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Steve Stewart

Singer moves, finds green, green grass

Jeania Major, a Priceville resident who returned to a singing career after raising her two children, told Ronnie Thomas about the pleasure of living here after a decade in Phoenix.

"I got tired of the dirt, and it was so hot I couldn't take it anymore," Jeania said. "My husband is in the nuclear business and he said, 'There's a plant in Alabama.' And I said, 'Let's go there.' We came here in 1998 and found something like the Garden of Eden. There are trees, and it rains."

Jeania said during the first week in town, she came out of a supermarket and was overwhelmed with the greenery, trees and grass.

"Our kids were asking who planted all the trees," she said.

Jeania's husband, Brett, is a system engineer and contractor at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant. Their children are Brandon, 23, of Augusta, Ga., and Michelle, 21, who attends the University of South Alabama in Mobile.

Prizes are old hat

Kenny Hill was a victim of his own success when he had to choose a prize for raising more than $2,500 for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

The fundraiser offers prizes to fundraisers, with better prizes for higher donations.

The problem, which the Greenbrier resident shared with Paul Huggins, is that he has raised more than $2,000 most of the eight years he has participated and has earned so many prizes that he can't help but duplicate them now.

This year Kenny turned down the top-prize stereo in favor of three lesser prizes: a horseshoe game set, a watch and a polo shirt.

Not quite full service

After apparently seeing articles about city blight hiding in plain sight, a Decatur woman called Chris Paschenko to see if the newspaper could help her.

She has a van and car in her backyard that belong to her nephew. She no longer wants them on her property.

She asked if The Daily would remove the cars for free. Chris responded that unfortunately, the newspaper doesn't perform that particular service.

All's well that hatches well

The dove eggs that were accidentally bumped by a human at a local house — mentioned in a couple of previous columns — did hatch, Melanie Smith reports.

It seems the eggs were no worse for being temporarily abandoned by their mama when she addled herself flying into a patio ceiling.

The two fledglings don't know that their hanging basket nest wasn't the safest place to come into the world.

Spring makes a splash

Up in West Danville, Vt., people don't need a calendar to tell when spring arrives. It happens when a 65-pound cinder block falls through the ice at Joe's Pond.

They have a contest. Dr. Robert Marshall won this year, predicting that the big event would occur at 4:36 p.m. on May 1. He came closest to the actual time, 4:45, and won $4,216.

They attach the cinder block to an old-fashioned alarm clock, according to The Associated Press. When the ice melts and the block falls through, the string tugs on the clock and stops it.

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