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Steve Stewart

What really matters is friends

“So what’s your schedule like this year?” Eric Fleischauer asked a seventh-grader the week before school began.

“Well,” she responded, although Eric admits he may have the names wrong, “I have Amber in homeroom. In first period I have Hailey and Ashlyn and Amber. In second period I have Jennifer and …”

“No,” Eric interrupted. “What teachers? What subjects?”

“Oh, I’m not sure about that,” she said. “I’d have to look at my schedule.”

High over Paris

Melanie Smith says a member of the Athens singing group Sister Grace, Tina Swindell, wrote in the group’s Web log about visiting Paris.

Her husband insisted she ride the big Ferris wheel that gives a view of the Eternal City.

“I was holding on for dear life, but I must admit it was beautiful and romantic, too.”

Getting a lift

Tina also blogged about another “high adventure.”

She ran out of gas on busy Interstate 565 on a 100-degree afternoon with fellow musician and band leader Whitney Hubbs.

They persuaded a crane operator to hoist them over a fence to Sofa Mart on Alabama 20. An employee there took them to a gas station and then back to their car. Read more at

Sister Grace will celebrate its CD release at a concert Friday at 7:30 p.m. on the Athens Courthouse Square. The group also will sing Saturday at the Church of No Color Praise and Worship Festival at Swan Creek Park beside Athens High School.

Again: How dry is it?

The tall tales about drought continue in the men’s Sunday school class at Oak Forest Baptist Church in Somerville.

A few weeks ago, teacher Anthony Blackwood remarked that the drought was so bad that 2-month-old catfish didn’t know how to swim.

Anthony told the men this past Sunday that it must be getting worse because he saw a lizard scurrying across his farm carrying a canteen.

“How much worse can it get?” asks pastor Jimmy Smith.

“I guess he will tell us next that he had to dig up his well and run it through a wringer washer to get enough water to water his chickens.”

It’s a family thing

Evan Belanger observes that in a town the size of Decatur, politics can become a family affair.

During a lively discussion about Mayor Don Kyle’s potential veto of the city’s new comprehensive smoking ordinance, Don told Council President Billy Jackson he would never ask him to vote against his mother.

Billy’s mother, Bettye Jackson, was spotted at a rally to support the smoking ordinance last week.

“I made my decision long before consulting my mother,” Billy responded.

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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