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Steve Stewart

Helping Mom while she’s in Hollywood

Lynette Brown, 35, the Somerville woman who visited Hollywood on her first plane ride to hobnob with the stars at a movie premiere, told Ronnie Thomas she couldn’t have done it without her family support system.

That includes her parents, Curtis and Rose Burton, and her sister, Zipporah Burton.

“My mother and sister took care of my kids, and made sure they were clothed and fed,” Lynette said. “Dad watched after the house and brought food and water for my dog and three puppies.”

Lynette’s children are Brianna, 16, a sophomore, and Crestan, 15, an eighth-grader, who attend Priceville High School; and Malik, 11, a fourth-grader at Priceville Elementary School.

Music connections

Lynette got an invitation to the premiere of the Cuba Gooding Jr. movie “What Love Is” because of her Huntsville radio show and her affinity for Southern soul and blues, the type of music on the movie soundtrack.

Ronnie notes that some may recall that Cuba’s father, Cuba Gooding Sr., was lead vocalist for the rhythm and blues group The Main Ingredient, which had hits in 1972, “Everybody Plays the Fool,” and 1974, “Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely.”

And Cuba’s mother, Shirley, was backup singer for The Sweethearts.

Family homeplace

One of the benefits of having a newspaper online is that its international reach helps people find old friends, lost relatives and even old homeplaces.

Patrice Stewart has a request from a Missouri resident who wants to see land in the Hillsboro area where her ancestor W.P. Borum and his descendants lived as late as the 1930s.

She would like to contact anyone living on Lawrence County 222 east of Penny Cemetery south of Hillsboro in Sections 20 and 21 whose deeds show the names Holland, Borum, Garnett and possibly Stott and Davison.

The old homeplace would have been in the north part of the east quarter, Section 21, Tanyard Hollow, which is listed on some topographical maps as Borum Tanyard. If you can help, e-mail her before her April 14 visit at

A health plan for many

Chris Paschenko asked Decatur City Councilman Ronny Russell why the council planned to host this Monday’s business meeting at the Community Free Clinic.

“We’re all going to have checkups,” Ronny joked. “It’s part of the city’s health plan.”

Council President Billy Jackson said the real reason is to show support for the clinic.

“We want it to be successful long after we’re gone from the council,” Billy said. “The free clinic needs contributions of time, services and money. About 85 percent of the doctors in the community volunteer time at the free clinic.”

Unlocking history

Where’s a safecracker when you need one?

The Historical Society in Monroe, Conn., has discovered two antique safes on its property but doesn’t know how to open them, according to The Associated Press. Members are looking for a skilled volunteer locksmith, hoping to avoid paying about $300.

Maybe TV newsman Geraldo Rivera would open the safes as part of a TV special, similar to his much ado about nothing at “Al Capone’s vault” in 1986 beneath a Chicago hotel.

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.

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