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Steve Stewart

Experience fuels belief in miracles

Hood Harris Jr. told Melanie Smith at a prayer meeting in Courtland that a miracle is needed to relieve the drought. Hood said he believes in divine intervention.

He said his son was in a horrific wreck several years ago. His vehicle flipped on Interstate 65 north of Birmingham, throwing him face down in the middle of the road.

A doctor stopped and rendered first aid. Hood said the doctor tried to stop the bleeding but was afraid to turn him over to do CPR, fearing paralysis. Just as his son’s vital signs were fading, Hood said, an ambulance arrived.

His son, Hood Harris III, had a broken back, broken vertebrae, a pulverized shoulder, head wounds that needed 75 stitches and other injuries. But he recovered completely.

“I believe in God, and I believe in miracles,” Hood said.

Prepare for success

The drought reminds Holly Hollman about living in St. Joseph, Tenn., during a dry year. Her church prayed for rain at each service.

One sunny Sunday, church member Charles Quillen arrived with his umbrella.

When folks told Charles it didn’t look as if he would need the umbrella anytime soon, Charles replied, “How much faith do I have in God if I pray for rain but don’t carry my umbrella?”

Retire and be free

Whenever the Decatur school board sets up a meeting, the BlackBerrys and Palm Pilots suddenly appear as board members check their schedules.

The board had some difficulty picking a date for a called meeting, Bayne Hughes says.

Superintendent Sam Houston turned to board member Tommy Sykes for input.

“Y’all just tell me when, and I’ll be there,” Tommy said. “I’m retired now.”

Tommy recently retired from Delphi Steering Systems.

Helping from afar

Billy Steele of Speake wasn’t able to enjoy a barbecue on the Elk River in Limestone County because he is serving in Iraq.

But after reading a Daily story on the event, he wanted to participate.

The Capt. Thomas H. Hobbs Camp No. 768 and Northeast Brigade of the Alabama Division sponsored the event to raise money for the restoration of Beauvoir, the Jefferson Davis family’s Mississippi home that sustained damage during Hurricane Katrina. Jefferson Davis was president of the Confederacy.

Organizer Jimmy Hill told Holly that Billy sent an e-mail, saying he would have his wife send a check. Billy’s in-laws live on the Mississippi coast.

“Beauvoir was in pretty bad shape the last time we were down there ... the damage to our history was appalling,” Billy wrote Jimmy.

In appreciation, the organizers plan to give the Steele family an Alabama flag that will fly for one day over Beauvoir.

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