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Steve Stewart

Lost wallet falls into the right hands

If you thought honesty was a lost trait, kicked to the curb like a cheap blind date, then meet Sam Abusaleem.

A cashier at USA Mini Mart on Beltline Road, Sam was making a night deposit at a Decatur bank when he found a wallet on the ground. He returned to his store to make a call that only people of honor would consider, says Chris Paschenko.

When police arrived, Sam handed over the wallet, containing credit cards, paperwork, a
driver license and $750 cash.

He's learnin'

Though a Southerner, the bishop of United Methodists' North Alabama Conference isn't from "'round here," notes Melanie Smith.

Bishop William Willimon came from Duke University in North Carolina to Birmingham last year. Melanie read that he wrote in a message to conference members, "We are fixin' to participate" in the annual conference, adding, "See? I'm learning to speak like a native."

Hometown boy

Edwin Price, the Ormond Beach, Fla., man featured in a recent newspaper article, has deep roots in Morgan County.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal wrote about him helping foreign students when they came to the United States. At 90, he is dying of cancer, but plans to attend a family reunion over the Fourth of July holiday here, according to his son, Decatur architect Dan Price.

The town of Priceville was named for the family, and Edwin Price was the last family member to live at Springwood, the old home place off Alabama 67 at the foot of Priceville Mountain.

He is a former educator who served in the Morgan County school system, Scott Morris reports. Other family members include sisters Elizabeth Speaks Kirby of Decatur and Alma Thomas Kelley of Houston.

Hard work pays off

April Hamlin, guidance counselor at Ardmore High School, is seeing dollar signs, says Holly Hollman. Out of 98 graduates, 31 received scholarship offers.

April said the offers set a school record, totaling $750,000.

Of course, some students received scholarships from different schools and won't be able to accept them all, but April said she is excited that students are applying. April set up individualized appointments with students and parents to help them find scholarships.

Good catch

Sheryl Marsh wants Morgan County Courthouse visitors to know that if someone tries to smuggle weapons into the building, they won't go undetected.

Security officers caught a bag on the X-ray machine that contained knives and a meat cleaver. The owner was headed to probate court for a hearing concerning her mental health.

DAILY Weekend Editor Steve Stewart compiles and edits You Don't Say. If you have an item of community interest, call Steve at 340-2444, e-mail him at, or write to You Don't Say, THE DECATUR DAILY, P.O. Box 2213, Decatur, AL 35609. DAILY staff members contribute many of the items you see here.

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