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Steve Stewart

Teen gives us a lesson on priorities

Darius Carr, 14, rescued his younger brother and sister from their burning Decatur home, and the children lost all their possessions to smoke, water and flames.

Standing on the sidewalk in his socks and talking to Chris Paschenko, Darius thanked God for saving him and his siblings. He said his only concern was his family's well-being, never once complaining about material losses.

People like Darius help us put our priorities into perspective, Chris observes.

Don't mess it up

Jane Bradford, 75, who was born in Decatur and is now retired here, said she's walking more these days and getting a close-up view of litter.

She often goes through Old Decatur and along Wilson Street Northeast, which is also Alabama 20. Litter, she said, can give the wrong impression to people entering the city on that highway.

"I'm going to have to start wearing gloves and carrying a litter bag, I guess," she said. "We have such a beautiful place. We need to keep from throwing stuff out the windows of our cars and trucks."

Bankhead group featured

The October issue of Southern Living magazine features local environmental activist Lamar Marshall with three pages of text and photos, according to Scott Morris.

Lamar, executive director of Moulton-based Wild South, tells of his group's beginnings in the early 1990s when loggers clear-cut trees at Indian Tomb Hollow. That began a crusade that eventually grew from Bankhead National Forest into a regional effort to protect the environment across the South.

"Wild South brings a lot of energy and knowledge to the table," Glen Gaines, district ranger at Bankhead, told the magazine. "They understand that the Bankhead is a special place and are very good about communicating that."

From honeymoon to hunting

Those Auburn guys like to live dangerously.

Rick Williams of Decatur, a former Auburn cheerleader, finally ended his bachelorhood Oct. 22 and headed for the Biltmore House in Asheville, N.C., with his bride, Angel Young of Birmingham. Patrice Stewart comments that one has to hope she's truly angelic, because they were back by Oct. 27 and he was planning to fly to South Dakota on a hunting trip the next day.

"I figure she'll believe it's business-related at least this first time," Rick said. We'll see.

Forgive, don't forget

There's no way to get enough parting shots of Tommy Carter in one story.

Democrats honored the state representative for his nine terms in office. Tommy, D-Elkmont, isn't seeking re-election.

One comment that didn't make Holly Hollman's Friday story came from Sen. Tom Butler, D-Madison.

"When Tommy was on the House Rules Committee, if what he wanted didn't get through the Senate, what the Senate wanted didn't get through him to the House," Tom said.

That matched the sign in Tommy's office, according to Tom.

"The sign read, 'Forgive your enemies. Just don't forget their names.' "

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