News from the Tennessee Valley Columnists
SUNDAY, MAY 21, 2006

Steve Stewart

Sewer job of no help finding ring

Almost 42 years ago, Tommy Lovelady concluded that someone had inadvertently flushed his 1965 Decatur High School graduation ring down the toilet.

The Hartselle man told Ronnie Thomas that he thought about the ring and the irony of becoming director of the Sewer Department for the city of Huntsville six years ago.

Thank goodness, the ring recently turned up in his mother's flowerbed at her Eighth Avenue Southwest home.

Prize winners

A Hartselle couple won a VIP package to the Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium after signing up on the Paul Finebaum Radio Network's Web site.

Zac Tidwell said the package is worth about $1,000 and includes tickets to the May 24-28 event, VIP tent privileges and Golden Flake snack products.

After learning their package didn't include a hotel room, Chris Paschenko asked the Tidwells what they thought of the nearly four-hour round trip each day. "Well, (a hotel) would have been nice," Amy Tidwell said. "But that's OK."

Food and drink

Point Mallard Park has seen lots of changes since it became part of Decatur's Parks and Recreation Department, and they mostly seem to satisfy the park's advisory board, Martin Burkey reports.

At the new Point Mallard Grille at the golf course, breakfast and lunch fare is getting good comments, city officials said.

"And the beer's good, too," added Facilities Board member Dave Dobbs.

It goes well with hamburgers and hot dogs, someone noted.

"It goes well with anything," Dave declared.

Local expert, national TV

If a certain newspaper reporter speaking on ESPN looked familiar, there's a good reason.

He was Stacy Long, who covered high school and Auburn athletics for THE DAILY from 1995 to 2003. He is now the Montgomery Biscuits beat writer for the Montgomery Advertiser.

ESPN questioned Stacy about minor league baseball star Delmon Young, who played for the Biscuits last year. Delmon recently drew national attention for throwing a bat at an umpire during a game for the Durham Bulls.

Paul Huggins says Stacy, the Biscuits beat writer, told the national audience that he had seen Delmon bump an umpire and throw a bat at a pitcher last year. Major League Baseball has suspended Delmon for 50 games.

Fast and cheap

Once upon a time, some people thought e-mail was a threat to the U.S. Postal Service. Now the Postal Service is encouraging us to use e-mail. A sign in the Decatur post office says a return receipt will cost you $1.35 by e-mail but $1.85 by mail. That's an incentive to use e-mail instead of (dare we say it?) snail mail.

Send stories for You Don't Say to, or call Weekend Editor Steve Stewart at 340-2444. Or write P.O. Box 2213, Decatur, AL 35609. DAILY staff members contribute many of the items you see here.

Steve Stewart Steve Stewart
DAILY Weekend Editor

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