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Steve Stewart

Thanksgiving dinner rivals home cooking

Thanksgiving dinner in one Limestone County kitchen means feeding 400 to 500 people.

Little ones who wait in line for food wear paper Pilgrim hats.

Servers stand out in their festive, pumpkin-decorated aprons.

The host, Henry White, makes sure everyone has enough to eat.

This isn't dinner at Mom and Dad's. This is the annual Thanksgiving dinner at Reid Elementary School, where parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles come to lunch with pupils.

"It's the best turkey and dressing you'll get," principal Henry told Holly Hollman. But he quickly added, "The only kind I've had that's as good is my wife's and my mother's."

Incentive for brevity

Friday's Decatur City Council budget work session was supposed to be the last one and brief to boot, but it didn't work out that way.

Personnel cuts and other issues kept the council going for more than three hours and deferred Councilman Ronny Russell's dinner plans, Martin Burkey reports.

"I'm hungry," Ronny finally confessed.

"Want me to order breakfast?" Mayor Don Kyle kidded. The meeting didn't last much longer.

Who's crying now?

The Iron Bowl always brings out the Decatur council's true colors, Martin says.

Don and Councilman David Bolding are Bama boosters, while Ronny and Councilman Gary Hammon are Auburn supporters. As it became apparent that the council wouldn't finish its budget deliberations Friday, Council President Billy Jackson suggested a brief meeting Sunday afternoon.

"Most of you will still be crying on Sunday," David volunteered.

Could be his color at the council's next meeting on Monday had more to do with Saturday's score than his sartorial choices.

Welcome back, Sue Roan

Everyone was glad to see Morgan County License Commissioner Sue Baker Roan return to work recently, Sheryl Marsh says.

Sue had surgery a couple of months ago and is doing well.

When she walked into her office, employees greeted her with hugs. Others from throughout the courthouse gave her warm greetings.

A lot of people like Sue, and it showed when she returned to work.

Cynical male perspective

One husband who accompanied his artist wife to her exhibit opening has no fear, Patrice Stewart says.

He was nearby when the wife explained the idea that she and her artist friends undertook for the current exhibit at the Carnegie Visual Arts Center: "Women with Attitude."

"Isn't that redundant?" the man bravely inquired.

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