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Steve Stewart

Halloween possesses some people

Kevin Malcolm has turned into "Mr. Halloween" in his off-hours from Boeing.

Wife Jo Ann says every time she comes home, there's a spooky new toy.

Kevin gleefully pushes buttons to show off the singing, dancing skeleton inside their Decatur front door, while a miniature coffin opens and closes in a lighted scene on the dining table. And you won't believe the scary face in the powder-room mirror, says Patrice Stewart.

Go out the front or back door and watch the bats circling overhead.

"I'm just worried about bat droppings," Kevin wisecracked.

Beware of Danville Road

Speeding motorists have plagued residents in City Council District 5 of Southwest Decatur, Chris Paschenko says. Many have had accidents trying to turn north from Chapel Hill Road onto Danville Road.

John Mullican, who organized a recent neighborhood meeting that top Decatur city officials attended, noted that part of Danville Road was recently widened to four lanes. John now sets his cruise control at the 40-mph speed limit and sticks to the right lane.

He says Danville Road is Decatur's newest raceway.

Army jacket wanted

Angela Green, a theater professor at the University of North Alabama, needs a World War II U.S. Army tropical worsted jacket, size 52.

The theater department is doing a production of William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing," and the jacket that arrived for the wardrobe was the wrong size, Amy Pollick reports.

Anyone willing to lend such a jacket can contact Angela at 765-4247 or

Performances are Thursday through Saturday and Nov. 9-11. Cast members come from Athens, Courtland, Decatur, Florence, Fort Payne, Huntsville, Killen, Madison, Muscle Shoals, Oneonta, Springville, Warrior, Tucson, Ariz., Lawrenceburg, Tenn., Japan and Lebanon.

Preacher's a playground

The Rev. Billy Cagle told listeners at the Morgan Baptist Association annual meeting that someone at his church suggested him for a Fall Festival activity.

"They said, 'Just lie on the ground and let the kids climb over you. They'd pay for that,' " he said, according to Melanie Smith.

Billy jokingly said he was about 4 feet tall and 5 feet wide when he was called to preach at age 13.

Billy is pastor of Flint Baptist Church.

Pink bridge doesn't fly

Jason Sansom was trying to do two good deeds: painting a bridge that needed it, and calling attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The Associated Press says Jason, 26, was walking by the bridge over Fourpole Creek in a park in Huntington, W.Va., when he decided to buy $50 worth of paint and color it pink.

One hour into his project, he got caught.

Parks official Jim McClelland asked him to finish painting but come back in warmer weather to repaint the bridge — in white.

Well, at least maybe it will stay pink through October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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