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Steve Stewart

She knows Delano roses by name

Don't tell Nell Standridge that a rose is a rose is a rose.

The Friends of Delano Park officer who helped bring the park rose garden to life can tell you exactly what's what and where.

They ordered "Knockout" roses, a new variety that is drought-tolerant and disease-resistant.

Pink Knockout roses are in the four center quadrants of the park, while double red Knockouts are in the east and west quadrants and single red Knockouts are along Gordon Drive Southeast, Nell told Patrice Stewart during a park work day.

Keeping it pretty

Actually, most every day is a work day in the park for Nell and friends, who diligently watch over the roses from their early morning waterings to regular deadheading sessions that ensure blooming throughout the summer.

Want to help? Call Nell at 350-6836.

Groundskeepers' good work

Good landscaping and well-manicured lawns paid off for the Morgan County Courthouse and new jail.

The courthouse received the Beautification Award and the jail got an honorable mention from the city of Decatur — evidence, Sheryl Marsh says, of a talented and hard-working maintenance crew.

The music is free

Say these words out loud as you read them: It's free!

The Greater Limestone Chamber of Commerce and city and county leaders are sponsoring Singing on the Square this summer in Athens on the third Friday night of each month. They held the first one in June and 350 people attended, Hugh Ball, chamber president, told Holly Hollman.

But confusion kept some people away.

"Some thought it would cost $10," Hugh said. "They got it mixed up with another concert that was going on."

Each night will have different performers, who are donating time and equipment. You don't need money, just a lawn chair. The time is 6:30.

Good question

Only two employees were in sight on a busy morning in a Tuscaloosa convenience store. Customers waited while one of the two concluded some project across the store and returned to the cash register.

All the while, the other employee was just a few feet away, ignoring the customers and busy with papers on a clipboard. In bold letters on the back of her vest was a question: "How may I help you?"

Bad checks, wrong place

When writing fraudulent checks in a bar, it's smart to go where nobody knows your name — or your victim's.

A 21-year-old man in Statesboro, Ga., apparently was too drunk to take that precaution. He found a checkbook in Dingus Magee's bar and began paying his tab with it. But the checkbook belonged to a bartender there, Hubble Beasley.

Hubble called police, who charged Jody Brian Minor with theft and forgery. Jody's father paid the $129 bar tab, according to The Associated Press.

Send stories for You Don't Say to, or call Weekend Editor Steve Stewart at 340-2444.

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