News from the Tennessee Valley Columnists
SUNDAY, APRIL 16, 2006

Steve Stewart

More seating for next storm in Priceville

When tornadoes skipped through the Tennessee Valley recently, about 300 people went to the basement emergency shelter at the Priceville Municipal Building. But it had only 50 folding chairs.

At its next meeting, the Town Council approved $1,000 for shelter equipment, including more chairs. Councilman Sam Heflin made the motion, for good reason.

Sam told Ronnie Thomas the burden fell on him, Deputy Clerk Linda Duran and residents Patrick Dean, James Marquette and Roy Poe to hustle chairs downstairs from the council conference room.

Park earning its stripes

Board members at Veterans Memorial Park in East Lawrence planned the ball fields with military precision.

Parking, however, is another matter, Clyde Stancil reports.

With no stripes in the dusty, gravel parking lot, people who arrived for early games risked being blocked in by double parking. Last year, paving helped eliminate the dust.

Soon, thanks to County Commissioner Barkley Lentz, who helped found the park decades ago, it will finally earn its stripes.

Commissioners gave the county engineer the go-ahead to stripe the parking lot, creating order out of chaos.

Partisan colors

Lt. Gov. Lucy Baxley, a Democrat running for governor, often wears red.

She came to work in Montgomery in a pale peach suit on the same day that dozens of Alabama Republican Women, all attired in red, came to lobby. It was also the day the Legislature recognized peach queens.

Sen. Larry Dixon, a Montgomery Republican, told the lieutenant governor from the Senate floor: "I notice you are wearing peach today, not red. I understand it is because of the peach queens."

"That is correct, senator," Lucy replied with a smile.

Later, M.J. Ellington reports, she said the whole thing was coincidental.

"I swear, I did not even know they were coming," she said.

When you gotta go ...

Seth Burkett relays this report from Decatur police:

While the Raceway on Alabama 20 was closed, a burglar forced open its men's room.

Nothing was stolen from the restroom, and the store itself appeared untouched.

Pony express

An undeliverable postcard came back to DeLand, Fla., the other day. The intended recipient was one "Chief Operator Dave" (a reference to ham radio) in Riverside, Calif.

The card lacked Dave's street address, but there weren't as many people and they were easier to find when that card was mailed in 1956. Mack McCormick, 59, who now lives in the house it was mailed from, says it must have been "in the twilight zone for 50 years."

Postal Service spokesman Joseph Breckenridge guesses it was sent to California and rediscovered recently by someone who dropped it in the mail.

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