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Steve Stewart

Anxiety (and worse) at the altar

In the midst of a wedding at Founders Hall at Athens State University, a groomsman had a panic attack and fled so he could throw up.

Athens Mayor Dan Williams said he could top that story.

A preacher once told Dan that during one ceremony, the preacher noticed the groom's face changing colors.

So he wouldn't look like he was running out on the bride, the groom pulled his shirt over his mouth and threw up in it, Dan said.

Holly Hollman wonders whether the bride hesitated to kiss him.

Goodbye with a prayer

Last week during his last meeting as Morgan County District 2 commissioner, Richard Lyons gave the opening prayer.

He prayed for the county's continued success, Sheryl Marsh says.

Richard, whom Gov. Bob Riley appointed two years ago, will leave office Nov. 13. The winner of his seat in next week's general election — either Ronnie Shipley or Ken Livingston — will take his place.

Richard served two years left in John Glasscock's term when John became commission chairman in 2004. Richard narrowly lost the Republican runoff July 18.

Charity begins at home

A Grammy-nominated bluegrass band, Cherryholmes, performed at the Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts on Oct. 17. Just before intermission, the group's leader made an announcement.

Kate Klepper says he informed the audience that several of the band's albums would be sold in the theater's lobby and proceeds would benefit his favorite charity, "Jere's Kids." He then glanced at his band mates, smiled, and clarified that he was Jere and the performers who shared the stage with him were his kids.

The band members, who live together in a vintage tour bus, are husband and wife Jere and Sandy Lee Cherryholmes and their four children, Cia Leigh, B.J., Skip and Molly Kate.

No mice in this church

Every church parish certainly will get pastoral care. But the Parish of St. John's Episcopal Church also gets veterinary care, Melanie Smith says.

Parish is the name of the cat who lives at the church. Recently Parish had an infection. Dr. Charles Ashwander took care of her, and she is fully recovered, the church newsletter reported.

Parish is always well-fed and tended, thanks in large part to Melanie McCrary.

Cast a vote or flip a coin

We've mentioned election coin tosses here before, including one that decided a 1996 race for the Limestone County Board of Education.

Here's another case to remind us that one vote can win or lose next week's election.

A school board election Oct. 3 in Adak, Alaska, produced a tie between incumbent Katherine Dunton and Dona Highstone. Katherine died the same day, but the law is the law, and it requires determining the winner by chance. They flipped a coin, and the dead woman won, according to The Associated Press.

The school board must now appoint somebody.

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