News from the Tennessee Valley Columnists
SUNDAY, JULY 29, 2007

Steve Stewart

Military brawl in volleyball tournament

The volleyball court will separate the men from the boys and the women from the girls, says Catherine Godbey.

On Sept. 1, Point Mallard Park will host the National Guard Stars and Stripes beach volleyball tournament.

Julianne Lowman, parks and recreation marketing coordinator, informed Decatur’s Parks and Recreation Board of a challenge the National Guard is issuing to other military branches.

“They (the National Guard) are talking smack to other military branches, so I expect to see a brawl,” she said.

At last the question of what branch of the military is mightiest on the volleyball court will be answered.

Confused telemarketer

Michael Pollick of Decatur was at a worship committee meeting at Tanner United Methodist Church, where he is the organist.

Mike’s wife, Amy, says that as the meeting wrapped up, the phone in the office rang. Mike answered, “Tanner Methodist Church.”

It was a sales call, and the representative said, “Could I speak with Mr. or Mrs. Methodist?”

Mike stifled a chuckle and told her she was calling a church. The woman apologized and hung up.

Book update

A feature in The Daily in January put the spotlight on Joseph S. Marsh Jr., who lives with his wife, Dot, on Rockhouse Road in South Limestone County.

Joe took time out from crafting bowls from trees on his property to write a book, “My Life in a Changing World.”

Joe’s at it again. He told Ronnie Thomas that he expanded the book and added 52 photographs with captions.

Those interested in picking up the new edition can phone Joe at 353-9233.

Always Miller time

Jim Miller of Falkville might seem a glutton for punishment. But when he’s chosen for an honor or elected to duty, he’s up to the task.

Jim served the past year as American Legion Post 15 and state Veteran of the Year. Fellow Legionnaires recently elected him as the group’s First Division commander.

“I cover five districts in North Alabama. Mainly, I’ll be working on membership,” he said.

With his drive and love of the Legion, they couldn’t have picked a better person, Ronnie says.

ID under the skin

If you doubt the value of putting identifying information on your pets, reflect on Rusty, an 8-year-old poodle-Maltese mix who just got reunited with his owner.

Somebody took Rusty to a pound in Darwin, Australia’s northernmost city.

The people there used a microchip embedded under his skin to locate his owner, Shirley Lowry, who lives 2,000 miles away in the Sydney area.

Rusty disappeared in May while Shirley was inside a shop in Woy Woy, 25 miles north of Sydney.

We don’t know how Rusty traveled that far, but The Associated Press says the condition of his paws suggests he did not walk.

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.

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