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Steve Stewart

Citizen back at council after injury

Bobby Powers is back.

For much of the summer, the Athens resident missed City Council meetings.

Bobby typically attends the monthly meetings without fail.

That stopped temporarily when he fell, broke his hip and pulled his hamstring. It seemed amiss to meet without Bobby sitting near the front, asking the council questions.

Holly Hollman reports that things got back to normal Monday when Bobby reappeared and began quizzing the council about sanitation rates.

12 cents a gallon

Gas prices shocked Ken Blackwood when he returned to Falkville after serving as a missionary in Venezuela.

Ken said the last gas he bought in the oil-rich South American country was 12 cents a gallon, Scott Morris relates. When Ken got to the States, he paid about $2.99.

But, Ken told his home congregation at Lebanon Baptist Church, peanut butter in Venezuela costs about $25 a quart.

He won them over

Greg Killingsworth, principal of Lumberton (N.C.) High School, made an obligatory stop at his school's choral concert, expecting to move on quickly to a championship baseball game. "I ... was so captivated I forgot all about the game," the principal said.

The director of that chorus is Decatur native Clay Price, now in his fourth year at the school. The local newspaper, The Robesonian, reports that Clay found it difficult to win his students' hearts when he succeeded a popular director and insisted they learn classical music. But now fellow professional musicians join the students in praise.

"Anyone can sing," student Chad Barnes told the newspaper. "Mr. Price taught us about understanding what's written on a paper, what the composers wanted to say. For many of us, it drastically changed what we thought about music and singing."

Clay, son of Lane and Marganne Price of Decatur, formerly taught at Decatur Heritage Christian Academy.

Semantic solution

Cedar Ridge Middle School teacher Sherry Wallace has learned that presentation is everything.

In a meeting with parents, reports Eric Fleischauer, she expressed surprise that their children did not like homework. No problem, she said. No more homework.

She added a footnote, though. "From now on, I will just give 'extended class work' every day."

Sellers' market

Sky-high real estate prices in the mountain resort of Aspen, Colo., caused the Aspen Board of Realtors, of all people, to buy an office somewhere else.

The board purchased a spacious office in Basalt, 10 miles from Aspen, The Associated Press reports.

Scores of businesses have moved out of Aspen because of the high cost of real estate and commercial space. Even a small house can cost $1 million.

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