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Steve Stewart

Seek office, learn about your ancestry

“GRITS” author Deborah Ford (GRITS stands for Girls Raised in the South, by the way) has a genealogy tip for family history buffs.

Deborah, who grew up in Limestone County, shared her tip while talking about former state Rep. Tommy Carter’s roast, which will be Saturday.

Deborah, a guest speaker for the roast, said Tommy is the only politician she has campaigned for, and politics is good for one thing.

“The easiest way to get your family tree traced is to run for office,” she told Holly Hollman.

No edifice complex

Calhoun Community College officials hoped to impress Gov. Bob Riley on Tuesday when trying to get him to locate a proposed robotics center on campus.

Bayne Hughes reports that Mary Yarbrough, dean of technologies and work-force development, suggested they could call the building “The Bob Riley Advanced Robotics Center.”

The governor squashed that idea, joking, “If you want to name the building after me, you’re not getting the center.”

He said he doesn’t like politicians who insist on putting their names on buildings.

Poodle has new home

A lost poodle reported in The Daily is safely in the hands of a relative of his former master, Paul Huggins reports.

It turns out that the pampered pooch, found Jan. 12 near Cracker Barrel restaurant, belonged to an elderly man who went to an assisted-living center. His wife turned the dog loose after he was out of the house.

Many people tried to claim the dog, said Mindy Gilbert of Decatur Animal Services, but the man’s niece was the only one who could accurately describe it.

Drinks on the house

A real cowboy in Stephenville, Texas, doesn’t have to fret about quenching his beer thirst at a restaurant, even though it’s a dry city.

Hard Eight BBQ, a place popular with the rodeo crowd and now with Paul, beats the system and still complies with the law by giving beer away. Patrons pay for tea and soft drinks, but they are offered a small plastic cup for water or beer.

Hard Eight, where you choose your meat off the grill and pay by the pound, adjusts menu prices to compensate for the free beer.

If you’re wondering why eateries in dry cities and counties in Alabama haven’t tried the same idea, state law prohibits retailers from giving alcohol away.

10% vision, 96 mph

An insurance company agreed to pay Domingo Merino, 57, of Spain $706,550 after he lost his sight, except for 10 percent vision in one eye, in an accident two years ago.

So when police caught him driving 96 mph in a BMW, the insurance company canceled the payment and took him to court for fraud, according to The Associated Press.

But the court said he can keep the insurance money. The accident also left him deaf in one ear and ruined his sense of taste. And he was at the wheel only briefly, having asked his wife to let him drive on a straight section of highway.

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