News from the Tennessee Valley Columnists

Steve Stewart

Tick victim has hunting on his mind

As Dwight Garrison, the Decatur man who almost died from a tick bite in June, worked out recently at Decatur General RehabAccess, his thoughts turned to deer hunting because the season had just started.

He told Ronnie Thomas that he dropped an 8-point buck 20 years ago this month. "I hope to get back to hunting, but it probably won't be this year," he said.

Dwight, who spent several weeks in the intensive care unit at The University of Alabama Hospital at Birmingham, is taking his recovery one step at a time. He made a big step recently when he returned to work at Serra Toyota.

Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Chairman

Jeff Dunlap, Decatur parks and recreation director, showed up at a board meeting with his left arm incapacitated from surgery, Melanie Smith reports.

Someone asked what happened, and Jeff replied, "A Dr. Jekyll got ahold of it."

When he said that, Jeff was smiling at Dr. Randy Riehl of Decatur Orthopaedic Clinic.

Randy is chairman of the Parks and Recreation Board.

Mission to Romania

When the Rev. Rob Jackson of Central Baptist Church invites members for another mission trip to Romania in 2007, Bobbye and Buddy Black will be eager to sign up.

The Blacks made the trip in June with a dozen others from Central Baptist. Among the churches they support are two Baptist churches in Galati, Romania. Bobbye and Buddy will again work with the Betesda Foundation in Galati, which operates facilities for children.

Rob's father, the Rev. Bob Jackson of Brandon, Miss., organized the Romanian-American Mission.

"We pair up with RAM," Bobbye told Ronnie. "RAM put us in contact with Betesda."

Risky roofing

Having never seen a rooftop brawl, Daily Staff Writer Chris Paschenko was ready for some entertainment.

After he heard police and medical responders were on their way to tend to two knife-wielding roofers fighting on top of a building, Chris' hopes were dashed when he found his automobile had a flat tire.

His roof had recently been replaced, and he had picked up a roofing nail.

Bologna and baloney

Chick & Ruth's Delly in Annapolis, Md., will be offering a sandwich named for Maryland's Gov.-elect Martin O'Malley.

More than 50 local, state and Navy leaders have their names on the menu of the downtown restaurant with distinctive orange booths, including one labeled as the governor's office. One leader was honored with a hot dog wrapped in bologna — which may have been a comment on politics.

Some Decatur restaurant could honor Gov. Bob Riley with, say, a barbecue sandwich. They could call it the Big Bob.

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. This column appears Sundays and Wednesdays.

Steve Stewart Steve Stewart
DAILY Weekend Editor

Leave feedback
on this or

Email This Page