for the little angel that intervened and cushioned the “crunch.” My hope is that you will be protected from the little crashes that life brings your way.

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

Heritage Hoedown

Mallard Stables opened its gates once again for the third annual Heritage Hoedown, which benefits Decatur Heritage Christian Academy. More than 175 attended the event, which raised $20,000 for the school.

Guests were greeted with festive decorations, headed up by Kara Brumfield and Sonya Hodge. A barbecued pork dinner, complete with all the trimmings, was catered by Whitt’s Barbecue. Hors d’ouvres and desserts were prepared by the food committee chaired by Telete Chappell and Katherine Helms.

Hack Ward and his bluegrass band provided the entertainment, which was coordinated by Carol Godwin.

One of the big money makers was the silent auction chaired by Laura Hellard and Mandy Sample. Guests bid on art, jewelry, vacation homes, dental and orthodontic services. Decatur General Electric Plant even donated a refrigerator. Teachers offered gifts of their time, including a trip to the bookstore, bowling and voice lessons. This year’s auction also included 17 items created by the children of DHCA, under the supervision of art teacher Amy Tubbs.

Chaired by Anne Price, other committee members were Adele Slaton, invitations; Renee Stephenson, facilities; Jennifer McBride, rentals; Heather Sasser, parent association chairman; Elaine Gill, parent association treasurer; Libby Brown, DHCA special projects coordinator and Jennifer Fite, DHCA chief financial officer.

Among those in attendance were faculty members Scott Mayo, headmaster; Shawn Yates, Lower School Principal; Michael Holiday, Upper School Assistant Principal; Yvonne Holiday; Fanny Adams; Cindy Grate; Debbie Crews; Brenda Smith; Carol Janorschke; Ginger Ward; Jame Hendriks; Melissa Ross; Amy Calame; Sandra Howard; Brooke Thompson; John Knight; Barbara Wright; Becky Linderman; Cathy Schmid and Kelly Cimino. Board members attending were Carmen Adams; Calvin McBride and wife Jennifer; Lyn Cook and husband John; Skip Thompson and wife Margie; Blythe Bowman; Vernon Hurst and wife Chris; Stratton Orr and wife Lida.

Other guests were Rep. Bill Dukes, D-Decatur; Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur; David and Amy Francis; Clyde and Mary Jane Sasser; Randy and Jami Buck-ner; Phil and Mary Gail Olinger; Benny and Sandy Sivley; Scott and Susie Schoel; Phil and Penny Fitzgerald; Marlin and Elaine Gill; Reese and Lisa Hamn; Jay and Teri Harriman; Greg and Alisa Poole; Brett and Joan Jeffreys; Tommy and Heather Kyle; Al and Marilyn Ladd; Kent and Teresa Quinn; Neil and Karen Raifor; David and Rhonda Spangler; and Stan and Cheryl Vinton.

Decatur Civic Chorus

“A Night of Great Music” is the theme of Decatur Civic Chorus’ fall concert on Thursday at 7 p.m. at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church.

Season memberships are $12. Tickets are also available at the door or in advance by calling 350-6887. For more information, call Sue VanLandingham, executive director, 301-9620.

Junior beef fair winners

Hartselle’s Preston Adams and Kyle Lybarger were winners in the Junior Beef Division at the recent Alabama National Fair. Adams won a $65 award, while Lybarger took home $50.

More than $63,000 was awarded during the 54th annual fair during October at the Alabama Agricultural Center in Montgomery, said Randy Stephenson, general manager.

Entries from 49 Alabama counties competed in open beef cattle shows for Angus, Brahman, Charolais and Hereford breeds; the Alabama State Dairy Youth and open shows; youth beef shows; junior sheep and swine shows; and dairy goat and Boer goat and youth meat goat shows. Other competition included art, flower and photography shows, baking, food preservation, sewing, art and crafts, and exhibits from 4-H clubs, FFA and FCCLA chapters and communities in Alabama.For more information, call (334) 272-6831.


Members of the Stephens Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, met recently at the home of Mary Bingham. Other hostesses were Laura Ritch, Mary-Kay Edgil and Judy Blackwell.

Katherine Louise Martin and Erin Alsup, granddaughters of Dollyie Martin, were welcomed as new members, along with Betty Jean “B.J.” Wascome and daughter Lynn Harris; Laverne Foster, Sherry McAlister, Anne Eyster, Margaret Anne Fite and Blythe Bowman.

As a substitute regent, Ann Jenkins led the meeting, followed by guest speaker Ray Holton from Huntsville, speaking on history of the America flag and several U.S. presidents.

Peggy Johnson, ASDAR state registrar; Jenkins, North Alabama Regents’ Council historian; and Alice Roberts, chapter corresponding secretary, were also recognized for attending the North/Central District Meeting of DAR in Birmingham.

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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